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IN THIS ISSUE Distracted Driving

The Naval Safety Center (NAVSAFECEN) reminds those across the Naval Enterprise that distracted driving continues to be a prevalent and risky issue nationwide. PAGE A2 VOL. 27, NO. 18, Norfolk, VA | flagshipnews.com

May 6-May 12, 2021

JEBLCFS school liaison awarded the Civilian Service Achievement Medal By Michelle Stewart

JEBLCFS Public Affairs

Berumen, Commander, Submarine Group Ten; and Information Systems Technician 1st Class Corinna Ramos, Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic headquarters. Gates will represent COMSUBLANT in the 2020 U.S. Fleet Forces Command Sailor of the Year competition later this month. Sailor of the Year selection is a prestigious honor and recognizes Sailors who embody sustained superior performance, command impact, proven leadership, and the Navy’s core values. The time-honored tradition was introduced in 1972 by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Elmo Zumwalt and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy John Whittet. This annual competition is held to recognize superior performance

VIRGINIA BEACH — On April 27, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek — Fort Story’s (JEBLCFS) Commanding Officer Capt. Michael Witherspoon awarded School Liaison Karen Phillips the Civilian Service Achievement Medal upon her retirement from federal service. Phillips began her career at JEBLCFS in 2015. In this capacity, she assisted military families by gathering and sharing information on homeschooling issues and information on policies and legislation from school districts. Additionally, she helped leverage military Child and Youth Program resources to support military families. Military families face frequent moves which could mean attending a lot of different schools. Having someone to assist with the navigation of learning each school district’s policies could help ease the mind of military parents. “Relocation is part of military life. Every few years military families may be required to move, possibly across the county or to another country,” said Child Youth Program Director Kelly Green. “Relocating a schoolaged child includes its unique challenges and responsibilities. Karen is responsible for helping that family with all of those challenges and makes a significant difference in military children’s lives by offering positive support, encouragement, and life skills as they face many unique challenges while being a military child.” Phillip’s career as a 33-year teacher and school administrator in the Virginia Beach City Public School system provided her a strong foundation for the job. The impact of her actions was not lost on command leadership. For her dedication and hard work, she was presented the award which is the fifth-highest honor a Navy civilian can receive. Her award citation reads, “Displaying exceptional resourcefulness, Ms. Phillips significantly improved the quality of life for nearly 3,000 military families with schoolage children in the Hampton Roads area.

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Submarine Force Atlantic’s 2020 Shore Sailor of the Year Torpedoman’s Mate 1st Class Raymond Gates poses for a photo at Naval Submarine Support Center, New London in Groton, Conn. (MCC JOSHUA KARSTEN)

Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic announces Shore Sailor of the Year By MC1 Alfred Coffield

Submarine Force Atlantic Public Affairs

NORFOLK — Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic (COMSUBLANT) recently announced the winner of the 2020 Shore Sailor of the Year competition. Torpedoman’s Mate 1st Class Raymond Gates, assigned Naval Submarine Support Facility, Regional Support Group in Groton, Connecticut was selected for the award amongst three recognized finalists. Gates, who hails from Chester, Pennsylvania, serves as the Ordnance Service Division Leading Petty Officer (LPO) and administrative assistant. As LPO, he effectively manages day-to-day administrative aspects for six divisions and their safety programs, ensuring the command’s mission is top priority.

Each finalist selected represents the highest level of standard from their respected commands, but Gates stood out from his peers in a highly competitive selection process. Vice Adm. Daryl Caudle, commander, Submarine Forces, praised the Sailors for their efforts throughout the year. “All of the Sailors demonstrated personal excellence and exemplary character both on and off duty,” Caudle said. “Their high standards, technical competency, and superb performance made the selection process extremely challenging. My heartfelt congratulations and well done to all of the finalists who competed.” Other finalists for the award included: Yeoman 1st Class (submarine) Suraya Mattocks, Commander, Submarine Group Eight; Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ashley

Hampton Roads Navy installations return to HPCON Bravo From Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs NORFOLK — Navy installations in Hampton Roads returned to Health Protection Condition Level (HPCON) Bravo, May 1, after meeting Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) conditions-based guidance for the changing of HPCON. The change means military personnel can leave their homes for non-essential tasks, but are still expected to exercise sound judgment, maintain strict adherence to established health protection measures and take personal responsibility to ensure the health and safety of themselves and those around them. Military personnel in Hampton Roads also will adhere to state and local guidance regarding off-base activities.


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If local conditions worsen, HPCON levels can increase for military personnel who have not been vaccinated, in accordance with guidance from Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Harker. “We’re pleased that we’ve made significant progress in our fight against the coronavirus,” said Rear Adm. Charles Rock, Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic. “Sailors and DOD civilians are all doing their part by voluntarily getting vaccinated. It’s now easier than ever to get a vaccine, and the faster that people get vaccinated the faster we’ll be able to finally sink COVID-19 once and for all.” Installations in Hampton Roads had been in HPCON Charlie, a more restrictive level, Turn to HPCON Bravo, Page 7


Navy’s ‘Old Salt’

Virginia Beach Sailor


The ‘Old Salt’, an award that recognizes the extensive knowledge and expertise of the longestserving surface warfare officer was presented to Adm. Christopher W. Grady, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Apr. 30. PAGE A4

Intelligence Specialist 2nd Class Jacob Johnson currently serves as the Intelligence Specialist“A” School systems manager and testing officer at Information Warfare Training Command Virginia Beach. PAGE A5

Naval Station Great Lakes proudly participated in a presentation of the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition for the service of Fire Controlman 3rd Class Jeffrey Tan’s great-grandfather during World War II. PAGE A6

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The aftermath of a two-person car accident near the North Carolina National Guard Joint Force Headquarters in Raleigh, N.C. (OSCAR PERU)

Distracted Driving: A safety issue to keep eyes on By Leslie Tomaino

Naval Safety Center Public Affairs

NORFOLK — The Naval Safety Center (NAVSAFECEN) reminds those across the Naval Enterprise that distracted driving continues to be a prevalent and risky issue nationwide. Distracted driving comes in many forms and steering clear is necessary at all times. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly eight people in the United States die in crashes each day that reportedly involve a distracted driver. Distracted driving can be anything that takes your attention away from driving. Common examples include sending text messages, talking on a cell phone, using a navigation system and eating while driving. These are just a few examples of distracted driving, but anything that pulls your attention away from the road can endanger you, your passengers and others on the road. There are three main distractions: visual, manual and cognitive. First, visual distraction is taking your eyes off the road while driving, such as looking at a passenger or a roadside distraction. When drivers take their eyes off the road, even for a split second, they take their focus off the road as well. It makes these distractions especially dangerous because drivers cannot consistently assess their surroundings. Second, manual distraction, is taking your hands off the steering wheel while driving, for

any reason, for any amount of time. Without both hands on the wheel, your reaction time suffers along with your ability to steer. Examples include eating, drinking, smoking, adjusting the radio or doing one’s makeup. If you were doing any of these actions, and a deer darted out in front of you, it takes at least a second to bring your hand back, and in that instant, you could crash right into the deer. Not driving with two hands may cause you to veer off the road or into oncoming traffic. Third, cognitive distraction is taking your mind off driving. The CDC adds that sending or reading a text at 55 mph is like driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed. Cognitive distractions are deceivingly dangerous because you can look like you are doing everything right. You have your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel, but you are still distracted if your mind is drifting. Simply put, when something else has captured your attention, you will likely have a hard time concentrating. You will not be as alert, which means you will not be as safe. Examples of this behavior include having a conversation on a hands-free device, talking to a passenger or listening to a podcast or audiobook. What about texting? What type of distraction is this everyday activity? Texting is actually the triple threat that falls into all three distraction categories. When using your cell phone, you not only take your eyes off the road, but you also take your hands off the wheel and mind off driv-

ing. The potential for death when using a cell phone while driving has prompted the passing of laws, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). Many might argue that they are multi-taskers and can drive safely while doing several activities. Multi-tasking is a myth. The human brain does not perform two tasks at the same time. Instead, the brain handles tasks sequentially, switching between one task and another. The brain can juggle tasks rapidly, which leads us to believe falsely we are doing two tasks simultaneously. In reality, the brain is switching attention between tasks and performing only one at a time. Capt. Donald Pennington, Naval Station Norfolk Police instructor and NAVSTA Norfolk Safe Driving Council coordinator, reminds us that military bases have their own additional rules as well. He notes the following from NAVSTANORINST 5100.12D, pg. 7: (e), which “prohibits the use of any cell phone/ texting or driver’s distractions (i.e., eating, applying makeup, getting dressed, reading, etc.) while operating a motor vehicle on Naval Station Norfolk. Being cited for such while onboard the Naval Station Norfolk can have your driving privileges suspended for six months to indefinitely.” Pennington encourages people to look up their military installations and their state’s guidance and policies about operating motor vehicles.

CNAL supports Norfolk Naval Shipyard’s COVID-19 vaccine site By MC3 Samantha Jenkins

Naval Air Force Atlantic Public Affairs

NORFOLK — Force Medical staff assigned to Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic (COMNAVAIRLANT) assisted officials onboard Norfolk Naval Shipyard in establishing and operating a COVID-19 vaccination site, April 28. More than 270 active duty military, DOD civilians, government contractors and shipyard employees were vaccinated over the course of the day. Cmdr. Suzanne Fierros, Force Nurse, COMNAVAIRLANT, highlighted the versatility of the site, noting that regardless of whether they were in need of their first or second dose, those who engaged with the site were able to receive either. COMNAVAIRLANT’s Force Medical staff, along with members of Norfolk Naval Yards Medical/Dental Clinic, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, and the shipyard personnel formed the joint-effort, working together to make the

vaccine site successful. “If our ships are in the shipyard, the workers will be onboard them,” said Fierros. “There’s plenty of people who want to be comfortable in these close-quarter environments again, and this vaccination site helps the shipyard in achieving that.” As of April 28, 2021, the U.S. Navy has provided vaccinations to approximately 222,286 active and reserve personnel and continues to encourage and support these efforts, though the decision to accept the vaccine remains voluntary on the part of service members. To learn about the latest COVID-19 policies, leadership messages, and guidance on how to protect yourself, your family, and your shipmates visit https://www.navy.mil/us-navy-covid-19-updates/. For more resources, military personnel may be inclined to utilize https://www.tricare.mil/HealthWellness/ HealthyLiving/Coronavirus/DHA-Appointing-Portal, while civilian personnel should use http://www.vaccinefinder.org.

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The following habits should become as automatic as putting on your seat belt and can help keep yourself safe on the road. Once in your car, put your phone out of sight and out of reach, so you are not tempted to use it. If you need to use a navigation app, use a dash mount so you do not have to take your hands off the steering wheel. Take advantage of the in-car system if you have one. Most new vehicles offer voice commands for paired phones as well as auto and carplay interfaces that resemble your phone’s screen. Drop the earbuds. Some drivers use them to answer calls in cars that lack Bluetooth or for listening to music. That is not safe. Lastly, if you must regularly answer phone calls, invest in an aftermarket Bluetooth system. You can stay hands-free and keep your ears open. There are many options online. You follow the rules, but how do you keep yourself safe from others who may disregard common sense and laws? While on the road, watch for erratic or inappropriate driving and give those vehicles a wide berth. This behavior includes a car that is veering from edge to edge inside a lane or missing traffic cues, such as failing to accelerate when a light turns green, slowing and speeding up in the lane without logic, riding the brakes or a driver whose head is down. “I have also noticed recently that pedestrians in crosswalks are walking distracted, actually texting and talking on cell phones while walking,” said Pennington. “This behavior is extremely dangerous. Safety falls upon everyone, driver and pedestrian. Wait until you have turned your vehicle off before you place that call, read or respond to a text message or email — save your money and possibly someone’s life.” For more distracted driving information, visit www.distraction.gov.

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Vice Adm. Daryl Caudle, commander, Submarine Forces (SUBFOR), presents the honorary submariner designation to Donald L. Hoffer, executive director, SUBFOR, during a retirement and awards ceremony on board Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads. (MC2 CAMERON STONER)

Submarine Forces recognizes retiring executive director with Distinguished Civilian Service Award By Holly Carey

Submarine Force Atlantic Public Affairs

NORFOLK — Recently, Commander, Submarine Forces (SUBFOR) held a small retirement and awards ceremony for its executive director, Donald L. Hoffer, at Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads. Hoffer, who served as the Force’s third and longest serving executive director, retired after more than 35 years of service in the Department of the Navy, including his service to the Submarine Force for more than six years and as a Senior Executive Service for over 12 years. “This is a very special day to honor Don Hoffer, who has made such a profound impact to the Submarine Force over the span of his 35-year career,” said Vice Adm. Daryl Caudle, commander, SUBFOR. “The legacy of his work has already paid dividends, changing the way the Submarine Force conducts business, enabling unprec-

edented access and driving the warfighting capability of our Force to previously unimaginable levels.” As the Executive Director, SUBFOR, Hoffer served as the principal advisor to the Submarine Force commander for all undersea warfare programs and requirements, including the future Columbia-class submarine, sixth generation attack submarine program, undersea surveillance, unmanned undersea systems and future undersea weapons and sensors. As the senior civilian in the Submarine Force, he headed development of the civilian workforce across the undersea warfare enterprise while prioritizing a $22 billion portfolio of assets and guided the implementation of emerging unmanned undersea capabilities. During the ceremony, Caudle awarded Hoffer the Department of the Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award, the highest honorary award bestowed on a civilian employee by the Department of the Navy.

Hoffer’s approach to collaboration and resourcing led to a resurgence in undersea warfare, including initiatives to grow the Submarine Force for future endeavors. His work helped enhance the asymmetric advantage of U.S. undersea forces in an era of great power competition. “Today I feel immense gratitude for the many leaders who mentored me, teammates who worked at my side, and my family who for the past 35 years shared my journey working for the Navy,” said Hoffer. “The Navy has provided me unbelievable opportunities to work on the design, construction and operations of the most technically advanced systems in history, which operate in the most challenging environments on the planet.” Hoffer was also designated by Commander, SUBFOR and Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet as an Honorary Submariner for his sustained superior performance and contributions to the Submarine Force. He is

only the third person to receive this prestigious recognition. “To wear Dolphins, a submariner must demonstrate grit, ingenuity, courage, and resiliency, and show that they will care for their brothers and sisters of the deep ahead of their own needs and desires,” said Caudle. “Don has consistently proved over the years that he embodies the true spirit of a submariner, and it is an honor to present him with the Honorary Submariner Award.” Dr. Martin Irvine Jr. has been selected to relieve Hoffer as SUBFOR’s executive director. Dr. Irvine most recently served as the technical director of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division, Keyport in Keyport, Washington. The mission of the Submarine Force is to execute the Department of the Navy’s mission in and from the undersea domain. In addition to lending added capacity to naval forces, the Submarine Force, in particular, is expected to leverage those special advantages that come with undersea concealment to permit operational, deterrent and combat effects that the Navy and the nation could not otherwise achieve. The Submarine Force and supporting organizations constitute the primary undersea arm of the Navy. Submarines and their crews remain the tip of the undersea spear. A video of Hoffer’s retirement ceremony can be viewed at: https://www. dvidshub.net/video/792116/mr-hoffer-retirement-ceremony.

NAVFAC Washington facilitates Bald Eagle protection in Chesapeake Bay region From Naval Facilities Engineering Command Washington Public Affairs

PATUXENT RIVER, Md. — The bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) is a large raptor, which can be found in the Chesapeake Bay region year-round. Bald eagles grow to approximately 3 feet in height with a wingspan of over 6 feet, weighing between 8 and 15 pounds. They have a lifespan of 15 to 25 years and are capable of breeding at around 5 years of age. Bald eagles typically nest in tidal locations, close to open water. While the species has been removed from the Federal endangered species list in August 2007, the bald eagle still receives protection under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Throughout Naval District Washington (NDW), multiple Navy installations such as the Naval Air Station Patuxent River Complex (NASPR), Naval Support Facility Indian Head (NSFIH), NSF Dahlgren (NSFDL), and Naval Research Laboratory’s Blossom Point Tracking Facility (NRL BPTF), are surrounded by water. This fact makes them particularly advantageous for bald eagle nesting. For over a decade, a complex and extended effort to inventory, track, and conserve bald eagle populations has been ongoing in NDW. The project, executed in cooperation with the College of William & Mary (W&M), conducts aerial nest surveys for the four aforementioned installations. The aerial surveys serve to document the yearly number of active nests and to assess eaglet productivity for each installation. This data allows Natural Resources Managers (NRM) to accurately quantify the success and stability of the population while ensuring that management/conservation actions are compatible with the installations’ respective missions.

However, the availability of prime eagle habitat also presents additional risks to mission operations. At NASPR, Bird-Aircraft Strike Hazards (BASH) are a constant concern. Consequently, the eagle surveys have also included an eaglet banding component in order to assess BASH risks and/or categorize incidents with respect to the installation’s resident eagle population. Between 2016 and 2020, the air station has experienced three aircraft strikes and two near misses, resulting in millions of dollars in damages and mission delays. In response to a 2019 bald eagle engine ingestion incident, the NASPR aerial surveys and eaglet banding effort was recently expanded to include fitting of GPS transmitters to adult birds. With financial assistance from NASPR Air Operations, NAVFAC Washington was able to quickly modify the cooperative agreement with W&M in response to the growing BASH concern. The incoming data will be used as a means of forecasting and tracking resident and transient eagle activity around the air station, which will allow mission activities to effectively compensate for the fluctuating level of BASH risk. A GPS transmitter tagging effort at NSF Indian Head is also in progress to conserve eagle populations while benefiting the Navy mission. This installation’s primary concern lies with the abundance of overhead power lines, which various species of birds frequently utilize. Bald eagle casualties are a known consequence of these power lines. As a result, NSF Indian Head is undergoing an underground utilities relocation effort in order reduce eagle mortalities. The GPS tagging data will allow NRMs to advise the utility relocation initiative on which areas pose the greatest threat to bald eagles.

A GPS transmitter tagging effort at NSF Indian Head is in progress to conserve eagle populations while benefiting the Navy mission. (MATTHEW STINSON)

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Adm. Christopher W. Grady, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, accepts the ‘Old Salt’Award on board USS Cole (DDG 67). (MC1 THEODORE GREEN)

USFFC commander becomes Navy’s ‘Old Salt’ By MC2 Brooke Macchietto

USFFC Public Affairs

NORFOLK — The ‘Old Salt’, an award that recognizes the extensive knowledge and expertise of the longest-serving surface warfare officer (SWO) in the surface warfare community, was presented to Adm. Christopher W. Grady, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Apr. 30. Transfer of the award, a bronze statue depicting a World War II officer on a pitching deck, is an honor steeped in tradition. The clock begins when an officer becomes fully qualified as a SWO and runs until they pass the title on at their retirement. Grady officially accepted the award from Adm. Philip Davidson, commander, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, following Davidson’s retirement April 30, 2021. Davidson earned his

SWO qualification in June 1980 and has held the award since October 2018. “The ‘Old Salt’ award honors those who have served before us and those still yet to set sail,” said Davidson. “We share the bonds of sea service; it’s passed on through our customs and traditions, and it’s linked to our values and our heritage.” Grady has been a SWO for 35 years, qualifying in May 1986 while serving on board the Spruance-class destroyer USS Moosbrugger (DD 980). Reflecting on what it meant to then-Ensign Grady to earn his surface warfare pin, Adm. Grady said, “I remember well the rigorous qualification program we had on Moose; it really meant something to get that pin! I also remember the strong mentorship from my Captain, Cmdr. Toby Spahr, who was, and remains the consummate role model of a surface warrior,”

he said. “Also from my department head, Lt. Gary Stussey who personified excellence, and especially from my chief, Senior Chief Operations Specialist Burek, who always challenged me to strive to be the best, like him,” said Grady. To accept the award, Grady traveled to the Norfolk waterfront to stand on board one of his favorite ships in the fleet. “It is the honor of a lifetime to join the outstanding crew of determined warriors on board USS Cole, which I had the privilege to command, and humbly accept the title and statue of ‘Old Salt’ from a true friend, and outstanding surface warrior - but even more so, to represent each and every sailor that mans the rails, and stands the watch,” said Grady. He went on to say that the ‘Old Salt’ Award truly honors the surface warriors of our past and our future. “Right now, surface warriors underway

across the world are defending far forward, standing the watch — always ready, always resolute, and always lethal on arrival. And in this maritime era of Great Power Competition, we proudly take station at the “tip of the spear” as the nation’s varsity away team,” said Grady. The ‘Old Salt’ of the Navy is selected after a records review and approved by both the Surface Warfare director of the Department of the Navy and the Board of the Surface Navy Association (SNA), which is a professional organization composed of both military and civilian members dedicated to enhance awareness and support of the U.S. Navy and the surface forces. “Some of us are new to the Navy and the sea, and we rely on those who have gone before us to pass down our lore, customs, and traditions,” said Vice Adm. (ret.) Rick Hunt, SNA president. “It is the ‘Old Salts’ who have made it possible for our traditions to be kept alive.” The ‘Old Salt’ statue, made of metal salvaged from several U.S. Navy ships like the battleship USS Maine (ACR-1), is engraved with the words “Dedicated to Service,” by Adm. Arleigh Burke, “Keeper of the Seas.” An engraved plate with Grady’s name has been added to its base. Davidson was given a miniature replica of the statue upon his retirement.




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IWTC Virginia Beach Sailor trains, prepares future ISes to fight, win From Center For Information Warfare Training Public Affairs VIRGINIA BEACH — Intelligence Specialist 2nd Class Jacob Johnson, from Huntsville, Alabama, currently serves as the Intelligence Specialist “A” School systems manager and testing officer at Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) Virginia Beach. Johnson completed boot camp at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes in November 2015. He then transferred to the then known Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center (NMITC) Virginia Beach to attend both Intelligence Specialist (IS) “A” and “C” Schools, obtaining the operations intelligence Navy Enlisted Classification Code 3924. Upon completion of training, Johnson reported to his first operational command aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73) in Norfolk, Virginia. During his first tour, he was promoted to third class petty officer and provided indications and warnings of contacts of interest utilizing multi-source intelligence to support command leadership operational readiness. In November 2017, Johnson was promoted to second class petty officer and played a pivotal role in reestablishing USS George Washington’s Enlisted Information Dominance Warfare Specialist program while serving as the subject matter expert for meteorology and oceanography as well as intelligence departments. Following his tour aboard USS George Washington, Johnson completed the Naval Instructor Training Course and reported to IWTC Virginia Beach as an instructor for IS “A” School. As the IS “A” School systems manager, he has provided over 113 trouble tickets during network and system outages for 437 students while mitigating student computer issues. As a testing officer, Johnson has been placed in charge of retaining, updating, and administering the examinations used in the course. He also reviews all student grades with fellow instructors for accuracy and academic review board packages if neces-

Intelligence Specialist 2nd Class Jacob Johnson, from Huntsville, Alabama, currently serves as the Intelligence Specialist“A”School systems manager and testing officer at Information Warfare Training Command Virginia Beach. (COURTESY PHOTO)

sary. Since reporting, Johnson also earned his master training specialist designation and continues to help his shipmates with their qualifications as well. When asked about his selection as this month’s Sailor in the Spotlight, Johnson stated, “Having the opportunity to serve as an instructor at IWTC Virginia Beach has been a highlight of my career and has further motivated me to strive for excellence in every endeavor. I am both humbled and honored to be able to work in close proximity with some of the most knowledgeable and versatile intelligence professions that the fleet has

to offer.” IWTC Virginia Beach currently offers 59 courses of instruction in information technology, cryptology, and intelligence with an instructor and support staff of 278 military, civilian, and contract members who train over 6,600 students every year at five training sites in the Hampton Roads area. It is one of four school houses for Center for Information Warfare Training (CIWT) and also oversees learning sites at Jacksonville and Mayport, Florida; Kings Bay, Georgia; and Groton, Connecticut to continue aligning information warfare community training. With four schoolhouse commands, a

detachment, and training sites throughout the United States and Japan, CIWT trains approximately 26,000 students every year, delivering trained information warfare professionals to the Navy and joint services. CIWT also offers more than 200 courses for cryptologic technicians, intelligence specialists, information systems technicians, electronics technicians, and officers in the information warfare community. For more news from the Center for Information Warfare Training domain, visit https://www.netc.navy.mil/CIWT, www. facebook.com/NavyCIWT, or www.twitter. com/NavyCIWT.


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Fire Controlman 3rd Class Jeffrey Tan displays the Congressional Gold Medal accepted on behalf of his great-grandfather, Jin Wong, for his service in the U.S. Army during World War II . (MC2 BRIGITTE JOHNSTON)

NSGL honors Chinese-American family’s generational service By MC2 Brigitte Johnston

Naval Station Great Lakes Public Affairs

GREAT LAKES, Ill. — Naval Station Great Lakes proudly participated in a presentation of the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition for the service of Fire Controlman 3rd Class Jeffrey Tan’s great-grandfather during World War II. Tan, currently assigned to Naval Station Great Lakes, and his grandfather, Frank Wong, accepted the recognition on behalf of Tan’s late great-grandfather, Jin Wong. The award is part of the Chinese American World War II Veteran Congressional Gold Medal Act, made public in December of 2018. “The Congressional Gold Medal is part of the Chinese-American World War II Veteran Project, a national campaign to

identify, honor, and recognize the accomplishments of All Chinese-Americans who served in the United States Armed Forces during World War II,” said Capt. Raymond Leung, commanding officer, Naval Station Great Lakes. Leung, who is also Chinese-American, was happy to get the opportunity to present the medal before his change of command, which will happen on May 7. Jin Wong came to the United States in 1927 as a laborer sponsored by his father. The Chinese Exclusion Act prevented immigration to Chinese women and children not of working age. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Headquarters Battery, 662nd Field Artillery from December 1943 to December 1945, earning citizenship for himself and his family, following the war.

Jin’s son Frank immigrated to the U.S in 1946 and was drafted into the U.S Army where he served in Headquarters Company, 55th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Brigade, Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 1953 to 1955. Jin’s other son, Thomas Wong, served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam and his nephew, Yate Wong, served in the U.S Army in Korea. The Wong family since has settled in Chicago and ran the restaurant Chiam — short for Chinese-American. Today, Tan represents the latest generation of his family to proudly serve in the U.S. military. “I’m honored. I’m proud,” said Frank. “I’ve done my duty. Honored to wear the uniform of the United States armed forces. My father’s an American. I’m an American. And [my grandson’s] an American now. My life’s here

now, my family’s here now.” When the United States entered World War II, about 29,000 persons of Chinese ancestry were living in Hawaii and another 78,000 on the mainland. By war’s end, over 13,000 Chinese-Americans were serving in the Army, including the 3rd, 4th, 6th, 32nd and 77th Infantry Divisions. An estimated 40 percent of Chinese-American soldiers were not native-born citizens. After Congress repealed the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1943, many took advantage of their military service to become naturalized. “Thank you for sharing your stories so future generations will know who we are and from where we come,” said Rear Admiral (Ret.) Jonathan Yuen, a liaison for the project. “We stand on the shoulders of all of our World War II veterans who fought for rights not yet realized for themselves in the country of their choice. On behalf of the Speaker of the House, the Honorable Nancy Pelosi, thank you to the devoted service of the Jin Wong family.” For more news from Naval Station Great Lakes, visit www.dvidshub.net/unit/NSGLPA or www.facebook.com/NavalStationGreatLakes.



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Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek – Fort Story’s Commanding Officer Capt. Michael Witherspoon presents School Liaison Karen Phillips the Civilian Service Achievement Medal upon her retirement from federal service. (MICHELLE STEWART)

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Ms. Phillips provided sustained superior support to the military families in an unprecedented fashion at the height of COVID-19. Ms. Phillips ensured that there was no loss of continuity with vital information being relayed in a timely manner to best support the military child. The culmination of Ms. Phillips’ efforts and trademark event was her support to the annual Art of the Military Child display which coincided with the Month of the Military Child in April. As a noteworthy achievement, Ms. Phillips implemented ‘Anchored for Life’ in seven elementary schools, eight middle schools, and two youth centers. Ms. Phillips’ initiative, perseverance, and total dedication to duty reflected great credit upon herself and was in keeping

with the highest traditions of the Department of the Navy.” “Thank you for all your hard work, dedication and service to military members and their families,” Witherspoon said after the presentation. “How perfect and fitting it is that you are sailing into the sunset during the Month of the Military Child. We appreciate all you’ve done and wish you well on your next endeavors.” Phillips recognized the important role she played for transitioning families. “The most rewarding aspect of being a school liaison is that it is a very positive role to play in Family’s lives,” Phillips said. “Although I have seven core services, supporting families as they PCS or experience a deployment is by far my favorite. Helping families navigate the educational process to ensure their children receive the best education possible is my major accomplishment while being here.”



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USCGC Hamilton The Legend-class national security cutter USCGC Hamilton (WMSL 753) conducted a series of maritime exercises with the Turkish Navy, April 30, in the Black Sea. Page B3

Results of Navy Annual PPV Tenant Satisfaction Surveys released By Kyle Hendrix

Commander, Navy Installations Command Public Affairs

Sailors assigned to the Harpers Ferry-class dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) participate in a sea-and-anchor evolution on the ship’s foc’s’le, April 30. MCSN SAWYER CONNALLY)

USS Carter Hall arrives in Lisbon, Portugal By MCSN Sawyer Connally

Amphibious Squadron Four Public Affairs

LISBON, Portugal — The Harpers Ferryclass dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50), operating as part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Readiness Group (IWOARG), arrived in Lisbon, Portugal for a maintenance and logistics stop, April 30. After Carter Hall’s departure, April 26, from Her Majesty’s Naval Base Devonport, Carter the ship continued its deployment in the Atlantic Ocean with the IWOARG. “We are excited to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Portuguese Marines with Portugal,” said Cmdr. LaDonna Simpson, Carter Hall’s commanding officer. “We look forward to working with the Portuguese Navy and Marines during CONTEX-PHIBEX. Our continued participation in multilateral exercises with allies and partners strengthens our commitments and improves our interoperability.”

Carter Hall will receive food, parts and fuel during its time in Lisbon. The combined IWOARG and 24th MEU have roughly 4,300 Sailors and Marines. The ARG-MEU is deployed to SIXTHFLT in support of regional NATO Allies and partners as well as U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa. The IWOARG consists of the Waspclass amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), Carter Hall (LSD 50) and the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio (LPD 17). Embarked detachments for the Iwo Jima ARG include Amphibious Squadron Four, Fleet Surgical Team (FST) Six, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 26, Tactical Air Control Squadron (TACRON) 21, Naval Beach Group (NBG) Two, Beach Master Unit (BMU) Two, Assault Craft Unit (ACU) Two and Four, and Sailors from Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) Two. The 24th MEU mission is to provide the

United States with a forward-deployed, amphibious force-in-readiness capable of executing missions across the full spectrum of combat and military operations other than war, and consists of four basic elements, the Command Element, Ground Combat Element, Air Combat Element and the Logistics Combat Element. The unit consists of a ground combat element, Battalion Landing Team (BLT) ⅛, a logistics combat element, Combat Logistics Battalion (CLB) 24, and an aviation combat element, Marine Medium Tilt-Rotor Squadron (VMM) 162 Reinforced. U.S. Sixth Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa. For the latest details about USS Carter Hall follow: https://www.facebook.com/ USSCarterHall/

WASHINGTON — This year’s privatized housing survey was conducted between December 2020 and January 2021. The survey provides each household with a voluntary and confidential opportunity to share open and honest feedback on their housing experience. Results from the 2020 Navy Public-Private Venture (PPV) housing Tenant Satisfaction Survey (TSS) show an overall score of 77.0 for family housing, representing a slight 3.2 point decline from the previous survey. Tennant comments indicate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic contributed to the decline. Detailed survey results by the installation are being used to guide where the Navy and our PPV partners can continue to make improvements and take corrective actions. “Quality, affordable housing continues to be a significant factor for our Sailor’s and their family’s quality of life,” said Vice Adm. Yancy Lindsey, commander of CNIC. “I greatly appreciate those who took the survey and provided us valuable feedback on their housing experience. Your voice and input help us and our partners ensure we can continue to provide a quality housing product and service.” About the survey The annual TSS is funded by the Department of the Navy (DON) and distributed to residents of privatized family and unaccompanied housing through a third-party survey company. The survey provides each household with a voluntary and confidential opportunity to share open and honest feedback on their housing experience. This year’s privatized housing survey was conducted between December 2020 and January 2021 with residents at 47 installations consisting of 248 family housing neighborhoods, as well as residents in unaccompanied housing at two additional installations. Survey results The TSS, conducted by CEL & Associates, focused on three satisfaction indexes — overall satisfaction, property satisfaction and service satisfaction. These indices provide CNIC with a snapshot of the PPV residents’ opinions regarding the condition of the homes and neighborhoods, and the quality of the services provided. Of the 34,295 surveys distributed to PPV residents, 28.5 percent responded (7.3 percent decline from FY20) generating the following average scores, based on a 100-point scale: • Overall Satisfaction Index: 77.0 (3.2 point decline from FY20) • Property Index: 74.0 (2.5 point decline from FY20) • Service Index: 78.8 (3.7 point decline from FY20) Across the 47 Installations surveyed, Turn to Survey, Page 7

NEX, MCX expand authorized shopping to DOD civilians By Courtney Williams NEXCOM Public Affairs

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Following the release of a recent Department of Defense (DoD) directive, the Navy Exchange (NEX) and Marine Corps Exchange (MCX) opened their doors to active DoD civilians in the United States, U.S. territories and possessions on May 1, 2021. The expansion to new authorized shoppers is expected to increase the contribution to quality of life programs and greatly benefit the entire military community. In order to shop at a NEX or MCX on May 1, a customer will simply need to present a valid civilian Common Access Card (CAC) at the point of sale or at the door, where applicable. A DoD or Coast Guard civilian employee who has not been issued a CAC may shop at the military resale activity on the installation where they are employed by presenting an official proof of employment document dated within 12 months, and a valid government photo identification card. The DoD directive, dated April 12, extends in-store shopping access to active DoD and Coast Guard civilian employees at all military resale activities. Additionally, the directive grants military exchange online access to active and retired DoD and Coast Guard civilian employees by mid-October 2021. In September 2020, NEX and MCX transitioned to a unified


online e-commerce portal, myNavyExchange. com, for their joint patrons. “The mission of the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) is as true today as it was when we were first established in 1946, to provide quality goods and services at a savings and to support Navy quality of life programs,” said retired Rear Adm. Robert J. Bianchi, CEO, NEXCOM. “This new authorized shopper expansion will help strengthen the support given to Morale, Welfare, and Recreation, directly benefitting the fleet and family in sustaining a ready and resilient force.” “Our civilian Marines are an integral part of our ability to support mission and keep our Marines and families fueled, prepped and supplied. This has never been demonstrated better than during the pandemic. The expansion of this benefit affords us the ability to also keep our civilian Marine support fueled, prepped and supplied as they work and interact daily on our bases and stations,” said Cindy Whitman Lacy, CEO of the Marine Corps’ Business and

Support Services Division. “Enabling readiness is at the core of what we do. This new authorized shopper expansion to these civil servants who directly support services mission every day will also allow us to generate more dividends to support Marines, Sailors and Families.” For those DoD or Coast Guard civilian employees who have not been issued a CAC, they may shop at military resale activity on the installation where they are employed with a valid government identification and official proof of employment document dated within the year. Acceptable proof of employment documents include Letter of Employment, SF-50, Personnel Action Report (Commander Navy Installations Command NAF), DA3434 (Army NAF), AF2454 (Air Force NAF), NAF-MCCS 500 (Marine Corps NAF), NX-129 (Navy Exchange Service Command NAF), or Exchange Form 1200-100 (Army and Air Force Exchange Service NAF). All of the new authorized civilian shoppers are restricted from purchasing alcohol offered in the pack-

age store, tobacco and uniform items. The new directive allows DoD and Coast Guard civilian employees in the United States and locally hired in the U.S. territories and possessions to shop in military exchange stores. While access for locally-hired DoD civilian employees in foreign countries is still limited by host nation laws and international agreements, those DoD civilian employees will be authorized to shop at military exchanges in the United States and the U.S. territories and possessions when they are traveling. Online exchange access is expected to be available by mid-October for active and retired DoD and Coast Guard civilian employees with a U.S. mailing address, including territories and possessions and APO and FPO addresses. The online exchanges cannot ship to local addresses in foreign countries. Online access to the NEX and MCX availability dates will be posted on myNavyExchange.com once online verification of eligibility is enabled.


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The value proposition of motherhood By Lisa Smith Molinari After eight hours of labor, a sort of delirium set in. My conscious brain was no longer in control. I fell into a sleep-like stupor between contractions, as if my body insisted on resting up for what was ahead. When each contraction began, I regained minimal consciousness, just enough to grip the hospital bed rail and attempt to breathe through the pain. I refused pain meds, not out of bravery, but of fear. It was the mid-90s, and we were stationed in Monterey, California, where the “crunchy” nurses who taught our prenatal classes said that natural childbirth decreased my chances of having a C-section. (During my third pregnancy, I decided those nurses were as nutty as their banana muffins, because epidurals are magical.) A few hours later, my body had taken complete control, and ordered me to push. In my delirium, I thought birth was imminent, but it took three more hours before the last excruciating push produced our nine-pound baby boy, a severe perennial tear, ruptured vessels turning my eyes’ whites blood red, and a lifetime of parental responsibilities. Mine is not a unique story. Childbirth has happened over 100 billion times since homo sapiens first walked the Earth 50,000 years

ago. Anyone who’s been to a baby shower knows how the storytelling gets started. “When I was in labor,” sparks the conversation, and before you’ve had a chance to finish your cake, you’ve heard about Karen’s 22-hour labor, Bonnie’s mucus plug, and Janelle’s episiotomy. Billions of awful childbirth stories begs the question, “Why?” A few days after the birth of my son, my extended family came to our Fort Ord house to see the baby. “What?” I said to my brother, who was staring at me with a grimaced face. After a few minutes of thought, he pondered, “Men talk about how much weight they can lift or whatever, but I’ve never know any man who would volunteer to do something physical that he knew could cause him to burst all the blood vessels in his eyes or tear his own flesh.” He was right — the fact that women voluntarily subject their bodies to the physical pain and bodily injuries of childbirth is mind-boggling, which again, begs the question — Why do we do it? Despite all the horror stories about labor, childbirth, postpartum depression, stretch marks, sleepless nights, diaper blow-outs, tantrums, infuriating defiance, back talking teenagers, college bills, and other negatives of parenting, motherhood is, without a doubt, a

winning value proposition. Mothers may enjoy telling dramatic labor and delivery stories, but they often leave out the most important part: the moment they held their babies for the first time. Twenty-six years later, I can still feel him, smell him, see him, like it was yesterday. After that final push, my eyes followed him from the hands of the doctor to the nurse and to my chest. I didn’t feel any pain — although the doctor was still prodding and poking to deliver the placenta and stitch me up — only the warm softness of my baby’s skin on mine, the sweet smell of him, and a gush of primal emotion that could only be described as human love. That night in the hospital, after baths, eyedrops, and Apgar tests were complete, I didn’t sleep. Despite my exhausted delirium during labor, I lay awake in my room’s dim light, with my nose and lips pressed gently on my baby boy’s petal-soft head, feeling his warm body snuggled into mine, looking down at his perfectly formed eyelashes, pink lips, fingers and toes, listening intently to his contented newborn squeaks. Despite my actual physical condition, that moment, along with the post-birth hours after each of my daughters were born, was the best I’ve ever felt in my entire life. Each instance bonded me inextricably to my children and my role as their mother, forever. Women are instilled with a powerful natural tendency that transcends pain, inconvenience, and self-preservation, and makes women’s role in society supremely important — the instinct to nurture and grow other living beings. Happy Mother’s Day to all the women who’ve known the bliss of nurturing those you love.

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Military families may face financial challenges for a variety of reasons, and without assistance these issues could affect the health and well-being of children of those families. But help is readily available. Military families have access to financial counselors and other Department of Defense personnel - for free. “Service members and families have access to free financial counseling and education services through Military and Family Support Centers and Military OneSource,” said Beth Darius, a program analyst and an accredited financial counselor in the Department of Defense Office of Financial Readiness. “With the assistance of a financial counselor, service members and families proactively create realistic spending plans to meet financial challenges and goals such as planning for retirement, paying down debt, and making major purchases.” For families experiencing shortfalls, “the best place to start is to examine your spending plan. Determine your food expenses, your monthly bill expenses and any additional expenses. Help is available to walk families through this process and provide referrals to additional resources as needed,” she said. “Additionally, you can include your children in meal planning, shopping and determining total food costs, which is a great way to build their financial literacy skills and nutrition habits.” “There are many places to go online to get free, unbiased financial information,” she noted. These no-cost resources include the Office of Financial Readiness website, and the Milspouse Money Mission website, which has a section on raising financially fit children. Additionally, there is the Military OneSource

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website, the “Developing Your Spending Plan” course on the MilLife Learning portal, and the ‘Sen$e’ mobile application. Military members also receive financial information and how to use these services when making a permanent change of station. Establishing and following a spending plan is good to “ensure debts are paid, food is on the table, and financial goals are met,” Darius said. “If there is a financial issue that’s causing stress in the military family, reviewing the spending plan can help them gain some control and decrease stress.” Steve Harris, a personal financial manager and accredited financial counselor at the Navy’s Fleet and Family Support Center in Washington, D.C., said: “A good financial plan represents both the needs and the wants of a military family.” This could include items such as saving for a college fund for their children. Military families that have appointments with the center for free financial planning should bring their pay stubs, leave and earnings statements, a list of bills and their bank statements for review. “Basically, we have a confidential conversation about income coming in and expenses

going out. ‘What did you think you spent and what did you actually spend?’ ” Harris said. “We are looking at needs first and goals second. We like to nudge them back on the right track.” Echoing Darius, Harris said: “If there are stressors about finances, coming to see a personal financial manager can make a military family leave with less stress. A service member shouldn’t have to be distracted about finances while supporting the mission.” For children, the Navy has a curriculum that addresses ages 3 to 19 called “Raising Financially Fit Kids.” The other services have similar programs. “Lessons include how parents can approach children about finances, introducing kids to money, costs, and allowances, how to set goals through saving - such as for the purchase of a new toy or electronic device - and an introduction to debit and credit cards and how to use them wisely,” Harris said. “Prioritizing is up the individual client, he said. “If there is a surplus of money or a shortfall, what are the two or three most important, often competing, goals? We want to address all of them.”

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U.S. Coast Guard members conduct boat and flight procedures on the USCGC Hamilton (WMSL 753) with Turkish naval members aboard the TCG Turgutries (F-241) in the Black Sea, April 30. (COURTESY PHOTO)

USCGC Hamilton conducts operations with the Turkish navy From U.S. Sixth Fleet Public Affairs

BLACK SEA — The Legend-class national security cutter USCGC Hamilton (WMSL 753) conducted a series of maritime exercises with the Turkish Navy, April 30, in the Black Sea. Hamilton conducted a passing exercise and cross-platform helicopter operations with the Turkish Navy’s Yavuz-class TCG Turgutreis (F-241). During flight operations, helicopters from both nations landed on each other’s vessel’s flight decks. A Bell UH-1 Iroquois helicop-

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ter from Turgutries landed aboard USCGC Hamilton (WMSL 753), while a U.S. Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter landed on Turgutries. These maneuvers and operations enhanced both vessels ability to communicate and conduct precise ship handling. “It was a great honor to work alongside the Turkish Navy today. They are professional mariners committed to ensuring safe and secure access to the sea,” said Capt. Timothy Cronin, commanding officer of USCGC Hamilton (WMSL 753). “We look forward to more interactions like this to reinforce our




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partnership and shared interests in the maritime environment.” The U.S. Coast Guard has been a consistent partner with European nations, strengthening and enforcing robust maritime governance. Hamilton is the first U.S. Coast Guard Cutter to visit the Black Sea since 2008. The last U.S. Coast Guard cutter to visit the Black Sea, USCGC Dallas (WHEC 716) sailed to the Black Sea twice, in 2008 and 1995. U.S. Ambassador to Turkey David Satterfield welcomed the exercise. “We are pleased that the U.S. Coast Guard has returned to

the Black Sea. Cooperation between U.S. and Turkish forces improves our ability to work together to advance our shared security interests in the region. The United States and Turkey will continue to stand together as NATO Allies,” he said. Hamilton is the fourth national security cutter and is the fifth named for the father of the U.S. Coast Guard — Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury and advocate for the creation of the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service. The U.S. Coast Guard remains operational during COVID-19, following all COVID-19 safety precautions and regulations. U.S. Sixth Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests, and security and stability in Europe and Africa.

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U.S. Coast Guard members conduct boat and flight procedures on the USCGC Hamilton (WMSL 753) with Turkish naval members aboard the TCG Turgutries (F-241) in the Black Sea, April 30. (COURTESY PHOTO)

USCGC Hamilton conducts operations with the Turkish navy From U.S. Sixth Fleet Public Affairs

BLACK SEA — The Legend-class national security cutter USCGC Hamilton (WMSL 753) conducted a series of maritime exercises with the Turkish Navy, April 30, in the Black Sea. Hamilton conducted a passing exercise and cross-platform helicopter operations with the Turkish Navy’s Yavuz-class TCG Turgutreis (F-241). During flight operations, helicopters from both nations landed on each other’s vessel’s flight decks. A Bell UH-1 Iroquois helicop-

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ter from Turgutries landed aboard USCGC Hamilton (WMSL 753), while a U.S. Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter landed on Turgutries. These maneuvers and operations enhanced both vessels ability to communicate and conduct precise ship handling. “It was a great honor to work alongside the Turkish Navy today. They are professional mariners committed to ensuring safe and secure access to the sea,” said Capt. Timothy Cronin, commanding officer of USCGC Hamilton (WMSL 753). “We look forward to more interactions like this to reinforce our




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partnership and shared interests in the maritime environment.” The U.S. Coast Guard has been a consistent partner with European nations, strengthening and enforcing robust maritime governance. Hamilton is the first U.S. Coast Guard Cutter to visit the Black Sea since 2008. The last U.S. Coast Guard cutter to visit the Black Sea, USCGC Dallas (WHEC 716) sailed to the Black Sea twice, in 2008 and 1995. U.S. Ambassador to Turkey David Satterfield welcomed the exercise. “We are pleased that the U.S. Coast Guard has returned to

the Black Sea. Cooperation between U.S. and Turkish forces improves our ability to work together to advance our shared security interests in the region. The United States and Turkey will continue to stand together as NATO Allies,” he said. Hamilton is the fourth national security cutter and is the fifth named for the father of the U.S. Coast Guard — Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury and advocate for the creation of the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service. The U.S. Coast Guard remains operational during COVID-19, following all COVID-19 safety precautions and regulations. U.S. Sixth Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests, and security and stability in Europe and Africa.

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Lt. Connor Marlin (second from left), Facilities Engineering and Acquisition Division, Parris Island construction manager, briefs Acting Secretary of the Navy the Honorable Thomas W. Harker on the Hue City Range construction project during his visit onboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island. (USMC SGT DANA BEESLEY)

NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic-managed environmental programs earn three SECNAV awards for 2021 From NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs NORFOLK, Va. — The acting Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV), Honorable Thomas W. Harker, recently announced the selection of three Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) Mid-Atlantic-managed environmental programs as winners of the 2021 Secretary of the Navy Environmental Awards. The programs included: Naval Weapons Station (NWS) Yorktown in Yorktown, Virginia; Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) Parris Island in Port Royal, South Carolina; and Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina. “Our Navy and Marine Corps environmental programs have made, and continue to make, great strides to clean, restore, sustain and improve the areas where our warfighters work and train to protect our country,” said Capt. Tres Meek, commanding officer of NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic. “Their ability to meet and support the mission speaks volumes to our overall efforts to create a better and more sustainable world for tomorrow — congratulations to all.”

NWS Yorktown earned the award for Natural Resources Conservation in the Large Installation category. Highlights include: collaborating with the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and other external partners to restore and stabilize more than 900 feet of shoreline and 3.45 aces of Navy land, totaling 1.1 million in Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration funding; preparing a Wildfire Management Plan that established 263 management blocks, totaling 3,129 acres where prescribed fire may be used as a management tool, while also saving an estimated $80,000 in tree removal costs; and fish and wildlife management actions to support the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources’ annual monitoring programs, and using in-house personnel and volunteers to support Virginia Wildlife Actions Plans. MCRD Parris Island earned the Sustainability in the Individual or Team category for the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC). Highlights include: maintaining a partnership with Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort and the Lowcountry Council of Governments, a partnership that obtained a $467,000 grant via the Office of Economic Adjustment in Fiscal Year 2021 to address local resiliency

efforts; and demonstrating that early and deliberate planning can yield a benefit cost ratio of 5.21, thus providing $675 million of net infrastructure, training and human health benefits to maximize the operational budget and securing the MCRD mission. MCB Camp Lejeune earned the Environmental Restoration in the Installation category for the USMC. Highlights include: implementing best management practices during clean-up activities to reduce energy, water and natural resource use by implementing new sampling technologies that saved $20,000, reduced wastewater generated by 1,500 gallons, used solar power to treat 21,000 gallons of groundwater that saved 200 kilowatts per hour, and recycled 8 tons of material that reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 14 metric tons; saved $2 million in drilling costs through the design of a permanganate distribution system, while also minimizing impacts to existing land use; and improved the protection of human health and environment through various environmental clean-up efforts. “The Department of the Navy environmental programs play an important role in achievement of our National Defense Strategy. The Navy and Marine Corps take

a proactive role in enhancing mission effectiveness through focused implementation of environmental programs to meet our expanding mission requirements; protect and improve the environment where we live, work and train; avoid and reduce future liabilities; and build trust and equity with our internal and external stakeholders,” the Acting SECNAV said in an ALNAV message. “I want to thank our civilians, Sailors and Marines who are part of the environmental team supporting our operations and installations.” Each of the winners have been nominated to compete in the Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards competition. NAVFAC’s Environmental Program provides high quality, timely, cost effective and efficient environmental support to the Navy, USMC, and other clients. Environmental management is the means of conserving, protecting and restoring the environment, and natural and cultural resources, for future generations. NAVFAC offers sound environmental management and technical support necessary for Navy and USMC compliance with federal, state, local and host nation regulations. We strive to continually improve our relationship with our clients, regulators and other stakeholders through focus on common operational goals, sharing of information regarding our products and services and availability of a highly skilled environmental workforce. Visit NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic online at www.navfac.navy.mil/navfac_worldwide/ atlantic/fecs/mid-atlantic.html. Also “like,” ‘follow” and share and visit the official NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/navfacmidatlantic.

Chief of Naval Air Training announces 2020 Training Excellence Awards By Anne Owens

Chief Of Naval Air Training Public Affairs

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA) recognized several training squadrons and individuals for outstanding achievements and mission support throughout the command in 2020. “The squadrons and individuals recognized this year have shown their dedication, determination, and focus on our mission,” CNATRA Rear Adm. Robert Westendorff said. “They are representative of our entire command’s collective resolve for excellence in aviation training and I could not be more proud of them all.” The 2020 CNATRA Training Excellence award is awarded to primary and advanced training squadrons that exceeded mission goals for the year while maintaining the highest standards of safety and professionalism. The “Boomers” of Training Squadron (VT) 27 (primary) and the “Wise Owls” of VT-31 (advanced), received the CNATRA Training Excellence Award. VT-27 also received the Vice Adm. Robert Goldthwaite Training Excellence Award for the top overall Naval Air Training Command squadron. The “Stingrays” of VT-35 Squadron Augment Unit (SAU) received the SAU of the Year Award for achievements in flight training as a Navy Reserve unit. In addition to recognizing training squadrons, CNATRA recognized the following individuals for their contributions as flight instructors: Flight Instructor of the Year - Lt. Isay Rapoport, VT-27; Reserve Component Flight Instructor of the Year - Lt. Cmdr. Joel Frederick, VT-35;

George M. Skurla Naval Flight Officer Instructor of the Year - Lt. Stephen Smith, the “Sabrehawks” of VT-86. The Orville Wright Achievement Award, sponsored by the Daedalian Foundation, recognizes the students who achieved the highest grade average for a six month period. The January to June recipient was Marine 1st Lt. Douglas Haas and the July to December recipient was Lt. j.g. Trent Kurek. Both winged with the “Hellions” of Helicopter Training Squadron (HT) 28. The McCampbell and Foss Awards, sponsored by the American Fighter Aces Association, are awarded to graduates who excelled in the Air Combat Maneuvering stage during flight training. CNATRA selected Lt. j.g. James Tucker, who winged with the “Golden Eagles” of VT-22, and Marine 1st Lt. Benjamin Felhoffer, who winged with the “Redhawks” of VT-21, for the awards, respectively. CNATRA also selected Felhoffer as the recipient of the Britannia Award, sponsored by the British Royal Navy. CNATRA named Ensign Louise Zhou the Outstanding Female Flight Student Graduate for 2020. This award recognizes the NATRACOM female flight student with the highest grade average and is sponsored by the National Society, Daughters of the American Colonists. Zhou, who winged with the “Warbucks” of VT-4, also received the Rear Adm. Thurston H. James Memorial Award, sponsored by The Naval Order of the United States. The Reserve Officer Association Selected Reserve Junior Officer of the Year is Lt. Cmdr. Kyle Reilly, VT-86. The Association of the


United States Navy Selected Reserve Junior Officer of the Year is Lt. Anthony Matheus with the “Rangers” of VT-28. The Association of the United States Navy Full Time Support Junior Officer of the Year is Lt. Cmdr. Richard Hill with the “Hellions” of HT-28. CNATRA’s awards program also includes recognition for individuals who have made significant contributions to the mission outside the cockpit. CNATRA named Lt. Theodore Hagmann, Training Air Wing 1,

Flight Surgeon of the Year, while Lt. James Eldridge, of the “Redhawks” of VT-21 was named CNATRA Landing Signal Officer of the Year. The LSO of the Year award is sponsored by the Tailhook Association. CNATRA, headquartered in Corpus Christi, trains the world’s finest combat quality aviation professionals, delivering them at the right time, in the right numbers, and at the right cost to a Naval Force that is where it matters, when it matters.

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LCDR Robert A. Bartholomew, MSC, USN, architect and course director of Navy Medicine 101. (COURTESY PHOTO)

U.K.-born, bred U.S. Navy medical educator reflects on career, sense of service By André Sobocinski BUMED Public Affairs

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — When the Navy Medicine 101 pilot program was initiated in 2020 it was little surprise that Lt. Cmdr. Robert Bartholomew was selected as its architect and first course director. Since 2018, the Medical Service Corps officer has served as the Plans, Operations and Medical Intelligence (POMI) course director and instructor for operational readiness and strategic management at both Naval Medical Leader and Professional Development Command (NMLPDC) and the Uniformed Services University. And for anyone being welcomed into Navy medical life or transitioning to an operational medicine platform there is probably no one else you would want serving as your guide. Commander Bartholomew comes to the role with an abundance of unique life and career experiences that few can match. Born near a Royal Navy base just outside of Edinburgh, Scotland, Bartholomew’s entry into the sea service was in many respects predestined. His father, a native of Lincolnshire, England, served 25 years in the British Royal Navy before retiring as a chief petty officer. Among Bartholomew’s earliest memories is sitting on his parent’s bed drinking tea and eating toast while his father regaled he and his mother with captivating sea stories. Bartholomew’s maternal grandfather was an enlisted engine mechanic aboard HMS Glorious, the ill-fated aircraft carrier sunk by the battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisnau in the North Sea on June 8, 1940. The young sailor was one of 1,531 servicemen lost in the

attack, which marked the first sinking of an aircraft carrier in World War II. Today a framed collage of the Glorious, his father’s ship HMS Eagle, as well as his last ship, USS Bataan, hangs in Commander Bartholomew’s Bethesda office. It is both a daily reminder of family service, and the importance of operational readiness. Growing up, naval service was always an option for Bartholomew, but fate (initially) took him in a very different direction. His formative years were spent in Scotland, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Lincolnshire. After leaving secondary school (high school) he briefly dabbled as a photographer before entering college. “I discovered that the process in higher education was more to my liking as it was more self-paced,” said Bartholomew. “It was more dependent on the techniques, or the approach that I wanted to take rather than being as regulated as it had been in school.” He studied mechanical engineering, air transport management, and later innovation and technology management earning a PhD in the process. While not studying or teaching, Bartholomew moonlighted as a special constable and served at precincts in Lincolnshire and later Thames Valley. In 1999, Commander Bartholomew was working as a professor of management at Manchester University, England, when he was recruited by the School of Management at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in Newark, N.J. While in the United States, Bartholomew’s sense of service led him to joining the Civil Air Patrol. But after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11th, Bartholomew wanted to do more for his adopted country.

“It felt like an attack not just on a building, not just on a country, but on me, my family, my neighbors, my friends,” said Bartholomew. “It was a vicious, unprovoked attack on all of us.” Like many he was spurred to do his part by entering military service. Although having limited options since he was not yet a U.S. citizen, his choice of service was natural. Wanting to build on his family’s naval heritage, he went to see a Navy recruiter who advised him that although he was not eligible for commissioned rank, he was permitted to enlist in the Navy Reserves. Commander Bartholomew continued serving as college professor during the week, but now spent his weekends as a naval airman apprentice in the reserves. “I was enjoying what I was doing. I enjoyed the people that I was working with,” said Bartholomew. “I enjoyed the ethos of the naval service, and as an aircraft mechanic, it was nice to actually go in on a Saturday morning for a drill weekend and have something clearly broken, or in need of maintenance on an aircraft, and by the time I left on Sunday it was done.” After less than two years, he transferred to active duty. Bartholomew became a naturalized citizen 2004. Through mentoring and advice of senior enlisted and officers he also began exploring a path to getting commissioned. Because of his age his options were limited, but he discovered that the Medical Service Corps-In-service Procurement Program (IPP) offered a chance to obtain a commission and go on full time instruction under duty. Bartholomew was commissioned in the Medical Service Corps in 2008. “My dad was very proud to have a son in the

Naval Medical Forces Atlantic announces annual continuous process improvement virtual project competition winners By MC2 Jessica Dowell

Naval Medical Forces Atlantic Public Affairs

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Naval Medical Forces Atlantic (MEDLANT) Improvement Sciences department recently hosted the annual continuous process improvement (CPI) virtual project competition. This is the seventh year in which the online opportunity allows CPI professionals throughout the region to display and share work performed over the past calendar year. This competition enables Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Commands (NMRTC) to share local performance improvement activities and raises awareness of CPI activities around the region. The competition supports MEDLANT’s high-reliability organization (HRO) and reinforces the command’s commitment to providing the highest quality of care and readiness while fostering collaboration among staff. The 2021 CPI Project Competition had 15 nominations in four categories: (1)

Define, Measure, Analyze, Design, and Verify (DMADV); (2) Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control (DMAIC); (3) Rapid Improvement Event (RIE); and (4) Operation Process Improvement (OPI). This year’s winners were: DMADV: Design/Implement Rapid Shipboard COVID-19 Testing Capabilities to Support Fleet, NMRTC Annapolis, Maryland DMAIC: Mental Health 7 Day Follow Up, NMRTC Pensacola, Florida RIE: Develop Secret Internet Protocol Router (SIPR) Virtual Health Capability to Support Mental Health Treatment/Fleet Forces, NMRTC Rota, Spain OPI: On the Front Line of the Opioid Crisis: Managing Opioid Dependency in Primary Care, NMRTC Great Lakes, Illinois Projects are available to view at https:// e s p o r t a l . m e d . n av y. m i l / s i t e s / N M E / CPI-LSS/fair/default.aspx and will be presented over the next year during the MEDLANT Quality Council which is held the fourth Wednesday of each month.


Navy; although, it wasn’t the Royal Navy,” said Bartholomew. “But he watched what I was doing with interest and pride and I kept him up to date. And he was very excited when he learned that I’d be commissioned.” After a tour as Naval Medical Center Portsmouth’s (NMCP) as Dental Operations Officer, Commander Bartholomew deployed to the staff of the USFOR-A Surgeon, TF 30th MEDCOM (US Army), Bagram, Afghanistan, as their sole Health Facilities Planner. Returning to NMCP in 2010, he served as the Department Head of Security and Emergency Management, Division Officer, POMI, and Operational Support Office (OSO) and the interim Department Head for Human Resources. He reported to the USS Bataan (LHD 5) in 2012 as Medical Admin Officer and Medical/ Dental Division Officer where he deployed to the 6th and 5th fleet AORs. These tours qualified Bartholomew for the POMI specialty and led to a tour as a medical intelligence analyst at the National Center for Medical Intelligence in Fort Detrick, Maryland. And in 2017, he became the first staff corps officer in Navy history to earn the Information Warfare Additional Qualification Designator (AQD) and pin. These experiences would prove foundational for his return to the education and training realm. Today, there is one piece of advice that Commander Bartholomew imparts to all of his students built on his years of experience. Whether they are newly commissioned staff corps officers or entering the POMI subspecialty, Bartholomew tells them “don’t stovepipe.” “Initially it’s all about being a great nurse, being a great doctor, being a great dentist or Medical Service Corps officer,” said Bartholomew. “But ultimately throughout your career, you need to have a broad knowledge; you need to have experience in other areas. You really do need to step out of your comfort zone and do something different. Accept every single challenge that comes your way no matter how difficult it is and figure out how to get it done. That’s uncomfortable at the time, but you learn exponentially more than you will by just plodding day to day and doing the same thing over and over again.”

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2 Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365 (VMM-365),“Blue Knights”, detached from Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina, conduct MV-22B Osprey pilot and crew training at Naval Air Facility (NAF) El Centro. (MC3 DREW VERGIS)

Blue Knights soar over Imperial Valley By MC3 Drew Verbis

Naval Air Facility El Centro Public Affairs

EL CENTRO, Calif. — Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365 (VMM-365), known as the Blue Knights, detached from Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina, conduct MV-22B Osprey pilot and crew training at Naval Air Facility (NAF) El Centro, March - May, 2021. Tactical drills and maintenance are a crit-

ical part of the composite training unit exercise of the Blue Knights. “Our primary objective is focusing on supporting Regiment Air Assault Courses (RAAC),” said 1st Lt Michael Kenyon. “Each evolution is deploying 4 or 5 birds to support unit level training which is essential for development and qualification standards of pilots and crew chiefs.” MV-22B Osprey’s provide unique tactical vertical flights, airplane mode transition, and

small zone landing capability for earth and afloat amphibious vessels. They are essential military-vehicles which have deployed in support of critical world-engagements including Operation Enduring Freedom and hurricane emergency relief. “It has been great to host Marine Corps Tiltrotor Operations here at the Pearl of the Desert, and awesome seeing the multi-mission lift capability that they bring to the fight,” said Cdr. Carl Liptak, executive officer, NAF

El Centro. “We have been impressed with their professionalism and the team’s ability to sustain a challenging schedule of daily flight operations over the last few months.” Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 365 was established in 1963, at Marine Corps Air Facility (MCAF) Santa Ana, Calif., and was assigned to Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 36, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW). “NAF El Centro offers a great space to meet our training objectives,” said Kenyon. “This includes Integrated Training Exercises (ITX) and Air Ground Combat support for Twentynine Palms. The airspace, maintenance hangars and quarters provide all of the key elements for mission success. The Imperial Valley community treats us like family.” The mission of Naval Air Facility El Centro is to support the combat training and readiness of the Warfighter. This includes air operations support to operational fleet and training squadrons as well as squadrons from other services (USMC, USA, USAF) and Allies.



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CNIC, USFFC conducts hurricane/ disaster response exercise From USFFC and CNIC Public Affairs WASHINGTON — The annual hurricane preparedness/disaster response and recovery exercise, Hurricane Exercise/Citadel Gale 2021 (HURREX/CG 21), is taking place May 3- 14 to prepare staff and crews for the potential impacts on infrastructure and fleet operations. U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFFC) and Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) will conduct the exercise jointly prior to the onset of the hurricane season that is set to begin June 1. “Natural disaster exercises are an opportunity for commands, Sailors and their fami-

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89.4% (42) rated in the Outstanding, Very Good, Good, or Average ranges (100.0 thru 70.0) in the Overall Score, 8.5% (4) rated Below Average (69.9 thru 65.0), and 2.1% (1) rated Below 55. A detailed summary of the FY21/Report Year 2020 TSS results can be found here: https://www.cnic.navy.mil/ffr/housing/HQ_ Housing_Programs/surveys.html While PPV partners worked diligently to provide continued service to residents throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the challenges presented appear to have contributed to the decrease in overall satisfaction scores at 37 of the 49 installations surveyed. Pandemic-related tenant comments include the need for more communication, multiple staff changes and shortages, confusion over what qualified as emergency maintenance, and length of time on-site amenities were or have been closed. The Navy and our PPV partner companies have put the health and safety of residents first throughout the pandemic and will continue to work in concert to provide services while mitigating the spread of COVID-19. While the majority of neighborhoods scored above average, PPV neighborhoods that received an overall score less than 75 are required to develop a targeted action plan to address issues identified by residents. These action plans are submitted to CNIC and Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) to review and track progress. Progress made to fulfill FY 2020 NDAA requirements In addition to the TSS, the Navy continues to focus on improving its oversight of PPV housing and enhancing the living experience for service members and their families. The Navy is implementing the Department of Defense-issued Military Housing Privatization Initiative (MHPI) Tenant Bill of Rights (TBOR,) which addresses 15 of the 18 rights

lies to prepare for heavy weather threats to our U.S. coastal regions and installations,” said Vice Adm. Yancy Lindsey, commander, CNIC. “Natural disaster preparedness and response is a key component of Navy installation and personnel resiliency.” HURREX/CG 21 is conducted over a two-week period. The first week simulates a storm system along U.S. Atlantic coast whose evolution provides an opportunity to review operating procedures and ensure staff are prepared for the upcoming hurricane season. The storms increasing intensity will drive simulated ship sorties, aircraft evacuation, personnel accountability procedures, and test our ability to oper-

in the FY 2020 NDAA. The three remaining rights are being actively negotiated and are expected to be implemented as part of the new universal lease that is being developed. During the annual DON and PPV Partners meeting, held April 7, 2021, all parties confirmed their commitment to continue working through the various tasks needed to implement the remaining rights by June, 2021. Recent efforts/ongoing improvements Housing Dashboard: CNIC continues to improve oversight of project company performance and the FY21 phase of the electronic dashboard updates will focus on improving oversight metrics for PPV occupancy, action plans for TSS survey results, and highlighting awareness of key metrics related to project sustainment. Tenant Bill of Rights: CNIC has worked with PPV partners and Housing Service Centers (HSC) to ensure full implementation of the 15 signed provisions for the Tenant Bill of Rights. Following OSD guidance, the Navy is postured to implement the full Tenant Bill of Rights, including the universal lease, dispute resolution and rent segregation in June 2021. Increased leadership involvement/oversite: CNIC has developed installation level briefings to better educate command leadership on the PPV program and to help increase engagement. Additionally, the Navy now conducts quarterly ‘town hall’ events for residents of PPV housing. These events are being held in person or virtually through social media and other online channels, and typically feature installation leadership, HSC staff and PPV representatives. CNIC has also added a PPV course to the Housing Service Center training curriculum, increased the emphasis on PPV oversight within the Navy Senior Shore Leadership Course and developed a PPV program leadership guide. Navy Housing Service Centers: HSCs have also made several adjustments to better serve residents including hiring additional Navy staff members across the shore, increased

ate with mission essential personnel only. The second-week shifts focus to procedures for recovery from major weather events, which includes lifting evacuation orders, reopening installations, and conducting damage assessments. “During hurricane season, nothing is more important than ensuring the safety and security of our personnel, their families, and our fleet assets,” said Adm. Christopher Grady, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command. “We will use this exercise to evaluate personnel and unit readiness, rehearse response procedures, and walk-through post-storm recovery operations to ensure we will be ready when called upon to support our nation

regardless of the mission.” All Navy commands throughout Naval District Washington, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic and Navy Region Southeast will participate. There will be no Navy ship movements associated with HURREX/CG 21, however fleet units will execute muster procedures and shore-based heavy weather responses such as heavy-weather mooring of ships of every class and heavy-weather tie-downs of each aircraft type. HURREX/CG 21 is an essential part of maintaining and improving installation support and recovery efforts before, during and after major weather events. Precautions have been implemented to minimize the threat of COVID-19 to participating personnel. The health and safety of our people remain the top priority throughout the exercise. For more information about HURREX/ CG 21, contact USFFC Public Affairs at 757-836-3630 or CNIC Public Affairs at 202-433-4052.


training for personnel and several new initiatives to aid in gauging resident satisfaction so issues can be remedied in a prompt fashion. “I want to thank the 9,779 family housing and 813 unaccompanied PPV housing residents who took time off from your busy day to fill out the survey,” said Greg Wright, CNIC Housing director. “In the fall of 2021, we plan to synchronize the PPV TSS survey with our worldwide portfolio of government-owned

and leased housing. Conducting our four Navy housing surveys— PPV family, PPV unaccompanied, government, family and government unaccompanied— at the same time each year will make it more convenient for the residents and align the Navy with DoD guidance.” For more information about Navy Housing, go to www.cnic.navy.mil/ffr/housing.html or visit your Navy Housing Service Center.

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Williamsburg Live! Three Nights of Music Under The Stars in Historic Colonial Williamsburg. From Virginia Arts Festival

June 18-20, 2021 The Lawn of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg Virginia Arts Festival announces the return of Williamsburg Live - three starlit nights of music! Friday, June 18 features Grammy-winning, genre-jumping mandolinist Chris Thile; Saturday, June 19 is headlined by multi-instrumentalist, former member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops Leyla McCalla; and the Festival rounds out on Sunday, June 20 with Americana Music Award winning artists The Lone Bellow. Tickets are on sale now at vafest. org or by calling 757-282-2822. Williamsburg Live offers indelible musical memories, made by the light of the moon in the heart of historic Williamsburg, Virginia. As the summer breezes blow and the stars come out, fans enjoy inspired local food and wine and craft beers—then settle in for performances by some of today’s most compelling artists. The unique setting affords many opportunities to explore centuries of history and enjoy the region’s unique shopping and award-winning dining.

Chris Thile Friday, June 18, 7:30 PM MacArthur Fellow and Grammy Award-winning mandolinist, singer, songwriter Chris Thile, who the Guardian calls “that rare being: an all-round musician who can settle into any style, from bluegrass to classical,” and NPR calls a “genre-defying musical genius,” is a founding member of the critically acclaimed bands Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek. For four years, Thile hosted public radio favorite Live from Here with Chris Thile (formerly known as A Prairie Home Companion). With his broad outlook, Thile creates a distinctly American canon and a new musical aesthetic for performers and audiences alike, giving the listener “one joyous arc, with the linear melody and vertical harmony blurring into a single web of gossamer beauty” (New York Times). Most recently, Chris recorded Laysongs, out June 4, 2021 on Nonesuch. The album is his first truly solo album: just Thile, his voice, and his mandolin, on new recordings of six original songs and three covers, all of which contextualize and banter with his ideas about spirituality. Recorded in

a converted upstate New York church during the pandemic, Laysongs’ centerpiece is the three-part “Salt (in the Wounds) of the Earth,” which was inspired by C.S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters. Leyla McCalla Saturday, June 19, 7:30 PM Leyla McCalla finds inspiration from her past and present, from her Haitian heritage, to living in New Orleans, to growing up on the streets in Brooklyn, this bilingual multi-instrumentalist and singer creates a distinctive sound that reflects the union of her roots and experience. She rose to fame during her two years as cellist of the Grammy-winning African-American string band, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, alongside bandmates Rhiannon Giddens and Dom Flemons, before leaving the group in 2013 to pursue her solo career. She collaborated with Giddens, Amythyst Kiah and Allison Russell on Songs of Our Native Daughters, a stunning reinvention of slave narratives. Deeply researched, beautifully performed, McCalla’s “magnificently transparent music holds tidings of family, memory, solitude… her voice is disarmingly natural, and her

settings are elegantly succinct” (The New York Times). The Lone Bellow Sunday, June 20, 7:30 PM When this “Nashville by way of Brooklyn” band released their first album in 2013, fans signed on and critics sang their praises; People Magazine placed it in their Top 10 Albums of the year, along with many other publications, and Entertainment Weekly called it “one of the top reasons to love country music.” The Americana Music Award-winning group released their latest album Half Moon Light in 2020 to rave reviews; NPR said, “The Lone Bellow makes music that feels like it’s welcoming you in — like the band members are opening their arms and inviting you to join their family with sing-along choruses, hand-clapping rhythms and melodies that somehow sound familiar even on a first listen.” Settle in for this Sunday night show and savor “songs that are meant to comfort and bring light.” Make it a weekend, with soft summer nights of great music, and days filled with adventure! Stroll through more than three hundred years of history in Colonial Williamsburg, sip your way through acclaimed wineries, breweries and distilleries, sample shopping that ranges from bargain-packed outlets to unique boutiques, and get your fill of thrills with a day at Busch Gardens and Water Country USA. Colonial Williamsburg Hotels offer special Williamsburg Live hotel packages to make your stay relaxing and affordable. Visit colonialwilliamsburghotels.com or call 1-877-568-8225 for more information.

Celebrating Norfolk Bike From theCity of Norfolk

NORFOLK, VA — During the month of May, we shift gears to two wheels by recognizing Norfolk Bike Month: an opportunity to bike to work or school, try out new trails and discover the benefits of biking. This city-wide community celebration is an annual partnership between the City of Norfolk, Downtown Norfolk Council, Hampton Roads Transit’s Traffix, the Elizabeth River Trail and many others. Throughout the month, residents will find a variety of ways they can get out and ride safely — whether it’s a family ride along the Elizabeth River Trail, a solo trek through the new Northside Park Bike Trail or taking part in one of Bike Month’s signature events. Norfolk is a wonderful place to bicycle and the City is committed to making it a safe and more convenient way to travel. The City’s new bike lanes and routes, as well as bicycle parking are just a few of the initiatives that make Norfolk a Bike Friendly Community. Bike Month is also an opportunity to

remind bicyclists and motorists to be safe and vigilant while on the road. In 2019, the City adopted the Vision Zero resolution — an initiative to create a safer environment for all who travel in and through Norfolk, whether by foot, bike, scooter or vehicle. Motorists are reminded to: • Share the road with cyclists. Bikes are allowed on City of Norfolk streets whether in a bike lane or not. • Keep a distance of at least three feet when passing a cyclist on the street. It’s the law! • Watch out when you open your car door when parked on a city street. Bicyclists are reminded to: • Follow the same rules of the road as a vehicle. Stop at stop signs and yield to pedestrians. Bike with the flow of traffic. • Bike helmets are mandatory for those 14 years of age and younger. Wear bright clothing in the dark and use a white headlight or red taillight at night, so others can see you! • Use the bikes lanes and buffered bike lanes. If you must ride on a sidewalk, be courteous to pedestrians. Riding is prohibited on sidewalks downtown.


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Norfolk Festevents Announces Bayou Bon Vivant: A Cajun Music, Food & Arts Celebration From Festevents Norfolk, VA — Norfolk Festevents is excited to announce Bayou Bon Vivant: A Cajun Music, Food & Arts Celebration on Friday & Saturday, May 14 & 15, 2021, at Town Point Park along the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront. The event runs from 4-9pm on Friday and 12-9pm on Saturday. The French term Bon Vivant translates to “a person who enjoys the good things in life, especially good food and drink” and the Bayou Bon Vivant: Cajun Music, Food & Arts Celebration brings the iconic tastes, tunes, and traditions of New Orleans to right here in Downtown Norfolk. From juicy handfuls of crawfish to the sounds of blues, jazz, zydeco, and brass, the Bayou Bon Vivant captures the vibrant spirit of Louisiana and transforms it into a two-day celebration along the Elizabeth River. ““We are excited to offer a generous serving of our annual Bayou weekend,” said Norfolk Festevents CEO Ted Baroody. “The event allows us to extend two new features of the festival — the event taking place in the month of May and a drive-thru food option.” Bayou Bon Vivant is FREE and open to the public. To comply with local and state COVID19 health guidelines, there will be limited capacity at the event, and admission into the event will be on a first-come, first-served basis. There are several options for guests that wish to ensure they reserve a spot in the event. Reserving a Social Circle or Premier Table Seating is the best way to guarantee a premium spot in the park with preferred views of the main stage for guests to enjoy.

Guests can reserve a social circle at bit.ly/ TixBayou. Pricing is $25 for Premier Table Seating circles (includes bistro table, four chairs & the closest proximity to the stage) and $10 for Reserved circles (includes close proximity to the stage). General admission is free, but GA circles are on a first-come, firstserved basis. BAYOU BON VIVANT TICKET PRICING Premier Seating $25 per circle Includes bistro table + 4 chairs & closest proximity to stage Reserved Seating $10 per circle Includes close proximity to stage General Admission Free GA circles are on a first-come, first-served basis The weekend’s music lineup begins with a pair of brass bands in Norfolk’s own Hot Gumbo Brass Band (Friday, 5-6:30pm) and Audacity Brass Band (Friday, 7:30-9pm). On Saturday, Louisiana Music Hall of Famer and powerhouse Blues guitarist Jonathon “Boogie” Long (Saturday, 7:30-9pm) headlines Saturday’s set, along with the Old James River Jazz Band (Saturday, 1-5pm) as an opening act. Additional performers will be announced soon. BAYOU BON VIVANT MUSIC LINEUP Friday, May 14 Hot Gumbo Brass Band 5-6:30pm Audacity Brass Band 7:30-9pm Saturday, May 15 Olde James River Jazz Band 1-5pm Zydeco-A-Go-Go 5-6:30pm

Jonathon “Boogie” Long 7:30-9pm Bayou Bon Vivant will also offer a wide range of authentic, mouth-watering Cajun cuisine options, including fresh Louisiana Crawfish, jambalaya, Cajun chicken wings, red beans & rice, beignets, and hurricanes. Cody’s Crawfish Shop from Sulfur, Louisiana, will be on-site cooking up pounds of fresh Gulf mudbugs. For guests looking to cure their Cajun cravings from the comfort of the home, there will also be a Bayou Drive-Thru option. Guests will also have the opportunity to pre-order their favorite dishes in advance and then conveniently pick up that weekend at the drive-thru experience located next to Town Point Park outside of the event. Guests can now pre-order at bit.ly/Bayou2021. Food options are available while supplies last. Drive-ups are welcomed, but pre-ordering is encouraged. BAYOU BON VIVANT FOOD MENU Louisiana Crawfish, $25 for 2lb boil w/ corn & potatoes (feeds 2-3) Jambalaya, $16 for 16oz bowl w/ shrimp, Andouille sausage & chicken (feeds 2-4) Cajun Chicken Wings, $15 for 10 wings w/ ranch (feeds 1-2) Red Beans & Rice, $9 per bowl (feeds 1-2) Beignets, $8 for 6 beignets w/ powdered sugar (feeds 2-3) * Food menu also available for drive-thru pickup. In addition to the music and food, the Louisiana Crafts Guild, a juried organization of Fine Crafts Artisans located throughout the state of Louisiana and the southern region of the United States, will be selling select pieces of unique, authentic art at the event.

Talk by Pirate Book author Jeremy Moss and debut of Paul Urban’s new duo for Hampton History Museum’s May monthly series

From Visit Hampton

Hampton, VA— For its May virtual events, the Hampton History Museum presents author Jeremy R. Moss to highlight Hampton’s connections to the Golden Age of Piracy as related in his recent book about pirate Major Stede Bonnet in a virtual lecture on Monday, May 3 at 7:00 p.m. Hampton Roads bluesman Paul Urban debuts his new duo, Flat Third, with Joe Hardesty, and premieres new original tunes in a virtual concert on Wednesday, May 19 at 7:00 p.m. The Life and Tryals of the Gentleman Pirate, Major Stede Bonnet Monday, May 3, 7:00 p.m. - Facebook Live Chesapeake-native Jeremy Moss brings to life the golden age of piracy through the vivid life of one of the least likely, yet most interesting pirates, Major Stede Bonnet. Using his book, The Life and Tryals of the Gentleman Pirate, Major Stede Bonnet as a backdrop, Moss re-creates the life and times of some of the most famous pirates of the Golden Age of Piracy, including the infamous Blackbeard. Awash with myth-busting history, Moss tells the story of the real pirates, sharing accounts of their daily life, social issues, natural disasters, political intrigues, bloody battles, and, of course, buried treasure, while weaving in interesting connections to the history of Hampton. Jeremy R. Moss is a lawyer and lobbyist living in Alexandria, Virginia. An emerging author and freelance historian, Moss’s research is focused on piracy and early colonial maritime history. When not working or writing, he is a family man and can be found telling stories of adventure and buried treasure to his three

young sons. Flat Third Wednesday, May 19, 7:00 p.m. - Facebook Live Prolific bluesman guitarist/vocalist Paul Urban returns to the Great Hall stage to debut his latest musical incarnation, Flat Third, in collaboration with guitarist Joe Hardesty. Paul brings with him a wealth of original music, from familiar songs written during his days leading the prominent blues band Urban Hill, to newly minted tunes penned in the past year. Paul Urban is a familiar name in the Tidewater music scene, Flat Third is a spinoff his band, Paul Urban and Friends. He had performed with Urban Hill for four years. With the formation of Paul Urban and Friends, he moved into a more diverse musical direction to include more jazz and funk influences. Join Paul and Joe for an hour of homegrown Tidewater blues. Hampton History Museum Back to Regular Hours The Hampton History Museum has returned to full operating hours. Visitors can explore over 400 years of our past in the galleries. The special, artifact-rich exhibit, “Hampton One: Building, Working, and Racing on the Water,” features a restored 1947 Hampton-One Design sailboat in the museum’s lobby. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Sunday, 1:00-5:00 p.m. Admission: Adults: $5; Children ages 4-12: $4; Children under 4: Free; Seniors (62+), Active Military, NASA, AAA: $4. For more information call 757-727-1102, or visit hamptonhistorymuseum.org.


In support of the Louisiana artists and annual Mardi Gras parade that could not take place this year, a portion of the Heroes Parade Float has been purchased and will be on display in the park. Alongside local designer Mike Bell, the Louisiana Crafts Guild will be curating the old floats and displaying them on-site, providing a picture-perfect photo opportunity. Official t-shirts, created by local designer Peacefrogs, for the 2021 Bayou Bon Vivant will also be available for purchase for $25 at the event and in the drive-thru. For more information on the Bayou Bon Vivant: Cajun Music, Food & Arts Celebration, please visit bit.ly/Bayou2021 or Festevents.org. Guidelines To Know Before Attending: • Wear a mask or face covering! Only guests with a face covering will be permitted into the event. Masks or face coverings are required at all times except while eating or drinking. • Stay in your circle! Guests are required to remain in their designated social circle except when purchasing food and beverages or when using the restroom. In order to keep all guests at a safe distance, each social circle is limited to up to four people. Gathering at the bar, food vendors, arts vendors, or stage will not be permitted. Food and beverages are to be enjoyed in your social circles. • Attendance is first-come, first-served! This event has a capacity limit and attendance is on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are encouraged. • Have a fever or COVID-19 symptoms? Guests with a fever or symptoms of COVID19, or known exposure to a COVID-19 case in the prior 14 days, will not be permitted into the event. • Feel free to bring a chair and refreshments! Guests are permitted to bring in a chair or blanket to relax in your social circle. Guests are also permitted to bring in a personal cooler with food and non-alcoholic beverages. • No pets allowed, in accordance with state guidelines. The Bayou Bon Vivant is presented by Southern Auto Group, Russell’s Heating & Cooling, CFE Equipment Corporation, and Jack Daniel’s.

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After 17 years, cicadas ready to descend on D.C. area, By Ian Neligh

Uniformed Services University

The swarm will arrive any day now. Billions, possibly trillions, of cicadas with bright red eyes will feverishly tunnel up from the ground where they’ve waited the past 17 years. One to 2 inches in size, the insects will take advantage of the warming spring temperatures to dig their way free and swarm up into the nearby trees. Soon Brood X will invade the Washington, D.C., metro area and 14 other states to reproduce for about six weeks before disappearing again for another 17 years. To the uninitiated, the flying, five-eyed periodical cicada with its frenzied, 96-decibel mating song might sound like something from an ambitious B movie. But entomologists with the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) stress this is a harmless and unique chance to encounter the rare cicada event and, for the brave, maybe even a unique culinary opportunity. Dr. James English, USU adjunct assistant professor of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics now at the U.S. Geological Survey, recommends the best way to experience this phenomenon is to wait until midnight, get a flashlight and head to a forest as the insects emerge from the ground. “Go out there with a headlamp or flashlight and watch them come out of the ground,” English said. “Silently and slowly, they come out of these holes in the ground, climbing up a tree or a bush or a vine.” After ascending, the cicadas will then break out of their nymph exoskeleton and over the next five to six hours harden a new adult life stage with wings. “(They’ll) have translucent orange wings and orange legs and the beautiful cherry red eyes,” he said. The colorful insects will then spend the next six weeks trying to reproduce, laying eggs in the trees before dying, and the process begins all over again. There are 15 documented cicada broods that come out either every 13 or 17 years. Brood X, named after the Roman numeral 10 and its order of classification, is one of the largest of these groups. The last time they debuted Facebook was still a new website

and the television show ‘Friends’ had recently ended. Some of the oldest living insects on the planet, cicadas are mentioned in Homer’s ‘The Iliad’ and were observed by settlers in North America as early as the 1700s. According to English, the reason the cicadas have such a long underground development period, where they spend their time feeding off the roots of trees, is because of the need to outlast their predators - which is basically everything. Squirrels, rabbits, birds, and mice will all enthusiastically eat cicadas when they emerge. It’s essentially an all-you-can-eat cicada buffet, and all those extra calories go to increasing the predator population. English said the number 17 has meaning. The prime number keeps the different cicada broods from coming out at the same time, except for every 221 years when hypothetical 13-year and 17-year broods might be co-located and emerge simultaneously, allowing them to breed with each other. One of the tricky aspects of studying cicadas is in learning how they keep time. How is it they know 13 or 17 years have passed when they spend it under the ground? The prevailing thought is they have some sort of molecular clock that keeps track of the warming ground temperatures or, as English theorizes, through the hormones produced by trees as they bud in the spring. Navy Lt. Cmdr. James Dunford, a medical entomologist and USU adjunct professor, said he experienced Brood XIII in eastern Wisconsin while growing up. “I think you’ll find, in general, some people will be freaked out, the people who have an aversion to bugs and certainly to lots of bugs piled up on each other,” Dunford said. “But for me, just like monarch migrations and some of these other amazing entomological phenomena, this is really one of the top 10 to me — maybe even top five of things you can see in the world of entomology.” Dunford said, despite making some people feel squeamish, the cicadas are completely harmless. “There have been some traffic incidents associated with lots of cicadas,” Dunford said. “Maybe the conditions are slick, or

Billions of Brood X cicadas will be emerging throughout the eastern United States soon for a mating ritual that only happens every 17 years ( GENE KRITSKY).

they’re flying into windshields.” As far as experiencing the cicada invasion, Dunford said it depends on how comfortable someone was with insects. “You can get as close as handling them, because these are easier to handle than the annual cicadas, ...or monitor them from a distance with binoculars or even actively participate (in studies) and submit pictures to universities,” Dunford said. One such study ‘Cicada Safari’, sponsored by Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, can be found in online App stores. For the adventurous, there are also culinary experiences to be had with the large Brood X emergence. The insect is apparently edible, and the curious can find recipes in cookbooks such as ‘The Cicada Cookbook’ or ‘Cooking with Cicadas.’ English said he has eaten the insects during fundraisers prepared by chefs.

“And it’s not good. It’s never good,” English said. “It is mainly because the chefs don’t know what they’re doing with bugs. They will cook with adults after their shells have hardened, so you’re eating mainly crunchy shells. And males are hollow, so they are almost exclusively shells. Females will at least be filled with eggs.” English said his advice to chefs is to contact an entomologist and collaborate, adding the best time to eat them is after they’ve first broken out of their shells. “That is when they’re delicious,” English said. “If you were to take shrimp and avocado and mix them together with just a little bit of butter...that’s the closest thing (to their taste) I can think of.” Whether people are looking to avoid, observe, or even dine on Brood X — one thing is for sure — there will soon be plenty of opportunity.

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Simple Ways to Support Immunity and Overall Health From Brandpoint “You are what you eat” is a phrase you probably heard growing up, and while it’s a broad statement, the overall sentiment holds true: The foods you ingest have the ability to support or detract from your overall health. This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to completely overhaul your nutrition. You can make a positive impact to your wellness with some easy updates to how you eat and prepare foods. Step 1: Wash up every time Before preparing any food make sure to wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds - approximately the time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice. Or, go for a line from Queen three times: “We will, we will rock you (rock you).” What’s more, if you’re preparing any fresh produce, make sure it’s been rinsed and washed appropriately. Washing hands and fresh foods helps eliminate dirt, bacteria and germs. That way what you eat is fueling your body with nutrients rather than potentially challenging your immune system. Step 2: Make healthful food swaps “The foods we eat fuel our bodies and can support the immune system, so it’s more important than ever to make healthful, wholesome choices,” says Dr. John La Puma, co-founder of

ChefMD. “Consider making simple swaps to your everyday diet that will help you prioritize overall wellness and a strong immune system.” For example, Dr. La Puma recommends the following: * Instead of buying bread or processed snack items, look for whole nuts and seeds like almonds, walnuts and pumpkin seeds to boost your fiber and zinc intake. * Instead of using only salt to season foods, experiment with dried or fresh herbs or even citrus juice and zest from a lemon or orange. * If you want to sweeten your tea or coffee, try a touch of honey or maple syrup instead of refined sugar. * Choose heart-healthy oils when needed in recipes, such as extra virgin olive oil. * Use half the sugar called for in most baking recipes - most are overly sweet. Dr. La Puma says not to overthink it - something as seemingly simple as the eggs you choose can make a big difference, too. He suggests Eggland’s Best eggs, because compared to ordinary eggs, EB contains more than double the omega-3s and vitamin B12, 10 times more vitamin E and six times more vitamin D. Vitamin B12 is vital to immune cell function and response, and vitamin D helps support a healthy immune system by fighting off harmful bacteria.

Step 3: Drink up with healthy hydration Nutrients are delivered throughout your body through your bloodstream. Blood is made mostly of water, which is one of the reasons why proper hydration is key for overall wellness and a strong immune system. It can be easy to forget to drink up throughout the day, so try to make a habit of keeping a glass of water nearby as a visual reminder. Bored with plain water? Don’t be tempted by sugary drinks. Add in some healthy flavor by tossing in some sliced orange, lemon, lime, apple, cucumber or a few berries for a customized drink that is healthy and hydrating. The more frequently you drink water or water-based drinks the less your mind will crave soda and other sugar-packed alternatives. Step 4: Try new recipes Trying new recipes keeps healthy eating fresh and interesting, so this is the time to deploy your culinary skills and incorporate new recipes into your meal planning. Need inspiration? Check out this delicious recipe created by Dr. La Puma, packed with nutritious ingredients that support a healthy immune system: Shiitake Mushroom & Red Bell Pepper Frittata with Smoked Salmon Ingredients

6 large Eggland’s Best eggs 2 tablespoons olive oil 6 ounces shiitake mushrooms stems minced fine, caps sliced ¼” wide 6 ounces red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1 inch pieces ½ teaspoon ground turmeric 3 tablespoons milk, preferably almond or oat milk 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme, divided ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 4 ounces smoked salmon, coarsely chopped 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt Instructions Heat a 10-inch skillet with sloped sides over medium heat. Add olive oil; after 30 seconds, add mushroom caps and bell pepper; cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Preheat broiler. In a medium bowl, beat together eggs, milk, 1 tablespoon of the thyme, and the salt and pepper. Stir in smoked salmon. Set aside. Add turmeric and black pepper to the skillet, stirring for a few seconds. Stop stirring and pour egg mixture into skillet over vegetables; mix well. With a spatula, press vegetables down into an even layer under the egg mixture. Cook without stirring until eggs are set on bottom, about 5 minutes. (Center will be wet.) Transfer to broiler; broil 4 to 5 inches from heat source 2 minutes or until eggs are set. Cut into wedges. Drop on spoonfuls of yogurt and sprinkle remaining one tablespoon thyme over frittata before serving. For additional recipe inspiration visit www. egglandsbest.com/recipes.

5 ways America’s most loved vegetable loves you back From Brandpoint You don’t have to choose between foods that taste good and foods that are good for you. In fact, America’s most loved vegetable - the potato - loves you right back. Whether you’re fixing a romantic dinner for two, a family meal or a tasty snack, this versatile nutrient-dense vegetable brings a lot to the table. For home cooks inspired by plant-based ingredients, potatoes add so much to an array of recipes, ranging from special occasion entrees to globally inspired dishes and more. Here are the top five ways potatoes love you back: 1. Potatoes show your body love. As a nutrient-dense vegetable, potatoes can stay at the top of your grocery list in February and beyond. A 110-calorie, skin-on medium (5.3 ounces) potato delivers: * 26 grams of good carbs to fuel you whether you’re working out or just running errands. * 3 grams of protein, as an affordable and plant-based protein option. * More potassium than a banana: Potassium is an important mineral for an overall hearthealthy eating pattern. Potatoes are a food with one of the highest levels of potassium and are considered a good source, providing 15% of your recommended daily value per serving (620 mg). * 30% of your daily recommended vitamin C requirement, especially top of mind this winter season. * ZERO fat, cholesterol, gluten or sodium, to suit your health goals. 2. Potatoes have good carbs that love you back.

The fact is, not all carbs are created equal. Some emerging research suggests the starch in potatoes that’s greatly increased through heating and cooling them, called resistant starch, may deliver similar health benefits to dietary fiber. Dietary fiber, like the 2 grams found in a skin-on medium potato, has been shown to have numerous health benefits, including leaving you feeling satisfied and not hungry again for a while. Registered Dietitian Cara Harbstreet, MS, RD, LD, advises including foods you love, like potatoes, in your daily diet and that all foods - yes, including your favorites - belong in your diet. “Carbs should have a place on your plate every day. Not all carbs are created equal, so whenever possible, reach for an option that provides key nutrients too,” said Harbstreet. “Potatoes deliver a nutritional punch and are easy to incorporate into special occasion meals and everyday eating.” 3. Potatoes show your wallet some love, too. Not only do potatoes taste great, they’re also an affordable, nutrient-dense vegetable that provides more nutrients per penny than most other vegetables. And, if you are looking to amp up the fiber content of your daily diet, potatoes are one of the least expensive sources of fiber out there. 4. Potatoes are beloved the world over. It’s not just America that has enjoyed a long-lasting love affair with the potato. Potatoes are a staple in nearly every cultural cuisine, so they’re uniquely suited to deliver today’s most on-trend and craveable global flavors. Using the familiar potato as your base, you can honor and explore plenty of tantalizing cuisines from around the globe. 5. Potatoes create dishes you and your loved


ones will love. From the classic fluffy baked potato to the nutty and buttery fingerling, the many varieties of the potato have inspired - and continue to inspire - endless recipes using fresh, frozen or dehydrated potatoes. From the simple to the complex, potatoes elevate any dish with amazing taste and good nutrition. No matter your nutrition goals or eating preferences, all foods fit within a balanced diet and you don’t have to sacrifice those you love. By creating your meals around whole

foods you already enjoy, like potatoes, you can sprinkle in some fun. For example, for a romantic meal, pair Chimichurri Twice Baked Potatoes with a steak and leafy greens. Or enjoy Salt and Pepper Air Fryer Chips with a whole food-based dip - like guacamole or hummus. No matter how you slice it, potatoes are a good carb and nutrient-dense vegetable that loves you back in so many ways. For more amazing recipe ideas using nutritious, delicious potatoes, visit PotatoGoodness.com.

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Army Lt. Gen. Ronald Place, director of the Defense Health Agency, left, and Navy Rear Adm. Darin Via, director of the Tidewater Market, and commander, Naval Medical Forces Atlantic, unfurl the Defense Health Agency flag during a socially distanced establishment ceremony to mark the standup of the Tidewater Market, April 28, 2021. Tidewater Market is on the leading edge of the Military Health System’s historic change, following its certification by the Defense Health Agency on April 19, 2021 ( Jessica Dowell).

DHA stands up new market in Tidewater region of Virginia By Navy Petty Officer 2Nd Class Jessica Dowell

Naval Medical Forces Atlantic

Army Lt. Gen. Ronald Place, director of the Defense Health Agency, visited Naval Medical Forces Atlantic at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, to participate in a socially distanced establishment ceremony to mark the standup of the Tidewater Market, April 28, 2021. Tidewater Market is on the leading edge of the Military Health System’s historic change, following its certification by the Defense

Health Agency on April 19, 2021. By standing up the Tidewater Market, DHA enables greater collaboration across military hospitals and clinics strengthening the medical readiness of service members and enabling these facilities to deliver better care and a better patient experience. “I’m excited to hit the ground running as Tidewater’s director,” said Rear Adm. Darin Via, director of the Tidewater Market. “This change benefits everyone in our market. Our patients can now access a larger network of providers and specialists; our medical professionals have greater opportunities to

maintain their skills; and our facilities can more easily share resources. In other words, I know our system as a whole will be healthier and more prepared due to this transition.” The Tidewater Market serves 393,000 beneficiaries, and includes: Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, McDonald Army Health Center at Fort Eustis, and U.S. Air Force Hospital at Langley Air Force Base. As part of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, the Military Health System is transitioning administration and management of all military and hospitals and clinics to DHA. To do so effectively,

DHA chose a market approach, based on the six enhanced Multi-Service Markets already in place. Markets are groups of hospitals and clinics working together in a geographic area operating as a system to support the sharing of patients, staff, functions, budget, and more across all market facilities. “Our goal throughout this transition remains the same - support our warfighters and care for our patients,” said Place. “In fact, that’s why we decided the market approach is most appropriate for our system. It helps create a flexible, integrated health system that best supports the operational demands of the Department of Defense, and it meets the needs of our patients. In my eyes, that’s a win-win.” Connect with the Military Health System through social media on Facebook and Twitter. Sign up for Military Health System e-mail updates at: www.health.mil/ subscriptions

Wave CARSON+ deploys new EHR to 25 more MTF commands By Mark Oswell

Mhs Communications

Over the weekend, the Military Health System deployed the MHS GENESIS electronic health record (EHR) to 25 military medical treatment facility (MTFs) commands more sites in 12 states. “MHS GENESIS allows us as medical professionals to have a single system providing faster access to healthcare information, enabling a more efficient and timely delivery of healthcare,” explained Air Force Col. Mark Reynolds, 509th Medical Group commander at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. The Evans Army Community Hospital commander concurred “Our service members and families deserve the best care,” said Army Col. Kevin Bass, commander of the Fort Carson, Colorado MTF. “MHS GENESIS will modernize military health care and enhance our ability to better serve our beneficiaries.” The DHA works in close coordination with the Program Executive Office, Defense Healthcare Management Systems and MTF staffs to deploy the new EHR across the MHS. The plan is to have the new system deployed across the enterprise by the end of 2023. “This wave is particularly significant as it featured the highest number of MTF commands deployed simultaneously - 25,” explained Holly Joers, acting program executive officer, Defense Healthcare Management Systems (PEO DHMS). “Wave CARSON+ involved facilities across 12 states, and places us at approximately 30% completion.” These 25 MTF commands within Wave CARSON+ include: Fort Carson Army Base, Colorado Fort Riley Army Base, Kansas

Marion Kimani, Military Health System MHS GENESIS trainer, gives instruction to Air Force Airman 1st Class Jenna Slaughter, 355th Mental Health technician, at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, April 7, 2021. MHS GENESIS IS A MODERNIZED ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORD SYSTEM BEING IMPLEMENTED ACROSS THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE THAT ENABLES A MORE STREAMLINED CARE EXPERIENCE FOR PATIENTS ( BLAKE GONZALES)

Fort Leavenworth Army Base, Kansas Fort Leonard Wood Army Base, Missouri U.S. Air Force Academy. Colorado FE Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona Fort Huachuca Army Base, Arizona Luke Air Force Base, Arizona Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico Hill Air Force Base, Utah Brooke Army Medical Center, Texas Fort Irwin Army Base, California* 1st Dental Battalion, California* Camp Pendleton, California* (* denotes subordinate sites to larger

parent sites in other waves) As is the case with any new technology adoption, it will take time for clinic staff at each MTF command to learn how to efficiently navigate the new system. This may cause a temporary increase in routine wait times and a temporary reduction in available daily appointments. With each successive deployment, sites have been seeing faster returns to normal operations. “The goal for MHS GENESIS is to consolidate health information into single platform and provide a continuum of care from point of injury to definitive treatment at any military treatment facility worldwide,” added Army Col. Garrick Cramer, Commander Munson Army Health Center at Fort. Leavenworth in Kansas. “MHS GENESIS will greatly increase efficiencies for both beneficiaries and healthcare professionals through a DOD-wide, unified system that will also continue into the Veterans Affairs medical care system.” With the addition of the U.S. Coast Guard

and the VA, this new EHR system has now been established as a federal program spanning three different departments - Defense, Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security. “I’m very pleased with the hard work that each hospital and clinic has made leading up to our MHS GENESIS Wave CARSON+ Go-Live,” stated Army Maj. Gen. George Appenzeller, MHS EHR functional champion. “Our success in transitioning to MHS GENESIS is only because of the time and effort that users of the system have put into understanding and improving this new electronic health record system and the benefits it brings to our patients, our staff and the Military Health System,” Appenzeller added. “As our deployment teams wrap up activities and Wave CARSON+, I’m excited to see how we can continue building off our lessons learned to continue making future improvements to our deployment strategy.” This fall, Wave TRIPLER in Hawaii will go live.

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CHRYSLER 2005 300


Limited, low mileage, 56,500 miles, White, 6 cylinder, standard, fully loaded, chrome wheels, fair condition, $6300 OBO, 201-803-3482


Touring, convertible, 71,500 miles, V6, excellent condition, $5,000, 757363-0716

EVO engine, Dyna Wide Glide as seen on cover of Easy Rider Magazine. Pristine condition, garage kept, never been in the rain. This is the most beautiful Harley Davidson ever built and still is. Ultra low mileage - yes it is really 10,378. Full Harley Davidson maintenance records available. I am the original owner. Has HD tachometer, mustang seat, back rest, luggage rack, chrome drag pipes, sounds awesome, street legal. $7,000 OBO. Preferred method of contact telephone or text to 757-409-1447.



Fully loaded ! Heated Seat/Handgrips, Cruise Control, Sat.Radio, Nav. System. Less than 100 original miles. Clean Title. Was $30,000 new. Asking $24,000 FIRM. Serious Inquiries ONLY. CALL (757) 647-1187.

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Cummins diesels, runs, tower, chair, serious boat project. $19,000 OBO. 757-435-9680

Coupe. Hemi V-8, air, disc brakes, show winner, runs & looks great, $33,500. 757-675-0288. Va. Dlr.

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Great condition. Well maintained with all service documentation. Black Exterior / Black Interior. 115K miles.$12,500


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