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Porter-Wright and her team of 11 manage the submarine availabilities from planning to departure maintaining the budget, mandays, material and more. PAGE A2 VOL. 29, NO. 22, Norfolk, VA | flagshipnews.com

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CNRMA Sailors walk to encourage mental health awareness and outreach By AOAN Brittany Sandoval and MCSN Jordan Grimes

Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs

NORFOLK,Va. — Commander, Nav a l R e g i on Mi d - At l antic (CNRMA) Sailors hosted a command walk and burger burn in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month at the Naval Station Norfolk Parade Field May 26, 2022.

Chief petty officers, assigned to Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic gathered outside of CNRMA cooking burgers and lending an ear during a Mental Health Awareness Month event held at the command May 26, 2022. ( AVIATION ORDNANCEMAN AIRMAN BRITTANY SANDOVAL)

The event was the brainchild of two of CNRMA’s junior Sailors, Aviation Ordinanceman Airman Brittany Sandoval and Mass Communication Specialist Jordan Grimes, with the goal of reaching out to Sailors and civilians at the command who may be in need of help or want to learn how to help others. “I helped create this event because I wanted to ensure my

Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Sailors take to Naval Station Norfolk’s parade field with motivational signs during CNRMA’s Mental Health Awareness Walk and burger burn event May 26, 2022. (MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST SEAMAN JORDAN GRIMES)

fellow Sailors feel heard by their command and have a safe space to get help when they need it,” said Grimes. This event is meant to establish a command relationship that lasts well beyond the confines of Mental Health Awareness Month.” CNRMA Sailors showed that it is acceptable and encouraged to seek help from one another by creating a safe place. “It says it in the name,” said Chief Religious Program Special-

ist Samantha Greenley, who helped facilitate the event, ” it helps to bring awareness to mental health and hopefully the goal is to de-stigmatize mental health and help Sailors seek help.” The mile-long walk brought people together while they held signs with motivational quotes to show their support for breaking mental health stigma. During the event, they sat with one another showing kindness and support for each other through

conversations. “I’m excited, happy, and proud knowing that we do have so many people that are willing to come out here and participate in this great event,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) 1st Class Timothy McAuliffe, an attendee at the event. After the walk, attendees came together to eat and heard from CNRMA’s command chaplain, Capt. Stephen Shaw, in hopes to spread awareness about mental

health. CNRMA Sailors and civilians walked away from this event having a family to rely on when in need Grimes added. Military One Source has a list of resources for Sailors and civilians looking to get mental health support. Visit their website here at www.militaryonesource.mil and look under the resources tab to get started. Not all of the resources listed are just for military members.

NAVSTA Norfolk Hosts Inaugural Battle of Midway Heritage 5K By MC3 (SW) Joseph T. Miller

NORFOLK, Va. — More than 340 Sailors, civilians and family members took part in the inaugural Battle of Midway Heritage 5K held onboard Naval Station (NAVSTA) Norfolk, June 3. The 5K, hosted by the NAVSTA Norfolk’s Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) team, commemorates the 80th anniversary of the decisive World War II battle. The Battle of Midway took place from June 3 to June 7, 1942 in the Pacific Theater during World War II, which pitted the United States Navy against the Axis-allied Imperial Japanese Navy. The victory of the United States in this battle landed a critical blow against Japan, causing a loss of four of their aircraft carriers, and if often referred to as “the turning point of the Pacific.” “As we celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Midway and again are in the midst of a renewed strategic competition, I feel as if it crucial that our next generation of Sailors, civilians and family members are aware of the significance of this battle,” said Capt. David Dees, Naval Station Norfolk Commanding Officer. “Holding a run past the very piers where the USS Hornet (CV 8) departed in route to the Doolittle Raid, Coral Seas and then Midway itself brings the history and significance of the battle full circle.” The race kicked off at 11:30 a.m. from


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Sailors, civilians and family members pass by a mile marker flag bearing the image of the USS Enterprise (CV 6) during the Battle of Midway 5K event on Naval Station Norfolk, June 3. (KELLY WIRFEL)

Gunner’s Mate Seaman Costa Sanchez crosses the finish line of the Battle of Midway Heritage 5K on Naval Station Norfolk, June 3. The Battle of Midway 5K was held to commemorates the 80th anniversary of the battle. (KELLY WIRFEL)

Vista Point and took the participants down the waterfront, Admiral’s Row and the base marina. Mile markers along the way contained photos of the three carriers who

fought in the battle, USS Hornet, the USS Enterprise and the USS Yorktown. “It was beautiful today, the MWR did a great job setting this up,” said race partic-

ipant, Gunner’s Mate Seaman Costa Sanchez. “This event was great, no matter if you finished first or last. It was also inspiring to see the flags with the carriers who fought in the Battle of Midway. Seeing those and thinking about those who fought and died in the battle gave me that extra boost to keep on running.” Following the race, MWR had music, food and refreshments available for participants inside Vista Point. Upcoming MWR events can be found at https://www.navymwrnavalstationnorfolk. com/.

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Shipyard Spotlight: Doreka-Porter Wright By Kristi R Britt

Norfolk Naval Shipyard

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — At a table surrounded by her team, Code 1211 Non-Nuclear Submarine Business Office Supervisor Doreka Porter-Wright broke into song, the 1997 hit single “For You I Will” by Monica filling the room. Smiles spread across their faces as she serenaded, “I will cross the ocean for you. I will go and bring you the moon. I will be your hero, your strength, anything you need.” To this group, this was more than just a chorus — it was an anthem highlighting exactly how PorterWright dedicates each day to her team, ensuring they have the support they needed to help service the fleet. Porter-Wright has been with Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) since she was 18 years old and fresh out of high school. She admitted she was scared when she first entered the workplace, being surrounded by the hustle and bustle of the industrial environment and unsure if she would be able to keep up. Despite that fear, she continued to step forward — and was able to not only make a place for herself at America’s Shipyard through 21 years of experience, her journey eventually led her to where she is now with Code 1211 and her team of 11 where they manage the submarine availabilities from planning to departure - maintaining the budget, mandays, material and more. “I’ve been in the position for two years and I have the pleasure of having the best team at NNSY,” said Porter-Wright. “We have a diverse team of different ages, backgrounds, knowledge and abilities coming together to provide their own perspective of what we can do to best serve our mission. They are critical thinkers, self-motivated, and not afraid to ask questions or make mistakes. They aren’t afraid to be vulnerable with me — they know that if they ever need anything, they can come to me and I know that I can be vulnerable with them as well. We can come in every day and have fun doing our jobs and doing it well.” She continued, “I value each of them at work and as people — some may say I have an emotional attachment to my team, but how can I not? I think having that attachment to them is what helps me be a better leader. To me, supervising and leading people is not a one size fits all — I lead them based on who they are, based on their abilities, based on what I know they can do even though they may think they can’t do it. Sometimes I have to make tough decisions and pull people out of their comfort zone because they don’t think they can do it. I see so much in my team and I hope I can inspire them the same way they inspire me each and every day.” When she first came into the position, Porter-Wright noticed the diverse team she was expected to lead and wanted to find a way to get a fundamental understanding of the tools needed to operate cohesively and proficiently together. She researched the contractor CACI and reached out to see if they could come out to not only help out Code 1211 but to help her be a better leader for her team. “One of the most important things we learned from CACI was emotional intelligence, understanding people and meeting them where they are at in not just their work but also as a person so we can have healthy conversations and improve as a team,” said Porter-Wright. “They came up with exercises to help us foster team building and also provided everyone with any individual coaching they wanted to pursue. They helped us organize our tools, and see things from different perspectives.” When asked to share a little about PorterWright as a leader, her team was unanimous in saying she was meant for the role. “I’ve been here for about eight years and before Doreka was my manager, I felt like I came to work, did what I had to do, and then left for the day,” said Shanell Mark-Cooke, Business Agent for the USS Montpellier (SSN 765) Project. “But with her, we’re much more of a family. We work together, hang out together, have conversations, do team building — what-

Code 1211 Non-Nuclear Submarine Business Office Supervisor Doreka Porter-Wright is Norfolk Naval Shipyard’s Shipyard Spotlight for June 2022. CONGRATULATIONS DOREKA! (SHELBY WEST)

ever we can as a unit. She’s also very crafty so there’s always something at our desk or in our cubicle that makes us feel more valued. I feel it helps us work better because it truly feels like she cares about us. We see her working hard and doing her best for us and we want to do our best for her as well.” Syreena Valentine-Williams, Cost Advocate for the USS John Warner (SSN 785) Project, came to the shipyard one year ago from the education field. She said, “This is the first time I’ve ever felt so supported from a supervisor. The shipyard is new to me so any time I have a question, Doreka and the team are right there to answer. We’re always working well together but I don’t think that would be possible without a leader demonstrating and modeling that for us to follow through. She celebrates us, invests in us — coming from education, that’s important because it’s how you get people to buy into you as a person. She engages with each and every one of us according to our personalities and that takes time and effort — you can’t just do that with walking in and saying ‘good morning’ — she spends time with us every morning, asks us how we’re doing, what we’re working on. That makes us want to work for her, have her back, and whatever she asks us for, we’re going to do it for her — we got her back, she’s got ours. I never felt like a new employee with Doreka, I felt like I belonged here since day one.” Ashley Whitfield, Business Agent for the USS John Warner (SSN 785), added, “Doreka is so deserving and works hard every day to bring her best self to the job. Even when sometimes she doesn’t know the answer, she’s going to go find that answer — or she’s going to say ‘honestly I don’t know but we’re going to figure it out together.’ I’ve been here going on twelve years — I’ve been every level — apprentice, mechanic,

work leader, supervisor, trades manager — nowhere along that line did I have a supervisor that cares as much as Doreka does about the people and the job. When it comes to leadership, there isn’t anyone else I would want to walk behind. When we talk about building a better culture, our C.O.R.E. values, the pillars that hold our shipyard together — look no further than this team and Doreka. We have a leader who believes in it and makes sure we carry it out in everything we do.” “My perspective as a leader is it is important for me to be in front of my team so that I can remove any barriers in their way before they even get there,” said Porter-Wright. “I always want to see what’s ahead of them, predict and gauge any barriers, and remove what I can so they don’t have to face them. Not all barriers can be removed but I want to be able to see them and say ‘Hey, here’s what’s ahead of you — so before you get overwhelmed let’s go ahead and address it now.’ Whatever is in the way, we can overcome it together. My team always has me in the court.” Porter-Wright is known not only for her dedication and hard work to her team within Code 1211, but also to the shipyard at large. She is constantly looking for ways to give back to NNSY, including hosting Random Acts of Kindness Day where she and her team purchased and passed out breakfast to the workforce, feeding nearly 200 people. In addition, she encouraged others to practice random acts of kindness, including providing compliments to others, holding the door open, and aiding someone in need without being asked. “We wanted to do something from the heart,” said Porter-Wright. “If we can just impact someone’s day in a positive way, it matters. You never know what a person is going through and if we can all just help make

Florida and Georgia Students Put Navy Entomology Under the Microscope Courtesy Story

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Personnel from the Navy Entomology Center of Excellence (NECE), Jacksonville, Fla., recently hosted 40 visitors from North Florida Educational Institute (NFEI) Jacksonville, and Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) cadets from Upson-Lee High School, Thomaston, Ga. Both groups enjoyed an educational presentation, learning about NECE’s mission to protect deployed forces from vectorborne diseases and threats. The groups also explored NECE’s facilities, including

a visit of NECE’s archives, which includes a reference collection of medically important organisms from around the world. “The students from North Florida Educational Institute were excited to learn more about what opportunities the Navy offers,” said NECE Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Adrian Weldon. “Many of the students want to join the Navy as enlisted Sailors or officers, but aren’t yet sure of what kind of job they want to do. We’re extremely fortunate and grateful for this chance to teach them that Navy entomology and Navy medicine are exciting options for those wanting to support the United States Navy.” Students also visited the training lab,

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where they had a hands-on experience examining medically important specimens under digital and stereo dissecting microscopes. The NJROTC students from Upson-Lee High School were additionally shown new technology in NECE’s fight against vector-borne diseases, such as DNA sequencing equipment. “It’s always interesting discussing 21st century entomology with young adults because they’ve grown up with technology at their fingertips their entire lives,” said Lt. Edward Traczyk, department head of NECE’s Research and Development Department. “You get a lot of interest in concepts such as DNA sequencing and the amount

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one person’s day, it goes a long way.” Porter-Wright is also the Champion of the Individuals with Disabilities Employee Resource Group (IWD-ERG), a role that is near and dear to her heart. “I was on social media one day and saw this campaign that said people are not punchlines. That hit home for me,” she said. “My daughter has autism and there are so many instances where unfortunately people don’t seem to understand invisible disabilities. We as a world don’t fully understand those with invisible disabilities, their coping mechanisms, sensory issues, and more — I don’t really think it’s intentional, just a lack of awareness. I’m the type of person who wants to be part of the solution. I became the champion to help bring more awareness to the shipyard of our individuals with disabilities and what we can do to assist them. With awareness, I believe more people can recognize the signs of those with disabilities and reach those individuals on their level so they can communicate and better understand them. Our ERG is awesome and our president Daniel Freeh is someone who inspires and motivates me to do my best every day. We’re looking ahead at big things we can bring to the shipyard to help bring awareness to the forefront.” Porter-Wright credited her family is a big inspiration for how she takes on each day with a smile, ready and willing to lend a hand. She has five children ranging in ages five to 24. Her husband, Walter Wright, is the Submarine Preservation Manager at NNSY. “He is the yin to my yang — he’s serious while I’m the joker of the household. He keeps me balanced and is always there to give me advice when I need it,” she said. “We both wake up blessed for the opportunity to work at a place that is contributing to protecting our Nation, keeping our kids and us safe each and every day.”

of data it takes to store a single genome’s information. These seemingly mind-boggling ideas are something younger generations are naturally intrigued by, rather than turned away from.” Impressed by their experience, the UpsonLee High School NJROTC class’s Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Jim Jarvis, awarded NECE the Upson-Lee High School coin. NECE is a field activity of the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center (NMCPHC), Portsmouth, Va. NMCPHC develops and shapes public health for the U.S. Navy and Marines Corps through health surveillance, epidemiology and analysis, disease and injury prevention, and public health consultation. Learn more by going to www.nmcphc.med.navy. mil. Follow NMCPHC on social media at: https://www.facebook.com/NavyAndMarineCorpsPublicHealthCenter http:// twitter.com/nmcphc and https://www. instagram.com/nmcphc/


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Filipinos in the U.S. Navy honored with Historical Highway Marker in Virginia Beach By Max Lonzanida, Public Affairs Officer Hampton Roads Naval Museum

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month was celebrated on Saturday, May 28 with the unveiling of Virginia’s newest highway historical marker at the Philippine Cultural Center in Virginia Beach. The marker honors the service of Filipino Sailors who served in the U.S. Navy. The unveiling and dedication attracted scores of dignitaries and guests from the Hampton Roads region, including many Filipinos who served in the U.S. Navy and members of their families. Saturday’s event was sponsored by The Council of United Filipino Organizations of Tidewater, Inc. (CUFOT), and the Filipino American National Historical Society-Hampton Roads Chapter (FANS-HR), with support from the Commonwealth of Virginia, City of Virginia Beach, and the Hampton Roads Naval Museum among others. Congresswoman Elaine Luria, (D, VA-02) offered some remarks during the event. “Hampton Roads would not be what it is without the rich history and vibrant culture of the Navy and our Filipino community, and it is a great day to come together and celebrate these two institutions that have such an impact in our area,” Luria said in her remarks. “This long-awaited honor will recognize the service of countless Filipino and Filipino American men and women who have served and currently serve in the Navy.” According to a news release from CUFOT, the majority of the estimated 45,000 Filipino-Americans living in the region can trace their lineage to a Filipino relative who served in the U.S. Navy. This newest historical marker was selected after Governor Ralph Northam announced five historical markers that highlighted the contributions of Asian American and Pacific Islanders to Virginia and the nation in August 2021. Rear Adm. Alan Reyes, who serves as the Deputy Commander of Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) served as the keynote speaker. Reyes, a Filipino-American, recognized “the contributions of Filipino Americans to our great Navy and to our great nation for over 120 years since President William McKinley signed an executive order in 1901 allowing the Navy to enlist 500 Filipinos. “I’d also like to personally recognize the many Filipino Americans, Navy veterans and retirees, currently serving Sailors and their families who are joining us on this wonderful day here in Virginia Beach. You are truly the embodiment of why we are here today.” Julie Langan, Director of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, noted that state historical highway markers are “the most publicly accessible and visible program, and it teaches the public about our rich range

Distinguished guests unveil a Virginia Historical Marker honoring Filipino Sailors in the U.S. Navy on May 28, 2022. The event occurred at the Philippine Cultural Center of Virginia in Virginia Beach, Virginia. (MAX LONZANIDA)

RADM Alan Reyes, Deputy Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command, provides some remarks as the keynote speaker during an unveiling and dedication of a Virginia Historical Marker honoring Filipino Sailors in the U.S. Navy on May 28, 2022. (MAX LONZANIDA)

of Virginia history.” Langan also noted that Virginia’s roughly 2,500 historical markers are among the oldest in the nation, and date back to 1920. Among the dignitaries offering remarks at the event were Mayor Robert Dyer of Virginia

Beach, the Honorable Craig Crenshaw, Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs for the Commonwealth of Virginia, Congressman Robert Scott of Virginia’s Third Congressional District, and State Delegate Kelly Fowler, who represents the 21st District in Virginia’s

House of Delegates. Ray Obispo, President of FANS-HR and a teacher at Salem High School in Virginia Beach, read the text of the historical marker: Filipinos in the U.S. Navy Filipinos, who had served in the U.S. Navy as early as the Civil War, began enlisting in larger numbers after the U.S. took possession of the Philippines following the Spanish-American War. The Philippines gained independence in 1946, and an agreement negotiated the next year allowed the U.S. Navy to recruit Filipino nationals. Over the next four decades, about 35,000 Filipinos served in the Navy, initially as stewards and mess attendants. Eligible to serve in all enlisted and officer positions by the 1970s, they later rose to the Navy’s highest ranks. Filipino American communities often developed near naval bases; one of the nation’s largest such communities is here in Hampton Roads. At the conclusion of remarks, dignitaries and guests proceeded outdoors to watch as the historical marker was formally unveiled as Deacon Chris Romero, a U.S. Navy Veteran, offered a benediction. For those interested in seeing Virginia’s newest state historical marker honoring Filipinos in the U.S. Navy, the marker is located at the entrance to Philippine Cultural Center of Virginia at 4857 Baxter Road in Virginia Beach.



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Rear Adm. Dennis Velez, commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10 and George H.W. Bush CSG and Capt. Jacopo Rollo, commanding officer of the Italian Navy destroyer ITS Caio Duilio (D 554), have a discussion upon Caio Duilio’s arrival onboard Naval Station Norfolk, May 23, 2022. CSG-10 is an integrated combat weapons system that delivers superior combat capability to deter, and if necessary, defeat America’s adversaries in support of national security. (CG 55). (MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 3RD CLASS CRYTON VANDIESAL)

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NAVAL STATION NORFOLK — Italian Navy destroyer ITS Caio Duilio (D 554) arrived here today in advance of its participation in Carrier Strike Group 10’s Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX). Caio Duilio’s arrival is another example of the strong relationship between the U.S. and Italian navies that increases collective interoperability and capability.

“We are honored to welcome Capt. Rollo and his crew here to train with us,” said Rear Adm. Dennis Velez, commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10, George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (GHWBCSG), who greeted the ship upon arrival. “Training with our NATO allies increases interoperability, makes our Sailors and teams stronger, and sends a clear signal to our adversaries. We are, and will continue to be, ready to fight and win at sea if required — there is nothing we cannot accomplish when we work together as a team,” he said.

Prior to entering port, Caio Duilio completed a passing exercise (PASSEX) with the guided-missile destroyer USS Bulkeley (DDG 84). Beyond two ships simply passing alongside one another and exercising seamanship and navigation skills, a PASSEX provides opportunities to complete various operational and communication checks. “Being here and taking part in the exercise is a great opportunity for ITS Duilio to improve her capability to operate within complex environments,” said Capt. Jacopo

Rollo, Caio Duilio’s commanding officer. “Such a cooperation is critical to enhance interoperability and integrated capabilities between our navies and to strengthen the relationship between our crews. I’m eager to sail alongside all ships and staff taking part in this significant training event and to share procedures and tactics. May all GHWBCSG Sailors have fair winds and following seas, in Nomen Numen,” said Rollo. CSG-10 is an integrated combat weapons system that delivers superior combat capability to deter, and if necessary, defeat America’s adversaries in support of national security and is preparing to deploy as the George H.W. Bush CSG. Its major command elements are the aircraft carrier USS. George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, Destroyer Squadron 26, the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55), and the Information Warfare Commander.





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Jessica Peppers, right, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth’s deputy of ambulance operations, conducts ambulance training as part of the orientation and credentialing course for new members of the Inter-Facility Transfer Team (IFTT). (MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS DYLAN M KINEE)

NMCP Creates Inter-Facility Team By Petty Officer 2nd Class Dylan Kinee

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP) recently acquired two new ambulances and created an Inter-Facility Transfer Team (IFTT) to better coordinate the movement of patients. The IFTT will be ready to initiate a patient movement request within an hour of notification and will be staffed by corpsmen, nurses and physicians from NMCP and the associated branch health clinics in the Tidewater Market area. “The IFTT will directly support the efforts of NMCP becoming designated as a trauma center by ensuring there is a transportation option immediately available for the transfer of patients whose care may exceed the capabilities of NMCP,” said Lt. Cmdr. Paul Roszko, Project Caladrius medical director. “Conversely, the IFTT will also help with recapture efforts of traumatically injured

service members who are initially taken to and cared for at civilian trauma centers in Hampton Roads.” Historically, when NMCP’s transfer center would get a request to move a patient to or from NMCP, it needed to call a private or contract ambulance service to execute that movement. This often led to delays in transport and potentially left NMCP without the ability to have oversight over the quality of care being delivered to the patient during transport. “The IFTT directly supports these efforts by providing a capability to keep complex cases within the MHS (Military Health System) that add training value to our residency programs and to our staff members,” Roszko said. “Furthermore, there is a need to develop training and sustainment platforms for those who will be tasked to perform patient movement or en route care missions.” To be a part of the IFTT, team members are required to have obtained at a minimum,

the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification by the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT). When staffed with an EMT, the IFTT can perform Basic Life Support (BLS) level transports. Team members with more advanced certifications such as Advanced EMT (A-EMT) or Paramedic (NR-P) allow for Advanced Life Support (ALS) level transports. Once an IFTT candidate has the appropriate certification, they are required to complete an orientation and credentialing course led by the medical director. “This course can range from 1 to 2 days depending on a member’s prior emergency medical services (EMS) experience and ensures that they have received training on the equipment used by the IFTT, understand the protocols and procedures set for the IFTT, and have the skills needed to function independently during a patient movement mission,” said Roszko. In addition to the providers on the IFTT,

the ambulances are driven and operated by individuals with Emergency Vehicle Operator Certification (EVOC). To be certified, individuals must complete a course online through the Enterprise Safety Application Management System (ESAMS) and then schedule a road test administered by one of the EVOC instructors at the NMCP fire department. “The IFTT is also welcoming nurses and physicians to serve as crew members,” said Roszko. “We are always looking for motivated sailors to be part of this effort.” “If you have any experience in en route care, civilian EMS, or hold a current certification as an EMT, A-EMT, paramedic or know someone who does, please reach out to me and Jessica Peppers,” said Roszko. “They will help get you oriented to the IFTT and properly credentialed to start doing patient movement missions.” As the U.S. Navy’s oldest, continuously-operating military hospital since 1830, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, part of the Tidewater Market, serves eligible beneficiaries at the nationally-acclaimed, state-of-the-art medical center, along with the area’s 10 branch health and TRICARE Prime Clinics.

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The Navy’s oldest floating dry-dock, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center’s (MARMC) Dynamic, (AFDL 6), prepares to be towed from Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story (JEBLCFS) to Lyons Shipyard Inc., in Norfolk, Virginia for a scheduled Docking Planned Maintenance Availability. (DANIELLE LOFTON)

MARMC’s Dynamic Prepares For Major Overhaul By Staff Sgt. Danielle Lofton

Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC)

NORFOLK, Va. — The Navy’s oldest floating dry-dock, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center’s (MARMC) Dynamic, (AFDL 6), along with its companion barge (YFND 30), were towed from Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story (JEBLCFS) to Lyons Shipyard Inc., in Norfolk, Virginia for a scheduled Docking

Planned Maintenance Availability., May 17. Dynamic will receive upgrades to the ballast control system, fire pumps, rail system, and tanks and undergo structural repairs. “This is going to be a full overhaul.” said MARMC Project Manager Marvin Daughtry. “We have so many jobs to do. We have the automation system, we’re doing a complete overhaul of all the living quarters, and we’re basically upgrading everything on the barge.” The transportation of Dynamic from

JEBLCFS to Lyons took the hard work and efforts of the Dynamic crew, MARMC JEBLCFS Waterfront Operations Code 314, Lyons Shipyard contractors, and the Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Mid-Atlantic. The crew only had one week to prepare the dry-dock and companion barge for transit due to operational commitments in support of three emergent Landing Craft Utilities (LCUs) dry docking in a span of 19 days, a significant achievement. “The crew of Dynamic are true profes-

sionals.” said Dynamic Commanding Officer Lt. Cmdr. Alden Argante. “The communication between key stakeholders has been outstanding, enabling us to work through challenges. We look forward to maintaining this momentum as we continue to complete events and milestones on time.” The 78-year-old dry-dock supports MARMC’s ship repair mission and is the second oldest Navy vessel, behind the USS Constitution. Its capabilities include the docking of Mine Countermeasure, Patrol Coastal ships, LCUs, and other crafts of similar size. MARMC, a field activity under Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), provides surface ship maintenance, management and oversight of private sector maintenance and fleet technical assistance to ships in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States and provides support to the fifth and sixth Fleet Area of Responsibilities.






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Student Meal Prices Announced for 2022-23 DoDEA School Year By Kristine Sturkie

Navy Exchange Service Command

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Beginning in the fall, for the 2022-23 Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) school year, breakfasts and lunches administered by the Student Meal Program outside of the continental United States (OCONUS), will incorporate an associated fee unless authorized as free or reduced. Since March 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) waived the cost of student meals, however this policy waiver will expire on June 30, and as a result meals

will no longer be free of charge starting this upcoming school year. The cost of student meals at the onset of the 2022-23 DoDEA OCONUS school year will be based on meal category and grade school level. Where available, breakfast for all grades, elementary and secondary will cost $2. The lunch price at elementary schools will be $3.50 and at secondary schools the lunch price will be $3.75. Additionally, consistent with federal guidelines, those families who qualify for the Free and Reduced Meal Program will pay $0.30 for breakfast and $0.40 for lunch. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic

and remote education, for the past two school years the USDA provided students with meals free of charge among participating schools, to include DoDEA. Within those particular OCONUS DoDEA schools, the management of student meals falls under the purview of the Student Meal Program. Depending on the OCONUS location, the program is administered by one of the three U.S. military resale organizations— the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES), the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) or Marine Corps Exchange (MCX). The Student Meal Program is a desig-

nated U.S. military entity that utilizes resources and creates menus in accordance with the nutrition standards and guidelines set forth by the USDA. On a daily basis, the meals offered under the program consist of whole grains, lean proteins, fresh fruits, vegetables and low-fat milk. As a government-run facilitator, the Student Meal Program does not run off a profit, rather it provides meals strictly at cost, on a breakeven basis. To apply for free or reduced-priced student meals, applications can be submitted beginning on July 1, 2022. Applications must be resubmitted each year for free and reduced-price meal eligibility and can be turned in anytime during the year. All families are encouraged to apply no matter their economic situation. For more information on the School Meal Program visit www.myNavyExchange.com/ smp or https://www.aafes.com/about-exchange/school-lunch-program/.


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USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) arrives in Durres, Albania By Petty Officer 3rd Class Theoplis Stewart Ii USS Jason Dunham (DDG109)

The only known surviving aircraft from the Battle of Midway, a Douglas SBD Dauntless, which had also survived the attack at Pearl Harbor, is currently on display at the National Naval Aviation Museum onboard NAS Pensacola. The Battle of Midway marked the start of a shift in the balance of sea power in the Pacific Theater, making it one of the most significant conflicts of World War II. (JOSHUA COX)

Naval Aviation History: The Battle of Midway

By Ensign Lyndsay R. Ballew Naval Air Station Pensacola

PENSACOLA, Fla. — As May rolled into June in 1942, Japan’s naval forces stretched across the Pacific. They had seized Malaysia, Singapore, the Dutch East Indies, the Philippines, and the northern coast of Papua/New Guinea. Intelligence provided by U.S. Navy cryptologists had allowed the U.S. to thwart an attempted invasion of Port Moresby with the Battle of the Coral Sea, the first carrier battle of the war. However, cryptologists, like the ones training here today, also uncovered Japanese plans to take the outpost at Midway. Though small, Midway would be a critical strategic location allowing the Japanese to threaten Hawaii directly. Reinforcing and defending the island was crucial. By late May, Japanese forces were underway for Midway. Among them were the carriers Akagi, Kaga, Soryu, and Hiryu with a total of 229 embarked aircraft. An additional 17 patrol seaplanes were housed on accompanying ships. American forces raced to meet them with a strike group formed around the carriers USS Enterprise (CV-6), USS Hornet (CV-8), and USS Yorktown (CV-5). The group provided 234 aircraft afloat in addi-

tion to the 110 fighters, bombers, and patrol planes at Midway. At 6:16 in the morning of June 4, Marine Corps pilots from Midway engaged an approaching enemy formation of bombers being escorted by Zeroes just 30 miles away. The American fighters inflicted some damage, but were too outnumbered to halt the enemy approach. The first bomb fell on Midway at 6:30 a.m. As the Japanese planes returned to refuel, Midway launched its own attack on the Japanese carriers. Marine Corps Dauntless and Vindicator bombers, Navy Avenger torpedo bombers, and Army Air Force B-26 Marauder and B-17 Flying Fortress bombers repeatedly attacked the Japanese forces. They inflicted relatively little damage to the large fleet, but fought fiercely while aircraft from the American carriers were deployed for the attack. Navy torpedo bombers were first to engage from the American carriers. They flew in low and although nearly wiped out by the defending Japanese, they drew off enemy fire and left the skies open for dive bombers from the Enterprise and the Yorktown. The Japanese carriers were exposed and the American bombers quickly crippled carriers Akagi, Kaga, and Soryu. The last remaining Japanese carrier, Hiryu, launched her aircraft for a count-

er-attack on the Yorktown, damaging her severely enough to force her abandonment. That afternoon, however, aircraft from the Enterprise attacked and mortally damaged the Hiryu. With all four carriers out of the battle, the Japanese invasion of Midway was abandoned. For the next two days, American forces pursued and attacked the retreating Japanese. Salvage operations attempted to save the Yorktown, but were interrupted by torpedoes from a Japanese submarine. Yorktown sank at dawn on June 7. The battle’s losses were significantly greater for the Japanese fleet. The Japanese offensive in the Pacific was derailed. The Battle of Midway marked the start of a shift in the balance of sea power in the Pacific Theater, making it one of the most significant conflicts of World War II. The only known surviving aircraft from this historic conflict, a Douglas SBD Dauntless, which had also survived the attack at Pearl Harbor, is currently on display at the National Naval Aviation Museum onboard NAS Pensacola. This article was compiled using information gathered from the Naval History and Heritage Command and from Battle of Midway Combat Narratives published in 1943 by the Department of the Navy.

DURRES, Albania — The Arleigh Burkeclass guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) arrived in Durres, Albania for a scheduled port visit, May 28, 2022. The port visit gives the ship routine maintenance opportunity while Sailors enjoy liberty, strengthening the partnership with our NATO ally Albania. “The primary purpose of this port visit is to allow our sailors to take liberty,” said Cmdr. Michael Kiser, commanding officer of USS Jason Dunham. “It gives our Sailors a chance to get some rest, spend some time on land, and enjoy the hospitality, sights and scenes of Albania.” The visit to Durres is Jason Dunham’s first port visit to Albania since deploying from their homeport of Mayport, Florida in December 2021. Jason Dunham is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. Naval Forces Europe (NAVEUR) area of operations, conducting maritime and security operations, while enhancing interoperability with allies and partners. “The crew has continued to impress us with every mission we are tasked with and executed them with the utmost amount of professionalism and precision,” said Cmdr. Robert Keller, executive officer of USS Jason Dunham. “This deployment has been challenging given the state of the geopolitical situation across Europe, and it’s always tough to be away from loved ones, but the crew has done an incredible job of showing resilience and bonding together and responding as needed.” During the port visit, Sailors will have the chance to explore the local area and learn about Albania’s rich culture as they experience a respite from their time at sea. Every Sailor is an ambassador for the United States and a liberty port is a contributing factor to mission success. “When our Sailors go out in town or anywhere in a foreign country, immediately they are recognized as Americans, or American service members,” said Kiser. “So it is important to leave a positive impression in the eyes of the community that U.S. Navy Sailors are professionals, responsible, and having us around is a good thing.” Since arriving in theater, Jason Dunham has routinely operated alongside NATO allies and partners through a variety of activities. The ship recently integrated with Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO) in support of the NATO-led activity Neptune Shield. “It is important NATO countries are able to get together and work together in order to establish our common goals,” said Kiser. “In order to have collective defense, the ships have to be able to communicate with each other in order to actually exercise defense, so interoperability and the ability to work together to achieve common ends is so important.” Working together has been the name of the game for Jason Dunham’s crew in the NAVEUR area of operations. The ship spent time in March attached to the Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) Turn to USS Jason Dunham, Page 7

NAVFAC Hawaii Awards $98 Million to Veteran-Owned Businesses


By Theanne Tangen

Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Hawaii

JOINT BASE PEARL HARB ORHICKAM, Hawaii — Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) Hawaii awarded a combined $98,000,000 to five Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small

Businesses for work at various United States Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and miscellaneous Federal and other facilities within the NAVAC Hawaii area of operations, June 1. The work to be performed provides for, but is not limited to labor, supervision, tools, materials, and equipment necessary to perform new construction, repair, alteration and related demolition of existing infrastruc-

ture. Each awardee AN41-AAK JV LLC, Visalia, California; DSQ-API JV, LLP, Waialua, Hawaii; Hawk-Niking, LLC, Wahiawa, Hawaii; Tokunaga-Elite JV, LLC, Pearl City, Hawaii; Warfeather-GM JV LLC, Coweta, Oklahoma, are awarded a combined $98,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award design-build/

design-bid-build construction contract. This contract was competitively procured via sam.gov website with nine offers received and is expected to be completed in the state of Hawaii by May 2027. For more information about NAVFAC Hawaii and/or Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command visit:www.navfac. navy.mil


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Heroes at Home

Q: What housing allowances am I eligible for? A: Military members are entitled to various allowances to ensure the transition to a new location is as smooth and stress-free as possible. For information about your allowances, visit the Defense Travel Management Office website. If you have any questions, contact the local Housing Service Center.

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A pleasurable pain in the grass Take three and a half acres of property, and subtract one 1500 square-foot brick ranch with a detached garage, then carry the seven, and you know what you’re left with? A hellova lot of grass to cut. That painful fact of life significantly impacted my childhood. My father was raised on a boardwalk at the Jersey Shore, but he fancied himself a wanna-be farmer. So in 1977, he and my mother bought a house with lots of land. Everyone knows that large developed parcels require maintenance, but my father had two workers at the ready: My older brother and me. In the summertime, while our friends were gallivanting off to the community pool in flip flops and terry cloth, my brother and I were doing forced labor. With over three acres of grass to cut, my father knew a riding mower wouldn’t cut it (literally and figuratively), especially if his teenage children were going to have any semblance of a social life left. So he bought a legit tractor — orange paint job, long steering column and gear shift, little wheels in the front, big wheels in the back — and outfitted it with a twin-bladed mower deck. Before I could drive a car, tractor operation and grass cutting were added to my arguably abusive list of chores, which also included weeding my father’s football-pitch-sized vegetable garden, trimming around trees with the push mower,

and various scullery and janitorial duties inside the house. Until he became a midshipmen at the Naval Academy, my older brother shouldered most of the tractor operating while I was relegated to cutting around trees with the push mower. But when I was in 9th grade, my brother left for Annapolis, and my adolescent summers changed drastically. As soon as the spring rains coaxed those green blades from the earth like a snake charmer, I was on the tractor for hours on end. Speaking of snakes, several chore-related horrors were imprinted on my psyche, which generally involved inadvertently chopping things up in the whirring mower blades, including countless snakes, and once, a nest of bunnies. There were other traumas associated with my grass-cutting duties, which were admittedly self-induced. Such as the time I got sleepy while mowing a particularly boring field, so I stopped, put my head on the steering wheel and snoozed. I was awakened by frantic shouting from a passerby on nearby Route 286. A driver saw me slumped over the tractor and was coming to rescue me from certain death by heat exhaustion. Thankfully cell phones hadn’t been invented yet and I was able to convince the Good Samaritan that I was alive and well before an ambulance was summoned.

Another summer day, I got lazy. To minimize my push-mowing responsibilities, I used the tractor to mow around the trees. I thought I was so clever, stooping low to avoid the branches, until a tree swing I’d tucked up into our apple tree fell as I was passing by and hooked itself over the steering wheel. I heard a “Crack!” before the swing broke loose. I knew I was in big trouble. Months of allowance was forfeited to replace that cracked steering column. Somehow, I survived my teenage indentured servitude and escaped to college, law school, and then military marriage. Free and on my own in the world, I found that I missed it. There was a certain pleasure in the mind-numbing repetition of cutting grass, the soothing vibrations of the motor, the yin and yang of battling and bonding with nature, the satisfaction of doing physical work. Therefore, I found opportunities to fiddle with flora and fauna even when we lived on base. I started my first vegetable garden on Fort Ord. I planted flowers on either side of the stairwell stoop on Patch Barracks. I put plants in pots on our porch at NAS Mayport. I grew massive zucchinis behind Quarters C in Newport. My Navy retiree husband cuts our lawn nowadays, and I look on from my vegetable garden with envy, because I know that, like many things in life, pain in the grass has its pleasures.

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Reading jumpstarts the imagination. It can open doors to new places and points of view. Gaining access to reading programs for children, teens and adults has never been easier. During the summer months, the Defense Department MWR Libraries Summer Reading Program encourages all readers to explore new ideas and discover new information. This year’s Summer Reading Program theme is Read Beyond the Beaten Path. Enroll in this year’s program below and take some time to de-stress and find joy in reading. Explore a book for your own pleasure or to fill some down time in between activities. Enjoy your pages at home or outside at the park. Join a book club and meet new people. Set time as a family to read and discover together. Why the summer reading program? MWR develops many different enrichment programs to support force readiness and the military community. The mission of the DOD MWR Libraries Summer Reading Program is to help families bridge the summer learning gap while inspiring literacy and lifelong learning for all ages. The benefits of summer reading are clear: • Students who participate in the library summer reading programs score higher on reading achievements tests. • Students who read often are higher achievers than students who seldom read. • Skillful reading is one of the most important habits that leads to a successful academic career and a happy, productive life. The 2022 DOD MWR Libraries Summer Reading Program is available for online registration and virtual participation, as well as in-person participation at installation libraries if restrictions due to coronavirus disease 2019 are lifted in your location. Adults and children can join in and

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record summer reading minutes from home. Remember to log those hours so you can receive incentives and prizes such as gift cards from the weekly drawings. Read books from your home bookshelf or an e-book or audiobook you check out for free from DODMWRLibraries.org. Get more out of your summer This summer, try reading books that may be outside your regular choice to expand your horizons and guide you to: • Be creative. Reading is an adventure of the imagination. It can also help you unplug and unwind from your daily stressors. • Try new things. Read a new-to-you genre, such as science fiction, fantasy, graphic novels, biography, thriller or mystery. Learn a new skill, hobby, language or craft. • Explore art. When you open a book, you can be anywhere you want — no passport needed. View artists’ work from across the globe without leaving your room. • Find beauty in diversity. Read a memoir or biography to step into another person’s shoes and gain new perspective on life or learn about a different culture or religion. Enroll — it’s free and easy To get started, find your installation library and register as an individual or as

a family. Keep in mind that the program timeframes vary from library to library, so sign up as soon as possible to get the most out of the program. You can also contact your local installation library to learn more. Your books are free, and portable year-round Make reading a year-long habit. Just because summer is over doesn’t mean the adventures have to end. DOD MWR Libraries offer much more than aisles of books. Service members and families have access to e-books, audiobooks, magazines, music, movies and more. Dive into a genre that interests you — or try them all. Looking for ways to unwind? Use DODMWRLibraries.org and pick out an audiobook. The digital library service is a great resource for military families without access to an installation library. Access to DODMWRLibraries.org is also available through your military service: • Army MWR Library (A library account is required to access digital resources.) • Marine Corps Community Services Libraries • Navy MWR Library Program • Department of the Air Force Digital Library

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Heather Sawyer, a 10-year medical case manager at Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune poses for a photo for Nurses Week in 2021. (PETTY OFFICER 2ND CLASS MICHAEL MOLINA)

We Are NMCCL: Case Management Department By Michelle Cornell

Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune

CAMP LEJEUNE , NC — The initial diagnosis of a debilitating injury or illness can be devastating for patients to hear; for some, understanding and following a treatment plan can be overwhelming and time consuming. The Navy Case Management program is available to support patients with complex or multiple medical conditions and those requiring intense and extensive support. “Case managers provide the patient easy access to one point of contact regarding their care,” said Katherine Buffell, case management department head for Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune. “We work closely with physicians and medical staff to support and encourage compliance with the patients’ prescribed care. We help the patient navigate their care until they are comfortable doing it for themselves.” NMCCL currently has 29 case managers within the Case Management Department. They

cover a wide variety of internal departments for NMCCL and active duty units throughout Camp Lejeune, including Wounded Warrior Battalion-East and Marine Forces Special Operations Command, making NMCCL Case Management one of the largest case management programs throughout Navy Medicine. Case Management is a referral process. According to Buffell, once the need for a case manager is identified and the primary care manager or medical provider initiates the referral, the patient is assigned a case manager. From that point on, the case manager is responsible for ensuring the patient’s needs are met. “We spend a lot of direct time [face-to-face and telephonic] with the patients,” explained Heather Sawyer, a 10-year medical case manager with NMCCL. “We do patient-centric, holistic care aimed to meet the needs of the patient. We offer education on their illness/injury, how to navigate the medical system to help them get their specialty appointments, or help make resource connections for things they may need,

like home care if necessary.” Case managers ensure the patient is engaged with their prescribed care. They serve as a liaison between the patient and the medical support staff. Rather than struggle with what could be a complex schedule of medical appointments and coordination with resources, case managers aid in shouldering the work so the patient can focus on getting better. “The goal is to get [patients] more comfortable with being their own advocate, navigating the system with confidence and being able to speak up and know how to access what they need,” said Sawyer. “A patient’s time within the program can range anywhere from a week to a year, depending on the patient’s need for the additional support.” Case managers who work with active duty service members also have the responsibility of working closely with their commands to help advocate for the member. “Often times we see a lot of guilt associated with the service member who may be strug-

gling with finding a balance with their uniform responsibilities and taking care of their families, in addition to getting the medical care they need,” explained Alisha Masucci, lead case manager for Wounded Warrior Battalion-East. “We help them balance these priorities by working closely with the command to let them know what their limitations are and what the command can do to support those needs.” NMCCL case managers say they are inspired by those they care for and inspired by knowing they have a close team to rely on for support. “I am very proud of our people. I know this sounds cliché; however, we really have a dedicated, patient-advocate oriented group of case managers,” Buffell said. “We have a mixture of contractors and government employees with a wide range of employment length. We work very closely to share resources and experience.” NMCCL Case Management is available to all beneficiaries assigned to the medical center. Patients who feel they could benefit from a case manager are encouraged to speak with their primary care manager for a referral. The “We Are NMCCL” initiative highlights the accomplishments of employees, clinics and offices of Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune. “We are NMCCL” has focused on those who have been working around-the-clock and behind the frontlines to ensure our patients and personnel are cared for during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Rear Adm. Curt Renshaw, commander, Carrier Strike Group 8 prepares to launch his boots down catapult number three, during a“boot shoot”ceremony, on the flight deck of Nimitz-class Aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman, May 31, 2022.(MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 1ST CLASS JAMICA JOHNSON)

Commander Carrier Strike Group 8 holds Change of Command

By Petty Officer 1st Class Jamica Johnson Carrier Strike Group 8

ADRIATIC SEA — Rear Adm. Paul C. Spedero, Jr., relieved Rear Adm. Curt Renshaw as the commander of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 8, during a change of command ceremony held in the hangar bay of the NimitzClass aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), May 31, 2022. Renshaw served as commander of CSG 8 from August 2021 to May 2022. During his tenure he led, mentored and inspired a force of 7,500 Sailors assigned to three staffs, 11 ships, and nine Air Wing squadrons. His legacy includes leading his team through the successful completion of the strike group’s Composite Training Unit Exercise, air policing operations throughout Europe, the enhanced vigilant activities Neptune Strike and Neptune Shield, and the first transfer of authority of a U.S. Carrier Strike Group to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in the midst of regional conflict, making U.S. and world history.

Renshaw left the Sailors of each staff, ship and squadron within the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group with this message: “It has truly been an honor to serve with this strike group and staff, watching the group develop from the integrated training phase to a groundbreaking deployment,” Renshaw said. “This team has developed a deeper understanding of what it means to work with our European allies and partners, proving the inherent flexibility and mobility of Carrier Strike Groups in response to any crisis. Most importantly it has been an honor to be at sea with our Sailors whose professionalism, resiliency and can-do spirit have overcome every obstacle as they continue to deliver day in and day out.” Upon the reading of their orders, Spedero became the 22nd commander of CSG 8. Spedero, a naval aviator since 1992, previously commanded the “Sidewinders” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86, USS Peleliu (LHA 5), USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), and most recently, the Joint Enabling Capabilities Command. His tours

also include serving as a department head with the “Swordsmen” of Fighter Squadron (VF) 32, executive officer on USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), and executive assistant to the Director, Navy Staff. When looking ahead to his upcoming tour with the strike group, Spedero congratulated Rear Admiral Renshaw and remarked on the extraordinary level of performance that the group had demonstrated under his predecessor’s command. “Under Rear Admiral Renshaw’s leadership, this team has achieved an exceptional level of readiness and during this deployment, you have expertly employed a wide range of capabilities in support of Sixth Fleet and NATO. You have built tactical proficiency in this region, strengthened relationships and improved interoperability with our allies and partners and contributed to ongoing security and stability operations while overcoming multiple challenges and during a historic global crisis.” Carrier Strike Group 8 is composed of flagship USS Harry S. Truman, commanded

by Capt. Gavin Duff; the nine squadrons of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1, commanded by Capt. Patrick Hourigan; the staff and guided-missile destroyers of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 28 commanded by Capt. Todd Zenner, which include: USS Bainbridge (DDG 96), USS Cole (DDG 67), USS Gravely (DDG 107) and USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109); and the Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56), commanded by Capt. Christopher Marvin. The Squadrons of CVW 1 include Strike Fighter Squadrons (VFA) 11 “Red Rippers”; VFA-211 “Fighting Checkmates”; VFA-34 “Blue Blasters”; VFA-81 “Sunliners”; Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 137 “Rooks”; Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 126 “Seahawks”; Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 11 “Dragonslayers”; Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 72 “Proud Warriors”; and a detachment from Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 40 “Rawhides.” Carrier Strike Group 8 is on a scheduled deployment, in the U.S. Naval Forces Europe area of operations, employed by U.S. Sixth Fleet to defend U.S., Allied and Partner interest. For more news from CSG 8, visit, www. facebook.com/CSG8, www.navy.mil/local. cvn75/, www.facebook.com/usnavy, www. instagram.com/uss_harrys.truman, www. navy.mil, or www.twitter.com/usnavy.

O’Grady of the Royal Australian Navy, who will command the maritime component, and Brig. Gen. Mark Goulden of the Royal Canadian Air Force, who will command the air component. During RIMPAC, a network of capable, adaptive partners train and operate together in order to strengthen their collective forces and promote a free and open Indo-Pacific. RIMPAC 2022 contributes to the increased interoperability, resiliency and agility

needed by the Joint and Combined Force to deter and defeat aggression by major powers across all domains and levels of conflict. Media interested in covering the exercise should contact the C3F Public Affairs Office at (619) 524-9868 or rimpac.news@ gmail.com. Contact information for the RIMPAC Combined Information Bureau will be made available prior to the beginning of the exercise.

U.S. Navy Announces 28th RIMPAC Exercise Courtesy Story

Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet

SAN DIEGO — Twenty-six nations, 38 surface ships, four submarines, nine national land forces, more than 170 aircraft and approximately 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise scheduled June 29 to Aug. 4, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. RIMPAC 2022 is the 28th exercise in the series that began in 1971. As the world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity designed to foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s interconnected oceans. The theme of RIMPAC 2022 is “Capable, Adaptive, Partners.” Participating nations and forces will exercise a wide range of capabilities and demonstrate the inherent flexibility of maritime forces. These capabilities range from disaster relief and maritime security operations to sea control and complex warfighting. The relevant, realistic training program includes amphibious operations, gunnery, missile, anti-submarine and air defense exercises, as well as counter-piracy operations, mine clearance operations, explosive ordnance disposal, and diving and salvage operations. This year’s exercise includes forces from Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Hosted by Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet,


RIMPAC 2022 will be led by Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet, who will serve as Combined Task Force (CTF) commander. Royal Canadian Navy Rear Adm. Christopher Robinson will serve as deputy commander of the CTF, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Rear Adm. Toshiyuki Hirata as the vice commander, and Fleet Marine Force will be led by U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Joseph Clearfield. Other key leaders of the multinational force will include Commodore Paul

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I asked what kind of family Amina wanted. She said, ‘A family like yours.’ That’s when I knew I had to adopt her. Denise, adopted 17-year-old Amina



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Sebastian Medina, left, steers the helm in the pilot house aboard San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Portland (LPD 27), with help from Commanding Officer Capt. Matthew Thomas, right, during a Make-A-Wish visit at Los Angeles Fleet Week, May 26, 2022. LAFW is an opportunity for the American public to meet their Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard teams and experience America’s sea services. During Fleet Week, service members participate in various community service events, showcase capabilities and equipment to the community, and enjoy the hospitality of Los Angles and its surrounding areas. (MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS DEVIN KATES)

LA Fleet Week 2022 Make-A-Wish Visit By Petty Officer 3rd Class David Negron Navy Region Southwest

SAN PEDRO, Calif. — In the early morning as the sun rose, a steel visitor to the city cast a long, cool shadow over the outer harbor of San Pedro, California. The enormous Navy vessel, a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship named USS Portland (LPD 27), left mouths agape as it towered over visitors during this year’s Los Angeles Fleet Week (LAFW). Meanwhile, six-year-old Sebastian Medina toured the ship under extraordinary circumstances for a truly unforgettable Memorial Day weekend. When Sebastian was only eight months old, his parents noticed he was having difficulty with his vision. Sebastian was quickly diagnosed with malignant pilocytic astrocytoma, which meant a tumor deemed inoperable was pressing on his optic nerve. By the time he was two, he would begin various treatments to reduce the tumor which couldn’t be surgically removed. Sebastian’s father, Jerry Stoces, a private contractor, said Sebastian is now in remission, but continues to have an implant in his arm to balance hormone levels and regular doctor visits to track updates in his vision. During Sebastian’s treatment, Stoces became involved with the Make-A-Wish foundation by organizing trips for other families and only recently got the chance to be on the other side of the equation. Unfortunately, Sebastian’s wish to see America’s Navy first hand was continuously postponed due to the pandemic. But through

the office of San Pedro Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Los Angeles Fleet Week Foundation, Sebastian’s wish came true this week during LAFW 2022. Now just shy of 4-feet tall with an infectious smile and wearing a miniature flight suit perfect for the occasion, Sebastian stepped aboard the Portland with his family, Saturday, May 28, 2022. Commanding officer of the USS Portland, Capt. Matthew Thomas, greeted Sebastian on the quarterdeck with a crew thrilled to have such a special guest. “It was an honor to have Sebastian aboard USS Portland,” said Thomas. “A day that we will long remember. Thank you, Sebastian, for choosing to spend your day with us.” A warship built to transport Sailors and Marines across the ocean can be an overwhelming place for an adult, but once Sebastian stepped out onto the flight deck and met the unofficial mascot, “Wiley” the scarecrow coyote, he regained his normal inquisitive nature and had lots of questions for the crew. “From the moment Sebastian came aboard and saluted the captain, his glowing smile brightened up the entire crew,” said Lt.j.g. Dory Lustig. “It was a beautiful and magical experience to be a child’s hero. He will forever be our shipmate.” But his ship visit wasn’t the end of his wish. On Sunday, May 29, Sebastian received a fully unparalleled Fleet Week experience as he and his family, along with his best friend, Joseph Park, visited the Battleship USS Iowa Museum and all of the military units staged around it during the

annual expo that resumed this year. Beginning with a private tour of the Iowa led by the museum’s CEO and LAFW Foundation President Jonathan Williams, Sebastian saw several exclusive exhibits on the ship including the presidential cabin used by Franklin D. Roosevelt in World War II and climbed inside the ship’s Number One 16-inch gun turret. “I hope Sebastian’s visit to Battleship Iowa inspires him to continue dreaming,” said Williams. “When he earns his Navy wings one day, 15 or so years down the road, I hope he comes back to share his story with the next generation of kids touring the Iowa.” As he traveled around the rest of the expo, Sebastian met with personnel from the Army, Marine Corps, and Navy, including the 2916 Aviation Battalion, Los Angeles Recruiting Battalion, Marine Light Attack Helicopter Training Squadron 303, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 164, Amphibious Construction Battalion One, and Maritime Expeditionary Security Group One. Each stop on his tour gave him the opportunity to talk with pilots, boat operators, and equipment operators, hop inside their vehicles and even operate a remote-controlled ordnance disposal robot. The Army’s recruiting trailer with stateof-the-art simulators and VR headsets was a big hit for Sebastian and Joseph, but their personal favorite was the Navy divers of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Three. “It was truly an honor to meet Sebastian and his family today,” said Navy Diver 2nd Class Petty Officer Kaiden Silva. “Having

the opportunity to give back to someone as strong and brave as he is, makes me proud to be a Navy Diver. It’s amazing people like Sebastian that we are looking for to become the next generation of Navy Deep Sea Divers.” At the diving exhibit, they were able to use a special underwater radio system to talk to Silva and later his shipmate Navy Diver 2nd Class Petty Officer Chase Marini. As part of the expo, the divers were suited up in SCBA gear and engaged the crowd from inside a tank full of water. Sebastian and Joseph played tic-tac-toe on a panel of glass with both Silva and Marini at different times of the day. The boys visited the Navy divers on their way in to the expo, and made it their final stop before a late lunch with their families. “We take each day and try to pull every bit of beauty in life out of it. That’s the way we raised Sebastian, and the way we continue to live our lives,” said Stoces, at the end of a remarkable afternoon. “I’m proud that our Navy put on such a great event, and that every person can be a part of it, can go out and meet their military service members. This morning Sebastian said he wanted to be a Navy pilot, but on the ride home it sounded like he changed his mind to Navy diver.” Fleet Week is an annual, multi-day celebration of our nation’s Sea Services held on the LA Waterfront at the Port of Los Angeles over the Memorial Day Weekend. Free to the public, the event features public ship tours, military displays and equipment demonstrations, live entertainment, aircraft flyovers, and a Galley Wars culinary cook-off competition between Navy, Army, Marine and Coastguard teams. The event is May 24-30.

Sailors Tour LA Firehouse During LAFW By Petty Officer 1st Class Colin Sheridan

Navy Region Southwest

WILMINGTON, Calif. — Sailors, assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), participated in a tour the Los Angeles Task Force 38 firehouse located in Wilmington, Calif. during Los Angeles Fleet Week May 29, 2022. The Sailors, through tours like these, have a chance to meet with LA firefighters and learn more about their day to day lives and experiences. “The tours, in my option, are important because it connects people in the military to people in the community,” said Navy Airman Julian Workman, from Daytona Beach, Fla. “The tour changed my view on the emergency services.” In the U.S. Navy, Sailors are required to learn firefighting skills aboard ships and may eventually pursue careers as civilian firefighters after leaving the service. “In the beginning I had an open mindset and I got excited at the fire station tour because being a firefighter is something I would look at as a job if I were to get out of the Navy,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuel) 3rd Class Donald Newby, from Houston. “It gave me an insight into what they do and if it would be something interesting to me as a career field.” During their visit to the firehouse, the Sailors took part into two ride-alongs, witnessing the expertise of the LA Fire Department first hand.

Seaman Julian Workman, assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), from Daytona Beach, Fla., tours the Los Angeles Task Force 38 firehouse located in Wilmington, Calif. during Los Angeles Fleet Week. LAFW is an opportunity for the American public to meet their Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard teams and experience America’s sea services. ( MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 1ST CLASS COLIN SHERIDAN)

“I’d say my favorite part was responding to the emergencies,” said Newby. Fleet Week is an annual, multi-day celebration of our nation’s Sea Services held on the LA Waterfront at the Port of Los Angeles over the Memorial Day Weekend. Free to the public, the event features public ship tours,

military displays and equipment demonstrations, live entertainment, aircraft flyovers, and a Galley Wars culinary cook-off competition between Navy, Army, Marine and Coastguard teams. The event is May 24-30. LAFW is an opportunity for the American public to meet their Navy, Marine

Corps and Coast Guard teams and experience America’s sea services. During fleet week, service members participate in various community service events, showcase capabilities and equipment to the community, and enjoy the hospitality of Los Angeles and its surrounding areas.

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NSWCPD Aims to Help Employees Ace the Internal Interview Process

By Jermaine Sullivan

Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia Division

The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Philadelphia Division Women’s Employee Resource Group (WERG) and African American Resource Group (AAERG) collaborated to produce an interview skills virtual workshop recently to help future applicants be prepared for what many consider to be a stressful undertaking. Curated by NSWCPD’s Edward Carter, an acquisition manager; Allyson Jones-Zaroff, a branch manager, and Alaina Farooq, a contracting liaison officer, this session was a continuation of a recently conducted a resume building workshop. By regularly holding such training sessions, NSWCPD’s ERGs help further foster a key command mission priority: To serve the U.S. Navy warfighter by empowering, equipping, and continuously educating an inclusive and talented workforce. The nearly 90-minute session began with an overview of NSWCPD’s interview process that differs from private industry’s typical process. In the private sector, interviews are usually structured to be conversational with questions added or subtracted based on the how the interview is going. However, interviews with NSWCPD are structured to include five to seven open-ended questions with the interview panelists taking copious notes, but not actively engaging the candidate. Both Jones-Zaroff and Carter advised that candidates should “do their homework” and that it’s best to answer the questions to the fullest. “Your answers will be evaluated based on a predetermined evaluation criteria … Be very clear about what question you are answering

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joint task force, where they integrated an organizational mission statement, “We are NATO,” into their own mission statement. “‘We are NATO,’ for us, has allowed us to work with so many other nations, see how other navies operate, the different capabilities that they come to bear and also allows us to learn and get better,” said Keller. “We look forward to assuring the Alliance we

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Philadelphia Division employees Allyson Jones-Zaroff, Edward Carter, and Alaina Farooq spearhead an interview skills virtual workshop followed by mock interviews at NSWCPD in April 2022. (JERMAINE SULLIVAN)

… If you just start talking and don’t tell us what it pertains to, (shakes head) no points,” Jones-Zaroff said. “While the interview panel has read your resume it’s not going to carry into the interview, so you have to make sure that you detail that experience that you have. Because while it might be in the panelist’s head that ‘oh yeah I remember she said she did this,’ if you don’t say that, it’s not going to count towards your score,” Carter added. The interview panel includes multiple members, some of whom may work directly with the candidate if selected for the position while others may be from another department. “I was pregnant when I was applying for my branch head position … The EEO (Equal Employment Opportunity) rep would have made sure that never came up in the evalua-

tion discussion,” Jones-Zaroff noted. “Don’t get too in the weeds that someone who is not in your job doesn’t know what you’re talking about,” Carter advised. “After the interview is over the panel will collectively decide if they want to proceed with hiring the candidate. Fortunately, if the panel decides to not hire the person, the candidate can ask for feedback,” Jones-Zaroff said, adding that the panel is there to help the candidate be successful and can provide the person with feedback to apply in a future interview. To further prepare employees, the WERG and AAERG coordinated several mock interviews with NSWCPD managers on April 5 and 6. Monica Schrank, Steven Crowell, Joseph Amato, Carter, and Jones-Zaroff were some of the panel members who participated

are here standing beside them for whatever they need.” Jason Dunham is part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike group and is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. Naval Forces Europe area of operations, employed by U.S. Sixth Fleet to defend U.S., Allied and Partner interests. For more news from CSG 8, visit, www. facebook.com/CSG8, www.navy.mil/local. cvn75/, www.facebook.com/usnavy, www. instagram.com/uss_harrys.truman, www. navy.mil, or www.twitter.com/usnavy.

in the mock interviews, while Felicia Powell was one of the interviewees. “The mock interview experience was fantastic. …This is going to have such a rippling impact on our workforce being prepared to build their careers and transform the morale about career opportunities within the Enterprise.” Powell said. NSWCPD employs approximately 2,800 civilian engineers, scientists, technicians, and support personnel. The NSWCPD team does the research and development, test and evaluation, acquisition support, and in-service and logistics engineering for the non-nuclear machinery, ship machinery systems, and related equipment and material for Navy surface ships and submarines. NSWCPD is also the lead organization providing cybersecurity for all ship systems.

Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Steven Burger, from Tulsa, Oklahoma, stands as a lookout aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109), during a port visit in Durres, Albania, May 29, 2022. (MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 3RD CLASS THEOPLIS STEWART II)

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THE ORIGINAL JERSEY BOY Frankie Valli talks about his life story, touring again and performing with the Four Seasons at Chrysler Hall, July 31st, tickets available now


Interview conducted by Yiorgo SevenVenues, which serves as the Entertainment Bureau for the City of Norfolk and encompasses the Scope Arena, Chrysler Hall, Attucks Theatre, Wells Theatre, the Harrison Opera House, Harbor Park, and Open Air Events, proudly announces that “Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons” who have sold over 100 million records worldwide, will be performing live at the Chrysler Hall, July 31st, at 7:00 p.m. and tickets are available now at https://www.sevenvenues. com/events/detail/frankie-valli As Frankie said in a promotional video recently, “Believe it or not we are out on the road again. After a year and half of staying home and in the house and hiding under the bed, we are going on the road again so come by and say Hi. We can’t wait to see you all.” Yes indeed, the American legend and original Jersey boy himself, Frankie Valli will be with us here in Norfolk. Frankie has had an incredible career with the Four Seasons, as well as a successful solo career. Such incredible mega-hits like “Sherry,”

“Walk Like A Man,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “December ‘63 - Oh What A Night,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” and of course, “Grease” defined and framed the childhoods of several generations. His songs have also been a vital part in such movies as: The Deer Hunter, Dirty Dancing, Mrs. Doubtfire, Conspiracy Theory, and The Wanderers. When as many as 200 artists have done cover versions of Frankie’s “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” that speaks volumes about Frankie’s impact on so many performers. Success breeds success and nothing highlights this more than the overwhelming success of the Broadway musical JERSEY BOYS, which tells the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons’ incredible career and features all of their greatest hits. The winner of 4 Tony Awards including Best Musical in 2006, the JERSEY BOYS have now been seen by over 18 million people worldwide, and is currently playing in New York; Las Vegas; London; in cities across the U.S. on a National Tour and The Netherlands; and will open soon in Korea. It is the 15th longest-running show in Broadway

history, having played over 3,250 performances and recently passing Fiddler on the Roof, Hello Dolly!, The Producers, Hairspray, My Fair Lady, and Oklahoma. In 2014, another honor was bestowed on Frankie when Academy Award-winning director Clint Eastwood directed the film adaptation of JERSEY BOYS. A versatile performer, Valli himself also returned to acting in Rob Reiner’s romantic comedy, ‘And So It Goes.’ The film starred Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton and was released July 18, 2014. Frankie has appeared on the hit television show Hawaii 5-0 and his megahit BIG GIRLS DON’T CRY was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2015. A few years ago, I was privileged to talk with the great Frankie Valli. Here is part of our conversation. Yiorgo: How do you prepare for your concerts and what should the people be prepared to see? Frankie Valli: I sing in the shower every day for 45 min. You also have to learn to appreciate your successes. I also prepare

myself psychologically knowing I will be singing the same songs over and over again. I may have sung them many times but to that paying audience, your fans, it’s refreshing and that’s what they came to hear, it’s all about them. I also like to joke with the audience. I’ll ask ‘Do you guys remember “Rag Doll?”’ The audience will applaud and I will say, ‘Well we are not doing that one tonight.’ Lol. It’s all about having your audience relive their youth by singing along with you, and at the end of the show, leaving happy. Y: What was your early life like? FV: My mother was born in Naples, Italy and my father was born in Newark, New Jersey from Italian parents. His last name is Castelluccio. I was born in Newark also and raised to be a proud Italian. As a kid I got in trouble a couple of times with the law and almost was sent away. We were living in the projects and by the time I was twenty years old I was married and we had kids right away. I lived in the projects right up until I had success. Turn to Frankie Valli, Page 3

‘What Freedom Means’ Civic Season Series Launches June 12 at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown By Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation will present “What Freedom Means,” a themed series of civics-related programs and events in June and July to engage younger generations in the role of American democracy. Programs kickoff on Sunday, June 12 at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. Events and programs are in partnership with Made By Us, a national coalition of more than 130 history museums, sites, archives and youth-focused civic education organizations dedicated to engaging, empowering and educating younger generations with a primary focus on high school students, Generation Z (ages 18-30) and millennials. As part of the Made By Us annual Civic Season kickoff, programs begin June 12 at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown with additional programs planned on June 18 during Juneteenth at Jamestown Settlement and July 4 during Liberty Celebration at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. Civic Season Series Kickoff June 12, 1 to 5 p.m. — An Afternoon of Civic Engagement Programs designed for teens and young adults will feature art, live music by Superstition and performances by spoken-word artists from Teens With a Purpose (TWP)-The Youth Movement. Free themed “paint-and-take” workshops for teens and young adults led by artist Lisa Reid-Williamson are available at 1:30-2:45 p.m. and 3-4:30 p.m. The art project has limited capacity with advance online registration is recommended, and children 10

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and under must be accompanied by an adult. Program is included with museum admission. June 12, 6 to 8 p.m. — Drag Trivia: Civics Edition Discover fascinating tidbits about American history and how to be a good citizen during an evening of learning and laughter with Williamsburg drag artist Robert Kyle appearing as Aria Ova’here. Program is designed for ages 21 and up, with a cash bar and food available for purchase. This free event is limited and advance online registration is recommended. Admission to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, is $16.00 for adults, $9.00 for ages 6-12, and free for children ages 5 and under. Residents of James City County, York County and the City of Williamsburg, including William & Mary students, receive free admission with proof of residency. Parking is free. For more information about the Civic Season Series, call (757) 253-4838 or visit jyfmuseums.org/civicseason.

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Norfolk Harborfest brings a weekend of thrilling activities By Norfolk Festevents America’s largest, longest-running, free maritime festival, the iconic Norfolk Harborfest® enters its 46th year in 2022. For three memorable days along the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront June 10-12, Harborfest celebrates all of the elements that make Norfolk & Hampton Roads a historic maritime & Naval community. On both land and sea, thrilling activities and live music take center stage at Harborfest, including the annual Parade of Sail featuring international tall ships, one of the largest fireworks shows on the East Coast, a mesmerizing drone show, interactive family games and activities, Navy exhibits and demonstrations, artisan foods and beverages, national and regional live entertainment, and much more. Mark your calendars for Friday-Sunday, June 10-12, 2022 for one of Hampton Roads’ biggest summertime events! Enjoy Free Concerts! Different types of music covering many genres making Harborfest the event for everyone. From Blue Dogs “Walter”, to DJ CanRock’s epic mixes that are sure to pump up the energy. Harborfest has something


for everyone to enjoy. So come on down to beautiful Downtown Norfolk Waterfront and enjoy a weekend full of festivities! Tall Ships & the Parade of Sail The spectacular Parade of Sail will enter the Downtown Norfolk Harbor on Friday, June 10th at approximately noon. Following tradition, this impressive fleet will include tall ships, a U.S. Navy ship, USCG Cutters, Public Safety vessels, character vessels, sailing craft, antique and classic wooden boats, tugs and more! Ships will be open for public tours on Friday afternoon following the Parade of Sail. Public tours will be taking place on: Friday, June 10: 3pm - 6pm. Saturday, June 11: 12pm - 6pm. Sunday, June 12: from 12pm - 6pm. Fan Favorite Festival Features Experience innovative, specialty, worldclass entertainment that only Harborfest can offer: one of the largest fireworks displays on the east coast, choreographed Drone Show, NEW Roller Skating Rink, NEW Butterfly Encounter, Mermaids, Pirates, Body Marbling, and so much more. Interactive attractions can be seen on water, land, and or the sky throughout the entire weekend! Please continue to visit www.festevents. org for regular updates! For more information on Norfolk Harborfest® as well as other events throughout the year, including hours, park regulations and parking please visit www.festevents. org or call 757.441.2345.

Female Lions Make their Debut at the Virginia Zoo From Virginia Zoo NORFOLK, Va. — The Virginia Zoo’s Pride is now complete with the addition of two female lions, Asha and Kali. The two are sisters were born at Blank Park Zoo on November 14, 2017 and were placed at the Virginia Zoo based on a recommendation from the Species Survival Plan, a breeding and population management program designed to ensure the long-term sustainability of animal populations in human care. Kali is the more dominant female weighing in at 311 pounds and Asha is 300 pounds. Both enjoy ice treats and toys such as boomer balls and various scent enrichment. They explored their new habitat at the Virginia Zoo for the first time on Tuesday. Keepers say the girls were calm yet inquisitive, unlike Ansel, the male lion who came to the Zoo in April. He’s energetic and loves to climb the rocks and chase the birds. It will still be some time before the trio will be seen out together, as they have to move through the “howdying” or introduction process, which can be a slow transition period as Zoo Keepers monitor interactions between the animals. The Zoo is throwing a Lion House Warming Party on June 12 from 10 am to 2 pm. Visitors can see the trio and hear their stories during Keeper Chats at 11 am and 1 pm. Meet Trail Hosts and participate in enriching and fun activities for all ages. No


housewarming is complete without a few gifts to make them feel at home. The lion’s Keepers have picked out a few new toys

and exhibit furnishings that Zoo fans can purchase or donate toward. Festivities are included in general Zoo admission. More

information can be found here: https:// virginiazoo.org/event/lion-housewarming-party/

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Y: I did not know until I saw your wildly successful Broadway and touring musical, “The Jersey Boys,” that some of the original members of the four Seasons did time. FV: We kept that info quiet back then because we were afraid they may not want to hire us or a record company may not give us a deal. Nowadays you don’t become famous until you do get arrested. One of the reasons we included all this private information about our troubled past in the play is that we believe it gives inspiration to young kids from poor or troubled backgrounds that they too can make it just like we did. I love America! This is the greatest country in the world but we should be teaching music

and art from the first grade one, and stress vocational schools when they get older. Not everybody will be a doctor or a lawyer. Y: Speaking of that, there were no music programs in schools when you were growing up, so how did you learn to sing? FV: To be perfectly honest, I learned how to sing by doing impressions of other singers. If you could learn to sing and sound like five or six or seven other singers, that’s phenomenal, and you have more tunes to work with. Frank Sinatra inspired me, because he was a neighborhood kid and to this day, I have not heard anybody that can do with the melody what Sinatra could do with it. Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, Sarah Vaughn, Billie Holliday among others, they all had that “something unique.” Y: Did you have an opportunity to get to know Frank Sinatra? FV: I hung with Frank for about 10 years

and it all happened by accident. You know when you do good things, good things happen to you. Frank’s mother did a lot of charity work, and was working with some nuns who were helping blind kids. We volunteered to work this function for free. By then we had made a name for ourselves. We did it, Frank heard about it, called me to meet with him, I did, he had done his homework, knew all the songs I had recorded, and he kind of took me under his wing as a friend because I did this thing for his mother. For about 10 years we were really close. Every time I saw him it was a big hug and a kiss on the cheek. Y: You also had your music played on the HBO hit series “The Sopranos,” and you appear in seasons 5 and 6 playing mobster Rusty Millio. How was that? FV: I loved it because it was incredibly challenging. It was different, the dialogue was always changing, it was not like singing

the songs over and over again. Y: How did the idea of telling your life story come to fruition? You went from a very successful Broadway and internationally touring play “Jersey Boys” to Clint Eastwood directing the feature film version of it. FV: It was first an idea to do it as a movie of the week on TV. When that did not pan out, I said maybe what we have here is a play. After a lot of hard work it became a success on Broadway but I tell you, it’s hard watching yourself on the stage. There were many times that I wanted to go up there and say, “No, no not like that! But I had to learn to control myself.” Yiorgo is an arts, entertainment and sports writer. A stage, TV and movie actor, he is also a sports entertainer, educator, motivational speaker, writer, storyteller and columnist.


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Endless Summer Grass-Fed Lamb Burgers. (COURTESY PHOTO

Fresh Summer Flavors with Grilled Grass-Fed Lamb From Family Features

Enjoy flavorful meals straight off the grill this summer with these delicious recipes that put New Zealand grass-fed lamb at the center of your plate. These Endless Summer Grass-Fed Lamb Burgers are topped with a fresh herb salad and juicy tomatoes on brioche buns. Or, for a spiced sensation, try Grass-Fed Lamb Meatball and Veggie Skewers that pair lamb, bell peppers and onions with a robust herb sauce. These recipes can become summer favorites thanks to versatile and flavorful lamb from Atkins Ranch, available at your local Whole Foods Market. The lamb is 100% grass-fed and humanely raised in New Zealand, just as nature intended. Allowed to graze freely over lush green hills and pastures 365 days a year, the result is a lean, finely textured, flavorful meat that’s easy to cook — simply prepare the same way you would grass-fed beef. Visit beefandlambnz.com for more recipes, cooking tips and inspiration. Endless Summer Grass-Fed Lamb Burgers Prep time: 1 hour, 20 minutes Cook time: 1 hour Servings: 4

Burgers: • 1 ½ pounds Atkins Ranch grass-fed Ground Lamb • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt • 4 brioche buns • 1 medium tomato, sliced into rounds Spread: • ⅔ cup full-fat Greek yogurt • 1 clove garlic, grated • ⅓ cup mayonnaise • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard Salad: • 1 small English cucumber, thinly sliced • 2 green onions, thinly sliced into rounds • 2 tablespoons flat leaf parsley, chopped • 2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves, chopped • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped • ¼ cup micro greens • 2 tablespoons lemon juice • 1 teaspoon lemon zest • 2 teaspoons olive oil To make burgers: Gently divide lamb into four equal parts and shape into rounds slightly larger than buns. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour. To make spread: In small bowl, mix yogurt, garlic, mayonnaise and mustard; refrigerate until ready to assemble burgers. To make salad: In medium bowl, mix

cucumber, onions, parsley, mint leaves, dill, micro greens, lemon juice, lemon zest and olive oil; refrigerate until ready to assemble burgers. Preheat grill to medium-high heat, creating hot and cool zones. Salt patties then grill about 6 minutes on each side until internal temperature reaches 150 F. As patties near 150 F or start to brown, move to cool zone to regulate doneness. Transfer to plate and let rest about 5 minutes. To assemble burgers, add dollop of spread to bottom buns. Top each with one tomato slice, one lamb burger, salad and top bun. Grass-Fed Lamb Meatball and Veggie Skewers with Herb Sauce Prep time: 1 hour, 30 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Yield: 6 skewers Lamb Meatballs: • 6 wooden skewers • 1 pound Atkins Ranch grass-fed Ground Lamb • 2 large eggs, whisked • ⅔ cup Italian breadcrumbs • 1 teaspoon olive oil • ½ cup yellow onion, finely minced • 1 clove garlic, minced • ¼ teaspoon coriander seeds, crushed • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

• ½ teaspoon kosher salt • freshly ground black pepper, to taste Veggies: • 1 medium red onion • 1 medium green bell pepper • 1 medium red bell pepper Herb Sauce: • 1 cup flat leaf parsley leaves • 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary leaves, minced • 2 tablespoons capers • 1 lemon, juice only • 2 cloves garlic • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil Italian bread, grilled To make lamb meatballs: Soak wooden skewers in water 10 minutes. In large bowl, break apart ground lamb then add whisked eggs and breadcrumbs. In small saute pan, add olive oil and saute yellow onion and garlic with coriander seeds, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper, to taste, about 5 minutes until onion is translucent and spices are fragrant. Add to bowl with lamb. Mix until combined and form into roughly 1 ½-ounce balls. To make veggies: Cut onion and bell peppers into 1-inch stacks. Add ground lamb meatballs to skewers, alternating with peppers and onions. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour. To make herb sauce: In immersion blender, blend parsley, rosemary, capers, lemon juice, garlic and olive oil until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Grill skewers about 3 minutes on each side, or until meatballs reach internal temperature of 150 F. Rest 5 minutes. Serve with dipping sauce and grilled Italian bread.

5 Reasons to Add Lobster to Summer Meals From Family Features The arrival of summer means favorites like fresh seafood are back on the menu for many families. This year, as you explore new and inventive ways to add variety to weeknight dinners and backyard barbecues, consider including lobster as a versatile, indulgent ingredient. Throughout the summer months, lobstermen up and down the Maine coast set off before dawn in pursuit of one of the most beloved crustaceans in the world. As one of the oldest fisheries in the country, the industry boasts a rich history with an unparalleled commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship that has allowed it to thrive for generations. In addition to its distinctly sweet flavor, consider these reasons to add Maine lobster to your menu this summer: Sustainability To help protect the lobster population and the livelihood of those in the fishery, the lobstermen pioneered sustainability and traceability practices before it was fashionable. The sustainability measures developed and adapted over generations, such as protecting egg-bearing females and releasing juvenile lobsters, have preserved the fishery and produced abundant lobster stocks. Small Business Support Unlike many commercial fisheries, the Maine Lobster industry consists of more than 5,000 independent lobstermen who own and operate small day boats. Many lobstermen are from multi-generational lobstering families, which, along with a mandatory apprenticeship program, ensure its continued survival. Front Lines of Science Mother Nature and science guide the fishery, meaning ongoing collabora-

tion between scientists and fishermen to research the health of the lobster population and adapt to the effects of climate change to help protect the oceans. Protection of Endangered Species Sustainability for the industry means taking care of the larger marine environment and the species that rely on it. Since the 1990s, Maine lobstermen have taken proactive steps to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales by eliminating surface float rope, incorporating weak links to allow whales to break free in the event they encounter gear and marking rope to ensure traceability. Community Engagement The lobster industry goes well beyond the fishermen on the water; including the dealers, processors, restaurant owners, trap and boat builders and more. The fishery is part of the identity of Maine, which means enjoying lobster rolls, grilled tails or steamed lobsters this summer directly supports the community and the lobstermen who call it home. To find more ways to support the industry and recipes to enjoy this summer, visit lobsterfrommaine.com. Chilled Lobster with Orange and Basil Vinaigrette Recipe courtesy of Erin Lynch on behalf of the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative Servings: 4 Dressing: • 1 tablespoon minced shallots • 2 tablespoons olive oil • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley • ½ teaspoon salt, plus additional, to taste, divided • ¼ teaspoon Dijon mustard

Chilled Lobster with Orange and Basil Vinaigrette. (COURTESY PHOTO)

• pepper, to taste • 1 pound cooked Maine Lobster meat, cut into 1-inch pieces • 1 head butter lettuce, torn • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and diced • 3 radishes, thinly sliced • kosher salt • freshly ground black pepper To make dressing: In medium bowl, whisk shallots, olive oil, orange juice, lime juice, basil, parsley, salt and Dijon mustard. Season with additional salt and pepper, to taste. Add lobster to bowl; toss to coat. Chill at least 1 hour, or up to one day. To serve: Arrange lettuce on serving plate and place lobster on top. Sprinkle with avocado, radishes, kosher salt and ground

black pepper. Traditional Lobster Rolls Recipe courtesy of the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative Yield: 4 rolls • 1 pound cooked Maine lobster meat • mayonnaise, to taste, for binding • freshly ground black pepper, to taste • salt, to taste • fresh lemon juice, to taste • 4 buttered, toasted rolls or preferred bread • sliced chives, for garnish In bowl, combine lobster meat; mayonnaise, to taste; pepper, to taste; salt, to taste; and lemon juice, to taste. Place 3-4 ounces lobster salad on each roll. Garnish with chives and serve.

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Facility Dogs Play a Vital Role in Recovery for Patients Across the MHS By Janet A. Aker

MHS Communications

The Defense Department’s first facility dog program began back in 2005, when then-Army Sgt. Harvey Naranjo saw the positive impact that man’s best friend can have on troubled soldiers. Naranjo was working with injured Special Forces warfighters in a therapeutic horse riding program. He was struck by how the wounded warriors interacted with the stable dogs. “These tough guys, who have gone through traumatic injuries, amputations, and had been shot — all of a sudden I see them rolling around on the floor, baby talking to the dogs, and I saw them put their guard down,” Naranjo recalled. He could see a “true personality emerge from the very reserved service members for the first time.” “I thought of how much more I could do for them if I had a dog,” said Naranjo, who now runs the adaptive sports program for the Occupational Therapy Department at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. At the time, Naranjo mentioned this observation to a hospital volunteer, who soon sent him a chocolate Lab named Deuce. “And before I knew it, there was a dog in the clinic,” Naranjo said. Since then, the facility dog program at Walter Reed has grown and the concept has spread to other military medical treatment facilities. Facility dogs can help patients with stress, depression, and anxiety. They provide distraction, unconditional love, and comfort, helping patients to recover or better cope with health problems. And they help to decompress staffs and patient families. There are currently seven facility dogs at Walter Reed. All are highly trained by outside organizations and include Golden Retrievers, Labradors and one German Shepherd. They are typically very busy. Handlers say that for every hour the dogs work, they have a positive impact on 12 patients and their families. On average, these dogs work over 200 hours per month, collectively, and have contact with 2,500 people. Before COVID-19, five to seven inpatients specifically requested a facility dog (therapy support dog) visit every day. Currently, the dogs are supporting staff, patients, and families in outpatient settings. (Handlers ensure the individual dogs’ workdays are limited and that each canine gets plenty of rest.) The dogs often fill an important role in the care of injured or ill service members or other patients who may have a long path of recovery, Naranjo said. “Our service members are missing their homes, and they’re missing their families and their pets. This is like an extension of their pets,” Naranjo said. Walter Reed’s Facility Dog Program Today, the Facility Dog Program at WRNMMC includes Sully, a yellow Lab who was former President George H.W. Bush’s service dog. Each dog has his or her own rank, service, and uniform and is inducted in an enlistment or commissioning ceremony. Each dog initially undergoes traditional service dog training with an accredited outside organization, which prepares them to be paired

Luke, a German Shepherd facility dog at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, stays with wounded warrior Heath T. Calhoun at the Military Advanced Treatment Center facility while Calhoun undergoes rehab therapy. Luke is officially a Navy Hospital Corpsman Third Class.

with a disabled service member or veteran to provide assistance with tasks and companionship. After that, the dogs at WRNMMC undergo additional training to become a “facility dog” who works in a clinical setting like a hospital. Amy O’Connor and Patty Barry oversee the facility dog program Video of the Walter Reed Bethesda Facility Dog Program on the dvidshub.net websiteat Walter Reed, and Naranjo is the program service dog patient Education & Referral liaison. “I’ve had the privilege to be part of this program for over 15 years and have a wonderful group of handlers that are primarily active duty service members who do the handling of the dogs as a collateral duty. This program is truly nobody’s job; we all give a little bit of ourselves to make it work,” O’Connor said “We try to switch them up in their daily duties,” said Navy Hospital Corpsman Skylor Cervantes, the lead handler. “Different dogs can go to different areas, and different people can meet the different dogs, have different interactions with them because they all have their own unique personalities. Some of the dogs do work in specific locations, but they also get to visit other locations.” For example, children who have cancer tend to be at the medical center for a long time. “These dogs become part of their treatment

plan, they become part of their family,” O’Connor noted. One area the dogs visit every day is the Military Advanced Treatment Center, where wounded warriors rehabilitate, O’Connor explained. Truman, a chocolate Lab with the rank of Army master sergeant, is the resident MATC dog, Naranjo said. Additionally, the dogs work as part of community reintegration, Naranjo said, adding that some service members may develop anxiety about traveling after losing a limb. “Having the dog with them plays a huge role in deflecting some of the stares that they may get from people or just their anxiety in general from accessing community again in a new body,” Naranjo explained. How Are Therapy Dogs Trained? All the WRNMMC dogs are “purpose-bred and -trained to be service dogs for our wounded warriors. And in that process, they are trained for 18 to 24 months,” O’Connor said. “We don’t stop learning and working to get better,” O’Connor said. Each Walter Reed therapy dog handler goes through a training program, the Personnel Qualification Standard, to ensure confidence, consistency, and solid handling skills. It generally takes about six weeks of training with two to three hours a week of practice, she said.

At the end of the day, all facility dogs go home with their owner-handler, so it’s a full-time commitment. Program Growth WRNMMC’s therapy dogs program has been such a success that other military hospitals and clinics are following suit. These include Naval Medical Center San Diego’s LC and Cork, a golden Lab and black Lab, respectively Brooke Army Medical Center-Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas. It is getting a facility dog named Budd. A yellow Lab, Budd will be commissioned on June 6 as an Army major. Madigan Army Medical Center has a new facility dog named Earl. The black Lab just started his mission with the Peer Support Program on May 16 The California Air National Guard’s 144th Fighter Wing also has a facility therapy dog named PaigeVideo of Paige Facility Therapy Dog TV Package With Graphics on the dvidshub.net website. In the end, “facility dogs must be suited for the complex environment of a hospital with multiple interactions,” O’Connor said. “Facility dogs can interact with 100 people a day, and that’s not suitable for all dogs. Some of these dogs wouldn’t be happy with one wounded warrior. They seek the multiple interactions and have the energy for that.”

Learning How to ‘Stop the Bleed’ By Robert Whetstone

Brooke Army Medical Center Public Affairs

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas, (May 26, 2022) — According to Bleedingcontrol.org, “uncontrolled bleeding is the number one cause of preventable death from trauma.” In San Antonio, there is an ongoing effort to train as many people as possible on how to control bleeding to increase the chances for victim survival. Brandy Martinez, Brooke Army Medical Center injury prevention coordinator, together with a team from University Health, taught a series of Stop the Bleed courses to the general public at the Texas Department of Transportation district offices May 19. May is National Stop the Bleed Month, and the 19th happened to be Stop the Bleed Day. The courses are designed to help people learn how to prevent deaths from traumatic bleeding. “I love to help people to feel empowered and confident that they could step in and save a life,” said Martinez. According to the FBI, active shooter incidents in the U.S. have experienced a 52 percent increase from 2020 — 2021. With NPR reporting 198 mass shootings already in 2022, chances of being in one of these deadly incidents is becoming regrettably common. On May 14, a gunman killed 10 people in Buffalo, New York, while two were killed and seven others wounded near a McDonald’s in Chicago. Martinez explained that anyone could find themselves in a situation where they are the first responder. “Bleeding emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere,” she added. NOTE: At the time of this writing, an active shooting was in progress locally at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, about 85 miles west of San Antonio. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 42,915 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2021, a 10.5 percent increase from 2020, also a 16-year high. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg described this as a crisis on America’s roadways. It is a crisis motorists can be prepared for to render first aid if

TaTaka Perry-Johnson, University Health nurse educator, right, trains participants how to pack an injury during one of four‘Stop the Bleed’ courses, May 19, 2022, at the Texas Department of Transportation District offices. Training was conducted both in-person and virtually to teach members of the community what everyone should know to stop bleeding after an injury. (ROBERT A WHETSTONE)

properly trained to stop bleeding. Knowing how to control bleeding from a serious injury is important knowledge for everyone to have. BAMC and University Health have been teaching courses together since late 2017, along with other members in the Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council region. STRAC develops, implements and maintains the regional trauma and emergency healthcare system for the 22 counties. Stop the bleed training at the TxDOT district office focused on the “ABCs” of bleeding: A — Alert (call 9-1-1) B — Bleeding (find the injury) C — Compress (apply pressure to stop the bleeding)

Students participated in hands-on training, learning how to cover wounds with clean cloth or gauze and applying direct pressure with both hands, and how to apply a tourniquet. Additionally, they learned how to pack (stuff) a deep wound. At the conclusion of training, each student received a Stop the Bleed kit that contained a tourniquet, gauze, surgical gloves, marker, and a certificate of completion of the training from STRAC. “I appreciate that BAMC gives me the opportunity to go out and teach in our community,” said Martinez. In addition to training community members, she provides required training for staff at BAMC. University Health and BAMC are the only two Level I Trauma Centers support-

ing STRAC. One of the elements of Level I Trauma Centers is to provide public education to surrounding communities. “We do education and outreach as a requirement for our ACS (American College of Surgeons) Level I Trauma verification,” she said. “We do train at BAMC on request for departments and individuals. We also hold regular training classes. Our next one is scheduled for June 15 at 2 p.m. in the BAMC orthopedic conference room.” Martinez is motivated and passionate about the Stop the Bleed course and training as many individuals she can. She was very direct when asked why the training was so important. “If we can prevent one death, then all of the work is worth it,” she added.

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