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IN THIS ISSUE V-22 Repairs

Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) is gearing up to return an MV-22 Osprey to the fleet after conducting a wing-off stow ring replacement on the aircraft, the first completion of this procedure by a naval aviation depot. PAGE A4 VOL. 29, NO. 24, Norfolk, VA | flagshipnews.com

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Navy’s first Project SEARCH interns graduate at Naval Air Station Oceana

Naval Air Station Oceana hosts a graduation ceremony for eight Project SEARCH interns. The program connects high school students with intellectual and developmental disabilities to internships and on-the-job training. (MASS COMMUNICATION 2ND CLASS MEGAN WOLLAM)

By Jackie Parashar

NAS Oceana Public Affairs

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana hosted a graduation ceremony on June 14 for eight Project SEARCH interns. This marks the first year a Navy installation has hosted the innovative program, which connects high school students with intellectual and developmental disabilities to internships and on-the-job training. It is a collaborative effort between Virginia Beach City Public Schools, Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, Virginia Department of Education, Didlake, Inc., and Virginia Commonwealth University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center. “This graduation ceremony is a chance for us to recognize the hard work of our eight terrific interns, and to celebrate the many people and organizations who made this program possible in its first year here at NAS Oceana,” said NAS Oceana Commanding Officer Capt. Bob Holmes. “We look forward to welcoming Project SEARCH back to the Navy’s East Coast

NAS Oceana NEX employee Joseph Jones congratulates Project SEARCH intern Markus Gray during the graduation ceremony onboard Naval Air Station Oceana. (MASS COMMUNICATION 2ND CLASS MEGAN WOLLAM)

Master Jet Base for another year in September.” Combining classroom instruction and hands-on training, Project SEARCH engaged its interns in a ten-month, holistic approach to starting a career. Since September, the military-connected interns worked side-byside with employees at NAS Oceana’s Navy Exchange, the Navy MWR, and the Navy Gateway Inns & Suites. “Our first year has been a great success,” said Jan Varney, Instructional Specialist for the Virginia Beach City Public Schools’ Office of Programs for Exceptional Children. “The partnership, support, and mentorship that the base and its businesses have provided to the Project SEARCH program have made all the difference in the lives of these young adults, and will, in turn, benefit our community by increasing the pool of dependable, skilled workers ready to join the labor force.” Since starting the program in Sept. 2021, the Project SEARCH interns completed 24 internships across 10 businesses at NAS Oceana, Turn to SEARCH, Page 7

Town hall discusses suicide prevention, mental health awareness By Michelle Stewart

Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story Chapel Department held its first-ever Suicide Prevention Town Hall at the Carl Brasher Conference Center recently. The town hall provided an opportunity for members to hear from, and speak with, mental health experts on the critical topic of suicide prevention and mental health. The idea of the town hall came from the base chaplain’s experience while serving on an intervention team and the desire to do more. “I was a member of the Special Psychiatric Rapid Intervention Team that examined the response to the suicides that occurred on the USS George Washington (CVN 73) recently,” Command Chaplain Lt. Scott Dean said. “While on the ship I could

see the frustration and feel the emotional heaviness from the crew. It was on my heart to do more.” Upon returning from the ship Dean met with the chapel team to brainstorm. The idea was to create a Ted Talk meets town hall, Dean said. “We invite people who have a piece of the puzzle and have a dynamic conversation. Maybe people who struggled with it and got help could come and share their stories,” Dean said. The town hall was presented in a panel format. The panelist included Lts. Courtney Gibson and LaShawn Gooden, Navy clinical psychologists at Naval Medical Readiness and Training Center Portsmouth, Mental Health Clinic at Sewells Point; Michelle Peterson, executive director of The Sarah Michelle Peterson Foundation; Margaret Blair, Fleet and Family Support Center SAIL Case Manager and Rayshawn Penn, Eastern Regional Hub Lead for LivingWorks.”

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Naval Station (NAVSTA) Norfolk hosted the Navy World Series Throwback Softball game at the installations historic McClure Field on Friday, June 17. PAGE A6

Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story’s Command Chaplain Lt. Cmdr. Jason Gregory speaks to the attendees of the Suicide Prevention Town Hall. ( PETTY OFFICER 3RD CLASS ZACHARY TESLOVICH)

Peterson shared the story of her loss and why she started her foundation. “I am the wife of a 30-year Marine, and

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Honor of Flag Day Six years ago, the Norfolk Naval Shipyard Veteran Employee Readiness Group began donating old or worn U.S. Flags from the workforce and community. This year — the team collected 137 U.S. flags, which were presented to Sturtevant during a ceremony held June 13. PAGE A2

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Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command MidAtlantic awarded HCG-JCG Joint Venture, Escondido, California, a $7,735,000 firm-fixed-price task order under a multiple award construction contract for fuel tank demolition. PAGE A7

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Norfolk Naval Shipyard’s (NNSY) Veteran Employee Readiness Group (VET-ERG) celebrated Flag Day with their annual collection of U.S. Flags to present to Sturtevant Funeral Home for their Retire Your Flag Program. This year the team collected 137 flags that will be draped over fallen veterans at the time of cremation to honor their service and commitment to our nation. ( DANIEL DEANGELIS)

NNSY VET-ERG Continues Tradition Delivering U.S. Flags to Local Funeral Home in Honor of Flag Day By Kristi R Britt

Norfolk Naval Shipyard

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Six years ago, the Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) Veteran Employee Readiness Group (VET-ERG) began their partnership with Sturtevant Funeral Home, donating old or worn U.S. Flags from the workforce and community. Hundreds of flags have been delivered to Sturtevant as part of their Retire Your Flag Program, where the flags are draped over fallen veterans at the time of cremation to honor their service and commitment to our nation. This year — the team collected 137 U.S. flags, which were presented to Sturtevant during a ceremony held June 13. “One of our former VET-ERG Presidents, Mr. Rick Nelson, started and led this program until his retirement in 2019,” said VET-ERG Information and Awareness Officer Nicholas Boyle. “Since then, I have done my best to continue to lead this endeavor and reach out to NNSY coworkers and the public through email and social media, and have always received a heartwarming response from the community for providing this service of properly retiring worn US Flags, and paying respect to our veterans. In keeping this event ongoing, we are able to strengthen our ties with the community.”

The VET-ERG began this endeavor and coordinates its annual delivery to coincide with Flag Day, a time-honored holiday first established in 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson to celebrate the anniversary of the adoption of the Stars and Stripes — the U.S. Flag. Throughout the year, the VET-ERG invites fellow shipyarders and the community to donate any unserviceable or worn flags to the cause. “It is important that the VET-ERG try to coordinate the collection and presentation of flags to coincide with Flag Day as best as possible, to pay respect to Old Glory, a faithful comrade who has accompanied each of us, and every service member before us, to battlefields and stations in virtually every corner of the globe for more than two centuries,” said Boyle. “Old Glory has guided and comforted countless numbers of our comrades in arms through the best and the worst of times.” “The Flag of the United States of America serves as a living piece of history and waves throughout our communities. The involvement and support of our community with this endeavor has been amazing and a critical piece to this initiative,” said VET-ERG President Josh Wannemacher. “I believe the significance of Flag Day varies with each VET-ERG member. However, we all share the common bond that when we began our

federal service by taking an oath under the American Flag as well as supporting our Army Veterans in celebration of the U.S. Army’s birthday.” The team invited NNSY Shipyard Commander, Capt. Dianna Wolfson to help celebrate this momentous achievement as they turned over the flags to Robie Gardner who represented Sturtevant Funeral Home. Among those donated is one of the last American flags to be flown at Naval Station Roosevelt Roads in Puerto Rico, donated by NAVSEA 04X Laboratory Quality and Accreditation Office (Code 1563) Chemist and Deputy Director Dr. William Edward Corl. Dr. Corl was provided the flag in 2004 while serving as part of the transition team responsible for ensuring the closure was in accordance with Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) regulations and has flown it as his home ever since. “During its time, this was one of the flags that flew high above the installation and was able to continue its service at my home,” said Dr. Corl. “I feel this initiative is a fitting way to honor this flag history and our fallen veterans — I’m honored to provide this to the Retire Your Flag Program.” “It’s a privilege to partner with Norfolk Naval Shipyard once again this year,” said Gardner. “We’re so grateful by the support for our Retire Your Flag Program from the

U.S. 2nd Fleet, U.S. Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy hold Frontier Sentinel Table Top Exercise By Petty Officer 2nd Class Anderson W Branch Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet

NORFOLK, Va. — U.S. 2nd Fleet (C2F), U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area, and the Canadian Armed Forces’ Joint Task Force Atlantic participated in the 2022 Frontier Sentinel tabletop exercise (TTX) at Navy Warfare Development Command on Naval Station Norfolk, June 13-15. Frontier Sentinel is an annual exercise between the three organizations that is the penultimate activity for ensuring the abil-

ity of the tri-party commands and tactical assets to work together. It places particular emphasis on highlighting challenges to interoperability and identifying solutions. “We are exercising joint and allied operational capabilities and working together to hone our competitive edge. The commandant has said we will be a more adaptive and connected U.S. Coast Guard that generates sustained readiness, resilience, and capability in new ways. Our work in this exercise is vital to that end,” said Vice Adm. Kevin Lunday, commander of U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area. “The U.S. Coast Guard is

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fully interoperable with the U.S. Navy and Royal Canadian Navy, and together we are ensuring readiness for strategic competition against malign actors who seek to undermine established international norms.” During the first two days, the staffs conducted the Frontier Sentinel TTX, designed to test communication and information methods, rules of engagement, and command and control in an operation involving all three operational commands. This year’s exercise was led by the U.S. Coast Guard. “Alliances and partnerships are a force

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VET-ERG, the shipyard, and the community and thank all of you for helping to honor our fallen.” The NNSY VET-ERG supports members of the NNSY workforce who are military veterans of all branches of service and other supporters of our nation’s veterans through a system of comprehensive activities and outreach programs. “The VET-ERG provides the opportunity for employees with a shared interest to interact with each other and to inform our members of the available resources provided to our veteran and military communities. We achieve this by providing a variety of guest speakers and information at our monthly meetings which also includes the strategic planning for the 11 annual events our group hosts or supports,” said Wannemacher. “Our leading initiative focuses on disseminating veteran related resources and information throughout the shipyard with an added emphasis on our waterfront members. Through an increase in communication the hope is that our group continues to grow not only in membership but with an increase of involvement at the NNSY and community events.” The team meets the second Thursday of every month at 8 a.m. in Bldg. M-32 First Floor Conference Room and is welcoming any who wish to show their support. For more information, email the VET-ERG Officer Group at NNSY_VET-ERG@flankspeed.onmicrosoft.us. Learn more about the Retire Your Flag program at https://www.sturtevantfuneralhome.com/retire-your-flag/retire-yourflag. To learn more about Flag Day, visit https://www.history.navy.mil/content/ history/museums/nmusn/education/additional-activities/flag-day.html/.

multiplier. Serving together, studying together, and participating in exercises together only increase our combined operational readiness,” said Rear Adm. Steven Waddell, vice commander of U.S. 2nd Fleet. “Frontier Sentinel is a yearly opportunity to determine best practices to ensure we are ready to operate at the high-end, together, when we are called to do so.” The final day of the event consisted of a planning conference for Frontier Sentinel 2023, where the senior leaders from all three commands gathered to review the results of the TTX and discuss the way forward in the year to come. U.S. 2nd Fleet, reestablished in 2018 in response to the changing global security environment, develops and employs maritime forces ready to fight across multiple domains in the Atlantic and Arctic in order to ensure access, deter aggression and defend U.S., allied, and partner interests. For more information, please visit https:// www.facebook.com/thesullivansddg68/, www.navy.mil, www.facebook.com/usnavy, or www.twitter.com/usnavy.


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London Tech Bridge Breaks Down Barriers with New Collaboration Space

By Liz Mildenstein Navalx

WESTMINSTER, London—The U.K.-based Tech Bridge hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony June 13 to celebrate the grand opening of its innovation hub. The London Tech Bridge (LTB) will leverage partnerships with the U.S. Office of Naval Research Global (ONR Global) and Royal Navy Office of the Chief Technology Officer to foster connectivity, agility and innovation. The location will sponsor dialogue, joint investment and cooperative development between the two navies. “The opening of the London Tech Bridge’s innovation hub represents a new way for great minds to come together in a unique atmosphere, share ideas and technologies, and foster more effective research collaboration,” said Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Lorin Selby. “This joint U.S.-U.K. partnership is critical to advance new ideas and keep our naval forces dominant. “We’re looking for partners with strong curiosity, a passion for action and a commitment to scientific and technological excellence.” Initially launched at the end of 2020 during a virtual ceremony, the LTB has already made strides in moving the innovation needle. For example, it played a critical role in the recent APEX underwater Challenge. The London Tech Bridge coordinated and arranged sponsorship for three research grants to teams from the University of Rhode Island (U.S.), Robert Gordon University (Scotland) and TNO (Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research) in the Netherlands to execute the challenge. These teams helped Unmanned Underwater Vessels (UUVs) sense objects with sonar or optical cameras and communicate what they “saw” to operators. Rear Admiral James Parkin CBE, cutting the ribbon on behalf of the Royal Navy, said: “The London Tech Bridge does exactly what it says on the tin. Being in London, right next to the strategic headquarters of our Armed Forces, and at the heart of this great global city, allows exposure not only to the latest thinking in Defence innovation, but provides physical access to those varied organisations and individuals conducting some of the most exciting technological research and development anywhere in the world. “As such, it’s all about Tech — sharing our understanding of exciting developments in autonomy, materials, platforms, sensors, processing and concepts, and unlocking the Royal Navy’s connections to those world leading

Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Lorin Selby (center left) and Rear Admiral James Parkin CBE, of the Royal Navy, cut a ribbon to celebrate the grand opening of the London Tech Bridge. (US NAVY PHOTO BY MICHAEL WALLS)

academic, industrial and public sector organisations in the U.K., towards achieving our common goals. “And perhaps most importantly, it’s a figurative Bridge, one that permits the Royal Navy to reach across the Atlantic into the U.S. Navy, and vice versa, enabling our great nations to join forces in collaborating ever closer, in order to identify the opportunities, and solve the problems, that either or both of us have identified. “I pay tribute to those who have made the London Tech Bridge happen in the U.S. Office of Naval Research and the Royal Navy’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer, and I greatly look forward to our respective teams working ever closer together, in pursuit of our shared aims.” The LTB’s new location will also conduct its initial “Tea and Tech” in June, kicking off a monthly session with industry in specified technology areas. Tea and Tech will allow companies to pitch their ideas and technology to the U.S. and U.K. navies. The Tech Bridge Network The Tech Bridge network, powered by NavalX, spans 18 national and international locations. The network is designed to bridge the gap between the Navy and emerging entities like startups, small businesses, academia, nonprofits and private capital that aren’t traditionally part of the Navy’s development and

acquisition process. Although there is some commonality among them, the Tech Bridges offer unique services and focus areas within their ecosystems, based on the needs of the customers in their respective areas of responsibility. The LTB uniquely builds upon the historic relationship between the U.S. and U.K., and seeks innovation and technology in several key focus areas, including artificial intelligence, autonomous systems, directed energy, green energy, advanced manufacturing and maintenance and sustainment. While the Tech Bridge has defined these focus areas to guide its work, it remains open to innovative ideas and game-changing technologies; it remains agile and anticipates its focus areas evolving over time. Its U.K. Co-Director, Royal Navy Commander Laurence Mallinson, emphasized the need for flexibility in the Tech Bridge. “Having started virtually a year ago, it is great to finally have a place to hold those vital face-to-face meetings and collaboration events. We are right in the heart of one of the world’s most advanced tech centers and so able to bring cutting-edge tech solutions to our navies’ problems,” he said. “We will focus on challenging industry with solving some of the most pressing problems that our navies are trying to resolve, and bring to the attention of our sailors and marines some of the greatest

new technologies in the U.K.” In pursuit of these focus areas, the LTB is changing how the navies interact with industry, especially small businesses and non-traditional defense contractors, according to its U.S. Co-Director, Jeffrey Brewer. “The Tech Bridge in Central London provides us access to start ups and innovators. This location allows us to engage on equal footing with meeting tech firms, startups and innovators in an open and familiar environment.” The addition of a physical innovation hub to the LTB framework removes the typical meeting barriers of attending events on a military base and allows for the free flow of thoughts and innovation with limited bureaucracy. NavalX serves the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps as an innovation and agility cell, supporting and connecting initiatives across the Department of Defense. The organization connects teams with tools, training and resources — enabling people to think differently and deliver more effective solutions to the warfighter. NavalX works extensively with ONR Global — which is ONR’s international arm, sponsoring scientific efforts outside of the U.S. and working with scientists and partners worldwide to discover and advance naval capabilities.






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FRCE Marks Maintenance Firsts with V-22 Repairs By Joe Andes

Fleet Readiness Center East Public Affairs

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, Nc. — Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) is gearing up to return an MV-22 Osprey to the fleet after conducting a wing-off stow ring replacement on the aircraft, the first completion of this procedure by a naval aviation depot. In another inaugural depot-level repair, FRCE artisans tackled corrosion on the aircraft’s K-fittings with the wing off, rather than the standard wing-on method; this required a novel approach to the process. “There were a number of firsts associated with this aircraft,” said Matt Sinsel, FRCE’s V-22 branch head. “We found ourselves performing work on this airplane that was not part of our normal routine. We were not the first people to take a wing off an MV-22 by any means, but FRCE was the first depot to do it.” One unique feature of the MV-22 is the wing/ rotor fold system that allows the rotor blades to fold inward, the nacelles to be rotated down, and the entire wing to turn ninety degrees clockwise, stacking it above the body of the aircraft. This folded configuration considerably reduces the footprint of the MV-22, allowing it to operate off all Navy L-class amphibious ships, including LHA/LHD amphibious assault ships. It can also be stowed on full-size CV/CVN carriers. According to Don McLean, V-22 overhaul and repair supervisor at FRCE, the stow ring is a key element of the wing/rotor fold system. “It’s a crucial component. The stow ring is what allows the plane to stow the wing 180 degrees,” said McLean. “It also holds the airplane and the wing together. Take the stow ring off the wing and the fuselage will not stay together.” The V-22 team discovered the corrosion on the aircraft’s stow ring when the MV-22 was inducted for planned maintenance. Corrosion is a problem common to military aircraft like the MV-22, which are flown in some of the most demanding operating environments on the planet. According to Sinsel, the stow ring had to be replaced and this would require removing the wing. “After working extensively with engineering, we made a decision to remove the wing; we felt like this was something we’re going to be doing in the future, so we might as well tackle it now,” he said. “Removing the wing is not a process that has been commonly executed. We had data to go by, but it was coming mainly from stricken and salvaged aircraft rather than airplanes that were going to go back into a flight status.” The removal of the wings also impacted the work to be done on the aircraft’s K-fittings. As with the stow ring, FRCE’s V-22 team had done work on K-fittings before, but this had always been performed on the aircraft. With this MV-22’s wing removed, McLean says, artisans had to either wait until the wing was back on the aircraft or explore the possibility of tackling the K-fittings off the aircraft. “This team is full of out—of-the-box thinkers who will attack any challenge. When we thought we would have to stop work because the wing was on the deck, they immediately began to

Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) artisans ready an MV-22 Osprey for“ground turn”which is an essential operational test of all of the aircraft’s systems and components. (JOE ANDES)

explore possible solutions,” said McLean. K-fittings are a critical component that house the flaps that control the aircraft’s up and down movements. When conducting a replacement, artisans must place the new fitting within 30 one-thousandths of an inch of the original fitting’s location. According to Jonathon Risner, FRCE’s V-22 production manager, the work involving the K-fittings required intensive collaboration and an almost obsessive level of attention to detail. “When you talk about K-fittings, you cannot understate the importance of accuracy,” said Risner. “Those parts are laser measured, checked and rechecked countless times. They have to be precise. Engineering worked closely with us through the entire process because this had never been done on a maintenance stand before. We had previously replaced them on the aircraft. The engineers had to identify all the points off the aircraft that need to be verified once the fitting went back on the aircraft.” Austin Dixon, V-22 overhaul and repair supervisor at FRCE, said the V-22 team had no hesitation about venturing outside their comfort zone in order to gain new expertise.

“This was the third airplane we did K-fittings on, but on the previous two, we performed the work on the aircraft,” said Dixon. “We decided as a team that we needed to be able to do this off the aircraft if it was possible. We worked very closely with engineering to make sure this could be done, and we did it successfully. As far as I know of, this has never been done anywhere else.” Sinsel also cited collaboration as crucial to the success of the project. Despite the challenges the team faced, he said the learning process equipped the depot with new skill sets moving forward. “This was a challenging project,” said Sinsel. “We were dealing with a lot of unknowns so it required a total team effort here at the depot. We worked closely with the quality department, our engineers, logistics and parts, and many others. Everyone faced challenges throughout this process that we had to overcome, but those challenges are what sharpens the spear going forward. We’ve done two other wing lifts since then, and we were able to apply the lessons learned from this first one and ensure the next two were completed successfully and with a

shorter turnaround time.” According to McLean, the project showcases what a team of highly skilled and dedicated professionals can accomplish. He also said it underscores the motivation that drives the FRCE team. “We’ll always be able to look back at this project when we are stumped with the next project,” said McLean. “We can look back and realize that we can accomplish anything. We just need to put the right people together — the right team. It’s important because, at the end of the day, what we do affects national defense. We’re here for the warfighter. It’s serious business and I think at FRCE we do it better than anybody else.” FRCE is North Carolina’s largest maintenance, repair, overhaul and technical services provider, with more than 4,000 civilian, military and contract workers. Its annual revenue exceeds $1 billion. The depot provides service to the fleet while functioning as an integral part of the greater U.S. Navy; Naval Air Systems Command; and Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers. Learn more at www.navair.navy.mil/frce or https://www.facebook.com/FleetReadinessCenterEast.





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NAVFAC Washington Completes Construction of Agile Chemical Facility By Matthew Stinson

Naval Facilities Engineering Command Washington

INDIAN HEAD, Md. — Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) Washington completed construction of the Agile Chemical Facility (ACF) on board Naval Support Facility (NSF) Indian Head in Maryland. The $82.9 million military construction (MILCON) project is a one-of-a-kind facility aimed at ensuring the United States remains at the forefront of global strategic competition by supplying its warfighters with vital energetics for use in torpedoes, rockets, missiles, and other vital warfighting applications. The Agile Chemical Facility (ACF) project supports the existing mission to safely and efficiently manufacture several nitrate esters, including the primary ingredient for

Otto Fuel II, a torpedo propellant. Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Division (NSWC IHD) produces Otto Fuel for the U.S. and its allies. The ACF replaces two separate facilities, the Moser and Biazzi Plants, both built in the mid-20th century, and combines them into one. Construction of this new plant was split into three phases completed over the course of 17 years. Phase one began in fiscal year 2005 and included the demolition of preexisting laboratory and support facilities, as well as maintenance of ongoing critical processing operations. New additions to multiple site buildings were constructed and heavy mechanical equipment was removed and installed. Phase two began in fiscal year 2011 and encompassed construction of new buildings and containment structures,

and upgraded storage and delivery facilities for chemicals and raw materials, product manufacturing, handling, transfer facilities, and waste treatment facilities. The third and final phase of construction began in fiscal year 2015. This phase included construction of remaining new facilities, renovation of existing facilities, and utilities upgrades required to make the ACF fully operational. Remaining obsolete and excess facilities were demolished. Over the last 17 years, many NAVFAC Washington professionals leveraged their technical expertise to complete the ACF. This massive MILCON required herculean efforts by specialists in a variety of disciplines, from contracting, accounting, safety and design professionals to engineering technicians and construction managers working in the field.

“Over just the last three years, we received more than 500 submittals and more than 200 requests for information, which I coordinated and managed with project team members and responded to on almost a daily basis,” said Magdy Tawadrous, who has served as an engineering technician and construction manager on the project since March 2019. All three phases of construction were performed by John C. Grimberg Co., Inc. in partnership with NAVFAC and Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). “The partnership between NAVFAC, NAVSEA, and John C. Grimberg Co. Inc. enabled construction of this highly complex, one-of-a-kind energetics manufacturing facility which delivers increased production efficiency, eliminates potential workplace hazards, and mitigates spent acid treatment and storage,” said Capt. Eric J. Hawn, NAVFAC Washington commanding officer. “This strong partnership was above and beyond the norm for a traditional construction project, with dedicated NAVSEA and NAVFAC engineers co-located on site with the contractor, working as a team to solve problems in real-time and deliver before the needed date.” The ACF aligns with Chief of Naval Operations direction to advocate a culture that assesses, corrects, and innovates better than the opposition. This MILCON delivers on all aspects and will serve the United States Navy well into the future.


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Norfolk Naval Shipyard’s (NNSY) Waypoints Implementation Team has been working weekly to provide training opportunities and certification workshops for all users interested at America’s Shipyard. (SHELBY WEST)

Chart Your Naval Career: Waypoints is Coming to NNSY By Kristi R Britt

Norfolk Naval Shipyard

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — On a naval vessel, the Sailors chart their course through the seas, determining their route to make it to their destination safely and successfully — with understanding of what challenges they may need to overcome to best reach their goal. At Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) and across the naval enterprise, the same approach is being taken with the new learning management system (LMS) Waypoints, allowing the employee to chart out a course for their own career success. Waypoints is a Navy-branded cloudbased commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) system that is being implemented through a partnership between Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP), the naval

shipyards, and regional maintenance centers. “The naval shipyards are working to transform the way we manage and develop our people,” said Shelly Simpson, NNSY’s Waypoints Deployment Coordinator. “With Waypoints, we are moving towards a modernized software tool which will centralize learning, development, certifications, skill assessments, and career planning into a one-stop shop. Employees can securely log in with an easy single sign-on with their government-issued Common Access Card and gain access to the tools they need to take control of their learning management and career development.” Once logged in, employees will have access to a plethora of tools at their disposal, including a personalized list of their completed or in-progress trainings, what trainings are required or recommended for completion, as well as a catalog of Navy

specific courses growing daily. Waypoints has also integrated with LinkedIn Learning, providing access to all users with over 13,000 professionally developed, high quality, on-demand courses on a vast variety of subjects. In addition, employees can also use the Individual Development Plan capability to set their goals to advance their career and strategize with their supervisor through an automated process. Platforms and processes managed by the naval shipyards will be stood down over time - with Waypoints eventually replacing ATMS, IDP Tools (SharePoint and TWMS) and SF-182 Routing in Navy Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). NNSY’s Waypoints Implementation Team has been hard at work with gearing up for the launch across the shipyard. Beginning June 15, shipyard employees can dive into Waypoints at https://don.csod.com and explore its different features, testing out the

online training functionalities. During this Phase I implementation, users will be able to access Department of the Navy (DoN) mandatory training, development plans, and the LinkedIn Learning catalog. As the team continues to work towards the Phase II and Phase III implementations later this year, users can expect to see training programs including Command University, Fiber Optics, and Project Management Fundamentals as well as certifications and more. The Implementation Team is working weekly to provide training opportunities and certification workshops for all users interested - providing the help needed as NNSY progresses into the future of career development for America’s Shipyard. Weekly update meetings are held every Wednesday at 9 to 10 a.m. via Microsoft Teams. For more information or to sign up for a future session, contact Shelly Simpson at shelly.a.simpson2.civ@us.navy.mil or email NNSYWaypointsDivisionAdmins@ us.navy.mil. Check out the Waypoints promotional video developed by NAVSUP on milTube today and see what awaits in this new system: https://www.milsuite.mil/video/ watch/video/52899. It’s time to take off with Waypoints — let’s chart your Naval Career today.

History Comes to Life on Naval Station Norfolk’s McClure Field

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Emily Casavant NORFOLK, Va. — Naval Station (NAVSTA) Norfolk hosted the Navy World Series Throwback Softball game at the installations historic McClure Field on Friday, June 17. On June 12, 1920, Naval Training Station Norfolk opened the Athletic Stadium which later became known as McClure Stadium after Captain Henry McClure. For the next 20 years, due to World War II and the draft, many MLB players came through the stadium playing for Navy baseball teams, including Dominic DiMaggio, Bob Feller, Yogi Berra, Pee Wee Reese, Eddie Robinson and more. The first Navy World Series was held in 1943 between the Naval Training Station (NTS) and Naval Air Station (NAS) teams to determine which team was the best after a very successful season for both. “I grew up in the Navy and I’m also a baseball fanatic so to be able to bring those two things together is great,” said Anthony Benning, Morale Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Fitness Director for NAVSTA Norfolk. “It’s a piece of baseball history and Navy history that most people don’t know is there. We’re happy to bring exposure to this historical field and host something like this.” This year, Sailors from sea and shore commands around Hampton Roads attended tryouts to be on the NAS or NTS team, each of which had 13-15 players. The game began with a home run derby followed by a live performance of the National Anthem. The two teams played 9 innings, with NAS winning 15-9. “This base has incredible history and heritage and when we forget about that we lose part of who we are,” said Command-

Members of the Naval Air Station softball team celebrate their win against the Naval Training Station team at Naval Station Norfolk’s Throwback Softball game held at historical McClure Field June 17, 2022. The annual game is held in honor of the 1943 Navy World Series baseball game held at McClure Stadium. (MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS EMILY CASAVANT)

Members of the Naval Air Station (NAS) and Naval training Station (NTS) Throwback Softball teams congratulate each other after NAS’s win at Naval Station Norfolk’s Throwback Softball game at historical McClure Stadium June 17, 2022. (MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS EMILY CASAVANT)

ing Officer Naval Station Norfolk, Captain David Dees. “Letting these teams come together and play on the same field that

Major League baseball players played on with Sailors just like them is important.” The team members wore traditional

uniforms identical to those worn in the ‘40s and used wooden bats. The Commanding Officer (CO) and Executive Officer (XO) took part in the game with the CO being on the NAS team and XO on the NTS team. “We had pro ball players enlist in the Navy and they were the first version of what we do now,” said Benning. “They were putting on recreation activities for their fellow shipmates. There was no MWR then. They created an environment of morale for the Sailors on this base.” Norfolk’s Morale Welfare (MWR) and Recreation Department set up a “walk through history of baseball at Naval Station Norfolk” outdoor museum. Along with the display, MWR also held a raffle and provided traditional baseball stadium style food for “throwback prices”, all being $1 each. Many family members and Sailors came out to show their support for the players and see a game at the historical location. “It’s important for us to look back and see that as much as the Navy has changed, it’s still the same,” said Dees. This year’s game was the 3rd annual Throwback Softball game and the first since the beginning of the COVID pandemic. Naval Station Norfolk and McClure Stadium hope to see you next year!

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Multiple Construction Contract Awarded for Fuel Tank Demolition At Naval Weapons Station Yorktown From Naval Facilities Engineering

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ter to suicide. My daughter Sarah participated in sports, loved pets, was a girl scout, and had lots of friends - she was a normal kid until she got sick, Peterson said. “Sometimes we have preconceived ideas about people who become depressed, or overly anxious. It can be anyone, in your command, or your family, who could have trouble with their mental health. In the wake of Sarah’s death, our immediate and extended family talked about how we don’t talk about mental health enough - that maybe it’s not talked about the right way. It was through these discussions that the

fixed-price task order under a multiple award construction contract for fuel tank demolition at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, Virginia. The work to be performed provides for the demolition of all fuel system infrastructure at Defense Fuel Support Point Yorktown to include storage tanks: excavate, remove bunkered fuel

storage tanks and tank-top pump buildings, and fill tank voids with on-site soil where possible; fuel vaults: remove valve vault equipment, demolish, and backfill fuel vaults; above grade piping: remove all fuel facility above grade fuel piping, pier fuel piping, water piping at pier, and existing electrical service; below grade piping:

foundation was created.” In addition to the panelist, Religious Program Specialist Chief Jason Cooper, the chapel’s leading chief petty officer, recounted his personal experience. “In 2014, a year after returning from Afghanistan I was at a pretty low point in my life and I attempted suicide. I realized in the moment that I didn’t want my life to end, I wanted life as I had come to know it to end” Cooper said. Utilizing the Navy’s resources helped me get on the road to recovery. It helped to know that I was supported by the Navy and my family. “When I talked about prevention, I posed the question ‘who thinks the Navy cares about suicide’? In response, I receive a few yeses and some skeptical looks. I

then asked, ‘who here cares about suicide’? I received nearly 100% yes. I then remind them that “we” are the Navy and each one of us has the ability to recognize the signs and the responsibility to help one another get the resources we need. I was lucky that day, and it was the support I received that got me through that time in my life.” According to Dean, when you research suicides, there are varying reasons why people attempt suicide. It’s a problem that we need to continually and creatively attack in different ways. “The town hall is another tool in our toolbox that we hope helped to destigmatize talking about and seeking treatment for mental health and thoughts of suicide,” Dean concluded.

remove all fuel facility below grade fuel piping, cap and fill below grade piping routed through Coast Guard Base; utilities: remove other (water, electrical, etc.) underground utilities; and buildings/structures: remove miscellaneous fuel system related buildings and structures. All work will be performed in Yorktown, and is expected to be completed by November 2023. Fiscal year 2022 working capital (Navy) funds in the amount of $7,735,000 are obligated on this award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Two proposals were received for this task order. NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic is the contracting activity (N40085-18-D-1127).

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Change of Command Vice Adm. Steve Koehler transferred command of U.S. 3rd Fleet to Vice Adm. Michael Boyle during a change of command ceremony at Naval Base Point Loma, June 16. PAGE B6

FRCE moves into future with new helicopter blade balancing system By Kimberly Koonce

Fleet Readiness Center East

WORLD WAR II SAILOR FROM THE USS CALIFORNIA ACCOUNTED FOR AND LAID TO REST Seaman Second Class Tceollyar Simmons memorial service. On November 19, 2021, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) identified the remains of Seaman Second Class Tceollyar, missing from World War II. (MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS KYLE MERRITT)

By Petty Officer 2nd Class Kyle Merritt

Naval Support Activity Panama City

SAMSON, Ala. — On November 19, 2021, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) identified the remains of Seaman Second Class Tceollyar Simmons, missing since World War II. Simmons was born June 7, 1923 in Geneva County, Alabama. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy from Mississippi at the age of 17 and was stationed aboard the USS California to serve in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. On December 7, 1941 the USS California came under attack from Japanese forces. The Tennessee-class battleship suffered multiple torpedo and bomb strikes which caused it catch fire and slowly flood. Simmons and 103 other crew members were killed during the infamous attack. From December 1941 to April 1942, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the deceased from the multiple vessels throughout Pearl Harbor including Simmons. At that time, he could not be identified and was buried as unknown remains at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP) in Honolulu, Hawaii. Following unsuccessful efforts over the years, in 2018, the remains of 25 unidentified casualties from the USS California were exhumed and transferred to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

Seaman Second Class Tceollyar Simmons memorial service. (MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS KYLE MERRITT)

(DPAA) laboratory at Joint Base Pearl Harbor. Advances in forensic technology led to the successful identification of SEA2 Simmons from among the disinterred remains. On June 14, 2022, Simmons was laid to rest next to his parents at Corner Creek

Methodist Church Cemetery in Hacoda, Al. His name is recorded on the American Battle Monuments Commission’s Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others who are missing from WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has finally been accounted for.

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. — Rotor blades for the CH-53K King Stallion helicopter that arrive for rework at Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) will be balanced on a new system that will save about $18 million by eliminating the need for building a new testing facility. Helicopter rotor blades must be balanced to reduce vibration that can place stress on the helicopter’s airframe. At FRCE, this balancing process has traditionally been performed using the facility’s Helicopter Blade Balance Facility, commonly known as a whirl tower, to simulate the blade’s performance in flight. “Normally, when you balance a blade, you’re using a physical master blade,” said Joshua Peedin, senior rotor systems engineer for the H-53 Fleet Support Team (FST). “You check it against a static balancer, then you run it on the tower to take into account the dynamic loads. The goal is to make the blade weigh and fly similar to the master blade.” However, the whirl tower at FRCE doesn’t have the size or the horsepower to accommodate the length and weight of a CH-53K blade; that’s where the universal static balance fixture, or USBF, comes in. “The USBF fixture creates a virtual master where the known parameters, dimensions and characteristics of the master blade are entered into the software,” said Peedin. “When you weigh a main rotor blade, it compares the data against the virtual parameters to tell you how to adjust the blade and what weights to add or subtract.” The artisan then adds weights to the tip end of the blade, in positions that affect the lengthwise weight of a blade or how it will pitch forward and back. This process must be precise; the weight difference caused by sanding or applying a repair can spell the difference between balancing a blade or sending it back to the manufacturer for stripping and rebuilding. The USBF is currently used to balance H-53E main rotor and tail blades, as well as blades for the V-22 Osprey and H-1 Viper and Venom aircraft. The system has performed so well that the maintenance plan for the new CH-53K model calls for its rotor blades to be tested on Turn to FRCE, Page 7

NMCB-5 completes Field Training Exercise By Petty Officer 1st Class Stephane Belcher Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5

SAN CLEMENTE ISLAND, Calif. — U.S. Navy Seabees with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5 completed Operation Turning Point, also known as their Field Training Exercise June 16. Operation Turning Point is an aroundthe-clock exercise that focuses on constructing advanced bases while maintaining proficiency in tactics and survivability with Marine units. NMCB-5’s sites were located throughout Southern California, onboard Naval Air Weapons Station China, Naval Base Ventura County Port Hueneme, Vandenberg Space Force Base, and San Clemente Island. There are several aspects of the Seabee’s FTX they must complete before being qualified to deploy. Part of FTX is constructing an advanced base in a simulated wartime scenario. Throughout the evolution, the battalion received support from the 7th Engineer Support Battalion and Marine Wing Support Squadron 372. It consists of setting up communications, the tactical battlespace, security with foot patrols and convoy patrols, and construction tasking — such as tent decks, Southwest Asia Huts, timber bunkers, and entry control point structures. In the last FTX, Lt. Jessica Collins, with NMCB-5’s operation department, was a watch officer and the construction projects platoon commander. It gave her exposure to the project sites, and it was her first experience learning about project packages and what goes into project planning. This year, she worked in the tactical operations center with the main body on San Clemente Island. She spoke about the camaraderie during FTX, “So [the supply officer] and I were talking, and she says it’s like being on a ship because you have nobody else, really nobody else, to talk to and nobody else to interact with. So you’re forced to interact with the team and NMCB-5 personnel. It creates a more cohesive unit, I think. It’s good to see people come together to get along and meet the mission.” Some of the exercises’ challenges are constantly being on a tight timeline, espe-

U.S. Navy Seabees with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5 and Marines with 7th Engineer Support Battalion react to simulated fire during Operation Turning Point, also known as their Field Training Exercise, at San Clemente Island. (MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 1ST CLASS STEPHANE BELCHER)

cially when they hit the midway point. The battalion tackles those challenges by connecting the khakis with the junior troops, which helps them keep a pulse on everything. This also brings in more teamwork and camaraderie. “I think as a leader, the biggest challenge is keeping troops motivated despite lack of sleep and being away from their families, and keeping them motivated to keep going forward,” said Collins. “So, definitely just getting out there as often as possible; that gives them the facetime to see what they need or what’s going well for them. I think we overcome that by just putting ourselves as khakis out there, visible, to the troops, and help them anywhere we can.” It seems essential, but another challenge

is communication. During the exercise, the Seabees overcame that challenge. They ensured all the troops were seeing the bigger picture and on the same page. Since it’s vital to ensure each facet of the exercise intertwines with one another, the people on security and in the fighting positions must have open communication with the watch-standers in the Tactical Headquarters’ (THQ) tent. Builder 3rd Blaze Cochrane, a radio training officer in the tactical headquarters during FTX, talked about the importance of each element collaborating. “That’s heavily implied, especially during the exercise,” said Cochrane. “It takes more hands-on, and everyone is much more involved for people coming together, with

every evolution and scenario. It’s not just higher ups knowing what’s going on or people in the THQ; it’s everyone from the squad leader to the two people in the pits.” In addition to the main site construction and tactical scenarios while being hit with simulated enemy attacks, they supported the littorals with other engineering tasks. They executed port damage repair, airfield damage repair, road repairs, and main supply route repair from simulated damage. NMCB-5 is homeported out of Port Hueneme, California. They train on high-quality construction, expeditionary logistics, and combat operations to execute construction and engineering projects for major combat operations, disaster response, and humanitarian assistance.


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What is summertime to children? Parents? By Lisa Smith Molinari Summer has arrived. This season of sunshine and warm weather is a favorite for many; however, the emotions, associations and experiences conjured by the onset of summer are different for children and their parents. The first thing that summertime brings to a child’s mind is, “School’s out!” Almost three whole months of summer break stretches out before kids like an eternity, with no scratchy clothes, no busses, no homework, no lunch trays, no scary vice principals. Only comfy shorts and shirts printed with blue sharks or pink unicorns, worn with flip flops. Popsicles and Sno-Cones. Orange tongues. Sticky fingers. Sunny days at the community pool. Swim lessons. Whistling lifeguards that are scary, but also kinda cool. Double dares on the diving board. Floating Band-Aids and dead bugs. Blue lips and goggle marks. Concession stands. Not being able to swim for a half hour after lunch because Mom doesn’t want you to get cramps. Seeing rainbows around lights on the way home. Special trips. Long car rides. “Are we there yet?” Lunch at Cracker Barrel. Crayons and paper placemats. Too many French fries. Throwing up on Route 95. Motel pools and mouse ears. Hot dogs and pizza slices. Blue

raspberry slushes with whipped cream on top. Roller coasters and log rides. Throwing up in the parking lot. Hot, lazy afternoons back home with nothing to do. Fans whirring. Dogs panting. Bees buzzing. Dandelion bouquets for Mom. Lying in the hammock with Dad. Goofing off in line at local soft serve joints. Rainbow sprinkles. Chasing moths that circle the lights. Dropped napkins and dripping ice cream. Wondering, “Why would anyone order a cup when they can get a cone?” Scooters and bikes in the cul-de-sac at dusk. Stubbed toes, scraped knees and salty tears. Fireflies, fire pits, and flaming marshmallows. Dirty fingernails. Warm baths. Soft pajamas. The feeling of being carried to bed, eyes closed, draped over a parent’s shoulder. Dreaming of peg-legged pirates and mermaid princesses. For parents summer is a welcome change from the school year grind, too, but it’s not necessarily a break from responsibilities like it is for kids. Camp registration forms must be filled out. Summer leagues must be joined. Car pools must be arranged. Grass must be cut. Vacation weeks must be planned. New bathing suits must be tried on in harshly-lit department store dressing rooms with unforgiving fun-house mirrors. Dog sitters must be arranged. Cumbersome window air-conditioners must be carried up basement stairs.

Sunscreen must be applied, and re-applied, then re-applied again. Summertime is also the season of packing for parents. Packing towels, sunglasses, hats, swim shirts, water bottles, goggles, floaties, toys, and a book just in case you get a break while the kids are swimming. Packing clean clothing for sleep away camp — labeled clearly with kids’ names — along with bug spray, first aid kits, asthma inhalers, and a dozen pages of signed release forms and emergency contact paperwork, knowing that all (with the exception of missing socks and the addition of someone else’s shorts) will come back in a week needing to be washed. Packing the car with kids, suitcases, board games, boogie boards, coolers, fishing poles, favorite blankets, Dramamine, extra sets of keys, and a “tinkle jar” just in case the rest area is too far away. Parents work hard throughout the year, and summertime is no exception. However, summer offers its special brand of joys to those parents willing to carve out time to enjoy them. Sneaking a nap in the sun while Dad watches the kids swim. Ripe watermelon slices. The glint of sea glass along the shore. Dandelions in a cup on the kitchen windowsill. The aroma of freshly-cut lawns, blooming jasmine, smokey barbecues. The bursting sweetness of hot, buttered corn on the cob. The feeling of sand between your toes. Finding a shell in your pocket. Lawn chairs in the back yard with neighbors. The crisp bite of cold beer. Watching your children’s upturned faces flash with color and wonder at fireworks cascading in the night sky. Carrying your sleeping child, warm, weighty and fulfilled, off to bed, to dream of peg-legged pirates and mermaid princesses.

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By Military Onesource Routines with predictable mealtimes, homework schedules and bedtime rituals can help your entire family thrive. Military living is full of change and uncertainty, and maintaining routines can help children and teens feel grounded and secure. Children crave the sense of control that comes from knowing what to expect, especially with regard to sleeping and eating. Routines are especially important during unsettling change and for children who have difficulty with transitions. As you explore establishing routines, consider the basics. Try to establish regular meal and homework times and set aside time each day for physical activity. Schedules and routines help establish expectations and create a calmer household by reducing the stress and anxiety associated with unpredictability. Creating routines Establishing routines for your family doesn’t mean scheduling every hour of the day in 10-minute blocks or adding to your already busy life. It means establishing more order around things you already do, like feeding your children or putting them to bed. Here are some suggestions to help you create achievable routines: • Keep routines simple. Start with the basics — a predictable mealtime, homework routine and bedtime ritual. Sesame Street for Military Families offers support for morning separation, long waits, bedtime preparation and other experiences your young child may face each day. • Be realistic. If you get home from work at 6 p.m., a 7 p.m. bedtime probably isn’t achievable. Think carefully about your family’s schedule to guide your timing to determine what is best for meals, bath time and reading together before bedtime. • Be patient. Routines require practice and time for your child to get used to them. Adjust expectations and be patient. • Try to have meals together as a family whenever possible. When doable, aim to have


everyone eat at the same time. Get your child involved. Make mealtime run more smoothly by having your child set the table or help with another pre-meal task. • Ease into nap time and bedtime. There’s no on-off switch for children. Gradually wind down by doing a diaper change, bathroom trip, bath or stories to help them slow down. Older children also benefit from quiet routine before bedtime. Put your devices to sleep as well. Studies show that eliminating blue light exposure a couple of hours before bedtime aids in a restful night’s sleep. • Keep the same general structure. Use the same sequence of events at nighttime — for example, bath-pajamas-stories-sleep — to avoid delay tactics and other games. Try to keep the weekend routine similar to the weekday as far as snacks and naps. Maintaining routines Sticking to your routine may take a bit of discipline on your part. Use these tips to help you stay the course: • Remind yourself that your child looks forward to certain routines. Whether you have young children or teenagers, children rely on predictability for a feeling of security. • Well-established routines can help your child adjust during challenging times. It will be easier for your child to manage deployments, moves or a new sibling if there is comfort and security with respect to schedules. • Keep your routines simple. The more complex the routine, the harder it will be to maintain. It’s better for your child to have a few

expectations that are met than several things that are not consistently achieved. • It’s okay to shake up the elements of the routine. Let your partner or someone else run the bedtime routine once in a while so your child gets used to others handling the duty. This will come in handy if you’re deployed or if you use a babysitter. • Be flexible. Your routine may need to be adjusted occasionally because of things outside of your control, like holidays, vacations and daylight saving time. • Don’t be afraid to adjust your routines. As your child grows, you will need to adjust elements of the routine to fit with your child’s changes. You might be able to ditch the nap, for instance, but you’ll need to create a new routine for homework. Make small adjustments that best fit your family’s changing schedule. • Understand that deployments will shift family routines. You and your family will need to make adjustments when you or your spouse deploy. Get tips to help your family transition before, during and after deployment. In addition to establishing routines, check out other ways to give your child a happy, healthy start. Children and youth counseling services are also available to help your children and teens develop healthy habits. Military OneSource is your source for parenting-related information, tips and guidance to help your children and family build resilience. Call 800-342-9647, view international calling options or schedule a live chat to speak with one of our consultants.

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PCU Minneapolis-Saint Paul (LCS 21) transits the Great Lakes. ( LT ANTHONY JUNCO)

USS Minneapolis Saint-Paul Commissions and Begins Sail-Around Transit Courtesy Story

Commander, Littoral Combat Ship Squadron Two

ATLANTIC OCEAN — After 17 locks, five Great Lakes, four port visits, and hundreds of miles traveled later, USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul (LCS 21) at last arrived in the Atlantic Ocean, continuing its voyage to its future homeport, Mayport, Florida. The road to make it to the Atlantic Ocean included months of preparation from the crew. In less than two months after move aboard in March, the crew certified in

several mission areas required to safely operate and get underway including: Search and Rescue, Navigation, Damage Control, Communications and Cyber, and passed its initial Engineering Light Off Assessment. Each evolution, although involving different departments on the ship, required careful coordination and support from each division and Sailor onboard and was necessary for the crew to be able to set sail from Escanaba, Michigan towards the site of its commissioning ceremony in Duluth, Minnesota. On May 21, the ship’s sponsor, Mrs. Jodi

Greene, gave the order for the crew to “man the ship and bring her to life.” Amongst hundreds of onlookers, the ship made it’s much anticipated transition from pre-commissioned unit to United States Ship. “It was humbling to be a part of a ceremony that was so important to so many people and to be a small part of the history of this ship is truly an honor,” said Lt. Joseph Varello, the ship’s Electronics Materials Officer, who was selected as both the Commissioning Coordinator and also the commissioning ceremony ceremonial Offi-

cer of the Deck. After the commissioning festivities concluded, the ship began her transit eastward. Along the way, she stopped in Cleveland, Ohio, Quebec City, Quebec and Halifax, Nova Scotia for refueling, stores replenishment and liberty for the crew. With only a few stops remaining before the ship arrives in Jacksonville, the crew is eagerly awaiting returning to their families and ready to take on the next challenges that will come their way as the Navy’s newest warship. LCS is a fast, agile, mission-focused platform designed for operation in near-shore environments yet capable of open-ocean operation. It is designed to defeat asymmetric “anti-access” threats and is capable of supporting forward presence, maritime security, and sea control


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A spouse from the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) learns to drive manual transmission during a class created by Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 60 at Naval Station (NAVSTA) Rota, May 24, 2022. Based on findings from a focus group, DESRON 60 created the class to teach spouses how to drive manual transmission and improve opportunities to find affordable vehicles during their tour. ( COURTNEY POLLOCK)

Taking to the Road: Spouses Learn to Drive Manual By Courtney Pollock Naval Station Rota, Spain

ROTA, SPAIN — While moving overseas typically includes a massive list of to do items, learning to drive a manual transmission vehicle may — or may not — make the list. For many, moving to Naval Station (NAVSTA) Rota, Spain brings this issue to the forefront due to the difficulty of finding affordable, automatic vehicles. “One of the concerns spouses had was how expensive automatic vehicles were in Europe,” explained Lt. Cmdr. Travis Gardner, chaplain for Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 60. “One story told to us was of a household that paid just over $4,000 to rent an automatic vehicle until they could purchase one because they could not drive a stick shift.” This concern was brought up to CTF 65 / DESRON 60 Commodore Capt. Kyle Gantt, Command Master Chief Gary Rosenbaum, and Gardener during a focus group of DESRON 60 ombudsmen and family readiness group (FRG) members. Exacerbating the issue is the fact that Americans are only allowed to import one American specifi-

cation vehicle per the agreement with the Kingdom of Spain. “We know financial stress can quickly lead to operational stress in Sailor’s lives,” said Gantt. “Our driving course is an opportunity to meet a need in our community.” Gantt is referring to a course that was created as leadership brainstormed ways to address the issue. They hoped that by teaching the skills and building the driver’s confidence, they could ultimately ease the financial and logistical burden on Sailors and their families. The first class was held in early May, and has quickly became routine with small groups meeting each week to work on the basics of driving manual transmission. The instructors are DESRON 60 Sailors looking to help their community by providing one-on-one instruction and a vehicle. “I’ve been stationed overseas in unfamiliar places before, and the one thing that always made my transition easier were the members of local military community who took the time to explain the unique things needed in that area,” said Senior Chief Fire Controlman Ginger Hansen, a volunteer instructor. “I always aim to pay it forward,

and keep our military communities strong.” Hansen and the other volunteer instructors stepping up to assist their community has ultimately led to spouses feeling more confident and empowered. “The class was very helpful and beneficial to those new to Rota and driving manual,” said a spouse who participated. “The instructors were very informative, patient, and reassuring. They created real life scenarios we would encounter while driving in Rota, such as approaching roundabouts, down shifting, and stopping for pedestrians. I feel confident now driving a manual around Rota!” Each class begins with the instructor explaining the basics of driving manual transmission before moving on to practicing these skills in empty parking lots on the installation. “They begin nervous and quite unsure, then the shift begins when they go from neutral to first gear for the first time,” said Religious Program Specialist 1st Class Mathieu Portivent, a volunteer instructor. “You see them light up and gain a massive amount of confidence.” By the end of the class, Portivent says

most are driving through roundabouts, accelerating and decelerating, and feeling confident in their abilities to continue practicing on their own. Ultimately the command hopes that this added skill will help spouses get settled in their new duty station and create a positive ripple in their time in Spain. “The course is part of a larger DESRON initiative called Families United (FUN),” said Gantt. “Through FUN, Chaplain Travis Gardner leads a fantastic program designed to support family connection across DESRON.” Supporting the family is a priority that Gardner reiterates and the inspiration behind FUN. He understands the challenges the spouses face such as solo parenting and managing the home due to the high operational tempo of the ships, and wants them to know the command is there to support them. “They are not alone nor forgotten, but rather in the front of our minds,” said Gardner. He encourages DESRON 60 spouses — as well as spouses of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 79 — to attend the monthly informal FUN chat for comradery, connection, and community. The meet-and-greet is held on the second Wednesday of each month at the Library Café. These meetings help spouses to meet and support each other as well as the command to hear their concerns and challenges. If you have additional questions, please email Gardner at travis.gardner@eu.navy.mil.

Corpsman and Medic overlapping comparisons and differences By Douglas Stutz

Naval Hospital Bremerton/Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command Bremerton

There’s 58 names affixed on Naval Hospital Bremerton’s Heroes Wall of Honor. Everyone is a Navy hospital corpsman who lost their life after 9/11. There are no medics listed, which is not in any way to disparage or lessen the tremendous care, compassion and courage of any U.S. Army combat medic or U.S. Air Force aerospace medical service technician. Especially those who gave their all for another. It’s because there are no medics in the U.S. Navy. Nor have there been any since the inception of the Navy Hospital Corps, June 17, 1898. There have been a few iterations of hospital corpsmen over the years, such as surgeon’s mate, surgeon’s steward, loblolly boy, nurse, apothecary and bayman, hospital steward, hospital apprentice and pharmacist’s mate. But no medic. Apparently that accumulated 124 years of legacy, along with the years stretching back to the Revolutionary War and Civil War, have somehow become a forgotten fact in more than one national publication, including several specifically tailored to U.S. military audiences. What to make of such a gaffe? “It is frowned upon for a hospital corpsman to be referred to as a medic. Corpsman is our identity,” said Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman Romualdo ‘Jay’ Humarang, Navy Medicine Readiness Training Command Bremerton Medical Service Directorate leading chief petty officer and independent duty corpsman. Yet it does happen, usually based on unfamiliarity, lack of insight and possibly due to just as many overlapping similarities as there are differences. “During my second deployment to Iraq in 2004 with 3rd Battalion 7th Marines India Company, I was tasked to work with a U.S. Army unit. When they saw my corpsman shield with caduceus, I was asked if I was the medic. I simply said, “No, I am a corpsman,”” related Humarang, noting that both Navy hospital corpsman and Army medics symbolically use the caduceus which prominently features two snakes encircling a winged staff. The caduceus is the rating insignia for Navy, whereas the symbol is on the Army’s combat medic badge which is earned by those — colonel and below — whom support wounded soldiers on the field of battle. (If we’re keeping score, that’s a similarity shared). Navy hospital corpsmen are the most highly decorated rate in the U.S. Navy, to date being the collective recipients of 22 Medals of Honor, 199 Navy Crosses and 984 Silver Stars. Over 50

For 124 years and counting...as the U.S. Navy only enlisted corps, the Hospital Corps has answered the call for‘Corpsman Up’ since June 17, 1898, in a score of environments, a host of conflicts and innumerable situations and circumstances to render medical care to those in need. (DOUGLAS H STUTZ)

Army medics have received the Medal of Honor for their valor in combat (fearlessness under fire another shared trait). As the Navy’s enlisted rating with the most personnel, there are more than 24,000 active duty and Navy Reserve hospital corpsmen assigned to Navy, Marine Corps and joint command assignments, with nearly 30 percent women, compared to over 39,000 active duty, Army Reserve and National Guard combat medics, with over 28 percent women (yet another commonality). Are there any actual differences between a Navy corpsman and an Army medic, putting aside the point of pride which both have earned? “When I’ve been asked if I’m a medic, I usually just say that I’m a corpsman which is the Navy equivalent to an Army medic,” shared Chief Hospital Corpsman Jesus Albarran, Naval Hospital Bremerton Family Medicine leading chief petty officer. As the nation’s military treatment facilities transition administration and management over to the Defense Health Agency as part of a congressional mandate to merge Air Force, Army and Navy military hospitals and clinics, military medical personnel still answer to their respective service branches. The Navy focus remains at sea and the Army emphasis continues on land.

The military occupational specialty for Army combat medics is called 68W, referred to by the call sign Whiskey. A Navy corpsman earns what is referred to as a Navy Enlisted Classification code. Both receive training to learn the fundamental aspects of their chosen job, along with additional training available to become more specialized. “I feel our training gives more qualifications and we work in a wider variety of areas. We’re like a medic, but as corpsmen, where we travel is a little different compared to an Army medic,” remarked Hospital Corpsman Rachel Shultz. Corpsmen like Shultz tailor their skillset in some 39 specialties - from squadron duty as an aerospace medical tech to undersea assignment as a deep sea diving independent duty corpsman to a shipboard IDC — all with advanced training opportunities. Conversely, an Army medic can further hone their skills and become a Special Forces medical sergeant learning trauma and critical care medicine, and how to identify illnesses and handle injuries in the field. A trained medic can be part of a combat unit or get specialized training in such fields as physical therapy or as surgical technicians. Combat medics get assigned to infantry units across the globe, as well as working at

stateside military treatment facilities. They lend support during humanitarian assistance and disaster relief needs. During the pandemic, the Army medics helped set up a 250-bed field hospital up the road from Joint Base Lewis McChord at Seattle’s (then) CenturyLink Event Center to help treat non COVID-19 patients. Perhaps most notably, corpsman deploy with Marines. Side by side. Battling and bandaging. Those who earn their Fleet Marine Force qualification are able to provide medical and operational support. They earn being referred to as ‘doc’ by their Marines. “Being a Fleet Marine Force corpsman is a sense of accomplishment. There’s no greater feeling that knowing my Marines have confidence in me as their doc,” noted Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Alexander Casaul, adding that his advanced training has allowed him to provide medical support in such areas as on the ‘green side’ with the Marines and in a hospital and clinical setting. As Navy Medicine shifts priorities from those years spent down range in Afghanistan to preparing for peer-to-peer adversarial combat, a FMF corpsman or IDC might not have medical evacuation support in a timely manner. They might be on a guided missile destroyer in the vastness of the Pacific, attached to a Marine Expeditionary Group in the northern Atlantic, or somewhere in between. It’s up to them to care for their troops, whether it’s holding daily sick call, prescribing medication or dealing with minor surgical needs without the presence of a Navy Medical Corps physician or Navy Nurse Corps officer. Yet perhaps the most comparable quality between hospital corpsmen and medics is both have demonstrated over the years a selfless legacy of service before self on the field of battle to care for those wounded. Corpsmen and medic share another notable — and somber — characteristic when answering the call of duty. Some don’t return home, leaving a nation to grieve at their loss. As was such the case earlier this year for both service branches. NMRTC Bremerton added Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Maxton Soviak to their Heroes Wall of Honor in January, 2022. He was killed during a suicide bombing August 26, 2021, at the Abbey Gates of Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan. Former soldiers gathered at the Medical Educaton and Training Campus, Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston in March, 2022, to remember their fallen comrade-inarms, Army medic Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin Sebban, killed in action in Iraq over 15 years ago, during a building dediction named in his honor.

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Fleet Readiness Starts Here: The Learning Standards Officer By Petty Officer 2nd Class Zachary Melvin Naval Education and Training Command

PENSACOLA, Fla. — As training and learning methods evolve, the Navy, specifically the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC), continues to adapt how the Force Development pillar of MyNavy HR prepares Sailors for doing their jobs in the fleet. “It is all about making sure that our young men and women are ready to fight and win. We owe them the very best training and education so they have the knowledge to do just that,” said Rear Adm. Pete Garvin, commander, NETC. “Retain, recall and put that knowledge to use when they are put to the test. Today’s training is tomorrow’s operations.” Learning standards officers (LSOs) and stakeholders from training commands across the country met in Pensacola, Florida, June 14-16, 2022, to discuss ways to improve developing quality training and working with each other to do so. “You cannot replace us being able to get together and talk through our agendas,” said Kent Miller, NETC’s executive director. “These meetings help us find ways for our team to be more agile, more responsive and quicker to react to fleet requirements and change as necessary.” As instructional systems specialists with special qualifications in education and training management, LSOs assist with the quality of instruction and instructional materials. “The LSOs are the primary policy advisors on training delivery administration and training functions,” said Lloyd Hurst, NETC’s learning standards officer. “LSOs also provide oversight of the NETC curriculum development process using the Plan-

Rear Adm. Pete Garvin, commander, Naval Education and Training Command (NETC), speaks to learning standards officers (LSOs) at an offsite meeting aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola, June 16, 2022. (MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS ZACHARY MELVIN)

ning, Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, Evaluation and Maintenance model.” With more than 37,000 Sailors training at 251 NETC training sites on any given day, NETC receives feedback from the fleet to ensure Sailors are receiving the most advanced, up-to-date training possible. This includes fleet surveys, training effectiveness and evaluation plans and training requirements reviews, all of which the LSOs are directly involved in reviewing. “LSOs have to stay current on advances in training development and delivery that may potentially be incorporated into the assigned learning center’s training,” said Hurst. “Ready Relevant Learning (RRL) has brought new technology to the centers leading to modernization of training efforts.” RRL is designed to improve individual Sailor performance and enhance fleet readiness with the three major components of when, how and where training occurs. RRL is just one of the many topics that was discussed during the meeting. “We want to make sure that we are

supporting our learning centers and giving them the resources that they need and the latitude that they need to do their jobs properly, “ said Donald Chipman, NETC’s warfighter development training standards branch head. “We also covered the Learning Stack. If we can all become cohesive on our understanding and implementation of the Learning Stack, it will allow us to write those implementations into policy moving forward.” The Learning Stack is a system of systems that will be the keystone to delivering modernized training and meeting advanced technology needs of the fleet. NETC’s Information Technology (IT) architecture and corresponding capabilities delivered by the Learning Stack will decrease training timelines by becoming more efficient, assimilating operational agility and improving overall mission readiness by having information at each Sailor’s fingertips. “LSOs fill such a critical role as an extension of NETC at each learning center,” said Chipman. “They control the quality of training for the future Sailor in the United

States Navy. We wanted to let them know that we have their back but also to let them know how much we need from them at their learning centers to be the voice that guides our future training policies.” NETC’s mission is to recruit and hire talented civilians, deliver training and education to transform civilians into Sailors and distribute accession Sailors to the fleet to maximize readiness and ensure mission success; to provide specialized training and educational tools to advance the personal and professional development of Sailors throughout their career; and serve as sole claimant for individual training and education and as the principal advisor to the Chief of Naval Operations and Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command on training and education related matters. For more information about NETC, visit the command’s website at https://www. netc.navy.mil/ and follow MyNavy HR: Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ MYNAVYHR/ , Instagram at https://www. instagram.com/mynavyhr/ and Twitter at https://twitter.com/mynavyhr

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Vice Adm. Steve Koehler delivers remarks during his change of command ceremony at Naval Base Point Loma, June 16, where he transferred command of U.S. 3rd Fleet to Vice Adm. Michael Boyle. Koehler served as Third Fleet commander from June 2021 to June 2022, and is scheduled to report to his new assignment as director for Strategy, Plans and Policy, J-5, Joint Staff, and for appointment as senior member of the Military Staff Committee of the United Nations in Washington, D.C. (US NAVY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS MARIA G LLANOS)

U.S. 3rd Fleet Changes Command By Petty Officer 1st Class David Mora

Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet

SAN DIEGO— Vice Adm. Steve Koehler transferred command of U.S. 3rd Fleet to Vice Adm. Michael Boyle during a change of command ceremony at Naval Base Point Loma, June 16. Boyle becomes the 32nd commander of U.S. 3rd Fleet, a combat-ready force of more than 68,000 people, 100 ships and 400 aircraft stationed throughout California, Hawaii and Washington. U.S. 3rd Fleet promotes ongoing peace, security, and stability throughout the Pacific theater of operations. During Koehler’s command, as one of two tactical maneuvering arms for Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, U.S. 3rd Fleet expertly executed all operations in various assigned battle space. Additionally, operationally trained and certified two carrier strike

groups, one amphibious ready group, six submarines, and 15 independently deployed ships, which deployed worldwide in U.S. 3rd, 5th, 6th, and 7th Fleets. In August 2021, U.S. 3rd Fleet deployed forward to conduct expeditionary maritime operations from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for Large-Scale Exercise 2021. Third Fleet also planned and coordinated execution for Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC) 2022, the 28th iteration of the world’s largest international maritime exercise, set to take place June 29 to Aug. 4. In his remarks, Koehler commented on U.S. 3rd Fleet Sailors’ high standards and capabilities displayed throughout his tenure. “Your success comes from a standard of professionalism where you, as leaders, make the difficult and challenging look easy and routine, where it is not,” said Koehler. “It has been a great privilege to lead the men

and women of Third Fleet and I am confident that when called upon we have the force to take the fight forward and win.” Koehler served as Third Fleet commander since June 2021, and is scheduled to report to his new assignment as director for Strategy, Plans and Policy, J-5, Joint Staff, and for appointment as senior member of the Military Staff Committee of the United Nations in Washington, D.C. Adm. Samuel Paparo, the commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, who presided over the ceremony, highlighted the strategic role that the service members in U.S. 3rd Fleet play today. “Webb has performed magnificently leading the iconic Third Fleet of Adm. Bull Halsey, the world’s largest numbered fleet,” said Paparo. “Under his bold, innovative leadership, Third Fleet has generated ready combat forces and provided maritime security in the Indo-Pacific. This headquar-

ters, in partnership with [I Marine Expeditionary Force], are prepared with credible, combat forces ready to deploy worldwide to achieve objectives from sea and at sea. “As I utter these words, the Fleet is operating dynamically and professionally for the security, freedom and well-being of the nation, and Mike Boyle arrives as prepared as any commander in Third Fleet’s history. He will carry on, continue and lead to ever higher heights the work of this superb team.” Boyle previously served as the director of maritime operations at U.S. Pacific Fleet and, as Third Fleet commander, will lead the Combined Task Force for RIMPAC 2022. “I look forward to working with the immensely talented and experienced staff here at Third Fleet,” said Boyle. “Excellence is not an accident. It is the culmination of hard work, planning, and dedication, and in doing that, there is no challenge we cannot meet.” An integral part of U.S. Pacific Fleet, U.S. 3rd Fleet not only leads naval forces in the Indo-Pacific, but also provides the realistic, relevant training necessary to flawlessly execute our Navy’s role across the full spectrum of military operations—from combat operations to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. U.S. 3rd Fleet works together with our allies and partners to advance freedom of navigation, the rule of law, and other principles that underpin security for the Indo-Pacific region.

DESRON 7 Sailor meets SECDEF, fellow Georgia native By Lt.j.g. Mohammad Issa Command Destroyer Squadron 7

SINGAPORE — A Sylvania, Georgia, native serving in the U.S. Navy as a chief petty officer assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7 met the U.S. Secretary of Defense in Singapore, June 12. Chief Electrician’s Mate Recardo Wright, from Sylvania, Georgia, graduated from Screven County High School and enlisted into the U.S. Navy in 2002. “I joined the Navy to serve our great nation and to reap the wonderful opportunities the military has to offer such as learning new skills and training, paid college, traveling the world, and leadership opportunities,” said Wright. Wright currently serves as the DESRON 7 Engineering Department Leading Chief Petty Officer and is responsible for all deployed littoral combat ships maintenance and critical repairs in the Indo-Pacific. Wright met U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin III during his visit to Commander Logistics Group Western Pacific/Task Force 73 at the Sembawang Naval Installation following his remarks at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore. Mr. Austin was born in Mobile, Alabama, and raised in Thomasville, Georgia. “As my leadership was introducing me to Secretary Austin, I could see his expression light up hearing about another leader from a little town in Georgia,” said Wright. “When I told him I was from Sylvania, he asked how I joined the Navy being so far from the ocean — we had a good laugh at that.” Additional DESRON 7 Sailors in attendance of Austin’s visit included Electronics Technician 1st Class Ryan Navarra, from Aklan, Philippines, and Logistics Specialist 1st Class Mike Nguyen, from Anaheim, California. “It was honor meeting Secretary Austin knowing how much of an impact he has on the entire DoD,” said Navarra.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin III shakes hands with Chief Electrician’s Mate Recardo Wright, from Sylvania, Georgia, assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7, during his visit to Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific/Task Force 73 (COMLOG WESTPAC/CTF73). (US NAVY COURTESY PHOTO)

Austin awarded coins to selected service members and civilians, including Wright. “It was a humbling experience to meet and shake hands with the Secretary of Defense, a Georgia native like myself. He has set the bar high for others to mirror,” said Wright. “I have met so many great

leaders being in the Navy and each one has different ways of leading. Because of them, I have learned to be the leader that I always wanted coming up as a junior Sailor.” As the U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed destroyer squadron in Southeast Asia, DESRON 7 serves as the primary tacti-

cal and operational commander of littoral combat ships rotationally deployed to Singapore, functions as Expeditionary Strike Group 7’s Sea Combat Commander, and builds partnerships through training exercises and military-to-military engagements.

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U.S. Coast Guard Commandant visits NAVCENT By Petty Officer 1st Class Mark Mahmod

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

MANAMA, Bahrain — Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Linda Fagan visited U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) headquarters in Bahrain, June 15-16, as part of her first official visit overseas after assuming her new role as the service’s top officer. During her visit, she met with Vice Adm. Brad Cooper, commander of NAVCENT, U.S. 5th Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces, and attended the change of command ceremony for U.S. Coast Guard Patrol Forces Southwest Asia (PATFORSWA), the Coast Guard’s largest unit outside of the United States. “Since 2003, the U.S. Coast Guard has provided a vital presence to Central Asia through support to U.S. Naval Forces Central Command,” said Fagan. “PATFORSWA embodies the strong link between the Coast Guard and the Department of Defense. The Coast Guard’s unique capa-

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the USBF, according to FRCE engineers. The decision whether to adopt the USBF system required extensive testing in order to gather and analyze data, said Peedin. “We used the data we procured while testing H-53E blades to validate the process,” he said. “As we stepped through and finally tested it on aircraft, everyone became comfortable enough with the results to remove the whirl tower requirement from the CH-53K maintenance plan in favor of the USBF.” The USBF system’s reliability and comparatively low purchase and maintenance costs are expected to help FRCE meet the fleet’s needs for economical maintenance strategies for the H-53K program, according to Daniel Ventry, CH-53K lead system engineer at the H-53 FST. “The addition of this system is one of the initiatives that the program is investigating to reduce the total life cycle cost of the new acquisition program,” Ventry said. “As we develop the strategy for the life cycle, one of our tenets of the program strategy is to ensure that the long term sustainment of the program is as cost effective as possible.” FRCE engineers and artisans say the static fixture is more reliable than the whirl tower, which can be affected by wind, rain or bright sunlight. In addition, crane maintenance can also be a factor in whether the whirl tower can be used on a given day. Conversely, the USBF is housed in a climate-controlled building with four overhead crane systems available for use. “Just the other day, I had blades up and I got a call from the [air traffic control] tower saying there was a gust of wind coming at 30 knots,” said Robert Call, work leader for the dynamic components shop. “I had to run out there and take them down, or the wind could snap a blade.

bilities, namely our expertise in interdictions and security operations, enhance Central Command’s capabilities and help build partner nations’ capacity, ultimately strengthening maritime governance throughout the region.” Fagan became the 27th commandant of the Coast Guard on June 1, making history as the first woman to lead a branch of the U.S. armed forces. Established in 2002 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, PATFORSWA has played a crucial role in regional maritime security operations. PATFORSWA provides U.S. 5th Fleet with combat-ready assets, utilizing a full spectrum of vessel boarding capabilities at sea and training engagements ashore. The U.S. 5th Fleet operating area encompasses approximately 2.5 million square miles of water and includes the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Red Sea and parts of the Indian Ocean. The region is comprised of 21 countries and three critical choke points at the Strait of Hormuz, Suez Canal, and the Strait of Bab al-Mandeb.

I can run blades on the new fixture no matter what the weather.” Unlike the whirl tower, FRCE has a backup USBF fixture available for use in case the primary system requires maintenance or repair. The H-53 Program Office procured two USBF fixtures to mitigate any potential downtime that could result from an inoperable system, said Zackary Barnard, rotor blade shop lead engineer at FRCE. In addition, with a price tag of $170,000 per unit, engineers say the USBF system is more economical than the whirl tower in the long run. “The cost to run the tower, as far as power draw and maintenance, is around $500,000 a year,” Barnard explained. “The USBF doesn’t have those costs.” The systems are also portable, which makes them accessible to deployed units. Engineers say this ability to balance blades will allow fleet maintainers to perform more blade repairs on site. “There are some repairs the fleet couldn’t perform because the blade had to be balanced afterward,” Peedin said. “Now they’ll have the capability to balance the blade rather than sending it back to FRCE for balancing, which means they can do more repairs themselves.” FRCE engineers are hoping the new system will give them forecasting ability to determine the outcome of repairs before the work is done. The plan is to use the data collected from the USBF to create a “cheat sheet” to determine how much a repair can be expected to add to the weight of the blade. “That way, when I evaluate a blade, I can see that blade has XYZ weights on it, and when the aircraft examiner recommends a repair, we have a playbook that says this repair weighs this much,” Peedin said. “You can see how the blade is currently weighted and get an educated guess as to whether we can still balance the blade when this is done.”

Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Linda Fagan speaks to Coast Guardsmen assigned to Patrol Forces Southwest Asia in Bahrain, June 15, as part of her first official visit overseas after assuming her new role as the service’s top officer. (PETTY OFFICER 1ST CLASS BRANDON GILES)

The Helicopter Blade Balance Facility’s whirl tower has traditionally been used to balance helicopter rotor blades at Fleet Readiness Center East. ( KIMBERLY KOONCE, FLEET READINESS CENTER EAST)

Engineers say this preplanning will help eliminate the time and money spent on unsuccessful repairs. “There’s always a concern with blades that need a lot of repairs that we will put in the effort for a repair only to find we can’t balance the blade due to the additional repair weight,” said Barnard. “This will allow us to know whether a blade can ultimately be balanced before we perform the repairs.” Peedin said adopting the static balance fixture system for the CH-53K blades has taken some time to validate, because the whirl towers have such a long history of balancing blades. However, he said the feedback the USBF system is getting makes his efforts in advocating for the

system worthwhile. “My biggest satisfaction was when we got the first two units here, and we started putting blades on them and getting consistent data,” Peedin said. “A great deal of effort has gone into procuring this system, and it’s gratifying to see evidence that we’re going in the right direction.” FRCE is North Carolina’s largest maintenance, repair, overhaul and technical services provider, with more than 4,000 civilian, military and contract workers. Its annual revenue exceeds $1 billion. The depot provides service to the fleet while functioning as an integral part of the greater U.S. Navy; Naval Air Systems Command; and Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers.


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From Beach Events

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — For two days, Virginia Beach celebrates the sights and sounds of the Latin experience! La Fiesta Virginia Beach possesses the key ingredients of authentic food, colorful cultural costumes and high-energy national Latin music. Latin Grammy Award nominees and winners headline concerts on the Beach stage at 24th Street each night. Friday, June 24 Main stage on the beach: 5:00pm-6:00pm, DJ 6:15pm-7:15pm, Giancarlo Rodriguez & La Tremenda 7:45pm-9:00pm, El Rey Tulile 9:30pm-10:45pm, Aymee Nuviola Saturday, June 25

24th Street Park Latin Village: 12:45pm-1:30pm, Furia Tropikal 1:45pm-2:15pm, Ballet Folklorico Mexican Tradition 2:30pm-3:15pm, Furia Tropikal 3:30pm-4:30pm, Mambo Room Dancers Main stage on the beach: 5:00pm-6:00pm, DJ 6:00pm-6:45pm, Furia Tropikal 7:00pm-8:00pm, El Gringo de la Bachata 8:15pm-9:00pm, Fulanito 9:30pm-10:45pm, Jerry Rivera Proceeds support Virginia Legends Walk. Ticket prices Friday Only - General Admission: $5.00 2-Day General Admission - Week Of Ticket: $15.00 2-Day Preferred Entry - Week Of Ticket: $30.00


Philanthropist Joan Brock Gifts $34 Million to Chrysler Museum of Art From The Chrysler Museum of Art NORFOLK, Va. — The Chrysler Museum of Art just announced Hampton Roads Philanthropist Joan Brock has made a $34 million gift to the museum, including 40 works of art from the Macon and Joan Brock Collection and two position endowments, including the Director of the Museum. This gift will also support the expansion of the Perry Glass Studio. “The Brock Collection is one of the most significant private collections of American art assembled in the twenty-first century. Major paintings and works on paper by the most important artists of the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries chart a broad history of American art of the period and will allow the Chrysler to tell new and more compelling stories of our nation’s artistic history,” notes Corey Piper, Brock Curator of American Art. The gift includes 29 paintings by artists such as John Singer Sargent, John La Farge, Thomas Wilmer Dewing, George Benjamin Luks, George Bellows, Childe Hassam, Marsden Hartley, Sally Michel, and William MacGregor Paxton. Among the ten works on paper are two works by William Merritt Chase, two by Winslow Homer, and a watercolor by Charles Ephraim Burchfield. A glass sculpture by Debora Moore is also included. The Brock Collection spans nearly one hundred years of American art, from just after the Civil War to the mid-twentieth century. The collection builds substantially upon the Chrysler’s holdings of American art, adding works by 15 artists not previously represented and filling in key gaps in the museum’s collection. Major movements from the late nineteenth century including the Hudson River School, American Impressionism and the Aesthetic movement will be more fully explored at the museum through the gift of works by Sanford Robinson Gifford, John Leslie Breck, and Abbott Henderson Thayer. Important works of American Modernism by Marsden Hartley, Charles Sheeler, Preston Dickinson, and William Baziotes will enhance the museum’s twentieth-century galleries and more fully illustrate the rise of abstraction and other modern developments in American art. The Brock Collection is particularly strong in drawings, pastels

John Singer Sargent (American, 1856–1925), Olives at Corfu, 1909, Oil on canvas, Promised Gift of the Macon and Joan Brock Collection to the Chrysler Museum of Arts. (BROCK PRESS RELEASE)

and watercolors and the gift contributes to the Chrysler’s emphasis on the study and appreciation of works on paper through the addition of works by James Carroll Beckwith, Sargent, Chase, Homer, and others. “In addition to their historical importance, the works in the Brock collection stand as superlative examples of exceptional quality, a testament to Macon and Joan’s astute eyes. While their love of American painting guided their pursuits, they also demonstrated great foresight in the construction of a collection for the public’s benefit. The gift of the collection will elevate the stature of the Chrysler’s American art holdings and programs, making it a national leader in the exhibition, study, and appreciation of American art,” added Piper. A selection of the works will be on view in a Winter 2023-24 exhibition at the Chrysler. The presentation will be accompanied by the publication of a comprehensive catalogue of the

collection, with essays written by the Museum’s curators and leading scholars of American art. “I could not be happier to make this gift to the Chrysler, and to the Hampton Roads region that has been my home for most of my life,” said Mrs. Brock. “I have great esteem for the institution, its leaders and the talented team of professionals who work there. Our collection has brought us true joy and I’m hoping museum visitors will be inspired as we have by these great artists.” Mrs. Brock has also made a significant gift to endow the director’s position. In recognition, the directorship position will now be known as the Macon and Joan Brock Director. Erik Neil, director of the Chrysler Museum since 2014, is the position’s first incumbent. A second named endowment called The Brock Curatorial Assistant Endowment will underwrite a new position that will support the curatorial team’s research and development of exhibitions and presentation of the permanent collection.

“I am deeply honored by Joan’s extraordinary generosity and her and Macon’s longtime commitment to the Chrysler,” said Erik Neil, the newly named Macon and Joan Brock Director. “Their gifts have been transformational for the museum. This is the largest expansion of our American Art collection since Walter Chrysler’s gift in 1971. The art and the endowments help us grow and contribute immensely to our institutional strength.” Mrs. Brock, is a longstanding Chrysler Museum supporter, as was her late husband, Macon Brock. Mrs. Brock was the first woman to preside over the Chrysler Museum Board, and she served as a museum docent among many other volunteer efforts at the Museum. Macon Brock chaired the Museum’s 2014 Capital Campaign and the Brocks’ support funded the 2014 expansion of the museum’s facilities, which is named the Macon and Joan Brock Building. The Joan and Macon Brock Fund for American Art Endowment has made possible many recent exhibitions about American artists, including Thomas Jefferson, Architect: Palladian Models, Democratic Principles, and the Conflict of Ideals and Americans in Spain: Painting and Travel 1820-1920. Macon Brock was the co-founder of Dollar Tree, Inc., where Joan also held administrative positions over several decades. Joan has been recognized for her philanthropy and community leadership through numerous awards including the Norfolk First Citizen in Civic Affairs award and along with Macon the 2015 Outstanding Philanthropist Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals. In addition to the Chrysler the Brocks have generously supported numerous organizations including Longwood University, Old Dominion University, Randolph Macon College, Virginia Wesleyan University, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Sentara Brock Cancer Center, and the United Way among many others. “It’s incredibly exciting that a collection of this importance will be added to the museum’s collection. We are immensely grateful to the Brocks for their remarkable gifts, which help ensure the Museum’s vitality for many years to come,” said Brother Rutter, Chrysler Museum Board Chairman.

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ZooGrooves Concerts Begin this Weekend

From Virginia Zoo

NORFOLK, Va. — The Virginia Zoo’s beloved ZooGrooves concert series returns after a two-year hiatus. This Saturday’s event is the first in a series of after-hours concerts featuring emerging bands and artists from the Hampton Roads region. This is an exclusive opportunity to support

local music and save animals. Gates open at 5:30 pm and select animal trails will be open until 7:30 pm. Music in the Event Pavilion and Field begins at 6 pm and visitors are welcome to bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the music under the stars. Beer and wine will be available, and food trucks will be on site. Cost is $10.95 for Zoo Member Adult,

$5.95 for Zoo Member Child, $15.95 for Non-member Adult and $10.95 Non-member Child. Concert dates: July 23 and August 20: Musical acts announced soon. Purchase tickets in advance at https:// v i r g i n i a z o o. or g / e v e nt / z o o g ro ov e s 4/?swcfpc=1 or walk-up sales are available.

Virginia Beach Chalk The Walk Winners Announced From Beach Events

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Beach Events and the City of Virginia Beach are pleased to announce the winners of Chalk the Walk 2022, held on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk Saturday, June 18. YOUTH DIVISION 1st place: Madeleine Rooney 2nd place: Ada Colton 3rd place: Kieffer Colton AMATEUR DIVISION 1st place: Virginia Mollner 2nd place: Judy Jackson 3rd Place: Oriana Perez PROFESSIONAL DIVISION 1st place: Jessica Sweat 2nd place: Chris McLaughlin 3rd place: Jose F. Perez, Jr. BEST OF THE BOARDWALK Abbey Turner About Chalk the Walk: Competitors completed chalk drawings and were evaluated by a panel of judges. Judges scored the drawings according to criteria such as composition, use of color, adherence to theme, and creativity. There were three competitive divisions: Amateur, Professional, and Youth. The Youth division was for ages 12-16. Trophies and cash prizes were awarded for each division.


About the Virginia Zoo The Virginia Zoo, located in Norfolk, Virginia, is home to more than 700 exceptional animals representing over 150 fascinating species. Founded in 1901 and residing on 53 beautifully landscaped acres, the Virginia Zoo has demonstrated a commitment to saving and protecting the world’s wildlife by inspiring a passion for nature and taking conservation action at home and around the world. The Virginia Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is recognized as a global leader in education, recreation, science, wildlife conservation, and animal care and welfare. For more than a century, the Zoo has connected adults, families and school children with the natural world and its wildlife. To learn more, visit www.virginiazoo.org.

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Savor the Flavors of Summer Mediterranean Orzo Salad. (COURTESY PHOTO)

By Family Features

Bringing your family together for a meal that tastes like summer is what the season is all about. If you’re spending an evening firing up the grill, flipping on the oven, forming a homemade salad or anything in-between, the time spent together enjoying warm weather flavors is what everyone truly craves. Your next backyard meal can start with a flavor infusion from Newman’s Own Garlic Vinaigrette & Marinade, a versatile option that can be tossed with salads or added to proteins before cooking. Made with premium ingredients and a special blend of herbs and spices, it sets itself apart by mixing garlic into the dressing in four different forms — minced, powder, granulated and chopped — to deliver a delightfully bold and zesty flavor with every bite. Take advantage of its mouthwatering taste with these Summer Shrimp and Squash Kebabs, an easy way to bring loved ones together both before and during the meal. Put an adult in charge of heating the grill while the entire family works together to marinate a concoction of shrimp, tomatoes, corn, red onion, squash and zucchini before threading onto skewers that are ready to hit the grates. If hot weather means lighter fare is on the menu, this Mediterranean Orzo Salad can be ready in mere minutes. Just toss together a handful of tantalizing ingredients for a simple bite of summer that’s perfect as a

Summer Shrimp and Squash Kebabs. (COURTESY PHOTO)

meatless meal or al fresco side dish. Or you can turn it into a quick weeknight dinner by adding cooked chicken, shrimp or a protein of your choice. After a day of fun in the sun, some nights call for a quick and easy solution that lets the oven do the work for you. When pizza

cravings strike, consider an option like Newman’s Own Stone-Fired Crust Pizzas that bring authentic, Italian pizza with lightly blistered crusts to your kitchen table. Available in three authentic flavors — Margherita, Quattro Formaggi (Four Cheese) and Spinaci & Formaggi (Spinach & Cheese) —

the light, airy, slightly crispy crust is ready to devour after just 10 minutes in the oven. Find more summer meal solutions at NewmansOwn.com. Mediterranean Orzo Salad Servings: 4 2 cups cooked orzo 2 mini cucumbers, thinly sliced ¾ cup cherry tomatoes, quartered ½ cup canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed ½ cup arugula ¼ cup pitted Kalamata and green olives, cut in half ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese ⅓ cup Newman’s Own Garlic Vinaigrette & Marinade, plus additional for serving (optional) In large bowl, combine orzo, cucumbers, tomatoes, chickpeas, arugula, olives and feta cheese. Toss with vinaigrette. Serve with additional vinaigrette, if desired. Summer Shrimp and Squash Kebabs Servings: 4 (2 skewers per serving) 8 wooden skewers (12 inches each) 1 cup Newman’s Own Garlic Vinaigrette & Marinade, plus additional for serving 16 large shrimp, peeled and deveined 16 cherry tomatoes 2 ears fresh corn, each cut into 1-inch pieces 1 large red onion, cut into 1-inch wedges 2 yellow squash, sliced ½-inch thick 2 zucchini, sliced ½-inch thick Soak skewers in water at least 30 minutes. In large bowl, combine vinaigrette, shrimp, cherry tomatoes, corn, red onion, yellow squash and zucchini; marinate 30 minutes-1 hour. Preheat grill to medium heat. Skewer pieces of cherry tomato, shrimp, corn, zucchini, red onion and yellow squash on wooden skewer. Repeat with remaining ingredients and skewers. Grill kebabs about 8 minutes, turning frequently until shrimp and veggies are cooked. Serve with additional vinaigrette.

Celebrate Parents with a Sweet, Fruity Snack By Family Features Gifts and cards are surely appreciated, but one of the best gifts for many parents is simply time spent together. No special occasion is necessary — just loving moments enjoyed as a family. You can make those moments memorable with a tasty snack like Apple and Blood Orange Pinwheels made with the satisfying texture and taste of Envy Apples. With a consistently balanced, refreshing sweetness coupled with crisp elegant crunch, they’re easily spotted by their large, sharable size and crimson red skin perfect for snacks that bring loved ones together. Pair these fruit-forward pinwheels with a relaxing day spent watching a family-friendly show like “Strawberry Shortcake” as she and her pals discover hidden treasures while on vacation, encounter mysterious monsters and tangle with out-of-control spring flowers while she “bakes the world to a better place” all year round. Find more recipe ideas to celebrate moms and dads at EnvyApple.com. Apple and Blood Orange Pinwheels

Apple and Blood Orange Pinwheels. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Prep time: 10 minutes Servings: 4 1 flour tortilla (10 inches) ½ cup hazelnut spread 1 Envy Apple, sliced thin 2 blood oranges, peeled and sliced

Using spatula or spoon, coat one side of tortilla with hazelnut spread. Evenly layer apple slices on hazelnut spread, applying light pressure with hands so they stick to tortilla Layer blood orange slices over apple

slices. Roll up tortilla tightly. Cut tortilla into 5-8 slices, each approximately 1 ½-2 inches. Secure pinwheels with toothpicks or arrange tightly on serving tray.

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Air Force Airman applies sunscreen to his face at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, June 9, 2021. Dermatologists highly recommend that you apply sunscreen before participating in any outdoor activities to keep safe from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays.

Doctors Recommend Sunscreen for All Skin Complexions By Janet A. Aker

MHS Communications

ndividuals with darker skin complexions, or skin of color, are sometimes less likely to use sunscreens and protect themselves from excessive sunlight, dermatologists say. But the dangers of too much sunlight — from sunspots to skin cancer — are real risks for everyone regardless of skin complexion, doctors say. Research does show that melanin, the natural pigments that affect skin tone, confer some natural protection against the risk of skin cancers caused by the ultraviolet rays in sunlight. But everyone, of any complexion, is still at risk for sun-related skin cancers. And aside from cancer, some other sun exposure risks and potential skin problems are actually more common in people with darker skin tones. “More important to me, and my skin of color patients, is the increased risk of pigmentary issues,” said Navy Lt. Cmdr. (Dr.) James Contestable, a dermatologist from Camp LejeuneNaval Medical Center Camp Lejeune on the TRICARE website Naval Medical Center, North Carolina. “Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, brown spots, and melasmaMelasma on the NIH website are more common in skin of color. For this reason, I recommend high-quality zinc oxides, iron oxides (found in tinted sunblock), and sun blocks that contain antioxidants and

free radical quenchers,” he said. HyperpigmentationHyperpigmentation page on the cancer.gov website is among the most common reasons darker skinned people seek the care of a dermatologist, according to the National Institutes of Health. Ultraviolet and infrared radiation from the sun is key in making melasma worse, experts say. “The role of UVA and visible spectrum light in the development of pigmentary issues has come into focus over the past decade,” Contestable noted. “Zinc provides broad UVA protection, and iron oxides provide good visible spectrum light protection. Finally, tinted sun blocks offer the advantage of avoiding the dreaded pasty white cast that can reduce adherence to sunscreens, specifically in the skin of color population,” he commented. Contestable recommends the use of sunscreens that contain both a transparent “chemical” sunscreen and a broad spectrum “physical” blocker of UV rays like zinc oxide because of their “synergistic effect.” Misperceptions A recent study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that individuals with darker skin complexions are less likely to use sunscreens and practice other behaviors despite having experienced sunburns, which can be a precursor to skin cancer. There are continuing misconceptions about

the need for people with skin of color to use sunscreen daily and to stay out of the sun and wear protective clothing, and sunglasses like lighter skinned people are advised to do, according to experts. Some individuals with skin of color are unaware of the need for photoprotection to protect against skin cancer due to the belief that their naturally dark skin tone is more capable of providing protection against skin damage from sun exposure, the study suggests. Use Sunscreen Daily Some people with desk jobs don’t feel they need to use sunscreen or sun blockers daily because they are not out in the sun much. Contestable’s answer to that? “UVA and visible light pass through windows. Visible light is produced by our lighting fixtures inside, including computer screens and cell phones. Therefore, sunscreen still has a role even when indoors.” “This is especially important in those who have pigmentary disorders such as melasma or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.” “I also say: “How did you get to work? You typically have to walk from the car to the office, and every bit of sun protection helps.” SPF Level? Contestable said he believes the target SPF level “should be the same for all skin types.” “There is a hotly debated issue” about sunscreens with higher SPFs, Contestable said. “Some experts will say that SPF 30 blocks 97%

of UVB rays, ‘so why use a higher SPF?’ Their opinion is that with higher SPF, there is less overall gain as SPF 50 blocks 98% of UVB rays and SPF 100, 99%,” he said. For patients of all skin tones, Contestable recommends anywhere from SPF 30 to SPF 100 because “it doesn’t cost much more to get the higher SPF.” Secondly, “in real-world use, we know that most people only apply 25%-50% of the amount of sunscreen needed to achieve the SPF on the label. My hope is that if someone applies half the amount of SPF 50 then they may achieve SPF 25, and there is some research that supports this linear relationship.” Most people should just find a sunscreen that they like — and will use! Those with specific skin concerns or skin problems should get a personalized sunscreen and sun protection plan from their dermatologist, Contestable recommends. Sun Exposure Tips Here are recommendations for sunscreen use and sun exposure from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that apply to people of all skin colors. • Use sunscreen or sun blockers daily • Apply 15 minutes before you go out so the product can be absorbed into the skin • Stay out of the sun as much as possible • When in the sun, wear a broad-brimmed hat, long-sleeve shirt and long pants, and sunglasses • Use products with SPF 15 or higher • Make sure the product label says broad spectrum and water resistant • One-half teaspoon is enough to cover the face and neck, or one arm. One ounce — about the size of a full shot glass — is recommended for full body coverage so a six-ounce bottle doesn’t last long • Reapply at least every two hours and after any water exposure, no matter the SPF.

Ask the Doc: All This Noise is Giving Me Headaches By Janet A. Aker

Mhs Communications

Hi, Doc, I keep getting headaches. I’ve worked in the bowels of a Navy ship nearly my entire career. I love the noise, the smells, and my crews. But as I get older, I’ve become more sensitive to the constant noise and mechanical humming. Lately, I seem to be getting severe headaches at least once a month. I don’t want to stop, but do want to know what I can do. Can you give me some advice? — Sr. Chief Henry Humz Illustration of a male face with the words “Ask the Doc”Dear Sr. Chief: Working with all that noise from equipment can certainly bring on headaches. I found just the person to talk to about this. I contacted audiologist Dr. Theresa Schulz, the Defense Health Agency’s Hearing Center of Excellence Prevention & Surveillance section chief. She’s in charge of all the programs to help decrease noise-induced hearing loss in the military. Here’s what Schulz had to say: It’s important to describe your headaches specifically to medical personnel in order to determine possible causes. Some studies have shown that noise exposure can cause headaches, including migraine and tension-type headaches. However, there are a variety of other reasons that could be contributing to your headaches, so it’s best to talk with your doctor. The environment in the “bowels of a destroyer” may include odors from fuels,

Sailors record information during an exercise in the combat information center of the USS Higgins in the Philippine Sea, March 3, 2022. ( NAVY PETTY OFFICER 2ND CLASS ARTHUR ROSEN)

oils, and other chemicals; heat; and high noise. It’s also important to work with your safety and medical personnel to ensure that your personal protective equipment properly fits, and that you are wearing it appropriately. Hearing protectors can be individually fitted to enhance protection. Also, drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, and get adequate sleep.

Make sure you spend time each day in cooler, quieter areas of the ship to enable your ears to recover from the noisy environment. It’s good for your ears and your well-being. Your safety officer may consult with an industrial hygienist to better understand your exposures to noise and hazardous chemicals. An industrial hygienist would help to recommend the best solution for your work environment.

Sr. Chief, I hope this advice is helpful to you, especially the suggestions about properly wearing your personal protective gear and moving to a quieter part of the ship when you have the opportunity. Also, as soon as you can, talk with your primary care doctor to schedule an appointment for a checkup and hearing evaluation. Good luck, my friend, and as always… take care out there!

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Professional Services

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Lawn and Tree Service

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Trucks and SUVs


Travel/Camping Trailers 2011 JAYCO EAGLE SUPER LITE TRAVEL TRAILER 27FT New Owning, New Tires & New Battery, Fully Self Contained Gas & Electric. Current State Inspection $15,000. Call: 757-503-0567 CONSIGNMENTS WANTED! Let us clean, sell, & finance your RV. Snyders RV 499-8000.

Motorcycles and ATVs 2018 HARLEY DAVIDSON ROAD KING Low mileage, 7,313. $18,500. Jerry: 757-971-2895

HARLEY 2010 ROADKING Garage kept, many upgrades, looks & runs great, $11,600. 757-675-0288. Va. Dealer.

Autos for Sale

CHEVROLET 2014 IMPALA LTZ. Fully loaded, 114k $19,000. 757-298-3251



LX. 4 dr, 4 cyl, auto, well equipped, 27k miles, exc cond, Honda warranty, 37 mpg. $25,900. 443-235-0304


Conv., hardtop, Pano roof, Silver Arrow Edition, new tires, new inspection. 1 owner. Garage kept. $22,900. 757-675-0288. Va. Dlr.

SLT Pkg., Dura Max turbo diesel, 23K orig. mis., factory warranty, sunroof, leather, nav, crew cab. Like new. $61,900. 757-675-0288. Va. Dlr

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