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Giving Back to the Community

On June 30, NAS Oceana’s Religious Ministries Department coordinated the pick-up and delivery of the donated good from the NAS Oceana Commissary to local food banks in the Virginia Beach area. PAGE A2 VOL. 29, NO. 26, Norfolk, VA | flagshipnews.com

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Commander, Navy Region Mid Atlantic held a change of command ceremony onboard Naval Station Norfolk, June 30. Rear Adm. Charles“Chip”Rock (left) was relieved by Rear Adm. Christopher “Scotty”Gray (right). (MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS MICHAEL BOTTS)

Fair Winds and Following Seas, Rear Adm. Rock; Welcome Home, Rear Adm. Gray By Katie Hewett

Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs Specialist

NORFOLK, Va. (NRMA) — Rear Adm. Christopher “Scotty” Gray relieved Rear Adm. Charles W. “Chip” Rock, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic (NRMA) in a ceremony outside of Naval Station Norfolk Pennsylvania House June 30. Rock assumed command of the Navy’s Mid-Atlantic region on July 20, 2018. During his tour, he provided a full spectrum of shore installation management, services to operating forces and Navy families within Navy Region Mid-Atlantic’s area of responsibility. He fostered a workforce that energetically resolved the Navy’s most complex challenges to sustain the Fleet, enable the Fighter, and support the Family. Rock will retire from

the Navy after serving nearly 35 years. At the start of the ceremony, Rock was greeted with thunderous applause from the standing-room-only crowd of friends, family and colleagues. From that moment forward, it was clear that this was not going to be your typical change of command ceremony. “I am absolutely humbled to have you all here today. In full disclosure this is not your typical change of command ceremony.” Rock said. Rather than sticking to traditional script, Rock introduced the ceremony’s guest speaker, Ashley O’Brien, his daughter, by reading a heartfelt letter she wrote to him six years ago in advance of another change of command ceremony. In her letter, O’Brien emphasized how change of command ceremonies aren’t

just about one single person, but about all the people Rock has lead throughout his successful 35 years in the Navy. ‘It’s about what the country needs. It’s about all the people who need someone like you in their life,’ O’Brien wrote, ‘If I’m half the leader and person you are in my future life and career, I’d be the luckiest person the world.’ “The author of that letter is right,” Rock said, “Today is about you. I’m grateful you are all here so I can honor you and welcome Rear Adm. Gray and his family.” During her remarks, O’Brien touched on her father’s undeniable fortitude, loyalty and leadership. “It’s not about the never-ending list awards and medals, or the number of stars on your shoulder,” O’Brien said, “Real leadership is measured by the

Commander, Navy Region MidAtlantic Holds Frocking Ceremony From Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs Office NORFOLK, Va. — Legalman 1 st Class LaTorri White is advanced, or “frocked” by Rear Adm. Charles W. “Chip” Rock, commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic and Command Master Chief Asa T. Worcester during a frocking ceremony, June 29. The frocking ceremony marked Rock’s final act of advancing Sailors to their next rank before being relieved of command and retiring from the U.S. Navy after nearly 35 years of service. Frocking ceremonies are held multiple times a year throughout the U.S. Navy as Sailors are promoted, or advanced, to the next rank. The U.S. Navy is unique in service, compared to the other U.S. military branches, as they authorize Sailors to wear the insignia and assume the responsibility of the next rank prior to being paid.


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success of those around you and the impact you have on them. Bosses care about awards, leaders care about how they can best serve their people.” Rock then addressed special guests, Sailors and civilian employees of the Region, the region’s overall accomplishments, and welcomed the incoming commander and his family. “Know that I am extremely proud of all of you. Thank you for your commitment and dedication, for your integrity, and for respecting each other and those we serve. Your work is what makes the Region Mid-Atlantic organization successful. You should be proud; I certainly am.” “As I depart, I know I am turning over the reins to an incredibly talented leader Turn to Welcome Home, Page 7

Naval Station Norfolk Fire and Emergency Services Hosts Camp Fury By Kelly Wirfel

Naval Station Norfolk Public Affairs Officer

NAVAL STATION NORFOLK — Naval Station (NAVSTA) Norfolk’s Fire and Emergency Services hosted ten Girl Scouts of America members as part of Camp Fury, June 28. Camp Fury is a hands-on camp that gives young girls the opportunity to experience various careers in fire, police and military jobs. Capt. Janet Days, NAVSTA Norfolk’s Executive Officer kicked the event off at (TRAVIS KUYKENDALL)

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Pier Construction

The Sailors, ships, squadrons and staffs of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group successfully completed the final deployment certification exercise, June 30. PAGE A6

The NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Norfolk Navy Cash Fleet Support Group (NCFSG) provides training and assistance for Navy Cash and disbursing operations for ships in the Atlantic Fleet. PAGE A4

Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) Mid-Atlantic (MIDLANT) recently awarded a nearly $300 million, firm-fixed-price contract to California-based RQMagann Joint Venture for the replacement of Submarine Pier 3 at Naval Station (NS) Norfolk. PAGE A3

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NAS Oceana Giving Back to the Community

From Naval Air Station Oceana Public Affairs Office

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Since The Start Of The Year, The Naval Air Station Oceana Commissary Has Been Supporting The 2022 Feds Feed Families Food Drive By Collecting $10 Donations From The Store’s Patrons, Which Purchased Packaged Bags Of Dry Goods To Be Delivered To Local Food Banks For Distribution To Those In Need In The Local Community. On June 30, NAS Oceana’s Religious Ministries Department coordinated the pick-up and delivery of the donated good from the NAS Oceana Commissary to local food banks in the Virginia Beach area. “Our volunteers from NAS Oceana will be picking-up and delivering food to local food banks every Thursday to give back to the community that many of us here at Oceana call home,” said Lt. Jeffrey Doria, an NAS Oceana chaplain. “Going forward, we would like to grow the participation to all Sailors onboard the installation.” This year’s campaign highlights the need for giving during summer months, and also encourages federal employees to give year-


round, with the goal of helping food pantries and food banks stay stocked during the challenging summer months. Typically, during the summer months, food donation decrease while the need for donations increases. The USDA summer meal program helps fill the gap. Since the launch of the program in 2009, the campaign has collected more than 99 million pounds of food for donation. In 2020 alone, federal employees donated over 7.2 million pounds to food banks and pantries across the country. The drive began in response to the 2009 United We Serve Act, which called on Americans to contribute to the nation’s economic recovery by serving in their communities. On June 16, 2015 USDA was the designated lead agency for coordinating the federal government’s annual Feds Feed Families food drive through 2022. As the Department which supports nutrition assistance for those in need, USDA seeks to connect federal employees across the government with our mission, and to come together to make a difference. Those looking to get involved and support the food drive can visit https://fedsfeedfamilies.ocio.usda.gov/ for more information.

Sailors from Naval Support Activity Hampton RoadsHeadquarters Annex participate in Solidarity Walk By Katisha Draughn-Fraguada

Naval Support Activity Hampton RoadsHeadquarters Annex Public Affairs Office

NORFOLK, Va. — Sailors from Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads-Headquarters Annex participated in a Solidarity Walk on the installation June 30 in recognition of Pride Month. “I decided to organize a Solidarity Walk to support this year” Pride Month theme, ‘All Together’,” said Operations Specialist 1st Class Kenyatta McKeithen, president of the U.S. Fleet Forces Command Multi-Cultural Heritage Committee. “I took this opportunity to spread awareness of the Stonewall Riots of 1969. Reading about the events that took place made me realize how far we have come, not only within the U.S. Navy, but as a country. The people whom I serve with are like family to me and I feel that it is important to not only embrace, but also celebrate their differences.”


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NAVFAC Pier Construction Design to Elevate Shore Support for Norfolk-based Submarines By Naval Facilities Engineering

Systems Command Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va. — Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) Mid-Atlantic (MIDLANT) recently awarded a nearly $300 million, firm-fixedprice contract to California-based RQ-Magann Joint Venture for the replacement of Submarine Pier 3 at Naval Station (NS) Norfolk in Norfolk, Virginia. The contract will be incrementally funded through Fiscal Year 2024, and construction is anticipated to be completed by February 2027. “To be an effective, capable and lethal Submarine Force, we must continue to elevate our shore support through advanced design and construction,” said Vice Adm. William Houston, Commander, Naval Submarine Forces; Commander, Submarine Force; U.S. Atlantic Fleet Commander; and Allied Submarine Command, who has operational command of all U.S. submarines homeported on the Atlantic Coast, as well as supporting shore activities. “This pier construction will be a major leap forward for the Atlantic Fleet, and our Virginia-class submarines, to ensure we remain the best equipped and best trained force in the world.” The current pier — one of 13 physical piers onboard the installation — was constructed in 1944 to support convoy escort ships that were used in World War II. As such, it was not originally designed to berth modern nuclear-powered submarines. The new construction will help to not only advance the world’s largest naval base from a technology and electrical standpoint, but it will also resolve current operational conflicts, such as being too narrow to allow crane operations, emergency vehicle access, and other pertinent operations, such as on- and offloading of weapons and supplies, simultaneously. Of its many enhancements, the new submarine pier will be built wider to enhance the quality of life and safety for our military personnel and civilian employees who work there. Electrical (shore power and lighting) and other utilities (water/sewer/waste, storm drainage systems, compressed air, telecommunication, fire protection, etc.), cybersecurity, and force protection capabilities will also be upgraded. A new continuous fender system (the interface between the submarine and the shore that acts as a buffer during berthing), will be incorporated into the equipment as part of the project, which will be backwards compatible to give the installation flexibility to also support older Los Angeles-class submarines. This will significantly benefit the Navy by reducing the need for costly fender changes and eliminates the need to dedicate berth locations for specific classes of submarines.

An image showing the comparison of the Convoy Escort Piers in the late 1940s, the Destroyer and Submarine Piers in 1962, and modern day Pier 3 onboard Naval Station Norfolk. Pier 3, one of 13 physical piers on the installation, was originally constructed in 1944 to support convoy escort ships that were used in World War II. Construction for the replacement pier is scheduled to begin in July 2022. Archive photos courtesy of the Hampton Roads Naval Museum. (U.S. NAVY COLLAGE PHOTO/ DAVID TODD)

Additionally, preemptive climate change and sea-level rise provisions were incorporated into the new design, so the pier and wharf will be a minimum of two-feet above the high-water level of the projected 100-year Base Flood Elevation (BFE). Furthermore, mission critical substations will be elevated on pads three-feet above the high-water level, or two-feet above the new pier deck, whichever is greater. In contrast, the current deck of Pier 3 is at approximately 3.6 feet below the 100-year BFE. “Our MIDLANT team is laser-focused on supporting and meeting the needs of the Navy head-on … and with great success,” said Capt. Tres Meek, NAVFAC MIDLANT Commanding Officer. “We deliver consequential results by strengthening our capabilities and exercising technical authority to better support the growing fleet and the warfighter. I’m very pleased to have witnessed the beginning and planning stages of this project, and I know our team’s commitment to excellence will shine brightly as we reach the finish line.” To be sure NAVFAC makes good on its goal to deliver this project on-time and on-budget, a great amount of responsibility resides with the construction team, who

will begin mobilizing in early July. “It’s an honor to be involved with projects such as these that enhance the future capabilities of our waterfront operations,” said Eugene Bricker, Construction Manager for Public Works Department (PWD) Norfolk. “There is a great sense of satisfaction in construction projects that provide critical support to our naval assets so they can defend our freedom across the globe. Additionally, infrastructure projects of this magnitude have a design lifespan that will support generations to come.” The work to be performed will provide for the construction of a new reinforced concrete single-deck pier, 1,330-feet in length and 85-feet in width, and a Controlled Entry Point wharf, 800-feet in length and 100-feet in width, to support the berthing of Virginia and Virginia Payload Moduleclass submarines with shore-to-ship utilities. Additionally, the construction will upgrade the existing bulkhead; construct new relieving platform and a new utility service building; outfit Pier 4 South for the berthing of submarines during project construction; demolish current Piers 3 and 3T; perform dredging of sediment at the existing site; and construct a security enclave.



“Orchestrating such a masterpiece requires the best materials, equipment, dedicated and talented engineers — contractors, inspectors, NAVFAC team members — to work together in unison,” said Wayne Foster, Engineering Technician for PWD Norfolk. “I can’t begin to tell you what an honor it is to be a part of such a historic project — to replace a proud piece of the past — and provide better support to the mission and capabilities of our brave submariners in the future.” NAVFAC MIDLANT provides facilities engineering, public works and environmental products and services across an area of responsibility that spans from South Carolina to Maine, and as far west as Indiana. As an integral member of the Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic team, MIDLANT provides leadership through the Regional Engineer organization to ensure the region’s facilities and infrastructure are managed efficiently and effectively. For additional information about NAVFAC MIDLANT on social media, follow our activities on Facebook at www. facebook.com/navfacmidatlantic and on Instagram @navfacmidatlantic.





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Hugh Chin conducts training with Ens. Raymundo Soria S-3 officer onboard USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19). (JIM KOHLER)

Navy Cash Fleet Support Group Provides Training and Assistance for Atlantic Fleet Ships By Thomas Kreidel NAVSUP FLC Norfolk

The NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Norfolk Navy Cash Fleet Support Group (NCFSG) provides training and assistance for Navy Cash and disbursing operations for ships in the Atlantic Fleet. According to Hugh Chin of the Navy Cash Support Group, Navy Cash is used by every Sailor stationed onboard a ship. In the Atlantic Fleet area of operations this adds up to 138 ships with Navy Cash installed, all supported by his two person team supporting 128,000 accounts with monthly transac-

tions of approximately $22 million. Sailors can also use their cards on and off the ship, including in foreign ports. “We are the main point of contact for supply officers regarding general support of S-4 operations within the supply department,” Chin explained. “Time management on our part is critical.” He added that the two-person team also provides management oversight of all Navy Cash operations for ships in the Atlantic Fleet covering disbursing operations, fiscal issues, general operability, maintenance, upkeep and troubleshooting of Navy Cash equipment.

Training is a huge part of the team’s role, with quarterly classes and on-site training, particularly for new disbursing officers who check onboard a ship. Chin added that help from the Navy Cash Support Groups is just a call or email away. “Training helps record keepers and cashiers understand the day-to-day functions of the system and how to perform sales, assist customers, process refunds and obtain reports,” Chin said. NCFSG provides a vital role for new ships being commissioned, with oversight of contractor support for on-site installations. When ships decommission, they are

there as well. “Contractors install or remove Navy Cash equipment while NCFSG assists in removal of hard drives (later transferred to NIWC for destruction), unused merchant or replacement cards, as well as Navy Cash records from decommissioning ships,” Chin explained. “We also coordinate removal of unused equipment from contractors for transfer to DRMO.” Chin says he is very proud of his role with the Navy Cash program, which dates back to his time on active duty as a Senior Chief Disbursing Clerk (now Personnel Specialist) at Naval Surface Force Atlantic. He explained the majority of supply officers on their first sea tour are assigned as disbursing officers, and he enjoys mentoring this group of junior officers. “I take satisfaction in working with and often mentoring our young supply officers and Sailors who serve this great Navy. Providing them with the tools and guidance to be successful can be life changing,” he said. “I often see some of these officers doing their department head tour a decade later as ship’s supply officer on a carrier or large deck amphibious ship.”

Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Mid-Atlantic conducted a graduation ceremony for nine apprentices from Public Works Departments (PWD) across the command’s area of responsibility, who successfully completed four years of training in the command’s apprenticeship program. They are: Kyle Brooks, electrician, PWD Norfolk; Bronson Carter, heavy mobile equipment mechanic, PWD New London; Adam Frantz, electrician, PWD Yorktown; Timothy Goodwin, high voltage electrician, PWD Norfolk; Jonathan James, pipefitter, PWD Pennsylvania; Matthew Sweisford, HVAC mechanic, PWD Newport; John Traini, electrician, PWD New London; John Wagner, electrician, PWD Pennsylvania; and Samuel Williamson, pipefitter, PWD New London. (Jeffrey C. DOEPP)

Nine Employees Graduate from NAVFAC MIDLANT Four-year Apprenticeship Program From Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs NORFOLK, Va. — Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Mid-Atlantic (NAVFAC MIDLANT), recently conducted a graduation ceremony for nine apprentices from across the command’s area of responsibility, who successfully completed four years of training in the command’s apprenticeship program. Due to the physical distance of the graduates, the ceremony was a hybrid gathering conducted in person and virtually. This U.S. Department of Labor-registered program encompasses academic instruction, on-the-job training (OJT), apprentice mentoring, and other related instruction. These nine apprentice graduates from Public Works Departments (PWD) New London, Newport, Norfolk, Pennsylvania, and York-

town, add to the growing number total of 165, who, since 2006, have graduated from the program. “We are proud of the fortitude you have demonstrated in successfully completing this rigorous program,” said Lance Laughmiller, NAVFAC MIDLANT Public Works Business Line, Resources and Assessment director. “You had to maintain your productivity at work, complete the accredited educational training program after hours, and we know that this required personal dedication, sacrifice, and support from your families and friends. We are excited to finally recognize your accomplishments as graduates today.” For four years, apprentices work full-time to achieve a total of 8,000 hours of OJT, while going to school to achieve an associate degree or certificate in their assigned trade.

Apprentices are trained in one of the nine following trades: heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) mechanic; electrician; high voltage electrician; plumber; pipefitter; boiler equipment plant mechanic; industrial equipment control mechanic; heavy mobile equipment mechanic; and auto mechanic. The nine apprentices who graduated from the 2022 NAVFAC MIDLANT Apprenticeship Program are: Kyle Brooks, electrician, PWD Norfolk; Bronson Carter, heavy mobile equipment mechanic, PWD New London; Adam Frantz, electrician, PWD Yorktown; Timothy Goodwin, high voltage electrician, PWD Norfolk; Jonathan James, pipefitter, PWD Pennsylvania; Matthew Sweisford, HVAC mechanic, PWD Newport; John Traini, electrician, PWD New London; John Wagner, electrician, PWD Pennsylvania; and Samuel

Williamson, pipefitter, PWD New London. “The success of this program could not have been achieved without the support of the various production division directors and mentors who have supported our program and our apprentices for the past four years,” said Jean Dumlao, NAVFAC MIDLANT Public Works Business Line leader. “The role they play is critical in the success of our apprentices, and the program. They serve as the liaison between the apprentices and command leadership.” NAVFAC MIDLANT provides facilities engineering, public works, and environmental products and services across an area of responsibility that spans from South Carolina to Maine, and as far west as Indiana. As an integral member of the Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic team, MIDLANT provides leadership through the Regional Engineer organization to ensure the region’s facilities and infrastructure are managed efficiently and effectively. For additional information about NAVFAC MIDLANT on social media, follow our activities on Facebook at www. facebook.com/navfacmidatlantic and on Instagram @navfacmidatlantic.

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Paul Bedsole, Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) Inspector General’s Office investigations program manager, speaks at the annual CNIC Office of the Inspector General Symposium on board the historical Washington Navy Yard, D.C., June 23. The Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday, released his new strategy“Get Real, Get Better,” which is this year’s symposium theme and about scaling Navy-proven leadership behaviors and problem-solving skills broadly across the Navy to achieve consistently strong performance—thus closing the gap between our best and worst performers. (CHIEF MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST BRIAN MORALES)

CNIC Office of the Inspector General team ‘Gets Real, Gets Better,’ meets for symposium By Chief Petty Officer Brian Morales

Commander, Navy Installations Command

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) teams met for an annual symposium at the historic Washington Navy Yard, June 22 — 24. This year’s theme for the symposium was based on the Chief of Naval Operations’ latest strategy and call to action for the Navy, “Get Real, Get Better.” “As you know, the Chief of Naval Opera-

tions Adm. Michael Gilday, released his new strategy ‘Get Real, Get Better,’ which is about scaling Navy-proven leadership behaviors and problem-solving skills broadly across the Navy to achieve consistently strong performance— thus closing the gap between our best and worst performers,” said Mr. Timothy Bridges, CNIC’s executive director. “In keeping with the theme of this week’s symposium, I am asking for all of us to Get Real, Get Better, and Get it Done.” This year’s symposium also marks the first time region and headquarters OIG teams were able to assemble in person since the COVID-19

pandemic. Throughout COVID-19, meetings were held via MS Teams as mandated by health protection conditions and regional restrictions of movement. CNIC’s OIG team’s mission is to promote efficiency and effectiveness while detecting and deterring fraud, waste, abuse & mismanagement for programs that service the fleet, fighter and family, stated Mr. Michael Pope, CNIC Inspector General. During the symposium, CNIC’s OIG team received policy updates, report insights and guidance on focus group methodologies from

the Office of the Naval Inspector General staff: Ms. Cheryl Miller, Chief of Staff; Capt. Dan Valascho; Lt. Cmdr. Tara Smallridge; Ms. Terrie Riley; and Ms. Tracy Cobert. Topics covered were: • Habits of Successful IGs • Hotlines/Investigation: What’s Working/ What’s Not? • DoD Hotline completion reports • Inspections, evaluations and oversight • The Command Inspection Program • Oversight: What’s Working/What’s Not? • Case management • Investigation report review process • Building the strategy Attendees of the symposium also discussed: abuse of authority, military pay issues, military whistleblower reprisal, command climate and family advocacy program related topics. Commander, Navy Installations Command oversees 48,000 employees located around the world and is charged with sustaining the fleet, enabling the fighter and supporting the family. For more news from CNIC, visit www.cnic.navy. mil or follow the command’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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George H. W. Bush CSG Certified to Deploy Courtesy Story

Carrier Strike Group 10 NORFOLK, Va. — The Sailors, ships, squadrons and staffs of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group successfully completed the final deployment certification exercise, June 30. In addition to the U.S. Navy participants, the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, the Italian destroyer ITS Caio Duilio (D 554) and submarines from Brazil and Colombia joined the strike group to increase interoperability and capability with allies and partners during composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX), which was led by Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 4. “The job of the embarked CSG 4 staff is to mentor, train and assess deploying carrier strike groups on the east coast,” said Rear Adm. Rich Brophy, commander, CSG 4. “Carrier Strike Group 10 demonstrated the flexibility and proficiency necessary to certify in all required mission areas. The strike group is fully ready for any contingency or operations ahead.” COMPTUEX is designed to fully integrate the GHWBCSG, under the command of CSG 10, as a cohesive, multi-mission fighting force and test the group’s ability to carry out sustained combat operations from the sea. COMPTUEX lasts several weeks, during which units are tested on their proficiency and readiness for deployment through scenario-based, live training, that increases in complexity and intensity. The exercise allowed the ships, aircraft, and staffs to work together in response to specific scenarios across all warfare areas, and to refine their ability to communicate and fight alongside one another in a realistic training environment that included academic, synthetic and live training events. “I could not be prouder of our international maritime force and the way we worked together as a team during COMPTUEX,” said Rear Adm. Dennis Velez, commander, CSG 10. “The assessors pushed us to learn and grow, and I look forward to deploying with highly-competent and confident strike group. We are, and will continue to be, ready to fight and win at sea if required — there is nothing we cannot accomplish together.” For the first time during a COMPTUEX, a marine expeditionary unit (MEU) integrated virtually into the events from Expeditionary Warfare Training Group, Atlantic (EWTGLANT). This training allowed the 26th MEU to increase staff proficiency across various warfighting functions and provided a unique experience to exercise naval interoperability. “This is the first time that a marine expeditionary unit has integrated into a carrier strike group’s COMPTUEX,” said Col. Dennis Sampson, commanding officer of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit. “This COMPTUEX allowed the 26th MEU to partner with Expeditionary Strike Group 2 as a higher echelon command mirroring a marine expedition-

The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) transits the Atlantic Ocean, June 13, 2022. The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (CSG) is underway completing a certification exercise to increase U.S. and allied interoperability and warfighting capability before a future deployment. The George H.W. Bush CSG is an integrated combat weapons system that delivers superior combat capability to deter, and if necessary, defeat America’s adversaries in support of national security. MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST SEAMAN SAMUEL WAGNER) ary brigade or the current Task Force 6½ construct. Exercises like COMPTUEX provide the 26th MEU with a unique opportunity to enhance our core staff competencies across warfighting domains, contributing to the success of the naval expeditionary force within the construct of this exercise. Moreover, as we prepare to deploy with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group, these realistic naval exercises provide opportunities for naval integration and opportunities to strengthen relationships across the amphibious ready group/marine expeditionary unit, while showcasing the relevance and operational capability the ARG/MEU provides to a fleet commander,” Sampson concluded. During COMPTUEX, the strike group also conducted the fourth iteration of the NATO vignette developed by CSG 4 and Combined Joint Operations from the Sea Centre of Excellence (CJOS COE). “The strike group seamlessly executed their transfer of authority during the NATO vignette,” said Vice Adm. Daniel Dwyer, commander of U.S. 2nd Fleet and director of CJOS COE. “These TOAs are an essential component of our activities together, and the importance of the Alliance, especially now, cannot be overstated. The NATO Alliance is stronger than ever, and any opportunity for our forces to train and exercise together increases our ability to integrate when called upon.” NATO vignette refers to a period of time during which a NATO command exercises command and control of exercise participants. The GHWBCSG team rehearsed a transfer of authority (TOA) of

command and control between U.S. 2nd Fleet and Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO), NATO’s rapidly deployable joint headquarters in Portugal. The strike group used NATO reporting procedures, messaging formats and chat capabilities, reinforcing command and control and aligning communications channels to ensure a seamless process in the event of a crisis. NATO vignettes also support the development of interoperability requirements for future force generation and improve allied maritime command and control linkages that are vital in all phases of warfare. “COMPTUEX was a great opportunity for ITS Duilio and the Italian Navy to improve our capability to operate within complex environments,” said Capt. Jacopo Rollo, Caio Duilio’s commanding officer. “This level of cooperation is essential between our navies and to strengthen the relationship and skills of our crews.” Caio Duilio joined the GHWBCSG for COMPTUEX under the Cooperative Deployment Program, which prioritizes defense partnerships and capabilities between the U.S. and bilateral or multilateral partners to increase combined capability. George H.W. Bush provides the national command authority flexible, tailorable warfighting capability as the flagship of a carrier strike group that maintains maritime stability and security to ensure access, deter aggression and defend U.S., allied and partner interests. The GHWBCSG is an integrated combat weapons system that delivers superior combat capability

to deter, and if necessary, defeat America’s adversaries in support of national security. GHWBCSG’s major command elements are the aircraft carrier USS. George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 26, the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55), the Information Warfare Commander, and Italian Navy destroyer ITS Caio Duilio (D 554). The ships of DESRON 26 within the GHWBCSG are USS Nitze (DDG 94), USS Truxtun (DDG 103) homeported in Norfolk, Va. and USS Farragut (DDG 99) and USS Delbert D. Black (DDG 119) homeported in Mayport, Fl. The squadrons of Carrier Air Wing Seven (CVW 7) embarked aboard George H.W. Bush are the “Jolly Rogers” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103, the “Pukin Dogs” of VFA-143, the “Bluetails” of Carrier Airbone Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121, the “Nightdippers” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 5 located in Norfolk, Va.; the “Sidewinders” of VFA-86 and the “Nighthawks” of VFA-136 located in Lemoore, Ca.; the “Patriots” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 140 based in Whidbey Island, Wa; and the “Grandmasters” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 46 located in Mayport, Fl. For more information about George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group, head to Facebook (www. facebook.com/csg10) and (www.facebook.com/ ussgeorgehwbush). Instagram (www.instagram. com/ghwbcvn77). LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/ carrier-strike-group-ten) and (www.linkedin.com/ uss-george-h-w-bush-cvn77).

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Naval Station Norfolk’s Executive Officer, Capt. Janet Days, Fire and Emergency Response personnel take a photo with Camp Fury participants, June 28. Days kicked off the hands-on camp that gives young girls the opportunity to experience various careers in fire, police and military jobs. (KELLY WIRFEL)

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Fire Station 3. “For all of young ladies here today, the skies the limit,” said Days. “If you want to be a firefighter, you can do that. If you want to command a warship, you can do that. If you want to fly aircraft one day, you can do that. So don’t set your limits low, set your limits high and take advantage of the opportunity to be exposed to all this today.” The day started with a tour of the station along with the fire trucks, getting a hands-on experience to the functions

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who will take the region to new heights.” Rock said, “I wish you [Rear Adm. Gray] nothing but the best. I know you will make us even better.” Gray, a former flight officer and a native of Virginia Beach, Va. most recently served as the commander of Navy Region Europe, Africa, Central. He is a 1988 graduate of the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, and briefly served as an investment banker before receiving his commission in June 1989 through the Aviation Officer Candidate program. Gray has logged more than 500 carrier-arrested landings and 2,800

and capabilities. Following the tour of the station and equipment, the girls had the opportunity to watch a live fire/rescue demonstration by fire station personnel on the Crash Trucks. To close out the day, the girls had the opportunity to tour the various aircrafts assigned to NAVSTA Norfolk to include an E-2C Hawkeye and SH-60 Seahawk. The tours were led by the females explaining what they did for the aircrafts, how they operation and what it was like being a female in the Navy. “My entire team was excited to host the camp again, especially after not being able

to do so the last two years due to COVID,” said Tony Sickell, District Fire Chief for NAVSTA Norfolk and NSA Hampton

Roads. “It’s always a good day when we can expose our future leaders to various careers such as being a firefighter or serving in the military.”

flight hours in tactical aircraft. Gray’s assignments at shore and at sea are extensive. At sea, he served as commanding officer of assignments with several Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadrons (VAW) as well as commanding officer of Norfolk-based VAW 124 before reporting as the operations officer aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower for back-to-back deployments to the Arabian Gulf during Operation Enduring Freedom. On shore, Gray’s assignments include a tour with the Royal Australian Air Force as part of the Personnel Exchange Program, E-2C/C-2A Aviation Training Systems Assistant Program Manager, military legislative assistant to the Chairman, House Appropriations Military Construction Subcommittee, legislative

affairs officer to U.S. Central Command, plans director at Navy Warfare Development Command, commanding officer of Naval Support Activity. Naples, Italy, chief of staff at Navy Region Southeast, commanding officer, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, executive assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment, and chief of staff for Navy Installations Command. Gray served as Commander, Navy Region Northwest from June 2018 to March 2020. “I want to congratulate my great friend on a job well done,” Gray said, “The Region Mid-Atlantic team is superbly talented and it is obvious they are hitting on all cylinders — your leadership and the continuity you have provided are the driving reason for the terrific success

this region has enjoyed.” “Our Navy installations are the springboard from which all war fighting readiness emanates and our forces, warfighters, and families are supported and sustained. As I reflect on the challenges we face, I ask my team to think not about our limitations, but instead of the possibilities for the Navy and our Region,” Gray said. “Our mission is clear. We are here to serve the needs of the fleet and will always strive to deliver those essential services that enable our readiness and ensure our future success.” As the naval shore installation management headquarters for the Mid-Atlantic region, CNRMA provides coordination of base operating support functions for forces throughout the region in support of the Fleet, Fighter and Family.

Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technicians Erin Virnelson and Jason Rubio show Camp Fury participants the various parts of the fire truck. Naval Station (NAVSTA) Norfolk’s Fire and Emergency Services hosted ten Girl Scouts of America members as part of Camp Fury, June 28. Camp Fury is a hands-on camp that gives young girls the opportunity to experience various careers in fire, police and military jobs.(KELLY WIRFEL)

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WASHINGTON NAVY YARD — Seventy-eight years after its loss during World War II, the U.S. Navy confirmed June 25, 2022, the location of USS Samuel B. Roberts (DE 413). As announced on Twitter June 24 by retired naval officer and underwater explorer Victor Vescovo, he and a team from the undersea technology company Caladan Oceanic located the destroyer escort ship more than four miles beneath the surface in the Philippine Sea. Vescovo tweeted, “With sonar specialist Jeremie Morizet, I piloted the submersible Limiting Factor to the wreck of the Samuel B. Roberts (DE 413). Resting at 6,895 meters, it is now the deepest shipwreck ever located and surveyed. It was indeed the ‘destroyer escort that fought like a battleship.’ ” USS Samuel B. Roberts (DE 413) was the first ship named for Coxswain Samuel Booker Roberts, Jr., who was killed in the Battle of Guadalcanal. Commissioned April 28, 1944, the destroyer escort was lost that same year during the Battle off Samar when it, along with several other U.S. warships, engaged Japanese forces off the Philippine coast and selflessly put itself in harm’s way to protect U.S. invasion forces in Leyte Gulf. “USS Samuel B. Roberts was lost in one of the most valiant actions in the history of the U.S. Navy,” said Naval History and Heritage Command Director Samuel Cox, a retired rear admiral. “The gallantry of her crew

serves to inspire U.S. Navy personnel today, knowing they are entrusted with upholding the legacy and example of this ship and crew.” Now that USS Samuel B. Roberts (DE 413) has been positively identified, the wrecksite is considered a Department of the Navy sunken military craft protected from unauthorized disturbance by the Sunken Military Craft Act (SMCA). Violations of the SMCA can carry penalties of up to $100,000 a day, confiscation of the vessel used to disturb the sunken military craft, and liability for damages caused. Permission to disturb U.S. Navy sunken military craft for archaeological, historical, or educational purposes is sought from the Naval History and Heritage Command. There are no plans to disturb USS Samuel B. Roberts (DE 413). “The site of the wreck marks the location of a hallowed war grave,” Cox added. “It serves to remind all Americans of the great cost born by previous generations for the freedom we should not take for granted today.” More than 40 years after the ship’s historic actions in WWII, the story of DE 413 and its crew’s heroism inspired another generation of Sailors serving on a ship with the same name. A bronze plaque commemorating the crew of DE 413 was aboard the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) when the ship struck an Iranian mine in the Persian Gulf April 14, 1988. The mine blew a 15-foot hole in the hull of the ship, breaking its keel.

Because of the fast actions of the crew, after a five-hour effort to purge water and fight fires, the ship was saved. The captain of the vessel, Cmdr. Paul Rinn, noted that while running to their stations to save the ship, the FFG crew would touch the plaque for good luck to honor and recognize the bravery of the crew of DE 413. The plaque is now in the collection at the National Museum of the U.S. Navy at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. It reads: “In Memory of Those Who Have Sailed Before Us/USS Samuel B. Roberts (DE-413)/LCDR R. W. Copeland, Commanding Officer.” The remainder of the plaque includes the names of the original crew of the USS Samuel B. Roberts (DE 413). Naval History and Heritage Command, located at the Washington Navy Yard, is responsible for preserving, analyzing, and disseminating U.S. naval history and heritage. It provides the knowledge foundation for the Navy by maintaining historically relevant resources and products that reflect the Navy’s unique and enduring contributions through our nation’s history and supports the fleet by assisting with and delivering professional research, analysis, and interpretive services. NHHC is composed of many activities, including the Navy Department Library, the Navy Operational Archives, the Navy art and artifact collections, underwater archeology, Navy histories, ten museums, USS Constitution repair facility, and the historic ship Nautilus. For more news from Naval History and Heritage Command, visit www.history.navy.mil.

Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), in coordination with Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC), awarded a major contract June 30 to privatize the wastewater utility system for Naval Station (NS) Mayport, Florida. American Water Military Services, LLC (AWMS) was awarded the contract. In 2023, AWMS will assume ownership of the utility system and infrastructure as well as operate and maintain the system while providing utility services to the Navy. Under the Department of the Navy (DON) Utilities Privatization (UP) Pilot Program, AWMS will collect and provide for disposal of domestic and oily-waste water discharge and provide significant rehabilitation of the wastewater treatment plant (WWTP). The period of performance of the UP service contract is 50 years. According to the DON’s economic analysis, this UP provides a cost avoidance of approximately $65 million over the life of the contract. “Naval Station Mayport is a great example of how installations can work together with the system owners to achieve resilient and reliable utilities,” said DLA Energy Utility Services Director Martha Gray. “We are both pleased and excited to award our first Navy Utilities Privatization contract.” Naval Station Mayport is the third-largest naval surface fleet concentration in the United States with the current wastewater utility system serving more than 14,500 personnel. The purpose of entering into the UP Pilot Program is to upgrade the wastewater utility system and comply with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and Clean Water Act regulations, while realizing cost savings. “It has been a long process,” said NS Mayport Commanding Officer Capt. Jason Canfield. “There have been 12 studies and projects completed since 2010 that have gotten us to where we are today. I am proud of the dedication and hard work our Navy team has done to finalize this requirement which will lead to our system coming into compliance.” Naval Station Mayport owns and operates a 2.0 million gallon per day (MGD) WWTP that discharges to the Lower St. Johns River (LSJR). The plant treats all wastewater generated at NS Mayport, including the ships in port, and is regulated under two separate NPDES permits. The Navy is one of 30 local stakeholders discharging to the LSJR who participated in the Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP) that was finalized in 2008, adopted into Florida law, and implemented through the NPDES permit program. The Navy has been under a Consent Order (CO) from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) for noncompliance with total nitrogen (TN) permit discharge limits which requires final compliance by September 1, 2023. Turn to Wastewater, Page 7

Wagging tails and smiling faces: Therapy dogs bring comfort to Medical Center staff By Michelle Cornell

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CAMP LEJEUNE , Nc. — Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune staff are receiving comfort and support from four-legged friends. For the past several months, Beasley the Basset Hound, has been making her rounds in her Red Cross volunteer vest, providing treats for humans in the form of pets and cuddles. Beasley’s owner is a member of the Alliance of Therapy Dogs [ATD], an international registry of certified therapy dogs. NMCCL’s Patient Safety Office reached out to the organization during the facility’s transition to MHS GENESIS, the Military Health System’s new structure for electronic health records. “To prepare for the launch of MHS GENESIS, I had been meeting with other MTF [Military Treatment Facility] staff to see what helped during their transitions, and I heard others had used therapy dogs,” said Jennifer Cruz, patient safety manager for NMCCL. “I reached out to the ATD, and they contacted their local network. We got about four to five people interested, and their first visit was on our launch date.” The launch of MHS GENESIS took place on March 19, 2022. The transition created an additional workload for a team that had been fighting COVID-19 and coping with staffing shortages for the past two years. “As a patient safety manager, one of my Turn to Therapy dogs, Page 7

Beasley and her owner make a stop to visit with staff from the Emergency Department. (PETTY OFFICER 2ND CLASS MICHAEL MOLINA)


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Shooting the Move: PCS season’s a gamble By Lisa Smith Molinari It’s that time of year again, when thousands of military families box up their lives and throw the dice. Unfortunately, moving is a gamble. No matter how much you plan and prepare, something always gets lost, stolen or broken. You can only hope that it’s that ugly microwave cart that you’ve always hated. Our first mover’s name was “Rusty,” a swarthy old truck driver, who’d seen many a move. Over lunch, he sat on the hydraulic platform on his rig telling stories. “Even back in my drinkin’ days,” he boasted with a mouthful of ham and cheese, “Never had a late delivery. Why, one time after a fifth of Wild Turkey, I drove from Mississippi clear into Texas and had absolutely no recollection of it.” As we watched him drive off with our priceless belongings, we prayed that he’d stay off the sauce. The next two moves were without incident, but things began to go awry during our move from England to Virginia. Our English movers were friendly mates, requesting fish, chips and lager for lunch. They ate at our kitchen table with us like one big happy family. At the end of the day we bid them “tarah” with warm smiles, and they drove away with our neatly packed belongings. Only later did we realize that they’d “nicked”

our telly. With a toddler and a new baby, we bought our first house in Virginia and scheduled a “full unpack.” When the truck arrived (two hours late), I asked the foreman, “We’ll cover lunch … does your crew prefer sandwiches or —” “We’ll take fried chicken, biscuits, gravy, mashed potatoes and sweet tea,” the foreman interrupted. Envisioning disgruntled movers breaking my Polish pottery, I spent a small fortune at the local deli filling their demands. During lunch, a crew person introduced himself. “Hello Ma’am, I’m Mohammed. Today’s Ramadan — would you mind if I found a quiet place to pray somewhere here today?” “Of course,” I said. “Mi casa es su casa!” Later that afternoon, my arm was numb from carrying the baby. Needing a private place to get her down for a nap, I laid down with a blanket and a baby monitor in the spare bedroom’s well-ventilated closet, closed the door, and began nursing. Ten minutes later, she’d drifted off to sleep, when I heard the spare bedroom door open, and a rhythmic chant began. Peeking through the closet door slats, I saw Mohammed, kneeling and deep in prayer. “What should I do?” I thought. “Walk out of this closet and surprise him, or wait it out

with the baby?” In the end, my nap-time freedom outweighed Mohammed’s sacred privacy. “Howdy, Mohammed!” I popped my head out of the closet. “I’ll just scoot on out of here and leave you in peace. Toodaloo!” Years later, we were naively hopeful for a problem-free move to Germany. After supplying doughnuts, coffee, lunch, cold drinks, storage bags, markers and tape, I watched out a window in horror. A crew member formed a little hammock with his shirt and filled it with nuts and bolts from our disassembled bicycles. He carried them over to the truck, and threw them into a wooden crate between furniture and boxes. I ran outside and protested, reminding him of the baggies I gave him for this purpose. “Trust me Ma’am,” he replied. “When you get to your new place, just shake the paper at the bottom of the crate out. You’ll see, all the pieces’ll be there.” Of course, they were not. Two years after my husband’s irreplaceable military Challenge Coin collection was stolen during our move to Florida, we arrived in Rhode Island, home to the Patriarca Mafia Crime Family and its boss, Anthony “Spucky” Spagnola. With the highest percentage of Italian-Americans, the tiniest state’s unofficial motto is “I know a guy.” So, it shouldn’t have come as a surprise when our moving crew “lost” Francis’ expensive cross-training bicycle and our Persian living room rug. Chances are something will go wrong during PCS moves, so should we stop planning and preparing? Of course not. Take the gamble, but take comfort that one thing’s for certain: That ugly microwave cart will always survive.

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Adoption or foster parenting are loving ways to give a child a home. Both require a lot of thought and planning, particularly for military families. You can support the military family in your life by being aware of the unique bumps they may encounter, and learning about resources that can help smooth the way toward adoption or foster parenting. Considerations in foster parenting and adoption for military families Frequent moves and deployments are among the factors military families should plan for in considering adoption or foster care. • Moving. The adoption process is typically a long one, requiring home visits, background checks and lots of paperwork. Background checks are required at each location where a family has lived, so if the military family in your life has moved a lot, the process may take longer. It’s best to start the process with ample time before the next PCS move. Moving midway through the adoption process can hold things up and the family may have to repeat some costly steps in their new location. Foster families are licensed by the state, so those considering foster parenting should apply well

before their next PCS move. Your loved one can learn more by researching state resources for both adoption and foster parenting. • Living overseas. Both foreign and U.S. adoptions are possible when living overseas, though it’s a good idea to find an adoption agency that works with U.S. citizens living abroad. The adoption agency or the military law enforcement office at your loved one’s overseas duty station may be able to help with required criminal background checks. • Deployment. If deployed during the adoption process, it’s important that your service member keep command informed. Leadership may be able to adjust dates to accommodate adoption or foster care requirements. The partner at home may be able to use their power of attorney for some parts of the adoption or foster process. Your loved ones can check with their military legal services office about legal requirements. Adoption information and resources are available on Childwelfare.gov. The site also has a topic area for foster care, including contact information for state foster care program managers. Defense Department support for foster parents and military adoptions The DOD provides access to the following to

make the process go more smoothly. • Military OneSource adoption specialty consultants. Adoption specialty consultants are specially trained in military adoptions and foster care. They can walk parents through the process for either, provide referrals and answer questions. Military OneSource also offers information about overseas adoptions, adopting children with special needs, kinship adoptions and more. Your service member can schedule a free consultation by calling 800-342-9647. • Adoption expenses reimbursement. The military reimburses service members for eligible adoption expenses of $2,000 per child not to exceed $5,000 per calendar year. • Military dependent benefits. Adopted or foster children are eligible for TRICARE health care and other benefits when a service member gains legal custody or guardianship, but they must first enroll the child in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System. Information about enrolling a new family member in DEERS is available through Military OneSource, 800-342-9647. • Family leave. New adoptive parents may be authorized up to 21 days of leave apart from their regular leave. • Child development and youth programs. Foster children may participate in military child development and youth programs along with their peers. If a military family in your life is considering adoption or foster care, your knowledge of the process will allow you to cheer them on along their path and encourage them to tap into the resources that will smooth any bumps along the way.

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Lt. Ronnie Balvin, from Dillonvale, Ohio, stands watch on the bridge as the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) departs from Naval Base Guam after a scheduled port visit. Ronald Reagan, the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 5, provides a combat-ready force that protects and defends the United States, and supports alliances, partnerships and collective maritime interests in the Indo-Pacific region. (MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS CALEB DYAL)

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Commander, Task Force 70 / Carrier Strike Group 5

SANTA RITA, Guam — The U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) departed Naval Base Guam, June 27, following a scheduled four-day port visit to the island. Ronald Reagan arrived in Guam June 23, after participating in Valiant Shield 2022, a U.S.-only, biennial field training exercise (FTX) focused on integration of joint training in a multi-domain environment. “The core of our mission in the Indo-Pacific is maintaining and strengthening our partnerships and alliances in the region,” said Rear Adm. Michael Donnelly,

commander, Task Force 70, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5. “Being able to properly execute a port visit is a vital part of that mission and something we have not been able to do for quite some time. I am extremely proud of our Sailors and immensely impressed by the people of Guam, without them this visit would not have been as successful as it was.” During the port visit, Sailors from Ronald Reagan, the embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5 and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 staffs, participated in community relations projects such as volunteering at an animal shelter and thrift store. Reagan Sailors also joined Naval Base Guam Sailors to clean up

Gov. Joseph Flores Memorial Beach Park, Jun 25. “I feel like I contributed to better living conditions [for] these animals,” said Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Danilo Altamirano, a Sailor assigned to Ronald Reagan’s dental department who volunteered at Guam Animals In Need animal shelter. “It was a great opportunity for the Navy and command to show our appreciation to Guam.” Sailors were also able to experience the local scenery and attractions through tours offered by the ship’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) department. Hikes to the southern tip of the island, golf at Andersen Air Force Base, paddle boarding tours,

and ATV tours were some of the opportunities provided by MWR. “We are extremely grateful to the people of Guam for their incredible hospitality and support,” said Capt. Fred Goldhammer, Ronald Reagan’s commanding officer. “While on liberty, the crew had an opportunity to thoroughly enjoy all the beautiful sites, outdoor recreation opportunities, cultural tours and a chance to participate in local community relations events. We will all fondly remember our visit.” Units joining the strike group during the visit to Guam included the guided-missile destroyer USS Higgins (DDG 76) and guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54). The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. U.S. 7th Fleet is the largest numbered fleet in the world, and with the help of 35 other maritime-nation allies and partners, the U.S. Navy has operated in the Indo-Pacific region for more than 70 years, providing credible, ready forces to help preserve peace and prevent conflict.


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Naval Special Warfare Sailors play in a joint softball game with San Diego Padres alumni in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Navy SEAL Teams at Turner Field on Naval Amphibious Base Coronado. Since 1962, Naval Special Warfare has been the nation’s highly reliable and lethal maritime special operations force - always ready to conduct full-spectrum operations, unilaterally or with partners, in support of national objectives and uniquely positioned to extend the Fleet’s reach by delivering all-domain options for naval and joint force commanders. (MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 1ST CLASS ALEX SMEDEGARD)

NSW Hosts San Diego Padres Alumni Softball Game By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Daniel Gaither CORONADO, Calif. — Naval Special Warfare Command hosted a softball game featuring San Diego Padres’ alumni, Navy SEALs, Naval Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewman, and combat support personnel at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado June 30. This year’s annual softball game honored the Navy SEAL teams’ 60 years of proud warfighting heritage in addition to the high standards, unique capabilities, and strength and diversity found across the Naval Special Warfare community today. “Celebrating the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Navy SEAL teams alongside one of our most respected and patriotic community partners, the San Diego Padres, is an absolute honor,” said Force Master Chief Bill King, Naval Special Warfare Command.

“Our Naval Special Warfare Sailors, like the ones you see out on the field today, are our greatest strength, and we are thankful for the opportunity to provide an entertaining game today that allows our servicemembers and their families a chance to unwind and engage in America’s favorite pastime.” The event marked the seventh softball game between U.S. Navy and Padres alumni, but with a new twist. This year, Padres alumni and Naval Special Warfare Sailors were mixed amongst the two competing teams, each wearing jerseys representing the Padre’s colors, yellow and brown. “It’s exciting to be able to play against some of the legends that are household names in our community,” said Lt. Zachary Reed. “I’m honored to be selected for this event and grateful that the Padres could share their time with us, especially in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Navy SEAL teams.” Notable Padres alumni participants

included Trevor Hoffman, Andy Ashby, Mark Loretta, and Carlos Hernandez. Force Master Chief King threw out the ceremonial first pitch to begin the game. To honor Naval Special Warfare families for their support to their loved ones, the Padres alumni chose two children of a deployed special operator to announce “Play ball!,” at the game’s commencement. Padres public address announcer Alex Miniak read each player’s name and provided live play-by-play commentary during the game. The bats rang early as the brown team took a commanding 6-0 lead after two innings. The yellow team quickly bounced back and shortened the lead to 6-4. Each team would continue to trade home runs in an impressive display of offense. Ultimately, the brown team’s bats proved too strong as they pulled away late to seal an 18-10 victory. Service members on base, along with their

families, were treated to food, kids activities, ticket giveaways, live entertainment and a meet-and-greet with members of the Padres alumni team. “The Padres are fantastic partners always doing great things in the community to build happiness within the areas that we call home,” said Reed. “It’s great to be able to share experiences like this with my family as they also make major sacrifices. Being away from home for long stints isn’t just hard on servicemembers, it’s hard on families too. We’re blessed for the opportunity to be able to share the day with our families.” According to the Major League Baseball website, the Padres organization is widely recognized as “the team of the military” throughout professional sports for its longstanding support of the armed forces and its personnel since becoming the first sports team to establish a military affairs department in 1995. Since 1962, Naval Special Warfare has been the nation’s highly reliable and lethal maritime special operations force — always ready to conduct full-spectrum operations, unilaterally or with partners, in support of national objectives and uniquely positioned to extend the Fleet’s reach by delivering all-domain options for naval and joint force commanders.

USNCC, ASU Begin First Military Studies Classes By Chief Petty Officer Alexander Gamble U.S. Naval Community College

QUANTICO, Va. — The U.S. Naval Community College, in partnership with Arizona State University, began its first classes for the Associate of Arts in Military Studies June 29, 2022. This is one of the first two associate degree programs offered by the USNCC which provides active duty enlisted Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen an opportunity to earn a naval-relevant associate degree. “This degree program allows our enlisted service members an opportunity to better understand their role in the larger geopolitical environment,” said USNCC’s President Randi R. Cosentino, Ed.D. “Our goal is to ensure our men and women in uniform become more agile, innovative, and adaptable leaders. Working with our consortium partners, we are able to provide quality education opportunities that enhance the Department of the Navy’s operational readiness and improve our warfighting capabilities. We do this by investing in our people.” The USNCC’s consortium model of education means that the USNCC teaches the five Naval Studies Certificate courses and the partner institution teaches the other courses that make up the associate degree. This allows the naval services to have a flexible, scalable model of education to meet the needs of the services while providing a quality education to the Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen who earn their degree through the consortium. “The U.S. Naval Community College understands the tremendous value of higher education and how it positively impacts those who pursue it,” said Cheryl Hyman,

The U.S. Naval Community College, in partnership with Arizona State University, began its first classes for the Associate of Arts in Military Studies June 29, 2022. This is one of the first two associate degree programs offered by the USNCC which provides active duty enlisted Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen an opportunity to earn a naval-relevant associate degree. This was created using a composition of text, shapes, and images. (CHIEF MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST XANDER GAMBLE)

ASU Vice Provost for Academic Alliances. “As the most innovative university in the U.S., known for its unwavering support to the Department of Defense, defense research, and our nation’s veterans, we are proud to work with the USNCC to help develop DOD civilians, Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guard members. “We expect participants will gain a lot from this valuable program, and we hope many will take advantage of this wonderful

opportunity.” The Associate of Arts in Military Studies has the Naval Studies Certificate embedded into the program, along with the Certificate in Military Studies. “It’s not about where you start, it’s about where you end,” said the USNCC’s command senior enlisted leader, Sgt. Maj. Mike Hensley. “In the service, we conduct regular physical fitness training. This helps us get stronger and grows our physical capabilities. Educa-

tion does this for our minds. As we do sets and reps in our courses, we become intellectually stronger which makes us more capable warriors in the 21st century warfare areas.” The United States Naval Community College is the official community college for the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. To get more information about the USNCC, go to www.usncc.edu. Click on the Inquire Now link to learn how to be a part of the USNCC Pilot II program.

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RIMPAC 2022 Officially Starts

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JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR HICKAM, Hawaii. — The U.S. Navy launched the 28th edition of the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), the world’s largest international maritime exercise, today. Twenty-six nations, 38 surface ships, four submarines, nine national land forces, more than 30 unmanned systems, approximately 170 aircraft and more than 25,000 personnel will train and operate in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California, June 29 to Aug. 4. Following RIMPAC’s theme of Capable Adaptive Partners, RIMPAC forces will exercise a wide range of capabilities, projecting the inherent flexibility of maritime forces and helping to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific. RIMPAC 2022 Commander, Vice Admiral Michael Boyle, welcomed participants during a kick-off gathering of leaders from across the RIMPAC force.

“By coming together as Capable, Adaptive Partners, and in the scale that we are, we are making a statement about our commitment to work together, to foster and sustain those relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of the sea lanes and the security of the world’s interconnected oceans,” said Boyle. “This is also how we find the areas where our national objectives overlap, where we can practice the procedures that will help to enable our interchangeability —the nexus of national will and interoperability.” Royal Canadian Navy Rear Adm. Christopher Robinson will serve as deputy commander of the CTF, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Rear Adm. Toshiyuki Hirata as the vice commander, and Fleet Marine Force will be led by U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Joseph Clearfield. Other key leaders of the multinational force will include Commodore Paul O’Grady of the Royal Australian Navy, who will command the maritime component, and Brig. Gen. Mark Goulden of the Royal Canadian Air

Force, who will command the air component. For the first time, the Republic of Korea Rear Adm. Sangmin An will serve as the Commander of Combined Task Force (CTF) 176, RIMPAC’s amphibious task force. Republic of Singapore Navy Col. Kwan Hon Chuong will serve as the Sea Combat Commander for CTF 176, and Royal Australian Navy Capt. Michael Osborn CSM will serve as the Sea Logistics Commander, CTF 173. This marks the first time the newly commissioned Royal Australian Navy Supply Class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment ship HMAS Supply will participate in an international exercise, carrying-out replenishments at seas with participating navies. This year’s exercise program will include gunnery, missile, anti-submarine and air defense exercises, as well as amphibious, counter-piracy, mine clearance, explosive ordnance disposal, diving and salvage operations. Additionally, the exercise will also introduce space and cyber operations for all partner nations.

“It’s great to see the exercise return to the scale that we have seen in previous years, enabling the combined forces of our 26 partner and allied nations to work together and learn from each other,” said RIMPAC CTF Deputy Commander Rear Adm. Christopher Robinson of the Royal Canadian Navy. “We are each maritime nations and we rely on each other to help keep our sea lanes free and open. “RIMPAC provides us with the opportunity to grow and refine our individual and combined abilities, and our joint capacity to contribute to security in the Indo-Pacific region. This helps us all.” Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ RimofthePacific Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ rimofthepacific Twitter: https://twitter.com/RimofthePacific DVIDS: https://www.dvidshub.net/ feature/RIMPAC2022 Website: https://www.cpf.navy.mil/ RIMPAC/ Yo u t u b e : w w w. y o u t u b e . c o m / c / RIMPAC2022 #RIMPAC2022 #CapableAdaptivePartners

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Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) Mid-Atlantic

NORFOLK, Va. — Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Mid-Atlantic (NAVFAC MIDLANT) awarded Sauer Construction LLC, Jacksonville, Florida, a $30,848,000 firmfixed-price task order under a multiple award construction contract for airfield and center mat pavement repairs at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina. The work to be performed provides for replacement of asphalt/concrete runway with new concrete for Runways 23L and 32R, and full depth repairs to center mat to support future F-35 operations. All work will be performed in Havelock, North Carolina, and is expected to be completed by July 2024. Fiscal year 2022 operation and maintenance (Marine Corps) funding in the amount of $30,848,000 will be obligated at time of award,

and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via www.SAM.gov, with three offers received. NAVFAC MIDLANT, Cherry Point, North Carolina, is the contracting activity (N4008520-D-0035). NAVFAC MIDLANT provides facilities engineering, public works and environmental products and services across an area of responsibility that spans from South Carolina to Maine, and as far west as Indiana. As an integral member of the Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic team, MIDLANT provides leadership through the Regional Engineer organization to ensure the region’s facilities and infrastructure are managed efficiently and effectively. For additional information about NAVFAC MIDLANT on social media, follow our activities on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ navfacmidatlantic and on Instagram @navfacmidatlantic.

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Sailors aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsage conduct damage control training on a ventilation fan during a toxic gas drill in the hangar bay. Kearsarge is the command ship of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (COURTESY PHOTO)

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USS Kearsarge (LHD 3)

BREST, France - The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), flagship of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), arrived in Brest, France, on June 30, 2022, to complete a scheduled maintenance availability period and to strengthen relations with a key NATO ally. The strong relationship between the French and American navies goes back to the American War of Independence, and the Kearsarge is honored to be able to commemorate Independence Day with our French allies. The maintenance period, termed a mid-deployment voyage repair (MDVR), allows the ship to complete corrective and preventative maintenance that cannot be done while at sea. This necessary work allows the ship and her crew to continue their mission in the U.S. Naval Forces Europe (NAVEUR) area of operations. “Kearsarge is thankful to the French Navy and the city of Brest for welcoming us,” said Capt. Tom Foster, commanding officer of USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). “We are at the mid-point of our deployment and will execute much needed repairs, upkeep and re-supply while in port. We appreciate the cooperative relationships between our two

countries as we work together to provide support to our NATO allies and partners, and ensure peace in the region.” Since arriving in theater in March 2022, the Kearsarge ARG and 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) have participated in a wide array of exercises and operations with partners and allies throughout the U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa (NAVEURNAVAF) area of operations. Kearsarge has operated primarily in northern European waters, conducting port visits in Tromsø, Norway; Tallinn, Estonia; and Stockholm, Sweden while participating in a bilateral training event in Norway, exercises Hedgehog 22 and BALTOPS 22, and NATO vigilance activity Neptune Shield 22. Many of these exercises and activities have brought Kearsarge together with elements of the French military. The visit to Brest provides yet another opportunity to learn from and gain a deeper understanding of French culture and history. While in port in Brest, the crew will conduct Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) trips across France to the Musee D-Day Omaha, Normandy American Cemetery, Mount Saint Michel, and the Omaha Beach Memorial. ARG and MEU leaders will participate in a visit with the French Commander of Atlantic Maritime Zone,

VAE Olivier Lebas. On July 4th, together with French authorities and representatives from the U.S. Consulate in Rennes, USS Kearsarge will participate in a wreath laying ceremony at the American Battlefield Monuments Commissions’ Naval Monument at Brest, which honors the more than 700,000 American service members who transited the port of Brest during World War I. The original American Naval Monument was destroyed by the Nazis during their occupation of Brest and rebuilt by the United States after World War II. “The mid-deployment voyage repair is our time to reset the force,” said Col. Paul Merida, commanding officer of the 22nd MEU. “We see the MDVR as an opportunity to get off the ship and train whenever possible, conduct vehicle, equipment and weapons maintenance, ensure that our gear and property is accounted for as well as improving administrative, medical and dental readiness. Ideally, the MDVR also offers a chance for the Marines to get some time off-shore to reflect on the history of the region while building an appreciation for the local population and French culture.” The Kearsarge ARG and embarked 22nd MEU are under the command and control of Task Force 6½. The ARG consists of Waspclass amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge

(LHD 3); San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24); and Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44). Embarked commands with the Kearsarge ARG include Amphibious Squadron SIX, 22nd MEU, Fleet Surgical Team 2, Fleet Surgical Team 4, Tactical Air Control Squadron 22, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 22, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 28, Assault Craft Unit 2, Assault Craft Unit 4, Naval Beach Group 2, and Beach Master Unit 2. Amphibious ready groups and larger amphibious task forces provide military commanders a wide range of flexible capabilities including maritime security operations, expeditionary power projection, strike operations, forward naval presence, crisis response, sea control, deterrence, counter-terrorism, information operations, security cooperation and counter-proliferation, and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. For over 80 years, U.S. Naval Forces Europ e - U. S . Nav a l Forc e s Af r ic a (NAVEUR-NAVAF) has forged strategic relationships with allies and partners, leveraging a foundation of shared values to preserve security and stability. Headquar tered in Naples, Italy, NAVEUR-NAVAF operates U.S. naval forces in the U.S. European Command (USEUCOM) and U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM) areas of responsibility. U.S. Sixth Fleet is permanently assigned to NAVEUR-NAVAF, and employs maritime forces through the full spectrum of joint and naval operations.

Seabees and EOD Personnel Integrate with CSG 10 during ExR-ADR Exercise By Jeffrey Pierce

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HAVELOCK, Nc. — Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1 and NMCB 11 along with four members from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 12 conducted an Expeditionary Airfield Damage Repair (ExR-ADR) exercise at Marine Corps Outlying Field (MCOLF) Oak Grove in North Carolina, June 23. The purpose of this event was to showcase integration of fleet and NECC forces, and to validate the updated ExR-ADR Tactical Memorandum (TACMEMO). NMCB 1 and NMCB 11 personnel traveled from Gulfport, MS to MCOLF Oak Grove while EODMU 12 personnel flew in from the deck of the USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10 courtesy of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 5. Three members from Navy Expeditionary Warfare Development Center (EXWDC) traveled from Little Creek, VA to observe the exercise forExR-ADR TACMEMO validation criteria. Once all personnel were assembled, Exercise Officer in Charge, Lt. Zachery Christensen from NMCB 11 outlined the scheme of maneuver to help ensure a successful exercise after several months of planning.

Data captured by unmanned aircraft systems or drones is examined during an Expeditionary Airfield Damage Repair (ExR-ADR) exercise at Marine Corps Outlying Field (MCOLF) Oak Grove in North Carolina, June 23. The data collected allowed for accurate mapping of runway damage and the location of unexploded ordnance. The purpose of this event was to showcase integration of fleet and NECC forces, and to validate the updated ExR-ADR Tactical Memorandum. (JEFFREY PIERCE)

“During development of the exercise the EOD OIC, Lt. Andrew Sikora, and I were able to sync up on important details to ensure successful operations.” Christensen said. To simulate damage caused by an attack on the airfield, outlines of craters and spalls were created in advance and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Chief, Calvin Quinn, placed dummy artillery shells and antipersonnel mines to represent unexploded ordnance (UXO). Once the scene was set, Seabees and EODMU 12 personnel used their unmanned aircraft systems or drones to scan the runway. The drones were able to send a live video feed back to the team which allowed them to map the runway damage and locate the UXO for disposal. Once complete, damage assessment teams (DAT) were sent out to measure the width and depth of the craters and spalls to ensure they have the correct equipment and enough personnel and raw materials to complete the repairs.

At the conclusion of the exercise, it was time to evaluate their performance and the way ahead for future ExR-ADR exercises. “We showed CSG-10 and associated teams that the NCF can push out quickly and provide actionable data that decision makers can use for effective course of action development,” Christensen said. “It was very rewarding seeing different teams come together for a common goal. Working with CSG-10, HSC-5, and EODMU 12 was not a simple task, as everyone has conflicting schedules and priorities, but everyone put forth an effort to make it work. We also couldn’t have succeeded without Range Safety Officer (RSO) ENS Haduong, Platoon Chief EAC Atwater, and the dedicated Seabees of NCG 2 who brought crucial skillsets to the table.” However, Christensen feels there are other efforts to pursue that will likely be faced in a real-world scenario. ”As the Naval Construction Force unit on

scene we were able to provide EOD with expectations on Civil Engineer Support Equipment (CESE) availability for buried UXO mitigation efforts. In fact, that’s an area both teams are interested in pursuing in the future. Underground UXO would require up-armored CESE in order to uncover and render safe. This type of scenario could be quite common in the realworld and something both teams are keen on practicing in the near future.” According to Christensen, during the exercise they were able to highlight some strengths and weaknesses with the current TACMEMO, specifically as it relates to working alongside an EOD unit. “We were able to see the time constraints imposed by UXO mitigation and how they can cascade to increased timeline for damage surveillance and repair,” Christensen said. “I believe the data we collected will be invaluable for future ops and development of the TACMEMO.”

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Wastewater from Page 1

“We had planned for years to secure a military construction (MILCON) project to replace the wastewater treatment plant at NS Mayport,” said Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Southeast Environmental Director Mary Oxendine. Feasibility studies and other projects were conducted to determine the preferred course of action for NS Mayport to comply with permit limits and to identify viable options to maximize the energy efficiency and sustainability of the wastewater collection and treatment system. “Going the MILCON route ended up being cost prohibitive, so we investigated the use of a UP contract,” said Oxendine. “In the long run, this is the best use of the taxpayers’ money to bring the facility into compliance and meet the FDEP CO deadline.” ”This is not the first time NAVFAC Southeast has looked at UP as a contract tool,” said NAVFAC Southeast Utilities and Energy Management Director Kevin Roye. “We currently have five UPs in the southeast. They include Key West (water and wastewater), Meridian (electric), Kingsville (electric)

and Corpus Christi (electric). Naval Station Mayport will be the sixth.” The contract is a unique partnership between NAVFAC and DLA Energy. The DLA Energy team brings significant experience and expertise in the execution of UP projects within the Department of Defense (DoD). NAVFAC serves as the UP Program Office lead for planning, requirements development, budgeting, Program Objective Memorandum (POM) development, programming and project management in addition to enterprise portfolio management. DLA Energy Utility Services helps military services coordinate and consolidate DoD privatization efforts such as gas lines, electrical distribution systems, water and wastewater systems, and thermal systems. In the utilities privatization process, military installations shift from the role of owner-operator to that of smart utility service customers. ”This effort took a lot of coordination with an excellent partner and we are very pleased to have a good outcome. This contract will bring a lot of value to the Navy, its sailors, and personnel at Mayport,” said Gray. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with the Navy for many years to come. DLA Energy anticipates a long and successful relationship with its new Navy partner.”

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primary roles is culture of safety, and when our staff are stressed out, they don’t operate at their highest level. Stress affects performance,” Cruz explained. Therapy dogs have been used nationally to help health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the American Heart Association’s website, the use of therapy dogs has shown to improve mental health in the work environment, “Therapy dogs are proven to help: reduce work-related stress, help increase productivity, manage anxiety, increase activity and provide a sense of togetherness.” Beasley’s owner, Donald Ingram, was one of the first handlers to visit NMCCL during the MHS GENESIS rollout. Ingram visits NMCCL on a weekly basis with one of his four, rescue Bassett Hounds who are each certified therapy dogs. As a retired U.S. Navy Officer, Ingram says he has a particular interest in working with and supporting the military community. “In my experience, doing therapy dog work for six years, they are very well received in the community,” Ingram said. “I think the vast majority of people love to interact with the dogs, and it is almost always a positive experience for

people. It’s a stress relief to do something different and enjoyable during the stressful workday.” Ingram says he hopes to continue visiting NMCCL, and Medical Center staff are eager for more time with Beasley and her fellow therapy dog team. “The day of the [MHS GENESIS] launch, I was the general surgeon/trauma surgeon on-call, and it ended up being a very busy day in trauma,” said U.S. Navy Lieutenant Alana Noritake. “I had no idea there were going to be therapy dogs at the hospital. When I saw her, I was so happy she was there, it was as if she could tell how stressed out I was. Her calming presence helped me.” While right now the focus is on staff, the Patient Safety Office is hoping to eventually include patients during the weekly therapy dog visits. “It’s a stressful time in medicine in general; everybody is stressed, everybody is shortstaffed, and everybody is working as hard as they can,” Noritake said. “These visits help show our people that the community is trying to look out for us too.” If you are a certified therapy dog owner and are interested in volunteering your time to visit with staff and patients at NMCCL, please contact the Red Cross Office at 910-450-4596 for coordination.


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Virginia Lt. Governor Winsome Sears and other senior military and civilian leaders to speak at premier leadership development event for servicewomen From The Sea Services Leadership Association

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NORFOLK, Va. — The Sea Services Leadership Association (SSLA) will host its 33rd annual Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium (JWLS), the largest gathering of military women worldwide, July 11-12 at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott in Norfolk, Virginia. This event has been recognized as the premier professional leadership development and mentoring event for women in the military, with an attendance of 900-1,500 attendees annually. The Symposium also provides a robust agenda of practical training workshops, access to senior leaders, opportunities for developing mentorships, and professional development. Returning in-person after a two-year pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s symposium, themed “Stronger by Helping Each

Other,” will offer seminars preparing women to excel in the military of today and tomorrow. “Participants will be supercharged by the energy that emerges when so many amazing and diverse leaders come together to focus on empowering women in uniform,” said Capt. Emily Bassett, president of SSLA. “JWLS 2022 includes powerful guest speakers, relevant breakout topics, and dynamic modes of interaction. This will be the most memorable JWLS yet.” A current agenda, including speakers’ roles can be found here. Highlights include: • Welcome remarks from Congresswoman Elaine Luria (USN-Ret.) and Virginia Lt. Governor Winsome Sears • “Imposter Syndrome” Panel with Vice Adm. Lisa Franchetti, USN, and Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, USAF • International Women’s Panel • Military Families Panel • Leadership Panel


• Policy Impact on Women Panel • Veteran-led Yoga session In addition to JWLS, SSLA will host its Career and Transitioning Seminar on July 10 4:00-8:00p.m. and July 13 8:00a.m.-12:00 p.m. at the Norfolk Waterside Marriot. Free to service members, veterans and military spouses, the seminar will feature insight from guest speakers about their own transitions as well as a panel of pro-military civilian employers. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in resume reviews, mock interviews, elevator pitch practice, the art of salary negotiation, mentoring and networking best practices. Media Instructions: Most, but not all sessions are open to the media. Space will be limited at some points of the conference. Media interested in attending the Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium or scheduling an interview with an SSLA representative or speaker should contact Abby Kelly Gualdoni via email at akelly@susandavis.com, 314-520-9505.

Diamond Dallas Page, Jake “The Snake” Roberts and Conrad Thompson talk about their friendship, their DDP Snake Pit podcast and wrestling stories Part I. Interview Conducted By Yiorgo Yiorgo: With us today are Diamond Dallas Page, Jake “The Snake” Roberts and Conrad Thompson. Gentlemen, super congratulations on your very successful ‘DDP Snake Pit’ podcast, heard on all social media platforms and exclusively ad free and early at https://www. patreon.com/adfreeshows. How did it all come together? Jake Roberts: I have been wanting to do a podcast probably for about 15 years but I didn’t want to do it with just anybody. So Dallas and I getting together was just natural. We know each other really well, the front, the back and in the middle, the good, the bad and the ugly. Me helping him in his early, formative years in the business, helping him become what he wanted to be. At the time, I was on my way out because my disease had taken me over but I was able to get him a great start. (Ed. note: That story is told on DDP Snake Pit, Episode 1.) So us getting back together, him saving me and getting me healthy again, it’s the ultimate story. Y: Dallas, why did you decide to do the podcast with Conrad? Diamond Dallas Page: It was a no brainer. I love Conrad. He is such a standup guy. Conrad is one of my favorite people. When we did Jake’s Resurrection documentary, every year we would do a follow-up. With COVID, we had not done anything in three years. When we filmed ‘Catch Up with Jake’ at the DDP Performance Center about nine months ago, Jake texted me on the way to the airport and said, “Dude, you have really upped your game. Your storytelling is at a different level. The way we talked back and forth, not stepping on each other’s lines, we got so much information out there, we got to do this.” I said do what? He said, “A podcast.” I said


“Jake, you know I turned a whole bunch of those requests down, it’s a lot of work.” Jake said, “I want us to do it together.” I said, “We can tell stories like we always do. I’ll do it if we can get Conrad Thompson to do it.” Now mind you, at that point, Conrad had seven podcasts going on at the same time and a multiple million dollar mortgage company that he runs. But I reached out to Conrad and I said Jake wants to do a podcast with me and I told

him, I’m not doing it unless it’s with you. Conrad has been amazing. He knows everything about podcasts, he’s a smart dude and he had the whole infrastructure built in. From advertising to graphic design, he’s got it all figured out. Y: Conrad, why did you decide to have Dallas and Jake as part of your podcast family? Conrad Thompson: I didn’t know it but behind the scenes, Jake was talking to DDP for

a long time about doing a podcast. Eventually, Dallas gives in and said I will if Conrad would do it with us. I had seen Dallas and Jake do an update video when Jake was in town in Atlanta after a long, long time of him not being there. They used to put content out together all the time when Jake was living with Dallas but that was not their circumstance anymore. So when I saw their update video on YouTube, I messaged Dallas at two o’clock in the morning because Dallas stills runs on that old wrestlers schedule and I said, Hey man, I see you guys talking again on camera and I just wanted you to know how great I thought it was. Dallas said, “Man, your ears must have been burning, I’ll call you tomorrow.” So he called me the next day and said, “Jake has been after me to do a podcast and I told him I would do it only if Conrad has time to help us.” And when Jake and Dallas ask you, you say YES. Y: Why should people listen to the podcast and what should they expect to see and hear? DDP: A lot of people who have seen ‘The Resurrection of Jake the Snake’ know our journey, but what most people don’t know is WHY I helped Jake. The first episode tells our story, but there will be stories throughout the episodes that will come back to that. Without Dusty Rhodes there is no Diamond Dallas Page and without Jake there is no me as a three times World Champion. They were both very instrumental in my career. Also, Jake wanted to do the podcast, I didn’t really want to. I have nine different businesses, and I am so busy right now, but this is something that’s considered ‘evergreen.’ We can put two in the can or we can put ten in the can. Y: What is your vision of it? DDP: I want people to be like a fly on the Turn to Wrestling, Page 3

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The Charles H. Taylor Visual Arts Center premieres the juried exhibition “Artists Who Teach,” Johnny Shield’s solo show “Reverberation,” and Cocktails.

From Hamptons Arts HAMPTON, Va.— Hamptons Arts kicks off its 35th anniversary season with two spectacular shows at the Charles H. Taylor Visual Arts Center and a special cocktail event to celebrate summer. “We’re thrilled to welcome visitors to the Visual Arts Center to experience the diverse range of works created by some of the region’s best artists,” said Hampton Arts artistic director Richard M. Parison, Jr. “These boundary-pushing works represent the breadth of their creative energy. Our newest addition, Cocktails at the Charles on August 5, offers a fresh way to explore the exhibits and socialize with other art enthusiasts. “Artists Who Teach” July 16 — August 27 Artist Reception and Award Ceremony: July 23, 3 p.m. — 5 p.m. Artists Who Teach is an annual juried exhibition that presents the artwork of talented visual arts educators throughout Coastal Virginia. Artwork in all media is represented by current educators of local schools, colleges, art centers and institutions.

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Truly Matthews, Assistant Director of Education & Engagement at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), serves as juror and judge for this year’s exhibition. With over ten years of experience in the museum field, she is commit-

ted and passionate about helping all audiences make meaningful connections between art and the everyday. Matthews currently serves on the Executive Board of the Virginia Art Education Association as Treasurer and previously held the position of VAEA Museum Division Director. She holds a MA in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University and BA from Old Dominion University. This year’s exhibition features cash prizes awarded to Best in Show, First, Second, and Third Places. “Reverberation” Solo Exhibition by Johnny Shield July 16 — August 27 2020 Artists Who Teach Juried Exhibition “Best in Show” winner Johnny Shield will present a solo exhibition, “Reverberation.” In his artist statement, Shield says, “The fractures in today’s society have not yet been pieced back together. Echoes of a long-settled conflict remind us that maybe these states are not as ‘united’ as the name once implied.” Cocktails at the Charles Friday, August 5, 5:30 p.m. Hampton Arts offers a twist on happy hour! Cocktails at the Charles provides

Virginia Zoo Launches Photo Contest for Annual Calendar From The Virginia Zoo NORFOLK, Va. — Calling all shutterbugs! The Virginia Zoo is asking Hampton Roads photographers — professional and amateur — to enter its 2023 Calendar Photo Contest. On average more than 600 photographs are submitted each year and just 12 are chosen to be featured in the publication. The grand prize-winning photo will be used as the cover of the Virginia Zoo’s 2022 calendar. The winner will also win a Virginia Zoo Behind the Scenes Tour. Eleven other photos will be selected to use throughout the publication. The picture must include Virginia Zoo animals or gardens, and only photos taken on or after June 1, 2021, will be accepted. Any photos used will be credited to the photographer. Applicants can submit one entry of four photos per person. Entries must be in high-resolution digital format and submitted electronically through the Zoo’s website. Only photos in landscape, or horizontal, format will be accepted. The photo contest begins today, July 1, 2022 and ends July 31, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. The panel of judges, which consists of Zoo staff and volunteers, base their winning image selections on creativity, photographic quality and originality of the content. Winners will be notified via email if selected. The calendar is sent to more than 11,000 Zoo Member households and sold in the Gift Shop. For entry criteria and to submit your photos, visit virginiazoo.org/calendarcontest.

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patrons an exciting opportunity to enjoy and appreciate the beauty of the exhibitions while sipping a glass of select wine or an elegant cocktail and relaxing in the visual arts center at day’s end. This one-of-a-kind social experience will begin by mixing and mingling with the evening’s exhibition- inspired cocktails, curated by Zach Pool, Fuller Raw Bar’s Chief Mixologist. A casual, informative conversation with “Artists Who Teach” juror Truly Matthews follows, including an exclusive private walk-through of the exhibition. $25 per person / $20 for Hampton Arts League members includes a voucher for one cocktail/mocktail. Other cocktails and beverages are available for purchase. This event is for ages 21 and over and is sponsored by the Hampton Arts Foundation and Hampton Arts League. Hours of Operation Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Social Media www.facebook.com/TheAmericanTheatre www.facebook.com/CharlesTaylorVisualArtsCenter @AmericanThtre @CTVisualArts

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wall, that we are having non-alcoholic beverages with Jake, sitting around talking and people are able to listen to the many great stories woven together, that we want to tell. And of course, some of the things we remember are exactly the same and some differently, and that’s the fun of telling those stories. Y: Both of you have loyal fans that believe in you, want what’s best for you and can’t wait to hear your stories. DDP: Yes indeed. People really care about both of us and want to help. That was proven in the Resurrection documentary and how much it hit Jake with the GoFundMe and how much fans gave. What we asked for when he went to sleep, we had by the time Jake woke up. We talk about it in episode three. It was crazy man, and it showed Jake that he was not worthless, that he’s not a piece of s…, that he was loved. And that’s the beginning for anyone. I didn’t think I would be able to have a serious conversation with my buddy again. You gotta understand, when you drink booze, take pills, crack, your brain gets foggy, you really can’t think, you say things with no filter. It took years for that to come back little by little by little. Now Jake cares and helps other people. He has helped so many families by putting his story out here. Jake was afraid to put it out there. He was so embarrassed by it. It took all those people coming up to him and thanking him for bringing their dad back, for being able to have a regular conversation with that family member or friend. Jake wears his heart on his sleeve and by helping so many people, Jake realized this is on an entire different level. He would not watch anything until it was in the can and I would not release anything if he did not give his ok. JR: Folks kick back, enjoy your life, listen to our podcast because we are going to have a lot of fun, we are going to talk about the old stuff, the new stuff, and I promise you as we go along, I’m going to sprinkle in road stories from my 35 years on the road. We are having fun with the podcast, telling our listeners some things that they did not know and teaching them about real wrestling, how it’s made and how hard it is to make and be a real star and do it. There are a lot of stories and we are looking forward to telling them so kick back and enjoy them. Y: Conrad, what has been your favorite episode? CT: I have had such a great time with the guys. The episode I am most proud of is the Scott Hall episode. It was an emotional show about their friend Scott, the ups and downs, just the human conditions, the ups and downs of life, I just think it was a home run episode and really, really special. Y: I was fortunate enough to be at the WrestleMania XXX Hall of Fame Ceremony when Scott Hall was inducted into the WWE Hall of fame and when you Dallas inducted Jake into the WWE Hall of fame and I don’t mind telling you, I shed happy tears of joy both for Scott and for Jake, knowing that you were the reason that they were both able to enjoy that moment. DDP: Thank you for the kind words. When Jake and I started this journey, my goal for Jake was to leave this business on his own terms with the respect that he deserved. Back then, he didn’t

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blow up bridges, he nuked them. When it comes down to it, we’re going to tell stories, but they are going to have meanings. It’s not just a story but what did you learn from it? Y: I love yours and Jake’s review of the show ‘Heels’ on Starz. DDP: Yes, it’s a segment we decided to do as part of our podcast. ‘Heels’ is a show that gives respect to wrestling fans. Everyone in the cast is amazing. They also got a second season. We call it like we see it. There are times that we throw a flag, like wait, that will never happen and so many other times that the show has been spot on. Here’s some inside scoop, I auditioned for the role of Wild Bill but I didn’t get it. I thought I would kill that role but that guy Chris Bauer was made to play that role. I couldn’t see me or anybody else in it now. JR: It’s a great show. I love the storylines, it reminds me of the old ways when we would do storylines. You plan the seeds along the way then you come back. You nurture them, you water them, you leave them alone and come back to them. You leave them alone, you water them like a flower, it germinates and produces the fruit. The fruit of course being the angle and the finish of the angle. The good guy is exposed for being the bad guy. This program will continue to grow. They’ll never run out of characters because it’s wrestling. They certainly have a good foundation here to have a phenomenal show for a long time. DDP: Conrad said that one of the hottest shows now ‘Yellowstone’ has an 86 rating, ‘Heels’ has a 96 rating. I think it’s really very well done. I’d say about 70% is spot on, like they are doing it for next to nothing, There’s this one scene where the two brothers are fighting, they are outside a hospital and Jack says to Ace, “If we don’t have this, then I’m just a guy selling lawn mowers but because we do this, it makes us different than everyone else, it makes us unique, it makes us feel good about ourselves.” When they get into the ring, whether there’s 12 or 12,000 people, they are living the dream. JR: Another reason Dallas and I are talking about the show ‘Heels’ is that Dallas and I want to be on the show. I got one more DTD left and I would like for it to be on that show. Y: Speaking of shows Jake, when I saw

you on All Elite Wrestling (AEW) and you gave one of the wrestlers a clothesline, I popped big time for you. I was so happy for you when you did that. JR: So were the people in the audience. We did what we wanted to do with that, we wanted to tease them with it, then Lance stopping me before I DTDed him. It just leaves us something else to play with. So people, keep watching because you don’t know what’s going to happen between Lance and I or anyone else for that matter. He is such a nice guy, sweet man and a great Christian and a beast of a man in the ring. Y: How did you get involved with AEW? JR: Cody Rhodes reached out to me and DDP. First he talked to DDP about it, to make sure I was in good faculties and that I had not fallen out of my program with Dallas. I am proud to say that I celebrated my 10 year anniversary and I could not be happier and I will never go back to that life again. I know what it took away from me. I now know what happened. I’ve learned that if you don’t open up to your children about what’s going on in real life or open up about yourself to them and then you put them out there and the real world is unleashed on them, no wonder people pick up pills and drugs to mask things. They don’t know what to do with life. People need to be honest with their children. Tell them that it’s tough out there and daddy messed up too. Most parents don’t want to say that to their kids but I’ve learned if you do tell them, you save your child from going through with what you did because they will know to run from it. I’ve got eight kids man and you know what? None of them are alcoholics or drug addicts and you know why, they saw what it did to me. They run, they don’t get near that stuff. Y: I had no idea you have eight kids. JR: I didn’t either. I thought I had seven but there was a surprise along the way. She turned out to be a beautiful woman and I had nothing to do with it. Her mother raised her and now she is part of our family as well. She’s a beautiful young person and she and her husband gave me three grandchildren and I am very proud to say she is my daughter. Y: Dallas, everyone knows that you and Eric Bischoff are very good friends. How

did the two of you meet? DDP: It was pre World Championship Wrestling (WCW). I was in the American Wrestling Association (AWA) in Rochester, Minnesota. I had not met Eric yet and had no idea who he was. At the time that I met Eric, I was pretty drunk. I go up to Pat Tanaka, one of the wrestlers I managed at the time and say let’s go out to eat. Bischoff, who happened to be standing there, was also drunk, looked up at me, started cursing, telling me that my conversation didn’t matter. I got in his face, cursed back and we had a full pull apart. Pat pulls me away and we go get something to eat. I’m sober by now, we get to the hotel, its 3:30 in the morning, the elevator door opens and Bischoff is getting out of it with three guys from the AWA office and he starts in on me again. I start going towards him, Pat pulls me back and I’m sober enough and I realize they are all office guys and I’m going to get fired. So I listen to Pat, I go back and I watch Eric go into his room with his wife Loree. Next morning I wake up and I am on my way to his room to confront him. There’s a knock on my door, I’m thinking it’s the cleaning lady. I open it and it’s Eric. He’s got a leather coat on, his hair is long, down to his shoulders and he says, “I heard I was a real “blank” last night.” I said yes, I was on my way to your room to talk about it. And here’s who Eric Bischoff the man is. He says, “There’s two ways we can handle this. One, shake my hand and accept my apology or two,” and he reached into his mouth and pulled his three front teeth, he said, “punch me in the mouth.” I popped. I started laughing because I had heard every excuse from working at the night clubs. So from then on I loved the guy. A few years later, he came in and tried out in WCW, where we would work together in the booth to voice over matches. We got right to business, we didn’t reminisce because I had to get down to Columbus, Georgia to manage the Freebirds for TV. Even though he had short black hair, I recognized him immediately even though he looked like a Ken doll movie star. We finish in five minutes. I was told by the office, if you like him, help him out, if you don’t then don’t help him out. I like him because of what happened at the AWA. I said to Eric, how bad do you need this job? Eric said, “I need it real bad. I struck out in New York (for WWE), and my wife is pregnant with our second kid.” I said listen, Dusty told me you’re supposed to do playby-play and I’ll do commentary. We start, he’s talking but not doing the play-by-play. I say, stop the tape. You don’t know how to do play-by-play do you? He said, “No I don’t.” So I gave him the words to say and then I would pop in and say my stuff. I worked with Gordon Solie for two and a half years, I know how to do play-by-play. I feed him the lines, we finally finish, he puts his hand on my knee and says, “Can I ask you a question? Do you remember me?” I said yea, you’re the guy I almost got into a fight with in the AWA. He could not believe that I was helping him and when he inducted me in the WWE Hall of Fame, he talked about that indirectly that I helped him to get his job. Next week part II: Dallas talks about the creation of DDPY, Relentless, Guardians of Justice, Starrcast V, Randy Savage, Ric Flair stories and more. Jake talks about AEW, Tony Khan, The Crocketts, Ole Anderson and more. Yiorgo is an arts, entertainment and sports writer. A stage, TV and movie actor, he is also a sports entertainer, educator, motivational speaker, writer, storyteller and columnist.







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Pop Up Cooking Creativity By Family Features As an important life skill, learning to cook and becoming familiar with kitchen basics can be an exciting adventure for kids from toddlers to teens. Using a delicious childhood favorite like popcorn as the key ingredient at the center of your lessons can spur interest and enthusiasm. Along with understanding measurements and safety, teaching your children how to make simple recipes also offers opportunities to bond and make memories that can last a lifetime. Popcorn is a snack food associated with good times and it’s versatile enough to encourage creativity. While it’s important to start with easy techniques that introduce future chefs to the culinary world, it’s also helpful to ensure they’ll enjoy eating their first creations so they’ll be eager for more time in the kitchen. As a whole grain that’s 100% unprocessed with no additional additives, hidden ingredients or GMOs, air-popped popcorn has only 30 calories per cup and offers a whole grain that provides energy-producing complex carbohydrates. Because whole grains are important sources of nutrients such as zinc, magnesium, B vitamins and fiber, you can instill the values of nutritious snacking all while having some fun. These simple yet delicious recipes and tips can help you get your kids involved in the kitchen. Encourage Creativity Making learning fun is an important introduction to the world of cooking. Starting with a versatile base ingredient like popcorn that’s naturally low in fat and calories, encourage your child to get creative with a recipe like Pop-arific Popcorn Balls. With simple variations like adding food coloring or mixing in candies, nuts or dried fruit, it’s a colorful way for little ones to build confidence in their skills. Measure Ingredients A key component to recipes of all difficulty levels, teaching measurements from teaspoons and tablespoons to cups, ounces and more is valuable knowledge. Start with the basics like these Simple Popcorn S’mores that call for popcorn and graham crackers to be measured out in cups so your child can focus on one unit of measurement. Then, if little ones are helping, have an adult melt the chocolate and drizzle for a family-favorite snack. Get Messy Learning how to create and explore is often productive (and fun) when children can get their hands dirty. Sweet ‘n’ Salty Popcorn Pretzel Sticks are a perfect canvas for letting kiddos work directly with the ingredients as they can roll pretzels in peanut butter, add sprinkles to their heart’s content and press popcorn into their newfound favorite treat. Find more kid-friendly recipes to get the whole family involved in the kitchen at popcorn. org. DIY Popcorn Bar Whether you’re entertaining guests, hosting a houseful of kids or simply enjoying a weekend at home, a DIY popcorn bar provides a tasty and joyful way for children and adults alike to create their own version of an afternoon snack. Just set out a few ingredients and watch the fun unfold. • Small popcorn bags, bowls or cups • Scoops or spoons • Popped popcorn • Peanuts (remember to ask fellow parents if their children may have an allergy) • Candies • Raisins • Chocolate chips • Seasonings • Shredded cheese • Shredded coconut • Melted butter

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Sweet ‘n’ Salty Popcorn Pretzel Sticks Servings: 6 • 6 tablespoons peanut butter • 6 large pretzel rods • 3 cups popped popcorn • sugar sprinkles • ¾ cup mini chocolate chips (optional) Spread 1 tablespoon peanut butter over one pretzel, leaving 2-inch “handle” without peanut butter. Repeat with remaining peanut butter and pretzels.

Press and roll popcorn onto peanut butter to coat each pretzel. Sprinkle with sugar sprinkles. To make optional chocolate drizzle: Place chocolate chips in small resealable plastic bag and seal bag. Microwave 30 seconds, or until chocolate is melted. Clip small corner from bag and squeeze to drizzle chocolate over popcorn. Sprinkle with additional sugar sprinkles. Allow chocolate to harden before serving.

Pop-a-rific Popcorn Balls Yield: 14 balls • 3 quarts popped popcorn, unsalted • 1 package (1 pound) marshmallows • ¼ cup butter or margarine Place popped popcorn in large bowl. In large saucepan over low heat, cook marshmallows and butter or margarine until melted and smooth. Pour over popcorn, tossing gently to mix well. Cool 5 minutes. Butter hands well and form into 2 ½-inch balls. Variations: To color popcorn balls, add 3-4 drops of food coloring to smooth marshmallow mixture. Mix well to distribute color evenly then pour over popcorn as instructed. Mix in candies, nuts or dried fruit after mixing popcorn and melted marshmallows. Stir to distribute then form into balls. Place nonpareils in shallow bowl or plate. Roll popcorn balls in nonpareils after forming. Simple Popcorn S’mores Yield: 10 cups • 10 cups freshly popped popcorn • 1 package (10 ½ ounces) miniature marshmallows • 2 cups graham crackers, broken into small pieces • ½ cup milk chocolate, melted On baking sheet, combine popcorn, marshmallows and graham crackers. Drizzle with melted chocolate and cool.

Pair Perfectly Grilled Steak with a Cool, Creamy Sidekick By Family Features

Firing up the grill and watching tender cuts sizzle on the grates means a mouthwatering meal is on the way, but don’t forget about the dressings and toppings that make summertime dinners truly delicious. The next time you want to sear a juicy steak, try this Filet Mignon with Blue Cheese Chive Butter recipe from Omaha Steaks Executive Chef David Rose. Thick, tender filet mignon is grilled to a warm medium-rare doneness then topped with cool, creamy, homemade butter: its perfect summer sidekick. Discover more grilling inspiration at OmahaSteaks.com/Summer. Filet Mignon with Blue Cheese Chive Butter Recipe courtesy of Omaha Steaks Executive Chef David Rose Servings: 2 Blue Cheese Chive Butter: • 4 ounces unsalted butter, cubed • 4 ounces blue cheese • 1 tablespoon fresh chives, minced • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt • ¼ teaspoon black pepper Filet Mignon: • 2 Omaha Steaks Private Reserve Filet Mignons


• Omaha Steaks Private Reserve Rub To make blue cheese chive butter: In medium bowl, use rubber spatula to fold and incorporate butter, blue cheese, chives, salt and pepper. Section 18 inches of plastic wrap and place blue cheese chive butter about 6 inches above bottom. Take bottom portion of plastic wrap and place over blue cheese chive butter then shape butter into 1 ½-inch

cylinder. Continue to roll butter in plastic; pinch ends of plastic wrap while rolling to tighten cylinder. Once size and tightness are achieved, tie off loose ends of plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator 1-2 hours, until blue cheese chive butter is chilled and firm. To make filet mignon: Bring filet mignons to room temperature, about 20 minutes; pat

dry and season on both sides with rub, to taste. Prepare grill for 500 F direct heat. For medium-rare, place steaks on grill 3-4 minutes. Flip and cook 2-3 minutes, or until 130-140 F internal temperature is reached. Rest 7-8 minutes before serving. Slice chilled blue cheese chive butter into ½-inch pieces and place on top of filets.

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Biking is one of many great ways to maintain your readiness and stay fit while enjoying the outdoors with friends and family. In the summer, remember to wear proper attire and have plenty of water, sun protection, and bug spray with you. (MARINE CORPS LANCE CPL TERRY W MILLER, JR)

Tips for Enjoying Outdoor Activities as Summer Arrives By Claudia Sanchez-Bustamante MHS Communications

With summer officially arriving in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s time to get outside. There are many safe ways to stay active, maintain readiness, and enjoy the outdoors. Plus, “there’s so much research on the effect that just being out in the sun and being out of doors and engaging in any kind of physical activity has on your mental health in general,” said Sara Morris, an ultra-trail runner and certified track coach in Fort Knox, Kentucky. As an Army Reserve soldier, Morris understands the importance of engaging in activities that help maintain readiness while also reducing stress and having fun. “As long as you’re being safe, you can’t beat the benefits,” she said. For example, she suggests “doing things that may be different than what you do in the winter, like going biking, paddleboarding, swimming, and hiking are good ways to get outside in nature in the summer.” Those types of activities are also “a way to get those feel-good endorphins,” she added. “And those activities can oftentimes be done for free, which is also great.” Region Specific Activities Biking is another great sport, said Chuck Alfultis, the outdoor recreation manager for

the Air Force Academy’s Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) program, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. “Specifically, here in Colorado, it’s mountain biking. But any type of cycling and biking is excellent cardio,” he said. “It’s a way to get your fitness, get you out in the sun in the nice weather.” And depending on where you may be stationed, there are other activities people can do, like rock climbing, whitewater rafting, and other water sports, like canoeing and kayaking. “Outdoor recreation has gained popularity in the last couple of years because of COVID, he said. “During COVID, it was a way to get out of your house. You didn’t have to be around people, so outdoor activities and getting back out to nature really exploded.” Alfultis highlighted that every military installation has MWR programs and services for service members, their families, military retirees, veterans with service-connected disabilities, and current and retired Department of Defense civilian employees and other eligible participants. The MWR programs can include organized group activities as well as guidance for activities and events you can take advantage of in your location. Safety Outdoors Morris highlighted that in the outdoors, “the

big thing is sun protection and hydration.” Being aware of the heat and the way that your body sweats throughout the day are important factors to keep in mind, she said. “Making sure you’re wearing UPF clothing [which indicates how much UV radiation a fabric allows to reach your skin], making sure you’re putting on sunscreen at the proper intervals, and making sure that you have plenty of water,” she said. For example, when she goes hiking with her family, she makes sure to carry an extra bottle of water to ensure there’s enough for everyone. “We’ll each have our own water bottle, plus one extra just in case the activity takes a little bit longer than we intended,” she said. “We also always have extra sunscreen to put on our faces and make sure we have hats on our heads.” Another factor to remember is ticks. In Kentucky, like many other places, “it’s been a really bad tick season” this year, she said. “So, you’re going to want to have some bug spray to protect yourself and you’re also going to want to check yourself when you get home to make sure that you don’t have any ticks on your body, on your children’s body, on your animal’s body to protect yourselves from that as well.” Morris noted the military community’s access to the MilTICK program, which allows service members and DOD beneficiaries, including contractors and DOD civilians, to submit their

ticks for identification and testing without needing to visit a clinic or order a test kit. “So, if you do find a tick, and it did bite you, you can submit that tick to be tested to see if it’s going to affect you,” said Morris. “You can also generally take it to the clinic on post or the vet on post and they can test for your animals as well.” Some Precautions Other precautions include water safety, being aware of the weather and the wild animals common to your location. In terms of water safety, Morris warns “it doesn’t take very much water to drown.” She recommends being observant and cautious when you’re in the water, especially if you don’t know how to swim. In that case, Alfultis added that always wearing a personal flotation device is key. “Just make sure you wear those at all times,” he said. When you’re traveling and going hiking in a new location, “make sure you know what wild animals are present, and if you need to have bear spray or remain on heightened alert to your surroundings,” said Morris. Alfultis said it’s also important to wear proper attire. “Make sure you wear proper closed-toe shoes rather than flip-flops if you’re going to participate in cycling or hiking,” he said. “And if you’re doing something alone, make sure somebody knows where you’re going, what you’re doing, and how long you’re going to be gone so they know at what time to expect you back or where to look for you,” he said. “If you park in a public area, take a moment to write down at what time you started, your route, and an emergency contact number. Put that in the dashboard of your car, so if someone comes across your vehicle, they know who you are and the route that you were going.”

Final Days in Afghanistan: Lab Techs Stepped Up to Support Withdrawal By Claudia Sanchez-Bustamante MHS Communications

It was a hot summer afternoon last year in Kabul, Afghanistan, when Air Force Master Sgt. Grace Hodge, lab services section chief at David Grant Air Force Medical Center, in Fairfield, California, heeded an emergency call for all hands on deck. Hodge had deployed to Bagram Air Base, just north of Kabul, in April, as the lab team’s noncommissioned officer in charge. She and her team were providing COVID-19 and trauma support while also closing down the medical treatment facility at Bagram to support the final withdrawal of U.S. forces. As the events in Afghanistan grew increasingly chaotic, Hodge forward deployed in June to a hospital at the international airport outside Kabul. There, she and her colleagues continued to process COVID-19 tests, blood work, and other routine lab tests as U.S. forces continued the troop drawdown and provided airlift support during the final days of the U.S. mission in Afghanistan. Hodge also led the Blood Product Distribution Center for American efforts in Kabul, working directly with the U.S. Central Command’s Blood Transshipment CenterOpens to an article in Qatar to provide whole blood products to treat wounded patients and service members. ISIS Bomb Attack On the afternoon of Aug. 26, 2021, Hodge was one of only two lab techs working alternate 24-hour shifts. “I think I was the one on duty at that time,” she recalled. The situation at the airport grew chaotic as the Taliban took over the area and thousands of Afghans, in their desperation to flee the Taliban, flocked to the airport to make it onto an outbound flight before the Aug. 31 deadline for the U.S. troop departure. Confusion and chaos turned into horror as a suicide bomber attacked the crowds, setting off an explosion that killed more than 150 Afghans and 13 U.S. service members. The attack forced troops to adapt their drawdown plans and respond to the mass casualty. “Prior to the attack, teams were preparing to leave the area,” Hodge said. “Suddenly, every-

David Grant Medical Group Air Force lab techs deployed to Afghanistan in 2021 to support Operation Allies Refuge. ( COURTESY OF MHS COMMUNICATIONS)

thing changed, and our main goal shifted from COVID-19 support to blood supply and triage.” She remembers the sound of pagers as everyone received the emergency alert. “When patients arrived, it didn’t matter who you were,” said Hodge. “We helped anyone who needed it.” Hodge, along with a team of lab workers from several other NATO countries, supported the trauma cases however they could, even providing toiletries, clothes, snacks, and other supplies the United Service Organizations had sent for the deployed troops. “We were able to help a lot of people,” she said. “And I’m glad we were there when that happened because if we hadn’t been there, a lot more people would have died.” A lab tech’s job during a mass casualty incident involves managing traumas, “making sure we have whole blood for the patients that need it, and taking blood samples for testing,” Hodge explained. Much like the way her team did at Bagram

Air Base, they “had to pick and choose” who stayed behind in Afghanistan and what capabilities remained operational. “Some troops left earlier than us and some troops were retained [including Special Forces] in case anything else happened,” she said. After the bomb attack, Hodge’s team still had to shut down the hospital at the airport in Kabul. “We needed to complete the retrograde,” Hodge said, explaining the process that involves destroying patient records and other sensitive documents for safety as part of the evacuation. Once the hospital was shut down, she boarded an aircraft out of Kabul with two important lessons. Lesson one: “Don’t take for granted what freedoms we have — always remember those service members who paid the ultimate sacrifice to have the freedoms we have.” Lesson two: “Always take training seriously because at any given time your role can change and fill that role to the best of your ability whether you are part of a security or triage team.” Adrenaline Dump

Air Force Senior Airman Jacob Washington, a lab tech from Hodge’s team from Travis Air Force Base, deployed with Hodge to Afghanistan. “We were doing a lot of COVID-19 testing for different NATO countries,” he recalled. “We were processing so many people from so many different countries, fulfilling individual COVID testing requirements so [people] could safely fly back home to their country.” Leaving Bagram Air Base behind in June, the team continued their collaboration from different locations. Washington deployed to the U.S. military’s Blood Transshipment Center in Qatar, while Hodge headed to Kabul. “When the blast occurred, a supervisor woke me up and told me to get to work — so I got to work,” Washington said. “Over the next couple of days, we shipped about 256 units [of blood products] into Kabul through various means because the resources were cut off and a lot of the flights were grounded.” He said they needed to get “real creative with the ways to get blood there” including piggy-backing pallets of blood products on “flights with special operations teams that went in on much smaller planes.” Troops at the airport in Kabul were in need, he said, and the emergency resulted in the troops assisting anyone who needed it. “The blood was going directly to the laboratory in Kabul whether it was for civilians, other services, other countries’ militaries … whoever needed the blood and was being treated as a trauma casualty at that time received the blood,” Washington said. He recalled his experience in Afghanistan as unique because although he works in a large hospital, it’s not a trauma center. “I’m a blood bank specialist,” he said. “I know blood. I know how to give blood. I know who needs blood.” He acknowledged his training that prepared him for emergencies like this one. “Doing that was a very eye-opening experience,” he said. “It’s really an adrenaline dump like nothing else. You find out exactly who everybody is in that moment.” “It really makes you see the value of what you do firsthand, and I feel like that is something that I will not forget.”

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