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George Washington Celebrates 30 Years of Service

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) celebrated 30 years of service since its commissioning July 4. Page 2

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Karen Williams, 2022 Spirit Award Recipient. COURTESY PHOTO

Christmas Spirit Foundation Recognizes JEB Fort Story MWR Employee as 2022 Spirit Award Recipient By Elizabeth Lebrun Karen Williams, Recreation Specialist on board Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story (JEBLCFS), was recently selected as one of five 2022 SPIRIT Award recipients by the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation (CSF). In 2018, the CSF Board of

Trustees formalized a recognition program to honor the various ways individuals, companies and organizations contribute to the Trees for Troops (T4T) program. Efforts include sourcing trees to donate, coordinating volunteer efforts to load/unload trees, raising funds to support the program, and creating awareness for superlative support

of the T4T program. This honor is presented annually by the Christmas SPIRIT Award. Karen Williams, who has worked at JEB Fort Story in Virginia Beach for over 30 years, has gone out of her way to ensure the T4T event is as inclusive as possible. While her installation is under the purview of Navy Mid-At-

lantic Region, JEB Fort Story also serves as a joint base for several branches of service and is located within about an hour of bases from all five military branches. For the last 15 years, Williams has worked with the Family Readiness Office of each branch to support the wide range of personnel receiving trees. Being honored with the Christmas

SPIRIT Award left Williams feeling “humbled, honored and pleasantly surprised”. “I wish you could feel the joy that countless U.S. service members and their families and children feel when they take a tree home that they could not otherwise afford,” Turn to Award, Page 7

Navy EOD Completes Navy Service Helps CRABEx, Enhances Lethality Recruiter’s Family with Rigorous Training With Immigration

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Story By Chief Petty Officer Kristopher Regan Commander

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group Two

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. Elements of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 2 and EODMU 6 completed CRABEx Jun. 30, increasing EOD lethality with rigorous training. Explosive Ordnance Disposal Training and Evaluation Unit 2 (EODTEU 2) planned and hosted the two-week training event at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek- Fort Story. “CRABEx provides a multipurpose certification event for EOD units of action (UoA) integrated into an organic C2 architecture.” said Cmdr. Doug Alley, Turn to Training, Page 7

Navy Recruiting Command

An Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technician from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 6 transports simulated chemical ordnance. CRABEx is a training exercise that certifies Navy EOD units of action under Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group (EODGRU) 2, ensuring a ready and more lethal EOD force. PHOTO BY LT. BRITTANY STEPHENS

MARMC Lead Contract Specialist Overcomes Adversity

NEW YORK, Ny.— Gas Turbine Systems Technician 2nd Class Petty Officer Stephanie Gil grew up holding family values close to heart, and kept the goal of helping her family as a top priority while serving in the U.S. Navy. Gil said her dedication to helping others that is what makes her a good recruiter at Navy Talent Acquisition Group (NTAG), Empire State, where she is currently assigned. She started recruiting at NRS Hempstead, where she worked for a year and a half. “It was rewarding to be able to get applicants in the Navy,” said

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Navy veteran returns to MARMC as a contractor in a civil service position following her diagnosis of Stevens-Johnson syndrome.

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Gil. “A lot of them reminded me of myself and what I was going through at that age and wanted to be independent. My favorite part was mentoring the future Sailors, everything from working out with them to telling them what to expect in the fleet.” Gil is now working in E-talent as a talent scout. As a talent scout, she is responsible for contacting qualified applicants and getting them appointments with the recruiters in the field. Most recently she was one of the top performers amongst the talent scouts. “My favorite part of E-talent is the fact that I get to help out all of the stations and the recruiters get in contact with potential future Turn to Service, Page 7

Naval pilots supply support unit establishment Representatives came together to map the end-to-end process of bringing material into the shipyard from start to finish. PAGE 6

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George Washington Celebrates 30 Years of Service Courtesy Story

Uss George Washington (Cvn 73)

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The Nimitzclass aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) celebrated 30 years of service since its commissioning July 4. The ship was named after America’s first president, who fervently believed in the necessity of a strong Navy. Crew members, from those who served during the commissioning to those who participated in the many deployments spanning the world’s oceans, joined the celebration from near and far as they recalled their service aboard the Navy’s sixth Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. “We say thank you to our crew past and present from our plank owners who first took our warship to sea, to our resilient warfighters here on George Washington today,” said Capt. Brent C. Gaut, George Washington’s commanding officer. “The years since our warship’s commissioning represent not only the days of hard work and dedication put in by all who have served on board, but also stands as a solemn marker of the joys, struggles, sweat, and at times even the tears of every crew member who has crossed the brow.” In a response to a social media postencouraging plank owners to share their fondest memories from the ship, plank owner Aviation Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Kent B. Dave, who served aboard George Washington from 1991 to 1994, said his proudest moment is seeing his son serve aboard the same vessel 25 years after he did. Plank owner Data Systems Technician 2nd Class Todd Meyer shared in his response to the post that his fondest memory from his time aboard was during the ship’s maiden deployment. Just two years after commissioning, George Washington set out on her maiden deployment where she served as the backdrop off Portsmouth, England, for the 50th anniversary of the D-Day commemoration ceremony, before deploying to respond to rising tensions between Iraq and Kuwait in the Middle East. Between the years 1993 and 2000, the ship conducted several deployments throughout the 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility (AOR). In September 2001, George Washington was deployed to New York City to provide air defense following the September 11 terrorist attacks. A piece of steel from the fallen Twin Towers remains on display in the Chiefs Mess as a solemn reminder of the ship’s contribution to the nation’s security. George Washington also had roles in the post-9/11 War in Afghanistan and the War in Iraq, participating in Operation Enduring Freedom in 2002 and Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004.

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) is on patrol in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 3RD CLASS DAVID FLEWELLYN/RELEASED

In 2008, George Washington, with Carrier Air Wing 17 (CVW-17) and Carrier Strike Group Eight embarked, departed Norfolk for its new home port of Yokosuka, Japan, to become the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to be forward-deployed. During the same trans-Pacific voyage, tragedy struck as a fire broke out aboard the ship. George Washington was redirected to San Diego following firefighting efforts at sea to undergo repairs. The ship departed San Diego in August and arrived in Yokosuka in September. “When you look at what this ship has accomplished in its first 30 years, you have to look at each Sailor, who at every significant milestone in the ship’s history has left behind a legacy that we carry on today,” said Command Master Chief Christopher R. Zeigler. “None of the ship’s many successes would have been possible without the men and women who swore an oath to protect our nation no matter where the ship was deployed.” Throughout 2009, George Washington

went underway in the Pacific and Indian Oceans several times and participated in different operations with allied navies. In 2010, the ship conducted operations with the Republic of Korea’s navy and air force in the Sea of Japan. Following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Fukushima, Japan, George Washington left Yokosuka as a precautionary measure to ensure sustained readiness in support of Japan and to assist in disaster relief efforts. In 2013, the ship and air wing deployed to the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan to expand search and rescue operations, provide medical care, and deliver supplies using its embarked helicopters. In July 2015, George Washington participated in Talisman Sabre, an exercise that involved around 30,000 U.S. and Australian service members. Defense forces from New Zealand and Japan also took part in the exercise for the first time. The ship then transited back to San Diego to complete the first-ever three-carrier hull

swap involving 9,000 Sailors and the carriers USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 72). After departing San Diego en route to Virginia, George Washington was diverted to serve alongside the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) to provide humanitarian relief to Haiti after Hurricane Matthew. George Washington entered dry dock at Newport News Shipbuilding in August 2017 to commence Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH), becoming the sixth Nimitzclass carrier to undergo this major mid-life milestone. After years of upgrades, refurbishments, and testing, the ship is scheduled to complete RCOH in 2023. “Thirty years is a huge milestone in a warship’s history, but for George Washington, it’s just the beginning of our next chapter,” said Gaut. “The crew onboard George Washington today look forward to completing our shipyard period and getting our warship back out to sea to protect and serve this great nation.”

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Linh Finn, the Lead Contract Specialist for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC) poses for a photo June 23, 2022, in Norfolk, Va. Finn overcame multiple challenges to be where she is today. PHOTO BY STAFF SGT. DANIELLE LOFTON

MARMC Lead Contract Specialist Overcomes Adversity Story By Staff Sgt. Danielle Lofton Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (Marmc)

NORFOLK, Va. - Linh Finn is a mother, a Navy veteran, and the Lead Contract Specialist for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC). Finn started her MARMC career five years after leaving the military, in the Training Branch (C1140), where she handled the mandatory training for all the personnel in the command. “That’s where I met my first work family,” said Finn. “They guided me and helped me become who I am today.” Finn loved her work family, but she wanted more from her career. Becoming a supervisor was one of her career goals

but she needed a degree to make it happen. Finn shifted her efforts to her education all while balancing a full-time job and managing a household of five. It was difficult, but she successfully earned her degree in 2016; however, things were getting ready to take a turn for the worse. “Immediately after obtaining my college degree, I was hospitalized for an unknown illness, later diagnosed as Steven Johnson’s and eventually lupus. I had lost my ability to think clearly with a delay in thought process,” said Finn. Stevens-Johnson syndrome is a skin condition most commonly triggered by medication. The disease causes skin tissue to die (necrosis) and detach, affecting different parts of the body. With her

health and her children’s best interest in mind, she moved to Massachusetts to receive help from her family. After recovery, she was determined to get her life back on track. In 2017, she returned to MARMC as a contractor in a Training Specialist position. With her degree in hand, Finn worked her way into a civil service position in the Contracts Department. “From Small Boats to the Multiple Award Contract, Multi Order (MACMO) Combatants Branch to the MACMO Amphibious Branch where I earned my lead position, I knew my career was about to change,” said Finn. “The mission of delivering ships on-time was turning into reality. Now my job was to make sure we fix the ships, keep it contractual, min-

imize cost, and deliver on-time!” As the Lead Contract Specialist, Finn works every day to make sure that her team is on their A-game and helps her team whenever and however she can. When asked about her career path, Finn said, “I can’t tell you that it was easy because it was not. I can tell you that all the hard work that I’ve dedicated throughout the years has finally paid off and that I won’t stop here. There will always be room for improvement!” MARMC provides surface ship maintenance, management and oversight of private sector maintenance and fleet technical assistance to ships in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States and provides support to the fifth and sixth Fleet Area of Responsibilities.



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Rear Adm. Brandon Taylor, Director for the Defense Health Agency (DHA) Public Health visits the Navy Environmental and Preventive Medicine Unit Two (NEPMU-2) June 27, 2022, on Naval Station Norfolk, in Norfolk, Virginia. The purpose of the visit was to provide Admiral Taylor knowledge about the Navy’s operational public health mission and get a first-hand glimpse into some of the Navy preventive medicine capabilities readily available to Fleet and Marine Corps customers. PHOTO BY DESMOND MARTIN

DHA Public Health Director Visits Navy Public Health Facilities

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Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - Rear Adm. Brandon Taylor, Director for the Defense Health Agency (DHA) Public Health, visited the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center (NCMPHC), Portsmouth, Va., and the Navy Environmental and Preventive Medicine Unit Two (NEPMU-2), Norfolk, Va., June 27-28, 2022. The focus of the visit was to provide admiral Taylor additional insight into the mission and capabilities of Navy public health, including operational preventive medicine. As a matter of background, NMCPHC command functions are transferring as part of the NDAA 19 section 7-11 following completion of beneficiary mission transfer in the Military Treatment Facilities to DHA later this year. Taylor spent time meeting with NMCPHC leadership and shared his vision for public health transformation under the DHA “umbrella” once the transition of Army, Navy and, Air Force public health functions from their respective services is complete. According to Taylor, the ultimate goal is to improve public health services across the MHS, including the standardization of services where practical.

“Of course the Services have variation in product lines, but much of what we do in public health across the enterprise overlaps nicely, so we’ll want to standardize where it makes sense,” said Taylor. Taylor envisions a “future state” where each service is capable of developing a solution to another service’s public health issue. “Once properly trained, it will only make sense to send a closer Air Force public health solution for an Army or Navy public health issue if one doesn’t already exist locally,” added Taylor. “What is most important is a proper solution set is identified, responds, and resolves the concern as efficiently and effectively as possible; the color of the uniform will not always matter.” Although the transition of public health services under the DHA is still in its early stages, Capt. Brian Feldman, NMCPHC Commander, expressed his optimism for a smooth transition and gratitude that Taylor was able to take the time to sit down with Navy public health leaders and hear their concerns. “We were honored to welcome Rear Admiral Taylor, the first DHA Public Health Agency Flag Officer, who is leading our efforts to come together to improve delivery of public health services, through standardization of policy, guidance, training, systems, and processes over 19 func-

tional areas,” said Feldman. “On behalf of NMCPHC we are thankful for his advocacy and engagement as we provided an overview of the how the Navy team delivers the spectrum of public health services to the Fleet and Marine Corps, and our successes in joint collaboration which will serve as a foundation for future success.” Following his visit to NMCPHC headquarters, Taylor visited NEPMU-2 to learn more about Navy’s operational public health mission and get a first-hand glimpse into some of the Navy preventive medicine capabilities readily available to Fleet and Marine Corps customers. “NEPMU-2 provides specialized force health protection support to Navy and Marine Corps operational units, enhancing mission readiness,” said Cmdr. Steve Schutt, NEPMU-2 Officer-in-Charge. “This visit was a great opportunity for us to showcase some of our unique capabilities that support the warfighter.” A highlight of the visit to NEPMU-2 was a tour of their Forward Deployable Preventive Medicine Unit (FDPMU) static display. The FDPMU platform plays an invaluable role in providing key preventive medicine services in support of operational readiness and force health protection. “I’m impressed with the capability nested within the NEPMU-2 and the well-designed process to mitigate exposure,

protect the force, and enable operational decision making,” said Taylor. “Throughout the tour, each presenter was on their A-game; I could tell that this team really knows their stuff well.” DHA’s public health over-arching goal is to detect and assess disease threats to the war-fighter before exposures and to prevent diseases from negatively affecting health and mission. DHA intends to continue enhancing integrated bio-surveillance and coordinating with Department of Defense mission partners to provide early detection and warning of potential threats in the operational environment and in-garrison locations. The DHA Public Health directorate is comprised of over 320 leaders and experts assigned throughout the world, including liaison officers operating within the Northern, Southern, Indo-Pacific, and European Combatant Commands. NMCPHC develops and shapes public health for the U.S. Navy and Marines Corps through health surveillance, epidemiology and analysis, disease and injury prevention, and public health consultation. Learn more by going to www.nmcphc.med.navy. mil. Follow NMCPHC on social media at https://www.facebook.com/NavyAndMarineCorpsPublicHealthCenter http:// twitter.com/nmcphc and https://www.instagram.com/nmcphc/

U.S. 2nd Fleet holds Undersea Warfare Symposium By Petty Officer 1st Class Ryan Seelbach Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet NORFOLK, Va. - U.S. 2nd Fleet hosted Theater Undersea Warfare Symposium at Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads, July 6, 2022. The purpose of the Symposium is to provide clear commander’s intent, synchronize operational perspectives and expectations, and establish requirements for command and control in order to present a ready and credible force in response to adversary operations in Atlantic maritime avenues of approach. Vice Adm. Daniel Dwyer, commander U.S. 2nd Fleet, opened the symposium with a discussion of the battle space in the Atlantic Ocean, both above and below the water. “We are seeing a reemergence of persistent, proximate threats in the Atlantic and this is a critical challenge to our Nation’s homeland defense mission,” said Dwyer. “We must remember that the Atlantic is no longer a sanctuary but a potential attack vector by competitors whose capabilities continue to improve. Our adversary’s capability and capacity to hold North America at-risk is greater now than at any other point in our histories and it is incumbent that we focus on maritime homeland defense in every aspect of our future planning.” He discussed that while the United States recognizes the right of nations to exercise freedom of navigation around the world, the U.S. Navy and in particular 2nd Fleet, must remain vigilant for competitor actions which may be unpredictable and complex. Dwyer continued by stating that one area where the U.S. is particularly strong is in the partnerships they hold with NATO Allies and partners. “What will always set us apart and maintain our advantage is our ability to collab-

Vice Adm. Daniel Dwyer, commander, U. S. 2nd Fleet, speaks at the Theatre Anti-Submarine Warfare symposium, led by 2nd Fleet, held at the Choplinsky Auditorium at Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads, July 6, 2022. The symposium provided clear commander’s intentions in order to present a ready and credible force in response to adversary operations in Atlantic maritime avenues of approach. PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND NATHAN T. BEARD

orate and interoperate with the militaries of our Allies and partners. Simply put, we are better together. Our robust network is an advantage that our adversaries cannot match and we grow stronger with every opportunity we have to work together.” All participants were highly encouraged

to engage with each other, sharing ideas, communicating and developing best practices for undersea warfare, for the current environment and into the future. U.S. 2nd Fleet, reestablished in 2018 in response to the changing global security environment, develops and employs mar-

itime forces ready to fight across multiple domains in the Atlantic and Arctic in order to ensure access, deter aggression and defend U.S., allied, and partner interests. For more information, please visit www. navy.mil, www.facebook.com/usnavy, or www.twitter.com/usnavy.

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NAVFAC MIDLANT REBL Team Conducts First UAS Flight at MCAS Cherry Point Courtesy Story Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (Navfac) Mid-Atlantic NORFOLK, Va. — Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Mid-Atlantic (NAVFAC MIDLANT) Real Estate Business Line (REBL) recently conducted its first Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) flight at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point, North Carolina. The team, which consisted of NAVFAC MIDLANT REBL team members Richard Allahar, Supervisory Land Surveyor and certified UAS pilot; Sheila Hutt, Cadastral GIS Specialist and certified UAS pilot; Kate Zuskin and Susan Jarvis, Cadastral Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialists; Troy Wolf, Georeadiness Project Manager; Tracy Wamsley, GIS Manager; and Megan Monachelli, Realty Specialist, — over a period of three days — used a UAS to fly and survey more than 5,000 acres from 400 feet above ground level to collect aerial photographs of the area. Due to advancements in technology, this was also the first time any Department of Defense (DoD) installation has been able to capture high-resolution images, which will ultimately help the team to better manage its real estate assets and plan for the future. To fly the UAS, Allahar and Hutt had to obtain a Part 107 Class — Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Drone License, which included piloting experience under the direction of a licensed pilot, the completion of a Visual Observer Training Course, knowledge of project planning and associated software applications, and passing an in-person examination conducted by the FAA. Part 107 licenses don’t expire, but a UAS pilot must retrain every two years to keep their certification current. Four additional team members are in the process of completing their pilot training. “Many of our installations are large (greater than 5,000 acres), with perimeters (greater than 50 miles), that make it difficult to access by land, especially when many of the boundaries are along bodies of water,” said Allahar. “The UAS program gives NAVFAC the ability to review these sites, assess the condition of our assets, make recommendations, and monitor potential encroachment issues.” The NAVFAC REBL UAS Program began in June 2020 as a way to take advantage of modern UAS technology in aerial photography to meet the specific needs of the command, the team, and its clients. In August 2021, the program was fully vetted and approved by Naval Air Systems Command, and the UAS vehicle was approved

Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Mid-Atlantic (NAVFAC MIDLANT) Real Estate Business Line (REBL) conduct its first Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) flight at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point, North Carolina, June 19. The NAVFAC REBL UAS Program began in June 2020 as a way to take advantage of modern UAS technology in aerial photography to meet the specific needs of the command, the team, and its clients. In August 2021, the program was fully vetted and approved by Naval Air Systems Command, and the UAS vehicle was approved by the DoD in June 2022. PHOTO COLLAGE BY DAVID TODD

by the DoD in June 2022. Upon approval, the team wasted no time to get out into the field to start working. UAS operations provide a platform that can achieve relatively large-scale aerial coverage in a fraction of the time — at a fraction of the cost of manned aircraft surveys — and without many of the associated safety or security risks. “Bottom line, this cutting edge technology produces many important byproducts,” said Allahar. “… the result is a huge cost-savings for the command, vice sending out survey crews or using traditional aircraft-collected imagery.” The UAS surveys also have many advantages, including: It’s easily deployed where access is hindered due to obstacles The surveys are repeatable and can be stored for future review; and it meets the REBL team’s requirement for survey-grade accuracy The UAS is a radio-controlled, bat-

tery-powered, fixed-wing vertical take-off and landing vehicle — where a runway isn’t required for takeoff — that is capable of flying 59 minutes (approximately 400 acres), depending on the flying conditions (wind and weather). It has a wingspan of 4.1 feet, weighs approximately 8 pounds, and has a 42 megapixel camera. The UAS vehicle can be alternatively equipped with a horizontal camera for orthomosaic imagery, an oblique camera for 3D rendering and visualization, and/or an infrared camera for thermal imagery. “The UAS survey-grade data imagery will clearly identify boundaries to help us prevent encroachment and jurisdiction issues,” said Matt Kurtz, REBL Director, NAVFAC Atlantic. NAVFAC MIDLANT is currently conducting boundary surveys at six installations within its area of operations. Following the boundary surveys is the Boundary Management Plan, which requires a UAS flight to collect appropriate aerial imag-

ery every three to five years, or as deemed necessary for operations/construction purposes. Although MCAS Cherry Point was chosen as the team’s first location, they anticipate conducting additional UAS flights at other Navy and Marine installations in the coming year. 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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Norfolk Naval Shipyard Pilots Supply Support Unit Establishment for the Corporation Story By Kristi R Britt Norfolk Naval Shipyard

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) is leading the charge in piloting the Supply Sustainment Unit (SSU), which is being stood up to standardize the processes and practices of material acquisition not only at America’s Shipyard but to also leverage across the corporation. Representatives across various codes came together to map the end-to-end process of bringing material into the shipyard from start to finish. With the support of Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) and the other shipyards, the team was able to determine how the material needed was identified, purchased, acquired, and placed within the hands of the customer at the shipyard — working to Lean the processes in place and determine the future of supply. “I think the event overall was an awesome experience,” said Code 500 Supply Officer Capt. Mark Garrigus. “We took it from the beginning where the technical specifications are developed largely in engineering. From there, this team mapped out every single way we could acquire material — taking each action and breaking it down step by step.” “This level of detailed mapping had never been done before in the non-nuclear side at the shipyard and it was important for us to have subject matter experts in the room who work material every day and know every single challenge and barrier that stands in the way,” said Code 500 SSU Lead Carolyn Parish. “It’s really been a unique experience and very eye-opening for everyone and seeing everyone come together as a team.” The event was broken into two main phases: phase one focused on the timeline of purchasing material to it coming to the shipyard, and phase two on its arrival to getting it into the hands of the customer. The events were facilitated by process improvement team members who helped everyone in the mapping and reaching their final goals. “We got to see a lot of the hardships everyone deals with day-to-day in terms of acquisitions,” said Code 520.2 Materials Manager Stephen Holly. “We’re all on different sides of the spectrum and we don’t always get to see what’s going on across the board. We’ve been able to share our experiences and see where everyone is coming from.” Code 610.2 Nate Wheeler added, “Understanding each code and organization’s

Representatives from various codes across Norfolk Naval Shipyard came together to map out the end-to-end process of bringing material into the shipyard from start to finish, developing the pilot of the Supply Sustainment Unit (SSU) and standardizing processes and practices of material acquisition across the corporation. PHOTO BY SHELBY WEST

process is what helps us a lot. Everyone talked about how they do things, what happens if we don’t do that, is the end user going to understand, is everything that identifies that equipment in the contract. We want to make sure the shipyard purchases the right material, equipment, and assets so the ships can move out of here on time.” “This event helped us see the reality of what we endure in the material field and shows us that we needed to establish these processes and better communicate with each other,” said Code 990 Keyon Waters. “We had to Get Real to Get Better - now everything is more transparent. It makes us able to attack the real issues and solve what’s really happening together.” Code 500 Process Improvement and Facilitation Team Member Jessica Roberts said, “I definitely think this event was a huge success. Getting to see these different groups come together and tackle these obstacles head-on together was amazing. They all saw their similarities

and differences and were able to break down any walls they may have unconsciously had previously. They were able to develop these connections and it really opens the door for a successful future for material.” Shipyard Commander Capt. Dianna Wolfson said, “I’m so impressed by everyone’s efforts in making this happen. It’s really an example of One Team coming together to serve our One Mission — your efforts directly tie into our mission here at NNSY to deliver on time, every time, everywhere to protect America as well as the goal of NSS-SY, to ensure timely deliveries back to the Fleet.” Capt. Garrigus said, “We’ve been able to take everyone’s hard work and share it across the naval enterprise and are working now to corporately align on standardized processes and practices. We’re coming towards the end of this journey and are very excited for the future. Together, we’re training the processes and building back the skillsets in our workforce to optimally better the throughput of the ma-

terial for the mechanic. Our North Star is 100 percent material on time at the place and need of our mechanics. With the SSU and all the efforts put into this project, we’re working on making this happen.” The SSU team was recently featured in an episode of America’s Shipyard, a video series to celebrate the hard work and achievements of those at NNSY who met the mission and provided service to the fleet. Check out the video on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbHoRBJkjfM; Facebook at https:// www.facebook.com/NorfolkNavalShipyard1/videos/349927077286290/, and DVIDS at https://www.dvidshub.net/ video/847862/americas-shipyard-episode-ten. This series will be an ongoing effort and new episodes will be premiering soon. Stay tuned to NNSY’s social media platforms for the next episode. If you have an idea that should be recognized for a future episode, please email NNSY_ PAO@us.navy.mil and provide a detailed response of who or what we should recognize and why.







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Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technicians assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 2 fast-rope from the cabin of an SH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat squadron (HSC) 9. CRABEx is a training exercise that certifies Navy EOD units of action under Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group (EODGRU) 2, ensuring a ready and more lethal EOD force. PHOTO BY LT. BRITTANY STEPHENS

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Commander, EODTEU 2. “We consolidated and integrated resources and assets from local units to maximize realism across all mission areas.” Teams ran full mission profiles to detect, locate, and render safe a variety of explosive threats, including underwater, chemical, nuclear, and surface-based ordnance. Instructors provided actionable feedback to each team on site following the completion of each mission. “Platoons ran full mission profile drills similar to what they will see on deployment, starting from initial tasking, to the mobility skills needed, and the reports required in real life,” said Lt. Gary Simpson, Director of Training at EODTEU 2. Navy EOD uses special operations mobility tactics and advanced technologies to clear explosive hazards and provide access to denied areas. Teams during CRABEx conducted multiple air insertions from fixed and rotary wing platforms during complex evolutions.

Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 6 attach a carabineer to a Mark F470 Combat Rubber Rating Craft (CRRC). CRABEx is a training exercise that certifies Navy EOD units of action under Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group (EODGRU) 2, ensuring a ready and more lethal EOD force. PHOTO BY LT. BRITTANY STEPHENS

Missions also featured a dedicated command and control (C2) element, with teams communicating with a Tactical Operation

Center (TOC) before, during, and after each mission. EODMU 2, EODMU 6, and EODTEU 2 all are headquar-

tered under Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group Two (EODGRU 2). EODGRU 2 provides skilled, capable, and combat-ready deployable

family and give them the same opportunity that they gave me, a life full of opportunity, by allowing me to live stateside with my grandmother.”

Gil has only seen her family a hand-full of times since joining the Navy, so every interaction is precious for her. “My mom got her visa approved

because, I wrote a letter to the immigration office,” Gil said. This was so she could see me when I got back from my first deployment and that meant the world to me.”

Now, eight years after joining the Navy and her family going through the immigration process, Gil’s family is finally making progress toward being nationalized. “It should be about another 2 years before my family can become citizens, I hope one day to be able to buy a house for them,” Gil said. Gil has her mind set to continue her Navy career, ultimately until she retires. “By the time I retire, my family will be comfortably living in the U.S. and I can continue to support them thanks in part to the opportunities that the Navy has given me.” NTAG Empire State is the Navy presence in New York City, Long Island and Northern New Jersey with 32 recruiting stations in the area. Navy Recruiting Command consists of a command headquarters, two Navy Recruiting Regions, 26 NTAGs that serve more than 1,000 recruiting stations around the world. Their mission is to attract the highest quality candidates to assure the ongoing success of America’s Navy. Fo r m o re n e w s f ro m Commander, Navy Recruiting Command, go to http://www.cnrc. navy.mil. Follow Navy Recruiting on Facebook (www.facebook. com/NavyRecruiting), Twitter (@ USNRecruiter) and Instagram (@ USNRecruiter).

for the rest of my life.” One example of Williams’ dedicated service comes from the past year in which there was the need for an unexpected last-minute pick up of 100 donated trees in eastern Pennsylvania. While coordinators scrambled to find a base close enough to have FedEx retrieve and deliver to families still in need of a tree, Williams was able to contact the Morale, Welfare, and Recreation office for each area base with the additional tree information, while simultaneously scheduling space and time on her own base for the trees to be arranged for families

to select. This all happened a full week after William’s own base tree giveaway event took place, which ultimately led to her coordinating the T4T program twice in the same year. OtherexamplesofWilliams’dedication include her recent work in judging the 2022 T4T holiday card contest, and her annual assistance in coordinating a large tree recyclingprogramwiththebaseNatural ResourcesOffice.Williamsexplains that JEBLCFS supports an “EverGreen Circle of Life” in which trees are given to the bases, followed by bases giving the trees to troops, and

finallytroopsgivingtreesbacktothe base each January to be placed on dunes,beachesandinlakestobenefit the base ecosystems. “The repurposed trees give us a legacy that helps save our shores, dunes, and lake aquatic life. Re-usingthetreesgivesusbetterstewardshipoftheearth,”explainsWilliams. Shewouldlikethepublictoknow howmuchshetrulyappreciatesthe farmers, FEDEX employees, and T4Torganizersfortheiryear-round work that allows the T4T program totakeplace.“Itisthisendeavorthat makestheworldakinderandmuch softerplacefortheservicemembers,

spouses, and kids. Joy-filled troops and families leave with a tree and smiles so bright they shame the stars. The laborers, the tree farms, FEDEX and the Foundation are the unseenforcebehindthismostsplendid endeavor, each year, at many military bases.” Williams would like to thank everyone for allowing her to annually participate in the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation’s “most endearing philanthropic effort”. “It has been, and is a grand honor to execute, in the field, your vision to improve the troops’ quality of life during the holidays.”

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Sailors,” said Gil.” “I hope that I am able to make one of our recruiters day by giving them a lead.” Gil was born in Queens, but her parents moved to Venezuela shortly after she was born. At the age of eight, she moved again to Spain. Years later, at the age of 14 she went back to Queens to live with her grandmother while the rest of her family remained in Spain. “It was rough adjusting back to the language and the difference in culture,” Gil said. “Coming from a quiet island to somewhere as busy as New York is definitely a culture shock.” In 2014 Gil enlisted at the Navy Recruiting Station Jamaica Queens. At the age of 18 she made the decision to serve her country in order to help her family. Gil said it felt like a sacrifice to be away from family, but it would be worth it. Although Gil is a U.S. Citizen, her parents are Spanish citizens and still reside there today. This made it difficult for her to spend time with the ones she loved most. “I saw in the news that if you served, you can sponsor your parents to come to the U.S. and expedite citizenship, said Gil.” “I wanted to be reunited with my

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explains Williams. “After troops and their families leave with a Christmas tree, what remains in my mind and heart are their tight, warm, long hugs, their uplifted lightness of being, their burst of laughter stifled way too long, and their bright smiles of gratitude. In those moments, they do not feel forgotten, underappreciated, weary, or alone. How blessed and honored am I to witness all of this? These moments will stick with me,

forces around the globe to support a range of operations and oversees all east coast explosive ordnance disposal.

Gas Turbine Systems Technician 2nd Class Petty Officer Stephanie Gil, assigned to NTAG Empire State, is featured as this week’s Recruiter in the Spotlight. PHOTO BY CHIEF PETTY OFFICER KRISTOPHER REGAN

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Pacific Partnership Vietnam Concludes in Phu Yen The Vietnam phase of Pacific Partnership concluded its mission in Phu Yen on July 3. Page 4

The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24) arrives in Rijeka, Croatia for mid-deployment voyage repairs, July 4, 2022. Arlington is part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, under the command and control of Task Force 6½, on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. Naval Forces Europe area of operations, employed by U.S. Sixth Fleet, to defend U.S., allied and partner interests. PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 1ST CLASS JOHN BELLINO

USS Arlington (LPD 24) arrives in Rijeka, Croatia for mid-deployment voyage repair By Petty Officer 1St Class John Bellino Uss Arlington (Lpd 24)

RIJEKA, Croatia — The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24) and embarked Marines with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Rijeka, Croatia, July 4, 2022, to complete a scheduled maintenance availability and to strengthen relations with a key NATO ally. The maintenance period, termed a mid-deployment voyage repair (MDVR), allows the ship to complete corrective and preventative maintenance that cannot be accomplished while at sea. This necessary work allows the ship and crew to continue

their mission in the U.S. Naval Forces Europe (NAVEUR) area of operations. The ability to conduct the MDVR in Croatia provides a wealth of benefits to the ship and crew. “Croatia is an incredible ally and such a beautiful country with a long, fascinating history and culture,” said Capt. Eric Kellum, Arlington’s commanding officer. “Conducting our mid-deployment voyage repair provides an excellent opportunity to conduct a deliberate reset and refresh on our equipment and for the Sailors and Marines. Our ability to work maintenance and resupply overseas with trusted allies and partners enables our sustained global presence.”

The ship’s arrival to Rijeka comes after nearly four months of deployment to the NAVEUR area of operations. Throughout their time in the region, the ship’s crew and embarked Marines have participated in a variety of exercises and operations with allies and partners. These exercises have taken the ship up north to Iceland for exercise Northern Viking, throughout the Mediterranean in support of exercises Alexander the Great and EFES with Greece and Turkey, respectively, and off the coast of Tunisia in North Africa for exercise African Lion. “This deployment has been an incredible experience. We have successfully completed four major exercises with over 30 NATO

allies and partners,” said Kellum. “The Navy-Marine Corps team has conducted themselves with precision and excellence on time, every time!” Sailors and Marines aboard Arlington will also have the opportunity to participate in recreational activities in Rijeka and surrounding areas to include: a tour of Plitvice Lakes National Park, a chance to explore KRK Island and Town of Moscience & Charming Opaija, a tour of Vrelo Cave and Lakeside Fuzine, and a tour of Pula and Rovinj, Croatia. Throughout their time in port, Sailors and Marines will have the opportunity to reinforce interpersonal bonds Turn to Repair, Page 7

NAVSUP WSS experts assisting WWII Navy Nurse Corps officer and Bremerton resident with ship refurbishment for foreign military sale to Bahrain feted on 102nd Birthday Story By Douglas Stutz

Naval Hospital Bremerton/Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command Bremerton

BREMERTON, Wa. - It was during the early days of World War Two that Bremerton resident Anna Marie Cole departed her then Michigan home to support her country in need. She joined the Navy as a Nurse Corps officer. Fast forward nearly 80 years from that battle-scarred time of history. A long-time friend of Cole thought it would be a nice gesture if somehow the Navy could return the favor and provide support to help celebrate a personal milestone. Mission accomplished. As soon as Navy Nurse Corps officers assigned to Naval Hospital Bremerton heard about the request, they unhesitatingly agreed to meet-and-greet with Cole, to help celebrate her 102nd birthday, July

1, 2022. Capt. Patrick Fitzpatrick, Naval Hospital Bremerton director and Navy Medicine Readiness Training Command Bremerton commanding officer, and Capt. Shawn Kase, Chief Nursing Officer, met with Cole at The Cottage, located in East Bremerton and presented a letter of commendation for her “exceptional service to the United States Navy Nurse Corps during the Second World War.” The citation noted her devoting “countless hours to caring for the ill and wounded as a Navy Nurse during one of our country’s most tested periods.” “I think this is marvelous. I sure didn’t expect anything like this,” exclaimed Cole, surrounding by members of the lodge and Navy officials. For Ingrid Hueneke, a Bremerton native and long-time friend of Cole, the two Turn to Nurse, Page 7

By Angela King-Sweigart

Navsup Weapon Systems Support

CHARLESTON, SC — Two Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support (NAVSUP WSS) supply experts are assisting Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and other partner agencies in refurbishing a ship for a sale to Bahrain. “We were asked to assist because we are the logistics experts. We have the knowledge, training and expertise to procure and acquire the necessary parts and materials,” said Lee Joines, NAVSUP WSS foreign military sales branch supervisor. After the action was approved by Congress, the ship, formally known as the Oliver Hazard Perry Class Ship, USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49) was sent to a shipyard in Charleston to begin its refurbishment. A multiagency multinational team of professionals is working hard to ensure mechanical and electrical systems are in working order, according to Joines.

Kristen Marshall, a two-year NAVSUP WSS outfitting specialist, is on-site in South Carolina helping to get the ship ready. “It’s going really well,” she said. “We work closely with contractors and Bahraini sailors. They provide us with the requests and lists of items needed, and we get it for them.” Team members provide logistical support by utilizing the Navy Supply system to fill requirements. They use the government purchase cards for urgent requests and non-standard items that are not available in the supply system, according to Joines. Her partner on-site, a six-year NAVSUP WSS logistician and retired Army Veteran, Jimmy Blocker, describes their typical day. “We’re researching parts. We’re on the phone and internet finding the best prices and best availability. We’re going to stores to get off-the-shelf purchases and getting Turn to Sale, Page 7


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Heroes at Home

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Blinded by love for children and dogs By Lisa Smith Molinari “Mom, can the dog I’m sitting for this weekend stay at our house so I won’t have to sleep at his owner’s place?” the text from my daughter, Lilly, read. “He’s a little Pomeranian mix named Ricky-Bobby,” she wrote, “Isn’t that cute?” As a parent, it’s no fun to say “no” all the time. “Yes” is so much easier. I’m a firm believer that children thrive when they are in an environment that is well-defined by rules and led by a strong but nurturing authority figure. However, being a good mother is hard, and sometimes you just want to say “Yes.” Yes, eat chicken nuggets for dinner again. Yes, draw on yourself with markers. Yes, wear bootie shorts to school. Yes, take a log of cookie dough in your lunchbox. “Yes, tell the owner to bring her dog over to our house,” I heard myself say when Lilly got home. But she sensed my hesitation. “What’s the matter, Mom?” “Well, I don’t really want a yappy little dog in our house who will probably pee on everything, terrorize Moby, and drive me crazy. But I don’t like saying no,” I admitted. “Mom, I swear, the lady told me that RickyBobby is super-friendly and well-behaved,”

Lilly promised. “That’s what they all say,” I grumbled. Scowling, I went out to prune the petunias. My mind wandered back to a memory from NS Mayport, when our base neighbor asked us to walk and feed “P’Nut,” her Chihuahua mix, who wore a rhinestone studded collar, ate Goldfish Crackers, and slept in a skillet-sized bed. “How hard could it be?” I thought. Following specific instructions, I opened her garage door at exactly 5:30 pm and heard P’Nut’s surprisingly sharp barks. Entering the house, I scooped exactly one-quarter cup of kibble into P’Nut’s tiny food dish, informed P’Nut that it was “time to go outside,” and led her into the open garage. Making soothing noises, I approached P’Nut with the leash. Just then, P’Nut’s minuscule black lips peeled back from her needle-like teeth, and she lunged for my fingers. I sprung backwards with an embarrassing shriek. Chalking the incident up to a fluke, I cooed, “Does widdle P’Nut wanna go on a wiky-walk? You sweet little th…. AHHHHH!” Relieved to find my fingers intact, I asked the neighbor for assistance. A Navy helicopter pilot, he stepped confidently toward P’Nut, declaring, “I’ll pick her up — she won’t hurt

me.” In the chaos that ensued, P’Nut flashed her fangs and dashed around the garage, squealing like a pig. When the dust settled, the pilot was back on his porch, yelling, “She doesn’t like me!” I gave up the on walking the obstinate little diva, and lured her back in the house using Goldfish treats. Like a court jester who’s been sentenced to the gallows, I bowed before Her Excellency to offer the bribe. Thankfully, she accepted. The memory of P’Nut was interrupted when Ricky-Bobby arrived with his owner, and our yellow lab, Moby, loped over to greet them. Before we had a chance to introduce ourselves, Ricky-Bobby emitted ear-piercing barks in rapid-fire succession like some kind of semi-automatic sound weapon, and wriggled free from his owner. Jumping as high as his toothpick legs would allow, he attempted to sink his sharp little teeth into Moby who ran off, Ricky-Bobby nipping and yapping behind. The chaos continued until Moby agreed to stay twenty feet away from Ricky-Bobby and his owner, who said, “Isn’t he sweet? He’ll settle down after a while.” She proceeded to promise that her mini-Kujo would “never bite” or pee in our house. But he might “mark a bit” and leave an “angry poop or two” that would be “firm and easy to pick up.” Lilly glanced in my direction. One look at my widened eyes, and she knew what she had to do. “Ricky-Bobby is so adorable… but I think it would be best if he stays in his own house where he’s comfortable.” That’s my girl. She’s learning early that saying no isn’t always easy, but it’s often the right thing to do.

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From Military Onesource When you’re preparing for a military move, your pet is part of the family. Moving with a pet can add another layer of complexity to your plans, especially if you’re moving overseas. Let Military OneSource connect you to tips and resources to help you prepare so both you and your pet have a smooth relocation. Pet relocation costs are at your own expense. Your moving company cannot ship any live animals. Keep in mind that there are no reimbursements or allowances for service members who are transporting pets, however there may be reimbursement for mandatory quarantine of dogs and cats. For more information about pet quarantine reimbursement, visit the Defense Travel Management Office website. The first step in moving with pets is: Know before you go. Learning about pet regulations in your new community well in advance of your actual move is a “must do.” This includes educating yourself on licensing and quarantine requirements, possible breed restrictions and what health documents you need to bring with you. Some communities have rules about what kinds of animals and breeds are allowed, and health regulations can vary in different states and countries. If your pet will be traveling by air, you will need to get smart about air travel requirements. Pet moving resources Visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection, or APHIS, Pet Travel webpage for information on how to: • Take your pet from the U.S. to a foreign country • Bring your pet into the U.S. from a foreign country • Travel with your pet from state to state The APHIS website offers a search tool that enables you to choose your destination and view their pet travel requirements. It also has information about the USDA online Veterinary Export Health Certification System. Service members and families with orders for a PCS move to or from overseas, or OCONUS, locations typically travel

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on Defense Department charter aircraft referred to as the Patriot Express, arranged through your local transportation office. Visit the Air Mobility Command Pet Travel Page for detailed information on pet transport guidelines, including immigration, kennel size and weight requirements, fees, service animals and more. Patriot Express pet reservations are made by your local transportation office when you request your passenger reservations. Orders are not required to request passenger reservations for Patriot Express and may be made 90-120 days prior to your departure. Pet spaces on Patriot Express are limited, booked on a first come, first served basis and should be requested as early as possible. Pet spaces are available for booking 90-120 days prior to departure. Your local transportation office can also advise you about installation regulations regarding breed restrictions, quarantine, licensing, vaccinations, pet boarding, pet embargo requirements and more. Health and safety tips Talk to your vet as soon as you know you are moving. Ask for tips and recommendations on traveling and plan immunizations to ensure your pet is current. You should also ask about obtaining a heath certificate. As stated above, if you are traveling overseas, make sure you understand your host

country’s regulations and restrictions so you can ensure your pet has any required vaccinations and health documents. If your pet isn’t used to traveling, ask your vet for recommendations about preparing for travel and issues such as motion sickness. You can also ask about identification microchips, if your pet doesn’t already have one. For detailed information on traveling with pets, check out the following resources from the USDA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Humane Society: • Frequently Asked Questions About Traveling With Your Pet • Traveling With Pets • Travel Safely With Your Pet by Car, Airplane, Ship or Train Advance planning is a key step to helping you and your pet have a safe, smooth move. Make sure you understand all transportation rules and health regulations, and prepare your pet for the trip as much as possible. Still have questions or need help finding information? Military OneSource consultants are available 24/7/365 anywhere in the world to help connect you with the resources you need to master your move. Call 800-342-9647, view OCONUS calling options or schedule a live chat.

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NAVSUP supports BALTOPS22 at STRIKFORNATO HQ By Joseph Yanik

Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center Sigonella

PORTUGAL - Exercise Baltic Operations 2022 (BALTOPS22), June 6-17, was the premier maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region conducted annually with U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa in the lead and Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO) responsible for its execution. This shared responsibility provides unique training opportunities that strengthen the combined maritime response capabilities that are critical to preserving freedom of navigation and security in the Baltic Sea. The command and control center responsible for planning and executing the exercise was located at STRIKFORNATO’s rapidly deployable joint headquarters in Oeiras, Portugal from which it plans, commands, and controls NATO maritime operations throughout the Euro-Atlantic region. During the exercise, NAVSUP FLCSI’s Lt. j.g. Adam Thomas was tasked with supporting STRIKFORNATO headquarters’ Assistant Chief of Staff (ACOS) J4 (Logistics) Division. The ACOS J4 is responsible for developing, maintaining and providing a clear and concise theater-wide logistics picture to the Multi-National Maritime Force Commander. The ACOS J4 contributed to the success of the exercise by developing a maritime logistics support network that provided various logistics requirements to ships participating in BALTOPS22. Below are Thomas’ responses to our questions about his experience. Describe your duties and responsibilities while assigned to ACOS J4 during BALTOPS 22? While assigned to ACOS J4, my responsibilities were to learn the processes and procedures of the STRIKFORNATO J4 team in order to improve how STRIKFORNATO and NAVSUP FLCSI does business in the area of operations. As the sole maritime logistics planner with an understanding of the NAVSUP FLCSI capabilities I was able to bring a unique perspective to the J4 team from anything from fuel to casualty reporting. Had NAVSUP FLCSI sent a representative during previous BALTOP exercises? This year’s BALTOPS exercise was the first time our command sent a representative, reinforcing an established relationship with NAVSUP FLCSI’s logistics-focused partners, like NATO..Sending me to STRIKFORNATO during BALTOPS 22 provided a seat at the table to foster a closer NAVSUP FLCSI/NATO relationship. Presence matters. Why were you sent to represent NAVSUP FLCSI? There is tremendous talent within both

The front entrance Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO Base in Lisbon, Portugal. BALTOPS22 is the premier maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region. The exercise, led by U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, and executed by Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO, provides a unique training opportunity to strengthen the combined response capabilities critical to preserving freedom of navigation and security in the Baltic Sea. COURTESY PHOTO

the NAVSUP FLCSI and NATO organizations, and the fact that we possess common objectives made this collaboration during BALTOPS 22 an ideal opportunity to further develop our capabilities. I was the ideal candidate for this assignment for several reasons. As a subject matter expert on the maritime logistics capabilities that NAVSUP FLCSI possesses, I amfamiliar with NAVSUP FLCSI key operationally strategic initiatives, especially those that relate to Europe’s High North. Earlier in my career, I served as a ship supply officer with experience operating in Sixth Fleet including multinational exercises. Lastly, I possess the necessary desire to learn the NATO structure and language, as well as pioneer the relationship between STIKFORNATO and NAVSUP FLCSI.

What are the desired results of your efforts supporting BALTOPS 22 at ACOS J4, STRIKFORNATO HQ? Now that BALTOPS22 has concluded, I hope I’ve contributed to a productive, longterm relationship between STRIKFORNATO and NAVSUP FLCSI, one that both of our organizations can leverage to tackle common challenges that arise in support of warfighters. Describe your role at NAVSUP FLCSI Site Rota? Prior to supporting BALTOPS22 I was serving as the Logistics Support Officer in the Fleet Support Division at NAVSUP FLCSI Site Rota. In this role I worked with the key players throughout the AOR to ensure the success of port visits, material routing and replenishments at sea ensuring Fleet readiness.

Site Rota is one of NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Sigonella’s five logistics sites positioned across Navy Region Europe, Africa, Central. Site Rota provides supply chain management, bulk and aviation fueling capability, material handling equipment, contracting, hazardous material management, household goods and vehicle processing and postal operations to fleet, installation and other service components throughout the area of operations. FLCSI is one of NAVSUP’s eight globally-positioned commands that provides for the full range of solutions for logistics, business and support services to the U.S. Naval, Joint, NATO and Allied Forces across 14 enduring and forward operating sites; forward contingency and cooperative security locations in 13 countries in Europe and Africa.

Electronics Technician (00195A) To provide technical support (electronic and/or electrical) to the College of Engineering and Technology. To provide maintenance and support for all laboratories using electronic and/or electrical instrumentation and equipment. Provide consultation to the faculty and students in the areas of electronics and electrical engineering.

Required Qualifications: Extensive knowledge of current electronic and electrical technology and its use and application to




the solutions of a wide range of engineering problems. The ability to design, fabricate, upgrade and install unique electronic circuits and electronic instrumentation; this requires the ability to prepare preliminary cost estimates and material lists for individual faculty and departments with vendor recommendations and pricing. The ability to interpret and understand complex electronic and electrical circuits and make necessary improvements, repairs and modifications. The ability to fabricate instruments and test fixtures for research projects using basic machine and hand tools and install the same. Demonstrate effective communication skills. The ability to work with a multidisciplinary environment for the solution of complex problems in variety of engineering fields. Demonstrate understanding of both the uses and limitations of a wide variety of electronic instrumentation and be able to explain the same. Additionally, it is necessary to be able to repair, maintain and verify the accuracy of a wide variety of electronic and electrical equipment. Demonstrate ability to work independently with little or no supervision. Ability to establish priorities and perform effectively. AAS in Electronics and/or Electrical Engineering Technology or equivalent combination of education and experience. Must have excellent computer and communication skills. Proficiency in calendar management, document/report preparation and formatting in Word, Excel and Power Point required. Extensive experience in industry and/or a higher education setting with emphasis on development and design.

Preferred Qualifications: Extensive experience in the use and application of electronic/electrical instrumentation and design

of complex electronic electrical circuits. Experience in both industrial and educational environment. Ability to communicate with machinists both orally and with drawings for the fabrication of complex test fixtures. Ability to design, fabricate, upgrade and install electronic circuits and electrical instrumentation and test fixtures using common hand tools and shop equipment. Associate or BS Degree in Electronic Engineering Technology. Training in the theory, use and application of strain gage technology and the installation of strain gages. Computer literate. Ability to understand and learn the basics of some engineering software packages. Must be able to function independently with minimal or no supervision and prioritize work assignments. Should be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with a wide range of people with diverse backgrounds and abilities. FCC licenses General Commercial Class. Should be able to work effectively in a diverse and multicultural work environment. An understanding of common industry practices for the design and construction of equipment used as test fixtures and an awareness of generally accepted safety practices for electronic and electrical equipment installation and use. Should have an understanding of fundamental physical principles as applied to a variety engineering fields. Ability to instruct and train undergraduate and graduate students in the use and of electronic instrumentation. Ability to work independently unsupervised or with minimal supervision. Familiarity with basic machine and hand tools. FCC license(s). Computer literate12, Fundamental knowledge of software used in engineering and industry. The ability to work effectively and comfortably in a diverse and multicultural work environment.

To review the full position requirements and submit an application, please visit https://jobs.odu.edu/postings/16397 and follow the online instructions. Old Dominion University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution.

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Mr. Marc Knapper, United States Ambassador to Vietnam, gives remarks during the Pacific Partnership 2022 (PP22) Vietnam closing ceremony aboard USNS Mercy (T-AH 19). Now in its 17th year, Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific. PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 3RD CLASS RAPHAEL MCCOREY

Pacific Partnership Vietnam Concludes in Phu Yen

By Leslie Hull-Ryde

Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific

Phu Yen, Vietnam, — The Vietnam phase of Pacific Partnership concluded its mission in Phu Yen on July 3. In Vietnam, the Pacific Partnership 2022 (PP22) team included representatives from Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. From 23 medical procedures performed aboard the USNS Mercy by U.S., Australian, Japanese, and Vietnamese doctors and nurses and 650 patients seen in total, to 10 band concerts with musicians from four nations reaching 6,700 people, to 115 subject-matter expert exchanges, PP22 successfully implemented a range

of humanitarian activities and projects benefiting the local community in Phu Yen. “Our partnership and friendship with Vietnam continues to thrive and grow with each Pacific Partnership mission and activity… this enhances our ability to work together, especially in times of need, most notably during a natural disaster or whenever we may be called upon to provide humanitarian assistance,” Rear Admiral Mark Melson, Commander Task Force 73 at the PP22 closing ceremony. Thanks to the close coordination between relevant agencies, PP22 events further enhanced the comprehensive partnership between Vietnam and the United

States as well as the friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and all the participating countries. “The Pacific Partnership mission takes the commitments of our leaders and turns them into concrete actions. Our efforts here focused on taking care of one another today, tomorrow, and in the future. The patients in the local hospital or aboard the hospital ship USNS Mercy, the elementary students at three local schools, we have all seen and felt the impact of our growing ties through our 27-year bilateral relationship, epitomized through Pacific Partnership,” said U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Marc E. Knapper. At the ceremony, the Vice Chairman of

Phu Yen People’s Committee Dao My also thanked the PP22 team for developing a very effective and appropriate program for construction, health care, disaster prevention and community exchange, and for selecting Phu Yen as the first stop of this year’s activity plan. Now in its 17th year, Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific. For more information about Pacific Partnership and USNS Mercy, visit www.facebook.com/USNSMERCY, www.facebook. com/pacificpartnership, or https://www. msc.usff.navy.mil/ships/mercy/.

Ohio Boy Scouts Explore the Navy Entomology Center of Excellence By Lt.j.g. Victoria Wong

Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center

JACKSONVILLE, Fl. - The Navy Entomology Center of Excellence (NECE) played host to eight Boy Scouts from Troop 68, Wooster, Ohio for a facility tour and a brief introduction into the world of medical entomology, June 21. The Scouts, along with their Scoutmaster and chaperones, learned how NECE’s Navy entomologists and preventive medicine technicians support deployed forces around the globe against pests and disease-transmitting vectors. Members of Troop 68 toured NECE’s facilities and its biological specimen collection

(a resource for reference and teaching material of medically important organisms.) In the Training Lab, the Scouts used digital and stereo dissecting microscopes to observe live invertebrate pests of stored products - a commonly encountered entomological foe. “One way Navy entomologists support the fleet is ensuring our Sailors don’t get sick from contaminated food, by preventing and treating infestations of insects and other animals that can get into stored products,” said Lt. j.g. Jacob Underwood, NECE medical entomologist and Assistant Department Head of Global Health Operations. “It’s not only a health issue, but a morale issue.” NECE’s unique DoD mission is to develop and evaluate novel products, pesticides,

and technologies to better protect deployed forces from disease-carrying insects and other pests. As part of this mission, live insects are raised in NECE’s insectary for use in science research and to test the efficacy of these new technologies. Scouts were brought into the insectary in small groups to learn about mosquitoes and their life cycle, and to experience how NECE personnel raise mosquitoes for experimental use. “The group really enjoyed being up close and personal with the kinds of organisms Navy entomologists work with on a daily basis,” said NECE Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Austin Swagart. “They found it, ‘gross, but amazing as well’.”

As one Scout commented, “This place is really cool. More people should know what you guys do here!” NECE is a field activity of the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center (NMCPHC), Portsmouth, Va. NMCPHC develops and shapes public health for the U.S. Navy and Marines Corps through health surveillance, epidemiology and analysis, disease and injury prevention, and public health consultation. Learn more by going to www.nmcphc.med.navy.mil. Follow NMCPHC on social media at: https:// www.facebook.com/NavyAndMarineCorpsPublicHealthCenter http://twitter.com/ nmcphc and https://www.instagram.com/ nmcphc/

F/A-18 Super Hornet assigned to USS Harry S. Truman blown overboard due to unexpected heavy weather Press Release NAPLES, Italy - On July 8, 2022, an F/A18 Super Hornet assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1, embarked aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), blew overboard due

to unexpected heavy weather in the Mediterranean Sea. The carrier was conducting a replenishment-at-sea, which was safely terminated through established procedures. All personnel aboard the ship are accounted for.

One Sailor received minor injuries while conducting operations during the unexpected heavy weather. The Sailor is in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery. USS Harry S. Truman and embarked air-

craft remain full mission capable. Details and the cause of the incident are under investigation. For questions related to this release, contact U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa Public Affairs at CNE-C6FPAO@eu.navy.mil.

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The guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101) transits the Gulf of Oman during a search and rescue drill, April 15. Gridley is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations to help ensure maritime security in the Middle East region. PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS COLBY A. MOTHERSHEAD

U.S. Navy Supports UK Seizure of Iranian Missiles By Navcent Public Affairs

U.S. Naval Forces Central Command / U.s. 5Th Fleet

MANAMA, Bahrain - A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer supported maritime operations conducted by naval forces from the United Kingdom that resulted in the seizure of advanced weapons components during an interdiction in the Gulf of Oman, Feb. 25. Coordinated efforts among USS Gridley (DDG 101), HMS Montrose (F236) and combined air assets led to Royal Navy forc-

es confiscating surface-to-air missiles and cruise-missile rocket engines that originated from Iran, according to a statement released by the United Kingdom, July 7. Small boats attempting to smuggle the weapons were intercepted by the Royal Navy in January and February. Gridley’s crew deployed an MH-60 Seahawk helicopter during the February interdiction to provide overwatch. “We have a decades-long strategic relationship with the Royal Navy,” said Vice Adm. Brad Cooper, commander of U.S. Na-

val Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces. “Our continued collaboration on maritime interdictions in the Middle East reflects our extraordinary partnership and strong commitment to regional security and stability.” The weapons were seized along routes historically used to traffic weapons unlawfully to Yemen. The direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer of weapons to the Houthis in Yemen violates U.N. Security Council Resolution 2216 and international law. U.S. and UK naval forces regularly con-

duct regional maritime security operations to disrupt the transport of illicit cargo that can support terrorism and other unlawful activity. U.S. Navy warships operating in the Middle East seized nearly 9,000 illicit weapons in 2021. U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and United Kingdom Maritime Component Command are headquartered in Manama, Bahrain. The two commands regularly partner to foster regional maritime cooperation, safeguard key waterways and uphold international rules-based order.

NIWC Atlantic Engineer Receives Dr. Delores M. Etter Award By Kris Patterson

Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (Navwar)

CHARLESTON, SC — A Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic engineer was recently selected as one of the Navy’s top engineers for technical leadership that led to the development of new cryptologic applications for the Navy. Craig Alan McClanahan, lead scientist for NIWC Atlantic’s Emerging Technologies team, was presented the 2022 Dr. Delores M. Etter Top Scientists and Engineers Award under the “Individual Engineer” category on June 16 in Washington. Named after Etter, a former Assistant Secretary of the Navy (ASN) for Research, Development and Acquisition (RD&A), the awards recognize technical superiority, innovation, technical merit, operational impact and applicability to ASN RD&A priorities. McClanahan said he was humbled by the recognition. “I was very surprised [about the award],” McClanahan said. “The fact that I could get recognized for doing things that can’t be talked about, I believe highlights this accomplishment even more.” McClanahan was selected for his technical leadership and contributions to the Navy’s Signals Intelligence and Electronic Warfare (SIGINT/EW) initiative, which led to the development of new cryptologic applications based on engineering principles being utilized on other naval engineering endeavors, specifically in the signals domain. McClanahan said he credits the efforts of his team and the support of NIWC Atlantic leadership for his achievement. “I could not do what I do without my current team, which is made up of people with varying skill sets that allow us to have great diversity of talent,” said McClanahan. “My leadership has been very supportive in all of the work to date that I have been associated with. They give general guidelines and help secure program office funding to ensure my efforts are fully viable. “I have been very fortunate that throughout my career, I have had some of the best leaders and peers to guide me, allowing me to grow into my current position,” said McClanahan. To win a Dr. Etter award is not an easy goal to achieve, according to the Department of the Navy (DON). “The selection process is highly competitive. The technical excellence displayed by their achievements, their contributions, and resulting payoff to the DON are significant,” said Frederick J. Stefany, Principal Civilian Assistant Secretary of the Navy

Craig Alan McClanahan, lead scientist for Naval Information Warfare Center Atlantic’s Emerging Technologies team, was honored with the Dr. Delores M. Etter Top Scientists and Engineers Award under the“Individual Engineer”category June 16 at the Pentagon. PHOTO BY JOE BULLINGER

in a DON memo announcing the Dr. Etter awardees in April. A former Sailor and Cryptologic (Collection) Senior Chief Petty Officer, McClanahan continues to contribute to the success of the Navy as a DON civilian, as he sees his job at NIWC Atlantic as part of a very important mission. “My position is to find new cryptologic systems that can be deployed on-board U.S. Naval surface vessels,” McClanahan said. “This is done by knowing the current capability gaps, taking that information and either developing the system locally or having an industry partner that can help with

the development efforts.” “Being a career Navy man,” he added, “I always wanted to give back to the Navy and make it better for the future Sailors.” Supervisor Eric Muckin, NIWC Atlantic competency lead, commended McClanahan for his fervent work ethic. “Craig’s ability to deliver a competitive outcome by spearheading the engineering effort of this cutting-edge signals intelligence capability ultimately revolutionizes Naval decision making through rapid delivery as a disruptive analytics-driven, data-informed, and technology-empowered capability centered on cognitive overmatch

capabilities of human-machine teams,” said Muckin. “Craig is a passionate leader with a mission-first mentality and an infectious personality. The Navy will continue to grow exponentially and remain strong as long as talented, caring individuals such as Craig remain.” The Dr. Etter Award, through its yearly nominations and selections, encourages all DON scientists and engineers to continue pursuing innovations that support America’s fleet and warfighters; and to encourage future generations of engineers and scientists for Department of Navy positions.

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An MH-60R Seahawk from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 35, Detachment 1, provides aerial support to an interdiction team from guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG 92) approaching a fishing vessel May 16. The vessel was seized while transiting international waters in the Gulf of Oman. PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 3RD CLASS LILY GEBAUER

NAVCENT to Reward Individuals for Tips on Illegal Maritime Activity From Navcent Public Affairs U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) announced July 5 that it will begin rewarding individuals for voluntarily providing information that leads to the detection of illegal maritime activity and seizure of illicit cargo in waters across the Middle East. NAVCENT is establishing a program for the first time to reward individuals who voluntary report information that meets specific criteria under the Department of Defense Rewards Program. “Launching this program represents another example of our commitment to this

region and its security,” said Vice Adm. Brad Cooper, commander of NAVCENT, U.S. 5th Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces. “This also enhances our vigilance and supports counterterrorism efforts, which are essential to safeguarding the free flow of commerce.” NAVCENT could potentially reward a maximum $100,000 payout for information or nonlethal assistance that supports counterterrorism operations or leads U.S. naval forces to successfully seize illicit cargo such as illegal weapons or narcotics. Rewards can also be non-monetary and include items like boats, vehicles, food or equipment.

U.S. citizens are not eligible for rewards under the program. Last year, illicit cargo seizures in the Middle East skyrocketed after U.S. and multinational forces increased patrols in the Gulf of Oman and Arabian Sea. U.S. 5th Fleet warships seized nearly 9,000 illicit weapons, three times the amount seized in 2020. Additionally, the U.S.-led Combined Maritime Forces seized illegal drugs worth $500 million in street value, a higher amount than the previous four years combined. The U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations encompasses about 2.5 million square miles of water area and includes the Arabian

Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Red Sea and parts of the Indian Ocean. The region is comprised of 21 countries and includes three critical choke points at the Strait of Hormuz, the Suez Canal and the Strait of Bab al-Mandeb at the southern tip of Yemen. Tips can be reported by calling +973 3914-5845. The phone line is staffed by personnel with regional language expertise. Individuals with information can also report online by going to https://dodrewardsprogram.net. For additional information on how to report a tip or reward eligibility criteria, go to NAVCENT’s website at https://www.cusnc.navy.mil/DoD-RP/.

USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4) arrives in Victoria, Seychelles By Mass Communication Specialist 1St Class Fred Gray Iv The Lewis B. Puller-class expeditionary sea base USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4) anchored out in Victoria, Seychelles, July 3, 2022, for a scheduled visit. The port visit comes shortly after the passing of the ship’s namesake, Medal of Honor recipient retired Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) 4 Hershel Woodrow “Woody” Williams. Williams passed away on June 29, 2022, at the age of 98. “I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family and friends of retired CWO4 Williams,” said Capt. Chad Graham, commanding officer of USS Hershel “Woody” Williams. “He truly was an American hero, one whose example and courage we try to emulate in all that we do onboard. It is an honor and privilege to be the commanding officer of the vessel that bears his name.” As the ship prepares to mark Woody’s life in a future remembrance ceremony, Capt. Graham and the ship’s crew look to another important mission. While in Victoria, the crew will be afforded the chance to strengthen relations with the people of the Seychelles while representing the Navy and Military Sealift Command as well as their namesake to the local population. “This port visit in Seychelles is bittersweet to the crew, as it allows us a much needed break but also time to celebrate the life of our ship’s namesake,” said Capt. Chad Graham. “The crew proudly carries the name Hershel “Woody” Williams to every port and nation we visit, each sailor an ambassador of his legacy.” USS Hershel “Woody” Williams is the first ship named after the Medal of Honor recipient, following his actions in the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II. He was the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient from the second World War and his decades of service to his community and his country left a lasting legacy that will surely carry on for years to come.

The Lewis B. Puller-class expeditionary sea base USS Hershel“Woody”Williams (ESB 4) moves into position to anchor out at Victoria, Seychelles, July 3, 2022. Hershel“Woody”Williams is rotationally deployed to the U.S. Naval Forces Africa area of operations, employed by U.S. Sixth Fleet, to defend U.S., allied and partner interests. PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 1ST CLASS FRED GRAY IV

USS Hershel “Woody” Williams is the first warship permanently assigned to the U.S. Africa Command area of responsibility. The U.S. shares a common interest with African partner nations in ensuring security, safety, and freedom of navigation on the waters surrounding the continent, because these waters are critical for Africa’s prosperity and access to global markets. The ESB ship class is a highly flexible

platform that operates across a broad range of military operations. Acting as a mobile sea base, they are part of the critical access infrastructure that supports the deployment of forces and supplies to support missions assigned. For over 80 years, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-U.S. Naval Forces Africa (NAVEURNAVAF) has forged strategic relationships with allies and partners, leveraging a foun-

dation of shared values to preserve security and stability. HeadquarteredinNaples,Italy,NAVEURNAVAF 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.

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between the United States and Croatia. The Kearsarge ARG and embarked 22nd MEU are under the command and control of Task Force 61/2. The ARG consists of Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3); Arlington; and the 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 Europe-U.S. Naval Forces Africa (NAVEURNAVAF) has forged strategic relationships with our Allies and Partners, leveraging a foundation of shared values to preserve security and stability. HeadquarteredinNaples,Italy,NAVEURNAVAF 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.

Culinary Specialist Seaman Joshua Morgan, assigned to the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24), looks through shipboard binoculars while standing watch as Arlington arrives in Rijeka, Croatia for mid-deployment voyage repairs, July 4, 2022. Arlington is part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, under the command and control of Task Force 6½, on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. Naval Forces Europe area of operations, employed by U.S. Sixth Fleet, to defend U.S., allied and partner interests. PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 1ST CLASS JOHN BELLINO

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Nurse Corps officers were icing on the cake for the celebration. Both are long-time members of Oslo Lodge #35 Sons of Norway, Bremerton, with Cole having joined in 1975. Hueneke took it upon herself to reach out to the City of Bremerton Mayor’s Office for assistance to possibly connect with local Navy officials to help recognize and appreciate the significance of her friend’s birthday. “She has no local family, and as far as I know, she has one niece who lives out of state. Her Sons of Norway friends have stayed in touch with her and have honored her on her 100th and 101st birthday with flowers and good wishes. Since we have had no contact with anyone in the military, we hoped to have someone from the Navy participate in this small celebration,” related Hueneke, noting that Cole must have made some good friendships in the Norwegian community when she relocated to Bremerton and continued her nursing career. “She worked tirelessly in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s for the lodge, baking, decorating, serving on the building association, ladies club and much, much more,” continued Hueneke. “We continue to cherish her friendship and membership all these years.” Cole spent four years on active duty, including providing medical care for the Aleutian Islands Campaign in the early 1940s. In July, 1950, she married Jack Cole who passed away at an early age. She settled in Bremerton and continued her nursing career in a local clinic. She joined the Bremerton Sons of Norway Lodge in 1975. Her early years were spent growing up in Michigan. “Spent lot of time there. Don’t remember much,” related Cole. “We’ve been grateful for Anna Marie’s friendship and service all these years. What she has done in her lifetime, especially those years serving in a world war, represents all women everywhere by her

One hundred and two years young...Anna Marie Cole, former Navy Nurse Corps officer who served during World War Two, received a few surprise visitors - and many well-wishes - on her birthday, July 1, 2022, as Capt. Patrick Fitzpatrick, Naval Hospital Bremerton director and Navy Medicine Readiness Training Command Bremerton commanding officer, and Capt. Shawn Kase, Chief Nursing Officer, both current Navy Nurse Corps officers, presented her with a letter of commendation citing her“exceptional service to the United States Navy Nurse Corps during the Second World War.” PHOTO BY DOUGLAS H STUTZ, NHB/NMRTC BREMERTON PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER

dedication. We’re so proud of her,” stated Hueneke. Along with the letter of commendation from the Navy, Bremerton Mayor Greg Wheeler also sent birthday greetings and a

citation on behalf of the city. There were cards to open. Several gifts to unwrap, which included a U.S. Navy white service hat. The iconic dixie cup was festooned with the years of her birthday.

The colorful chapeau widened the already growing smile on the birthday girl. “I can’t tell you how pleased I am,” shared Cole. “This has been great. Who’d a thunk it?!”


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them right to where they need to be-at the shipyard.” Both employees have been in South Carolina for several months and volunteered for the mission. “It’s an adventure doing something we’ve not done before,” said Marshall. “It’s a good experience,” added Blocker. “You get to accomplish different things and participate in a team.” The team members have advice for those interesting in taking part in missions like these. “Be able to adapt to different things and a different environment. We are with good people who want to accomplish the mission,” said Blocker. “The Navy takes care of us,” said Marshall. “We are always able to reach back to Mechanicsburg for support.” “I’m very proud of the team members,” said Joines. “They volunteered during a pandemic.” NAVSUP WSS’s International Program/ Foreign Military Sales (FMS) directorate provides support to more than 80 countries around the world, ensuring foreign mission partners are prepared and equipped to participate in cooperative coalition military actions with U.S. Forces. NAVSUP WSS is one of eleven commands under Commander, NAVSUP. Headquartered in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, and employing a diverse, worldwide workforce of more than 22,500 military and civilian personnel. NAVSUP’s mission is to provide supplies, services, and quality-of-life support to the Navy and joint warfighter. Learn more at www.navsup. navy.mil, www.facebook.com/navsupwss and https://twitter.com/navsupsyscom.

Jimmy Blocker, a NAVSUP WSS logistician, and Kristen Marshall, a NAVSUP WSS outfitting specialist in front of the ship, formally known as the Oliver Hazard Perry Class Ship, USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49) in Charlestown, South Carolina in May. The team members are assisting Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and other partner agencies in refurbishing a ship for a sale to Bahrain. PHOTO COURTESY OF NAVSUP WEAPON SYSTEMS SUPPORT

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More stories with WWE Hall of Famers Diamond Dallas Page and Jake “The Snake” Roberts Part II Interview Conducted By Yiorgo Yiorgo: And now Part II with our interview with the stars of the “DDP Snake Pit Podcast”, Diamond Dallas Page and Jake “The Snake” Roberts. Their podcast can be seen and heard on all social media outlets where podcasts are seen and heard. If you missed reading Part I, you can access it here at this link. https://www.militarynews.com/ norfolk-navy-flagship/diamond-dallas-pagejake-the-snake-roberts-and-conrad-thompson-talk-about-their-friendship-their/ article_bd70afc4-fd5d-11ec-94aa-

872e81845240.html Dallas, you are one of the special guests Friday night July 29th at Conrad Thompson’s Starrcast V at the Roast of Ric Flair. Can you share a fun story about you and Ric? DDP: My favorite Ric Flair story is what he did for me during the WWE Hall of Fame week. It’s Monday after WrestleMania and we are leaving. Came out of the elevator and Nach is at the bar, we sit down and have a drink and he says, “You’re still living in Atlanta right? What time is your flight?” I said 7:30. He said, “You and your wife, fly with me. I got the limou-

sine, the lear jet, your Hall of Fame family now buddy, you are going to fly home with class.” I said, thank you but I can’t do that, I got all these bags. He said, “I don’t want to hear all that. Go put them in FedEx, they’ll ship your bags home and then you head home with me. I’ll see you downstairs and don’t call me before 12 O’Clock.” Long story short, he flew me home the next day and when he found out it was my birthday WrestleMania weekend, he took me and my wife out to dinner and sent us home in a limousine. So Ric Flair is legit, the limousine riding, jet flying, wheeling dealing son of a gun and I will be up there roasting him

because he asked me to. Y: Jake, on Sunday, July 31st at Starrcast V, Jim Crockett Promotions presents Ric Flair’s Last Match. Can you share a memory about the Crockett family and Ole Anderson as the booker? Jake Roberts: Oh my God. Because of Ole, I quit three times. Each time I was promised something and each time they failed to come threw. I liked the Crocketts very much. I have a lot of respect for all of them, David, Jackie and Jimmy, God bless him, he’s gone now. You know, someTurn to Stories, Page 3

Barry Art Museum to Receive Major Gift of the Waitzer Glass Collection From Old Dominion University NORFOLK, Va. — The Barry Art Museum at Old Dominion University announces a major gift from the Leah and Richard Waitzer Foundation. The late Leah and Richard Waitzer’s art glass acquisitions consist of 165 works in 20th-century and contemporary glass sculpture. Through the generosity of Leah and Richard’s three sons, Eddie, Brad and Scott Waitzer, directors of the Waitzer Foundation, the gift will more than double the Museum’s holdings in glass. The Waitzers were known as prominent civic leaders, philanthropists and art collectors. “Leah and Richard were enthusiastic, decisive and knowledgeable collectors, and they taught us a great deal,” said Museum co-founder Richard Barry. “We enjoyed the thrill of the hunt with them,” added Museum co-founder Carolyn Barry. “They had an especially keen eye for art and were generous in sharing their expertise with other collectors.” The considerable collection chronicles design masters such as Louis Comfort Tiffany, Frederick Carder, Émile Gallé and Nancy Daum Frères. There is a particular emphasis on early studio glass sculptures: 12 artworks alone track the arc of the career of Harvey Littleton, considered the founder of the American studio glass movement. Other early innovators and pioneers represented in the acquisitions include Dominick Labino, Marvin Liposfsky, Toots Zynsky and Therman Statom. The

Waitzers judiciously followed the development of studio glass in America and abroad with select international acquisitions. They expanded with works by European artists who were influencing their American counterparts, such as Italian maestro Lino Tagliapietra, German pioneer Erwin Eisch and Czech sculptors František Vizner, Pavel Hlava, Petr Hora and Stanislav Libenský. Over time, the Waitzer collection grew with works by universally recognized artists, such as Australian forefather Klaus Moje, Swedish sculptor Bertil Vallien, and Japanese creators Kimiake Higuchi, Kyohei Fujita and Hiroshi Yamano. “The Waitzer gift will complement the extensive glass holdings of the Museum, creating one of the most prominent collections of 20th century and contemporary glass sculpture in the United States,” said Barry Art MuseumBoard President Lewis Webb. “We are delighted that these remarkable pieces will remain here in Hampton Roads on the ODU campus to honor their legacy through education,” said Charlotte Potter Kasic, executive director of the Barry Art Museum. “The Waitzers were visionary - and mentors to many of us in the field. They inspired our own founders and set a precedent for art appreciation across Norfolk and the region.” The donation will allow visitors and scholars to appreciate the Waitzers’ discerning approach to building a landmark collection that

“The Waitzer gift will complement the extensive glass holdings of the Museum, creating one of the most prominent collections of 20th century and contemporary glass sculpture in the United States,” said Barry Art Museum Board President Lewis Webb. COURTESY PHOTO

traces the modern movements in glass. “We are excited that our parents’ glass collection will remain intact as it reflects their progression in collecting over 40 years,” noted Brad Waitzer, president of the Leah and Richard Waitzer Foundation. “Thedonationalso alignswith their lifelong interest in education, the arts, and the economic and cultural

development of Hampton Roads. As an added bonus, it seems particularly appropriate that it will live on with the Barrys’ collection as the couples traveled and collected together over many years.” “On behalf of the University, we express our sincere appreciation and lasting gratitude to the Waitzer family for their generous and significant donation to the

Barry Art Museum,” said ODU President Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D. “This collection represents a bold step forward and will continue to captivate and inspire current and future generations.” The Museum is slated to stage a public exhibition of the Waitzer Collection in the spring of 2023 and will establish a gallery dedicated to their philanthropy.

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Director Derrion La’Zachan Hawkins brings the play “School Girls or the African Mean Girls Play” to life at the Generic Theater Interview Conducted By Yiorgo Yiorgo: With us today is local play Director Derrion La’Zachan Hawkins. Born in Quinton, Virginia and raised halfway between Virginia and North Carolina where his family is from, Mr. Hawkins is very excited to talk to us today about the play “School Girls or the African Mean Girls Play ‘’ that he is currently directing at the Generic Theater in Norfolk, Virginia. Why should people come to see this play? What will they get out of it, see and experience? Derrion La’Zachan Hawkins: They should come and see “School Girls” because it’s an amazing piece of text and is so relatable to issues not just to people in the black community but people in general who are going through many different ways of being bullied and feeling ostracized from everything and everybody. It really gives you the insight to the world we live in today and seeing everyone as an individual dealing with internal struggles from self worth to comparing themselves to others. You see redemption and building oneself up, becoming a better person and I think it’s something that we need to see more so we can understand what we need to do to progress in life forward and bring positivity to our world. The audience should expect to see a lot of funny, Africa culturally funny, as it relates to the year 1986. The audience is going to laugh, cry and it is without a doubt, an emotional roller coaster from start to finish. Y: Where and when is the play being performed, where is the venue located and how can they get tickets for the play? DLH: The play is being performed at Generic Theater, located in the basement of Chrysler Hall in Norfolk, Virginia. The only way to get there is to come into the Norfolk Scope parking garage, come on down to the lower level, then come to the little hall. The performances are going on now through July 23rd, held on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sunday at 2:30pm. Tickets can be purchased in person at the box office or online at https://www.generictheater.org/ I do recommend that people purchase their tickets online, due to limited availability. Y: Without giving too much away, can you tell us what the play is about? DLH: I definitely don’t want people to be confused that the show is related in any way to “Mean Girls” the movie. There is really nothing academic about this. It’s basically about high school girls at a female boarding school in Ghana. You see them going through life, lunch time, girl gossip and drama. There is a beauty pageant, somebody has to win and somebody has to lose and here comes a curveball from life and then things happen. Y: Why did you decide to direct this play? DLH: It was available and it really resonated with my mother while she was still here with us. It’s basically her story of being the lightest skin person in our family. We spoke about it and how people can be so mean because we look different. I’m a very




positive person and to know that people have been hurt like this, I was like, oh no we have to tell the story because it’s real and it’s still happening today. It’s such a relevant piece of text that the world needs to see it and it needs to be in your face. The show was supposed to happen in 2020 but then covid hit. I’m thankful for the time to think and grasp the concept, the culture and get peoples input and do the needed research. I was glad that I had the

time to sit home and do more research and development. From my initial viewpoint of 2020 to know, it’s nothing like what it is today. From the costumes to the staging, to the artwork, to the presentation, I am so thankful I had the time. Y: Talk a little about your cast and the rehearsal process from the director’s point of view. What do you look for, how do you get the best out of your actors, etc? DLH: My cast is so phenomenal. I have

middle schoolers up through college and even seasoned professionals in the industry. Seeing all of them coming together and what they bring to the table, being such a welcoming experience, not for just me but for the girls in the show. You see the middle schoolers, so hungry, so eager to learn and get the experience. Then you have the more seasoned who willingly want to show how a scene is done and what to expect. It’s been nothing but non-stop love. To get the best out of my actors, I have been very adamant, open and honest about the show from the initial audition. It was in the casting notice about the sensitivity of the show and that it is really rooted in colorism. It’s not a colorblind cast. Everybody was cast based on how they looked and carried themselves because of the subject matter of the show so that the visual aesthetic is actually met. It’s a very heavy piece of text and I wanted the girls to know that we had a very safe place. We did 100% closed rehearsals, we did character development and have the understanding that there is an immediate separation from character to the actress. When they are on stage, I don’t want people to oh I’m belittling and degrading you. No, that’s the character, that’s the script, please don’t be offended. We went through so much at the beginning to make sure we all loved each other. We start every rehearsal with a prayer and positive affirmations and we end the same way, so we can keep that positive vibe going. It’s a comedy with the trauma and realism of the text. We are all so excited to share this play with the audience. With six performances under our belt and six more to go, we are forever grateful for the already four SOLD OUT performances that we had. So if you don’t want to miss our show, make sure to pre-order your tickets and we will see you there. 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.

Elizabeth River Trail Foundation Breaks Ground on The Glowline From The Elizabeth River Trail Foundation NORFOLK, Va. — The Elizabeth River Trail Foundation breaks ground on its newest amenity, The Glowline, at Jeff Robertson Park in Norfolk. This first-of-its-kind amenity on the East Coast, The Glowline is an 800-foot luminous path. The concrete trail is embedded with light-sensitive aggregate stones that will absorb UV/UB sunlight during the day and glow an intense green during the night. The path will wrap the northwest playing fields in Jeff Robertson Park with the design pattern of a fiddlehead fern. Throughout the night, the light of the stones will fade and begin a natural recharging cycle each day. Taylor Construction is installing this newest amenity for the Elizabeth River Trail Foundation. Timmons Group engineered The Glowline, and WPA designed the fiddlehead fern stencil pattern outlined by the stones. The Glowline is funded through ERTF’s capital campaign and the generous lead sponsorship of Elizabeth River Crossings, operators of the Downtown and Midtown Tunnels. “As a company, we are really prioritizing our environmental, social and governance impact here in the local community,” says Anna Bonet, CEO of Elizabeth River Crossings. “The health of the Elizabeth River and the vitality of this trail that surrounds it are very important to us. We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be a part of this oneof-a-kind project.” Jeff Robertson Park was chosen as an ideal spot for The Glowline because it’s one of the least illuminated sections of the Elizabeth River Trail and because the park is beloved by the community. With the Weyanoke Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary on one end and the gateway to the railyard on the other, The Glowline pattern will mirror the greenery of the bird sanctuary creating

Construction of The Glowline. (COURTESY OF ERTF)

a unique sense of place. The project is expected to take about six weeks, and there will be detours in place around this section of trail during construction. For specific routing information, visit www.elizabethrivertrail.org. “This has been a long-awaited project with countless hours of planning, glow stone tests, crowdfunding and the construction of 16-foot-long stencil patterns,” said Kindra Greene, executive director of the Elizabeth River Trail Foundation. “To be able to finally break ground after

pandemic setbacks is so special. We are bringing something really magical to the community and envision The Glowline as a spot for family memory making. Look for a glow party in early fall to celebrate this new amenity.” The Elizabeth River Trail Foundation’s mission is to promote, enhance and transform the Elizabeth River Trail into the most iconic urban riverfront trail in the country. The ERT runs 10.5 miles and connects businesses, historic attractions and 28 neighborhoods within a five-minute

walk. The multi-use trail is designed for walking, running and biking. It comprises 11 sections and 11 trailheads from Norfolk State University to NIT Terminals along the Elizabeth River. Highlights include Harbor Park, Downtown Norfolk, Freemason Historic District, Sentara campus, Fort Norfolk, Chelsea, West Ghent, Lambert’s Point, Old Dominion University, Larchmont and Lochhaven. Major sponsors include Sentara and the City of Norfolk. For more information, visit www.elizabethrivertrail.org.

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Nando’s is spreading its wings from the tip of Africa to Virginia Beach! World-Famous South African Chicken Restaurant Brings Its Signature FlameGrilled Spice and Art-Filled Interiors to Town Center of Virginia Beach By Jim Popkin

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.— Nando’s PERiPERi, the beloved South African restaurant brand recognized around the world for its spicy flame-grilled chicken, is hatching in Virginia Beach. The restaurant is set to open in late fall 2022. ThelocationwillmarkNando’sfirstrestaurant in the Hampton Roads region and the brand’s latest new-market opening. Earlier this month, Nando’s announced it is opening two Houston-area restaurants next year, in advance of future expansion throughout Texas. The new Virginia Beach and Texas Nando’s are a testament to the global company’s commitment to growth in the US market andarethefirstnew-marketopeningsinseven years. “As we come out of the pandemic, it’s time to get back to seeing friends and family over a good meal. Nando’s can’t wait to bring our world-famousPERi-PERichickentoVirginia Beach residents. We’re thrilled to support this community through new jobs and mouth watering chicken,” said John Fisher, CEO of Nando’s PERi-PERi. The company’s journey from the tip of AfricatothebeachesofVirginia—anadventure whichbegan35yearsagowithasinglelocation inJohannesburg—nowspans24nationsfrom Australia to Zimbabwe. Landing stateside in 2008withitsinauguralUSrestaurantinWashington, DC, the brand has since expanded to nearly 50 sites in DC, Virginia, Maryland, and Chicago. Nando’s flagship Virginia Beach location is headed for a prime site in Town Center of Virginia Beach near the Funny Bone Comedy Club and the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts. It will feature original, contempo-

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times you let people get control of your ship when they have no idea what being a captain is all about. I’m talking about Ole. He was a bully, loud, obnoxious, and mean. He had the Crocketts interest at hart and he wanted to succeed. Ole was a great wrestler and not a great booker. I wound up going to Georgia Championship Wrestling and I became the booker. I use to drive Ole nuts. He would ask what we would do on television the day before and I would write up some crazy. Of course I was not going to do any of that, I just wanted to drive Ole nuts and I did, but I was also very successful in that position. It was great to be asked by the Crocketts. They actually flew me in to sit in a book meeting and let me see what I thought. Now that’s the greatest compliment I ever got. I think it was 1985-86 right before I left. Vince bought Georgia Championship Wrestling crushed my dreams. I went to Texas and worked for the Von Erichs where I starved to death, then went to Bill Watts where I made some money, and after that I went to WWF. There are a lot of stories that we are going to talk on our podcast about and everybody is going to hear them and a lot of them will be in my book that I am about ¾ done and I have 600 pages. I am going to put it out on my own because I don’t want it cut up in any way. They are my words and I stand by them. Y: Dallas, what motivated you to start DDP Yoga? DDP: It was more of a necessity. I had just signed a multi million dollar three year deal with WCW and I, even though I worked on top, started at age 35 and my career taking off and exploding in Jan-April of 1997 at the back end of the age of 40. I worked on top with so many guys on top but never got paid top money. I got paid $275,000-$295,000 a year and everybody else was making seven figures. I finally got paid and that’s where I took ownership of the Diamond Cutter and my name or I was not going to stay. You have to own your brand. I wouldn’t be caught dead doing yoga the first 42 years of my life but now I would do anything. There were no modifications, I had to figure things out. I started realizing in the first three weeks that I’m feeling better, I’m still doing rehab. By that time in my life I had rehabbed both shoulder surgeries, both knee surgeries and I knew a lot about rehab and breaking up tissue. So I started mixing them together, I threw in old school calisthenics so I was doing something that is not necessarily yoga. It is but it’s not. And in less than three months I was back in the ring. At 42 they said my career was over. At 43 I was the world’s champ. And I am the oldest world champ ever. I realized at that point, I was going to need to do this the rest of my life. And when I was out in LA and I was frustrated with what was happening with my acting career, I decided to focus on what today is known as DDPY or DDP Yoga because there I can control my own destiny. I’m going to put all of my own money in and I was $548,000 before I made a dime. It was also eight years and as crazy as it sounds, when I went to do wrestling at 31 it took eight years to be an overnight success with wrestling. I never left acting. I was doing both. Once I got with that disabled veteran, by the end of 2007, he was a completely different person. That became my driving

Dishes on the menu at Nando’s PERi-PERi. (COURTESY OF NANDO’S PERI-PERI)

rary South African art and furniture. The 3,050-square-foot Nando’s will offer dine-in seating for nearly 100 customers, a spacious outdoorpatio,andconvenienttake-outservice. Convenient parking will also be available for customers. The concept’s popularity can be traced to PERi-PERi — or African Bird’s Eye Chilli — the heart and soul of the Nando’s experience. “WemarinateourchickeninPERi-PERiforat least24-hours,sotheflavorgoesrightthrough to the bone,” Fisher explained. “Then we grill it over an open flame and baste it with PERiPERi sauce to the customer’s preferred spice level.That’swhatmakesourchickensoaddictive.”

Nando’s sources all its PERi-PERi through 1,400 local farmers in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi, and South Africa who are empowered with upfront access to funds, equipment, and seedlings as well as a guaranteed commitment by the company to buy the farmers’cropsatafairpricedeterminedbefore the growing season even starts. WHAT: Nando’s Opening in Virginia Beach Town Center WHERE: 221 Central Park Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 WHEN: Late Fall 2022 About Nando’s PERi-PERi After making its 1987 debut in Johannesburg, South Africa, Nando’s has spread its

flame to legions of fans in 24 countries on five continents who can’t resist the allure of succulent PERi-PERi chicken that’s been marinated for 24 hours, flame-grilled to perfection,andbastedtocustomers’preferred flavor and spice. The restaurant is equally renowned for its spicy PERi-PERi — the Bird’s Eye Chilli Pepper that indigenous Africans introduced to the Portuguese centuries ago. Nando’sPERi-PERienteredtheUSmarket in2008withtheopeningofitsfirstlocationin Washington,D.C.,andnowoperatesnearly50 restaurantsinandaroundVirginia,Maryland, Washington, and Chicago. For more information, visit www.nandosperiperi.com

force with the greatest transformation in history. So now I had to keep believing, keep working and keep investing. I really was down to my last 100,000 grand. It came at a perfect time when it took off. It was really me and Steve Yu, a really brilliant dude and when we got together we had magic. I have several partners and together they own about 20%, which I gave them because of the time that they put in and I own 80% of everything and no one can tell me what to do. I’m the visionary. Steve is the storyteller. I create stories and Steve tells them. We have been very successful together. Y: I saw that video transformation of the military veteran, truly inspiring and so life changing for him. DDP: Well since this interview is for the Flagship Newspaper, first God Bless all the navy personnel there in Norfolk, Virginia and all over the world. We do all kinds of specials for our DDP Yoga from 10% to 30% around Christmas time. I never go over 30% unless it’s military and then as far as I’m concerned, every single day is Veterans Day so every single day it’s 50% off for my app and my DVDs. Go to ddy.com it’s on the page, veterans and first responders are 50% off. Y: Can you tell us about ‘Relentless?’ DDP: We started by making a video to show people our company, what DDP Yoga was, how it came about, and at some point it was so good that we decided let’s make this a documentary too. We had a film from 17 years ago. It’s an amazing, super inspirational story along the lines of “The Resurrection of Jake ‘The Snake’ ” but not as dark. If someone is trying to find their way or be an entrepreneur, to me it’s a must see. First of all, understanding the thing you are trying to do could take a decade. Be relentless. Even with Jake, there’s a scene where I said, I would never quit on you dude. You quit on you, that’s a different story. The relationship that me and Jake have today, there are no two closer friends. He really appreciates what I did for him and continues to do for him. I always look out for Jake. People just love him. I’m so glad that he can live his best life in his 60’s. He loves himself for the first time ever. I try to help people find their self worth, because I’ve got plenty. Y: Jake, what does DDP mean to you? JR: He is my brother, and I want to thank him for opening my eyes to what life really is and how sweet it can be. Without him I would have never enjoyed what I produced. I hated myself for years but now I can be proud of some of the things that I have done without the same or the hate and I am very grateful for that. Y: Dallas, Guardians of Justice is an incredible show streaming now on Netflix. How did you get involved with that and what part do you play? DDP: Adi Shankar who as a young man produced “Killing Them Softly”, “Walk Among The Tombstones” and so much more. We became good friends when he was 23. He is 37 now. I was going to do a one shot series for him, of “The Punisher: Dirty Laundry.” He actually got Thomas Jane, the original Punisher to play him. I was going to be the disabled vet at the liquor store in the hood. He got Ron Perman, they both did it for nothing. He was one of the producers that put it together, it was his idea. He has a company called Bootleg Universe and he took the characters of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, renamed them, and created a story that is a satire, it’s tongue in cheek.

It started off as something we were going to do for youtube. The Batman character is Night Hawk who is in his 60’s, he drinks, he smokes, he has cancer, takes pills, etc. That character is me. Marvelous Man is the Superman character, Wonder Woman is the Golden Goddess, The Flash is Speed but it’s a woman. Nowadays you have Marvel with swap genders, we were doing that way before anybody did any of that. It took seven years to get this together. He uses eight different types of animation, from claymation to 3D animation. The show is shot like a regular film and then it looks like it’s stepping into a graphic novel that comes to life. You’ve never seen anything like it. Everything is different. The first shot is 1947 when the third World War was going on. When it looks like we are going to destroy ourselves, this guy (Marvelous Man) comes out of the sky and stops WWIII. Next thing you know it takes you to 1987 and you have to tune in to see. When I first got the script, there was so much dialogue. Adi calls me and says, “We’ve been talking for a while about working together. I’ve got this script, no one has seen it, pick whatever role you want.” I’m like yea right. What part do you want me to play? And he says, “No one has seen it. Go ahead and read it, and pick the part you want. It’s written like the characters are like a version of Batman, Superman, etc. but that’s not who they are, it’s a version of them.” I read it all the way through, there is one heel or bad guy called Mind Master and I told him I want to do that character. Adi said, “What about the Batman character?” I said, that’s a lot of dialogue, I don’t know if i could do that. Abi said, “Listen, I want you to read it again and then call me.” I read it again, I called him back and said, Adi I see you want me to play this Night Hawk character but man it’s a lot of dialogue, I don’t know if I could do it. What’s crazy is, he convinced me to do it, I learned all that dialogue and because of the way it was shot, they did re-shoots, and changed storylines, probably a third of it or more is gone. It was a great learning process. Now because it’s Netflix and because the show is so unusual, it’s going to get a cult following and those are the people that come to comic cons and get your autographs. This show can be really, really special. It’s a little bit of a lot of different sci-fi genres and how we mix in the animation, you’ve never seen anything like it. I am the Batman character Night Hawk. It’s a big spot. It’s my show man. I am the lead. It could change my life again, like what happened with Randy Savage and also the NWO. We will see. I put that in the universe. Y: That’s a perfect segway. Can you share those memories of your feud with Randy Savage and the NWO? DDP: I came up with the idea to turn on Scott Hall and Kevin Nash of the NWO. It was my idea 100%. From how I put the shirt on, they hug me to drop them. That was lightning, the rocket that I was about to get on. When Randy Savage brought me in and put me over, (agreed to lose to me), that so drastically, so dramatically, changed my life on so many levels, I can’t explain it. Everything I ever dreamed came true on steroids. It was like oh my God. I’m a guy that sets goals. I’m always pretty close and a lot of times I blow right past them. Y: How about a wow moment or two that you have experienced? DDP: When I found out Superstar Billy Graham was a fan of mine, that was a wow

moment. Another one was getting to meet Dusty Rhodes for the first time and next thing you know he is telling me I’m going to be the Jesse Ventura of the 90’s and I tell him, Dusty, I don’t know a wrist lock from a wrist watch bro. I don’t know enough to be a color commentator. And Dusty says, “Don’t worry about it kid, Gordon Solie will walk you through it all.” Dusty became my mentor. I do a lot of Cameos at cameo.com and I tell this story over and over again. I was talking with Dusty one night in 1994, complaining and I said, Dusty I know I will never be you or Ric or Hulk or the world champion. And when I said that I would never be a world champion, Dusty said, “Well then what the blank are you doing it for? Dallas, as hard as you believe and work for it, if you don’t believe that, then get the blank out of our business.” Dusty kept talking. I don’t remember what else he said but I remember exactly what I did. I took a yellow pad and I wrote down: I WILL BE THE WORLD CHAMPION IN 5 YEARS OR LESS. It was 4 years, 4 months and 14 days and that was the day I stepped in the ring with Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan and Sting with Randy Savage as the guest referee. Now I don’t really think about that magic moment but when I’m doing those Cameos, I tell that story a lot. At one point I realized that I told Dusty 4 years, 4 months and 14 days before it happened that I would never be a Ric or Hulk or a world champion, but wait a second, I stepped in the ring with Ric and Hulk and Sting and I walked out the world champ. Y: And you became the world champ by pinning Ric Flair. I am a strong believer of your other catch phrase, “Don’t think it, ink it.” DDP: Talk about manifesting something into reality, not realizing how intricate that was. And to me, Ric Flair was the Man. The greatest of all time and for him to put me over in the middle of the ring for my first world championship, meant the world to me. Again, Ric did not have to do it. Dusty once told me, “In our business, there are two things that are real. The first is winning that first world championship and second going into that Hall of Fame.” I was able to do both and for me, both of my memories deal with Ric Flair. So that’s the biggest wow, wow, moment. Did that really happen? Yea it really happened just like that. Y: Can you share a Muhammad Ali story? DDP: I have two. The first time I met him, he stood up and said, “Diamond, lock up.” And we locked up. That was a huge moment for me. My favorite moment, I don’t have a picture of but he was getting in a limo and drove away and I saw him leaving and I screamed as loud as I could his name. The van stopped, he pushed that button, the door opened up and I got to give him a hug and that was the last time I saw him. Y: Jake, how about a Tony Khan story? JR: Probably the only person I ever met as a promoter or owner other than Paul Baush from Huston many years ago. Tony is a sweet, sweet person that has the best interest of not only the wrestlers but the fans too. Tony loves wrestling, like no other owner I ever met. Vince loves it too but not for the beauty of it like Tony Khan loves it. And I think that’s really the key to success. 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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Vegan Pulled Chipotle Chik’n Sliders. COURTESY OF SWEET EARTH FOODS

Savory, Plant-Based Summer Entertaining By Family Features Inviting loved ones and neighbors for a backyard barbecue is a timeless summer traditionbringing togetherfavoritefoodsand friendly conversation. At your next cookout, remember tomake theexperience warm and welcoming for everyone, including those looking to incorporate more plant-based foods into their diets, by offering up a variety of options at the table. You can make it easy to enjoy a meatless summer soiree loaded with flavor by using an option like Sweet Earth Plant-Based Chik’n, a ready-to-eat solution offering an excellent source of protein per serving, made with vegan ingredients. The pre-marinated options mean less time spent cooking and more time catching up with friends and family in the summer sun while eating delicious meals. Perfect for enjoying in a variety of ways, it’s a bold and savory centerpiece in these Vegan Pulled Chipotle Chik’n Sliders that combine a sweet and spicy chipotle-maple sauce with fresh veggies for a saucy bite full of plant-based protein. Put a taste bud-tingling twist on fajita night with Jerk Chik’n Fajitas with Black Rice, an easy way to channel your inner chef and serve up a flavorful, plant-based meal. Find more delicious plant-based recipes and products at sweetearthfoods.com. Vegan Pulled Chipotle Chik’n Sliders Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Servings: 10-12 3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce

¼ cup ketchup ¼ cup maple syrup 1 cup veggie broth 1 teaspoon allspice 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 small red onion, diced 1 pinch kosher salt 1pinch pepper 3 cloves garlic, minced ½ lemon, juice only 1 package (8 ounces) Sweet Earth Chipotle Chik’n 12 vegan brioche slider buns Vegan Spicy Mayo: ½ cup vegan mayo 2 tablespoons vegan sour cream 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce 2 tablespoons cilantro, finely minced 2 teaspoons fajita seasoning 1 lime, juice only Optional toppings: 1 jar pickle chips ½ cup purple shredded cabbage ½ cup jalapeno peppers ½ cup shredded carrots ½ cup diced tomatoes In blender, puree peppers with ketchup, maple syrup, broth, allspice and brown sugar. Set aside. In pan over medium heat, add oil. Once oil beginstoshimmer,addonionandseasonwith salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally. Once onions become translucent, around 5 minutes, add garlic. After 1 minute, add pepper puree blend to pan along with lemon juice and stir to combine. Once mixed, fold in chipotle plant-based

Jerk Chik’n Fajitas with Black Rice. (COURTESY OF SWEET EARTH FOODS)

“chicken” and cook 3-4 minutes until heated through. To make vegan spicy mayo: In bowl, mix mayo, sour cream, peppers, cilantro, fajita seasoning and lime juice. Spread vegan spicy mayo on buns and add plant-based “chicken” mixture. Top with pickle chips, cabbage, jalapenos, carrots and tomatoes, as desired. Jerk Chik’n Fajitas with Black Rice Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Servings: 2-3 Marinade: 1 tablespoon brown sugar 2 teaspoons lime juice

¼ cup soy sauce 1 tablespoon avocado oil or olive oil 1 Scotch bonnet pepper 2 tablespoons Jamaican jerk seasoning 1 teaspoon minced garlic salt, to taste pepper, to taste Fajita Fixings: 1 package (8 ounces) Sweet Earth Mindful Chik’n Strips ½ teaspoon avocado oil ½ white onion, chopped 1 small green pepper, chopped ½ yellow pepper, chopped flour tortillas, warmed black rice, cooked Mango Salsa: 1 chopped mango 3 teaspoons lime juice 2 teaspoons chopped cilantro ¼ cup red onion, chopped 1 small red bell pepper, chopped To make marinade: In blender, blend brown sugar, lime juice, soy sauce, oil, bonnet pepper, Jamaican jerk seasoning, garlic and salt and pepper, to taste, until smooth. To make fajitas: Marinate plant-based “chicken” in jerk sauce for 1 hour. In grill pan on stove over medium heat, heat oil. Cook plant-based “chicken” until heated through. In separate pan, add splash of oil and cook white onion, bell pepper and yellow pepper. Add plant-based “chicken” to veggies and cook 1-2 minutes. To make mango salsa: In bowl, mix mango, lime juice, cilantro, red onion and red bell pepper. Add jerk plant-based “chicken” and mango salsa to tortillas. Serve with black rice.

Celebrate Caesar Salad Season By Family Features Light bites and summer just seem to go hand-in-hand, especially when the temperature outside means turning on the oven is out of the question. Whether you’re trying to put a meal on the table quickly or serving a crowd at your next summer get-together, putting a few small twists on seasonal favorites, such as Caesar salad kits, can be a perfect solution when you want to kick back and relax instead of spending extra time in the kitchen. With more than 100 varieties of fresh, healthy and convenient ready-to-eat salads — including nine Caesar salad varieties — Fresh Express offers tasty and versatile salad kits that feature premium ingredients and can be eaten as a standalone salad or dressed up in next to no time to make mealtime a true celebration of the season. For example, this Muffuletta Caesar Sandwich gets its flavor from the Caesar Chopped Salad Kit, which includes chopped romaine, Parmesan Caesar dressing and savory croutons topped with cracked pepper and grated Parmesan cheese. Simply fill two bread bowls with giardiniera, red peppers, green olives, celery, parsley, salami, cheese and salad then combine to meld the flavors for a tasty take on an Italian specialty sandwich. Or add breaded calamari to the classic, restaurant-style Caesar Salad Kit featuring crisp romaine lettuce, rich and flavorful Caesar dressing, crunchy garlic croutons and Parmesan cheese for a perfect first-course salad, no trip to a restaurant needed. Visit freshexpress.com for more mealtime inspiration and to find salad kits at a store near you. Muffuletta Caesar Sandwich Prep time: 20 minutes Servings: 8 1 jar (16 ounces) mild or hot giardiniera, drained, liquid reserved 1 jar (12 ounces) roasted red peppers,

Muffuletta Caesar Sandwich. COURTESY OF FRESH EXPRESS

drained and chopped 1 can (6 ounces) chopped green olives, drained and diced ½ cup celery, diced ¼ cup minced fresh parsley 1 round loaf Italian bread (2 pounds) 8 ounces sliced provolone cheese 8 ounces sliced Genoa salami 8 ounces sliced mozzarella cheese 3 packages (9.4 ounces each) Fresh Express Caesar Chopped Salad Kits 8 ounces sliced mortadella In bowl, combine giardiniera, red peppers, olives, celery, parsley and 2 tablespoons reserved giardiniera liquid; mix well. Cut bread in half horizontally; tear out some bread, leaving about ½-inch to create bowl. Fill bottom bread bowl with olive salad. Layer with provolone cheese, salami and mozzarella cheese. Place greens from one salad kit into bowl;

toss with salad dressing. Add toppings; toss to combine. Place in top bread bowl; layer with mortadella. Carefully flip top half of bread over and place on top of fillings in bottom half. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap; press down to compress. Let sit 15 minutes to blend flavors. Cut sandwich into eight wedges. Make remaining two salad kits to serve as side dish. Calamari Caesar Salad Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes Servings: 4 1 package (10 ounces) breaded calamari 1 package (9.8 ounces) Fresh Express Caesar Salad Kit 8 Campari tomatoes, sliced 4 lemon wedges Bake calamari according to package directions.

Calamari Caesar Salad. (FRESH EXPRESS)

In large bowl, toss greens from salad kit with salad dressing. Add toppings; toss to combine. Divide salad evenly among four plates. Top each with calamari, tomatoes and lemon wedge. Serve with sauce from calamari package.

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An Airman stacks sand bags in preparation for the 2022 hurricane season at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 27, 2022. PHOTO BY KEMBERLY GROUE

How Military Hospitals and Clinics Prepare for Disasters By Janet A. Aker

Mhs Communications

When disaster strikes — like massive wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes or floods — military hospitals and clinics need to be prepared. These major facilities across the Military Health System have to continue existing operations, and at the same time they also need to be prepared to treat injuries or illnesses that might result from the disaster itself. That’s why it’s essential that military hospitals and clinics be prepared in the event of an evacuation. “We look at our plans, our hazards vulnerability assessment for the area, and we sit down with all of the nurses, different department heads, and we get a list of medical items

that they might need for each event,” said Christopher Springer, head of the Emergency Management/MEM, Naval Medical Center San Diego. Each military hospital and clinic has multiple mobile medical kits at the ready for different disaster situations as part of their continuity of operations plans when Disaster Medical Assistance Teams are called upon. “They contain everything from syringes to IV bags, catheters to sodium chloride,” Springer said. The list is of medical materiel is so large because military hospitals and clinics provide a higher level of care. “We have one mobile kit for evacuation. We have one for sheltering in place, we have one for a possible active shooter. That way, we have something to quickly reference to see whether we have all those items,” which

are stored throughout each facility, according to Springer. Military hospitals and clinics have generators, back-up generators, and external generators, as well as multiple back-ups for refrigerators for medications. “If all other redundancies fail, our facilities department is prepared to reach out to pre-identified contractors and vendors who can provide necessary resources,” he said. Evacuating a Military Hospital or Clinic To evacuate an entire facility when the worst-case scenario happens and there is no power at all, medical staff would escort ambulatory patients down stairwells or use medical evacuation sleds for bed-ridden patients. “In the worst-case scenario, we may have to hold some patients on station at our

pre-evacuation locations until we get EMS vehicles to arrive to transport patients to another location,” Springer said. Military medical personnel will continue to support wounded warfighters and beneficiaries no matter what disaster occurs. “If they’re not prepared mentally, and if theirfamilyis notprepared,ifthey’reworried about their family, their minds might tend to go somewhere else instead of focusing on the patient care mission,” Springer suggested. To counter this, “the biggest thing I instruct the staff to do is to make sure you know your surroundings, make sure you have the ability to communicate, and make sure you have a plan to let your family know that if a disaster happens, you both know where to go and who to contact,” Springer said.

Kendall talks PTSD, mental health with medical leaders By Shireen Bedi

Air Force Medical Service

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. — Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall met with Air Force Medical Service leaders to discuss the Department of the Air Force’s approach for prioritizing post-traumatic stress disorder care and support during a visit to Joint Base Andrews June 24. Air Force Deputy Surgeon General Maj. Gen. John J. DeGoes joined Kendall in meeting with medics from the 316th Medical Group this PTSD Awareness month to explain ongoing initiatives and new policies aimed at improving access to mental health care resources. “We are piloting a targeted mental health care tactic at several bases. We are triaging and directing members to the appropriate support and care they need. Many people assume every patient needs a mental health appointment, but that is not always the case,” DeGoes said. “Some benefit from group therapy, while others may need a chaplain or a Military and Family Life Counselor. As a result, we are reducing wait times for mental health appointments and increasing access to all available mental health resources.” Learning the necessary skills to manage stressors and knowing when to reach out for help are key to managing PTSD. In an effort to bring care closer to service members and families, the AFMS is expanding its Operational Support Team concept where providers rotate through units. Within the remotely piloted aircraft community, PTSD prevention efforts

Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall, center, speaks with Joint Base Andrews senior leaders during PTSD Awareness Month at Joint Base Andrews, Md., June 24, 2022. The group is striving to bring awareness to PTSD and PTSD-related services that are available to Airmen and their families. AIRMAN 1ST CLASS ISABELLE CHURCHILL

include emotional intelligence training and strategies to manage the stressors that come with their unique operational environment. “The most effective treatment has been trauma-focused therapies where providers use different approaches to help the patient process through the traumatic event,” said Lt. Col. Catherine Callender, deputy, Air Force Director of Psychological Health, Air Force Medical Readiness Agency. “Prolonged exposure therapy is an exam-

ple; providers gradually help patients face the memories they have been avoiding and address thoughts that may be contributing to difficulties.” The DAF continuously works to ensure all members diagnosed with PTSD receive the latest and most effective evidence-based care. Once diagnosed, up to 95% of those who receive, and complete treatment no longer meet the criteria for the disorder. “Mental health care is health care, and the

old misconception about a diagnosis being the end of someone’s career is outdated thanks to advancing support, medical research, and evolving policies,” Kendall said. “Every Airman and Guardian is critical to our mission and we need every member of the team at their best. One Team, One Fight.” Kendall ended his visit by coining three Airmen and thanking all DAF mental health professionals for their dedication to their job and the mission.

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Dogs, Cats, Other Pets

Dogs, Cats, Other Pets

Dogs, Cats, Other Pets

Dogs, Cats, Other Pets




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