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New commanding officer The Virginia-class fast-attack submarine Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Montana (SSN 794) held a change of command ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk, July 16. PAGE A5 VOL. 28, NO. 29, Norfolk, VA | flagshipnews.com

July 22-July 28, 2021

Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group returns from deployment By U.S. 2nd Fleet Public Affairs NORFOLK — The Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (IKE CSG) returned home to Naval Station Norfolk between July 16-23 following a six-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation. IKE CSG’s courageous efforts were recognized by the Acting Secretary of the Navy, Thomas Harker, earning them the Navy Unit Commendation for operational excellence. Returning ships include the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (IKE), the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72), and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Laboon (DDG 58) and USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116). Laboon, IKE and Vella Gulf returned to Naval Station Norfolk July 16, 18 and 23, respectively. Thomas Hudner returned to its homeport in Naval Station Mayport July 17. The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Mitscher (DDG 57) and USS Mahan (DDG 72) remain on deployment and will return to Norfolk at a future date. More than 1,800 Navy aviators from the nine squadrons of Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-3) returned to their home bases in Naval Air Station Oceana, Naval Station Norfolk, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, and Naval Air Station Jacksonville July 13. “The Sailors of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group and their families have served and sacrificed a tremendous amount by answering the nation’s call to duty, spanning two deployments with only a short reset in between,” said Rear Adm. Scott F. Robertson, commander, Carrier Strike Group TWO. “Nevertheless, our well-trained, exceptional Sailors rose to each challenge, enabling our strike group to be a dynamic force across great distances conducting simultaneous missions between both 5th and 6th Fleet.” As early as Dec. 28, 2020, Eisenhower’s crew, along with additional personnel temporarily assigned to the IKE CSG deployment were required to receive COVID-19 tests and undergo a restriction-of-movement period to ensure the health and safety of the crew during the pandemic. “Creating a COVID-free bubble for IKE was spearheaded by our Medical Department, and was successful

Sailors man the rails as the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) returns to Naval Station Norfolk, July 18. Eisenhower returned to homeport after a regularly scheduled deployment in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet. (MC1 JOSHUA SHEPPARD)

because of a massive effort from all hands afloat. The health and safety of our Sailors is a top priority and we provided continual opportunities for Sailors to get vaccinated during our deployment,” said Capt. Paul F. Campagna, commanding officer, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). “I’m extremely proud of the crew’s character and hard work that set the conditions for IKE’s success throughout our deployment.” The Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group departed Norfolk for deployment Feb. 18 after successfully completing a six-week, historic composite unit training exercise (COMPTUEX). This year’s COMPTUEX included a NATO vignette and incorporated integrated training with SEALs from Naval Special Warfare Group 2 for the first time in recent history. While in 6th Fleet, the IKE CSG supported national security interests in Europe through increased theater cooperation and maintaining a forward naval presence. While in the Atlantic Ocean and transiting

through the Mediterranean Sea, the IKE CSG conducted Exercise Lightning Handshake 21, a U.S.-led, bi-lateral maritime exercise with the Royal Moroccan Navy and Royal Moroccan Air Force. The strike group also participated in Exercise Sea Shield 21, a multinational naval exercise hosted by Romania, alongside ships from nine different nations to conduct operations across the entire spectrum of naval warfare. The IKE CSG also worked alongside the Israeli navy and conducted passing exercises with the Hellenic, Italian, Albanian and Turkish navies. In 5th Fleet, the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group and French Navy (Marine Nationale) Charles de Gaulle Carrier Strike Group (CDGSG) conducted dual carrier operations in the Arabian Sea. Shortly after the dual carrier operations, the IKE CSG ships participated in submarine familiarization exercises and conducted passing exercises with the Canadian Navy in the Arabian Sea and later with the Egyptian Navy in the Red Sea. The strike

Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness visited Navy Exchange Norfolk and Navy Lodge Norfolk By Kristine Sturkie

Navy Exchange Service Command Public Affairs

NORFOLK — Virginia Penrod, Acting Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, visited NEX Norfolk and Navy Lodge Norfolk, Virginia, on July 15, 2021, to see first-hand how the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) supports the quality of life of its patrons. Accompanying Penrod during her visit was retired Rear Adm. Robert J. Bianchi, Chief Executive Officer of NEXCOM. “Ms. Penrod has always been a staunch supporter of NEXCOM and our mission to support Navy quality of life for our military members, Veterans, retirees, reservists and families,” said Bianchi. “Our two offices share the same goals — to ensure our military members and their families have and use the quality of life benefits they have earned and so richly deserve. It was an

Virginia Penrod, Acting Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, visited NEX Norfolk and Navy Lodge Norfolk, July 15, to see first-hand how the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) supports the quality of life of its patrons. (KRISTINE STURKIE)

honor to have Ms. Penrod visit our NEX and Navy Lodge to see firsthand what we do each and every day to support our patrons.”

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group’s ships also participated in joint air operations in support of maritime surface warfare exercises with the United Arab Emirates, U.S. Coast Guard, Joint Aviation Command, Royal Saudi Naval Forces and U.S. Air Forces Central. Embarked to Eisenhower, CVW-3 supported both missions Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) and Operation Freedom’s Sentinel (OFS), in the Arabian Sea as a continuation of the United States’ commitment to maritime security, stability, as well as to ensure safe passage and deescalate tensions throughout international waters in 5th Fleet. During its final month in 5th Fleet, the IKE CSG provided naval aviation support for the responsible, deliberate and safe drawdown of U.S. and coalition forces from Afghanistan April 28 to June 23 in support of OFS. CVW-3 conducted a total of 6,100 sorties and 12,401 flight hours throughout the strike group’s deployment. “The courage and effort put forth by the Sailors of CVW-3 over these many months speaks great volumes

to their unwavering commitment to success, no matter what kind of adversity emerges over the horizon,” said Capt. Marcos A. Jasso, commander, Carrier Air Wing THREE. “Our Sailors gave it their all each and every single day during this deployment and I am honored to have served with our great air wing and flight deck crew. I wish them all a relaxed and enjoyable time off after deployment. The whole strike group deserves it. They’ve all earned it.” The Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group sailed more than 190,000 nautical miles, operating dynamically across multiple fleets with our NATO allies, partners and friends. The strike group’s ships completed multiple strait and choke point transits, including the Strait of Gibraltar, the Suez Canal, Strait of Hormuz and Strait of Bab el Mandeb. “As the flagship of the strike group, we maneuvered IKE into the right battlespace for launching and recovering air wing missions ashore and Turn to Eisenhower, Page 7

Milley Marks full operational capability of NATO command By Jim Garamone DOD Public Affairs

NORFOLK — The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff marked the full operational capability of NATO’s Joint Force Command — Norfolk, saying the command is integral to the alliance’s strategy for maintaining peace. Army Gen. Mark A. Milley spoke to assembled dignitaries on the USS Kearsarge along with the U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Andrew L. Lewis, the Joint Force Command — Norfolk and U.S. Second Fleet commander. The NATO command is the only Joint Force Command in North America. If deterrence fails, the mission of the command is to fight and win the Battle of the Atlantic. Preventing that war is paramount. “In my view, the world is entering a period of potential instability as some nations … and clearly terrorist groups and perhaps some rogue actors, are seeking to undermine and challenge the existing international order,” the general said. “They seek to weaken the system of coopera-

Employees receive award

12 NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic employees received Civilian Service Achievement Medals, during a brief ceremony July 7. PAGE A4

tion and collective security that has been in existence for some time. The dynamic nature of today’s current environment is counterbalanced by an order that was put in place 76 years ago, at the end of World War II.” That war was the most destructive in human history. Between 1914 — the start of World War I— and 1945 — the end of the second World War more than 150 million people were killed. These were wars between great powers and they were incredibly destructive. “That is the butcher’s bill of great power war,” Milley said. “That’s what this international order that’s been in existence for seven and a half decades, is designed to prevent. That’s what JFC-Norfolk is all about. It’s to prevent that outcome.” The addition of nuclear weapons made great power war even more unthinkable. Leaders in the immediate post-war world gathered to set up processes, policies, laws and organizations commonly called “ the international order” today. NATO was a brainchild of those Turn to NATO, Page 7

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CIWT trains approximately 26,000 students every year, delivering trained information warfare professionals to the Navy and joint services PAGE A2

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The Department of Defense Skillbridge Program is an initiative that connects service members with organizations that offer industry training or internships that have a high probability of employment in a specific career field once the service member leaves the service. (REBECCA PERRON)

SkillBridge provides easy transition from military to civilian employment By Michelle Stewart JEBLCFS Public Affairs

VIRGINIA BEACH — The Department of Defense invests thousands of dollars in training for service members, so it’s understandable that retaining these skilled men and women is the preference. However, additional service may not be the first choice for some or an option for others. What is an alternative then? Making a Decision When deciding his next step after 20 years of active service in the Navy, Chief Boatswain’s Mate Brandon Armelin, assigned to Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story Port Operations Department, considered a couple of options. “My initial thought was to continue with the veterinarian technician certification or maybe attending a farrier school to become a licensed horse farrier. Then one day I heard one of my Sailors talking about the Skillbridge program. I asked him some questions and then did some research of my own. I also joined a couple of

Facebook groups to learn more about it. It sounded like a great program so I decided to apply,” the Jeanette, Louisiana native said. What is SkillBridge? SkillBridge is a Department of Defense program that permits a member to use up to the last 180 days of service to train and learn with an industry partner. During participation, the member continues to receive military compensation and is covered by military benefits. Release for the program is always mission-dependent and the individual’s commander must authorize participation before entering into any agreements with the interested industry employment partner. “It is important that interested service members complete all of the Navy’s transitional program before entering this program,” said Machinist’s Mate 1st Class Anthony Cox, a Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story career counselor. “We want to ensure the member has all the information to make an informed decision that is best for both him and his family.”

From Boatswain’s Mate to Safety Inspector As a boatswain’s mate, Armelin is responsible for training, directing and supervising personnel in ship maintenance duties in all activities relating to the use of the marlinspikes — the tools used to help tie large knots. The boatswain’s mate also helps to instruct other activities on deck, including boat seamanship, painting, upkeep of the ship’s external structure, rigging, deck equipment, and other aspects of boat life. As an all-purpose position, there can also be a requirement to operate and maintain a variety of equipment used aboard ships, as well as load and unload cargo, ammunition, fuel and general supplies. It was these skills, in addition to other military courses he took, that helped him decide which internship route he wanted to pursue. “As a white hat (evolution safety officer), I was responsible for the safety of various ship evolutions. With that, I had the opportunity to take safety and other relevant classes to obtain an additional NEC (Navy enlisted classification)

that helped qualify me for a safety position. Armelin will begin his internship as a safety inspector for the City of Norfolk. “Internships do not have to relate to the member’s rate,” Cox said. “This allows Sailors to try out that job field they may have been thinking about with the safety net of still receiving their Navy paycheck. The ultimate goal of this program is to give real-world job experience with the potential to transition into employment with that company at separation.” “The SkillBridge program offers a great opportunity to transitioning service members. Many Sailors feel the only option is going to school and that doesn’t always work out,” he said. This program provides networking and experience and the opportunity to try out something different.” How to apply There are many industry partners with opportunities in a variety of fields, such as energy, information technology, manufacturing, retail, transportation, civil service and more. These industry partners have developed SkillBridge programs for separating service members because they value your expertise, dedication and service. For more information on the SkillBridge program, contact your department representative or visit www.dodskillbridge.usalearning. gov for more information.

IWTC Virginia Beach Learning Site Mayport Sailor trains IW warriors to fight and win By Information Warfare Training Command Public Affairs VIRGINIA BEACH — Information Systems Technician 1st Class Gregory Emmons, from New Jersey, currently serves as a leading petty officer at Information Warfare Training Command Virginia Beach Learning Site Mayport. Emmons completed boot camp at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes in December 2005 and reported to his first operational command aboard USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) in San Diego, California, where he completed a full deployment as the lead communications watch officer. While there, he also earned his Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist qualification and was promoted to third and second class petty officer. Following his tour aboard USS Lake Champlain, he transferred to Information Warfare Training Command San Diego in February 2012 where he attended the System Administrator “C” School, earning the Navy enlisted classification code (NEC) 2791. While there, Emmons promoted to first class petty officer. Upon completion of training, Emmons transferred to Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Atlantic (NCTAMS LANT) Detachment Hampton Roads in Norfolk, Virginia, where he was assigned as the command watch floor leading petty officer. Emmons earned his Enlisted Information Warfare Specialist qualification and NEC 2779, information system security manager, or ISSM. After detaching from NCTAMS LANT

Detachment Hampton Roads, Emmons reported to NCTAMS LANT Detachment Souda Bay, Greece as the ISSM and electronic key management system manager. Following his time at Souda Bay, Emmons was selected for Patrol Coastal Craft USS Firebolt (PC 10) in December 2016. Upon completion of training at Forward Deployed Naval Forces Training Detachment in Little Creek, Virginia, he reported to USS Firebolt in Manama, Bahrain. While aboard, Emmons served as the communications officer and ship’s security officer, where he provided oversight of the various mission programs that proved instrumental in the ship’s earning of the Battle Efficiency Award for 2017 and 2018. Emmons then transferred to Naval Surface Squadron (CNSS) 5 in Manama, Bahrain, where he was responsible for four minesweeper and 10 patrol craft vessels forward deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, and served as Combat Systems department leading petty officer where he oversaw the waterfront afloat units’ information and communications systems, resulting in the successful completion of three Board of Inspection and Survey assessments and seven basic phase assessments. After transferring from CNSS 5 in July 2020, Emmons reported to Information Warfare Training Command Virginia Beach Learning Site Mayport as a leading petty officer, where he earned NEC 805A as an instructor. When asked about his selection as this month’s Sailor in the Spotlight, Emmons stated, “Being chosen to be the representative for our sites in the Southeast is an honor and I will

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Radiological Controls Director Gary Sauers films a segment for the Empowerment Series, sharing his thoughts on what being part of America’s Shipyard means. (DANIEL DEANGELIS)

Making a change at Norfolk Naval Shipyard: Seeing the progress firsthand of the Culture Change Team By Kristi R Britt

Norfolk Naval Shipyard Public Affairs

PORTSMOUTH — Norfolk Naval Shipyard’s (NNSY) Culture Change Team (CCT) has been hard at work since its inception in fall 2018. The CCT has built its team and initiatives to help change the behaviors of the workforce, eliminate any discrimination, and to encourage the values of Care, Ownership, Respect, and Excellence (C.O.R.E.) through training, peer-to-peer accountability, and focus group feedback. Through integration across the shipyard, as well as implementation of new development programs, the CCT is seeing progress in its goals. “The CCT aims to create a more inclusive workforce that inspires, equips, and empowers the workforce to achieve excellence while creating an atmosphere where employees thrive, learn, and develop continuously,” said CCT Lead Antonne Smalls. “In order to achieve our goals, we as a team of diverse backgrounds, perspectives, viewpoints, and skills have come together to build this effort. We have developed focus areas to tackle — including education, engagement and small group discussions, and accountability — so that we could influence change

and develop a more organic, culturally diverse workplace. And within these focus areas, we’ve looked at ways we can influence that change — including some of our biggest efforts with our Long Range Plan, the launch of the Empowerment Series, and the Collaborator Program.” Since the beginning, the CCT has been measuring the progress in its three main focus areas and the efforts of the team across the shipyard. These measurements provide a clear view of how the team is doing as well as what’s in store for them in the future. Long Range Plan The Long Range Plan (LRP) is a tool to guide and measure the progress of the CCT and America’s Shipyard in the efforts of changing the organization’s culture. It is designed to lead the shipyard from its present state to an environment where people feel included and valued to do their best. The LRP is a living document that will continue to grow and change with the shipyard’s development and is expected to be launch in July 2021 with leadership support. The area of focus for the LRP will be centered on expedient accountability, communications, resetting expectations, inclusive decision making, active leadership, and people development. These areas will contin-

ually be under observation to aid in our shift effort to build our host culture. To read more on this endeavor, check out the May 2021 Service to the Fleet: https://issuu.com/nnsy/ docs/2021_may_sttf. Empowerment Series Formerly known as Force Multiplier Training, the Empowerment Series is a series of discussions that focus on shipyard trends to help improve the culture. The first of the series has launched — entitled “The Team.” It is a three-hour interactive discussion that allows employees to share their personal experiences and ideas and mold their discussions on what being part of America’s Shipyard means. Since its launch earlier this year, 137 employees have attended the discussion and many have been empowered, by way of a capstone project, to help identify systemic issues within their organization and implement their solutions to correct those issues. The CCT is hosting discussions each month for those interested in attending. To read more on this endeavor, check out the June 2021 Service to the Fleet: https://issuu.com/nnsy/docs/service_to_the_ fleet_-_june_2021. Collaborator Program The Collaborator Program pairs WS-9

through GS-15 employees in a four-week, 20-hour collaboration to gauge culture throughout the codes and provide feedback and evaluation through peer-to-peer engagement and interactions. Since its initial launch, 129 employees have participated in the program and have provided feedback to continue to develop the program for future iterations. In addition, collaborators have built connections through their partners, providing advice to one another on ways to improve what they do at America’s Shipyard. The next iteration is planned to launch in July 2021. To read more on this endeavor, check out the April 2021 Service to the Fleet: https://issuu.com/ nnsy/docs/april_2021_sttf_update. Other Successes The CCT is also fully integrated in each of the shipyard’s Strategic Framework pillar teams — Infrastructure, Dependable Mission Delivery, People Development, and Process Improvement and Innovation. “When NNSY’s Strategic Framework was established, culture became known as the foundation upon which our pillars stand,” said CCT Co-Lead Carlynn Lucas. “Each pillar plays an important part in our efforts in creating a more inclusive workplace that is empowered to excel in what we do to repair, maintain, and inactivate our Navy’s warships and training platforms. The CCT observes, gives input and advises each pillar utilizing the Shingo Communications model of connecting guiding principles, systems and tools to ultimately achieve the desired results.” In addition, the CCT has also joined the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion teams and Employee Resource Groups to bring insight on what culture is and why it plays an integral part in America’s Shipyard’s continued success.

Understanding different personalities, perspectives By Cmdr. Edward Erwin

Region Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs

NORFOLK — Conflict is inevitable. It is not a matter of if we will experience conflict, but rather it is a matter of when we will face conflict. Though exasperating and frustrating, conflict is a natural part of life. While there are many causes of conflict in terms of differences in beliefs, values, traditions, etc., one major source of conflict that creates misunderstandings and impairs communications is simply a difference of personality types. In fact, understanding different personalities and perspectives at home and at work can help defuse a crisis. For example, my wife Rhonda and I have a wonderful marriage of many years, but we do have different personality types, and that in part is what drew us together. After all, as the old adage reminds us: “Before we get married opposites attract, but after we get married opposites attack.” This profound observation underscores how our attractive qualities can in time embroil us in a number of battlefields in family life and on the job. Several times I have “cleaned” the house only to be informed by my wife that I “straightened up” the house. Was this an issue of semantics? Was my wife totally wrong? Or dare I wonder: was I totally wrong? Or it could have been perhaps an issue of personality types? My wife is a detail-oriented person, and I am a big-picture person. No Genghis Khans in this debate, just a difference of personality traits. These days we have no arguments whatsoever—that is, to say about the household chores. Housecleaning services can work wonders! But more foundational is the understanding that both my wife and I have different personality types: that is both the magic and the mystery of a great marriage. My personal anecdote illustrates the significance of understanding and appreciating different personalities and the unique perspectives that color our perceptions of events that can quickly deteriorate into conflict. Dr. Kathryn Briggs and Dr. Isabel Myers, an amazing mother-daughter team of psycholo-

Service members and their spouses enjoy time together during a CREDO retreat. (GSM3 AARON LONGO)

gists, formulated a personality inventory called the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). It is a wonderful tool to help discover an individual’s personality type. The MBTI is used by universities, corporations, religious institutions, and the military to foster self-understanding, family harmony, and departmental unity with the end result of resolving divisive issues often derived from temperament preferences. A case in point, an introvert says, “I want to stay home and read a book.” By contrast, an extrovert states, “I want to go to a party with my buddies.” Now, the husband and wife find themselves in an argument stemming from their basic personality traits. A verbal skirmish can break out over whether someone is more about sensing or intuitive. For instance, the person at the office who loves details wants the facts and figures, and the visionary believes that we can miss the forest for the trees, especially when it comes to budgets. If you have ever watched Star Trek, you will know that Spock is the thinker, and Dr. McCoy (Bones) is all heart as the feeler, and there is conflict between these important

leaders in almost every episode. Finally, in the MBTI configuration, the judging (structured and agenda-driven) can run the perceiving (spontaneous and flexible) team members crazy with anger. The MBTI insights help us understand that we are not necessarily divisive in our psychological make-up but different. When we can accept that our different personality types at the waterfront or on the home front are the lenses by which we see the world around us, it can help us relax and remove suspicions of distrust from those we normally respect. These practical lessons from the MBTI are just a few points that you can discover with your spouse or Command during a CREDO retreat. If you are interested in attending a marriage enrichment retreat or personal resiliency retreat with CREDO, please visit https://www.facebook.com/credomidatlantic/ in order to learn more and register for upcoming programs.* If you would like to speak with a Chaplain about an urgent crisis situation, the Duty Chaplain number for the Hampton Roads Area is 1-757438-3822.

Even as every coin has two sides, so there are at least two sides to every argument. Being right on an issue is less important than being in right relationships that are positive and healthy. After all, wouldn’t you rather be snuggled up in bed with your wonderful spouse and a little wrong than to be a lot right sleeping on a cold and lonely couch by yourself? Acceptance, forgiveness, open-mindedness, grace, and humility are some of the virtues that make life endurable and enjoyable! Socrates once said, “Know thyself!” And I would add, “Know thyself—and family and friends!” We should not only understand, but appreciate that we are all diverse and unique individuals with different personalities and perspectives. And that breakthrough is the beginning of peace in the office, at the house, and aboard the ship. Conflict is inevitable, but peace is a choice! CREDO was established in 1971 as a Navy program to help enhance the quality of life for military members and their families through effective life skills and strategies by way of inspirational retreats, workshops, and classes.


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Award recipients (From top, left ) Laura Larkin, Amy Garcia, Kirk Brandys, Thomas Norris, Quy Tran, John Bishop, Sidnia Finke, Holly Snow, David Black, Melissa Dyson, Scott Littlefield and Kenneth McDonald. (JEFFERY C DOEPP)

NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic employees receive Civilian Service Achievement Medals for work supporting Task Force Florence Program By Jeffrey C. Doepp

NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs

NORFOLK — Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) Mid-Atlantic Commanding Officer Capt. Tres Meek presented 12 employees with the Department of the Navy Civilian Service Achievement Medal, during a brief ceremony July 7, for their work supporting the command’s Task Force Florence Program. When Hurricane Florence hit North Carolina on Sept. 14, 2018, it caused extensive wind damage and massive flooding to the area. NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic stood up Task Force Florence to execute the military construction projects associated with the Hurricane Flor-

ence recovery efforts at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, and Marine Corps Air Stations Cherry Point and New River. The team, consisting of NAVFAC and architect-engineer partners, creatively employed strategies to include industry and mitigate the risk inherent with a program of this size. In addition to addressing immediate facility needs, the collective DesignBuild request for proposals incorporated resiliency improvements to combat future storms. The 12 NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic employees who received the Department of the Navy Civilian Service Achievement Medal are: Assistant Counsel Laura Larkin; Mechanical Technical Discipline Coordinator Amy Garcia; Design Managers Kirk Brandys, Thomas Norris, and Quy Tran; Contract Specialists John Bishop,

Sidnia Finke, and Holly Snow; and Project Managers David Black, Melissa Dyson, Scott Littlefield, and Kenneth McDonald. “Your tremendous hard work towards the hurricane recovery efforts have been nothing short of outstanding,” said Meek, of the award recipients. “Your ability to overcome challenges and come together as a high-performing team to meet aggressive timelines was noteworthy. Congratulations to each of you. Thank you all for a job well done!” Their award citation reads in part: For professional achievement in the superior performance of duties while serving on the Task Force Florence Program from August 2019 through September 2020. Your inspiring leadership and personal initiative were instrumental to the

proposed requirements and execution of seven packages comprising 31 military construction projects valued at more than $1.6 billion. You managed architect-engineer design and/ or contract requirements towards completion of the Design-Build packages prior to the end of Fiscal Year 2020. Your exceptional professionalism, unrelenting perseverance and loyal devotion to duty, reflected credit upon yourself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. All of the projects were awarded on time and within budget. The construction projects, which are now underway, includes the replacement of 45 buildings, through demolition and rebuild that were damaged by the hurricane. Construction is scheduled to be completed by 2025. To see and learn more on this, visit our official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/navfacmidatlantic, starting July 19. Like and add your congratulatory comments on each award recipient’s daily post, which highlights their achievement.

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Cmdr. Jon Quimby, left, relieves Capt. Michael Delaney as commanding officer of the Virginia-class fast-attack submarine Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Montana (SSN 794) during a change of command ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk, July 16. (MC1 ALFRED COFFIELD)

‘Vigilantes of the Deep’ welcome new commanding officer By MC1 Alfred Coffield

Submarine Force Atlantic Public Affairs

NORFOLK — The Virginia-class fast-attack submarine Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Montana (SSN 794) held a change of command ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk, July 16. Cmdr. Jon Burke Quimby relieved Capt. Michael Francis Delaney as commanding officer of Montana. Capt. Jeffrey Juergens, commodore, Submarine Squadron Six, served as guest speaker, and praised Delaney for his leadership and efforts in preparing Montana for naval service. “Mike made a lasting mark on Montana and the Norfolk waterfront,” Juergens said. “He helped build a submarine that’s going

to serve the country for the next 30 plus years, and he developed an amazing crew that is ready to take Montana to sea for the first time. He should be very proud of completing a tough assignment successfully.” Juergens then passed on encouraging words for Quimby. “I’m completely confident in Jon’s ability to finish Montana’s construction on time to get her to the fleet,” Juergens said. “He inherits an outstanding crew, and I look forward to seeing what he accomplishes.” During Delaney’s time as commanding officer, Montana completed two major testing milestones in the most efficient time ever in Virginia-class shipbuilding history. In his remarks to the crew, Delaney praised his team in a accomplishing such

a daunting task. “As captain, I got to witness the crew grow from a handful of Sailors to a polished crew on the verge of taking Montana to sea for the first time,” Delaney said. “Your dedicated work and tireless hours to prepare the warship did not go unnoticed, and play a prominent role in our national security.” Delaney concluded with a few final words before relieving his duty as commanding officer. “Just eight percent of Navy personnel are submariners, so being a submariner is a rare and privileged opportunity,” Delaney said. “The ability to work alongside the cream of the crop every day is extremely rewarding, and I’m proud to serve as the first commanding officer of what will surely become the best frontline SSN in the fleet.

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Mark my words.” Next, Delaney will be director of Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps. After assuming command, Quimby highlighted what an honor it is to lead Montana and her crew into the future. “To my Montana shipmates, I am beyond honored and humbled for the opportunity to serve as your commanding officer,” Quimby said. “Over the last month I have been astounded by your dedication and tenacity to prepare the ship for naval service. I couldn’t be more proud and excited to join the ‘Vigilantes of the Deep’ during this exciting time in the ship’s history.” The Virginia-class, also known as the VA-class or 774-class, is a class of nuclear-powered fast attack submarines in service with the U.S. Navy. The submarines are designed for a broad spectrum of open-ocean and littoral missions. They were conceived as a less expensive alternative to the Seawolf-class attack submarines, designed during the Cold War era, and are replacing older Los Angeles-class submarines, 29 of which have already been decommissioned.

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Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) Innovation Program Additive Manufacturing (AM) Lead Jessica Roberts shares some of the technologies in the NNSY Technology and Innovation (T&I) Lab, as well as prints done with 3-D printing. (DANIEL DEANGELIS)

Process improvement, innovation supports T&I Lab in bringing new technologies to the shipyard By Kristi R Britt

Norfolk Naval Shipyard Public Affairs

PORTSMOUTH — Norfolk Naval Shipyard’s Strategic Framework is a tool to communicate the shipyard’s mission and vision statements, and shows how initiatives executed across the command tie together with why NNSY exists—to deliver warships. In order to bridge the gap between mission and vision, NNSY has identified four critical focus areas—our pillars. These pillars are the highest priority strategic focus areas we must urgently work to improve. They are Infrastructure; Dependable Mission Delivery; People Development; and Process Improvement and Innovation. The Continuous Process Improvement and Innovation (CPI&I) Pillar Team aims to align and focus efforts to improve delivery of the shipyard’s mission, while accelerating, advocating for, and fostering an environment and culture of continuous process improvement, Lean systems thinking, and innovation insertion. One of the top initiatives currently for the CPI&I Pillar Team is supporting a current staple for innovation at America’s Shipyard: the Technology and Innovation (T&I) Lab. The T&I Lab helps bring ideas to reality, researching and bringing new technologies and processes to the forefront to be used by the shipyard worker. The lab’s reach spans across the shipyard, connecting the individual departments together through the Innovation Principles Working Group (IPWG). The Radiological Controls Department (Code 105), the Occupational Safety, Health, and Environment Department (Code 106), the Quality Assurance Department (Code 130), the Engineering Planning Department (Code 200), the Carrier Maintenance Program (Code 312), Submarine Project Teams (Code 392), the Supply Department (Code 500), the Lifting and Handling Department (Code 700), and the Nuclear Engineering and Planning Department (Code 2300) all have appointed leads in the IPWG to work as a team in making decisions that would benefit the shipyard as a whole. “The lab is not where all innovation happens; innovation happens every day across America’s Shipyard through the efforts of the more than 10,000 team members of NNSY,” said Innovation Program Manager Dan Adams. “The lab exists to augment and assist those efforts by performing advanced research, testing concepts, connecting those with ideas to those who can help assist in making them reality, building new strategic relationships inside and outside of the shipyard and

sometimes just assuring individuals that we truly want to hear their ideas that will help improve our ability to support the mission.” The lab has also been hard at work looking into target areas of improvement, not only within the shipyard limits but within the community as well. The lab recently developed a partnership with Old Dominion University (ODU), with NNSY Shipyard Commander Capt. Dianna Wolfson signing the first Educational Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the school to allow senior engineering students to support NNSY research in metal printing. This partnership is formed to help accelerate research and to help develop in areas where currently NNSY does not have the capabilities or capacity to do so on its own. With these talented individuals being able to come onboard to share their knowledge, skills, and abilities, they also are able to work side-by-side with shipyard workers and gain experience in their field. In addition, the team has been making significant progress on the use of aerial and underwater drones to benefit the mission at NNSY. A recent inspection for USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) utilized an underwater drone to inspect multiple sea chests alongside divers as a proof of concept, producing favorable results during its execution. With the implementation of drone use at the shipyard, it would help conduct work safely and provide timely data collection. The lab has also been making strides in the development of the Additive Manufacturing (AM) Center of Excellence, building a centralized location within America’s Shipyard for 3-D printing, including four metal printers being utilized for the first time at the shipyard. These metal printers are set to be operational to support upcoming carrier projects and could be used to develop prints from stainless steel, tool steel, Inconel, aluminum, and more. The new printers would join alongside the polymer printers currently in use at the shipyard, developing prototypes and approved parts to be used across the waterfront. Another big win for the lab is its Real Ideas Program, a space where shipyard workers can submit and implement new ideas and technology to improve safety, cost, productivity, and quality of executed projects at NNSY. The program team collaborates with shipyard workers in understanding their needs, researching what is available, and breaking down barriers to bring together the folks that can help develop and deploy the ideas. The end goal is to either secure the desired process or technology, or develop it to fit the needs of the requestor.


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leaders and the defensive alliance was designed to provide collective security for Europe and North America. “Without question, NATO has been the most successful military alliance in human history,” Milley said. “And NATO is still very much a vital and critical part of our regional security framework, and indeed, our global security framework. In fact, in my view, it’s the linchpin that holds together the period of great power peace that we are now enjoying.” The success of the alliance is being challenged, the chairman said. The international order is under attack. “Nations, non-state actors, sponsors of terrorism, cyber criminals are all the backdrop of the current security environment,” the chairman said. Another factor that is concerning is the change in the character of war, the general said. Milley defines the character of war as “how we

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over the horizon,” said Capt. Campagna. “IKE Sailors operated decisively and safely with a clear sense of purpose.” For the U.S. and coalition force drawdown support mission, the Vella Gulf provided integrated air and missile defense for the IKE CSG. Vella Gulf completed multiple transits through the Strait of Hormuz while escorting the United States Naval Ships USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE 7) and USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE 14) as well as other motor vessels, ensuring the United States’ continued commitment to uphold freedom of movement and maneuverability in theater. The ship participated in Exercise Eager Defender in the Northern Arabian Gulf June 8-9, which consisted of tactical maneuvers, live-fire gunnery exercises and drills for both maritime infrastructure protection and high value unit defense. Other participating units included the U.S. Navy patrol coastal ship USS Thunderbolt (PC 12), U.S. Coast Guard patrol boat USCGC Monomoy (WPB 1326), and Kuwaiti vessels, KNS Al-Garoh (P 3725) and KNS Istiqlal. “Team 72 faced one of the most rigorous deployment schedules of anyone in the fleet, and these outstanding Sailors made it all look easy,” said Capt. Michael P. Desmond, commanding officer, USS Vella Gulf (CG 72). “The Sailors of Vella Gulf worked extremely hard in enabling our ship to provide the necessary support to the IKE CSG across many missions during this deployment with total professionalism.” Desmond added that Vella Gulf ’s crew embodied and epitomized the highest caliber of resilience over the last 18 months and that their determination and focus was a daily inspiration for each other throughout deployment. Thomas Hudner’s operations in 6th Fleet included participation in maritime exercises Sea Shield 21 as well as BALTOPS 50, a premier maritime-focused exercise that occurred in the Baltic Region between 16 NATO nations and two U.S. partner nations June 6-18. The ship conducted bi-lateral maritime exercises with

fight, the organizations we fight with and the technologies that we use.” The last time there was a major change was between the world wars with the introduction of aviation, tanks, new naval technologies and the technologies — radio, radar and more — to tie them all together. All nations had the same technologies, but only one got it right, at first. “Germany, combined those technologies, and the German way of war, and combine them to organizations and leader development in such a way that Nazi Germany was able to overrun Western Europe in 18 months,” Milley said. “Other countries combined it in different ways. And they didn’t have success. “And I would tell you that the same thing is happening right this minute,” he continued. “There’s a whole set of technologies that are driving fundamental change.” The United States military and other NATO allies have to get that change right. “If we don’t put the pedal to the metal, and do this right, over the Hellenic Navy, presence operations alongside NATO allies in the Black Sea and provided continued support to 6th Fleet mission tasking while in the Norwegian Sea. “The crew exceeded each and every one of my expectations and they should be as proud of their work as I am of them. For a multitude of missions and exercises, they did it all and they did it well,” said Cmdr. Bo Mancuso, commanding officer, USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116). “I am incredibly proud of everyone’s performance and the keystone roles they played for our contribution as part Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group’s 2021 mission. Serving with them has been an absolute pleasure.” Laboon provided close escort and horizon reference unit duties for the CDGSG’s air operations in the Arabian Sea. The ship also conducted maritime interdiction operations such as counter-narcotics and counter-smuggling against violent extremist organizations in support of regional security and stability in 5th Fleet. “Laboon’s Sailors executed at a high level to accomplish all of our tasking out there. I am thankful that the crew remained safe throughout the deployment, especially in the midst of a global pandemic. They’ve all risen to the challenge and made significant sacrifices,” said Cmdr. Chuck Spivey, commanding officer, USS Laboon (DDG 58). “I’m proud that the crew decided to fight back against COVID-19 and because of that, 98 percent of our command has been vaccinated.” Operating across both U.S. 5th and 6th Fleets, Laboon conducted port visits to Spain; Bahrain; Qatar; Djibouti and Romania with pier-limited liberty for COVID-19 mitigations. For their port visit to Naval Support Activity Souda Bay, Laboon was among the first ships to have the opportunity to conduct off-base liberty in U.S. 6th Fleet in more than a year since the start of the global pandemic. All port visits and Navy Morale Welfare & Recreation activities provided for the strike group’s Sailors were carefully planned and carried out while in full compliance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Defense and host nation COVID-19 mitigation measures.

The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge transits the Atlantic Ocean April 23. (MCSN JESSE SCHWAB)

the next 10 or 15 years, we are condemning a future generation,” he said. “I would argue that the country that masters those technologies, combines them with their doctrine, develops

their leadership to take maximum advantage of them, is likely going to have significant and perhaps even decisive advantage at the beginning of the next war.”

“Deployment is tough, but a COVID deployment is even tougher,” said Operations Specialist Second Class, Allen Oldfield, a Sailor aboard Laboon. “I’m just grateful that we made it home safely and got to experience at least one port visit while we were out there.” Laboon conducted maritime security operations in the Black Sea alongside NATO allies and partners with a focus on maritime security, regional stability, and enhanced interoperability while working in 6th Fleet. “It took diligence, hard work, and grit from everyone to ensure our strike group remained safe and combat-ready throughout this deployment. What we do while deployed is no small feat considering we are the only Navy that can operate in a sustained manner with the kind of combat power we provide,” said Rear Adm. Robertson. “I am exceedingly proud of each and every one of our Sailors for their exceptional performance and it has been an honor to serve alongside this team of warfighters for the Eisenhower Strike Group’s 2021 mission. However, we still have a few of our strike group’s ships that remained on station and we should keep them and their families in our thoughts until they return to Norfolk.” Ships of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group, commanded by Rear Adm. Scott F. Robertson, include the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), commanded by Capt. Paul F. Campagna; the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers USS Monterey (CG 61), commanded by Capt. Joseph A. Baggett, and USS Vella Gulf (CG 72), commanded by Capt. Michael P. Desmond; Destroyer Squadron 22, commanded by Capt. Scott A. Jones, ships include the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Mitscher (DDG 57), commanded by Cmdr. Thomas McCandless, USS Laboon (DDG 58), commanded by Cmdr. Charles Spivey, USS Mahan (DDG 72) commanded by Cmdr. Chris Cummins, and USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116), commanded by Cmdr. Bo Mancuso. For more news from U.S. 2nd Fleet, visit https://www.c2f.navy.mil/ and for more information visit http://www.facebook. com/US2ndFleet/ or http://twitter.com/ US2ndFleet.

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Norfolk, briefed Penrod on the new brand name clothing lines now carried in the store, including Gap, Old Navy and American Eagle, as well as the private label merchandise lines. She was also shown the back room at the NEX to see how the NEX efficiently receives, handles and restocks its merchandise. “NEXCOM’s mission is critical and it provides for the entire life cycle of a Sailor, from recruiting and beyond,” said Penrod. “It’s great to see first-hand the dedication by this command to prioritize quality of life programs and be a true readiness enabler for our Navy community.” Once finished at the NEX, Penrod also toured Navy Lodge Norfolk, one of the six business lines that fall under NEXCOM’s purview. “The purpose of the Navy Lodge Program is to support or service members and military families on permanent change of station (PSC) orders,” said Bianchi. “Our Navy Lodges are designed around that mission to ensure our military families are taken care of while moving to a new duty station. That includes well-appointed rooms with kitchenettes, free breakfast, Wi-Fi throughout the building and, in most locations, the ability to bring a family pet.” Pamela Kimbrall, General Manager at Navy Lodge Norfolk, explained that during the COVID-19 pandemic, she and her staff had to find ways to take care of their guests while keeping everyone safe and healthy. Navy Lodges worldwide were used to house people placed on restriction of movement (ROM) orders. To that end, the Navy Lodge Program implemented the Shipshape and Squared Away program worldwide which heightened sanitation and cleaning protocols throughout the lodge. “The U.S. Navy considers NEXCOM mission essential, particularly during a crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Bianchi. “However, as installations lower HPCON levels and things begin to return to normal, our patrons can still count on the NEX and Navy Lodge to be there to support them no matter what stage they are in their military career.”

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Navy Week returns to Fargo July 19-25 By Lt. Joshua Kelsey NAVCO Public Affairs

An MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter, assigned to the“Longhorns”of Helicopter Search and Rescue (SAR) Squadron, conducts a one wheel during a simulated SAR training exercise. (MC2 RYAN BREEDEN)

Navy helicopter crew rescued after crash near Mt Hogue, CA

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NAVAL AIR STATION FALLON, Nev. — A Navy MH-60 Knighthawk helicopter crashed near Mt. Hogue, California at approximately 5 p.m. July 16, while conducting search and rescue (SAR) operations. All four crewmembers survived the crash without injury and have been safely recovered. The aircraft, call sign Longhorn 02, was supporting Mono County search and rescue efforts to locate a lost hiker in the rugged high-altitude terrain in the National Forest south of Boundary Peak, 120 miles south of NAS Fallon. The aircrew consists of four

personnel — a pilot, co-pilot, and two crewmen. The crash site is at 11,700 feet above sea level, in very rugged terrain. The crew were able to communicate following the impact, but a follow-on helicopter mission launched Friday evening from NAS Fallon was unable to retrieve them. An overnight kit was dropped to the survivors, who spent the night on mountain. On Saturday morning, an additional MH-60, Longhorn 01, launched from NAS Fallon, and provided on-scene coordination, but could not affect a rescue. A CH-47 Chinook from Mather Air Force Base was called in for its superior high-altitude performance characteristics. . It dropped

off a ground SAR team that met up with the survivors while the CH-47 returned to Mammoth Lakes for fuel. The Chinook returned to the scene, and at approximately 2 p.m., the crew of Longhorn 02 was safely recovered aboard the CH-47. All military support for civil mutual aid SAR missions are coordinated by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. Pursuant to the National SAR Plan of the United States, military aircraft may also be used for civil SAR/MEDEVAC needs to the fullest extent practicable on a non-interference basis with primary military duties according to applicable national directives, plans, guidelines and agreements.

MILLINGTON, Tenn. — Fargo, N.D., is hosting the region’s first Navy Week in three years, July 19-25, in conjunction with the “Fargo AirSho” featuring the Blue Angels. Fargo Navy Week brings Sailors from across the fleet to the area to showcase the importance of the Navy to Fargo, North Dakota, and the nation. Navy organizations, including USS North Dakota (SSN 784), Navy Band Great Lakes, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group 1, USS Constitution, Strike Fighter Wing Pacific, USS Nimitz (CVN 68), Navy Operational Support Center Fargo, and Navy History and Heritage Command, will participate in a variety of community outreach events. All participating commands will follow DOD, CDC, state, and local guidelines for safety during the current pandemic. The Navy’s senior executive host is Vice Adm. Stuart Munsch, the director for Operational Plans and Joint Force Development on the Joint Staff. Munsch will participate in community engagements, as well as meet with local businesses, civic, education, and government leaders. “I am excited to return to Fargo and represent the Navy to the FM area and state of North Dakota,” said Munsch. “Fargo, West Fargo, and Moorhead are wonderful communities that care about service, and that dedication to service connects the citizens of the area and our Navy. As a North Dakota native, I look forward to helping strengthen the connection between my home state and our Navy.” Navy Weeks are a series of outreach events coordinated by the Navy Office of Community Outreach designed to give Americans an opportunity to learn about the Navy, its people, and its importance to national security and prosperity. Since 2005, the Navy Week program has served as the Navy’s flagship outreach effort into areas of the country without a significant Navy presence, providing the public a firsthand look at why the Navy matters to Fargo. “During a Navy Week, the Navy conducts approximately 75 outreach events with corporate, civic, government, education, media, veterans, community service, and diversity organizations in the city,” said CDR John Fage, director Navy Office of Community Outreach. “Fargo is a strong supporter of the Navy, and I know our Sailors are looking forward to interacting with the people of Fargo.” Throughout the week, Sailors will visit multiple Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA facilities, Sanford Health Center, and the VA Health Center, and participate in various community events, including “Gatherings in the Park,” “Movies on the Square,” and Fitness Fridays. Sailors will also partner with Ronald McDonald House Charities, Habitat for Humanity ReStore, River Keeps, the West Fargo Library “Little Red Reading Bus,” Moorhead College for Kids, and Fargo Public Schools. Residents will also enjoy free live music by Navy Band Great Lakes at venues throughTurn to Navy Week, Page 7

Expeditionary Strike Group 7 arrives for Talisman Sabre 21 By Lt.Cmdr. Sherrie A Flippin ESG-7 Public Affairs

CORAL SEA — The forward-deployed ships of Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 7, along with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, arrive off the coast of Australia in preparation for the biennial bilateral exercise Talisman Sabre (TS) 21, July 16. Led by the Australian Defence Force (ADF), Talisman Sabre 21 is a large-scale, exercise between Australia and the U.S. to strengthen the military to military alliance and enhance our collective capabilities to respond to a wide array of potential security concerns. “Emerging events in the Indo-Pacific region underscore the importance of presence to ensure a rules-based international maritime order,” said Rear Adm. Chris Engdahl, commander Expeditionary Strike Group 7. “Talisman Sabre 21 allows the U.S. alongside partners and allies, to further enhance our ability to respond to any contingency as part of a joint or combined effort in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region.” Conducted biennially since 2005, across northeast Australia with more than 30,000 military participants, Talisman Sabre is Australia’s largest military exercise with the United States and is a demonstration of our strong alliance that is underpinned by deep levels of cooperation and trust built over decades operating and training together. The U.S. maritime component of Talisman Sabre 21 features the Navy’s only forward-de-

ployed amphibious ready group (ARG), which includes the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6), the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) and the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42), along with embarked elements of the Okinawa-based 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). During Talisman Sabre 21, the America ARG-MEU team will integrate with the Royal Australian Navy, Royal Canadian Navy, Japan Maritime Self Defense Force, and Republic of Korea Navy for maritime operations further enhancing their ability to respond to crises as part of a joint or combined effort. Partner nations will train together to operate and sustain each other in a contested maritime environment, conducting integrated amphibious and air defense operations, as well as tactical maneuvering and replenishments-at-sea. “Credible, ready forces help preserve peace and prevent conflict. Exercises like Talisman Sabre provide effective and intense training to ensure our forces are capable, interoperable, and deployable on short notice,” said Capt. Greg Baker, commodore Amphibious Squadron 11. “As our forces integrate throughout this exercise we will develop more innovative ways to fight tonight.” At the heart of Talisman Sabre, the U.S.-Australia alliance dates back more than 100 years, encompassing every modern world conflict since World War I. Maintaining and building trust with like-minded allies and partners is crucial to a free and open Indo-Pa-

The America Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) sail in formation. (MC3 JOMARK ALMAZAN)

cific. “The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and the America Expeditionary Strike Group have been a cohesive unit from the beginning of the deployment, “said Col Mike Nakonieczy, commanding officer 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. “As we further our Naval Integration we also seek to build enduring, mutually beneficial relationships and invest in training with like-minded partners and allies throughout the region.” Along with regional alliances and partnerships, the Navy is also a steward of the marine environment wherever its ships operate, including the Great Barrier Reef. Prior to Talisman Sabre, crews received training on environmental protective measures to minimize potential impact on marine life, which the Navy employs in accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection and Endangered

Species Acts. Australian environmental advisors have been integrated in every step of the Talisman Sabre planning process. Likewise, mitigation for the continuing COVID-19 pandemic in partner nations has been a key component of Talisman Sabre planning. U.S. military forces continue to take appropriate force health protection measures, helping to mitigate the spread of COVID while maintaining the commitment and capability to train and operate in the COVID environment. Together, the forward-deployed ships of ESG 7 and elements of the 31st MEU are operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility to enhance interoperability with allies and partners, and serve as a ready response force to defend peace and stability in the Indo-PaTurn to Talisman Sabre 21, Page 7


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[After a car insurance commercial, four military spouses posing in ball gowns appear on the screen, under a show title, “The Real Housewives of the Military.” The camera zooms in on each woman, as she announces her “tagline” over introductory instrumental music. “You might drive a tank, but ain’t nobody rolling over me,” quips Army wife Janelle with a petulant grin. “I may look fragile, but I can hold down the fort,” claims Marine wife Angela, flexing a sequined bicep. “My husband is out to sea, but our family is ship-shape,” brags Navy wife Mona, striking a Rosy-the-Riveter pose. “I’m no stranger to a cockpit, but I’m always on solid ground,” cracks Air Force wife Bridget in a sultry voice. Opening scene: all four women sit around a picnic table at the base housing community playground, chatting while their kids play. “I swear, if her kids leave their scooters in the cul-de-sac again tonight, I’m calling the ombudsman,” whispers Mona about Wendy, who recently moved into the neighborhood. “Seriously. Just because your husband is deployed for a year doesn’t give you the right to make the rest of us pick up your slack,” says Bridget, rolling her eyes with dramatic flair. Just then, Wendy approaches the picnic table and says cheerfully, “Hi guys!” The women plaster smiles on their faces and greet her, while glancing sideways at each other.

“What are you wearing to the military ball this weekend, Wendy?” asks Janelle with an arched eyebrow. “I’m not sure I can go … can’t find a babysitter,” Wendy says, looking back at her three boys swinging and squealing like wild gibbons in a nearby tree. “Well, Bridget’s daughter—,” starts Angela, but stops short when Bridget kicks her hard under the table. “—Uh, never mind. I think she’s busy actually,” she lies, wincing and rubbing her shin. For a moment, it seems like Wendy wants to sit at the table, but the women quickly spread their elbows, knees and diaper bags to take up as much room as possible. Feeling rejected, Wendy slinks off to tend to her youngest, who has fallen off the teeter totter. Janelle, Angela, Mona and Bridget turn to each other and snicker. Cut to breakfast cereal commercial.] This imaginary episode of “The Real Housewives of the Military” may be hypothetical, but it illustrates something important. We may think that we are better than the people we see behaving badly on television, but if the lens was turned on us, what would we see? In reality, no one is perfect, but as military spouses we should always strive to support each other through our uniquely challenging lives of service and sacrifice. If military spouses had television taglines, I’d like to think ours would be, “Our spouses may wear the uniforms, but we’ll always be sisters and brothers in arms.”

Staying vigilant and keeping up with current guidance when considering travel during COVID-19 From Military Onesource Current as of July 12, 2021 If you are thinking about traveling, it’s vital to stay up to date about coronavirus-19 disease travel restrictions and regulations. The Department of Defense and other governmental agencies regularly release current, reliable information about COVID-19. Follow their guidance to keep yourself and others safe and healthy. Before you travel The Centers for Disease Control recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. When you do travel, your leader and medical personnel will conduct a risk assessment of your health and travel itinerary. To be reimbursed for official travel, family members must also undergo a risk assessment. The risk assessment will evaluate: • Whether you have signs of COVID-19 or have had contact with someone who tested positive or who had symptoms within the past 14 days. • Whether you are at increased risk of severe illness of COVID-19. • That you know what actions to take if you develop symptoms of or test positive for COVID19. Travelers must wear face masks on planes, buses, trains and other forms of public transportation. Masks are also required in transportation hubs, such as airports, bus and train stations. If you are considering travel within the U.S. When considering whether to travel for nonofficial reasons, equip yourself with the right information to make smart decisions. • Check whether travel restrictions have been lifted at your installation. The DOD has lifted travel restrictions where warranted by local conditions.

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See the DOD’s COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Installation Status Update on its Coronavirus: Latest DOD Guidance page. • Find out about infection rates. You may want to reconsider travel if the number of COVID-19 cases is high at home or at your destination. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention keeps an updated list of United States COVID-19 Cases and Deaths by State. • Learn about travel restrictions. Some states require travelers from high-risk states to test negative for COVID-19 or quarantine after arrival. If you travel to a state where the infection rate is high, you may have to quarantine or test negative when you return home as well. Find out about the requirements by looking up the health departments of your destination and home state at the CDC’s health department website. If you are considering travel outside of the U.S. The risk of COVID-19 differs from country to country. Although fully-vaccinated travelers are less likely to get and spread COVID-19, new or concerning variants may put them at increased risk. Prepare by doing the following: • Look up the COVID-19 risk level by country. You can find it on the CDC’s COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Destination. • Find out about travel restrictions in the country where you intend to travel. The Department of State offers information for each country on its COVID-19 Specific Information page. Before being allowed to return to the U.S., you must test negative for COVID-19 no more than

three days before your travel date or have documentation that you recovered from COVID-19 within three months before travel to the U.S. When you return from your trip overseas: • Get a viral test three to five days after travel. • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms. • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements after travel. Ways to stay healthy if you travel The CDC recommends travelers take the following precautions: • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when in public. • Stay at least 6 feet from others. • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer. • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. • Avoid restaurants and bars. The safest options for food are deliveries, takeout and curbside pickup. • Follow these recommendations for staying safe from infection while using public transportation. • Take these precautions if you will be staying in a hotel or other overnight lodging. Stay up to date on all the latest information on COVID-19. For Department of Defense updates for the military community regarding the virus that causes COVID-19, view the following sites: • Visit Coronavirus.gov, CDC.gov, USA.gov and Defense.gov. • Follow Military OneSource’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. • Continue to visit the Coronavirus Updates for Our Military Community.

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The Los Angeles-class submarine USS Cheyenne (SSN 773) arrives at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn. for a scheduled homeport shift June 28. (MC3 CHRISTIAN BIANCHI)

U.S. Navy Submarine Force announces submarine readiness squadrons, formerly naval submarine support centers From Submarine Force Atlantic Public Affairs NORFOLK, Va. — Naval Submarine Support Centers (NAVSUBSUPPCEN) Groton, Connecticut; Kings Bay, Georgia; Bangor, Washington; and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii changed their names to Submarine Readiness Squadron (SRS), July 15. The name change is in alignment with the submarine community’s mission to generate combat ready submarines to meet mission tasking and generation for combatant commanders by supporting operational submarines, new submarine construction,

and addressing and maintaining the operational fleet needs during Chief of Naval Operations maintenance availabilities. “The extraordinary combat readiness of our undersea forces is a direct result of the masterful planning, management, and execution skills of the Submarine Readiness Squadrons,” said Vice Adm. Daryl Caudle, Commander, Submarine Forces. “I rely on the SRSs every day to ensure our submarines are trained, equipped and, most importantly, ready to conduct high-end combat around the world.” The name change does not change the mission of the SRSs. The commands will still provide centralized operational, logistic and

administrative support to submarine squadrons. SRSs ensure assigned personnel, staffs and submarines achieve and maintain a level of training, personnel and material readiness necessary to carry out their assigned missions; provide focused personal and professional growth opportunities for assigned personnel; and encourage, develop and share innovative ideas and new concepts on how to most effectively and efficiently train, maintain and employ submarines now and in the future. “The name change more accurately reflects our mission to ensure submarine readiness is maintained at the highest level,”

said Cmdr. Shawn William, commanding officer of SRS-32. “We continue to support a robust submarine community that delivers a major impact and provides unique capabilities to operational commanders.” Now, effective, July 15, the commands will be known as Submarine Readiness Squadron, or SRS, 31 (Bangor), 32 (Groton), 33 (Pearl Harbor), and 36 (Kings Bay) and will continue to provide excellent support to submarine squadrons. The mission of the Submarine Force is to execute the Department of the Navy’s mission in and from the undersea domain. In addition to lending added capacity to naval forces, the Submarine Force, in particular, is expected to leverage those special advantages that come with undersea concealment to permit operational, deterrent and combat effects that the Navy and the nation could not otherwise achieve. The Submarine Force and supporting organizations constitute the primary undersea arm of the Navy. Submarines and their crews remain the tip of the undersea spear.

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Navy bots boost business operations, supply chain readiness By James Foehl

NAVSUP Business Systems Center Public Affairs

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — A five-person Robotic Process Automation (RPA) Governance Team was employed August 2020 at Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Business Systems Center (BSC) to develop and implement software application robots designed to accelerate business operations and improve supply-chain readiness for the Navy. Less than one year later, multiple bots are in production and saving the Navy time and money by rapidly performing manual, repetitive, labor-intensive tasks with pinpoint accuracy for the NAVSUP Enterprise workforce. “Our RPA program is providing a sustainable, enterprise-wide capability that improves organizational performance and increases business value. Bots are executing repetitive, manual business data entries on behalf of users, freeing them up to focus on more valueadded tasks, and increasing the speed and agility of the Navy supply chain,” said Capt. Gene Cash, commanding officer, NAVSUP BSC. “Executing IT business processes faster gets supplies to Sailors faster,” said Allison Holle, supervisory information technology (IT) project manager for the RPA Governance Team at NAVSUP BSC. “Using bots, we enhance readiness by improving productivity, increasing the speed and accuracy of supplychain data throughput, and reducing human error associated with manual processes.” To keep up with the increased pace of technology, IT experts at NAVSUP BSC are implementing RPA as a modernized tactic to accelerate business processes and deliver relevant capability. “The speed of technology is not slowing down, and neither is the IT workload,” said Holle. Robotic process automation is a tool that creates and manages software robots designed to emulate human actions and interact with

other information systems. Bots can navigate IT systems, analyze on-screen content, identify and extract data, complete keystrokes, and perform a wide range of defined actions faster and more accurately than humans. “It’s a short turnaround time to develop an automation,” said Holle. “Teams can typically create them locally within weeks, and they’re completely scalable.” Efforts to implement RPA at NAVSUP BSC began in 2019 and led to the creation of the RPA Governance Team. The team consists of five IT specialists; two software developers, one subject-matter expert, one business analyst, and one project manager. They’re augmented by a group of 20 contractors that assist the team with software architect and developer duties for projects across the enterprise. “Our governance has come a long way in a short amount of time. We work with several RPA communities of practice across the Department of the Navy and have stepped in to help others figure out how to start an RPA program and governance model.” As of July, nine bots are under evaluation and development. Six have been approved and developed and are in production across the enterprise supporting business operations within the Navy’s supply chain. The Issue Priority Group (IPG) Bot consolidates and sorts National Item Identification Number (NIIN) notes. Each transaction takes approximately 35 seconds to complete. The automation is executing the consolidation of 2,424 backlogged NIINs with multiple notes. The IPG Bot is projected to save approximately 2,500 hours of work annually. The Ship’s Store Inventory (SSI) Bot enters item quantities in the Retail Operations Management system for monthly and quarterly inventories. The automation is currently performing at the Navy Exchange Command (NEXCOM) Ship’s Store onboard Naval Support Facility Diego Garcia, where it has reduced the time needed to close doors for inventory, and increased access to quality of life services for authorized patrons. The SSI

Bot is projected to save approximately 150 hours of work annually. “What seemed like an impossible task was a walk in the park for the RPA team,” said Cynthia Beale, Ship’s Store program manager for NEXCOM. “This program not only gives Diego Garcia control to conduct inventories, but it also reduced records keeping time from 12 hours or more to two hours. At the end of the day, the Sailors are the ones that reap the benefit as the Ship’s Store is now capable of resuming normal operations a day earlier.” The Mail Bot ingests files in a safe and scalable manner to accommodate workloads across different systems and network domains. The bot receives email, extracts metadata, scans and saves email attachments, stores data, and sends email replies. It creates lists that include metadata, date, time, exchange email identification, sender email address, attachments, names, and sizes. Mail Bot was designed to free up personnel from manually checking and processing emailed data across multiple systems while improving auditability, compliance, productivity, scalability, and response time. The projected amount of working hours saved varies depending on usage and application. The Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) 2.0 Bot enters data from HAZMAT Management spreadsheets to Navy Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). This bot is designed to improve accuracy and auditability while reducing rework from human error. HAZMAT 2.0 Bot is performing at four HAZMAT centers and is slated for implementation at more than 70 locations Navy-wide. The automation is projected to save approximately 6,000 hours of work annually. “This automation allows our customers to condense what was once was a tedious procedure into a short intuitive process. What took days or weeks to train now takes an hour or so,” said Shane Dreese, Ashore HAZMAT technical lead at NAVSUP Weapons Systems Support (WSS). “Creating the bot was important for NAVSUP WSS because it furthered our

drive for process improvement. Not only does it fuel our passion for change, but it gives us great satisfaction knowing that Sailors and the Navy will benefit from its cost and labor savings.” The Total Record Inventory Management (TRIM) of Letters Bot downloads documents from the Personal Property Transport Audit System and uploads them into Content Manager, the Navy’s system of record for tracking household goods moves. The bot processes an average of 60 records per day, clears record backlogs due to system interruptions, and is projected to save approximately 375 working hours annually. The Financial Policy and Systems (FMP) Home Guard Bot retrieves and delivers information from Navy ERP to accountants for quarterly audit purposes. The bot is designed to improve audit accuracy, compliance, responsiveness, and productivity. The projected amount of working hours saved varies depending on usage. Training citizen developers and creating an automation portal have been fundamental to the success of the RPA Governance Team. “Our portal is a one-stop-shop for RPA throughout the NAVSUP Enterprise. It allows anyone to pitch ideas via an interactive submission process and shows who’s submitting what automations at various commands. You can see where ideas are in the pipeline and throughout various stages of development. This has been a huge success, and we haven’t seen other commands in the Navy come that far yet,” said Holle. According to Holle, the future state of RPA at NAVSUP includes training citizen developers to stand up RPA centers at each command and the governance team providing centralized services, support, and oversight for command centers and the enterprise. “Robotic process automation is a powerful tool, but it’s not a tool that NAVSUP BSC needs to use alone,” said Holle. “We want to deliver this tool to commands across the enterprise so they can quickly develop automations that support their mission,” said Holle. NAVSUP BSC provides the Navy with information systems support through the design, development, and maintenance of systems in the functional areas of logistics, supply chain management, transportation, finance, and accounting and is one of 11 commands under Commander, NAVSUP.

Sailor with Tulsa roots serves aboard namesake ship USS Tulsa By Lt. Lauren Chatmas DESRON 7 Public Affairs

PHILIPPINE SEA — A Sailor born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, serves aboard Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Tulsa (LCS 16), a U.S. Navy vessel named to honor Oklahoma’s second-largest city. Petty Officer 2nd class William Chase Stephens is a mass communications specialist (MC) stationed aboard the Guam-based submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40), and volunteered to fill a critical manning gap as the MC aboard Tulsa during its rotational deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. Stephens was born in Tulsa, and split his time between Tulsa and Amarillo, Texas, until attending Navy Recruit Training Command (boot camp). To Stephens, serving aboard Tulsa holds nostalgia about his father, and cements the meaning of military service. Regarding his time aboard Tulsa, “it means something knowing that one of the tools used for protecting freedom and democracy for all is named after your home,” said Stephens. “It’s a certain level of hometown pride that I feel like few will experience during their lifetime.” Stephens said he joined the Navy because he had a strong desire to carry on his family’s legacy of Naval service. His father served as an electronic warfare technician on the former Tarawa-class amphibious assault ship USS Belleau Wood (LHA 3). His great-great uncle, Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class Wilfred John Batenhorst, was lost when the Portland-class heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis (CA 35) was

torpedoed near the end of World War II in the Philippine Sea. Because of his family’s rich Naval history, this motivated him to enlist and gain a sense of closeness about his great-great uncle, who he will never meet. “I feel a particularly strong connection to Tulsa because I spent a lot of time there during the most formative years of my life and that’s when I got to know my dad, as a man, rather than how I ‘knew’ him as a child,” said Stephens. “In 2019 my dad passed away in Tulsa while I was in ‘A’ school, so there will always be a part of me that lies in Tulsa.” In Tulsa, Stephens attended Thomas Edison Preparatory School. In Amarillo, he graduated from Tascosa High School, as a member of Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC). He attributes personal and professional guidance to join the Navy to his instructors Master Chief Petty Officer Dennis Mills and Marine Maj. Diego Barela. Stephens attended accession training (“A” School) following boot camp in 2018, where he went to receive technical training in the MC field. He recently reported to Frank Cable, forward-deployed to Guam, where its crew provides maintenance and resupply capabilities to submarines both in port and at sea. While underway on Tulsa, Stephens found out he was selected for advancement to Petty Officer 2nd Class. As an MC, Stephens spends most of his days documenting daily operations through stories, photos and videos, highlighting fellow junior Sailors and their military service to the U.S. Aboard Tulsa, he worked directly with the ship’s leadership, helping to tell the

Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class William Stephens, attached to USS Frank Cable (AS 40), supports USS Tulsa (LCS 16) during an underway in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (LT LAUREN CHATMAS)

Navy’s story of life aboard a rotationally-deployed LCS. He covered integrated operations between Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21 and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5, underway replenishment with USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO 199), and Sailors’ routine maintenance on ship’s equipment. Tulsa, attached to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7, is on a rotational deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the region, and to work alongside allied and partner navies to provide maritime security and stability, key pillars of a free and open Indo-Pacific. As the U.S. Navy’s destroyer squadron forward-deployed in Southeast Asia,

DESRON 7 serves as the primary tactical and operational commander of littoral combat ships rotationally deployed to Singapore, Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 7’s Sea Combat Commander, and builds partnerships through training exercises and military-to-military engagements. ESG 7, composed of Amphibious Squadron 11, DESRON 7, HSC-25, Mine Countermeasures Squadron 7, Naval Beach Unit 7, and USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), is the Navy’s only forward-deployed amphibious force, and is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility to enhance interoperability with allies and partners and is responsible for the full range of expeditionary operations in the Indo-Pacific region.


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A sensor examines a metal plate for rust. (CHUCK SPAULDING)

Naval Surface Warfare Center Port Hueneme Division partners with industry on exploring unmanned aerial vehicles, sensors to detect corrosion on Navy combat systems By Latasha Ball

NAWC Port Hueneme Division Public Affairs

PORT HUENEME, Calif. — Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and their sensors track and monitor wildlife, livestock, infrastructure, weather and construction progress, among other tasks. Now, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division (NSWC PHD) scientists and a local company want to use them to track corrosion or degradation on combat systems aboard Navy ships. NSWC PHD and Aerial Alchemy, a remote-sensing technology company in Thousand Oaks, California, are partnering under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) to solve how corrosion affects the performance of Navy ships’ combat systems and to find a way to detect corrosion remotely. Aerial Alchemy develops medium and heavy-lift UAVs that use sensors equipped with lidar scanning and other imaging technology to accurately capture data used to generate a 3D digital representation of a physical asset, also known as a digital twin. The partnership’s goal is to explore using the company’s drones and its processing system and visual data to detect areas that may have corrosion. As a drone flies over a specified area of a ship, such as a hull or the rear, it transmits video to create a digital model of a ship that contributes to the ship’s detailed analysis, including potential areas of concern for corrosion or rust. Should the UAV and sensors detect corrosion, it will help give scientists an early head’s up of the issue, according to Alan Jaeger, NSWC PHD Office of Research and Technology Applications manager. “The idea of the CRADA we are doing now is whether we can use various sensors to identify that information without having to put human eyeballs on it,” Jaeger said. “If we can, then the next step is putting that on

drones or unmanned aircraft, so we don’t have to send a sailor on a ship; we can send a drone, and it can scan equipment and identify corrosion or undersurface damage, for example. If we can get that data, then we can start pre-planning for maintenance, preventative maintenance and repair operations.” This is Aerial Alchemy’s second CRADA with NSWC PHD. The first CRADA focused on proving the stability, reliability and accuracy of the company’s UAVs in a maritime environment to successfully create an “as-built” digital model of USS Independence (LCS 2), which is used as a baseline digital twin. A digital twin is an intelligent digital representation of an analog asset or a 3D model, according to Chuck Spaulding, founder, and chief executive officer of Aerial Alchemy. “We began working with the Navy in 2016 when everyone was trying to figure out what civil UAVs were and what they meant to them,” Spaulding explained. “The Navy was interested in exploring the usefulness of drones for remote sensing and remote inspections of combat systems on surface ships, which led to the first CRADA in 2018, and through that collaboration, we were able to create an exterior 3D as-built model of a ship at sea.” With the second CRADA, the team can build on the successful results of the first CRADA and continue to improve precision navigation techniques while focusing on combining data from a thermal red, blue and green sensor that a visible camera uses, as well as multispectral, hyperspectral and tuning sensor wavelengths so they can be used to remotely detect and identify the chemicals generated during the corrosion process. “By themselves, the data from each of these sensors do not provide sufficient information for the specific identification and automatic evaluation of the corrosion state of an asset,” Spaulding said. “However, when combined with a stable platform

with precision navigation such as lidar and synthetic vision to align the ‘blended’ sensor data and advanced computational approaches involving machine learning and artificial intelligence algorithms in a digital twin, this solution should provide a more objective rating of surface deterioration much more efficiently, cost-effectively and safer than a human inspector could.” The teams anticipate the drone-sensor technology Aerial Alchemy and NSWC PHD are working on will bring many benefits to the Navy and the warfighter, including reducing the labor costs of inspections and the ability to inspect difficult and high-risk areas. That advanced and early detection, in particular, would give the Navy a leg-up in treating corrosion, said Zachary Stephens, a materials engineer also with NSWC PHD. “Because a lot of corrosion happens under the painted surface, you see it when it breaks through the painted surface, or you start to see physical flaws; and at that point, it’s almost too late to do touch-up work, so the early detection will be very valuable for planning maintenance actions and for knowing which system needs the maintenance and which ones don’t, as well as moving onto our condition-based maintenance model rather than our preventative based maintenance model,” Stephens explained. Armen Kvryan, NSWC PHD lead materials engineer, has a doctorate in materials science and an extensive background on corrosion issues affecting combat systems from working in industry and academia. Kvryan, Jaeger and Stephens along with Aerial Alchemy partner, SAAZ Micro, Inc., an advanced imaging technology company in Simi Valley, California, are first conducting tests of the sensors in a laboratory to explore the different types of corrosion and degradation the sensors can identify on different kinds of metals, such as aluminum and steel.

“Our initial research will be on what sensors to use to detect corrosion and then figure out what sensors we can use and what materials we can detect corrosion or degradation on, because composites are not metal, so they don’t corrode,” Stephens said. “Although it would be ideal to have a (single) sensor that can detect all kinds of corrosion and degradation on the ship when you have composite versus aluminum or steel, they all have different signs and methods. One method may work on one type system but won’t work on another; the success of this test will determine where to focus our efforts.” Spaulding also agrees that if the technology successfully identifies corrosion on combat systems, the system can assess issues on other parts of the ship and be used by other industries. “To make a commercially viable product outside the Navy, we must also investigate the material properties of the hull, superstructure and pretty much all exterior surfaces of the ship above the waterline that are subjected to a corrosive environment,” Spaulding said. “Navy warships are some of the most sophisticated machines globally, and the nature of combat systems with compound curvature and multiple angles, combined with composite materials, antennas and sensors create complex geometries. If our technology can be demonstrated on combat systems, then it will have applicability on other parts of the ship that are less complex.” Spaulding credits NSWC PHD for helping him navigate through the channels of working with the Navy. “The people we’re working with at NSWC PHD have been awesome and helped us through the process, and that’s significant if you’re a small company like we are,” he said. “They have removed many of the roadblocks that get in the way of good collaboration, making this a really enjoyable project.” Kvryan said the CRADA with Aerial Alchemy is another way to obtain information and experience from industry to pass onto the sailors and ultimately support the warfighter. “What I want with this CRADA is to not only solve a Navy problem but to gain expertise and knowledge that I can bring back to the fleet so that we can then solve other problems using this newly acquired knowledge,” Kvryan said.

NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Bahrain boat teams set sail From NAVSUP FLC Bahrain Public Affairs MANAMA, Bahrain — The idea of boat teams is not new to the Navy, but Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Bahrain has put a new twist on the concept. When the Navy instituted significant mitigation measures to protect Sailors and their families from COVID-19, one of the first things diminished was large group training events. Initially, ad hoc small groups that followed COVID-19 mitigation measures replaced these training events but didn’t have the structure that the large group events had. “We had to find a way to improve the training value,” said Capt. Timothy Griffin, the commanding officer of NAVSUP FLC Bahrain. He tasked his staff to generate ideas of how the command could improve training while building upon more traditional military concepts such as comradery in a COVID-19 environment. “Not long after I took command, I held a series of all hands calls and the one thing that I heard loud and clear was that Sailors missed the interaction with each other that normally occurs at training events and command PT,” said Griffin. Griffin challenged his staff to find a way

to fill this gap and his staff recommended a concept the U.S. Navy Seabees use and is at the heart of small group dynamics, the boat team, to build upon the idea of teamwork, especially among the junior Sailors. “I remember the boat teams from my time with the Seabees,” said Lt. Cmdr. Steven Archer, the operations officer at NAVSUP FLC Bahrain. “The concept is simple but quite effective. Sailors from across the command are divided into small teams. Each team has a Petty Officer 1st Class in charge of the team and a Chief Petty Officer assigned as a boat team mentor.” “As the Navy grows and evolves into a more complex and competitive environment, more will be expected and demanded from our enlisted Sailors,” said Personnel Specialist 1st Class Bryan Alberto, the command career counselor of NAVSUP FLC Bahrain. “As boat team leaders, we know the strengths and weaknesses of our members and help each other grow into a better version of ourselves, both personally and professionally.” “I appreciate our boat team leaders for facilitating our trainings that also build morale,” said Logistics Specialist Seaman Austin Thompson. “This is the first time I have gotten to meet other people from across the command, and being in a smaller group allows me to open up and ask more questions than I would normally ask in a

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larger setting.” Since implementing the concept, the boat teams have focused on basic military knowledge and are used to conduct group physical training. Future training will also build upon the foundation for career long learning experiences that includes self-awareness, leadership skills and decision making. “I am really excited to see Sailors gather in groups and focus on training,” said Griffin. “It has been a long 15 months, and for many of our junior Sailors, all they know is life in the Navy under COVID-19. The boat teams are one small way we can incorporate

traditional military training and PT into our battle rhythm, and every member of the command will benefit from this.” NAVSUP FLC Bahrain is one of eight FLCs under Commander, NAVSUP. Headquartered in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, NAVSUP employs a diverse, worldwide workforce of more than 22,500 military and civilian personnel. NAVSUP and the Navy Supply Corps conduct and enable supply chain, acquisition, operational logistics, and Sailor & family care activities with our mission partners to generate readiness and sustain naval forces worldwide to prevent and decisively win wars.


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A Spearhead-class Expeditionary Fast Transport (EFP) ship underway during integrated sea trials, July 30. (PHOTO COURTESY)

Acting SECNAV names future Expeditionary Fast Transport Ship Point Loma From U.S. Navy Public Affairs SAN DIEGO — A future Spearhead-class Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) ship will be named USNS Point Loma. Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas W. Harker announced July 16 that a future Spearhead-class Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) ship will be named to honor the San Diego seaside community of Point Loma. The future USNS Point Loma (T-EPF-15) will be the second naval vessel to bear this name, the first being a deep submergence support ship that was decommissioned in 1993. Currently, eight Navy vessels honor the state of, or a location in, California. “It is my honor to recognize the endur-

ing support of the community and residents of Point Loma, who for generations have provided the Navy and Marine Corps with critical support and infrastructure integral to the Department of the Navy’s mission,” said Harker. “So many Sailors and Marines have called this community home, and like I, a California native, have seen and felt the support from this community. The crew of the future USNS Point Loma will honor this time-honored relationship, and will continue to serve this community and the nation for generations to come.” The name selection follows the naval tradition of honoring small American cities or communities with ties to the Navy. The community of Point Loma has a long-stand-

ing naval presence, beginning in 1901 with the establishment of the Naval Coaling Station, La Playa, which later became Naval Supply Center San Diego, Point Loma Annex in 1943. The Naval Training Center San Diego in Point Loma served as a basic training facility for over seven decades, and the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery is the site of a monument for Sailors killed in a boiler explosion on board USS Bennington (Gunboat No. 4) in 1905. Currently, Naval Base Point Loma comprises six installations and provides support to 70 U.S. Pacific Fleet afloat and shore based tenant commands headquartered on the base. The future T-EPF-15 is the last of the 15

EPFs awarded to the Navy, with the first delivered in 2012. The Navy has accepted delivery of 12 EPFs with USNS Newport (T-EPF-12) being the most recent delivery in Sept. 2020. Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama, was awarded the contract to build T-EPF-15 in February 2021. EPFs are commercial-based catamarans designed to be highly capable and affordable, allowing flexibility to the fleet with their ability to access harsh ports with minimal external assistance. EPFs maintain a variety of roles including humanitarian assistance, maritime security and disaster relief, among others. The vessel is designed to operate in shallow-draft ports and waterways, and includes a flight deck for helicopter operations and an off-load ramp that allow vehicles to drive off the ship. The future T-EPF-15 will also include an expeditionary medical capability. Along with announcing the ship’s name, Harker also recognized the future USNS Point Loma’s sponsor, Beth Asher, who in her role as the ship’s sponsor will represent a lifelong relationship with the ship and crew. For more information about Expeditionary Fast Transport ships, visit https://www.navy. mil/Resources/Fact-Files/Display-FactFiles/ Article/2169983/expeditionary-fast-transport-epf/

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Engineman 2nd Class Jamie Vetter, assigned to Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Fargo, watches the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, practice demonstration during Navy Week in Fargo, North Dakota, July 27, 2018. (MC2 DAVID FINLEY JR)

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throughout the week, including the Red River Zoo, Gooseberry Park, and the Food Trucks and Trails Festival. The week will conclude at the “Fargo AirSho,” Sunday, July 25, where attendees can interact with their U.S. Navy sailors throughout the day. Fargo Navy Week is one of 13 Navy Weeks in 2021, focusing a variety of assets, equipment, and personnel on a single city for a weeklong series of engagements designed to bring America’s Navy closer to the people it protects. Each year, the program reaches more than 140 million people — about half the U.S. population.

cific region. TS21 is a large-scale, bilateral military exercise between Australia and the U.S. involving more than 17,000 participants from seven nations. It is a demonstration of our strong alliance underpinned by deep levels of cooperation and trust built over decades operating and training together. TS21 advances the Indo-Pacific Pathway’s initiative to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific by strengthening relationships and interoperability with allies and partners. TS21 also supports the U.S. National Defense Strategy by enhancing our ability to protect the homeland and address the full range of potential security concerns in the Indo-Pacific.

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Captain Bobby Earl of Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks Talks Big Fish, Fierce Competitions Instore for Season Eight

Interveiw conducted by Yiorgo

The exciting eighth season of Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks premiered this past Sunday, July 18th at 7:30pm on the National Geographic channel and delivered on all levels. You can watch all new episodes every Sunday night at 7:30pm on the National Geographic channel and on Demand. With us is one of the stars from season eight and the sixth season winner, Captain Bobby Earl of the Reel E’ Bugging boat. Yiorgo: Where were you born and did you like fishing as a kid? Bobby Earl: I was born in Queens, New York and some people think you’re from NYC so you don’t fish. But you know what, some of the best saltwater fishing happens off Brooklyn and Manhattan. Queens is part of Long Island and Long Island is an island on the Atlantic Ocean. So I was always fishing growing up and I would catch blue fish or flounder typically from a pier or if you were lucky someone had a row boat. Y: Before Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks, you made quite a name for yourself in the

world of finance. Tell us about it. BE: After high school, I joined the navy for four years and then got into finance and eventually I ended up in the bank brokerage arena working for Citibank. At the time it was called Citicorp Investments and I was a financial planner. I did that forever and at the height of my career I was a regional sales manager on the finance side. I had about 100 financial planners reporting to me. I did this up until 2007, then the financial markets collapsed. All my stock options were worthless and we all got laid off. I went back to Citibank as a broker with no clients because I was a regional manager for so long. That’s when John Furman, a good friend of mine to this day, invited me to join his bed bug business. I opened my own business in my son’s name in 2008 and we did very well. As a side note, my son Bobby J Earl who is now 26, when he was 12 weeks old, his mother left due to drugs, alcohol, etc. and we have not seen her since. I did all that while raising my son by myself. Y: So how did you get into fishing, especially on a big level?

BE: My escape was to go fishing, first with little 17-22 footer boats and then I bought a 38 footer and called it Reel E’ Bugging. We put a big dead bug on the back of it because we felt that dead bugs bought that boat. And that’s where the name of the boat came from. We would wait for December to get here because that’s when the giant Bluefin tuna would pass New York on its way to Gloucester. Well around November they cancelled the season. A friend tells me that in the Outer Banks of North Carolina they are reopening the season on January 1st and it’s cheaper to winterize the boat there then in Long Island and that’s what we did. And by chance the marina that I picked had the Wicked Tuna boats there like Doghouse, Pinwheel, all the tuna guys and I would fish beside them for about 5 years. The funny thing is that we would always catch more fish than they did. That’s a true story. Y: How did you go from fishing alongside them, to joining the cast and becoming part of the show? BE: About 2 years in, I realized that my 38 foot boat was not big enough and we bought

a 53 foot boat. It was a strange deal because I had no money. I googled Fishing Frenzy and I found a 53 foot, 1972 custom boat. It was falling apart but it was all we could afford and it was sea worthy. Literally two years after that, we saw an ad on Facebook that Wicked Tuna is taking applications. I said, we are better than these guys and we only fish part time. We actually were invited to come on board for the sixth season and I made the decision that we were going to win that thing if it killed me. And it almost did, but we won it. My son now runs the bug business and I can run this. But to put things in perspective, Covid killed the bug business. Since people were not going out, they were not bringing bugs home. Our business went down 90% during Covid. Simultaneously, my boat blew up and I lost $300,000 in that, so this has been one of the toughest years we ever had financially. Y: For those not familiar with the show, can you describe how the show works? BE: Seven boats are selected of what they Turn to Outer Banks, Page 3

Thomas Wilkins named Principal Guest Conductor of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra From Virginia Symphony Orchestra

HAMPTON ROADS, VA — Internationally renowned conductor and Norfolk native Thomas Wilkins has been named the Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s first-ever Principal Guest Conductor. Having recently stepped down after 17 years as music director of the Omaha Symphony, Mr. Wilkins is currently principal conductor of the fabled Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, as well as Artistic Advisor for Education and Community Engagement at the Boston Symphony Orchestra. His guest conducting credits include leading the orchestras of Cleveland, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Dallas, the New York Philharmonic among others, in addition to his posts at the Hollywood Bowl and BSO. A frequent guest conductor and favorite of VSO audiences, Mr. Wilkins credits a performance by the Virginia Symphony for inspiring him at the age of eight to pursue a career as a professional conductor, when he attended a youth concert as a student at Young Park Elementary in Norfolk (now Park Place Elementary). “I often say that I didn’t choose music; music chose me,” said Mr. Wilkins. “And to be invited to return as a leader to the place where I made that decision to embrace music as a career and way of life so many years ago is incredibly moving for me. I have enormous love and respect for the musicians of the Virginia Symphony and I’m thrilled and honored to join them in this new role.” Mr. Wilkins joins the organization at an exciting time as the orchestra begins its second century. Since 2019, the VSO has been recognized nationally for striving to reflect the region’s ethnic and racial diversity in its

members, its programming, and its leadership. The appointment of Wilkins as not only the orchestra’s first Principal Guest Conductor but its first Black artistic leader comes just weeks after 38-year-old Eric Jacobsen was selected as the VSO’s new music director, another bold step toward expanding the VSO’s vision to engage wider audiences with creative and relevant programming. In announcing the appointment, VSO Board Chair Mike McClellan said, “This is a true dream team! Eric and Thomas share the VSO’s commitment to telling our community’s stories and advancing the important conversations that will promote understanding and belonging among all our residents.” The symphony will host a welcome event for Mr. Wilkins on Monday, July 19th at 4:30pm at the Chrysler Hall Dress Circle Lobby, with a special performance by the Boys Choir of Hampton Roads, led by Julius McCullough. Free and open to the public; please RSVP by registering here. Devoted to promoting a life-long enthusiasm for music, Mr. Wilkins brings energy and commitment to audiences of all ages. He is hailed as a master at communicating and connecting with audiences. Following his highly successful first season with the Boston Symphony, the Boston Globe named him among the “Best People and Ideas of 2011.” In 2014, Mr. Wilkins received the prestigious “Outstanding Artist” award at the Nebraska Governor’s Arts Awards for his significant contribution to music in the state, while in 2018 Mr. Wilkins received the Leonard Bernstein Lifetime Achievement Award for the Elevation of Music in Society conferred by Boston’s Longy School of Music. And in 2019 the Virginia Symphony bestowed Mr. Wilkins

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with its annual Dreamer Award. During his conducting career, Mr. Wilkins has led orchestras throughout the United States, including the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Cincinnati Symphony, and the National Symphony. Additionally, he has guest conducted the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras, the Symphonies of Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Baltimore, San Diego and Utah, and the Buffalo and Rochester Phil-

harmonics, as well as at the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago. Mr. Wilkins is a graduate of the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. He and his wife Sheri-Lee are the proud parents of twin daughters, Erica and Nicole. Mr. Wilkins’ first appearance with the orchestra in his new role will be February 18-20, 2022. Tickets will be on sale in mid-August at www.virginiasymphony.org.

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Town Center of Virginia Beach to host center wide job fair From Town Center of Virginia Beach Virginia Beach, VA — Meet face to face with top employers hiring for positions in retail, restaurant, and hospitality. If you have been looking for a new career or are just ready to start a new job, you don’t want to miss this exciting hiring event on Thursday, August 26 from 11 AM – 2 PM at The Westin hotel in Town Center! What to expect at Town Center’s Job Fair? • Multiple employers hiring for open retail, restaurant and hospitality positions found in Town Center of Virginia Beach • Great networking opportunities in a relaxed, professional environment • Face to face meetings with recruiters, managers, and human resources professionals • 100% free event for job seekers to attend Growing List of Participating Employers: • Anthropologie • APEX ENTERTAINMENT • Drybar • Dogtopia of Virginia Beach • Eclectic Design Florist & Gifts • lululemon • Muse Paintbar • The Royal Chocolate • Three Notch’d Brewing Company • The Westin Check back frequently, as more employers will be added to the list. Register here to receive a full list of attending employers, job updates and an event reminder. Reminders will be sent leading up to the event and a full list of employers will be sent on Monday, August 23. Looking for one more reason to work in the center of it all? We’re sharing some of the reasons employees in Town Center love working here – and why we think you will too! 1. Free parking. Whether you’re here to work, shop, dine, or play – all parking is free, all the time, in Town Center. 2. Enjoy the perks of a “members only” discount program – designed exclusively for those that work in Town Center proper. This special program entitles employees to discounts at select restaurants, stores and venues within the community. In addition to the center-wide program, many restaurants and retailers offer even greater deals exclusive to their own team members. 3. Location, location, location. Town Center is truly the “center of it all” – making it a convenient destination to many areas of Hampton Roads.

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4. This vibrant community knows how to work hard and play harder. With endless free live entertainment – like YNOT Wednesdays, the Fountain Plaza music series, holiday traditions, and our signature New Year’s Eve event, Last Night On The Town – there is no shortage of after work fun. 5. Town Center is the place to be all year long. Many of our businesses offer both seasonal and year-round employment opportunities. Know Before You Go:

• Date: Thursday, August 26, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM • Location: The Westin Hotel (Monarch Ballroom, Second Floor) | 4535 Commerce Street Virginia Beach, VA 23462 • Parking: All self-parking in Town Center is free – all the time. We recommend that you park in the Westin Hotel garage for this event. However, you’re welcome to park in any garage that is most convenient to you. Be mindful of reserved spaces and those with

The 20th Annual Norfolk Latino Music & Food Festival Presented by Newport News Shipbuilding Set for July 24 From Norfolk Festevents Norfolk, VA — The 20th Annual Norfolk Latino Music & Food Festival presented by Newport News Shipbuilding is scheduled for Saturday, July 24, from 5-10pm, at Town Point Park along the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront. Celebrating its 20th year, the Norfolk Latino Music & Food Festival brings together the best and bright elements of Hampton Roads’ Latino community with authentic cuisine, explosive live music, a wide variety of dance lessons & performances, children’s activities, and much more in a beautiful setting along the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront. Pablo Antonio y La Firma (Salsa, Merengue & Cumbia), hailing from the Washington, D.C. area, and Kadencia Orchestra (Bomba, Plena & Salsa), from Richmond, headline the musical performances, along with the local DJ Mangu from La Selecta Radio. In addition to the music, festival guests can also enjoy dance lessons and performances from Libra Dance and Mambo Room. The festival also features a unique dining experience, bringing together the region’s top Latino food vendors to offer a diverse, eclectic menu including empanadas, street tacos, elote, burritos, carnitas, flan, arroz con gandules, pernil, and much more. A complete list of food vendors can be found below. The event is free and open to the public. For more information and FAQs, please go to bit.ly/NFKLatino21 or Festevents.org.

MUSIC: DJ Mangu (La Selecta Radio DJ) — 5:30pm & 7:30pm Kadencia Orquestra (Bomba, Plena & Salsa; Richmond, VA) — 6:30pm Pablo Antonio y La Firma (Salsa, Merengue & Cumbia; Washington, D.C.) — 8:30pm FOOD: • Encanto Latin Cuisine (Empanadas, arroz con gandules, pernil, flan & more!) • Jessy’s Taqueria (Tacos, elote, guacamole, horchata & more!) • Latin 2 Soul (Quesadillas, tacos, nachos & more!) • Plaza Del Sol (Street tacos, elote & more!) • So Frito (Street tacos & more!) • Latino Festival Bar (Margaritas, sangria & more!) • Ben & Jerry’s (Ice cream) • Hawaiian Sno (Shaved ice) • Pennsylvania Dutch (Funnel cakes, popcorn cotton candy & more!) ENTERTAINMENT & RETAIL: • Libra Dance (Dance lessons & performances) • Mambo Room (Dance lessons & performances) • Arts & Crafts (Flag-making, face painting, soccer, dominoes & more!) • Commercial Del Norte (Bracelets, necklaces, jerseys, hats & more!) • The Baby Alpaca (Ponchos, shawls, scarves, cups & more!) For more information on upcoming events at both Town Point Park and Ocean View Beach Park, please visit Festevents.org.

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2-hour parking limitations. • A special thank you to Armada Hoffler Properties and The Westin Hotel for hosting this community event. • Employer Note: This hiring event is open exclusively to retail, restaurant and hospitality businesses located in Town Center proper that have a current lease with Armada Hoffler Properties. If your business would like more information on how to become a tenant of Town Center of Virginia Beach, please e-mail us.


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deem to be the best of the best. The premise is, there is a short season. They stick a cameraman in your boat and you want to out produce the other six. There is a lot of gamesmanship in that. In my case, I pray for bad weather because everyone is afraid to go fishing and I go and catch fish while they are sitting at the dock. I’m competing against a lot of multi-million dollar operations. Y: Without giving away anything crucial, talk about what this eighth season was like both competitive wise and dealing with the harsh weather. BE: This eight season that we fished was the worst weather that I fished several weeks in a row. It was really terrible. One was worse than the other. This season will be by far the most amazing season for many reasons such as the weather and the competition was fierce. Here is one personal example. They told us Valentine’s Day weekend was going to be 10 feet tall waves. The others said we’re not fishing in that. They stayed home and took their wives to dinner. I cancelled dinner with my girlfriend, and told her to stay home in Morehead. I went fishing three days in a row and caught fish every day, when no one else left the dock. I don’t believe there was a single day after Valentine’s Day that every boat did not leave the dock because they were not going to be embarrassed. So it will literally be some of the fiercest competition ever filmed. That’s a fact. Y: Why should people watch this particular season? BE: As I mentioned, the competition is a very, very fierce battle by all involved.. A couple of the guys who were on other seasons but not recent news were brought back, so they have something to prove. There are some new boats so they are trying to prove themselves. We had a bad year last year. This was not publicized, but we got Covid and missed a few weeks of fishing and we finished last, so we want to prove that our win in season six was not a fluke. Photographically this may be the most epic season yet. This season, the producers decided to add a chase boat. They hired a guy and put a million dollar camera on his boat, very similar to the camera they fly in a news helicopter. That boat would follow us around for six weeks. The TV viewer is getting a bird’s eye view. For example, there can be a 10 foot tall wave that your boat is battling but if the camera angle is from your boat the viewer does not see the outside perspective of how tall that wave is by your boat. Here is a personal example. When I had my first fish, we radioed it in, the chase boat came out, they were 15 feet away from us with that camera fighting the fish. They launched an underwater drone, a regular drone, it was incredible. I’ve seen some of the footage and it is breathtaking. The third reason is that the fish this year were not your average 80 inches. They were 100 inches and over.

(HIGH 10 MEDIA)

These were some of the biggest, ferocious fish with six and eight hour battles before we would reel them in. Really big fish, tremendous photography, fierce competition, this really will be an amazing season. Y: Your boat actually caught fire. Tell us about it. BE: We had a lot of mechanical issues and I spent around $60,000-$70,000 on renovations. I borrowed money to make sure the engine was good and we could compete. On November 5th, I was going south to get there early. I was about 10 hours into the journey, it was sunrise, my friend Danny was downstairs sleeping and I heard an explosion. I was pretty far out, about 15 miles from the beach. I went down and I could see flames from the engine room. My friend Danny was unconscious from smoke inhalation. It was terrifying. I was punching him in the face to wake up.

He started coughing, I was able to get his survival suit on him. I fired off a mayday and put my survival suit on. I threw a life raft in the water, we jumped in and for about an hour and a half we watched my life savings burn. The water was 54 degrees and from the explosion till we jumped in the water it was probably 12 minutes. We’re speculating that a turbo exploded. We don’t know. The boat sank in 250 feet deep water so we could not bring it up. In the five years, I had sunk about $400,000 in the boat but it was only insured for about $150,000 because it was over 50 years old and you can only insure it for what they call “agreed upon value.” I had about $100,000 in fishing equipment, all my clothes, ID, credit cards gone. I was financially devastated and bankrupt and because of Covid, my bed bug business was bankrupt. It was a real struggle to find the will to

do this again and at one point I was so emotionally beat up that I was not going to do it again. But I went on a road trip for 10 days and we found a boat in our price range in Florida. I got in the hole again for $64,000 and borrowed money to get fuel to bring it to the Outer Banks. We had no equipment, I borrowed rods and reels and made it within five days of Wicked Tuna filming. A lot of blessings and a gift from God, we pulled it off. I’ll tell you something no one knows, they were not sure what direction they were going to go and I got a call saying I was off the show. They wanted real southern boys and my New York accent really stands out. So that’s when I said I’m not buying a boat, I’m not doing this again, but I made the decision to buy that boat anyway. I was in the rental car on my way to Florida with my son when I got the call, hey we changed our minds, you’re back on the show. God works in mysterious ways. Had I told the guy in Florida to sell the boat to someone else, I would not have had a boat. So we ended up buying a 1983, 60 foot Hatteras. It’s the baddest boat in the ocean and like the other one, it’s old and requires a lot of work. Y: What do you do when you are not competing on Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks? BE: I run Reel bugging Sport fishing Charters http://Reelebugging.com/ full time out of Morehead City, North Carolina. January through April I’m in the Outer Banks and the rest of the time I’m in Morehead City. Y: What is a favorite moment or two that you experienced because of this show? BE: It happened about three weeks ago. I was going into the local tackle shop down in Morehead City and there were three young kids about 13-15 years old and you can hear one of them saying all excited, “That’s Bobby Bugs, that’s Bobby Bugs.” I went over, took off my hat and gave it to them and said, “Hey guys, I heard you talking, here you go.” It’s that stuff, the kids that make me all excited. I love seeing kids fishing. My second is, I love showing up every year in the Outer Banks. It’s like showing up for spring training. I haven’t seen the guys in months. It’s like a little fraternity. Everyone is at the dock, telling war stories. It’s a brotherhood and that’s the part of doing this every winter that is exciting for me. And it’s not just the seven boats of captains, crew that are on the show, there are 30-40 boats that do this in the same inlet every year. They come from Virginia, New Jersey, they come from all over the place. We sit on the dock and talk about the weather, where you think the fish are. It’s very similar to a sports club. It’s very dangerous what we do and even those guys you don’t get along with, they have your back. It’s a good feeling to know you have those brothers. Yiorgo is an arts, entertainment and sports writer. A stage, TV and movie actor, he is alsoan educator, motivational speaker, writer, storyteller and columnist.


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Food

Apple and Mandarin Macaroni Salad (COURTESY PHOTO)

Master Summer Meals with an Apple and Mandarin Macaroni Salad By Family Features

Skip boring dishes and instead dive into a sweet, satisfying macaroni salad that’s perfect for enjoying al fresco. With fresh ingredients and appetizing flavor, this Apple and Mandarin Macaroni Salad is more than just a side — it’s a meal on its own. Grilled chicken breast is complemented by mandarin oranges and the sophisticated sweetness and crisp texture of Envy apples. Named Ameri-

ca’s No. 1 apple for taste, crispness, aroma and appearance, according to an independent sensory test by Forward Agency, the apples are a delightful way to enhance your favorite dishes. This recipe calls for firing up the grill to cook chicken to juicy perfection, mixing your own homemade macaroni salad and dicing up a beautiful apple, making it an ideal dinner option for summer evenings at home. Visit EnvyApple.com to find apples at a grocer near you. Apple and Mandarin Macaroni

Salad 2 thinly sliced chicken breasts ½ package cream cheese, softened ¼ cup Greek yogurt 1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot 1 lemon, zest only 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 can (10.7 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained, juice reserved 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus additional, to taste, divided

20 turns fresh cracked pepper, plus additional, to taste, divided water ½ pound macaroni 1 Envy apple, diced Allow chicken breasts to sit at room temperature 20 minutes. Mash softened cream cheese, Greek yogurt, chopped shallot, lemon zest, lemon juice, 3 tablespoons reserved mandarin juice, chopped parsley, salt and pepper. Set aside. Preheat grill or saute pan to high heat. Season chicken breasts with drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper, to taste. Grill chicken breasts until internal temperature reaches 165 F. If using saute pan, cook 2 minutes on each side then finish in 400 F oven 5-10 minutes. Allow chicken to cool then dice into small chunks. Bring medium or large pot of salted water to boil. Add macaroni and cook until tender. Drain and pour hot noodles into large mixing bowl. Gently stir in cream cheese mixture until noodles are well coated. Let cool slightly. Add diced chicken, apples and mandarin oranges; stir to combine. Serve warm or chill in refrigerator to serve cold.

1 large egg ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted 2 teaspoons cinnamon Heat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease 9-by-13-inch glass baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Place one package unrolled crescent rolls in bottom of dish. Pinch seams together. In large bowl, beat cream cheese until soft. Add 1 cup sugar and cornstarch. Beat mixture until combined. Add vanilla extract and egg. Beat until combined.

Pour batter onto crescent roll dough. Smooth with spatula. On floured surface, unroll second package crescent roll dough. Pinch seams and roll dough to ½ inch longer and wider. Place rolled sheet on top of cheesecake layer. Spread melted butter over top. In small bowl, whisk remaining sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle over top of bars. Bake 35-40 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool to room temperature. Chill in refrigerator 3 hours or overnight.

A Simply Sweet Dessert Bar By Culinary.net Finding a unique dessert to impress others can be a tall task. Cakes, brownies and cookies are classics but can be boring and repetitive. When you want something easy, delicious and made to impress, think outside the sweet treat box. Next time you’re in a pinch for something sweet, try these Sopapilla Bars. They have a sugary, crunchy exterior, but on the inside, they are creamy and delicious. Great for gatherings of all kinds, they’re cut into perfect portions and rare enough to give partygoers something to talk about. The prep is simple and they can be made in advance then stored in the fridge overnight so there is no last-minute rushing around the kitchen. To start, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese until soft. Add sugar and cornstarch then combine. Add vanilla extract and one egg then beat until combined. Place one can of unrolled crescent rolls in the bottom of a lightly greased pan and pinch together the seams. Add cream cheese mixture to the pan and spread out smooth. Then add remaining unrolled crescent rolls on top before spreading with melted butter. Mix together sugar and cinnamon to sprinkle over the top of the bars. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Cool to room temperature and chill in the fridge for at least 3 hours or overnight. These bars are also the perfect sweet treat for kids. They will love the sugar-coated top and you will love they are expanding their palates by trying something new. Whether it’s a birthday party, a barbecue or any celebration, this dessert is the way to go. It’s sweet, it’s got texture and it’s a home run when it comes to a simple sweet.

Sopapilla Bars (COURTESY PHOTO) Find more dessert recipes at Culinary.net. If you made this recipe at home, use #MyCulinaryConnection on your favorite social network to share your work. Sopapilla Bars Servings: 15 Nonstick cooking spray 2 packages (8 ounces each) crescent rolls 24 ounces cream cheese, softened 1 ¼ cups sugar, divided 1 tablespoon cornstarch 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


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Health

Michelle Pribble, Naval Medical Center San Diego’s lead nuclear medicine technologist, prepares a patient for a positron emission tomography (PET) scan in the hospital’s Nuclear Medicine Department Oct. 6. A PET SCAN IS USED FOR REVEALING OR EVALUATING CONDITIONS INCLUDING BRAIN DISORDERS (LUKE CUNNINGHAM)

Military Medical By Thomas J. Walsh MHS Communications

In just the past year, they’ve been working on new, high-tech treatments for major health problems like cancer, severe hearing loss and genetic diseases like muscular dystrophy. While the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, known as CDMRP, is not really a household name that is immediately familiar to many people in the military community, it is well known among medical researchers around the world. The CDMRP is essentially a Department of Defense funding organization that has been a hub of cutting-edge healthcare innovation financing since the early 1990s and has impacted health care development inside and outside the military for decades. “Certainly, when CDMRP research leads to Food and Drug Administration-approved treatment, it is a big win for the entire community,” said Army Col. Sarah Goldman, CDMRP’s director. “Research from CDMRP’s cancer programs alone has led to 18 FDA-approved drugs and devices that are currently being used, as well as significant changes in clinical practice.” Based at Fort Detrick, Maryland, the CDMRP is officially a part of the U.S. Army Futures Command, Medical Research and Development Command. In just the last year, the FDA approved drugs developed through CDMRP-backed research to treat neurofibromatosis (a genetic disorder of the nervous system); Duchenne muscular dystrophy; and a blood cancer called multiple myeloma. The CDMRP originated in 1992 via a single Congressional appropriation to encourage novel approaches to breast cancer research. Since then, it’s grown to include funding for about 5,000

research projects investigating an array of medical issues. “Our programs work hard to gather a lot of information to help identify research gaps and determine how to make key investments,” Goldman said. “We gather different stakeholders at the table, to include representatives from the DOD. Many of our programs have NIH representation as well as experts from the VA (Veterans Administration) ... really all of the major federal and non-federal research funders. We also include scientists and clinical experts in a particular area, and it’s extremely important that we have the consumer perspective at the table. Integrating consumers into CDMRP’s panels is one of our hallmarks and their input is absolutely critical. “Our programs conduct a funding landscape analysis, where we figure out what’s been funded so far, and where the gaps are.” Teams then develop strategies on how to fill those research gaps. Certain funding mechanisms seek out “innovative, high-impact, highrisk, and high-gain projects, where we’re willing to take a chance on some research” and where other agencies may not be willing to tread, Goldman said. Some of the research may be exploratory in nature, she said. Sometimes reviewers of the research do not know who the principal investigator is, or even the organization behind it, to avoid bias toward some of the larger, more well-known performers. “They can really focus on the idea, and help determine if it’s innovative and potentially impactful or not,” Goldman said. In this context, “consumers” could be patients, survivors, family members, or advocates representing an entire community affected by the disease or condition that’s being studied. “Integrating the consumer viewpoint is really one of the central tenets of the CDMRP,”

said Rebecca Fisher, the organization’s deputy director for program management. “It’s something that CDMRP pioneered many, many years ago, and I think others are now starting to see the tremendous value in that. We worked with the VA a few years back to share CDMRP approaches to help with their efforts to integrate more veteran input into VA research. Consumers are active in every part of our process.” That includes patients or advocates helping to set strategies, helping with peer and programmatic reviews, and even participating in research projects with investigators. The CDMRP has a training program and a mentoring process for those consumers who participate and provide input. “CDMRP is not here to fund research for research’s sake,” said Fisher, who has managed complex biomedical research programs within the DOD for more than 15 years. “We are focused on accelerating solutions that will better people’s lives. Even if it’s earlier stage work that we’re supporting, we’re always looking to that horizon and how we can get there faster.” Fisher said that CDMRP-funded open research awards currently number about 5,000. With so many highly promising areas being studied, it is difficult for her to pick just a handful of the most exciting prospects. But one that was cited by both Fisher and Goldman is a study of the drug known as Ruxolitinib for the possible prevention of breast cancer. “If this drug is successful, it could have a major impact for women who are diagnosed with early benign breast lesions, when they don’t know which ones are actually going to transition to cancers,” Fisher explained. “Right now, the current standard of care is an anti-estrogen therapy, which has a lot of side effects and is very difficult, so some women discontinue or don’t even take it.

“If you have a better preventative you can offer, it’s a sea change in treatment. That’s a huge, exciting project that’s been developing over many years with different award mechanisms for these investigators through CDMRP’s breast cancer program.” There is also a relatively new hearing restoration program underway that is funding pioneering research in treatment of auditory injuries and the restoration of hearing, including novel human 3D stem cell models of the inner ear, Fisher said. “The inner ear is just really hard to get into and one of only a few organs for which biopsies are not possible,” she said. “It’s very difficult because of the bone structure around it. Having a way to test the effects of therapeutics on regenerating important sensory cells in the ear and perhaps restore hearing, down the road ... this technological development may open up those avenues. This could be a huge change in this field.” In 2019, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to two doctors, Gregg Semenza and William Kaelin, Jr., who previously received funding from the CDMRP. They shared the award with another scientist for discovering how cells sense and adapt to oxygen availability. Their work has implications for treating a variety of diseases, including cancer. “It was so exciting for CDMRP be a part of their journey on to winning the Nobel Prize, and to see how their research has led to tremendous innovative breakthroughs,” Goldman said recently. Previously, two other scientists who were CDMRP-funded during their careers went on to become Nobel laureates, one in 2008 and another in 2009. “We have the opportunity to realize a vision for very specific areas of medical research need, and hopefully accelerate the achievement of products and outcomes that will help to improve the lives of service members, veterans, and the American public, and really make a difference,” Fisher said. “That’s what CDMRP is here for. While we fund the whole spectrum of research, we’re looking at that impact. That is number one in our book.”

DHA, NATO Collaborate to Achieve Military By MHS Communications Last month, the Defense Health Agency played a lead role in the NATO Coalition Warrior Interoperability Exercise 2021 which ran from 7-25 June in Bydgoszcz, Poland. DHA representatives and teams from Belgium, Germany, Finland, Netherlands, and the United Kingdom tested OpenAHLTA along with multiple national systems to demonstrate interoperability through the electronic transfer of health records from the point of injury back to the patient’s national healthcare system. “Federated interoperability continues to be a main focus among NATO nations and partner organizations,” said Mark Goodge, chair of the NATO COMEDS Health Information Systems & Technology Working Group (HIST-WG). “The medical scenarios tested during CWIX provide invaluable learning opportunities to enhance decision-making, improve communication, and accelerate medical response among allied nations and for future NATO-led missions.” During CWIX 21, three medical scenarios explored medical response to combat search and rescue, civilians on the battlefield, and disease surveillance in which a syndrome is identified and potential operational impact is assessed. Specifically, medical demonstrations between the U.S., Belgium, Netherlands and Finland tested OpenAHLTA and other

JFTC Commander, Polish Major General Adam Joks, visits nations that are testing interoperability of Communication and Information systems at JFTC. The ability of multinational units to act together is the foundation for all NATO operations ( NATO Joint Force Training Center).

national systems with the goal of successfully transferring patient treatment records through the continuum of care back into the patient’s national electronic healthcare record. The exercise also experimented with the passage of clinical information from one national system to another, a first in CWIX history. “We are proud to represent the United States and donate OpenAHLTA to

allied members and partner organizations,” Goodge said. He added that, when combined with NATO capabilities, OpenAHLTA delivers a force multiplying effect to enhance medical decision support and data interoperability throughout the mission command and control lifecycle. OpenAHLTA is open source and enables NATO nations to remain agile, connected and resilient. OpenAHLTA is also able to

perform in low or no communications environments, and uses the latest medical standard language terminology. Goodge added that supporting nations during CWIX 2021 medical demonstrations not only strengthened relationships within the NATO alliance, but also improved the U.S.’s MHS ability to support military readiness and deliver seamless and secure healthcare worldwide.


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