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IN THIS ISSUE USS Whidbey Island decommissions

The ship’s decommissioning ceremony was held on the quay wall, alongside the moored USS Whidbey Island. The ceremony was attended by nine of her previous Commanding Officers and over 50 plankowners. Page 3

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ODU grad becomes first woman to join Navy’s Blue Angels flight squadron

Navy broadens rules for sexual assault victims seeking restricted reports

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By Alison Bath Stars and Stripes

PENSACOLA, Fla. — The U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels have named the first woman as a demonstration pilot for the 2023 air show season. Women have served with the Blue Angels in other capacities for more than 55 years, but Lt. Amanda Lee, of Mounds View, Minnesota, is the first to join the iconic flight squadron as a pilot, the Navy said. Lee, a member of the “Gladiators” of Strike Fighter Squadron 106, graduated from Old Dominion University in 2013, the Blue Angels said Monday in a Facebook post announcing the new team. “We had an overwhelming number of applicants from all over the globe this year,” said Capt. Brian Kesselring, the squadron’s commanding officer and flight leader. “We look forward to training our fantastic new team members, passing on the torch, and watching the incredible things this team will accomplish in 2023.” The Blue Angels also named five other new members of the team based at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida, including pilots Navy Lt. Cmdr. Thomas Zimmerman, of Baltimore, Maryland and Marine Corps Capt. Samuel Petko of Osceola, Indiana. Lt. Cmdr. Brian Vaught, of Englewood, Colorado, was named events coordinator. Lt. Cmdr. Greg Jones, of Cary, North Carolina, will be an aviation maintenance officer and Lt. Philippe Warren, of Williamsburg, Virginia, is the new flight surgeon. The new team members will report to the squadron in September for a two-month turnover period. Once the 2022 show season concludes in November, they will embark on a rigorous five-month training program at NAS Pensacola and Naval Air Facility El Centro, Calif. The team’s mission is to showcase the teamwork and professionalism of the United States Navy and Marine Corps through flight demonstrations and community outreach.

The Navy is broadening some rules related to sexual assault reporting and victim requests for transfers to align with Defense Department policy, the service said Tuesday. Sexual assault victims now may request a restricted, or confidential, report even if they’ve told their commanding officer or others in their chain of command that they were sexually assaulted, the Navy announced in an administrative order. Commanding officers who have received a request from a sexual assault victim for an expedited transfer to another unit or base now have five days, up from three days, to consider the request. Both changes are effective immediately, the Navy said. Restricted reports allow victims to tell certain people, such as a health care provider or sexual assault response coordinator, or SARC, about a sexual assault without triggering an official investigation or notification of their chain of command. The idea is to give victims the ability to get medical, advocacy and legal help while they consider whether to file an unrestricted report, which requires an investigation and command notification, according to the Defense Department’s sexual assault prevention and response website. The change does not affect other elements of restricted reporting, such as ineligibility for a military protective order or expedited transfer, the Navy said. Victims who reported a sexual assault to military criminal investigators, a SARC or a victim advocate and signed a victim reporting preference statement cannot change to a restricted report, the Navy said. Tuesday’s order follows other changes the service announced late last month designed to make reporting sexual assaults easier and keep victims seeking care from falling through the cracks. In September, the Pentagon announced a plan to address sexual assault and harassment in the military. Establishing special-victim prosecutors, creating a full-time and specialized sexual assault prevention workforce and hiring full-time sexual assault response coordinators and victim advocates are among top priorities, the Pentagon said. Work on those priorities already was underway, Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks said at the time, but it’s unclear when those initiatives will be in place.

The U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels flying squadron has named a woman as a demonstration pilot for the first time. Lt. Amanda Lee, of Mounds View, Minnesota, was announced Monday, July 18, 2022, as a pilot assigned to the the “Gladiators”of Strike Fighter Squadron 106. She is a 2013 graduate of Old Dominion University, the Blue Angels said in a Facebook post announcing its 2023 officer selections. (CHIEF PETTY OFFICER PAUL ARCHER/AP)

988: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline hotline quick-dial option now live By 1st. Lt. Amelia Leonard

66th Air Base Group Public Affairs

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. (AFNS) — The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline hotline is launching a new quick-dial option nationwide starting July 16. Anyone located within the United States can call or text 9-8-8 any time of day, seven days a week to receive support for suicidal, mental health, and substance use crisis. The line will connect callers to trained crisis counselors. People can also call or text 9-8-8 if worried about a loved one who may need crisis support. “What we want to do is make it as easy as possible for someone to reach help when they need it,” said Colleen Carr, director of the National Action Alliance for Suicide

Prevention, in a 2022 interview. “It’s not a new network being established. It’s a new way to access that network in a way that’s easier to remember.” According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, callers will be routed to a local crisis center based on their area code. A local, trained counselor will listen, provide support and share resources, if needed. If there is no one available at a local crisis center, the caller will be re-routed to a national center for assistance. If needed, the counselor on the call can activate a local mobile mental health crisis team to be dispatched to the caller to provide therapeutic interventions and make referrals for outpatient services or transportation for further evaluation, according to SAMHSA. In the U.S., 45,979 people died by suicide in

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2020. That is an average of one person every 11 minutes, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Additionally, 12.2 million adults thought about suicide, 3.2 million adults planned to die by suicide, and 1.2 million adults attempted suicide.

The creation of 9-8-8 not only helps everyone living in America, but it also has the potential to make a significant impact on the active military and veteran community. Turn to 988: Help is at hand, Page 5

MyNavy Coaching team visits USS GW

The coaching workshops explored utilizing peer-to-peer coaching to enhance the development of Sailors both for personal and professional growth.

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Capt. Matthew Riethmiller, commanding officer of Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) Mid-Atlantic, salutes the sideboys as he departs the dais upon completion of the Change of Command ceremony held aboard USS Bataan (LHD 5), July 22. Riethmiller relieved Capt. Tres Meek during the ceremony. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY JEFF DOEPP/RELEASED)

NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic holds Change of Command Ceremony aboard USS Bataan (LHD 5) By NAVFAC Public Affairs Office NORFOLK, VA — Capt. Matthew Riethmiller relieved Capt. Tres Meek as commanding officer of Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Mid-Atlantic during a Change of Command ceremony held on July 20, 2022, aboard USS Bataan (LHD 5) at Naval Station Norfolk. Rear Adm. Lore Aguayo, Commander, NAVFAC Atlantic, was the presiding officer and guest speaker for the ceremony. “Capt. Riethmiller is, without a doubt, the right officer to build upon NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic’s accomplishments and great reputation,” said Aguayo. “Matt has excelled in every assignment he’s ever taken, and believe me, he has only taken the hardest assignments we have.” Riethmiller, like his predecessor, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the command. His operational tours include: Commanding Officer,

U.S. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) FIVE; Operations Officer, NMCB ELEVEN; First Naval Construction Division Forward; Air Detachment Officer-in-Charge (OIC)/Charlie Company Commander, NMCB THREE; and Commander, Naval Construction Group ONE in Port Hueneme, California. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of North Carolina, a member of the Department of Defense Acquisition Professional Community, and a Seabee Combat Warfare qualified officer. “NAVFAC MIDLANT is huge and complex … and if they (Team MIDLANT) are up for the challenge, the opportunity is here,” said Riethmiller. “I’m impressed with not only the positivity, but also the creativity in how the staff takes on the challenge each day.” During Meek’s two-year tenure as commanding officer, he led more than 4,000 military and civilian personnel,

ensuring world class facilities support to fleet units, warfighters, and their families at 14 Navy and four Marine Corps Installations, and facility service contract actions valued in excess of $6.3 billion. Furthermore, he enhanced shore lethality to pace strategic competition, which included enabling Columbia-class submarine delivery, and led complex facilities and environmental program management, balancing regional priorities. Additionally, he led record execution to award a $1.7 billion multi-mission dry-dock military construction project — the largest award in NAVFAC history — supporting the Shipyard Infrastructure Optimization Program. His actions prioritized supported commander’s missions, guiding the command through a global pandemic, while leading record execution in support of critical Navy and Marine Corps programs. Meek received the Legion of Merit from

Aguayo for his exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service as Commanding Officer of NAVFAC MIDLANT and Regional Engineer, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic from July 2020 through July 2022. “I stand before you today incredibly grateful and with total humility … without fail, every single MIDLANT team member is dedicated in their support of the fleet, Marine Corps, and their families,” said Meek. “Pillars of our profession … pillars that get up every day to get the Navy to sea or the Marines to the beach.” Meek’s next assignment will be the Maritime Headquarters Director at Navy Expeditionary Combat Command in Virginia Beach, Virginia. For additional information about NAVFAC MIDLANT on social media, follow our activities on Facebook at www. facebook.com/navfacmidatlantic and on Instagram @navfacmidatlantic.

MyNavy Coaching team visits USS George Washington (CVN 73) By Petty Officer 1st Class Marcus Meredith Navy Personnel Command

The MyNavy Coaching team visited the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) for a series of fourhour coaching workshops July 19-20. Command Master Chief Duncan MacLeod and Master Chief Aviation Maintenance Administrationman Courtney Barber from Navy Personnel Command’s Talent Management Task Force led four separate workshops for 126 GW Sailors. The coaching workshops explored utilizing peer-to-peer coaching to enhance the development of Sailors both for personal and professional growth. First class petty officers through lieutenants got the chance to learn the coaching skillsets of active listening, empathy, and asking powerful questions. “We need to stop living in hindsight, and start living in foresight,” said Barber. “We always say hindsight is 20⁄20. We’re always looking back; we’re never looking forward. If we can change the way we’re asking questions by asking open-ended questions, we’ll be able to better lead. We’re just asking people to change their conversation.” While this particular training was for senior enlisted and junior officers, these skills can be taught to every Sailor in the fleet. Sailors who attended the training said it opened their eyes. “MyNavy Coaching training helped me

identify coaching techniques that can be used in various scenarios with all Sailors and helping them identify solutions to problems they have or goals they are trying to obtain,” said Chief Information Systems Technician Sophia Reynolds, key infrastructure operating account manager, combat systems department, who attended the training. “This coaching can be used anywhere in the fleet, the skillsets provided in the training are ultimately to empower the Sailor in achieving personal or professional success by asking thought provoking questions.” “The MyNavy Coaching class served as a reminder that asking questions is an ability we really need to cultivate as leaders,” said Lt. Chris Porter, the ship’s assistant training officer. “It’s so powerful in helping guide Sailors to find their own solutions to the problems that stand in the way of accomplishing their goals.” The team made sure to emphasize that coaching is not mentoring. These are two different skillsets — mentorship and coaching — that can work hand-in-hand, but are uniquely different in development conversations. “The Sailors of today cannot be led with yesterday’s mindset,” said Barber. “In a coaching conversation, the coach’s job is to allow the coaching partner come up with their own answers to their problems, to make their own solution. Instead of me telling you what to do, I’m going to ask you ‘what do you want to do? What do you need to help make this happen?’ ”

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Command Master Chief Leon N. Sealey from Navy Personnel Command’s Talent Management Task Force leads a MyNavy Coaching workshop in the Chief’s Mess aboard the Nimitz-Class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). The workshops explored utilizing peer-to-peer coaching to enhance the development of Sailors both for personal and professional growth. George Washington is undergoing refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) at Newport News Shipbuilding. RCOH is a multi-year project performed only once during a carrier’s 50-year service life that includes refueling the ship’s two nuclear reactors, as well as significant repairs, upgrades, and modernization. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO)

“As the assistant training officer, I help lead a fairly small department, so I have a lot of personal interaction with all my Sailors,” said Porter. “As such, coaching is something that I’ll be able to consistently apply in the workplace to, hopefully, have a significant positive impact on my Sailors’ lives and careers.” Coaching demonstrates the Navy’s investment in Sailor development and empowerment to be the best version of themselves. The MyNavy Coaching initiative is one of several talent management

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A landing craft air cushion from Assault Craft Unit 2, currently embarked aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), passes the Spanish landing platform dock Castilla (L-52), during a bilateral Spanish Amphibious Landing Exercise, June 21. The Whidbey Island is deployed as part of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group, participating in the Spanish Amphibious Landing Exercise off the coast of Spain. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY PETTY OFFICER 1ST CLASS RACHAEL L. LESLIE)

USS Whidbey Island decommissions after nearly 38 years of service From www.navy.mil The ship’s decommissioning ceremony was held on the quay wall, alongside the moored USS Whidbey Island. The ceremony was attended by nine of her previous Commanding Officers and over 50 plankowners. “The last crew of Whidbey Island performed with great dignity and resiliency,” said Cmdr. Matt Phillips, the ship’s final commanding officer. “It’s been a privilege and an honor to lead this crew in executing her final mission.” Whidbey Island was commissioned Feb. 9, 1985, at Lockheed Shipyard in Seattle. The first ship in a class designed specifically to interface with the landing craft, air cushion (LCAC), assisted in the operational and developmental testing of the amphibious assault craft from July to September 1985 and again in May and July 1986. In August 1986, she embarked on her first major operation, participating in the NATO Exercise Northern Wedding/Bold Guard ‘86. She then made her first deployment to the Mediterranean in January 1987 during which time the ship took part in seven amphibious exercises and carried out duties

as presidential support ship for the World Economic Summit in Venice, Italy, May 1987. Whidbey Island was the first amphibious ship from the East Coast to deploy to the European Theater with LCACs. In September and October 1989, she participated in Hurricane Hugo disaster relief operations in the Caribbean Sea. During the ’92-’93 deployment, USS Whidbey Island made historic port calls to Samsun, Turkey, Constanţa, Romania, and Burgas, Bulgaria. Her passage to these port calls made her the first United States amphibious ship and largest U.S. warship to operate in the Black Sea. The ship returned to homeport on June 5, 1993. In August 1994, Whidbey Island rescued and transported over 8,100 Cuban migrants from the Straits of Florida during Operation Able Vigil and participated in the restoration of the legitimate government to Haiti during Operation Uphold Democracy. On Aug. 28, 1995, Whidbey Island deployed for a fifth Mediterranean Deployment, spending over three months in the Adriatic Sea in support of peacekeeping operations for the Dayton Peace Accords in the former Yugoslavia. The crew received

the Armed Forces Service Medal and the NATO Medal, returning to homeport Feb. 29, 1996. In June 2006, Whidbey Island deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. While in-port Aqaba, Jordan in July of 2006, the ship was recalled through the Suez Canal to support contingency operations due to the crisis in Lebanon. Whidbey Island subsequently participated in the largest non-combatant evacuation conducted by the U.S. Navy since Vietnam. During July and August, the ship evacuated 817 American citizens via LCAC with personnel transport module. On Feb. 16, 2007, Whidbey Island was awarded the 2006 Battle “E” award. On Oct. 1, 2007, Whidbey Island deployed from Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base. After being deployed to the Horn of Africa, she assisted the M/V Al Marjan and its crew when they were released by Somali pirates. On June 24, 2016, USS Whidbey Island deployed from Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, for what would be her final deployment. She conducted eight Theater Security Port Visits; country visits vital to reassuring host nations of the

commitment of the United States to their partnership. On July 21, 2016, USS Whidbey Island transited the Bosphorus Strait during a time of tension following the failed 2016 Turkish coup d’état attempt. Rear Adm. Tom Williams, Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 2 presided over the ceremony, which included the remaining ship’s crew, several of its previous commanding officers, including the ship’s first Commanding Officer, Captain Pat Muldoon and many other special guests in attendance. “I am humbled to be with you on this bittersweet day as we gather here at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek — Fort Story to commemorate this ship’s near 38 years of commissioned service,” said Williams. The ship is named after Whidbey Island, the largest of the islands composing Island County, WA. Whidbey is about 30 miles north of Seattle, and lies between the Olympic Peninsula and the I-5 corridor of western Washington. The island forms the northern boundary of Puget Sound. It is home to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.

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Corpsman Care during Atlantic Ocean ops on MSC ship By Douglas Stutz

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There’s a reason why U.S. Navy independent duty corpsmen are found assigned on isolated platforms from the wide expanse of the Indo-Pacific Theater to the far reaches of the Atlantic Ocean. Their responsibility to the ship — and submarine — crew is to provide and handle any medical support, especially when emergency care at sea is required. Which is exactly what happened when a Military Sealift Command civil service mariner sustained an injury which required immediate medical attention by Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Cristi A.H. Bussard on the expeditionary fast-transport USNS Trenton (T-EPF 5). The Trenton is currently employed by U.S. Sixth Fleet conducting operations in U.S. Naval Forces Africa area of operations. Bussard’s handiwork caring for the injured crewmember prompted an appreciative correspondence note from his wife, a retired Navy captain, sent to the corpsman’s command, Navy Medicine Readiness Training Command Bremerton. “I am writing this email to send a big Bravo Zulu to Bussard for the outstanding medical care she provided to my husband. He had an accident which resulted in a deep cut on the bridge of his nose and required stitches. Bussard quickly took charge of the situation and did an outstanding job with steady hands. I was so impressed when my husband showed me the stitches and told me how calm and reassuring she was during the procedure. We are so very, very blessed she was there to render medical care. Please relay our deepest thank you. I really thought a physician assistant treated my husband but he told me no it was an HM1. Wow,” wrote M. David. Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman Romualdo Humarang received the email and immediately

A stitch in independent duty corpsmen time... Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Cristi A.H. Bussard renders acute care for a Military Sealift Command civil service mariner who sustained an injury on the expeditionary fast-transport USNS Trenton (T-EPF 5), currently employed by U.S. Sixth Fleet conducting operations in U.S. Naval Forces Africa area of operations (Courtesy photo).

shared with NMRTC Bremerton leadership. “Would you expect anything less from a Sailor who hails from Corvallis, in western Montana? I’m very proud as a commanding officer and fellow Montanan. What a great testament to the skills and versatility of a U.S. Navy independent duty corpsman,” exclaimed Capt. Patrick Fitzpatrick, Naval Medicine Readiness Training Command Bremerton commanding officer, Naval Hospital Bremerton director and Missoula, Montana native. USNS Trenton arrived in Mindelo, Republic of Cabo Verde for a brief stop for logistics during a schedule port visit, July 20, 2022. Cabo Verde, part of a volcanic archipelago approximately 350 miles from the closest northwest African coastal nation of Senegal, is an important partner of the United States in promoting peace and security in Africa. U.S. Naval Forces Africa ships routinely ply the waters as far as the southern Atlantic partnering with host nations to support African-led maritime security initiatives. As part of the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command which is the premier provider of ocean transportation to the Department of Defense, USNS Trenton is one of approximately 125 civilian-crewed ships. MSC handles providing on-time logistics, strategic sealift and specialized missions in contested and uncontested environments. The ships conduct specialized missions, strategically preposition combat cargo at sea across the globe, as well as transport military cargo and supplies used by deployed U.S. forces and coalition partners. The MSC civil service mariners are not active duty service members but are federal civil

service employees. A number of Navy Medicine personnel are readily familiar with probably the most visible — and notable — of the MSC’s United States Naval Ships, the two hospital ships, USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) and USNS Comfort (T-AH 20). Just as a contingent of medical personnel currently deployed on Mercy are provid-

ing tailored medical care and other support with host nations as part of Pacific Partnership 2022, the largest annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific region, so is a solitary independent duty corpsman on Trenton offering immediate support when needed.

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US Navy Chiefs and Chief Selects run the Chief’s Birthday 5k onboard Naval Station Norfolk, Apr. 01, 2022. The first US Navy Chiefs were established April 1st, 1893, making 2022 the 129th Chief’s birthday. (US NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS EMILY CASAVANT/ RELEASED)

What does a “Black Flag” weather warning mean? By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Emily Casavant NORFOLK, Va. - It’s July in coastal Virginia and the “black flag” heat index warnings have been on the rise. But what does that mean for military members and employees on naval installations? Notifications are sent command-wide and black flags are hung outside of installation fitness centers when the Wet Bulb Globe Temperature index is equal to or greater than 90 degrees. At that point, it is too hot to do unnecessary physical tasks outside. WGBT measures heat stress in direct sunlight, taking into account: temperature, humidity, wind speed, sun angle and cloud cover.

“Everything is based around the safety of the Sailors and those on base,” said Naval Station Norfolk Command Fitness and Sports Director, Anthony Benning. The US military has five WBGT flag conditions, being: White: WBGT Index < 82 degrees Green: WBGT Index 82-84.9 degrees Yellow: WBGT Index 85-87.9 degrees Red: WGBT Index 88-89.9 degrees Black: WGBT Index 90 degrees and above “As it transitions through the colors, when it gets to red and black, we need to be shutting down any unnecessary PT,” said Benning. “Obviously there’s going to be essential work that needs to be done but, even then, it should be done with extreme caution to ensure they’re hydrating and

getting proper rest.” The heat flag policy was first established in the military by the US Marine Corps in 1954, following a trend of heat related casualties at Marine training installations. At this time, only heat and humidity were taken into consideration, leading to the WBGT system being developed as a more accurate form of measurement. “People need to be responsible for their own well-being and be aware that heat stroke and heat exhaustion will set in a lot faster during black flag then under normal conditions,” said Benning. For updates on current Navy weather conditions visit https://www.usna.edu/ Weather/index.php

“These mental health professionals are trained on helping the military population and addressing the unique issues they encounter,” said Kristin Wright, violence prevention integrator and suicide prevention program manager at Hanscom Air Force Base. “Veterans, service members and military families face distinctive challenges in multiple aspects of their lives.” If a veteran calls 9-8-8, they have the additional option of being connected to the Veteran’s Crisis Line instead of a local crisis center. The Veteran’s Crisis Line is a free, confidential and secure resource for military members and veterans. Veteran suicide accounted for 6,261 suicides in 2019, which represented 13.7% of suicides among U.S. adults that year, according to data from the Veteran’s Administration. Nearly 600 members of the military, among active duty, reserves and National Guard, died by suicide in 2020 according to data provided in the annual suicide report from the Department of Defense. The report also shows 202 military family members died by suicide in 2019. “The findings are troubling. Suicide rates among our service members and military families are still too high, and the trends are not going in the right direction,” said Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin in a statement in September 2021. By calling 9-8-8 instead of 9-1-1 when a behavioral health or mental crisis may not be life-threatening, the response provided by public services, such as law enforcement and EMS, can be reserved for life-threatening emergencies requiring their assistance. “We have a three-digit number for medical emergencies; we need a three-digit number for psychological emergencies — and that’s what this is,” said John Draper, executive director for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in a 2022 interview. The Federal Communication Commission is requiring all phone service providers in the U.S. to direct 9-8-8 calls and texts to the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by July 16. However, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline number, 1-800-273-8255 will not go away. People will still receive the same services whether dialing 9-8-8 or 1-800-273-8255. The new 9-8-8 quick-dial came about after the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by former President Donald Trump in 2020. “It can be taxing to remember the digits in a 1-800 number, especially during a crisis, but remembering a three-digit number is a simpler solution for everyone. The 9-8-8 rollout allows any individual to receive assistance for not only suicidal ideation and prevention, but for substance use and other mental health crises. It is the beginning of making mental health a priority and reducing the stigma surrounding mental health in our country,” Wright said. If you are thinking about harming yourself or attempting suicide, tell someone who can help right away. Call your doctor’s office, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or 9-1-1 for emergency services, or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.

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On July 21, 2022, Rear Adm. Mary Fields Hall, the former Director of the Nurse Corps and the first Navy nurse to command a hospital died. She was 88. (PHOTO BY ANDRÉ SOBOCINSKI)

Remembering Rear Adm. Mary Hall – Visionary, trailblazer, and consummate leader of the Navy Nurse Corps Story By André Sobocinski

U.S. Navy Bureau Of Medicine and Surgery

On July 21, 2022, Rear Adm. Mary Fields Hall, the former Director of the Nurse Corps and the first Navy nurse to command a hospital died. She was 88. The Clear Ridge, Pennsylvania native joined the Navy in November 1958 and reported to the Naval Hospital St. Albans, Long Island, N.Y. At the time newly commissioned Navy nurses were required to go through a 5-week introductory course at Navy Nurse Indoctrination Centers located at training hospitals like St. Albans where they learned about protocol, ethics, and how to be Navy nurses. Fellow nurse Capt. Edna Peters first met Hall at St. Albans during this indoctrination. Hall’s impact was immediate. “Mary came in as a Lieutenant Junior Grade and was the Senior Officer Present (SOP) [of the indoctrination class],” said Peters. One day in January 1959, “when the wind off the Atlantic was so cold it went into our bone marrow, Hall filled up her car with newly commissioned nurse ensigns — three in front and four or five in the back — and drove them to see the sights in New York City.” Hall was not one to be deterred. This would be the start of Peters’ 63-year friendship with Hall. And remarkably Hall still owned this same car until the end of her life. Over her formative years in the Navy, Hall served as a Charge Nurse/Coordinator at the National Naval Medical Center Bethesda (1959-1962); Naval Hospital St. Albans, N.Y. (1962-1964); an education coordinator at Naval Hospital Guam (1966-1968); ambulatory care coordinator, Naval Regional Medical Center Camp Lejeune, N.C. (1968-1971); patient care coordinator, Naval Regional Medical Center Portsmouth, Va. (19731975); Director, Nursing Service (DNS), Naval Hospital Quantico, Va. (1975-1978); and Head, Professional Nursing, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED), Washington, D.C. (1978-1981). Throughout her career higher education was always important to Hall. In 1955, she graduated from Philadelphia’s Episcopal Hospital School of Nursing with a Registered Nursing (RN) Diploma. She later was among the first generation of Navy nurses to obtain advanced degrees—obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Boston University in 1964 and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from the University of Maryland in 1973. In 1976, Capt. Sandra Lindelof—then a Lieutenant Commander—who had just obtained a BSN from East Carolina University—reported to Naval Hospital Quantico to serve as Hall’s assistant. Hall quickly made an impression on the young nurse. “She was a fair, but firm leader,” related Lindelof.

“[She] gave the staff military, civilian nurses and hospital corpsmen many opportunities to learn and expand their knowledge and skills.” Under Hall’s leadership, Quantico placed an increased emphasis on quality patient care in both inpatient and outpatient capacities and encouraged continuing education through programs offered at the University of Maryland. Rear Adm. Joan Engel, a future Director of the Nurse Corps (1994-1998), was a Junior Nurse Detailer when she first met Hall at Quantico in the 1970s. “As I walked into her office I was surprised to see her height, her commanding presence, her booming voice and her sense of humor,” related Engel. “I was impressed with her knowledge of the staff. [And] she let me know in no uncertain terms about her nursing shortage, particularly with respect to the hospital being able to support the recruits at the Marine Corps Recruiting Depot in Parris Island, S.C.” Whether it was Quantico, Camp Lejeune, Beaufort or Parris Island, it could be said that the Marine Corps played a special role in Rear Adm. Hall’s professional as well as personal life. In 1964, she married Marine Msgt. Noel Orbia Hall, Sr., at the Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort, S.C. They remained together until his death in 2021. For Capt. Don Wilson, a retired Medical Service Corps Officer, Rear Adm. Hall is impossible to forget, even after 45 years. As the Assistant Personnel Officer at Naval Hospital Quantico he frequently interacted with Hall. “Cmdr. Hall was a most efficient and professional leader who exacted loyalty through personal example of leadership,” said Wilson. “She exuded pride and dedication in all that she did. And her personal excellence was fortified with a wonderful sense of humor.” One evening at a gathering of command officers, Naval Hospital Quantico’s Director for Administration gave a Hall a certificate signed by the MSC Chief “elevating” her to an honorary Ensign in the Medical Service Corps. Hall made Captain out of Quantico before transferring to BUMED in 1978. This was followed by tour as the DNS at the Naval Regional Medical Center Newport, R.I. (1981-1983). Engel, who was then completing a 6-month preceptorship in hospital administration at the Medical Center, remembers Hall as an ever-present figure with a firm pulse on the organization. “She was very visible at the command and could be found making rounds at various times of the day assessing the delivery of care both on the inpatient wards as well as ambulatory care,” said Engel. During this period, in the wake of trailblazers like Rear Adm. Frances Shea and Capt. Bernadette McKay, Navy nurses began serving in executive positions at training commands and Mili-

tary Treatment Facilities (MTF). In 1982, Nurse Corps Captains Phyllis Elsass and JoAnn Jennett screened for command, followed by Capt. Mary Hall. In July 1983, Hall became Commanding Officer of Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, becoming the first nurse ever to serve in command of an MTF. Just two years later she took the helm of Naval Hospital Long Beach, Calif., earning the distinction as the first nurse to hold two successive MTF commands. Retired Navy Medical Service Corps Capt. Kelly McConville served with then Capt. Hall at Naval Hospital Long Beach. He remembers her as a strong leader. “Captain Hall was an outstanding CO — demanding, fair, and always focused on the well-being of her patients and crew,” said McConville. “I was fortunate to serve under her command.” In 1987, the Navy selected Hall as the Director of the Nurse Corps with the additional duty as the Deputy Commander for Personnel Management. She was promoted Rear Admiral (upper half ) on October 1, 1987, becoming—at the time— only the fifth nurse to hold flag rank. During her 4-year tenure as the Navy’s “top nurse,” Hall addressed issues with recruiting, sought new professional opportunities for nurses and led the Nurse Corps through the Persian Gulf War. Personnel shortages remained a chief issue for the Navy Nurse Corps for Hall. To alleviate nursing shortages in the Navy Reserves, Hall appointed Rear Adm. Maryanne Ibach as the Assistant Deputy Director for Reserve Affairs in 1990. “I first met Admiral Hall when I was selected as the first female [nurse] flag officer in the Naval Reserve,” recalled Ibach. “She welcomed me with words of wisdom and was acutely aware of the obstacles I faced. Her support was of great comfort and enabled me to be successful.” Under Hall’s guidance, Ibach facilitated and monitored the use of recruitment incentives to increase Reserve Nurse manning from what had been 56% in 1987 to 109% in FY1990. Over 50% of these nurses were activated during Operation Desert Shield and Storm and represented the largest deployment of Reservists since World War II. Seeking creative ways to recruit nurses, Rear Adm. Hall and her team also assessed Associate Degree nurses for commissioning. At the time the Surgeon General and Chief of Naval Personnel directed that Associate Degree nurses be used to help alleviate the nursing shortages. Capt. Lindelof, who reported to BUMED as Hall’s Assistant for Practice and Policy in 1989 remembers the issue well. “Since the education program for these nurses did not meet requirements to be commissioned into the Nurse Corps, Rear

Adm. Hall directed the Nursing Division to develop plans that would enable them to be recruited,” Lindelhof noted. Working with other BUMED and Navy Departments, Hall and staff brought these nurses in through a Technical Nurse Warrant Officer (TNWO) program and created a pathway for these nurses to apply for a commission after they obtained a BSN. As Director, Rear Adm. Hall remained steadfast in seeking new opportunities for Navy nurses—from having nurses get advanced degrees to positioning nurses for new leadership roles. Rear Adm. Nancy Lescavage, Director of the Nurse Corps from 2001-2005, noted that Hall always had a “trained eye on the future of Navy Nurses” and recognized their “unique capabilities and unmatched leadership qualities.” During Hall’s tenure, a larger number of Navy nurses were able to serve as COs and XOs of hospitals and clinics, and in education & training positions. “She impacted almost everyone’s life in a positive way,” said Peters. “As Director she made visits to where nurses were stationed and listened to them — meeting most of their needs and made certain to take on the Brass if necessary.” Rear Adm. Hall retired in September 1991 after 33 years of service. For her efforts as Director during the Persian Gulf War and addressing the nursing shortage, Hall was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, becoming the first Navy nurse in history to receive this award. Those who served with her remember Rear Adm. Hall as a “superb communicator and an active listener,” who could be “tough as nails, yet compassionate.” She was firm, but “never too busy to talk to you, [and] give you advice.” Her colleagues also note her “contagious laugh,” a “remarkable memory in recalling events, dates, times, places and people” and “never [being] afraid to take a risk.” Rear Adm. Ibach remembers Hall as someone who “led by example, developed subordinates, encouraged all hands to act and be responsible for their actions, and demanded teamwork.” For Rear Adm Engel, Hall was a mentor, visionary, trailblazer and consummate leader.” She sums it up best stating: “How do you capture the essence of someone like Rear Admiral Hall? She was bigger than life, but always had her feet on the ground. Her work ethic was unlimited. She gave her all — no matter what position she was assigned.” Today, Rear Admiral Hall’s legacy lives on as the namesake of an annual nursing award created to recognize the contributions to nursing made through both peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed professional publications.


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Hampton Roads Chamber reception honors Virginia Beach service members By Michelle Stewart

JEBLCFS Public Affairs Officer

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Dozens of service members from Virginia Beach-based commands were recognized during the Hampton Roads Chamber Military Recognition Reception on July 20, 2022, in Virginia Beach. The event, held at Zeiders American Dream Theater, brings service members and the business community together to honor selected Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, and Coast Guardsmen who have excelled in the performance of their duties. Bryan Stephens, president and CEO of the Hampton Roads Chamber, provided the opening remarks. “You are the military’s elite,” Stephens said. “You are here being recognized for your superior performance to the nation, your unit, or your community. Only one percent of Americans in the United States ever wear our nation’s cloth. Being here makes you part of the best, of the best. Thank you for all you do.” Capt. Michael L. Witherspoon, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story’s commanding officer, was the keynote speaker. “Your dedication to Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story and the Navy, in general, is readily apparent,” said Witherspoon. “Once we, as service members, are stationed here, this special area becomes our home away from home. The people of Hampton Roads, and all of the 757, make us feel welcome and that we belong. This is an amazing community that truly loves the Navy and our Armed Forces. Today’s

The Hampton Roads Chamber President Bryan Stephens presents a coin to Marine Cpl. Eniya Madden, Expeditionary Warfare Training Group, Atlantic’s Marine of the Year, during the Hampton Roads Chamber Military Recognition Reception, July 20, 2022. (PHOTO CREDIT: MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS DAN SERIANNI)

event is a testament to that sentiment.” Honorees, attending the event, spoke of how being at the reception gave them a sense of pride. “It is an honor to be here,” said Army Staff Sgt. Kelitza Rodriguez-Perez, who was recognized for being one of the top non-commissioned officers with the 119th Inland Cargo Transfer Company located on Joint Expeditionary Base Fort Story. “Being the only Soldier in the room made it even more of an honor.”

Each honoree received a coin, certificate from the Chamber, and a signed certificate from U.S. Senator from Virginia, Tim Kaine. Stephens then invited family members to the stage, and thanked them for their support to their service member, presenting them with a coin. “It was a surprise to be called onstage to be recognized,” said Lane Rouse, spouse of Amphibious Construction Battalion 2 (ACB

2) honoree Engineman Fireman Xitlalli Martinez. Is your command interested in nominating two service members to be recognized by the Chamber? A reception for Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Yorktown commands will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 3. Contact Kelly Wirfel at 757-438-4245 or Lianna Arbitter at 757-622-2312. Deadline to submit is Monday, Aug. 1.

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Naval Supply Corps School holds change of command

Family, staff, students and guests witnessed a time-honored military tradition, the change of command. Page 3

USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) transits the Mediterranean Sea Sept. 16, 2015. Bainbridge, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer homeported in Norfolk, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY LT.J.G. LAURA ADAMS /RELEASED

USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) arrives in Aksaz, Turkey By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Elexia Morelos

USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Public Affairs

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) arrived in Aksaz, Turkey for a scheduled port visit, July 18, 2022. The ship’s visit comes after several weeks of training and interoperability with the French and Italian navies, as the allied ships showcased firepower and maneuvering capabilities. The opportunity to work

as a cohesive team is the latest in a steady stream of integration opportunities among the U.S. Navy’s allies and partners in the region. “The U.S. Navy routinely operates with our NATO allies and partners to preserve peace, prosperity and stability in the region,” said Cmdr. Desmond Walker, Bainbridge’s executive officer. “USS Bainbridge’s port visit to Aksaz provides another signal that the cohesion of the alliance is as strong as ever while giving our Sailors an opportunity to experience a different cul-

ture, some of them for the very first time.” Bainbridge’s leadership emphasized that, in addition to multi-national operations, routine port visits like these strengthen the bonds between the United States, allies, and partners. The relationship between the United States and Turkey is based on a foundation of shared values, experiences, beliefs and common interests. “The entire crew is looking forward to visiting Turkey, a valuable NATO ally,” said Cmdr. James Hagerty, Bainbridge’s commanding officer. “This is primarily a liberty

port, but we also look forward to visiting Aksaz, a Turkish Naval Base, and interacting with our Turkish counterparts.” While strengthening diplomatic relations is a key objective of port visits, the visits also provide an opportunity for Sailors to learn about different cultures. The ship’s Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) organization ensures that Sailors get the chance to experience all that each port has to offer. Turn to Bainbridge, Page 4

MQ-9 makes its debut at RIMPAC SINKEX 2022 By Airman 1st Class Ariel O’Shea Participating in the SINKEX provided an opportunity for units from Australia, Canada, Malaysia and the U.S. to test weapons and systems in a simulated environment, working against opposing forces and eventually culminating in the explosion of a decommissioned naval vessel and marked a significant development in maritime warfighting capability. The presence of the MQ-9A’s at the world’s largest international maritime exercise provides an opportunity for combined and joint-force collaboration. “They need us and we need them,” said U.S. Air National Guard Capt. Phillip West, the RIMPAC MQ-9 maritime force integration lead. “That’s where RIMPAC comes into play.” He said the Air Force and the Navy speak different languages, each using their own distinct jargon. Working together on exercises like RIMPAC and the SINKEX promotes smooth communication between the branches. This ensures sharpened combat readiness, increased strategic impact, and strengthened deterrence efforts by providing tactical proficiency to MQ-9A aircrews. “Participation in the RIMPAC exercise Turn to Debut, Page 4

A U.S. Air Force MQ-9A Reaper, a remotely piloted aircraft, lands at Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2022 military forces from Australia, Canada, Malaysia and the U.S., fired upon and sunk the decommissioned ex-USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG 60), July 12, during a sinking exercise (SINKEX) to gain proficiency in tactics, targeting and live firing against a surface target at sea. Unmanned and remotely operated vessels extend the capability of interconnected manned platform sensors to enhance the warfighting capacity of multinational joint task forces. SINKEX vessels are put through a certified cleaning process, including removing all environmentally harmful material including trash, floatable material, mercury, fluorocarbon and petroleum. Twenty-six nations, 38 ships, four submarines, more than 170 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 29 to Aug. 4 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity while fostering and sustaining cooperative relationships among participants critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2022 is the 28th exercise in the series that began in 1971. U.S. AIR FORCE PHOTO BY AIRMAN 1ST CLASS ARIEL O’SHEA


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Heroes at Home

Program aims to prepare service members for military stressors By Jim Garamone DoD News

Life in the military is no bed of roses, but the services are putting in place an innovative program designed to give service members new tools to handle the stress of military life. The program aims to help service members be physically and mentally ready to handle the challenges of military service. The company and the program are known universally as O2X, which stands for Optimize to the X, with X being the goal. The company was founded by special operations veterans, first responders and elite athletes, said Adam La Reau, a co-founder and managing partner of O2X. “We implement human performance programs, performance optimization programs into the tactical community,” said La Reau, who was a Navy SEAL. “We tackle occupational challenges within these tactical communities, things like sleep disruption, mental health, physical aspects, injuries — essentially, the things that impact the readiness, resilience, and sometimes even the retention of these units … or DOD as a whole.” In the Navy, the emphasis on human performance came from a study following the 2017 crashes of the USS Fitzgerald and USS John S. McCain. The crashes killed 17 sailors. The study found the crews were overtaxed, fatigued and stressed. The service turned to O2X to look at these human factors and develop a program to address some of these specific problems within the surface warfare community. “We bring on-site specialists that come with a program and a methodology,” La Reau said in an interview. “We do skillsbased training and education. The education is … pretty critical for people to be self-aware about their own individual performance.” The company has tested the program with crews aboard the USS Manchester, a littoral combat ship based in San Diego. They’re getting ready to expand the program to work with the crews of the destroyer USS Preble (DDG-88) and the littoral combat ships USS Mobile and

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Alyssa Olsen, a yoga instructor from O2X (Optimize to the X) Human Performance workshop, leads Sailors from the Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Manchester (LCS 14) Blue Crew during a yoga session as part of a Crew Readiness, Endurance, and Watchstanding (CREW) study at Naval Base San Diego on Oct. 19, 2021. LCS is a fast, agile, mission-focused platform designed to operate in near-shore environments, winning against 21st-century coastal threats. LCS is capable of supporting forward presence, maritime security, sea control and deterrence. U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 3RD CLASS JASON WAITE/RELEASED

USS Gabby Giffords beginning this month. The company is based in Scituate, Massachusetts, and works with DOD components and fire and police departments around the nation. The program treats service members like elite athletes. Elite athletes receive training not just to perform a physical feat, but to have the mental toughness and resilience to perform under pressure, La Reau said. Elite athletes follow a training regimen to ensure they have the right foods, the right amount of sleep, the right exercise regimen and the determination and willingness to follow the regimen. “The question we always ask is how do we give people the skill sets in order to persevere through challenges and emerge not only successful, but stronger,” he said. The company tailors each program to the situation. They’re quite aware that what may work

for an officer at a police department would not help a sailor aboard a destroyer. La Reau said the company has hundreds of specialists to teach personnel and to serve as “reach-back” assets for those deployed. The program requires buyin from the commanders and a commitment to ensure there is every effort to let service members participate no matter where they are. “The program has to be portable,” LaReau said. “It has to adapt to the changing situations people find themselves in, whether they are deployed, on a ship at sea, or in a shipyard undergoing maintenance.” The company has another contract with the Massachusetts National Guard, and that also illustrates the need for an adaptable program. Guardsmen, of course, are from all over the state and have civilian jobs in addition to their military duties. O2X tailored the program for the 5,500

members of the Guard and had the staff to “scale” the effort. To really capitalize on the program,, it needs to be part of every training event starting at entry level training and progressing through the ranks of both enlisted and officer ranks, La Reau said. “We need to look at human performance as a program, not as a choose your own adventure,” he said. “You have to understand performance and all the factors that can affect you. Sustainment training needs to continue for the duration of your career. Truthfully, science changes, things adapt, people find better ways, and our operating environment will continue to adapt and change.” “But the one factor is going to be the same ... is that individual,” he continued. “We need to continue to adapt our program and continue to adapt it to meet the needs of the next conflict.”

‘American Innovation is our Secret Power’: CNR speaks at Aspen Security Forum By Warren Duffie

Office Of Naval Research

ARLINGTON, Va.—Reflecting on the title of his speaking panel — “Turning the Titanic: Is the U.S. Military Innovating Enough?” — and the disaster metaphor it evoked, Chief of Naval Research Lorin Selby offered the following thoughts on naval technology innovation: “We know how that [Titanic] story ends and that’s not how we want this one to end,” he said. “We have two main things we need to do. First, maintain and modernize existing weapon systems we have today because they are effective and provide great deterrent value. “However, I do see a future that’s going to be very different,” he continued. “I think it involves hundreds or thousands of smaller autonomous platforms and sensors. How do you transition between the two? You need to be ambidextrous and exploratory — looking for those technologies that can actually change the game and be disruptive.” Selby gave his remarks on July 20, during the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado. The annual three-day conference provides a non-partisan public venue for government officials, business executives, leading academics and noted journalists to discuss the most pressing national security and foreign policy challenges of our time. The chief of naval research participated in a panel about technology innovation within the military. Selby’s fellow participant was Reid Hoffman, the co-founder of LinkedIn and currently a partner in the venture capital firm Greylock Partners. Mary Louise Kelly, co-host of NPR’s All Things Considered, moderated the discussion. Selby presented his vision for reimagining naval power — “the small, the agile and the many,”

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From left: Mary Louise Kelly, co-host of NPR’s All Things Considered; Rear Adm. Lorin Selby, chief of naval research; and Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn and currently a partner in the venture capital firm Greylock Partners, discuss military innovation at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado on July 20, 2022. U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY LT. MATT METZDORFF

which involves small, unmanned, autonomous platforms that can be constructed, tested and adapted quickly; can be built in large numbers; and are less expensive than larger platforms. These air, surface and subsurface vehicles can be outfitted with a variety of sensors and payloads for diverse missions. By being built relatively inexpensively, and in greater numbers, these platforms offer multiple advantages: (1) They can be deployed in unique formations to confound and confuse adversaries and (2) if they’re shot down or lost, American forces will have dozens, even thousands, of backups in place. “In the military, we like to set requirements,” said Selby. “We need to become problem-focused. What problem does the warfighter have that we need to solve? Maybe that involves reaching out to industry and academia to see who’s got a solution and find ways to rapidly scale that to something we hand to a

warfighter in months, not years.” Selby believes the concept of “the small, the agile and the many” represents a viable Strategic Hedge for supporting the large and complex platforms making up the bulk of today’s force structure. He cited World War II as an example of the value of a Strategic Hedge. Before Pearl Harbor, Navy strategists believed the battleship would be the nucleus of future naval warfare. Although large investments were made in the battleship fleet, there was, however, some investment in aircraft carriers and submarines as a Strategic Hedge. But after the attack — which destroyed or damaged many of America’s battleships — aircraft carriers and submarines proved their value, and that Strategic Hedge proved crucial to winning the war. The panel discussion covered a variety of topics, including ways to improve the military acquisition process, using more commercial-off-the-shelf

(COTS) technology, and the war in Ukraine and how that conflict has presented new lessons in combat operations. Both Selby and Hoffman were impressed by how the Ukrainians are reportedly using commercial technology to fight, including GPS for intelligence gathering, cell phones for communications and drones for delivering blood and water. “They’re using simple technologies to do logistics,” said Selby. “We need to look at this and become a fast follower. For some things, we don’t need to design it anymore. Let’s just buy it or contract it from the commercial sector. Industry often is going much faster than we are. We need to take advantage of that.” To underscore this point, Selby highlighted SCOUT — an Office of Naval Research-sponsored, repeatable system for identifying alternative ways to bring unmanned technologies to problems, operationalize them and get them to scale. SCOUT is committed to getting nontraditional, COTS, government-developed and/or government-sponsored technologies to the fleet rapidly. He also promoted the idea of an Experimentation Fleet Commander — a high-ranking officer tied into senior congressional and military leaders — who will lead a lean, well-resourced team to ensure ideas reach prototype status quickly; set up testing early and often; and get products to warfighters rapidly. Selby helped close the discussion on an optimistic note: “American innovation, collaborative spirit and the ability to share ideas openly and honestly give us the advantage that no one in the world can keep up with. That’s our secret power.” Watch Selby’s appearance at the 2022 Aspen Security Forum at https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=XCK3NykV1rY. Warren Duffie Jr. is a contractor for ONR Corporate Strategic Communications.

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Capt. Michael York and his family pass through sideboys while departing the Navy Supply Corps School (NSCS) change of command ceremony at Naval Station Newport, July 22. Capt. Jason Warner relieved York as the NSCS commanding officer. NSCS prepares newly commissioned Supply Corps officers from the U.S. Naval Academy, Officer Candidate School and Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps, as well as limited duty officers or officers who have been re-designated into the community, to serve in the fleet in entry-level positions. U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS DERIEN C. LUCE

Naval Supply Corps School holds change of command

By Petty Officer 2nd Class Derien Luce Center For Service Support

NEWPORT, R.I. — Family, staff, students and guests witnessed a time-honored military tradition, the change of command, at the Navy Supply Corps School (NSCS) in Newport, Rhode Island, July 22, 2022. Chief of the Supply Corps Rear

Adm. Peter G. Stamatopoulos presided over the ceremony where Capt. Jason C. Warner relieved Capt. Michael A. York as NSCS’ commanding officer. Warner, a native of Warren, Ohio, earned his commission in 1998 through Officer Candidate School. He earned a Master of Business Administration in Supply Chain Management from the Naval Postgraduate School in 2008.

At sea, Warner was a division officer aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65), the pre-commissioning supply officer aboard USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) and supply officer aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). He has served in a wide range of shore and joint staff assignments with the U.S. Naval Academy, Naval Supply Systems Command, the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations Programming

Division (N80), Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime, and The Joint Chiefs of Staff. As a Navy Individual Augmentee, he was the manpower and personnel branch chief (J-1) and theater-wide construction deputy branch chief of the Joint Contracting Command — Iraq/Afghanistan, supporting Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Warner’s last assignment was

as the director of operations and plans, Defense Logistics Agency — Troop Support, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NSCS, located at Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island, offers a range of career-long training for the Supply Corps community. For more on NSCS, visit https://www. netc.navy.mil/NSCS/ and https:// www.facebook.com/NavySupplyCorpsSchool.

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The truth is out there: DoD announces the establishment of the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office From www.defense.gov On July 15, 2022, Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks, in coordination with the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), amended her original direction to the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence & Security by renaming and expanding the scope of the Airborne Object Identification and Management Group (AOIMSG) to the All-do-

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is helping us evolve,” said Col. Steven Beattie, 49th Operations Group commander. “We’re developing maritime and Pacific (area of responsibility) expertise for our aircrew, maintenance, and support personnel.” With the MQ-9 flying over the ocean as opposed to routine training in remote land locations, the

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“We offer a variety of tours for the sailors ranging from ancient architectural sites, Turkish bath spa days, and diving opportunities to allow Sailors to get the most out of their time in port,” said Lt. j.g. Erin Kincade, Bainbridge’s MWR coordinator. “We want Sailors to be able to experience the cultural side of these countries while also

main Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO), due to the enactment of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2022, which included a provision to establish an office, in coordination with DNI, with responsibilities that were broader than those originally assigned to the AOIMSG. Today, USD(I&S) Hon. Ronald S. Moultrie informed the department of the establishment of AARO within the Office of the

Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security, and named Dr. Sean M. Kirkpatrick, most recently the chief scientist at the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Missile and Space Intelligence Center, as the director of AARO. The mission of the AARO will be to synchronize efforts across the Department of Defense, and with other U.S. federal departments and agencies, to detect, identify and attribute objects of

interest in, on or near military installations, operating areas, training areas, special use airspace and other areas of interest, and, as necessary, to mitigate any associated threats to safety of operations and national security. This includes anomalous, unidentified space, airborne, submerged and transmedium objects. The AARO Executive Council (AAROEXEC), led by Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence

& Security (USD(I&S)) Ronald Moultrie, will provide oversight and direction to the AARO along these primary lines of effort: 1. Surveillance, Collection and Reporting 2. System Capabilities and Design 3. Intelligence Operations and Analysis 4. Mitigation and Defeat 5. Governance 6. Science and Technology

main objective for the SINKEX was the gathering of practical data about operating in a maritime environment as opposed to a desert environment. “The data that we have in a simulator feeds off of real-world engagements like SINKEX,” West said. “With what’s called the new Smart Sensor, they’re trying to build a database of what ships look like. They need us to actually do it so that they can build a database, and then they can fit it into a simu-

lator so we can practice it and have more efficient training.” The SINKEX is one of the many unique training opportunities RIMPAC provides to the U.S. military, its allies, and partner nations. With it, we can foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s interconnected oceans. This year is historic not only because of the MQ-9A but because it marks a return to a full-scale

exercise not seen since before the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 iteration of RIMPAC was reduced in scale to be conducted with less face-to-face contact. The return to a full-scale exercise demonstrates capable, adaptive partners working together to increase the interoperability, resiliency, and agility needed by the joint and combined force. Twenty-six nations, 38 ships, four submarines, more than 170 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are

participating in RIMPAC from June 29 to Aug. 4 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity while fostering and sustaining cooperative relationships among participants critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2022 is the 28th exercise in the series that began in 1971.

being able to relax and enjoy some time off. Our Sailors work extremely hard while underway and they deserve every opportunity we can offer them while on land.” Bainbridge is attached to the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) and is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. Naval Forces Europe area of operations, employed by U.S. Sixth Fleet to defend U.S., allied and partner interests. Additional elements of the carri-

erstrikegroupincludeUSSHarryS. Truman (CVN 75) commanded by Capt. Gavin Duff; the nine squadrons of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1, commanded by Capt. Patrick Hourigan; the staff and guided-missile destroyers of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 28 commanded by Capt. Todd Zenner, which have included: USS Cole (DDG 67), USS Gonzalez (DDG 66), USS Gravely (DDG 107) and USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109); and the Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS San Jacin-

to (CG 56), commanded by Capt. Christopher Marvin. For over 80 years, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-U.S. Naval Forces Africa (NAVEUR-NAVAF) has forged strategic relationships with allies and partners, leveraging a foundation of shared values to preserve security and stability. Headquartered in Naples, Italy, NAVEUR-NAVAF operates U.S. naval forces in the U.S. European Command (USEUCOM) and U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM)

areas of responsibility. U.S. Sixth Fleet is permanently assigned to NAVEUR-NAVAF, and employs maritime forces through the full spectrum of joint and naval operations. For more news from CSG 8 and USS Bainbridge (DDG 96), visit, www.facebook.com/CSG8, www. facebook.com/usnavy, www.facebook.com/ussbainbridge, usnavy, www.instagram.com/uss_harrys. truman, www.twitter.com/harrystruman or www.navy.mil.

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Skills — Leadership — Experience: Why hiring America’s veterans makes sense U.S. Department of Labor Every year, more than 200,000 service members transition out of the military. The transition experience can be full of unknowns and unexpected emotions. A common transition concern for many service members is how to find a new professional identity and navigate the civilian job world. For 20-year U.S. Army veteran Allan Baros, this rang true. “I worried about what the next chapter of my life would look like,” said Baros. “As did many of my brothers and sisters-in-arms. I had spent almost every day for 20 years training, supporting my team and putting the mission first,” he continued. Transitioning service members and veterans have in-demand hard and soft skills and a demonstrated commitment to working hard, leading by example and performing under extreme pressure. Many veterans are also well versed in critical thinking, motivating others to accomplish organizational goals, project planning, team building, interpersonal skills, oral and written communication and more. National Hire a Veteran Day, July 25, is a day dedicated to highlighting why veterans are valuable assets for companies and to encourage employers to hire them. Hiring veterans isn’t only the right thing to do: it allows companies to benefit from the value veterans can bring to the table after their service. “When I retired from the Army, I thought it would be easy to find a job because of my time in the military,” said Baros. “I quickly learned that I needed to figure out how to translate my time in service to hiring managers in a way that reflected their hiring and organizational needs.” For Baros, one of the main resources that helped him during his transition journey was the Transition Assistance Program. TAP’s information, tools and training help ensure service members and their spouses are prepared for the

Allan Baros, a communications specialist, and 20-year U.S. Army veteran. Through the Transition Assistance Program, he gained the skills necessary to enter the civilian workforce.

next step in civilian life. An added benefit of TAP is that service members transition from the military as better-prepared candidates for employment to the benefit of their future employers. “The program helped me identify my main career goals and understand how my retirement would impact my family and me. I learned how to put my best foot forward in an interview and write an effective resume. I was provided with numerous valuable resources that I often reference today,” said Baros.

After transitioning in 2019 from his role as a Public Affairs Chief, he successfully translated the skills he learned in service into a job at a communications and marketing firm based in Washington, D.C. “Transitioning to civilian life is a unique journey for every service member. I took it one day at a time, tapped into the resources that were available to me, and was confident enough to make the right career move because of it,” concluded Baros. While National Hire a Veter-

an Day is only one day a year, countless veterans are looking for meaningful employment year-round. Are you unsure about how to get started? Resources are readily available to support employers in recruiting, hiring and retaining veterans. VETS’ Employer Guide to Hiring Veterans provides a comprehensive overview of everything from veteran hiring best practices, to the Work Opportunity Tax Credit,to the HIRE Vets Medallion Program — a recognition program for employers of all

sizes for their efforts in veteran employment. Ready to be a military-ready employer? VETS has developed a list of comprehensive resources to help you get started. For one-on-one assistance in connecting with resources to hire a veteran, you can also email vets-outreach@dol.gov Tim Winter is the director for Transition Assistance Programs for the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service at the U.S. Department of Labor. Follow VETS on Twitter at @VETS_DOL.

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Capt. Terrence Shashaty, commanding officer, NAS Pensacola (left), prepares to present Dolar with a congratulatory piece of steak July 21, 2022, as a part of the military working dog’s retirement ceremony.

From military working dog to military retired dog By 2nd Lt. Ana C. Chiu

Naval Air Station Pensacola

NAS PENSACOLA, Fla. —Meet Honorary 1st Class Petty Officer Dolar, the 4-year-old Belgian Malinois who is about to embark on a journey many would be envious of…retirement. Dolar’s military service began in 2019 when he was just a young pup. He was accepted and assigned to Lackland Air Force Base, Texas for Explosive Detection Training and Patrol Training school where he underwent rigorous training in order to become a military working dog. Upon graduating, he was stationed at Naval Air Station Pensacola. Unbeknownst to him, this is where he would meet

his partner and adopted owner Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Petty Officer Jonathon Koop. From Carlsbad, California, Koop enlisted in 2019 and graduated at the top of his class and earned the coveted position as a handler in 2020. Together they would certify as a team and provide safety and security for over 20,000 military and Department of Defense personnel across four installations over their time together here. Over the years the team has supported many missions to include to the United Nation General Assembly (New York), Edmund Pettus Bridge March (Selma, Alabama) and the Republican National Convention (Charlotte, North Carolina) protecting individuals like President Joseph

Biden, Vice President Kamila Harris, former President Donald Trump and Former Vice President Mike Pence. Koop describes the rewarding experience of being a handler to these loyal companions. “We have the best partners that you could possibly ask for [because] you are going to have a partner that is going to trust you with its life.” This trust and confidence was demonstrated over years of responding to incidents. Military working dogs are often portrayed as confident or intimidating. However, Koop describes Dolar as a happy go lucky dog who likes people. He enjoys pets and playtime as much as any lovable canine. When a military working dog is retired from active duty service

they are no longer in the care of the government and they need a home. Oftentimes the handler will be the first to apply for the adoption. If the handler does not want to or is not able to adopt, the canine will be available for adoption to the public. Koop made the easy decision to apply to adopt Dolar when he learned about his medical retirement. These days, Dolar looks back fondly on his military service and all the adventures that he had. Although he might miss aspects of his job, he looks forward to a well earned retirement at the Koop household. You can bet that his pup will be enjoying the finer things of what household pet life has to offer. “We did get him toys; probably too many toys. He’s probably

overwhelmed by how many toys he has. He’ll chew on them until he gets really tired and falls asleep.” said Koop. Although Dolar is only a few weeks into his retirement he has done a lot. His most recent hobbies are spending his days visiting the beach, running in fields and his favorite pastime, watching golf on TV. His most recent new food adventure was to get a pup cup, a popular dog treat, for the first time. As for his future plans? Dolar will continue to explore the ins and outs of pet life and the prospect of many vacations. There is even talk of a family vacation to California to see snow. Dolar will be turning 5 in September, so please wish the old man a happy birthday while he enjoys retired life.

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Navy Talent Acquisition Group New England holds Change of Command Story By Chief Petty Officer Joshua Wahl

Navy Talent Acquisition Group New England

BOSTON — (July 22, 2022) — Cmdr. Kaitlin McLeod relieved Cmdr. Jeremy Watkins as the commanding officer of Navy Talent Acquisition Group (NTAG) New England during a change of command ceremony aboard the USS Constitution, July 22. Director, Reserve Warfare, Office of the Chief of Naval Reserve, Capt. Luke Frost was the guest speaker and spoke of the significance of the ceremony and day. “The professionals at Navy Talent Acquisition Group New England delivered mission belonging and culture, and it shows,” said Frost. “Cmdr. Watkins passes the baton to Cmdr. McLeod, with a team that just put up back-toback months leading the nation, putting talent to task and bringing the next generation onboard.” Watkins was responsible for the welfare and training of over 200 military and civilian employees across New England and eastern New York earning the Meritorious Service Medal. He attributed the results to the continued efforts of his crew. “The job of a Navy recruiter isn’t easy,” said Watkins. “During unprecedented circumstances, this team of talented recruiters throughout New England did their jobs. They stepped up to pull their weight to change the lives of so many men and women. Our Navy is stronger because of their efforts.” The ceremony marked the end of Watkin’s tour as the Executive Officer and Commanding Officer, from March 2020 to July 2022. “Your jobs are challenging, your hours were long, but you did your jobs, said Watkins. “Day in and day out, your initiative was impressive. We shared success and failures, triumphs and tragedies. Through it all, we came out on top.” Upon assuming command, McLeod expressed her gratitude for the opportunity.

Guest speaker, Director, Reserve Warfare, Office of the Chief of Naval Reserve, Capt. Luke Frost delivers remarks during the Navy Talent Acquisition Group New England change of command aboard the USS Constitution. Cmdr. Jeremy Watkins relinquished authority as commanding officer to Cmdr. Kaitlin McLeod during a formal ceremony. U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 3RD CLADD KALLIYAH LOWE/RELEASED

“I know I am here today because I have a team of people to help me navigate,” said McLeod. “Team New England, you impress me every day. I couldn’t ask for a better team of experts to work

with. I am wicked excited to step up into this new role.” NTAG New England covers the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and the

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Keep your summer getaway easy on the environment with a Hampton Roads staycation Press Release Courtesy Of HRPDC and Askhrgreen.org Hampton Roads, Va. — Any plans yet for a summer vacation? Traveling to a far-flung coast, a national park or the big city may sound fun. Or you could save time, money and emissions by getting away from it all in your own backyard. From camping by the Chesapeake Bay to hiking and biking through parks and natural areas, there are plenty of ways to enjoy a Hampton Roads staycation, while reducing your environmental footprint. “We are lucky to live in this beautiful coastal environment, with access to beaches, the bay, worldclass attractions and museums. Even if you picked a different place to visit each day of the week, you would not begin to check all the boxes on your to-do list,” said Rebekah Eastep, with askHRgreen.org, a regionwide environmental education initiative. To help residents plan local, green-themed itineraries, Eastep and her colleagues developed a list of Seven Coastal Virginia Staycation Ideas, including tips for making each one easy on the environment.

1. State Parks

Virginia is awash with beautiful state parks, and there are four gems in the Hampton Roads region: York River in Williamsburg, First Landing in Virginia Beach, False Cape at the Virginia/North Carolina border and Chippokes in Surry County. All are ideal for hiking, biking and fishing. You can even make a night of it by renting a cabin or tent site at select locations. Green tip: If your pup is coming along for a hike, make sure to pack plastic bags to scoop the poop.

2. Watery Excursions We are surrounded by water in Coastal Virginia, with ample opportunities to explore its environs. A beach day makes perfect sense with sandy beaches available along the James and York rivers, Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean. Fishers, kayakers and paddleboarders can use FishSwimPlay. com to find a new favorite fishing hole or water trail. There are ferry boat options too. Take the pedestrian paddle boat ferry to cross the Elizabeth River between Portsmouth and Norfolk. Or drive aboard the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry to travel over the James River between Surry and James City County. Green tip: It can be windy on the water; secure your trash so it does not become litter.

view critters native to the area at the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News. Norfolk’s Virginia Zoo offers a beautifully landscaped tour of animals from across the globe, including lions, tigers, and bears (oh my!). The Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center features amazing animals representing hundreds of species. Good to do: Thank you for avoiding single-use plastics, especially straws. The Aquarium works with local organizations, including askHRgreen.org, to educate the public about alternatives to single-use plastics, which harm wildlife when ingested.

cus in Norfolk; and the Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum at the oceanfront. Mind blower: If Jamestown settlers had thrown out plastic beverage bottles, these vessels would still be here today! Plastics can take up to 450 years to decompose.

7. Two-wheeled Fun

For viewing animals of all shapes and sizes, there are options in Hampton Roads. From indoor galleries to the boardwalk trail, you can

The abundance of history in Hampton Roads will have your summer itinerary overflowing! You can explore our nation’s founding by visiting America’s Historic Triangle, which includes Jamestown Settlement, the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown and Colonial Williamsburg. The science and engineering buffs among you will be thrilled to learn about flight at the Virginia Air & Space Center, Air Power Park or Military Aviation Museum. There are also numerous maritime attractions including the Mariners’ Museum and Park, home to artifacts from the USS Monitor; Battleship Wisconsin located at Nauti-

What could be more fun and eco-friendlier than biking? Hampton Roads has trails and paths aplenty for peddling your way around the region. The 5.3 loop of the Bikeway at Newport News Park comes with views of meadows, woodlands, the Lee Hall Reservoir and Colonial National Historical Park. In Chesapeake, the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail offers 8.3 miles of smooth peddling adjacent to the historic canal and Dismal Swamp State Park. For an urban biking experience, you can’t beat the Elizabeth River Trail in Norfolk. Hugging the river, the 10.5-mile trail runs from Old Dominion University, past Town Point Park, ending at Harbor Park Stadium. Finally, there is a famous path built specifically with cyclists in mind—the Virginia Beach Boardwalk. The three-mile thoroughfare lends itself to a leisurely ride, with views of the sand, surf and sun-kissed beachgoers. There are separate paths for bikers and walkers, and places to stop for a smoothie or a cone. Pure green: Everyone wins when biking! People-powered bikes do not release harmful emissions that pollute the atmosphere. We hope these ideas will inspire you to plan your own summer staycation. With all the money and time saved, you may just want to do it again in the fall! For more tips and info on all things green, visit www. askHRgreen.org

cal theater, gospel, and rock music to music education and vocal coaching, providing the ensemble with unique programming flexibility. In addition to choral repertoire, Soldiers’ Chorus performances often include Broadway, opera, popular music, jazz, Americana, and more. This versatility contributes to the Soldiers’ Chorus nationwide reputation for

musical excellence and inspiring patriotism. The Soldiers’ Chorus has collaborated with the Boston Pops, the Cincinnati Pops, and the Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, Nashville, and National symphony orchestras. The ensemble is a mainstay of PBS’s annual National Memorial Day Concert and has performed for the state funerals of Presidents

Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford. There is no cost to attend, but tickets must be reserved in advance (limit of 6 tickets per order) by contacting the Hampton Coliseum Box Office at 757-838-4203 or emailing coliseummarketing@hampton.gov. Hampton Coliseum Box Office Hours are Monday — Friday 10 a.m. — 4 p.m.

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The name Maya Lin should ring a bell; she is the acclaimed artist who designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. (among other works). She put her creativity to remarkable use in Maya Lin, a Study of Water, a solo exhibit showing at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. Focusing on her sculptural interpretations of water spanning several decades, the exhibit centers on a newly created, site-responsible sculptural piece, Marble Chesapeake & Delaware Bay, using marbles to map the waterways onto the gallery walls and floors. See it while you can, through Sept. 4 at this Virginia Beach museum. Admission is free. Bonus point: This exhibit is free, but you will need to reserve your virtual ticket. No paper!

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5. Theme Park Fun

No need to drive south to a theme park when you have Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA at your backdoor! If your group likes thrills and chills, get the year- rounds passes for “any time” trips. And don’t forget Ocean Breeze Water Park in Virginia Beach. Green tip: Bring your own water bottle and fill it up with free tap water provided by the parks.

6. Explore History

Free concert for the community next month featuring soldiers’ chorus Press Release Hampton, VA (July 22, 2022) — The United States Army Field Band will host a free concert featuring members of the Soldiers’ Chorus on Thursday, August 18, 2022 at 8 p.m. at The American Theatre. “This season we are sprinkling in some surprise performances to help celebrate our 35th anniversary at Hampton Arts,” said Artistic Director Richard M. Parison, Jr. “We felt our large military community in Hampton Roads would greatly benefit to hear this historic group perform live, especially when we are able to offer the gift of free admission!” Founded in 1957, the Soldiers’ Chorus is the vocal component of The United States Army Field Band of Washington, DC. This 29-member mixed chorus travels throughout the nation and abroad, performing both independently and jointly with the Army Field Band’s Concert Band. The Soldiers’ Chorus has performed in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, India, and throughout Europe. The musical backgrounds of the Soldiers’ Chorus personnel range from opera, musi-

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5 Ideas for investing in the world around you By Family Features/Airly Foods In a world fraught with social, political and environmental strife, a mindset that involves a more community-driven approach can make a meaningful difference. Each person’s contributions to improve the earth can send a ripple effect that ultimately transforms communities and the people who live within them. Consider these examples of actions you can take, some bigger than others, that benefit the larger community.

Create Shared Common Spaces Nearly every community can benefit from the addition of resources that benefit multiple families. Examples include community gardens, playgrounds, parks and sites for regular farmers’ markets, to name a few. Acquiring the space is often the greatest challenge, but if you’re inspired to lead such an effort, forming a committee of like-minded peers can be an effective step toward raising the funds to create a project that benefits the community at large.

Donate to Charitable Causes Supporting the efforts of existing organizations that help fill gaps in your community

is another way you can make a difference. Offering your time as a volunteer is one option. You might provide extra hands for relatively simple jobs like sorting food or clothing donations, or if you have a particular skill, talent or training, donating your time and expertise could help offset administrative expenses and help the organization operate more efficiently. Financial contributions are also a meaningful way to support a worthwhile cause in your community. Writing a check may not feel as personal as getting hands-on to help, but without the support of financial donors, philanthropic organizations simply couldn’t provide the community resources they do.

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When you’re thinking in terms of how to improve your community, your eating choices may not be on your radar. However, what you eat has a major impact on the community in multiple ways. That’s why you hear a great deal of talk about sustainability directed at food production, which affects the environment in numerous ways along the food supply chain, from air pollution to waste to energy consumption. By choosing ingredients and foods that minimize the impact on the environment, you can show food manufacturers that consumers want products sourced and produced responsibly. One example is Airly Oat Cloud crackers; each box explains how many grams of carbon dioxide you are helping remove from

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while keeping your friends and neighbors employed. Those benefits aside, there are practical advantages to doing your shopping locally, such as lower emissions and energy consumption for transportation to and from the store or business.

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Beautification projects not only make your community a more inviting place to be, they can actually be good for the earth. Removing litter allows natural vegetation and wildlife to thrive, reduces health risks and promotes safety by sending a clear message that the community cares about its space. Learn more about ways to take personal action to promote a better world at AirlyFoods.com.

Particularly over the past couple of years, local businesses have fought hard to stay open, modifying their services, adapting to the times and generally trying to keep themselves and their local employees afloat. Rewarding those efforts by shopping in their stores and hiring their services keeps your money within the local community

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Ric Flair’s Last Match ever is this weekend; Promoter David Crockett breaks it all down, shares more wrestling memories Part II Interview Conducted By Yiorgo Yiorgo: David, why should the fans attend and be a part of the whole weekend of activities or buy the PPV’s if they can not attend in regards to Starrcast V, Ric Flair’s Last Match event happening this weekend July 29th-31st in Nashville, Tennessee? David Crockett: The entire weekend, we have something for everyone. Several wrestling promotions will have wrestling shows Friday and Saturday. Friday night we have the Ric Flair Roast with Kid Rock, Charles Barkley, famous comedians, Diamond Dallas Page, and other wrestlers who will roast Ric. Saturday and Sunday we have Starrcast V with the different wrestling panels including:The Four Horsemen, Bret Hart, Tony Schiavone and I, Bryan Danielson, Mick Foley, Kevin Nash, Claudio Castagnoli, just to mention a few. Add to that the many vendors selling merchandise and so many wrestlers signing autographs and taking pictures Saturday and Sunday. And of course Sunday night at 6:05PM is an entire Pay-PerView of great matches with the main event making history, being Ric Flair’s Last Match of Ric Flair and Andrade El Idolo verses Jeff Jarrett and Jay Lethal that Tony Schiavone and I will be calling all the action on an exact replica of the set at TBS. I’ll also say that the match between Ricky Morton and Kerry Morton with Robert Gibson in their corner verses Brock Anderson and Brian Pillman Jr with Arn Anderson in their corner is a once in a lifetime historic match with Arn, Brock and Brian Jr. working for AEW and Ricky and Kerry working for the NWA. Fans can go to www.starrcast.com for all the info for package bundles and tickets. Y: Yes those “Young Lions” as you used to call the up and coming wrestlers back in the day, are caring for the family tradition and business by also working very hard on the independent scene. As a matter of fact, Saturday night July 30th, Brian Billman Jr. is wrestling in Norfolk, Virginia for Virginia Championship Wrestling on their biggest show of the year Liberty Lottery. Those in the Hampton Roads Area of Virginia can go to www.vcwprowrestling.com for more info. DC: That’s awesome to hear. I have heard some great things about Virginia Championship Wrestling. I have it on good authority that they put on quality shows that the fans really enjoy attending. Y: What are you looking forward to the most this weekend? DC: To get caught up in the excitement, to be that fan that I used to be, to immerse myself over my head to what’s going on and take it all in. And this is really Ric’s event, as far as his last match. I’m also looking forward to seeing and calling the matches on the card of the second generation wrestlers of Ricky Morton’s son Kerry, Arn’s son Brock, and Brian Pillman’s son Brian Jr. Also the Von Erich kids Marshall and Ross, Davie Boy Smith’s kid Harry, Paul Ellering’s daughter Rachael, Ric’s son-in-law and third generation wrestler Andrade and the other great matches. And of course, I’m looking forward to

announcing with Tony. For me, I’m having to do my homework with all these wrestling holds they have today. Some of them are the same, but they call them something different. And the names of the wrestlers, this event is worldwide in scope. We have AAA from Mexico, New Japan Pro Wrestling, we have wrestlers from everywhere, and many different organizations that are gonna be there. So I’m anxious to see how it comes out. Y: You know David, I enjoyed watching you on Mid-Atlantic Wrestling and later on TBS at 6:05 PM back then because you were like one of us. You would get so excited. DC: Through it all, I am a fan. I cannot not be a fan. I didn’t want to know then and I don’t want to know the outcome now. Jim Ross is another one like me. Don’t tell me anything, I don’t want to know. We always had fun with the interviews that we did. Many times I felt like I was a human mic stand holding the mic there, and you know, especially the ones we taped at TBS Saturday morning and aired at 6:05PM, Oh, Lord, that was just out of this world, out of this world! You never knew what was gonna come out of the wrestlers mouths. You just didn’t know. Like the time when the Mulkeys won, and they thought they screwed up, and they were afraid they were gonna get fired. You had Abdulah the Butcher, eating raw liver. And of course Ric and Roddy Piper on the mike was pure gold. And the Four Horsemen were incredible. They would pick up on each other, and it was truly entertaining. They were not regurgitating words, they all had meaning. I could go back and watch and laugh and smile, and sometimes try to keep a straight face. With Ric, we were promoting for the girls where he’s going to be, and what hotel he is staying at, and when the party’s going to be. That was Ric. The Four Horsemen, they didn’t have a time limit. Gene Anderson for the longest time was keeping time and it was like trying to pull the bike away from when they were clicking so to speak, when they were on a roll, I could just just let them go. I love it. Y: One of my favorite Ric lines was, “Don’t wrap me up, David.” (Laughter) DC: (Laughter) Yup, because he could see the stage manager given him the rap. Y: How about a favorite story with you and the Horsemen? DC: We were in New York City, it was my birthday and Ric and Arn and Tully held me down at the Hard Rock Cafe and poured, it must have been a whole bottle of scotch into me because I was so drunk, the next day too. It was horrible, horrible. Ric did that to me. Also, with the plane crash in 1975, afterwards, Ric and I were in the same hospital room. With his back broken the way it was, he would ask my wife Valerie to move the sheet just to get to a different position. Y: I’m gonna get a little bitter sweet here. It’s sad that your brother Jim Crockett, God Rest his Soul, is not with us anymore. How do you think he would react if he was with us now? Would he give his blessing to the Ric Flair Last Match event? DC: I know he would give his blessing. He

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David Crockett and Ric (David Crockett collection)

would be totally amazed and very supportive. When I convinced him to go to Baltimore for Conrad Thompson’s Starrcast IV event and the fans started asking him questions, talking to him asking for autographs and pictures, he said, “I don’t believe this. I always thought that we failed.” and I said, Well, in some ways we did, but treating the fans the right way, we did the very best job. The fans love us. They loved what we did. They wished that we had kept it up, but we did not. Jimmy just couldn’t get over how the fans treated us in Baltimore. I said, that’s what I’ve been trying to tell you for years. So to answer your question. Yes, he would be here in a skinny minute. I miss him and wish that we’d work together instead against each other. Again, that’s in the past, I can’t live in the past. Y: And thanks to your and Conrad’s kindness, Jimmy’s willingness and Conrad bringing both of you to Baltimore, you guys did have the happy ending there at the end. DC: Yes we did. And I pushed Jimmy because he didn’t want to do it. And he did that interview with Conrad last year and it was good. And I was with Jimmy his last day, up until they gave him the morphine, and he went to sleep and never woke up. Y: Can you share a wow, pinch me moment or two? DC: I am very blessed. I have an amazing wife, two wonderful kids, and four adorable grandchildren. It makes it all worth it. I was lucky enough to be in this business and I had fun with everything. I also met and got to be around James Brown, all of the Motown stars: Dianne Warwick, The Temptations. Also Andy Williams, Henry Manscini, Nat King Cole. I remember one time, taking a bottle of bourbon to Frank Sinatra’s dress-

David Crockett, Jim Ross, Jim Crockett (David Crockett collection)

ing room. And now, working on this project for Ric and Conrad, promoting one more time after allthese years, reconnecting with so many old friends from Jim Crockett Promotions who were and still are my second family in putting together Ric’s documentary, all these are great pinch me moments. I am truly blessed. Ed. note: If you missed Part I of our interview with David Crockett, you can access it here: https://www.militarynews.com/ norfolk-navy-flagship/community/legendary-promoter-and-tv-host-david-crockett-talks-ric-flair-s-last-match-starrcast-v/ article_8807c01e-086d-11ed-a312-1b617779445c. html Yiorgo is an arts, entertainment and sports writer. A stage, TV and movie actor, he is also a sports entertainer, educator, motivational speaker, writer, storyteller and columnist.


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AEW Wrestler Brian Pillman Jr, at a 2018 Virginia Championship Wrestling event. (JONATHAN MCLARTY)

VCW presents the 15 th Annual Liberty Lottery with Brian Pillman Jr. on July 30 th at the Norfolk Masonic Temple By The 757 Heater If you think it’s been a hot summer so far, just wait until VCW brings the heat to the Norfolk Masonic Temple this Saturday night with the 15 th annual Liberty Lottery! That’s right, July 30 th will mark the fifteenth iteration of Virginia’s biggest professional wrestling extravaganza, and this author personally can’t wait to experience it. This year’s event features special guest and current AEW star Brian Pillman Jr. In addition to competing in the ring, Pillman will also be available for a meet and greet with fans prior to bell time. The Norfolk Masonic Temple is located at 7001 Granby Street right next door to Granby High School. Doors will open at 6:30 PM with bell time scheduled for 7:30 PM. Front row tickets are completely sold out. Ringside seats are limited but still available for $25. General admission is $20. You can purchase tickets in advance online at vcwprowrestling.com. The marquee bout as always will be the Liberty Lottery itself. This unpredictable encounter is a delayed entry, over-the-toprope elimination match between twenty of the top stars in VCW. The last wrestler standing earns a shot at any VCW Championship of their choosing within the next calendar year. Anyone can walk away with the victory in this one, as has been proven in years past. The fact that only about half of the entrants have been formally announced makes for an even more intriguing scenario. Of the names we’ve heard so far, last year’s winner Dirty Money has got to be the odds on favorite. If victorious, Money would be the only wrestler in the history of VCW to win two Liberty Lotteries. It’s a monumental task, which may be further complicated by current VCW Liberty Champion “Greek God” Papadon. In his mission to capture every championship VCW has to offer, Papadon has also opted to enter this

Monitor National Marine Sanctuary Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the Turret Recovery Press Release Monitor National Marine Sanctuary and its partners are hosting a celebration to honor the men and women who recovered the famous Ericsson Turret from the site of the USS Monitor 20 years ago. The public is encouraged to attend. Join NOAA and partners as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, 160th anniversary of the life of the USS Monitor, and the 20th Anniversary of the recovery of Monitor’s iconic turret. Friends and family are invited for a fun-filled day with hands-on activities, special guest lectures, and a behind the scenes look at the USS Monitor artifacts. WHAT: Anniversary celebration at The Mariners’ Museum and Park WHEN: August 6, 10 a.m. to 3p.m. ET WHERE: The Mariners’ Museum and Park WHO: Monitor National Marine Sanctuary is Partnering with The Mariners Museum and Park Preserving the legacy of USS Monitor and the stories of its crew began more than 50 years ago, but the journey is not complete. Join us for this special commemoration where we honor those who have contributed to Monitor expeditions throughout the years, their accomplishments, and those who work daily to ensure its story is shared for future generations. Register here: marinersmuseum.org/celebrating-the-20th-anniversary-of-uss-monitors-turret-recovery/

Joe Keys on left, demanding a match from Ken Dixon (Jonathan McLarty)

year’s Liberty Lottery. Not only has Papadon vowed to win, but he’s also promised revenge on Dirty Money for costing him the Virginia Heavyweight Championship in a recent title match. Other confirmed Liberty Lottery entrants include: BJJ World Champion Tim Spriggs, “Champion of the 1%” Logan Easton Laroux, “Mr. Xcellence” Brandon Scott, Dezmon King, and more! Virginia Heavyweight Champion Ken Dixon defends his title against former friend Joe Keys in what is certain to be a memorable main event. Keys became the number one contender to the Virginia Heavyweight Championship with a victory back in April. Shortly after that, he confronted Dixon backstage, reminding the champion that he

was responsible for breaking his neck and nearly ending his career. Dixon has taken on all challengers since winning the title in October, but no challenger knows as much about him as Keys. Could this be Dixon’s last night as champion? Women’s professional wrestling is making a comeback in Virginia on July 30 th , as Impact Wrestling star Savannah Evans takes on Virginia native Erica Leigh. This will be the first women’s match in VCW since before the start of the global pandemic. Both competitors have built their reputations with incredible contests against a variety of opponents across the country. You definitely don’t want to miss this one, as it has the potential to steal the show!

Two athletes that are competing in the Liberty Lottery are also involved in a high stakes match earlier in the evening. Brian Pillman Jr. and Sir Rios De La Sangre will lock up to determine who starts the Liberty Lottery at number one (the loser) and who gets the extremely advantageous number twenty position (the winner). It’s a feast or famine match that will pay off huge dividends for one and potentially bankrupt the other. Speaking of wrestlers who plan to compete twice, Brandon Scott intends to have a “Liberty Lottery Warm-Up Match” against the young, up-and-comer Alex Devine. Virginia wrestling legend Mark Fleming will once again accompany Scott to the ring after a long absence. Our understanding is that Fleming is the one who encouraged Scott to have a warm-up prior to the Liberty Lottery in order to cement his status as a top tier athlete. For nearly twenty years, “Manager of Champions” Neil Sharkey has had an issue with “Platinum Icon” Phil Brown. This issue has once again manifested itself in the form of the Sharkey Tank, a group established to take Brown out. With Devantes and “Buckshot” Brian Brock working together it seemed like Sharkey may finally get his wish. That is until Phil Brown found some backup from the imposing Boar. On July 30 th , Brown and Boar will team up to battle the Sharkey Tank in what can only be described as a hoss fight. All of this great action, plus a VCW Tag Team Championship defense by The Golden Pinky Society will take place this Saturday night at the Norfolk Masonic Temple. The 15 th annual Liberty Lottery is certain to leave every fan in attendance with their jaw on the floor. Don’t forget to head over to vcwprowrestling.com to pick up your tickets today. I’ll see you at the matches!

NSWC Dahlgren Division Employees Awarded the Department of the Army Armed Forces Civilian Medal for Pandemic Support Press Release DAHLGREN, Va. — Dr. Marietto D. Jeffries, acting principal for the Safety, Combat System Safety Branch at Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) and NSWCDD veterans special emphasis program manager under the Equal Employment Opportunity umbrella, received the Department of the Army (DoA) Armed Forces Civilian Medal for his participation with the Department of Defense (DoD)/Health and Human Services COVID-19 Joint Assisted Acquisition team. The award for assistance during the pandemic recognized DoD civilian employees for supporting qualifying COVID-19 operations and activities. “The COVID-19 pandemic presented a unique opportunity to support the Department of Health and Human Services’ efforts to develop future infrastructure to address the possibility of a forthcoming pandemic,” Jeffries said. Jeffries learned there was a need for the team to have a subject matter expert (SME) in U.S. industrial policy. Jeffries applied based on previous experience with the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Navy Environmental Preventive Medicine Unit 5, Centers for Disease Control, Fleet Surgical Team 9, as well as experience partnering with state and federal agencies supporting disaster preparedness. He also has experience with the U.S. Navy Central Decontamination and CBRN programs, Navy Logistics, MARCOSYSCOM and Naval Air Systems Command. As the subject matter expert (SME) for U.S. Industrial Policy, Jeffries provided and supported innovative acquisition practices

DAHLGREN, Va. – Dr. Marietto D. Jeffries recently received the Department of the Army Armed Forces Civilian Medal for his participation with the Department of Defense/Health and Human Services COVID-19 Joint Assisted Acquisition team. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO/RELEASED)

for the $66 billion Operation Warp Speed vaccine program. He also collaborated with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority. Jeffries established direct lines of communication with the program manag-

ers of four integrated process teams while providing support to the program management teams. He created the first industrial policy checklist to align with the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment ideology to bolster the U.S. supply chain. He reviewed more than 20 pre-contract proposals vying for federal funding to develop a strategy to support future pandemics. Camilo E. Morales, joint product lead for capacity expansion with the U.S. Army, said Jeffries’ expertise helped expand the domestic manufacturing capacity of mRNA vaccine raw materials, fill and finish facilities, bioprocessing consumables and glass vials. Morales said Jeffries actively participated in the initiation of SME group meetings, ensuring that technical review comments and concerns were discussed and compiled prior to being sent to the project managers. Morales added that Jeffries’ contributions accelerated the federal government’s COVID-19 response and pandemic preparedness. “Dr. Jeffries’ flexibility and willingness to delve deep into unfamiliar subjects has been a boon to our organization,” Morales said. “He adapts to change easily, demonstrates an outstanding ability to produce high quality work with great attention to detail and works well under pressure with a positive attitude.” In addition to Jeffries, Patrick Owens from NSWCDD’s Electromagnetic and Sensor Systems Department received the DoA Armed Forces Civilian Service Medal for pandemic support. Owens also detailed with the DoD/Health and Human Services COVID-19 Joint Assisted Acquisition team.


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Food

Take Summer Grilling to New Heights with a Versatile Veggie By Family Features/NC Sweet Potato Commission The fresh flavor of favorite foods pulled hot off the grill makes summer cookouts a treasured pastime for families across the country. This year, you can make new memories at those backyard barbecues by keeping in mind that grilling isn’t only about charred burgers and steaks — delicious, grilled vegetables can be just as enjoyable. Nutritious and full of antioxidants, sweet potatoes are a perfect option for summer recipes as they’re easy to grill in a recipe like Sweet potato Wedge & Purple Cabbage Salad with Poppyseed Dressing. Hearty yet light for a tasty side dish, this salad is effortlessly simple and combines crispy purple cabbage, juicy tomato, velvety feta and poppyseed dressing around sweet potato wedges as

the star of the show. With nearly 70% of the nation’s sweet potatoes produced in North Carolina, the state is the largest producer in the country of the year-round veggie ideal for grilling on those hot summer days. As a versatile superfood, their rich nutritional value and ease of use in a variety of dishes make them an ideal ingredient in recipes ranging from breakfasts and salads to protein bowls, tacos and more. In addition to cooking on a classic grill, sweet potatoes can also be prepared using a griddle. Until Sept. 30, you can enter the North Carolina Sweet potato Commission’s Blazin’ Blackstone Giveaway to win one of 14 prize packages including the grand prize: a 28-inch XL Culinary Pro with Rangetop Bundle. Join fellow “griddlers” by sharing a photo of your favorite sweetpotato recipe and encouraging friends, family and online

followers to do the same. Learn how to enter the giveaway and find more information at ncsweetpotatoes.com.

Sweet Potato Wedge & Purple Cabbage Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

Servings: 4 2 North Carolina sweet potatoes ½ head purple cabbage 1 tablespoon olive oil salt, to taste pepper, to taste 6 tablespoons poppyseed dressing, divided 1 tablespoon chopped parsley 2 cups grape tomatoes, halved 3 tablespoons feta cheese, crumbled

Preheat grill to 400 F. Scrub and wash sweet potatoes. Cut each into six wedges. (If sweet potatoes are long, consider cutting wedges in half.) Parboil sweet potatoes 5 minutes, drain and cool 5 minutes. Shred cabbage into thin slices. Toss sweet potatoes with olive oil and salt and pepper, to taste. Place sweet potato wedges on grill perpendicular to grates over direct heat; grill about 3 minutes on each side, or until tender-crisp with grill marks on each side. Remove from grill and set aside. In zip-top bag or large bowl, toss cabbage with 4 tablespoons poppyseed dressing until coated. Add parsley and tomatoes; toss. To serve, place sweetpotato wedges on bed of dressed cabbage and drizzle with remaining poppyseed dressing then sprinkle with cheese. Serve warm or cold.

Elevate a Family-Favorite Side Dish to a Flavorful, Protein-Packed Meal By Family Features/United Dairy Industry of Michigan Taking the stress out of family meals at home can be as simple as turning your attention toward recipes that pack plenty of flavor without complicated prep. In fact, you can even turn an easy, everyday side dish into a full-blown dinner by simply adding your favorite protein. This Greek Chicken Fried Rice, for example, transforms a traditional side dish into a filling meal for four in less than 30 minutes. Plus, it requires just one wok or skillet, leaving hardly any cleanup on

those busy weeknights when homework, after-school activities and social calendars fill your schedule. Find more weeknight meal solutions at MilkMeansMore.org.

Greek Chicken Fried Rice

Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 13 minutes Servings: 4 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 large chicken breast, finely chopped ½ cup chopped onion 3 cups prepared white rice

2 eggs 1 cup chickpeas, drained and rinsed ½ cup roughly chopped fresh parsley leaves ½ cup crumbled cow’s milk feta cheese ½ cup grape tomatoes, quartered ⅓ cup Kalamata olives, halved 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice ¼ teaspoon kosher salt ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper In wok or large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook until almost cooked through, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes.

Add onion; cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Add rice; cook 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Push rice to sides of wok, creating well in center of wok. Crack eggs into well and scramble vigorously with wooden spoon; cook 2 minutes, keeping eggs in well, or until eggs are fully cooked. Add chickpeas, parsley, cheese, tomatoes, olives, lemon juice, salt and pepper; cook 2 minutes, or until warmed through, stirring frequently.


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Health

Power plate: Eat to fuel your performance By Susan Haley, Rdn, Ld/N 6Th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Registered Dietitian Nutritionist MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — Food is our secret weapon. When planned and executed well food can supply everything our bodies need to thrive, whether we’re running a marathon or taking a rest day. Even at rest, our body is in a metabolically active state. The brain, central nervous system, muscles, liver, heart, lungs, kidneys, hormones and digestive system work 24/7 to keep us alive. All that work takes energy. Adding activities of daily living and exercise can require an added 20% to 250% more energy than what our body needs at rest. Achieving a balanced intake requires

eating foods from a variety of food groups. There are more than 40 nutrients needed to thrive and there is no one food or food group that can meet those needs. Nutrients work synergistically, so over-consuming one can affect how well our body uses others. We can also get so focused on one goal, i.e., building muscle that we forget all the other important processes that are continually occurring. Balance requires eating the proper amount to meet activity and performance goals. Many people eat more than they need, but those who are highly active, exercising 60-minutes or more per day, often have a hard time eating enough to cover their basic physiologic needs. When you’re well-fueled, you should feel satisfied and energized, not hungry and grumpy.

Food quality matters as well — stick close to the farm. Highly processed foods are often short of important nutrients or have added ingredients that affect the homeostasis between all our essential systems. Take a whole food approach and eat foods that have naturally occurring nutrients to assure you get the high-quality fuel your body deserves. Lastly, when you eat matters. Not everyone needs to eat six times a day but going too long without eating can affect homeostasis, so eating at least three times a day is an important start. Timing is also important to get the most out of an exercise session. Eating before and right after a hard or long exercise session will assure you have a high-quality exercise session, replace used-up fuel and

begin the repair, recovery, and synthesis of new muscle tissue. For more information about nutrition for activity and performance, visit https:// www.hprc-online.org/nutrition/performance-nutrition Human Performance Resources by CHAMP, or HPRC, is the human performance optimization educational arm of the Consortium for Health and Military Performance, a Department of Defense Center of Excellence located at the Uniformed Services University. HPRC provides holistic, performance optimization resources that help members of the military community stay physically and mentally fit, fuel and hydrate properly, maintain social ties, and stay resilient — all pieces of the puzzle that make up Total Force fitness.

The Uniformed Services University is leading a new study to fulfill a critical need for treating post-traumatic headache. (PHOTO: USU)

Pioneering Post Traumatic Headache Study Kicks Off By USU Staff A new, first-of-its-kind study is underway to fulfill a critical need for treating post-traumatic headache (PTH), for which no treatments currently exist. The multi-site study, led by the Uniformed Services University’s Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine (CNRM), has started to enroll participants and will test how well a migraine medication — erenumab — could be used to treat this condition, which affects about half of those who experience mild traumatic brain injuries. PTH is a secondary headache disorder that develops within seven days after a head

and/or neck injury. It is also frequently experienced after mild traumatic brain injuries, and can persist long after injury. The trial, “Treatment of Acute Post-traumatic Headache with a CGRP Receptor mAb in Military Service Members and Civilians with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury,” is the first randomized, placebo-controlled, multi-site trial to study the safety and effectiveness of using erenumab to treat PTH. The trial aims to enroll 404 participants by the end of 2026, and is currently open to the following military treatment facilities: Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune, Brooke Army Medical Center, and Womack Army Medical Center.

A fourth site, William Beaumont Army Medical Center, is expected to be open to participants later this year. “Currently, there are no approved treatments specifically for post-traumatic headache,” said Army Lt. Col. (Dr.) Bradley Dengler, CNRM Director and neurosurgeon. “If successful, this erenumab treatment would be among the very first evidence-based approaches to reduce or eliminate headaches shortly after mild TBIs, with the potential to return soldiers to duty faster than current therapies.” “This is a step forward for the millions of people affected each year by post-traumatic headache,” said Annabel Lee Raboy,

the trial’s Research Manager and employee of the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine. “Our study team has deeply-rooted personal and professional ties to our nation’s active duty and veteran communities. We’ve all experienced or witnessed the impact PTH can have on a patient and their loved ones. It’s an honor to support a trial that could identify a solution.” To learn more about the trial, please contact cnrmstudies@usuhs.edu or visit https://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/ NCT05049057?term=david+brody&draw=2 For more information about CNRM, visit https://cnrm.usuhs.edu


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BMW 2007 650

convertible,silver, beige leather, gray top. 1 owner, records since new.250,000miles $12,000 757 477 5626

CHEVROLET 2001 CORVETTE

Convertible. 55K mis., loaded, new inspection, car cover, looks great, $21,500. 757-620-7570. Va. Dlr.

CHEVROLET 2017 CORVETTE

Convertible. 32K mis., 3LT Pkg., loaded, garage kept. Showroom new. $58,700. 757-675-0288. Va. Dlr.

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Motorcycles and ATVs 2000 HARLEY DAVIDSON CUSTOM FLSTF FAT BOY 49,057 mi, showing on engine, many extras $10,500 Txt: 757-822-8716

11K mis., 392 Hemi, leather, sunroof, new insp, garage kept, loaded, $38,700. 757-675-0288. Va. Dlr.

VIRGINIA BEACH - KEMPSVILLE $425 includes all utilities & cable. Pet ok. Deposit. Small room. 757-717-0129

Male/Female Ready Aug 10th 100.00 deposit to hold. Call/Text 252-3702706

CONSIGNMENTS WANTED! Let us clean, sell, & finance your RV. Snyders RV 499-8000.

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LABRADOR RETRIEVER PUPPIES AKC REGISTERED, shots, wormed, vet checked, 8 weeks old chocolate males/females $800 434-294-6897 8 week old Black Lab puppies available out of some top working/hunting bloodlines. Father is a high level obiedience dog and mother is a retired bomb detection dog. Both have great drive but calm when not working. They make great, loyal pets or working dogs. They have had 1st shots and UTD on deworming. Price is $800.00 call or text 757-509-9000

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HARLEY 2010 ROADKING Garage kept, many upgrades, looks & runs great, $9,900. 757-675-0288. Va. Dealer.

RAT TERRIER PUPS Shots & dewormed, sm breed. Ready now. $550 Call/text 252-333-7554 Beautiful, healthy, registered kittens come with shots, spay/neuter, microchipping, health guarantee & insurance. Standard & non-standards. https://vabeachcats.wordpress.com

4000 original mis., garage kept, senior citizen car, leather, new inspection, runs & looks new, $33,900. 757-620-7570. Va. Dlr.

2005 YAMAHA V-Star 650 Classic. $3,000. 757-234-1065

Adorable, 8 wks, 1st shots and dewormed. $1500 757-275-4588

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FRENCH BULLDOG - FRENCHIE AKC European Bloodlines Blue Fawn Frenchie Female. $5000.00 Up to date on shots Call 757-642-1023 GOLDEN RETRIEVER PUPPIES FOR SALE Email: hobbybreeda@ gmail.com for faster Response

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Classic, Antique Cars We will purchase your collectible, classic, late model autos, we will come to you. Call 757-675-0288.

Trucks and SUVs

FORD 2014 E350

Hi-Top Van. 37K original mis., leather, sofa, new inspection, new tires, looks & runs great, tow pkg., $32,500. 757-675-0288. Va. Dlr.

GMC 2021 SIERRA

SLT Pkg., Dura Max turbo diesel, 23K orig. mis., factory warranty, sunroof, leather, nav, crew cab. Like new. $59,500. 757-675-0288. Va. Dlr

TOYOTA 2014 FJ CRUISER

67K miles, 4X4, loaded, looks great. New inspection, $38,900. 757-675-0288. Va. Dlr.

Wanted Automotive ABSOLUTELY ABLY ACQUIRING AUTOS All Makes & Models, Best Price Paid!! FREE TOWING. 757-749-8035 AUTOS ACCEPTED-ANY YEAR Make or Model. Top Dollar, Fast, Free Towing. 757-737-2465, 252-232-9192

Boats & Watercraft CAROLINA SKIFF 2018 21’ Ultra Elite, Suzuki 175 hp 4 stroke, only 6 hrs. King trailer. $45,500. Call Snyder’s RV 499-8000. NEW & USED BOAT TRAILER SALE!!! OVER 100 Avail. For Boats 12’-38’ BUDGET BOATS: (757) 543 -7595

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Sedan EX. Automatic, 70k miles. Asking $9,800. 757-291-7213

LEXUS 2012 ES 350

27K original miles, leather, sunroof, showroom new, $24,900. 757-620-7570. Va. Dlr.

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21K original mis., garage kept, 1 owner family, leather, new Michelins, new inspection, showroom new. $10,900. 757-620-7570. Va. Dlr.

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