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Pilot program for special education support helps dozens of families, expects rapid growth By Brock Vergakis

education assistance will work with their case liaisons. If advocacy and additional expertise are required beyond the scope of the case liaison, the case will be referred to a newly hired regional special education liaison. In Hampton Roads, that’s Leidel. The special education liaison will review Individualized Education Programs and 504 Plans with families, and attend meetings with families to promote their child’s needs when developing specialized instruction or accommodations. Leidel said she’s happy to travel in Hampton Roads to meet with Sailors, their families and school officials, but can also conduct meetings via video conference. “I have gone out to the Fleet and Family Support Centers where case liaisons have been to meet families face-to-face, to go over their cases with them and to review documents with them face-to-face. I have no problem doing that,” she said. If legal assistance and additional advocacy is needed, the case will be referred to an EFMP special education attorney that’s been hired as part of the pilot program. Families who use the pilot program have free access to resources that would typically cost thousands of dollars in the private sector. “Special education laws require public schools to provide children with special needs with the same opportunities for education as other children. After receiving reports of the significant hardships EFMP families faced in locating legal services to enforce their rights under these laws, the JAG community took action,” said Navy JAG Vice Adm. John G. Hannink. “It is an honor to provide this essential support to our shipmates who have exceptional family members, and who may need some additional counsel.” Department of Defense Instruction 1315.19 requires active-duty service members to enroll inEFMP if they have a dependent with a qualifying special need.

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NORFOLK — A pilot program that provides special education support to families enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program has already helped more than two dozen families in Hampton Roads since it launched April 1 and is expected to see rapid growth as the new school year begins in September. As part of a three-year pilot program at Navy Region Mid-Atlantic, families in Hampton Roads can receive additional assistance with Individualized Education Programs and 504 plans by contacting their installation’s EFMP case liaison athttps://www.navylifema.com/ support/efmp. With summer break nearing an end, there’s been an influx of families seeking assistance as word about the pilot program spreads, according to Erica Leidel, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic’s newly hired Exceptional Family Member Program Special Education Liaison. “Cases are already taking off here at the end of July,” she said. “I think with them coming back into the schools … and then with marketing I think we’re going to see quite an increase.” These new Navy special education services assist with children receiving Free Appropriate Public Education and empowering military families to advocate for special education services supported under federal and state law, which will support the Navy’s goal of fleet and family readiness. “We are committed to ensuring our service members and their families are provided the maximum support possible as they serve our Navy and country,” said LaToya Travis, Navy Installations Command EFMP program analyst. “We want our Sailors to focus on their mission and know we are here to help them support their families.” Families who request special

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SECNAV Del Toro visits USS Exercise Black Kearsarge first day on the job Widow wraps up

as participants transition to Large Scale Exercise

By USS Kearsarge Public Affairs ATLANTIC OCEAN — With less than 24 hours clocked as the Department of the Navy’s top leader, USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) and its crew made a big impression upon the Honorable Carlos Del Toro, the Navy’s 78th and newest Secretary of the Navy. Accompanied by two other distinguished visitors — Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday and Rep. Rob Wittman (Va., District 1) — Del Toro flew aboard Kearsarge on an MV-22 Osprey, August 10, for a closer glimpse at integrated amphibious operations and how the Navy and Marine Corps team has executed that role during Large Scale Exercise (LSE) 2021. “The Kearsarge crew was tremendously honored to host our 78th Secretary of the Navy on his first ship visit, less than 24 hours after being sworn in,” said Kearsarge’s Commanding Officer Capt. Tom Foster, remarking on the significance of the visit. “Our Navy-Marine Corps team proudly demonstrated what our integrated capabilities bring to the fight. It was important that Secretary Del Toro, Rep. Witt-

By Submarine Force Atlantic Public Affairs

Secretary of the Navy the Honorable Carlos Del Toro speaks with Lt. j.g. Nathanial Fiske, assistant navigation officer, aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) Aug. 10, 2021. (MC3 NICK BORIS)

man and CNO were able to see, first hand, how Live, Virtual, and Constructive training will exponentially improve the way our naval forces train for the high end fight. This visit also gave the Sailors and Marines of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit the opportunity

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to shine in front of the highest level of service leadership and they did exactly that. They displayed professionalism, tactical prowess, and a strong esprit des corps. I am proud to be a part of this crew and this warfighting team.” Turn to USS Kearsarge, Page 7

NORFOLK — Navy submarines, aircraft, and surface ships participated in Exercise Black Widow 2021 in the North Atlantic, Aug. 3-10. Designed to increase the ability of anti-submarine warfare (ASW) air, surface, and undersea assets to operate in a high-intensity environment, Black Widow improves unit and joint force readiness, responsiveness, proficiency, and ultimately, lethality. “This graduate-level integrated undersea warfare exercise provided us the opportunity to practice and perform seamlessly across domains so that we are ready to engage any threat at any time and place of our choosing,” said Rear Adm. Richard Seif, Commander, Undersea Warfighting Development Center. “Our undersea warfighters rehearsed the

Large Scale Exercise 2021

Navy Expeditionary Combat Forces (NECF) validated their capabilities to integrate and execute across a range of military operations as part of Large-Scale Exercise (LSE) 2021. PAGE A2

tactics and procedures they will need in combat. We train like we fight, and always strive for growth and innovation within the undersea warfare domain.” Through cooperation, collaboration, and multi-domain cohesion, exercises like Black Widow enhance combat readiness and promote peace and security in the Atlantic. “Advanced undersea warfare training provides a critical opportunity to improve multi-domain cooperation and defense capability while ensuring maritime safety and stability throughout the Atlantic,” said Rear Adm. Brian Davies, Commander, Submarine Group 2. “By integrating air and surface assets in the undersea domain, we have an avenue to demonstrate the agility, persistence, flexibility, interoperability, and resilience Turn to Black Widow, Page 7

EOD Tour More than 65 midshipmen from Naval Station Norfolk visited Naval Weapons Station Yorktown for a familiarization tour by Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Two, Detachment Yorktown Aug. 6, 2021. PAGE A5

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The guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) prepares to moor in Faslane, Scotland. Cole is in Scotland to participate in exercise Joint Warrior 14-1, a semi-annual, United Kingdom-led training exercise. (LACORDRICK WILSON)

USS Cole, USS Gravely take on Black Widow, Large-Scale Exercise 2021 By U.S. Fleet Forces Public Affairs NORFOLK — The Sailors of USS Cole (DDG 67) and USS Gravely (DDG 107) have been very busy in the Atlantic lately, supporting two major exercises and honing their skills in multiple areas of maritime operations and tactics. Both Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers recently participated in Black Widow, an annual undersea warfare exercise that incorporates Navy aircraft, surface ships, and submarines to improve unique undersea warfighting capabilities and tactics. According to Cmdr. Vincent Libasci, commanding officer, USS Cole, Black Widow has provided an important opportunity to rehearse tactical efficiency in undersea warfare during this era of strategic competition. “It is our job to train like we fight, and strive for growth and innovation within the undersea warfare domain,” said Libasci. “Our strategic competitors are expanding their military presence in the Atlantic, so our crew is renewing our focus on homeland defense capability and capacity. Both Black Widow and LSE give us that chance.”

The ships are also participating in the Navy’s Large Scale Exercise (LSE) 2021, designed to assess and refine modern warfare concepts, from the operational level to the tactical, in multi-domain and contested environments. These include Distributed Maritime Operations (DMO), Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations and Littoral Operations, which are critical to the U.S. and partners in order to maintain peace, security and stability around the globe. “USS Cole and USS Gravely coordinated with a Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron Seven Two (HSM) 72 detachment, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing (CPRW) Eleven P-8 Poseidons and our submarines as a cohesive force while validating the latest technologies and tactics during Black Widow, then applied them during challenging LSE scenarios,” said Capt. Matt Kawas, commodore, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 2. “The extensive research and development by tactical and technical commands, coupled with the expertise and warrior spirit of our all-domain forces, have maintained the Navy’s competitive advantage, and assured freedom of operations throughout the Atlantic.”

LSE 2021 included dozens of live ships underway ranging from aircraft carriers to submarines, dozens of virtual units, and an unlimited array of constructive units, in addition to the Sailors, Marines, government civilians and contract employees assigned to command and training staffs providing support to the exercise. Participating units span 17 time zones to include six naval and Marine Corps component commands, five U.S. numbered fleets, and three Marine expeditionary forces. “Being able to participate in both Black Widow and LSE has provided us a unique opportunity to test our crew’s skills in a variety of wartime scenarios and situations,” said Cmdr. Corey Odom, commanding officer, USS Gravely. “The exercises provide us an opportunity to validate new technologies and refine undersea warfare tactics. Additionally, these exercises demonstrate our Navy’s ability to conduct operations around the globe across the full-spectrum of military operations by maintaining sea control and power projection.” Over the past 10 years, the Navy and Marine Corps have conducted numerous major exercises in the Europe, Atlantic and Pacific theaters,

which have grown in scope and complexity in a testament to sustained U.S. commitment to maritime security globally. “Black Widow and LSE, through the power of live, virtual, and constructive training, pushed the boundaries on how we exercise our Naval forces to be ready to fight— from the seabed to space,” said commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Adm. Christopher W. Grady. “Through our execution of Distributed Maritime Operations, we were able to mass effects, not forces, and tested a full spectrum of options for employing sensors, platforms and weapons.” Both the Black Widow and LSE 2021 exercises merged live and synthetic training capabilities to create intense, robust training environments to build knowledge and skills needed for Sailors and Marines to operate in today’s complex, multi-domain, and contested environment. “More than ever, we must think, adapt, and maneuver faster than our strategic competitors; we must not accept old ways of thinking when it comes to globally integrating and operating our naval forces across fleets,” said Grady. “I have no doubt that innovative and forward-leaning exercises, like Black Widow and LSE, reinforced our culture of learning and sharpened our operational skills to ensure that we remain the most lethal Navy in the world.” For more information on LSE 2021, please visit: https://www.Navy.Mil/Resources/Blogs/ Detail/Article/2711004/Large-Scale-Exercise/

Navy expeditionary combat forces holds port damage repair training during Large Scale Exercise 2021 By Lt. Mary Smith

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group Two

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Navy Expeditionary Combat Forces (NECF) validated their capabilities to integrate and execute across a range of military operations as part of LargeScale Exercise (LSE) 2021. This integration was showcased during Expeditionary Port Damage Repair (ExPDR) training on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, 9 — 16 August. ExPDR supports the fleet through expedient repair of critical facilities in short time frames to support the fleet, re-arm, refuel, repair, resupply, and revive (5R) requirements. It consists of diving, salvage, expeditionary dredging and expedient construction operations to remove impediments to shipping, repair piers, quay walls and other waterfront infrastructure in contested environments to support maneuverability and resupply of forces. While Underwater Construction Team (UCT) 1 provided oversite of the successful ExPDR event, the integration of our forces was on full display, and highlighted the agility of our forces. Explosive Ordinance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 2 cleared unexploded hazards at sea and ashore, while Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2 salvaged underwater structures that impeded access to the port. Maritime Expeditionary Security Force Squadron (MSRON) 2, conducted small boat operations, providing security of the entry and exit

points for our forces. UCT 1 and Navy Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133 conducted damage assessment and repaired essential infrastructure to enable forces to move from sea to shore. The evolution showcased the “clear, secure, build, and protect” elements of NECF, which serve as the core components Navy Expeditionary Combat Command’s (NECC) mission. “LSE 21 truly showcased the strength of NECC forces when they work together. Port Damage Repair is an incredibly important mission which leverages the full suite of the Navy Expeditionary Combat Force’s capabilities,” Said Lt. Cmdr. Seth McGuire, Commanding Officer UCT 1. “During LSE 21 it was exciting to see the synergy gained by integration of NECF units. PDR required MDSU 2 and EODMU 2 to clear the port, MSRON 2 to secure the port, and the Seabees from UCT 1 and NMCB 133 to rebuild and protect the port infrastructure. It has been motivating to see all the units work together to accomplish a common goal.” NECC is responsible for organizing, manning, training, equipping, and sustaining NECF. The NECF is postured to anticipate and rapidly respond to the changing security environment., and ensure our integrated naval force continues to dominate on the high seas and across the littorals in an era of Great Power Competition. The NECF is manned, trained, and equipped to clear, secure, build, and protect critical assets and waterways in order to execute

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Military families line up ready to receive free school supplies and have some family fun at the Back to School Bash on Aug. 13 at Cutter Athletic Park. (ATISHA DRAUGHN-FRAGUADA)

Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads hosts free Back to School Bash By Katisha Draughn-Fraguada

Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads Public Affairs

NORFOLK — Naval Support Activity (NSA) Hampton Roads’ Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Department gave back to military families in a huge way during the Back to School Bash at Cutter Athletic Park on Aug. 13. Approximately 465 patrons attended the event which featured bounce houses, pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, refreshments, and more. “This is actually our first in-person event that we have had since March of 2020,” said Eric

Emerson, Community Recreation Programmer with MWR. “We have been hosting all drivethru events since then, so we were excited to come out and support our Navy families and give them some free school supplies and just a good time.” Military spouse Brittani Smith attended the event with her family and was happy for the opportunity to have a little bit of normalcy during these challenging times. “It has been a rough year so we were happy to be able to get the kids out for a fun day,” she said. “MWR makes these events great for our families.” Throughout the pandemic, MWR has

hosted various DIY drive-thru events at all of the NSA Hampton Roads annexes where they provided the patrons with a kit including all the necessary materials and instructions for the project to be worked on at home. Around this time last year, the team hosted a Back to School Drive-Thru event where they provided free backpacks with school supplies to the military community. “Events like this [Back to School Bash] are vital for meeting the MWR mission of providing quality of life programs and boosting the morale of the military community, especially after being restricted for so many months due to the pandemic,” said Andrew Thomson,

Interim MWR Director for NSA Hampton Roads. “Being able to provide a free, fun, and safe carnival-like atmosphere, where we also give away school supplies, allows military families a chance to unwind from the stress of everyday life and save their money for other essential items.? We were thrilled and honored to be able to provide this for those who serve and protect our country.” At the bash, MWR gave away 225 backpacks filled with a variety of school supplies to include paper, pencils, pens, erasers, glue sticks, scissors, highlighters, and crayons. “We will always be here for our military families before, during and after this pandemic,” said Emerson. “We truly enjoy putting together these type of events and having all of our families come out. We love to be able to bring a little bit of happiness, as well as relieve some financial stress for our military families as they prepare for the upcoming school year.”

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SurgeMain East Regional Executive Officer Captain Jonathan Jett-Parmer meets with SurgeMain Sailors and shipyard personnel during a visit to Norfolk Naval Shipyard. (ALDO ANDERSON)

Reservists surged to assist Norfolk Naval Shipyard during pandemic By Michael D. Brayshaw

Norfolk Naval Shipyard Public Affairs

NORFOLK — A year after an unprecedented mobilization of a Navy Reserve force to reduce the public shipyard maintenance backlog, the final waves of Surge Maintenance (SurgeMain) members at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) are packing up and heading home. As part of Naval Sea Systems Command’s (NAVSEA) deployment of reservists across the four naval shipyards last summer, more than 400 SurgeMain members have assisted NNSY, both directly on the project deckplates and in significant support functions such as travel and information technology. Boasting the technical and trade expertise to provide immediate value integrating into the workforce, these reservists aided in returning assets such as USS Harry S Truman (CVN 75) and USS Wyoming (SSBN 742) to the Fleet in the past year. Many continue to assist maintenance on USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), USS Pasadena (SSN 752), and USS Toledo (SSN 769), as well as the Moored Training Ship conversion of USS San Francisco (SSN 711). Just under 200 reservists currently remain at NNSY, with most set to return to their homes in the next month. SurgeMain contributions have included Sailors embedded in NNSY’s

Temporary Services Department (Code 990) assisting Bush with electrical work and rerouting 1,300 feet of cable for hangar bay trailers. Reservists also supported Bush and Pasadena laying 1,200 feet of shore power cables while uninstalling 1,500 feet of CHT, lighting, ventilation and temporary services, keeping project movements on track. Sailors supported fire and tank watches for Toledo, reducing the need for contract labor. When there was a need for training and certifying additional Navy Competent Persons ensuring confined and enclosed space safety, SurgeMain members stepped up. NNSY’s SurgeMain Program Manager Cmdr. Emmanuel “Manny ” Sayoc pointed out reservists also assisted short-turnaround, intermediate-level work as part of the shipyard’s Fleet Maintenance Submarines (FMB) team at Naval Station Norfolk. That includes FMB’s three recently certified availabilities—USS New Hampshire (SSN 778), USS John Warner (SSN 785) and USS Washington (SSN 787). With COVID-19 impacting schedules of many ships undergoing maintenance across the four shipyards, ensuring an experienced reserve workforce was one of SurgeMain’s biggest priorities. This required leveraging civilian backgrounds, Navy experiences, training opportunities and current certifications to bring maxi-

mum benefit across the yards. This unprecedented deployment provided mutual benefit for both shipyards and reservists, according to Sayoc, with members getting valuable training and attaining key certifications across a number of proficiencies while directly supporting deliveries back to the fleet. Assisting reservists during the past year, the SurgeMain leadership team coordinated logistics such as living arrangements and transit, while still overseeing military matters such as career development, evaluation and awards. Gunner’s Mate First Class Berkley Bossard has been at NNSY since last July, initially working in the Electronics Shop (Shop 67) before teaming with SurgeMain leadership and the Production Resources Department (Code 900) in November. “I developed a database to do task tracking for all the SurgeMain personnel supporting all the projects and hours for each,” he said. “With this experience, I think I learned a lot and it was good for my career development, I had never built an access database to that depth before. I had supported different codes and shops at Puget Sound and Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyards previously, but being at NNSY and seeing how it all ties together and how the shipyard process works as a whole was very good for me.” While the mobilization is officially standing down, many SurgeMain

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members are now interested in making a permanent career at America’s Shipyard. One such reservist is Chief Cameron Ware of Baltimore, Maryland, who has been at NNSY for the past year working in the Outside Machine (Shop 38) and Boilermaker Shops (Shop 41) supporting Truman before partnering with Code 900T as a non-nuclear training instructor. “While I was in 38, being able to work with the first-year apprentices and helping them understand systems onboard an aircraft carrier was pretty cool,” said Ware. “I spent most of my time with training. I liked being able to work with 900T and gain their confidence to be able to teach their courses to incoming Sailors and new hires. Seeing that lightbulb come on for students is always enjoyable!” “In addition to turning wrenches, one of SurgeMain’s main roles was to spearhead the civilian and military integration,” said Sayoc. “At every step, we had to value and appreciate the civilian workforce—the mobilization wasn’t going to be successful without it. We wanted our civilian and military to learn about one another, and be comfortable working with one another, in addition to the reservists helping get us caught up on the work. Our legacy will primarily be the relationships we built.” “Thank you so much to our SurgeMain reservists for their support to Norfolk Naval Shipyard and valuable contribution to our One Team,” said Shipyard Commander Captain Dianna Wolfson. “This was a significant effort across all four shipyards, but also a necessary one in response to the many challenges faced during the pandemic. These reservists responded to our Nation’s call in a tremendous way, directly assisting and enabling us to continue delivering ships and submarines back to the fleet in the past year. All of us at America’s Shipyard are better off having had the opportunity to know them and share their experiences, expertise, dedication, and leadership.”


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Midshipmen dress in protective gear to compete in a relay during a tour with Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Two, Detachment Yorktown. (SUSANNE GREENE)

Midshipmen tour EOD Detachment at Yorktown Weapons Station By Susanne Greene

Naval Weapons Station Yorktown Public Affairs

YORKTOWN, Va. — More than 65 midshipmen from Naval Station Norfolk visited Naval Weapons Station Yorktown for a familiarization tour by Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Mobile Unit (EODMU) Two, Detachment Yorktown Aug. 6, 2021. The midshipman are temporarily staying on Naval Station Norfolk, but are from various universities to include the Naval Academy. “These midshipmen are completing their first block of career orientation training for midshipmen (CORTRAMID) in between their freshman and sophomore years,” said Lt. Silas Grosch, EODMU Two Det. York-

town officer-in-charge. “We split the midshipmen into groups so we can run them through stations demonstrating different EOD skillsets including bomb suit and ordnance carry, robot use, x-ray analysis, demolition tools and buildup, and a rigging or bunkering problem,” said Grosch. “We ended the day with demo volleys that demonstrated the explosive effects of our tools and common demolition materials.” EODMU Two Det. Yorktown supports local law enforcement and federal agencies when requested for removal of hazards such as cannonballs and other explosive devices that have been found on beaches and personal property. Senior Chief Kyle Brewer, assigned to EODMU Two Det. Yorktown leading chief

petty officer has served in the U.S. Navy for more than 12 years and shared the types of demolition tools that EOD uses. The midshipmen also had an opportunity to ask Brewer questions and gained a greater understanding of how Navy EOD operates that could not have been provided in a traditional classroom setting. “I provided a basic understanding of the bomb suit to the midshipman,” said Lt. Nicholas Demasters, Carrier Strike Group Eight EOD naval liaison officer. “We broke them up into teams and showed them how to put on the suit, explained the fundamentals of the suit and its significance to provide protection and then had the teams run a relay.” Navy EOD deploys in teams and is a tight-knit community that looks for humble, problem-solving, physically fit

and mentally tough men and women who desire to serve their country and are willing to work toward creating an environment where America is undeterred by the threat of explosives. Navy EOD is responsible for clearing explosive hazards in order to provide access to denied areas and EOD’s unique ability to conduct explosive ordnance disposal operations and clear hazards underwater making them crucial in a future fight for sea control—protecting our Nation’s and partners’ bases, harbors and sea lanes, sea transport capabilities, mobility and combat strength. They are the only EOD force to operate underwater and in all combat environments. Navy EOD is the premier EOD force for countering weapons of mass destruction by providing forces to prevent acquisition, contain and reduce their threat, and respond to crises. They are the only community with mine warfare as a core competency and their capabilities directly support deterrence of aggression, promote freedom of navigation, and stability in an era of great power competition.

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Surface Ship Structural Planning Branch (Code 256) Naval Architect Bailey Williford and Norfolk Naval Shipyard Technology and Innovation Lab Drone Program Lead Brutis Goodson pictured with the Deep Trekker DTG3 underwater ROV. (ALDO ANDERSON)

NNSY uses innovative underwater ROV technology for inspections By Kristi R Britt

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Norfolk Naval Shipyard’s Strategic Framework is a tool to communicate the shipyard’s mission and vision statements, and shows how initiatives executed across the command tie together with why NNSY exists—to deliver warships. In order to bridge the gap between mission and vision, NNSY has identified four critical focus areas—our pillars. These pillars are the highest priority strategic focus areas we must urgently work to improve. They are Infrastructure; Dependable Mission Delivery; People Development; and Process Improvement and Innovation. The Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) Technology and Innovation (T&I) Lab recently made significant headway in its aerial and underwater drone program, using an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to perform an inspection for the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). The ROV, known as the Deep Trekker DTG3, was utilized to inspect multiple sea chests alongside divers as a proof

of concept, providing favorable results to ensure its capabilities for future projects. Efforts began six months prior when Surface Ship Structural Planning Branch (Code 256) Naval Architect Bailey Williford joined the T&I Lab on a rotational basis. “I came to NNSY about eleven months ago and during my short time here I have been looking for ways to make processes a little more efficient,” said Williford. “When I came into the lab, the team was looking for ways to utilize its drone technology, specifically the use of underwater ROVs. In Code 256, we perform routine inspections on vessels that require Navy divers to go underwater to examine tanks and more. Though the ROV wouldn’t be able to manipulate anything under the water, it could provide visual inspections, similar to what the divers do, so we began the process to test and see if this was a viable option.” Williford teamed up with the lab’s Drone Program Lead Brutis Goodson and together they began planning with the ship and project team to perform the ROV dive. “Currently when you do any type of underwater inspection at the shipyard, you

have to utilize the Navy divers who enter this dangerous environment under the ship in order to perform their monitoring,” said Williford. “In addition, these dives take a lot of time to setup for the dive, including positioning the dive barge, ensuring the divers are geared and ready to go.” “Unlike the previous efforts with the divers, we would need 24 hours’ notice ahead of time to provide security and the ship with a flight request, saying where we plan to launch and land the vessel in question,” said Goodson. “It would then take us no more than an hour the day of to get the ROV to the location, setup, and in the water to perform the inspection as long as everything is tagged out properly. It saves time, resources, and keeps our personnel safe which is the biggest factor.” Williford added, “What’s more is that it is very easy to use the ROV. We connect the remote control to the spool of tether and the ROV calibrates its systems before we lower it into the water. It operates similar to a game controller or remote-controlled boat. We use the controller to maneuver the vessel underwater, utilizing the compass to

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of our forces and continue to sharpen our combat readiness.” Exercise Black Widow is conducted in the Atlantic to advance the art of theater undersea warfare in a multi-domain environment in response to the rise of strategic competition. “Our submarines, surface ships, ASW capable aircraft, and other undersea capabilities work together in a complex and dynamic environment to prepare our teams for peacetime and contingency combat operations against strategic competitors,” said Vice Adm. Daryl Caudle, Commander, Submarine Forces. “Our persistent presence in the Atlantic is foundational to our security strategy in defense of the homeland. Maritime Homeland Defense is a critical mission, and we must be prepared and ready to respond with lethal effect to any threat against our nation.” This year’s participants included Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Providence (SSN 719), Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Indiana (SSN 789), Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers USS Gravely (DDG 107) and USS Cole (DDG 67), Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing (CPRW)11, Helicopter Maritime Strike (HSM) Squadron72, Destroyer Squadron 2, and offshore support vessel (HOS Red Rock). As these units transition to Large Scale Exercise (LSE) 2021, they will take part in live and synthetic training capabilities to create an intense, robust training environment. LSE 2021 connects high-fidelity training and real-

Embarked Kearsarge amphibious warfare leaders squired the trio of distinguished visitors and their staffs through an ambitious itinerary that began with an up-close look at landing craft, air cushion (LCAC) well deck operations. Afterward the group dined with Marines and Sailors on the crew mess deck before heading to the wardroom, for an LSE overview brief provided by longtime shipboard operations training guru and Carrier Strike Group 4 Exercise Director, Dave Gellene. After his presentation, Gellene led the special guests to the Combat Information Center for a 30-minuite live, virtual, constructive training demonstration. The visit wrapped up with flight operations on “Vulture’s Row,” an exclamation point to a lengthy day that began in Norfolk where Del Toro, Gilday, and Wittman visited the LSE 2021 command and control center at Navy Warfare Development Command, U.S. Fleet Forces Command Maritime Operations Center. At NWDC as well as aboard Kearsarge, Del Toro noted that the main difference between U.S. naval forces and our adversaries “are our people. My commitment is to work tirelessly to get you the resources you need to fight and win.” Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday, left, and Secretary of the Navy the Honorable Carlos Del Toro observes multiple simulated missile attacks in the combat information center aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) Aug. 10, 2021. Kearsarge is underway to support Large Scale

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world operations, to build knowledge and skills needed in today’s complex, multi-domain, and contested environment. The exercise will reinforce a culture of learning and increase our warfighting readiness. The mission of the Submarine Force is to execute the Department of the Navy’s mission in and from the undersea domain. In addition to lending added capacity to naval forces, the Submarine Force, in particular, is expected to leverage those special advantages that come with undersea concealment to permit operational, deterrent and combat effects that the Navy and the nation could not otherwise achieve. The Submarine Force and supporting organizations constitute the primary undersea arm of the Navy. Submarines and their crews remain the tip of the undersea spear.

plot our course and the visuals we need to perform the inspections.” With a successful test with Bush, the team is looking at furthering the use of the technology at NNSY, including performing inspections for USS Dwight D Eisenhower (CVN 69) and other vessels within the Navy. The ROV is expected to complete these inspections more rapidly than the current processes and can ensure the safety of personnel by no longer sending divers under the ships. With the support of the shipyard, including the executive sponsor of the project, Carrier Program Director Jim Brewer, there is a lot of excitement for what the ROV’s future holds at America’s Shipyard. “I would love to see our drone technologies utilized more often across the shipyard. If anyone has a need to fulfill, they can reach out to us at the lab and we can work together to put this innovative technology to good use,” said Goodson. “Technology and innovation is the future and in order to keep up with modern-day demands, we have to adapt and embrace the technology that’s here and upcoming. It will help our workforce succeed in being more efficient and keeping them as safe as possible which is a big win in my book.” For more information regarding innovation and the CPI&I Pillar Team, contact the NNSY T&I Lab at 757-396-7180 or email the REAL Ideas program at NNSY_ REALIdeas@navy.mil. Exercise (LSE) 2021. LSE 2021 demonstrates the Navy’s ability to employ precise, lethal, and overwhelming force globally across three naval component commands, five numbered fleets, and 17 time zones. LSE 2021 merges live and synthetic training capabilities to create an intense, robust training environment. It will connect high-fidelity training and real-world operations, to build knowledge and skills needed in today’s complex, multi-domain, and contested environment. After nearly four hours aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship, Del Toro’s enthusiasm and appreciation for the commitment of his hosts could not be contained. “I have been so impressed with your ship, with your captain, with your officers, with your junior enlisted, with your chief ’s mess, with everybody onboard the Kearsarge,” Del Toro announced to the crew during an impromptu 1MC address shortly before returning ashore. “I’m so very proud to have spent my first day as secretary of the Navy here onboard this great ship!” The Kearsarge team was equally impressed with Del Toro and excited to be the first command at sea to welcome the former ship commander back into naval service. Merging live and synthetic training so Sailors and Marines across the globe can exercise the same battle problem in real time, LSE 2021 is intended to test warfighting concepts like Distributed Maritime Operations (DMO), Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations (EABO) and Logistics in a Contested Environment (LOCE) and is the first iteration of what will become a triennial exercise with plans for future iterations to include Allies and partners.


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Making it stick at Naval Hospital Bremerton By Douglas Stutz

Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command Bremerton Public Affairs

Cindy McCain observes flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Abraham Lincoln is underway conducting routine operations in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations. ((JEREMIAH BARTELT)

Cindy McCain visits with Sailors aboard Abraham Lincoln By MC3 Catie Coyle

USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs

PACIFIC OCEAN — Cindy McCain, businesswoman, philanthropist, author, and wife of the late Sen. John McCain, visited the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) along with a group of business executives as part of the Commander, Naval Air Force’s Distinguished Visitor Program, Aug. 8-9. “I am in awe of the talented women and men aboard Abraham Lincoln,” said McCain. “They do it all — work on jets, provide medical and dental care, cook for thousands of people and drive the ship. It’s like a floating city.” McCain’s familial ties to the Navy are extensive and span several generations. Her husband, late Sen. John McCain, the 2008 Republican nominee for President, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1958. As a naval aviator, he served

during the Vietnam War and endured six years as a prisoner of war (POW) in Vietnam. He retired from the Navy as a captain in 1981 and moved back to Arizona where he began a decades-long career in politics. He passed away in 2018 and is buried in the United States Naval Academy Cemetery. His father was a submariner and his grandfather was a naval aviator. They were the first father-son combo to reach the four-star rank. The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) is named after all three McCain veterans. Her son Jimmy served in the Marine Corps, and her son Jack serves in the Navy Reserves. “This experience means so much to me,” said McCain. “These Sailors’ pride and professionalism remind me of why John advocated for them throughout his career, in both naval and civil service. I’m so thankful for this experience and the opportunity to thank them at sea and watch them do what they love while serving our

country.” McCain co-founded the McCain Institute in 2012, a think tank whose mission is to “advance leadership based on security, economic opportunity, freedom, and human dignity, in the United States and around the world.” She was recently nominated by President Joe Biden to serve as the ambassador to United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture. The Distinguished Visitor Program provides civilians the opportunity to visit an operational aircraft carrier at sea and witness operations firsthand. Visits typically include tours of the flight deck, hangar bay, various spaces throughout the ship and an overnight stay aboard. It is designed to strengthen civilian-military ties and enhance the public’s understanding of military operations. Abraham Lincoln is underway conducting routine operations in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations.

BREMERTON, Washington — For the preventive medicine technicians (PMT) assigned to Naval Hospital Bremerton, the Secretary of Defense all-hands memorandum came as no sudden surprise. In addressing all Department of Defense (DoD) employees, Secretary Lloyd Austin stated he will ask the president, no later than the middle of September, to make the COVID19 vaccine mandatory. The announcement has been met with a range of emotional responses, expressive replies and empathetic reactions from active duty service members as well as civilian and contractor personnel. After being at the fore the past 18 months — and counting - helping stop the spread of COVID-19, the PMTs understand that the health and well-being of all are of paramount importance. Their duty as a ready medical force is to ensure there is a medically ready force. Still, there’s a feeling of being on a deployment that has been extended. Again. “We have had numerous discussions regarding the impending mass-vax evolutions. They have not expressed any frustrations. They understand what is going to be expected of them, which is providing on-site supervision and assistance during the evolutions,” said Chief Hospital Corpsman Dawn Dillow, Preventive Medicine department leading chief petty officer. Ramping up again to handle a sizable workload of time and effort is a challenge not lost on command leadership. Cmdr. Rob Uniszkiewicz, NMRTC Bremerton, NHB/NMRTC Bremerton public health director and head of the command COVID-19 working group asserts that advances made up to this point in helping lessen the impact and disruption of the virus are a testament to the teamwork displayed by staff in administering vaccines, providing tests, and diligently continuing mitigation protocols. “The truth is that the situation is not ideal for anyone. The pandemic is not over. We still have a lot of work to do and the Delta variant has made this fact impossible to ignore. The work being done is of the utmost importance to public safety and operational readiness, without which we would be much more dire situation,” said Uniszkiewicz, acknowledging that the command’s pandemic response efforts have been effective due to dedicated staff members, as well as everyone who has stepped forth to roll up their sleeve and received the vaccine. “I am fortunate to be on a team of highly motivated individuals who understand the importance of this no-fail mission. We continue to put into perspective how much worse of a situation we would be in without their tireless efforts. We cannot forget that lives are literally at risk. The preventive medicine team, the contact tracers, the immunizations teams, the urgent care clinic, the screening tents, the testing teams, and laboratory have all come together in a way that is inspirational. Those that have done their duty and got the vaccine should be touted as heroes as they have taken the steps, on their own volition, Turn to Bremerton, Page 7

NSGL supports Common Tern conservation efforts By MC2 Brigitte Johnston

Naval Station Great Lakes Public Affairs

GREAT LAKES, Illinois, — Historically, Naval Station Great Lakes’ shoreline has provided a nesting ground to many migratory bird species. Since 2000, the Common Tern has called the Great Lakes shoreline home as well but has recently faced many challenges to its population. “Over the years there have been many challenges in keeping their population numbers up, including predators and human disturbance,” said Taylor Bozman, natural resources manager for Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Mid-Atlantic. “In

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A photo of the Common Tern conservation efforts aboard Naval Station Great Lakes. (TAYLOR BOZMAN)


Heroes at Home

Q: I found an apartment online that was available, and when I disclosed that I was a military member the property manager said the property is no longer available. Is this discrimination? A: Maybe. Military members are not a protected class under the Federal Fair Housing Act; however, there may be state or local laws that provide protections.

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Breaking up is hard to do By Lisa Smith Molinari We used to be so good together. You comforted me. You made me happy. I loved you... But after all these years, I’ve become too dependent and I now realize, it just isn’t healthy. I need more balance in my life. I need to strike out on my own and try new things. It’s not you, it’s me. Carbohydrates, I’m breaking up with you. In the early days, I couldn’t foresee how addicting our relationship would become. I didn’t fear our love affair, because I believed the science of the 1990’s, which decreed that low fat carbs were healthy fuel for my body. I was so naive, ignorantly indulging in second helpings of sticky rice, snacking on crackers, and adding a hunk of ciabatta bread alongside my lasagna. Oh, the ciabatta bread! When I gained weight, I never blamed you. I thought fats were my enemies. As long as I didn’t put peanut butter, mayo or cheese on my sandwich, I believed it was health food. As long as I ladled red sauce instead of white on my heaping plate of spaghetti, it was good for me. As long as I used skim milk — a big bowl of cereal, a glass of juice and butter-less slices of toast were the perfect breakfast. What a fool I was! When I married a Navy man, you didn’t leave

me. In fact, our threesome was quite happy in an open relationship. Together, you and I won my new husband’s heart, and his stomach, too. We knowingly triggered the salivating jets under his tongue, as we plied him with homemade pasta dishes, starchy casseroles, pies and cookies. We moved, unsuspectingly, from duty station to duty station — fat, dumb and happy. While stationed in Monterey, California, you introduced us to the wiles of sourdough. We were so naughty, loading chowder into your bread bowls. While stationed in England, you never told us that the baked beans the English dollop on their breakfast plates, pour over their toast, and glob on their baked potatoes were as bad as the scones, biscuits and puddings. Excess glucose surged through our blood while we were stationed in Germany, as we washed pretzels, noodles and potatoes down with wheaty beers. In Florida, we were so busy avoiding fried pickles, sausage gravy and boiled peanuts, we didn’t notice that you were secretly feeding our addiction with sweet tea, sticky barbecue sauce, and starchy corn bread. You followed us to New England, tempting us with molasses-sweetened brown bread, clam cakes, frozen lemonade, maple syrup, whoopie pies, jonnycakes and Boston Cream Pie. Worst of all, I could never seem to resist the chocolate with which you regularly

seduced me. How could you smugly stand by while I wallowed in guilt over the fat content? Little did I know, your sugar was the culprit all along! You betrayed me, and as hard as it is for me to say this, it’s over. Sure, you will always be a part of my life, but I’m ready to explore the rest of the food pyramid. The grilled meats, crisp vegetables, juicy fruits, nutritious nuts, olive oils, and avocados … the glorious avocados! I don’t mean to hurt you, but there are a lot more fish (like salmon with a generous slathering of yogurt dill sauce) in the sea. When we do run into each other, I hope we can be civil. I won’t rudely turn away from you on special occasions (especially if you come in the form of homemade macaroni and cheese with buttered breadcrumbs on top), but let’s keep our contact to a minimum. Of course, the kids will still want to have you around, but during scheduled visitations, please keep your high fructose corn syrup to yourself. One last thing before you go. If, by chance, I should have a moment of weakness over, let’s say, a bag of Hershey Kisses during a hormone spike, I can tell you right now that it will be a nothing more than a meaningless fling. So long, excess carbs. It’s been nice knowing you.

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By Military Onesource Your spouse is deploying, and you might be tempted to pack up and move closer to your family. The change of scenery might be nice, your parents could help with the children and you could reconnect with old friends — all great things to distract you from the deployment. However, staying put has its own advantages. Deciding to stay or move is a family decision. Consider how moving will affect different parts of your life, such as finances, medical access, employment, family time and your support system. If you have questions or need assistance, you can contact your installation relocation professionals. Making the right decision Here are some things to consider as you make your decision: Your ties to the community: A support system is key to helping you through the potential challenges during a deployment. If you already have a strong support network through your community or family ties, take that into consideration as you decide where to go. Your children: Your children’s routines and schedules should be a factor in deciding whether or not to move. Before you make the decision to move, consider school transitions and the adjustment process, child care options and potential disruptions to sports and other activities. Living arrangements: If you plan to move in with your parents or other relatives, discuss the arrangements. You may have good intentions, but sharing a bathroom or having extra cooks in the kitchen can bring on unexpected challenges. Finances: Factor in financial aspects of the move. It is expensive to move your family twice — once when you leave and again when you move back to the installation after the deployment. Storing your possessions also costs money. Housing benefits: Moving could affect your housing benefits. If you’ll be renting when you move, your Basic Allowance for Housing, or BAH, may not be enough to cover the rent because it’s based on the housing market where you currently live. If you live in government quarters, you could lose your housing if you leave. Check with your installation housing office about leaving your quarters vacant until you return after the deployment.

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Special medical treatment or services: Specialized care and services may not be readily available in your new location for your exceptional family member or other family member receiving specialized care. Staying on the installation You may have several valid reasons for moving when your spouse deploys. However, living on the installation has certain advantages, too. Among them are: Installation services: The commissary, exchange, recreational activities, Military and Family Support Center, MWR, family and community support, legal assistance and more are available to help save you money, offer support and keep you busy while your partner is away. Unit activities: This is a great way to stay connected to your spouse’s unit and participate in programs for families going through deployment. Medical care: Medical care is readily available on the installation or in the local community. Check with TRICARE for more information on medical services in different areas of the country. Other military families: The comforting I-know-what-you’re-going-through support of other military families is something your friends and family back home may not be able to offer. Safety and security: Staying on the installation can give your service member peace of mind knowing that you and your family are safe and secure. Family routines: Keeping your regular routines during a deployment brings a sense of normalcy for your family. The same school, sports teams, Girl Scout or Boy Scout unit, piano lessons and clubs can keep your children occupied. Keeping your job and being familiar with the community businesses and resources can give you a sense of stability.

Settling into the military community: Putting down roots during the deployment can make your partner’s return home easier. This may or may not be the last deployment, so establishing routines and creating connections in the community can help you and your family master the challenges of military life. Deciding to move After you’ve considered all your options, you may decide that moving closer to home or somewhere else is best for you and your family. Here are some things to remember if you choose to move: Give your contact information to your spouse’s unit. Contact TRICARE. Talk with a TRICARE representative about how your health care benefits will cover you and your family. Notify your installation housing office or your landlord that you’ll be moving. Change your address with the post office. Make sure to forward your mail. Keep in touch with your spouse’s unit contacts. Remember, there are many resources within the Military Family Readiness System to support you — chaplains, behavioral health professionals, the Military and Family Support Center or the MWR Program. Stay connected to other military spouses, your service Family Readiness Group and other support programs. Your local Red Cross chapter and National Guard Family Program are great resources for information. Military OneSource consultants can help you with your decision to stay or move. They are available 24/7 to provide personalized support for your service member’s deployment, your move or both. Call 800-3429647, use OCONUS/international calling options or schedule a live chat.


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A THAAD interceptor is launched from the Reagan Test Site, Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, during Flight Test THAAD-23, August 30, 2019. (MISSILE DEFENSE AGENCY)

Vice Admiral discusses potential of AI in missile defense testing, operations By Todd Lopez DOD Public Affairs

Mountains of data are generated when the U.S. military conducts missile testing, and not all of that data is even used, simply because there’s more information to be processed than there are people to process it, the director of the Missile Defense Agency said. “When you look at the amount of data we pull from a test, let’s just pick a [groundbased midcourse defense] test — terabytes of data,” Navy Vice Adm. Jon A. Hill said during a presentation at the Space & Missile Defense Symposium in Huntsville, Alabama. “Are we assessing all that data? The answer is no.” Hill said that following such a test, even one that has been by all measures successful, engineers might come back later, after looking at portions of the data that resulted from the experiment and find things that reveal important facts about what happened — things that wouldn’t otherwise be readily apparent. “It’s not unusual for one of our great engineers to come back later and say you know in this telemetry stream I found something really interesting here. This valve did not do what we thought it was going to do,” Hill said. That’s just one engineer looking at a portion of a stack of data that he couldn’t

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possibly get through on his own. Processing all that information is a good task for artificial intelligence, Hill said. “With machine learning and artificial

intelligence, you can go into that whole vast amount of data and you can start to see interesting attributes rise and we’re seeing that now once we start to institute artificial intel-

ligence and machine learning,” Hill said. But in the world of missile defense, there’s much more than just the testing and assessing of systems. There’s also actual operations: the detection of threats, command and control of systems and engagement with a threat. Those areas can also be enhanced by artificial intelligence, Hill said, “and this is the challenge to industry.” A big priority for MDA, Hill said, is making life easier for the operators of the complex systems used to protect the U.S. from missile threats. AI can help make their job easier, he said — and put their attention on things that matter. “The more artificial intelligence capability/machine learning that comes in to make the load easier — to get rid of some of these tedious tasks in the planning thing — that takes advantage of the brain of our sailors, our soldiers, our airmen, our guardians — that allows them to think about fighting the battle, not fighting the system,” he said. Right now, Hill said, MDA is starting to look at places where AI can be used to detect, track and discriminate targets, conduct command and control operations, and engage targets. “How does that translate into some of these major functions of the system? That’s what we’re going after now. You start to see areas where you can improve algorithms and how you do that detect-control-engage sequence,” he said. “I’m pretty excited about this. But I want to get it into an area to where we can start having more discussions about how we take what is in now primarily in the science and technology world and port that right into [the] No. 1 priority in my mind: making the operator’s life easier, so we can get weapons on target.”

NAVCENT begins IMX 22 main planning conference By NAVCENT Public Affairs

MANAMA, Bahrain — U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) opened the main planning conference for International Maritime Exercise (IMX) 22 in Manama, Bahrain, Aug. 16. During the conference, virtual participants and 100 in-person attendees from 21 nations are meeting to collaborate and plan exercise details. Planners will develop training scenarios, determine what assets will be needed and identify additional considerations for the exercise’s final planning conference later this year. “Our strength is in our collective partnership that we share with all of you,” said Vice Adm. Brad Cooper, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT), U.S. 5th Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), to in-person participants and the virtual audience during opening remarks. “With more than 100 people from 21 nations, I think that together we represent the ability to really design and execute the most robust exercise we have seen in this region.” IMX 22 is designed to demonstrate global resolve to maintain freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce throughout

Vice Adm. Brad Cooper, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT), U.S. 5th Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces, listens to a question during the International Maritime Exercise (IMX) 22 Main Planning Conference in Manama, Bahrain, Aug. 16. (MC2 ANITA CHEBAHTAH)

the region’s diverse maritime environment, and to build interoperability between partner nations and international organizations. “Planning this exercise for successful execution ensures that our commanders’ forces are ready when the time comes to respond to any challenges we may face in the

maritime environment,” said Cmdr. Kenyatta Martin, NAVCENT’s lead IMX 22 planner. IMX 22 is scheduled to begin in late January and will run for approximately two weeks. The U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations encompasses nearly 2.5 million square

miles of water area and includes the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Red Sea and parts of the Indian Ocean. The region is comprised of 20 countries and includes three critical choke points at the Strait of Hormuz, the Suez Canal and the Strait of Bab-al-Mandeb at the southern tip of Yemen.


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Matthew Barnwell, Navy Exchange (NEX) Western Pacific District vice president, was on Guam Aug. 3-7 and met with NEX Guam and military leaders to discuss updates and future planning. Barnwell visited all NEX retail locations, distribution center, Freedom Banner Exercise, Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES), and conducted numerous office calls during his visit to the island. (VALERIE MAIGUE)

NEX District Vice President visits NEX Guam, meets military leaders By Theresa Cepeda

U.S. Naval Base Guam Public Affairs

SANTA RITA, Guam — The Navy Exchange (NEX) Western Pacific District vice president was on Guam recently and met with NEX Guam and military leaders to discuss updates and future planning. Matthew Barnwell was on island Aug. 3-7 and visited all NEX retail locations, distribution center, Freedom Banner Exercise, Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES), and conducted numerous office calls. During the visit, Barnwell met and briefed the following individuals on the Western Pacific District, overall Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) updates, and future planning: Joint Region

Marianas Rear Adm. Benjamin Nicholson; U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG) Capt. Michael Luckett; George McNamara, AAFES Guam/ Saipan Exchange General Manager; U.S. Naval Hospital Commanding Officer Capt. Thecly Scott; and Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz Col. Christopher Bopp, among others. The purpose of the visit was to get reacquainted with the NEX operations on Guam and continue to look for opportunities to support the team on island and “the customers we so proudly serve,” said Lisa Ballejo, NEX Guam general manager. “There is no bigger advocate for the customers and our Navy Exchange associates here on the island of Guam than our current District Vice President,” Ballejo said. “Mr. Barnwell spent over nine months here in Guam from 2018 to 2019

NAVFAC Pacific awards contract for first combat training facility on Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz By Krista Cummins

Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific Public Affairs

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii — Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) Pacific awarded today an $8 million firm-fixed price contract to Chugach Consolidated Solutions LLC of Anchorage, Alaska for the construction of a new combat training facility on Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz. “This project will construct five critical individual combat training facilities, which includes a covered training area, a field training area, a rappelling training area, a handto-hand combat pit, and an obstacle course, along with a covered bleacher and comfort station area,” said NAVFAC Pacific Design and Construction Design Manager Brandt Takeuchi. Work will be performed in Finegayan, Guam with an expected completion date of September 2022. “This was another team effort project that will provide the Marines a much needed combat skills training facility on Guam as there are no similar facilities on Guam or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands,” said Takeuchi.

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as the District Vice President of Guam prior to the consolidation of Guam, Japan and Singapore into a single district that we know today as the Western Pacific District for NEXCOM. He has a true affinity to the people of this island and continues to ensure that the light of NEXCOM is being shown brightly on this very important strategic island and that investment in our stores, inventory, equipment and staff continues and continues to grow well into the future.” More corporate investment in the facilities for NEX Guam and partnerships with Marine Corps Exchange and the leadership at Camp Blaz, were among the recommendations NEX Guam voiced during the meeting with the district vice president, Ballejo said. Ballejo also briefed Barnwell on under-

standing the short and long-term growth expected for the island of Guam. He was also given a future planning brief by NBG leadership, she said. “Short term, NEX customers will soon see an immediate improvement via a wall-to-wall renovation of the food court and new food offerings such as Panda Express and Raising Cane’s,” Ballejo said. “Long term, we will continue to evaluate all of our facilities on the island and look for opportunities to update and improve.” In addition to the meetings, Barnwell attended a celebration for 21 NEX associates retiring this year, including Lourdes Dimapiles who is retiring after 46 years of service. NEXCOM also awarded two selectees from Guam for the Enterprise Management Award - Camilia Cedeno and Marla Reyes. “It was truly wonderful to come back to Guam after being away for the past 20 months due to COVID DoD (Department of Defense) travel restrictions,” Barnwell said. “I thank everyone that took the time to meet with me over the past week and especially both Rear Adm. Nicholson and Capt. Luckett and their teams. Great things are in store for Guam, and the Navy Exchange has a great team, from top to throughout the organization, to ensure that we continue to offer Premier Customer Service to each and every guest that comes through our doors.”


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Indo-Pacific forces from 21 partner nations kick off SEACAT By Lt. Lauren Chatmas

Destroyer Squadron 7 Public Affairs

SINGAPORE — Maritime forces from 21 Indo-Pacific partner nations including the U.S. Navy, U.S interagencies, and international organizations began the 20th iteration of Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training (SEACAT) in Singapore and virtually, Aug. 10. SEACAT is a multilateral exercise designed to enhance cooperation among Southeast Asian countries and provide mutual support and a common goal to address crises, contingencies, and illegal activities in the maritime domain using standardized tactics, techniques, and procedures. “In this region, the strength of our partnerships matter and our ability and willingness to work together is paramount,” said Vice Adm. Karl Thomas, commander, U.S. 7th Fleet. “This year’s SEACAT aims to enhance our interoperability as we address our shared maritime security concerns and preserve rules-based international order.” The exercise scenarios are designed to encourage countries to use maritime forces to enhance understanding of the operational environment, build capacity for humanitarian support missions, and uphold international laws and norms. SEACAT promotes shared commitments to maritime partnerships, security, and stability in Southeast Asia. Signifying the largest iteration to date, 21 nations will participate, including Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Canada, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, New Zealand, Philippines, South Korea, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, TimorLeste, United Kingdom, United States, and Vietnam. A maritime operations center in the Inter-

national Fusion Center in Singapore will serve as a centralized hub for crisis coordination and information sharing in the tracking of contracted merchant vessels simulating suspicious vessels of interests throughout Southeast Asian seas. Countries will work with all available maritime domain awareness (MDA) tools to provide cueing and contact information to another country’s operations center and maritime patrol reconnaissance aircraft or surface assets with the stated goal of enforcing international rules, laws, and norms. “The scenarios are designed to encourage countries to work together though maritime domain awareness assets to better understand operations and adherence to international norms,” said Capt. Tom Ogden, commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7. “Practicing multilateral, multi-platform intercepts help our Southeast Asian partners prepare for possible real-world engagements in the future.” In all, SEACAT includes 10 ships and more than 400 personnel. U.S. Navy participants include USS Tulsa (LCS 16), staff of DESRON 7, P-8A Poseidon aircraft assigned to Task Force 72, and personnel from Task Forces 73, 76, U.S. 7th Fleet, and U.S. Pacific Fleet. This year incorporates U.S interagencies of Joint Interagency Task Force West (JIATFWest), U.S Indo-Pacific Command’s executive agent for counter-narcotics; and Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), Department of Defense’s official combat support agency for countering weapons of mass destruction. Their role is aimed at providing greater understanding of the operational environment and adherence to established rules, laws, and norms across the joint environment. For the first time, international organizations and non-governmental organizations play a role in SEACAT by providing greater

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understanding of the operational environment through scenario injects designed to simulate real world situations that enhance understanding and adherence to accepted rules, laws, and norms. Participants include United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC), EU Critical Maritime Route Wider Indian Ocean (CRIMARIO), and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Application of Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) principles ensure respect for principles that align with accepted standards for human rights and fair treatment of women. As the U.S. Navy’s destroyer squadron

forward-deployed in Southeast Asia, DESRON 7 serves as the primary tactical and operational commander of littoral combat ships rotationally deployed to Singapore, functions as Expeditionary Strike Group 7’s Sea Combat Commander, and builds partnerships through training exercises and military-to-military engagements. Under Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, 7th Fleet is the U.S. Navy’s largest forward-deployed numbered fleet, and routinely interacts and operates with 35 maritime nations in preserving a free and open Indo-Pacific region.


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U.S. Pacific Fleet and Center for Excellence in Disaster Management host a Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response workshop in the Republic of Palau, in support of Pacific Partnership 2021. (MC3 ANDREW LANGHOLF)

Pacific Partnership concludes in Palau By Lt. Janice Leister

U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

KOROR, Palau — U.S. Pacific Fleet’s annual humanitarian assistance mission, Pacific Partnership 21 concluded in Palau, as U.S. Pacific Fleet and the Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (CFE-DM) cohosted a Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief (HADR) workshop Aug. 10-12, with Taiwan disaster management experts. Now in its 16th iteration, Pacific Partnership brings host nations and partners together to prepare during calm periods to effectively

respond in times of crisis, throughout the Indo-Pacific. During the HADR Workshop, participants from the U.S., Palau and Taiwan shared experiences and lessons learned to identify best practices followed by various organizations and countries. “This event focused on facilitating knowledge exchange between Palau, Taiwan and the U.S. on issues of concern, thus empowering our partners to improve their infrastructure and ability to respond to disaster emergencies,” said Director of the CFE-DM, Joseph Martin. “Pacific Partnership acknowledges the complexity of disaster response operations and the role of civilian organizations as

leaders in such operations.” The workshop kicked off with opening remarks from the President of the Republic of Palau, Surangel Whipps Jr. Throughout the week, lectures and expert exchanges focused on early warning response, search and rescue, inter-agency coordination and enhancing telecommunication systems in times of crisis. Additionally, a case study was analyzed on information-based emergency operations in Taiwan, which highlighted best practices of Taiwan emergency operations systems for typhoons, earthquakes and droughts. “We can really learn from sharing our

experiences and capacity building,” said Vice President of the Republic of Palau, J. Uduch Sengebau Senior. “This is essential for us to survive disasters and save lives in our community.” The workshop leveraged U.S., Palau and Taiwan’s HADR expertise to develop mutual understanding and build capacity in Palau’s resiliency and disaster preparedness. It brought partners together who face common threats and demonstrated cooperation and collaboration. Pacific Partnership’s mission is to work collectively with host and partner nations to enhance regional interoperability and disaster response capabilities, increase stability and security in the region, and foster new and enduring friendships across the Indo-Pacific. Taiwan was invited to participate due to their expertise in HADR, which is a key line of effort for Pacific Partnership’s mission. Under Commander, U.S. Indo-Pacific, CFE-DM is a DoD organization comprised of nearly 30 subject matter experts that provide academic research, civil-military coordination training, and operational insights to support decision making before, during, and after crises.

Navy EOD Maritime Insertion Training enhances ability to support joint force By EOD Group One Public Affairs SAN DIEGO — Elements of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 1 completed the Maritime Insertion Course in San Diego, July 29, enhancing operational access in support of fleet, joint force and special operations forces. Explosive Ordnance Disposal Training and Evaluation Unit (EODTEU) 1 ran the 10-day course that consists of two phases. Phase one takes place on land, where Sailors study parachute canopy navigation, flying with equipment, and making accurate group landings. During phase two, members jumped into San Diego Bay using both static line and free-fall rigs. Senior Chief Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Epifanio Silva attended the course and said it is another way Navy EOD fulfills its role in an era of Great Power Competition. “This training helps Navy EOD be ready to eliminate explosive threats in support of global operations,” said Silva, the senior enlisted advisor for EODMU-1 Company 1-2. “Having robust personnel and cargo insertion capabilities also furthers our ability to integrate with our special operations forces partners.” EODMU-1 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 2nd Class Troy Russom said extensive training is the name of the game in Navy EOD. “Training over time really builds up that confidence level. My very first jump

Chief Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Evan Bruce, assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Training and Evaluation Unit (EODTEU) 1, jumps from a KC-130 aircraft during the parachute phase of the Maritime Insertion Course run by EODTEU-1 in San Diego, July 29, 2021. (MC2 JASON ISSACS)

was really nerve racking, but after repetitive jumps, it just gets really exciting,” said Russom about the roughly 24 jumps—four over water—he did throughout the course. Feedback from instructors after each jump enhances a technician’s ability to leave an aircraft and navigate to a landing zone, said Silva. “We learned to be a better and safer

team,” said Silva. “Navy EOD operates in the water, and we have to be able get there in any condition, even exiting an aircraft flying 120 knots.” “Our men and women are dedicated to developing the force,” said Cmdr. Michael Minukus, EODTEU-1’s commanding officer. “This training is one way we ensure our units have the necessary skillsets to excel

in the most austere operational environments,” As part of the Navy Expeditionary Combat Force, Navy EOD uses special operations mobility tactics and advanced technologies to clear explosive hazards and provide access to denied areas to exploit and secure the undersea domain for freedom of maneuver.


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to make this a safe environment for us all. We need to continue to look out for one another and ensure everyone is getting rest, enough to eat, time to exercise, and to speak up if they need help. The pandemic is not fought alone,” stated Uniszkiewicz. Yet the overlapping impact from the virus — physical, emotional, spiritual, financial, and more — has been acutely felt every day during the pandemic. Hospital leaders are aware that resiliency can gradually morph into burnout. “Regardless of the fact that the Delta variant is the most transmissible form we have seen of the SARS-CoV2 virus, currently our greatest challenge is COVID fatigue that we see amongst our patients, the DoD military/civilian workforce, and especially our own healthcare teammates,” said Dr. Dan Frederick, NHB public health emergency officer. “This impact on our staff is not insignificant. At this time we need to continue to support each other, watch for signs of exhaustions, and make certain to take care of ourselves with a healthy work-life balance which includes rest periods/breaks/time off.” The actual vaccine mandatory date could become sooner if the Food and Drug Administration gives a final approval for the vaccine(s) or if the highly transmissible Delta variant of the virus continues to elevate infection rates. Frederick affirms NHB is prepared, come what may. “Organizationally, we are better armed today than we ever have been during this pandemic with a more knowledgeable and efficient healthcare staff, more vaccine supply than demand, testing capabilities that now exceed requirements and leadership/management personnel who continue to improve with smart resource allocation and policy interpretation and execution. Applying these tools and leveraging subject matter experts (SME) from across our different work specialty areas will ultimately be the key to our success against this virus,” stressed

recent years, the biggest obstacle has been the degradation of shoreline habitat due to rising lake levels and overgrown invasive plant species.” This colony of Common Terns is the only one in the state of Illinois and is listed as endangered to the state. Nationally, the Tern is listed as a species of concern by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Bozman states that in recent years their numbers have dropped to a record low with little nesting success. Great Lakes’ has partnered with several groups to support conservation efforts of this endangered bird. “To overcome this, we’ve worked with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to anchor nesting platforms in the harbor to provide additional habitat for the terns,” said Bozman. “Over the last 3 years we’ve partnered with IDNR, a local Eagle Scout troop, National Audubon Society and U.S. Department of Agriculture to make this project a success, starting with one platform in 2019 and ending with three platforms this season.” NAVFAC worked with IDNR to construct platforms placed along the shoreline, using recycled materials for the bases before constructing a natural looking environment for the nesting area. The first platform was built in 2019 and two more platforms have been added since. “We plan to continue anchoring these platforms in the harbor each season, with the hope that eventually their population numbers will be high enough to survive on their own without additional protection,” said Bozman. “With the success this year, we feel optimistic for the years to come. Each year we’ve learned something new for what works best and how we can improve, so we’ll use these lessons learned going forward.”

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Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Brittany Vain provides the COVID-19 vaccine to Anh Nguyen, staff pharmacist on Dec. 29, 2020, at NHB/NMRTC Bremerton. (DOUGLAS STUTZ)

Frederick. One such example of the SMEs is the Preventive Medicine team. They have been actively engaged in quickly responding and working tirelessly when called upon for initial contact tracking and screening for symptoms, close contact investigations and contact tracing of COVID-19 cases. They have also handled follow-up of individual patients in isolation, conducted mass vaccination evolutions, and delivered hands-on support and timely guidance in administering COVID vaccinations across the nation’s third largest fleet concentration area, all part of the overall effort to help stop the spread of the pandemic virus. “My PMTs are standing by and ready and able to provide any and all assistance to get up through this next round of vaccine effort,” Dillow said. The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is currently available at NHB for eligible beneficiaries ages 12 and up. The vaccine is available

by appointment Monday — Friday 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Immunization Clinic. A parent/ guardian must accompany those under the age of 18. The vaccine is also available on a walk-in basis in the Urgent Care Clinic from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday — Friday and all day Saturday, Sunday, and (open) holidays. Additionally, the Urgent Care Clinic COVID Testing Triage, is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and has been busy these last few days. Eligible beneficiaries can also make an appointment by calling the Puget Sound Military Appointment Center at 1-800-4044506 from 6 a.m. — 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. — 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. For appointments at the Immunization Clinic please visit https://informatics-stage.health.mil/Bre.../ COVIDSeries.aspx Branch Health Clinic Everett continues to offer the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. To schedule at Everett, please visit https://informatics-stage.health.mil/EverettCOVID


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The Harlem Globetrotters are bringing their basketball zaniness and joy to Chartway Arena

Interview conducted by Yiorgo

The internationally known Harlem Globetrotters are bringing their newly reimagined Spread Game Tour, to Chartway Arena at Ted Constant Convocation Center this Thursday and Friday, August 19th and 20th with a game time of 7pm. They are teaming up with award-winning experts from Broadway and renowned comedians for a truly unforgettable experience that includes the Magic Pass Pre-Show event, Celebrity Court Pass, #SQUADZONE and One-One-Meet & Greets. We had a chance to talk to one of the stars of the Harlem Globetrotters and our very own, Donte “Hammer” Harrison who attended Hampton University for two years. Yiorgo: Where are you from originally and why is your nickname “Hammer”? Hammer Harrison: My first name is Donte. I originally got my nickname of “Hammer” because of my powerful dunking abilities and nailing every shot. I grew up in Brooklyn, New York and I currently reside in Tampa, Florida. Y: You had a very traumatic, life changing moment at the age of 11. Can you tell us about it? HH: I got into a situation and I broke all right fingers, wrist, and both legs. So I was not into sports as much after that event. When I was around 16-17, I grew six inches in one year and that’s when I actually picked up a basketball. Having that minor setback inspired me to go harder because I knew I had a lot of time to make up. Kids that were my age were way more skilled then me. So I worked hard in the morning, in the afternoon and even sometimes at night to get my skills right and to get to my ability that I am right now. Y: How were you first introduced to the game of basketball? HH: I would watch the greats like Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant on TV. They definitely inspired me to become a more skillful player. I watched a lot of game footage and tried to replicate some of the things I have seen growing up. Y: You are one of our own. You attended Hampton University. Why did you choose to go to HU and what is a fond memory of your time there? HH: The best thing about my 2 years at Hampton was that I was sought after for my basketball talents and was offered a 2 year full scholarship to play Division 1 basketball. This opportunity meant the world to me and my family because I was a first generation college graduate. One of my fondest memories was getting the opportunity to face off against Howard University at Madison Square Garden at the Big Apple Classic in front of my family and friends. It meant the world to me because at the time, that was the biggest stage I had ever competed on. Y: Were you a fan of the Harlem Globetrotters growing up and if so who were some of the players that you admired and why? HH: In my adult life I definitely took the time to watch all the old footages of Curly Neal, Meadowlark Lemon, Marques Haynes

Donte“Hammer”Harrison at NYC Madison Square Garden. (COURTESY HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS)

and watching those old shows, it was very astonishing. I could only imagine if I saw them as a kid what type of impact it would have on me. Once I was put on the team, I started learning not just the footage but the rich history and the tradition of the Harlem Globetrotters, the social barriers, the discrimination they endured. The Harlem Globetrotters bridged generations and brought families of all colors together. They were the first to introduce the game of basketball all around the world. This year is very special because it is our Spread Game Tour. We are going around to every city and spreading the game of basketball. We are teaching fans about the history of the Globetrotters and other people who contributed to the black excellence. Y: What was the tryout process like

in joining the team? HH: It was just like any basketball team tryout. We did our stretches and drills and then we did our individual stations and scrimmages. They are not asking you to spin a ball on your finger. They did want to see a couple of my dunks, but mostly we look for great people and great basketball players and great entertainers. People ask, did you know all the tricks before you came on the Globetrotters? The honest answer is no. I came in as a great basketball player. I played division one basketball at Hampton University. I was and still am a hard worker, very disciplined and I listened. So when I came into the Globetrotters, I listened to the vets. I followed their lead and worked my butt of every single day learning the tricks, new

dunks and how to communicate and entertain people. I would say my communication skills was the most important trait I gained joining the team. Growing up in Brooklyn, I was not a very social person. But after traveling the world and people see me standing 6 foot nine inches tall, a lot of people want to ask questions and engage in a conversation. Once I tell them I am a Harlem Globetrotter, everybody has a story about the Harlem Globetrotters and that’s why I love it so much and keep it going. Y: What’s your favorite part of being on the team? Do you play pranks on each other? HH: We usually save our pranks for the court, we like messing with the fans. We are Turn to Globetrotters, Page 3

ODU Will Use COVID Funding to Help Clear Student Debt By ODU Public Affairs & Media Relations To help remove financial obstacles for students, Old Dominion University will clear all unpaid balances they incurred in the spring 2021 semester. To do so, ODU will use funds it received under the federal CARES Act after all federal, state and private resources are applied to students’ balances. Donald Stansberry, vice president for student engagement and enrollment services, said the policy will help students stay on the path toward graduation. He noted that ODU students with outstanding balances are not able to register for classes in the fall. In addition, those with debt who complete their degree requirements cannot receive their diplomas. “Old Dominion is committed to helping our students reach their academic potential,” Stansberry said. “At a time when many families are facing financial stress because of the pandemic, these CARES Act funds will help eliminate significant roadblocks so students can continue on their academic journeys.” In addition, he said, “This one-time assistance aligns with our objective to promote social mobility, benefiting not just our graduates but future generations.” The new policy applies only to debt for the spring 2021 semester and does not cover loans owed to outside lenders. Students should read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below for details. Further questions should be emailed to CARESACT@ odu.edu. FAQs on Forgiving Debt during the

Pandemic Q. Who is eligible to have an outstanding balance forgiven by the University? A. All students enrolled in the spring, 2021 semester regardless of Title IV eligibility. This includes non-degree, noncredit, undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, continuing education, and undocumented/international students. Q. What fees are eligible for the balance reduction? A. Any outstanding balance that is on your student account is eligible for the balance reduction. Q. What will I receive from the University to indicate that my balance has been forgiven? A. Students whose balances are forgiven will receive an email indicating their remaining debt was forgiven with a remaining balance of “0” for the indicated term and can review their balance on their ODU student portal. The changes should be visible in the student’s account. Q. Are students eligible to have their balances paid off for future terms and semesters? A. No. The Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) are not available to pay off balances for future terms. You must ensure that all balances going forward are paid in full by personal funds, approved financial aid, third-party agencies or payment plan. Q. If I have a hold on transcripts or diploma due to a balance owed, can I receive my official records? A. Yes. Students enrolled at the University during spring 2021 can obtain official records unless they have a hold from any remaining

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balance for other terms. Any transcript fees and related charges still apply. Q. If I have an enrollment or registration hold, can I register for the upcoming fall 2021 semester? A. Yes. Students enrolled at the University in spring 2021 will have the hold lifted and will be able to register for fall classes, unless they have a balance due for semesters other than spring 2021. Note that other existing enrollment holds, such as the degree plan/advising hold, still must be managed before registering. Q. Will the HEER Funds pay off any loan debt that my family or I incurred for this impacted period? A. No. HEERF Funds will not pay off any personal loan debt incurred for the impacted

period. Q. Whom should I contact if I have questions about my billing charges related to forgiveness of my debt? A. Contact the Office of Student Accounts, email tuition@odu.edu. Q. Whom should I contact if I have questions regarding financial aid? A. Contact the Office of Student Financial Aid, email finaid@odu.edu. Q. Whom should I contact if I have questions regarding living on campus? A. Contact the Office of Housing and Residence Life, email housing@odu.edu. Q. Whom should I contact if I have questions regarding advising and classes? A. Contact Advising, email advisor@odu.edu.

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Rediscover Town Center of Virginia Beach By Town Center of Virginia Beach Town Center welcomes you to a center wide Open House on Saturday, August 14. This special day is designed to give the community an opportunity to get reacquainted with the many businesses that call Town Center home. “Haven’t visited in a while? New to the area? Simply want to tour one of our venues or explore a new store? Our friendly shops, restaurants and venues are ready to welcome you with facility tours, product demonstrations, sidewalk sales, in-store discounts, restaurant specials, giveaways, live music, cheerful art and more. Join us and rediscover Virginia Beach’s uptown - Town Center of Virginia Beach.” says the event creator, Katie Caraviello, who oversees Business Development and Community Relations for Town Center. Brenda Tusing, co-owner of The Royal Chocolate, stated “All of us at The Royal Chocolate are excited for this in person event showcasing all we offer here in Town Center! This Open House is a great day of fun for the family and a chance to celebrate our community with discounts and prizes. The Royal Chocolate will offer $1 off frozen beverages and $1 off Gourmet Apples all day. Also, receive a free Birnn Truffle for any purchase of $30 or more made between 10am-2pm. Come join us for Royal Welcome!” Some businesses, like Apex Entertainment and Dogtopia, opened amidst the pandemic and are ready to reintroduce their businesses to those that have not yet had an opportunity to visit in person. “Apex Entertainment opened in December 2020. We are so thankful to how we have been received by the community and we are so glad to be a part of the Town Center community. We look forward to being a special place for all of our guests to spend birthdays and special occasions and come back over and over to enjoy all of what Apex has to offer them. Between a 2 story go-kart track, bowling, laser tag, axe throwing, bumper cars, sports simulators, ropes course, arcade and a full service restaurant, we truly have something for everyone!” says Rob Luzzi, Director of Field Marketing, for Apex Entertainment. Apex invites the community to tour their facility during the Open House event. You’ll also have the opportunity to emerge yourself in the local art scene when visiting the Open House event. Zeiders American Dream Theater will be hosting a free art project on their plaza. “Local artist, Renee Calway, will lead us in a communal paper-making art project. After successfully producing our first Celebration of Women’s History Month, through the height of the pandemic, we are crafting the “She’s a BrickHouse Scroll” by making paper upon which we will write the names of the women whose stories we want to hear. Bring your recyclable paper and ideas for who you want those women to be!” shares Zeiders community liaison Sibel Galindez. Event Details Town Center Information Station | 10 AM - 2 PM Stop by the Town Center Information Station in the Fountain Plaza where you will be given a free Town Center tote bag and a passport to guide you to all participating businesses. In inclement weather, this will be moved to The Westin (first floor - Crescent Room). Prizes Take home a prize at Town Center’s Open House! Follow these 3 easy steps to score! Step 1) Pick up an Open House Passport at the Town Center Information Station in the Fountain Plaza between 10 AM - 2 PM

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on Saturday, August 14 Step 2) Visit and collect a stamp from 10 of the participating businesses. No purchase necessary to collect a stamp (but feel free to get your shop on)! Simply show your passport to a store employee and ask for a stamp. Step 3) Return your completed passport to the Town Center Information Station before 2:00 PM and pick an envelope at random. Sidewalk Sale Locations | 10 AM - 2 PM • Commonwealth FTGG, 4528 Main Street • Eclectic Design Florist & Gifts, 222 Central Park Ave Suite 100 | Garden Art & Handmade Specialty Gifts • Jones Art Gallery, 184 Central Park Ave • Merriment on Main, 4526 Main Street | Gift with purchase, while supplies last • Monkee’s of Virginia Beach, 4549 Main Street • TASTE, 4513 Commerce Street • Zeiders American Dream Theater, 4509 Commerce Street | Flex Pass Sale In-Store Sale Locations | All Day • Eclectic Design Florist & Gifts, 222 Central Park Ave Suite 100 | Garden Art & Handmade Specialty Gifts • The Royal Chocolate, 164 Central Park

Ave | $1 off all frozen beverages, $1 off any Caramel and Chocolate Gourmet Apple (limit 2), not valid with any other discounts • Total Care Dentistry, 4541 Main Street | In-Office Whitening Special Product Demos | 10 AM - 2 PM • Muse Paintbar, 4500 Main Street Suite 105 • Zeiders American Dream Theater, 4509 Commerce Street | Free Art Project: Local artist, Renee Calway, will lead the Z in a communal paper-making art project. After successfully producing our first Celebration of Women’s History Month, through the height of the pandemic, we are crafting the “She’s a BrickHouse Scroll” by making paper upon which we will write the names of the women whose stories we want to hear. Bring your recyclable paper and ideas for who you want those women to be! In inclement weather, this will be cancelled. Facility Tours | 10 AM - 2 PM • APEX Entertainment 4621 Columbus Street • Dogtopia, 4546 Columbus Street • The Westin Hotel, 4525 Commerce Street • The Residences at Town Center, 172 Central Park Ave (Leasing Office for The

Cosmopolitan, Encore 4505, Premier) | Leasing information will be available directly outside of their leasing office. If you would like to tour of an apartment unit, call the number listed on the leasing office door to schedule an appointment. • The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, 201 Market Street • Total Care Dentistry, 4541 Main Street Restaurant Specials | All Day • California Pizza Kitchen, 200 Central Park Ave | Free rewards sign up • Cold Stone Creamery, 228 Central Park Ave | $1.00 off ice cream, $3.00 off cake Three Notch’d Brewing Company Meet & Greet | 10 AM - 2 PM Meet the new kids on the block! Three Notch’d Brewing Company will be in the Fountain Plaza with free swag and information about their location in Town Center coming soon. Alcohol will not be available at the meet & greet. Sidewalk Murals & Local Art Displays | 10 AM - 2 PM As you explore Town Center, you’ll discover several pieces of local art installed for our Open House. Five (5) sidewalk murals will be spread throughout the center, encouraging you to explore Town Center. Cherilyn Colbert will bring her illustrations from our Visitors’ Guide to life with three (3) hand-painted displays. You’ll want to stop and take a selfie with these fun pieces, found in the Fountain Plaza! Meet & Learn with the Artist | 10:30 AM & 12:00 PM Town Center is hosting local artist, Cherilyn Colbert, for two(2) free 15-minute artistic educational sessions. Cherilyn will give visitors tips and tricks on developing creative habits such as sketching in urban settings, like our very own Town Center. Guests of all ages and artistic abilities are welcome to join. After the instruction, visitors will be encouraged to explore the center and sketch one of their discoveries. Return to the Town Center Information Station with your sketch before 2:00 PM and receive a prize! Limited free sketching supplies will be provided by the Town Center. In inclement weather, this will be moved to The Westin Hotel (first floor - Crescent Room). Free Entertainment | 10 AM - 2 PM, 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM, 5 PM - 8 PM, and 8:30 PM 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM: Enjoy roaming entertainment by talented local musicians. 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM: Get ready for a dual pop up performance in the heart of Virginia Beach Town Center! The Virginia Beach Chorale will set up for a musical performance in the Sandler Center plaza starting at 12:30 p.m. while Tidewater Arts Outreach will perform on the Zeiders American Dream Theater stairs with accordionist Miles Hoyle at 1:30 p.m. 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM: The Fountain Plaza will come alive with their regularly scheduled nightly musical performance. 8:30 PM: Don’t miss a free viewing of “The Croods” through the Movies in the Plaza summer series. Things To Know Before You Go • Parking is free, all the time, in Town Center. We recommend garage parking. Be mindful of on-street parking with time limitations. • This event is rain or shine. In inclement weather, all outdoor entertainment will be cancelled. Sidewalk sales and outdoor product demonstrations will be moved in-store. Facility tours and restaurant specials will not be impacted by weather. The Town Center Information Station will be moved to The Westin Hotel (first floor - Crescent Room).

Jamestown Settlement to Commemorate 1619 African Arrival to Virginia Presenting a Special Program of Performances, Panel Discussion on August 21 By Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation WILLIAMSBURG, Va.— Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia, will host a special commemoration of the 1619 arrival of the first recorded Africans to Virginia on Saturday, August 21 with a 90-minute afternoon program of reflection, artistic expression and community conversation. The program, “Acknowledge the Past, Embrace the Future,” will begin outdoors on the museum mall at 2 p.m. with a welcome by Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Executive Director Christy S. Coleman. The program opens with the story of the arrival of the first recorded Africans to Virginia in 1619 and will feature a performance by Claves Unidos: Uniting the African Diaspora through Dance. Event activities move indoors to Jamestown Settlement’s education wing classrooms for a community panel discussion on the African diaspora in 21st-century arts and culture, moderated by Leslie ScottJones of Charlottesville’s Jefferson School

Claves Unidos of Richmond, will interpret the African Diaspora through dance, African drums and original interpretive choreography during the African Arrival commemoration event at Jamestown Settlement. Image courtesy of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation. (COURTESY PHOTO)

African American Heritage Center. Panelists include Kevin LaMarr Jones, artistic director and founder of Claves Unidos; Austin Miles, a Richmond-based artist; and Richard Josey, founder and principal consultant for Collective Journeys. Space is limited, and tickets are required to reserve a seat to this event. Museum Gallery Exhibits, Films & Interactives Explore West Central African Culture At Jamestown Settlement, expansive gallery exhibits, dramatic films and engag-

ing interactives share the story of Virginia Indian, English and West Central African cultures who converged in the 17th century. The documentary film, “1607: A Nation Takes Root,” shown every 30 minutes in the museum theater, traces the evolution of the Virginia Company that sponsored the Jamestown colony, examines the relationship between the English colonists and Powhatan Indians, and chronicles the arrival of the first recorded Africans in 1619 — including the story of Angelo, the first African woman

named in Jamestown’s historical record. Using period artifacts and innovative technology, exhibits share historical accounts of the first documented Africans to Virginia in 1619 from their homeland in Ndongo (Angola) to life in the Virginia colony and evolution of a new African-American culture. The “From Africa to Virginia” multimedia presentation chronicles African encounters with Europeans, impact on African culture, and the development of the transatlantic slave trade.


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one big family. When a rookie comes in, we the vets are going to teach you. When I see a rookie come in, I put them under my wing and teach them some tricks, how to communicate with people and how to make people happy. It’s so fun touring with the team. We are away from our normal families, out on the road, and all we have is each other. We have a real intense schedule, we play every day and are gone from four to six months a year straight, so when you see somebody down, we like to pick each other up. Y: What have been some of the most fascinating places that you’ve been with the team doing what you do best? HH: Oh man, I have been to over 60 countries around the world. The most fascinating place was Australia. I am a real outdoors person and into adventure and Australia is a pretty adventurous place. I actually went bungee jumping there in New Zealand. When we played at the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn my hometown city was really special. In 2012, we were the first sporting event to open the Barclays Center after Jay-Z performed. That was a memorable moment for me. Growing up in Brooklyn, being a shy kid, to now performing at the biggest Center that Brooklyn has to offer. And of course there’s nothing like performing at Madison Square Garden, but performing at Barclays did it for me. Y: What have been your fondest memories so far of being on the team? HH: I am living some of my fondest memories right now on the court. I came onto this organization as an all-around player. I was only known for my fancy dunking ability, a strong powerful dunker. I did a lot of low post moves, a lot of high flying slam dunks my first couple of years. Then I became a better ball handler. So now I am one of the top ball players on the team and that’s because of hard work and the vets teaching me. Around my 9th-10th year, I became a showman, so I follow in the footsteps of Meadowlark Lemon. I’m the voice of the crowd, kinda the leader out there, interacting with the fans and putting smiles on their faces. The feeling and reaction I get out there is my mental high. I love it, I love it. Y: Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

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HH: Being in this showman position. I’ve worked my whole career to be in this position. I couldn’t do this when I first got here, it took years and years of practice. I’ve played probably over 1000 games with the Harlem Globetrotters. Each time I go out there it’s the best. Y: What should people expect to see who have never been to a Harlem Globetrotters game before? HH: When we go out there, we give it our all. We don’t know what people are going through and our goal is to make sure we take their mind off it. We want to make sure they enjoy their time with us.

We only get two hours to entertain our fans, so we want to make sure they get a memory they will never forget. Coming to a Harlem Globetrotters game is not just watching a basketball game, it is so much more. Fans can interact with us. We have a Magic Pass Pre-Show where fans come out and get personal and up and close with us, ask questions, and shoot hoops. We have a #SQUADZONE, the Celebrity Court Pass, and we do One-On-One Meet and Greets, So go to our website at harlemglobetrotters. com to read and see all the events that we have and the bonuses that fans can get. And on top of all that, after the game, we provide

a picture and autograph session. Overall it is a great experience, so bring your kids and your family. We entertain from seven to seventy. It does not matter how old you are, you are going to love the Harlem Globetrotters. For tickets and more information, go to https://www.harlemglobetrotters.com/ World-Tour/Schedule/Chartway-Arena-at-Old-Dominion 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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Food

Chopped Chicken Taco Salad (COURTESY PHOTO)

Family Meals That Deliver Flavor and Nutrition

1 head leaf lettuce, chopped 1 avocado, chopped into bite-sized pieces 1 cup black beans, drained and rinsed 1 cup corn 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, chopped 1 cup shredded cheese (Monterey Jack or Mexican) tortilla strips or crushed tortilla chips, for topping

To make dressing: In small bowl, stir yogurt, buttermilk, lime juice, cilantro and taco seasoning until combined. Taste and adjust lime juice and cilantro as needed. If dressing is too thick, add buttermilk 1 teaspoon at a time until desired consistency is reached. Refrigerate until ready to serve. To make salad: Season chicken on both sides with taco seasoning. Heat large skillet over medium-high heat and add olive oil. Add chicken to pan and cook on both sides until outside is golden brown and chicken is cooked through. Remove to cutting board and slice into strips. On large platter, heap chopped lettuce. Sprinkle chicken over top. Add avocado, beans, corn, tomatoes and shredded cheese. Drizzle dressing on top and sprinkle with tortilla strips or crushed tortilla chips. Sustainable Frittata Recipe courtesy of Jenn Fillenworth of “Jenny With the Good Eats” on behalf of Milk Means More Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Servings: 8 12 eggs, beaten ¼ cup whole milk, half and half or heavy cream ½ teaspoon salt 2 cups shredded cheese, any variety 3 cups assorted cooked vegetables and pre-cooked meats fresh herbs, for garnish (optional) Preheat oven to 450 F. Preheat cast-iron pan or oven-safe skillet over medium heat. In large bowl, mix eggs, milk and salt then add shredded cheese. Add cooked vegetables and meats to pan to reheat. Once vegetables have softened, add egg mixture to pan and scramble. Let sit over medium heat 1 minute. Carefully transfer to oven and bake 10-15 minutes. Frittata is done when eggs have set. Remove from oven and top with fresh herbs.

1 ½ teaspoons ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon ⅛ teaspoon salt ¾ cup salted butter, softened 1 cup, plus 3 tablespoons, sugar, divided ¼ cup brown sugar 1 egg ¼ cup grated fresh ginger Heat oven to 350 F. In medium bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, ground ginger, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.

In stand mixer, beat butter, 1 cup sugar and brown sugar until fluffy. Add egg and fresh ginger; beat until combined. Gradually add dry ingredients to mixer until combined. In small bowl, add remaining sugar. Using spoon, portion out dough, roll into balls then roll in sugar. Arrange balls on baking sheet at least 1 inch apart. Bake 14 minutes, or until edges are golden brown. Transfer cookies to cooling rack and cool completely.

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As kids and parents return to busy schedules full of sports, homework and weeknight activities, building a plan for nutritious and easy meals can be challenging. Piecing together a menu that fuels active minds without spending hours in the kitchen is a common goal for many families. These recipes require minimal prep and call for on-hand ingredients like dairy food favorites that provide nutrients people of all ages need to grow and maintain strong bodies and minds. Whether you enjoy it together in the morning before getting the day started or mix it up with breakfast for dinner, this Sustainable Frittata is called “sustainable” because you can use leftover cheeses, veggies, ham, sausage and more to recycle ingredients you already have on hand. For a customizable kid-pleaser, turn to Chopped Chicken Taco Salad and garnish with your family’s favorite toppings. Visit milkmeansmore.org to find more recipes perfect for bringing loved ones together. Chopped Chicken Taco Salad Recipe courtesy of Megan Gundy of “What Megan’s Making” on behalf of Milk Means More Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes Servings: 4 Dressing: 1 cup plain Greek yogurt ⅓ cup buttermilk, plus additional (optional)

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1 tablespoon fresh-squeezed lime juice, plus additional (optional) 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro 2 tablespoons taco seasoning Salad: 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts 2 tablespoons taco seasoning 2 tablespoons olive oil

Showstopping Cookies with a Crunch By Culinary.net Sweet treats are a favorite food, especially when they have a unique or unusual twist that makes them stand out from the crowd. When a dessert isn’t the classic chocolate or vanilla flavor, it can pique eaters’ interest. Cupcakes, macaroons and even pies have some intense flavors, however, it’s hard to top the delightful taste of these Fresh Ginger Cookies. They are sweet and sugary with the perfect amount of ginger. Baked until golden brown, this dessert is a showstopper for family events and celebrations alike. Even the little ones will love to munch on this sweet treat with fresh, appealing flavor. In a mixing bowl, mix flour, baking soda, ground ginger, ground cinnamon and salt until combined. In a separate bowl, add butter, sugar and brown sugar then beat until fluffy. Add an egg and fresh ginger then beat the mixture again. Gradually add dry ingredients to this mixture until combined. In a small bowl, add sugar. With a spoon, scoop out a small portion of dough and roll it into a small ball before rolling in sugar. Repeat with the remaining dough then arrange balls on a cookie sheet and bake for 14 minutes until golden brown. Make sure your little ones wait to enjoy until the cookies have cooled completely. From parties to picnics, these cookies can be a hit. They are simple to make, don’t take much time to bake and are unique enough to bring along to nearly any occasion. With ground and fresh ginger, these cookies are

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equally as appetizing as they are satisfying and sure to turn heads in the kitchen. Find more sweet treat recipes at Culinary. net. If you made this recipe at home, use #MyCulinaryConnection on your favorite social network to share your work. Fresh Ginger Cookies Servings: 24 2 cups flour 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda


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Health

Army Reserve medics with the 343rd Ground Medical Company treat a simulated gunshot wound on a K9 Diesel advanced canine medical simulator as part of Regional Medic at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, July 15, 2021. Army medics and Navy corpsmen can earn college credit toward a nursing degree for experience earned while service through DHA’s Medical Education and Training Campus’ partnership with Davenport University. (ALICE ROBERTSON)

METC Partnership Provides Pathway for Active Duty, Veterans By Terry J. Goodman MHS Communications

Seventy-two current military or veterans have graduated from Davenport University’s Corpsman and Combat Medic to Veterans Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, a joint venture between Davenport and the Defense Health Agency’s Medical Education and Training Campus in San Antonio, Texas. Davenport University is just one of nearly 90 colleges and universities across the country that METC partners with to establish degree bridge programs for military personnel. Barry Moore, METC strategic planning and partnerships, explained how service members and veterans receive maximum credit for the training they receive and

experience they gain while serving; saving them significant time and money toward a college degree. “This benefits the MHS (Military Health System) by providing better educated healthcare professionals in duty assignments worldwide and at home. One-third of METC students are in the National Guard or Reserves,” he added. According to the university’s website, “Military personnel who are currently serving or have been honorably discharged and have experienced paramedic level certified medical military training equivalent to LPN training, Medic 68W levels 10 and 20, and Navy Corpsman have the potential to go through an accelerated acceptance process at the Lansing, Great Lakes Bay or Warren Campus.” Jason Bos, partnership manager of mili-

tary, Davenport University, explained the university’s VBSN program provides military students the opportunity to receive a minimum of 40 credits toward their degree after evaluating their military experience and training. From 2013-2019, the project was supported by a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,” Bos said. “The Pathway created by this grant continues as an option for military medically trained students who are interested in nursing.” Although the grant ended, Davenport continued the VBSN Pathway by awarding advanced standing credits for all military medical personnel without additional funding or outside support. Davenport Associate Professor Kim

Garza, explained how the other professors step in, when necessary, ensuring the non-veteran nursing students are given the opportunity to grow and become better leaders. “Our non-veteran nursing students often lack the world experience and training of the veteran nursing students,” Garza added. “They will start leading when they perceive a lack of direction.” Air Force Brig. Gen. Anita L. Fligge, deputy assistant director for education & training, added how the partnership with Davenport was the culmination of tremendous coordination by the METC and Davenport. “These men and women are serving or did serve their country with honor and distinction,” said Fligge, who is also DHA’s chief nurse. “They will continue to serve with the same dedication and compassion no matter the hospital, medical center or clinic that employs them after earning their degrees. “The experience our medics and corpsmen receive while either serving at a military medical treatment facility, or deployed in support of combat operations or humanitarian missions, is extremely valuable,” Fligge added. “Davenport understands that and gives them credit for the experience they earn while serving.” Current service members and veterans interested in applying for the program, can find out more information at Davenport University’s Veterans Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Austin Seeks Presidential Approval for Mandatory Troop Vaccinations by MidSeptember By: Jim Garamone

DoD News, Defense Media Activity

President Joe Biden asked Austin to consider how and when the COVID19 vaccine could be added to the list of required vaccines for all service members when the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus began to cause a spike in cases July 29. Austin, who was in Vietnam when the president made his speech on the subject, promised to “not let grass grow” as he made his decision. “Our men and women in uniform who protect this country from grave threats should be protected as much as possible from getting COVID-19,” Biden said during his July 29 speech. Austin consulted with Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the service secretaries and the rest of the Joint Chiefs in making his decision. “Based on these consultations and on additional discussions with leaders of the White House COVID-19 Task Force, I want you to know that I will seek the president’s approval to make the vaccines mandatory no later than mid-September, or immediately upon the U.S. Food and Drug Administration licensure, whichever comes first,”

Recruits receive a COVID 19 vaccination shot in Pacific Fleet Drill Hall at Recruit Training Command (RTC). Recruits at RTC are now eligible to volunteer for the shots allowing them to leave boot camp fully vaccinated. Medical staff from the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center and commands in the surrounding Great Lakes area work together to facilitate the evolution. More than 40,000 recruits train annually from the Navy’s only boot camp. (SPENCER FLING)

the secretary said in his memo. News reports say full FDA licensure for the Pfizer vaccine is expected shortly. Right now, 73% of active duty personnel have at least one dose of the vaccine, DOD officials said. All DOD leaders will be involved in expanding the program. “I have every confidence that service leadership and your commanders will implement this new vaccination program with professionalism,

skill and compassion,” Austin wrote in the memo. “We will have more to say about this as implementation plans are fully developed.” Austin also said the department will comply with the president’s direction regarding additional restrictions and requirements for unvaccinated federal personnel. These requirements cover military and civilian personnel. The Delta variant is hitting hardest in

states with large unvaccinated populations, White House officials said. In his July statement, Biden said the only way out of the pandemic is through vaccines. He called it “a life and death” decision. The DOD will keep a close eye on infection rates “and the impact these rates might have on our readiness,” Austin said. “I will not hesitate to act sooner or recommend a different course to the president if I feel the need to do so.”


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Classic, Antique Cars

Wanted Automotive

CHEVROLET 2019 EQUINOX

VOLKSWAGEN 1979 BEETLE

AUTOS ACCEPTED-ANY YEAR Make or Model. Top Dollar, Fast, Free Towing. 757-737-2465, 252-232-9192

LT. Like new, 16,800 mi, bumper-bumper fctry wrnty, remote start, nav sys, blue tooth wireless, back up cam/ park assist. $24K. 757-439-8886

Room For Rent

Estate Sales

Administration/Gen Office LEGAL SECRETARY Poole Brooke Plumlee PC is seeking a full-time experienced trusts and estates secretary for our Virginia Beach office. This position requires a mature professional with 1 - 2 years of Virginia experience drafting wills and estate planning documents. Candidates must be highly organized, have strong written and verbal communication skills, excellent multi-tasking abilities, be confident, and work well with multiple individuals at a strong, productive pace. Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel required. Email resume to hr@pbp-attorneys.com. PARALEGAL ENTRY-LEVEL Poole Brooke Plumlee PC is in search of an entry-level paralegal seeking strong training within the court systems of Virginia and a deep understanding of the processes and procedures related to litigation. This individual must be highly organized, have strong written and verbal communication skills, excellent multi-tasking abilities, be confident, and possess the ability to work well with multiple individuals at a strong and productive pace. Proficiency working in Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint is required. BS/BA is preferred. Email resume to hr@pbp-attorneys.com.

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VIRGINIA BEACH OCEAN FRONT One furnished br, no smkg/pets. $595 incl utls+dep. 757-718-1813 NORFOLK Room $135/wk $540/m 757-998-0261

50th Anniversary. Red with hard top, 61,260 mi, $15,500. 757-481-3259

HONDA 2001 ACCORD

191,300 miles, good condition, black, 6 Cylinder Great A/C, $2200 Cash or Cashiers Check 757-335-1242 3133 Sandpine Rd. Virginia Beach, VA 23451

KIA 2003 SEDONA

Van, V6 3.5, 96K & 4 Dr. $3,500 OBO. (757) 228-6656.

LINCOLN 2009 TOWN CAR

Signature. 65K orig. mis., gar. kept, new Michelin tires, fully loaded, Limited Pkg., new insp. Showroom new. $12,500. 757-675-0288. Va. Dlr.

MERCEDES-BENZ 2011 E-CLASS Travel/Camping Trailers 2005 CAMBRIA 50k mi, new radio & 2 disks, solar panels, inverter, 1 slide, fl sz bed, $20,000, 757-717-2653 CONSIGNMENTS WANTED! Let us clean, sell, & finance your RV. Snyders RV 499-8000.

Motorcycles and ATVs 1991 HARLEY DAVIDSON Soft Tail Custom. Motor 81.6 CI, Model FXSTC. 73,211 original miles. We did a very extensive restoration by Leonard at Hampton Roads Harley Davidson in 2007. Lost interest in riding, stored in climate controlled garage, lots of spare parts. Must see show bike! $13,500. Serious Inquires Only. Contact: 757-373-3332 2000 HARLEY DAVIDSON HERITAGE SOFTAIL 22500 MI custom paint, custom seat, carborator, asking $6000 757-645-3564

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Boats & Watercraft

FORD 2005 THUNDERBIRD

Convertible 40k mi. Blk w beige new tires. Gorgeous Must see. $23,950 photos on autotrader 919-324-4391

TOYOTA 2017 PRIUS

Prime Package, auto braking system, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring system, nav, heated seats, rear camera, auto, new insp. All serviced. Runs & looks great. $22,700. 757-675-0288. Va. Dlr.

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

FORD 1983 BRONCO

Convertible …no damage or rust history. 95% original. Same owner 20 plus years .. show quality. Runs and drives perfect. No issues $18,500 Neg. Beautiful yellow w black top, camel interior 757-472-9934

BUICK 2012 ENCLAVE

Well Kept. 93,800 miles. 1 owner, $13,500 many extras, 757-803-6875

CHEVROLET 2015 TAHOE

LT pkg, leather, sunroof, 4WD, TV/ DVD, quad seating, all serviced, runs & looks great. Warranty. $27,900. 757-675-0288. Va. Dlr.

CHEVROLET 2021 TAHOE

Z71 All Pros package, off-road pkg, 4WD, leather, quad seating, full sunroof, tow package, 8000 miles, factory warranty, showroom new, $74,900. 757-675-0288. Va. Dlr.

LEXUS 2019 RX 350L

26K orig. mis., factory warranty, 3rd row seat, fully loaded, 1 owner, all serviced/inspected, showroom new. $49,900. 757-620-7570. Va dlr

MINI 2014 COOPER S

50,063 miles, 4 new tires, color: dark grey. $20,000 Call: 757-630-3054

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157k mi., cold AC, alot of new parts. $3,000 OBO. Call: 757-647-0328

Countryman Package, 4 dr., AWD, leather, full sunroof, low miles, new inspection, runs & looks new. $16,900. 757-620-7570. Va. Dlr.

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SAILBOAT 14’ Crawford Melonseed Garage kept, Shaw & Tenney Oars, New Sail, old sail,New boat cover, Dynamic Dolly.$6700. rob.kunzig@yahoo.com

Trucks and SUVs

4wd, automatic, 150k miles, new tires, new battery, cd player, needs new or rebuilt engine, and paint job, $2000 OBO, text Ruth 757-418-2255

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GLEN L10 SAILBOAT 1985 Wooden. Sailed for 1yr - stored inside garage since $200obo 757-419-0177

TOYOTA 2015 HIGHLANDER

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