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A sailors best friend redux: Sully H.W. Bush, arriving!

Sully H.W. Bush, the yellow Lab who was former President George H.W. Bush’s service dog, joined the Avenger crew as they prepare for an upcoming, scheduled deployment. Page 6

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USS Fort Lauderdale (LPD 28) Commissions

Women’s healthcare in DoD unchanged by Supreme Court decision By C. Todd Lopez DoD News

The future USS Fort Lauderdale (LPD 28) currently moored in Port Everglades, in its name-sake city Fort Lauderdale, Fla., gets ready for Saturday’s commissioning ceremony. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY SGT. GAVIN SHELTON, USMC)

Commander, Naval Surface Forces Public Affairs FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The U.S. Navy commissioned its newest Amphibious Transport Dock ship USS Fort Lauderdale (LPD 28) July 30, 2022, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. “To the Sailors and Marines who will serve aboard USS Fort Lauderdale, thank you and your families in advance for the service you will fulfill and sacrifices you may endure,” Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro, who spoke at the event, said. “The moment you bring this Amphibious Transport Dock to life, you will strengthen the integrated deterrence capability of our entire Joint Force.” Guest speakers for the event also included President of Ingalls Shipbuilding Kari Wilkinson; Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Eric Smith; Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantlis; and principal speaker, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida’s 23rd District. “It is such an honor to be involved in the commissioning of the USS Ft. Lauderdale. It’s another chapter to the momentous history, friendship, and respect that the

city has with the U.S. Navy,” said U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. “As Chair of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee, my support for our military is unwavering. I will always stand by our service members and veterans, and honor those who continue to serve.” Ship sponsor Meredith A. Berger gave the first order to “man our ship and bring her to life.” “The Navy names ships for people, places, and ideas that are special. The Navy certainly picked a special place when naming the USS Fort Lauderdale,” she said. “I am honored to be the sponsor for this incredible ship.” Built by the Huntington Ingalls Industries in Pascagoula, Mississippi, Fort Lauderdale was launched March 28, 2020 and christened Aug. 21, 2021. The ship was delivered to U.S. Navy Nov. 30, 2021. “Finally, if there is one thing that history has shown us from the days of antiquity it is that the stakes of the competition for control of the seas are high and for our part, USS Fort Lauderdale stands ready to deliver on any day, and at any time,” said Capt. James Quaresimo, the ship’s commanding officer. “And those that may wish to

challenge us — they should pause. For we are equipped with America’s unstoppable secret weapon that our enemies will never be able to duplicate and that is the fierce, dedicated and unstoppable, men and women of the United States Navy and Marine Corps!” The ceremony marks the official transition of the USS Fort Lauderdale into the fleet and caps a weeklong series of events celebrating the ship and its namesake city. Amphibious transport dock ships are warships that embark, transport and land elements of a landing force for a variety of expeditionary warfare mission LPDs are used to transport and land Marines, their equipment, and supplies by embarked Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) or conventional landing craft and amphibious assault vehicles (AAV) augmented by helicopters or vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (MV 22). These ships support amphibious assault, special operations, or expeditionary warfare missions and serve as secondary aviation platforms for amphibious operations. USS Fort Lauderdale will be homeported at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia.

While last month’s Supreme Court opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization means each state now makes its own laws regarding abortion services, the health care that the Defense Department provides to service members has not changed, the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness said. “Service members can receive the same reproductive health care after Dobbs as they did before the ruling,” Gil Cisneros testified today before the House Armed Services Committee. “Consistent with long-existing federal law, ‘covered abortions’ — those cases that involve rape, incest or where the life of the mother would be endangered — will continue to be authorized to use federal funds and facilities. There is no interruption to this care.” Travel policies related to health care also remain, Cisneros said. If a service member must travel to obtain a covered abortion, she may do so on official status and will not be charged leave. While the department will continue to be able to provide to service members the same level of health care it has always provided, Cisneros said the department is aware that the Dobbs decision will change available options for some service members when it comes to abortions that are not covered under department policy. Based on laws that may be in effect in the state where a service member is stationed, abortion services may not be available. “Service members are now having to navigate additional challenges to access essential women’s health care services,” he said. “Service members and their families, who were previously able to make very personal decisions about when to have a family, may now face greater burdens depending on where they’re stationed.” Cisneros told lawmakers that the DOD continues to review its personnel and medical polices as a result of the Dobbs decision. “We understand the very personal nature of how the court decision impacts families,” he said. “We are being very deliberate in analyzing Dobbs with both focus and compassion. We want to make sure we get this right because it impacts access to essential women’s health care and reproductive care.” Another aspect of reproductive health Turn to Healthcare, Page 7

Submarine force kicks off inaugural Submarine Conference of the Americas By Petty Officer 1st Class Cameron Stoner Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic

Commander, Submarine Forces hosted the inaugural Submarine Conference of the Americas (SCOTA) onboard Naval Station Norfolk, July 26-27. The inaugural SCOTA was hosted by Western Hemisphere (WHEM) undersea leadership from allied and partner submarine-operating nations to showcase and address national undersea domain capabilities, the challenges of interoperability, and undersea collaboration against strategic

competitors in the WHEM. Vice Adm. William Houston, commander, Submarine Forces, kicked off the multinational conference with a welcome remark to attendees from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Peru and the U.S. “We are all at this conference together because our countries share the same values of democracy,” said Houston. “Our submarine forces all offer unique capabilities and advantages and this conference will enable all of us to take the next step forward in our Turn to Submarine, Page 7

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Participants of the inaugural Submarine Conference of the Americas (SCOTA) pose for a photo onboard Naval Station Norfolk, July 26, 2022. SCOTA is a multinational conference with attendees from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Peru and the U.S. This is the inaugural SCOTA hosted by Western Hemisphere (WHEM) undersea leadership from allied and partner submarine-operating nations to showcase and address national undersea domain capabilities, the challenges of interoperability, and undersea collaboration against strategic competitors in the WHEM. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 1ST CLASS CAMERON STONER)

Service Person of the Month

New Naval Safety Commander

A Sailor from Naval Submarine Support Facility at Naval Submarine Base New London was recently recognized as June’s Service Person of the Month.

Naval Safety Command (NAVSAFECOM) held a change of command ceremony at Naval Air Station Oceana where Rear Adm. Christopher M. Engdahl relieved Rear Adm. F.R.“Lucky”Luchtman.



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USNCC Students complete ATCC Nuclear Engineering certificate By Chief Petty Officer Alexander Gamble U.S. Naval Community College

QUANTICO, Va. — Five United States Naval Community College students completed the Certificate in Nuclear Engineering Fundamentals through Alexandria Technical and Community College July 29, 2022. This completes the first pilot program for the USNCC’s nuclear engineering program and lays the foundation for the Associate of Science in Nuclear Engineering Technology, which officially began June 13, 2022. “These students are pioneers in the naval education community,” said USNCC’s President Randi R. Cosentino, Ed.D. “Their accomplishment will benefit them as deckplate leaders and naval professionals, and the nuclear community will benefit as a whole from their experiences. Further, the work they did here will forge the future of the program that their peers will benefit from, and we are proud to have them as history makers in the USNCC. They proved that the consortium model of naval education works.” The USNCC’s consortium model of education means that the USNCC teaches the five Naval Studies Certificate courses and the partner institution teaches the other courses that make up the associate degree. Embedded in these associate degrees are milestone certificates, such as the Nuclear Engineering Fundamentals Certificate. This allows the naval services

to have a flexible, scalable model of education to meet the needs of the services while providing a quality education to the Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen who earn their degree through the consortium. “The Nuclear Engineering Fundamentals undergraduate certificate has prepared naval services students with the necessary foundational knowledge in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math to support academic and career success,” said Educational Services Dean Tamara Arnott, Ph.D., at Alexandria College. “Students completing this program have demonstrated that they can think critically and apply scientific knowledge to generate solutions to real-world challenges. These sailors have demonstrated problem-solving skills and motivation needed for success in completing the associate degree, when pursuing advanced degrees and when working in the engineering technology career field.” While the USNCC’s Nuclear Engineering Technology degree is primarily intended for Sailors who are working in the naval nuclear power propulsion field, all active duty enlisted Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen are eligible to apply for the program. Those interested in earning a degree in Nuclear Engineering Technology can fill out an application at www.usncc.edu. The United States Naval Community College is the official community college for the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. To get more information about the USNCC, go to www.usncc.edu. Click on the Inquire Now link to learn how to be a part of the USNCC Pilot II program.

Five United States Naval Community College students completed the Certificate in Nuclear Engineering Fundamentals through Alexandria Technical and Community College July 29, 2022. This completes the first pilot program for the USNCC’s nuclear engineering program and lays the foundation for the Associate of Science in Nuclear Engineering Technology, which officially began June 13, 2022. Electronic’s Technician (Nuclear) 1st Class Petty Officer Zowie Meyer, of Pocatello, Idaho, was the graduating student who spoke for the online asynchronous ceremony. The certificate program“has provided me with the opportunity to become a better instructor and with a deeper understanding of my professional field,” said Meyer during the recorded speech. The United States Naval Community College is the official community college for the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. To get more information about the USNCC, go to www. usncc.edu. This graphic was created using a combination of text, shapes, and photography. (U.S. NAVY GRAPHIC ILLUSTRATION BY CHIEF MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST XANDER GAMBLE/RELEASED)

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DETROIT — Some recruiters compare aspects of being a recruiter to being a salesman, especially in times like these when it can be difficult to attract the amount of talent the Navy needs. Navy Counselor 1st Class Edward Hutton isn’t one of those recruiters. “It’s just not me,” Hutton said. “I’ll crash and burn if I’m trying to be a salesman, because I’m not. I just connect with people, and I try to imagine that one of those kids that’s walking in here, or even older folks, that they’re related to me.” It’s important to Hutton to treat potential future Sailors as family because some of the closest people in his life have served or are currently serving. His oldest son has been serving in the Navy for six years, and his youngest son ships to boot camp this August. Hutton said he took a similar approach to talking to his sons about joining as he takes for everyone. “I told them, ‘I do not want you to do this unless you’ve thought it out that this is something you want to do. Because I want it to be your call, you know, and I want you to build your life based on your decisions,’ ” he said. He even encouraged his sons to look at the other branches of the military before they made their choices. He didn’t want them to join the Navy because of their father, but because they did their research and decided it was the best choice for them. Hutton’s own journey to joining the

Navy Counselor 1st Class Edward Hutton is featured as this week’s Recruiter in the Spotlight. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST JASON BEHNKE)

Navy was partially inspired by other family members who served. His mother retired from the Air Force, his stepfather was an original member of the Tuskegee Airmen and his uncles served as well. “Yeah, pretty rich family history as far as military service,” he said. “My grandmother had 12 kids: eight girls, four boys. All four the boys were in the military: Army, Air Force and Navy.” Hutton didn’t originally plan on following in the footsteps of those family members though. He started getting some notoriety as a rapper when he was 19 years old. For the next three years, he found himself touring as an opening act for hip hop icons like Public Enemy, 2 Live Crew, Salt-N-Peppa and Heavy D. “I was doing it because I was one of those kids that, when my mother said you can do anything you want that you put your mind to, I actually believed that and thought I could do it, and I did it,” he said. Hutton went on to open his own aquarium business, but when he had his first child, he sold it and began working in advertising for Nickelodeon and MTV. Later in his career, while working at the headquarters for a large security company, the Sept. 11 attacks happened, and things changed for him.

“I joined because of 9/11. I stayed for what it did for my family, and how it made it possible for my kids to live an entirely different life,” Hutton said. Hutton’s life experiences helped shape him into the recruiter and leader he is today. His approach of looking at everyone who steps into his office as family isn’t just because he has many family members who served and who are currently serving. Being in his early thirties and getting ready to go on his first deployment to Afghanistan as a Seabee, it was another family that helped develop that closeness he feels with potential future Sailors. “There was a young kid in my group that was going with me, and his mom and dad walk up, and they asked me, ‘Hey, petty officer, you’re going to be going to Afghanistan with our son,’ ” Hutton said. “The mom says, ‘I just want to tell you, he was adopted. We’ve tried for years to have a kid. We adopted this young kid, and we’ve raised him from an infant to right now. All I ask is that you bring him home.’ And I’m telling you, when she said that, you know, her eyes welled up, and I thought, this is way bigger than just going on some deployment.” Hutton felt a deep sense of responsibility to honor that mother’s request. He credits

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that moment, and the entirety of that deployment, for giving him a different view on life because it wasn’t about him anymore. It really was about that kid. As leading petty officer at Navy Recruiting Station Detroit, Hutton works to instill some of the same values he holds into his fellow recruiters. “Nobody joins the Navy to be a salesman, nobody, at least that I know,” Hutton said. “So, where they may lack in the sales ability, I put that second to who they are as people. And when it comes to integrity and holding your word and doing right by every single person that walks in that door, that’s my legacy.” Navy Recruiting Command consists of a command headquarters, three Navy Recruiting Regions and 26 Navy Talent Acquisition Groups that serve more than 1,000 recruiting stations across the world. Their combined goal is to attract the highest quality candidates to assure the ongoing success of America’s Navy. For more news from Commander, Navy Recruiting Command, go to http://www. cnrc.navy.mil. Follow Navy Recruiting on Facebook (www.facebook.com/MyNAVYHR), Twitter (@USNRecruiter) and Instagram (@USNRecruiter).


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WATERFORD, Conn. (July 12, 2021) Machinist Mate 2nd class Jeremy A. Vallon, left, Waterford Rotary Club Co-President Cathy Gonyo and Senior Chief Machinist Mate Justin Hendrix pose for a photograph at the Waterford Rotary Club. Vallon was recognized as June’s Service Person of the Month (SPOM) for his outstanding service to the U.S. Navy.

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WATERFORD, Conn. - A Sailor from Naval Submarine Support Facility at Naval Submarine Base New London was recently recognized as June’s Service Person of the Month by the Waterford Rotary Club and the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut. Machinist’s Mate (Submarine) 2nd Class Jeremy A. Vallon, from Boston, Massachusetts, received the award during a luncheon meeting of the Waterford Rotary Club, July 11, at Filomena’s restaurant in Waterford, Connecticut. The award is sponsored by the Chamber and local service organizations, such as the Rotary Club, and is part of a year-

long program led by the Chamber’s Military Affairs Council. Military organizations permanently based in the area such as the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and Connecticut National Guard help with input. “The Service Person of the Month program supports community recognition of outstanding enlisted personnel stationed or living in the Southeastern Connecticut area,” said Dara Wicken, manager of the Navy Federal Credit Union on SUBASE and a chair of the Chamber’s Military Affairs Council. “It highlights those in uniform who have made noteworthy community service contributions while also excelling in their military duties. We are so happy to help shine a spotlight on these exceptional

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service members in our midst.” NSSF Commanding Officer, Capt. Dan Rossler, nominated Vallon and commended him for his service to the Navy and the community. “Vallon’s positive attitude, self-initiative and eagerness to learn set the standard,” said Rossler. Vallon has been impactful not only within his workplace at the NSSF Valve Shop, where he helped supply more than 100 parts necessary to critical repairs of submarines on the SUBASE waterfront, but also in his volunteer efforts with the Old Mystic Fire Department as well as a living history organization providing education about the Vietnam War.

“It’s been a passion of mine to serve in the Navy and as a firefighter,” said Vallon. “I have my EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) qualification and am working on others.” Waterford Rotary Club Co-President Cathy Gonyo, praised Vallon for his commitment and dedication to others. “The Rotary Club’s motto is ‘service above self’ and by the accomplishments mentioned, Petty Officer Vallon certainly embodies that motto,” said Gonyo. Vallon entered the Navy in 2016 and has been stationed at SUBASE since 2021. He was humble as he accepted the accolades. “Thank you for this generous recognition,” said Vallon. “It’s my honor to serve and help the community.”

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (July 22, 2022) Rear Adm. F.R. Luchtman is relieved by Rear Adm. Christopher M. Engdahl as the commander of Naval Safety Command. Adm. Daryl Caudle, commander of U.S. Fleet Forces, presided over the ceremony. The Naval Safety Command serves as the naval enterprise lead for non-nuclear safety standards, expertise and oversight of the Navy Safety Management System (SMS), and operates with the requisite authorities and responsibilities to establish a SMS that provides defense-in-depth and ensures the Naval enterprise is both safe to operate and operating safely. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 1ST CLASS (SW/AW) WESTON A. MOHR)

Naval Safety Command gets newest commander By Leslie Tomaino

Naval Safety Command Safety Promotions

NORFOLK, Va. — Naval Safety Command (NAVSAFECOM)heldachangeofcommand ceremony at Naval Air Station Oceana today where Rear Adm. Christopher M. Engdahl relieved Rear Adm. F.R. “Lucky” Luchtman as the 58th commander of the Navy’s top safety organization. Immediately following the change of command proceedings, a retirement ceremony took place for Luchtman, recognizing his 33 years of naval service. Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Adm. Daryl Caudle, presided over both ceremonies and delivered remarks as the keynote speaker. Caudle remarked on the importance of the two ceremony traditions.

“Commanders have a unique responsibility to ensure that our naval forces are fully prepared to compete and deter, as well as fight and win decisively in defense of our nation and our nation’s interests,” Caudle said. “That responsibility extends not only to our nation’s citizens, but more importantly, directly to our Sailors.” Following the reading of orders and assumption of command was Engdahl’s flag break. Luchtman, a naval aviator since 1991, reflected upon his entire career and thanked the staff of the Naval Safety Command for their contributions to the mission. “Each of you has made a lasting impact on our work to keep Sailors and Marines safe and done so while enduring COVID lockdowns and a massive upheaval in our

missions, functions and tasks,” said Luchtman. “I can’t thank you enough for maintaining focus on the welfare of this nation’s best and brightest and for coming together to collaboratively solve some of our most vexing problems.” Luchtman assumed command of the then-Naval Safety Center in April 2020. While servingas commander, he was responsible for the pivotal transition and February 2022 establishment of the NAVSAFECOM, its new roles, responsibilities and increased authority. Caudle commended Luchtman on his leadership and expertise during this transformative time for naval safety. “Living up to this heavy task, you confronted this challenge with urgency and thoughtful skill, empowering your

team to self-assess, learn, innovate, and move us away from reactively managing safety, to proactively managing risk from the very beginning,” Caudle said. “Your singular drive for excellence and efficiency, along with your exemplary leadership, were absolutely critical to the radical restructuring and reorganization of the Naval Safety Center into what we see here today, the Naval Safety Command.” As a career F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet pilot, he commanded Strike Fighter Squadron Fifteen and Carrier Air Wing Seven (CVW-7). RDML Luchtman also deployed with VFA-82, VFA-136, VFA-131, and CVW-2. He participated in Operations Southern Watch, Deny Flight, Deliberate Force, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and Inherent Resolve. Ashore, he served as a Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor at Strike Fighter Weapons School, Atlantic; C4 Systems Chief at U.S. Strategic Command; Tactical Air Commander detailer and Executive Assistant to Commander, Navy Personnel Command; and Executive Assistant to Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet. Luchtman was promoted to flag rank in August 2018 after assuming his role as Physiological Episodes Action Team Lead. C a u d l e ex p re s s e d h i s c o n f idence in Engdahl’s selection as the NAVSAFECOM’s newest commander and his ability to propel the organization and its achievements to even greater heights. “Your previous assignments as Commander of Expeditionary Strike Group 7, Amphibious Force SEVENTH Fleet, Chief of Staff to Commander, Naval Surface Forces Pacific and as the 68th President of the Board of Inspection and Survey, have supremely prepared you for the challenges you will face as the next Commander of Naval Safety Command,” said Caudle. Caudle gave Engdahl closing advice he provides every commander he has led, words of advice that could resonate with many in attendance and throughout the naval enterprise. “Take charge. Lead boldly with grit, tenacity and innovation. View all missions through the lens of warfighting. Be ready and if called to arms, ensure we’re ready to fight to win!” said Caudle. “You will encounter challenging problems, but you’re never a victim. You’re a solution provider. And, when you need help — ask. I look forward to following Safety Command’s continued successes.” The NAVSAFECOM serves as the naval enterprise lead for non-nuclear safety standards, expertise and oversight of the Navy and Marine Corps Safety Management System (SMS). The command’s mission is to preserve warfighting capability, and combat lethality and readiness by working with its stakeholders to identify, mitigate or eliminate hazards to reduce unnecessary risk to people and resources. For more information or resources from the Naval Safety Command, visit the command website at https://navalsafetycommand.navy.mil.


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NORFOLK NAVAL STATION (July 27, 2022) Sailors cuddle puppies from Mutts With A Missiononboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) July 27, 2022. The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group is an integrated combat weapons system that delivers superior combat capability to deter, and if necessary, defeat America’s adversaries in support of national security. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS NOVALEE MANZELLA)

NORFOLK NAVAL STATION (July 27, 2022) Chief Hospital Corpsman Sully, emotional support dog to former President George H.W. Bush, poses for a photo with a Sailor assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) July 27, 2022. George H.W. Bush provides the national command authority flexible, tailorable warfighting capability as the flagship of a carrier strike group that maintains maritime stability and security to ensure access, deter aggression and defend U.S., allied and partner interests. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS BRYAN VALEK)

A Sailor’s best friend redux: Sully H.W. Bush, arriving! By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Sasha Ambrose

USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) Public Affairs

NAVAL STATION NORFOLK — The crew of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) rounded out a month of relationship building and companionship with their canine companions with a visit from another special dog here, July 27. Sully H.W. Bush, the yellow Lab who was former President George H.W. Bush’s service dog, joined the Avenger crew as they prepare for an upcoming, scheduled deploy-

ment while wearing his new rank of Chief Petty Officer. After serving President Bush at the end of his life, Sully became one of seven dogs currently serving within the Facility Dog Program at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC). Each dog in the program completes training with an accredited outside organization before they complete additional training at WRNMMC to become ‘inducted’ through an enlistment or commissioning ceremony into the program by which comes with a rank, service, and uniform for each dog. Sully H.W. Bush completed his training with Ameri-

ca’s VetDogs before landing at WRNMMC, fulfilling one of President Bush’s final wishes that his canine companion would continue serving other veterans. Sully’s visit coincided with the last of a month-long, Wednesday tradition of volunteers and dogs from Mutts With A Mission, Crisis Response Canines, and the USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia visiting the ship’s crew to increase morale, joy, connectedness, and toughness while decreasing stress for Sailors as the ship wraps up preparations for deployment. As luck would have it, Sully H.W. Bush

not only met the crew, but he also met with a young yellow Lab named after him who is in the process of becoming a service dog himself. The Sully-to-Sully connection took place after Mutts With A Mission founder Brooke Corson announced the younger Sully’s name along with six other golden Labs the organization and volunteer puppy raisers are training to become service dogs. The George H.W. Bush and its crew inspired the names of the puppies named Avenger, CAVU, Pearl, Crew, Sailor, Liberty, and Sully. The naming of the pups in training and Sully’s visit to the ship were a fitting way to close out the weekly visits throughout July that developed bonds between Sailors and the dogs and the organizations raising them, reduced stress, and strengthened the connections between shipmates. “It would be difficult to write a better script than having Sully here on the same day as the puppies named after our crew from Mutts With A Mission,” said Lt. Sarah Faber, the ship’s assistant air operations officer who lead coordination for the event. “It’s great to see the relationships that Sailors have developed with the dogs, and with each other through these visits. It’s been a team effort from everyone involved and I know a lot of us are looking forward to seeing the puppies grow through the pictures and updates Mutts With A Mission will share with our crew.” George H.W. Bush provides the national command authority flexible, tailorable warfighting capability as the flagship of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group which maintains maritime stability and security to ensure access, deter aggression and defend U.S., allied and partner interests. For more information about the ship you can visit its Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, or official webpage. For more information about the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group you can visit its official website, Facebook, or LinkedIn page.








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GROTON, Conn. (July 29, 2022) – Cmdr. Charles Phillips III, outgoing commanding officer of the USS Vermont (SSN 792), left, poses with Capt. John Stafford, commanding officer of Submarine Squadron (SUBRON) FOUR, guest speaker Rear Adm. Douglas Perry and incoming commanding officer Cmdr. Michael Lilleberg following a change-of-command ceremony at the U.S. Submarine Force Library and Museum in Groton, Connecticut, July 29, 2022. The Virginia-class fast attack submarine USS Vermont and crew operate under Submarine Squadron (SUBRON) FOUR and its primary mission is to provide fast-attack submarines that are ready, willing, and able to meet the unique challenges of undersea combat and deployed operations in unforgiving environments across the globe. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY CHIEF PETTY OFFICER JOSHUA KARSTEN)

USS Vermont (SSN 792) holds change of command ceremony By Lt. Seth Koenig

Submarine Readiness Squadron (SRS) 32

GROTON, Connecticut — Cmdr. Charles W. Phillips III turned command of USS Vermont (SSN 792) over to Cmdr. Michael A. Lilleberg in a traditional change of command ceremony held Friday, July 29, at the Submarine Force Library and Museum in Groton, Connecticut. Rear Adm. Douglas Perry, director of the Undersea Warfare Division of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, attended as the keynote speaker for the event. Perry has family ties to the state of Vermont and commanded the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Pasadena (SSN 752) when Phillips checked aboard for a previous tour with the boat. USS Vermont was commissioned in 2020 as the first Block IV Virginia-class fast attack submarine in the U.S. Navy. Vermont was selected early to host the Navy’s Submarine Command Course, bringing 30 prospective commanding officers and executive officers aboard as part of their training to take top leadership positions on subs, and conducted operations in the U.S. 4th Fleet area of operations, holding the first-ever submarine port call in Itaguai, Brazil, where SSN 792 hosted U.S. Ambassador Todd Chapman and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. “Command of USS Vermont has been the honor of my lifetime. I’ve been truly inspired every day by these Sailors and their dedication, professionalism and steadfast commitment to mission accomplishment,”

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partnerships while also strengthening our ability to operate as a cohesive joint and combined force which can respond to emerging crises if needed.” Following Houston’s introduction, a video of Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro was played for participants thanking them for their time and collaboration while encouraging them to take advantage of the unique opportunity to bolster knowledge and strengthen relationships between allies and partnerships. “I would like to thank all of the key leaders of the West’s undersea domain who are participating in this important conference today,” said Del Toro. “I believe SCOTA will lay a new foundation for a renewed sense of collaboration and threat awareness from the undersea domain, so I urge you to make the most of this gather and keep building our vital security partnerships.” After two days of presentations and discussions, Rear Adm. Carlos Alfonso Saz Garcia, commander, Submarine Forces, Peruvian navy, left the conference with deeper comprehension on the challenges of interoperability and undersea collaboration against strategic competitors in the Western Hemisphere (WHEM). “For us it is very important to participate in this type of gathering, which is the inaugural Submarine Conference of the Americas, as it seeks to unify the collaboration amongst all the submarine forces in the western hemisphere,” said Saz Garcia. “We have many things in common, we navigate the same seas and have similar submarines. I truly think SCOTA will reinforce ongoing partnerships and provide a different vision from the undersea to a

said Phillips. “When the U.S. Navy and our partners or allies have wanted to see what an optimally efficient and effective submarine crew looks like, they’ve come to Vermont. “Over the past few years, the crew of Vermont has hosted everyone from prospective submarine commanders to Destroyer Squadron Commodores to the U.S. ambassador and president of Brazil,” he continued. “And at every turn — under the very highest levels of scrutiny — this team has exemplified the ideal submarine crew. I’ve been blessed to work alongside them, and I know they will continue to reach new heights under the extraordinary leadership of Cmdr. Lilleberg.” USS Vermont is assigned to Submarine Squadron 4, commanded by Capt. John Stafford. The submarine is currently at General Dynamics Corp.’s Electric Boat shipyard in Groton undergoing routine early life cycle reviews and adjustments. “I cannot let this occasion pass without thanking Commodore Stafford, Squadron 4 and Team New London for all of their support,” said Phillips. “And to my wife Devon, daughters Eden and Paloma, and the families of USS Vermont: I can never thank you enough for your sacrifice and service on the home front, you supported me and the Vermont crew with grit and grace over the past few years and I am forever grateful.” Following his command tour, Phillips is transitioning to a position in the Division for Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Policy in the J5 Directorate of the Joint Staff in Washington, D.C.

“USS Vermont has excelled under the guidance of Cmdr. Phillips. Getting to know this team in recent weeks has been incredibly motivating — I know I have big shoes to fill, but I’m deeply excited about the opportunity to join this crew and help Vermont get back out to sea to answer the nation’s call,” said Lilleberg, a native of Victor, Montana. “Vermont is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and highly skilled U.S. Navy Sailors, representing the rich military history of the Green Mountain State and the rest of this great country. We will work every day to return to the tip of the spear.” Block IV Virginia-class submarines like Vermont incorporate design changes focused on reduced total ownership cost. By making these smaller-scale design changes to increase the component-level lifecycle of the submarine, the Navy will increase the periodicity between depot maintenance availabilities and increase the number of deployments. Blocks I-III Virginia-class submarines are planned to undergo four depot maintenance availabilities and conduct 14 deployments. Block IV design changes are intended to reduce planned availabilities by one to three, and increase deployments to 15. “Cmdr. Phillips led the crew of the very first Block IV Virginia-class submarine into the fleet, and under his expert leadership, USS Vermont in many ways became our ambassador for the submarine force, highlighting not only the latest in undersea warfare technology, but the best in manning as well,” said Stafford. “As the Commodore

of Squadron 4, I knew I could always count on Cmdr. Phillips to keep his warship welltrained, professional and mission ready. And I have the utmost confident in Cmdr. Lilleberg as he leads Vermont into the future from here.” SSN 792 is U.S. Navy ship to bear the name Vermont, but first in a century. The first was one of nine 74-gun warships authorized by Congress in 1816. The second, Battleship No. 20, was commissioned in 1907 and first deployed in December of that year as part of the “Great White Fleet.” The battleship Vermont was decommissioned June 30, 1920. During the change of command ceremony, the sword of Revolutionary War hero Ethan Allen, one of Vermont’s founders, was granted for exhibition by the Naval History and Heritage Command. The submarine Vermont is 377 feet long and has a 34-foot beam, as well as a crew of more than 130 Navy personnel. Fast-attack submarines are multi-mission platforms enabling five of the six Navy maritime strategy core capabilities — sea control, power projection, forward presence, maritime security and deterrence. They are designed to excel in anti-submarine warfare, anti-ship warfare, strike warfare, special operations, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, irregular warfare and mine warfare. Fast-attack submarines project power ashore with special operations forces and Tomahawk cruise missiles in the prevention or preparation of regional crises.

common security problem throughout the Americas.” The conference included presentations from multiple subject matter experts on global threats in the undersea theatre, Navy security, the future of the combined fight in the western hemisphere and lessons in hemispheric security. One subject matter expert was Adm. Daryl Caudle, commander, Fleet Forces Command, who spoke on the advantages and capabilities participating countries had over potential adversaries. “One of our key advantages collectively in this room is our navies’ capabilities and overmatch in the undersea domain,” said Caudle. “Our competitors cannot duplicate or match the advantages we hold in the undersea environment. We must all have a deep level of understanding of what each of our navies’ strengths and capabilities are, so that we can better integrate together when the time arises.” The conference also included a tour of the Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Montana (SSN 794), allowing participants to view the capabilities of the U.S. Submarine Force in person while offering a chance for questions and ideas to be asked and shared. The Submarine Force executes 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.


be eliminated with that.” Mullen also told lawmakers that the department will soon release results of a survey on women’s reproductive health conducted by the RAND Corporation, which reveals a lack of knowledge among service members regarding contraceptive options. “It’s the first time that has been done in 30 years,” Mullen said. “It’s given us quite a bit of information ... includ[ing that there’s] a lack of education about women’s options around contraceptives, which are free in our MTFs. All active-duty service members get free contraceptives within the MTFs and in our retail pharmacies.” Right now, Mullen said, there is a small copay for active-duty service members to get contraceptives, but congressional legislation might change that — making contraception totally free to service members and their families. “We also ... have an app called ‘Decide and Be Ready’ that men and women can use to go through their contraceptive options to decide what’s best for them,” she said. “We also have those walk-in clinics that are ... being expanded this year, as well. But ... it’s sort of astonishing how our young men and women really don’t fully know of what their reproductive rights and health care consists of, and we need to do a better job.”

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care that lawmakers were interested in concerned the availability of contraception within the military health care system. Seileen Mullen, the acting secretary of defense for health affairs, testified that until recently DOD had contraceptive clinics set up at 18 military treatment facilities across the department. Now, she said, the plan is to have those clinics at all military treatment facilities across the department. “We have expanded where we have military treatment contraceptive clinics — walk-in clinics,” she said. “A woman or man could come up, get counseling, and decide what contraceptives they need that day.” Cisneros said the department is changing policy on one form of contraception in particular — the intrauterine device, or IUD — to make it available to more service members. “We are currently updating our policies so that service members and their families will be able to receive those IUDs through the TRICARE health care system without having to pay a copay, which is currently the thing right now,” he said. “We’re changing our policy, updating it, so that the copay will

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Marines complete difficult swim qualifications

Thirteen U.S. Marines stationed across Okinawa graduated from the Water Survival Advanced course at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. Page B6

Multinational partners conducted a multi-domain sinking exercise By Commander

U.S. 3rd Fleet Public Affairs

PACIFIC OCEAN — Multinational partners conducted a multi-domain sinking exercise (SINKEX) in the Hawaiian Islands operating area as part of exercise Rim of the Pacific 2022 Friday, July 22. Air, land, and sea units from Japan and the U.S. sank the decommissioned Austin-class amphibious transport dock ship ex-USS Denver (LPD 9) in waters more than 15,000 feet deep and over 50 nautical miles North of Kauai. With oversight and coordination by the multinational combined task force, the SINKEX enabled partner nations to gain proficiency in tactics, targeting and live firing against a surface target at sea. From the land, the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force and U.S. Army shot Type 12 surface-to-ship missiles and practice rockets. Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) Maj. Gen. Shigeo Kaida, director of the Operations Support & Training Department at the Ground Staff Office in the Japanese Ministry of Defense, talked about the importance of the training opportunity the SINKEX provided. “This sink-at-the-sea exercise demonstrates current operational capabilities and tactical skills, and provides a valuable opportunity to coordinate and collaborate between Japanese Type 12 Surface-to-Ship Missiles (SSM) and the U.S. Army High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) to conduct a live fire and comprehensive exercise,” said Kaida. “Alliances with partner nations are a key element to secure our regional stability and enhance our capabilities of deterrence and response in the Indo-Pacific region.” From the air, U.S. Navy F/A-18F Super Hornets assigned to Fighter Attack Squadron 41 shot a long range anti-ship missile. U.S. Army AH-64 Apache helicopters shot air-to-ground Hellfire missiles, rockets, and 30mm guns. U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18C/D Hornets assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232, Marine Air-Ground Task Force 7, fired an air-launched cruise missile, air-to-surface anti-radiation missiles, an air-to-ground anti-radiation missile, and joint direct attack munitions. Royal Canadian Air Force Brigadier-Gen-

eral Mark Goulden, commander of the RIMPAC Combined Force Air Component Command, is responsible for operations in the air domain across the exercise and discussed the challenges of a SINKEX and amount of teamwork involved to successfully complete the mission. “SINKEX is more than the end result. It takes a team of capable, adaptive partners from different nations and disciplines to come together to find, fix, track, target, engage and assess with the agility and precision required to put the right ordnance in the right place, at the right time, every time,“ said Goulden. “The SINKEXs at RIMPAC provide us with a uniquely complex and challenging environment for partner forces

to hone those important skills. Being able to work together was our goal, and SINKEX is a demonstration of our success.” U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Deputy Commander Brig. Gen. Joseph R. Clearfield serves as the Fleet Marine Force Commanding General oversees all Marine Corps Forces assigned to RIMPAC. “The role of Marine Corps aircraft, alongside forces from our partners and allies in this SINKEX, is an awesome display of the versatile combat power the combined force brings to the fight,” said Clearfield. “It was a bittersweet moment for me, having served aboard USS Denver during my career. But what a way for her to go out! This exercise shows the power

A Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command contractor changes out a bit on a drill rig used to establish groundwater monitoring wells. The U.S. Navy continues to work with federal, state and local organizations on monitoring and remediation efforts in order to support local families and residents, conduct long-term monitoring of the Navy water system, and work toward remediating Red Hill. For detailed information, go to: www.navy.mil/jointbasewater. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS MAR’QUEON A. D. TRAMBLE)

Navy installs new groundwater monitoring wells around Red Hill From Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs JOINT BASE PEARL HARBORHICKAM, Hawaii - In the ongoing effort to ensure water safety at Red Hill and the surrounding area, the Navy has installed two of 10 new planned groundwater monitoring wells near the location of the Nov. 20, 2021, fuel spill at the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility. The installation of these new wells and resulting expanded monitoring capability will help in making informed and environmentally protective decisions. The Navy is working with the Hawaii

Department of Health (DOH), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and other stakeholders to install the new monitoring wells, referred to as plume delineation wells, in the immediate vicinity of Red Hill to test for the presence of contaminants and to evaluate potential impacts to the local aquifer. The remaining eight plume delineation wells are in the process of permitting and drilling, with completion expected in April 2023. The next two plume delineation wells will be completed in August, while the remaining six wells are in the permit and drilling process and expected to be

completed within the next 10 months. “This is an important step in our ongoing work to provide safe drinking water and protect the aquifer and the environment,” said Rear Adm. Steve Barnett, Navy Region Hawaii commander. “We are aligned with the Hawaii Department of Health and other stakeholders in this effort and remain committed to informing the public of actions that are taking place while we work on completing requirements for the defueling plan.” The Navy has taken initial samples from the completed wells, designated P-01 and P-02, and will share all validated sampling

of partnerships in the region.” Finally, from the sea, U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Chaffee (DDG 90) shot its Mark 45 5-inch gun. Former Navy vessels used in SINKEXs are prepared in strict compliance with regulations prescribed and enforced by the Environmental Protection Agency under a general permit the Navy holds pursuant to the Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act. Each SINKEX is required to sink the hulk in at least 1,000 fathoms (6,000 feet) of water and at least 50 nautical miles from land. Surveys are conducted to ensure that humans and marine mammals are not in an area where they could be harmed during the event. Prior to the vessel being transported for participation in a SINKEX, each vessel is put through a rigorous cleaning process, including the removal of all polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), transformers and large capacitors, all small capacitors to the greatest extent practical, trash, floatable materials, mercury or fluorocarbon-containing materials and readily detachable solid PCB items. Petroleum is also cleaned from tanks, piping and reservoirs. Ex-Denver, the third U.S. Navy ship to bear the name of American pioneer James William Denver and the capital of the state of Colorado, was commissioned Oct. 26, 1968. Over its history, the ship played a significant role in several operations, most notably Operation Frequent Wind, the evacuation of Saigon, Vietnam in April 1975. The ship was decommissioned as the oldest deployable warship in the Navy after 46 years of service at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Aug. 14, 2014. Twenty-six nations, 38 ships, three submarines, more than 170 aircraft, more than 30 unmanned systems and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 29 to Aug. 4 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity while fostering and sustaining cooperative relationships among participants critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2022 is the 28th exercise in the series that began in 1971.

results with DOH and EPA. Samples are being sent to an independent, certified laboratory on the mainland. The Navy is also planning to install 12 additional groundwater “sentinel” monitoring wells between Red Hill and neighboring drinking water sources in order to provide a warning if any contamination in the aquifer were to migrate. Under the required permitting process, the first of these wells are planned to begin installation in August 2022, with completion of the final well expected in September 2023. The Navy has contacted owners and operators of other groundwater monitoring wells in the vicinity of Red Hill in order to gain a broader understanding of the aquifer and its groundwater dynamics. The Navy has continuously collected data from 21 previously-established groundwater monitoring wells around the fuel storage tanks at Red Hill. Since May 2021, there have been intermittent detections of total petroleum hydrocarbon (TPH) above DOH’s Environmental Action Level (EAL) in some of those monitoring wells, but the data did not present a clear pattern to infer contamination movement. The Navy continues to partner with DOH on data analysis. Sampling results from the Navy’s groundwater monitoring wells are shared with DOH and EPA as soon as the laboratory validates the results. DOH makes the data available on their website at: https://health. hawaii.gov/ust/red-hill/update-may-62021-release-monitoring-data-postedweekly/ In addition to groundwater sampling, the Navy has continued to install new soil vapor monitoring ports near the Nov. 20 release site. Soil vapor monitoring allows the Navy to conduct more localized soil gas vapor sampling to better characterize and understand any contamination “hot spots” immediately below the access tunnel. Installation of deep soil vapor monitoring ports is planned to be complete in August 2022, and intermediate-depth ports will be installed in November 2022. The Navy will continue to coordinate with DOH and EPA to better understand the underground conditions in the area of Red Hill and evaluate potential remediation activities. Additional remediation activities may include removing contaminated soil or employing bio-remediation techniques to accelerate the natural degradation of petroleum compounds. For more information on these actions, go to the news section of http://www.navy. mil/jointbasewater. For more information on long-term monitoring of the Navy water distribution system, go to https://jbphh-safewaters.org.


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Marines, Navy corpsmen train in casualty care field exercise at Fort McCoy

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FORT MCCOY, Wis. — Marines and Navy Corpsmen with 2nd Battalion, 24th Marines conducted a casualty care field exercise on North Post at Fort McCoy from July 22-23 as part of their annual training. The 2⁄24 is an infantry battalion based out of Chicago consisting of approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors. The battalion falls under the 23rd Marine Regiment and the 4th Marine Division. The training included mainly 2⁄24 Corpsmen conducting patrols with unit Marines serving as opposing forces. The “contact patrols” gave the medics an opportunity to get in some necessary field training while at the same time practicing their combat medical skills. “This was an effort to train on prolonged casualty care,” said Medical Officer Navy Lt. Toby Keeney-Bonthrone with the 2⁄24’s Headquarters and Service Company. “They had to move to the casualty, stabilize him, and then transport him to an exfiltration point over a 24-hour time period while constantly monitoring him.” The training was conducted in hot weather and overnight in a wooded and hilly training area on North Post. Keeney-Bonthrone said the terrain presented an extra challenge. “It definitely made it tougher,” he said. “There was the rough terrain and the steep elevation to get to the casualty and then those afternoon temperatures.” Afternoon temperatures on July 22 hovered

around 90 degrees and humidity was also high. Keeney-Bonthrone said they kept on, that is until a major thunderstorm halted all training on post on July 23. Overall, though, he said everyone did well. “Youhavetotrainlikeyoufight,”Keeney-Bonthrone. “So, the more realism, the better the corpsmen are prepared for combat. We got to constantly reinforce principles of tactical medical care under stressful conditions with a realistic mannequin generously provided by the McCoy Medical Simulation Training Center. “In addition, we had a team of five Marines with us to act as opposing forces and tactical mentors,” he said. “We gave them free reign on how to attack us and that creative element does wonders for both morale and training value.” According to the Navy description for a hospital corpsman at https://www.navy.com/ careers/hospital-corpsman, a corpsman can “have the most diverse range of work environments available in the Navy.” “Your job will likely take you all over the world — and far out of your comfort zone. As a Hospital Corpsman, you could be assigned to a Navy medical treatment facility, like an on-base hospital or clinic. You could also work on an aircraft carrier in the middle of the ocean or a submarine in the depths of the sea. Wherever you’re assigned, you’ll work alongside other medical professionals to be trained as a skilled first responder, whether your skills are needed bedside or in the field.” And Navy hospital corpsman are also assigned to work alongside with and train with Marine Corps units as well. In a story

from June 22 by Staff Sgt. Timothy Turner with the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade about the 124th Navy hospital corpsman birthday, that relationship is explained well. “For the last 124 years, Navy Hospital Corpsmen have served alongside Marines and Sailors in every clime and place; in the field and in garrison; in training and in conflicts spanning the globe. Navy Corpsmen derive their name from the U.S. Navy’s Hospital Corps. Established on June 17, 1898, the Hospital Corps enabled the Navy to provide formal Sailors medical training,” the article states. “After passing Navy basic training, Sailors move on to Hospital Corps School, where they learn things like first aid, emergency medicine, anatomy, hygiene, and how to operate medical equipment,” the article states. “Finally, Corpsmen are assigned to Naval hospitals, ships, or air centers. A select few then train to operate alongside the Fleet Marine Force or the ‘Green side.’ ” Fort McCoy was established in 1909 and its motto is to be the “Total Force Training Center.” Located in the heart of the upper Midwest, Fort McCoy is the only U.S. Army installation in Wisconsin. The installation has provided support and facilities for the field and classroom training of more than 100,000 military personnel from all services nearly every year since 1984. Learn more about Fort McCoy online at https://home.army.mil/mccoy, on Facebook by searching “ftmccoy,” and on Twitter by searching “usagmccoy.”

Hospital Corpsmen with the 2nd Battalion, 24th Marines, conducts a contact patrol with other Corpsmen and Marines on July 22, 2022, during training on North Post at Fort McCoy, Wis. The 2/24 is an infantry battalion based out of Chicago consisting of approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors. The battalion falls under the 23rd Marine Regiment and the 4th Marine Division. The 2/24 is holding annual training at Fort McCoy. (PHOTOS BY SCOTT STURKOL, FORT MCCOY PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE)

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U.S. Marines with II Marine Expeditionary Force attend the Basic Analytic Wargaming Course on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina,July 22, 2022. The BAWC is a 5-day course that provides students a hands-on experience with designing, developing, executing, and analyzing wargames. Wargames are a form of strategy game and essential to applying Marine Corps concepts of the 21st century, replicating or creating military scenarios that assists military personnel to train the mind in the art of strategic thinking. (U.S. MARINE CORPS PHOTO BY CPL. ERIC RAMIREZ)

II MEF Marines apply future concepts in wargaming By Cpl. Eric Ramirezii Marine Expeditionary Force

MCB CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — U.S. Marines with II Marine Expeditionary Force attended the Basic Analytic Wargaming Course, culminating into a wargame scenario on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., July 18-22. The BAWC is a 5-day course that provides students a hands-on experience with designing, executing, and analyzing a wargame in an instructor led environment. Wargaming is a form of strategy game that simulates warfare in a realistic tabletop environment which can replicate historical military scenarios or create new ones. It assists military personnel to train the mind in the art of strategic thinking as well as to study real-world battles and future fights, essen-

tial to applying Marine Corps concepts of the 21st century. “The idea is we bring a group of students up to speed on wargaming and what it does to allow us to examine the human decision-making process,” said Dr. Jeff Appleget, a senior lecturer from the Naval Warfare Studies Institute and a retired U.S. Army Colonel, “which is key to executing plans, getting ready to go into theater, and doing the things we have to do in wartime.” Appleget said students in the BAWC learn the scope, objectives and issues of the game as well as key constraints, limitations, and assumptions. He went on to say that learning wargaming is a crucial part of the military planning process, important to the future of the II MEF and ultimately, the Marine Corps’ implementation of Force Design 2030.

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“Force Design 2030 has given us the Commandant’s vision,” said U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Thomas Driscoll, the II MEF deputy assistant chief of staff for plans, “what the service will be able to provide in the future fight in terms of capabilities in certain conditions and certain capacities, integrated with the naval force” Wargaming was an important contribution to the Force Design 2030 Annual Update published in May, and is included in the directed actions and areas of further analysis. Wargaming gives the Marine Corps insight into future operations and new concepts being developed so the force can better anticipate how to adapt to challenges that may be overlooked. “If we don’t utilize wargaming, we’re much more likely to be surprised on the battlefield with decisions that we don’t anticipate,” said Appleget.

It is important for II MEF personnel who have a key role in decision making or planning processes to know how to wargame properly and use it as a tool benefitting the force in the long term, especially as the Marine Corps postures to compete and win against adversaries of the 21st century. “II MEF is building its wargaming capability,” said U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Daniel Yurkovich, II MEF modeling and simulations officer. “It helps us to take generally broad questions and distill them down into detailed questions in which we can then place players into an experiential learning environment to answer the questions that senior leaders may have.” Wargaming is also a critical part of the Marine Corps Campaign of Learning, Marines can continue to learn in the fleet as they apply maneuver warfare tactics as well as scenarios that assess stand-in force concepts such as expeditionary amphibious base operations. “As a student, I’ve learned a better understanding of how to think through designing a wargame which then will allow all of us students to be able to take this to future situations and replicate and build out new and different wargames,” said Driscoll.



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The Military Working Dog (MWD) handlers of NAS Patuxent River pose with their dogs outside the new Pax River military working dog (MWD). The kennel improves Security operations at Pax by negating MWD transport from the D.C. area. (PHOTO BY CHIEF PETTY OFFICER PATRICK GORDON)

Pax River Security opens Military Working Dog kennel on base By Chief Petty Officer Patrick Gordon Naval Air Station Patuxent River

NAS PATUXENT RIVER, Md.– NAS Patuxent River Security cut the ribbon on its new Military Working Dog (MWD) Kennel this spring as part of its commitment to greater base security. The opening is the culmination of nearly two years of work between NAS Patuxent River, Naval District Washington, and various security entities among the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army. Prior to the kennel’s opening at Pax River, the MWDs assigned to Pax River were housed in kennels at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling. Security personnel at Pax sought to streamline their MWD operations by improving the existing kennel into a DoD-compliant facility to house their own contingent of MWDs for improved security operations that negated transport from the D.C. area. Taking on this task were a dedicated pair of Masters-at-Arms at Pax River, Masterat-Arms 1st Class Trevor Houseknecht and Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Kaila Gentry. “It was my job to determine the flaws of the original kennel structure, find out what we were missing to meet the standards of the Navy Instruction and get dogs back on Pax,” said Houseknecht. “MA2 Gentry and myself identified 126 discrepancies and made a Statement of Work to correct all but four of them that were too costly. We were there to watch every nail, cinder block, pipe and paint get placed per our Statement of Work.”

The team began working on the project in late 2020, and linked up with a regional expert in MDW kennel operations, Army Capt. William Ciancarelli, to create a kennel that was up to code. Ciancarelli, the chief veterinarian of Joint Base Andrews’ Veterinary Branch under the Public Health Activity at Fort Belvoir, proved to be an invaluable resource for the project. “My role in the kennel project was to provide subject matter expertise requested by the previous kennel master to assess the build of the Patuxent River kennel based on my knowledge of kennel design and its impact on animal welfare and safety,” said Ciancarelli. “Together from July 2020 to March 2022 we were able to get the addition of an isolation kennel, graded floors, larger drains, and removal of several trees that posed imminent danger of falling on the kennel. Spending a total of 960 hours in planning and execution of the project.” Ciancarelli added that Houseknecht hosted more than 30 in-person meetings and teleconferences ensuring kennel construction occurred timely and met the scope of work, ensuring seamless communication between Naval Facilities Command, Public Health Command Atlantic, and the NAS Pax River chains of command. “MA1 Houseknecht and MA2 Gentry went in day-to-day once the final Scope of Work was put into place,” said Ciancarelli. “I went checked in at least monthly to quarterly usually during my military sanitation inspections; I have to say we would probably

Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Kaila Gentry stands outside the newly opened Pax River military working dog (MWD) kennel with her MWD Roki. The kennel improves Security operations at Pax by negating MWD transport from the D.C. area. (PHOTO BY CHIEF PETTY OFFICER PATRICK GORDON)

still be working on this if it were not for MA1 Houseknecht’s drive and support from his command to have this completed.” By reinstating a MWD kennel at Pax River, the installation security team not only improved its overall readiness, but also cut logistical costs associated with housing and transporting the dogs off site. The increased boarding also allows for four additional MWD teams to support regional security operations. “The NAS Pax River kennel covers the South Potomac Region, and having the Pax River kennel operational with the additional four MWD teams greatly enhances our response time and security posture,” said Houseknecht. The specifications of the facilities necessary to house the MWDs denote the highly specialized nature of their training and handling. The MWDs and their handlers work diligently in the detection of explosives, narcotics, and intruders. “MWDs come trained when reporting to their duty station but need advanced their training to obtain their certification before gaining authorization to search on base,” said Houseknecht. “This timeline is completed in no more than six months. Our teams gained their certification in two months — record time. A lot of hard work, long days, and sweat went into the success achieved by our junior handlers.” The health of the dogs is also a primary concern as well. MWD veterinary care, including housing, ensures health readiness

in the event of deployment needs. Prior to leaving the DOD MWD Veterinary Service Dog Center at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, they will receive a battery of preventative medical procedures, microchipping, and a tattoo number. The dogs are then seen monthly by an 68T Animal Care Specialist for weighing and body conditioning scoring with preventative medicine checks where flea, tick, heartworm and internal parasite treatment is administered. “Any concerns about the MWDs are relayed from handlers to the 68T and then to the Veterinary Corps Officer responsible for the kennel,” said Ciancarelli. “MWDs are seen by a VCO at least semiannually for their Semiannual Physical Exam. At least once a year for dogs younger than 8 they will receive full blood screening, rabies tittering, tick-borne illness, and heart worm screening. They will also receive their vaccines yearly as well. All records will be inspected by a VCO at least semiannually to ensure that any ongoing problems are addressed and that the dogs are able to work unimpeded. Quarterly they will also go to the kennel to perform a kennel inspection and/ or training for the handlers for working dog care. This is especially emphasized at Pax River due to their distance from a military veterinarian.” For more information on NAS Patuxent River, visit www.facebook.com/NASPaxRiver, www.twitter.com/NASPaxRiverPAO, and https://ndw.navy.afpims.mil/Installations/NAS-Patuxent-River/.

Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Dylan Mihalik performs a demonstration with military working dog (MWD) Georgina at the NAS Patuxent River MWD kennel opening. The kennel allows Pax River Security to to house their own contingent of MWDs for improved security operations that negated transport of dogs from the D.C. area. (PHOTO BY CHIEF PETTY OFFICER PATRICK GORDON)

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MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII, Hawaii (July 25, 2022) Australian Army officers and Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, stand for the Last Post during a memorial service for the 69th anniversary of the Battle of Samichon River at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, July 25. The Battle of the Samichon River was fought during the final days of the Korean War. Twenty-six nations, 38 ships, three submarines, more than 170 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 29 to Aug. 4 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity while fostering and sustaining cooperative relationships among participants critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2022 is the 28th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (PHOTO BY ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY LEADING SEAMAN JARROD MULVIHILL)

Australian Soldiers, U.S. Marines pay respects at Battle of Samichon dawn service By Royal Australian Air Force Flying Officer Lily Lancaster Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet

The dawn of the July 26, 1953 — the day before the Korean War ended — was an important moment for 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment. It was the day of victory at the Battle of the Samichon River. Sixty-nine years later on the beaches of Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Battalion members remembered their fallen Battalion members while training at Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2022, where they are proudly wearing the title of Battlegroup Samichon. Standing by the side of their Australian counterparts during the service were representatives from 7th Marine Regiment, the unit with whom 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment fought the battle. The event marked an important reunion for the two units to come together and honor this anniversary. Commanding Officer 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, Lieutenant Colonel Mark Tutton was proud to present the address for the service. “This important date in our history ensures we remember those who have come before us, commemorate our fallen and reminds us of what service to nation means,” Lieutenant Colonel Mark Tutton said. The service was just one of three held across the world on the same dawn. In the United States, the Solomon Islands and Australia, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment members came together to pay their respects to those who came before. Australian Army and United States Marines together held the line to the west of the Samichon River for three days under enemy fire. 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment were given the task of holding the left forward position of a hill, known as the ‘Hook’. Nowhere did the enemy penetrate the Australian trenches. In the two weeks they held their positions at the Battle of the Samichon River, the Battalion lost 17 killed and 31 wounded; the

Australian Army officer, Capt. David Wohlgemuth from 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, reads the Soldiers prayer at a memorial service for the 69th anniversary of the Battle of Samichon River at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, July 25. The Battle of the Samichon River was fought during the final days of the Korean War. Twenty-six nations, 38 ships, three submarines, more than 170 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 29 to Aug. 4 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity while fostering and sustaining cooperative relationships among participants critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2022 is the 28th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (PHOTO BY ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY LEADING SEAMAN JARROD MULVIHILL)

enemy lost 2000 causalities. The battle honor The Samichon was awarded to 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment for participation in the defense of the United Nations position on the ‘Hook’. Now at RIMPAC, working alongside the United States Marine Corps,

they proudly wear that honor. Twenty-six nations, 38 ships, three submarines, more than 170 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 29 to Aug. 4 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world’s largest international mari-

time exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity while fostering and sustaining cooperative relationships among participants critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2022 is the 28th exercise in the series that began in 1971.

Explorers find WWII Navy ship, deepest wreck discovered By apnews.com MANILA, Philippines — A U.S. Navy destroyer escort that engaged a superior Japanese fleet in the largest sea battle of World War II in the Philippines has become the deepest wreck to be discovered, according to explorers. The USS Samuel B. Roberts, popularly known as the “Sammy B,” was identified on Wednesday broken into two pieces on a slope at a depth of 6,895 meters (22,620 feet). That puts it 426 meters (1,400 feet) deeper than the USS Johnston, the previous deepest wreck discovered last year in the Philippine Sea also by American explorer Victor

Vescovo, founder of Dallas-based Caladan Oceanic Expeditions. He announced the latest find together with U.K.-based EYOS Expeditions. “It was an extraordinary honor to locate this incredibly famous ship, and by doing so have the chance to retell her story of heroism and duty to those who may not know of the ship and her crew’s sacrifice,” Vescovo, a former Navy commander, said in a statement. The Sammy B. took part in the Battle off Samar, the final phase of the Battle of Leyte Gulf in October 1944, in which the Imperial Japanese Navy suffered its biggest loss of ships and failed to dislodge the U.S. forces

from Leyte, which they invaded earlier as part of the liberation of the Philippines. According to some records, the destroyer escort disabled a Japanese heavy cruiser with a torpedo and significantly damaged another while battling the group led by the command battleship Yamato. After having spent virtually all its ammunition, it was critically hit by the battleship Kongo and sank. Of a 224-man crew, 89 died and 120 were saved, including the captain, Lt. Cmdr. Robert W. Copeland. According to Samuel J. Cox, a retired admiral and naval historian, Copeland stated there was “no higher honor” then to have led the men who displayed such incredi-

ble courage going into battle against overwhelming odds, from which survival could not be expected. “This site is a hallowed war grave, and serves to remind all Americans of the great cost born by previous generations for the freedom we take for granted today,” Cox said in a statement. The explorers said that up until the discovery, the historical records of where the wreck lay were not very accurate. The search involved the use of the deepest sidescan sonar ever installed and operated on a submersible, well beyond the standard commercial limitations of 6,000 meters (19,685 feet), EYOS said.

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U.S. Marine Corps Instructors of Water Survival and graduates of the Water Survival Advanced course pose for a group photo on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, July 22, 2022. WSA is the highest swim qualification that Marines can obtain before becoming Marine Corps Instructors of Water Survival. Throughout the course, students endured aquatic conditioning, endurance swimming, and underwater rescue training. (U.S. MARINE CORPS PHOTO BY LANCE CPL. THOMAS SHENG)

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MCAS FUTENMA, Japan — Thirteen U.S. Marines stationed across Okinawa graduated from the Water Survival Advanced course at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma on July 22. WSA is the highest swim qualification that Marines can obtain before becoming Marine Corps Instructors of Water Survival. Throughout the course, students endured aquatic conditioning, endurance swimming, and underwater rescue training. Taught by six Marine Corps Instructors of Water Survival, each Marine endured a physically demanding week of eight-hour training days in the water. The training included endurance swimming, underwa-

ter training, and rescue techniques. “These students went through a lot of aquatic conditioning, underwater confidence training exercises, and team building exercises,” said Sgt. Bryantruc Nguyen, a network administrator with Marine Air Control Squadron 4, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. “Underwater conditioning is extremely important, because it gives students a foundation before we transition them into making open water rescues. ” Nguyen explained one of the most difficult parts for students was underwater conditioning. Events aimed toward underwater conditioning were usually conducted with only physical training shorts. The purpose of underwater training was to physically prepare students for tasks they would have to complete while making rescues.

He said that the students completed two sessions of rifle-ups, a main component of underwater confidence training. During rifle-ups students would drop their rifles in the deep end. Once the rifles were at the bottom, they would dive down to retrieve their rifles and stay underwater until instructed to return to the surface. Instructors increased the time spent underwater after every succeeding repetition of rifleups. During this iteration of the course, underwater training forced a handful of students to exit the pool due to the difficulty of the task “Students also struggled with Marine Corps rescues because they were forced to make open water rescues in their full combat utility uniform without panicking,” said Nguyen. “As MCIWS we make

this course difficult so we can fully trust trainees to make rescues and supervise future swim qualifications.” Per Marine Corps Order 1500.52D, the intention of swim qualification courses is to ensure that each Marine meets the expectation of being “amphibious by nature.” This requires Marines to be prepared if they ever need to make a rescue while on active duty. “Swimming in combat utility uniforms was my weakness. I was a distance swimmer in high school, but I never swam in full gear,” said Lance Cpl. Tyge Watts, a motor vehicle operator with 3rd Transportation Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group. “That’s a big obstacle you have to face, because it disrupts your form, and you have to go back and focus on the basics of swimming.”

U.S. Marines participating in the Water Survival Advanced course perform rescues on simulated distressed victims during the WSA course on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, July 22, 2022. WSA is the highest swim qualification that Marines can obtain before becoming Marine Corps Instructors of Water Survival. Throughout the course, students endured aquatic conditioning, endurance swimming, and underwater rescue training. (U.S. MARINE CORPS PHOTO BY LANCE CPL. THOMAS SHENG)

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Ben Pate, operations manager at Fleet Readiness Center East’s (FRCE) Precision Measurement Center, operates a coordinate measuring machine (CMM). A CMM is a device that measures the geometry of physical objects by sensing points on the surface of the object with a probe. This machine is one of two new CMMs FRCE acquired capable of large-volume measurement. Depot officials say the additional machines will improve efficiency and reduce wait times caused by maintenance and equipment calibration. (PHOTO BY JOE ANDES, FLEET READINESS CENTER EAST PUBLIC AFFAIRS.)

New coordinate measuring machines boost capabilities at FRCE By Joe Andes

Fleet Readiness Center East Public Affairs

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. — Fleet Readiness Center East’s (FRCE) Precision Measurement Center boosted its capabilities with the recent addition of two new coordinate measuring machines. A coordinate measuring machine, or CMM, is a device that measures the geometry of physical objects by sensing points on the surface of the object. The Precision Measurement Center (PMC), a component of the Advanced Measurement Services and Reverse Engineering Labs (AMSREL) Division of the Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Engineering Department at FRCE, recently acquired the CMMs. The machines are capable of precisely measuring oversized items such as the CH-53 sponson fixture, measuring more than 7 feet tall and nearly 4 feet wide, in increments as small as a ten-thousandth of an inch. To get a sense of this level of accuracy, consider that the average human hair would need to be split into more than 30 slices to divide it into slivers ten-thousandth of an inch thick. The new acquisitions will help increase the speed with which the depot can conduct the precise measurement of oversized items, said Michael Wagoner, FRCE’s Metrology Engineering and Precision Measurement Center branch manager. “The installation of two new CMMs increases the depot’s large-volume CMM capabilities by fifty percent; this translates into a significant reduction in turnaround time for the Naval Aviation Enterprise large support equipment and components,” Wagoner said. “The new technology on these machines allows for both non-contact and contact measurements. We are very excited to grow our technology with these machines and deliver faster and more accurate measurements for our customers.” According to Ben Pate, the PMC operations manager, the new CMMs not only possess the ability to measure large support equipment and components, but also are capable of a high degree of precision and accuracy as aircraft parts and components must meet stringent safety controls and standards.

CMMs like those utilized by FRCE see widespread use in the aerospace, automotive, medical and technology industries because their astonishing accuracy allows for meeting the exacting tolerances required in these trades. “CMMs measure the geometry of a physical object,” said Pate. “The CMM allows probe movement along three axes and it will probe points or different areas of a part. From those points we can use software to build digital features of the part and compare them to drawing dimensions. They do all this with an extremely high degree of precision.” With addition of the two new CMMs, FRCE now has 11 of the machines. Pate said having two additional CMMs capable of large-volume measurement will yield benefits in regards to productivity and efficiency. “Up to now, we had several machines but we were limited to only one large-volume CMM of this type,” said Pate. “Having access to multiple CMMs of this size gives us the capability to move more products at a faster pace, reduce downtime, better support equipment tooling, and eliminate that single point of failure when the machine is down for maintenance or yearly certification.” The benefits of receiving two large-volume CMMs came with one challenge for the depot. The ability to measure and plot large objects means the CMM itself needs to be of sufficient size, and each machine came with a massive granite table. Pate said the sheer weight and size of the machines required special considerations in order to be transported to FRCE. “The granite tables alone weighed 14 tons each,” said Pate. “Each CMM was delivered on a tractor trailer. Once they got here, a rigging company out of Charlotte used a 40-ton Versa-Lift forklift to unload the pieces and maneuver them into the building and put them into place.” Coordinating the logistics and delivery of nearly 30 tons of equipment is a complex endeavor. According to Wagoner, collaboration amongst FRCE’s departments made delivery of these massive machines not only possible but ensured it was a smooth, orderly process. “A project of this scale is impossible with-

out teamwork,” said Wagoner. “Without the amazing support of the Facility and Infrastructure Management Department’s Facility and Plant Planning Division, and the MRO Logistics Acquisition, Procurement and Supply Division, this project wouldn’t have been successful. From planning to execution, this project took a little over seven months. The team ensured all the logistics and contractual processes were followed, which ensured the depot received a quality product. I don’t believe this endeavor would have been so successful without their hard work and dedication.” As soon as the CMMs were housed within the PMC, work immediately began on the setup process. Pate said the proper personnel were in place and went right to work prepping the machines for use. “Once the machines were in place, we had a technician from the manufacturer there who completed the install and setup of the CMM,” said Pate. “They installed the air bearings that hold the massive weight of the machine and installed the bridge and other parts. The last step was performing the certification of the CMM to ensure its function and accuracy are within the manufacturer specifications.” “Nearly all of these parts that we deal with here — aircraft parts in general — have tight tolerances,” said Pate. “Precision and accuracy are vital; there are no shortcuts. After a proper setup, we have standards that we use to ensure accuracy before and after we do a job. The manufacturer also comes in annually and conducts a factory calibration on the CMM to ensure it meets that ISO 10360 standard.” Pate said the ability of CMMs to rapidly and efficiently gather precise data allows them to support a wide range of activities and operations at FRCE. “With a CMM we can easily check the geometric dimension and tolerance of a part or component in a manner you could never do by hand,” said Pate. “At the depot, CMMs play an important role in the process of getting aircraft and components out the door and into the fleet. We use them for everything from measuring the characteristics of parts and components to supporting equipment tooling and first article inspection.” First article inspection is a process that

involves measuring prototype parts created by defense contractors before the companies commence full production of the items. Tate explained that CMMs play an essential role in the process. “When the Defense Logistics Agency puts out a bid to purchase parts from different vendors, we use the CMM to do first article inspections on the parts to ensure they meet drawing requirements,” said Pate. “The CMMs also support engineering investigations. We assist the engineers when they have a part and suspect something may be wrong with it. They’ll bring it down here for us to check against the drawings.” In addition to the large-volume measurement capabilities bolstered by the new CMMs, Pate explained that FRCE also possesses an existing array of machines used for smaller parts and components. He cites the versatility offered by the range of equipment as a key factor in meeting mission goals. “We now have 11 CMMs,” said Pate. “Other depots have CMMs but they do not have as many. Having all these machines is important because we support such a wide range of activities. For example, with the new machines, as well as some other CMMs dedicated to specific functions, work has to be brought to us. The machines are large and can’t be moved. So we also have teams that can go out with portable CMM-type machines. That kind of flexibility is important. We average anywhere from 300 to 400 first article inspections a year. With tooling, we measure more than 150 fixtures annually. The amount of engineering investigations and production part measurements can vary. We keep very busy. These new CMMs will certainly be put to good use and allow us to provide even greater service to our customers.” FRCE is North Carolina’s largest maintenance, repair, overhaul and technical services provider, with more than 4,000 civilian, military and contract workers. Its annual revenue exceeds $1 billion. The depot provides service to the fleet while functioning as an integral part of the greater U.S. Navy; Naval Air Systems Command; and Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers.

Rigging technicians move a granite table weighing 14 tons into place at Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE). The table is part of a coordinate measuring machine (CMM). FRCE recently acquired two new CMMs capable of large-volume measurement. In addition to providing large item measurements, depot officials say these additional machines will improve efficiency and reduce wait times caused by maintenance and equipment calibration. (PHOTO BY JOE ANDES,

Personnel from Fleet Readiness Center East’s (FRCE) Precision Measurement Center stand for a group photo in front of a newly acquired coordinate measuring machine (CMM). This machine is one of two new CMMs FRCE acquired capable of large-volume measurement. Depot officials say the additional machines will improve efficiency and reduce wait times caused by maintenance and equipment calibration. (PHOTO BY JOE ANDES, FLEET READINESS



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New event to raise funds and awareness for Sail Nauticus Press Release Norfolk, Va. — Nauticus announces the launch of the first-ever SailFest to celebrate their signature program, Sail Nauticus. On September 24, 2022, the community is invited to raise funds on and off the water in support STEM and leadership development for students in Hampton Roads. SailFest, a two-part event, will feature a unique regatta titled the Cofer Cup, followed by a Pier Party celebration on Nauticus’ cruise pier. The Cofer Cup invites sailors of all skill levels to form or join a team to race along the Elizabeth River in Sail Nauticus’ fleet of Harbor 20 sailboats. The winning team will have their name featured on the official Cofer Cup trophy and will be displayed for public viewing inside Nauticus’ exhibit halls. Following the race, the community is invited to Nauticus’ cruise pier for a “Pier Party” to enjoy an afternoon of games, live music, local food trucks, beer by Elation Brewing Co, sunset views and more. SailFest sponsors will also compete in the

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Corporate Challenge, a fun and unique set of races led by Sail Nauticus instructors while Pier Party attendees cheer on the winners.

“Participating in this event is an incredible way to experience and support our transformational after- school program, all while having fun!” said Sail Nauticus

Director, Sarah Linden-Brooks. “This event will provide a glimpse into how sailing empowers local youth by building leadership and communication skills. Whether you choose to participate on the water, or party on our pier, doing so will make a difference in the lives of Hampton Roads students.” All event proceeds benefit Sail Nauticus’ programs, including the Sail Nauticus Academy. The flagship program for underserved youth in Hampton Roads provides the opportunity to develop leadership and academic success through the art and science of sailing. SailFest will be held rain or shine. Cofer Cup registration is $275 per boat and $375 after August 15. Pier Party tickets are $55 per person and will be $65 after September 1. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.nauticus.org/sailfest. Current event sponsors include: Wolcott Rivers Gates; Portsmouth River Casino; Southern Bank; Virginia Maritime Association, Hampton Roads Shipping Association and Elation Brewing Co.


Avelo Airlines lands in Newport News-Williamsburg with two nonstop routes to Florida Press Release/Avelo Airlines NEWPORT NEWS, HAMPTON, and Williamsburg, Va. — Avelo Airlines today announced it will begin serving Newport News-Williamsburg, Virginia this fall with exclusive nonstop service to Florida. Avelo will begin serving Orlando on October 19 and Fort Lauderdale on October 20 from the Newport News-Williamsburg Airport (PHF). Avelo Airlines Chairman and CEO Andrew Levy said, “Virginia Peninsula — say hello to Avelo! We are excited to add Newport News— Williamsburg Airport (PHF) to Avelo’s nationwide network of popular destinations. Avelo will offer the Peninsula’s only nonstop service to Florida. That means getting to the Sunshine State is now easier and more affordable than ever for Peninsula residents. Avelo’s refreshingly convenient, reliable and caring service is a perfect fit with Newport News-Williamsburg Airport’s easy going hometown airport experience.” Introductory fares between PHF and Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Orlando International Airport (MCO) start at $29 (restrictions apply). Customers can make reservations at AveloAir.com. Newport News Mayor McKinley L. Price said, “We are thrilled that Avelo Airlines is adding Newport News to the list of destinations they serve. Residents from throughout Hampton Roads will enjoy the convenience Newport News-Williamsburg Airport offers, as they take off on Avelo’s affordable flights to Orlando and Fort Lauderdale. We also look forward to welcoming tourists to our great city and helping them discover new and unique Newport News experiences.” Hampton Mayor Donnie Tuck said, “Having a strong airport is an important factor in improving the quality of life of our residents and attracting more businesses to this area. The addition of Avelo Airlines benefits everyone by providing nonstop flights to great destinations

and opens the door for visitors to experience all the Peninsula has to offer.” Peninsula Airport Commission Chair Lindsey Carney Smith said, “The Commission is thrilled to welcome Avelo Airlines as our new business partner. The Newport News-Williamsburg Airport is already Easy Going and now, even more so, with the addition of nonstop service to two very popular Florida destinations — Orlando and Fort Lauderdale. Hello, Avelo - we’re so glad you’re here!” Newport News Economic Development Authority Board of Directors Chair Jennifer Smith- Brown said, “We welcome the arrival of Avelo Airlines and the impact that the company’s presence will have on the airport. With service to and from a variety of popular destinations, passengers will have many options for leisure travel, which will create opportunities to stimulate the Peninsula’s economy. When the Airport wins, we all win.”

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ORLANDO Theme Park Capital of the World • Wonder awaits in Orlando with endless excitement and unforgettable adventures. Whether it’s a trip for families, couples, single travelers or a group of friends, Orlando is the perfect destination that ensures a memorable vacation filled with unique experiences for every visitor. While Orlando is known as the Theme Park Capital of the World for its incredible parks and attractions, there’s so much more to enjoy. The destination is also home to sizzling nightlife and a vibrant entertainment scene, craft breweries, wineries, professional sports teams and so much more. FORT LAUDERDALE A South Florida Haven • The reasons to visit Fort Lauderdale are as abundant as the sun and palm trees. There are over 300 sunny days a year, which gives visitors plenty of opportunities to enjoy

nature, boating, diverse neighborhoods, events, attractions and unique “only-here” specialness that helps define Fort Lauderdale. With 24 miles of golden sandy beaches paired with waterfront dining and shopping, it’s easy to spend a day at the beach. With comfortable year-round temperatures, the Atlantic Ocean is always inviting to scuba divers, snorkelers, stand-up paddle boarders and jet skiers. The destination also boasts luxury hotels, museums, nightlife, shopping, casinos and family-friendly fun.

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At Avelo, there are no change or cancellation fees. Avelo offers several unbundled travel-enhancing options that give customers the flexibility to pay for what they value, including priority boarding, checked bags, carry-on overhead bags, and bringing a pet in the cabin. The American-made Boeing 737 jets Avelo flies offer a more spacious and comfortable experience than the small regional aircraft historically operating at many of the small hometown airports Avelo serves. Customers may choose from several seating options, including seats with extra leg room, as well as pre-reserved window and aisle seating. Avelo is distinguished by Turn to Avelo, Page 3

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Keep Pets Safe All Summer Long 4 tips to overcome warm weather hazards

Family Features Summer means extra time outdoors. Sunny months provide a perfect opportunity for bonding with pets, but higher temperatures, seasonal plants and pests and additional travel can pose higher risks for complications. To help keep dogs, cats and other pets safe during summer adventures, consider these tips from the experts at VCA Animal Hospitals, which has more than 1,000 locations across North America that cared for more than 4.5 million pets last year.

Beat the Heat

Dogs and cats cannot control their body temperature by sweating as humans do. They have a small number of sweat glands located in their footpads and primarily regulate their temperature by panting. Vigorous exercise, leaving a pet in a vehicle with poor ventilation — even if the windows are down — or being left outside without shade and water on hot days can lead to heatstroke, or hyperthermia. Increased humidity combined with warmer temperatures intensifies the risk

of heat stroke, especially during the first few warm days as pets transition to outdoor activity. If your pet exhibits any symptoms of heatstroke — elevated breathing rates, dry or sticky gums, lethargy, disorientation, abnormal gum color, bruised gums or seizures — pour cool water over your pet’s head, stomach and feet or apply cool, wet cloths, ensure continuous airflow and see a veterinarian immediately.

Keep Ticks at Bay

As pets spend more time outdoors in the summer, they’re often exposed to pests like ticks. Ticks can transmit serious diseases to both dogs and cats. According to the Companion Animal Parasite Council, as many as 1 in 20 dogs tested positive for tick-borne diseases in 2021. Ticks climb onto pets from blades of grass or fall from overhanging trees and foliage. If a tick finds its way onto your pet, use tweezers or disposable gloves to grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible then pull straight out with steady, even pressure until the tick releases. If you find a tick, carefully inspect all areas of skin, including behind the ears

and between the toes, for additional ticks. After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area with soap and water and wash your hands. Save the tick in a resealable plastic bag to show your veterinarian and take note of the time and place the bite occurred and any other details that may aid your veterinarian should an illness occur. Follow your veterinarian’s advice about tick preventative measures, and make sure the product is safe to be used for your pet’s size. Never use dog flea and tick products on cats.

Travel Safely

If you plan to travel with your pet, pack the necessities for your animal. Your pet’s luggage should include food, water bowls, treats, a leash and collar, toys, medications and printed copies of medical records, including vaccination history. Check with your veterinarian to determine if a health certificate is needed for travel. Also ensure your pet is comfortable with his or her crate or carrier before flying or embarking on a long road trip. Knowing where to take your pet in case of an emergency while away from home is

also essential. Look up emergency veterinary clinics near your destination before departing or ask if your vet offers virtual care options. For example, through the myVCA app, you can access 24/7 live chat with licensed veterinary professionals.

Manage Allergies

Many of the same allergens that affect humans impact pets. Atopy, also known as inhalant allergy, is a common cause of skin problems in dogs and cats. Affected animals often have a history of chronic or recurrent itching and tend to have a history of repeated skin or ear infections. Itchy pets tend to scratch themselves, lick their feet and rub on furniture or carpet. Atopy can also cause cats to groom excessively and develop bald or crusty spots on their skin. Some allergies may also affect the respiratory or digestive systems or the eyes. If your pet is displaying signs of allergies, your veterinarian can recommend appropriate testing and treatment to reduce symptoms. Visit vcahospitals.com to find more ways to keep pets safe throughout the summer and book an appointment.

Helpful insurance tips for students heading to college Press Release RICHMOND — August is the time many students head to college, some for the first time. In addition to new classes, instructors, friends and living quarters, this time can also bring new insurance needs. The State Corporation Commission’s (SCC) Bureau of Insurance (Bureau) encourages Virginia families with college students to make sure their college prep checklist includes a thorough review of both their own insurance needs as well as those of their students. “Protect yourself and your family financially by ensuring your student has the insurance coverage they need before they leave for college,” said Virginia Insurance Commissioner Scott A. White. “Review insurance coverage for their health, auto, living space and belongings and make sure they understand their coverage.” The Bureau encourages parents and students to shop around for insurance coverage and compare premiums and policy provisions. Read any insurance policy carefully and make sure you understand exactly what is covered, as well as exclusions, deductibles and limits. If you have questions or concerns, contact your insurance agent or company. Additionally, the Bureau offers the following insurance considerations for parents and college students:


College students have several options for getting health insurance. Under federal

law, students may be able to stay on their parents’ health insurance until they turn 26 years old. If your student remains on your health insurance policy, make sure they have a copy of any insurance cards and understand what services are covered, as well as know how to obtain referrals, if necessary, before seeking treatment. Under some health insurance policies, your student would need to find a physician or hospital that is within your insurance carrier’s provider network — except for emergency care — or pay more out of pocket if a provider is outside your carrier’s network. Students who do not have health insurance through a parent’s policy, or who have limited coverage due to provider networks or service areas, may opt to purchase a student health insurance plan through their college or university. Students also may be eligible for a Special Enrollment Period that would allow them to apply for a private health insurance plan through the federally-facilitated health insurance marketplace at HealthCare.gov.

Personal Property and Housing College students often take many valuable items with them to school, such as laptops, printers, mobile phones, televisions, gaming devices and bicycles. When reviewing your insurance needs, consider how much it would cost to replace everything in your student’s dorm room or apartment if a theft or disaster occurred. For students who live in on-campus


student housing, their parents’ homeowners or renters policy may cover their belongings if they are stolen or damaged. Some policies, however, may limit the amount of coverage provided. Certain items — such as jewelry or expensive electronics — may require special coverage. In the event of a loss, policy deductibles may also apply. Students living off campus should consider renters insurance, which generally covers a tenant’s personal property as well as insures the tenant in case someone is injured on their leased premises. Landlords’ policies generally only cover the structure, not a renter’s possessions. Renters insurance premiums vary depending on the location and size of the rental unit and the value of the tenant’s possessions. No matter where your student lives, they should have a list of their belongings. An inventory of personal property will help you and your student determine how much insurance is needed. If a loss occurs, the inventory can facilitate the claims process. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) offers a free smartphone app that makes creating an inventory easy.


For college students planning to take a car to school, parents should ask their insurance agent or company about coverage availability — as well as rates for the city and state where the college is located — before deciding whether to keep the student’s car on the family policy. If your student is attending college in another state, make sure you know that state’s minimum requirements for auto insurance coverage. Additionally, check with your agent or insurance company about good-student discounts on the vehicle’s insurance premiums for students who maintain good grades and any eligibility requirements. Students whose names are on the title for a car must purchase their own auto insurance policy. However, they may be able to stay on their parents’ policy if their parents own the vehicle they will use at school. Tell your insurance agent where the vehicle will be stored if the address is different from what is on the policy. For more information, contact the Bureau toll-free at 1-877-310-6560 or in Richmond at 804-371-9741 or visit its website at scc. virginia.gov/pages/Insurance.

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Christopher Cross celebrates 40th anniversary with 2022 tour performance at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts Press Release Virginia Beach, Va. — The Langley Federal Credit Union Concert Series presents Christopher Cross, celebrating the 40th anniversary of his debut album at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, October 19 at 7:30 PM. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at Ticketmaster. com or by visiting the Sandler Center box office located at 201 Market Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23462. Christopher Cross made history with his 1980 self-titled debut album, winning five

Grammy Awards, including—for the first time in Grammy history—the “Big Four” most prestigious awards: Record of the Year (for the single “Sailing”), Album of the Year, Song of the Year (also “Sailing”), and Best New Artist. In a career spanning over five decades, Cross has sold over 10 million albums. His music has garnered five Grammys, an Oscar, a Golden Globe and five Top 10 singles. This year, Christopher Cross is celebrating the 40th anniversary of his breakthrough debut album with a major tour featuring songs from his debut album:

“Sailing,” “Ride Like the Wind,” “Say You’ll Be Mine,” and more. Says Cross, “This tour celebrates the first chapter in what has been my life’s journey. I look forward to seeing everyone on the road.” For more information, visit https://www. sandlercenter.org/events/detail/christopher-cross. Follow Christopher on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChristopherCrossOfficial/ Instagram & Twitter: @itsmrcross

Friends of the National World War II Memorial Lauds Passage of The Greatest Generation Commemorative Coin Act in House of Representatives Press Release WASHINGTON, D.C. — Friends of the National World War II Memorial (Friends) applauds Tuesday’s passage of the Greatest Generation Commemorative Coin Act by the U.S. House of Representatives, which will raise private money to fund repairs to the National World War II Memorial. The Greatest Generation Commemorative Coin Act authorizes the U.S. Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Proceeds from the sale of the commemorative coins will be used to maintain and repair the Memorial, as well as for robust educational and commemorative programming. “Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur and Congressman Adam Kinzinger showed strong leadership shepherding this bill through the U.S. House of Representatives to ensure its passage and we are grateful for their efforts to get this over the finish line,” said Holly Rotondi, executive director of the Friends of the National World War II Memorial. The National World War II Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C., on May 29, 2004 — the culmination of a

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17-year effort. The World War II Memorial is the first national Memorial dedicated to all who served during World War II and acknowledges the commitment and achievement of the entire nation. The Memorial honors the 16 million who served in the Armed Forces of the U.S. during World War II, the more than 400,000 who died, and the millions who supported the war effort here at home. The commemorative coin will serve as an important representation of the spirit, sacrifice, and commitment of the brave Americans who fought to defend the nation and advance peace and freedom throughout the world. The proceeds of the sale of each coin will go to the Friends of the National World War II Memorial, a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded in 2007, to maintain and repair the Memorial, and for educational programming. Friends plays a vital role in educating the American public about World War II; preserving and maintaining the National World War II Memorial as a treasure for the American people; and facilitating key commemorative programs at the Memorial to pay a fitting tribute to America’s “Greatest Generation.” Today, the Memorial is a top destination for millions of annual visitors from all

over the country and the world. For many young visitors, their visit to the Memorial is a first glimpse at a grateful Nation’s remembrance of the sacrifices made by the brave men and women who fought against tyranny. For WWII veterans, the Memorial is a special destination, a rendezvous point, and a gathering place for reflection, reunions, and commemorative programs. The Memorial stands as an important symbol of America’s national unity, a timeless reminder of the moral strength and power that flows when free people are united and bonded together in a common and just cause for liberty. About Friends of the National World War II Memorial (www.wwiimemorialfriends.org): Friends of the National World War II Memorial (Friends), based in Washington, D.C., is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to teaching the lessons of yesterday to unite the generations of tomorrow. Founded in 2007 by the creators of the National World War II Memorial, Friends brings visitors together for national ceremonies and experiences at the Memorial and for online educational programs centered around the themes of American unity, shared values and ideals, and the spirit of community.

Friday, September 2 Sunday, September 4 Press Release VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Virginia Beach Events and the City of Virginia Beach are pleased to announce the incredible line-up of entertainment coming to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront this Labor Day Weekend, Friday-Sunday, September 2-4. You’re sure to find something to satisfy your musical palette at this series of FREE musical performances from nationally-recognized artists featuring Ben Folds, Smash Mouth, Coolio, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Steel Pulse, Chester Benton’s Motown Review, and more! All performances are FREE and open to everyone. Concerts begin at 7:30pm.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 • 7:30PM 17th Street Park: CHESTER BENTON’S MOTOWN REVIEW 31st Street Park: SMASH MOUTH with Vince Kornegay Band SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 • 7:30PM 24th Street Park: RICKY SKAGGS & KENTUCKY THUNDER with Fixity 31st Street Park: STEEL PULSE with Cultivated Mind SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 • 7:30PM 17th Street Park: SCHOOL OF ROCK 24th Street Park: COOLIO with Kosha Dillz 31st Street Park: BEN FOLDS with Bennett Wales

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Tolerate Hot Days with a Tasty Tart Family Features/Culinary.net Summer days can be long and boring, especially when the kids are out of school and there is nothing to do around the house as a family. When the minutes creep by and it’s too hot to go outside, the dog days of summer can be pretty miserable. However, this recipe for a Strawberry Cream Cheese Tart can give the kids something to look forward to as a dish the whole family can participate in creating. This recipe is perfect for little ones wanting to get creative and perfectly place fresh strawberries on top of a delicious tart. In a food processor, mix flour, sugar and salt until combined. Then add butter, an egg and vanilla extract. Mix again until combined. Flour your working surface and create a dough ball from the mixture. Flatten it slightly to form a disc. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour. After time has passed, lightly flour your surface once more. Roll out dough into

an 11-inch circle. Place circle on a 9-inch tart pan. Roll over the top to trim. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for about 30 minutes. Prepare the tart crust for baking by covering it with aluminum foil then bake for 20 minutes. Wait for the crust to cool completely. To make the filling, in a medium bowl, mix cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, lemon zest and vanilla extract until smooth. Spread mixture onto cooled tart crust. Microwave fruit spread and lemon juice while stirring often. Arrange halved strawberries on tart. Drizzle with fruit spread. Top with whipped cream before serving. This sweet tart can brighten up your summer blues with fresh fruit, a sweet spread and a flaky, crispy crust. Find more sweet summer recipes at Culinary.net. If you made this recipe at home, use #MyCulinaryConnection on your favorite social network to share your work.

Strawberry Cream Cheese Tart Servings: 8 Crust: 1 ¼ cups flour ¼ cup granulated sugar ¼ teaspoon salt ½ cup cold butter, cut into small cubes 1 large egg ½ teaspoon vanilla extract uncooked rice Filling: 8 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese ¼ cup sour cream 2 tablespoons extra-fine sugar 1 tablespoon lemon zest ½ teaspoon vanilla extract ½ cup strawberry fruit spread 3 teaspoons lemon juice (optional) 1 pound strawberries, halved whipped cream (optional) Heat oven to 375 F. To make crust: In food processor, add flour, sugar and salt; pulse until combined.

Add butter, egg and vanilla extract; pulse until combined and crumbly. Lightly flour surface then form dough into ball. Slightly flatten to form thick disc. Wrap dough in plastic wrap; refrigerate 1 hour. Flour surface then roll dough to 11-inch circle. Place dough in 9-inch tart pan with removeable bottom. With rolling pin, roll over top to trim excess dough around edges. Cover dough with plastic wrap and freeze until firm, about 30 minutes. Press aluminum foil against crust, covering edges to prevent burning. Fill and distribute uncooked rice evenly. Bake 20 minutes. Cool completely. To make filling: In medium bowl, beat cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, lemon zest and vanilla extract until blended and smooth. Spread cheese mixture evenly over crust. Refrigerate 1 hour. In small bowl, microwave fruit spread and lemon juice, if desired, stirring often. Arrange strawberry halves around tart. Drizzle heated fruit spread over strawberries. Top with whipped cream, if desired.

Slurping on Sunshine Family Feature/Culinary.net It’s that time of year again when nearly everyone wants to be outside all day, every day. These are the times kids have been waiting for all year long. The sun is shining bright in the sky, the flowers are blooming and the temperature is rising every minute. Spring and summer are typically full of fun, laughter, family and friends — not to mention great recipes everyone can enjoy indoors and outdoors throughout the warmer months. Try this Sunshine Smoothie for something cool and refreshing during the sunny

seasons. This recipe will have nearly everyone feeling re-energized and ready for more warm weather. It’s a perfect afternoon pick-me-up after a long day of yard work, sunbathing or swing-set climbing. It can cool you down and has a fruity flavor that is almost irresistible. When thinking about recipes to try this spring, consider taking advantage of fresh fruits and vegetables at grocery stores and farmer’s markets. There can be so many wonderful flavors to try. For example, this recipe includes grapefruit (a less commonly used fruit), fresh orange and ripe bananas. With the heat coming and fresh ingredi-

ents available, this smoothie may quickly become one of your family’s new favorites. It’s light, smooth and has that fresh fruit taste you often crave when the sun is blazing. To make this recipe, blend 2 cups of grapefruit juice, 2 cups of orange juice, two ripe bananas, 1 cup of vanilla yogurt and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract until the ingredients are smooth. Be sure to serve cold. It’ll be nearly impossible to resist a sweet, bright and creamy smoothie after a long day of play out in the sun. Find more seasonal recipes and ideas at Culinary.net.

Sunshine Smoothie

Servings: 2-4 2 cups orange juice 2 cups grapefruit juice 2 bananas, peeled and cut into chunks 1 cup vanilla yogurt 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In blender, blend orange juice, grapefruit juice, banana chunks, yogurt and vanilla extract until smooth. Serve immediately. Note: If smoothie is too tart, reduce to 1 cup grapefruit juice.

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Navy recovering service member shares his recovery journey, and how adaptive sports encouraged him physically and mentally. (ROGER WOLLENBERG)

From Recovery to Resilience: Navy Service Member Shares His Story By Gabby Bonill Contract Support Of Operation Warfighter Navy Chief Petty Officer John “Blake” Conley spent weeks preparing to make the Navy Wounded Warrior Team With the help and support of Navy Wounded Warrior and Warrior Care’s Military Adaptive Sports Program (MASP), he will be competing in the upcoming 2022 Warrior Games. Blake’s wounded warrior journey began in July 2019, when he experienced strong migraines and bad reactions with his medication within one month. After receiving an MRI, he was told there was a mass in his brain. Blake shared, “I was only 35 years old, so I wasn’t expecting to have cancer.” Sharing the overwhelming news with his family, they decided to make a cross country move. Blake explained, “I did my neurosurgery in Pearl Harbor, they removed a four square inch mass out of my left frontal lobe. Then we moved to Walter Reed, that’s

where my wife’s family is located, and it was easier to get help with our children during this time. Having a support system from my family has been awesome.” A year after finishing his chemotherapy, Blake has now taken control of his recovery and is participating more in adaptive sports and reconditioning activities with his family support. “I’ve been trying to incorporate these kinds of activities with the kids, and we’re able to have fun and get out a little bit more,” Blake shared. Creating goals has allowed Blake to remain focused and motivated to try out for the Navy’s Wounded Warrior Team and compete at the 2022 Warrior Games. Navy Wounded Warrior offers programs and services across the country. In May 2020, Blake started participating in the MASP program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, where adaptive sports and reconditioning activities are an integral part of the recovery program.

“I went through chemo during the COVID shutdown,” continued Blake. “It’s a very untypical Navy life for me, I’m used to having friends at my command, but I didn’t have that. My last day of chemo was in February 2021.” “Currently, I am stationed at Navy Warrior Transition Company at Walter Reed,” Blake stated. “I’m also temporary additional duty for Navy Wounded Warrior and fulfill the role of a non-medical care manager.” “It’s an important part of reintegration and very rewarding being able to help people enroll and get the support they need to be successful,” Blake shared. As an active participant in military adaptive sports programs, “this was something that helped me get out the house, be active, and meet people,” he said. “It’s cathartic to talk to other service members who are going through troubling conditions and pass on positivity.” For Blake, it’s a privilege to be on the Navy team at the Warrior Games.

“To represent all the other wounded warriors and what they’ve gone through in their struggle, meet new people from different branches, it’ll be really cool.” Moving beyond his cancer has been very rewarding, he said. “My family and I can get out a little bit more,” he said. “I hope from my experience that my kids realize that if you stay positive you can get through anything. Also, what kids are going to turn down Disney?” The 2022 Warrior Games will take place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida from August 19-28. To participate in Warrior Care’s Military Adaptive Sports Program, visit the MASP webpage at https://warriorcare.dodlive. mil/Care-Coordination/Military-Adaptive-Sports-Program. To learn more about Navy Wounded Warrior visit their homepage. at https:// www.navywoundedwarrior.com.

How Registered Dietitians Can Help You Fuel for Peak Performance By Rebecca Hill Dietitians have a lot to offer. As experts on diet and nutrition, they can help you achieve your peak performance goals. They can help you choose foods that will improve and optimize your mental and physical performance while reducing your risk of injury and disease. Often, in hopes of a quick and easy fix, you may be tempted to turn to supplements and fad diets promising quick results. But these are not always good for your health. And what works for you is not always the best choice for another. A registered dietitian can help you understand what your body needs and choose foods you enjoy to meet those demands. “Dietitians take a holistic approach in helping you to meet your performance nutrition goals by addressing underlying issues that are keeping you from reaching those goals,” said Laura Bottoms, a registered dietitian at Ireland Army Health Clinic, at Fort Knox, Kentucky. “They will help you address and overcome barriers to success that may include time constraints, motivation, and even skill deficits in cooking, grocery shopping, and meal planning to name a few.” Dietitians can also address any underlying conditions to narrow the individual’s specific needs, she said. Utilizing a care team, which can include mental health professionals, resiliency coaches, and fitness professionals, individuals have a better chance of understanding their needs and

Julie Howard, Health Promotions director at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, in California, leads a nutrition class. (MARINE CORPS CPL. MELISSA WENGER)

getting the care they need. “Mental health, sleep issues, stress, and other areas can all affect our bodies,” said Bottoms. “By pinpointing those barriers and working through each issue, the dietitian and care team can help the individual tweak, build, and enhance their performance nutrition needs.” She said many service members tend to focus on only one aspect, such as protein, but without balance, such as with adequate carbohydrates, they may lack endurance. Often, the brain is often neglected in performance, she added. “The brain requires nutrition to operate at full capacity,” said Bottoms. “Depriving it of carbohydratesandothernutrientscanmakeyoufeelfoggy, tired,andunabletoperformatyourfullpotential.”

Eating the Right Amounts

Limiting certain foods in your diet or undereating, especially in a demanding operational environment, can also be counterproduc-

tive. Skipping meals or cutting down portions in hopes of losing a few pounds can affect your performance and health. “Undereating can affect mental performance,” said Navy Lt. Michael Kantar, a dietitian at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, in California. “If you are chronically undernourished, whether intentionally or unintentionally, it will be hard to think about anything more than food.” A registered dietitian can help you start building healthier options and taking steps to reach your goals, he said. “Instead of taking huge leaps and making drastic changes, a registered dietitian can meet you where you are, understand your goals, and help you start making healthier choices using smaller steps,” said Kantar. “This means they’re more likely to stick with the changes while learning to incorporate healthier choices into their meals,” a proven approach to improving one’s ability to meet a goal while also being able to live your life, he said.

Specific Needs for Specific Situations

Dietitians can help guide active-duty service members preparing to deploy or for upcoming training missions. They can help address some of the nutrients you need in that specific situation. “Whether you are preparing for coldweather training or deploying to the desert, they can assist in giving you recommendations for healthy and peak performance options,” said Bottoms. The Department of Defense has online resources to help you: Myplate.gov Operation Supplement Safety, and the Uniformed Services University’s Human Performance Resources nutrition site. For more information, talk to your primary care provider to access dietitian resources at your local military hospital or clinic.

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PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT Notice is hereby given that Hallgan LLC dba Devoted 2 Comfort Medical Transportation, 2133 Upton Drive Suite 126 unit 424, Virginia Beach, VA 23503 has filed an application for a certificate of public convenience and necessity that would authorize: 1. Passenger transportation as a Common Carrier over Irregular Routes, providing service throughout the cities of Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Virginia Beach, Virginia; 2. Transportation of Medicaid recipients throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia as a Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Carrier as defined in Section 46.2-2000 et seq. of the Code of Virginia. Any person who desires to protest the application and be a party to the matter must submit a signed and dated written request setting forth (1) a precise statement of the party’s interest and how the party could be aggrieved if the application was granted; (2) a full and clear statement of the facts that the person is prepared to provide by competent evidence; (3) a statement of the specific relief sought; (4) the name of the applicant and case number assigned to the application; and (5) a certification that a copy of the protest was sent to the applicant. The case number assigned to this application is MC2200399SK. Written protests must be mailed to DMV Motor Carrier Services, Attn: Operating Authority, P. O. Box 27412, Richmond, VA 23269-0001 and must be postmarked on or before August 12, 2022. Any protest filed with competent evidence will be carefully considered by DMV, however, DMV will have full discretion as to whether a hearing is warranted based on the merits of the protest filed.

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CHOCOLATE LABRADOODLE S Labradoodle puppies for sale. 4 girls and 3 boys. $700. Please text (804) 475-1078.


F1B LABRADOODLE Socialized & friendly. Cream colored, M&F, deworming & shots, ready now. $850. Call or text 757-556-5474.









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GERMAN SHEPHERD pups, Lrg Bones, parents on site, shots & Wormed 9wks $950. Call: 443-614-6664.

Travel/Camping Trailers

MORKIES Parti color. $1,500 Neg. Ready 9/15. 757-343-3635

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

MOUNTAIN CUR Male, OMCBA registered, 1 year old, bridle w/ white trim, streak sniper and thunder lines, for hunting or pet, free to good home. Call 252-795-5286 POODLE PUPPIES Miniature, shot, Vet Checkd, Reg’d, Chocolate, Cream & Parti. Puppy Bag $1200. 11wks 757-534-8503 SHELTIE AKC Pups Reg’d, Vet Chkd, Full Collar, Avail 9/1. $800. 757-508-8224

LABRADOR RETRIEVER Lab pups, AKC, Chocolate, 1M, 1st/2nd shots/UTD worming, health guarantee, 5th generation pups, $500, 252-883-6148 Early home delivery. 757-446-9000 or PilotOnline.com

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

Low Miles.

General Help Wanted FARM LABOR Feed & Clean 757-718-0741

Bldg & Const-Skilled Estate Sales Trades TILE SETTERS/FINISHERS Competitive wages & benefits. 5 Years Exp required. Email resumes to mcdrakeremodeling@gmail.com

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

Trucks and SUVs

FORD 2014 E350

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


HARLEY 1200 CC FRANKENSTEIN Conversion done in 2014, very unique trike, beautiful bike, kept indoors, many new parts, $8000 Call: 757-4838098

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

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

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

BMW 2007 650

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


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


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


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


GREAT DANE Pups, AKC reg, $1,000, ready to go 7/22, harlequin, merle, and black. Call 757-635-3964. LAB PUPPIES Black & Chocolate. Ready Now! $500 cash ea. 2nd shots, dewormed. Call/text 757-848-8550

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

Autos for Sale

GOLDEN RETRIEVER PUPPIES FOR SALE Email: hobbybreeda@ gmail.com for faster Response



Maltese male puppy needs a forever home. UTD Vaccines 11 weeks Rehoming fee $1500 #757-375-6858

Cavapoo puppies. Born May 29. Male and female. Family raised. Very cute and playful! Up to date on shots and dewormed. Vet checked and health guarantee. Ready for their new home. $1,500 each. Call or text for more information. 757-343-4683



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

Dogs, Cats, Other Pets

GT Conv. Great running cond. Needs paint job. $7,500. 757-376-3162


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

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

Cockatoo, too. Pick a pet in the CLASSIFIED MARKETPLACE.

HONDA 2010 ACCORD Room For Rent VIRGINIA BEACH - KEMPSVILLE $425 includes all utilities & cable. Pet ok. Deposit. Small room. 757-717-0129

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Sedan EX. Automatic, 70k miles. Asking $9,200. 757-291-7213

LEXUS 2012 ES 350

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


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

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S & ENTERPRISE 20 YRS. Concrete Exp. All types of concrete work driveways, stamped & exposed. We accept credit cards. 757-652-4050. www.shabazznva.com

Handyman Services AIR CONDITIONING REPAIR & Water Heater Replacements. 757-995-9999 Licensed & Insured

Home Improvements

Lawn and Tree Service

ADDITIONS, SUNROOMS, ROOFS, Decks, more. Member BBB. 757-986-3777. www.builderscorporation.com

Hauling / Moving

(A) FAMILY TRASH MAN-HOUSEHOLD, Demo inside & out, construction sites, dumpster drop off, backhoe work. We haul it all! 20 yrs. exp., lic & ins. 485-1414

PEST/TERMITE CONTROL Universal Pest & Termite. FREE INSPECTIONS. 757-502-0200. (Mention This Ad and Get $25 Off)

B & J MOVING Reasonable Rates, Licensed & Insured. bandjmoving.com 757-576-1290


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GODWIN TREE SERVICE Total Tree Removal w. Stomps. Lic & Ins’d. 25+ yrs exp. Senior & Military Discounts Free Estimates; BBB, 757-237-1285 or 757-803-1659

Roofing A ROOFING SALE 30 Yr. Architect Shingles 900 sq ft. $2000. Labor & material inclu. Repair leaks. Class A Lic & Ins’d. 757-880-5215. CALVIN’S ROOFING REPAIR LLC Roofing repair of all types incl’g cleaning gutters, Free est, reasonable prices, senior citizen & military 10% discount Over 30 yrsbusiness, lic & Ins, BBB 757-377-2933

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