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Information Warfighter career U.S. Naval Academy First Class Midshipmen now have the opportunity to take a deep dive into the Information Warfare (IW) Community prior to service selection week. PAGE A4

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70 USNS Comfort Crewmembers Earn Armed Forces Civilian Service Medals for NYC COVID 19 Relief Mission By Lashawn Sykes

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Lt. Cmdr, Stacy Coulthard, a surgeon assigned to Fleet Surgical Team (FST) 2, conducts ultrasound training to practice assessing traumatic injuries aboard the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24), Aug. 20, 2021. (MC2 JACK D. AISTRUP)

Fleet Surgical Team 2 Joins USS Arlington for Haiti Mission By MC2 Jack D. Aistrup NPASE East Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va — Fleet Surgical Team (FST) 2 joined the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24) as the ship departed Norfolk to support the United States Agency for International Development/Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (USAID/BHA) led humanitarian assistance and disaster relief effort in Haiti to save lives and ease suffering following a 7.2-magnitute earthquake on Aug. 14, 2021. “With the FST, Arlington now has surgical capabilities and specialized subject matter experts to provide enhanced care for victims of the earthquake. Without an augmented team, Ship’s company is capable of Role 1 care, which is basic medical care,” said Cmdr. Shanua O’Sullivan, FST-2’s offi-

cer in charge. Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Thai Dinh, a respiratory therapist with FST-2, was previously assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH-20), during the humanitarian mission following the earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010. “We saw a myriad of patients, crush injuries, and pediatric patients as well,” said Dinh of the previous mission. “It was a learning curve, but an experience, along with lessons learned since then, that prepared me well for returning for this mission to Haiti. I can pass on my knowledge to junior corpsman on the team and the Sailors who have never deployed on a humanitarian assistance mission.” As Arlington nears Haiti, the integrated medical team, comprising Arlington Sailors, FST-2, and Fleet Marine Force Corpsmen work to prepare the ship to receive patients.

“We’re setting up our main battle dress stations, we’re going through inventories and making orders for the medical materials and drugs that we need,” said Master Chief Hospital Corpsman Andrew Slaughter, Arlington’s independent duty corpsman. “We’re turning on equipment that we don’t typically use without OR capabilities. Our main focus is getting all the gear out and getting it set so that when we arrive in Haiti, we’re ready to start doing our mission to help the people of Haiti in support of USAID/BHA.” Arlington and its crew of more than 650 Sailors, Marines and embarked personnel are deployed to U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet. The blue/green team is committed to the task of supporting USAID/BHA and aiding the Haitian people to conduct disaster relief operations and rapidly reduce the suffering of victims.

NORFOLK, Va — Capt. Janice G. Smith, Commodore, Military Sealift Command Atlantic, last month, presented civil service mariners assigned to MSC’s hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) in port on Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia, with Armed Forces Civilian Service Medals for distinguished service while serving as crewmembers aboard Comfort from March 30, 2020 to April 30, 2020. This award is the result of the crews’ outstanding support during the ships New York City COVID-19 relief mission Smith said. “How our CIVMARS conducted themselves during a national crisis was nothing short of amazing, casting their own fears aside to support the mission. They really went above and beyond the call of duty on this one!” A total of 70 CIVMARS earned an AFCSM. Smith presented medals to 27 crewmembers during a routine visit to the ship, and the other 43 medals were mailed due to crewmembers either being on leave or reassigned to another US Navy Service Ship. Capt. Andrew Lindey, master of USNS Comfort, said it was nice to be recognized for the work Comfort did in New York. He said, at the time, they knew very little about the COVID virus but to see the crew respond to the nation’s call without complaining was commendable. “I feel fortunate to have such a dedicated and talented crew; every day, I thank my lucky stars to be associated with the crew of Comfort.” According to the Department of Defense, the AFCSM was established to recognize the contributions and accomplishments of the U.S. Department of Defense civilian workforce who directly support the military forces, when those members are engaged in military operations of a prolonged peacekeeping or humanitarian nature. It symbolizes the importance DoD attaches to civilian service and recognizes the value of civilian service in helping to accomplish the U.S. Government’s objectives. During Comfort’s month-long deployment to NYC, the ship saw surges in infections and patients requiring intensive care treatment, medical teams aboard Comfort treated a total of 182 patients over the course of a three-andhalf week period in support of the domestic Turn to USNS Comfort, Page 7

Naval Air Station Oceana Air Show canceled due to coronavirus By Naval Air Station Oceana Public Affairs VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The 2021 Naval Air Station Oceana Air Show was canceled today due to high community transmission of the coronavirus. Naval installations in Hampton Roads are currently in Health Protection Condition (HPCON) Level Bravo (plus), which means there’s a daily average of 16 to 30 new coronavirus cases per 100,000 population in the past seven days. When the public was invited to this year’s air show in July, local installations were in HPCON Alpha. In HPCON Alpha, the daily average of new coronavirus cases must be less than two new cases per 100,000 population in the past seven days. Since that time, local cases have spiked significantly and current trends indicate a resurgence with the Delta variant peak occurring the week prior to the air show. As a result, base officials determined the air show cannot proceed. “I know this is disappointing

to everyone who looks forward to coming onto base, seeing our highperformance aircraft, and meeting the men and women of naval aviation who call Oceana home,” said Capt. Bob Holmes, Naval Air Station Oceana’s commanding officer. “But this is the right thing to do to ensure the health and safety of our force and safeguard the Navy’s mission readiness.” The Naval Air Station Oceana Air Show is the Navy’s largest community outreach event in Hampton Roads, and has been held nearly every year since 1953. It typically attracts more than 250,000 spectators during the two-day show, which was scheduled to include performances by the Blue Angels this year. “With a quarter of a million spectators who love to cheer on the Navy, it wasn’t practical to let the show go on as the pandemic undergoes a resurgence,” Holmes said. “Safety must always be our top priority.” Last year’s in-person air show was also canceled to help stop the spread of COVID-19, and instead, a first-of-its-kind live broadcast air show was held.

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The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington departed Naval Station Norfolk to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to Haiti. PAGE A5

US Navy Blue Angels flying in formation on November 11, 2011 during the Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show at NAS Pensacola. Blue Angels fly F-18 Hornets with special livery representing colors of US Navy: Yellow and Navy Blue. US Navy Blue Angels is the oldest active military aerobatic demonstration squadron and is considered the best Demonstration Squadron in the world. (RYPSON)

Suervey says For Norfolk Naval Shipyard’s (NNSY) Radiological Monitoring Division (Code 105.3), taking surveys involves the safety of all four Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program (NNPP) customers — the NNSY workforce, ship’s force, the public and environment. PAGE A6

Paramedic of the Year We congratulate Jeremy McElroy, with the Nasco Paramedic of the Year Award Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Fire & Emergency Services. PAGE A2

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The aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) departed Naval Station Norfolk in transit to Newport News Shipyard in support of her Planned Incremental Availability (PIA), a six-month period of modernization, maintenance, and repairs, Aug. 20, 2021. (MC1 WILLIAM SPEARS)

Gerald R. Ford departs Norfolk for Newport News, commences planned incremental availability By USS Gerald R. Ford Public Affairs NORFOLK, Va. — The aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) departed Naval Station Norfolk in transit to Newport News Shipyard in support of her Planned Incremental Availability (PIA), a six-month period of modernization, maintenance, and repairs, Aug. 20. Ford’s PIA was scheduled to serve as the final maintenance phase for the ship prior to her inaugural deployment next year. “Team Wolverine is ready for this brief

but important maintenance period in Newport News, because we’re pumped for what comes next,” said Capt. Paul Lanzilotta, Ford’s commanding officer. “This is a first-inclass warship that will lead the future of carrier naval aviation for years to come, and this PIA is the last milestone for us to complete prior to our first work ups and deployment.” The move to Newport News comes on the heels a fast-paced and successful 21 months of post-delivery test and trials (PDT&T) and Full Ship Shock Trials (FSST), an intense testing and trials period crucial to

ensuring the overall deployment readiness of Ford, and improving upon the construction and ship trial process for follow-on carriers in the class, among them: the future USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79), Enterprise (CVN 80), and Doris Miller (CVN 81). During PDT&T the crew completed all required testing, accomplished planned improvements and maintenance ahead of schedule, and learned valuable lessons to increase the reliability of Ford-class systems. At the same time, the ship also served as the sole East Coast platform for

conducting carrier qualifications, qualifying more than 350 pilots. Earlier this month Ford completed the final explosive event of FSST. During the four-month testing evolution, the first-inclass aircraft carrier withstood the impact of three 40,000-pound underwater blasts, released at distances progressively closer to the ship to confirm that it can continue to meet demanding mission requirements under the harsh conditions it might encounter in battle. “This ship and the crew performed exceptionally well during shock trials, and much of the credit goes to the ship designers and builders who put in the technical rigor to ensure Ford-class carriers will sustain Naval Aviation for generations to come,” said Lanzilotta. The Gerald R. Ford-class represents the first major design investment in aircraft carriers since the 1960s. CVN 78 is engineered to support new technologies and a modern air wing essential to deterring and defeating near-peer adversaries in a complex maritime environment.

NRMA Fire and Emergency Services paramedic, former Marine recognized as Paramedic of the Year By Ems National Public Affairs CLINTON, Miss. —NAEMT and EMS World are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 National EMS Awards of Excellence. The awards will be presented during NAEMT’s General Membership Meeting on Tuesday, October 5, and at the Opening Ceremony of EMS World Expo on October 6 in Atlanta, Georgia. We congratulate the following recipients and recognize their outstanding contributions to the EMS profession and the patients they serve: Jeremy McElroy, Paramedic, Chesapeake, Virginia 2021 NAEMT/Nasco Paramedic of the Year Award Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Fire & Emergency Services Jeremy McElroy is a nationally registered paramedic and works for Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Fire & Emergency Services, in Norfolk, VA. Nominated by Jason Kinlaw, Regional EMS Chief, Jeremy constantly searches for learning opportunities and skill development. He has an immense impact on the quality of training throughout the department and is a champion of innovation and safety. Jeremy’s passion for teaching

and his mentorship to new firefighters is a shining example of how to develop the next generation of EMS practitioners. A former U.S. Marine Corps Infantryman, Jeremy served two tours of duty, receiving a Purple Heart Medal and a Combat Action Ribbon. Jeremy has received two Navy Fire & Emergency Services Life Saving Awards, a Significant Achievement Award for his triage and treatment of a critically injured patient, and an Outstanding Pre-Hospital EMS Provider Award from the Tidewater EMS Council. A role model for his peers, Jeremy is dedicated to taking care of his military and civilian patients. About NAEMT - Formed in 1975 and more than 72,000 members strong, the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) is the only national association representing the professional interests of all emergency and mobile healthcare practitioners. NAEMT members work in all sectors of EMS, including government agencies, fire departments, hospital-based ambulance services, private companies, industrial and special operations settings, and in the military. About EMS World -

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Vice Adm. Daniel Dwyer reads his orders during his Change of Command ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Aug. 20. (MC1 KRIS LINDSTROM)

Joint Force Command Norfolk, U.S. 2nd Fleet Change of Command By U.S. Second Fleet Public Affairs NORFOLK, Va. — Joint Force Command Norfolk and U.S. 2nd Fleet held a change of command ceremony aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), Aug. 20. Vice Adm. Daniel Dwyer, commander, 2nd Fleet, JFC Norfolk and director, Command Joint Operations of the Sea (CJOS) Centre of Excellence (COE), relieved Vice Adm. Andrew Lewis. “Today’s ceremony marks a changing tide. So often in life a beginning or ending of an era goes unmarked, and it is not until much later that we can look back and say—‘that is where it all began,’ or, ‘that is when things changed,’ ” said Lewis. “I cannot overstate the amount of work that goes into building two commands of this nature. Hundreds, if not thousands, of people have supported both Second fleet and Joint Force Command Norfolk since establish-

ment, and a ‘thank you’ is truly not enough.” On Sept. 30, 2011, after 65 years of faithful service to the U.S. Navy, 2nd Fleet was disestablished until Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. John Richardson, formally reestablished the command during an official ceremony on Aug 24, 2018. Lewis, a native of Los Altos, California, served as the first commander of the re-established 2nd Fleet, and was later named the Commander of the newly established NATO command, JFC Norfolk. Prior to assuming the responsibilities of 2nd Fleet and JFC Norfolk, Dwyer’s previous assignment was the director of plans and policy at U.S. Cyber Command at Fort George G. Meade, Md. “Under the exceptional leadership of Admiral Lewis, JFC Norfolk and 2nd Fleet have become the commands that our nation and Alliance both wanted and needed,” said Dwyer. “During this era of strategic competition, it is evident that the Atlantic and Arctic play a

critical role in reinforcing common maritime norms, providing for economic freedom for North America and Europe, and for the ultimate goal of continued peace.” Adm. Christopher Grady, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, exercises operational authority over 2nd Fleet and CJOS COE, and was a guest speaker and presiding officer during the ceremony. “Provided only one year to operationalize a fleet battle staff capable of conducting sustained major combat operations in the Atlantic and High North, and with only 11 officers and four enlisted personnel at the start, Vice Adm. Lewis’ deft leadership and tireless efforts resulted in Second Fleet achieving initial operating capability in just nine months,” said Grady. “And true to his vision, he designed a fully integrated team that is lean, agile, and lethal in all domains and across the spectrum of conflict.” Gen. Tod Wolters, the commander of U.S.

European Command and NATO’s Supreme Allied Command Europe exercises operational authority over JFC Norfolk, and also spoke and presided during the ceremony. “Vice Adm. Andrew Lewis comprehensively led his force and found a way to make this organization better through his sheer willingness and will power,” said Wolters. “He found a way to take his component of JFC Norfolk and mesh it with all the components of NATO organizations and other commands to make them quicker, smarter and faster.” JFC Norfolk provides a critical capability to NATO, providing for fuller situational awareness to the SACEUR based in Belgium. The command mission is to secure the strategic lines of communication between North America and Europe. 2nd Fleet exercises operational authorities over assigned ships, aircraft, and landing forces on the East Coast and throughout the Atlantic. CJOS COE is a maritime focused NATO-accredited military think tanks established in May 2006 and with 13 member nations represented on the staff. CJOS is the only centre of excellence in the U.S., and one of 25 NATO centers worldwide, whose collective wealth of international experience, expertise and best practices helps to improve Alliance readiness for the future.



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Inaugural Information Warfare Cruise allows midshipmen to deep dive on Information Warfighter career By NAVIFOR Public Affairs SUFFOLK, Va. — U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) First Class Midshipmen now have the opportunity to take a deep dive into the Information Warfare (IW) Community prior to service selection week, when they apply for their chosen designator upon graduation. Traditionally, Midshipmen summer training meant spending time on a ship, an aircraft carrier, a submarine, or a supply corps command. All that changed this summer with the establishment of the IW Community Cruise. The last several years have seen USNA accession numbers for the IW Community increase. Providing an IW Community Cruise better prepares future IW officers as they progress through their academic training and then join the Fleet. The goal is to have the IW Community make a strong, positive impression on the Midshipmen prior to their service selection, to help them decide if a career in the IW Community is right for them. Vice Adm. Kelly Aeschbach, Commander, Naval Information Forces (NAVIFOR), established her end-goal expectations to the IW Commanders and Officers in Charge. “You and your teams are to connect with these Midshipmen and communicate how our domain brings both IW capabilities to the fleet and underpins all other warfighting operations,” said Aeschbach. “Highlight the pivotal role IW plays in support of strategic competition, fleet design, and Distributed Maritime Operations. Share what the IW enterprise brings to the table across all levels of warfare, and what drives you and our teams daily. Talk to them about why you love what you do.” The IW Community Cruise gives Midshipmen a first-hand look at realworld environments and the ability to learn directly from the IW Community in the following IW disciplines: Cryptologic Warfare (CW), Cyber Warfare Engineer (CWE), Information Professional (IP), Intelligence (Intel), and Meteorology and Oceanography (METOC). The IW Community Cruise starts with Core Week. Midshipmen in Core Week collectively receive briefings and visit various IW commands throughout the domain. For this year’s cruise, Aeschbach kicked off the IW Community Cruise with an ‘iBoss Welcome Brief ’ at Naval Information Warfare Development Center. Midshipmen then toured the Fleet Weather Center, Norfolk (FWC-N); 2nd Fleet; U.S. Fleet Forces; Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command (NCDOC); Naval Network Warfare Command (NNWC); Navy Information Warfare Training Group; and Naval Computer & Telecommunications Area Master Station Atlantic (NCTAMS LANT). Designed to showcase the IW Community as a competitive and exciting warfare community to the next generation of naval leaders, the breadth of the IW Community cruise is geared to impress upon the Midshipmen the fact “that IW is foundational to our nation’s ability to compete, deter, and win,” according to Aeschbach. Tours and briefs provided to the Midshipmen at the various commands kept that fact in mind.

U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen Class of 2022 stand on the flight deck aboard USS. Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) during one of the stops on the inaugural Information Warfare Community Cruise. (MIIDSHIPMAN PETER D PRYHARSKI)

Each command tour offered the Midshipmen the opportunity to speak with IW officers, some of whom were once Midshipmen too. Upon arrival at NCTAMS LANT, the Midshipmen were paired with an IP junior officer who stayed with their assigned Midshipman throughout the tour to answer their questions about NCTAMS and life as an IP. The Midshipmen were given a full tour of the site including visits to Tech Control, Message Center, and the Joint Fleet Telecommunications Operation Center watch floor. Afterward, they were briefed by Lt. Cmdr. Andy Rucker, NCTAMS LANT Communications Officer and a 2005 USNA graduate, and LCDR Dimitri Hatley, NCTAMS LANT Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications Officer, and a 2011 USNA graduate, on the unique opportunities and assignments available to officers in the IP Community. They described the variety of shipboard assignments that first-tour IP Officers are eligible for in the Afloat Network Security Initiative Program / Junior IP Officer Training Program. Closing out this tour, Capt. Bradley Kinkead, Commanding Officer, NCTAMS LANT, and a USNA 1993 graduate addressed the group. Kinkead provided his perspective as a senior IP Officer, took additional questions, and strongly encouraged the Midshipmen to consider the IP Community for their service selection. “The Midshipmen’s visit to NCTAMS LANT enabled them to gain valuable insight into not only the critical 24/7 role that NCTAMS LANT plays in maintaining Assured C2 for over 150 fleet and shore units, but the wider IP community as a whole,” said Rucker. Other stops on the IW Cruise included the watch floors of FWC-N, and NNWC and NCDOC, two commands that share a joint watch floor space. Lt. Shuntiyea Langston, NCDOC’s Navy Red Team Operational Officer, and Lt. j.g. Megan Cessna, NCDOC’s Cyber Threat Analysis and Reporting Division Officer, escorted the Midshipmen and discussed the mission priorities of NCDOC and the commands within the IW community as well as for the

Fleet. “They were given a tour of our watch floor by the Battle Watch Captain of how we receive information and the process the watch floor undergoes to determine if there is a compromise and if so, what kind it is,” said Cessna. Topics covered on the watch floor included Countermeasures, Incident Handling, and the Black Knights’ role, the watch floor’s analyst team. Cessna, a CW officer and USNA 2018 graduate, also oversaw the portion of the NCDOC tour where the Midshipmen reviewed some of the intelligence products NCDOC disseminates. Langston, a former Cryptologic Technicians (Collection) Sailor and a 2016 USNA graduate, explained how the Navy Red Team tests the Navy’s networks for any vulnerabilities. Department Heads for the Defensive Cyberspace Operations (DCO) Afloat team and 552 Cyber Protection Team (CPT), Lt. Case Shillieto and Lt. Tori Caldwell, explained their hand-in-hand working relationship with the Fleet in exercises, operations, and for network compromises. Shillieto is an IP officer; Caldwell is a CW officer. The IW Cruise included more than brick and mortar stops. Midshipmen also toured a CVN, including a tour of the primary IW spaces onboard and had discussions with the Information Warfare Commander (IWC) and the Deputy IWC. This unique perspective gave the Midshipmen the chance to see first-hand the types of billets they can hold as a junior IW officer, as well as what they can strive for at the O5 / O6 level — to have command or become an IW Commander. After Core Week, the Midshipmen splintered off into Strand Week. The length of this part of the IW Community Cruise lasted from one to two weeks depending on the chosen designator - CW, CWE, IP, Intel, or and METOC. USNA’s Class of 2022 was the first to participate in the IW Cruise, and the experience was well received. “More than anything, the information received in Core Week made me realize just how vast the Navy truly is. As someone who has to select my designator in a couple of weeks, I’ve

thought long and hard about what exactly I want to do in the Navy,” said Midshipman 1st Class George Yang. “After attending Core Week, I realized that my answer is quite simple: I want to do everything. In particular, the Cryptologic Community can offer me a good taste of everything that the Navy can offer, from direct support of the aviation community to hunt-forward teams. Through this community, I can interact with everyone and everything to make a tangible effect on our Navy’s operations. This aspect of Core Week is what made it truly indispensable, and I’m excited to see what the future and the Navy have in store for me.” “Going into the IW Cruise I had an idea of what I wanted to service select, but the cruise opened my eyes to the possibilities the Navy has to offer within the IW Community, concurs fellow classmate, Midshipmen 1st Class Peter Pryharski. “My choice to select Information Professional was solidified during the cruise because of the tours we went on and the people I met within the community. I have wanted to select IP for a while now, but the most beneficial part of the core week was understanding what the other communities within IW accomplish. It amazed me how all of the communities within IW are so intertwined and how much they work together on a daily basis.” The IW Community Cruise will now be an annual event, divided into two or three blocks to allow for maximum participation. NAVIFOR intends to explore including Naval Recruit Officer Training Command Midshipmen and adding a Space strand in the coming years. NAVIFOR’s mission is to generate, directly and through our leadership of the IW Enterprise, agile and technically superior manned, trained, equipped, and certified combat-ready IW forces to ensure our Navy will decisively DETER, COMPETE, and WIN. For more information on NAVIFOR, visit the command Facebook page at https:// www.facebook.com/NavalInformationForces/ or the public web page at https:// www.navifor.usff.navy.mil.



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USS Arlington departs Norfolk for Haiti disaster relief mission By Lt.j.g. Caroline Leya SURFLANT Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va. — The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24) departed Naval Station Norfolk to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to Haiti in support of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) led mission, Aug. 17. The mission forms part of an interagency framework lending aid to Haiti, including the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), which was deployed Aug. 14 immediately after the 7.2 magnitude earthquake occurred. U.S. Southern Command Joint Task Force-Haiti, commanded by Navy Rear Adm. Keith Davids was stood up to coordinate military support, and Arlington was deployed as a maritime component. The Commanding Officer of Arlington,

The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24) transits the Atlantic Ocean. (MC3 JESSE SCHWAB)

Capt. Eric Kellum, expressed how proud he is of his Sailors and the Marines joining the ship on its mission, which began 24 hours after the ship returned from two weeks at sea for activities related to Large Scale Exercise 2021. “When it comes to crisis, to watch how

quickly we spin up and support with one ship and a bunch of folks is amazing,” he said. “This ship is amazing. My sailors are awesome and it’s such a privilege.” Arlington deployed with two MH-60 Seahawk helicopters, a landing craft unit (LCU), a fleet surgical team, and a contin-

gent of Marines for additional support. USS Arlington, homeported in Norfolk, Va., is part of Expeditionary Strike Group 2, whose mission is to provide timely, operational, amphibious expertise in support of national tasking to sustain maritime security and defense of the nation.



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Members of Code 105.3’s Radiological Monitoring Division. (TROY MILLER)

Survey says: NNSY’s Radiological Monitoring Division ensures safety for workforce and public By Troy Miller

Norfolk Naval Shipyard Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va. — Surveys come in many forms, from surveying land to surveying a group of people on any particular topic. For Norfolk Naval Shipyard’s (NNSY) Radiological Monitoring Division (Code 105.3), taking surveys involves the safety of all four Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program (NNPP) customers — the NNSY workforce, ship’s force, the public and environment. According to the United States Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, “the principles of personal responsibility, technical knowledge, rigorous training, and auditing are vital to achieving the

Program’s strong nuclear safety record.” “We perform radiological surveys as one part of a comprehensive program to ensure personnel are properly monitored for occupational radiation exposure. We know how much that radiation exposure is, and that it is safe,” said Code 105.3 Division Head Jeffrey Dirkx. “Code 105.3 also supports the production efforts of nuclear work in the shipyard and provides oversight for the correct applications of radiological controls involving personal radiation exposure, control of radioactive material and radioactivity control performed at the shipyard.” Code 105.3 ensures radiological work is properly executed, delivering peace of mind

for people on the shipyard and in the local community. “The public trusts our work to keep them safe and we take that trust very seriously,” said Radiological Control Technician Sang Kim. Considered the backbone of NNSY’s nuclear program by Dirkx, radiological surveys play a part in ensuring that NNSY keeps its four customers safe while performing nuclear work. One of the integral responsibilities associated with nuclear work is to perform and document surveys involving radioactivity, radiation, and radioactive material. “We pride ourselves on educating the workforce on radioactivity and radiological work,”

said Radiological Control Technician Jaleesa Olds. “We work with the various projects to make sure the radiological work is done correctly and follows the requirements.” Due to the nature of their job, Code 105.3 personnel go through a rigorous and intensive training program known as the Radiological Control Technician Qualification School (RCTQS). “It is a six month Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA)-approved course that is required to become a Radiological Control Technician,” said Dirkx. “To fully qualify, one must pass a written examination, hands-on practical examinations and an oral board.” Code 105.3 personnel do more than support NNSY and Nuclear Regional Maintenance Department—Kings Bay. They also travel to various NNSY’s satellite locations as well as the other public naval shipyards. Although Code 105.3’s work can be challenging, a sense of pride can be found amongst the team. “This job gives me a sense of fulfillment knowing we support the fleet,” said Dirkx. “Every time we complete an overhaul, I have personal pride and satisfaction knowing I was part of a team that was able to get a submarine or aircraft carrier back to sea to support our Navy and our country. It doesn’t get any better than that.”



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NAVSAFENVTRACEN seeks accreditation By Leslie Tomaino

Naval Safety Center Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va. — The Naval Safety and Environmental Training Center (NAVSAFENVTRACEN) is seeking accreditation with the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education (COE). he training center provides quality education and training for military and civilian Navy and Marine Corps personnel, both afloat and ashore, in the areas of occupational safety, industrial hygiene, environmental protection and emergency management. Accreditation is the recognition from an accrediting agency that an institution maintains a certain level of educational standards. The U.S. Department of Education maintains a database of recognized accrediting agencies. There are two basic types of educational accreditations, institutional and specialized or programmatic. An institutional accreditation usually applies to an entire institution, indicating each entity of a school contributes to achieving the school’s objectives. This process does not necessarily mean that all parts of the school have the same quality level of education. A specialized or programmatic accreditation typically evaluates specified programs, departments or small entities within the larger institution. A unit receiving a specialized accreditation could be as large as a college within a university system, or as small as a curriculum within a specified program of study. “This is an exciting time for us at the

training center as we seek candidate status with the Council,” said Amanda Carter, NAVSAFENVTRACEN training support department head. “Our goal through this process is to identify areas for improvement to ensure we are providing the highest quality training to the communities we serve.” According to the COE handbook, the Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of an institution actively seeking accreditation by the Commission. During the period of candidacy, the institution is involved in the process of self-study and planning for a team visit. Candidate status does not imply accreditation of an institution. The institution must not use its candidate status in any way to imply, publicly or privately, that candidate status with the Council denotes approval of its programs or accreditation of the institution by the Commission. Institutions in candidate status are not permitted to apply for approval of any substantive changes. “Gaining candidate accreditation status will be a great first step for our students and training center,” said Commanding Officer Cmdr. Charles Wilhite. “The follow-on process of gaining full accreditation will allow the command the opportunity to conduct a comprehensive review of our curriculum, validate our training and ensure the highest level of education to the fleet. Additionally, full accreditation will potentially enable our students to gain college or continuing education credit, which will ultimately save time and money for the fleet.” The COE requires candidates to complete


accreditation efforts within 24 months. NAVSAFENVTRANCEN’s goal is to earn accreditation by September 2022. Those wishing comment on these accreditation efforts should write to the Executive Director of the Commission, Council on Occupational Education, 7840 Roswell Road, Bldg. 300, Suite 325, Atlanta, GA

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Capt. Janice G. Smith, Commodore, Military Sealift Command Atlantic, presents the Armed Forces Civilian Service Medal to Capt. Andrew Lindey, master of USNS Comfort. (LASHAWN SYKES)

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Air Boss visits Naval Base Vice Adm. Kenneth Whitesell, Commander, observed several large force exercise events at Naval Air Station Point Mugu onboard Naval Base Ventura County. Page B3

NAS Sigonella receives Afghan evacuees

Afghan evacuees disembark a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Naval Air Station Sigonella, Aug. 22, 2021. NAS Sigonella is currently supporting the Department of Defense mission to facilitate the safe departure and relocation of U.S. citizens, Special Immigration Visa recipients, and vulnerable Afghan populations from Afghanistan. (MC3 TREY FOWLER)

By Naval Air Station Sigonella Public Affairs NAVA L A I R S TAT I O N SIGONELLA, Italy — A total of 662 qualified evacuees from Afghanistan landed at Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella on Aug. 22 as part of Operation Allies Refuge. The initial group of evacuees arrived on a U.S. Air Force KC-10 Extender from Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar with two C-17 Globemaster III afterwards. Operation Allies Refuge is the U.S. Department of State’s mission for the safe evacuation of U.S.

citizens, Special Immigration Visa applicants and other at-risk Afghans as quickly and safely as possible. Working in partnership with its allies in the Italian Air Force and Italian government, NAS Sigonella is serving as a transit location for evacuees before their onward movement to other locations. “I could not be prouder of every single one of you,” said Capt. Kevin Pickard, commanding officer of NAS Sigonella, to a gathering of personnel from the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy and State Department at a captain’s

call before the first aircraft landed. “To see how this base is able to pull in support, all across Italy, is truly impressive. The people we’re helping are going to be joining our American family. We’re proud to welcome them with open arms.” NAS Sigonella is employing health protection standards in accordance with both Department of Defense and Italian government guidance to protect the health of the evacuees, service members, U.S. and local national employees and the community at large. COVID-19 mitigation is at the forefront of all health protection

Vice President Harris visits LCS in Singapore

efforts, and all evacuees will be tested for COVID-19. In addition, medical care has been set up to assess and provide assistance for anyone with injuries or other medical concerns. NAS Sigonella personnel have designated two barracks buildings as temporary lodging on base for evacuees, along with Halal dining, religious and recreation areas. “This is a short-notice mission that is a national priority for NAS Sigonella and team,” said Rear Adm. Scott Gray, Commander, Navy Region Europe, Africa, Central. “They have moved heaven

Kearsarge increases proficiency after LSE 2021 & tri-service DLQs

By Lt. Lauren Chatmas

By MCSN Gwyneth Vandevender

SINGAPORE — Vice President Kamala Harris visited the Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Tulsa (LCS 16) while moored in Changi Naval Base, Singapore, August 23. The visit to Tulsa was part of a trip to Singapore and Vietnam to strengthen relationships and expand economic cooperation with two critical Indo-Pacific partners of the U.S. During the tour, Harris engaged with Tulsa’s crew on their skillsets and the ship’s missions. Officers and Sailors discussed Naval integration, surface warfare, mine countermeasures, flight operations, and underway replenishment. After touring the ship, Harris conducted an all-hands call with Tulsa’s crew, who recently concluded participation in the 20th iteration of Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training (SEACAT). She emphasized the importance of strong multilateral relationships in Southeast Asia with joint efforts to promote a rules-based international order, and expressed support for the ser vice members currently deployed to the Indo-Pacific region to keep the nation secure. “The reason we are here is important: the Indo-Pacific is critical to the security and the prosperity of the United States,”

ATLANTIC OCEAN — The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) returned to Naval Station Norfolk after completing Large Scale Exercise (LSE) 2021 and multiple days of deck landing qualifications (DLQ) with U.S. Army, Navy, and Marine Corps aviation units Aug. 20, 2021. Kearsarge’s support of LSE 2021 was critical to the Navy’s ability to demonstrate the employment of precise, lethal, and overwhelming force globally. The valuable time at sea also helped increase the warfighting proficiency of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) which is in the early stages of its pre-deployment training cycle. “We were able to integrate the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and our crew for one of the largest events in recent naval history to exercise our abilities as a global naval force,” said Lt. Cmdr. Todd Mousel, Kearsarge’s assistant operations officer. Mousel said LSE 2021 provided the Kearsarge ARG with an extra opportunity to integrate with the 22nd MEU, USS Arlington (LPD 24), and embarked supporting units to establish aviation, maritime, and amphibious operations across the ARG/MEU team. Although LSE 2021 utilized virtual and constructive train-

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Vice President Kamala Harris addresses the crew of the Independencevariant littoral combat ship USS Tulsa (LCS 16) during an all-hands call, Aug. 23, 2021. (MC3 RICHARD CHO)

said Harris. “Our presence in the Indo-Pacific has a long, long history, including now, of helping to guarantee peace and security, freedom of trade and commerce, freedom of navigation…and open waterways, and the rulesbased international order that has brought so much safety and prosperity to so many.” Tulsa’s commanding officer, Cmdr. Brandon Cornes, said it was an honor and privilege to host the Vice President. He expressed appreciation for her comments noting the partnership between U.S. forces and their Southeast Asian counter-

parts is vital to keeping peace in the region. “Vice President Harris reaffirmed the strategic significance of our military presence to the region during this deployment,” said Cornes. “Tulsa’s sustained presence at sea and continued engagements with partners, as just completed during SEACAT, underscore our commitment to an operational presence for a free and open Indo-Pacific.” With 21 Indo-Pacific partner nations, SEACAT is a multilateral exercise designed to enhance Turn to Vice President, Page 7

and earth to be ready to take care of folks leaving a desperate situation and are treating them with dignity and respect. They didn’t just complete the mission. They went above and beyond to help the Afghan people to the best of their abilities and with hearts full of empathy.” Known as the “Hub of the Med”, NAS Sigonella’s strategic location as the Navy’s only overseas air station enables U.S, allied, and partner nation forces to deploy and respond as required to ensure security and stability in Europe, Africa, and Central Command.

ing, much of the training was live. The ship’s deck department and embarked Assault Craft Unit 4 (ACU 4) landing craft, air cushions (LCACs) practiced physically transporting Marines and their equipment from ship to shore, which is Kearsarge’s primary mission. “We did a lot of training with the LCACs and Marines,” said Lt. Chris Helms, Kearsarge’s deck officer. “Now that we have this integrated experience, we’ve learned how we all operate and we’ve built relationships with the Marines and LCAC crews. We won’t have to start from scratch next time we work with them.” Helms said Kearsarge’s bluegreen team is even more of an asset following this early integration opportunity. “If we had to leave on a real world mission, the coordination, planning, and execution would be a lot easier now than it would have been had we not integrated yet,” said Helms. “We are 100 percent more prepared for deployment now.” LSE provided Kearsarge’s well deck operators and LCAC crews an opportunity to increase their proficiency delivering Marines to the fight. The ship’s flight deck crew and several aviation crews yielded similar training benefits from repetitions not only during LSE but from four days of DLQs immediately after LSE Turn to USS Kearsarge, Page 7


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Back to school fashion fears

By Lisa Smith Molinari

Unfortunately, I recall many excruciating details from my adolescent years, from the Smurfs puffy stickers I stuck inside my locker to that humiliating day I threw up in the cafeteria in front of my entire seventh grade class, and every awkwardly self-conscious moment in between. During this gawky stage, I hovered in a nervous state of adolescent limbo between my carefree primary years and the uneasy self-awareness of my late teens. At night, I’d lay awake in my mock-brass twin bed, under my Kliban cat sheets, staring at the Holly Hobby doll on my floral Contact-papered shelf, practicing kissing on the back of my hand, and wondering, “Who the heck am I, anyway?” Although nothing seemed certain, I thought having trendy clothes would go a long way in attracting a halfway decent friend group … and maybe someday, a boyfriend. My parents aimed to clothe me in polyester dresses and knee socks for the rest of my life. That worked until middle school, when my best friend showed up on the first day wearing a blue satin jacket, rainbow suspenders, a Coneheads t-shirt, and Sassoon jeans with a clear plastic back pocket that showed off her Bonnie Bell Lip Smacker. Seeing that my friend’s cool outfit earned her social status, I was desperate to create my own style. My older brother had abandoned the

color-coordinated Garanimals outfits my mother bought him at J.C. Pennys, and replaced them with a decent pair of jeans, concert t-shirts, and turf shoes. He parted his hair straight down the middle and voilà! His entrance into the cool crowd was instantaneous, too. For me, however, fashion was bewildering, with an intimidating array of trends from which to choose. Just buying a new pair of jeans was overwhelming. Pleated or plain front? Acid or stone washed? Tapered or Flared? Jordache or Lee? Would I wear a madras shirt, a cut up sweatshirt, a Members Only jacket, a cowl neck, a Forenza sweater, an oversized blouse with a broach at the neck, a popped collar polo shirt, a whale-print turtleneck, or a blazer with enormous shoulder pads? How could I choose between painter’s pants, Hammertime pants, parachute pants, stirrup pants, and overalls? Jellies, Converse Chucks, Tretorns, Reebok high tops, Vans, penny loafers, Capezios, Docksiders, and Candies. Not to mention the dizzying assortment of accessories: fingerless gloves, leg warmers, Vuarnet sunglasses, Swatch watches, stick pins, braided headbands, mood rings, fanny packs and banana clips. Even after choosing an outfit, I still had to decide whether rooster bangs or a bi-level would go better with my frosted purple eye shadow! Oh the agony!

Unfortunately, I never developed a sense of fashion and eventually gave into my mother’s influence, wearing brown leather loafers, blouses that tied at the neck à la Colonel Sanders, and my hair long with a slab of bangs that made my face look like it was framed with a ring of Polska kielbasa. Even when I managed to convince my mother to buy me something trendy from the juniors rack, I could never quite pull it off. When she bought me Lee overalls, I accidentally flung the strap into the girls’ restroom toilet before history class. When I wore a cool pair of boots I got for Christmas, I wiped out on a patch of ice stepping off the bus. At some point, I gave up on acquiring fashion sense and honed my sense of humor. I didn’t get a good date to the prom, but I was voted “Class Clown” in 1984 and later became a humor writer. Now, as I watch military families go shopping for back to school clothes, I hope that less fashion-savvy kids are not stressing about what to wear to school like I did. It’s okay if fashion isn’t your thing. Your best accessories are your personality, your intellect, your talent, your sense of humor, your kindness, your generosity, your determination, your compassion, and your resilience. Wear whatever clothing makes you feel comfortable and confident, then simply let YOU shine through. Fashion trends change, but character is forever. And that’s totally cool.

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Cancelled or Postponed Deployment: The Importance of Contingency Planning

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By Military Onesource Gearing up for a deployment can be stressful, but getting those orders cancelled or postponed can be even more so. Being prepared for change is part of military life, so make sure to include contingency planning in your predeployment preparations. Having an idea of how you will handle a change in plans can help you be prepared for any unexpected hiccups. Contingency Planning Is Part of Deployment Planning If your orders do change, use the following tips to help you reorganize. First Things First Alert family members and loved ones. After all that planning, expect some frustration. You may be irritated, while others may feel in limbo. Communicate with your family and discuss expectations based on your new situation. Secure your housing. Notify your installation housing office or landlord ASAP about remaining in your home if you’re renting. If you own and planned to rent your home or sell it, alert your property manager or realtor to the change of plans. Contact schools or medical offices. If you’ve transferred school or medical records in preparation of the move, now is the time to get them sent back to their original locations. Update your family care plan. Single parents, dual-military couples with children, and those who care for a disabled or elderly family member must complete this document. The family care plan outlines logistical, financial, medical, legal and other matters for a caregiver for your loved one(s). Alert the caregiver and revise the plan. Learn more about preparing your family care plan. Financial Matters Adjust your budget. Deployment can mean higher pay, but cancelled or postponed deployment may necessitate a review or update of your spending plan. Revisit any changes made during your deployment planning to reflect your new financial reality. Update allotments. You may have adjusted portions of your pay and allowances to other people, creditors or savings accounts based on the higher deployment-related pay you

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expected. You may want to cancel or revise those adjustments. Complete a Department of Defense Form 2558 or make changes through your MyPay account. Check SCRA protections. Certain protections under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act — such as limiting interest rates on debt — will no longer be available if your deployment is cancelled. Learn more about benefits and protections under the SCRA. Reach out for financial assistance. If changes in your deployment plans create financial problems, support is available through Military OneSource or your installation Military and Family Support Center. Learn more about military emergency relief organizations and emergency financial help. Legal and Other Matters In preparing for deployment, you may have updated paperwork or several legal documents. As plans have changed, you may want to revise the following: Power of attorney. This gives someone else authority to make decisions over your legal and financial affairs while you were deployed. Unless you revoke that authority, that person still can act on your behalf. Will, living will and other medical directives. These may or may not need updating. However, if you made updates based on planned deployment, you may want to review them with an attorney from your installation legal services/JAG office. Insurance policies, etc. In planning for deployment, you may have made changes to several documents that may need revisiting. Make sure to update beneficiaries and coverage amounts on any life insurance policies if

necessary, and cancel or revise your changeof-address form. Special Considerations for National Guard and Reserve Members Civilian employment. A postponement can pose a challenge for National Guard and reserve service members who have already notified their employer of the upcoming deployment. Be sure to notify your employer as soon as possible that the deployment has been cancelled or postponed. Check your deadlines for reemployment. National Guard and reserve service members are still covered under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, or USERRA, for their time spent on active duty preparing for the deployment. But the deadlines for reporting back to work or applying for reemployment vary depending on the amount of time you were away on military duties. You will need to let your employer know within the timeframe specified under the act. If the new deployment dates are indefinite or in the distant future, you may need to contact your employer and return to work. Learn more about USERRA protections, and contact your local legal services/JAG office with any questions. If you need assistance with deployment planning, there are many military and family support resources available to you. Military OneSource consultants are available 24/7/365 to answer questions and connect you with assistance. Call 800-342-9647, use OCONUS calling options, or schedule a live chat. You can also contact your local Military and Family Support Center for information about support programs and services.

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Vice Adm. Kenneth Whitesell, commander, Naval Air Forces, commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, holds a question and answer session with junior officers at McGourty Auditorium during a visit to Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC), Point Mugu, Aug. 17. (ENSIGN DREW VERBIS )

Air Boss visits Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu By Ensign Drew Verbis

Naval Base Ventura County

VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. — Vice Adm. Kenneth Whitesell, Commander, Naval Air Forces and Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, observed several large force exercise (LFE) events at Naval Air Station Point Mugu onboard Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC), Aug. 17, 2021. Aircraft are operating out of NBVC

August 12-30 in support of LFE, a unit-level training effort for U.S. aviators and aircrews. ”The work being done here at NAS Point Mugu is absolutely essential to high-end war fighting,” said Whitesell. “The ability to integrate our aviation platforms and technology across multiple units, services, and geographic locations is the key to distributed military operations.” During his visit, Whitesell participated in operational briefings, toured multiple test-

ing facilities, and hosted an “all-hands call” for junior officers in the E-2C Hawkeye and E-2D Advanced Hawkeye community. “NBVC provides a critical strategic location to conduct air and sea training,” said Capt. Kimnach, commanding officer, NBVC. “We strive to provide top-echelon service in support of our tenants who are conducting multiple test events in support of LFE which is critical to train the fleet. It was an honor to host the Air Boss with

the support of the Airborne Command, Control, and Logistics Wing (ACCLOGWING) to highlight our new technologies and future growth plans at Point Mugu and our indelible partnership with our Navy air community.” Whitesell took command of Naval Air Forces and Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Oct. 2, 2020 becoming the ninth “Air Boss;” a term used in Navy tradition to describe the fleet’s top aviation officer. NBVC is a multi-dominant mission facility operating the world’s largest instrumented sea range. NBVC is home to Point Mugu, Port Hueneme, San Nicholas Island, Laguna Peak, the Pacific Coast Seabees, the Westcoast Hawkeyes, three warfare centers, and 80 tenants. It is the largest employer in Ventura County and actively protects California’s largest coastal wetlands through its award-winning environmental programs.


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Surface Warfare Engineering School Command Great Lakes Instructor Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) 1st Class Uriel I. Berrun goes over the four normal conditions that happen during the startup of the Gas Turbine Generator and the 12 abnormal conditions that are real world faults that may happen during the start up process with Student Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) 1st Class Travis R. Grant on the Rolls Royce AG9140RF Full Authority Digital Control (FADC) Multipurpose Reconfigurable Training System 3D (MRTS 3D) simulator. (MATT MOGLE)

Surface Warfare Engineering School Command offers GSM “C” school course By Matt Mogle

Training Support Center Great Lakes

GREAT LAKES, Ill. — Students attending Surface Warfare Engineering School Command (SWESC) Great Lakes’ Gas Turbine Systems Technician-Mechanical (GSM) “C” School now have the latest in high-tech virtual equipment to assist in training. The Rolls Royce AG9140RF Full Authority Digital Control (FADC) Multipurpose Reconfigurable Training System 3D (MRTS 3D) simulator, specifically the FADC’s Fault “Troubleshooter”, was developed to give Sailors a delivery method, where troubleshooting and corrective maintenance are accomplished without damaging real equipment. “In the past, the simulator portion of the gas turbine generator module of the course was given through a PowerPoint presentation,” said Chief Gas Turbine Systems

Technician (Mechanical) Frank Lam Yuen, leading chief petty officer for SWESC GSM “C” School. “With the new simulator, the students can now run faults and review them as they are taking place.” The FADC MRTS 3D simulator will be incorporated to Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) system for the following NECs: U06A (DDG 51), U12A (DDG Modernization), and U72A (DDG 51 Flight IIA). Sailors who graduate from the advanced GSM “C” school will be given an NEC code for the designated job on the ship. “The simulator enables students to view simulated faults and lets them review charts on the troubleshooter and goes through all probable causes that could have led to each fault” said Lam Yuen. “The simulator goes through a checklist related to each simulated fault condition to include: cause, other factors, inspection results; programmed for both planned and corrective maintenance.”

Sailors with the NECs will be trained to understand and identify abnormal conditions with the help of 12 different abnormal conditions and four different normal conditions delivered through the FADC MRTS 3D simulator. Students at GSM “C” school are able to start up the Gas Turbine Generator (GTG) as part of the FADC MRTS 3D simulator lesson. The four normal conditions are mandatory items that must happen during the startup of the GTG and the 12 abnormal conditions are real world faults that may happen during the process. This engine is the same generator that is currently onboard ships out in the Fleet. “The simulator helps the students to understand what may happen onboard the ship when the GTGs are ran almost every day or multiple times a week during 6 to 9 month deployments,” said Lam Yuen, “The wear and tear that’s put on the machinery

will eventually take its toll. This is when the faults start to happen on the GTG and may sometimes be as serious enough to prohibit the GTG from starting.” FADC MRTS 3D simulator allows students to identify the faults and draw conclusions on why and where the faults are happening. This course teaches students how to diagnose symptoms and fault alarms, troubleshoot, identify, and repair the problems. The simulator has a bank of real world faults that are given at the students to train them on how to correctly address the faults. The FADC MRTS 3D simulator course is 45 day and is one of three courses that make up the entire training pipeline. The GSM “C” School usually convenes six classes per year. “This course is tailored to fleet returnees, or senior Sailors who have been in the Navy for a while and are recommended by their Chain of Command,” said Cmdr. Shawn Gibson, commanding officer, SWESC Great Lakes. “This course is a great way for Sailors to get the advanced training they need in an actual training environment rather than a ship where something can go wrong.” The implementation of state-of-the-art training simulator and staff instruction at SWESC Great Lakes GSM “C” School is an example of the Sailor 2025 initiative to provide Sailors with the right training, at the right time, in the right way throughout their careers to enable faster learning and better knowledge retention.


Commanders: Has Your Team Made The Jump To JRAT? Here’s Why You Should Fall In Line By Amy Robinson

Naval Safety Center Public Affairs

The Navy and Marine Corps manage risk daily — so why not streamline the assessment process with an easy-to-use, automated system? The Joint Risk Assessment Tool (JRAT), is an interactive, web-based application that helps the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard apply risk management per Joint Publication 3-0, Joint Operations, as well as each service’s respective risk management publications. Previously, each service used its risk

assessment tool, and even within the Navy, commands would use a Word or Excel document replicating the deliberate risk assessment, according to George Arici, a high-risk training analyst for the Naval Safety Center (NAVSAFECEN). In 2019, the Army fielded JRAT to replace the Ground Risk Assessment Tool (GRAT), which was developed in 2008. Using feedback and recommendations from GRAT users, JRAT offers a separate portal for each service as well as service-specific mishap statistics, mishap summaries, guidance and vignettes — all specific to mission type. Denis Komornik, a risk management

education and training specialist with NAVSAFECEN, was one of the key players who collaborated with the Army to develop the JRAT’s Navy mishap vignettes. “The vignettes give Navy personnel an idea on how to look at hazards, put controls in place for those hazards and get the ball rolling for missions,” said Komornik, adding there are numerous mission sets available to help create a risk assessment. In addition to the option of selecting from pre-populated mission types, subtasks, hazards and controls, JRAT provides users with the freedom to create mission types, subtasks and hazards — or even use a mission

type from another service if applicable. “The other nice thing about this tool is it’s a lot more detailed when it comes down to identifying the controls to put in place,” Komornik said. “JRAT actually says how you’re going to do it and who’s responsible — and that wasn’t done in some of the other risk assessments that were out in the fleet.” Although JRAT is CAC-enabled, another benefit of the tool is saving the assessment within the program and sharing it across the services — worldwide. Using the Deliberate Assessment Worksheet, DD Form 2977, Komornik said JRAT’s goal is to get all the services on the same page, speaking the same language regarding risk management. “We want to minimize the risk as best we can through proper controls and then we want to execute the mission,” Komornik said. “And if we do it right, safety is a byproduct of effective risk management.” Military and civilian users must have an account to access JRAT. For more information, visit https://jrat.safety.army.mil/ or contact your risk management assistant.

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An F-35B Lightning II fighter aircraft from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211, embarked on the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08), takes off from the flight deck of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) during flight operations between and America and the Royal Navy. (MC3 MATTHEW CAVENAILE)

United Kingdom Carrier Strike Group and USS America Expeditionary Strike Group Join Together for LSGE 21 Operations By Lt.cmdr. Sherrie A Flippin

Expeditionary Strike Group 7 Public Affairs

PHILIPPINE SEA —United Kingdom (U.K.) Carrier Strike Group (CSG 21) and USS America Expeditionary Strike Group (AMA ESG) with embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, begin multinational advanced aviation operations in support of Large Scale Global Exercise (LSGE) 21, Aug. 20. “These events allow us to work with an unmatched network of partners and allies in a complex environment, supporting the common goal of a free and open Indo-Pacific,” said U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Chris Engdahl, commander, Expeditionary Strike

Group 7. “Continued and combined operations in this region allow us to improve shared understanding, trust, and interoperability on challenges that have global impacts.” LSGE 21 is global command and control exercise, with a regional focus, to enhance integration of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific. With many operations, activities, and investments nested under the LSGE 21 umbrella, these operations are part of the larger initiative. While sailing together, the strike groups will conduct large-formation steaming maneuvers, anti-submarine and surface warfare exercises, and aviation integration events to enhance their capability and profi-

ciency throughout all domains. “The ability for the United States and the United Kingdom to be ‘interoperable’ and operate their fifth generation jets from the same deck at the same time is testament to the special relationship between our two countries,” said Commodore Steve Moorhouse, OBE, Commander of the U.K.’s Carrier Strike Group. HMS Queen Elizabeth leads the U.K.’s Carrier Strike Group and is operating a mixed air group of F-35Bs, with a squadron of U.K. jets and a squadron from the U.S. Marine Corps. Additionally, USS The Sullivans from the U.S. Navy as well as several other Royal Navy ships comprise the U.K.’s Carrier Strike Group.

“The U.K. Carrier Strike Group offers the largest fifth generation air wing afloat today and working with our close allies to develop operating procedures and capabilities while concurrently showcasing the agility of land and carrier-based aviation in the Indo-Pacific demonstrates our commitment to the region,” added Moorhouse. Integrating Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211’s F-35Bs into the carrier air wing provides the opportunity to share experiences, tactics, and procedures, highlighting common interests and strong bilateral relationship, between the U.S. and the U.K. The Lightning (F-35B) is a next generation multi-role combat aircraft equipped with advanced sensors, mission systems and stealth technology employed from both the AMA ESG and the CSG 21. Together, the forward-deployed ships of ESG 7 and elements of the 31st MEU are operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility to enhance interoperability with allies and partners, and serve as a ready response force to defend peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

Seabee’s Service Invaluable for Navy’s Top Military Construction Project By Matthew Stinson

Naval Facilities Engineering Command Washington

Public Affairs

DC, UNITED STATES — Engineering Aide Second Class Daniel J. Julian earned the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for professional achievement while serving Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) Washington, Public Works Department Washington, from November 2018 to August 2021. Demonstrating exceptional professionalism and technical acumen, Julian expertly managed the quality control program for the Navy’s top military construction project, the Master Time Clocks and Operations Facility at the United States Naval Observatory, valued at $91 million. Additionally, he worked on dozens of projects for a variety of customers around the National Capital Region, including the Vice President’s Residence, Marine Corps Base Quantico, Washington Navy Yard and Naval Sea Systems Command. Over the course of his tour with NAVFAC Washington, he was promoted twice. Julian’s exceptional professionalism, unrelenting perseverance and loyal devotion to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. Julian hails from Baltimore, Md., and will be continuing his career as an engineering aide with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 11 in Gulfport, Ms.

Daniel J. Julian expertly managed the quality control program for the Navy’s top military construction project, the Master Time Clocks and Operations Facility at the United States Naval Observatory, valued at $91 million. (MATTHEW STINSON)

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Sailors assigned to the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6), man the rails before a fueling-at-sea with Royal Navy destroyer HMS Defender (D36). (MC3 THOMAS CONTANT)

USS America fuels HMS Defender at sea in first FAS with U.S. amphib, British warship By Lt. John Stevens

USS America Public Affairs

PHILIPPINE SEA — USS America (LHA 6), the Navy’s only forward-deployed amphibious assault ship, conducted a bilateral fueling-at-sea (FAS) with Royal Navy destroyer HMS Defender (D 36) while operating with elements of the HMS Queen Elizabeth (R 08) Carrier Strike Group (CSG-21) in the Philippine Sea, Aug. 20. This is the first time in history a U.S.

amphibious ship has conducted a FAS with a British warship, and the third time America has refueled a partner nation at sea this summer. “The America Team thoroughly enjoyed having our Royal Navy brethren alongside today,” said Capt. Ken Ward, America’s commanding officer. “Today’s operations with Defender not only extended their operational time on station to support our combined missions, it provided another opportunity to demonstrate our interoperability with our

allies and partners as we train and operate across a free and open Indo-Pacific.” Demonstrating a sustainment capacity unique to its class of amphibious assault ships, America refueled the Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Ballarat (FFH 155) on July 27 during Talisman Sabre 21. Little more than a week later on Aug. 7, America consecutively refueled Ballarat and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer JS Makinami (DD 112). “By conducting this ground-breaking

replenishment-at-sea in the Indo-Pacific we have further demonstrated our flexibility and interoperability with the UK’s most important strategic ally and partner,” said Cmdr. Vincent Owen, Defender’s commanding officer. “I’d like to thank the captain and crew of USS America for their professionalism in ensuring this unprecedented evolution was conducted safely and professionally and I look forward to working further with the U.S. Expeditionary Strike Group 7 over the coming days.” America and USS New Orleans (LPD 18), both part of the Sasebo-based Amphibious Squadron 11, wrapped up participation in Large Scale Global Exercise 21 earlier this month before operating with CSG-21 during its deployment to the Indo-Pacific. America, flagship of the America Expeditionary Strike Group, along with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility to enhance interoperability with allies and partners, and serve as a ready response force to defend peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.








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Boise, Idaho area recruiter holds special re-enlistment ceremony at Kleiner Memorial Park By Daniel Rachal Navy Recruiting Command Public Affairs

MERIDIAN, ID — Navy Talent Acquisition Group Portland Navy Counselor Nicholas Humbert has re-enlisted three previous times in his Navy career. Today, he had possibly his most memorable reenlistment to date as he ceremoniously took the oath of enlistment from his father, Robert Humbert, in a ceremony presided over by NTAG Portland Commanding Officer, Commander Brent Banks. “It was good to have my dad re-enlist me,” NC1 Humbert said. Because of medical issues, his father was never able to enlist in the military, but always hoped to have his son serve his country. “His dream was to have his son enlist,” NC1 Humbert said. “I thought it’d be pretty cool to have him do it.”

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concluded. Kearsarge’s air department completed over 1,400 launches and recoveries of eight different types of aircraft for the U.S. Army’s 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 501st Aviation Regiment, Marine Corps 22nd MEU and Navy Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28 during their three weeks underway. “We have tested the boundaries of our air department with the operations we have done so far,” said Lt. Cmdr. Nick Ballard, Kearsarge’s assistant air officer. “We successfully completed hundreds of flight operations which helped a lot of the Marine, Army, and Navy aviators qualify to land on Kearsarge.”

Navy Talent Acuisition Group Portland talent scout, First Class Navy Counselor Nicholas Humbert, recites the oath of enlistment, read by his father Robert Humbert, during a ceremony at Kleiner Park in Meridian, Idaho. (DANIEL RACHAL)

Kearsarge also completed its first vertical replenishment-at-sea since the ship’s deployment in 2019. “That was a big deal for us because most of our crew had never participated in a vertical replenishment before,” said Ballard. “Everyone came together and got a plan going. We made it happen despite any challenges we may have had.” Ballard said Kearsarge’s air department gained valuable training and experience from LSE and the DLQs. “LSE 21 was a great opportunity to work together and get more proficient in what we do,” said Ballard. “We have a much more confident and capable team now.” Kearsarge, homeported at Naval Station Norfolk, is entering a brief maintenance opportunity before moving on to the amphibious squadron MEU integration phase of the pre-deployment training cycle.

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The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), and the San Antonioclass amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24) sail in formation Aug. 14. (MC3 JESSE SCHWAB)

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Your Favorite Disney Characters Return to the Hampton Roads Region!

By Feld Entertainment Hampton, VA— Grab your mouse ears and get ready for a worldwide party as Disney On Ice celebrates Mickey and Friends skates into Hampton from November 4 - 7, 2021 at the Hampton Coliseum. Produced by Feld Entertainment Inc., this production will inspire families to make memories they will treasure forever. While delivering the same magical experiences guests expect from Disney On Ice, Feld Entertainment is continuing Guest Wellness Enhancements to help keep families safe at its live events. Feld Entertainment is working closely with venue partners to establish and follow COVID-19 health and safety standards in accordance with all federal, state and local guidelines. Please monitor the venue website for health and safety policies, including face covering and entry requirements, which are subject to change. Guests looking to purchase Disney On Ice souvenirs can pre-order items prior to arriving at the Hampton Coliseum. Additional information can be found at https:// www.disneyonice.com/tickets Additional Disney On Ice celebrates Mickey and Friends Show Details Mickey Mouse is joined by Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy on a journey to discover his favorite memory of all time. Using



Mickey’s “Mouse Pad,” show hosts encourage fans to be part of the action and help the gang venture though Disney stories, sharing memorable moments from treasured tales. Along the way, families sail away with

Moana as she displays courage to save her island on a high-seas adventure with the demigod, Maui. Families will continue the journey to the wintry world of Arendelle as royal sisters Anna and Elsa discover true

love is the most powerful magic of all and experience the mysterious magic of Fantasia as a Sorcerer’s Apprentice makes brooms come to life. “Live Your Story” alongside Disney Princesses as they use perseverance, determination and hard work to inspire Mickey and children around the world to share their favorite Disney memories. Event Location: Hampton Coliseum, 1000 Coliseum Drive, Hampton, VA 23666 Disney On Ice Preferred Customers can purchase advance tickets starting today, August 17, 2021, to get the best seats available before tickets go on-sale to the general public on August 24, 2021. Fans can still sign up to become a Disney On Ice Preferred Customer and get exclusive access to the pre-sale offer code. Dates and Times of Performances: Thursday, November 4 - 7:00pm Friday, November 5 - 7:00pm Saturday, November 6 - 11:00am, 3:00pm & 7:00pm Sunday, November 7 - 12:00pm & 4:00pm For ticket prices and to purchase tickets visit: www.DisneyOnIce.com *Ticket pricing is subject to change based on market demand. For more info about Disney On Ice, follow Disney On Ice social media channels: Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. Subscribe to the Disney On Ice YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/DisneyOnIce

The Eagle has Landed By Norfolk Botanical Garden NORFOLK, Va. — Norfolk Botanical Garden (NBG) is hosting the national exhibition Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea and has a new arrival! Rosa the Bald Eagle is a customed-made sculpture with a 15 feet wing span. She is named after one of the most courageous women in history, Rosa Parks who spent her life striving for equal rights and was an American hero. As American icons, bald eagles represent strength and resilence and were nearly pushed to the brink of extinction. However, through conservation efforts and environmental protection laws, they have made a remarkable comeback. Our coastal region, with various fishing and natural waterways, is a big attraction for these majestic birds who continue to need our protection. Rosa will join more than a dozen other Washed Ashore works of art here at Norfolk Botanical Garden through October 31, 2021. Volunteers helped to create beautiful Rosa the Bald Eagle. NBG conducted beach clean-ups locally and mailed hundreds of pounds of debris to the Washed Ashore founder, Angela Haseltine Pozzi and Lead Artist, Steve Wright, both from Oregon. Collected items included flip flops, water bottles, cans and beach toys. More than 1,550 volunteers, from seven different

states helped to create sections of the eagle including hundreds of NBG volunteers. Local students, families and military groups constructed 700 feathers - more than 4,000 feathers were created in total! “We truly believe Rosa to be one of our best pieces to date,” said Angela Haseltine Pozzi. “We are so proud to be partnering with Norfolk Botanical Garden, who takes our mission to heart and lives and breathes sustainability with their ongoing commitment to help the environment,” she said. Washed Ashore is part of a global movement bringing much-needed attention to the overwhelming – and growing – plastic pollution in our oceans. Single-use plastics are particularly detrimental to the health of the environment – both in the water and on land. The world’s oceans and waterways connect all life together—humans, plants and wildlife—and when one part suffers, the other parts will feel it, too. There is hope! Imagine the impact if more than 7.8 billion people on Earth each committed to make at least one change. Together we can turn the tide for a better world. Join NBG in our mission to take environmental action, TAKE THE PLEDGE and take a bite out of plastic. The Garden is committed to taking action, but needs your help. Washed Ashore- Art to Save the Sea is included with Garden Admission.


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TCC annual award winners go the extra mile during COVID-19 pandemic By Laura Sanford

Left to Right, Clockwise: Kimberly Jones, Shana Haines, Petia Downey, Daniel Owens, Nancy Jones. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Tidewater Community College recognizes five faculty and staff members from across the college with annual special awards on Aug. 19. Selected by their peers, the honorees will receive their awards at TCC’s 2021 Fall Convocation to be held at the college’s Chesapeake Campus. Professor of the Year Kimberly Jones, 52, is the Professor of the Year as chosen by the Faculty Senate. Jones is professor of Funeral Service and has been teaching at the college since 2006. Funeral Service Program Head Frank Walton credits Jones with helping students succeed in the science of funeral services. “Our students continually score well above the national average on the science segments of the national boards,” Walton said. “Kim excels at taking complex topics and applying them to the day-to-day operations of the funeral home. She is also energetic and really cares about her students and it shows in her work.” During the pandemic, Jones kept her students learning by developing videos on YouTube, Zoom and Canvas demonstrating skeletal armatures and facial features for her Restorative Arts labs. She modeled each skill in her home and then made the videos available so students could go back and review them. “My goal is to teach students how to think and then by empowering them with that skill, they can apply it anywhere — the sciences, economics, English and more,” Jones said. Jones, a Chesapeake resident, is working on her doctorate in emerging infectious diseases and epidemiology through Walden University. She holds a master’s of life sciences and biology from University of Maryland, College Park; a bachelor’s in biology from Old Dominion University; and an Associate of Applied Science in Mortuary Science from the University of the District of Columbia. “I’m humbled and honored by this award and more determined than ever to provide quality education to every student I serve,” she said. In her free time, Jones enjoys weight training, dancing, do-it-yourself projects and spending time with family and friends. Jones has been married to her husband Rodney for 23 years and the couple has three adult children: Raven, Rodney Jr. and Kole.

Faculty Special Achievement Shana Haines, associate professor of English, was honored by the Faculty Senate with the Faculty Special Achievement award for her innovative teaching and dedication to student development. TCC students who study under Haines do not just learn about writing and literature. They study law, they apply concepts from math and science, and they develop critical thinking skills. “My job is to help create thinkers,” she said. “It’s not to tell students what to think but how to think.” Haines says that teaching during the pandemic was intensely stressful but also very rewarding. Her goal was to create a learning community on Zoom where classroom discussions could continue. “I was really driven to create the kind of environment where students learn best,” she said. “When you see students excited about learning, engaged and involved, that’s the best feeling.” Haines, 51, created and hosted a free, nationwide virtual conference entitled “Turning on the Light of Truth: A Teach-In for Social Justice and Racial Equality,” offering free education into some of today’s current social justice and racial inequality issues. She arranged for nationally recognized scholars to participate and facilitated the sessions. Haines earned her bachelor’s in film studies with a minor in English at Texas Christian University, a master’s in British and American literature at Hunter College and a Juris Doctor from Boston University. She is currently a doctoral candidate focusing on American Studies at the College of William & Mary. Haines enjoys gardening and traveling. She resides in Franklin with her spouse, Jamie Haines, a TCC English instructor. The couple has two rescue dogs — Miles and Watson. Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Petia Downey, recipient of the Outstanding Adjunct Faculty award, says she can’t believe she gets paid for doing a job she loves so much. Downey, instructor of English as a second language, learned to speak English as a child when she moved to the United States from Bulgaria. “I remember the ESL classes I took and how that set me on track to also learn Spanish and some French,” she said. During the pandemic, Downey, 32,

became a resource for colleagues who had to quickly transition to teaching online via Zoom and Canvas. “I’d never taught online before but found that I was skilled in creating quality courses,” she said. Downey, a Suffolk resident, also enjoys teaching and tutoring students in face-toface classes on the Virginia Beach Campus. Professional development is important to Downey, and she recently attended the international Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages conference where she focused on reading. The information she gleaned from the conference was shared with TCC’s ESL committee and influenced book selections that will provide benefits to students for years to come. “It’s really rewarding to see students finish their ESL classes and then continue with their programs of study,” Downey said. “I’m also grateful to know my colleagues appreciate my contributions.” Downey holds a master’s in applied linguistics with a concentration in teaching English as a second language and a bachelor’s in Spanish. When she is not teaching, Downey enjoys reading, watching movies and spending time with her husband, Jason, and their dog, Rex. Classified Employee of the Year Nancy Jones was recognized by the college’s Classified Association for her innovative approach to lab learning during the pandemic. Jones is the lab science manager on the Portsmouth Campus. “There are many people deserving of this award and I’m humbled and honored to be recognized in this way,” Jones said. Jones, 63, typically sets up labs for science students, but the transition to virtual learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic prompted Jones to work with professors for a solution for at-home lab work. Typically, science kits for at-home labs cost students $140. Jones used everyday items, including peroxide, vinegar, food coloring, sugar and fruit to make kits that were free of charge for students. Jones, a Suffolk resident, collected and assembled all the nonperishable items for the kits in her home and even color-coded them for easy distribution at the Portsmouth Campus. When students came to campus to pick up the kits during a drivethrough event, she even ensured they had the right size gloves before they left campus.

“The pandemic was difficult for everyone, and I was glad to do my part to facilitate learning,” Jones said. “It was wonderful to connect with students while being COVID-19 compliant.” Jones also volunteered with The Community Feed at TCC at MacArthur Center and at Foodbank pop-up markets on Portsmouth Campus where she bagged up collard greens and other vegetables for students. She served as co-chair of the Classified Association and developed mini-zoom events to answer COVID-19 pandemic questions and facilitate the staff’s return to work. “The college community has been a very important part of my life,” Jones said. Six months after I started here full-time, my husband died unexpectedly. The job saved me, and the people here became my family.” Jones enjoys gardening, quilting, reading and travel. She has rescued many cats and a few dogs and given them a home on her farm. Wage Employee of the Year TCC alum Daniel Owens, the reference desk assistant in the Joint-Use Library, is the Wage Employee of the Year. Owens, 42, started at TCC as a student worker in 1996 and has been a dedicated library staffer for more than 25 years. “The atmosphere at TCC makes this a great place to work,” Owens said. “The students are my priority, and my goal is to always get them the answers and resources they need.” The Virginia Beach resident earned an Associate of Science in Computer Science at TCC in 2002. “When facing any challenge at work, Danny’s creativity and technical knowhow often combine to result in a solution that is not necessarily obvious but usually works out better in the end for the patron,” said Brittany Horn, interim director of the JUL. “Danny has an amazing, understated way of interacting with the wide variety of library users we see every day. He is requested frequently by students and public patrons returning to the library because he demonstrates knowledgeability, competence and patience.” Owens enjoys wood burning, model cars, and his Raspberry Pi web server. In his free time, Owens spends time playing pool in the Virginia Beach Student Center.

Director of Virginia Opera. “I’m so pleased we are able to once again share the magic of music with our devoted audiences in a safe, comfortable, and unparalleled fashion.” Innovative production in an unexpected venue. This newly conceived production of the first installment of Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle, Das Rheingold, includes all the magic and power of Wagner’s epic vision, including gods, dwarves, giants, and the iconic castle Valhalla. DAS RHEINGOLD Richard Wagner—Sung in German with English Surtitles Performed outdoors exclusively at TOPGOLF

.Virginia Beach Topgolf September 12, 2021 at 4:30 PM and 8:00 PM .Richmond on Topgolf September 19, 2021 at 4:30 PM (sold out) and 8:00 PM Conducted by Adam Turner, Directed by Mary Birnbaum, and Costume Design by Sara Jean Tosetti. Sung in German with English Surtitles. Adaptation of The Rhinegold by Jonathan Dove and Graham Vick, orchestration by Jonathan Dove, by arrangement with Birmingham Opera Company. The orchestra for this production is provided by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. For more information and to obtain tickets, go to VAOpera.org.

Virginia Opera Tees Off the Season in a ParadigmShattering Venue By Virginia Opera Virginia Beach and Richmond, VA — Coming September 12 to Virginia Beach and September 19 to Richmond, Virginia Opera’s never-before-seen outdoor production of Das Rheingold will be performed at a delightfully surprising venue, Topgolf. Why Topgolf? “The myriad of restrictions surrounding COVID forced us to begin thinking out-of-the-box,” said Peggy Kriha Dye, General Director and CEO of Virginia Opera. “Back in our early planning stages for this production, we still weren’t seeing a well-defined end to mandated restrictions and realized we had to consider new ways to safely open up performances to our loyal audiences. We knew it was important to do whatever we could to make public performances possible again—because, really, what is life without the arts?” she added with a laugh. “After numerous brainstorming sessions, we were driving down the highway when we spotted the facility’s huge nets and it hit us! Why not Topgolf!? It was the perfect outdoor venue choice—covered


from the elements, comfortable seating, easy parking, accessible, serving delicious food and drinks, and their monitors in every bay even allow for the broadcasting of English surtitles. In so many ways it resembles the classic amphitheaters where many performing arts found their start. Topgolf was the perfect venue to address so many concerns. Fortunately, they were quick to pick up on our dream and have been delightfully accommodating.” “If there was one silver lining to the ‘new normal’ COVID placed upon us, it motivated us to create new, and often surprisingly wonderful, ways to approach everything—including this unique venture,” said Adam Turner, Artistic

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From Left to Right: Councilwoman Andria P. McClellan, Norfolk School Board Member Rodney Jordan, Rep. Bobby Scott, Charlene Butts Ligon, Dr. Kenneth Cooper Alexander, Dr. Colita Fairfax, Norfolk City Treasurer Daun Sessoms Hester, Councilwoman Danica Royster, Dr. Tommy Bogger, Gregory Gardner. (COURTESY PHOTO)

City of Norfolk Dedicates Historical Marker Honoring Civil Rights Activist Evelyn Butts By The City of Norfolk NORFOLK, Va — The City of Norfolk dedicated a new historical marker honoring Evelyn T. Butts located at 645 Church St. on Monday, Aug. 23. Several community and civic organizations joined members of Norfolk City Council in a short program honoring Ms. Butts at Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Plaza. Immediately following the program, the marker was unveiled. Ms. Evelyn Butts was born in Norfolk

in 1924. She helped eliminate the poll tax from state and local elections and registered thousands to vote. Ms. Butts challenged the poll tax in court, with the case going all the way to Supreme Court in 1966, which succeeded in overturning the poll tax. In 1995, the City of Norfolk renamed Elm St. to Evelyn T. Butts Avenue — no other monuments or markers honoring her in Norfolk existed prior to the street’s renaming. “Mrs. Butts would be proud that a historical sign was installed here in her honor. She

would have been even prouder to know that she is still inspiring fellow citizens to vote and to help ensure the voting rights of other people,” said Norfolk Mayor Kenneth C. Alexander, Ph.D. “That would be our greatest tribute to the life, leadership, and legacy of Norfolk’s own Evelyn Thomas Butts.” In June 2020, Governor Northam launched an annual Black History Month Historical Marker Contest in partnership with the Department of Historical Resources and the Virginia State High-

way Marker programs. The contest invites students to propose prominent African American Virginians for recognition through the installation of a state marker. In 2020, Ms. Evelyn Butts was among 20 selected entries. The marker reads: Evelyn Thomas Butts (1924-1993) Evelyn Butts, civil rights activist and community organizer, worked to secure voting rights for African Americans. In 1963 she initiated a federal lawsuit asserting that Virginia’s poll tax, which citizens had to pay before they could register to vote, violated the U.S. Constitution. The case, combined with a similar suit filed in Fairfax County, reached the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled in Harper v. Virginia State Board of Elections (1966) that the poll tax requirement in state elections was unconstitutional. Butts conducted voter registration drives and helped establish Concerned Citizens of Norfolk, which resulted in the election of African Americans to public office.

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Baked Stuffed Pasta Shells (COURTESY PHOTO)

Celebrate Family and Food By Family Features Family traditions and in-person connections are important parts of gatherings of loved ones, and many of those get-togethers are centered on food. The entire family coming together around a table covered with warm, delicious food to share stories and create new memories is what makes mealtime special. Forty chefs from around the nation came together to create “Come to the Table,” which offers a delicious mix of cuisines from a variety of cultures, including this sampling of classic family favorites, sweet indulgences and family-style creations all inspired by what family means to each chef. “Sales from this book will directly benefit the families we serve, so we are so grateful for each and every chef that has offered their time and talent to this cookbook,” said Jill Cumnock, CEO of Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. “The way ‘Come to the Table’ has been created reminds me of a recipe that culminates in a feast for the senses. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate our 40th anniversary, particularly at a time when families are starting to reunite after the pandemic forced so many apart.” Visit rmhdallas.org for more information and to order the cookbook. Baked Stuffed Pasta Shells Recipe courtesy of chef Kevin Curry Servings: 6-8 6 ounces jumbo pasta shells 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon fresh garlic 1 medium onion, diced 5 portobello mushroom caps, gills removed then diced 1 pinch sea salt, plus additional, to taste 1 pinch pepper, plus additional, to taste

Go Plant Based for Healthy School Days By Family Features Filling the kitchen with plant-based ingredients is an easy way to nudge kids toward nutritious after-school snacks and make busy weeknight dinners as healthy as they are delicious. When you consume foods that boost your energy and give your body the fuel it needs, you can expect to feel healthier, both physically and emotionally. In many cases the foods that deliver are plant-based, and you can create delicious and healthy meals while adhering to a plantbased eating plan. Make Easy Substitutes Having a vegetarian meal once a day is a great start, or even try “meatless Mondays” at home. Swap out ice cream and instead go for frozen blended bananas as an after-dinner treat. Try a nut- or grain-based milk in place of your normal dairy. Make Gradual Changes Drastically changing your eating habits can be challenging. Small, sustainable changes are easier to manage and simpler to implement. Even one change per day can lead to healthier eating, like swapping the meat in a normal sandwich for a plant-based protein, such as a salad made with chickpeas or lentils, for a quick and easy lunch. Start Meal Planning Meal planning can reduce the time you spend in the kitchen and cut the cost of your groceries while making plant-based eating easy. When you plan meals in advance, you can buy in bulk and do the prep work ahead of time, which

2 cups shredded kale 3 tablespoons water 15 ounces skim milk ricotta cheese 4 tablespoons pesto 1 tablespoon The Fit Cook Land spice blend 1 ½ cups reduced-fat marinara, divided 1 ½ cups reduced-fat mozzarella fresh herbs, for garnish Preheat oven to 420 F. Bring pot of salted water to boil. Cook pasta shells according to package instructions. Drain then set aside. Heat pot or cast-iron casserole dish over medium heat. Once hot, add oil, garlic, onion and mushrooms. Add pinch of sea salt and pepper as it cooks. Cook until onions turn brown and mushrooms shrink in size, about 3-5 minutes. Empty contents and set aside. Place pot back over heat. Add shredded kale and water to create steam. Toss kale in pot until it turns vibrant green; set aside to cool. In large bowl, mix ricotta cheese with mushroom mixture, kale, pesto and spice blend. In casserole dish, spread about ½ cup marinara on bottom. Then one-by-one, stuff each pasta shell with approximately 2 tablespoons ricotta mixture and add to casserole dish. Repeat with remaining shells. Cover shells with remaining marinara and mozzarella cheese. Cover casserole dish with foil and bake 20 minutes. During final 5 minutes, remove foil so mozzarella can brown. Garnish with fresh herbs and salt and pepper, to taste. Green Curry Recipe courtesy of chef Nikky Phinyawatana Servings: 2 2 cups fresh spinach 1 cup water 1 tablespoon vegetable oil means you can whip up tasty plant-based meals in minutes. Keep healthy staples on hand like vegan, cholesterol-free and trans fat-free Toufayan multi-grain pita bread. The pre-split pita is perfect to keep on hand and fill with your favorite plant-based ingredients for a quick meal or pair with hummus, chickpea salad or apples. Made with quality, wholesome ingredients, each bread is hearth-baked to a golden brown for a tasty, convenient and versatile complement to a wide range of plant-based foods. They’re easy to find in your local grocer’s deli section. Get inspired to create family-friendly, plantbased dishes with these recipes and more at Toufayan.com. Apple Pie Stuffed Pitas Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 17 minutes Servings: 4 Filling: 4 green apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced 1 teaspoon cinnamon ½ teaspoon nutmeg 2 tablespoons plant-based butter ⅓ cup white sugar 3 tablespoons water 1 teaspoon cornstarch Oat Crumble Topping: ½ cup flour ½ cup rolled oats ¼ cup brown sugar ½ teaspoon cinnamon 1 tablespoon orange juice 1 pinch salt 2 tablespoons plant-based butter 4 Toufayan Multi-Grain Pita Bread Preheat oven to 350 F. To make filling: In large saute pan over medium heat add apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, butter, white sugar, water and cornstarch. Cook apples down about 10 minutes until they begin to get gooey. To make oat crumble topping: In medium bowl, mix flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, orange juice and salt. Cut in butter and mix until crumbs begin to form. Cut pitas in half and line baking sheet. Fill one pita half with apple filling and lay on its side, being careful to not let apples fall out. Top with oat crumble. Repeat with remaining pitas.

2 tablespoons green curry paste 8 ounces skinless, boneless chicken, beef or pork, sliced thin 1 small Japanese purple eggplant 2 cups coconut milk 4 teaspoons granulated sugar ½ teaspoon salt ½ cup bamboo shoots, sliced ¼ medium red bell pepper, sliced thin 8-10 Thai basil leaves, plus additional, for garnish, divided 2 cups cooked jasmine rice In blender, blend spinach and water until mixture turns green and no leaves are visible. In medium saucepan over medium-high heat, heat oil. Add green curry paste and stir to release fragrance, about 10 seconds. Add protein and cook 3-5 minutes. Add blended spinach water, purple eggplant, coconut milk, sugar and salt. Bring to boil. Add bamboo shoots and red bell pepper. Simmer 10 minutes. Stir in basil leaves and turn off heat. Serve with jasmine rice and garnish with additional basil leaves. Daddy’s Birthday Flan Recipe courtesy of chef Ninamarie Bojekian Mendoza Servings: 10-12 Caramel Sauce: 1 cup granulated sugar ¼ cup water Cake: 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon baking soda ¼ teaspoon salt ¾ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature ¾ cup granulated sugar 2 large eggs

½ teaspoon vanilla extract ¾ cup buttermilk 3 tablespoons rainbow sprinkles (optional) Flan: 4 large eggs 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk 1 tablespoon vanilla extract ground cinnamon, to taste In saucepan, heat granulated sugar and water over medium-low heat until melted. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease and flour 9-inch Bundt pan. Set aside. When sugar liquifies and turns golden brown, remove from heat and use silicone spatula or whisk to stir. While stirring, quickly pour into prepared Bundt pan. To make cake: In large bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside. In another bowl, use hand mixer on medium speed to beat butter and sugar, about 3 minutes, until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat well. On low speed, gradually beat in flour mixture and buttermilk until combined. Fold in rainbow sprinkles, if desired. Pour batter into pans over caramel sauce. To make flan: In blender on high speed, blend eggs, sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk and vanilla until well combined. Gently pour through strainer and onto prepared cake batter. Sprinkle cinnamon on top. Place pan in water bath by putting it in larger baking dish, roasting pan, hotel pan or similar. Pour hot water halfway up sides to create water bath. Bake approximately 1 hour. Cake should be golden brown and jiggle when shaken when done. Remove cake from water bath and cool on rack 10 minutes. Run knife or spatula carefully around edges to separate. Place plate on top of cake and, while holding it, flip over carefully and quickly. Refrigerate at least 1 hour or overnight before serving.

Apple Pie Stuffed Pitas (COURTESY PHOTO)

Bake about 6 minutes. If desired, broil 1 minute for additional color. Roasted Chickpea Cauliflower Sandwiches Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 45 minutes Servings: 6 1 can chickpeas, roasted ¼ teaspoon salt, plus additional, to taste, divided ⅛ teaspoon black pepper, plus additional, to taste, divided garlic salt, to taste 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets ¼ cup plant-based yogurt or sour cream ½ red pepper, diced ⅓ cup shredded carrots

1 cup corn kernels (optional) ¼ teaspoon dill ½ teaspoon garlic powder ¼ teaspoon paprika 3 Toufayan Bakeries Multi Grain Pitas, halved parsley, for garnish Preheat oven to 425 F. Season chickpeas with salt, pepper and garlic salt, to taste. Roast chickpeas 40-45 minutes. In bowl, mix chopped cauliflower; yogurt or sour cream, diced pepper; shredded carrots; corn, if desired; ¼ teaspoon salt; ⅛ teaspoon pepper; dill; garlic powder and paprika. Once chickpeas are roasted, add to bowl and mix well. Spoon mixture into six pitas and garnish with parsley.

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There are a variety of medical alert devices available from online retailers or specialty websites. Whichever type you choose, never leave home without it (Stock image).

Do You Need a Medical Alert ID? It Could Save Your Life By Claudia Sanchez-Bustamante Mhs Communications

If you suffer from a severe allergy or have a known medical condition, wearing a medical alert identification device can be a life saver. These can come in many forms — like a bracelet, a tattoo, or a digital device — but whichever you choose, you should never leave home without it. “The essence of a medical alert product is to bring attention to first responders and/or emergency services of a known condition, treatment, or medical risk factor that could have important impacts on immediate clinical decision making,” said Army Col. (Dr.) Rodd Marcum, command surgeon at the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Joint Base Lewis McChord in Washington. “These devices also frequently identify next-of-kin or key points of contact in the event of an emergency,” Marcum said. Marcum said he wears one himself, a bracelet on his wrist. “I tend to put mine on with my first cup of morning coffee and take it off when I go to bed,” he said. There are a broad range of “passive” and “active” medical alert products, he explained, from simple forms of wearable identification — such as a bracelet, watch strap slide, tattoo, or necklace — to more high-tech devices like smart phone or vehicle applications and dedi-

cated hardware devices worn on an individual or installed in the home. “They relay key information depending on the platform they employ,” he said. “Most simple passive forms of medical alert identification draw attention by prominently displaying common medical symbols, such as a red caduceus [the iconic medical symbol of a wand twined with a serpent] or a six-point EMS star.” Active wearable devices, he said, often have an audible warning or recording when activated. “Many purpose-engineered devices employ wireless technology to facilitate two-way communication with contracted emergency monitoring services,” he said. “On the other end of the spectrum, tattoos placed in prominent locations — such as the wrist, forearm, chest wall, etc. — often display condition-specific symbols or simple word descriptions of medical information.” He added that medical alert devices often display individual identifying information as well as any medical information that could be helpful to first responders during emergencies. The information could include: Allergies to specific medication Key diagnoses, to include cognitive or communication impairments Important medications the bearer depends on, such as blood thinners, insulin, seizure

medication, etc. Next-of-kin or primary point-of-contact information An indication of “No Known Drug Allergies (NKDA)” While wearable devices may show limited information, smartphone applications and monitoring services often contain more detailed medical and surgical history along with comprehensive lists of active medications, said Marcum. Who needs them and when? “Everyone who has significant ongoing or past medical problems or takes any medications should have a list of allergies; medications, including over-the-counter drugs, supplements, herbs, and vitamins; and medical history in their wallet or purse,” Marcum said. Individuals with allergies, medications, or medical conditions that can be immediately life threatening should have a mechanism to alert first responders and emergency medical services to their existence when they are incapacitated and unable to communicate, he said. It’s especially important for bearers to wear or carry their medical alert devices when alone or with someone who is unaware of their medical history, medications, and allergies. “So that they can effectively communicate them immediately in emergency circum-

stances,” he said. “But even then, unexpected situations can arise that might render your traveling partner incapacitated along with you.” How do they help? During emergency situations, Marcum said, diagnostic and therapeutic decisions must be made fast. “When first responders are able to quickly narrow their focus to high-probability issues based on applicable individual medical conditions, interventions can be quickly employed, and outcomes optimized,” he said. For example, “a simple bracelet with less than 80 characters can turn a very scary life-threatening situation with dozens of possible causes into a controlled and systematic response.” These simple devices are easy to obtain from online retailers or company-specific websites. “The ultimate benefit to medical alert devices is to improve the likelihood of a positive outcome during a medical event or intervention,” said Marcum. And while “these important items do not require a prescription or physician order, your doctor would be happy to consult with you and help determine what information should go on a medical alert device,” said Marcum. He acknowledged that many people may struggle with the decision to “openly ‘advertise’ personal vulnerability by wearing a medical alert bracelet.” But “with the multitude of styles and options out there, and the realization that such a simple proclamation might be the only reason I survive an unexpected profound hypoglycemic event, I quickly realized it was a critical component of my overall health and personal safety,” he concluded. August is Medical Alert Awareness Month.

Reform, COVID-19 Have Been Catalysts for Change in Military Medicine By Jacob Moore,

Mhs Communications

“We cannot forget that healthcare is about taking care of people, so no amount of change or innovation is ever sufficient if modernization does not lead to helping patients, delivering better outcomes, saving lives or helping healthcare providers deliver care,” said Dr. Terry Adirim, acting assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, during a Views from the Top educational session at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society 2021 annual conference. She spoke about the unique differences, as well as the similarities, between civilian and military medicine. “I believe there are unique lessons from our experience within the Military Health System, regardless of what sector of healthcare you sit in,” said Adirim. “From data systems driving greater efficiencies and better outcomes within our agencies, to efforts helping us realize the advancements in science and medicine.” These innovations, she said, are aligning federal healthcare providers with the best in private sector care, delivering the

Dr. Terry Adirim, acting assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, speaks to the audience during a Views from the Top educational session at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society 2021 annual conference at the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas, August 10 (Jacob Moore).

best results for service members and their families. Adirim said the two largest factors currently leading to innovations, changes and advancements within the MHS are: MHS Reform COVID-19 “We can’t discuss innovation, modernization and responding to change without also talking about the pandemic. COVID19 continues to prove to be the ultimate disruptor,” she said. “It has tested the readiness and resilience of the entire enterprise and put our providers at risk and, ultimately, threatens our service members’

ability to do their jobs.” Adirim explained how new approaches to medical care and public health such as virtual health and testing methodology have kept military health beneficiaries safe since the onset of the pandemic. These, “seemingly small but significant wins,” she said, have created real change. She cited Keesler Medical Center in Biloxi, Mississippi’s best practice of using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommended 15-minute waiting period following COVID-19 vaccination to ask patients about making appointments for routine care that may have been missed

due to increased focus on the virus. Adirim also used the opportunity to praise the military medical community. “It is a privilege to lead and serve military medical providers who are fully committed to ensuring the health and readiness of our troops, which is so vital to our national security,” she said. “They have been doing so through an especially challenging time of national and global disruption due to the COVID pandemic.” Defense Health Agency Director Army Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Ronald Place also spoke at HIMSS21 as part of the Views from the Top series the following day.

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