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EODTEU 2 holds change of command ceremony

Cmdr. Paul Mahoney relieved Cmdr. Douglas Alley as commander, EODTEU 2 in front of family, friends and staff members of EODTEU 2. Page A4 VOL. 29, NO. 34, Norfolk, VA | flagshipnews.com

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NORFOLK, Va. (August 24, 2022) Amy Lee-Dumalsen (left) and Aviation Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Roslyn Dumalsen hold a photo of the late Joshua Megill during ABH2 Dumalsen’s reenlistment at Naval Station Norfolk’s Fire Station 1. Dumalsen had her reenlistment at Fire Station 1 in honor of her stepson, Joshua, who was a volunteer firefighter before his passing in 2021. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS JOSEPH T. MILLER)

Norfolk Sailor honors stepson’s memory with fire station reenlistment By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joseph T. Miller NORFOLK, Va. — Aviation Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class, Roslyn Dumalsen, reenlisted at Naval Station Norfolk’s Fire Station 1, August 24, in honor of her departed stepson Joshua Megill. Joshua was a volunteer firefighter for the Perrytown Volunteer Fire Department in North Carolina. “I came into my stepson’s life six years prior,” said Dumalsen. “In high school,

he was very independent. He had a very active life. He was in ROTC, played football, worked and volunteered at the fire station.” After high school, Megill would continue to volunteer at the fire station. “He was always very excited and loved being a firefighter,” said Dumalsen. “We would have a hard time waking him up just to do normal chores, but when he got the calls, even super early in the morning, he would be ready and on the way in no time.” In late August of 2021, Megill responded to a house fire and bravely fought to rescue

the residents. Tragically, he contracted COVID-19 during his life saving efforts, which led to his unexpected passing on September 09, 2021. To honor his passing, Dumalsen had her reenlistment in a place that reminded her of him and his passion; NAVSTA Norfolk’s Fire Station 1. “I have done reenlistments in the past and have not put much thought into them,” said Dumalsen. “This one, however, was different. I wanted to remember my stepson and I wanted to make it memorable. Wish-

ing he was here, I picked a place he would have loved to be.” Family members, co-workers, and members of NAVSTA Norfolk’s fire department were all present for Dumalsen’s reenlistment. A framed picture of her stepson rested on the bumper of a fire engine with the American flag draped behind it was the centerpiece of the event. Dumalsen extended her time with Navy another four years and has dedicated them to her stepson, Joshua.

Meet the Joskers: An EFMP success story Story and Photo By MC3 Nicholas Skyles NPASE East

More than 24,000 Navy dependents are enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program that provides resources for those classified by Navy medical as needing additional and specific physical and/or mental care. EFMP classifications can range in severity from category one to category five. Nineteen-year active-duty Electrician’s Mate (Nuclear) Chief Petty Officer Zachary Josker and his wife Joy Josker are one of many families with dependents in the program. The Joskers have two children enrolled in the EFMP and have been involved in the program for six years. “They’re both category five right now, but when we initially started our oldest was [category] three and our youngest was [category] two,” said Joy. “As time moved on, and other things came up, the categories changed as well.” Although Chief Josker was able to choose orders that coincided with the desire to stay in the greater Hampton Roads area, the program has resources worldwide. “From my understanding, if a new duty station has everything that the old duty station has, the expectation is that you move with your family,” said Chief Josker. “I was fortunate during the detailing process that a billet was opening up locally.” The program addresses the special needs of Exceptional Family Members and ensures that they are assigned to areas where they can access necessary resources.

“The program’s resources that we’ve had access to in the last two years have taken us from just trying to get by to functioning in a healthy and thriving manner,” said Joy. “Zachary did a geographic bachelor tour down to South Carolina for two years because the needs of our kids meant that staying here was the better option for them.” Available resources can include service plans, non-medical care coordination, communication with local schools and the access to the EFM Respite Care Program for dependents who qualify. “Whenever we first got the respite care services, Zachary was on a ship that was going on workups and underways, and I was also working,” said Joy. “Having a respite care provider that could sit at home while I take one kid to appointments made life doable.” The RCP includes 40 hours of respite care a month per family which includes sibling care for children under the age of 13 and is provided by screened highly trained professionals. Another valuable resource that is at the Exceptional Family Member Program’s disposal is the EMFP legal team. In certain cases, the attorneys advocate for their clients by attending meetings with school staff members, and will assist in the event that court intervention is necessary. Although the Joskers have not needed to utilize the EMFP legal team for representation, Joy stated that the resources and services given to their family by EMFP liaisons have been instrumental in advocating for their family at no financial cost.

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MOUNT TRASHMORE, VA, Aug. 27, 2022 – Joy Josker ,left, and Electricians Mate (Nuclear) Chief Petty Officer Zachary Josker, right, pose for a photo. Chief Josker has been in the Navy for 19 years and has two EFMP dependents with his wife, joy, who has been in the educational field for 12 years.

“For us as parents to children with special needs, it’s a program for our children,” said Joy. “It’s more than just that and it’s different for every family; any dependent of a service member with qualifying needs that is eligible for the program will be given access to the services the program provides.” Chief Josker advises service members that feel they may have dependents who qualify as exceptional family members to reach out to the nearest EFMP liaison and begin the assessment process.

“All the stuff that you’re dealing with could potentially be an EFMP thing,” said Chief Josker. “Like us you may not realize how helpful this program really is until you fully understand what it is and its benefits.” EFMP can be reached through Fleet and Family services and once enrolled can be viewed on the service member’s Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System (NSIPS) account. Other resources can be found on the Morale, Welfare and Recreation website.

2022 DoD Warrior Games success

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Fleet’s ocean tug USNS Apache inactivated Military Sealift Command hosted a ceremony marking the inactivation of its Powhatanclass fleet ocean tug USNS Apache (T-ATF 172). PAGE A7

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Celebrating Women’s Equality Day on Naval Station Norfolk

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Emily Casavant

NORFOLK, Va. — Naval Station (NAVSTA) Norfolk’s Executive Officer, Capt. Janet Days, spoke as a guest speaker at Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Atlantic (NCTAMS LANT) for their Women’s Equality celebration on Aug. 25, 2022. Days was asked to be the guest speaker due to the significant strides she has made as a female in the military. Most recently, in 2021, she became the first African American female executive officer of NAVSTA Norfolk and will soon be the first African American female commanding officer of the instillation. “Today, because of all of these amazing women, these women of purpose, I proudly stand before you as the first black female Executive Officer of Naval Station Norfolk,” said Days. “I am often asked the question, ‘How does it feel to be the first female black Executive Officer and eventually Commanding Officer of Naval Station Norfolk?’ I can tell you that it is an honor and privilege only made possible by those who came before me.” NCTAMS LANT’s diversity committee held the presentation the day before the 102nd anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote in America. About 40 Sailors and civilians were in attendance. “This Day not only represents the 19th amendment and women’s right to vote,” said Chief Alfonso Ramirez-Rodriguez, Chairman of the NCTAMS LANT diversity committee. “It also recognizes the contributions and achievements of many women in their fight to be equal in multiple areas, breaking gender barriers in the quest for equality.” Ramirez-Rodriguez opened the ceremony with a speech of his own, highlighting women who were trailblazers and pioneers

NORFOLK, Va. (Aug. 25, 2022) Executive Officer Naval Station Norfolk, Capt. Janet Days, delivers a speech during a Women’s Equality Day celebration at Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Atlantic. The event was held in honor of the 102nd anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote. (US NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS EMILY CASAVANT/ RELEASED)

for future generations. “Together we must continue to mark this date and honor those who came before us,” said Days. “We should honor their motiva-

tion, their tenacity and their desire to fight for their purpose.” Diversity committees at US Naval commands around the world celebrate

Women’s Equality day and many other historical landmark days to continue to honor our history and the brave people who have fought for our rights and freedoms.

Naval Station Norfolk Religious Ministries Team hosts ‘Burgers with Dogs’ morale event By Kelly Wirfel

Naval Station Norfolk Public Affairs Officer

NORFOLK, Va. — Naval Station Norfolk’s Religious Ministries Team partnered with United Services Organizations of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia to host a cookout for the installation’s Sailors and civilians, Aug. 25. At the event, the USO brought some very special guests, four therapy dogs who are members of the USO Canine Comfort Crew. The chapel has been hosting cookouts at various parts of the installation since June and is using them as a way to engage with base personnel. “The main purpose of these events is to conduct outreach, boost morale, make people aware of our services and primarily ensure they know we are here to support them,” said Religious Programs Specialist

1st Class Christopher Atwood, NAVSTA Norfolk RMT Leading Petty Officer. Atwood said that the events they have conducted so far have been very well received and continue to grow each time and thought that bringing the dogs to the event might help them grow even more. “Each time we have had a cookout the participation has increased,” said Atwood. “We saw another command brought dogs to an event so we contacted the USO and inquired and they were able to support. Bringing the dogs definitely brought more people out and this time we had about 120 people participate.” The dogs were all part of the USO’s Canine Comfort Crew which was founded in 2017 with a mission to boost moral for service members and help relieve the stressors of military life. “Dogs are amazing distractions from the

NORFOLK, Va. (Aug. 25, 2022) Operations Specialist 3rd Class Cindy Lopez pets one of the United Services Organizations of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia Canine Comfort Crew members during a cookout hosted by Naval Station Norfolk’s Religious Ministries Team, Aug. 25. (US NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS JOSEPH MILLER/

everyday work duties and stressors in life,” said Emily Ramsey, USOHRCV Center Operations Specialist. “These therapy dogs are trained to sense emotions through facial expressions, tone of voice and body language and can detect if a person might be struggling internally. The USO Canine Comfort Crew is an amazing way for us to bring extra love and attention to service members that might not even realize they need it.” According to the USO’s website, therapy dogs are known to lower blood pressure, reduce stress and release oxytocin which is often referred to as a “feel good hormone.” Ramsey said she enjoys working with the dogs for a variety of reasons but mainly because of the huge impact they have on the Sailors. “I feel for our service members who may have grown up with dogs and now that they

are assigned to a ship and perhaps live in the barracks with no dog to come home to,” said Ramsey. “If the USO can bring the dogs to interact with them even for a short period of time, that makes a huge difference. The enjoyment on the Sailors faces, the stories we hear of their dogs from home and the sense of all around love at these events is like no other and is extremely rewarding.” The chapel plans on continuing to hold cookouts at various parts of the base and will also invite the Comfort Crew out as long as they are available. For those interested in becoming part of the USOHRCV Canine Comfort Crew, email usohrcvcontactus@uso.org for an application. They are accepting qualified teams who have been certified by Therapy Dogs International, Love on a Leash and Pet Partners.

NORFOLK, Va. (Aug. 25, 2022) Naval Station Norfolk’s Religious Ministries Team host a cookout at the installations parade field, Aug. 25. The purpose of the cookouts is to conduct outreach, boost morale and make people aware of the services the team provides. (US NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS JOSEPH MILLER/RELEASED)

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Va. (Aug. 20, 2022) Afloat Training Group Norfolk Color Guard members performs colors during a performance of the National Anthem at the Norfolk Tides Navy Night. Members of five Hampton Roads area Naval commands participated in pregame ceremonies for the special event. (US NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS EMILY CASAVANT/ RELEASED)

The Norfolk Tides celebrate the Navy

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Emily Casavant

NORFOLK, Va. — The Norfolk Tides baseball team hosted a special Navy Night on Saturday, Aug. 20, at Harbor Park Stadium in Norfolk, VA. The night began with a special ceremony involving about approximately Sailors from five different commands, including JEB Little Creek, NAS Oceana, NSA Norfolk, NWS Yorktown, and Norfolk Naval Shipyard and ended with fireworks after the game. “Events like these always boost the morale of our Sailors and they bring families and friends together,” said Navy Region Mid Atlantic Public Affairs Specialist, Nina Basantes, who was one the lead organizers of the event. Guests in the stadium were present for the enlistment ceremony of eight of the Navy’s newest Sailors as they gave their Oath of Enlistment before the first pitch. The first pitch was then thrown by 4 Sailors from some of the participating commands,

followed by a performance of the national anthem, sung by Musician 3rd Class Trisha Phillips, accompanied by an on-field parade of colors. “This event is important because it is what brings the civilian community, sports community, and military all together to share our patriotism on one common ground; the ball field,” said Chief Boatswain’s Mate Shih Chin, a member of the event’s color guard. Tickets were offered at a discounted rate to all active duty and retired military personnel and their families. During the game, Navy promotional videos were played on the outfield digital scoreboard, including scenes from “Top Gun: Maverick”. “Seeing events come together makes the planning process worth it,” said Basantes. “Seeing how well the Navy was represented on the field gave me pride for being a part of this amazing branch of service.” For more information on upcoming Norfolk Tides events, visit https://www. milb.com/norfolk

NORFOLK, Va. (Aug. 20, 2022) New Navy recruits recite the Oath of Enlistment during a special Navy Night at the Norfolk Tides Stadium. Members of five Hampton Roads area Naval commands participated in pregame ceremonies for the special event. (US NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS EMILY CASAVANT/ RELEASED)

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Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point Commanding Officer Col. Brendan Burks briefs U.S. Senator for North Carolina Thom Tillis and his delegates in the air traffic control tower on new and future construction projects at MCAS Cherry Point, Aug. 26, 2022. While on the installation, Tillis and his staff gained insight into the current and future operations of the air station, such as the incoming F-35 Lightning II squadrons, Hurricane Florence recovery projects, and local environmental conservation efforts. (U.S. MARINE CORPS PHOTO BY LANCE CPL. LAURALLE WALKER)

Sen. Tillis visits Cherry Point By Maj. Joshua Schubert

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U.S. Senator for North Carolina Thom Tillis and members of his staff visited Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point, Aug. 26, 2022. As a member of the Senate Armed Services and Veterans Affairs Committees, the visit provided Tillis awareness of MCAS Cherry Point current and future operations. During the visit to the air station, the senator and his staff learned more about ongoing, large-scale military construction for readying the installation for six F-35 Lightning II squadrons in keeping with Force Design 2030, the progress of Hurricane Florence recovery projects, and local environmental conservation efforts. The group

also received insight on future opportunities and challenges aboard MCAS Cherry Point and in the local communities. The engagement included an air station overview presentation with discussion, a windshield tour with designated stops at the air station’s air traffic control tower, rifle range, military housing, shoreline, and combat fitness field. MCAS Cherry Point provides quality facilities, ranges, aviation support, and services to promote readiness, sustainment, and quality of life for the operating forces and tenant commands. The air station is home to 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, Fleet Readiness Center East, and Naval Health Clinic Cherry Point, employing and supporting 23,000 active duty, reserve, civilian, and family members. U.S. Navy Cmdr. Brian Schonefeld (left), facilities director for Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point, briefs U.S. Senator for North Carolina Thom Tillis (center), and MCAS Cherry Point Commanding Officer Col. Brendan Burks and the members of the senator’s staff on the damage that occurred to onbase housing areas during Hurricane Florence at MCAS Cherry Point, Aug. 26, 2022. (U.S. MARINE CORPS PHOTO BY LANCE CPL. LAURALLE WALKER)

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Aug. 25, 2022). Cmdr. Douglas Alley, commander, Explosive Ordnance Training and Evaluation Unit (EODTEU) 2 salutes as he walks through sideboys during the EODTEU 2 change of command ceremony. Under the direction of commander, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group (EODGRU) 2, EODTEU 2 oversees training for all East Coast based EOD and Mobile Diving and Salvage units, as well as EOD Mobile Unit (EODMU) 8, based in Rota, Spain. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY CHIEF PERSONNEL SPECIALIST ARIELLA FERACHO/RELEASED)

EODTEU 2 holds change of command ceremony By Chief Petty Officer Ariella Feracho Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group Two

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Explosive Ordnance Disposal Training and Evaluation Unit (EODTEU) 2 welcomed its newest leader during a change of command ceremony at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek- Fort Story, Aug. 25. Cmdr. Paul Mahoney relieved Cmdr. Douglas Alley as commander, EODTEU 2 in front of family, friends and staff members of EODTEU 2; Capt. Chuck B. Eckhart, commodore, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group (EODGRU) 2 was the guest speaker for the ceremony. “Today is about showing the crew who is their commander,” said Eckhart. “That’s important, because ultimately, the (commanding officer) is responsible for the welfare, care, and morale of the crew. And it is an incredible responsibility.” Prior to assuming command, Mahoney served as Joint Staff Action Officer and Branch Chief for Deputy Director, Nuclear and Homeland Defense Operations in the

Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, andHigh-Yield Explosives (CBRNE) Branch. “The challenges we face together as a country and a military are complex and dynamic, moving at breakneck speeds,” said Mahoney. “The value that this team brings to bear to ensure that every EOD technician, Navy Diver, and expeditionary Sailor, is trained and ready to conduct combat operations on a moment’s notice, can’t be replicated anywhere else.” Alley assumed command of EODTEU 2 Aug. 2020; he adapted training curricula during COVID-19 to continue to have ready trained Navy EOD and Mobile Diving and Salvage Units for deployments to numbered fleets and various special operations commands across the world. “Warfighters at this command are training the next generation of EOD technicians and Navy Divers,” said Alley. Under the direction of commander, EODGRU 2, EODTEU 2 oversees training for all East Coast based EOD and mobile diving and salvage units as well as EOD Mobile Unit 8 based in Rota, Spain.

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A U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) experiment prepares to launch as part of NASA’s scheduled Artemis I mission to orbit the moon Aug. 29. The NRL experiment will use samples of fungi to investigate effects of the deep space radiation environment outside of Earth’s protective magnetosphere. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY SARAH PETERSON)

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while the other mutated strain is defective at melanin production. “Looking at the impact of melanin and DNA repair pathways in the samples with the effects of both cosmic radiation and microgravity will increase our knowledge for how humans may be impacted at the Moon and beyond as we continue to explore further,” said Zheng Wang, NRL microbiologist and the principal investigator on this project. “We also hope to gain knowledge for the development of new ways to protect astronauts and equipment during space travel. As the fungi adapt to the space environment they may also produce novel biomolecules that could have therapeutic potentials.” While NRL has a long history in space exploration, stretching back to the V-2 rocket test in the late 1940s, this experiment marks a first in space for the Lab. The fungal experiment will become the first biological project performed at NRL to be launched to space. After the Orion spacecraft completes its mission the fungal samples will be returned to NRL for a thorough analysis. “The mission is about 42 days in lunar orbit,” Yuzon said. “Then we’ll process our samples for survival, genomic and metabolic changes.” The NRL experiment is one of four space biology investigations selected for Biological Experiment 01 (BioExpt-01) mission

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WASHINGTON — An experiment prepared by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) will launch as part of NASA’s scheduled Artemis I mission to orbit the moon Aug. 29. The NRL experiment will use samples of fungi to investigate effects of the deep space radiation environment outside of Earth’s protective magnetosphere. “We’re interested in factors that affect eukaryotic survival in space,” said Jennifer Yuzon, postdoctoral scientist for NRL’s Laboratory for Biomaterials and Systems. “For our experiment fungus is our model organism, specifically Aspergillus niger, which is found in all human environments including spacecraft.” In addition to being found in human environments, fungi are notable for their natural mechanisms to protect and repair DNA damage caused by radiation. The experiment seeks to understand fungi’s radiation protective qualities, as well as generally studying how biological systems adapt to deep space. The project’s experimental setup has four different strains of the fungus. Samples include one wild type strain and three mutated strains that were genetically engineered in the laboratory. Two of the mutated strains are deficient in DNA repair pathways,

aboard the Orion spacecraft by NASA’s Space Biology Program. During the Artemis I mission, the fungal samples will be stored in a specialized Biological Research in Canisters system within the crew compartment of NASA’s Orion capsule. According to NASA, all of the investigations aim to study DNA damage and protection from radiation, which for Moon missions experience approximately twice as much radiation exposure as levels on the ISS. NASA funded NRL’s project as a Space Biology research opportunity. The Space Biology Program is managed by the Space Life and Physical Sciences Research and Applications Division in NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. Artemis I will be an uncrewed flight test in NASA’s mission to extend human presence to the Moon and beyond. The mission will demonstrate the performance of the Space Launch System rocket and test the Orion spacecraft’s capabilities over the course of about six weeks as it travels about 40,000 miles beyond the Moon and back to Earth. While the NRL research team anticipates Artemis I launch day, they are already preparing for other experiments that will investigate their research questions. One planned future mission is a collaboration with DoD’s Space Testing Program, International Space Station (ISS) National Labo-

ratory and NASA Kennedy Space Center to send fungal samples to the ISS. Wang’s research group has also been selected by NASA to study how melanized fungal cells adapt to Mars-like conditions using NASA’s Antarctic balloon platform. “These three programs will give us a full picture of how eukaryotes like fungi perform in diverse space conditions,” Wang said. “Then in the future we can develop better strategies to help astronauts explore deep space.” The Artemis I mission is scheduled to launch Aug. 29 from Kennedy Space Center located in Florida after 8:30 a.m. within a two-hour window, according to a NASA briefing. The livestream of the launch may be seen here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMLD0Lp0JBg. About the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory NRL is a scientific and engineering command dedicated to research that drives innovative advances for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps from the seafloor to space and in the information domain. NRL is located in Washington, D.C. with major field sites in Stennis Space Center, Mississippi; Key West, Florida; Monterey, California, and employs approximately 3,000 civilian scientists, engineers and support personnel. For more information, contact NRL Corporate Communications at (202) 480-3746 or nrlpao@nrl.navy.mil.

Tiffany Wong-Stack, Ph.D., a postdoctoral researcher in the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory’s (NRL) Laboratory for Biomaterials and Systems, prepares a sample of the fungus Aspergillus niger. Four different strains of the fungus are scheduled to be launched aboard the Artemis I mission as part of a NRL experiment examining the effects of space radiation. (U.S. NAVY

Microbiologists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory are preparing experimental samples of ‘Aspergillus niger’ fungi to send for a ride around the moon. The experiment aims to provide insight into fungi’s natural defenses against radiation, a phenomenon that could prove useful for future space exploration and sustained life in space. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY SARAH

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ABOVE LEFT: Darius Rucker announces the official start for the 2022 DoD Warrior Games, August 19, 2022. (U.S. ARMY PHOTO BY SPC. GISELLE GONZALEZ)

ABOVE RIGHT: Jon Stewart emcees the opening ceremony for athletes, families, and friends for the 2022 DoD Warrior Games, August 19, 2022. (U.S. ARMY PHOTO BY SPC. GISELLE GONZALEZ)

LEFT: Athletes, families, and friends participating in the 2022 DoD Warrior Games attend the Warrior Games Friends and Family Welcome Event hosted by the Fisher House Foundation and Amazon Web Services at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort, August 16, 2022. (U.S. ARMY PHOTO BY SPC. ALBERT JUAREZ)

Highlights from the 2022 DoD Warrior Games The Warrior Games are composed of over 200 wounded, ill and injured service members and veteran athletes, competing in 12 adaptive sporting events Aug. 19-28, 2022 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Team Navy cyclists are awarded medals at the 2022 DoD Warrior Games, Aug. 22, 2022. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS GEORGE M. BELL)

Team Air Force, Team Ukraine, and Team Navy celebrate winning medals in sitting volleyball at the 2022 DoD Warrior Games, August 28, 2022. (U.S. ARMY PHOTO BY SPC. GISELLE

Athletes race in the 100 meter dash during the 2022 DoD Warrior Games, August 25th, 2022. (U.S. ARMY PHOTO BY SPC ALBERT JUAREZ)

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Lance Cpl. Annika Hutsler, Team Marine Corps, competes in the Women’s 50M freestyle at the 2022 DoD Warrior Games, Aug. 26, 2022. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS GEORGE M. BELL)

A member of Team Ukraine competes in the 200M dash during the 2022 DoD Warrior Games, August 25, 2022. (U.S. ARMY PHOTO BY SPC GISELLE GONZALEZ)

Athletes prepare to enter the pool during the swimming competition at the 2022 DoD Warrior Games, Aug. 26, 2022. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS GEORGE M. BELL)

Retired U.S. Coast Guardsman ME2 Jacob Cox, Team Navy, competes in the 100M dash along with his guide during the 2022 DoD Warrior Games, August 25, 2022. (U.S. ARMY PHOTO BY SPC GISELLE GONZALEZ)

U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Jack Steinfield, veteran, Team USMC and Retired U.S. Navy Culinary Specialist Second Class Mario Ingram, Team Navy, prepares for the start of the wheelchair basketball game at the DoD Warrior Games, Aug. 25, 2022. (U.S. ARMY PHOTO BY SGT. ANGEL HERALDEZ)

Air Force defeats Navy for the gold medal in wheelchair rugby during the 2022 DoD Warrior Games, on Aug. 22, 2022. (DOD PHOTO BY ROGER L. WOLLENBERG)


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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (August 26, 2022)--A view of Military Sealift Command’s fleet ocean tug USNS Apache (T-ATF 172) pier-side on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Aug. 26. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY BILL MESTA/RELEASED)

Military Sealift Command’s fleet ocean tug USNS Apache inactivated By Bill Mesta

USN Military Sealift Command

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Military Sealift Command hosted a ceremony marking the inactivation of its Powhatan-class fleet ocean tug USNS Apache (T-ATF 172), pier-side, on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Aug. 26. Delivered to the U.S. Navy on July 23, 1981, Apache was used to tow various Navy vessels, aid in salvage operations, fight fires, and assist in special missions such as data collection. The Apache is equipped with diving equipment as well as spill equipment. Apache is equipped with a crane to lift large objects onto its deck. When augmented by Navy divers, Apache assisted in the recovery of downed aircraft, and stranded or grounded ships. “We are exceptionally proud of the history of this great ship,” said Rear Adm. Michael Wettlaufer, Commander, Military Sealift Command. “The Civil Service Mariners (CIVMAR) who crewed Apache should be very proud to the important work you have accomplished over the extensive, and frankly, very cost effective service this

ship provided to our nation.” Apache proved its worth during its 41 year service by supporting a variety of important efforts during the ship’s career. In 1982, Apache towed the Battleship ex-USS Iowa (BB-61) from the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Westwego, Louisiana, where Iowa began modernization work in preparation for being returned to active service. Apache also provided towing services for the Sherman-class destroyer ex-USS Barry (DD-933); transporting the warship to the Washington Navy Yard to serve as a museum, in 1983. Recent tows conducted by Apache included transporting Whidbey Islandclass dock landing ships ex-USS Fort McHenry (LSD-43) and ex-USS Whidbey Island (LSD-41) to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for inactivation. In October 2015, Apache went to sea from Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, to aid the National Transportation Safety Board in its search for the missing cargo ship SS El Faro, which was lost with all hands during Hurricane Joaquin, on Oct. 1, 2015, east of the Bahamas. Apache

used the CURV 21, a deep ocean remotely operated vehicle, to survey and confirm the identity of the ship’s wreckage. “The CIVMARs who crewed Apache have set a shining example for other mariners,” according to Wettlaufer. “Apache spent its entire time in the fleet taking on critical missions forward, and has always been ready when the nation called.” At 226 feet in length, Apache was crewed by 18 Civil Service Mariners (CIVMAR) who provided all shipboard services including navigation, propulsion, hotel services and specialized shipboard equipment operation. “It has been extremely rewarding for myself and the crew to be a part of the ship’s great legacy,” said Capt. Matt Hoag, USNS Apache’s Master. “The most meaningful part of being an Apache crewmember has been supporting challenging missions and tows that require everyone perform at a high level. All of our departments worked together seamlessly, even under high pressure situations, and this has been apparent to all of our stakeholders.” Apache was the recipient of MSC Maritime “E” for out-performing two other

fleet ocean tugs in 2020, by demonstrating day-to-day excellence in providing the highest degree of operational readiness, performance, efficiency and safety standards. Apache has earned the following awards during its service life: Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy Unit Commendation, National Defense, and Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; two awards for Operation Restore Hope and Operation Uphold Democracy. “What has been unique about serving on Apache is the tight bond formed among the crew,” Hoag stated. “Over the years this bond has become as strong as a family. The ship’s inactivation will be difficult for the crew, but we will retain the memories and carry our experiences and work ethic to other ships.” With Apache’s inactivation, MSC still operates one of the original seven Powhatan-class fleet ocean tugs, USNS Catawba (T-ATF 168). MSC’s remaining fleet ocean tug and two rescue and salvage ships, USNS Grasp (T-ARS 51) and USNS Salvor (T-ARS 52) are scheduled to be replaced by the U.S. Navy’s new USNS Navajo-class towing, salvage and rescue ships.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (August 26, 2022)-- The last Civil Service Mariners to crew the Military Sealift Command’s fleet ocean tug USNS Apache (T-ATF 172) pose for a photograph pier-side on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Aug. 26. The photograph was taken prior to a ceremony held aboard the ship marking the inactivation of USNS Apache. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY BILL MESTA/RELEASED)


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Service Person of the Quarter U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. LeSean Neely, an intermediate level avionics master training specialist assigned to Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit (CNATTU) Cherry Point, was recognized as the Service Person of the Quarter. Page B3

GREAT LAKES (Aug. 23, 2022) Recruit Training Command and Naval Station Great Lakes Safety hosted American Motorcycle Training instructors to provide a total of five sessions of safety oriented rider training over three consecutive days August 22-24. Each session was three hours and accommodated up to 12 riders. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY JOHN SHEPPARD)

Recruit Training Command’s Motorcycle Mentorship Program promotes safe, fun riding By Alan Nunn

U.S. Navy Recruit Training Command

GREAT LAKES — Recruit Training Command (RTC) Motorcycle Mentorship Program hosted 50 riders during a three-day event intended to help participants improve skills, abilities and awareness. Five three-hour classes, held August 22-24 at Naval Station Great Lakes, were led by American Motorcycle Training instructors Fred McMullen, DeAnna Ward, and Tony Castellano. “RTC has over 100 motorcycle riders, and with such a large demographic, the command wanted to find ways to improve on our Motorcycle Mentorship Program,” RTC High-Risk Training Safety Administrator Cody Vanderlois said. “The classes provide extended training beyond the current requirements and mentorship involvement of our riders. Additionally, riders were able to meet other riders who could later provide

additional insight, experience and support.” Using their own motorcycles, riders began with a pre-ride safety inspection. The hands-on training exercises included following distances with safety margins, situational awareness approaching intersections/interacting with other traffic, crash avoidance maneuvers (braking/swerving), and rider character. Each exercise concluded with a topic debrief and discussion. Chief Mineman Joshua Royer, an RTC Recruit Division Commander with 14 years of motorcycle riding experience, said riders always benefit from safety courses. “They give you a strong refresher or firsttime experience with rare occurrences that we experience on the road, as well as focusing on the fundamentals of riding,” he said. “Ultimately, it helps keep riders sharp and safe. This is my fourth course I’ve taken in the military and I find them all equally beneficial.”

Royer encouraged other riders to participate in the Motorcycle Mentorship Program. “It is an excellent course; and for riders hesitant to participate, they could easily see it as a command approved event where they could take part of their day to get away from work and get on their motorcycles,” he said. RTC, in conjunction with Naval Station Great Lakes, has also acquired a motorcycle smart trainer. This digital platform uses visualization and has all the controls of a standard motorcycle but removes the risk of actual riding. The smart trainer provides scenarios that could be reasonably encountered while operating a motorcycle. Examples include vehicles exiting blind spots in front of the rider, lane change or passing of cross traffic. The smart trainer also allows for different areas of riding - such as downtown, highway and side roads - to further the experience. The smart

trainer is available for all to use, regardless of rider status or experience. “The Motorcycle Mentorship Program goal is to bring together both new and experienced riders and promote responsible fun, education and safety to the dozens of riders in our command,” RTC Command Safety Officer Vic Hernandez said. “It’s nice to see our motorcyclist focus and commitment to safety. Any day is a good day when our Sailors can concentrate on the overall safety of riding their motorcycles.” Boot camp is approximately 10 weeks and all enlistees into the U.S. Navy begin their careers at the command. Training includes physical fitness, seamanship, firearms, firefighting and shipboard damage control along with lessons in Navy heritage and core values, teamwork and discipline. More than 40,000 recruits train annually at the Navy’s only boot camp. For more news from Recruit Training Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/rtc

NMRC hosts student interns for Summer 2022 program By Sidney Hinds

Naval Medical Research Center

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC) hosted student interns during an eight-week summer program, which concluded with a presentation of research findings at the joint STEM expo with Walter Reed Army Institute of Research on Aug. 12. The expo included poster presentations by NMRC summer interns from the Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP) and Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP). Posters summarized projects which interns conducted in multiple research areas, including infectious disease, undersea medicine, and neurotrauma. The NMRC summer intern program offers an opportunity for students to experience the daily flow of research work, and to apply their skills to the unique challenges of Navy Medicine. “In the short term, interns are able to help advance ongoing projects and research,” said Dr. Hans Linsenbardt, an NMRC research psychologist and intern mentor. “In the long run, these students not only get positive research experience that you don’t necessarily get in high school or college, but also get experience with DoD research, which there isn’t that much awareness of.” NMRC hosts interns annually for eight weeks each summer, pairing students from high school and college with mentors who instruct them in research and laboratory techniques. Interns are assigned a project which they work on over the course of eight weeks,andhavetheopportunitytolearnfrom NMRC staff across multiple laboratories. “Getting to know mentors who can guide us in the field has been great,” said Katie Ripley (a recent graduate from Butler University), who interned with NMRC’s Operational Undersea Medicine Director-

SILVER SPRING, Md. (July 28, 2022) Interns with the Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP) and Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) pose with Naval Medical Research Center intern coordinators. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY SIDNEY HINDS/RELEASED)

ate. “Everyone here is very eager to teach, and really passionate about what they’re teaching. You don’t usually get the sort of one-on-one mentorship with multiple people that I’ve gotten here.” This year marks the first iteration of the summer intern program since 2019, after it went on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Maj. Amy Carlson, who manages the summer intern program for NMRC, spoke highly of the impact of the program’s return on students and staff.

“The mentors all tell me the students are so proud of the work they’ve done,” said Carlson. “There’s a lot of analysis required in the work our staff do, and the students are a big help in carrying on important research.” This year’s intern program saw six students intern at NMRC through NREIP, and three through SEAP. Nine staff members with NMRC took part in the program as direct mentors to interns. NMRC’s eight research commands are engaged in a broad spectrum of activ-

ity from basic science in the laboratory to field studies in austere and remote areas of the world to investigations in operational environments. In support of the Navy, Marine Corps, and joint U.S. warfighters, researchers study infectious diseases, biological warfare detection and defense, combat casualty care, environmental health concerns, aerospace and undersea medicine, medical modeling, simulation, operational mission support, epidemiology, and behavioral sciences.


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PHILADELPHIA (May 14, 2022) U.S. Navy Electronics Technician 2nd Class Manuel Bolanos, a native of McAllen, Texas, assigned to the Navy’s esports team, Goats & Glory, plays a friendly Valorant skirmish during the Valorant $5K Lan Tournament, part of a Navy Promotional Day (NPD) Philadelphia, May 14, 2022. Goats & Glory is dedicated to outreach and engagement with members of the gaming community, showcasing life and opportunities available in the Navy. The purpose of an NPD is to build and sustain strategic networks with high schools, universities and colleges, and to promote Navy awareness within diverse and under-represented communities while building a pool of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) talent, and showcasing opportunities for both military and civilian careers. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY CHIEF MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST DIANA QUINLAN)

Navy’s eSports team ‘Goats & Glory’ seeks new members From Navy Recruiting Command Chief of Naval Personnel has released NAVADMIN 185⁄22, announcing multiple openings for the Navy e-sports team, Goats & Glory, which is a key component of Navy Recruiting Command’s multi-faceted outreach efforts. The portal will be open until October 1, and Sailors E5 and up can apply. At the end of October, after all applications have been reviewed, the top-100 selectees from the pool will face off in a five-title tournament to determine gaming skill level and expertise. The Goats & Glory team was established in 2020 to provide a platform for Sailors to authentically engage with people from all walks of life and discuss the range of oppor-

tunities the Navy provides, while sharing a mutual passion for gaming. Sailors selected for Goats & Glory are full-time Navy e-sports team members, and they operate out of the team’s dedicated training facility in Memphis, Tennessee. The team most recently competed at the Rugbytown 7S e-sports tournament in Glendale, Colorado August 17-21. “Like the Navy, e-sports is a competitive environment that requires loyalty, teamwork, effective communication under pressure, and a strong commitment to continual improvement,” said Rear Admiral Lex Walker, Commander Navy Recruiting Command. “Goats & Glory helps the Navy improve its relatability with the public and defy current misperceptions about Navy life.”

Sailors interested in participating in e-sports should go to https://www.cnrc. navy.mil/Esports and click on 2023 Goats and Glory application. About America’s Navy With more than 330,000 active duty sailors, 290 deployable ships, more than 3,700 aircraft and dozens of bases in the U.S. and across the globe, America’s Navy is the largest, most powerful naval force in the world. The opportunities available in today’s Navy are as boundless as the sea itself. You can learn more about these opportunities at Navy.com, and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and LinkedIn.

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The Red Bulls, the winners of the competition, and the Casa Migos pose for a photo after the final game of the volleyball tournament hosted by Marine Corps Community Services at the Marine Dome on Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, Aug. 19, 2022. The event was held to boost unit moral and foster friendly competition between installation personnel. (U.S. MARINE CORPS PHOTO BY LANCE CPL. TRISTEN REED)

Marine Dome hosts volleyball tournament By Lance Cpl. Tristen Reed

Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS) hosted its final game in its volleyball tournament at the Marine Dome, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, Aug. 19, 2022. The event was held to boost unit morale and friendly competition among installation personnel. More than five teams comprised of Marines, Sailors, and civilians competed in the tournament. In the final match of the tournament, it was the Red Bulls and the Casa Migos pitted against one another. After a close game, The Red Bulls emerged victorious, besting the Casa Migos by one point. For their efforts, members of The Red Bulls received medals for their win.

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Bryan Ung, a radio operator with Marine Wing Communications Squadron 28, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, spikes the volleyball over the net to score a point for his team during the final game of a volleyball tournament hosted by Marine Corps Community Services at the Marine Dome, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, Aug. 19, 2022. The event was held to boost unit morale and foster friendly competition between installation personnel. (U.S. MARINE CORPS PHOTO BY LANCE CPL. TRISTEN REED)


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Carteret County honors Service Person of the Quarter

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. LeSean Neely (center), an intermediate level avionics master training specialist assigned to Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit (CNATTU) Cherry Point, poses with CNATTU personnel, installation personnel, and members of the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee during a Service Person of the Quarter ceremony at CNATTU Cherry Point, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, Aug. 19, 2022. Neely was recognized as the Service Person of the Quarter by the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee for his contributions on and off the installation. (U.S. MARINE CORPS PHOTO BY LANCE CPL. LAURALLE WALKER)

By Lance Cpl. Lauralle Walker

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. LeSean Neely (center left), an intermediate level avionics master training specialist assigned to Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit (CNATTU) Cherry Point, shakes hands with Gunnery Sgt. Aaron Legath, avionics assistant chief for CNATTU Cherry Point during a Service Person of the Quarter ceremony at CNATTU Cherry Point, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, Aug. 19, 2022. (U.S. MARINE

Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. LeSean Neely, an intermediate level avionics master training specialist assigned to Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit (CNATTU) Cherry Point, was recognized as the Service Person of the Quarter by the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee at CNATTU Cherry Point, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, Aug.19, 2022. The event is held to celebrate Marines and Sailors who go above and beyond to invest in the installation and surrounding community with their time and talent. Neely was nominated by his leadership for his volunteer work with local schools, coordinating a blood drive for CNATTU Cherry Point, and pursuing a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the American Military University.

CORPS PHOTO BY LANCE CPL. LAURALLE WALKER)

Sailor comes home as a Navy Recruiter From Navy Recruiting Command MARYVILLE, Tenn. — “I want to travel the world,” is a common response future Sailors give when asked why they are considering the Navy. For Engineman 2nd Class Alex Lambert, a native of Morristown, Tennessee, this was his initial reason for joining. But he’s found a lot more reasons to stay. “I joined the Navy to see the world and leave small town America behind for a bit,” said Lambert. “I was looking for more out of life and a greater opportunity. I really wanted to see if I could do it myself.” Lambert got his wish. His first duty assignments brought him all over the world to places he never thought he would go. However, like many who join the Navy and fall in love with other places, in the end, there is no place like home. Now Lambert works about 60 miles northeast from where he grew up, at Talent Acquisition Station Maryville. As a local, he uses this as a strength to resonate and engage with the local community and build off of his relationships with teachers at his former high school. “It all worked out,” said Lambert. “I wanted to give back to my community that I came from and I wanted to show everyone that there are more opportunities than what is in front you.” Lambert has been in the Navy since 2015 and at his last command, Marine Expeditionary Group 2, he was contemplating the decision to stay Navy or get out. As he was looking at orders he saw that the Navy was looking for recruiters at Navy Talent Acquisition Group (NTAG) Nashville and that’s when he applied. As he arrived at the command, recruiting stations when into a COVID-19 risk mitigation environment. During this time, all recruiters in the nation were not allowed in any school, which made it difficult for all U.S. military branches. Even though the world was facing this pandemic, the U.S. Navy still

needed individuals to join and in order for future Sailors to join, recruiters had to be creative with their tactics. “I came on recruiting at the tail-end of COVID and being a new recruiter and getting myself out there to build relationships with teachers was challenging,” said Lambert. “As I learned from mistakes in the beginning of recruiting, I improved my ability to speak and engage with students and people, and that has worked in my favor.” As Lambert finishes his last active duty tour at NTAG Nashville, he still plans to serve and complete a 20 year career in the naval reserves. Even if he’s not in a recruiting billet, he still plans on educating people on what the Navy has to offer everyone. “The Navy has taken me to places and countries that I never thought a guy like me, from East Tennessee, would ever get to see,” said Lambert. “The life that the Navy has provided for me is something that I will always remember.” NTAG Nashville includes 46 Navy recruiting stations across the states of Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Georgia covering 138,000 square miles. NTAG Nashville employs over 200 recruiters, support personnel, and civilians in its mission to recruit individuals who meet standards for naval service. Follow NTAG Nashville on Facebook — NTAG Nashville. Navy Recruiting Command consists of a command headquarters, three Navy Recruiting Regions, and 26 Navy Talent Acquisition Groups that serve more than 1,000 recruiting stations across the world. Their combined goal is to attract the highest quality candidates to assure the ongoing success of America’s Navy. For more news from Commander, Navy Recruiting Command, go to http://www.cnrc.navy. mil. Follow Navy Recruiting on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/MyNAVYHR), Twitter (@USNRecruiter) and Instagram (@USNRecruiter).

Engineman 2nd Class Alex Lambert poses for a photo as he is selected as Navy Talent Acquisition Group Nashville’s Recruiter in the Spotlight. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION 1ST CLASS NICOLAS LOPEZ)


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PHILADELPHIA (May 11, 2022) Members of Navy Recruiting Command’s Office of Outreach and Diversity team, speak to George Washington High School students during a Navy Promotional Day (NPD) Philadelphia, May 11, 2022. The purpose of an NPD is to build and sustain strategic networks with high schools, universities and colleges, and to promote Navy awareness within diverse and under-represented communities while building a pool of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) talent, and showcasing opportunities for both military and civilian careers. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY CHIEF MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST DIANA QUINLAN)

Navy expands baccalaureate degree completion program From Navy Recruiting Command MILLINGTON, TN — The Navy announced today the Baccalaureate Degree Completion Program — which pays college students between $12,000- $50,000 annually— is now open to Information Warfare communities effective immediately. The program, which was re-started in March 2022, provides an opportunity for college students to earn money to complete their degree and earn a commission in the Navy following graduation.

A Program Reinstituted

“We re-launched this program- which was active from the 1980s through the early 2010s — because we want to reach schools that do not have a traditional Naval ROTC (Reserve Officers Training Corps) unit or Navy presence,” said Cmdr David Benham, Director of Public Affairs for Navy Recruiting Command. Originally the program required service in unrestricted line designators like aviation, special warfare, special operations, and surface warfare. This update expands the choice of designators to include those in the Information Warfare communities, like cryptologic warfare, cyber warfare engineer, intelligence, information professional, and oceanography. Vice Adm. Kelly Aeschbach, commander

of U.S. Naval Information Forces and responsible for manning, training and equipping the Navy’s IW force, noted how opening BDCP opportunities to IW disciplines will enhance readiness. “In today’s environment, we are in constant competition around the globe, and in every fight, information warfare is and will continue to be constantly in demand,” said Aeschbach. “Expanding the BDCP program to IW designators, along with accessions through other commissioning sources, ensures we can meet this demand with our nation’s next generation of critical thinkers and problem-solvers.” Benham emphasized that the expansion of the baccalaureate degree completion program to information warfare communities opens up the program to a popular and much-needed discipline. “Navy Information Warfare is in competition with civilian technology companies for the best and brightest. Cyber is inextricably linked to everything we do — and we have to be able to connect at long distances and in harsh environments as a forward-deployed afloat force,” said Benham. “This program should help us compete successfully with civilian companies for America’s diverse college talent. Students considering this program should contact their local officer recruiter or go to Navy.com to find out more.”

Applicants accepted into the program earn pay and full benefits — including healthcare — as an Officer Candidate Petty Officer 3rd Class, with the opportunity to advance, up to two times, if the student provides a referral that leads to another enrollment, or if the student makes the dean’s list for two consecutive semesters or three consecutive quarters. Cmdr. Brian Schulz, the senior Information Warfare community manager said the Navy is excited to see this program expand to include the Information Warfare communities. “We are looking for applicants who are already midway through college and are starting to look at their next steps after college. Our ideal candidates are strong students in STEM programs, proven leaders with incredible work ethic and motivation. This program offers participants benefits now — a pay check, money for housing, free health care — while getting full time to devote to your studies,” Schulz said. “It’s like having a job on the side. In addition, it provides a guaranteed job and potential lifelong career as an officer in the Navy upon graduation.”

Requirements

Applicants must: be U.S. citizens; be at least 19 year old and not older than the age limit in their designator by commissioning

(usually 32-25, find out more here); hold a 2.8 or higher grade point average on a 4.0 scale, have at least 60 semester or 90 quarter hours of credit from an accredited college or university and be able to fulfill baccalaureate degree requirements within 24 months of acceptance into the program. Majors in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and those which have a direct application to a naval career are given strongest consideration for selection. The newest designators authorized —cryptologic warfare, cyber warfare engineer, intelligence, information professional, and oceanography have more specific academic requirements.

More Information

Specific academic requirements for IWC designators are listed in NAVADMIN 188⁄22 (https://www.mynavyhr.navy. mil/Portals/55/Messages/NAVADMIN/ NAV2022/NAV22188.txt?ver=Xrue-XFJi6fywsn6MzOOnQ%3d%3d) and other designator requirements are listed in NAVADMIN 055⁄22. Sailors enlisted in the Navy Reserve are also eligible for BDCP. Talk to an officer recruiter in your area and visit https://www.navy.com/joiningthe-navy/ways-to-join/become-a-commissioned-officer for more information.

Outstanding Ortho: Naval STEM, BUMED internship boosts diversity in orthopedic medicine By Warren Duffie

Office of Naval Research

To increase diversity in the field of orthopedic medicine, the Naval STEM Coordination Office (NSCO) recently sponsored the four-week E. Anthony Rankin Orthopaedic Surgery Internship, held earlier this summer. Named after a celebrated U.S. Army surgeon who was the first African American to serve as president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), the Rankin Internship is managed by the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED). It targets first- and second-year civilian medical students from underrepresented backgrounds considering careers in orthopedic medicine — which focuses on bones, joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles. “The goal of the Rankin Internship is to expose civilian medical students to military health care and hopefully inspire them to consider careers in naval medicine, particularly in orthopedics,” said NSCO Deputy Director Kathleen Gately Miranda. “Ultimately, this will not only add greater diversity to naval medicine but the naval STEM workforce as a whole.” The NSCO is located at the Office of Naval Research and coordinates investments in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education, outreach and workforce initiatives across the Department of the Navy (DoN). Lt. Cmdr. Marvin Dingle — program manager for the Rankin Internship and a Navy orthopedic surgeon — conceptualized the internship after reading articles by AAOS, the American Orthopaedic Association and the Association of American Medical Colleges describing the lack of diversity in orthopedic medicine. Knowing that Naval STEM seeks to support innovative pilot programs in line with the DoN’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, Dingle submitted a proposal to NSCO and received funding to establish the Rankin Internship at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Dingle — who is one of a handful of African American orthopedic surgeons in the Navy

Participants in the E. Anthony Rankin Orthopaedic Surgery Internship pose with Navy Orthopedic Surgeon Lt. Cmdr. Marvin Dingle (far left); Surgeon General of the Navy Rear Adm. Bruce Gillingham (next to Dingle); and Naval STEM Coordination Office Deputy Director Kathleen Gately Miranda (second row, right). (PHOTO COURTESY OF THE NAVAL STEM COORDINATION OFFICE)

— chose six interns from a pool of nearly 80 applicants. Candidates were judged on their academic performance; leadership experience and potential; and efforts to strengthen diversity, equity and inclusion at their respective medical schools. Many applicants were from historically black colleges and universities/minority institutions. “Women and students from underrepresented racial backgrounds are underrepresented in surgical medicine,” said Dingle. “We need more men and women from minority race and gender backgrounds to aspire to the medical professions, especially to become orthopedic surgeons.” During the four-week internship, participants engaged in the following activities:

1. Observed Walter Reed orthopedic surgeons in a variety of specialties, such as trauma care. 2. Shadowed surgeons during their rounds and performed patient assessments. 3. In a cadaver laboratory, they collaborated with orthopedic surgeons from the U.S. Naval Academy football team to reconstruct an anterior cruciate ligament. The interns also attended lectures at Walter Reed, visited the Naval Academy, and attended a special event where they met Dr. E. Anthony Rankin as well as Rear Adm. Bruce Gillingham, the surgeon general of the Navy. During the four weeks, they also received mentorship and guidance about pursuing careers in military medicine.

“Student feedback was very positive,” said Dingle. “Not many of the interns had connections with the military. They were surprised by how welcoming we were and our amazing facilities and inspiring patients. “Several of them called the four weeks life-changing and seemed to be seriously considering specializing in orthopedic medicine,” he continued. “Hopefully, they’ll go back to their schools, share their experiences and encourage other students to apply for the Rankin Internship and consider a career in naval medicine.” Warren Duffie Jr. is a contractor for ONR Corporate Strategic Communications.


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ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 25, 2022) U.S. Navy coastal patrol ship USS Sirocco (PC 6), U.S. Coast Guard fast response cutter USCGC Charles Moulthrope (WPC 1141), Kuwait Naval Force ship Maskan (P 3717), and Iraq Navy fast attack craft P-310, sail together during a joint patrol exercise in the Arabian Gulf, Aug. 25. Trilateral engagements help strengthen partnerships and ensure maritime stability and security in the Middle East region. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 1ST CLASS ANITA CHEBAHTAH)

Iraq, Kuwait and U.S. conduct joint patrol in Arabian Gulf By NAVCENT Public Affairs

U.S. Naval Forces Central Command / U.S. 5th Fleet

Maritime forces from Iraq, Kuwait and the United States conducted a joint patrol, Aug. 25, in the Arabian Gulf. Ships from the Iraq Navy, Kuwait Naval Force, Kuwait Coast Guard, U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard participated in maneuvering exercises and maritime security drills. U.S. ships included patrol coastal ship USS Sirocco (PC 6) and fast response cutter USCGC Charles Moulthrope (WPC 1141). Sirocco and Charles Moulthrope are forward-deployed to Bahrain where U.S.

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5th Fleet is headquartered. “Trilateral engagements like this demonstrate the shared commitment of partner nations to safeguarding the seas,” said Capt. Robert Francis, commander of Task Force 55 whose staff oversees operations for U.S. 5th Fleet surface forces. Cooperation among regional partners at sea helps ensure maritime security and stability in nearby waters, he added. The U.S. 5th Fleet operating area includes 21 countries, the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Red Sea, parts of the Indian Ocean and three critical choke points at the Strait of Hormuz, Bab al-Mandeb and Suez Canal.

From the right, U.S. Navy coastal patrol ship USS Sirocco (PC 6), U.S. Coast Guard fast response cutter USCGC Charles Moulthrope (WPC 1141) and Kuwait Naval Forces ship Maskan (P3717), sail in formation during a joint patrol in the Arabian Gulf, Aug. 25. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 1ST CLASS ANITA CHEBAHTAH)


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Motorcycle Safety NORFOLK (August 15, 2017) Beyond attending the required motorcycle training courses, active duty riders are required to wear proper personal protective equipment, whether riding on or offbase. Riders must wear long pants, long-sleeved shirt or jacket, a Department of Transportation approved helmet, protective eye wear, full-fingered gloves and above-ankle shoes, and preferably, steel-toed boots. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 1ST CLASS RJ STRATCHKO/ RELEASED)

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An autonomous forklift loads a crate onto a driverless cart in a warehouse at Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE). FRCE is evaluating whether autonomous vehicles could be used in the future to move parts and equipment along established routes, in order to eliminate downtime spent waiting for a forklift. (PHOTO BY KIMBERLY KOONCE, FLEET READINESS CENTER EAST)

FRCE test drives autonomous parts-handling vehicles in warehouse By Kimberly Koonce

Fleet Readiness Center East

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. — A group of Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) employees got a glimpse of the future recently, when they witnessed a demonstration of driverless transportation vehicles in a parts warehouse at the facility. More than 20 production controllers, transportation workers, managers and senior leaders watched as an empty electric cart entered the warehouse and wheeled quietly down a wide aisle way. It slowly turned a corner and headed up the next aisle, coming to a smooth stop in front of a waiting forklift, which carefully placed a crate on the back of the cart without a driver in sight. This demonstration of autonomous vehicle technology was hosted by the Advanced Technology and Innovation (ATI) Team, which is part of the Fleet Support Team (FST) at FRCE. ATI engineers have been working for nearly two years to bring autonomous vehicles to FRCE as a means to reduce downtime and increase efficiency. “The autonomous forklift and electric cart systems can work together to move material around the depot, such as within the warehouse or between buildings,” said Chase Templeton, Support Equipment and Robotics Technology lead for the ATI Team. “This system would improve the accuracy

and efficiency of material handling, while interacting safely with people or other vehicles in the facility.” The demonstration highlighted the capabilities of an autonomous material handling technology (AMHT) system, which uses a package of sensors that can be installed on conventional forklifts or electric carts to convert them to self-driving vehicles. “We could take our vehicles that we currently own and operate in various spaces and bolt on a kit that turns them autonomous,” said Templeton. “We would still have the ability to run them with a human, but we could also run them completely autonomously with no interaction at all.” According to Templeton, operators use a tablet to program the route and task that the vehicle is expected to perform. Sensors mounted on the forklift or cart also prevent collisions and warn pedestrians and drivers of other vehicles to move out of the way. FRCE Commanding Officer Capt. James Belmont said he could envision using autonomous vehicles to make better use of overnight hours to prepare for the next day’s work. “We could almost become a 24-hour plant where you have people here during normal working hours, and the third shift becomes the autonomous shift where the big equipment moves happen,” Belmont said. “That way when artisans get to work in the morning, they already have their

parts and supplies sitting right there at the work station.” According to Gabriel Garcia, FRCE transportation program manager, autonomous vehicles could help eliminate downtime for aircraft maintenance professionals who are waiting for a forklift while transportation personnel are busy at other tasks. “We have artisans who are moving parts from point A to point B, taking support equipment around or bringing a toolbox out to the aircraft,” Garcia said. “We’re paying that artisan to be an aircraft mechanic or electrician, and having an automated system that can bring the toolbox to the aircraft keeps employees doing the job they’re hired to do.” Garcia said the autonomous vehicle could be used for simple, unplanned tasks along an established route when transportation personnel were not available. FRCE production control supervisor Shelley Leibensperger-Henry said she is hopeful the autonomous vehicles could help keep items moving through the facility with less physical effort from production controllers. “When forklifts aren’t available, PCs take large items off incoming carts and move them to wagons or onto othercarts,” Leibensperger-Henry said. “An automated system would give them another option to help them transport large or heavy items.” The ATI Team’s core mission is to identify and develop advanced technology solutions and industrial capabilities to

improve the maintenance or engineering operations at FRCE, the FST and customers in the Fleet. The team is a key member of a broader Naval Enterprise Sustainment Technology Team (NESTT) that looks for technology solutions to common challenges that affect the Navy sustainment community. The Department of the Navy’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program has been instrumental in funding NESTT initiatives, which included a number of focus areas that are ripe for technology solutions across the Naval Aviation Enterprise; one of these was robotic material handling. Templeton said this demonstration is just the first of several tests the autonomous vehicles will go through before a decision is made whether to adopt the technology at FRCE and other maintenance depots. “We’re implementing a crawl, walk, run kind of plan,” Templeton said. “We’re going to start with the easiest areas first and then tackle the more complicated processes as we progress the program forward.” FRCE is North Carolina’s largest maintenance, repair, overhaul and technical services provider, with more than 4,000 civilian, military and contract workers. Its annual revenue exceeds $1 billion. The depot provides service to the fleet while functioning as an integral part of the greater U.S. Navy; Naval Air Systems Command; and Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers. Material handling personnel at Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) examine self-driving technology installed on a forklift in a parts warehouse. Employees recently witnessed a demonstration of autonomous material handling equipment to evaluate whether this technology could be used in the future to eliminate production downtime at FRCE. (PHOTO BY KIMBERLY KOONCE, FLEET READINESS CENTER EAST)

A driverless cart turns down a warehouse aisle as a passenger watches during a recent demonstration of autonomous vehicle technology at Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE). About 20 FRCE employees attended the demonstration to see how driverless vehicles could potentially impact future productivity and efficiency at the aircraft maintenance facility. (PHOTO BY KIMBERLY KOONCE, FLEET READINESS CENTER EAST)

A close-up view of a tablet used to direct the path of autonomous material handling equipment during a recent demonstration at Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE). Operators use the tablet to plot the path and direct the tasks of driverless forklifts and carts in industrial facilities. FRCE’s Advanced Technology and Innovation Team recently hosted the demonstration of autonomous vehicle technology at the facility. (PHOTO BY KIMBERLY KOONCE, FLEET READINESS CENTER EAST)


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Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Coleman Krallis and Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Joey Meyers, assigned to the“Golden Falcons”of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 12, from Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi, display rescue equipment following the conclusion of a bi-lateral emergency rescue exercise with Aikawa Town Japan Emergency Services.

Bi-lateral emergency rescue exercise PHOTOS BY PETTY OFFICER 2ND CLASS ANGE-OLIVIER CLEMENT, NAVAL AIR FACILITY ATSUGI AIKAWA TOWN, JAPAN • AUGUST 28, 2022

NAF Atsugi supports the combat readiness of Commander, Carrier Air Wing FIVE (CVW 5), Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron FIVE ONE (HSM-51) and 30 other tenant commands and provides logistic support, coordination, and services to units assigned to the Western Pacific.

Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Coleman Krallis, assigned to the“Golden Falcons” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 12, from Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi, looks over Aikawa Town, Japan, while conducting flight operations as part of a bi-lateral emergency rescue exercise with Aikawa Town, Emergency Services.

Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Coleman Krallis, assigned to the“Golden Falcons” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 12, from Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi, hoists a training mannequin during a bi-lateral emergency rescue exercise with Aikawa Town, Japan, Emergency Services.

Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 1st Class Michael Simmonds, assigned to the“Golden Falcons” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 12 from Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi, gives the all clear to hoists a training mannequin to an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter during a bi-lateral emergency rescue exercise with Aikawa Town, Japan, Emergency Services.

Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 1st Class Michael Simmonds (center right) and Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Joey Meyers (right), assigned to the“Golden Falcons” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 12, from Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi, carry a training mannequin following the landing of an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter during a bi-lateral emergency rescue exercise with Aikawa Town, Japan, Emergency Services.

Lt. Cmdr Greg Westin, assigned to the“Golden Falcons”of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 12, from Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi, presents a patch to mayor of Aikawa Town following the conclusion of a bi-lateral emergency rescue exercise with Aikawa Town Japan Emergency Services.

Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Coleman Krallis and Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Joey Meyers, assigned to the“Golden Falcons”of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 12, from Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi, display rescue equipment following the conclusion of a bi-lateral emergency rescue exercise with Aikawa Town, Japan, Emergency Services.


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New Ways to Play at the Zoo Press Release NORFOLK, Va. — Thanks to a generous donation, there are new ways to nature play! The Virginia Zoo’s nature playground, the Run Wild! Nature Discovery Zone opened in June 2019 and has been a popular spot where guests both young and old can explore. The hopping logs, bamboo maze, balance beams, and even the benches in the shade of a magnificent oak tree offer opportunities to experience nature up close and at your own pace. Through a generous donation from the Mid-Atlantic Women’s Care honoring the memory of a long-time employee, Saune Feeley, Run Wild! has gotten some amazing new additions. Saune, a life-long resident of Norfolk and Chesapeake, was known by her colleagues to have a positive and slightly eccentric personality and remembering her in a place where children and families gather and play was the perfect fit. The new structures include a hollow log tunnel where kids who love to crawl can

channel their inner forest critter or look for real ones nestled in the bark or soil. Musically inclined guests will have fun figuring out the best way to create sound from a few unconventional instruments: a pebble harp

and a musical fence. Navigate through the sensory garden and experience a rainbow of flowers and plants with interesting textures and delightful smells. Lastly, budding scientists can make observations about the world

around them using a weather station and a mounted magnifying glass. Keep an eye out for these new ways to play at the Zoo and give yourself the time in nature you need this fall! Studies have shown that unstructured play in natural spaces improves physical health, supports mental and emotional wellbeing, and promotes life-long conservation values. The Virginia Zoo, located in Norfolk, Virginia, is home to more than 700 exceptional animals representing over 150 fascinating species. Founded in 1901 and residing on 53 beautifully landscaped acres, the Virginia Zoo has demonstrated a commitment to saving and protecting the world’s wildlife by inspiring a passion for nature and taking conservation action at home and around the world. The Virginia Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is recognized as a global leader in education, recreation, science, wildlife conservation, and animal care and welfare. To learn more, visit www.virginiazoo.org.

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High-flying exhibit lands at Nauticus Press Release NORFOLK Va. — Perhaps no other emerging technology has captured the public’s imagination quite like unmanned aerial vehicles, otherwise known as drones. In June, Nauticus presented a deep dive into the drone phenomenon with a major national traveling exhibit, Drones: Is The Sky The Limit?. The interactive exhibition not only tells the story of drone technology over time,

but also allows visitors to participate in hands-on drone flying programs, including piloting drones though digital and physical obstacle courses. Nauticus is proud to partner with the exhibition’s presenting sponsor, Virginia Peninsula Community College (formally known as Thomas Nelson Community College), as they offer the only Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (drones) certificate program in the region. “We’re excited to partner with Nauticus,

it’s a really high-tech interactive exhibit that exemplifies our coursework and the application to the workforce” said Julie Young, head of Virginia Peninsula Community College’s Mechanical Engineering Technology program. With the grand opening of the exhibition, visitors will also enjoy drone demonstrations by VPCC, test their flight skills operating a drone through an interactive obstacle course, and the opportunity to view drones through a new vantage point

with the short film “Flowstate” in Nauticus’ 350-seat theatre. Drones: Is The Sky The Limit will be on display at Nauticus from June 18 — October 9, 2022. The exhibition is included in Nauticus’ general admission. Admission tickets are $15.95 for adults (13+), $11.50 (12 and under) for children. Tickets can be purchased online at www.nauticus.org. As always, Nauticus members are free.

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NASA Identifies Candidate Regions for Landing Next Americans on Moon Press Release As NASA prepares to send astronauts back to the Moon under Artemis, the agency has identified 13 candidate landing regions near the lunar South Pole. Each region contains multiple potential landing sites for Artemis III, which will be the first of the Artemis missions to bring crew to the lunar surface, including the first woman to set foot on the Moon. “Selecting these regions means we are one giant leap closer to returning humans to the Moon for the first time since Apollo,” said Mark Kirasich, deputy associate administrator for the Artemis Campaign Development Division at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “When we do, it will be unlike any mission that’s come before as astronauts venture into dark areas previously unexplored by humans and lay the groundwork for future long-term stays.” NASA identified the following candidate regions for an Artemis III lunar landing: Faustini Rim A Peak Near Shackleton Connecting Ridge Connecting Ridge Extension de Gerlache Rim 1 de Gerlache Rim 2 de Gerlache-Kocher Massif

Haworth Malapert Massif Leibnitz Beta Plateau Nobile Rim 1 Nobile Rim 2 Amundsen Rim Each of these regions is located within six degrees of latitude of the lunar South Pole and, collectively, contain diverse geologic features. Together, the regions provide landing options for all potential Artemis III launch opportunities. Specific landing sites are tightly coupled to the timing of the launch window, so multiple regions ensure flexibility to launch throughout the year. To select the regions, an agencywide team of scientists and engineers assessed the area near the lunar South Pole using data from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and decades of publications and lunar science findings. In addition to considering launch window availability, the team evaluated regions based on their ability to accommodate a safe landing, using criteria including terrain slope, ease of communications with Earth, and lighting conditions. To determine accessibility, the team also considered combined capabilities of the Space Launch System rocket, the Orion spacecraft, and the SpaceX-provided Starship human landing system.

All regions considered are scientifically significant because of their proximity to the lunar South Pole, which is an area that contains permanently shadowed regions rich in resources and in terrain unexplored by humans. “Several of the proposed sites within the regions are located among some of the oldest parts of the Moon, and together with the permanently shadowed regions, provide the opportunity to learn about the history of the Moon through previously unstudied lunar materials,” said Sarah Noble, Artemis lunar science lead for NASA’s Planetary Science Division. The analysis team weighed other landing criteria with specific Artemis III science objectives, including the goal to land close enough to a permanently shadowed region to allow crew to conduct a moonwalk, while limiting disturbance when landing. This will allow crew to collect samples and conduct scientific analysis in an uncompromised area, yielding important information about the depth, distribution, and composition of water ice that was confirmed at the Moon’s South Pole. The team identified regions that can fulfill the moonwalk objective by ensuring proximity to permanently shadowed regions, and also factored in other lighting conditions. All

13 regions contain sites that provide continuous access to sunlight throughout a 6.5-day period — the planned duration of the Artemis III surface mission. Access to sunlight is critical for a long-term stay at the Moon because it provides a power source and minimizes temperature variations. “Developing a blueprint for exploring the solar system means learning how to use resources that are available to us while also preserving their scientific integrity”, said Jacob Bleacher, chief exploration scientist for NASA. “Lunar water ice is valuable from a scientific perspective and also as a resource, because from it we can extract oxygen and hydrogen for life support systems and fuel.” NASA will discuss the 13 regions with broader science and engineering communities through conferences and workshops to solicit input about the merits of each region. This feedback will inform site selections in the future, and NASA may identify additional regions for consideration. The agency will also continue to work with SpaceX to confirm Starship’s landing capabilities and assess the options accordingly. NASA will select sites within regions for Artemis III after it identifies the mission’s target launch dates, which dictate transfer trajectories and surface environment conditions. Through Artemis, NASA will land the first woman and the first person of color on the Moon, paving the way for a long-term, sustainable lunar presence and serving as a steppingstone for future astronaut missions to Mars. For more information on Artemis, visit https://www.nasa.gov/specials/artemis/

Kick off a delicious Labor Day weekend this Friday at the Sunset Beach Boil

Presented by The Culinary Institute Of Virginia at the Oceanfront Press Release VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Virginia Beach Events, the Culinary Institute of Virginia, and IMGoing are pleased to announce the first annual Sunset Beach Boil presented by The Culinary Institute of Virginia. This Labor Day weekend kick-off will be held on the 24th Street beach at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront on Friday, September 2, 2022 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Join Beach Events and the Culinary Institute of Virginia for live music, drinks, local-inspired cuisine, and warm ocean breezes as we celebrate the end of summer with family and friends in authentic beachboil style. All guests will be treated to an

individual charcuterie appetizer, family-style seafood boil, and individual desserts prepared and served by Culinary Institute of Virginia faculty Chefs and student Chefsin-Training. The Sunset Beach Boil will feature all locally-sourced cuisine including North Carolina shrimp, Easter Shore clams, Cullipher Farm sweet corn, Smithfield sausage, and Eastern Shore potatoes. Tickets to this Oceanfront event are $75 each and include the three-course local fare, two free drink vouchers, live entertainment, plus tent and cabana seating to watch the sunset. Space is limited and advance purchase is required. Tickets and information are available at beacheventsvb.com.

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As summer winds down, come enjoy the Neptune Festival’s Symphony by the Sea Concert Series Press Release

Sunset Beach Boil Menu Individual Charcuterie Assorted Cured Meats Homemade Pickles, Breadsticks, and Crackers Assorted Berries and Nuts Shrimp and Clam Boil Featuring North Carolina Shrimp, Eastern Shore Clams, Cullipher Farm Sweet Corn, Smithfield Sausage, and Eastern Shore Potatoes Ground Cherries Cheesecake Parfait Seasonal Ground Cherries Compote Creamy Cheesecake Filling and Graham Cracker Crust * Menu subject to change. Allergy warning: nuts, seafood, shellfish

Neptune Festival’s Symphony by the Sea Concert Series, presented by The Breeden Company, made its grand return in 2022 for the 11th Season of concerts. Come enjoy the last two concerts of the season. On Thursday, September 1 experience Symphonicity and Thursday, September 8 delight in the sounds of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Located in 31st Street Park at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, all concerts are a FREE musical offering to residents and visitors. Guests are encouraged to arrive early, as the concerts are well-attended and will fill the park. Concert times are 7:30 - 9pm. VIP Memberships can be purchased for the full season of concerts online at www.

neptunefestival.com/products/symphony-sea-membership. VIP Members receive the following benefits: Reserved Seating Valet Parking Pre-Concert Receptions, including light hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages Complimentary popcorn and bottled water during concerts Two ticket vouchers per member for an additional VSO concert of your choice Two ticket vouchers per member for an additional Symphonicity concert of your choice Rain dates as needed on Sept 1, Sept 15 Children 16 and under are free with a paying member


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The Defense Health Agency celebrated Women’s Equality Day with an event whose theme was Empowered Women Strengthening the Nation. (PHOTO: DEFENSE EQUAL OPPORTUNITY MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE)

DHA Honors Empowered Women Who Strengthen the Nation By Paul Reynolds

Defense Health Agency

Empowered Women Strengthening the Nation was the Defense Health Agency theme for 2022 to celebrate Women’s Equality Day. The celebration was underscored during a virtual fireside chat with Army Brig. Gen. Mary Krueger, commanding general of the Army’s Regional Health Command-Atlantic held on Aug. 11. Women’s Equality Day honors the ratification of the 19th Amendment on August 26, 1920, which prohibits voter discrimination on the basis of gender. This legislation was a major step to remove barriers to women’s full participation in American public life. The observance has grown to focus attention on women’s continued efforts toward gaining full equality in every aspect of life, and serves as a call for all Americans to publicly affirm the dignity of women and to support the fight for full gender equality. “For me, equality has a feeling. It’s measured by the happiness someone has in their life. The ability to say ‘yes’ when asked: Do you feel like the opportunities and tools you have are allowing you to pursue your unique version of happiness?” said Army Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Ron Place, director of the DHA.

“We’ll know we have equality when we stop talking about it because women will have a deep sense of fairness and calmness in their own pursuit of happiness,” Place added. We must acknowledge the value that women bring to the table and recognize those trail breakers who paved the way through patient, persistent, courageous action, according to Krueger. “I think we can all learn from women like Elizabeth Blackwell and Mary Walker. Some of the first female physicians in the United States. They both brought their talents to bear in the face of great ridicule.” “Let’s also talk about Maya Angelou,” she added. “She became the first black female street car conductor in San Francisco after repeatedly being turned down for the position.” She added, “Angelou’s bravery and persistence in pursuing this role was an example of her strength of character that later led her to be a world-famous author and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.” Krueger referenced these women of competence and character who served as models for future generations as trailblazers and trail makers. Once we recognize the value that women bring to the table, we must create

space for them to share it. We bring value to the table, Krueger acknowledged, “when we open the door to diversity of experience and thought and use that gift to create well-rounded teams that can help us capitalize on our strengths.” To get that point, “we have to challenge the assumptions that we hold, a goal that takes some intentional work,” she added. Krueger also discussed the importance of cultivating trust and modeling humility and kindness as leaders in the workplace. “The positive unintended consequence of owning that we don’t have all the answers, is that we extend trust to our teammates, relying on their expertise. This requires humility and kindness. We must extend trust to generate trust,” she said. Finally, Krueger called upon everyone to embrace the characteristics that make women unique. “Women serving in the military have an overlap between their family life, in their most prolific reproductive years, and their military career. How do we work in a way that honors both?” Krueger emphasized that the ultimate goal in celebrating Women’s Equality is to create an environment where women no longer have to fight for equal rights. “We know we have equality when we

don’t have to think about what somebody’s heritage is or what their gender is. We look at their competence and character.” There is perhaps no more important place for the fight for equality to continue than in our health care system. For Krueger, bridging the gaps in access to care for women is an important battle cry for everyone in the Military Health System. “Women are a significant part of our patient population and we have to acknowledge that women’s health care needs are valid and important. We have to continue to address barriers to health care access and to respect what wellness looks like to our patients.” We have made progress as a nation yet we still have a long way to go. Until we reach our ultimate goal, we must continue our mission, she added. “I expect every element of the DHA to monitor and assess gender equality — and to work towards filling gaps where they exist,” Place said. “Thanks for doing your part to challenge your own assumptions and unconscious bias along with building trust and empowering those around you.” Learn more about MHS’ commitment to women’s health care online at health.mil/ Military-Health-Topics/Total-Force-Fitness/Preventive-Health/Womens-Health

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Layered Mediterranean Hummus Salad

Host a Hall of Fame Homegate By Family Features/Fresh Cravings From kickoff to the final whistle, taking your game day party to the next level starts with serving an all-star lineup of menu items. From starting-caliber appetizers to MVP-level main courses and a supporting cast of side dishes, dips like salsa and hummus can play the role of superstar when it comes to serving up game day grub. One of the benefits of cheering on your favorite teams from the couch and bringing the tailgate to your literal home field is the availability of appliances you may not otherwise have access to at the stadium like the oven or air fryer. However, that doesn’t mean missing out on the action and being sidelined in the kitchen all game or that these recipes won’t travel to a tailgate. With a flavor-packed, vibrant recipe, the lineup of Fresh Cravings Salsa offers a homemade-tasting alternative to softer, duller blends of jarred salsa. Made with high-quality ingredients like vine-ripened tomatoes, crisp vegetables, zesty peppers and spices, the salsas make a perfect addition to these recipes from celebrity chef and entertainer George Duran, author of “Take This Dish and Twist It” and host of Food Network’s “Ham on the Street” and TLC’s “Ultimate Cake Off.” Kickoff your menu with an app like these Jalapeno Bacon and Salsa Biscuit Bites that meld together traditional tailgate tastes. Then put a Tex-Mex twist on a traditional favorite with this Enchilada Lasagna, perfect for feeding a crowd of hungry fans. To round out the playbook, this Layered Mediterranean Hummus Salad can make for an accompaniment to a variety of

Enchilada Lasagna

main courses. The cucumbers, olives, cherry tomatoes and other veggies are balanced by the savory taste of Fresh Cravings Hummus. Made with a short list of high-quality ingredients like chickpeas, tahini and Chilean extra-virgin olive oil, it has a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Find more game-winning recipes made for homegating and tailgating at FreshCravings.com.

Layered Mediterranean Hummus Salad Recipe courtesy of chef George Duran Servings: 4-6 2 containers (10 ounces each) hummus, any flavor 1 cup sliced cucumbers ½ cup Kalamata olives, seeded and roughly chopped ½ cup canned garbanzo beans, drained ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese ¾ cup cherry tomatoes, quartered ¼ red onion, finely chopped 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley ½ lemon, juice only extra-virgin olive oil zaatar, for sprinkling (optional) pita bread or tortilla chips On bottom of large, flat serving dish or platter, use spoon to evenly spread hummus. Layer cucumbers, olives, garbanzo beans, feta cheese, cherry tomatoes, red onion and parsley throughout hummus. Squeeze lemon juice over top.

Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with Zaatar, if desired. Serve immediately with pita bread or tortilla chips.

Enchilada Lasagna

Recipe courtesy of chef George Duran Servings: 4-6 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 large onion, chopped (1 cup) 1 deli roasted chicken, skin and bones removed, shredded 2 tablespoons taco seasoning 1 cup chicken stock or broth 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature 2 cups shredded Tex-Mex cheese blend 16 ounces chunky Salsa, plus additional for serving 1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped nonstick cooking spray 6 flour tortillas (9 inches each) 1 cup tortilla chips, crushed 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese Preheat oven to 350 F. In large skillet over medium-high heat, add olive oil. Add onions and cook until soft and translucent, 4-5 minutes. Add shredded chicken and stir in taco seasoning. Add chicken broth and bring to simmer, about 5 minutes. Add cream cheese, Tex-Mex cheese, salsa and cilantro. Stir until cream cheese is melted and simmer 3-4 minutes until slightly thickened. Spray square baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Place two tortillas in bottom of pan, folding over or trimming sides of tortillas to fit.

Jalapeno Bacon and Salsa Biscuit Bites

Spoon half chicken mixture over tortillas. Repeat then place remaining tortillas over top. Mix crushed tortilla chips with cheddar cheese and sprinkle over top. Bake 30 minutes, or until lasagna is bubbling and lightly browned. Let stand 10 minutes then top with additional salsa before serving.

Jalapeno Bacon and Salsa Biscuit Bites Recipe courtesy of chef George Duran Yield: 16 biscuit bites 1 tube biscuit dough (8 biscuits total) 7 ounces grated mozzarella cheese ¼ cup jarred jalapenos, chopped 8 slices cooked bacon, chopped 1 cup restaurant style salsa nonstick cooking spray Preheat air fryer to 350-360 F. Divide each biscuit in half by pulling apart in centers. Use hands to flatten each biscuit into circles. Set aside. In bowl, mix mozzarella cheese with chopped jalapenos, bacon and salsa. Add heaping spoonful into each flattened biscuit and pinch each together tightly to form balls. Top each with small amount of salsa mixture. Spray nonstick cooking spray in air fryer and, working in batches, cook biscuit bites 6-9 minutes until golden brown. Serve warm. Note: If air fryer access is unavailable, biscuit bites can be baked 8-10 minutes at 400 F in oven, or until golden brown.


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Shetland, one of USU med school’s two facility dogs, gets attention and provides some fun interactions with med school students. (PHOTO COURTESY OF KAMEHA BELL, ASSISTANT DEAN, WELLBEING PROGRAM, USU SCHOOL OF MEDICINE OFFICE OF STUDENT AFFAIRS)

USU Facility Dogs Help De-stress USU Med Students

By Janet A. Aker

Dogs on a Mission

Stressors

Shetland & Grover’s Impact

Daily demands on students at the Uniformed Services University’s F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine can be stressful. That’s where Shetland and Grover, USU’s designated facility dogs, come into play — literally. The Hebert School of Medicine is the first and only medical school with a fulltime complement of facility dogs. Shetland, a yellow Lab; and Grover, a black Lab, often wander through the student lounge, library, or school courtyard seeking out hugs or getting belly rubs from students as part of their official duties to comfort, de-stress, and calm them. While Shetland is calm and dignified, Grover is a bit more energetic and goofy. Each brings his own personality to student interactions. Having the dogs “builds community and adds a little levity,” said Kameha Bell, assistant dean of the Office of Student Affairs’ Well-Being Program. Bell leads the facility dog program at the medical school and is Shetland’s guardian. “The ultimate goal is to support the well-being of our community,” she said.

Shetland and Grover’s mission is to promote wellness on campus as well as the benefits and responsible use of animal-assisted interventions in health care, referred to broadly as pet therapy. Bell and highly trained student handlers spend part of their time with the dogs at events, such as university blood drives, where they explain the differences between service dogs, facility dogs, and companion animals. Facility dogs like Shetland and Grover are service dogs trained to perform a variety of physical tasks, such as providing emotional and physical support for veterans with disabilities, low-vision, or post-traumatic stress disorder. As facility dogs, they also provide comfort and affection in a variety of settings to help improve physical, social, emotional, and cognitive functioning. Before he was selected to be USU’s first facility dog in 2019, Shetland trained for four months with an accredited service-training organization. He then completed several more weeks of training to ensure he was acclimated to his new home. Grover underwent the same training regimens and was recently inducted into service.

Extra stress can come at exam time or in preparation for the medical school’s Bushmaster simulated deployment practicum at the end of the four-year program. It’s then that Shetland and Grover get reinforcement from the Red Cross Therapy Dogs, said Navy Ensign Kimberly Dodd, a med student and one of USU’s facility dog student handlers. “If someone feels like they might not do as well on that exam, we have the dogs there for social support,” said Dodd. Having all the facility dogs from USU and Walter Reed together “really brings up the mood on exam days when students need that extra support,” she added. Other military hospitals and clinics have facility dogs to support patients and staff. These include: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland Brooke Army Medical Center in Fort Sam Houston, Texas Madigan Army Medical Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in Virginia

Shetland and Grover are ambassadors of the benefits facility animals can bring. Their impact at USU is primarily “joy,” said Marine Col. (Dr.) Catherine KimballEayrs, commandant of the medical school. It’s also “the peace and calm that the dogs can bring” to stressed-out medical students. “The students start to relax and have fun with the dogs,” she said. “To watch the joy of that interaction, and how it brings some peace and calm to folks’ lives in a time where none of the schools — medical school, nursing school, any other — is easy, is very rewarding.” A second major impact, said KimballEayrs, is that students learn the role of animal-assisted interventions. “Our students are exposed to facility dogs and understand their role in a community,” she said. “This helps them prepare for when they come across facility dogs at other military hospitals, clinics, and programs.” And “when [USU students] are future health care providers, they can help spread the knowledge and support and, in the right situation, maybe get a dog placed with a service member who could really benefit from it,” she said.

MHS Communications

Department of Defense Streamlining Health Tech for Beneficiaries By Rebecca Hill

MHS Communications

Gone are the days where you need a paper trail to connect with your health care. Advances in technology has vastly improved the accessibility to beneficiaries’ electronic health records. The Defense Health Agency is tapping into this technology to improve the patient experience by bringing together key professionals and streamlining services. Through a symposium for the Military Health System−and by the ongoing promotion of services and resources−DHA is putting the intersection of health care and technology at the forefront. In August 2022, Department of Defense health care professionals met at the Defense Health Information Technology Symposium to discuss the transformation of the MHS to ensure high-quality, patient-centered care. Topics included improving virtual health, transforming health care delivery, and the future of cybersecurity. Across the DHA, information technology systems, programs, and apps are designed to make health care more streamlined and accessible to service members and families. Eventually, the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Coast Guard will be able to seamlessly transition your health care files throughout your service and as you transition into the VA medical system. “I don’t think we’ve even scratched the surface of what we can do with a single system and the benefits it will bring,” said

DHITS offered opportunities for partners to connect and learn more about future technology and support to MHS efforts. (PATRICK MOORE/DHA STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS)

Holly Joers, program executive officer for the Program Executive Office, Defense Healthcare Management Systems.

Advancing Technology to Fit Patient Care As the DOD, the VA and U.S. Coast Guard are working on a more integrated system, there are programs available right now to access records online, get answers about your health, and check on your own well-being. Here are just a few: MHS GENESIS Patient Portal: This electronic health record gives you 24/7 access to your information and allows you to send messages to your care team and oversee appointments. This secure site will help integrate patient care, keeping your health care professionals updated with your latest information. No matter where you are stationed in the world, MHS GENESIS will be available to you. “Specialists can provide care via video

or other electronic media and consult with providers in theater to help facilitate care and a quicker return to duty,” Army Col. (Dr.) Robert Cornfeld, chief health information officer and pediatric gastroenterologist at Madigan Army Medical Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington, stated. Nurse Advice Linegoes tot he MHS Nurse Advice Line: With every medical issue, there are questions. By utilizing the Nurse Advice Line, you can get answers, find the proper medical treatment facilities, schedule appointments, and so much more. This option is available 24/7 through web or video chat, or phone, giving you peace of mind with sound medical advice.

Discover More with Mobile Health Apps In addition to these DHA programs, there are DHA Mobile Apps available on your smartphone. These mobile apps can help service members and families with their

health, help set goals, and stay on track. Access these apps with a tap of your finger. Decide + Be Ready: This app provides an interactive way for service members to learn about birth control options and help think through what is important to them about the method they choose. My Prosperity Plan: Set goals for your personal life, in relationships, to meet spiritual needs, and more. This app helps you reach your potential and keeps you on track. MissionFit: Get into shape with this 12-week exercise program! You get different options and various exercises. Video, text, and images help you through these programs. Visit the DHA app page to see the other available apps on your mobile device. Through these events, services, and resources, the DHA is furthering their focus in integrating technology to make your lives easier. “DHA is pivoting to meet the digital native generation with care that meets their expectations,” said Cornfeld.


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