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A sense of community

Lt. j.g. Glen Moran was Moran is proud to be a Mustang in the U.S. Navy as he models a future available to other young Hispanic Sailors. PAGE A2

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Hispanic Heritage Feature:

A Hero of the Bloody Nose Ridge

In September 1944, Pharmacist’s Mate Third Class Eleuterio“Joe”Marquez took part in the invasion of Peleliu. For his his heroic actions on the island Marquez was later awarded the Navy Cross. He is the first Hispanic Corpsman to receive the Navy Cross. (ANDRÉ SOBOCINSKI)

The Story of Pharmacist’s Mate Third Class Joe Marquez and the Fight for Peleliu By André Sobocinski

Navy Bureau Of Medicine and Surgery Public Affairs

FALLS CHURCH, VA — On the morning of September 15, 1944, the 1st Marine Division began their assault on a tiny coral island in the Central Pacific called Peleliu. For Pharmacist’s Mate Third Class Eleuterio “Joe” Marquez this would be a baptism of fire (1).

The 19-year old Los Angeles native had enlisted a year earlier with his two best friends, each anxious to make their own contributions to the good fight. After a whirlwind of Boot Camp and Corps School in San Diego followed by field medical training at Camp Elliott, Marquez was now part of this deadly assault on the highly fortified island. At only 13 square miles, Peleliu

was far from the largest battlefield of the war, but it was deemed by strategists as vital for the execution of the Pacific campaign and for ensuring success in the mission to retake the Philippines, some 600 miles to the west (2). Peleliu was hard-fought and bloody. Half of the men who landed in that first wave would become casualties—victims of artillery, mortar rounds, shrapnel, explod-

Searching For a Better Future: NAS Oceana becomes first Navy installation to partner with Project SEARCH By MC3 Mike Botts

NAS Oceana Public Affairs

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana kicked off Project SEARCH in September, becoming the Navy’s first installation to host the innovative program, which connects high school students with intellectual and developmental disabilities to internships and on-the-job training. Project SEARCH is a ten-month, school-to-work program where students who are military dependents or are military-connected engage in internships at various locations around the installation. They will Turn to SEARCH, Page 7


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ing coral fragments and cunning snipers. Corpsmen especially were prime targets for the latter. Within the first month of fighting, 59 of the 1st Marine Division’s Corpsmen were either killed in action or died from their wounds. For Marquez a sense of fear and helplessness welcomed him on D-Day. “The mortar and artillery that we were receiving was terrible. Later that day we received another

heavy shelling with many . . . wounded and a few killed in action.” Marquez helped to establish a battalion aid station where he would clean and dress wounds, administer plasma and evacuate casualties to the hospital ships offshore. Over the next three weeks he would serve on patrols along the north-south backbone of the island. Turn to Hispanic heritage, Page 7

USS South Dakota holds change of command By Submarine Readiness Squadron 22 Public Affairs GROTON, Connecticut — Cmdr. Craig Litty turned command of the Virginia-class fast attack submarine USS South Dakota (SSN 790) over to Cmdr. Adam Zaker in a traditional change of command ceremony held Monday, Sept. 27, at Naval Submarine Base New London. During his remarks, Litty thanked his family and friends, Navy mentors and crew, who he called “the best of the best.” “You are the heart and soul of the South Dakota,” he told the assembled crew. “You are experts and you are resilient and you are one family. … I will never forget the warrior spirit you’ve demonstrated over the last three years, and I will always cherish the

FNS Améthyste The French submarine FNS Améthyste (S605) visited Naval Station Norfolk, Sept. 16-19. PAGE A3

opportunity to have worked with such an amazing crew.” Litty took command of South Dakota in November of 2018 and led the crew through the ship’s commissioning three months later. Under his leadership, the submarine earned the Retention Excellence Award in 2019. “Congratulations to Cmdr. Litty on an exemplary command tour, during which he oversaw South Dakota during a crucial stretch of her formation as a fighting ship of the line. From the end of her pre-commissioning period through her introduction to the operational Navy, CDR Litty led with a steady hand,” said Capt. John Stafford, commanding officer of Submarine Squadron 4. “His success is e vident Turn to USS South Dakota, Page 7

Change of Command

Captain Chris Horgan assumed the duties of the Commanding Officer of Naval Weapons Station Yorktown. PAGE A6


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Lt. j.g. Glen Moran is now participating in the Navy Acquisition Contracting Officer Internship at Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support (NAVSUP WSS). (KELLY LUSTER)

A sense of community: firstgen Hispanic American serves Navy Supply Corps By Tristan Pavlik

NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support

UNITED STATES — From a young age, Lt. j.g. Glen Moran was instilled with a sense of patriotism after watching his father serve in the U.S. Army and his mother work as a nurse. He watched his parents devote their lives to serving their country and community. Today, Moran is proud to be a Mustang in the U.S. Navy as he models a future available to other young Hispanic Sailors. Moran said watching his native Ecuadorian father serve as a Soldier then become a New York City police officer, he saw the many paths available to him and wanted to continue to pave the way for other Hispanic Americans. He did this by first enlisting in the Navy and then commissioning as a Supply Corps Officer. A born and bred New Yorker, Moran said he grew up in a melting pot of cultures. Raised in a Hispanic home, he grew up celebrating and navigating the first-generation American experience to which only those with immigrant parents can relate. “When I think of Hispanic Heritage [month], I think about how I get to stand here today as a legacy and proof of just a fraction of the sacri-

fices and outstanding contributions of the Hispanic and Latino community in our country,” said Moran. It was not a question for him if he would serve, but how. His first opportunity to serve was as a machinery repairman aboard USS Bataan (LHD-5). It was there that he became familiar with the naval supply chain. On his second assignment aboard Naval Air Station Sigonella, he was encouraged by his leadership to commission as an officer. During his enlisted time he became very familiar with the Navy Supply Corps and experienced a strong sense of community similar to what he felt growing up in New York City. In January 2019, Moran was selected for a commission as a Navy Supply Corps officer and completed Officer Candidate School and Navy Supply Corps School in Newport, Rhode Island. This reinforced his sense of purpose and duty within the Navy and bolstered his sense of pride to wear the moniker ‘Mustang,’ a term for officers who were enlisted prior to their commission. His first assignment as an ensign was aboard the USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) where he served as an assistant supply corps officer. While aboard, he was asked to serve as a guest speaker

for the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. This gave him yet another opportunity to uplift Hispanic voices and demonstrate the American dream. “Though, I was born in our very own land of the free, home of the brave, I take much pride in identifying with my Hispanic roots,” he said. Another way Moran demonstrates his dedication to service is by being available to his fellow Hispanic sailors as a mentor. As he is both a first-generation American and Mustang, he is uniquely positioned to understand their point of view. Moran emphasized the importance of having a mentor as their assistance helped him greatly when he was preparing his officer package for Officer Candidate School. It is people like Carlos Del Toro, Cuban native and current Secretary of the Navy, who shaped the Navy for us to come, said Moran. “Representation is our way of paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society. I feel a sense of pride for people like Alex Rodriguez, Sonia Sotomayor, or Eva Longoria who encourage children to follow their dreams and to view their roots as an asset and never a setback.” Moran is now participating in the Navy

Acquisition Contracting Officer Internship at Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support (NAVSUP WSS). “I am the product of an Ecuadorian father whose country straddles the equator. I am the product of a Dominican mother whose skin is rich in melanin from the sunshine that always warms the Caribbean islands, but most importantly my people’s heart,” said Moran. “I am a product of a country whose motto is ‘God, homeland and freedom’ and where the ceviche tastes like everyone’s grandmother made it. I am proud to be a Hispanic American.” NAVSUP WSS and the U.S. Navy, as stated by the Naval History and Heritage Command website, “… are strengthened by the diversity of its force as it underlines that patriots of Hispanic American Heritage continue to build legacies of freedom and diversity as they fight for the security of the country and the peace of the world.” National Hispanic Heritage Month was established by Title 36, U.S. Code, Section 126 and Public Law 100-402. Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from Sept. 15 — Oct. 15 each year. For more information about Hispanic American Heritage in the Navy, visit https:// www.history.navy.mil/browse-by-topic/diversity/hispanic-americans-in-the-navy.html. NAVSUP WSS is one of 11 commands under Commander, NAVSUP. Headquartered in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, NAVSUP employs a diverse, worldwide workforce of more than 22,500 military and civilian personnel. NAVSUP and the Navy Supply Corps conduct and enable supply chain, acquisition, operational logistics and Sailor & family care activities with our mission partners to generate readiness and sustain naval forces worldwide to prevent and decisively win wars. Learn more at www.navsup.navy.mil, www.facebook.com/ navsup and https://twitter.com/navsupsyscom.

Scudder Hall Galley Receives Five-Star Accreditation and Nomination for FY22 Edward F. Ney Memorial Award By Susanne Greene

Naval Weapons Station Yorktown Public Affairs

YORKTOWN, Va. — Naval Weapons Station Yorktown’s Scudder Hall Galley received a five-star accreditation and is the Navy Region Mid-Atlantic nominee for the FY22 Edward F. Ney Memorial Award. To receive a five-star accreditation, a galley must score a 9.5 out of 10. Out of more than 300 Navy galleys worldwide the five-star rating is only given to the top 1% annually. “We have achieved this accreditation by making our customers a top priority and our Sailors and civilians work diligently to ensure the facility is properly sanitized, organized and fully operational,” stated Senior Chief Culinary Specialist, Sonny C. Lalatag.

Scudder Hall Galley is staffed by 37 Sailors and 17 civilians who serve the personnel of Naval Weapons Station Yorktown and Cheatham Annex. The galley is also the Navy Region Mid-Atlantic nominee for the FY22 Edward F. Ney Memorial Award. It is awarded to Navy galleys for food service excellence and the program is co-sponsored by the Secretary of the Navy and the International Food Services Executives Association. Scudder Hall Galley was nominated for their high scores on organization, cleanliness, inventory and their excellent record keeping. “No matter the obstacles faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have continued to excel,” stated Lalatag. “Our Sailors and civilians have risen to the challenge and remain dedicated to providing premier customer service.”

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French submarine FNS Améthyste (S605) moors pier side at Naval Station Norfolk, Sept. 16, 2021. During the visit, Améthyste will be hosted by the U.S. Navy Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS John Warner (SSN 785) as the two nations remember the Battle of the Capes, the decisive French victory over the British Fleet during the American Revolutionary War. (PETTY OFFICER 2ND CLASS CAMERON STONER)

French Submarine FNS Améthyste Visits Naval Station Norfolk By Petty Officer 2nd Class Cameron Stoner Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic

NORFOLK, VA, — The French submarine FNS Améthyste (S605) visited Naval Station Norfolk, Sept. 16-19. During the boat’s arrival, sailors aboard Améthyste were welcomed by Submarine Force Atlantic and Joint Forces Command Norfolk. The French submariners were also hosted by the crew of the U.S. Navy Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS John Warner (SSN 785)

throughout their visit. The two nations took time to remember the Battle of the Capes, the decisive French victory over the British Fleet during the American Revolutionary War. “In September 1781, a French fleet won the Battle of the Capes, leading to a combined U.S.French victory at Yorktown and American independence,” said Lt. Cmdr. Jeff Vandenengel, John Warner’s executive officer. “240 years later, the great ship FNS Améthyste sailed directly by the site of that battle as they came into Norfolk today, continuing a longstanding tradition of

strong ties between our two great navies and nations. John Warner is honored to host Cmdr. Schaeffer and the officers and crew of Améthyste as we work to further strengthen that alliance.” Capt. Jeremy Pelstring, assigned to Commander, Submarine Squadron 6, and Vandenengel also exchanged gifts with Cmdr. Aymeric Schaeffer, Améthyste’s commanding officer. After the gift exchange, Améthyste sailors were able to unwind with their American counterparts as the two crews enjoyed food and drinks on the pier. Prior to Améthyste’s arrival in Naval Station

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Andrea Muffly, Fort Story Community Garden Liaison and Jace Rodgers officiate the ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly installed Fort Story Community Garden Little Free Library recently. The library is the 131,364th Little Free Library and was made possible by an Impact Library Grant from the Little Libraries Association. (ANDREA MUFFLY)

Little Free Library at JEB Fort Story

By Michelle Stewart

JEBLCFS Public Affairs Officer

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA — The Fort Story Community Garden gnomes are doing more than just providing fresh flowers, fruits, and veggies for their community. They are also providing 24/7 book access for readers. The Community Garden was recently the recipient of an Impact Library Package from the Little Free Libraries Association. In recognition, a small celebration and ribbon cutting was held recently. “The Little Free Library Impact Library Program offers free books to places where it can make a difference, said Fort Story Community Garden Liaison Andrea Muffly. “During HPCON Charlie (Heath Protection Condition Charlie) and initial lockdown, it hit home just how isolated Fort Story was and that due to our unique circumstances we might qualify for an impact grant.” “When the lockdown hit, one of the things I missed the most was going to the library and browsing through the shelves in person, and I knew I wasn’t the only one. I thought how great it would be if there was a place we could use to share books between ourselves, and immediately thought of the Little Free Library Program. I thought this would be a great opportunity to get folks

Aila Pearson looks over the book she selected from the newly installed Fort Story Community Garden Little Free Library while Jace Rodgers hugs Toby the Tortoise, the official librarian for the library, during the ribbon cutting ceremony recently. The library is a great way to find new books and learn new things and is always open. (ANDREA MUFFLY)

outside and reading. Installing it at the community garden seemed like a great start to house multiple free resources in one location, that residents of Fort Story can access 24/7.” Muffly applied and received the grant. Impact libraries are asked to install the library and attach all accompanying signs (charter sign and tribute sign if applicable), add the library to the world map, keep the library in good condition and filled with books for a minimum of one year, submit a photo once installed and produce one community activity in the first year of service - such as holding a story hour for kids or a book-centered gathering for neighbors. During the gathering, four Fort Story families received gift cards to the Book Exchange Bookstore and ice cream was provided for all. Everyone also selected a book to take it home. “Little Free Libraries are a great way to build community and inspire a love of reading, said attendee Jamie Boyle, “We just returned to Fort Story this summer, and our family is so excited to see the garden grow with the support of the Fort Story community and leadership.” The garden library is the 131,364th little library and can be found on the official free world map at https://littlefreelibrary.org/ ourmap/. Donated books can be dropped off at the Fort Story MWR One Stop Library. For JEB Little Creek readers there is a Little Free Library located at the entrance of the Youth Center off of Amphibious Drive behind the NEX Mini Mart and Gas Station. Donations for that library can be dropped off at the box or at the Youth Center. “Little Free Libraries are a great way to find new books and learn new things. Feel free to stop by any time to enjoy the garden or grab a book. We are open to everyone,” Muffly concluded.


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NNSY’s Off-Site Carrier group third year welder apprentice (Shop 26) Alexander Petrie, welds on an assembly for the dirty drain system for the USS Harry S Truman (CVN 75). (DANIEL DEANGELIS)

NNSY’s Off-Yard Carriers Group Continues to Keep Navy’s Largest Vessels at Sea By Troy Miller PORTSMOUTH, VA — Like cars, aircraft carriers need to have periodic maintenance to keep them running at peak performance. There are also times when they might need some unexpected repair work. For cars we have a multitude of garages and service centers. For aircraft carriers, we have Norfolk Naval Shipyard’s (NNSY) Off-Yard Carriers team comprised of approximately 100 employees. “Unlike those on-yard at NNSY, the carriers we work on are still active and can be deployed at a moment’s notice,” said Off-Yard Carrier Group Superintendent Chris Comar. “It’s paramount we get the job done on time with high quality in order for the carrier to get back to the Fleet to fulfill

the Navy’s mission.” The group’s fiscal year 2021 record speaks for itself. The team is eight out of eight for projects completed within the timeframe given with windows of opportunities, the time between underway periods, and one for one on time with a Refueling Complex Overhaul (RCOH) for USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). Assistant Project Superintendent Stephanie Landreth stated being late is not an option. “We are constantly striving to get the job done ahead of time by asking ourselves ‘how can we infuse more time into our schedule?’ ” she said. A window of opportunity is usually three to five weeks in length. Because of the short window, the group does a lot of preparation beforehand. “Our biggest challenge is time,”

said Pipefitter Shop (Shop 56) Work Leader Christopher Steele. “This is why we plan ahead to ensure that we have all the tools and materials needed to complete the job in the allotted time.” The team has an ever-changing workload depending on what breaks, but the mission never changes: to provide maintenance and repair to deployable and deployed ships. To achieve that mission, the carrier group has the full support of NNSY’s shops and codes including Operations (Code 300), Production Resources Shops (Code 900), Lifting and Handling (700), Engineering and Planning Department and Work Control (Code 200), Work Packaging and Control, and Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). “We all have a different job to perform, but we all have the same mission and this is why

it’s important to work together as a team,” said Comar. Although the group is located at Naval Station Norfolk (NSN), its services have no boundaries. If a carrier is forward deployed and needs maintenance performed, the group will send a fly-away team to the location of the carrier. “Some of the work is too high-level for Sailors to do while underway,” said Deputy Superintendent Randall Hall. “We send a fly-away team with the skills, tools and experience needed to perform the work so the carrier can continue on with its mission.” According to Comar, dependable mission delivery is what it’s all about for the off-yard carriers team. “It doesn’t matter if the ship is at NSN, deployed overseas or getting ready to go into NNSY for extended work, we do what needs to be done in order to get ship underway again on time,” said Comar. “Each person here takes pride in what they do, because they know what they do matters to the Sailors, to the Navy and to the country.”








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Captain Chris Horgan relieves Captain Jason Schneider as Commanding Officer of Naval Weapons Station Yorktown at a ceremony on Cheatham Annex. (ETV2 STEFAN VARGO)

Naval Weapons Station Yorktown Holds 46th Change of Command By Susanne Greene

Naval Weapons Station Yorktown Public Affairs

YORKTOWN, Va. — Captain Chris Horgan assumed the duties of the Commanding Officer of Naval Weapons Station Yorktown and Cheatham Annex after relieving Captain Jason Schneider during a change of command ceremony held 24 September on Cheatham Annex in Williamsburg, Virginia. “I’m joining a great leadership team and I am eager to get started”, stated Captain Chris Horgan, Commanding Officer of Naval Weapons Station Yorktown. “As I met with all the

Installation Program Directors, I couldn’t have been more impressed with their commitment to the Fleet, our Fighters, and Families.” “It’s an exciting time to be joining the installation.” The small ceremony was held along the beautiful York River and presided over by Commander Melissa Chope, Executive Officer of Naval Weapons Station Yorktown and Cheatham Annex. Captain Horgan is a native of Wisconsin. His sea tours include division officer assignments Aboard USS Toledo (SSN 769), engineer officer aboard USS Louisiana (Gold) (SSBN 743), and

executive officer aboard USS Jefferson City (SSN 759). He commanded USS Maryland (Gold) (SSBN 738) in King’s Bay, GA. CAPT Horgan was recognized by the United States Submarine League with the Charles Lockwood Award for Professional Excellence. Captain Jason Schneider shared his appreciation for the NWS Yorktown team during Friday’s ceremony. “This tour has certainly been one of, if not, the most rewarding of my career,” stated Captain Jason Schneider. “To all the sailors, civilians, and contractors, who support the over 15,000 acres, 4,000

people, and billions of dollars in facilities that make up NWS Yorktown and Cheatham Annex, you are truly a remarkable team,” stated Schneider. “Your great efforts are responsible for all of our accomplishments and successes; I cannot thank you enough.” NWS Yorktown shared a number of successes under Captain Schneider’s leadership. The installation received two retention excellence awards, Scudder Hall galley earned its 12th consecutive 5-star Award and is a recent Ney award nominee for food service excellence, the Environmental team earned their 18th Consecutive Hampton Roads Sanitation District award for wastewater management and the 2021 Secretary of the Navy Environmental Award for Natural Resources Conservation. The line of successes and exceptional performances resulted in NWS Yorktown being selected as Commander Navy Region Mid-Atlantic’s nomination for the 2020 Installation Excellence Award.



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USS South Dakota


through the accomplishments of his crew, who installed a lethal acoustic superiority package allowing the South Dakota to operate with greater stealth and impunity throughout the world’s oceans,” he continued. “Going forward, I have no doubt Cmdr. Zaker is the leader to bring this state-ofthe-art submarine and her crew into their first deployment.” USS South Dakota is the seventeenth Virginia-class submarine, and the seventh of the Block III construction. SSN 790, the third U.S. Navy ship to bear the name South Dakota, is 377 feet long, displaces 7,800 tons of water, and can travel in excess of 25 knots. Zaker said during his remarks that he is “humbled and excited” to take command, and urged the crew to embrace the challenges that await them as they become a lethal addition to the fleet. “It is an honor of a lifetime to be your commanding officer,” Zaker told the crew. Fast-attack submarines are multi-mission platforms enabling five of the six Navy maritime strategy core capabilities — sea control, power projection, forward pres-

receive hands-on training, and learn realworld skills inside the classroom. “The goal of this program here at NAS Oceana is to give our students competitive employment opportunities within the community,” said Senior Chief Air Traffic Controller Amber Khoryati, the Naval Air Station Oceana Project SEARCH business liaison. For now, the interns will work with the Navy Exchange, the Navy MWR, the NAS Oceana Commissary, and the Navy Gateway Inns & Suites. Program coordinators hope the program will continue to grow over the years “NAS Oceana is a great place to lay the foundation for other bases because of the close community we have,” said Khoryati. “I honestly think every base would benefit from this program, and most importantly, we really believe it will benefit our interns. Every day, the interns will learn valuable skills and gain independence.” When not working at their internship sites, the interns will be learning in the classroom. Over the course of the year, they will cover topics like team building, workplace safety, technology, preparing for and maintaining employment, self-advocacy, financial literacy, and health and wellness to help them be successful after their transition out of the program. “Through classroom instruction and hands-on experience, interns will develop communication, teamwork, and problem-solving skills necessary for all workers,” said Jan Varney, a Virginia Beach City Public Schools instructional specialist, who will be working with the interns on a daily-basis in the classroom. “During the last few months of the program, emphasis is placed on refining skills, achieving the career goal, and carrying out individualized job development.” Project SEARCH is a collaborative effort between Virginia Beach City Public Schools, the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, Didlake, Inc., the Virginia Department of Education, and Virginia Commonwealth University’s Rehabilitation Research and Training Center. There are 632 Project SEARCH program sites across 48 states and ten countries, with over 31,000 people served, according to Varney. Statistics from Project SEARCH indicate about 80 percent of interns who complete the program find competitive employment, with some program sites’ employment outcomes reaching 100 percent. “We enter this inaugural year of the NAS Oceana Project SEARCH program with the goal of supporting all interns in their pursuit of competitive employment, following program completion,” said Varney. NAS Oceana leadership needed no convincing to support the program. “This program is ground-breaking for NAS Oceana, and for the military as a whole, as it supports our military families and provides pathways to building our interns’ future independence,” said NAS Oceana Commanding Officer Capt. Bob Holmes.

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A significant challenge had been taking control of Umurbrogol Mountain, which the Marines had dubbed the “Bloody Nose Ridge.” On October 11th, Marquez and his unit ascended the ridge looking to quell pockets of fierce resistance operating from the honeycomb of caves, bunkers and underground positions. It was in the early morning, Friday, October 13th, while his exhausted unit sought brief respite on the Bloody Nose Ridge that they came under attack. Shrapnel and pieces of coral tore through Marquez’ legs. His pain was immediately overtaken by screams of “Corpsmen!” and a desire to go into action. Despite severe wounds, Marquez dragged himself over the rough and difficult terrain to aid his comrades. He would later relate, “I began to crawl around to assess the damage [and] to see who needed to be treated first. One of the corpsmen, named Ken [Blewitt], was the most seriously wounded and I decided to give him a unit of plasma (3). I could not see his veins in the dark and asked the lieutenant if we could get a flare sent over to our area. His reply was, ‘You’re in charge, Doc!’ With the light from the flare I was able to start the plasma. A Marine volunteered to watch the plasma so that I could take care of the other wounded. It was at this time I heard a voice say, ‘I’m a corpsman. Can I help?’ I said ‘yes’ and continued working.” At daybreak other corpsmen and stretcher bearers arrived on the scene offering some relief. Marquez professed that he and an unknown corpsman had attended to all the casualties. In that instance he was met by incredulous looks and a reply that sent shivers up his spine: “That’s impossible. There could not have been another corpsmen helping. We

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The crew of the Virginia-class submarine USS South Dakota (SSN 790) stand at parade rest during a change-of-command ceremony onboard Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn., Sept. 27. (MCC JOSHUA KARSTEN)

ence, maritime security and deterrence. They are designed to excel in anti-submarine warfare, anti-ship warfare, strike warfare, special operations, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, irregu-

lar warfare and mine warfare. Fast-attack submarines project power ashore with special operations forces and Tomahawk cruise missiles in the prevention or preparation of regional crises.

are the closest unit and only just arrived on the scene.” Marquez never discovered who that mysterious Samaritan was or if he had imagined hearing that kindly offer of assistance. Despite his own injuries, Marquez refused treatment until all of his patients were evacuated. When fighting on Peleliu finally ended in November 1944, over 11,000 Americans and Japanese had been killed including 1,300 U.S. Marines. Ken Blewitt’s own wounds proved fatal and he would not make it off the island alive. For his actions, Marquez was awarded the Navy Cross in 1945, becoming the first Mexican-American Hospital Corpsmen to receive this honor. After the war, Marquez served one more enlistment. After leaving the Navy, Marquez worked as a medical technologist in Southern California for over 30 years. He married a nurse and father two sons, including one who would follow in his footsteps by serving in the Navy. For his son Richard, his father’s experiences on Peleliu took on a deeper meaning when he accompanied him to a doctor in 2008. “The doctor took an x-ray of his foot,” remembered Marquez. “Soon the doctor came rushing excitedly back into the room with the exposed x-ray asking my dad if he knew he had many pieces of debris embedded in his foot. I looked at the x-ray and I saw the coral pieces peppering the inside of his foot. The blast from that Japanese hand grenade and my father’s experiences all became very true and real to me at that instant.” Joe Marquez, that selfless hero of Peleliu, died in 2015 at the age of 90. His family held a memorial service with full military honors at Fort Rosencrans National Cemetery in Point Loma, Calif. In 2018, after his wife passed away, their ashes were laid to rest together at

Miramar National Cemetery in San Diego. Postscript. Today Peleliu is a state in the Republic of Palau. And since 1985 the entire island has held the designation as a U.S. National Historic Landmark. It is still covered in relics from that famous battle. And for those who visit the island, it is not hard to still feel the presence of those who lost their lives fighting and sacrificed themselves while saving others on that war-torn island so many years ago. Historical Notes. (1) Eleuterio Marquez was born in Los Angeles, Calif.,on February 21, 1925. He took the name “Joe” early in his life. His parents were Mexican immigrants who fled the revolution in the early 1900s. Joe’s father had served as a silver miner in Nevada before suffering catastrophic injuries in a cave collapse that would leave him paralyzed. After his parents separated, Joe split his time growing up between L.A. and Tonopah, Nev. In high school, he would be elected his class president and become his school’s star basketball player. He would briefly work as a garage mechanic before enlisting in the Navy in 1943. (2) Some historians would later question the strategic value of the island and assert that planner had underestimate the challenge the terrain would pose. Navy historian Samuel Eliot Morrison remarked, “There was nothing wrong in American planning for Peleliu except something exceedingly wrong—a woefully inadequate knowledge of the terrain. (Morrison, SE. History of the United States Naval Operations in World War II, Volume 12, 1958). (3) Pharmacist’s Mate Kenneth L. Blewitt, USN (1924-1944). Blewitt was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for his actions on Peleliu. Official casualty record list Blewitt’s date of death as October 12th; Marquez would recall treating him in the early morning hours of October 13th.

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UNITAS LXII Kicks off This year’s exercise is hosted by the Peruvian Navy and will include 29 warships/vessels, four submarines, and 20 aircraft that will conduct operations off the coast of Lima. Page B6

Navy cleanup near completion in Lake Worth following Navy T-45C crash By Susan Brink

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Chief Cryptological Technician (Maintenance) Asia White rings a bell to recognize the fallen during a Bells Across America ceremony in honor of fallen service members at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY). (COURTESY PHOTO)

Navy Gold Star Program Hosts Bells Across America

By Petty Officer 2nd Class Kaleb Sarten

YOKOSUKA, Japan — Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, in conjunction with the Navy Gold Star Program and Navy installations around the world, hosted the sixth annual “Bells Across America for Fallen Service Members” Sept. 23. The event is aligned with Gold Star Mother’s and Family Day, which is the last Sunday in September. Sailors in their dress whites gathered alongside family members and other attendees at Ombudsman Park for the mid-morning ceremony. After a brief invocation and opening remarks, the names of 203 Sailors were read aloud, followed by the striking of the bell. Then, to honor the fallen whose names were not called, an additional four bells were rung. “The great loss of these Sailors made a huge impact on our installation and all of us in this community and the loss still

resonates today,” said Capt. Rich Jarrett, Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY). From alerting Sailors, to marking the passage of time, bells have a special place in naval tradition because of their numerous meanings. While traditionally used to mark the arrival of high-ranking personnel, on this day the bells were rung to mark the loss of service members throughout the year. “As Sailors we all know we run the risk of not making it home,” said Chief Cryptological Technician (Maintenance) Asia White, who rang the bells during the ceremony. “These men and women made that sacrifice, and so this is us paying our respects.” CFAY also recognized the names of the Sailors who lost their lives in the tragic ship collisions of USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and USS McCain (DDG 56), which occurred in the 7th Fleet area of operations in 2017. Four Gold Star families were represented during the ceremony, and received

special recognition by Capt. Rich Jarrett, Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka. “To our Gold Star families, know that your Navy family hasn’t forgotten you or your service member,” said Jarrett. Since its inception in 1947, the Navy Gold Star program has supported spouses, children, parents, and siblings of fallen activeduty service members. “It’s how we can let those families know that they still have the support of the Navy,” said Shoy Caldwell, the Gold Star Coordinator at CFAY. For more information on Bells Across America, contact 1-888-509-8759 or visit www.navygoldstar.com. For more than 75 years, CFAY has provided, maintained, and operated base facilities and services in support of the U.S. 7th Fleet’s forward-deployed naval forces, tenant commands, and thousands of military and civilian personnel and their families.

The United States Navy (Navy) is near completion of an environmental cleanup along Tejas Trail in Lake Worth approximately two miles northeast of Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base (NAS JRB) Fort Worth, Texas, following a crash involving a T-45C Goshawk jet trainer aircraft, Sept. 19. Members of the Navy On-Scene Coordinator (OSC) program for Navy Region Southeast (NRSE), out of Jacksonville, Florida, arrived on scene Sept. 20 to assist safety and investigation teams, and to evaluate the site for environmental impacts. “We were able to evaluate the site upon arrival Monday and immediately start to assist the investigation team by transferring the aircraft to NAS JRB Fort Worth Sept. 21,” said John Baxter, NRSE OSC. The Navy OSC team is removing soil Turn to Cleanup, Page 7

Soil was removed today from site where T-45C crashed in Lake Worth, Texas neighborhood Sept. 19. Soil samples will be sent for laboratory evaluation and then clean soil will be brought in, which will be placed at the site. The Navy On Scene Coordinator team has one goal in mind - to ensure any potential public health or environmental risks are promptly addressed. (SUSAN BRINK)

First-Ever United States and the Republic of Korea Joint Repatriation Ceremony By Lt. Col. Tamara Fischer HONOLULU — The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) held its first-ever joint repatriation and wreath laying ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Sept. 22, 2021. The strong and long-lasting partnership and shared noble effort between DPAA and the Ministry of National Defense Agency for Killed In Action Recovery and Identification (MAKRI) to return the Korean War fallen made the ceremony possible. DPAA’s mission is to achieve the fullest possible accounting for missing and unaccounted for U.S. personnel to their families and our nation. During the ceremony, three transfer cases were exchanged between DPAA and MAKRI. One transfer case, bearing the remains of a U.S. soldier, represented the six sets of remains repatriated to the U.S. from the care and custody of the ROK. Identifications of the six possible U.S. remains have not been made but they will be assessed into the DPAA laboratory for further work on identification. MAKRI received two transfer cases each containing the remains of a recently identified ROK soldier, recovered from the Battle of Chosin Reservoir area, representing the 68 sets of remains repatriated to South Korea. One of those Korean Soldiers identified had a family member attend the ceremony. Second Lieu-

First-Ever United States and the Republic of Korea Joint Repatriation Ceremony. (COURTESY PHOTO)

tenant Kim Hye-Su is a nurse serving in the ROK’s Army. President of the Republic of Korea, His Excellency Moon Jae-In, was the principal speaker at the ceremony and accepted the remains on behalf of his country. “American and Korean war heroes are finally returning home to their families after a 70 year long wait,” said His Excellency Moon Jae-In. “It is an absolute privilege to be the first Korean president to host the return of the fallen heroes.” The senior U.S. representative, U.S. Navy Adm. John C. Aquilino, commander U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, thanked those in attendance and discussed the importance of this joint operation. “Today we pay tribute to all Korean War veterans, and their families, for their service and sacrifice as they fought in battle to protect

and defend our common values and the region,” said Aquilino. “May the enduring alliance and deep friendship between the Republic of Korea and the United States continue for generations.” The remains were transferred between the ROK and U.S. through the United Nations Command (UNC). Initially flagged with the country in possession of each Service member. Honor Guards from the ROK, the U.S., and UNC solemnly and deliberately removed, folded, and replaced each flag, symbolizing the formal exchange between each country through UNC. After the Honor Guard loaded the respective remains, service members laid a wreath in honor of the fallen. “Today’s joint repatriation ceremony is a testament to the strength of our two country’s partnership and the sustained cooperation and collaboration between MAKRI and DPAA,”

said Banaji. “MAKRI’s recovery operations over the years in the Demilitarized Zone and on the Korean Peninsula resulted in discovering remains of more than a dozen U.S. servicemen.” It is the incredible improvements in technology, advancements in forensic science and the strong partnership between DPAA and MAKRI which has led to the identification of nine Americans from these efforts to date. The DPAA laboratory has provided extensive training to MAKRI’s scientific staff sharing the identification techniques, process, and challenges and forging the long-term successful collaboration between DPAA and MAKRI. DPAA and MAKRI historians regularly share case research to facilitate mission planning and case progression toward recovery. Turn to Ceremony, Page 7


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Facebook and facing facts: Greedy tech giants are profiting from hurting our teens

By Lisa Smith Molinari

“Have you ever heard of Columbine?” my 21-year-old daughter asked my husband and I over stir fry last week. She had watched a documentary about the incident on YouTube, and like the time she asked if I had ever heard the song “I’ll Stop The World and Melt With You,” she had no concept of our lives before her birth. Of course, we had heard of the infamous school shooting, we told her, and we knew about Dylan and Eric’s tragic plan to reenact the first-person shooter video game, Doom. Back then, I thought we could prevent our children from being negatively affected by new digital technologies, by laying down clear rules and communicating frequently. Surely, our society, government, and private companies would study the Columbine shootings to prevent similar tragedies from happening in the future. I felt comforted that ratings systems, consumer protections and regulations would be put in place to keep our children safe. Or, so I thought. What I didn’t know was that there were emerging technologies that would negatively influence our children more than video games ever could. Friendster led to LinkedIn and MySpace in 2003. Facebook started on Harvard University’s campus in 2004 and became the largest social networking site in the world by 2009. Instagram launched in 2010, and was gobbled by Facebook in 2012.

WhatsApp was launched in 2009, and snatched by Facebook in 2014. Today, Facebook, is a trillion dollar conglomerate. Thirty-seven year old Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s cofounder, CEO, and controlling shareholder, has a net worth of nearly $128 billion. One would think that Zuckerberg, one of the wealthiest people in the world, would aim to use his fortune to make the world a better place for his two young daughters. But according a series of recent Wall Street Journal articles, Zuckerberg’s company has disregarded its own internal studies showing Instagram use makes body image issues worse for one in three teenage girls, and more than 40% of teenage users in the U.S. and U.K. began feeling “unattractive” while using Instagram. These findings were posted on an internal Facebook message board in March 2020, but rather than changing its policies to protect Instagram users, Facebook plowed ahead with plans to release a new platform targeting children, ignoring proof that its product is “toxic” to teenage girls, causing more anxiety, depression and eating disorders. Zuckerberg watched a slide presentation on the findings, but at congressional hearings a couple months later, he said that Facebook researched the effects social media has on children, and found that “Social apps … have positive mental-health benefits.” Fortunately, an unidentified whistleblower has leaked damning internal documents to Congress, who is holding hearings on the matter.

As a parent who was fearful of the impact of video games on my kids post-Columbine, I am downright terrified of what social media has done to them. Having grown up in the 70s and 80s blissfully unaware of the technology that would envelop my children one day, I was at a disadvantage as a parent. My learning curve in understanding technology was slower than its growth. In other words, I didn’t learn fast enough to warn my kids before they were exposed to harm. We gave our three kids smartphones when they were in high school, ironically believing that it would help us keep them physically safe. We didn’t understand the dangers social media posed. Congress, with a median age over 58, is also at a disadvantage, trying to regulate technology that is difficult for our generation to comprehend. However, it doesn’t take a computer scientist to face these five obvious facts: U.S. teens spend more than half of their waking hours on screen media every day, not including screen time necessary for school and homework. Research has proven that social media has become a significant negative influence on the mental development of our children. Parents prohibiting or restricting social media use may be ineffective since the technology is widely accessible on a variety of devices. Greedy tech giants don’t care about our children, much less their own. And, it’s time for Congress to take action to stop them.

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By Military Onesource If you have a child with an individualized education program, don’t be nervous about moving schools. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA, ensures that all children with special needs have access to a free, appropriate public education and the tools needed to meet their educational goals — no matter where or how often your family moves. The IDEA governs how states and public agencies, including the Department of Defense, provide early intervention, special education and related services to eligible children with disabilities from birth through age 21. Department of Defense Instruction/ Manual 1342.12 “Provisions of Early Intervention and Special Education Services to Eligible DoD Dependents” published on June 17, 2015 interprets IDEA for the Department of Defense. When a student with an individualized education program transfers, the new school must: Provide free and appropriate public education. This principle makes sure every child, regardless of disability, has the right to a free public education tailored to achieve his or her highest potential. Include services comparable to those in your child’s current individualized education program. The new school provides interim services until the IEP team adopts the incoming IEP or develops and implements a new IEP. Comparable services are provided if the child is identified as having a disability under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act at the time of the transfer, the IEP was in effect at the previous school, or if the transfer was in the same academic school year. You may be able to get a head start on registering your child in a new school and coordinating their IEP through the Advance Enrollment Initiative. This policy, in place in a number of states, waives the residency requirement for military families, allowing them to pre-enroll their children before arriving at the PCS destination. The Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children eases relo-

Mid-Atlantic Fleet and Family Support Centers (FFSC) programs and services are designed to help you make the most of your military experience, and they’re all available to you at no cost.

U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Charles Harris, assigned to the USS Freedom (LCS 1), embraces his daughter during a homecoming celebration at Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, Calif., Aug. 7, 2013. (MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS DANIEL M YOUNG)

cation issues by calling for the new school to provide special education services comparable to the previous school’s until it can create a new IEP. Contact your EFMP Family Support provider to request a warm hand off to the gaining installation prior to a PCS. Your EFMP Family Support provider can provide information, resources, and referrals even before you’ve arrived at your location. Your school liaison can help pave the way for your child’s transfer to a new school and assist with any other issues that arise with your child’s IEP or education in general. Resources Military OneSource offers a number of resources to help your family move successfully with an IEP. Download the Preparing for Your Move fact sheet for suggestions to consider before, during and after a move. Visit the EFMP & Me tool to create a customized checklist for your family. Review the Education checklist to learn more about IEPs and transferring schools. View the Military OneSource Facebook Live Special Education Discussion to hear two Exceptional Family Program representatives discuss ways to ensure a smooth transition in both special education and health care services. The EFMP podcast series, Episode 3, is another resource for tips on easing your medical and educational transitions when you move.

The Education Directory for Children With Special Needs provides information to make informed decisions about your child’s education and early intervention services. The Directory of Early Intervention, Special Education and Related Services in OCONUS Communities identifies military communities in OCONUS locations with programs or services for children with special needs. The Special Care Organizational Record for Children with Special Health or Educational Needs and The Special Care Organizational Record for Young Adults With Special Needs can help you keep track of contacts, resources and your child’s progress and plan. Take the Moving With an Individualized Education Program MilLife Learning course to learn how to help make sure your child gets comparable services wherever you go. It may take your child awhile to get used to the new surroundings and people, but over time, they will. Reach out to the new school and remain an active advocate for your child in developing the new individualized education program. As a member of your child’s IEP team at both the losing and gaining school, you play an important role in helping your child thrive. Take advantage of available services offered by EFMP Family Support on your installation. Or, call Military OneSource at 800-342-9647 or use live chat to schedule an appointment with a special needs consultant. OCONUS/ International? Click here for calling options. Appointments are available seven days a week.

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Philippine Defense Attaché Capt. Salvador Henry Quinto and Senior Enlisted Advisor Chief Petty Officer Oliver Carbonell pose with security force professionals from the Philippines after the Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School Semester 21-5 graduation events held at command facilities located on the John C. Stennis Space Center in South Mississippi. Semester 21-5 featured students from the Bahamas, Bangladesh, Guyana, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand. NAVSCIATTS is a security cooperation schoolhouse operating under U.S. Special Operations Command in support of foreign security assistance and geographic combatant commanders’ theater security cooperation priorities. (MICHAEL WILLIAMS)

NAVSCIATTS honors Semester 21-5 Graduates

By Angela Fry STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. — The Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School recently recognized graduates from Semester 21-5 in a formal ceremony at command headquarters located on the John C. Stennis Space Center in South Mississippi. NAVSCIATTS Cmdr. Don Speights and Republic of the Philippines Defense Attaché Capt. Salvador Henry Quinto, Philippines Embassy, Washington, D.C.; served as host and keynote speaker as they awarded diplomas to the 49 partner nation security force professionals from the Bahamas, Bangladesh, Guyana, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand. In opening remarks, Speights, who assumed command of NAVSCIATTS in June of this year, expressed his appreciation for being involved with U.S. Special Operations Command’s only security cooperation command. “I am confident, outside of this command, there are few within the U.S. Department of Defense who have the opportunity, every day, to spend quality time with America’s finest partners and allies,” he explained. “All of us have heard the saying, ‘Find a job that you love, and you will never work a day in your life.’ How can you not love this job which provides us with the opportunity to build our global family?” With a primary objective of this international training command being to build

and continuing to strengthen relations between partners and allies, Speights, who has served as a U.S. Navy SEAL for more than 28 years, reiterated that strengthening global relations and building partner capacity will continue to be a priority for him and his staff. “While the forefront of our shared global struggle over the past year has focused on COVID-19, we realize global challenges that threaten the security of all our nations and existed prior to the pandemic such as terrorism, illicit drug networks, human trafficking, organized crime, and great power competition…that those challenges did not disappear,” he explained. “We must not forget, regardless of our situations and where we are from, we can only counter these challenges by working together. Your service and continued dedication to your countries and international partnerships will no doubt ensure our success against these shared global challenges.” As the Republic of the Philippines and the United States commemorate the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, Quinto opened his remarks to the audience, which consisted mostly of students representing the U.S. Indo-Pacific area of operations, by highlighting shared global issues such as natural disasters, specifically the recent devastating impact of Hurricane Ida along the Louisiana Gulf Coast. “While we are happy celebrating this joyous event, I must admit that it still pains

me seeing the trail of damage and devastation caused by Hurricane Ida when it made landfall along this area just a few weeks ago,” expressed the Philippine navy veteran. “My heart bleeds for the people, for I for one, as a resident of a region in the Philippines that lies along the typhoon belt, have had personal experiences of such similar grim magnitude. For what it is worth, experiences of such intensity only make us stronger. Just like your four seasons, the flora and fauna of this place shall recover, and its people will rise again: stronger, more resilient and absolutely better.” NAVSCIATTS, which was originally formed as a U.S. Coast Guard mobile training team in 1961 in Rodman, Panama, trains and educates foreign special operations, combat support, and combat service support forces across the tactical, operational, and strategic spectrums through in-residence and mobile training team iterations. This semester, students received training in six of the command’s 10 formal courses of instruction, including diesel and outboard motor maintenance, tactical communications, welding and applied repairs, coastal patrol, and UAS planning and operations. Quinto stressed to the graduates the importance of education, training, and dedication while pursuing their military careers and how commands such as NAVSCIATTS directly impact those objectives. “In the profession of arms, especially in these modern times, there are some reali-

ties that we need to face,” stressed Quinto, a lawyer and graduate of the Philippine Military Academy. “Gone are the days that men and women turned into soldiers and sailors by the mere display of sheer strength and their willingness to fight,” he continued. “While most of us joined the service driven by a spectrum of reasons - like patriotism, bloodlines, career, rewards, dreams or even adventure; nonetheless, the security of our stay in our beloved organizations, may no longer be secured by that same motivation. Today’s military now needs dedicated professionals, responsible experts, and men and women with various skill sets and competencies.” With NAVSCIATTS’ ability to assist in U.S. Department of Defense’s efforts to build capacity of strategic partners and allies, Quinto highlighted the importance of continuing to expand technical knowledge and expertise. “Warfare of this new century requires membership in a profession that shares organic unity and consciousness in various disciplines that make us special and distinct apart from the ordinary men,” he explained. “This is where training institutions like NAVSCIATTS are even more essential and indispensable. For they hammer out soldiers and sailors and turn them into a special breed of professionals and experts in various disciplines.” NAVSCIATTS’ five regionally focused in-resident training semesters assist in developing, shaping, and maintaining strategic relationships with diverse partner forces. Offering the ability to form professional and personal bonds that reach across oceans and continents, NAVSCIATTS has allowed for the establishment of networks that have aided in counterterrorism, counternarcotic, and counter human trafficking operations in a global environment. Since 1963, more than 13,000 international security force professionals from 123 countries have trained with NAVSCIATTS.

USNS Choctaw County Arrives in Lebanon for FirstEver Central Partnership Station By U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs BEIRUT — Expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Choctaw County (T-EPF 2) arrived in Beirut, Lebanon, Sept. 20, to participate in U.S. Naval Forces Central Command’s (NAVCENT) first-ever Central Partnership Station (CPS) mission. The CPS mission in Lebanon is designed to build partner capacity through subject-matter-expert exchanges, enhancing interoperability and the military-to-military relationship between the U.S. Navy and Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF).

The United States Navy Ship Choctaw County prepares to dock at Kuwait Naval Base, Kuwait, June 10, 2019. (COURTESY PHOTO)

“This is a new opportunity for the U.S. Navy to work with our Lebanese counterparts,” said Vice Adm. Brad Cooper, commander of NAVCENT, U.S. 5th Fleet, and Combined Maritime Forces. “We are ushering in a new era of strengthening and expanding capacity building across the region.” The mission includes a series of subject-matter-expert exchanges between

LAF and NAVCENT personnel on mine countermeasures, disaster response, public health and construction capabilities. U.S. forces working alongside their LAF counterparts include the Choctaw County, explosive ordnance disposal technicians and Navy divers, a medical and health engagement team and a Seabee construction battalion. Seabees are constructing a maritime security support facility with LAF

engineers. The U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations encompasses nearly 2.5 million square miles of water area and includes the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Red Sea and parts of the Indian Ocean. The region is comprised of 21 countries and includes three critical choke points at the Strait of Hormuz, the Suez Canal and the Strait of Bab-al-Mandeb at the southern tip of Yemen.

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SOUTH CHINA SEA (Sept. 24, 2021) The U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) steams through international waters. (MC3 ASKIA COLLINS)

Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group Returns to the South China Sea By Commander

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SOUTH CHINA SEA — The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is operating in the South China Sea for the second time during its 2021 deployment, Sept. 24 . The strike group enters the South China Sea after concluding successful naval operations in U.S. 5th Fleet, upholding mari-

time security and stability while Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 provided airpower to protect U.S. and coalition forces as they conducted drawdown operations from Afghanistan. “We look forward to leveraging our recent out-of-area experience as we return to the South China Sea and our rapidly growing alliances and partnerships dedicated to the Indo-Pacific,” said Rear Adm. Will Pennington, commander, Task Force 70,

Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5. “The deployment of Ronald Reagan carrier strike group to the middle east and rapid seamless return to the Pacific highlight the flexibility and responsiveness of a premier maritime force and the power and reach of global coalitions dedicated to the stability provided by international law and rules based order.” While in the South China Sea, the strike group will conduct fixed and rotary-wing flight operations, maritime strike exercises,

anti-submarine operations, and coordinated tactical training. “Ronald Reagan and all components of its strike group have operated with relentless energy and commitment throughout the deployment, showcasing the strength and resilience of America,” said Capt. Fred Goldhammer, Ronald Reagan’s commanding officer. “As we continue our mission in the South China Sea, we remain vigilant and ready to answer the call.” The strike group will work with its network of partners and alliances to ensure maritime security and a free flow of commerce in the Indo-Pacific. The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. U.S. 7th Fleet conducts forward-deployed naval operations in support of U.S. national interests in the Indo-Pacific area of operations. As the U.S. Navy’s largest forward-deployed fleet, 7th Fleet interacts with 35 other maritime nations to build partnerships that foster maritime security, promote stability, and prevent conflict.

NMRTC New England Supports 24th Annual International Seapower Symposium By Naval Medical Forces Atlantic Public Affairs

NEWPORT, Rhode Island — Personnel from Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command (NMRTC) New England provided COVID-19 mitigation support to the Naval War College’s (NWC) 24th Annual International Seapower Symposium, from Sept. 14 to 17. Prior to the actual event, NMRTC New England personnel collaborated with medical and administrative staff from Commander Naval Operations, Naval War College, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Naval Medical Forces Atlantic, Navy Marine Corps Public Health Center, and Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island, to develop, test, and execute a plan to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. NMRTC New England staff and the augmented medical team held weekly meetings with stake-holders, developed frameworks, executed table-top exercises, supported subject matter experts, provided COVID-19 collection and testing, and maintained around-the-clock medical and administrative support throughout the event. This particular event brought together more than 140 delegates, including U.S. Secretary of the Navy, and international heads of navies and coast guards from more than 130 nations. This year’s theme was “strength in unity,” a theme the NMRTC New England planners and medical staff emulated. Cmdr. Christopher Young, the officerin-charge of the Newport Health Clinic said he understood the importance for maritime scholars to gather and collaborate together in person. “It’s essential that we have face-to-face interactions with our allies in order to strengthen relationships in support of maintaining freedom of the seas,” said Young. “But it’s imperative that

Surgeon General of the Navy Rear Adm. Bruce Gillingham, right, gives remarks during a COVID-19 panel at the 24th International Seapower Symposium (ISS). Hosted by the Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday, ISS provides a forum for dialogue that bolsters maritime security by providing opportunities for international heads of navies and coast guards to collaborate, develop trust, and further maritime training. (COURTESY PHOTO)

we do so safely. The mission to execute this evolution safely was made possible by our team’s extensive plan which was developed in coordination with many naval partners,” he said. The overall plan included contingencies to prevent COVID-19 coming into the U.S. by requiring full vaccination, pre-travel testing, testing upon arrival and during the event, and testing again before returning home. The team also recommended several strategies to prevent spread throughout the event. Furthermore, the team monitored

the visitors and provided care and response whenever needed. Due to the diligent planning, teamwork, and execution of this plan, only one positive COVID-19 case arose and that member was quickly isolated and cared for until they were ready to return home. Capt. Gordon Blighton, commanding officer of NMRTC New England, awarded the team the humanitarian service medal for their superior contribution and positive impact that had a direct and immediate on-site effect which significantly influenced the mitigation and spread of

COVID-19. “I could not be more proud to watch the planning and execution for this event come together so seamlessly,” Blighton said. “It is because of your dedication to our mission, and our ability to remain a flexible ready force that we are able to exceed expectations and foster a safe learning environment for all participants,” he added. NMRTC New England’s approximately 24,000 enrollees and 6,900 active duty students and operational forces in the Northeast Region.

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Lt. Edwin Handley, a chaplain, delivers the benediction during a change of command ceremony held on the flight deck of amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD 25), Sept. 24. (COURTESY PHOTO)

USS Somerset Holds Change of Command By Lt.Cmdr. Lauren Spaziano San Diego — Capt. Christopher Brown relieved Capt. J. W. David Kurtz as commanding officer of amphibious transport dock USS Somerset (LPD 25) during a change of command ceremony held on the ship’s flight deck, Sept. 24. Rear Adm. Wayne Baze, commander, Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 3, presided over the ceremony and gave remarks as the guest speaker. “We as a Navy have to remember our purpose,” said Baze. “Ultimately we are all about preserving the peace while remaining ready at all times to fight and win our nation’s wars. That is what our citizens expect of us, and we will not fail them. I can think of no more capable force to accomplish this than the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps team and USS Somerset.” During his tenure as commanding officer, Kurtz led his team through Exercise Steel Knight 2020, Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training (SWATT), and the basic, advanced, and integrated training phases to prepare for the Makin Island

Amphibious Ready Group deployment to the U.S. 3rd, 5th, 6th, and 7th Fleet areas of operations. During the deployment, Somerset supported Operation Octave Quartz in Somalia, Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq and Syria, theater amphibious combat rehearsals in Kuwait and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Exercise Northern Edge 2021 in Alaska. The ship also participated in multinational exercise La Perouse with ships from the Royal Australian Navy, French Navy, and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force to build the collective trust, interoperability, and skills essential to maritime security, as well as expeditionary strike force operations with the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group and guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73) in the South China Sea. Kurtz and Brown each read their orders in keeping with naval heritage, and authority and responsibility of Somerset was transferred after a short exchange of salutes. “Being your commanding officer has been one of the highlights of my career,” said Kurtz, addressing the crew for the last

time. “It has been a true honor to serve with those aboard this vessel and represent what this ship means not just to us but to those who we honor. The crew of this ship will continue to achieve excellence in everything that they do, because I know they can. They have proven it time and time again. It is a bittersweet moment to leave, but I know this ship will continue onto bigger and better things.” Brown addressed the crew for the first time, thanking Kurtz and looking forward to Somerset’s future. “I am humbled to take command of such a fine ship and crew,” said Brown. “I look forward to seeing just what this ship is capable of and know you can do it based on what I have heard and what I have seen come from here.” Brown was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and is a native of Queens, N.Y. He is a 1993 graduate of New York’s College of Aeronautics and earned his commission in 1998 through Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Fla. He has served as executive officer aboard USS Freedom (LCS 1) and as commanding officer aboard USS Squall (PC

7), USS Typhoon (PC 5), USS Monsoon (PC 1), and USS Fort Worth (LCS 3). Ashore, Brown served on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations, Surface Warfare Division (N96) and as branch head for networks, communications, and electromagnetic spectrums operations (N6) at Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) Headquarters. He most recently served as senior military evaluator in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Director, Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E). Like sister ships USS New York (LPD 21) and USS Arlington (LPD 24), Somerset was named to honor those who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks which occurred on Sept. 11, 2001. Since the ship’s commissioning in 2014, the crew of the Somerset has maintained an enduring bond with Somerset County and the Families of Flight 93. Members of the crew had the honor of joining the families and friends of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa., to commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11, and a few family members were able to attend the change of command in person. “9/11 was a challenging and painful time for us all, but it was also a time that brought out some of the best in humanity,” said Baze. “It is important for our Sailors and Marines to carry on that legacy today, 20 years later, as we continue to support the ideals of freedom and democracy.” Somerset is a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship homeported in San Diego. It is the second warship to bear the name and is specifically named for Somerset County, Pa., and the heroes of Flight 93.

UNITAS LXII Kicks off in Lima By MC1mitch Meppelink LIMA, Peru — Naval and Marine forces from Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Germany, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, Morocco, Panama, Peru, Spain, United Kingdom, Uruguay, and the United States kicked off UNITAS LXII, an annual multinational exercise, Sept. 24, in Lima, Peru. This year’s exercise is hosted by the Peruvian Navy and will include 29 warships/ vessels, four submarines, and 20 aircraft that will conduct operations off the coast of Lima and in the jungles of Iquitos through Oct 6. The initial in port phase will include cultural exchanges including sporting events, community relations projects, an international cuisine festival, and city tours to build relations between participating nations. Following opening ceremonies, the ships will head to sea to conduct combined and joint operations as a multi-national task force, executing an event-driven scenario to train in multiple warfare areas. UNITAS, which is Latin for “unity,” was conceived in 1959, first executed in 1960 and held every year since. This year marks the 62nd iteration of the world’s longest-running annual multinational maritime exercise. Additionally, this year Peru will celebrate their bicentennial, a historical milestone commemorating 200 years of the country’s independence.

The“Golden Eagles”of Patrol Squadron (VP) 9 participate in a tug-of-war competition against Ecuador during the in port events for UNITAS LXII 2021 at Callao Navy Base Sept. 25, 2021. (COURTESY PHOTO)

UNITAS develops and sustains relationships that improve the capacity of our reemerging and enduring maritime partners to achieve common objectives. Additionally, the military-to-military exchanges foster friendly, mutual cooperation and

understanding between participating navies and marine corps. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/ U.S. 4th Fleet supports U.S. Southern Command’s joint and combined military operations by employing maritime forces in

cooperative maritime security operations to maintain access, enhance interoperability, and build enduring partnerships in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American region.

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In 2007, the two agencies solidified their bilateral partnership. The formal process of the Joint Forensic Review was developed accordingly. It provided an opportunity for both countries to review the potential U.S./ ROK remains to decide the next course of action. The bilateral arrangement between DPAAMAKRI was updated in 2018 when the partnership quickly expanded beyond the lab to include joint efforts in operations and historical analysis. It led to numerous joint investigations and field activities in the Korean

peninsula. “Years of Joint Forensic Reviews between DPAA and MAKRI determined over two hundred sets of remains that were unilaterally turned over to the U.S. by North Korea were Republic of Korea servicemen,” said Banaji. Today’s ceremony will likely be the last of such magnitude and signifies the last of the 68 ROK servicemen in the care of DPAA. The strong partnership between DPAA and MAKRI will continue to thrive due to the shared values, missions, and objectives to search for, recover and identify missing service members. To view the ceremony, please visit the archived link at: https://www.facebook.com/ dodpaa

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and will send soil samples for laboratory evaluation. Clean soil will be brought in, which will be placed at the site. The team expects to have soil removed and replaced by the end of next week. The Navy OSC team has one goal in mind for environmental cleanup — to ensure any potential public health or environmental risks are promptly addressed. “This is a very difficult time for everyone in the neighborhood and we are very thankful for the support we have received

from them and the community,” said Baxter. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone touched by this incident.” The Navy OSC team provides incident management, recovery, and cleanup services for Navy incidents that may have an environmental impact to a base or the local community. For safety, if members of the community discover aircraft debris, they should not touch or attempt to remove it. Instead, please contact Lake Worth Police Department at (817) 237-1224. If community members have photos and/or video of the incident, please send to cnatra_newsdesk.fct@navy.mil.

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Dan Fenaughty (Jack). (COURESTY PHOTO)

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Larissa Klinger (Louise). (COURTESY PHOTO)

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Greg Watanabe (Gordon Hirabayashi). (COURTESY PHOTO)

Virginia Stage Company presents: Ken Ludwig’s Dear Jack, Dear Louise and Jeanne Sakata’s Hold These Truths By Virginia Stage Company NORFOLK, VA — The Virginia Stage Company is excited to announce that tickets are now on sale for the company’s first Repertory productions of Ken Ludwig’s heart-warming comedy Dear Jack, Dear Louise and Jeanne Sakata’s moving work Hold These Truths. Both plays will be produced at the Historic Wells Theatre (108. E. Tazewell Street) with Dear Jack, Dear Louise opening on Friday, October 22nd and Hold These Truths on Saturday, October 23rd. Both of these gripping, World War II Era stories will be directed by DC-Based Director Seema Sueko, who had this to say about these challenging works: “These two real-life American narratives begin in exactly the same year, 1942, demonstrating that the American experience is multi-faceted. Love and victory live side by side with the painful, important, and on-going pursuit of liberty and justice for all. Placing these two stories side by side widens the lens so we can see and embrace more of America, this beautifully complex and unique country.” Dear Jack, Dear Louise tells the story of a military doctor and a Broadway chorus performer’s unlikely romance, entirely via letters, during WWII. Through the letters of Ludwig’s own parents, this enrapturing tale captures

the struggles, heartbreak, humor, and sense of togetherness that held so many families and loved ones together in these tumultuous times. It illustrates the moving sentiment that while apart, experiences and togetherness can persevere even through the toughest of challenges. Real-life married couple Dan Fenaughty and Larissa Klinger return to play the lead roles after a triumphant staged reading on board the USS Wisconsin in May. In Sakata’s brutally honest and sincere retelling of the lived experiences of Gordon Hirabayashi, Hold These Truths in a one-man performance told from the perspective of the Asian-American Sociologist who openly spoke out against the internment of Japanese Citizens during World War II. In 1943, Hirabayashi filed a lawsuit to the Supreme Court opposing Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066 and led him down a road of intense perseverance, bravery, and showing the world the true embodiment of the American spirit. Tickets are now on sale by either visiting www.vastage.org or calling the Box Office at (757) 627-1234 Monday through Friday from 10am - 3pm. In response to the Novel Coronavirus, Virginia Stage Company is requiring proof of vaccinations or a negative COVID Test administered within 72 hours of entry to it’s productions. Images of the front and back of

the card will be accepted in lieu of the physical card, and masks will be required of all guests and individuals present in the space. Seating in the orchestra will be arranged as normal, but for those concerned about social distanced seating; arrangements have been made in the mezzanine. You can learn more about our safety policies here: https://www.vastage.org/21entrypolicy See information on cast below: Cast of Dear Jack, Dear Louise Dan Fenaughty (Jack) is grateful to be back on stage for his VSC debut. After this year’s turmoil, he is honored to share a story that exemplifies the hopeful nature of our human spirits. These characters reach out to each other across time and distance to find love in uncertain times. I pray that if, and when, your life is touched by struggle you can access the same hope exemplified by Jack and Louise. My humble thanks to our talented crew, production team, and theater management staff who made this event possible. All my love to Larissa without whom this life, past year, and all my tomorrows would lack the joy, passion, and clarity that you bring. And my undying gratitude to all the service members and military families, like mine, who protect our country as we become a more perfect union. This role is dedicated to them. www. danfenaughty.com

Larissa Klinger (Louise) is overjoyed by your support of Live Local theater in her VSC Debut! After growing up in an Army family that traveled the world, Larissa chose to pursue a performing career that has brought her around our country. Along with her theatre career, she has shared her talents with our military through the USO Show Troupe. Larissa hopes that you will join her in giving back to a community of service members and their families that need our support before, during, and after deployment. Thank you to all the people at VSC who made this event possible during these uncharted waters. All my love to Dan, my favorite scene partner. www.Larissaklinger.com Cast of Hold These Truths Greg Watanabe (Gordon Hirabayashi) made his Broadway debut in Allegiance and was recently seen in Lauren Yee’s Cambodian Rock Band at Victory Gardens, The City Theatre Pittsburgh, Merrimack Repertory Theatre. He has performed in the world premiere productions of The Ballad Of Yachiyo (Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Public Theater-New York), The Summer Moon (A Contemporary Theater, South Coast Repertory Theatre), The Happy Ones (South Coast Rep, L.A. Drama Critics Circle nomination for Best Featured Performance) and Extraordinary Chambers (The Geffen Playhouse, Ovation nomination for Best Featured Actor). Other appearances include Golden Child (Signature Theatre), Hold These Truths (Perseverance Theater, New Century Theater), Yellow Face (Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company, San Diego Theater Critics Circle nomination for Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play). Interviews can be arranged by contacting Director of Marketing, Maris Smith, at msmith@vastage.org.

Chrysler Museum of Art Presents Recent and Promised Gifts of Art in Fall Exhibition By Chrysler Museum of Art

NORFOLK, Va. — This fall, the Chrysler Museum of Art will present Building a Legacy: Chrysler Collects for the Future, an exhibition featuring exceptional recent and promised gifts to the Museum’s permanent collection. The show, on view Nov. 19, 2021—March 6, 2022, is presented in conjunction with the Museum’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr.’s transformative gift of art to the City of Norfolk. In 1971, more than 7,000 objects from Walter Chrysler’s collection found their new home at the Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences, and the institution was renamed in his honor. Until his death in 1988, Chrysler would gift more than 10,000 works to the Museum. “Building a Legacy presents the ongoing impact of Chrysler’s generosity with objects from modern-day art collectors who have committed to broadening the scope of the Museum’s collection,” said Corey Piper, Ph.D, the Chrysler Museum’s Brock curator of American art and curator of the exhibition. Meredith and Brother Rutter are among those modern-day collectors and have promised eight pieces of contemporary painting, photography and sculpture to the Chrysler that are featured in the exhibition. Their generous gift of works by McArthur Binion, Alex Prager and others will increase the diversity of the Museum’s holdings. Building a Legacy also includes an array of objects from a 17th-century Dutch old master painting and masterpieces of the American Studio Glass movement to works by some of the most dynamic artists working today like Titus Kaphar and Glenn Ligon. “The wide variety of artworks on view from all areas of the permanent collection reflect the Museum’s mission to present relevant and

impactful works of art to our community that delight, transform, and inspire. While Chrysler’s gift was encyclopedic in its scope, these additions to the collection allow the Museum to tell richer and more compelling stories and increase the diversity of its holdings,” said Chrysler Museum Director Erik Neil. Building a Legacy explores how donors who have generously offered gifts of art have helped shape the collection by filling gaps in the Museum’s holdings as well as building upon areas of strength to enhance the depth and quality of what the Chrysler has to offer. Each section of the exhibition focuses on a theme related to enhancing the collection, highlighting efforts to tell new and more diverse histories of art. Works of varying media, time period and place of origin are juxtaposed to encourage visitors to make connections between objects that might normally inhabit far-flung galleries within the Museum. In addition to showcasing vibrant works of art, gallery texts shed light on the process by which the Museum’s collection grows and the decisions that go into collecting for the future. “The Museum wouldn’t exist without Walter Chrysler, but it has only grown because of the support of our collectors and donors,” said Seth Feman, Ph.D., deputy director for art and interpretation and curator of photography. “Over the last 50 years, collecting priorities have shifted from Chrysler’s day as we ask different questions about art and history. Thanks to a series of visionary curators and collectors, the Museum is able to tell entirely new stories that are deeply meaningful to visitors from throughout Hampton Roads and beyond.” The gifts and promised gifts on view in Building a Legacy will enhance every area of the Chrysler collection. Donors have greatly enriched the Museum’s extensive and outstand-

ing holdings of glass artwork with objects by renowned glass artists like Debora Moore and Ginny Ruffner, both new to the Chrysler collection. Other works by artists like Karl Harron and Matt Eskuche add exciting new directions to the collection by showcasing fascinating and unique glassworking techniques. Yet other gifts of glass include works by Dale Chihuly, Stanislav Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová and Lino Tagliapietra, which expand the Museum’s collection of works by these notable masters of glass. Recent photography gifts bring some of the medium’s historic milestones to the Chrysler, particularly in works from the 19th century. A group of Virginia daguerreotypes are presented alongside works by early European pioneers of the medium like Édouard-Denis Baldus, Charles Marville and William Henry Fox Talbot. In addition, pieces by major photographers of the 20th century like André Kertész and Aaron Siskind showcase important achievements in the history of photography. Works by contemporary photographers like Hank Willis Thomas, Greta Pratt and Sally Mann highlight exciting new directions in the medium. Art of the 20th and 21st centuries has been a major focus of the Museum’s recent collecting efforts and several important gifts in this area will appear in the exhibition. The addition of works by local and regional artists, female artists and artists of color help bring more underrepresented artists to the collection. Well-known names in the history of art such as Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett and Keith Haring will appear with artists who are less familiar, such as Anne Iott and Andrew Wodzianski. Together, these works challenge the canon of art history and introduce present and future visitors to a broader range of artists, materials and ideas. In the area of European and American paintings, works like the dazzling Portrait of a Young

Titus Kaphar (American b. 1976), Absconded from the Household of the President of the United States (Study), 2016, Oil, canvas, and rusted nails on canvas © Titus Kaphar. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Man in Red Riding Habit by the 17th-century painter Wybrand de Geest and John Leslie Breck’s Springtime fill gaps in the Museum’s holdings in Dutch portraiture and American Impressionism. Other recent gifts like a late portrait by Pierre-Auguste Renoir add depth to the Chrysler’s holdings of the artist, which include two paintings, sculpture and works on paper by the French Impressionist. Works recently given to the Museum by American artists Susan Watkins and George Luks enhance the caliber of the holdings of these artists and allow for a fuller representation of their artistic contributions. As the Chrysler looks toward its next 50 years, the gifts and promised gifts of art on view in Building a Legacy will serve as the foundation for the institution’s mission to serve as a site of education and focal point for community dialogue.

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The 32nd Annual Virginia Children’s Festival Presented by Optima Health to be Held October 2 at Town Point Park

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Norfolk, VA — The 32nd Annual Virginia Children’s Festival, Hampton Roads’ most exciting family festival, will be held Saturday, October 2, 2021, from 10am to 3pm at Town Point Park along the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront. The Virginia Children’s Festival features a wide variety of interactive experiences for children of all ages, including a plethora of new activations for 2021, such as King BMX shows, the GamerBus, the Newport News Shipbuilding virtual shipbuilding experience, a Pokemon card trading center, live performances from Michael & The Rockness Monsters and WHRO’s Steve Songs and Ms. Martha Reads, a salute to our local “Everyday Heroes” & much more! A complete listing of festival entertainment can be found below or online at bit.ly/VCF21. Tickets are $5 (infants age one & under are free) and can be purchased online at bit.ly/FesteventsTix. WHRO LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION! MAIN STAGE 10:15am — The Hurrah Players present Tamara’s Shiny, Maui’s You’re Welcome & Moana’s How Far I’ll Go 11:00am — NEW! Michael & The Rockness Monsters 12:00pm — NEW! WHRO Public Media presents Steve Songs & Ms. Martha Reads 12:45pm — NEW! Michael & The Rockness Monsters 1:30pm — NEW! WHRO Public Media presents Steve Songs & Ms. Martha Reads 2:30pm — Todd Rosenlieb Dance Performance READY, SET, GO! MAIN STAGE 10:10am — NEW! Home Grown presents Interactive Exercise Performances 11:00am — BellA Dance Performance 11:40am — Todd Rosenlieb Dance Performance 12:10pm — NEW! Libre Dance Performance 12:40pm — Evelyn Ott School of Dance Performance 1:10pm — Zumba Kids with Tanecia & Tamerah 1:45pm — Jow Ga Kung Fu Chinese Dragon Dance Performance 2:30pm — Jow Ga Kung Fu Chinese Lion Dance Performance KING BMX STAGE 10:30am, 11:40 & 2:00pm — NEW! Live BMX Stunt Performances by King BMX EDUCATION STATION


• Make your own tiara & enjoy performances with Ballet Virginia International! • Enjoy dance performances by Evelyn Ott School of Dance! • Enjoy dance performances by BellA Dance! • Get moving with Kids Zumba with Tanecia & Tamerah! • Catch a live performance by Todd Rosenlieb Dance students & learn about adaptive dance! • Learn about a pirates’ life courtesy of Pirates from the Defiant Crew! • Learn literacy with the Norfolk Public Library! • Stop by WHRO Public Media’s PBS Kid’s Village to have fun at their interactive station! • Enjoy a craft project with the Tidewater Council, Boy Scouts of America! • Make and take crafts at the Kids Art & Crafts Tent! • Learn about oriental brush painting with Blue Heron Chapter, Sumi-e Society of America! • Learn about the traditional Chinese Dragon dance with Jow Ga Kung Fu! • NEW! Brush up on your martial arts with Ocean Martial Arts! • NEW! Learn about swordsmanship and enjoy performances by the Tidewater Fencing Club! DISCOVERY ZONE • Visit with the Real Fairy Tale Party princesses! • Explore the world of plants with the Norfolk Botanical Garden! • Learn about your future as an Old Dominion University Monarch & meet Big Blue! • Explore the outdoors with the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast! • NEW! Learn all about K-9 operations with the Norfolk Police Department! FRIENDSHIP PATH • NEW! Learn about new Electric Vehicle technology with Southern Auto Group! • NEW! Let out your wild side with the Virginia Living Museum!

• Learn about hockey & meet the mascot Salty of the Norfolk Admirals! • Take a ride on the Teddy Bear Express at the Town Point Train Depot! ($) • NEW! Take a photo & join us in thanking our frontline workers at the Everyday Hero Salute! • NEW! Discover new Pokemon and trade for new cards at the Pokemon Card Trading Center! FUN ZONE • Craft away with LemonDrop Makery! • NEW! Dance and listen to music at the DJ Dance Floor! • Enjoy story time with REACH! • Enjoy some lemonade from the Lemonade Stand for Community Betterment! • NEW! Enjoy live double-dutch jump roping performances & games with Norfolk RPOS! YELLOW BRICK ROAD • Learn about how Optima Health can provide healthy lifestyle options for you and your family! • Brush up on your biofacts & make an inflatable with the Virginia Zoo! • Bubbles, bubbles, everywhere with the Children’s Museum of Virginia! TODDLER TOWN presented by ANTHEM • Toys & tikes galore in a gated area for our younger festival guests! • NEW! Snap a photo at the Cocomelon Selfie Station! TOWNEBANK FOUNTAIN PARK • NEW! Hit the links at the 9-hole Fountain Park Mini Golf Course! ($) • NEW! Learn about what goes into the creation of a ship with Newport News Shipbuilding! • View a variety of cool trucks, vehicles & other machinery at the Outdoor Machinery Museum! • NEW! Play your favorite games on the GamerBus! • NEW! Meet the Ghost Busters of Virginia! ROAMING COSTUME CHARACTERS • Big Blue of the Old Dominion Monarchs

• Elsa • NEW! Ghost Busters of Virginia • Jasmine • NEW! Officer Justice • Pirates from the Defiant Crew • Salty of the Norfolk Admirals • NEW! Snow White • Star Wars Storm Troopers of the 501st Regiment FOOD COURT • Cogan’s (Pizza) • Deep Fried (Lemonade, Funnel Cakes & Kettle Corn) • Grace & Sarah (Burgers, Hot Dogs, BBQ, Chicken Tenders, Fries & More) • Hawaiian Sno (Shaved Ice) • Spud’s ((Burgers, Hot Dogs, BBQ, Chicken Tenders, Fries & More) • NEW! Smoothie Stand (All Natural Smoothies) • Strawberry Street (BBQ, Nachos, Sandwiches, Fries & More) RETAIL VENDORS • NEW! Baby Alpaca (Apparel, Ceramics, Ornaments & More) • NEW! Mermaidazzle Creations (Mermaid Crowns, Unicorn Crowns & Artwork) • Usborne Books (Children’s Books) The 32nd Annual Virginia Children’s Festival presented by Optima Health is produced by Norfolk Festevents in partnership with the City of Norfolk & WHRO Public Media and sponsored by Anthem, Southern Auto Group, Newport News Shipbuilding, the Norfolk Admirals, Old Dominion University, iFly Virginia Beach, WAVY TV 10, 13 News Now, Cricket Wireless, Geico, Waterside District & Virginia Is For Lovers. Norfolk Festevents is dedicated to providing the safest guest experience and will continue to work closely with the state health department and adheres to the Norfolk Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 guidelines. For more information on upcoming events at both Town Point Park, go to Festevents.org.

Marine vet finds new career on the road thanks to TCC trucking grant By Laura J. Sanford TCC honors truck drivers across the nation for keeping commerce going during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. And during National Truck Driver Appreciation Week the college recognizes TCC alums who are driving trucks today. Former U.S. Marine Chris Gaillard found a new career as a truck driver after the training she received at Tidewater Community College that came without a price tag. “I love what I do,” said Gaillard, who benefitted from a federal grant awarded to TCC’s Center for Military and Veterans Education (CMVE) that supports trucking training and education for military veterans and their families. “I’m doing what I always wanted to do and having the best time of my life.” Owner of her own Freightliner Classic, Gaillard, 57, was immediately hired by Givens Inc., a transportation, warehousing and logistics company with

Former U.S. Marine Chris Gaillard. (COURTESY PHOTO)

locations in Seattle, South America and Chesapeake. After her Marine discharge, Gaillard worked as an auto technician for decades but had been intrigued by trucks since childhood. A single parent, she began saving money to work toward her Career Studies Certificate in Truck Driving when she saw the information online about the grant. After the CMVE assisted

her with the application process, she was accepted into the program. “I was able to spend all the money I saved on living expenses and other things,” she said. Gaillard completed the program in May 2015 and began her job within a week. She hauls everything from stereo equipment to automobile parts to baby wipes, rarely driving the same route

twice. “The freedom is the biggest thing for me,” she said. “I’m not stuck behind a desk or in a cubicle or in a garage like I was for 35 years. I’m out on the road. I get to see beautiful parts of the country that many may never see for free.” For information on the Truck Driving program contact Matt Woods at mwoods@tcc.edu or call 757-822-2639.

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10 Tips to Take to Basic Training By Military Onesoucre Basic training varies by service branch, but it’ll help you to know these facts of military life before you report for duty. Own these 10 bits of advice from people who have been there. • Have an appreciation for rules and regulations. From day one, you will be told what to do and how to do it. Follow all instructions closely and learn to be disciplined in doing so. One day, your life may depend on it. • You are the master of your own discipline.

You’re not going to be taught discipline. You’ll be expected to bring it, and on a daily basis. That means your behavior and its consequences are in your own hands. Taking that to heart will take you a long way. • Focus is your friend. Focus on the task at hand and put everything else out of your mind. Forget about worrying, what comes next, why or what just happened. Look at the task directly in front of you and accomplish it to the best of your abilities. • Don’t let it get to you. Building up your mental and physical

toughness takes hard work. You will be challenged in ways that can be frustrating, tiring and confusing. It’s all part of the training. Don’t take it personally. • Master being part of a team. The success of the military is dependent upon teamwork. Basic training allows you to learn a variety of skill sets in being part of a team. Everyone will work, eat, sleep and fight together as one. Check your ego at the door, focus on the task at hand and promote collaboration. • Be a leader in the culture of fitness. Physical fitness is absolutely critical for readiness, retention and resiliency! Take fitness very seriously. Don’t expect military training to make you fit — plan to arrive fit. If you can do pushups, sit-ups and run all day, you will be better off than the person in the next bunk. • Show up knowing the language. Learn as much as you can before you report — military jargon, acronyms and general orders. Get familiar with your chosen branch of service, its song, creed and the values. Learn rank structure, mili-

tary time and the phonetic alphabet. It will give you a big leg up. • Learn the principles of healthy eating. The amount of time you’ll be given to eat will be less than 10 minutes per meal. As such, it is critical that you know and choose the right menu items to maximize your human performance. Check out www. choosemyplate.gov for tools and resources. • Get on top of your finances. You haven’t left your responsibilities behind. All of your bills still need to be paid. If your debt piles up or bills go into collection, you could be denied a security clearance and lose your chance at your preferred job. Practice good financial management skills and plan for the future. • Let everyone know the limits of your communications. You’re leaving the world of instant, constant communication. There’s no texting from foxholes, and when you can call, it’ll probably be short and less than private. Tell the important people in your life that you’ll get in touch when you can. And by the way, welcome to the military.

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Grilled Turkey Club with Orange Juice-Infused Aioli. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Nutritious Fall Meals By Family Features

With a return to busy fall routines, it can be challenging for many families to find the time to sit down at the table for nutritious meals. Adding an option like Florida Orange Juice to your family’s routine can help fuel them throughout the day. Whether drinking it on its own or by adding it to recipes like Grilled Turkey Club with Orange Juice-Infused Aioli or Orange Cream Smoothies, you can feel good about incorporating a beverage with essential vitamins and minerals, nutrients for immune system support and no added sugars. Diet and nutritional benefits: Both nutritious and delicious, drinking 100% orange juice can increase fruit intake as well as provide key nutrients including vitamin C, potassium, folate, thiamin and magnesium, as well as vitamin D and calcium in fortified juice. Research has found children whose diets include orange juice tend to have healthier diets and higher levels of physical activity compared to those whose do not. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends limiting 100% fruit juice to no more than 4-6 ounces daily for children ages 2-6 and no more than 8 ounces for children ages 7 and older. Immune support: 100% orange juice can help support the immune system by providing a variety of vitamins and minerals. For example, an 8-ounce glass of 100% orange juice is an excellent source of vitamin C, which helps protect cells and promote the production and function of immune cells. An 8-ounce serving of fortified 100%

Orange Cream Smoothies. (COURTESY PHOTO)

orange juice is a good source of vitamin D, which plays an important role in regulating immune response to help fight off bacteria and viruses that get into the body. Additionally, 100% orange juice has many beneficial plant compounds, flavonoids and colorful carotenoids, which work to support the immune system by fighting inflammation and helping cells communicate with each other. No added sugar: Unlike many foods and beverages that contain added sugars, the natural sugar in 100% orange juice comes with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. In fact, a study published in “Frontiers in Nutrition” found children and adults who consumed 100% orange juice had lower

intakes of added sugar compared to those who did not. “Today, children are consuming fewer fruits and vegetables and missing out on key vitamins and minerals,” said Dr. Rosa Walsh, scientific research director at the Florida Department of Citrus. “Many children have inadequate intake of folate, riboflavin, thiamin, vitamin C, vitamin D, potassium, iron and zinc. This doesn’t have to be the case. A glass of 100% orange juice is a convenient option, according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, that counts toward fruit intake and one I know children love. Parents should make sure to look for 100% orange juice on the container. This ensures you are serving a

Pop Up a Celebratory Snack By Family Features Popcorn lovers rejoice: October is National Popcorn Poppin’ Month, a seasonal celebration of one of America’s oldest and most beloved snack foods. As farmers head into the fields to harvest crops, families and friends gather to enjoy this ever-popular treat. Whether it’s prepared on the stovetop, in the microwave or ready to eat from the bag, Americans consume 15 billion quarts of this whole

Toffee Almond Chocolate Popcorn. (COURTESY PHOTO

grain each year. Celebrated for its seed-to-snack simplicity, popcorn is also non-GMO, vegan, glutenfree, sugar-free and naturally low in fat and calories, which makes it an easy fit for dietary preferences — and it’s budget-friendly. Add in popcorn’s irresistible smell, taste and versatility, and it’s easy to understand its popularity. With so many different ways to eat it — plain, buttery or loaded with goodies like these Toffee Almond Choco-

late Popcorn or Churro Popcorn versions — popcorn fits many moods and occasions. Pop up a bowl and join the Popcorn Poppin’ Month celebration with more recipes at popcorn.org. Toffee Almond Chocolate Popcorn Total time: 15 minutes, plus 30 minutes chilling time Servings: 4 4 cups popped popcorn ¾ cup chopped toasted almonds, divided 6 tablespoons toffee bits, divided 6 ounces milk chocolate, melted 1 ounce dark chocolate, melted In large bowl, toss popcorn, ½ cup almonds and 4 tablespoons toffee bits. Drizzle with melted milk chocolate; toss until well coated. Transfer to parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Drizzle with dark chocolate; sprinkle with remaining almonds and toffee bits. Refrigerate about 30 minutes, or until set; break into clusters. Substitution: Use dark chocolate for milk chocolate, if preferred. Churro Popcorn Servings: 2-3 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 1 tablespoon powdered sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 tablespoons butter 6 cups popped popcorn In small bowl, mix granulated sugar, powdered sugar and cinnamon. In small saucepan, melt butter; stir in 1 tablespoon cinnamon sugar. In large bowl, toss popcorn with cinnamon butter until well coated. Sprinkle evenly with remaining cinnamon sugar; toss to coat well. Tips: For spicy variation, add 1 teaspoon spicy chipotle seasoning. Serve with hot chocolate.

Churro Popcorn. (COURTESY PHOTO)

nutrient-dense beverage with no added sugar.” Visit floridajuice.com to find more nutritious recipes. Grilled Turkey Club with Orange Juice-Infused Aioli Orange Juice-Infused Aioli: 1 cup mayonnaise ½ cup Florida Orange Juice 2 tablespoons chopped parsley 2 cloves garlic, grated 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard Turkey Club: 8 slices multi-grain bread 1 cup watercress 8 ounces thinly sliced smoked turkey 4 slices provolone cheese nonstick cooking spray To make aioli: In small bowl, whisk mayonnaise, orange juice, parsley, garlic and Dijon mustard. To make turkey club: Spread 2-3 teaspoons aioli on four bread slices. Spread watercress on top of aioli. Top watercress with turkey, cheese and remaining bread slices. Spray grill pan, electric skillet or castiron skillet with nonstick cooking spray and warm over medium heat. When pan is hot, add sandwiches, cheese side down, and cook until bread is golden brown and cheese has melted, about 4 minutes. Gently flip and cook 2-3 minutes, or until bread is golden brown. Serve with remaining aioli as dipping sauce. Orange Cream Smoothies 1 ½ cups Florida Orange Juice 2 cups ice 6 ounces non-fat vanilla Greek yogurt ½ cup vanilla almond or soy milk In blender on medium speed, blend orange juice, ice, Greek yogurt and vanilla almond or soy milk until smooth and creamy. Pour into two tall glasses.

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During Hispanic Heritage Month the DHA honored the Hispanic Americans who serve our nation with an observance called,“Values that Strengthen the Union.”.(COURTESY GRAPHIC)

Stories of Values: DHA Honors the Service of Hispanic Americans By Paul Reynolds

Defense Health Agency

National Hispanic Heritage Month is an important reminder of how much strength we draw as a Nation from our immigrant roots and our values as a Nation of immigrants.” On the same day that President Joseph Biden made these remarks in his presidential proclamation for Hispanic Heritage Month, the Defense Health Agency celebrated the service of Hispanic Americans with a panel discussion on the cultural values that Hispanic Americans contribute to our national culture. The event gave military and civilian members of the Hispanic American community an opportunity to share stories of cultural pride, and their perspectives on the importance of cultural values for both their personal growth and that of our nation.

The theme of the event was — Values that Strengthen the Union. One Nation, Many Cultures One important value that the panelists discussed taking pride in was having a multi-cultural, multi-lingual family heritage. Daniel Suarez, deputy inspector general of the DHA said, “The fact that my grandmother instilled in me the need to learn Spanish [in addition to English] is fantastic. I think having that dual identity is fantastic,” He continued, “I really hope that others growing up in this nation continue to adopt their [multi-cultural] heritage.” Air Force Staff Sgt. Yesenia Fewson, non-commissioned officer-in-charge of cybersecurity at Keesler Air Force in Mississippi, added that being able to hold on to each of her family traditions, “motivates me to continue going forward.”

Family Values: Respect and Integrity When asked about how their multi-cultural heritages have contributed to their personal successes in life, the panelists spoke about the importance of having strong family values. It was from their families, they stated, that they learned the importance of respecting others and completing their individual missions, no matter how small, with full integrity. “Integrity and respect are important values that my family instilled in me,” Suarez remarked. “Family, in the Hispanic culture embodies respect for family, especially respect for elders. Loyalty is also a big thing that I learned in the Hispanic culture,” added Martha Santana, financial program manager with the DHA. “It doesn’t matter what the job is,” Fewson mentioned regarding integrity, “but

being able to give it your one-hundred percent is very important.” A Diverse Culture that Strengthens the Union Speaking about the cultural values that strengthen our nation, the panelists agreed that one of the most important values is its diversity. Suarez stated, “We are fortunate that as Americans - we are diverse”. “We have a rich diversity, and I think every single culture brings something to the table that makes America a highly respected country,” added Suarez. Santana added, “I think all of our cultures have helped make the United States what it is today.” The term “Hispanic American” represents a highly diverse group of individuals, each of whom offers something unique and truly valuable to the culture of our nation. The celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month reminds us that cultural diversity is one value that makes our union stronger. When everyone contributes to our nation’s cultural fabric the values through his or her cultural traditions and customs, we build a stronger, more prosperous nation.

Understanding Non-Suicidal Self-Injury, Support for Military Children By Connected Health Communications Office Medical staff who work with adolescents will likely meet patients who intentionally hurt themselves. Non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) involves deliberate harm to one’s own body without the intention to die. Girls are more likely to cut or pierce themselves, while boys are more likely to hit walls or themselves. While estimates from the National Institutes of Health of NSSI by adolescents vary based on studies — from 1 in 6 to as high as 1 in 4 — rates have increased over the past 20 years. Given this prevalence and the associated health risks, it’s crucial for anyone treating adolescents to be aware of NSSI, its risk factors, primary assessment considerations, and related resources. Risk Factors Adverse interpersonal experiences are the most common risk factors for NSSI. In the past, professionals often believed traumatic childhood events like sexual abuse were associated with higher rates of NSSI. However, recent research shared by Current Psychiatry Reports has shown that emotional abuse is more common. Specifically, being bullied, parental critique or apathy, and indirect abuse (e.g., witnessing domestic violence), all strongly correlate with NSSI. Military children may be at an elevated risk for trying NSSI. Bullying is likely a common risk factor for military kids as military-connected children report “higher rates of discrimination based on race/ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and physical/mental disability than non-military connected children,” according to a study published in Military Behavioral Health journal. Additionally, military families face unique emotional stressors due to deployments, relocations, and concern for the safety of deployed family members. For example, while a parent may not intend to be apathetic if they are deployed or worried about a deployed partner, the child may experience decreased emotional availability as apathy. Assessment Adolescents who self-injure frequently go to great lengths to hide their injuries. Many report a sense of shame or fear around adults discovering their behavior. Teenagers may self-injure for months or years before an adult knows.

Frequency of non-suicidal self-injury by adolescents have increased over the past 20 years. Given this prevalence and the associated health risks, it’s crucial for anyone treating adolescents to be aware of NSSI. (COURTESY GRAPHIC)

As a result, NSSI may be discovered through indirect means. “At times, parents have observed changes in behavior, such as declining school grades or difficulty regulating emotions, and are seeking services without being aware that their child is engaging in NSSI,” explained Dr. Lisha Morris, a psychologist at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth’s Child Mental Health Clinic in Virginia. “Other families are informed by the parent of their child’s friend, following viewing a text message or the child confiding in their friend.” Primary care providers can serve an essential role in helping adolescents get appropriate treatment. “Children and adolescents engaging in NSSI are typically referred to mental health at our clinic through their PCM,” continued Morris. “I would encourage PCMs to screen for NSSI, especially as children enter adolescence as we know that there is an increase in the prevalence of NSSI during adolescence.” Even if a patient is not currently self-injuring, it is still important to determine if they have a history of the behavior. Ceasing NSSI is associated with an increase in other risky behaviors, especially substance abuse. Understand the Function Adolescents primarily use NSSI as a form of emotional regulation. Studies have consistently shown that the experience of physical pain decreases negative affect. The act of self-harm can reduce negative feelings, thoughts, or internal experiences (e.g., anger, racing thoughts, or loneliness). It can also decrease the overall intensity of emotions, which helps if an adolescent

feels overwhelmed. Researchers, clinicians, and adolescent clients agree that a non-judgmental stance is an important first step in assessing NSSI, according to a report in the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. Many adolescents who self-injure feel shame and do not want adults to discover the behavior. Approaching the assessment with a desire to understand how self-injury helps the patient can decrease the sense of being judged. Questions that begin with “why” naturally evoke a defensive reaction, as they can be interpreted as accusatory. Instead of “why do you self-injure,” providers should consider asking, “What does self-injury help you with?” Assess for Risk During the assessment, it is vital to explore the overall risk associated with the NSSI. Possible risks include: The self-harm itself (e.g., method, frequency, intensity, location on body) Potential medical complications (e.g., infection, required medical attention) Other dangerous behaviors NSSI can be associated with other high-risk behaviors like substance abuse, eating disorders, and unsafe sex. It can be helpful to normalize the connection between NSSI and these other risky behaviors as a method of trying to feel better. For example, providers can ask, “Is there anything else you do to feel better, which others might consider risky?” NSSI is also associated with an increased risk for suicide. A standard suicide assessment should be used by a provider according to their

clinic’s policy. While the NSSI itself may not require urgent attention, these associated risks may increase the need for an urgent referral or close follow-up. Identify Strengths NSSI is often associated with feeling overwhelmed, so evaluating the patient’s strengths is also key. It can help to ask the patient who they can go to for support, what comforts them, or what is going well for them. Identifying these strengths can build rapport and highlight existing coping resources. If the patient cannot identify strengths, this can also inform the urgency of a provider’s referral. Accessing Resources Therapy is frequently recommended as the most effective treatment for NSSI. A referral to a behavioral health specialist in a military medical treatment facility or a community provider will likely be necessary. For military kids especially, it can be helpful to increase their overall social support. “Friends play such an important role when one is struggling. It can be hard for military youth when they don’t have a support network just after PCSing,” said Dr. Kelly Blasko, program lead for the Defense Health Agency’s Military Kids Connect program. “The Military Kids Connect website now has information to help military youth build healthy relationships that can be a support when difficulties arise.” Military OneSource also provides comprehensive services to increase family resilience and readiness through the Military Family Readiness System.

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