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Deployed Truman sailors become U.S. citizens

Petty Officers 3rd Class John Gacad and Francisian Manaog became U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony aboard the USS Harry S. Truman. PAGE A2 VOL. 29, NO. 35, Norfolk, VA | flagshipnews.com

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NORFOLK (Sept. 9, 2022) USS San Jacinto (CG-56) returns to Naval Station Norfolk after a regularly scheduled deployment in the U.S. 5th Fleet and U.S. 6th Fleet areas of operations, Sept. 8. San Jacinto was deployed as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group in support of theater security cooperation efforts and to defend U.S., allied and partner interests. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 1ST CLASS RYAN SEELBACH)

USS San Jacinto returns home from 9-month deployment By USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Public Affairs NORFOLK, Va. — The Ticonderoga class guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56) returned to its homeport of Naval Station Norfolk after a nine-month deployment, Sept. 8. San Jacinto, part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG), operated in the U.S. Naval Forces Europe area of operations from Dec. 14 until late August. San Jacinto, under the command of Capt. Christopher Marvin, was a critical component to various bi-lateral and multi-national surface, subsurface, and air defense exercises, sailing more than 60,000 miles. Participation in these interoperability exercises with the British, Italian, Hellenic, Spanish, and French navies allowed the strike group to demonstrate U.S. commitment to security and stability for all in the region.

The ship also served as a key player in the NATO-led enhanced vigilance activities Neptune Strike 22 and Neptune Shield 22, demonstrating NATO’s ability to integrate the high-end maritime capabilities of allied aircraft carrier strike groups, amphibious ready groups and marine expeditionary units to support the defense of the alliance. “This deployment was an overall success by allowing us to showcase our ability to flex during an unpredictable period and show the brilliance and resiliency of this crew, putting the ship’s versatile capabilities on full display and highlighting the support we have from our families and loved ones back home,” said Marvin. “From conducting multi-national exercises that strengthen ties with our regional allies and contribute to our continued success day to day, I could not be any prouder how the crew stepped up in a huge way to accomplish the mission.”

San Jacinto also participated in dual and tri-carrier operations with the French nuclear-powered aircraft carrier FS Charles de Gaulle (R91) and Italian carrier ITS Cavour (C 550) and their carrier strike groups, and the crew conducted port visits throughout Europe including in Rota, Spain; Souda Bay and Piraeus, Greece; Venice, Italy; Barcelona, Spain; Valletta, Malta; and Split, Croatia.. These operations and port visits allowed the Sailors to further strengthen the bonds between the U.S. Navy and its allies and partners. “Many people focus on the carrier, but the cruiser and destroyers in our strike group are every bit as vital. San Jacinto has been our work horse, sailing with the Truman day and night and remaining ready for any task,” said Rear Adm. Paul Spedero Jr., commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 8. “Capt. Marvin and his team were fantastic. They were always ready to protect the

carrier, work with our allies and partners, and train with other ships and aircraft. The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), commanded by Capt. Gavin Duff, serves as the flagship of the HSTCSG; additional elements include the nine squadrons of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1, commanded by Capt. Patrick Hourigan; and the staff and guided-missile destroyers of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 28, commanded by Capt. Blair Guy, which have included: USS Bainbridge (DDG 96), USS Cole (DDG 67), USS Gravely (DDG 107), USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109), USS Gonzalez (DDG 66), and USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98). The strike group also participated in a Cooperative Deployment with the Royal Norwegian Navy’s Fridtjof-Nansen class frigate HNoMS Fridtjof Nansen (F310), who returned home to Norway in May.

Norfolk sailors and families run in remembrance of 9/11 By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Emily Casavant NORFOLK, Va. — Naval Station Norfolk’s Morale Wellness and Recreation Department held it’s second annual 9/11 Remembrance Run 5k onboard NAVSTA Norfolk Sept. 09, 2022. This was the first year that the event was held in-person with COVID-19 causing 2021’s event to be a virtual on-your-own run. “It’s important to do things like this because we’re living in some harsh times in our nation right now but we’re all here together and maybe a little bit of that can help ease the issues that we’ve got going on today,” said MWR Fitness Coordinator, Toni Leary, who’s mother was on the USS George Washington and deployed to New York in response to 9/11. Members of MWR along with NAVSTA Norfolk’s Fire Station 1 set up a fitness challenge for runners to take part in after they crossed the finish line. The challenge was a relay race that included a weighted rope pull, a fire house roll-up, 9 tire jumps and 11 tire slams in recognition of 9/11 and the efforts made by first responders. “I was on active duty when September 11th happened and it was a really tragic, sad day,” said First Officer for Southwest Airlines, Retired

Lt. Col. US Marine Corps Guy Ravei. “Some of the people who are in the service today weren’t even born when it happened so it’s important to remember those things. As I get older and after retiring, it’s nice to get back amongst people who are in the service who are like minded and want to support our country and remember a really tragic day.” The run began at historical McClure Field and followed the instillations waterfront and marina. The fastest runner finished in under 23 minutes while others walked, some with strollers and young children. After the run, all of the participants were invited to enjoy a cookout style lunch, music, a recovery station and a free raffle for tickets to Busch Gardens and passes for Portsmouth museums. “I don’t think anyone easily forgets the events of 9/11,” said Anthony Benning, MWR Fitness Coordinator. “But we have a lot of Sailors that weren’t even born yet, so it’s important to have these types of events because it’s going to spark the thought of what they’re all about for that younger generation.” The event was made possible by local sponsors including the Commissary, the WaR program, P3T Pregnancy Postpartum Fitness and First Command Financial Advisors

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The crew of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD 25) visited Somerset County, Pa., to attend the 21st Anniversary Observance of September 11 at the Flight 93 National Memorial. PAGE A3

(Sept. 09, 2022) Participants begin running the 9/11 Remembrance Run 5k onboard Naval Station Norfolk Sept. 09, 2022. The event was the first 9/11 Remembrance Run 5k held in person on base and is set to be an annual event. (US NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS EMILY CASAVANT)

Military members volunteer during Servicing Our Schools Initiative

More than 250 military members volunteered during Naval Support Activity (NSA) Hampton Roads’ “Servicing Our Schools”initiative PAGE A4

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James Honea takes the helm as the next MCPON From Office Of The Master Chief Petty Officer Of The Navy ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Russell Smith passed the ceremonial cutlass, via the Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday, to Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy James Honea during a change of office and retirement ceremony September 8. The ceremony held at the U.S. Naval Academy’s Mahan Hall marked the end of more than three decades of Naval service for MCPON Smith. Smith has served as the 15th MCPON since August 29, 2018. During his term, he instituted Laying the Keel, an updated leadership development career path, revised the command master chief instruction, and the Sailor of the Year program. More importantly, he tirelessly advocated policy and program improvements for the Navy’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program as well as increased Sailor access for mental health care to congressional members during his annual testimonies before the House Armed Services Committee. Gilday presided over the ceremony and highlighted Smith’s accomplishments during his naval career while thanking him for his leadership.

“Your tireless efforts to provide Sailors with mental, morale, and spiritual support has helped make our fleet more resilient and much more effective,” said Gilday. “Your leadership ensured that our most important resource, our people, are ready to serve and defend the Nation we love. Having conducted more than 200 fleet visits all over the world, your outreach and willingness to be there for Sailors and their families is what truly made your service so remarkable. Thank you for everything you have done over these past four years. Our Navy and our Navy family are much stronger than it was four years ago.” After the ceremonial passing of the MCPON cutlass, MCPON Honea took the helm of the enlisted force as the Navy’s 16th MCPON. During the ceremony, he spoke about his top priorities; warfighting competency, professional and character development, and quality of life. “When I was selected for MCPON, I thought heavily on what my tenure means and what I could bring to you all,” said Honea. “I’m glad I chose to be challenged by this adventure and I’m proud of what it has brought me. I thank you all for accepting the same challenge and being on this journey with me. I have always been proud to be your Shipmate, and I’m privileged to be

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Sept. 8, 2022) Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday hands the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) cutlass to MCPON James Honea during the Change of Office ceremony held at Mahan Hall, United States Naval Academy, Sept. 8, 2022. Honea relieved MCPON Russell Smith to become the 16th MCPON. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY SENIOR CHIEF MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST ANASTASIA MCCARROLL)

your MCPON.” The MCPON serves as an advisor to the CNO and to the Chief of Naval Personnel in matters dealing with enlisted personnel and their families. The MCPON is also an advisor to boards dealing with enlisted personnel

issues; is the enlisted representative of the Department of the Navy at special events; may be called upon to testify on enlisted personnel issues before Congress, and maintains a liaison with enlisted spouse organizations.

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sep. 9, 2022) Aviation Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class Francisian Manaog, left, and Logistics Specialist 3rd Class John Gacad, both from the Philippines, pose for a photo with JAG officers after a naturalization ceremony in the in port cabin aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), Sep. 9, 2022. The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is operating in the Atlantic Ocean in support of naval operations to maintain maritime stability and security in order to ensure access, deter aggression and defend U.S., allied and partner interest. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 3RD CLASS HUNTER DAY)

Deployed Truman Strike Group sailors become U.S. citizens By Petty Officer 1st Class Justin Wolpert

USS Harry S Truman (CVN 75) Public Affairs

ATLANTIC OCEAN — Petty Officers 3rd Class John Gacad and Francisian Manaog became U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), Sep. 9. Gacad and Manaog swore the naturalization oath of allegiance with the help of more than 16 U.S. Navy Judge Advocates, Legalmen, and civilian paralegals, spread throughout three countries and at sea, and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Washington Field Office. “I’m proud and honored to be a part of this historic event,” said Manaog, who is assigned to Airborne Command and Control Squadron (VAW) 126. “Our names will be in the history books.” Gacad, who is assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 211, also expressed his delight in reaching this milestone on his journey to citizenship. “I’m very happy after this long process,” said Gacad. “I can finally say I’m proud to be an American.” Gacad started the process of becoming a citizen in March 2021. However, he had

to postpone his naturalization due to the scheduled deployment. “USCIS reached out to the Navy to see if there was anything we could do hold a naturalization ceremony while deployed and that got us asking the question, ‘Can it happen?’ ” said Lt. Cmdr. Kyle Doherty-Peters, Truman’s command judge advocate. “The biggest challenges are that the a naturalization oath ceremony must be conducted live with authorized USCIS personnel and that Certificates of Naturalization must be physically aboard the ship in time for the ceremony and marked with the correct information. We knew virtual overseas ceremonies take place on land with assistance of Region Legal Service Offices, so we started working through our logistical and technical challenges to make the ceremony happen while deployed at sea.” After months of planning and meticulous preparation, Gacad and Manaog’s journey to citizenship was finally realized aboard the Truman. In early September, their Certificates of Naturalization were picked up from the USCIS Washington Field Office by a Washington, D.C. based Judge Advocate who flew onto the ship and hand delivered the documents as Truman operated underway in the Atlantic Ocean. On the

day of the ceremony, two USCIS personnel traveled to the Pentagon to connect to the Truman for a virtual teleconference. During the virtual ceremony, the keynote speaker, Rear Adm. Paul Spedero Jr., commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 8, spoke about the path the Sailors traveled to become American citizens. “Most of us here today were born Americans,” said Spedero. “Our citizenship was a gift that we were given. But your citizenship is earned. You’ve earned the right to be called Americans through your service to this country. You’ve proven that you are Americans through these many months deployed with all of us doing this nation’s work in defense of American ideals abroad.” After the ceremony, Gacad and Manaog expressed their gratitude for all the help they received. “The Navy is a team,” said Gacad. “You will never feel like you are alone because there is always someone there to help you when you need it. Without the legal team, I wouldn’t be in this position, and I would like to say thanks for all their hard work.” This event also marks the first time a naturalization ceremony was held on a deployed aircraft carrier. “That Petty Officer Gacad and Petty Offi-

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cer Manaog will be able to walk off the ship on U.S. soil as U.S. citizens when we return home is phenomenal,” said Capt. Gavin Duff, Truman’s commanding officer. “In 2022, that we have the capability to conduct this ceremony virtually and provide this opportunity for them is humbling to say the least. It was a community effort to help these impressive Sailors realize their dream and become citizens of the country they have served so proudly. We look forward to their success and accomplishments in their future as Americans.” Truman is the flagship of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG); additional elements include the nine squadrons of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1, commanded by Capt. Patrick Hourigan; the staff and guided-missile destroyers of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 28 commanded by Capt. Blair Guy; and the Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56), commanded by Capt. Christopher Marvin. The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is currently operating in the Atlantic Ocean in support of naval operations to maintain maritime stability and security in order to ensure access, deter aggression and defend U.S., allied and partner interest.


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Shankville, Pa. (Sept. 11, 2022) - Sailors from the amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD 25), pose for a photo during the 21st anniversary of 9/11 at the Flight 93 National Memorial. The U.S. Navy sent 22 Sailors from USS Somerset to Somerset County for a multi-day trip to attend the observance, and serve in a uniformed capacity as escorts, honoring the families of the 40 passengers and crew that perished on Flight 93. USS Somerset personnel participated in various service and engagement Community Relations projects (COMRELs) during their trip. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 1ST CLASS BENJAMIN DOBBS/RELEASED)

USS Somerset (LPD 25) visits namesake to honor 9/11

By Petty Officer 1st Class Benjamin Dobbs SHANKSVILLE, Penn. – The crew of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD 25) visited Somerset County, Pa., to attend the 21st Anniversary Observance of September 11 at the Flight 93 National Memorial. The ship was named for Somerset County, in honor of the 40 passengers and crew who gave their lives on United Airlines Flight 93, which was hijacked during the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The passengers and crew prevented the plane from reaching its intended target, but tragically crashed in Stoneycreek Township in Somerset County. Commanding Officer, Capt. Chris Brown and 22 Sailors arrived in Somerset County for a multi-day trip to attend the observance, and serve in a uniformed capacity as escorts, honoring the families of the 40 passengers and crew that perished on Flight 93. First Lady Dr. Jill Biden laid a wreath at the Wall of Names at the Flight 93 National Memorial and provided remarks as the keynote speaker for the observance. “Sept. 11 touched us all,” said Biden. “It changed us all, but it reminds us that, with courage and kindness, we can be a light in that darkness. It showed us that we are all connected to one another.” The first lady greeted the entire crew, gave them words of encouragement and appreciation, and took a group photo with them. USS Somerset personnel participated in

Shankville, Pa. (Sept. 11, 2022) - Gordon Felt, brother of Flight 93 passenger Edward Porter Felt and President of Families for Flight 93, presents a flag on behalf of the National Park Service to Personnel Specialist Seaman Thomas Tran, assigned to amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD 25). (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 1ST CLASS BENJAMIN DOBBS/RELEASED)

various service and engagement Community Relations projects (COMRELs) during their trip. Their annual visit fosters the strong relationship with the Somerset County community and allows Sailors to share the significance of being assigned to Somerset. “We are honored to represent Somerset County and the heroes of Flight 93,” said

Capt. Chris Brown, commanding officer of USS Somerset. “We will continue to help current and future generations understand that individual choices make a difference, that compassion and sacrifice can triumph over evil and hate, and that the actions of the heroes of Flight 93 is one of the most courageous acts in American history.” The crew attended a high school football

game to show support for their namesake, interact with local fans, and present a flag. Dean of students and athletic director, Scott Close accepted the flag on behalf of Somerset Area Jr.-Sr. High School. “This is absolutely incredible,” said Close. “Being a lifelong Somerset County resident and being here during the events of 9/11, I followed the progress of the building or USS Somerset to when it was finally commissioned. It means a lot to us, the school district and entire Somerset County. We appreciate Captain Brown and you guys taking the time to come out on a Friday night and share the evening with us.” The Somerset crew also visited Central Cambria High School, the Somerset courthouse, Patriot Park, and the Stoystown American Legion where the met with local veterans. Somerset is a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock assigned to Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 3 and home ported in San Diego. The ship’s keel contains steel from a mining machine standing near the crash site in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Every deck of the ship contains mementos of Flight 93, including a dedicated passageway leading to the Memorial Room, which bears the names of the passengers. Like its sister ships USS New York (LPD 21) and USS Arlington (LPD 24), Somerset was named in honor of those who lost their lives during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.




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ABOVE: CHESAPEAKE, Va. (Aug. 31, 2022) Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Regina Gilchrist adjusts the height on desks at Deep Creek Elementary School during Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads’ 6th Annual Servicing Our Schools initiative Aug. 31. More than 250 military members from various commands supported 28 elementary, middle, and high schools in the city of Chesapeake during the initiative. These military members helped lighten the load for school teachers by volunteering to help them set up their classrooms for the upcoming academic year. This effort allowed the teachers to focus on other responsibilities related to planning, developing, and organizing student instruction. LEFT: CHESAPEAKE, Va. (Aug. 31, 2022) Construction Electrician 2nd Class Sofya Frenkel sorts through baskets in a classroom at Deep Creek Elementary School during Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads’ 6th Annual Servicing Our Schools initiative Aug. 31. More than 250 military members from various commands supported 28 elementary, middle, and high schools in the city of Chesapeake during the initiative.

Military members volunteer during Servicing Our Schools Initiative By Katisha Draughn-Fraguada

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More than 250 military members across various commands volunteered during Naval Support Activity (NSA) Hampton Roads’ “Servicing Our Schools” initiative on Aug. 31. These military members helped lighten the loads for teachers by helping them set up their classrooms for the upcoming academic year. This effort allowed the teachers to focus on other responsibilities related to planning, developing and organizing student instructional activities, and preparing for upcoming meet and greet events. “It is an honor for our military members to give back to the local schools and show support to our amazing teachers,” said Capt. Matt Frauenzimmer, Commanding Officer of NSA Hampton Roads. “Teachers wear so many hats and have so much to do to ensure their classrooms are ready for the school

year. To be able to help them, with even a small task, makes such a huge difference, and we are very happy to be able to provide that service to them.” Military members volunteered at 28 different elementary, middle, and high schools in the city of Chesapeake during the initiative. Some of the tasks the volunteers helped with included preparing bulletin boards, cleaning the school’s courtyard, sorting books, moving bookshelves, and arranging furniture within the classrooms. “It was such a relief to have extra help and I think it is great that these military members took time out of their busy schedules to help the teachers out,” said Chloe North, second grade teacher at Deep Creek Elementary School. “And it is just so nice to be able to have the community back in the schools again.” Military members representing commands and installations in the Hampton Roads area were spread out at various schools in Chesapeake to assist teachers

with different tasks to get their classrooms ready. “The Servicing Our Schools event is a shining example of the close partnership that exists between the military community and Chesapeake Public Schools,” said Dr. Jeff McGee, School Liaison Officer for NSA Hampton Roads and the organizer of the event. NSA Hampton Roads has continued a strong partnership with the local schools, and the command has participated in different events to assist and support students and military families. In addition to NSA Hampton Roads leadership, McGee works very closely with Chesapeake Public Schools on events, initiatives, and future partnership opportunities. Interested military members signed up for this year’s Servicing Our Schools event through their command’s volunteer coordinator, and they were also able to pick the school where they wanted to volunteer. Construction Electrician 2nd Class Sofya

Frenkel from Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Mid-Atlantic arranged desks and set up posters during her morning volunteering at Deep Creek Elementary School. “It is good for us to help out the schools because it allows the teachers to be prepared for when the students come back into the classrooms,” she said. Since the initiative began in 2016, military members have always been eager to get out in the community and serve in the local schools for the day. “So often I get people who come up to me and say ‘thank you for your service.’ Well this is our chance to say ‘thank you for your service’ to our teachers as they prepare for the school year,” said Frauenzimmer. “It’s a great opportunity for our Sailors to come out and give back to the community who takes care of the future leaders of America, which are the students.”

Maryland fleet week and flyover begins By Chief Petty Officer John Pearl BALTIMORE, Md. — Ships from around the world sailed into the Port of Baltimore, kicking off Maryland Fleet Week and Flyover Baltimore (MDFW), Sept. 7, 2022. This year’s MDFW includes ship tours, Baltimore Inner Harbor flyovers, static displays, and Fleet Week festivals at multiple locations throughout Baltimore Sept. 7-13, both in-person and online. This is the third time Baltimore has hosted Fleet Week. Participating ships include dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50), Freedom-variant Littoral Combat ship USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul (LCS 21), Military Sealift Command (MSC) Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport USNS Newport (T-EPF-12), Canadian Royal Navy Kingston-class coastal defense vessel HMCS Moncton (M-708), U.S. Coast Guard Cutter James Rankin (WLM-555), and Danish Tall Ship Danmark. National Oceanic and Atmospheric (NOAA), and Army Corps of Engineers vessels are also available. Flyover units include Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 2, Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 1, Fighter Squadron Composite Twelve (VFC-12), Training Air Wing 4 (TW4), Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadrons 14 &

BALTIMORE (Sept. 07, 2022) -- The Danish training ship Danmark, left, prepares to dock next to the Freedom-class littoral combat ship USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul (LCS-21), middle, in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, where both ships are set to participate in Maryland Fleet Week and Flyover Baltimore 2022. Maryland Fleet Week and Flyover Baltimore is the city’s celebration of the sea services with this year marking the City of Baltimore’s third time hosting Navy Fleet Week.

15 (HM-14; HM-15), and Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365 (VMM-365) with flights scheduled Sept. 9-11. Rear Adm. Nancy S. Lacore, Commandant, Naval District Washington, discussed the partnership between the Navy and Baltimore. “Fleet Week is a tradition for Baltimore and the U.S. Navy that goes back years,” said Lacore. “Past Fleet Weeks proved just how

magnificent this historic city, its port, and its people are and how skilled you are as partners to the Navy and planning and executing such a complex event. We are glad to be back for Fleet Week.” MDFW is an opportunity for the citizens of Maryland and the City of Baltimore to meet Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen, as well as see firsthand the latest capabilities of today’s maritime services.

More than 2,300 sea service members are expected to participate this year. For more information on ways to enjoy MDFW fleets, flights, and festivals, visit mdfleetweek.org. Follow @mdfleetweek on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter for an insider perspective through virtual ship tours and behind the scenes experiences.

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FRCE successfully demonstrates digital tracking system proof of concept By Joseph Andes An effort to streamline and modernize the way Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) tracks tools, assets and inventory recently hit an important milestone. FRCE’s digital tracking team, composed of a wide range of subject matter experts from within the depot’s workforce, recently demonstrated a successful proof of concept for a digital tracking system the team spent nearly 24 months developing and testing. Proponents say the system could boost efficiency and accountability within the depot’s workforce. “We need to know where things are, know when we need them, and be able to get them in the hands of the artisans who perform the work on a day—to-day basis,” said Jamaine Clemmons, FRCE’s Advanced Technology and Innovation (ATI) Team lead. “This project ensures that we can have the best technology in place to do that.” The digital tracking team harnessed the power of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, which utilizes wireless radio frequency waves to automatically identify and track tags attached to objects. RFID tags can be affixed to an object and used to track tools, equipment, inventory, assets or other items. In addition to RFID, the digital tracking team also evaluated the use of GPS and other technologies. “We utilized a blended approach of technologies that included RFID location services as well GPS and smart sensors for facility health monitoring,” said Clemmons. “There can be limitations in regard to range or fidelity when using various types of tags or trackers, especially as it pertains to our application and within our existing infrastructure. The blended approach means using the right tech in the place where it’s needed to yield the desired results.” During the evaluation of the digital tracking system, the team successfully tagged and tracked more than 1,000 items. According to Robbie Puett, Support Equipment Engineering Branch head for Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Engineering at FRCE, the mission of the depot requires a tracking system that goes beyond mere inventory. The team set out to develop a system capable of handling this vast amount of materials and items. “From an asset or inventory management perspective, people often think of services like Amazon but we’re not a warehouse type of facility,” said Puett. “We’re an aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul facility. We have to track all the necessary materials and asset support equipment necessary for this this massive day-to-day operation.”

An effort to streamline and modernize the way Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) tracks tools, assets and inventory recently hit an important milestone. FRCE’s digital tracking team recently demonstrated a successful proof of concept for a digital tracking system the team spent nearly 24 months developing and testing. Proponents say the system could boost efficiency and accountability within the depot’s workforce.

Joshua Paige, now a program analyst at FRCE, worked on the digital tracking project as a quality assurance specialist. He said the sheer numbers of items and assets at the depot seemed overwhelming at first. “It’s such a massive undertaking,” said Paige. “Imagine tracking the 5,000 toolboxes that FRCE has, let alone the tools inside them. We literally have millions of tools, more than 2.5 million. That number doesn’t even include the support equipment like the generators or hydraulic test equipment. There are hundreds of thousands of assets and all of this has varying degrees of inventory interval.” Clemmons said it became clear very quickly during the evaluation that the tracking system offered a time-saving method to locate tools or assets. “One thing we noticed very early is that shop supervisors would leverage and utilize this technology on a daily basis,” said Clemmons. “There were multiple times throughout the demo and evaluation period where they came up and asked if we could locate an asset.” While tracking assets items and inventory were key objectives when developing the system, the team approached the project with a much broader scope. Paige said automating and streamlining artisan compli-

ance was another concept the team focused on. He explained that the digital tracking team demonstrated the ability to eliminate nearly 65 different paper forms related to compliance. “A lot of folks look at software and figure out what it can do for them and then worry about the policy after the fact,” said Paige. “We went the other way. We took all the policy and compliance requirements and basically had them built into the tracking software at the beginning. Being able to look at emerging technology and then figure out how to implement that technology to empower and enable our artisans is one of the high points in my career.” The digital tracking team also concentrated on critical factors such as safety and quality control during the project’s development. Maddison Dunton, an integrated quality engineer at FRCE, said that this focus on safety and quality influenced the development of other project areas such as capturing performance metrics. “With the dashboard metrics, we really focused on making it useful for predictive maintenance on our assets,” said Dunton. “We could use it for understanding what assets we are going to need on the shop floor on a particular day. That plays into the safety and quality too, because if a person doesn’t

have what they need, they can’t do their job properly.” Nancy Manning-Moore, a powered ground support equipment mechanic at FRCE, said one immediate benefit she witnessed is positive accountability for artisans in regards to tooling used on the shop floor. “I can quickly see by this RFID system if a tool is not my tool,” said Manning-Moore. “This system will not only tell you who it belongs to, it will tell you what toolbox it belongs in and where. I can clearly see the potential this system has at the artisan level alone. Just knowing where our gear is at any given time — that’s going to be a huge savings.” Tad Sylivant, FRCE’s logistics lead, explained that the system isn’t limited to just tracking items within a separate system. It can also be incorporated into other domains like FRCE’s work order system. “We had the vision up front to make sure we develop a system that we can build upon for other use cases,” said Sylivant. “You could start integrating this system into other systems and handle engineering instructions or work orders. This is something that will make us more efficient and it will save us money in the long run, but I think its potential to grow is even more important. There’s unlimited potential here.” Members of the digital tracking team said FRCE’s digital tracking system has already proven it can reduce labor costs associated with inventories and searches for tools and equipment. Others cited benefits such as increased efficiency and adherence to safety and compliance standards. Jarred Burr, an electrical engineering technician at FRCE, cited scalability as another major benefit of FRCE’s digital tracking initiative. “We want the newer technologies that are foundational and that we can build upon in a scalable way,” said Burr. “By taking all of these different types of technologies, we can put the right amount of money into a business process and a business plan that makes the most amount of sense.” FRCE is North Carolina’s largest maintenance, repair, overhaul and technical services provider, with more than 4,000 civilian, military and contract workers. Its annual revenue exceeds $1 billion. The depot provides service to the fleet while functioning as an integral part of the greater U.S. Navy; Naval Air Systems Command; and Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers. Learn more at www.navair.navy.mil/frce or https://www.facebook.com/FleetReadinessCenterEast.

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Command Master Chief Curtis Blunt, command master chief, III Marine Expeditionary Force (III MEF), speaks to recruits inside a compartment of the USS John F. Kennedy recruit barracks during his visit to Recruit Training Command (RTC). III MEF, headquartered in Okinawa, Japan, is sponsoring a recruit division, Division 263, for the first time in its history. More than 40,000 recruits train annually at the Navy’s only boot camp. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY CHIEF MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST BRANDIE NIX)

Navy’s newest sailors sponsored by III MEF By Staff Sgt. Caitlin Brink III Marine Expeditionary Force

GREAT LAKES, Ill. — For the first time in history, III Marine Expeditionary Force sponsored a U.S. Navy boot camp division as part of the recruit division sponsorship program at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, Illinois, providing mentorship from their first day to their graduation on Aug. 26, 2022. The division sponsorship program allows commands to support boot camp divisions throughout their rigorous eight- week transformation from civilians to U.S. Navy Sailors. “The sponsorship program was developed due to the high interest by military and civilian organizations to learn about the recruit training command, provide mentorship to recruits, and be a part of the Sailorization process,” said Senior Chief Carl Haydysch, a Recruit Services Officer and Sponsorship Coordinator. “Sponsorship develops a special bond between recruit divisions and military or civilian organizations. Mentorship and direct contact from these entities enhances basic training and provides a unique learning experience for recruits and sponsoring groups.” Sponsoring commands are highly encour-

aged to be present at key events such as Battle Stations, a 12-hour culminating event that leads to the capping ceremony where recruits receive Navy ball caps to replace their recruit caps, and finally, the pass-inreview graduation ceremony. III MEF Command Master Chief Curtis Blunt traveled from Okinawa, Japan to tour RTC facilities, interact with recruits, and provide mentorship to the Navy’s newest sailors. The graduates of Division 263 were given the opportunity to speak to Blunt and ask questions about life as a Sailor and working alongside Marines with III MEF. “RTC San Diego was 35 years ago for me, but I definitely would have liked to speak to someone that was not a [recruit division commander],” said Blunt. “I spoke to [the recruits]as I would any other Sailor or Marine that I serve with today. From the very start I ensured that no topic was off limits. I believe it motivated them to speak to someone out in the fleet.” “Navy and Marine Corps Integration should start at the very lowest levels; and I could not think of a better place than Recruit Training Command,” said Blunt. “About 10-15% of the Sailors in our sponsored division will become [hospital corpsmen] or [religious program specialists]. Sailors like

to receive as much information as possible, as soon as possible, and any interaction with someone in the fleet will be a building block in their career.” Seaman Benjamin J. Rutledge of Grove City, Ohio, a graduate of Division 263, explained how being sponsored by III MEF and carrying the sponsored flag at the head of his division had the recruits holding their heads a little higher with pride. “Being sponsored had a huge impact on not just myself, but our whole division,” said Rutledge, who was also named the top Sailor in his training group of 909 graduates. “When Command Master Chief visited us and spoke about how much he loved his job and being in the Navy, that was something we needed to hear from someone outside of boot camp. He even sat with us at chow and was asking us what our life’s plans were. He was super inspiring with his advice. That was one moment that will stand out for me in boot camp, talking with master chief.” The sentiment was shared by Blunt, whose visit with the Navy’s newest Sailors left him invigorated. “They left me feeling like our Navy will be in great hands well after I’m out of uniform,” said Blunt. “It was especially inspiring that Division 263 was integrated [male and

female], a reminder to me that our military is a place of opportunity for anyone that desires to serve their Nation. I believe that there is at least one future general, admiral, [sergeant major] or [command master chief ] within every recruit division or company; it’s our job as fleet Sailors to do everything we can to motivate them, and if III MEF sponsorship helped just one Sailor reach a goal, then it was worth our efforts.” III MEF’s goal is to sponsor a RTC division yearly, continuing to indoctrinate recruits into the Navy and Marine Corps team mindset. “There is no better example of teamwork than the Navy-Marine Corps team,” said RTC Command Master Chief Nicholas Wallace. “Throughout our history there hasn’t been a conflict where this team hasn’t demonstrated some form of teamwork. While every Sailor may not have the privilege to serve alongside our Marine counter parts, RTC strives to instill teamwork in every new Sailor that graduates boot camp. Shifting the mindset of ‘doing something for themselves’ to ‘doing something to support the Team’ is critical. This mind shift to working as a team not only supports the Navy, but also spills over into the role the Navy plays in joint warfare.”

USS Arlington (LPD 24) arrives in Visby, Sweden By Petty Officer 1st Class John Bellino

VISBY, Sweden — The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24), assigned to the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), arrived in Visby, Sweden for a scheduled port visit, Sept. 6, 2022. Arlington’s continued presence in Sweden demonstrates the strong and enduring relationships the ARG-MEU fosters with NATO allies and partners in the Baltic region. Earlier this year, elements of the Kearsarge ARG, including the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship and flagship of the ARG, USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) and the Whidbey Islandclass dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44), participated in the joint, annual multinational exercise Baltic Operations 2022 (BALTOPS22) hosted by Sweden. The ARG-MEU team was given the opportunity to demonstrate maritime capabilities alongside sixteen other nations at sea and demonstrate U.S.-Swedish combined amphibious capabilities for the first time together on Gotland Island. Last week, the Kearsarge ARG-MEU, including Arlington, participated in a bilateral training opportunity with Swedish Armed Forces where maritime and amphibious operations were conducted to maintain unit readiness as a cohesive partnering force. During this training opportunity, the ARG-MEU team and Swedish forces conducted combined training events such as

ship to shore operations, a raid in Ravlunda, and an airfield seizure ashore. At sea, ARG ships conducted subject matter expert exchanges and maneuvering drills increasing overall effectiveness and interoperability. “Eariler this summer, elements of the Kearsarge ARG-MEU participated in BALTOPS22 and most recently a bilateral training event with Sweden,” said Capt. Aaron Kelley, Commander of the Kearsarge ARG and Amphibious Squadron SIX. “Sweden has demonstrated high levels of maritime and amphibious capabilities as we’ve worked together toward our shared commitment of a safe and secure Baltic region.” Coinciding with the exercise and unique to BALTOPS22 was Sweden’s celebration of their Navy’s 500th anniversary where Kearsarge and Gunston Hall celebrated the kick-off of BALTOPS22 in Stockholm, Sweden. While in port, Kearsarge hosted a key leader engagement aboard the ship including Swedish leadership such as the U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Sweden, Erik Ramanathan; Swedish Minister of Defense, Peter Hultqvist; and Swedish Armed Forces General Micael Byden in addition to the U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley. “As Stockholm previously hosted all three ARG ships this year, Visby is first in its area to host a ship of Arlington’s size,” said Capt. Kelley. “The greatest outcome working with Sweden this summer has been the continued support and hospitality

the country has given the ARG-MEU team during our time in the Baltics. These port visits and interoperabilities alone emphasize our combined capabilities as a cohesive partnered force.” Most recently, the Kearsarge ARG-MEU team participated in a maneuvering drill as part of the U.S.-Swedish bilateral training event which included the Swedish Visbyclass corvette HSwMS Härnösand (K33), the Swedish Visby-class corvette HSwMS Nyköping (K34), the Swedish Carlskrona-class auxiliary support ship HSwMS Carlskrona (P04the Swedish Stockholm-class corvette HSwMS Malmö (P 12), the Swedish Visby-class corvette HSwMS Karlstad (K35), and the Swedish Visbyclass corvette HSwMS Helsingborg (K32). “The Kearsarge ARG -MEU just completed a 10-day complex integrated exercise with our Swedish partners on the land, sea, and in the air. It was a very successful exercise enabling us to better work with Swedish Marines, Navy, and Air Force; understand the terrain and Baltic Sea operations and make a few friends along the way. The Sailors and embarked Marines are looking for some rest and refresh in the beautiful tour of Visby on Gotland Island.” said Capt. Eric Kellum, commanding officer of USS Arlington. As Arlington’s second visit to Sweden, the first being Stockholm, Sweden approximately one month ago, the port visit to Visby will present Arlington Sailors and Marines the opportunity to explore Sweden’s culture

and experience more of what Sweden has to offer. Arlington Sailors and Marines will also have the opportunity to participate in Morale, Wellfare, and Recreation (MWR) events such as a walking tour through the Medieval town of Visby. The Kearsarge ARG and embarked 22nd MEU, under the command and control of Task Force 6½, consists of Kearsarge, San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24), and Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44). Embarked commands with the Kearsarge ARG include Amphibious Squadron SIX, 22nd MEU, Fleet Surgical Team 2, Fleet Surgical Team 4, Tactical Air Control Squadron 22, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 28, Naval Beach Group 2, Assault Craft Unit 2, Assault Craft Unit 4, and Beach Master Unit 2. For over 80 years, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-U.S. Naval Forces Africa (NAVEURNAVAF) has forged strategic relationships with our Allies and Partners, leveraging a foundation of shared values to preserve security and stability. Headquartered in Naples, Italy, NAVEUR-NAVAF operates U.S. naval forces in the U.S. European Command (USEUCOM) and U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM) areas of responsibility. U.S. Sixth Fleet is permanently assigned to NAVEUR-NAVAF, and employs maritime forces through the full spectrum of joint and naval operations.

CNIC observes National Preparedness Month with readiness resources and information for Navy families

By Commander, Navy Installations Command Public Affairs

September is National Preparedness Month (NPM) and Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) is observing this year’s theme, “A Lasting Legacy: The life you’ve built is worth protecting. Prepare for disasters to create a lasting legacy for you and your family,” by offering educational webinars, informational resources and guidance to educate Navy families about disaster preparedness. “Emergency preparedness is a prevention measure. Focusing on your and your family’s emergency readiness will prevent risk, stress, property damage and many other hardships that follow natural disasters and large scale emergencies.” said Judith Wright, Family Emergency Response Program Analyst with Fleet and Family Support

Program for CNIC. “During National Preparedness Month, the Navy and other federal organizations are offering numerous opportunities to learn how to increase your family’s emergency readiness. We hope our Sailors and their spouses take advantage of the available resources. No one can prevent a disaster but you can be prepared!” Each week in September will focus on different preparedness themes: Make a Plan; Teach Youth about Preparedness; Protect Your Family & Your Property; and Tapping into Your Navy Response Support. Fleet and Family Support Program will provide helpful information about these topics during their online webinars, which are open to Sailors, personnel and family members at no cost at https://ffsp.zeiders.refineddata. com. Webinar schedule: Sept. 7, 1300 EST Be Prepared: Make a plan/ Build a Kit

Sept. 28, 1300 EST Financial Preparedness for Disasters Sailors, Navy personnel and their family members can ready themselves for disasters and unexpected emergency events by: Creating an emergency kit with at least three days’ worth of food, water, essential supplies Developing and practicing a family emergency plan with the whole family, including children Keeping your family’s information updated in Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System (NFAAS), https://navyfamily.navy.mil Adding the phone number for your local Fleet and Family Support Center to your phone now. During a crisis, they are your best resource for Navy assistance and support. Familiarizing yourself with Emergency

Family Assistance Center (EFAC) services. Installations will stand up EFACs following significant emergencies to provide Navy families a one-stop-shop resource and information hub with the latest information, legal support, counseling resources, financial support and more. Taking advantage of other checklists and guidance available on the Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster preparedness website, www.Ready.gov Commander, Navy Installations Command oversees 48,000 employees located across 70 Navy shore installations in 10 regions around the world and is charged with sustaining the Fleet, enabling the fighter and supporting the family. For more news from CNIC, visit www.cnic.navy.mil or follow the command’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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USS Momsen returns to homeport

The destroyer, assigned to Carrier Strike Group Three, returned to Naval Station Everett following a 7-month deployment. Page B3

PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 28, 2022) – The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52) launches a Standard Missile (SM) 2 during a live-fire missile exercise as part of Pacific Vanguard (PV) 22 while operating in the Philippine Sea, Aug. 28. PV22 is an exercise with a focus on interoperability and the advanced training and integration of allied maritime forces. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 1ST CLASS GREG JOHNSON)

U.S. Navy completes first BQM-177A target intercept during missile launch By Petty Officer 1st Class Deanna Gonzales PHILIPPINE SEA — The U.S. Navy’s next-generation subsonic aerial target (SSAT), the BQM-177A, reached full operational capability during a successful standard missile launch and intercept while participating in Pacific Vanguard 2022 (PV 22) in the Philippine Sea, Aug. 28. The target drones were launched from the Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE 3) and engaged with missiles launched from Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52) and Royal Australian Navy Anzac-class frigate HMAS Perth (FFH 157), marking the first time the BQM-177A has been used in the Western Pacific region and highlighting the drones achieving full operational capability. “Not only am I glad the [Commander, Task Force (CTF)] 71 team was the first to have a successful Missile Launch against a brandnew type of target drone, but I am extremely grateful that we got to do it side by side with our allies and partners in the region,” said Capt. Walter Mainor, commander, Task Force 71. “I’m proud of all of the participants who worked hard to make this happen, but I’m especially proud of the crews of USS Barry, USNS Alan Shepard, and our coalition partner HMAS Perth”. The BQM-177A is an advanced high-subsonic, recoverable aerial target system that imitates advanced subsonic anti-ship cruise missile threats to test the effectiveness of shipboard air defense systems and is used for fleet training. It is unmatched in its performance capabilities when it comes to

PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 28, 2022) – The Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE 3) launches a BQM177A subsonic aerial target (SSAT) during a Standard Missile (SM) 2 exercise conducted with Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52) as part of Pacific Vanguard (PV) 22 while operating in the Philippine Sea, Aug. 28. PV22 is an exercise with a focus on interoperability and the advanced training and integration of allied maritime forces. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 1ST CLASS GREG JOHNSON)

delivering realistic anti-ship missile threat emulation, according to program managers at Naval Air Systems Command. “Our primary focus in the targets community is effective, affordable training and test for the U.S. Navy,” said Don Blottenberger, the Navy’s Aerial Targets program manager. “The efforts of the team, including partnership with MSC and the target operations organizations, represents the best of our community. The BQM-177, now fully capable, will provide quality service to our warf-

ighters for decades to come.” PV 22-1 is the fifth iteration of the quadrilateral exercise series between Australia, Japan, Republic of Korea, and U.S. Naval forces. This exercise is focused on improving the capabilities of the countries participating to respond together as a naval force against crises and contingencies in the region. The purpose is for the participating navies to continue to refine their skills operating as an integrated force ready to respond to a changing and complex maritime environment in

the Indo-Pacific region. CTF 71/DESRON 15 is the Navy’s largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force. 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 numbered fleet, 7th Fleet interacts with 35 other maritime nations to build partnerships that foster maritime security, promote stability, and prevent conflict.

MLB Hall of Famer, Marine memorialized at National Museum of the Marine Corps By Lance Cpl. Kayla Leclaire

Marine Corps Base Quantico

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. — Luis R. Clemente joined staff with the National Museum of the Marine Corps in a brick laying ceremony to commemorate his father, Roberto Clemente, at the Semper Fidelis Memorial Park in Triangle, Virginia, Sept. 7, 2022. “This is very special to me because of all the accolades that dad accomplished. He was extremely proud of being a Marine,” Luis Clemente said, “I was here with mom when he was inducted into the Marine Sports Hall of Fame and to now have him here, officially with his fellow Marines, is something that he would be very happy about and very proud of.”

Roberto Clemente Walker was a Major League Baseball player who also served in the Marine Corps Reserves. Aside from being a MLB Hall of Famer, Clemente spent much of his time during the off-season involved in charity work. “Dad was a man who was very conscious about how the blessings he received should be shared to make a difference and an impact in other lives,” said Clemente, “He always became a voice for those who didn’t have a voice, and represented those who don’t have everything in life.” The ceremony was held to memorialize Clemente’s legacy and his piece in Marine Corps history. The brick was placed in honor of the 50th anniversary of Roberto Clemente’s 3000th hit Sept. 30, 1972 and of his untimely death a few months later

that same year. The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation’s Commemorative Brick Program serves to honor all Marines, past and present, by permanently including them as a part of Marine Corps history. The engraved bricks line the pathways of the Semper Fidelis Memorial Park that overlooks the National Museum of the Marine Corps. Roberto Clemente started his career playing baseball in Puerto Rico before moving to the Minor Leagues, and finally making it to the Major Leagues in 1955. He played for the Pittsburg Pirates until 1972, and he was named an All-Star and National League MVP. Clemente enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserves in 1958 and served during the off-seasons through 1964.

“Roberto Clemente was a great athlete to be sure, but more than that he was a great human being,” said Sara Hogan, senior development manager, Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. Clemente died in a plane crash Dec. 31, 1972. The plane was delivering emergency supplies to Nicaragua in light of the giant earthquake that devastated the country a few months prior. Clemente was posthumously inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973 and the Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame in 2003. “He lived out the very values the Marine Corps espouses…the values everyone expects from a U.S. Marine…honor, courage, commitment, service and sacrifice,” said Hogan.


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NAVY HOUSING U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, are transported by MTVR 7-ton trucks during a Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation (MCCRE) at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., Nov. 27, 2017. MCCREs are conducted to ensure unit standardization and combat readiness in preparation for operational deployments. (U.S. MARINE CORPS PHOTO BY CPL. JOSEPH PRADO)

Power Play: How electric modifications provide Marines with a truckload of advantages — Now and into the future By 1St Lt. Isaac Lamberth

Marine Corps Systems Command

Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va.— As growing tensions abroad continue to threaten global energy security, the Marine Corps is putting the pedal to the metal when it comes to researching and fielding ways to improve fuel efficiency across its vehicular fleets. In line with the Defense Department’s stated goal to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, Marine Corps Systems Command is collaborating with the Defense Innovation Unit and Marine Corps Combat Development & Integration, Headquarters Marine Corps, to bring cutting-edge electrical vehicle technology to the Corps’ medium and heavy tactical vehicles. But these changes won’t just help combat climate change; they’ll help make the Marine Corps even more effective on the field, both at home and abroad. Currently, the innovative fuel savings and efficiency efforts fall under several endeavors. These solutions include software modifications to the Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement and retrofitting anti-idle rechargeable battery technology into the heavy Logistics Vehicle System Replacements. Additionally, Systems Command is looking into ways to incorporate hybrid technology into future tactical vehicles such as the planned Medium Tactical Truck—the future successor to the MTVR. Combined, these efforts look for ways to extend the range of Marine Corps’ vehicles, reduce the services’ dependency on petroleum fuels, save money, trim logistics requirements for operational units, and help ultimately keep members of the Corps safe in combat situations. “Tactical vehicle electrification, initially through hybrid electric technology, has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions but it should also provide significant operational capability,” Deputy Secretary of Defense Dr. Kathleen Hicks stated during her Nov. 2021 remarks at Wayne State University.

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The innovations come at a time when environmental and international pressures have forced both politicians and industry leaders to push for the development of technologies that can replace or enhance traditional combustion engines. Although some critics have expressed concerns over the efficacy of EV technologies, Marine Corps experts and engineers have signaled that planned modifications will not affect the fleets’ performance in any way, stating instead that the innovations could actually enhance combat readiness. “Everything we’re doing or looking at either meets or exceeds current requirements now,” said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Curtis Belfield, the medium and heavy motor transport fleet capabilities integration officer with CD&I. “It’s not just about going green, we’re looking at ways to enhance the operational forces and reduce their need to be resupplied as often,” said Nate Parady, team lead for the

MTVR at Systems Command. One issue that has already been addressed is vehicular efficiency while idling. MTVRs and LVSRs are routinely used to carry heavy loads across vast distances. However, upon delivering their cargo, drivers often leave the engine idling in order to run air conditioning and other necessary electronic components such as radios. To increase vehicular efficiency, Parady noted that Systems Command has already fielded software modifications to about 60% of Marine Corps MTVRs. These changes modify systems such as the timed shifting points in the transmission and revolutions per minute of rotation of the trucks’ crankshaft. Together, these changes increase the vehicle’s fuel efficiency. “Marines idle their vehicles a lot. With software modifications alone we’ve been able to increase fuel efficiency by 10%,” said Parady. But there have been other victories, too. So far, positive mission impacts include reducing the footprint of field refueling areas, freeing up logistics vehicles and aircraft for other missions, and reducing the amount of time convoys or flights will spend to delivering fuel to troops in danger zones. Fuel delivery is particularly significant as troops transporting fuel to the front lines are often prized targets for enemy combatants.

Silent but Still Deadly

Although software modifications provide an effective means to reduce fuel consumption, another avenue being explored in order to increase fuel economy is the addition of anti-idle battery technology to the existing fleet of LVSRs. Although modifications to software can provide a finite amount of savings in fuel, another avenue of increasing fuel economy is to add anti-idle battery technology to the existing fleet of LVSRs. Like MTVRs, LVSRs are often left to idle in order to continue running its advanced electrical systems. Through the incorporation of the anti-idle system, however, Marine Corps truck operators are able to keep their electrical systems running with power provided by the engine to a set of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. The ability to turn off the engine and run on battery power also gives the added bonus of reducing a vehicles’ noise signature on the battlefield. Not only will a units’ noise signature be greatly reduced because of the elimination of engine idle, but communication amongst Marines on the ground will be enhanced, as they will gain greater situational awareness in their immediate area. Lithium-ion batteries are currently an automotive industry favorite due to their ability to charge quickly when compared to other rechargeable batteries. For this reason, lithium-ion batteries are being used in many LVSRs across the Fleet Marine Force. Unlike the large floor-sized batteries used in today’s electric vehicles on America’s highways, the batteries placed in LVSRs are about the same size as a normal car battery. According to Belfield, the batteries are recharged by capturing the kinetic energy

created by the spinning of the LVSR’s driveshaft, effectively eliminating the need for the Marine Corps to deploy electric charging stations as the batteries automatically charge while the vehicle is in motion. Due to current regulations surrounding transport of lithium ion batteries, particularly aboard Naval vessels, the Department of the Navy’s Operational Energy Office is investigating potential paths forward for lithium ion battery certification, said Parady.

Surging Forward

Electrification may be entering the realm of tactical vehicles, but it will be quite some time before Marine Corps vehicles ever become fully electric. “At this point we’re not looking for a full EV,” said Austin Petway, Transportation Branch Head at CD&I. “We anticipate for the foreseeable future that there will be difficulties charging electric vehicles on the battlefield.” Petway added that petroleum fuels will have to remain a part of tactical vehicles for some time because of their immediate benefits on the battlefield. Specifically, Petway cited the time to refuel when compared to electric. “Generating electricity on the battlefield is still going to require fuel and time,” Petway said. “From our perspective, it’s all about improving the operational reach of the vehicle and the forces employed from the vehicle by reducing the demand for petroleum fuels.” Lack of electrical infrastructure is not just a problem in operational austere environments, but also on U.S. military bases currently. To assess this, the Marine Corps will be conducting a battery of test at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, according to James Gough, commercial vehicle fleet director for Marine Corps Installations and Logistics. But the lack of current technology or periods between tests is not slowing the Marine Corps down from researching and looking into expanding electrification onto the battlefield. According to Parady, the MTT has several requirements outlining how the vehicle will be built. These forthcoming features include an on-board power generator, full power output across a range of engine speeds, capable of operating independent of combustion engine for a period of time and scalable export power systems. Parady further explained that another factor prohibiting the total electrification of the Marine Corps’ vehicular fleet is the tactical need for Marines to ford in water. Currently, the Marine Corps requires its tactical vehicles to be able to drive through a depth of 60 inches of water for short periods of time. The Marine Corps will initiate MTT with a conceptual design phase in 2023. Editor’s note: Portfolio Manager for Logistics Combat Element Systems Col. John Gutierrez recently appeared on Marine Corps Systems Command’s Equipping the Corps podcast to discuss tactical vehicle electrification and more. Listen to Equipping the Corps episode 25 wherever you get your podcasts.

Native Fury 22 executes RSO&I By Sgt. Alize Sotelo

Marine Corps Forces Central Command

SAUDI ARABIA — Wherever Marines go, whether a military exercise or deployment, they undergo a course of action known as Reception, Staging, Onward Movement, and Integration. Exercise Native Fury 22 is no exception. It is exercises like NF 22 that allow U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Central Command, the ability to rehearse effective RSO&I that, in turn, enables the U.S. Central Command combatant commander the flexibility to task the Marine Air Ground Task Force to support a variety of missions in support of U.S. and regional partner operations. “Native Fury represents a tremendous opportunity for MARCENT to practice key enabling capabilities for MAGTF’s and the Marine Corps as a whole,” said Maj. Gen. Paul Rock, commander of MARCENT. “Those are the Maritime Prepositioning Force offload, RSO&I, and the employment of Marines.” RSO&I is a critical link between the deploy-

ment and employment of forces. It is the process of transforming arriving personnel and material into a mission capable force throughout an area. It is an enabling capability that helps keep the Marine Corps responsive around the world. “In the simplest form, RSO&I is matching the right troops to the right equipment, giving them the correct support to make sure they’re ready for the geographic combatant command,” said U.S. Army Maj. Joshua Lackey, 135th Expeditionary Sustainment Command Support Operations officer-incharge, 1st Theater Sustainment Command. This year, the Marines of NF 22 had the assistance of the U.S. Army’s 1st TSC in supporting RSO&I in the new location. While the exercise is in its 8th iteration, 2022 is the first year Native Fury is hosted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. “The 1st TSC’s priority is to support the warfighters and we want to go where we’re needed,” said Lackey. “[NF 22] is a great opportunity to show that we can provide RSO&I to those warfighters in any part of our

area of operations.” Since arriving in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 1st TSC has helped play an important role in completing the mission. “A part of RSO&I was the receiving and offloading of Marine vessels, equipment, and the supporting movement to the Logistical Support Area for staging of the equipment, to include the receiving and processing of personnel when arriving,” said Lackey. The process of RSO&I enables strategic access because of the partnerships being built. According to Lackey, [NF 22] gives the opportunity for service members to practice RSO&I in an area not typically operated in and become more mission capable in the new area of operation. According to 1st Lt. Cesar Morales, a training officer for Combat Logistics Regiment 1, RSO&I is relevant to not only NF 22, but all future operations. “As Marines, we never know where we will be sent next,” said Morales. “We need to have the experience of working in other nations in order to better execute the mission.”

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Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG 92), assigned to Carrier Strike Group Three, arrives in Naval Station Everett, Washington, Sept. 6, following a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 3rd, 5th and 7th Fleets in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS ETHAN SOTO)

USS Momsen returns to homeport Press Release NAVAL STATION EVERETT, Wash. — The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG 92), assigned to Carrier Strike Group Three, returned to Naval Station Everett, Sept. 6, following a seven-month deployment to U.S. 3rd, 5th, and 7th Fleets. Momsen departed Everett Feb. 7 to support maritime security and enhance regional stability in the Indo-Pacific. Momsen conducted independent operations in and around the South China Sea, participating in cooperative deployments strengthening relationships with partner-

ing allies. These efforts included a bi-lateral exercises focused on increasing interoperability with the Indian Navy’s guided-missile frigate INS Trishul (F 43). Momsen made a historic port visit to Goa, India, April 23. The scheduled port call included a ship visit and tour by Indian Navy officials as part of continued efforts to establish partnerships and enhance cooperation between the nations. The visit focused on aviation capabilities and the impact on the nations’ longstanding relationship. In the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations, Momsen participated in exercise Iron Defender 2022, an annual bilateral training event between U.S. Naval Forces Central

Command and forces from the United Arab Emirates. The exercise focused on maritime security operations, mine countermeasures and harbor defense. The event included a medical team embarkation, demonstrating the capabilities of shipboard medicine for UAE officials, and a morale building sporting event between the two nations. While operating in support of Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 counter-narcotics operations, Momsen worked in coordination with the U.S. Coast Guard, seizing 640 kilograms of methamphetamine worth $39 million from a fishing vessel while patrolling international waters in the Gulf

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Marines of the Crossroads-Lance Cpl. Christian Anthony, Ceremonial Platoon By Cpl. Andrew Herwig Marine Corps Base Quantico

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. — When someone hears the word ‘Marine’, they picture the professional renowned Dress Blue Uniforms, and the men and women who embody the core values of honor, courage, and commitment. Who they envision, are the Marines with the Marine Corps Ceremonial Platoons. Lance Cpl. Christian Anthony, a native of Branchburg, New Jersey, enlisted in the Marine Corps in November 2020 as a V-22 aviation airframe mechanic. Little did he know, his first duty station at Marine Corps Base Quantico had different plans for him. Anthony arrived ready to work at Quantico’s pristine National Museum of the Marine

Corps. There he provided Marine Corps history, information and facts to guests, and became well versed in the game of Q&A. Anthony’s leadership took notice in him, and he was asked if he would be interested in joining the MCB Quantico Ceremonial Platoon. “I didn’t really know what it was at the time,” said Anthony, “But I’m always up for new opportunities.” The MCB Quantico Ceremonial Platoon conducts funeral and color guard details, to include on and off base ceremonies and events. They are not your typical Marine Corps unit; this temporary duty assignment allows Marines from any unit across the base to volunteer. “It pulls Marines from a wide variety of military occupational specialties and brings

them all together,” said Anthony, “It teaches them the honor it is to be a Marine, and to carry ourselves high,” he continued. The position requires countless uniform inspections and many hours of practice, making sure every step and every drill movement is perfect. “We want to make the funerals look good for the families,” said Anthony, “So there is a lot of training that we do to get in sync with each other in order for the funerals to come together and look good.” Ceremonial Platoon has provided opportunities for Anthony to meet inspiring people. At one funeral detail, he met and spoke with retired Col. Harvey C. Barnum Jr., a Medal of Honor recipient, who had served alongside the fallen Marine, in Vietnam.

Anthony has enjoyed listening to Marines who have walked before him, hearing their stories and learning from their experiences. “We don’t often get to hear the stories about the fallen Marines,” said Anthony, “But he told us the whole life story of this Marine.” Anthony never thought he would be a part of something like the Ceremonial Platoon. However, he is always eager for new opportunities and the chance to be a part of something different. Through this experience, Anthony now understands the weight in which the Ceremonial Platoon bears. “The Ceremonial Platoon is important because it carries the legacy, and it shows the gratitude that the Marine Corps has for fallen Marines and their families.”

Underway to Fleet Week Baltimore 22 By Lance Cpl. Angel Alvarado

Fleet Marine Force Atlantic, Marine Forces Command, Marine Forces Northern Command

USS CARTER HALL, Chesapeake Bay — U.S. Marines and Sailors boarded the USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) in Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, on Sept. 6, 2022. The U.S. maritime services embarked for two days to Maryland Fleet Week & Flyover Baltimore. Maryland Fleet Week & Flyover Baltimore is an annual public event that celebrates the contributions of the U.S. sea services and maritime capabilities from the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, and Coast Guard. Over 2,300 service members participated in Maryland Fleet Week & Flyover Baltimore 2022 engaging and assisting with ship tours, live bands, and static equipment displays. Cpl. Devin T. Fairman, a Marine Air-Ground Task Force planning specialist with Fleet Marine Force, Atlantic, Marine Forces Command, Marine Forces Northern Command, and native of Sanford, North Carolina, gives a personal account of his experiences so far. “I have never been on a ship before…,” Fairman continues, “...and it gives you a lot of perspective of what the U.S. Navy does. For example, there was a Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) that came onto the ship only an hour or two ago and it showed me how those operations are conducted and the capabilities of the ship.” While underway in the Chesapeake Bay,

sailors with Expeditionary Strike Group 2 transferred Joint Light Tactical Vehicles and High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles to the USS Carter Hall by utilizing a LCAC. The vehicles were transported to the USS Carter Hall to be showcased on static displays during Maryland Fleet Week & Flyover Baltimore 2022. The cohesion between the U.S. Marine Corps and Navy’s capabilities to complete the mission gave the Marines a new perspective. “There’s a saying which goes, ‘on land machine serves man, but at sea, man serves machine.’ ” Fairman remarks, “While on ship I have seen that a lot, every sailor has a job to keep the ship afloat.” As the USS Carter Hall sails closer to port, the Marines and sailors discuss what events they look forward to during Maryland Fleet Week & Flyover Baltimore 2022. From ceremonies to airshows, there are a variety of events for the Marines to engage with the Baltimore community. “I am personally excited for the community relation events,” Fairman continues, “I enjoy community service because I get involved with the people around me. It is an extra opportunity to lend a hand and I look forward to giving back to Baltimore.” For the next week, Marines and Sailors will be actively involved in Baltimore’s harbors. Scheduled physical training events, ship tours, and community service will be conducted by the service members as they showcase their capabilities and give back to the city.

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Devin T. Fairman, a Marine Air-Ground Task Force planning specialist with Fleet Marine Force, Atlantic, Marine Forces Command, Marine Forces Northern Command, watches the USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) embark from Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, Sept. 6, 2022. Maryland Fleet Week & Flyover Baltimore is an annual public event that celebrates the contributions of the U.S. sea services and maritime capabilities from the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard. More than 2,300 service members participated in Maryland Fleet Week & Flyover Baltimore 2022 engaging and assisting with ship tours, live bands and static equipment displays. (U.S. MARINE CORPS PHOTO BY LANCE CPL. ANGEL ALVARADO)

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U.S. Marines with Marine Rotational Force-Darwin 22 and Australian Army soldiers secure an objective during exercise Predator’s Run 22 at Mount Bundey Training Area, NT, Australia, Aug. 27, 2022. Predator’s Run 22 is a multinational exercise that simulates littoral combined arms maneuver in a large-scale force-on-force environment. (U.S. MARINE CORPS PHOTO BY CPL. CAMERON HERMANET)

MRF-D 22 ground combat element integrates into 1st Brigade to enhance combined littoral lethality By Capt. Joseph Dipietro

Marine Rotational Force - Darwin

DARWIN, Australia. — The Marine Rotational Force-Darwin 22 ground combat element, led by 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, participated in exercise PREDATOR’S RUN, integrating into the Australian Defence Force’s 1st Brigade to enhance combined and littoral capabilities in a simulated combat environment from August 20-27. “Our primary objective is to enhance combined arms integration with our Australian allies,” said GCE commander Lt. Col. Tyler Holt, while preparing to lead his Marines and Sailors into the exercise. “PREDATOR’S RUN provides us that opportunity and our Marines and Sailors are excited to build even more proficiency

with 1st Brigade.” PREDATOR’S RUN offered a unique training opportunity to MRF-D in many ways. The exercise simulated a littoral combat scenario, similar to 1st Marine Division’s STEEL KNIGHT, where training areas represented key terrain in an archipelagic environment. PREDATOR’S RUN is an early step in 1st Brigade’s ongoing integration into littoral combat, a skillset the Marine Corps is excited to help with. “This exercise represents a shift back to warfighting for us after a lot of support to domestic operations, so it is a great opportunity and we’re lucky to have our Marine teammates at our side,” said ADF Maj. Anthony Purdy, the operations officer for the Australian 1st Brigade, while briefing 1st Marine Division Command-

ing General, Maj. Gen. Benjamin Watson during his recent visit. Another unique aspect for the MRF-D infantry was the chance to train alongside main battle tanks. The ADF supported PREDATOR’S RUN with elements of the 1st Armoured Regiment, including M1A1 Abrams, the tank Marines used to suppress and destroy enemy positions in the historic battle of Fallujah and across the Middle East in operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM. “It was an exciting and interesting experience to train alongside the Australians during PREDATOR’S RUN, especially their tanks,” offered Sgt. Anfernee Richardson, a squad leader with 3⁄7 who stepped up as a platoon sergeant for the exercise. “The Australians brought their weapon systems to the fight, and we brought ours,

and it was great to integrate those into the same team to increase our effectiveness and lethality.” In addition to the Australians, PREDATOR’S RUN offered MRF-D the chance to train alongside Philippine and Malaysian soldiers, further increasing the international interaction of the deployment. Both the Philippines and Malaysia are supporting exercise PITCH BLACK alongside the MRF-D aviation combat element, but MRF-D greatly enjoyed getting into the details of combined maneuver alongside our regional allies and partners. For questions regarding this story, please contact the Marine Rotational Force — Darwin media inquiry email address at MRFDMedia@usmc.mil. Imagery from this rotation and previous can be found at dvidshub.net/unit/MRF-D.

Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Oakland (LCS 24) stations behind a fishing vessel while Tactical Law Enforcement Team Pacific Coast Guardsmen conduct an Oceania Maritime Support Initiative (OMSI) vessel compliance boarding, Aug. 19, 2022. Oakland is deployed in support of the Oceania Maritime Support Initiative, a secretary of defense program leveraging Department of Defense assets transiting the region to increase the Coast Guard’s maritime domain awareness, and law enforcement operations in Oceania. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS IAN ZAGROCKI)

Littoral combat ships conduct Joint Oceania Maritime Support Initiative By Commander, Littoral Combat Ship Squadron One Public Affairs Office PACIFIC OCEAN — Independence-variant littoral combat ships USS Jackson (LCS 6) and USS Oakland (LCS 24) deployed to the Oceania region with embarked U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team detachments to conduct maritime law enforcement operations in support of U.S. and Pacific Island nations fisheries laws, August 2022. The Oceania Maritime Support Initiative (OMSI) is a Secretary of Defense program that leverages Department of Defense

assets transiting the region to improve maritime security and maritime domain awareness, ultimately supporting regional stability and partnerships in Oceania. “The joint Navy and Coast Guard OMSI mission capitalizes on the agility and mission adaptability LCS was designed for,” said Cmdr. Derek Jaskowiak, commanding officer of Oakland. “It is our privilege to support our partner nations through presence in Oceania and to ensure continued security, stability, and prosperity throughout the region.” Finishing up their OMSI patrol in late August, Oakland operated alongside the

U.S. Coast Guard, a detachment from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 35, and partners throughout the region to suppress illicit maritime activities like illegal, unregulated, unreported fishing and transnational crime. “Partnering with the U.S. Navy in support of the OMSI mission enables the Coast Guard to extend our reach into and throughout Oceania as the tyranny of distance when operating in the Pacific is exceptionally vast,” said Lt. C.K. Williams, chief intelligence officer of USCG Sector Honolulu. Jackson will continue the OMSI mission

through September 2022. An integral part of U.S. Pacific Fleet, U.S. 3rd Fleet operates naval forces in the Indo-Pacific in addition to providing realistic and relevant training across the full spectrum of military operations — from combat operations to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. U.S. 3rd Fleet works in close coordination with other numbered Fleets to provide commanders with capable, ready forces to deploy forward and win in day-today competition, in crisis, and in conflict. For more information, visit https://www. dvidshub.net/unit/COM-US3rdFleet

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First Lady Dr. Jill Biden takes a photo with Sailors from the amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD 25), and Navy Talent Acquisition Group (NTAG) Pittsburgh during the 21st anniversary of 9/11 at the Flight 93 National Memorial.


Shankville, Pa. (Sept. 11, 2022) – The U.S. Navy sent 22 Sailors from the amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD 25) to Somerset County for a multi-day trip to attend the observance, and serve in a uniformed capacity as escorts, honoring the families of the 40 passengers and crew that perished on Flight 93. USS Somerset personnel participated in various service and engagement Community Relations projects (COMRELs) during their trip.

First Lady Dr. Jill Biden delivers remarks as the keynote speaker during the the 21st observance of 9/11 at the Flight 93 National Memorial.

First Lady Dr. Jill Biden lays a wreath at the Wall of Names at the Flight 93 National Memorial on the 21st anniversary of 9/11. Biden provided remarks as the keynote speaker for the event.

First Lady Dr. Jill Biden speaks with Sailors from the amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD 25) at the Wall of Names during the 21st anniversary of 9/11 at the Flight 93 National Memorial.

Gordon Felt, brother of Flight 93 passenger Edward Porter Felt and President of Families for Flight 93, presents a flag on behalf of the National Park Service to Personnel Specialist Seaman Thomas Tran, assigned to amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD 25).

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US service members, swear the Oath of Allegiance and officially becomes a U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony aboard USS Constitution.

U.S. service members become U.S. citizens aboard USS Constitution U.S. NAVY PHOTOS BY AIRMAN AUSTIN JEAN/RELEASED

BOSTON (Sept. 12, 2022) – USS Constitution, is the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat, and played a crucial role in the Barbary Wars and the War of 1812, actively defending sea lanes from 1797 to 1855. During normal operations, the active-duty Sailors stationed aboard USS Constitution provide free tours and offer public visitation to more than 600,000 people a year as they support the ship’s mission of promoting the Navy’s history and maritime heritage and raising awareness of the importance of a sustained naval presence. USS Constitution was undefeated in battle and destroyed or captured 33 opponents. The ship earned the nickname of Old Ironsides during the war of 1812 when British cannonballs were seen bouncing off the ship’s wooden hull.

US Navy Seamen Martienne Cabatingan, from Cebu City, Philippines, swears the Oath of Allegiance and officially becomes a U.S. citizen during a naturalization ceremony aboard USS Constitution.

U.S. service members swear the Oath of Allegiance during a naturalization ceremony aboard USS Constitution.

Richard G. Stearns, District Judge, U.S. District Court, speaks to U.S. service members during a naturalization ceremony aboard USS Constitution.

U.S Navy Cmdr. Bille Farrell, commanding officer of USS Constitution, speaks at a naturalization ceremony aboard the ship.

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Autumn in the trees at The Adventure Park makes the perfect fall outing Press Release VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium, the area’s largest zipline and climbing adventure experience, announces their schedule of autumnthemed events for 2022. “Fall is a wonderful time to visit The Adventure Park,” said Darlene Zimble, Park Manager. ”The leaves are changing, and the air is crisp… there’s no better way to experience the feeling of autumn in Virginia Beach.” The Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium will offer Glow in the Park, its signature nighttime event, on Fridays and Saturdays through November 5, 2022. Glow in the Park is a unique way to experience the Park with ziplining and climbing through an illuminated forest to high energy music. Each Glow in the Park event has a unique theme, from 70s, 80s and 90s to Country, Top 40 and Movie Themes. In October, the Park will offer the following schedule of autumnthemed events: Friday Oct. 7 & Saturday Oct. 8: Fall Festival Friday Oct. 14 & Saturday Oct. 15: Halloween Friday Oct. 21 and Saturday Oct.22: Halloween Friday Oct. 28: Haunted Halloween, recommended for ages 12+ Saturday Oct.29: Halloween “Whether you join us for Glow in the Park,

or come for a daytime adventure,” said Ms. Zimble, “you’ll be sure to enjoy the birds-eye view of the leaves changing.” Tickets for Glow in the Park, and all the Park’s activities, are available on the Park’s website, myadventurepark.com/VBAP. Participants may choose day or evening timeslots. About The Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium The 17 trails at The Adventure Park consist of 258 various challenges in the trees, including bridges, tightropes, ladders, and 31 ziplines. The longest zipline runs 315 feet and crosses Owls Creek for a spectacular view. Participants wear harnesses with clips that connect to the trail’s safety system, ensuring that they are always locked on to the course until they reach the end. The main trails are designed for ages 5 to adult. Non-climbing participants are admitted free of charge to share the experience on the ground and enjoy the property’s nature trails and picnic tables. The Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium is open to the general public and is located just minutes from the Boardwalk, on acres of forest on the grounds of the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center. The address is 801 General Booth Boulevard in Virginia Beach. Walk ins are welcome on a space available basis, but guests are encouraged to book ahead on the Park’s website or by calling 757-385-4947.

At Glow in the Park Virginia Beach, you can experience your favorite ziplines and climb from tree-to-tree on high ropes covered in fairy lights and multi-colored LED lights. We’ve transformed our outdoor aerial adventure park into a land of dreams with our nighttimethemed events. You can now zipline through the trees and climb our ropes courses with LED lights plus fairy lights to give it an extra magical glow. To top it off, we’ll blast the fantastic music to complete the fun.

DarKoaster, the World’s First All-Indoor Straddle Coaster, Debuts in 2023 at Busch Gardens Williamsburg Press Release WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — DarKoaster™, the world’s first all-indoor straddle coaster, will open in 2023 at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. The new attraction is the park’s tenth coaster and an unprecedented, family-friendly addition to Busch Gardens’ thrill ride portfolio. The new coaster will be housed in the iconic Curse of DarKastle building, paying homage to the previous ride with subtle theming nods for loyal park fans. King Ludwig’s abandoned fortress resurfaces as strange weather patterns have been recorded near the cursed castle grounds. Only the bravest souls will embark on snowmobiles in this dark expedition to discover the mysterious phenomenon. A supernatural force is imminent as explorers discover that they are evading more than just a raging storm. Escape the storm on the ALL-NEW DarKoaster™, the world’s first all-indoor straddle coaster, launching in 2023 at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Traveling on snowmobiles across 2,454 feet of track, daring explorers race through total darkness while changing course to avoid the elements. As the weather strikes, riders encounter four accelerating launches and speed through the storm on this family-friendly dark ride experience. “DarKoasterwillbeanexcitingandunique addition to our world class lineup of coasters,” said Kevin Lembke, Busch Gardens

Williamsburg Park President. “As an indoor attraction, DarKoaster complements our collection of thrill rides and offers a new experience to enjoy throughout the year. Plus, with only a 48-inch height requirement, DarKoaster is a ride for the whole family to conquer together.” Manufactured by Intamin Wo r l d w i d e , Busch Gardens’ newest family thrill is a steel coaster design with four launches and over 1,400 feet of track. Riders will experience a total of 2,454 feet of track. NEW 2023 Membership Plans Feature Unlimited Visits & Unbeatable Benefits Busch Gardens is launching another incredible year for Membership as the BEST VALUE annual theme park pass in Virginia with monthly rewards and amazing benefits, ranging from unlimited admis-

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Wishes for two leukemia survivors granted at ODU football game By Kevin Gaydosh NORFOLK, Va. – On Sept. 2, 2022, during the ODU vs. Virginia Tech football game, two childhood leukemia survivors, Foster Jones (center) and Cameron Gular (behind Foster), learned during the ESPNU broadcast that their shared wish would come true thanks to funds given from the Chartway Promise Foundation. Cheerleaders and mascots from both teams joined Chartway, its charitable foundation and Toby’s Dream Foundationfor the on-field for the big reveal. Their hoped-for trip to Disney World with their families will come true for the two best buddies later this year.

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7th Annual Hermitage Handmade Festival Press Release The Hermitage Museum & Gardens’ annual Hermitage Handmade Festival returns! Join us on Saturday, September 17th from 11-4pm to shop for arts and crafts handmade by 85+ artists. Plus, enjoy live music on the back patio by Peep the DJ, guided tours and scavenger hunts, food and dessert vendors, Fairy Hair by Chelsea, and art activities for all ages. This event is free and open to the public. Donations at the door are encouraged. SHOP From over 85 artists! LEARN • Free admission to the Roberto Lugo: Pottery with Purpose exhibition • Guided tours of the Hermitage Museum and Sloane Collection • Kids scavenger hunts EAT • Hades Wood Fired Oven • Yolees’ G-Dawgz • Joysicles CREATE • Lil Truck of Tools: a pop-up creative space for making, learning, experimentation, and play • Design and create a one-of-a-kind Roberto Lugo inspired magnet Complimentary shuttle service is available at three satellite parking locations: WHRO (5200 Hampton Blvd), Larchmont Library (6525 Hampton Blvd), and Second Presbyterian Church (7305 Hampton Blvd). Shuttle stops at all three satellite parking locations during event and drops off at the Hermitage Museum front gate. Pick up and arrival times will vary based on rider volume and demand. No on-site parking is available. A limited number of disabled parking spots will be available across from the front gate. Ample street parking is also available in the neighborhood. When parking in the neighborhood, please be sure to observe all parking signage, park legally, and ensure that your vehicle is not blocking driveways and walkways. Well-behaved dogs on leashes are permitted. Rain date Sunday, September 25

2022 Suffolk Peanut Fest to recognize 21st anniversary of 9/11 Press Release SUFFOLK, Va. — Suffolk Festivals, Inc., is proud to honor the fallen heroes of September 11, 2001, by hosting the Tunnel to Towers Foundation’s 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit throughout the 44th Annual Suffolk Peanut Fest, October 6-9, 2022. Held at the Suffolk Executive Airport, the fourday family festival will feature the 83-foot tractor-trailer that transforms into an 1,100 square-foot exhibit featuring World Trade Center Steel, aluminum façade from the buildings, radio transmissions from first responders, and items found in the rubble after the Twin Towers collapsed. This unique mobile exhibit serves to honor and preserve the legacies of the first responders who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Accompanied by regional first responders and patriotic groups, the 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit will begin its journey to the festival site at 9:30 am on Friday, October 7. Originating at the Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk Riverfront, the procession will maneuver through historic Downtown Suffolk via North Main Street and continuing along Carolina Road before arriving at the Suffolk Executive Airport. Friday, Octo-

Tunnel to Towers Foundation’s 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit

ber 7, hours for the Suffolk Peanut Fest are 10 am until 10 pm, with the first two hours of the day designated as “Kiddie Day,” allowing free admission for everyone until

noon. In addition to the 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit, families can enjoy special activities geared towards young children from until noon.

As a pre-festival event, Suffolk Festivals Inc., is hosting the first Suffolk Peanut Fest Golf Tournament at Sleepy Hole Golf Course on Thursday, September 29, 2022. Proceeds from this tournament will benefit the Tunnel to Towers Foundation. To learn more about this golf tournament and all festival activities, go to SuffolkPeanutFest. coom. Additional inquiries may be made by calling the Festival office at 757.539.6751. The 44th Annual Suffolk Peanut Fest is October 6-9, 2022. General admission is $10 per person; Children 10 & under are free. Carload Night is Thursday, October 6, admission is FREE. Purchase up to eight all-you-can-ride wristbands for $50 (Carload Night only). Military Appreciation Day is Sunday, October 9 (½ price admission for active, retired military and active first responders). $30 per person all-you-can-ride wristbands are available on Sunday, October 9. Parking is free. For more information about Suffolk Peanut Fest and associated concerts, events and games, log onto SuffolkPeanutFest.com or contact Suffolk Festivals at 757.539.6751. facebook.com/SuffolkPeanutFest. Sponsorship, vendor and exhibitor opportunities available.

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Executive Director Greg Bockheim sits in the pool shortly before construction began (VIRGINIA ZOO)

Turtle Oasis is coming soon!

The Virginia Zoo has broken ground on a brand-new habitat that puts its conservation efforts front and center. From Virginia Zoo Turtle Oasis is a science and conservation based outdoor habitat, focusing on the rescue, care and research of freshwater turtles that need our help. It will be nationally recognized the Association of Zoos and Aquariums as part of the Virginia Zoo’s ongoing conservation efforts and an official AZA SAFE (Saving Animals From Extinction) Program. What is a SAFE program? AZA SAFE focuses the collective expertise within AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums and leverages that visitor audience, which is more than 200 million strong, to help save animal species that need immediate attention. Since the SAFE program’s inception, nearly 30 species have been identified as part of this initiative and institutions work together alongside their partners to help save these animals. Turtle Oasis will provide conservation education — making visitors aware of these turtle species, which live in unique and shrinking freshwater wetland habitats, and how protecting wild habitats benefits us all. What will happen here? Turtle Oasis focuses on the rescue, care, study, and, if necessary, rehabilitation of US Fish and Wildlife confiscated bog and spotted turtles. Additional species may also benefit if the habitats appear suitable. These species are endangered due to habitat loss and the pet trade (it is illegal for private individuals to maintain either of these species). Visitors will be able to see these unique species on a pier that extends over pond and stream water systems. Who are the inhabitants? Bog turtles and spotted turtles are just two of the many

Historical photo of the Zoo’ seal pool (VIRGINIA ZOO)

species that will benefit from Turtle Oasis. Both bog and spotted turtles are similar in appearance. The bog turtle is the smallest species of turtle in North America, weighing about 3.9 ounces on average. Its skin and shell are typically dark brown, with a distinctive orange spot on each side of the neck. The spotted turtle grows to 1.4 — 4.9 inches in length and is grayish black with small yellow spots. Where can we find it? Turtle Oasis involves the renovation of the Zoo’s historical sea lion exhibit which opened in 1954. The exhibit was very popular with visitors

until the early 1990s when the last sea lion passed away and the area was closed. The site is located just past the Zoo’s main pond, and across from Run Wild: Nature Discovery Zone. Why this location? The historical sea lion pool is the perfect foundation to create another in-ground system of pools — “up cycling” what features were already present. Preparation for this project involved a geotechnical investigation to determine soil type, stability of the present structures, and substrates. The area was found to be suitable for backfilling to create the

proper water depths for natural ponds and wetlands to suit each turtle space. What will the habitat look like? A “U” shaped visitor pier will be built over the pools and streams, boulders and rocks will create natural barriers between eight freshwater habitats. Aquatic and land vegetation will be added to soften the habitats and make them more turtle friendly. The pools and bogs are low-maintenance and more importantly, low-waste, built with eco-friendly and long-lasting materials to ensure a long lifespan. The habitats will also include soft soil and mud areas so that the turtles will be able to hibernate during the winter season. What about the flora? A major overhaul of the landscaping and treescape will also take place. Undyed, hardwood mulch will create a natural appearance and more than 60 plants of nearly a dozen species will embellish the tranquil space. Some plants will include Creeping Jenny, Nancy Revenge Elephant Ear, Autumn Joy Sedum, St John’s Wort and Big Blue Salvia. When can we visit Turtle Oasis? We have already began construction! Privacy fences will be in place due to the nature of the construction, but we will be posting regular updates to our social media and plan to open Turtle Oasis later this summer. You can also check out construction progress here. How can we support the project? This project includes partnerships with the US Fish and Wildlife, Virginia Wesleyan University, freshwater bog and wetland experts, and turtle scientists from the Turtle Survival Alliance. If you are as big a turtle fan as we are, you can help support the project by donating to Act For Wildlife.

NWA World Heavyweight Champion Trevor Murdoch tells more Harley Race stories, NWA, WWE Championships and more, Part II Interview By Yiorgo It was a historic night at NWA 74 held at the famous Chase in St. Louis Missouri recently. Some of the highlights were: The crowning of new NWA World Tag Team Champions La Rebelión due to Harry Smith being unable to appear because of an illness. As a result, the Commonwealth Connection was forced to relinquish their belts. Hawx Aerie faced La Rebelión, with La Rebelión walking away the winners. There was also a new NWA National Heavyweight Champion when Cyon defeated Zax Dane. The Tables Match between Bully Ray and Mike Knox was as wild as it was expected with Bully Ray putting Mike Knox through the table for the win. In the main event of night one, NWA Women’s Heavyweight Champion Kamille retained her title against Tynia Valkyrie in an incredible match that could have gone either way. After the match, the women’s locker room came out to ringside, showing respect and applauding both combatants. In night two, a 12 team battle royal was held with The Fixers becoming the new United States Tag Team Champions when they eliminated Team Ambition. There were also famed NWA legends and former NWA World Heavyweight Champions Tommy “Wildfire” Rich, Barry Windham who addressed the crowd and famed manager of The Four Horsemen JJ Dillon who spoke as well. The legendary “The Perfect 10” Baby Doll was there as well, managing her daughter Samantha Starr. NWA World Heavyweight Champion Trevor Murdoch retained his title in a very hard fought match against NWA TV Cham-

Trevor vs Tyrus at the Chase NWA 74 (Photo From Trevor Murdoch’s private collection-NWA)

pion Tyrus. Go to https://www.nationalwrestlingalliance.com/ for a full report, to watch the PPV on fitetv and all the up to date information involving the NWA, fitetv and youtube TV shows NWA Powerr, NWA USA and their next PPV Hard Times in November. If you missed Part I of our interview with Trevor Murdoch, you can read it here. https://www.militarynews.com/ norfolk-navy-flagship/community/ current-national-wrestling-allianceworld-heavyweight-champion-trevor-

murdoch-talks-nwa-74-ppv-this-weekend/ article_5e5f8582-23eb-11ed-8928-53ceaeca7fcb.html And now Part II of our interview with Trevor. Yiorgo: Tell us more about your great relationship with the great eight time NWA World Heavyweight Champion Harley Race. Trevor Murdoch: As hard as Harley pushed in the ring, he was just as compassionate and loving outside of the ring. I lived out here by the lake, a lot of hill country and I remember one time specifically,

we had gotten a really bad snowstorm. I’m talking about a foot and a half of snow on the ground. I had a little bit of food, very little in the refrigerator, no cable, completely unprepared for the storm. I’m there for two days, all the roads are unploud, icy and undrivable. I called Harley, described what was going on and that I could not get out of my driveway and I didn’t know what I was going to do. Without hesitation he said, “I’ll be there in 20 minutes to get you.” I tried to talk him out of it describing how bad the roads were and to not put himself in jeopardy. He drove that excursion up and down these hills, picked me up, risked his life, took me to his house and the next three days, his wife BJ God love her, cooked me breakfast, lunch and dinner and did everything possible to make me feel comfortable in her home. That’s who Harley was, I was one of his guys. He was very special to me. I walked into that school thinking I’m getting wrestling lessons. What I learned was not only how to be a good wrestler but also a good man and how to stand up for myself and to know my worth. I was lost in the world, trying to find my way and he was always pointing the way. Y: How did the opportunity to work for the WWE happen? What do you remember about your first day? TM: I had been up to WWE 8-9 times for tryouts. One time I was a security guy, another time I was a security guy for Kane when he was coming out of the ambulance and I had to unlock his chains. I did all kinds of stuff to get that opportunity. Harley would say, “This is Trevor Murdoch, this is my guy.” And then it was up to me to prove Turn to NWA, Page 8

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Creamy Spinach, Mushroom and Lasagna Soup

A Savory Solution to Stretch Your Grocery Budget Family Features/Mushroomcouncil.com In today’s world, grocery shopping can seem more like a burden than an opportunity to gather supplies for your family’s favorite meals. With prices of everyday ingredients fluctuating almost daily, it’s important for many families to make their dollars go further at the store. Easy ways to stretch your grocery budget, like using versatile ingredients, can make the checkout experience a little less impactful on your household’s finances. Consider the benefits of mushrooms, which provide a delicious option to enhance flavor in favorite recipes while extending portions in an affordable way. Save Money Stretch your dollars by stretching your meals using a process called “The Blend.” Blending finely chopped mushrooms with ground meat can extend portion sizes of your favorite meaty recipes and help your bottom line. Chop your favorite mushroom variety to match the consistency of ground meat, blend the chopped mushrooms and meat together then cook to complete the recipe. For burgers, use a blend of 25% finely chopped mushrooms and 75% ground meat. For tacos or chili, use 50% mushrooms and 50% meat or an even higher mushroom-tomeat ratio. Savor the Flavor The savory umami taste of mushrooms means a flavorful experience in blended recipes like burgers, where the chopped mushrooms help hold in the juiciness. Or, you can chop, quarter, slice or enjoy them whole in recipes like Garlic-Rosemary Butter Roasted Chicken Thighs and Veggies with Mushroom Orzo Risotto, Creamy Spinach, Mushroom and Lasagna Soup or Blended Pasta Sauce paired with your favorite pasta. One Carton, Multiple Dishes Thanks to mushrooms’ versatility, you can buy one large carton of mushrooms to chop up then bulk up multiple dishes, from a morning omelet to hearty soups to blended burgers. Serve Up Nutrition Low-calorie, low-sodium, fat-free and

cholesterol-free, mushrooms are nutrient rich and can play a starring role in a variety of meals. With an array of fresh varieties and nearly endless ways to prepare them, they can be your powerhouse from the produce department. Find more recipe ideas and ways to make the most of your grocery store dollars at MushroomCouncil.com.

Garlic-Rosemary Butter Roasted Chicken Thighs and Veggies with Mushroom Orzo Risotto Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 50 minutes Servings: 4 Chicken: 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs salt, to taste pepper, to taste 6 tablespoons unsalted butter 16 ounces mushrooms, such as white button, crimini or portabella, quartered 3 zucchinis, sliced in half moons 3 large carrots, thinly sliced 4 sprigs fresh rosemary, leaves removed and roughly chopped 4 cloves garlic, minced Orzo: 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 small yellow onion, diced 2 garlic cloves, minced 16 ounces mushrooms, such as white button, crimini or portabella, finely chopped 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta ⅛ teaspoon black pepper ⅓ cup white wine ⅓ cup shredded Parmesan cheese To make chicken: Preheat oven to 450 F. Pat chicken dry. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. In large skillet over medium-high heat, melt butter. Sear chicken until brown on both sides, 4-5 minutes on each side.

Garlic-Rosemary Butter Roasted Chicken Thighs and Veggies with Mushroom Orzo Risotto

In large bowl, toss mushrooms, zucchinis and carrots with rosemary and garlic. On large baking sheet, spread vegetables. Nestle chicken into vegetables. Drizzle with butter and juices from pan. Bake 20 minutes until chicken is cooked through and vegetables are tender. To make orzo: In small pot over medium-low heat, warm broth. Using skillet from chicken over medium heat, add butter and olive oil. Add onion, garlic and mushrooms. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions soften, 3-4 minutes. Add orzo and black pepper. Stir and cook orzo 2 minutes. Add white wine and cook until evaporated, about 1 minute. Add broth to orzo, ⅔ cup at a time, stirring until liquid is absorbed. Repeat with remaining broth, waiting until last batch is absorbed before adding next. Remove from heat and stir in Parmesan. Serve in individual bowls with chicken and roasted vegetables atop mushroom orzo risotto. Recipe courtesy of Emily Weeks, MS, RD, on behalf of the Mushroom Council

Blended Pasta Sauce

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped 3 garlic cloves, minced 1 pound mushrooms (such as white button, crimini or portabella), finely chopped 1 pound 80% lean ground beef 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 jar (24 ounces) marinara sauce cooked pasta salt, to taste pepper, to taste grated Parmesan cheese In large pot over medium heat, add oil and cook onions, stirring occasionally, until just soft, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Add mushrooms and cook 5 minutes, or until mushrooms are soft and reduced in size. Add ground beef, Italian seasoning and salt; cook until browned throughout, about 6 minutes, stirring and breaking up lumps. Skim off fat, leaving about 2 tablespoons.

Blended Pasta Sauce

Stir in marinara sauce and reduce heat to low. Cook 10 minutes. Serve over cooked pasta, season with salt and pepper, to taste, and top with grated Parmesan. Recipe courtesy of the Mushroom Council

Creamy Spinach, Mushroom and Lasagna Soup Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Servings: 4 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 medium onion, small diced 8 ounces mushrooms, such as white button, crimini or portabella, sliced 1 jar (24 ounces) marinara sauce 1 can (15 ounces) diced tomatoes 2 tablespoons tomato paste 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar 1 teaspoon granulated sugar 1 tablespoon dried basil ½ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon oregano ½ teaspoon black pepper 1 bay leaf 3 cups vegetable broth 6 lasagna noodles, broken into pieces ½ cup heavy cream 5 ounces fresh baby spinach 1 cup whole milk ricotta ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese, for topping Heat large pot over medium heat. Add olive oil, garlic, onion and mushrooms. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions and mushrooms soften, 4-5 minutes. Add marinara, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, vinegar, sugar, basil, salt, oregano, pepper, bay leaf and broth. Bring to boil over high heat then reduce heat to low and simmer. Add lasagna noodles and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and remove bay leaf. Stir in heavy cream and spinach until wilted, 2-3 minutes. Divide between bowls and top each with dollop of ricotta and sprinkle of mozzarella. Recipe courtesy of Emily Weeks, MS, RD, on behalf of the Mushroom Council

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Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve. Service members and veterans that deployed to Syria beginning September 11, 2001, are now eligible to join the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry.

VA Expands Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry Eligibility

By MHS Communications More than 325,000 service members and veterans have joined the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry to date, and recent updates expand eligibility and make it easier for service members and veterans to participate. “These updates are important in that they demonstrate the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs collective resolve to keep our service members and veterans informed about the registry, support requirements in National Defense Authorization Acts, and support the recently signed Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act of 2022,” according to Steve Jones, Force Readiness and Health Assurance Policy director. “The DOD and the VA remain committed to better understanding and mitigating the health effects of deployment-related exposures such as airborne hazards and open burn pits.” In 2014, the VA developed the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry to help service members and veterans document potential exposure to airborne hazards while deployed overseas. The registry is a secure database of health information

provided by service members and veterans that helps the VA collect, analyze, and publish data on health conditions that may be related to environmental exposures experienced during deployment. After completing the online questionnaire, participants have the option to discuss their health care with a provider in an optional medical evaluation. This summer, the VA added Egypt, Syria, and Uzbekistan to the list of eligible deployment locations. If you are a service member or veteran who served any amount of time in the Southwest Asia theater of operations or Egypt beginning August 2, 1990, or in Afghanistan, Djibouti, Syria, or Uzbekistan beginning Sept. 11, 2001, you are eligible to sign up for the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry—regardless of whether you recall being exposed to airborne hazards. These regions include the following countries, bodies of water, and airspace above these locations: Afghanistan Bahrain Djibouti Egypt Gulf of Aden Gulf of Oman

Iraq Kuwait Oman Qatar Syria United Arab Emirates Uzbekistan Waters of the Arabian Sea, Persian Gulf, and Red Sea Additionally, the VA has adjusted the registry’s functionality to enable participants to return to the registry portal at any time after initial submission to add deployments. “This enhancement is especially useful for participants who initially joined while on active duty, and it enables users to create a more complete picture of their exposure history for themselves and their health care providers,” said Dr. Eric Shuping, director of operations, the VA Health Outcomes Military Exposures. “We ask that you wait at least 90 days after your return from deployment to log in and update your registry profile; this allows time for the DOD deployment information to be cycled into VA databases.” To check whether you’ve already joined the registry and make additional entries in your profile, visit https://veteran.mobile-

health.va.gov/AHBurnPitRegistry/ and click “Get Started” to log in using your DS Logon Level 2 account. Then, to add deployments, click “Next Steps” and “Add New Deployments.” If you are eligible based on your deployment history and have not yet signed up, join the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry and encourage your fellow service members and/or veterans to join, too. Participation is a key component in taking control of your own health and supporting the DOD and the VA research efforts. In fact, registry data supported VA’s recent decisions to establish service connection for certain conditions as a result of presumed exposure to fine particulate matter. To view a full list of these conditions, please visit the VA’s Public Health webpage; and to learn what the PACT Act means for veterans’ benefits. Please note that participation in the registry will not affect your access to health care or benefits, and it is not related to the VA disability compensation claims process. To learn more about the registry, visit Health.mil’s Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry webpage, for a brief video, fact sheet, FAQs, and other informational materials.

What Effects Does Alcohol Have on My Body? By Janet A. Aker

MHS Communications

Hey Doc: A friend of mine recently got pulled over for a DUI. He weighs a good 210 pounds and only had four beers at our company picnic, but he still got pulled over and arrested. Now his license is suspended for six months, he’s paying a stiff fine, and it impacted his annual review. I want to make sure that never happens to me! What’s your advice? — Senior Airman Brandy Dear Senior Airman Brandy: I’m sorry to hear about your friend. Sounds like you’re looking for information about alcohol’s effects on your body over time, the factors behind the impact of alcohol, and the how it affects your ability to operate a vehicle. I’ve reached out to an expert to answer your questions: Dr. John Shehan, a psychiatrist and head of the Addiction Medicine Intensive Outpatient Program at the Carl R. Army Medical Center at Fort Hood in Texas. Here’s what Dr. Shehan had to say. How alcohol impacts your body is first and foremost a function of time. On average, you metabolize about a drink an hour. So, if you drink four drinks in under an hour, it’s probably going to take a good four hours for you to process that alcohol out of your system. There is little difference in the rate of alcohol absorption between different types of alcoholic beverages. Different types of alcohol have what is called “alcohol by volume,” or ABV, and this means the amount of pure ethanol (alcohol) in a given volume of beverage. The higher the ABV, the lower the number of ounces you can drink that qualify as one standard drink. For instance, a 12-ounce beer is equivalent to one standard drink. Beer typically has 5% ABV. A standard drink of malt liquor is about 7% ABV, but that’s only 8 ounces. A standard drink of wine is 12% ABV and is only 5 ounces, while a 1.5-ounce whiskey is 40% ABV. All those are equivalent to one drink. Factors for the Impact of Alcohol There are other factors involved in how you respond to alcohol, such as your tolerance and your gender. Different people process alcohol differently.

How you react to alcohol depends on how much water content you have in your body, your rate of blood flow, and also the kind of tissue mass you have. In fact, alcohol doesn’t disperse easily, but in water it can pass through your body more effortlessly. Women are going to have a higher blood alcohol level concentration when they drink the same dose of alcohol per body weight. That’s because typically they have less of the enzyme in their stomach that helps to metabolize alcohol. And they also have higher total body fat relative to water concentration in their bodies. If you eat before you drink, it can slow down the absorption of alcohol, but the alcohol still needs to be broken down in your body. People who drink on an empty stomach will get drunk faster. Food only delays the rate of alcohol getting absorbed into your system. Your body will still get the same amount of alcohol but just in a delayed fashion. This could encourage people to drink more

because they don’t feel that drunk, which could be dangerous. A meal will not protect you from becoming intoxicated. Also, drinking caffeine has no effect on how your body metabolizes alcohol. It might make you feel more alert, but then you might drink more alcohol and become more intoxicated. Drinking, Driving, and Duty Impaired driving due to alcohol use begins to occur at limits well below the legal limit of 0.08%, and 0.04% is drunk on duty. Alcohol use slows reaction time and impairs judgment, which are all skills you need to drive a vehicle safely or perform your daily duties. If you have three or four drinks an hour, you’ll be well above most states’ legal limit. If you get behind the wheel of a car, truck or motorcycle, you could get a DWI or DUI, like your friend did, or you could get into a serious accident or even injure or kill someone. DUI’s can be very expensive. Generally, they will cost you about $10,000 in legal fees.

If you get a DUI, you also may face the loss of your military benefits and pension or even receive a dishonorable discharge. The bottom line is that drinking and driving don’t make sense. Be smart and limit your drinking to no more than two drinks in a sitting for men and no more than one drink in a sitting for women. There is never a good time to drink and drive, and I strongly discourage even modest amounts of alcohol and driving. But, if you do drink, take a licensed car service or a taxi home or use a designated driver. Senior Airman Brandy, I hope this answers your questions about drinking and can help you understand alcohol’s effects over time so you don’t put yourself or others in danger, or worse. For more information, check out the> Alcohol’s Effects on Your Body page at the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Prevention or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention page on impaired driving Good luck, my friend, and as always, take care of each other out there!

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myself to them. I had just gotten back from being six months at the Noah Dojo in Japan. I was doing 500 squats, 300 pushups, 150 bumps a day, so I was in the best shape of my life. When I came back from Japan, Harley said (in Harley’s voice), “Trevor, I got you a WWE tryout.” I thanked him, but I wasn’t excited about it because I had been up there all those other times and nothing had happened. I was going to focus on working in Japan. I went with the intention that this was a $250.00 payday, eat some incredible catering and be a fan because these are guys I see on TV. I got there, put on my workout gear, went to the ring to do some stretching. While I’m out there, Chris Benoit is out there and he is doing his 500 squats for his warm up, I was doing my 500 squats for my workout. I noticed what he was doing out there so I went to the ring. I’m fresh as a daisy from the dojo so I start doing some of my neck bridges, some of my Japanese training and that gets his attention. He comes over and asks, “Have you been in Japan?” I said yes sir, I just came back from the Noah dojo. He said, “Who trained you?” I said, Harley Race sir. Now Harley and Chris were really close, we are talking about Japan and he says, “Do you have a match tonight?” I said, no sir. He said, “Wait right here.” He left, I didn’t think much of it because nothing had happened the last 8-9 times that I was there. Chris comes back 10 minutes later and says, “I have to go, but I just want you to know that you have a match tonight, good luck kid, they are going to be watching.” And he walks away. I’m in shock. So I went from not really expecting anything to now I have the attention of anybody that can make a decision about me. I find out I’m going to be wrestling Rob Conway. I had not met Rob but I knew of his background in OVW with Rip Rogers and I knew he could wrestle. I also knew what my job was and that was to make Rob look like a million dollars and that’s what I did. After the match, John Laurinaitis, also known by his wrestling name as Johnny Ace, who was in charge of Talent Relations at the time, asked how the match went and Rob put me over by saying that I was there for everything and even more stuff then he was expecting me to be there for and that I could work. John asked me to come back the next night and wrestle again. I was excited to make another $250.00 and eat at catering. The next night I wrestled Rene Dupree and John said he wanted a 50⁄50 match so they can see what I can do offensively. We have a great match and he makes me look like a million dollars. I’m happy and this is the first time I’m feeling close to an opportunity. John comes into the locker room and says, “I need to talk to you, when you get dressed come to my office.” Now I’m thinking what did I do wrong. I go into his office, he congratulated me on doing a good job the last two nights and says, “Do you want a job here?” I couldn’t even get the words out of my mouth. All I could do is shake my head

feel like I have more chemistry with Trevor.” Johnny says, “Ok, good. You are both on the road this week.” And he turned around and walked away. And I was like, what just happened? A n d L a n ce says, “We just got put on the road, get your roadsters ready we are going to work.” I tracked down Johnny later and I said I thought I was going to developmental? And he said, “Don’t worry about it, you’re not going to developmental.” I went straight from the independents to WWE TV, to Wo r l d Ta g Trevor Murdoch (PHOTO FROM TREVOR MURDOCH’S PRIVATE COLLECTION-NWA) Team Champions. yes I do. He asked for my name and address Y: What was it like winning the WWE to send a contract to my house and said, World Tag Team Titles? “Have your lawyers look at it, sign it and we TM: Winning a WWE title is amazing. will send you to the developmental.” Now To stand in that ring and have 3.5 million this contract was as thick as a dictionary but people at home watching and 10,000 in the all I could see was the sign here tabs. I could arena watching you live this moment, raise have signed away my first born, I signed it, my hand in the air as the WWE Tag Team put it in the Fedex box and mailed it. I didn’t Champion. What I remember most about want them to go back to Connecticut and say, that is coming home, bringing that title with did we really hire that guy? me, kissing my wife and then going to see I was supposed to go to developmental Harley at the wrestling school, walked into and I got a call two weeks later and they said, his office and layed that title on his desk. I “We are going to bring you in and have you looked at him and said, this is you, you did tag with a guy named Lance Cade and see this. You helped me get this. He got up, I how you guys do.” I came in, met Lance, we get little emotional now talking about it. went out and had our first match and I was He came over, gave me a hug and said, “Kid, outside of the ring and I knew what he was remember the cream rises to the top.” It’s thinking and he knew what I was thinking one of those moments that I will never, ever to the point that we didn’t even have to say forget because I was his first guy to make it words to each other. We just clicked and this in the WWE and win a world championship. reminds me in the middle of the match, I (Getting choked up), It made me feel so good was in the ring, I looked at Lance, he was the that I was able to walk in, lay it on his desk first time we had tagged together. We rode and say, it wasn’t for nothing. And for him to together to the next night’s matches, feeling give me a hug, squeeze me tight and tell me I good about our match. We had another great deserve it, it’s something I can never do with match the second night and after that match anybody else. I love that man and I wish he Johnny Ace asks Lance, “You’ve worked was still here. with both Kevin Thorn and now Trevor, Y: How about an Undertaker story? who would you rather tag with?” I figured TM: I had a chance to wrestle the Underthat’s it, I’m done. Kevin and Lance knew taker. Well I wouldn’t say wrestle, I had each other and they were friends. my A** handed over to me and I’m ok with Y: Johnny asked you in front of you? that. My favorite story with him happened TM: Right there in the gorilla position, at Harley’s funeral. All the WWE guys that Vince is right there by the monitor, there’s came and I was one of them, we were lined a lot of pressure and Lance looks at Johnny up ready to come in. We think we are the and says, “I’ll be honest with you Johnny, I first to get there because we all got there

early so we can be with him. We go into the funeral home, we look in the back, and back there sitting is the Undertaker, in his suit, by himself paying his respect. I went back there and thanked him for coming. He showed up to pay his respects. That was a very emotional day for me but I remember him telling me a story about back in the day when the Undertaker was just Mark Callaway, he was trying to make it, and was talking about leaving the business. Mark had a talk with Harley. Harley told Mark to stay in the business, to keep working at it. You will get that break. So if it was not for that moment, we may not be talking about an Undertaker. It meant the world to me that he showed up. Y: You retired but came back for the NWA and you were in the very first taping of NWA Powerr. Can you talk about that, how did it happen who reached out? TM: The last five years that Harley was with us, his health was declining, he was like a father figure and I wanted to be around and help as much as I can, I didn’t want to be away. But Harley had other plans for me. At Harley’s funeral, Nick Aldis and Dave Lagana asked me to come to the first TV tapings for NWA Powerr and I can be a producer and help out with one show, given all my years of expertise. I’m also a wrestler and I was taught to always bring your gear. As soon as I got there, I ran into Dave Lagana and he asked if I brought my gear. I said yes and he said, “Great, you are going to be wrestling Ricky Starks tonight.” I went there to be a producer and now I’m wrestling their new star. We had a great match and Billy Corgan, the owner, is standing there with Nick and Dave and Billy says, “Hey man, you still have a lot more in the tank for this business. We have you booked in another match for tomorrow night. They kept on booking me, one thing led to another and here I am today. For the first year and a half, I wrestled everybody. As Billy said, I had to earn the people’s respect. When the time came to go after the world title, the people were with me because I had put in the hours. Y: How about a couple of pinch me moments? TM: Winning the WWE Tag Team titles twice, standing in the ballroom at the Chase last year at NWA 73 and winning the NWA title from Nick with Ric Flair in attendance was a pinch me moment for sure. Also watching top stars like HHH, Kevin Nash, all these top guys that are on top of the world come to meet Harley and you can see them transform in front of you as a little excited kid. It made me realize I was with the man. Harley foresaw me being a world champion. (In Harley voice) “You were born in the wrong era Trevor. If you were born 20 years ago you would have been World’s Champion. He took a 21 year old punk kid and saw something in me that nobody else did, not just at the beginning but my whole career. He always said, “Trevor, the cream will always rise to the top, just keep being the cream.” Yiorgo is an arts, entertainment and sports writer. A stage, TV and movie actor, he is also a sports entertainer, educator, motivational speaker, writer, storyteller and columnist.


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