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U.K. and U.S. conduct SINKEX during Atlantic Thunder 22

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U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Leilana TupuaRodriguez poses for a photo with a child hours before a suicide bomb explosion at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 26, 2021. TupuaRodriguez, a native of Bremerton, Washington, received the Jim Kallstrom Award for her bravery while serving as a criminal investigator with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, supporting evacuations during the bombing in Kabul that took the life of 13 service members in August 2021. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Towards the sounds of chaos: CID Marine awarded Jim Kallstrom Award for bravery for her actions during 2021 Kabul airport attack By Lance Cpl. Luis Aguilar

Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER, Calif. — A massive blast shakes the ground as the Marines arrive at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. Chaos erupts before their eyes as they attempt to approach the airport gate. Vehicles shake and people scream and run in terror as Marine Sgt. Leilana TupuaRodriguez tries to orient herself to figure out what is going on. This was the scene criminal investigator TupuaRodriguez walked into on that fateful day, Aug. 26, 2021. “Right as we get to the interior gate every-

thing goes boom and you hear vehicles shaking and you start seeing people run,” said TupuaRodriguez. How TupuaRodriguez reacted to the situation that day not only saved lives but earned her the Jim Kallstrom Award for bravery, which she received during a ceremony at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, Aug. 29, 2022. Etching her name in history was not something she imagined would happen when she started her deployment with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). TupuaRodriquez deployed as a criminal investigator with the 24th MEU in February 2021 and in July 2021 arrived in Kuwait to standby for operations in Afghanistan.

While there, she prepared service members to search and assess individuals in support of their evacuation mission. As the only criminal investigator non-commissioned officer she was then tasked with teaching service members how to properly search people and biometrically enroll people. “Because I had knowledge and training on how to properly search people, detainees or evacuees, I was tasked with teaching males and females how to properly search people,” said TupuaRodriguez about her time in Kuwait. After a month in Kuwait, 24th MEU deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan to assist in the evacuation operations at the airport, Aug. 15, 2021. TupuaRodriguez continued to train and prepare Marines to search people

while they received intelligence briefs about potential threats. “We were getting a lot of intel briefs about Improvised Explosive Devices [IEDs], but that particular day felt different,” recalled TupuaRodriguez. On Aug. 26, immediately after the blast rang out, TupuaRodriguez knew her mission changed from searching to saving lives. She knew she had to step up. “[After the blast] Army medics came out and asked, ‘hey sergeant where do you need me’ and I just thought, how did I end up in this position?” said TupuaRodriguez. “I start separating civilians and Marines and I start controlling civilians because they were going crazy. “You must adapt and overcome any situation. You are expected to do that.” TupuaRodriguez’s ability to control the chaos helped her assist other servicemembers there at the time of the bombing. In total, they aided and saved more than 500 dislocated civilians and apprehended and processed 60 people. Her initiative and cool composure during crises, rare traits which were crucial during the bombing in Kabul, were noticed by her senior leaders at MCAGCC Criminal Investigation Division (CID), her current duty station. “Her ability to gauge a situation, to analyze and to act, it’s all one fluid motion to her and she just does it,” said Master Sgt. Samuel Powers, chief investigator with CID, Headquarters Battalion, Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms. The Kallstrom Awards, one for outstanding leadership and one for bravery, are presented annually in honor of Jim Kallstrom. A Marine Corps Captain and Vietnam War veteran, Jim Kallstrom distinguished himself over a twenty-eight-year career with the Federal Bureau of Investigations, culminating in his assignment as the Assistant Director in Charge, New York Division. The Jim Kallstrom Awards recognize those Military Police, who in the performance of their duties, best exemplify the ethos of protect and serve, and honor, courage and commitment and a genuine concern for the well-being of the Corps, fellow Marines and the community they serve. “This award speaks to her character as an individual, her desire to help in every way,” said Powers. “She just cares about taking care of people and doing the right thing. Bravery is just second nature. “So as for who she is as a person, that’s her instinct to help, to fix, to do anything because doing something is better than doing nothing.” As many Marines, TupuaRodriguez’s bravery was exemplified by her commitment to deploy in service to her country, even as some in her family feared for her safety. A Bremerton, Washington native, TupuaRodriguez’s family were initially against her decision to serve in the armed forces. Despite this, she left for Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, Feb. 10, 2014, not knowing she would watch history unfold seven years later. TupuaRodriguez added her family is now her biggest supporters and are extremely proud of the Marine she has become. “She was part of the largest evacuation operation that we’ve ever seen and her role in that was instrumental, ensuring people made it out alive,” explained Powers. “When you think of a Marine, that is who you think of. You don’t think of a female Marine, you don’t think of a male Marine, that’s what you think of.” “When you get called to do something, you have to do it,” said TupuaRodriguez.

Austin Pledges to ‘Ease the Load’ for Service Members By C. Todd Lopez DoD News

The Defense Department today laid out an array of efforts — some already underway and some on the horizon — that address the needs of married service members and their families, as well as single service members. In a memo titled “Taking Care of Our Service Members and Families,” Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III outlined those efforts in greater detail, saying that taking care of people is a critical component of defending the nation. “The Department of Defense has a sacred obligation to take care of our service members and families,” Austin wrote in


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the memo. “Doing so is a national security imperative. Our military families provide the strong foundation for our force, and we owe them our full support.” As a former Army officer himself and onetime vice chief of staff of the Army, Austin said he’s aware of the challenges faced by service members and their families, and he’s made taking care of people a priority for his tenure as the defense secretary. “I have seen firsthand how much our military families sacrifice to keep our force strong, healthy, and ready to defend this exceptional nation,” Austin said. “In the face of challenges and frustrations, our families


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Commander visits USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77)

Carrier Strike Group 12 Completes SWATT

Vice Adm. Thomas E. Ishee, commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet and Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO, embarked the carrier Sept. 22. PAGE A3

SWATT is the Surface Navy’s premier advanced tactical training exercise, developed and led by Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) PAGE A4

Online courses provide aid to those affected by suicide

The course covers communication techniques, ways to connect or stay connected to a support system and more. PAGE A4

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U.K. and U.S. conduct SINKEX during Atlantic Thunder 22 From U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa Public Affairs ATLANTIC OCEAN — Ships and aircraft from the United Kingdom and the United States conducted a long planned multi-domain sinking exercise (SINKEX) called Atlantic Thunder 22 in the North Atlantic, Sept. 7, 2022. Atlantic Thunder 22 participants, assigned to U.S. Naval Forces Europe, U.S. Air Forces Europe, the U.K. Royal Navy and U.K. Royal Air Force sank the decommissioned guided missile frigate ex-USS Boone, during the live-fire SINKEX to develop combined

proficiency in tactics, targeting and live-firing against a surface target at sea. “Sinking exercises not only provide excellent opportunities to gain real world operational experience in long range maritime strikes but also demonstrate the collective power of our combined forces,” said Rear Adm. Oliver “Ollie” Lewis, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa’s (NAVEURNAVAF) Director of Maritime Operations. “Most importantly, gaining real world proficiency in the tactics, techniques and procedures we have developed and tested alongside our British Allies not only validate our weapons systems but ultimately

contribute to NATO alliance readiness.” The exercise was not only a unique and valuable opportunity for sharpening and proving partner capabilities, but also an exercise of multiple ‘firsts.’ The ex-Boone was struck by Martlet air to surface missiles from Wildcat helicopters assigned to the Type 23 frigate HMS Westminster. The helicopters provided inaugural laser targeting for fixed-wing U.K Royal Air Force Typhoons using Paveway IV precision guided munitions. A U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft assigned to Patrol Squadron 46 shot a long range anti-ship missile. U.S. Air Force

F-15E Eagles, assigned to 494th Fighter Squadron, dropped maritime strike joint direct attack munitions. Finally at sea, the U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) struck the ex-Boone with a Standard Missile 6 (SM-6), the first anti-ship SM-6 engagement in the U.S. European Command area of responsibility, while HMS Westminster fired the first live RGM-84D Harpoon missile salvo from the U.K. since 2004. Also aboard Arleigh Burke, Marines assigned to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit provided vital imagery and battle damage assessment by deploying a V-BAT 128 vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), marking the first launch of a V-BAT 128 from an Arleigh Burke guided-missile destroyer. “Ex Atlantic Thunder has demonstrated that U.K. and U.S. naval and air forces can integrate to deliver an end-to-end kill chain against a maritime target at long range,” said Cmdr. Ed Moss-Ward, commanding officer of HMS Westminster. “The integration of high end weapons, sensors and communications with our NATO allies is key to the collective war fighting capability of the Alliance demonstrated by the sinking exercise. The firings have supported the development of the Royal Navy’s targeting and weapon capabilities, and afforded opportunity to conduct realistic training to validate tactics and operating procedures.” Former U.S. Navy vessels used in SINKEXs, referred to as hulks, are prepared in strict compliance with regulations prescribed and enforced by the Environmental Protection Agency under a general permit the Navy holds pursuant to the Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act. Prior to being transported for participation in a sinking exercise, each vessel undergoes a rigorous cleaning process for environmental safety. Aligned with U.K. Ministry of Defense environmental policy, robust monitoring was conducted above and below the sea’s surface with trained personnel using specialized equipment to reduce the overall risk of inadvertently impacting the marine environment and marine mammals during the SINKEX. Ex-Boone is a decommissioned guided missile frigate, which entered United States Naval service, May 15, 1982. It was decommissioned on Feb. 23, 2012. The twentieth ship of the Oliver Hazard Perry class, it was the first ship named for Vice Admiral Joel Thompson Boone, a Medal of Honor recipient and the most highly decorated medical officer during World War I. For over 80 years, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-U.S. Naval Forces Africa (NAVEURNAVAF) has forged strategic relationships with allies and partners, leveraging a foundation of shared values to preserve security and stability. Headquartered in Naples, Italy, NAVEURNAVAF 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.

SUBLANT Hosts Regional, Area Commander Summit By Petty Officer 1st Class Cameron Stoner

Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic

Submarine Force Atlantic (SUBLANT) hosted a regional and area commander summit onboard Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads, Sept. 15. The summit gave the opportunity for key partners to strengthen relationships and improve posturing and readiness to prevent and respond to a major fire, nuclear or radiological accident. “The summit allowed for focused discussion to identify obstacles that might inhibit an overwhelming response to a major fire aboard a nuclear-powered warship,” said Capt. Stephen Mongold, SUBLANT’s director for maintenance and material readiness. “The intent is to develop and align on priority actions to further improve our collective readiness for a coordinated, effective response.” During the summit, participants worked to align priorities, share lessons, and identify leverage points in their collective resources to rapidly advance solutions. “Each stakeholder had the opportunity to brief current priorities and obstacles to achieving desired outcomes while highlighting where assistance is needed to more rapidly develop solutions,” said Bruce Wainer, SUBLANT’s director for radiological emergency planning. “Area commanders had the opportunity to share deficiencies, lessons learned, and improvement efforts as a result of their most recent audits and assessments.”

Participants from 17 commands and installations pose for a photo during a regional and area commander summit hosted by Submarine Force Atlantic onboard Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022. The summit gave the opportunity for key partners to strengthen relationships and improve posturing and readiness to prevent and respond to a major fire, nuclear or radiological accident. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 1ST CLASS CAMERON STONER)

The summit had 17 commands and installations in attendance, allowing for shared feedback, knowledge and experience from all perspectives in the construction, operation and maintenance of nuclear-powered warships. “Having participants from the entire range of commands and installations who assist

in the entire lifecycle of nuclear-powered warships was essential to this summit,” said Carlynn Lucas, SUBLANT’s deputy director for radiological emergency planning. “With all participants in attendance, we were able to share our respective knowledge and experiences in regards to readiness, prevention and response.”

Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic (CNRMA): Rear Adm Christopher“Scotty”Gray

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ADRIATIC SEA (Sept. 22, 2022) Vice Adm. Thomas E. Ishee, commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet and Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO, observes flight operations aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) during a visit to the ship, Sept. 22, 2022. The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. Naval Forces Europe area of operations, employed by U.S. Sixth Fleet to defend U.S., allied, and partner interests. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 3RD CLASS SAMUEL WAGNER)

Commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet & STRIKFORNATO visits USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) From Carrier Strike Group 10 ADRIATIC SEA — Vice Adm. Thomas E. Ishee, commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet and Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO), embarked the Nimitzclass aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) , Sept. 22. Ishee visited the flagship and the supporting staffs of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10, George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (GHWBCSG) while the strike group was underway in the Adriatic Sea. “Your warfighting spirit shines through the material condition of this ship and the way I see your team operate together,” said Ishee. “Our nation, the NATO alliance, and our other allies and partners around the world continue to rely on the high level warfare capability that George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group brings to maintain freedom of navigation in international waters, deter aggression, defend our nation, and the alliance, support our partners in Europe and Africa.” During the visit, Ishee hit the deckplates to meet the crew and recognize exceptional

Sailors of GHWBCSG. “You are making a worldwide impact. I am very proud of the operations conducted thus far,” said Ishee. “In the coming months, you will continue to work with our allies and partners in the region as we work to improve stability and security, while being prepared to fight tonight to defend our nation and Allies if called to do so.” CSG-10, GHWBCSG, is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa (NAVEUR-NAVAF) area of operations, employed by U.S. Sixth Fleet to defend U.S., allied and partner interests. “Our team worked diligently to prepare for this deployment, and were fortunate to train with our NATO allies and friends aboard the Italian ship Caio Duilio during that time,” said Rear Adm. Dennis Velez, commander, CSG-10 , GHWBCSG. “The trust we built across our Strike Group, with our allies and partners both in training and now on deployment is our competitive edge. We are stronger when we work together, and we look forward to working with our Spanish and French allies aboard ESPS Juan Carlos I (L-61) and FS Charles de Gaulle.”

While in the NAVEUR-NAVAF area of operations, ships within CSG-10 have had port visits in Split, Croatia and Jijel, Algeria, increased interoperability with Italian ship ITS Caio Duilio, and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 participated in combined operations with Spain and Greece. “As the flagship of CSG-10, Team Avenger — the warriors who are the leaders, teachers and ambassadors of our nation — are performing brilliantly with our partners and allies,” said Capt. David Pollard, commanding officer of George H.W. Bush. “They are representing our families, our communities, and our nation by exemplifying our namesake’s legacy of service, grit, humility, and resilience. It is a tremendous responsibility, and one we carry with great pride.” The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush is the flagship of CSG-10, GHWBCSG. CSG-10 is comprised of George H.W. Bush, CVW-7, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 26, the Information Warfare Commander, and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55). The ships of DESRON 26 within CSG-10

are USS Nitze (DDG 94), USS Farragut (DDG 99), USS Truxtun (DDG 103), and USS Delbert D. Black (DDG 119). The squadrons of CVW-7 embarked aboard George H.W. Bush are the “Sidewinders” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86, the “Jolly Rogers” of VFA-103, the “Nighthawks” of VFA-136, the “Pukin Dogs” of VFA-143, the “Bluetails” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121, the “Patriots” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 140, the “Nightdippers” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 5, and the “Grandmasters” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 46. For over 80 years, NAVEUR-NAVAF has forged strategic relationships with allies and partners, leveraging a foundation of shared values to preserve security and stability. Headquartered in Naples, Italy, NAVEURNAVAF 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.




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ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 22, 2022) Fire Controlman (AEGIS) 2nd Class John Velazquez monitors the integrity of the computer systems aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60) following the ship’s completion of Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training (SWATT). Normandy is underway as part of the Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group conducting SWATT exercises to increase lethality, ensure combat readiness, and promote tactical innovation. SWATT is led by the Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center, whose mission is to increase the tactical proficiency and lethality of the surface force. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS MALACHI LAKEY)

Carrier Strike Group 12 Completes Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training By Petty Officer 1st Class Spencer Fling

Carrier Strike Group 12

Carrier Strike Group 12 (CSG 12) completed its Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training (SWATT) Sept. 22, 2022. SWATT is the Surface Navy’s premier advanced tactical training exercise, developed and led by Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC), which provides multi-ship, multi-platform, multi-warfare area training at sea to increase combat capability, lethality and interoperability. “SWATT provided Warfare Tactics Instructors to ships for several weeks of high-end combat planning and execution, followed by extensive debriefings that improved our performance over the weeks at sea,” said Capt. Stefan Walch, Destroyer Squadron Two (DESRON 2) Commodore. Units participating in the event include SMWDC, DESRON 2, the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60), and the Arleigh Burkeclass destroyers USS Ramage (DDG 61), USS McFaul (DDG 74), and USS James E. Williams (DDG 95). “I am extremely proud of the nearly 1,200 Sailors and airmen across the task force who performed exceptionally well during intense combat scenarios including live-fire gunnery against inbound threats

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 18, 2022) The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS McFaul (DDG 74) shoots at an unmanned vessel target during a simulated straight transit while underway conducting Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training (SWATT). McFaul is underway with the Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group conducting SWATT exercises to increase lethality, ensure combat readiness, and promote tactical innovation. SWATT is led by the Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center, whose mission is to increase the tactical proficiency and lethality of the surface force. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 3RD CLASS KERRI KLINE)

and at-sea training in the latest tactics for the air, surface and subsurface fight,” said Walch. “We departed SWATT’s capstone

event an integrated team better prepared for the Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group deployment by harnessing the mentorship

death by suicide affects about 135 others. “If you are a service member and you lost one of your fellow comrades to suicide, we would highly recommend that you take this course. It’s very, very helpful,” she said. For service providers, there’s a second course, “After a Suicide — Walking Through Providing Support,” which lasts about two hours. It can be found here. “Besides chaplains and family support personnel, military leaders and supervisors at all levels would greatly benefit from taking this course,” she said. “This course goes into depth, explaining about the complicated feelings and emotions, including survivor guilt, that someone who experienced a suicide loss may experience, and providing self-care suggestions.” “Service providers are not immune from the effects of a death by suicide,” added Andrew Moon, the acting director for

research, evaluation, and data/surveillance for the defense suicide prevention office. “This course will help you gain a greater awareness of the complicated nature of suicide and establish a rapport with suicide loss survivors. It also offers tools to help protect against the heavy impact of a suicide death,” he said. “Data tell us that suicide rates continue to rise across the nation, and those in the military and military community are not immune to those trends,” he said. “In spite of these trends and reminders that suicide is a growing public health issue, there is still not enough focus of the impact that these deaths have on suicide loss survivors,” he said. “Research has shown that suicide survivors are at a greater risk for anxiety-related disorders, post-traumatic stress, complicated grief, depression and suicide,” he mentioned.

and training of WTI’s.” While SWATT focuses on tactical watch stander proficiency — including tactical action officers, warfare coordinators, and warfare-centric watch stations - supporting the event involves every Sailor assigned to the ship. “Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training has provided Normandy’s crew with the opportunity to improve tactical proficiency across multiple warfare areas,” said Capt. Simon McKeon, Normandy’s commanding officer. “Air defense, anti-submarine warfare, surface warfare, and electronic warfare exercises have given the crew a chance to further refine the skills they will need to operate effectively on this upcoming deployment, and to develop multi-ship interoperability with the other warships and aircraft that comprise Carrier Strike Group 12.” Much of CSG 12, including its flagship, the first-in-class aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), are underway in the Atlantic Ocean conducting qualifications and workups for a scheduled deployment this fall. For more information about the USS Gerald R. Ford, visit https://www.airlant. usff.navy.mil/cvn78/ and follow along on Facebook @USSGeraldRFord on Instagram @cvn78_grford on Twitter @Warship_78 and DVIDS https://www.dvidshub.net/ unit/cvn78

Online courses provide aid to those affected by suicide By David Vergun DoD News

The Defense Department is now offering two online courses that provide support and guidance for those affected by suicide. “The first course is for everyone, but particularly for those more directly affected,” said Lisa Valentine, program manager for Military OneSource’s casualty, mortuary affairs and military funeral honors office. The course, “After a Suicide,” is about 45 minutes long and can be accessed here. The course covers communication techniques, ways to connect or stay connected to a support system, and reminders for how to maintain physical and mental health during this difficult time, she said, adding that “in the aftermath of a suicide, you may experience a wide range of complex emotions and may need to learn new ways of caring for yourself and others.” “The weight of a death by suicide is felt far and wide,” said Valentine. “Those exposed to a suicide death are not immune to the death’s impacts.” Valentine noted that, on average, each

Additional resources:

Military OneSource: https://www.militaryonesource.mil/ Defense Suicide Prevention Office: http://www.dspo.mil/ Suicide Bereavement in Veterans and Military Families: https://msrc.fsu.edu/ funded-research/suicide-bereavement Article about Veterans Affairs health and suicide toolkit: https://news.va.gov/58631/ va-releases-mental-health-and-suicideprevention-toolkit-for-former-guard-andreserve-members/ Suicide Prevention — The Essentials: https://www.militaryonesource.mil/ health-wellness/mental-health/suicide/ suicide-prevention-the-essentials/ Tools for Parenting After Suicide: https://www.militaryonesource.mil/ family-relationships/gold-star-surviving-family/understanding-grief/ tools-for-parenting-after-suicide/

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NAVSUP, NAVSAFECOM collaborate during Norfolk safety training event

By Russ Stewart

Naval Supply Systems Command

Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) and the Naval Safety Command (NAVSAFECOM) organized a NAVSUP Enterprise-wide safety training and mentoring event held at NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Sept. 12-16. As part of NAVSUP’s Get Real Get Better mindset, NAVSUP Director, Facilities, Security and Safety Division Keith Scott, contacted NAVSAFECOM and received unparalleled support. That support was specifically delivered in the week-long training event facilitated by NAVSAFECOM Director of the Shore Safety Directorate Jonathan Wilson and NAVSAFECOM Navy Safety Career Program Manager Keith Wilson. Together, NAVSUP and NAVSAFECOM established a working group with NAVSUP echelon III command collateral duty safety officers (CDSO), program managers, and supervisors of industrial operations. “NAVSUP’s commitment to getting better has resulted in 19 of their CDSOs and industrial supervisors gaining a better understanding of the critical safety programs they manage, their responsibilities as CDSOs and supervisors, and how they are well equipped to ensure NAVSUP gets and stays better,” noted Wilson. “NAVSAFECOM is one of many resources throughout the Navy that can assist and mentor commands in getting better.” NAVSAFECOM champions the Safety Management Systems (SMS),the CNO-led, fleet and support activity-owned, Naval Safety Command-enabled, defense in-depth system that inculcates continuous learning, problem solving, risk ownership and mitigation at the right level and encourages reporting of hazards and near misses, resulting in no unnecessary harm to people or damage to equipment. February of this year, the Naval Safety Center became Naval Safety Command. The change reflects the emphasis that the Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) and Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) place on safety. NAVSAFECOM now conducts assurance assessments of Echelon II and below organizations. The command has the authority to inspect higher headquarters, evaluate their risk management certifications, inspections and assessment processes, and execute no-notice unit inspections. The intent is to effectively identify and correct problems before they grow into larger systemic issues. Prior to the event, the combined working group processed internal taskers to obtain feedback about hazardous operations with a focus on occupational safety and health. The team also evaluated five years of histor-

NORFOLK (September 13, 2022) - Danny Woodard, Naval Safety Command (NAVSAFECOM) guides Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Safety personnel touring NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Norfolk Advanced Traceability and Control (ATAC) facilities to identify safety functions, concerns or discrepancies during a training event. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY SHANNON D. BARNWELL)

ical data associated with workplace injuries, workplace deficiencies, sustaining metrics for medical surveillance compliance, and for safety training compliance. Through command inspections and assessments, NAVSUP HQ identified that not all CDSOs across the enterprise maintained the same level of understanding of their responsibilities or of the requirements of Navy Safety and Occupational Health Manual (OPNAV M-5100.23). NAVSAFECOM provided certified safety professionals (CSPs) to help mentor NAVSUP CDSOs on the manual. The training staff reviewed applicable safety programs with the CDSOs prior to joining them on multiple site inspections of NAVSUP Fleet Logistic Center Norfolk’s operations during the event. The CSPs worked to ensure the CDSOs could effectively apply classroom knowledge in real-world applications by identifying hazards and recommending risk mitigation actions. The Naval Station Norfolk Safety and Occupational Health Director, Michael Works provided reports training and presented information about Base Operating Services (BOS) safety services and how to effectively work with the installation safety offices, what services they provide and some limitations with the safety services they provide. This was essential information since NAVSUP depends on the installation safety offices to provide support across the enterprise. Jeff Henning and Pamela Koepke from the NAVSUP Hazardous Material Pollu-

tion Prevention Branch provided training for the command’s HAZMAT program and common risks associated with hazardous materials storage and operations across the enterprise. The presentation and site visit at NAVSUP FLC Norfolk Consolidated Hazardous Inventory Management Program center provided an in-depth review of the HAZMAT program with hands-on application to improve transfer knowledge into real-world environments. Naval Medical Readiness and Training Command (NMRTC) Portsmouth, Virginia, Department Head Megan Ward-Johnson and Team Lead Rebecca Overton provided a presentation on industrial hygiene, medical surveillance, and common indoor air quality issues associated with molds or other hazards. Through peer networking, training and echelon II collaboration the CDSOs now have a well-rounded understanding of safety programs, CDSO responsibilities, and are equipped to help NAVSUP Get Better. “Events to this point have been limited to Teams meetings, which of course have been periodic and an hour at a time,” shared Mark Porterfield, NAVSUP Enterprise Occupational Safety and Health Program manager. “While we can share some good information, we’ve not gone into the kind of depth of information which can be distributed over a number of days like this training event.” When the determination was made to conduct the training in Norfolk, personnel from various NAVSUP FLC Norfolk divisions provided support for the event to include: Code 300 Director, David Cass;

Facilities and Safety Division Director, Mark Chandler; and Collateral Duty Safety Officer Lance Tillman, Code 500 Division Director Michael Johnson, and Command IG Monica Agarwal were instrumental in assisting the conduct of the training week. This involved many logistical functions, locating and reserving conference space, coordinating lunches, taking steps to contract with Naval Facilities Command (NAVFAC) for drivers and van rentals for transporting attendees from the classroom to various NAVSUP operations in Norfolk, and providing the students welcome aboard information to assist them with their stay in Norfolk. For the future, NAVSUP will continue evaluation and developing metrics to expand the command’s awareness of safety hazards and risks associated with NAVSUP operations. The NAVSUP safety office, in collaboration with NAVSUP echelon III commands, will conduct job hazard analysis of mission, tasks, and functions to ensure hazards are mitigated and risk is communicated and managed at the appropriate levels. The way ahead includes building stronger partnerships with BOS safety offices and other service providers to resolve occupational safety and health deficiencies at the appropriate level and establish a means to escalate unacceptable risk, assessing contracted operations to ensure adequate safety and occupational health oversight is established and hazards associated with contracted operations are properly communicated and mitigated, and remain vigilant of attrition rates in medium to high hazard operations to ensure proficiency and competency levels of the workforce are sustained during turnover of personnel. “Get Real Get Better is about continuous improvement. It is about ‘Embracing the Red’ and working together to find and fix problems from the deck plates to the command triad,” said Rear Adm. Peter Stamatopoulos, commander, NAVSUP and 49th Chief of Supply Corps. “This means every employee in our supply community - officer, enlisted, civilian - needs to understand how the work they do contributes to generating readiness and sustaining Naval forces worldwide.” NAVSUP is headquartered in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, and employs a diverse, worldwide workforce of more than 25,000 military and civilian personnel. NAVSUP and the Navy Supply Corps conduct and enable supply chain, acquisition, operational logistics and Sailor & family care activities with our mission partners to generate readiness and sustain naval forces worldwide to prevent and decisively win wars. Learn more at www.navsup.navy.mil, www.facebook.com/navsup and https://twitter.com/navsupsyscom.

CNO and Commander of Belgian Navy meet; Discuss increasing capabilities and capacity By Chief Petty Officer Amanda Gray Chief of Naval Operations

WASHINGTON (NNS) — Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday met with the Commander of the Belgian Navy Rear Adm. Jan de Beurme at the Pentagon for an office call, Sept. 23. The leaders discussed building maritime capabilities and capacity, as well as deterrence, defense and the need to continue to protect the stability and prosperity of the seas. “Collectively, our capacity expands when we sail in company with like-minded navies around the world, and we are grateful for the continued partnership and collaboration with Belgium,” said Gilday. “We will continue to strengthen the bonds we share through increased operations, interoperability, and continued cooperation.” Both heads of navy emphasized the need to develop high-end warfare capabilities, such as advanced mine countermeasures and ballistic-missile defense, while also

leveraging enhanced capabilities and technology. The Belgian navy is currently leading a Belgian-Dutch mine countermeasures replacement program, which will supply the Belgian and Royal Netherlands navies with six new minehunter vessels each. The U.S. Navy and Belgian navy regularly operate together around the world. In July, the Navy participated in the Bulgarian exercise Breeze alongside Allies and partners Albania, Belgium, Georgia, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Romania, Turkey and the United Kingdom. This summer the U.S. and Belgium were two of the 16 NATO Allied and partner nations that participated in exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 22, the premier maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region. Beurme attended the U.S.-led 2021 International Seapower Symposium in Newport, Rhode Island, and will see Gilday again in Venice, Italy, next month for the Trans-Regional Seapower Symposium. This was their first official meeting.

WASHINGTON (September 23, 2022) — Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday meets with Commander of the Belgian Navy Rear Adm. Jan de Beurme at the Pentagon for an office call, Sept. 23. The leaders discussed building maritime capabilities and capacity, as well as deterrence, defense and the need to continue to protect the stability and prosperity of the seas. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION 1ST CLASS MICHAEL ZINGARO/RELEASED)

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What Hispanic Heritage in the Navy means to me

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Retail Services Specialist 1st Class Richard Molina

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Command: Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads

Command: Commander, Carrier Strike Group 4

What Latin American country do you represent? Peru

Home Town: Corpus Christi, Texas

“As the first and only Molina member that is in the Navy, representing my heritage is a very unique feeling. Being in the Navy has helped me to understand that there is more than one culture and I am part of the melting pot. It means I can share some Peruvian traditions, but it also means that I am becoming culturally richer as I keep learning more about other ethnic backgrounds.”

“Walking the deckplates has always been my thing. Getting to know Sailors and having a couple of laughs breaks the ice for junior Sailors to have a conversation. From there it’s pretty easy to see if a Sailor just needs to have a talk and open up about issues they might need help with.”







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Sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) assemble at Huntington Hall in Newport News.

George Washington Sailors attend Security Reaction Force Bravo training U.S. NAVY PHOTOS BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 3RD CLASS JOHN JARRETT

Sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) assemble at Huntington Hall in Newport News, Virginia for the final evolution of the Security Reaction Force Bravo training, Aug. 18, 2022. George Washington is undergoing refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) at Newport News Shipyard. RCOH is a multi-year project performed only once during a carrier’s 50-year service life that includes refueling the ship’s two nuclear reactors, as well as significant repairs, upgrades, and modernization.

Master-at-Arms 1st Class David W. Delity, from Columbia, Maryland, assigned to security training department aboard the USS George Washington, administers oleoresin capsicum spray to Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuel) 3rd Class David Garcia, from San Antonio, assigned to air deparment aboard the USS George Washington, during the final evolution of the Security Reaction Force Bravo course.

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show incredible resilience.” The memo spells out efforts across four areas deemed most critical to service members and their families. These include: Securing affordable basic needs Making moves easier Strengthening support to families, especially for such things as child care Expanding military spouse employment Among service members’ most basic needs are housing and food, and DOD has efforts underway to ensure service members and their families can afford those things, Austin said. “Our service members and families must be able to secure affordable basic needs,” he said. “It is a matter of bedrock, financial security and a critical, individual readiness issue.” Among the efforts is a review of the prospective 2023 basic allowance for housing rates to ensure they reflect the unusual fluctuations in the housing market. Additionally, in the 28 areas the DOD has identified as having a more than 20% spike in rental housing costs above BAH, the secretary has directed automatic increases in BAH. Those increases will happen automatically for the service members affected and will begin in October. Austin also wrote in the memorandum that he has directed the DOD to fully fund installations’ commissaries to cut food prices for service members. As part of that effort, Austin said his goal will be to ensure that prices at commissaries achieve at least a 25% savings on grocery bills compared to what’s available on the local economy. Finally, Austin said that starting in January, some eligible service members will get an additional allowance in their paycheck — the “basic needs allowance.” The supplemental allowance will be provided to those who qualify based on their gross household income. According to Jeri Busch, director of military compensation policy, the basic eligibility criteria for that allowance includes service members and their families with a

Airman Levi S. Haack, from Delaware, Ohio, assigned to air department aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), swings his baton at a subject during the final evolution of the Security Reaction Force Bravo training course.

gross household income below 130% of the federal poverty level. “The allowance is designed to bring them back up to that level, and so the amount will vary according to their gross household income,” Busch said.

Financial Aid for Moves

Military families are required to move often, Austin said, and those moves disrupt both family life and the social lives and schooling of children, as well. In the memo, Austin laid out several efforts underway to ensure that required permanent changes of station, or PCS moves, don’t cause financial burdens on families that may already be strapped for cash. One effort directed by the secretary is an extension of temporary lodging expenses from 10 to 14 days. The temporary lodging expense covers the cost of temporary housing for service members and their families while they look for a home at their new duty station. Also, part of the plan is to extend the temporary lodging expense coverage to up to 60 days if a service member has moved to an area that is known to have housing shortages. The secretary has also directed an increase in the dislocation allowance for service members below the paygrade of E-6. This allowance, expected to be paid a month prior to a PCS move, helps offset any out-of-pocket expenses associated with the move. Changes to both the temporary lodging expenses and the dislocation allowance are expected to happen in October.

Child Care Assistance

Many military families with young children require some form of child care. Unfortunately, the cost of child care is cost prohibitive for many families, and Austin said that the DOD has several initiatives underway to ensure more child care is available to military families, and that it’s more affordable. “We must continue to push hard to provide even more affordable child care options for military families,” Austin said.

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuel) 3rd Class David Garcia, from San Antonio, assigned to air deparment aboard the Nimitzclass aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), commands a subject during the final evolution of the Security Reaction Force Bravo course.

“Military child development centers have extended their hours to provide additional coverage for our service members to account for the varied schedules of military service. The department has reached out to additional high-quality, community-based child care providers who agree to provide care for military families using our fee-assistance program.” To further help military families secure quality child care, Austin has directed increased investment across the department in child development program facilities and infrastructure to expand capacity. The secretary has also asked the Defense Department to standardize a minimum 50% employee discount for the first child of direct-care workers employed within the child development program so the program will attract more staff and increase child care capacity. The DOD last year kicked off a pilot program that provides fee assistance to military families with unusual work schedules. The program allows those families to have in-home child care during hours when they might not be at home, including nights or weekends. The pilot program covers full-time, in-home care for a minimum of 30 hours and a maximum of 60 hours per week. The initial implementation of the that pilot program was limited to just five locations around the United States, but Austin has directed its expansion to additional states in order to provide more options to military families. The department also plans to improve access to the Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood program as well.

Spouse Employment

Many military families, like most civilian families, need both partners working in order to make ends meet. Due to the number of moves a family must endure over the course of a military career, it’s often a challenge for a service member’s civilian partner to find sustained, meaningful employment. Part of Austin’s commitment to taking care of people involves ensuring that mili-

tary spouses can find meaningful, sustained work so they can contribute to the well-being of the family. “Military spouses provide the strong foundation upon which their loved ones in uniform stand — and our communities and our nation rely on their resilience,” Austin said. “We owe them our energetic, unwavering support.” To support the efforts of military spouses to find and maintain employment, the DOD has several initiatives underway, including acceleration of the development of seven additional interstate compacts on occupational licenses in multiple professions. That effort will ease the burden on military spouses who struggle finding work because licenses required for their jobs don’t transfer when they move from one state to another. Before a spouse could start looking for work in new duty location, for instance, he or she might need to apply for — and possibly pay for — a new license in a different state. Spouses are unable to work while they wait to obtain sometimes-costly new licenses or credentials. Austin also directed the DOD to increase the use of noncompetitive, direct-hiring authorities and expand remote-work and telework options. He also ordered the DOD to launch a new pilot initiative in January to provide military spouses with paid private-sector fellowships in a variety of career paths. Finally, Austin has directed the number of partners in the Military Spouse Employment Partnership program to increase by 10% before the beginning of 2023. Currently, more than 540 government organizations, nonprofits and private sector companies have made a commitment to the DOD to recruit, hire, promote and retain military spouses as part of the MSEP program. In October, the program expects to add an additional 70 partners. “These actions reflect the department’s sacred obligation to honor and support our service members and families,” Austin said. “We remain profoundly committed to doing right by our military families, just as our military families remain profoundly committed to their loved ones and to the nation that they all do so much to defend.”

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Capt. Randy Reid becomes Norfolk Naval Shipyard’s Deputy Shipyard Commander. (PHOTO BY SHELBY WEST)

Capt. Randy Reid becomes Norfolk Naval Shipyard Deputy Commander

By Troy Miller

Norfolk Naval Shipyard

A graduate of Floyd E. Kellam High School in Virginia Beach, Capt. Randy Reid continues to deepen his roots in Hampton Roads, now as Norfolk Naval Shipyard’s (NNSY) Deputy Shipyard Commander. Reid’s journey to his current destination began after turning down an acceptance to Virginia Military Institute and deciding to venture out to prove to his father that he could make it on his own. “I searched for jobs that would pay well, and unfortunately, I lacked the experience that they required,” said Reid. “I thought if I joined the Marines, I would gain that experience to get a decent paying civilian job.” Reid showed up at the Marines recruiting office, only to find out that the recruiter was running late. He figured he would kill time by talking to the Navy recruiter. After talking to the Navy recruiter and taking a test, he found out he qualified for the nuclear program and liked the pay and benefits.

When raising his hand for the first time, his goal was to graduate from nuclear electrician A-School, do his six-year required time and get out. That was until he started working for Chief Machinist Mate George Martin. Chief Martin showed Reid that the Navy offered many opportunities and programs that would benefit him both professionally and personally. Reid ended up doing 23 years of consecutive sea duty before going to his first shore duty assignment. During this time, he made Chief Petty Officer. One of his chief friends approached him about applying to the Limited Duty Officer (LDO) program. “I had no clue what the LDO program was. I did some research and thought that it wasn’t much different than what I was doing back then. One thing that sold me was I would be earning more money for doing almost the same job and they were only advancing one electrician Senior Chief Petty Officer a year,” said Reid. Reid is a plankowner for both USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and USS Harry S.

Truman (CVN 75). He also served as the Auxiliary Technical Assistant on USS Enterprise (CVN 65); Chemistry/RADCON Assistant (CRA) on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69); Hull Tech Division Officer and Planning and Estimating Officer on USS Frank Cable (AS 40); Reactor Mechanical Assistant (RMA) on USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70); Force Quality Assurance Officer and Force Radiological Controls (RADCON) Officer at Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic (COMNAVAIRLANT); Production Manager Assistant (PMA) and Repair Officer (RO) at NNSY Fleet Maintenance Submarines (FMB); Chief Engineer (CHENG) on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and N432 Intermediate Level Maintenance and Improvements Officer at Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic (COMSUBLANT). “I want to take my experience and my knowledge and pass it down to the next generation,” said Reid. “I won’t pretend I have all the answers, because I don’t, but I will do what I need to do to find those

right answers. It doesn’t matter if you’re the newest shipyard employee or someone that has been here for a few decades, we need to work together and come up with a solution for every problem presented to us.” Reid continued, “We need to Get Real and Get Better on the basics, so that we then can focus on Getting Real and Getting Better on the more advanced issues and concerns. Without a strong foundation in the basics, we will not be able to move onto those advanced items. I don’t see the shipyard as in being part civilian, part Sailor. I see the shipyard as people with the same goal in mind and that is to get our ships and boats out on time to the Fleet so they can support the Navy’s mission.” Reid is looking forward to being part of America’s Shipyard team. He looks forward to this opportunity and the challenges that are ahead of him. “We are one team with one mission and I am honored to be part of that team. I am looking forward to the great things that NNSY will accomplish in the future.”

A legacy of service: Former WAVE celebrates 100th birthday By MC2 Ellen Sharkey Navy Office of Information

PLAINVIEW, Texas — Four days after the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, America suddenly found itself at war against the combined might of the Axis powers of Germany, Italy and Japan. Achieving victory would be a massive effort that would require the participation of not only those who were currently serving in the military, but also those civilians living and working at home. From December 1941 to Japan’s surrender in September 1945, more than 16 million men and women answered the call to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. Today, because of their sacrifices for the ideals of freedom, they are collectively known as the Greatest Generation. Alice Starnes who celebrated her 100th birthday on September 23, is not only a member of this generation, but is also a trailblazer in her own right: she was one of approximately 100,000 women who volunteered to serve in a special branch of the U.S. Navy Reserve known as the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES). The WAVES were the first of their kind: up until this point, women had been generally forbidden from uniformed military service and the idea of integrating women had not been popular with lawmakers. However, the Navy needed more men freed for sea duty, so President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order establishing the WAVES in July 1942. Around that time, Starnes, who today lives in Lubbock, Texas, was living a relatively ordinary life working as a schoolteacher. However, after hearing about the WAVES from radio and newspaper advertisements, she felt compelled to act, and enlisted in 1943. “Everyone wanted to do their part, and so I volunteered,” said Starnes. She attended boot camp at Hunter College

PLAINVIEW, Texas (Sept. 24, 2022) An undated portrait of Alice Starnes during World War II. Starnes, who recently celebrated her 100th birthday, served in the WAVES during World War II using the Link Trainer, one of aviation’s first flight simulators, to train more than 1,000 pilots to fly without the use of visual references. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO COURTESY OF THE STARNES FAMILY)

in New York City, which was known as the U.S. Naval Training Center (Women’s Reserve). She said her clearest memory from that time was a weekend visit from Frank Sinatra, who had been supporting the war effort by giving free concerts for service members. After her initial training was over, Starnes said the next step was sorting the women according to their strengths and then giving them their initial assignment. “We were given a barrage of tests, and they decided I needed to be in the pilot program,” said Starnes. Though she probably did not know it at the time, the program that Starnes had been selected for would turn out to be crucial to the war effort. She transferred to Naval Air Station Atlanta, where she was schooled in

the operation of the Link Trainer. Otherwise known as the “blue box,” the Link Trainer was one of aviation’s first flight simulators and trained pilots how to fly without the use of visual references. After completing school in Atlanta, Starnes transferred to what was then known as Naval Auxiliary Air Station Corry Field in Pensacola, Florida. There, along with other WAVES, she used her knowledge of the Link Trainer to prepare over 1,000 American and British aviators for deployment overseas. “We taught the young pilots how to fly by instruments only,” said Starnes. “They had to learn how to fly at night. They couldn’t very well fly over Germany and not know their instruments.” By 1945, Starnes had transferred once

again to Naval Outlying Landing Field Barin in Foley, Alabama, where she continued her work with the naval aviation community. When the war ended, Starnes said she traveled to New York City and participated in the joyful victory celebrations there. “We marched down 5th Avenue for miles and miles,” said Starnes. “We were so exhausted by the time the parade ended, we didn’t even go on liberty. We went back to the dormitory.” After more than two years, Starnes left the WAVES with the rank of Specialist Teacher 2nd Class and returned to her former life. Though her own service was over, Starnes’ life since World War II has stayed closely entwined with the Navy. She went on to marry a Navy chaplain and has a son and granddaughter who are both Navy veterans. “We are a Navy family,” said Starnes. Adm. Lisa M. Franchetti, U.S. Navy Vice Chief of Naval Operations, recognized Starnes for her service by sending her a letter on her 100th birthday in which she writes, “Thank you for setting our Navy on a course that enabled women like me to lead at the highest levels of our Navy! I am so grateful for your service.” Alice said that her years in the Navy were so meaningful to her and receiving Franchetti’s letter was such a wonderful feeling. When thinking back on her service, Starnes always keeps in mind that she was a small part of a much bigger picture. She was not the only member of her family to aid the war effort: her younger brother served in the Navy and her sister worked in a factory producing war supplies in Los Angeles. Although she is proud of her service, Starnes said that, like so many other members of America’s Greatest Generation, she had simply answered the call of history. “I was doing my duty for my country, which a lot of other people were also doing,” said Starnes. “The people in the United States were so wonderful. I can’t even say how we did it.”


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An aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen conduct an overflight of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Fiona, Sept. 19, 2022. (PHOTO BY COAST GUARD CHIEF PETTY OFFICER STEPHEN LEHMANN)

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Hurricane Fiona made landfall in Puerto Rico Sept. 18, knocking out power to the island and causing widespread devastation. Southern and eastern Puerto Rico may experience catastrophic and life-threatening major river flooding, as well as mudslides, due to the heavy rainfall from Hurricane Fiona, according to a National Weather Service report today. President Joe Biden directed the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate all disaster relief efforts, according to a White House statement Sept. 18. The governor of Puerto Rico has activated more than 450 members of the Puerto Rico National Guard to assist, according to Pentagon Press Secretary Air Force Brig. Gen. Pat

Ryder, who held a press conference today. Also, the Virgin Islands National Guard has activated personnel to monitor the situation as part of their joint operations center team, Ryder said. Before the storm hit the Puerto Rico National Guard prepositioned soldiers and heavy equipment, including vehicles with high ground clearance, at 10 strategic points around the island to allow it to quickly respond to emergencies such as rescuing stranded or trapped people and clearing roads, he said. Yesterday, Puerto Rico National Guard’s 65th Infantry Regiment rescued 21 elderly and bedridden people from their care facility, as landslides threaten the home’s structure and residents’ safety, he said. Also yesterday, Puerto Rico National Guard’s 296 Infantry Regiment in Maya-

guez rescued 59 people and 13 pets from a flooded community, while Guard members with the 125th Military Police Battalion rescued a man in Ponce who got caught in a flash flood, he said. Guard personnel also rescued a number of people in other municipalities, he said. Currently, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is preparing generators for emergency power and the Civil Air Patrol has been providing post-hurricane landfall imagery support and small unmanned aerial system support to FEMA’s urban search and rescue teams, he said. The Defense Department continues to stay in close contact with FEMA, the National Guard Bureau and U.S. Northern Command as response and recovery efforts unfold, Ryder said.

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An aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen conduct an overflight of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Fiona, Sept. 19, 2022. (PHOTO BY COAST GUARD CHIEF PETTY OFFICER STEPHEN LEHMANN)

Russian mobilization may be reinforcing failure in Ukraine By Jim Garamone DoD News

Russian President Vladimir V. Putin’s mobilization of 300,000 reservists may just be reinforcing failure, Pentagon Press Secretary Air Force Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder said during a news conference today. Putin has called up 300,000 Russian reservists for his unjust and unprovoked war in Ukraine. He also indirectly rattled his nuclear quiver. His action follows a Ukrainian counteroffensive that pushed Russian forces from Kharkiv and liberated more than 3,000 square kilometers of Ukrainian territory. In August, DOD Policy Chief Colin Kahl said the Russians have lost between 50,000 and 70,000 service members in its war on Ukraine. Putin’s mobilization “would primarily be reservists or members of the Russian military that had retired,” Ryder said. These are not like reserve formations in the United States. The reserve components in the U.S. military are trained and ready to move in hours, days or weeks, as needed. In the Russian model, these are people who have finished their service commit-

ment and are being called to come back. “It’s our assessment that it would take time for Russia to train, prepare and equip these forces,” Ryder said. Russian actions in the war on Ukraine indicate severe command and control problems and a breakdown of logistics since the invasion began February 24. These problems have not been solved and have contributed to the failure of Russian operations to take the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv in March and in the Russian inability to make much headway in the Donbas region in April. The mobilization “may address a manpower issue for Russia,” Ryder said. “What’s not clear is whether or not it could significantly address the command and control, the logistics, the sustainment and importantly, the morale issues that we’ve seen Russian forces in Ukraine experience.” If Russia cannot command, sustain and equip the roughly 100,000 troops they have in Ukraine, adding 300,000 more troops to the mix is not going to make the situation better. “If you are already having significant challenges and haven’t addressed some of those systemic strategic issues that make any large military force capable, there’s nothing to indicate that it’s going to get any easier by adding

more variables to the equation,” Ryder said. The United States and its partners are going to continue a very open and rigorous dialogue with Ukrainian counterparts to understand the country’s needs. “I don’t see those conversations as being impacted by the situation [with mobilization],” the general said. “I think it’s important here to provide a little bit of context. If we go back in time a little bit, Russia invaded Ukraine and attempted to annex all of Ukraine. “They failed in that strategic objective, and so they scaled down the scope of their operational objectives,” he continued. “Even those aren’t going well due to Ukraine’s counter offensive and the issues that I’ve highlighted in terms of logistics and sustainment.” Putin making the announcement on mobilization, scheduling sham referenda in captured areas of the Donbas or threats about attacking territory, “it doesn’t change the operational facts on the ground, which are that the Ukrainians will continue to fight for their country,” Ryder said. “The Russian military is dealing with some significant challenges on the ground and the international community will stand behind Ukraine as they fight to defend their country from an invasion.”

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N. Charleston, SC (September 15, 2022) Peter C. Reddy, Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic executive director, addresses an audience on Sept. 15 during the Palmetto Tech Bridge Prize Challenge Rodeo closing ceremony. NIWC Atlantic presented checks totaling nearly $180,000 to 13 winning commercial vendors. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY JOE BULLINGER/RELEASED)

NIWC Atlantic presents checks to prize challenge winners in first-ever ‘Rodeo’ By Steve Ghiringhelli

Naval Information Warfare Systems Command

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic officials presented checks totaling nearly $180,000 to 13 winning companies on Sept. 15 during the Palmetto Tech Bridge (PTB)’s Prize Challenge Rodeo. PTB prize challenges define a specific naval problem and then look for a commercial solution. NIWC Atlantic dubbed the event a “rodeo” because it featured multiple competitions in related skillsets. During the event, selected competitors had a chance to present technologies before a panel of government experts. The winning companies were announced during a closing ceremony at Trident Technical College, culminating more than two months of collecting and evaluating proposals that addressed five distinct challenges. “We were very excited to learn about each presenter’s proposal,” said Peter C. Reddy, NIWC Atlantic executive director. “We saw significant interest in these unique prize challenge topics, with more than 250 industry subscribers to the challenge contributing to the rewards presented today.” The winning companies and their earnings under each of the five focus areas were as follows.

Innovative Methodologies to Acquire DevSecOps Capabilities Softrams ($25,000) initializ ($15,000) SAIC ($10,000) Rapid Staffing Fulfillment Model Meridian Technologies ($10,000) TDP Data Systems ($10,000) Brand Communication and Social Networking to Achieve Effective Market Saturation Booz Allen Hamilton ($15,000) Beta Systems International LLC ($12,000) Advanced Battle Management Aids (BMAS) Model CyOne Inc. ($25,000) Atlas Technologies, Inc. ($15,000) CMMC Barrier Reduction Approach for Small Business and Academia Alluvionic ($10,000) Bland Government Consulting ($10,000) CyberDI LLC ($10,000) PeopleTec Inc. ($10,000) In addition to opening up official pathways for industry to work with the Navy, PTB prize challenges can lead to collabo-

rative environments in which private-sector companies and government labs help spark innovative ideas and solutions on other fronts. “We know some of the finest engineers in the Navy work right here at NIWC Atlantic,” Reddy said. “But our fellow citizens in the commercial sector are a wellspring of originality and knowhow as well. So when you get all of these creative thinkers together, to solve a common problem, solutions take shape, and everyone is a winner— especially the warfighter.” Don Sallee, one of NIWC Atlantic’s leading acquisition planners, called the rodeo a unique and rewarding experience for everyone involved, from government acquisition professionals and assessors to the commercial enterprises competing. “This was a special moment in the progression of our prize challenge initiatives at NIWC Atlantic,” Sallee said. “We had never used the concept of a ‘rodeo’ before, so I was pleased to see it gain some traction with our teams and industry partners this first go-around.” Future PTB prize challenges will continue to encourage participation from not only traditional and non-traditional industry but also academia, including schools with student populations underrepresented in the math and engineering

fields, such as historically Black colleges and universities. For more information on upcoming prize challenges, visit the PTB homepage at the following link: https://www.niwcatlantic. navy.mil/palmetto-tech-bridge/ About Palmetto Tech Bridge NIWC Atlantic’s PTB aims to support “acceleration ecosystems” across the Southeast by removing barriers to entry, fostering a culture of trust and innovation, and providing awareness and direct access to warfighter challenges. The PTB’s three primary mission capability areas are cybersecurity, assured communications and data science. About NIWC Atlantic As a part of Naval Information Warfare Systems Command, NIWC Atlantic provides systems engineering and acquisition to deliver information warfare capabilities to the naval, joint and national warfighter through the acquisition, development, integration, production, test, deployment, and sustainment of interoperable command, control, communications, computer, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, cyber and information technology capabilities.

The Cutting Edge: ONR sponsors technology experimentation at Camp Lejeune By Warren Duffie

Office of Naval Research

ARLINGTON, Va. — As an expeditionary force, Marines often fight in isolated, austere environments requiring re-supply and logistical support over long distances. To refine new technologies that will strengthen naval sustainment and expeditionary logistics, the Experimentation and Analysis (E&A) office at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Global recently sponsored the two-week Technology Operational Experimentation Exercise (TOEE) 2022 at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. The event’s purpose was to take technology developed by ONR-supported scientists and engineers, put it into the hands of Marines and Sailors for experimentation in realistic operational scenarios, and solicit feedback from the warfighters on what worked well and what could be improved. “As we prepare for future operations, it is vital that we equip our Sailors and Marines with the technology and resources they need for success,” said Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Lorin Selby. “Exercises like TOEE 22 are critical in determining what our warfighters need and if the technology we are developing can deliver in an operational environment.” Part of the command’s international arm, ONR Global E&A provides decision-quality information to Naval Research Enterprise (NRE) leadership to support recommendations for technology investment, further development, transition or divestiture. This involves building and maintaining relationships between naval operational forces and the NRE to facilitate, fund and conduct experimentation efforts such as TOEE 22. Other partners involved with TOEE 22 included II Marine Expeditionary Force, including subordinate elements of 2nd Marine Division and 2nd Marine Logistics Group; the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command; the Marine Corps Warfighting

U.S. Marines and U.S. Navy Sailors assigned to II Marine Expeditionary Force are briefed on the Autonomous Casualty Evacuation System during Technology Operational Experimental Exercise (TOEE) 22 on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, August 4, 2022. The ACE System is an experimental technology that enables Marines and Sailors to autonomously transport a casualty to a higher echelon of care. TOEE 22 is an exercise, in partnership with the Office of Naval Research, where Marines and Sailors leverage key technologies in realistic, operational conditions to enhance warfighting, Force Design 2030 initiatives and emerging naval concepts, such as Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations. (U.S. MARINE CORPS PHOTO BY CPL. ERIC RAMIREZ)

Laboratory; the Demonstration and Assessment Team from Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Division, in Maryland; and multiple warfare centers. “The purpose of this exercise is to give technologies to the warfighter, see how they use them and get their feedback, and think about what are the right investments we need to make in future technologies,” said ONR Global E&A Director Troy Hendricks. “We work hand in hand with the Marines to really learn in a relevant, realistic environment how well these technologies perform, which gives us a path forward to improving

them.” Critical to TOEE 22’s focus was conducting technology experimentation in line with the emerging naval concept known as Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations (EABO), which involves deploying small but highly mobile units to isolated locations. EABO has the potential of quickly getting forces into a strategically vital area, and potentially in an adversary’s weapons engagement zone, in response to an evolving threat when no other U.S. military assets are available. During TOEE 22, warfighters — such as

infantry, logisticians and medical personnel — tested more than 15 technologies in rugged, realistic operating conditions, including diverse landing zones situated in inland and littoral (coastal) locations. Tasks encompassed supply operations, littoral transportation, equipment maintenance, engineering and health services. Notable technologies included unmanned vehicles (quadcopters, boats, wheeled vehicles) able to perform resupply autonomously or via remote control; a fluid-analysis system for testing oil, fuel and hydraulic fluid to gauge equipment health; and a system for providing automated medical care to combat casualties awaiting evacuation. “I’m glad the Navy and Marine Corps are looking to make our lives easier and jobs safer by progressing and coming up with new technologies to stay ahead of the game,” said Lance Cpl. Hunter Topper, a participant in the exercise. ONR Global E&A Deputy Director Dillard Patton said, “I can’t overstate the value of getting technology out of the lab and into the field, into the hands of warfighters. Our technologists get to learn in the mud, in the sand, in the water, and see where their technology-development gaps are and make rapid improvements. “For the Marines, they get an early look at what technology is coming down the pipe, the chance to try it out and build trust with it, and offer their unique perspective as the end users,” he continued. Justin Helton, the ONR Global science advisor assigned to II Marine Expeditionary Force, echoed this sentiment: “An exercise like TOEE is magic. You have scientists and engineers getting feedback on their systems; you have Marines getting exposed to technology and figuring out what it is, what it could be and what they want; and, together, they drive the demand signal for warfighter needs.” Warren Duffie Jr. is a contractor for ONR Corporate Strategic Communications.

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N. Charleston, SC (September 14, 2022) Vendors demonstrate their technologies at Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic headquarters during an Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) that concluded Sept. 16. Dubbed“Cyber ANTX,” the two-week event focused on cyberspace defense in denied, degraded and disconnected environments. It was an opportunity for over 100 military assessors, industry partners and subject matter experts to evaluate 24 technologies based on how each capability supported cyber defenders in an afloat environment. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY JOE BULLINGER/RELEASED)

NIWC Atlantic executes maritime-based ‘Live-Fire’ cyber exercise By Steve Ghiringhelli

Naval Information Warfare Systems Command

CHARLESTON, S.C. — In the same way that infantry divisions train hard to be good in battle, cyber forces work hard to research and develop the right tools to win the information war. That was the premise for a unique maritime-based cyber exercise that concluded on Sept. 16 at Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic called “Cyber ANTX” — Cyberspace Defense in Denied, Degraded and Disconnected Environments (Cyber) Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX). Most of Cyber ANTX occurred at the National Cyber Range Complex (NCRC) Charleston, a state-of-the-art facility at NIWC Atlantic headquarters where more than 100 assessors, industry partners and subject matter experts participated in two weeks of demonstrations. “To defend deployed networks, you need a strong scheme of cyber support, which can be difficult at sea,” said Capt. Nicole Nigro, NIWC Atlantic commanding officer. “With that in mind, this exercise posited, and sought to address, one simple challenge: If a cyberattack knocks out the network on multiple ships at once, what kind of fallback solutions can we develop to support cyber defenders afloat?” For vendors, Cyber ANTX was an unprecedented opportunity to demonstrate 24 unique innovations in the highly fraught cyber domain using operational vignettes implemented by NCRC Charleston’s unique capabilities. Funded by the Test Resource Management Center under the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, NCRC Charleston allows programmers and hackers to work in a safe

and controlled environment. “I look at this as a live-fire exercise, but in the cyber domain,” said Drew York, Cyber ANTX principal investigator. “NCRC Charleston provided an excellent setting, where we could target innovative technologies using real malware and enable the safe exploration of cyberspace defense technologies on multiple fronts.” A total of 29 technology proposals were submitted ahead of the event, according to Dana Rushing, Cyber ANTX execution lead. Rushing grouped participants into focus areas that included themes like prevention, warning, malware detection and cloud-enabled defense. She said each company was evaluated based on the capability it brought cyber defenders in an afloat environment. In addition to traditional industry partners, many technologies at Cyber ANTX came from the innovative world of small business. Two technologies were developed by government labs, through a collaboration between NIWC Pacific and the Office of Naval Research. Their tools involved “debloating” systems overstuffed with non-mission-critical “dead code,” such as unused libraries and chat apps, in order to secure networks vulnerable under the weight of too much data. In the weeks preceding the exercise, Scott West, lead event director at NCRC Charleston, orchestrated the integration and testing of the vendor technologies on the range. Once Cyber ANTX began, the range environment lit up with activity and dynamic interactions among vendors, active-duty military assessors, and technical assessors from NIWC Atlantic and NIWC Pacific. “From a mission perspective, this exercise challenged everyone to figure out ways

Multiple construction contract awarded for design-bid-build of Building 4A at Naval Support Activity Philadelphia From Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Mid-Atlantic NORFOLK, VA — Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Mid-Atlantic (NAVFAC MIDLANT) awarded Kunj Construction Corporation, Northvale, New Jersey, a $11,484,248 firm-fixed-price task order (N4008522F6390) under a multiple award construction contract for a designbid-build of Building 4A at Naval Support Activity Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The work to be performed provides for the renovation of the Defense Contract Management Agency office to provide modernized staff workspaces. Work will be performed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is expected to be completed by September 2024. The maximum dollar value, including the base period and options, is $14,603,468. Fiscal year 2022 operation and maintenance (DoD) funds in the amount of $11,484,248 are obligated on this award,

which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via www.SAM.gov, with two offers received. NAVFAC MIDLANT is the contracting activity (N40085-21-D-0054). NAVFAC MIDLANT provides facilities engineering, public works and environmental products and services across an area of responsibility that spans from South Carolina to Maine, and as far west as Michigan, and down to Indiana. As an integral member of the Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic team, NAVFAC MIDLANT provides leadership through the Regional Engineer organization to ensure the region’s facilities and infrastructure are managed efficiently and effectively. For additional information about NAVFAC MIDLANT on social media, follow our activities on Facebook at www. facebook.com/navfacmidatlantic and on Instagram @navfacmidatlantic

of negating an enemy’s ‘soft kill’ cyberattack and quickly restoring capabilities,” said Jeff King, director of NCRC Charleston. “The idea of rear echelon support to forward deployed forces applies to all of the military services and components, since neutralizing a near-real-time cyber effect will be critical in any future conflict.” In other words, cyber solutions harvested at Cyber ANTX can apply to domains other than a shipboard environment. “If you think about a small expeditionary force like a unit of Marines, which could easily find itself in a disconnected or limited-access environment on an island chain in the Pacific, cyber defense and incident response are crucial as well,” said Peter C. Reddy, NIWC Atlantic executive director. Maintaining readiness to enable “integrated deterrence” around the world were key messages when Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday released Navigation Plan 2022 two months ago. In the document, under force design, “cyber” is named within four priority investment areas. At NIWC Atlantic, leaders not only hold events like ANTXs but also strive to move away from government-based research and development models that are “isolated, protected and exquisite,” said Greg Hays, NIWC Atlantic’s senior scientific technology manager for Rapid Prototyping and Fleet Exercises. “Our value proposition is not measured by the number of commercially available widgets or apps that we can procure but rather by the continuous delivery of solutions in response to the changing adversary,” Hays said. The idea for a Cyber ANTX was hatched at Camp Lejeune a year and a half ago, while York and Rushing were working at an isolated outdoor range in a NIWC

Atlantic ANTX called “Naval Integration in Contested Environments.” York said a discussion about an exercise involving cyber came up with Randy Sharo, who is now the Chief Technology Officer at U.S. Fleet Cyber Command / Commander, U.S. TENTH Fleet (FCC/C10F). Fast-forward to last week, and Sharo was part of a tour of high-ranking officials at Cyber ANTX. Afterward, Sharo said he believed the event represented a change in the way the Navy should evaluate cyber technologies. “With the help of NCRC Charleston, we were able to run realistic scenarios using real tools in an isolated network environment,” Sharo said. “This meant operating at a higher level of fidelity than we would have ever considered before on an open network.” Once Cyber ANTX concluded, York praised the strong support of FCC/C10F, NIWC Pacific, NCRC and allocations from Naval Innovative Science and Engineering. He also credited Naval Information Warfighting Development Center, the Navy’s Cybersecurity Program Office (PMW 130) and U.S. Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command for their support. About NIWC Atlantic As a part of Naval Information Warfare Systems Command, NIWC Atlantic provides systems engineering and acquisition to deliver information warfare capabilities to the naval, joint and national warfighter through the acquisition, development, integration, production, test, deployment, and sustainment of interoperable command, control, communications, computer, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, cyber and information technology capabilities.

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Vessels participate in an ONR SCOUT-sponsored experimentation event at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Virginia, at the entrance of the Chesapeake Bay. The goal of the event was to find creative solutions to pinpoint“dark targets”— aircraft or watercraft operating with little to no radio-frequency signatures — found in maritime operating areas covered by the Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-S). It sought ways to use unmanned technologies to expand intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities beyond those of traditional maritime patrol aircraft. ONR SCOUT is an ongoing, multiagency experimentation campaign for identifying alternative ways to bring unmanned technologies to warfighter problems, operationalize them and bring them to scale. SCOUT is committed to getting nontraditional, commercial-off-the-shelf, government-developed and/or government-sponsored technologies to the fleet rapidly. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MAX HOPKINS, DEMONSTRATION ASSESSMENT TEAM, NAVAL SURFACE WARFARE CENTER INDIAN HEAD DIVISION)

Drug detection: ONR SCOUT tests tech for monitoring illicit maritime cargo By Warren Duffie

Office of Naval Research

ARLINGTON, Va. — To improve capabilities for monitoring aircraft and vessels carrying illicit maritime cargo such as drugs — for longer periods of time and over greater distances — the Office of Naval Research (ONR)-sponsored SCOUT initiative recently conducted a dynamic experimentation event at Joint Expeditionary Base (JEB) Little Creek-Fort Story, Virginia, at the entrance of the Chesapeake Bay. The goal of the event was to find creative solutions to pinpoint“dark targets” — aircraft or watercraft operating with little to no radio-frequency signatures — found in maritime operating areas covered by the Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-S). It sought ways to use unmanned technologies to expand intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities beyond those of traditional maritime patrol aircraft such as the P-3 Orion and P-8 Poseidon. JIATF-S currently works with U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) and partner naval forces to leverage all-domain technologies and unmanned capabilities to target, detect and monitor illicit drug trafficking in the air and maritime domains.

This facilitates interdiction and apprehension to reduce the flow of drugs, as well as degrade and dismantle transnational criminal organizations. ONR SCOUT is an ongoing, multiagency experimentation campaign for identifying alternative ways to bring unmanned technologies to warfighter problems, operationalize them and bring them to scale. SCOUT is committed to getting nontraditional, commercial-off-the-shelf, government-developed and/or government-sponsored technologies to the fleet rapidly. “SCOUT is an innovation vehicle and investment strategy for the rapid development of autonomous platforms that address today’s warfighter challenges,” said Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Lorin Selby. “Through experimentation with partners like JIATF-S, we can connect innovators, industry, acquisition professionals and fleet stakeholders to attack and solve key operational problems.” “This is a pressing issue for JIATF-S because every day multiple suspect vessels are near and in the area of operations conducting illicit trafficking,” said U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Duane Zitta, JIATF-S chief of operational demonstration and experimentation. “Because of this

vast area, JIATF-S is looking for alternative capabilities and technologies to provide unmanned counter-operations that can detect and monitor suspect activity, ultimately helping prevent illegal movement to the United States.” The JEB Little Creek-Fort Story experimentation event was a partnership involving ONR SCOUT, JIATF-S, the Naval Research and Development Establishment, and industry partners in the Chesapeake Bay area. It was one of multiple sprint events (scenario-based demonstrations of technology capabilities and characteristics) held this year that will lead to a large-scale main experimentation event in March 2023. During the Chesapeake Bay event, participants engaged in simulated drug-running and -hunting scenarios during “cat-andmouse” games involving a specialized vessel owned by SOUTHCOM and JIATF-S, a “Gotcha” boat formerly used by drug traffickers and seized by JIATF-S, and various targets of interest. Participants employed sophisticated sensor systems and technologies, ranging from coordinated unmanned aircraft systems to wide-area motion imagery. Data collected during the exercises was fed into

an onsite maritime operations center and synthesized, providing operators with realtime information about targets and each technology’s performance. The technology tested at JEB Little Creek-Fort Story will undergo further refinement and improvement before the March 2023 main experimentation event. “ONR’s authorities to engage with industry have vaulted it as our vital technology maturation partner,” said Jeffrey Havlicek, J7 director for Innovation and Technology, JIATF-S. “Cooperative technology truly rises all boats in shared stability of maritime commerce and safety. “We’re grateful for the years of technology maturation efforts that have been advanced by drawing on ONR’s expertise and passion,” he continued. “The best part is we are finding more naval operators just as grateful as we are for advanced capabilities in data synthesis, mission planning, autonomous detection of dark maritime threats, and improved naval logistics automation.” Watch a video about the experimentation event at https://youtu.be/X2G0FgKX2zA. Warren Duffie Jr. is a contractor for ONR Corporate Strategic Communications.

Engineering new beginnings — Chicago native retires after 20 years of Naval service By Edward Jones

Commander, Navy Recruiting Command

UNIVERSAL CITY, Texas — Accumulating twenty years of service, Engineman First Class Petty Officer James W. Howes, who currently served as a headquarters member of Navy Talent Acquisition Group (NTAG) San Antonio, retired from the United States Navy during a ceremony held in his honor at VFW Post 4676. The love and admiration for Howes were on full display as family, friends, and members of NTAG San Antonio were on hand to celebrate his distinguished career. One common theme throughout the ceremony was Howes’ love for his family and the Navy. Yeoman Petty Officer First Class (Sel) Joshua Paris served as the Master of Ceremonies, NTAG San Antonio Executive Officer Stacey O’Neal, the presiding officer, and Hull Maintenance Technician Master Chief (Ret.) Albert Cardenas, the guest speaker. Howes enlisted in the United States Navy in November 2002, completed Machinery Repairman “A” school in Great Lakes, Illinois, and served on several ships. Starting in 2005, Howes was assigned to the USS John F. Kennedy (CV67) as a part of the decommissioning crew. While onboard, Howes earned his Enlisted Surface Warfare designation and converted to Engineman. In addition to the John F. Kennedy Howes served aboard the USS Sentry (MCM 3), USS

Scout (MCM 8) where he served as the ship’s Oil King after being promoted to Second Class Petty Officer, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), USS Somerset (LPD 25) where he served as the Main Propulsion Leading Petty Officer. Additionally, Howes served for the Commander, Naval Surface Forces (COMNAVSURFOR) in 2010 as the Barge Engineer, Naval Medicine Readiness and Training Command (NMRTC) Balboa as Facilities Manager and Sign Shop Leading Petty Officer, and his final tour as a Petty Officer, NTAG San Antonio. Throughout his Naval career, Howes has earned the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (5), Meritorious Unit Commendation, Battle Efficiency (3), Good Conduct Medal (5), National Defense Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal (2), Global War on Terrorism Service, Humanitarian Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment ribbon (4), and Pistol and Rifle ribbons. The ceremony closed with Howes offering his admiration and thanks to his family, shipmates, and guests while offering a challenge to those still serving. “I challenge each of you to take care of your Sailors and train them to take your place,” said Howes. NTAG San Antonio’s area of responsibility includes more than 30 Navy Recruiting Stations and Navy Officer Recruiting Stations spread throughout 144,000 square miles of Central and South Texas territory.

UNIVERSAL CITY, TEXAS – (September 23, 2022) Engineman First Class Petty Officer James W. Howes received the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal which was presented by Executive Officer for Navy Talent Acquisition Group (NTAG) San Antonio, CDR Stacey O’Neal during his retirement ceremony at VFW Post 4676, Universal City, Texas. (PHOTO BY EDWARD JONES COMMANDER, NAVY RECRUITING COMMAND)

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Miramar 2022 Airshow The 2022 Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Air Show at MCAS Miramar took place in San Diego, California on September 24, 2022. The theme for the Air Show, “Marines Fight, Evolve and Win,” reflects the Marine Corps’ ongoing modernization efforts to prepare for future conflicts.

A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor and a P-51D Mustang conduct a heritage flight during the 2022 MCAS Miramar Air Show. The F-22 Raptor is the Air Force’s fifth-generation fighter aircraft. Its combination of stealth, supercruise, maneuverability, and integrated avionics, coupled with improved supportability, represents an exponential leap in warfighting capabilities. (U.S. MARINE CORPS PHOTO BY CPL. ANDREW CORTEZ)

The Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Color Guard performs during the 2022 MCAS Miramar Air Show. (U.S. MARINE CORPS PHOTO BY LANCE CPL. JOSE S. GUERRERODELEON JR.)

An F-35B Lightning II with 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, based at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, San Diego, California, conducts an aerial demonstration during the 2022 MCAS Miramar Air Show. The F-35B Lightning II, flown by aviators with Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 502, is equipped with short takeoff and vertical landing capability that expands its range by allowing it to operate from naval vessels and in austere, expeditionary environments. (U.S. MARINE CORPS PHOTO BY CPL. BRIENNA TUCK)

The Marine Air-Ground Task Force demonstration takes place during the 2022 MCAS Miramar Air Show. The MAGTF Demo displays the coordinated use of close-air support, artillery and infantry forces, and provides a visual representation of how the Marine Corps operates. (U.S. MARINE CORPS PHOTO BY LANCE CPL. ZACHARY LARSEN)

The Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Color Guard performs during the 2022 MCAS Miramar Air Show. (U.S. MARINE CORPS PHOTO BY LANCE CPL. JOSE S. GUERRERODELEON JR.)

The U.S. Army Parachute Team, nicknamed the Golden Knights, and U.S. Navy Parachute Team, nicknamed the Leap Frogs, conduct an aerial demonstration at the 2022 MCAS Miramar Air Show. (U.S. MARINE CORPS PHOTO BY LANCE CPL. ZACHARY LARSEN)

U.S. Marines with Helicopter Support Team, 1st Landing Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, stand by for the drop off of a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 465 during the Marine Air-Ground Task Force demonstration of the 2022 MCAS Miramar Air Show. The MAGTF Demo displays the coordinated use of close-air support, armor, artillery and infantry forces and provides a visual representation of how the Marine Corps operates. (U.S. MARINE CORPS PHOTO BY LANCE CPL. ZACHARY LARSEN)

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels perform aerial maneuvers during the 2022 MCAS Miramar Air Show. The Blue Angels, formed in 1946, perform precision flight demonstrations in more than 70 shows at 34 locations throughout the United States each year. (U.S. MARINE CORPS PHOTO BY CPL. ANGELA WILCOX)

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The Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live Glow Party drives into the Norfolk Scope this weekend Interview By Yiorgo For the first time ever, Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live Glow Party is coming to the Norfolk Scope. The show is performed in the dark, with the monster trucks, hosts, and those audience members who want to participate, all glowing in this one-of-a-kind show with three amazing performances, October first and second. The fans are in for a treat. They will see their favorite Hot Wheels Monster Trucks such as: Mega Wrex™, Tiger Shark™, Boneshaker™, Bigfoot® and more, plus the all-new Gunkster™ this time all lit up and glowing, doing some incredible competitions and battles. There is also a dance party, spectacular laser light shows and Hot Wheels toy giveaways.And let’s notforget the special appearances from the car-eating, fire-breathing transforming robot MEGASAURUS, and the electrifying high-flyers of Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live, Freestyle Motocross. There is also the Crash Zone Pre-Show Party, where the fans go on the competition floor and see the Monster Trucks, meet the drivers up close and personal. Truly there is something for the whole family. Get your tickets now at https://www.sevenvenues. com/events/detail/hot-wheels-monstertrucks-live-2 With us today are Freddie Sheppard and

Freddie Sheppard and Marny Florence, the hosts of the Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live Glow Party. (PHOTO COURTESY OF HOT WHEELS MONSTER TRUCKS GLOW PARTY)

Marny Florence, the hosts of the Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live Glow Party. Yiorgo: Why should people come to the Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live Glow Partyshow?

Freddie Sheppard: The Glow Party is nothing that has ever been seen before in the industry. Period. It’s only happening in the US now. Coming up in Norfolk, VA it’s only the fourth or fifth ever Glow Party. I

have been in the industry for 3 decades and I have never seen a Glow Party in the same universe. It’s pretty freaking awesome. Marny Florence: It is a party that you will never, ever forget. Since we are a glow party, we get lit literally. It’s so much fun and such a great experience for everyone to create these incredible memories together that they will never forget. Y: What will the fans see and experience that is different from the previous shows? FS: We still have the same incredible Crash Zone where the fans get to come down for an hour and a half, meet and greet the drivers, hang out with Marny and I, have fun at Camp Crush, a new play area for the kids where they can have competition with their parents, and then when the lights go down, the glow comes up. That means all the Monster Trucks, they glow in the dark, the lights come on, it’s unbelievable and then Marny and I are in full LED glow in the dark suits and we encourage all the fans to bring their glow in the dark stuff: Glasses, wrist bands, necklaces bring it and be a part of this incredible show. MF: Yes indeed. These glow parties are to the next level. It’s a full fan immersion for a brand new, never before experience for our fans. Y: What is your favorite part of the show Turn to Hot Wheels, Page 3

The Stockley Gardens Fall Arts Festival returns October 15 & 16 Press Release NORFOLK, Va. — Hope House Foundation hosts the Stockley Gardens Spring Arts Festival, a free two-day community event featuring 115+ artists, musicians and food vendors. The Stockley Gardens Fall Arts Festival, presented by TowneBank, takes place in Stockley Gardens Park at the corner of Stockley Gardens and Olney Road in Norfolk on October 15 and 16. Festival hours are 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday and noon to 5 pm on Sunday. Stockley Gardens Arts Festival has been named as one of the top two outdoor art festivals in Eastern Virginia by Virginia Living Magazine readers for six years. Artists present works in various media including painting, glass, sculpture, photography, and jewelry. Everyone is welcome to the free Art Party sponsored by Smartmouth Brewery on Saturday from 5 to 7 pm. This fun event recognizes artists’ awards and features the band Rachel & The JellyCats with a cash bar.

Entertainment Schedule

Saturday, October 15 11a.m. Dry Land Folk Duo/ Folk-Americana 11:45a.m. The Esoteric Ramblers/ The World’s Best Beer Band 12:45p.m. Matt Holloman/Acoustic 2p.m. Skye Zentz/Singer-Songwriter 3:30p.m. Times New Roman/ Indie-Pop Duo 5p.m. Rachel & the JellyCats/ Soulful Rock

Sunday, October 16 12:00 p.m. Marc Pessar and Sandy Martin/Acoustic Blues & Singer-Songwriter 12:45p.m. Paul Urban Electric Trio featuring Carson Ludford/ Contemporary Blues Rock 1:45 p.m. Fox and the Bear/Indie Folk 3:30 p.m. Ward’s Pocket/Alternative Rock There are also activities for children throughout the weekend with clowns,

musicians, hula hooping and art activities. Stockley Gardens Fall Arts Festival presented by TowneBank is also sponsored by Capital Group, Miller Oil, Southern Auto Group, Mancon, Ghent Business Association, The City of Norfolk, The Port of Virginia and Holistic Family Practice. Media Sponsors include VEER Magazine, Coastal Virginia Magazine, WHRO and 92.3 FM The Tide. Proceeds from the Stockley Gardens Arts Festivals support the programs of

Hope House Foundation, the only organization in Virginia that provides support for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities exclusively in their own homes. The spring and fall festivals, the largest fundraiser for the organization, generate $80,000 that is used to provide necessities for the people who receive services such as assistance with food, medical expenses, dental care, clothing and housing. For more information, visit StockleyGardens.com or call (757) 625-6161.

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VCW debuts at the Kroc Center in Norfolk with EC3 and Gangrel By The 757 Heater Hello, professional wrestling fans! The 757 Heater is here with you once again to discus the stacked Virginia Championship Wrestling card this Saturday night October 1st in Norfolk. If you’re an avid reader, you’re aware by now that the Norfolk Masonic Temple is VCW’s home base in the Tidewater region. However, this weekend’s event will take place at the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center located at 1401 Ballentine Blvd. Doors open at 6:30 PM and bell time is scheduled for 7:30 PM. Tickets can be purchased in advance at vcwprowrestling.com. VCW has a long history with the Salvation Army of Hampton Roads, and from what I’ve gathered they are thrilled to continue this partnership for the first time since the global pandemic delayed operations for eighteen months. In the main event, the new Virginia Heavyweight Champion (and self-proclaimed “Champion of the 1%”) Logan Easton Laroux defends against the former champion Ken Dixon. Laroux won the annual Liberty Lottery in July, which guaranteed him any title match of his choosing. He wasted no time in deciding which championship to challenge for, as Laroux would cash-in against an exhausted Ken Dixon just moments after a grueling bout with Joe Keys ended in a no contest. Dixon has been fuming ever since the opportunistic Laroux snaked away the most prestigious prize in Virginia. With both men at 100%, this is certain to be an incredible contest with a personal issue rooted at the center. The Virginia Heavyweight Championship match won’t be the only time personal animosity takes center stage on Saturday night. EC3 makes his VCW debut against the returning “Vampire Warrior” Gangrel in a high-profile bout that was birthed from the on-going rivalry between Director of Operations Jerry Stephanitsis and Commissioner George Pantas. Stephanitsis and Pantas have been at odds for roughly a decade with no end in sight. Last year, Stephanitsis orchestrated an assault on the Commissioner in front of his horrified family that reignited their long-standing hatred for each other. Fast forward to this past summer when the Director was so proud of his announced partnership with the CYN (Control Your Narrative) leader EC3 that he challenged Pantas to find an opponent worthy of such a big star. Stephanitsis didn’t stop there, as he proclaimed that if EC3 does not win, he will shave his own head right in the center of the ring! Clearly the Commissioner is taking this bet seriously, as he contacted the legendary Gangrel to compete on his behalf. As if things couldn’t get any wilder, it was announced last week that this match would be no disqualification and no count out! Whatever the outcome, this author believes the real winners will be the VCW fans. VCW Liberty Champion “Greek God” Papadon and Dirty Money have also been at each other’s throats as of late. On October 1st, each man will lead a team with three partners into battle in the first-ever “Ghouls and Goblins” elimination match. Team Papadon consists of “Mr. Xcellence” Brandon Scott, “The Hoss of All Hosses” Devantes (accompanied by Neil Sharkey), Drolix, and the “Greek God” himself. Team Money will unite Phil Brown, Boar, Alex Devine, and Dirty Money. Elimination occurs via pin fall or submission. The captain of whichever team wins this war of attrition will be able to choose the stipulation for their VCW Liberty Championship match in December at Tidings of Destruction. There are so many feuds across team lines in this match, it’s essentially a powder keg waiting to blow. It will be interesting to see what stipulation the winner chooses for their impending showdown at the end of 2022. Two months ago, VCW Tag Team Champions the Golden Pinky Society (Benjamin Banks and “Diamond” Victor Griff ) were confronted by The Reason, who holds a cabinet position in the Jerry Stephanitsis VCW administration. The Reason called the champions a joke and assured them that going forward he would be hand-picking their opponents to expose them for the frauds that they are. For those who are unaware, The Reason is a former World Tag Team Champion with defenses across both the United States and Europe. He boasted that his phone book is filled with


top tier tag teams just waiting for a shot at Virginia gold. On Saturday night, the team known as Kingsglaive (Travis Huckabee and “Handsome” Max Zero) come to VCW to challenge the GPS. Kingsglaive have been making a name for themselves across the country with their winning ways. Fans may remember that Travis Huckabee tagged with “Diamond” Victor Griff last year, only to turn his back on the team and walk out of the match in frustration. These two certainly have some unfinished business, which is likely to come to a head in Norfolk. Women’s professional wrestling was revived in the state of Virginia, when Erica Leigh defeated Impact Wrestling star Savannah Evans in Norfolk over the summer. Leigh, a Virginia native, returns to VCW this weekend to lock-up with the newcomer Zayda Steel. Not much is known about Steel, aside from the fact that she is still in the early stages of her career. This author’s understanding is that she trained with some of the best the state of Maryland has to offer, which could pose a significant threat to her opponent. Erica Leigh isn’t afraid of any challenger (be they female or male) as she has proven up and down the East Coast. We’ll have to see how the unknown elements play out in this one. In other action, Gino Medina returns to VCW to take on Breaux Keller, who made his debut in the Liberty Lottery. Although Keller is new to Virginia wrestling fans, he’s already made a positive impression.

Erica Leigh vs Savannah Evans (PHOTO BY JONATHAN MCLARTY)

Both men are perceived as fan favorites, so this bout is likely to be a straight-up test of athleticism. Also, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Champion Tim Spriggs locks up with the “Shamrock Shooter” Killian McMurphy. This match was just announced last week and is certain to appease fans of mixed sports combat. VCW debuts this Saturday night Octo-

ber 1st at the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center at 1401 Ballentine Blvd in Norfolk. Doors open at 6:30 PM with bell time scheduled for 7:30 PM. Tickets can be purchased in advance at vcwprowrestling.com. Virginia Championship Wrestling always brings fans a night of incredible action, and this card won’t be any different! I’ll see you at the matches!

VCW Heavyweight Champion Logan Easton Laroux (PHOTO BY JONATHAN MCLARTY)

VCW Tag Team Champion Benjamin Banks defeating his foe. (PHOTO BY JONATHAN MCLARTY)

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Fun ways to include your pup in game day festivities From Family Features & Cesar Game days are all about bonding with friends over football and food, alongside your furry best friend. Pet parents aren’t the only ones excited for game days. Dogs can get in on the action, too. Bringing pups into the game day experience can foster more joy of togetherness for pets and pet parents alike — whether that’s a game of catch in the yard, piling up sideby-side on the couch to root for your team or snacking on your favorite football foods while your pup enjoys his or her own special dog-friendly game day meal. This football season, CESAR® Canine Cuisine invites you to celebrate every touchdown with your top dog, from your living room to your kitchen and backyard, using these tips.

Tail-Wagging Team Spirit

On game day, you wear your favorite team’s colors. As loyal fans root on their teams, let your dog show his or her squad spirit, too. Bring out your team pride with matching jerseys or bandanas, or a special football-themed toy for your pup to sport during the game.

Practice Plays with Your Pup


Carve Out More Family Time This Halloween From Family Features By the time Halloween rolls around, many families are deep into the hustle and bustle of the school year. The holiday provides a great opportunity to focus on family and spend some quality time together. Shared experiences bring loved ones closer, and Halloween is a perfect time for doing something with the people in your life who matter most, whether it’s your immediate family, college family, friends, siblings or extended family. These family-friendly activities can help you create some special spooky memories this Halloween with your friends and loved ones: Visit local attractions. Many communities offer seasonal events or destinations where you can find all kinds of family fun while enjoying a refreshing autumn afternoon. Some popular examples include corn mazes, pumpkin patches and haunted houses. You might also find other attractions such as hayrides and petting zoos. Decorate pumpkins. Designing the perfect jack-o’-lantern or pumpkin creation can be fun for the whole family. Toddlers and younger children can express their creativity through painting, stickers and accessory kits while older children and young adults may find carving kits to be more their style. Consider the options from Pumpkin Masters, which creates new products every year so you can always find some-

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that you find yourself watching as a fan? MF: I love the dance off with the kids and the adults having their own party up in the stands. Watching them get out of their seats, let loose and have an amazing time is the best feeling ever. FS: My favorite thing in the world is seeing how crazy the fans get during the glow party. I’ve been around for three decades, I’ve been announcing for two decades, and when I set out as an announcer, I said, I’m going to go up and down every aisle like nobody else and I’m going to high five anybody that wants to high five and take photos with everybody. My favorite part of every show is the interaction with all the fans. Y: I believe that because I watched you last year do exactly what you just described and I was in awe of your stamina, charisma and genuine love for the fans. Both of you make sure the fans feel a part of the full experience. Hot Wheels are very fortunate to have both of you as their hosts, their ambassadors if you will. Y: Freddie, how much input do you have in your stick, in being you? FS: Our chief, the man that wears the crown, Ken, absolutely believed in me and that angle. He loves that I created the connection between the storytelling and the fans, so we could all become one. It took the industry by storm. It’s been nurtured and Mattel, Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live and all the owners, they just love it. Y: With live entertainment everything and anything can happen. Can you share any anecdotes, fun stories? MF: When our new glow suit batteries get

thing fresh each Halloween. For example, Premium Sticker Patterns make it easy to peel, stick and carve with pattern transfer sheets while options like Mummy Carving and Decorating Kit or Unicorn Decorating let little creatures in on the fun. Go trick-or-treating together. Participating in this age-old tradition as a family can make for a fun evening of joy and laughter. You can also incorporate numerous teachable moments, including reminders about safety around strangers and when crossing the street, practicing manners like please and thank you or taking turns ringing doorbells with friends or siblings. Watch scary movies. Whether you relive your own youth by introducing your kids to the classics or explore more contemporary flicks, gathering the group around the screen for a frighteningly fun movie night can appeal to the whole family. With so many options available, you can easily find something age-appropriate for your little ones - just be sure to add some seasonal snacks to make the night complete. Find more ideas to inspire quality time with family this Halloween at pumpkinmasters.com.

Fun ways to recycle your pumpkin after the holiday Once the holiday fun is done, you may wonder what to do with your leftover pumpkin (and the insides, too). Consider

low, our lights look red and it looks like we have chicken pox. FS: I had to learn how to turn off the batteries for our suits. I’m in front of everyone 100% of the time and I have glow in the dark gloves on. So I find a fan who can access my battery pack and the fan helps me put batteries in as quickly as we can and then I thank the fan by having them give a score or something. Y: What have been some of the coolest, favorite places you have performed with Hot Wheels and why? FS: It continues to be such an incredible ride. Every destination is an amazing adventure. I hosted the only Hot Wheels Monster Live Show ever in the Middle East, in Qatar, hosted the entire European Tour, and the US Tour. MF: I’ve loved all of the places we’ve been to. It’s cool to check off these places in the states and my world map off my bucket list. One that was really unique was New Orleans during Mardi Gras. Also the very first show I did for Hot Wheels was in Ontario, California and it was so special because as a Canadian to be flown to host in California was a wow moment, an unbelievable thought that I got to experience and do. Another one was in Chicago with the first weekend of glow parties, it was also my birthday, my siblings came, my dad surprised me there as well as my first weekend in California Y: This is a very demanding, time consuming, away from your family type of job. Why do you continue to do it? MF: Mine is an unbelievable story. I was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I’ve been dancing since the age of four. My siblings and I went to an art elementary and middle school. And I went to a high school in a dance program. It was so much fun every single day because we got to experience all the arts.

these ideas: Bake the seeds. Whether you eat them yourself or share them with local wildlife, roasted pumpkin seeds provide a tasty treat. They’re delicious with a light coating of olive oil and salt, or you can get creative with seasonings and spices. Make slime. The stringy, gooey insides of a pumpkin make for a ghoulish bowl of goopy guts, perfect for Halloween pranks. You can use the pulp in its natural form or search for recipes that add ingredients like glue, water and baking soda for even more texture. Compost it. Pumpkins generate organic waste, so adding them to a compost bin (or burying them) can be quite beneficial for the soil. Either option returns organic matter to the Earth, rather than heaping it into a landfill where it’s just adding to accumulating food waste. Create a planter. If you save the pieces carved from your jack-o’-lanterns, you can use a toothpick to secure them in place. Then you’ll be left with a vessel that’s perfect for using as a seasonal planter. Add some mums or other autumn blooms and enjoy them throughout the fall. Donate to a nearby farm. Pumpkins can be a tasty treat for wildlife and livestock. If you don’t have animals like bunnies and squirrels to share your pumpkin with in your own backyard, check with area farms to see if they’d like your leftover pumpkins to use as food for the animals.

For 16 years, I’ve been a trained competitive dancer, doing 10-12 hours of training a week in everything from ballet, tap, jazz, musical theater, contemporary, modern, hip hop, all of the above. I’ve tried everything. I was a brand ambassador for companies, taught dance at four different places, been in a circus company, music videos, and a dancer in a bar mitzvah company. All of that is what got me into hosting because I was always a host. Now I am a host and a choreographer. I teach dance and choreography to bigger musicals. Before covid, I was always on the go super busy doing so much at the same time. During Covid I took two courses on self growth and personal development that really changed my life. I found my core values. One assignment was to fill in some blanks in a sentence, to spread “blank” so others “blank.” Mine was to spread love life and positivity everywhere, so others feel uplifted, encouraged and free to be their authentic selves. I then had to manifest it and work towards a goal. One of my action steps was to put together an action reel. In December 2020 I put together a two and a half video and posted it on youtube in February 2021. In June 2021, Hot Wheels Monster Trucks reached out to me. I got an email and then a phone call from them. They told me that they were looking at 50 other female hosting resumes on youtube and they chose mine because of all the live experience I have with kids. This job is the Golden Ticket of my life. It is the best thing that ever happened to me, living out my passion and my purpose of being a positive role model of your authentic self is celebrated. Following your dreams and achieving them is so awesome. I was hoping for something like this and they were looking for someone like me. FS: I was born in Santa Rosa, Northern California and as a young man I loved motor

Stay active during your at-home watch party by running around with your pup during commercial breaks or at halftime. Play fetch in the yard, calling out plays like a quarterback, and have your top furry wide receiver catch his or her favorite toy for the touchdown. A break for fresh air can help keep your dog entertained and make sure he or she can get energy out throughout the game.

Football Feasting

The game day spread is not complete until your dog has something to dine on, too. To help pet parents and their dogs enjoy the most delicious part of game day together, CESAR Canine Cuisine created a “Match Up” Menu of dog-friendly “recipes,” inspired by fan-favorite foods, using its wide range of bold flavors in a variety of textures. Visit CESAR.com for the full menu, which features the first-of-its-kind CESAR 7-Layer and more unique wet and dry dog food combos for your pup to enjoy while you watch your favorite team play together. From theCESARbrand:Thisis ourfunway to get our furry friends involved in game day. The CESAR® brand believes the best life is shared between pets and their pet parents, but we don’t recommend sharing human food with pets. While we’re excited to share these pup-friendly game day recipes with our furry fans, we remind all pet owners to follow appropriate feedingguidelines. Please beconsciousofservingsizesonthepackaging when making the CESAR 7-Layer or “Match Up” recipes. Do not over feed your dog and consult with your veterinary provider to discuss your pet’s dietary needs.


sports and competed professionally. I am very successful in the world of custom building. I build for Fortune 500 companies. My wife and I own a trade show company, a truck accessory company and developing properties. As I mentioned, I’ve been in the industry for 30 years and Hot Wheels reached out to me. I am the only original announcer, I have been there day one, prior to it even starting, in the development stage of the announcing side of it. It is pure joy for me. My beautiful wife Angie of 25 years and my amazing four kids: Freddie IV, Paxton, Jade and Presley, they understand what this job means to me and fully support why I do what I do. I leave them 32 to 40 weekends a year. I miss so many celebrations but my calling in life was to go share my love for the sport of Monster Trucks and more importantly, I get to share it with the fans and for two hours I help them forget the craziness that is life. I make them smile and share as much of my energy and joy, with a thousand, two, three, four, five and thousands more fans at every show. I feel like it’s my calling. If someone is deaf I will sign with them to the best of my abilities. Anyone with special needs disabilities, I will try my hardest to touch each and everyone of their hands. I’m able to use the tool of Hot Wheels Monster Trucks live The Glow Party to do something more important. To engage a child who is autistic by giving them the microphone to hold and give the parents that moment of joy, that’s what I live for. It’s not the money, it’s not the job, it’s not the career, it’s pure passion to make our fans’ lives the best ever during those hours that they are with us. 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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Fall for comforting, grape-inspired recipes From Family Features As days get shorter and cooler weather sets in, the cravings for hearty, comforting meals often follow. Traditional fall fare, including roasted meats and veggies, can be enhanced with a delicious and compatible fall fruit: fresh grapes. Grapes work well with a variety of ingredients to make mealtimes more enjoyable. In Smoked Paprika Lamb Chops with Fresh Grape Sauce, grapes provide a delightful sweet-tart accent to the savory meat. Juicy grapes also help balance the spicy kick of Hot Honey Roasted Broccoli with Grapes and Almonds. In addition to their delicious taste, fresh texture and vibrant color, grapes of all colors - red, green and black - are a heart-healthy food, too. Find more flavorful fall recipe ideas at grapesfromcalifornia.com.

Smoked Paprika Lamb Chops with Fresh Grape Sauce

Hot Honey Roasted Broccoli with Grapes and Almonds

Servings: 4 1 teaspoon smoked paprika 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus additional, to taste, divided ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus additional, to taste, divided 4 boneless sirloin leg lamb chops (¾inch thick each, about 1 ½ pounds total) 1 tablespoon olive oil ¾ cup dry riesling wine 2 shallots, minced ½ cup reduced-sodium chicken broth 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme 1 ½ cups seedless Grapes from California, rinsed 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 12 minutes Servings: 6 1 tablespoon honey 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 1 pound fresh, trimmed broccoli spears 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt ¾ cup black Grapes from California ¼ cup sliced natural almonds

In small bowl, combine paprika, 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper. Rub chops with paprika mixture and set aside. In large cast-iron or other heavy skillet over medium-high heat, heat olive oil. Add chops and cook to desired doneness, about 4 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer to platter and keep warm. In same pan, add riesling, bring to boil and scrape up any browned bits from bottom of pan. Cook until wine is reduced to glaze, about 5 minutes. Add shallots, broth and thyme; cook until reduced by half, about 4 minutes. Stir in grapes and butter; swirl to melt butter. Season with additional salt and pepper, to taste, then pour sauce over chops and serve. Nutritional information per serving: 359 calories; 31 g protein; 14 g carbohydrates; 17 g fat (42% calories from fat); 105 mg cholesterol; 565 mg sodium; .9 g fiber.

Heat oven to 450 F with rack in center. In cup, combine honey, vinegar and crushed red pepper flakes; microwave 10 seconds until mixture is warm enough to stir to blend; repeat if necessary. Set aside and keep warm.

Smoked Paprika Lamb Chops with Fresh Grape Sauce

In shallow, 9-by-13-inch baking dish or rimmed baking sheet, toss broccoli spears with oil then spread in single layer in center of pan. Roast 7-8 minutes until broccoli begins to brown on edges. Remove from oven. Drizzle hot honey over broccoli and sprinkle with salt. Scatter grapes and almonds on top of broccoli and roast 4-5 minutes until broccoli is crisp-tender, almonds are toasted and grapes are warmed through. Transfer broccoli and grape mixture to platter or individual plates and serve warm or at room temperature. Nutritional information per serving: 110 calories; 3 g protein; 18 g carbohydrates; 4.5 g fat (37% calories from fat); 7 g saturated fat (8% calories from saturated fat); 0 mg cholesterol; 125 mg sodium; 3 g fiber.

Hot Honey Roasted Broccoli with Grapes and Almonds

Add a little sweetness to any occasion From Family Features/Culinary.net It’s almost impossible to beat the combination of sweet fruit and decadent desserts. This delicious recipe for Apple Cake highlights the crisp fruit but also the cinnamon sugar-flavored pastry. It’s luscious but doesn’t overdo it on the sweet meter with just the right mix of flavors. The cake is baked with the apples inside as the middle layer, which creates a moist, finished product. The apples are gooey, baked in a cinnamon sugar coating, making them a sweet and light complement to the perfectly baked cake. Start by mixing the apples with cinnamon and, of course, sugar. Set the mixture aside. Now it’s time for cake. First, mix all the dry ingredients together then mix in the

wet ingredients. The secret to this cake is creating layers that will hold up. Pour half of the batter into a round springform pan first then add apple mixture and top it all with the rest of the cake batter. Finally, for a little extra sweetness, sprinkle 1 tablespoon of sugar over the top of the cake before baking. Once baked, this cake can be drizzled with icing (if you’d like) to make it an even more delightful treat to satisfy any sweet tooth. This cake is perfect for any get-together, families looking for an after-dinner indulgence or anyone who just loves fruity desserts. It’s delectable enough for fancy occasions, but also simple enough to make at home for just a couple. With fluffy cake layers and a soft apple

center, this cake does it all. Not to mention the drip of icing at the end that all but guarantees everyone will be asking for seconds. Find more recipes and sweet desserts at Culinary.net .

Apple Cake

Servings: 8-16 3 cups Honeycrisp apples, peeled, cored and diced 3 teaspoons cinnamon 6 tablespoons, plus 2 cups, sugar, divided 3 cups flour 3 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup oil 4 eggs, beaten ¼ cup orange juice

1 teaspoon vanilla icing (optional) Heat oven to 350 F. In medium bowl, mix apples, cinnamon and 5 tablespoons sugar until combined. Set aside. In large bowl, mix flour, 2 cups sugar, baking powder and salt until combined. Form well in middle of mixture. Add oil, eggs, orange juice and vanilla; mix until blended. In springform pan, pour half of batter. Add apple mixture. Pour remaining batter over apple mixture. Sprinkle remaining sugar over batter. Bake 40-50 minutes, or until top is golden brown and tester comes out clean and dry. Drizzle with icing, if desired.

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The truth about concussions and TBI By U.S. Public Health Service Capt. Tricia Booker

Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence

Some service members might call a hard hit to the head having your bell rung, getting knocked out, or seeing stars. Your doctor calls it something else: a traumatic brain injury. National Concussion Day is Sept. 16, bringing awareness to TBIs, signs and symptoms, the impact to the military community, and how to get help. A TBI is the disruption of normal brain function caused by a jolt or blow to the head, and the military population is especially susceptible. Nearly 459,000 service members worldwide were diagnosed with a first-time TBI from 2000 through the first quarter of 2022, according to the Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence, which tracks multiple TBI-related data points for the Department of Defense. Concussion— also known as mild TBI—accounts for over 80% of these injuries, making it by far the most common type of active-duty TBI. A diagnosis of TBI requires a medical exam. With a population that has volunteered to put their lives on the line to protect and defend, it may be tempting to prioritize the mission over medicine, downplaying or ignoring any symptoms. Retired Marine Corps Capt. William Greeson, who was treated for brain injury at the end of a long military career, says this attitude is especially true for what he calls “military alphas.” “[Their attitude is] ‘I’m going to go out front, I’m going to lead, I’m going to get it done, and we’ll talk about this later,’ ” he said. “And then later never comes.” The team at TBICoE believes that later should come sooner. In addition to researching TBI in service members and veterans, TBICoE provides training in the condition’s diagnosis, prevention, and treatment. Regional education coordinators, who are embedded in TBI rehabilitation and research facilities across the DOD and the Department of Veterans Affairs, offer educational programs for military medical providers, service members, veterans, families, and caregivers. On National Concussion Awareness Day, there’s no better time to test your knowledge about the most common type of TBI. Can you separate fact from fiction in the following statements?

Concussions only happen on the battlefield. FALSE. About 8% of active-duty concussions are from battle injuries, and only 20% happen during deployment. The rest are sustained while doing things like playing contact sports, participating in military training, or crashing a vehicle.

You don’t have to get “knocked out” to have a concussion.

TRUE. Concussions temporarily change how the brain works. This can be a brief loss of consciousness. More often, consciousness

On a monthly average, more than 1,000 service members are diagnosed with a first-time concussion. Most of them happen during recreational or routine training activities. (SENIOR AIRMAN CHANCE NARDONE, 52ND FIGHTER WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS, MEHRING, RP, GERMANY)

is altered, such as, being dazed or seeing stars, or unaffected.

You can have a concussion even without a blow to the head.

TRUE. A concussion may be caused by a sudden increase or decrease in speed, even if the head doesn’t strike anything. For example, the external forces present in cases of whiplash or blast injury may be strong enough to shake the brain, causing it to hit the skull and leading to potential damage.

If you don’t have a headache, you’re fine. FALSE. A headache is the most common symptom of concussion, but it’s just one of many. Concussion symptoms can be physical, cognitive, or emotional, causing a wide variety of issues such as irritability, fatigue, balance difficulties, sleep disturbance, dizziness, ringing in the ears, blurred vision, and concentration or memory difficulties. Some symptoms are warrant a trip to your local emergency department. These include: Worsening headaches Slurred speech or difficulty speaking

Unsteadiness on feet Seizures Double or blurred vision Weakness or numbness anywhere in your body Decreasing level of alertness Disorientation (not knowing where you are, difficulty recognizing people or places) Any unusual behavior (such as increased aggression, anger, irritability, or crying) Repeated vomiting Feeling that something “just isn’t right”

Symptoms of a concussion appear immediately after the injury.

FALSE. Concussion symptoms can start immediately after the injury—or gradually over the next 48 hours. The good news is that they often resolve within days or weeks. Common Symptoms of Concussion Symptoms of concussion, or mild TBI, can be cognitive, emotional, and physical. (Photo by: The Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence)

You Can Recover from TBI

members can usually return to full duty in 2—4 weeks. However, the time it takes to heal depends on the individual, the nature of the injury, any history of concussions or migraines, and associated conditions such post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, and substance-use disorder. You should seek medical care and follow your doctor’s progressive return to activity guidance because a concussion can impact memory, concentration, coordination, reaction time, and other areas—that may affect job performance or unit readiness and safety. This is also why you must be medically cleared before picking up that basketball or your car keys. Otherwise, symptoms like dizziness, balance problems, and fatigue can put you at risk of re-injury. Visit TBICoE for more information about all types of TBI, as well as provider resources and support for service members, veterans, families, and caregivers. Watch real stories of recovery and hope through A Head for the Future, TBICoE’s TBI awareness initiative. Visit https://health.mil/ Military-Health-Topics/Centers-of-Excellence/Traumatic-Brain-Injury-Center-of-Excellence

Most people fully recover from a concussion, particularly if it’s their first. Service

Staff at Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune’s lab demonstrate lab testing procedures to students in June 2022. (U.S. NAVY PETTY OFFICER 2ND CLASS MICHAEL MOLINA)

NMC Camp Lejeune’s Lab Receives ‘Unprecedented’ Results From Health.mil Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune’s Laboratory Department obtained recertification from the College of American Pathologists with a 99.9% compliance rate on their recent inspection. The results of the inspection from July demonstrate the high level of commitment each team member contributes towards quality patient care. “Meeting CAP accreditation is required and non-negotiable,” said NMCCL’s direc-

tor of Clinical Pathology, U.S. Navy Cmdr. (Dr.) Reynaldo Gomez. “Receiving the accreditation shows you are excelling at laboratory medicine, using good practices and policies that are respected and anticipated in the industry.” The CAP program is widely recognized across the globe as the gold standard in laboratory accreditation. According to their website, the organization has more than 65 years of experience, includes 18,000 board-certified pathologists, and services over 20,000 laboratories across

the globe in over 100 countries. “The results of this inspection are unprecedented for NMCCL’s lab,” said Lt. Cmdr. Amanda Randles, assistant department head for the laboratory. “It’s a true testament to the hard work of all of our fantastic staff.” Laboratories accredited by CAP require strict adherence to standards and regulations. Being accredited also gives an advantage; the lab stays informed of rapidly changing techniques, policies, and regulations for the industry.

“We start at the ground level here. All our staff are expected to continuously meet the competencies set out by CAP,” explained Gomez. “We regularly perform self-inspections to ensure we are ready for the real inspections and ensure we are providing the highest level of care possible across the industry.” The NMCCL Laboratory employs 45 active duty, civilian, and contract personnel.

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