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Change of Command Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8 held an airborne change of command ceremony on board Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia that saw Capt. Joshua A. Sager relinquish his duties as Commander, CVW-8 to Capt. Daryl E. Trent. PAGE A6 VOL. 28, NO. 40, Norfolk, VA | ﬂagshipnews.com
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An MH-60R Seahawk helicopter, attached to the“Easy Riders”of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 37 (HSM 37), takes off from the ﬂight deck of the guided-missile destroyer USS O’Kane (DDG 77) during ﬂight operations in the Arabian Sea, Sept. 27. (MCSN ELISHA SMITH)
U.S. Navy Establishes New Helicopter Squadron
By Lt. Cmdr. Robert Myers
force management missions. “I’m honored and humbled to have the opportunity to serve as HSM-50’s first commanding officer,” said Cmdr. Carolyn Peterson. “Every member of Valkyries will have a major impact as we establish this squadron from the ground floor and create a strong, resilient, combatready unit prepared to deploy MH-60R Detachments to Fight and Win at sea. I am excited and encouraged as we move forward as a team, face challenges head-on, and continue to serve in the defense of our nation.” Peterson, a native of Nashville, Tennessee,
Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic Public Affairs
NORFOLK, Va. — The U.S. Navy establishes a new helicopter squadron, Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 50, onboard Naval Air Station (NAS) Mayport, Florida, Oct. 1. Primarily, HSM-50 “Valkyries” will be fully equipped with MH-60R Seahawks and will provide expeditionary aviation detachments in support of littoral combat ships and expeditionary independent deployers to meet global
served in a number of assignments including tours as an instructor pilot, a helicopter initial shore assignments officer, a Carrier Air Wing MH-60R operational squadron department head, and a joint planning officer in Anchorage, Alaska. She is a graduate of Air Force Air Command and Staff College Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Phase One, and earned a Master’s of Science in Aeronautics: Safety Systems. The MH-60R Seahawk, a versatile multi-mission platform, is used to support a number of operations spanning: Anti-Sub-
Navy Intelligence Specialist Debuts Song “Hard Times” to Honor a Friend By Lt. Jamie Miller
Center For Information Warfare Training Public Affairs
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — A Navy intelligence specialist, assigned to Information Warfare Training Command Virginia Beach (IWTCVB) debuted a song to honor his friend, Sep. 3. Intelligence Specialist First Class Richard “Ricky” Ayala recorded and released the original song titled, “Hard Times.” Ayala released “Hard Times” in September to coincide with the National Suicide Prevention Month. Ayala stated, “Hard Times is my way of reaching out to people who may be struggling mentally and contemplating suicide.” Ayala is currently stationed at Information Warfare Training Command Virginia Beach (IWTCVB), where he serves as the course supervisor for four instructional courses. Ayala has been singing since he was a young child, performing at both the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and the Apollo Theater in New York City by the age of nine. Ayala’s passion for music and songwriting has continued during his time in the Navy. Ayala has been
marine Warfare, Electronic Warfare, Surface Warfare, Command and Control, Non-Combat Operations, and Fleet Support for Operations and Logistics. It can also integrate mission systems with other ships to provide early warning indications of surface contacts and longer range pursuit of subsurface contacts. HSM-50 is expected to conduct a formal establishment ceremony in the summer of 2022 and the squadron will fall under Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing Atlantic. To learn more about HSM-50 visit: https://www.airlant.usff.navy.mil/hsm50/
Iwo Jima Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month By MC2 Jessica Kibena, USS Iwo Jima Public Affairs
of 2021 to detail the hardships Ayala faced after
ATLANTIC OCEAN — The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) held a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, Sep. 28. National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from September 15 to October 15 and recognizes the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history and culture of the United States. Volunteers from the Multicultural Heritage Committee (MCHC) aboard Iwo Jima planned the live celebration in which they showcase the Hispanic culture and the importance of their contributions. “Events like this are important to show that we care about diversity,” said Intelligence Specialist 3rd Class Cecilia Ramirez, master of ceremonies.” They promote culture awareness and make sure everyone
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Intelligence Specialist First Class Richard“Ricky”Ayala recorded and released an original song titled,“Hard Times”in September to coincide with the National Suicide Prevention Month. Ayala stated,“Hard Times is my way of reaching out to people who may be struggling mentally and contemplating suicide.” (COURTESY PHOTO)
writing, producing, and releasing his own music throughout his time in service. “Hard Times” was originally written in May
Navy conservation personnel and volunteers gathered on the beach at Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana/Dam Neck Annex on Sept. 9 to perform the little-known but tremendously important task of excavating a sea turtle nest.
Naval Submarine Support Center Norfolk, Virginia, changed their name to Submarine Readiness Squadron (SRS) 34 during a ceremony held at Naval Station Norfolk, Sept. 30.
The director of exercises and training for U.S. Cyber Command visited the Center for Information Warfare Training (CIWT), on Corry Station, September 29.
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Cmdr. Bryan Christiansen, left, and Capt. Jeffrey Juergens, commander, Submarine Squadron 6, participate in a cake-cutting ceremony in recognition of the establishment of Submarine Readiness Squadron (SRS) 34 at Naval Station Norfolk, Sept. 30. (MC1 ALFRED COFFIELD)
Submarine Force Establishes Submarine Readiness Squadron 34 By MC2 Cameron Stoner
Submarine Force Atlantic Public Affairs
NORFOLK, Va. - Naval Submarine Support Center Norfolk, Virginia, changed their name to Submarine Readiness Squadron (SRS) 34 during a ceremony held at Naval Station Norfolk, Sept. 30. The name change is in alignment with the submarine community’s mission to generate combat ready submarines to meet mission tasking for combatant commanders by supporting operational submarines, new submarine construction, and addressing and maintaining operational fleet needs
during chief of naval operations maintenance availabilities. “SRS 34 will be staffed by Sailors that are extremely dedicated and superbly trained,” said Capt. Jeffrey Juergens, Commander, Submarine Squadron 6. “Young women and men whose call to duty is inspiring, and they take great pride in service to their country.” SRS 34 will provide centralized logistics and administrative support for two submarine squadrons and 16 submarine crews. To spearhead that mission, Cmdr. Bryan Christiansen will assume the roles and responsibilities as SRS 34’s first command-
ing officer. “I can’t imagine a better choice for the first commanding officer of SRS 34 than Cmdr. Christiansen,” said Juergens. “The scope of Cmdr. Christiansen’s mission is vast, but luckily he has a great team to help him in this mission.” SRS 34 joins SRS 31 (Bangor, Washington), 32 (Groton, Connecticut), 33 (Pearl Harbor), and 36 (Kings Bay, Georgia) which made the change earlier this year on July 15. Submarine Readiness Squadrons ensure assigned personnel, staffs and submarines achieve and maintain a level of training, personnel, and material readiness neces-
sary to carry out their assigned missions; provide focused personal and professional growth opportunities for assigned personnel; and encourage, develop and share innovative ideas and new concepts on how to most effectively and efficiently train, maintain and employ submarines now and in the future. Submarine Force’s mission executes the Department of the Navy’s mission in and from the undersea domain. In addition to lending added capacity to naval forces, the Submarine Force, in particular, is expected to leverage those special advantages that come with undersea concealment to permit operational, deterrent and combat effects that the Navy and the nation could not otherwise achieve. The Submarine Force and supporting organizations constitute the primary undersea arm of the Navy. Submarines and their crews remain the tip of the undersea spear.
Naval Weapons Station Yorktown Holds 46th Change of Command By Susanne Greene
Naval Weapons Station Yorktown Public Affairs
YORKTOWN, Va. — Captain Chris Horgan assumed the duties of the Commanding Officer of Naval Weapons Station Yorktown and Cheatham Annex after relieving Captain Jason Schneider during a change of command ceremony held 24 September on Cheatham Annex in Williamsburg, Virginia. “I’m joining a great leadership team and I am eager to get started”, stated Captain Chris Horgan, Commanding Officer of Naval Weapons Station Yorktown. “As I met with all the Installation Program Directors, I couldn’t have been more impressed with their commitment to the Fleet, our Fighters, and Families.” “It’s an exciting time to be joining the installation.” The small ceremony was held along the beautiful York River and presided over by Commander Melissa Chope, Executive Officer of Naval Weapons Station Yorktown and Cheatham Annex. Captain Horgan is a native of Wisconsin. His sea tours include division officer assignments Aboard USS Toledo (SSN 769), engineer officer aboard USS Louisiana (Gold) (SSBN 743), and executive officer aboard USS Jefferson City (SSN 759). He commanded USS Maryland (Gold) (SSBN 738) in King’s Bay, GA. CAPT Horgan was recognized by the United States Submarine
League with the Charles Lockwood Award for Professional Excellence. Captain Jason Schneider shared his appreciation for the NWS Yorktown team during Friday’s ceremony. “This tour has certainly been one of, if not, the most rewarding of my career,” stated Captain Jason Schneider. “To all the sailors, civilians, and contractors, who support the over 15,000 acres, 4,000 people, and billions of dollars in facilities that make up NWS Yorktown and Cheatham Annex, you are truly a remarkable team,” stated Schneider. “Your great efforts are responsible for all of our accomplishments and successes; I cannot thank you enough.” NWS Yorktown shared a number of successes under Captain Schneider’s leadership. The installation received two retention excellence awards, Scudder Hall galley earned its 12th consecutive 5-star Award and is a recent Ney award nominee for food service excellence, the Environmental team earned their 18th Consecutive Hampton Roads Sanitation District award for wastewater management and the 2021 Secretary of the Navy Environmental Award for Natural Resources Conservation. The line of successes and exceptional performances resulted in NWS Yorktown being selected as Commander Navy Region Mid-Atlantic’s nomination for the 2020 Installation Excellence Award.
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Capt. Chris Horgan relieves Capt. Jason Schneider as Commanding Officer of Naval Weapons Station Yorktown during a ceremony held at Cheatham Annex. (ETV2 STEFAN VARGO)
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An F/A-18F Super Hornet, from the“Fighting Redcocks”of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 22, prepares to perform an arrested recovery on the ﬂight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). (DALTON REIDHEAD)
NAVSUP WSS ﬁxed-wing contracts fuel cost-saving initiatives By Brian Jones
NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support Public Affairs
The Naval Aviation Enterprise (NAE) implemented Naval Sustainment System-Aviation (NSS-A) in 2019 to boost mission capable (MC) rates of F/A-18 Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler fleets to 80 percent. With that goal achieved, NSS-A focus turned to sustaining and expanding on early successes including creative problem-solving efforts at Naval Supply Systems Command, Weapon Systems Support (NAVSUP WSS). NSS-A is a modernized sustainment ecosystem designed to achieve and maintain naval aircraft readiness goals by leveraging best practices across communities to drive improvement in maintenance, supply and governance activities. The Supply Chain Reform pillar of NSS-A, championed by NAVSUP WSS, aims to ensure parts are at the right place at the right time by acting as the single accountable entity responsible for the end-to-end (E2E) supply chain. NAVSUP WSS continues to improve the Navy’s supply chain with more responsive contracting, supplier integration, enhanced
customer presence and improved collaboration to include initiatives within Vice Chief of Naval Operation’s NSS-A Cost Pillar. Like NSS-A, NAVSUP WSS’ initiatives initially focused on the F/A-18. “The Fixed Wing Contracts Department is working along-side F/A-18 Integrated Weapons Support Team on multiple efforts in support of VCNO’s goal to capture $300 million in savings,” said Lt. Cmdr. Hisham Semaan, NAVSUP WSS Director of Fixed Wing Contracts. The Fixed Wing Contracts Team leads the ‘Improve Prices of Commercial Spares and Repairs’ initiative, according to Semaan. This initiative captures savings driven by combining spares and repairs on the same contract vehicle, leveraging production runs and having an ability to better coordinate and prioritize requirements. “We are improving prices of commercial spares and reducing commercial spend,” said Semaan. “We intend to use our increased buying power to maximize quantity breaks on material, reduce non-recurring engineering (NRE) costs, in addition to influencing spare and repair capacity and deliveries to the fleet.”
Through the F/A-18 initiative, NAVSUP WSS was able to quickly realize $2.2 million in savings by leveraging spares procurement with concurrent Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) production buys that achieved quantity price breaks. The Fixed Wing Contracts Department is now applying the same initiative to all aviation IWSTs. “Scaling our successes across all aviation platforms drove our annual savings goal from $2.2 million to nearly $10 million,” said Semaan. “We’ve already begun execution of our expanded plan and initial indication is that many of our contractual efforts will materialize in the near future.” While ‘Improve Prices of Commercial Spares and Repairs’ is an NSS-A initiative, it also aligns with Naval Sustainment System-Supply (NSS-S), which is a combination of commercial best practices, process improvements, governance and oversight to maximize effectiveness while prioritizing and balancing costs. NSS-S is comprised of six key pillars, one of which is to increase end-to-end supply chain velocity. “NSS-Supply is a natural complement to the
Navy’s NSS framework. NSS-S focuses on the lowest cost that supports readiness. A longterm, proactive look to address tomorrow’s issues,” said John Soracco, NAVSUP WSS Chief Logistician for Aviation. “NAVSUP WSS is best positioned to see the end-to-end supply chain across all Warfighting Enterprises (NAE, SWE, UWE, Etc.) in the Navy, integrating coordination, synchronization, and governance … ultimately delivering higher performance and less cost to the warfighter.” “Combining spares and repairs into a single contract vehicle not only leads to improved prices, it also streamlines previous bifurcated spare and repair procurement process, thus, improving acquisition time,” said Semaan. “Increase E2E Velocity pillar aims to shorten repair turnaround times and maximize responsiveness to mission partner needs. We certainly believe our strategic contracting approach contributes to the overall success of this pillar.” Regardless of the NSS initiative supported, NAVSUP WSS’ Fixed Wing Contracts Team continues to support Naval readiness through innovative supply chain management. “The tremendous effort from the Fixed Wing Contracts Team is achieving near term savings, but the end goal is to quickly supply material at a reduced cost to the warfighter,” said Cmdr. Matt Duncan, NAVSUP WSS Director of Acquisition Policy. “The efficiencies gained by consolidating procurement management of spares and repairs will lead to those long-term cost reductions as well as further enhancing end-to-end supply chain management.”
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NAS Oceana Natural Resources Manager Michael F. Wright examines a Loggerhead sea turtle nest to determine hatching and emergence success rates. (MC2 MEGAN WOLLOM)
Naval Air Station Oceana: Committed to Conservation By MC3 Michael Botts
Naval Air Station Oceana Public Affairs
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Navy conservation personnel and volunteers gathered on the beach at Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana/Dam Neck Annex on Sept. 9 to perform the little-known but tremendously important task of excavating a sea turtle nest. In accordance with the Endangered Species Act of 1973, NAS Oceana’s Natural Resources Department identifies and monitors all sea turtle nests that are laid on the installation’s property. Sea turtle nest excavation is part of that process, where the nest is examined after the sea turtles have hatched to determine hatching and emergence success rates. From May 15 to August 31, which is nesting season for sea turtles in the Virginia Beach area, NAS Oceana environmental staff undertake daily beach patrols, actively monitoring and documenting evidence that a sea turtle has nested. If a nesting site is identified, it will be marked with posts and signage
A Loggerhead hatchling enters the ocean from Dam Neck Annex beach. (MC2 MEGAN WOLLAM)
identifying the nest as a locally and federally protected area. Trained staff and gratuitous service workers will monitor the nest, sometimes even through the night, until it hatches. “All five species of sea turtles that can
found in the waters off the Virginia Coast are protected under the Endangered Species Act,” said NAS Oceana Natural Resources Manager, Michael F. Wright. “Three of these species, the Loggerhead, the Kemps Ridley, and Green sea turtles, are known to nest, or have attempted to nest, on the beach at Dam Neck.” This particular nest produced Loggerhead hatchlings, with a total of 129 eggs. Because the nest was initially laid within the high-tide/wrack-line on the beach, with the support of Biological Science Technician/ Conservation Officer Lawrence F. McGrogan, Wright relocated the nest as permitted to give the eggs a greater chance of success. While the nests often contain over 100 eggs initially, less than one percent of hatchlings are estimated to survive to adulthood. Survival starts in the nest, so Wright and her team are dedicated to monitoring each one. “This year, we had an 86.82 percent emergence success and a hatching success of 93.02 percent from the Loggerhead nest,” said Wright.
Overcoming the Challenges of Change By Cmdr. Edward Erwin
CREDO Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs
It may be reasonably argued that no organization faces the challenges of change more than the military. The average service member can encounter numerous changes, weekly, if not daily. Deployments, PCS season, new computer programs, fluctuating COVID health protection conditions, and last minute taskers are only a few changes that can create enormous stress for both military personnel and their families. Yet change is the one consistency in the modern world. Heraclitus, the famed Greek philosopher, once stated that “change is the only constant in life.” Not surprisingly, it is said that 90% of people prefer their comfort zones. Additionally, 70% of change management initiatives in the public and private sectors fail, as indicated in a Gallup study by David Leonard and Claude Coltea. In the medical field, according to Minds at Work research, when patients were confronted with life and death scenarios by their physicians only 13% were willing to make the necessary life changes for survival. In “Ten Reasons People Resist Change,” Professor Rosabeth Kanter at the Harvard Business School captures the dread of change. In the workplace, aboard ship, within a platoon,
or inside a marriage, Kanter identifies some familiar factors that contribute to inertia when it comes to change. For example, we can resist change because we fear the loss of control, and we want to avoid the uncertainty of innovations that can potentially surprise and embarrass us with skill sets that we don’t possess. However, while change can be a source of discomfort, change can also be source of revitalization. The old adage sums up the dilemma: “If we always do what we have always done, we will always get what we have always got.” Benjamin Franklin quipped, “Nothing ventured, nothing gained.” For the sake of transparency, I must confess that my personality type lends itself to routine. For instance, my wife changed the type of hash browns we have occasionally on the weekends for breakfast. Frankly, I was skeptical that the new hash browns with carrots and sweet potatoes mixed in with Idaho potatoes could top the old recipe. I was surprisingly wrong. It’s even better than our traditional hash browns dish. The point: Change need not be an enemy, but it can be an ally in the pursuit of progress and the quest for excellence. In the classic self-improvement text, Who Moved My Cheese?, Spencer Johnson, M.D., tells the parable of some mice who had become complacent with routine and tedium until one
day their little world changed—their cheese got moved—and they had to adapt in order to survive. Sound familiar? It is not by chance that the unspoken military motto rings true amidst the challenges of change: “Adapt and overcome!” Change in habits around the house like encouraging your spouse and unplugging from digital technology can strengthen marriages. Change on the job with new ideas, different emphases can generate the enthusiasm essential for mission accomplishment. Change in nutrition, exercise, study habits, sleep patterns can help us achieve personal aspirations never imagined. Nothing is worse than wanting the right kind of positive changes for personal fulfillment and career satisfaction and then covertly sabotaging our own best efforts. In the program Immunity to Change (ITC), two Harvard Professors, Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey from the Minds at Work organization, compare conflicting desires to driving a car with one foot on the gas pedal and the other foot remaining on the break. Consequently, the driver in question doesn’t go very far, and likewise our dreams fizzle out down the highways of life with little drive, energy, or confidence. To help us with achieving important life changes, ITC is an outstanding program for individuals and teams, empowering partici-
Loggerhead sea turtles are the most common sea turtle species in the Chesapeake Bay, and in waters around the United States. Named for their large heads which support powerful jaw muscles that enable them to feed on hard-shelled prey like whelks and conch, the species is listed as threatened due to bycatch from fishing vessels. According to Wright, conservation of sea turtles is important to the environment, and it is important to the military mission of NAS Oceana and Dam Neck Annex. “Taking an active management approach and supporting conservation initiatives has allowed military training at NAS Oceana to occur without time-of-year restrictions.” Wright and the NAS Oceana Natural Resources Department takes a proactive approach to sea turtle conservation through partnerships with many local city, state, and private entities and individuals. “We are partnered with Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, State Military Reserve, United States Fish & Wildlife Service, Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center, Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources, universities, and other local citizens,” said Wright. “Proactive conservation for NAS Oceana has been a win-win situation for the Navy, for sea turtle conservation, and for our partners.” To learn more about sea turtles and conservation efforts, please visit, https://dwr. virginia.gov/blog/sea-turtles-in-virginia/ pants to identify important goals and strategize about how to take our metaphorical feet off the brakes and, in the immortal words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “hitch your wagon (or SUV) to a star.” ITC is just one of many exciting programs that CREDO offers to support the Fleet, the Fighter, and the Family. If you are interested in attending a marriage enrichment retreat, a personal resiliency retreat, or a work-related workshop with CREDO, please visit https:// www.facebook.com/credomidatlantic/in order to learn more and register for upcoming programs.* If you would like to speak with a Chaplain about an urgent crisis situation, the Duty Chaplain number for the Hampton Roads Area is 1-757-438-3822. One final word about change. It’s almost never too late to make positive changes. We can all enrich the value of our lives with healthy choices and changes. Strive to be a better listener and let go of the defensive mechanisms that protect your turf. Submit that application for graduate school and knock on the door of opportunity. In your relationships, say you are sorry—and show it. Maybe, this is the week to make a change and go to your place of worship. Change can be the fresh start you have always dreamt of but never dared. When our cheese or world gets moved, let’s look for what could go right and stop worrying about what could go wrong, remembering that until we change nothing gets better!
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Rear Adm. Gregory Huffman, commander, carrier strike group (CSG) 12, taxis an FA-18E Super Hornet on the runway of Naval Air Station Oceana during an airborne change of command ceremony for Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8, Sept. 30. (MC1 JEFFERY TROUTMAN)
Carrier Air Wing Eight Holds Change of Command By Carrier Strike Group 12 Public Affairs NAVAL AIR STATION OCEANA — Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8 held an airborne change of command ceremony on board Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia that saw Capt. Joshua A. Sager relinquish his duties as Commander, CVW-8 to Capt. Daryl E. Trent in a ceremony attended by family, friends, and staff, Sept. 30. In aviator tradition, Sager and Trent read their orders while Trent flew an E-2D Advanced Hawkeye attached to Carrier Airborne Command and Control Squadron (VAW) 120, and passed to the right of Sager who flew an F/A-18E Super Hornet attached to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 37, while their immediate superior in command, Rear Adm. Gregory Huffman, commander Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12 flew escort, and guests watched from the flight line.
“I’m truly honored that you all gave me your time today,” said Sager in his remarks to the crowd. “In my humble and biased opinion, the leadership of CVW-8 maintained training and readiness better than the rest. In a little over a year, during COVID, our air wing detached 17 times across the country or out to sea, moving multiple squadrons and thousands of personnel. This air wing completed all tasking on time and with unparalleled results.” Sager, a native of Stuart, Florida and a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and Naval War College, reported as the Deputy Commander of CVW-8 in August 2018 before assuming command in March 2020. During his 18-month tour as Commander, Sager led CVW-8 through historic first-in-class embarkations of a carrier air wing onboard the Navy’s newest and most advanced aircraft carrier, USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). “When we first teamed up with Ford, she
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had completed less than 800 launch and recovery cycles on her catapults and wires, and was considered by many at the time to have unproven technology,” added Sager. “Just over a year later as she successfully completed post-delivery test and trials ahead of timeline, including the first full ship shock trials of an aircraft carrier in 33 years, she has completed more than 8,000 launches and recoveries on her now proven equipment, and she is positioned to commence her inaugural deployment next year.” Under Sager’s leadership, CVW-8 directly enabled Ford’s first Flight Deck Certification, conducted Ford’s first fixed and rotary-wing cyclic operations, launched the first heavy-ordnance organic strikes from the carrier’s flight deck, and facilitated the ship’s first integrated CSG operations. Trent, a native of North Chesterfield, Virginia and a graduate of the University of
Arkansas and the National Defense University, becomes CVW-8’s 65th Commander following a decorated career of previous leadership assignments to include Executive Officer VAW-120, the Fleet Replacement Squadron for E-2C/D and C-2A aircraft, Commanding Officer, VAW-125, and Battle Director at the 609th Combined Air and Space Operations Center, Al Udeid, Qatar. Most recently, he served as CVW-8 Deputy Commander. Trent’s brief remarks were focused on the teamwork that he said has been a cornerstone of the Navy’s success for 245 years. “Throughout our rich naval history, the fight is never conducted by one person, one ship or one platform. Today we have only expanded our reach across multi domains beyond land, sea and air capabilities to take the fight to a level we never imagined just a few decades ago,” said Trent. “Team factory is excited to exit the maintenance phase and join the training as a carrier strike group; our air wing combined with the lethality of the CSG-12 warfare commanders will cary the day for our nation.” CVW-8 consists of six aircraft squadrons flying FA-18E/F Super Hornets, E-2D Advanced Hawkeyes, and MH-60R/S Seahawks. More than 1,500 personnel are assigned to CVW-8, part of CSG-12 and the Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group.
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Rear Adm. Christopher Bartz, U.S. Coast Guard, discussed the Center for Information Warfare’s cyber training program with CDR Michael Tiefel, CIWT Executive Officer, and Master Chief Petty Officer Aaron Manning, Cryptologic Technician Networks (CTN) Rate Training Manager, and acting CIWT Command Master Chief, during a visit to Corry Station. (KURT VAN SLOOTEN)
Flag Officer Visits CIWT to Observe the Cyber Training Program By Kurt Van Slooten
Center For Information Warfare Training Public Affairs
PENSACOLA, Fla. — The director of exercises and training for U.S. Cyber Command visited the Center for Information Warfare Training (CIWT), on Corry Station, September 29. Rear Adm. Christopher Bartz, U.S. Coast Guard, used his visit to better understand the Navy’s cyber training program and contributions to a ready, competent Cyber Mission Force. Bartz participated in a cyber training-focused roundtable discussion with key leaders from CIWT, Navy Information Operations Command, Coast Guard and the National Security Agency.
He expressed a concern that cyber training shouldn’t be based on a typical learning model where students are taught materials and take tests. Master Chief Petty Officer Aaron Manning, Cryptologic Technician Networks (CTN) Rate Training Manager, and acting CIWT Command Master Chief, assuaged his worries by explaining that about 70 percent of the training time for students taking cyber courses was spent doing hands-on learning. After the roundtable, Bartz was provided a tour of the Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) Corry Station modular Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) where he was given briefs and demonstrations of the Persistent Cyber Training Environment (PCTE) and the Joint Cyber Analysis Course (JCAC) Extended Training Content (eTC).
Eric Starace, chief technical officer for RESOLVN, told the admiral that the PCTE is used to build resilient cyber defense analysts using repetitions of hands-on training for each aspect of the curriculum. He continued that the PCTE allows the instructors to quickly build ranges (cyber “maneuver space”) that are geared toward live-action events to give students that hands-on experience. Starace then provided a demonstration displaying the basics of the digital environment students would interact with during the course. Next Bartz was briefed on the JCAC eTC by Mandy Ledet, training manager for JCAC, who related the focus of the course and also provided a glimpse at the interface students used during the course. She explained how JCAC eTC provided value to the students during training.
After the briefs on the PCTE and JCAC eTC, Bartz remarked that there is a lot of opportunity here and said what eTC is doing for JCAC is a game changer. He told the group that the efficiencies used to increase competencies in eTC could be applied to other courses. Bartz emphasized that cyber is continually evolving and as we see our adversaries change their tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) that we need to be able to match that. “I am pleased we were able to provide U.S. Cyber Command leadership with a little better idea of what our cyber program provides to the Fleet and the Joint Force,” said CDR Michael Tiefel, CIWT Executive Officer. Center for Information Warfare Training delivers trained information warfare professionals to the Navy and joint services, enabling optimal performance of information warfare across the full spectrum of military operations. For more news from Center for Information Warfare Training organization, visit http://www.navy.mil/local/cid/, http://www. netc.navy.mil/centers/ciwt/, http://www.facebook.com/NavyCIWT, or http://www.twitter. com/NavyCIWT.
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The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), right, receives fuel and supplies from the Henry J. Kaiser-class underway replenishment oiler USNS Patuxent (T-AO-201) during a replenishment-at-sea, Aug. 14. (MC2 JESSICA KIBENA)
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feels included.” The theme for the celebration was “Esperanza,” which means “hope”. During the celebration, Ramirez spoke about the history of Hispanic Heritage month. She also spoke about Hispanic Americans who contributed to the United States, and those who helped shape the Navy. “Reading the Hispanic history is important in order to educate people on those who came before us,” said Ramirez. “It shows that nothing is impossible, and we too can become leaders and big contributors to our
Navy and anything in society.” The MCHC provides service members a glimpse of different dances, languages, foods, and other traditions that make each culture important in their own way. The celebration included a live performance showcasing dances such as Bachata, Merengue, Salsa and Cumbia. “I love to dance; dancing is in my blood,” said Aviation Maintenance Administrationman 2nd Class Walter Campos. “When I found out about the dance performance for the event, I definitely wanted to be a part of it. Being able to incorporate one of my country’s dances, the cumbia, made me happy.” These events help to form bonds throughout the ranks and the different branches of
the military by teaching service members about cultures they may not have known about. “I hope, as I do with all of our events, that those of the recognized cultures feel that we have represented and showcased them well,” said Information Systems Technician 1st Class Katrina Bailey, MCHC coordinator. “I also hope that those that are not associated with the particular culture can take away something that they learned.” Iwo Jima is underway as part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group comprised by USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) and USS San Antonio (LPD 17), Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) FOUR, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and embarked units.
the removal of a brain tumor in April. With the removal came many unknowns, causing tremendous uncertainty in Ayala’s life, both personally and professionally. When asked about his feelings, Ayala said, “I struggled tremendously with how the uncertainty would impact my career, but more importantly, how I would support my family if I could no longer serve.” While the song was originally written about his personal struggle, “Hard Times” took on a greater, more encompassing message in the months that followed. After losing a Center for Information Warfare Training (CIWT) shipmate to suicide this year, Ayala knew that his song would speak to others struggling with their own mental health. For this reason, Ayala delayed the release of the song to coincide with the National Suicide Prevention Month, to pay his respects to his friend, and increase conversations surrounding mental health at large. Ayala expressed concern that mental health continues to be a topic that is not talked about enough. In the first line of Ayala’s song he states, “Don’t Take Life for Granted.” He chose these words because he feels they embody the message “that we need to check in on our friends, shipmates, and loved ones because you never know what the person next to you is going through, especially for those who put on a uniform every day.” Lt. Cmdr. Ryan Wadington, IWTCVB Executive Officer, said, “Talking about mental health with Sailors and loved ones will always be a priority as suicide continues to be a leading cause of death within our ranks. Ayala’s song encourages conversation surrounding mental health topics, a critical component of suicide prevention.” IWTCVB currently offers 59 courses of instruction in information technology, cryptology, and intelligence with an instructor and support staff of 278 military, civilian, and contract members who train over 6,600 students every year at 5 training sites in the Hampton Roads area. It is one of four school houses for Center for Information Warfare Training and also oversees learning sites at Jacksonville and Mayport, Florida; Kings Bay, Georgia; and Groton, Connecticut to continue aligning Information Warfare community training.
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Namesake Cmdr. Bill Dull, commanding officer of the Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Alaska Blue Crew, along with three members of his crew toured the state of Alaska for a namesake visit. PAGE B6
FY20 Safety Leadership Award presented to USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Sailor By Seaman Julia Johnson
USS John C. Stennis Public Affairs
England and Ireland; oil storage facilities and communication towers in France; 35 training facilities; and numerous emergency hospitals. When the U.S. entered World War II after the Imperial Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, the Navy embarked upon a $9 billion ($150 billion in 2021 dollars) construction campaign. Shore expansion began within the continental U.S. and quickly moved to Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, South America and islands in the Caribbean, North Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The Navy’s shore infrastructure in the Pacific Ocean later provided essential logistical support for United Nations troops during the Korean War, 1950-1953. During the conflict, the shore enterprise constructed its largest project ever undertaken — Cubi Point Naval Air Station on the island of Luzon in the Philippines. Constructing the air station required relocating a village, cutting a mountain in half, moving soil to fill in Subic Bay and creating a 10,000-foot-long runway. It was one of the largest earthmoving projects in the world and is the largest ever undertaken by the U.S. Navy. During the Cold War era, the shore enterprise continued to evolve technologically in order to support the Navy’s fighting forces this time to accommodate the nation’s nuclear and
The FY20 Safety Leadership Award was presented to U.S. Navy Lt. Michael McKenna, from Ashley, Pennsylvania, by Rear Adm. Fredrick Luchtman, Commander, Naval Safety Center, on behalf of the Chief of Naval Operations, Sept. 29, 2021. McKenna was awarded for outstanding achievement in leadership excellence in safety and risk management while serving as the industrial hygiene officer aboard the aircraft carrier, USS John. C. Stennis (CVN 74). “The Safety Leadership Award is one of the highest categories of awards you could get for safety leadership” said Cmdr. Matthew Hobert, the safety officer aboard John C. Stennis. According to Hobert, with such a highlevel award, it is important to choose a worthy candidate that has the best chance of receiving it. However, as he and U.S. Navy Capt. Doug Langenberg, the executive officer aboard John C. Stennis, looked through all the potential candidates, it was fairly easy to tell that McKenna was the best choice. “He does an amazing job of making sure we educate the crew and the personnel that are doing the work related to Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH),” said Hobert. “He has also gone above and beyond what he was required to do in order to prepare for RCOH prior to us coming to Newport News.” According to McKenna’s superiors, he has been aggressive in making sure the crew and shipyard workers aboard the Stennis are safe as they work throughout the day. McKenna not only makes sure that people are using their personal protective equipment (PPE) properly, he also oversees the sampling of air quality, deck material, and paint material on the ship and monitors the work being done throughout the ship in order to make sure that workers are assigned the proper level of PPE. Additionally, Hobert stated that one of the biggest ways that McKenna went above and beyond in keeping the ship safe was having a 25-person paint and deck sampling team that the safety department stood up to take 1,377 paint and deck samples. This team resulted in 2,052 bulk samples in order to identify toxic components, like silica, that could be in the materials scheduled for removal from the ship during RCOH. McKenna also worked with 39 different divisions and production teams to accomplish over 300 hygiene assessments for paint and deck preservation operations that include sampling, as well as training the deck and tile team in how to build containment structures and prevent toxic materials from reaching the average person breathing the air outside of their space. These assessments also include on-the-job training for the deck and tile team on ventilation requirements and high-efficiency particulate absorbing filters for silica dust. “The RCOH environment poses a lot of health risks and safety hazards in the work that our teams are doing,” said McKenna. “We have a lot of personnel that are conducting work that they wouldn’t necessarily be expected to
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An aerial photo of Naval Base San Diego in San Diego, CA. The photo was taken from a U.S. Navy MH-60S Seahawk assigned to the Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 14 (HSC-14). (COURTESY PHOTO)
A Glimpse Back at the Important Role of the U.S. Navy Shore Enterprise through History By Lt. Cmdr. Jeffrey Gray
Navy Installations Command Public Affairs
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Eighteen years ago today, on Oct. 1, 2003, Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) became responsible for managing Navy shore installations worldwide. However, the history of the Navy’s shore enterprise stretches back 179 years. The Bureau of Naval Yards and Docks, was the Navy’s first organized shore enterprise and oversaw installations from Aug. 31, 1842 to March 5, 1966. Regardless of its name, the shore enterprise has always upheld the enormous responsibility of repairing, maintaining and modernizing Navy installations and delivering necessary services to naval operating forces. The shore enterprise was founded in conjunction with the U.S. Navy’s shift from wooden ships to iron-hulled warships with coal-fueled steam engines in the mid-19th Century. The technologically advanced fleet required a more complex support infrastructure, including a consistent coal supply chain. To support ongoing missions, the Navy developed a strategic infrastructure of shore installations and coaling stations throughout the Navy’s area of responsibility. That infrastructure became essential to U.S. naval forces during future conflicts, beginning with the Spanish-American War of 1898.
Though Spain’s Pacific fleet was swiftly defeated during the Battle of Manila Bay on May 1, 1898, Spanish Caribbean forces proved more challenging. Key West Naval Base, located 105 miles north of Havana, Cuba, was a strategic asset to the U.S. during the blockade of Cuba’s Havana Harbor. It offered a staging area from which the Navy and Marine Corps deployed to seize Guantanamo Bay, where the Navy then established a secure naval installation for coaling, maintenance and resupplying ships. The ensuing destruction of the Spanish Caribbean fleet was largely possible because of shore infrastructure in close proximity to enemy forces. At the end of the conflict, the U.S. had two new territories, and the shore enterprise expanded to the Philippine Islands, Guam, Cuba and Puerto Rico. At the beginning of the 20th century, the shore enterprise assumed responsibility for planning and building naval hospitals, Marine Corps construction and Navy public works. Then came the urgent need for extraordinary shore expansion to support allied forces during World War I and World War II. During World War I, the shore spent $347 million (approximately $7.1 billion in 2021 dollars) on public works projects, more than the Navy had spent on all yards and naval stations up to that time. Among the Bureau’s expenditures were the construction of aviation facilities in France,
NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Bahrain Civilian Receives American Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces Award By Kambra Blackmon
NAVSUP FLC Bahrain
MANAMA, Bahrain — Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Bahrain civilian employee, Kathleen Pagano, was named American Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) Volunteer of the Year outside the continental U.S. (OCONUS), for the fiscal year 2021. The American Red Cross SAF program provides critical assistance and resources to service members, veterans and their families globally. Pagano, who has served as the European division administrator, resiliency program administrator and a Red Cross case manager, has volunteered with the organization since 2018 in Italy and Bahrain. “I am honored to have received this recognition,” said Pagano. “It has been rewarding to give my time and see the impact we make as we support service members and families overseas. The American Red Cross gave me the opportunity to be credible, compassionate, collaborative, committed, and creative while being a member of a remarkable team that makes a worldwide impact.” In Naples, Italy, Pagano established the Pets and Warriors program (PAWs), the first
animal visitation program on an OCONUS Commander, Navy Installations Command base. Since its establishment, PAWs has conducted more than 700 animal visitations that supported 5,000 community members and is still an active program today. “Kathleen Pagano epitomizes service before self,” said Deanna Swanier, American Red Cross SAF European division senior director. “She has the unique ability to build non-existent programs from the ground up, and to redesign existing programs to meet the current environment and challenges. She gets things done and done the right way. Kathleen is the type of person that does the right thing when nobody is looking! Her work ethic, reliability, trustworthiness, and dedication are above reproach.” While stationed in Bahrain, Pagano was instrumental in providing 1,800 emergency toiletry kits to U.S. citizens and evacuees traveling from Afghanistan through Bahrain. She also helped organize a group of volunteers to sew and ship cloth masks during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Kathleen is one of the very few American Red Cross volunteers that operate from a remote location and does so singlehandedly. She has Turn to Award, Page 7
Capt. Timothy Griffin, right, commanding officer of Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Bahrain, presents Kathleen Pagano, left, of NAVSUP FLC Bahrain, the American Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) Volunteer of the Year award outside the continental U.S. for the ﬁscal year 2021. (KAMBRA BLACKMON)
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The Pumpkin Renaissance: Not just decor anymore By Lisa Smith Molinari Let’s take a quick trip back in time, just a few decades ago, to our childhood years… It’s the month of October, and the neighborhood is abuzz with anticipation. Houses are decorated with hay bales, corn stalks and gourds. Kids run from school bus stops, unable to resist jumping into neat piles of freshly raked leaves. Black cats skitter past scarecrows made from straw-stuffed flannel shirts and work pants with patches at the knees. And of course, there are pumpkins. Tall and skinny, short and stout, perfectly round, warty and misshapen. Plucked fresh from local farmers’ fields, or picked from crates in front of grocery stores. Adorning stoops, flower boxes, porches, benches, lawns and stumps. Pumpkins are our most essential and ubiquitous seasonal symbol. With one notable exception — pumpkin pie, which really doesn’t count because it’s made with processed and spiced mush from a can — pumpkins are only meant for decorating, carving, and smashing. Certainly, no one would ever eat pumpkins, or God forbid flavor their coffee with them. Squash-flavored beverages? What’s next, kale salad? Blech! Sure, we may fish a few slippery seeds out of pumpkins’ open cavities for roasting and salting, but there is no possibility that anyone will make palatable food out of the stringy, slimy pulp of this oversized species of winter vegetation.
Pumpkins might be homely, but they aspire to loftier goals than soup, for criminy’s sake. They may mingle modestly with gourds in seasonal displays, but make no mistake about it. On Halloween, pumpkins willingly take center stage, becoming the stars of the show. As soon as Mom says it’s time to surgically transform them with sharpened knives — carefully gutting, scraping, and whittling their thick meat into exaggerated personifications —pumpkins courageously report for duty as Jack-o-lanterns, keeping watch at every house with a spooky orange glow. Then, after the kids have removed their Casper masks, gorged themselves on Laffy Taffy, and fallen into a sticky slumber, our brave pumpkins must face their mortality. In the days following Halloween, will they shrivel in the sun, only to be tossed, soft and gnatty, into trash bins on garbage day? Or will they be assaulted in the night and die dramatic deaths at the hands (or feet as it were) of smashing hooligans, the same vandals who toilet-papered the neighbors’ houses during trick-ortreating? Regardless of our pumpkins’ final fates, we can all agree — they served their singular purpose respectably. Now, let’s pause our trip down memory lane, and return to the present. It’s October 2021, and somewhere along the way, the pumpkin has become the most exploited vegetable on Earth. It started innocently enough. In 2003, an executive at Starbucks suggested that a new
fall beverage should be added to the company’s seasonal repertoire which already included winter flavors such as Peppermint Mocha and Eggnog. From the moment the first Starbucks Pumpkin Spiced Latte was served through a drive-thru window to a mom in a minivan who just finished her step aerobics class, our lives were forever changed. Quite suddenly, pumpkins and their traditional spices — nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, allspice and ginger — were everywhere. Pumpkins no longer have to wait for Halloween to become the star of the show, because today, pumpkin spice is featured in everything from lasagne noodles to lip balm, Triscuits to toothpaste, Bud Light to baloney, cream cheese to cat litter, car polish to Kombucha, cigarillos to Spam, Jell-o shots to shower gel, Pop Tarts to personal lubricants, and everything in between. It’s unclear why pumpkin went from unpalatable fall decor to consumers’ cultural icon. However, Starbucks has sold more than 424 million pumpkin spiced lattes in the U.S. since 2003, surpassing all the other coffee flavors. Clearly, today’s public loves the essence of the once humble pumpkin. So much so, they now demand that mustache wax, Cup-a-noodles, goat cheese, Twinkies, hand sanitizer, hummus, dog chews, cough drops and vodka are produced in pumpkin inspired varieties. Those who claimed this was “just a trend” need to shut their pie hole. Clearly, we are in the midst of a Pumpkin Renaissance and we might as well enjoy it.
10 Great Resources for Military Spouse Jobs By Military Onesource There are two things military spouses typically know: 1) change happens and 2) your military community has support to help you make the most of it. That’s especially true when it comes to job-finding and advancing your career. Here are 10 top tips for tapping into services that can help you find a great job: 1.Speak with a career coach: Military OneSource has career coaches who can help you prepare for a job search. Call 800-342-9647 and speak with a career coach from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday or from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET on Saturday. 2. Job Search Navigator and On-Demand Resume Reviews: Two services to ease the pressure by giving you expert resume help and personalized job leads, equipping you with the time and tools to land the position that’s perfect for you. 3. Resume Builder: Use this resource to develop a resume that will land you the job. Create your resume today using the MySECO Resume Builder. 4. Research occupations: Powered by CareerOneStop, this tool helps you find government statistics on wages and employment trends nationwide. 5. The Military Spouse Employment Partnership Job Search on MySECO: Your next job could be a click away. Register today and begin searching for military-friendly employers. The partnership includes more than 500 partners and military-friendly employers, and hosts virtual hiring fairs to connect you directly to these
employers. 6. Apply for the MyCAA Scholarship: The My Career Advancement Account Scholarship is a workforce development program that provides eligible military spouses with up to $4,000 in financial assistance for the pursuit or maintenance, including continuing education courses, of a license, certification or associate degree necessary to gain employment in an occupation or career field. 7. USAJOBS Employment Portal: Gain insight on the federal application process and apply for federal jobs. 8. MilitaryINSTALLATIONS: If you recently had a permanent change of station, contact your new installation’s employment assistance program.
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Cmdr. William Carroll, commanding officer of the Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Oakland (LCS 24) Gold Crew delivers remarks during a pier-side assumption of command ceremony onboard Naval Base San Diego. (VANCE HAND)
USS Oakland (LCS 24) Gold Crew holds Assumption of Command Ceremony By Vance Hand
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NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO — Cmdr. William Carroll assumed command of Independence-variant littoral combat Ship USS Oakland (LCS 24) Gold Crew during an assumption of command ceremony Oct.
1, on board Naval Base San Diego. Carroll was previously assigned as the executive officer aboard Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) before assuming command of Oakland Gold Crew. “It is an incredible honor to be the first commanding officer of OAKLAND Gold,”
said Carroll. “Every day will bring new challenges as we build the command and train for deployment. I have the utmost faith in the crew to build an indomitable will that will enable us to meet any challenge head.” Carroll completes the command triad with Cmdr. Andrew Laidler as executive officer and Command Senior Chief Blake
Wohl as the senior enlisted leader. Laidler praised the work of Oakland Gold Sailors and getting to this point. “The crew and I could not be more excited to have our commanding officer onboard with us now,” said Laidler. “The sailors of Oakland Gold crew have worked tirelessly over the last year to complete schools, training, and certifications to be ready to take the hull. Today we are one step closer to achieving that goal.” Oakland Gold Crew is preparing to complete their basic phase certification later this year. LCS are high-speed, agile, shallow draft, mission-focused surface combatants designed for operations in the littoral environment, yet fully capable of open ocean operations. As part of the surface fleet. LCS has the ability to counter and outpace evolving threats independently or within a network of surface combatants.
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Master Logistics Support Representative Saby Guercia, assigned to Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center Sigonella, assists an evacuee from Afghanistan in choosing household items at Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella. (COURTESY PHOTO)
NAVSUP leverages refueling capabilities, manpower to support OAW By Joseph Yanik
U.s. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.s. Sixth Fleet Public Affairs
NAS SIGONELLA, Italy — As thousands of Special Immigration Visa (SIV) applicants transited from Afghanistan through Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella, Italy, and Naval Station (NAVSTA) Rota, Spain, during Operation Allies Welcome (OAW), Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center Sigonella (NAVSUP FLCSI) leveraged its logistics support capacities and resources to support the humanitarian effort. “We enthusiastically embrace our logistics support role, ensuring the evacuees have adequate food, medical supplies and quality-of-life services during their time with us,” said Capt. Douglas S. MacKenzie, NAVSUP FLCSI commanding officer. “Assisting these qualified evacuees is the right thing to do, and on behalf of our NAVSUP team, we are very proud of our ability to support the Commander of Navy Region, Europe, Africa, Central, the installation Commanding Officers, and the inter-agency teams by providing world-
class logistics support to this humanitarian mission at our bases in Sigonella and Rota, and we remain committed to meeting the needs of the Navy, Joint, Inter-Agency, NATO mission partners for the duration of this operation.” For OAW, NAVSUP’s military and civilian logisticians adjusted focus of their logistics support mission sets temporarily to the evacuees, including refueling aircraft that land at and depart from NAS Sigonella. During the weeks-long humanitarian operation, the command’s fuels department refueled 90 commercial and military aircraft carrying SIV applicants and mission equipment so they could depart on schedule to their final destination. “With this operation’s high tempo, we’ve had to optimize our processes for obtaining and delivering fuel to NAS Sigonella,” said Rey Santos, Regional Fuels deputy director. “Our fuels team set up an intuitive program which enabled a more proficient dispatching system. This forward posture allowed trucks to have a hose on the aircraft within 10 minutes of the fuel ladder being in place.” Santos added that NAVSUP FLCSI’s fuels division delivered more than 511,000 gallons
of aircraft fuel and 3,900 gallons of diesel fuel used to power the generators that had been placed around the installation. Apart from fuels support, more than 100 of NAVSUP’s military and civilian personnel were temporarily re-assigned from their normal duties to augment a number of basewide logistics efforts. Support efforts included inventorying and distributing mission-essential equipment and quality-of-life goods, escorting linguists to locations where they provided interpreting services, and preparing and maintaining the temporary housing facilities. See photos here: https://youtu.be/_ X2ysiKERTU Normally assigned to the installation’s logistics support center, Logistics Specialist Petty Officer 3rd Class Patrick Hanlon, NAVSUP FLCSI, became qualified to provide security for the perimeter of one of the temporary housing facilities during OAW while on temporary active duty orders with the base’s security forces. “Being a part of this operation means coming to work with a greater sense of purpose,” Hanlon said. “Taking part in this humanitarian mission means something
much larger than myself and I take great pride in playing my role. Not only am I accountable to the people in my command but now I have a responsibly to the thousands of these travelers seeking safety and refuge.” Known as the “Hub of the Med”, NAS Sigonella’s strategic location as the Navy’s only overseas air station enables U.S, allied, and partner nation forces to deploy and respond as required to ensure security and stability across Europe and Africa. NAS Sigonella is currently supporting the Department of State mission to facilitate the safe departure and relocation of U.S. citizens, Special Immigration Visa recipients, and vulnerable populations from Afghanistan. “Our logistics teams are giving their all to meet this surge,” said U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Duke Heinz, USEUCOM J4, Director of Logistics. “Our ability to rapidly meet this high demand is a testament to the skill, training and interconnectedness of our logistics professionals, and of course the pre-positioning of equipment we need for the operation.” FLCSI is one of NAVSUP’s eight globally-positioned logistics centers and provides for the full range of solutions for logistics, business and support services to the Navy, Joint and Allied Forces at NAS Sigonella and throughout the U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command areas of responsibility.
USS Freedom (LCS 1) Decommissions Courtesy Story
Commander, Littoral Combat Ship Squadron One
SAN DIEGO — USS Freedom (LCS 1), the lead ship of the Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship, recognized more than a decade of naval service during a decommissioning ceremony at Naval Base San Diego. Due to public health safety and restrictions of large public events related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the ceremony was a private event celebrated alongside ship plankowners and former crew members. During the ceremony guest speaker, retired Rear Adm. Donald Gabrielson, former commander of U.S. Naval Forces, Southern Command/Commander, U.S. Fourth Fleet and commanding officer of Freedom’s commissioning crew, wished the current crew fair winds and following seas as they bid farewell to their ship. “I have never in my life seen or served alongside a more capable, dedicated, devoted, talented, and inspiring group of people than the Sailors I served alongside with LCS and what I have watched in every day since.” said Gabrielson. “As we acknowledge this bittersweet moment, I hope well all remember that this ship was a vehicle to learn and innovate by doing and to make real progress in a short amount of time, and that doesn’t happen with other ship concepts.” Freedom’s commanding officer, Capt. Larry Repass, reflected on the service of his crew and those who came before. “As we bid farewell to Freedom, her crew consists of superb, highly trained, deeply committed Sailors who are dedicated to mission accomplishment, defense of the nation, and defense of our families,” said Repass. “In them, the spirit of Freedom lives on.” Freedom maintained a crew of nine officers and 41 enlisted Sailors. The ship was built in Marinette, Wisconsin, by Fincantieri Marinette Marine and commissioned Nov. 8,
The crew of the Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) disembark the ship for the ﬁnal time during Freedom’s decommissioning ceremony. (MC2 VANCE HAND)
2008, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. LCS 1 is the second ship in the U.S. Navy to be commissioned as Freedom. The first USS Freedom (ID 3024) was a 5,640-ton troop transport built in 1894 at Hamburg, Germany. Seized by the United States government in 1917, she was renamed Iroquois and operated under charter to the U.S. Army during the rest of World War I. The ship was renamed Freedom in mid-1918 and, in January 1919, was commissioned into the Navy and assigned to the Cruiser and Transport Force. For the next seven months she engaged in returning American servicemen from France, making three round-trip Atlantic voyages. USS Freedom (ID 3024) was decommissioned in September 1919. Freedom (IX-43), an auxiliary schooner, was acquired by the Navy in 1940, and assigned
to the Naval Academy where she served in a noncommissioned status as a training ship through 1962. Freedom has been a test and training ship and was key in developing the operational concepts foundational to the current configuration and deployment of LCS today. The decommissioning of LCS 1 supports department-wide business process reform initiatives to free up time, resources, and manpower in support of increased lethality. The LCS remains a fast, agile, and networked surface combatant, designed to operate in near-shore environments, while capable of open-ocean tasking and winning against 21st-century coastal threats. The LCS class consists of two variants, the Freedom variant and the Independence variant, designed and built by two indus-
try teams. The Freedom variant team is led by Lockheed Martin and is a steel monohull design constructed in the Fincantieri Marinette Marine Corporation’s shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin. The Independence variant is an aluminum trimaran design originally built by an industry team led by General Dynamics Bath Iron Works. Currently, Independence variant LCS are constructed by Austal USA in the company’s Mobile, Alabama, shipyard. LCS are outfitted with mission packages (made up of mission systems and support equipment) that deploy manned and unmanned vehicles and sensors in support of mine countermeasures, anti-submarine warfare or surface warfare missions. After the decommissioning of Freedom, 21 LCS remain in service to the fleet.
Attendees at the Commander, Naval Forces Korea/Navy Region Korea (CNFK/CNRK) Change of Command Ceremony pay their respects during the national anthem onboard Republic of Korea Navy Fleet Headquarters base.
Naval Forces Korea, Navy Region Korea Holds Change of Command Ceremony By LTJG Billy Petkovski
Commander, Naval Forces Korea
BUSAN, Republic of Korea — Commander, Naval Forces Korea (Forces) and Commander, Navy Region Korea (Region) held a change of command ceremony onboard Republic of Korea Navy Fleet Headquarters base Sept. 29. Rear Adm. Buzz Donnelly was relieved by Rear. Adm. Mark Schafer who is serving as the 38th commander of Naval Force Korea and Navy Region Korea; the commander is dual-hatted in his U.S. Navy command responsibilities. In addition to his duties as the U.S. Navy Forces and Region commander, Schafer will also serve as the Combined Forces U.S. Naval Component representative and United Nations U.S. Naval Component representative.
Donnelly served in his position as commander from April 2019 until September 2021. “I could not have asked for a more professionally or personally rewarding experience here in Korea,” said Donnelly. “The professionalism and achievements of my staff and the Sailors who have been a part of the Forces and Region teams was nothing short of spectacular. It was truly an honor to serve this talented group of Sailors, civilian professionals and Korean nationals who comprised our talented team.” The physical locations that fell under Donnelly’s command — Naval Forces Korea headquarters which was located onboard ROK Navy Fleet Headquarters base in Busan and Fleet Activities Chinhae located adjacent to the ROK Jinhae Naval base — allowed for effective joint coopera-
tion between the U.S. Navy and ROK Fleet navy teams. “The Naval Forces Korea headquarters building being located onboard the ROK Fleet Navy base and the proximity of our CFAC base to the ROK Jinhae Naval base certainly enhanced our ability to work with our ROK Navy partners and build the professional relationships necessary to cultivate an effective combined force capable of operating together to meet any number of missions,” said Donnelly. At the ceremony, which adhered to local Busan COVID-19 mitigation measures, Donnelly was awarded the Legion of Merit by U.S. Army Gen. Paul LaCamera, commander, U.S. Forces Korea, United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command. “This award is a testament to the perfor-
mance of the Sailors, civilian professionals and Korean nationals who worked day in and day out to ensure the requirements of our important mission were met with the highest level of professionalism,” said Donnelly. “I am confident in the team that Rear Adm. Schafer is inheriting and am excited for what the future holds for the Forces and Region teams under his leadership.” Schafer’s previous tour was as the director of operations for the Joint Special Operations Command headquartered in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. “I am excited and honored to be carrying on the legacy of this command and its rich history that dates back to its establishment in July 1957,” said Schafer. “The superiority of the combined team is a testament to Rear Adm. Donnelly’s leadership.” Commander, Naval Forces Korea is the U.S. Navy’s representative in the Republic of Korea and provides leadership and expertise in naval matters to the ROK to improve institutional and operational effectiveness between the two navies and to strengthen collective security efforts in Korea and the region. Commander, Navy Region Korea provides shore installation management and support to Navy activities throughout the Republic of Korea via Fleet Activities Chinhae — the only U.S. Navy installation in Korea.
USNS Richard E. Byrd Wins 9th David M. Cook Food Service Award By Sarah Burford
Military Sealift Command Paciﬁc Public Affairs
For the ninth time, the Military Sealift Command dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE 4) has been recognized for its outstanding food service program with the annual Capt. David M. Cook award for food service excellence. The award was presented to Byrd’s food service team by Capt. Kendall Bridgewater, commander, Military Sealift Command Pacific, during a recent visit to the ship in San Diego. Yukon competed with ships throughout the MSC fleet, with the ships divided into two categories based on crew size — the ships in the small ship category have crews of 75 people or less and the ships in the large ship category have crews of 75 or more people. Byrd is in the large ship category. Ships nominated for the award go through an extensive review process conducted by Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force offices, located in Norfolk and San Diego. The ships are evaluated on things such as the ship’s financial accountability, sanitation, safety, customer service, menu planning/presentation, and crew surveys. According to David Puniesto, Byrd’s chief steward, following the MSC menu to the “T”, controlling the budget and working to improve the crew’s moral is the key to his team’s success. “We follow the MSC menu to a T. It is a good menu and it includes some very good things such as prime rib and crab,” said Puniesto. “A well-fed crew is a happy crew. The MSC menu is already a morale booster, so we work with that. We know we can’t please everyone, but we do our best to provide good, well cooked meals three times a day.” In addition to working with the MSC menu, Puniesto and his team have implemented a few ideas, unique to Byrd. These include a “Create Your Own Sandwich Line”, where, much like Subway, crew members can have sandwiches made that can be taken on the go, or quickly eaten before heading back to work. “The sandwich line is a real go-getter for
us. It is very popular,” explained Puniesto. “It also cuts down on expenses on the mainline, because we don’t have to prepare as much food, and don’t have many leftovers.” Puniesto also mentioned that Byrd is the only ship in the MSC fleet that is able to provide charbroiled meats, something he personally cooks every Sunday. “Every Sunday we have steak, or prime rib, or something that I personally cook,” he said. “New crewmembers come onboard and tell me that this is the first-time they have seen a ship charbroil a steak. No other ship does that!” Running a mess isn’t all about good food, as Puniesto explained, good money management is also key. For him, this means managing his inventory and implementing portion control, things he proudly discusses and focuses on every day. “Not properly managing your inventory can break you. You have to manage what you have and you have to manage your money,” he explained. “The same goes for controlling portions. Portion control allows for buying expensive things like steak. We don’t deprive people of what they want, but we control how they get it. We encourage them to take a portion, eat and then if they want more, come back. We don’t fill a plate with a lot of extras, just to see it go to waste when they person realizes they can’t eat all they took to start.” The COVID-19 environment was challenging to the morale of MSC’s civilian mariner crews. On Byrd that was no different. Puniesto feels the good food his team provided, as well as things like Pizza and Karaoke nights and Steel Beech Picnics and quarterly Mongolian BBQ nights all contributed to keeping the crew going. In addition, the entire team worked tirelessly to keep the ship clean, and sanitized, ensuring everyone stayed healthy. Puniesto’s pride in his team and what he does is evident. At mealtimes, he can be found on the serving line, alongside his team, dishing-up plates and talking with the ship’s crew, talking with them and addressing their concerns or requests. In addition, he continues to upgrade the ship’s galley with
Marina Mendoza, USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE 4) chief baker, prepares rolls for crew meals. (COURTESY PHOTO)
new, more modern equipment including a new hot food line, ovens, grills and new steam cabinets that will be replaced during the ship’s upcoming yard period. “This ship is our home, and I am so proud to be a part of this crew,” said Puniesto. “I’m proud of my food service team, and what they do to support this crew. The captain is proud of them too.” The Captain David M. Cook Award honors
MSC’s former director of logistics, Capt. David M. Cook. While serving as MSC’s logistics director from 1995 until 1998, he was instrumental in enhancing every aspect of food service operations at MSC, from training for food service staff to nutrition education for ship crews. For more information on careers/employment with Military Sealift Command, visit https://sealiftcommand.com/.
Cmdr. William Dull, commanding officer, USS Alaska (SSBN 732) Blue Crew, and Sailors pose for a photo with retired Army Col. Suellyn Novak, founding executive director, at the Alaska Veteran’s Museum in Anchorage, Alaska, Sept. 14, 2021. (MC2 VICTORIA GRANADO)
USS Alaska Sailors Visit Their Namesake State
By Commander Submarine Group Ten Public Affairs
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Cmdr. Bill Dull, commanding officer of the Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Alaska (SSBN 732) Blue Crew, along with three members of his crew toured the state of Alaska for a namesake visit, Sept. 13 — 18, 2021. Chief of the Boat Senior Chief Fire Control Technician Jeffrey Bortzfield, Electrician’s Mate (Nuclear) First Class Petty Officer Matthew Golden, and Lt. Aaron Wescott accompanied Dull. “Visiting the great state of Alaska was a tremendous experience for all of us,” said
Dull. “The natural beauty of the landscape is unmatched anywhere I’ve been. And the friendly nature of the extremely patriotic Alaskans that we met made a return trip a bucket list item for all of us.” A well-established tradition, namesake visits connect Sailors with the leadership and residents of local communities with the intention of promoting partnerships between citizens and America’s Navy. Escorted by Lt. Cmdr. Benjamin Gabbard, commanding officer of Navy Operational Support Center Anchorage, the Sailors met with Mayor Dave Bronson of Anchorage and Alaska Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer, as well as Alaskans going about their day-to-day routines.
“To understand and support the Navy, the American people need to be able to reach out and touch the Navy,” explained Dull. “Connecting with the community was easy because Alaskans are so friendly. Whether it was at a scheduled event, walking down the street, at lunch, or even in an elevator, Alaskans expressed their support for our service to the country.” The submarine Sailors also toured the Alaska Veterans Museum, attended a breakfast with the Armed Services YMCA, and visited with the leadership of United States Coast Guard Sector Anchorage. The highlight of the visit for Dull was when the Sailors met with the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps of Service High
School and Chugiak High School. “It is very difficult to pick just one event because they were all wonderful,” said Dull. “But if I had to pick just one, it would be the visits to the NJROTC units. I was impressed by the insightful questions the students asked. They have bright futures and I hope to see many of them in the Navy and perhaps even on submarines in the future.” Golden echoed Dull’s sentiment. “I personally love to talk with students because they have passion and a whole world of opportunity is before them,” said Golden. “We got to have Q&A sessions, and I enjoyed being able to share the world of being on a submarine with them. Being on a submarine means to be a part of a tight-knit community that just doesn’t compare to anything else. Those who choose this life form close and life-long bonds that I don’t think you can get anywhere else.” Commissioned in 1986, the USS Alaska is the fourth Navy ship to bear the legacy of the “Last Frontier State”. The ship is homeported at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Georgia, the home to all East Coast Ohio-class submarines.
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U.S. Navy Master-at-Arms 1st Class Andrea Navar, a Navy Reservist from San Diego, Calif. assigned to Amphibious Construction Battalion 1, stands near a static display at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. (MC2 JONATHAN WORD)
Training doesn’t take a day off for this U.S. Navy Sailor By MC2 Jonathan Word Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti
CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti — U.S. Master-at-Arms 1st Class Andrea Navar, a Navy Reservist from San Diego, Calif. assigned to Amphibious Construction Battalion 1, is bringing her experience and training to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti (CLDJ), driven by her desire to improve her fellow service members’ war fighting readiness. Navar has given 17 years of service to the Navy, including four and a half years of active duty service. Even though this is her first mobilization as a Navy Reservist, she has found herself at the tip of the spear before. “I spent two solid years in Afghanistan as a private contractor,” says Navar. “My role in Afghanistan was to teach Afghan women how to be police officers and the basics of Anti-Terrorism Force Protection.” During operations in Afghanistan by U.S. and coalition forces, Afghan women had seen
an increase in human rights and independence. However, with the recent withdrawal, women still living there may see hard fought freedoms reduced under the new Taliban regime. “Not a day goes by that I don’t think about my interpreters and my students. The classes for the women’s police program lasted about eight weeks. On their last day, which was my birthday, they said ‘Miss, Miss, we’ll protect you from the Taliban, let’s go to the Bazaar.” Fast forward nearly a decade and Navar is again in a deployed environment, this time in Northeast Africa. While deployed here to CLDJ, Navar has taken the initiative to oversee and implement improvements to the base’s Mobile Laser Shot system, eventually upgrading it to a Firearms Training Simulator (FATS) system. She is the Firearms Training Simulator and Small Arms Marksmanship Instructor. These systems are virtual firearms training environments that allow trainees
to experience a range environment indoors. This saves countless man-hours, ammunition and heat-related stress due to the hot Djiboutian environment. “The time to train is not during an emergency,” says Navar. “I’m hoping the system will provide muscle memory for my fellow MAs, not just for this deployment, but hopefully going forward in their future careers. Also, with a FATS machine we can do joint service training as well, because it also has Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps training on it to help not just the security department, but to help the command as a whole.” Navar has made a commitment to improving the skills of her fellow service members, but she has continually improved her own skills and knowledge while she has been deployed. “MA1 Navar has hit the ground running,” says Master-at-Arms 1st Class Sheana McAnerny, CLDJ’s Security Department
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U.S. Navy Lt. Michael McKenna, left, the Industrial Hygiene Officer assigned to the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), from Ashley, Pennsylvania, speaks to Sailors after being presented with the FY20 Safety Leadership Award, on the ﬂoating accommodation facility, in Newport News, Va. (MC3 DANIEL TILLIE)
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perform entering the Navy. There is an added risk to that, and it’s our job as a safety department to assess those who are doing the work and monitor it to make sure that they have all the tools and resources to perform their work safely.” McKenna has been working with his entire team within the safety department, as well as the command, to incorporate safety regulations and keep the ship safe within the industrial environment. McKenna believes that the award speaks more to the teamwork of the
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earned the right to be named American Red Cross Volunteer of the Year OCONUS,” Swanier added. In addition to her volunteer work with the SAF program, Pagano has held a full time position as management assistant at NAVSUP FLC Bahrain since December 2020. “As a valued member of the NAVSUP FLC Bahrain team, it is no surprise that Kathleen Pagano would be recognized for her selfless dedication and commitment to helping service members and their families,” said Capt. Timothy Griffin, NAVSUP FLC Bahrain commanding officer. “She goes
safety department, as well as the ship, and the work they’ve accomplished together in the last year-and-a-half. “I have been fortunate to have a great team around me,” said McKenna “And that contributed greatly to this award.” John C. Stennis is partnering with Newport News Shipbuilding to complete refueling complex overhaul on schedule with a trained, resilient and cohesive crew. For more news on John C. Stennis, visit www. airpac.navy.mil/Organization/USS-JohnC-Stennis-CVN-74/ or follow along on social media at www.facebook.com/stennis74 on Facebook, stenniscvn74 on Instagram, and @stennis74 on Twitter. above and beyond and we are extremely fortunate to have her on the team. It was an honor to present the award to her on behalf of the American Red Cross.” NAVSUP FLC Bahrain is one of eight FLCs under Commander, NAVSUP. Headquartered in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, NAVSUP employs a diverse, worldwide workforce of more than 22,500 military and civilian personnel. NAVSUP and the Navy Supply Corps conduct and enable supply chain, acquisition, operational logistics, and Sailor & family care activities with our mission partners to generate readiness and sustain naval forces worldwide to prevent and decisively win wars. Learn more at www.navsup.navy.mil, www.facebook.com/ navsup and https://twitter.com/navsupsyscom.
missile hardware. Examples of the sophisticated construction needed: Pacific Missile Range at Point Arguello, Calif.; facilities for the development, construction and servicing of the Polaris Fleet Ballistic Missile System; and the nuclear reactor plant at Naval Air Facility McMurdo Sound in the Antarctic. After the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, Cuba repeatedly demanded the surrender of the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay. In an attempt to pressure the Navy to acquiesce, Cuba cut the water supply to the base in February 1964. The naval base began a major construction project to become self-reliant for energy and water, building a dual seawater desalinization and electric power plant. The first of three dual desalinization and power plants went online in 176 days, and the entire project was completed within a year. When the U.S. entered the Vietnam War, the Navy supported the military enclave strategy, a counter-insurgency concept where U.S. forces were concentrated in Vietnamese population centers and coastal bases, freeing up the Army of the Republic of Vietnam - the military ground forces for the South Vietnamese - to carry the brunt of the fight against the communists. Operationally, the enclave strategy called for sophisticated construction and long-term support for U.S. bases using fixed and rotary wing aircraft and their support facilities. On March 5, 1966, the Bureau of Navy Yards and Docks was abolished as part of the Department of the Navy’s reorganization. Many of the commands functions were then assumed by what is now the Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command on May 1, 1966. During the 1970s, the nation became conscientious of the toll human activity was taking on the environment. The Navy shore enterprise embraced its responsibility to protect the environment from adverse effects of mission operations by implementing numerous environmental conservation programs, which continues today. In September 1980, Iraq initiated a war with Iran that would drag on for eight years. Because the export of oil was the economic cornerstone of both countries, control of merchant shipping routes, destruction of enemy merchant ships and oil assets became key objectives by 1984. Thus began the Iran-Iraq War’s so-called Tanker War. When the Tanker War escalated to threatening free trade, the U.S. Navy stepped in, launching Operation Earnest Will (OEW) to defend America’s interests and allies, and to keep the sea lanes open. At the time, the U.S. military had only one forward-de-
Leading Petty Officer. “She obtained her Patrolman and Dispatcher qualifications quickly making herself a valuable member to her section by being malleable to any situation presented.” If the sharpening of her and her fellow Sailor’s military skills was not enough, Navar has also steadfastly sought to improve the overall quality of life of those around her here at Camp Lemonnier and the community surrounding it. “She became a member of the Command Resilience Team where she assisted in fostering an environment of inclusion and diversity throughout CLDJ,” says McAnerny. “She has volunteered 30 hours at the Camp Lemonnier USO, five hours with the Friends of Africa, attended cultural awareness and local French classes.” Navar has managed to do all of this on top of finding the time to complete immigration cases in pursuance of her attorney certification with the Provisional Licensure Program for the California State Bar. As a member of the U.S. Navy stationed at Camp Lemonnier, Navar knows she is a part of a service tradition of unforgettable experiences through leadership development, world affairs and humanitarian assistance. Her efforts will have a lasting effect on her life, personally, and the lives of the many Sailors who will follow. ployed installation in the Middle East, Administrative Support Unit Bahrain, which was renamed Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain in 1992. Located on the Arabian Gulf in the Kingdom of Bahrain, this ready military infrastructure provided a vital strategic and logistic hub for U.S. forces and allies to project sustained naval power, eventually ending the conflict. After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the U.S. and its allies launched Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) on Oct. 7, targeting Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda and the Taliban forces harboring them in Afghanistan. Once again, NSA Bahrain helped sustain naval operations by acting as a command post for strategy development and intelligence analysis, a safe port for ships to refuel and rearm, as well as ensuring security for ships, aircraft and detachments in the region. Long-standing Navy basing in Oman and the British Indian Ocean Territory of Diego Garcia provided additional logistic support to allied forces. Naval Station Diego Garcia was a vital air hub, port for supply-carrying prepositioning ships and launchpad from where the Navy defended sea lines of communication. OEF air missions were of such long duration, sometimes up to 10 hours at a time, that the short-range Navy strike aircraft had to rely on inflight refueling from Air Force and Royal Air Force tankers, which in turn were based out of Oman, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. Following years of analysis and evaluations, then-Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Vern Clark decided to realign the functions and resources of the shore enterprise, previously spread across multiple commands, under a single Echelon II command. As a result, on Oct. 1, 2003, CNIC was established to unify Navy installation programs, policies, funding and ensure consistency in oversight. Today, the shore enterprise is comprised of 10 regions and 70 installations, helping prepare every ship, submarine and aircraft for deployment and providing support for all Sailors and their families. The Navy’s shore enterprise has never been more operationally relevant and vital to the defense of our nation. Our fleet support infrastructure, the global network of bases and stations, generates naval power from the shore. Forward-deployed Navy installations secure strategic footholds in the shoreline, providing longevity of regional influence with allied nations and consistency in power projection. Robust basing across the globe facilitates free navigation of the seas, surveillance, deters enemy activity and, if needed, provide foundational infrastructure from which to launch American naval lethality.
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Dinosaurs come alive at the Hampton Roads Convention Center this weekend Interview Conducted By Yiorgo Jurassic Quest, is the largest exhibition of life-size, moving, museum-quality dinosaurs from the Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic Periods and they are bringing their dinosaurs for fans of all ages to immerse themselves and see what it was like to be among dinosaurs of all kinds. It all happens this weekend October 8th-10th at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in rooms A, B and C in a safe (all the CDC and state guidelines are followed), fun environment with scheduled time slots where the lines are shorter, and the fans are able to do and experience more in less time. Go to https://www.jurassicquest.com/events/hampton-va for tickets and more info We were delighted to talk to Park Ranger Marty, one of the Jurassic Quest’s characters. Yiorgo: What should people expect to see and experience when they come to the Jurassic Quest indoor event at the Hampton Roads Convention Center this weekend? Park Ranger Marty: It’s all about the children, their parents and grandparents building memories. Those big moments that your kids will remember forever about that time they spent with you walking and interacting with life-size dinosaurs. Families always want to do things with their kids and Jurassic Quest is an amazing experience for that. We have over 100 animatronic dinosaurs. There are dinosaurs so big that you can ride them. We also have walking dinosaurs, our Utahraptors who are also in an actual show that features them. Jurassic Quest is not only fun but educational. We have a fossil table where I am typically at and you see real and casts of fossils. That’s the great thing about bringing your kids to a dinosaur show. I call it the ‘gateway science’ because now the kids get into geology, astronomy, biology, etc. You are sneaking in education while they are having a good time. We also have airbrush tattoos and an area for kids under two. We have five primary human characters: I am Park Ranger Marty the fossil and dino expert. We also have Prehistoric Nick, the younger version of me, the techie dino expert, Captain Caleb who is a dinosaur trainer, Dino Dustin who is the most calm and level headed, a bit of a dinosaur whisper and Safari Sarah, a spit-
the name Park Ranger Marty come from? PRM: I took my son who was seven at the time to see Jurassic Quest. He was a little nervous and I got a job. They were hiring because they were getting ready to go from one to two shows and needed people for the second show. I ended up talking to the actual founder of the company Dan Arnold that day, came back for an interview two weeks later, got the job and started heading out on the road with them.
“GATEWAY SCIENCE” Park Ranger Marty. (JURASSIC QUEST)
fire who lights up a room when she walks in. We also have three baby dinosaurs: Kelly the Camarasaurus who is always grabbing stuff, trying to eat my beard, and steals things from our guests. Then there is Trixie the Triceratops, the sweetest, cutest, kindness little baby for the little ones, and Tyson the T-Rex, who is trouble and a hard one to take care of. Y: What is your full real
name, where were you born and can you give us a brief bio about growing up. Were you into dinosaurs at an early age? PRM: I am from Indiana originally and Martin Hoffman is my real name. My great aunt got me into dinosaurs. Also when I was in second grade, Mrs. Gibson’s class was next to my class and I would sneak over to her class because it was all decorated with
dinosaur stuff. When I was in the sixth grade, she had me come back and do a presentation for her second grade class about dinosaurs. Also in sixth grade, I did my first standup routine for the school talent show. So now to travel around the country teaching and entertaining people about dinosaurs, I’m living my best eight year old life. Y: How did you get into this line of work and where did
When I was originally hired, unlike now where we have a system in place to keep the lines shorter, I was hired to entertain the people in the lines because my background is in standup comedy and improv comedy. There are so many other things to do, that I never really got to do that. The dress attire for the crew was a black Jurassic Quest tee shirt and I came in wearing a safari outfit. One day this kid came up to me in complete awe, “Are you the captain of the dinosaurs?” And of course I said yes I am. He runs off and a few moments later his mom comes back and says, “Can my son get a picture with you please? He said he had to get a picture of himself with the captain of the dinosaurs.” So for a while I was known as Captain Marty. I was on Turn to Dinosaurs, Page 3
Mamma Mia! Returns to Sandler Center Interview Conducted By Yiorgo Virginia Musical Theatre proudly celebrates its 30th season with their production of Mamma Mia! at the Sandler Center For The Performing Arts October 8th-10th. Who does not know the plot by now? The incredible songs of the international Swedish singing group ABBA, are intertwined and used beautifully to tell the story of Donna Sheridan, an independent innkeeper on the fictional Greek island Kalokairi, who is preparing with the help of her two friends for her daughter’s wedding. Donna is unaware that her daughter Sofie has secretly invited three men from her mother’s past in hopes of finding out who her real father is so he can escort her down the aisle. Yiorgo: With us today is Kera O’Bryon who plays Donna Sheridan. This is actually not your first time playing Donna for Virginia Musical Theatre correct? Kera O’Bryon: Yes that’s right.
2017 production of Mamma Mia! (David Beloff)
The last time I actually played this role before was with Mercury Theatre in Ohio and before that, it was in 2017 with Virginia Musical Theatre. From the first time we did this show in 2017, I couldn’t wait to do it again. After the last matinee performance four years ago, it was such a gratifying experience, that I told myself, if I never try the boards again, I was happy with how that show turned out. It was such a gratifying experience. So naturally, getting to bring the
show back to the Sandler Center was icing on the cake. We are all so thankful that the folks have put their trust in us again to bring this experience back to the stage. If we could do it every year, we all would. Y: Why should people come see Mamma Mia!? KO: It is a wonderful, fun, uplifting production and with what we all have been experiencing collectively, it is the perfect musical to bring everyone out
of their homes and enjoy this musical experience. All the leads that are on the stage with me are equally strong and they are so much fun to watch during the rehearsal process. And the ensemble, their singing is transformative, their dancing is explosive. I just wish I could be out in the audience to enjoy it with everyone else because they are so much fun to watch. There is a song in Mamma Mia called ‘Take A Chance On Me’
and Mark Hudgins and everyone in Virginia Musical Theatre took a chance on us in bringing back this show and I am so thankful and I hope we can make them proud again. Y: How similar is this production to the movie version? KO: It is pretty similar with a few exceptions that movie magic cannot be replicated onstage, but Turn to Mamma Mia!, Page 3
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TCC welcomes students and the community for second year of “My Thoughts. My Voice. My Art.” From Tidewater Community College HAMPTON ROADS, Va. — Tidewater Community College welcomes students and the community to participate in programming for “My Thoughts. My Voice. My Art.” MTMVMA is a series of online events addressing the themes of diversity, adversity, inequality, social justice and empowerment during a time of social change. Events include art exhibits, music and theatrical performances, lecture and panel discussions, literary presentations and more. The offerings: Oct. 12 Theater as an Agent of Social Change 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. — YouTube Live | bit.ly/ tcc-roper Produced and moderated by Paul Lasakow Through tragedy, comedy and satire theatre has held up a mirror to the world. Drawing on the experience of guest panellists, this program will engage participants on how the art form can both reflect society and help
propel it toward justice and equity for all. Panellists include Philip Crosby, Richmond Triangle Players; Dr. Tawnya Pettiford-Wates, Virginia Commonwealth University and The Conciliation Project; Tom Quaintance, Virginia Stage Company; and Deborah Wallace, Old Dominion University. Questions and comments from the audience may be submitted through the YouTube live stream chat function. Oct. 19 Healing Through the Arts: A Conversation with LGBTQ+ Artists in Hampton Roads 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. — YouTube Live | bit.ly/ tcc-roper Produced by Paul Lasakow and moderated by Casey Butler Presented in Partnership with the Norfolk LGBT Life Center Casey Butler, the community engagement coordinator for the LGBT Life Center, will lead an engaging talk with local LGBTQ+ artists. The group will discuss their past experiences, current barriers and opportunities
for LGBTQ+ artists in Hampton Roads, and future practices to achieve equity for the most marginalized within the community. Questions and comments from the audience may be submitted through the YouTube live stream chat function. Oct. 26 Clay Jenkinson on the Native American Photography of Edward S. Curtis: Art, Advocacy, Appropriation and the Myth of the Vanishing Indian 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. — YouTube Live | http:// bit.ly/tcc-roper Produced by Clay Jenkinson and Paul Lasakow Featuring Clay Jenkinson, humanities scholar and star of public radio’s “The Thomas Jefferson Hour,” with Thomas Siegmund, professor of photography at TCC. Humanities scholar Clay Jenkinson and Professor Tom Siegmund will discuss the thirty-year photographic odyssey of Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952). Believing that Native American culture would soon disappear from
the American landscape, Curtis travelled through the American west to photograph Native Americans “before it’s too late.” The result was the twenty-volume North American Indian, the most ambitious ethnographic and photographic undertaking in American history. Everyone has seen some of Curtis’ most iconic photographs, even if they don’t know Curtis by name: “Canyon de Chelly,” “The Vanishing Race,” “Chief Joseph,” and “Vash Gon.” Topics will include Curtis’ achievement and romanticization of Native Americans, his occasional manipulation of individuals and tribal authorities, his misguided notion that Native Americans were about to vanish permanently from American life, and his transgressions of crossing the boundaries of the sacred. Questions and comments from the audience may be submitted through the YouTube live stream chat function. Nov. 18 Poetry from the Pandemic 12:30 -1:30 p.m. — Zoom | https://vccs. zoom.us/j/86023731487 | Passcode: 23501 Produced by: Dr. Gabriela Christie Toletti This event features poetry readings by local poets, professors and students who have resorted to poetry as a mode to connect with others and as a springboard to overcome challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Through poetry, we can empower others, build new connections, and embark on a personal growth journey. For information about submitting poetry for this event, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Richard A. Tucker Memorial Library Opens in Norfolk From The City of Norfolk
NORFOLK, VA — Norfolk Public Library (NPL) is pleased to announce the opening of the Southside’s newest gem, the Richard A. Tucker Memorial Library. The 17,000 square foot library, which includes a 5,000 square foot Nature Explorium, opened on Friday, September 17. A ribbon cutting ceremony took place on September 29, 2021. It is the first-ever NPL branch in the Campostella
area, and has the following features: • A book collection of more than 30,000 popular and classic fiction and nonfiction titles • Computer Lab with 23 computers • Meeting Room • Collaboration Room • Two Study Rooms • African American Collection • Reading Patio • Children’s Library with a Playscape and
KidZone o A Nature Explorium, an outdoor classroom with active learning stations that offer a way to connect learning, literacy, and an appreciation of nature as a regular part of a library visit for children and families The branch is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. View additional photos. For more information, visit norfolkpubliclibrary.org.
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the ToyLabTV YouTube show one time and they called me Park Ranger Marty. I saw it had two million views, and I said well, I’m Park Ranger Marty. We did another episode on ToyLabTV where they teased that I may turn to the dark side and that one is up to about seven million views. Park Ranger Marty is a character but he is also an extension of me. Y: Can you share any funny anecdotes? PRM: A mom told me a story of how her husband and son would role play being characters from the ToyLabTV show that she was not familiar with and when she asked them who she would be playing, they told her Marty, with her thinking that Marty was a woman. Then she came to our Jurassic Quest show and found out her character is a man with a long beard. On a personal note, Jurassic Quest has been a real blessing for me. Pre-Covid, we used to do tours at dinosaur exhibits and teach people about them. At one of the tours I was talking about the Desmatosuchus who is not a dinosaur and that particular one, had horns curling back. I was talking about how we don’t know what those horns were used for. This woman raises her hand and says, “I know, they are handles so you can ride them. Can I ride him?” I said no. She was persistent and I finally agreed for her to take a picture after the show of me riding it. I got her contact information, became Facebook friends, went out on a date with
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our very talented cast will make you quickly forget the movie version. Y: Where were you born and how did you get into musical theatre? KO: I was born in Baltimore and raised in Bel Air, Maryland. I’m the youngest of four children and the only girl. I come from a very talented entertainment family. My older two brothers play the trumpet, my father plays the soprano sax and sings and has a background in radio. My mother sings and my third brother is an immensely talented pianist and singer and then there is me. I was three years old when I performed for the first time on stage. I would sing into the microphone and the louder the microphone got, the quieter I would get. Ironically, that is now completely the opposite. Y: Did you pursue anything else as a career? KO: I always wanted to be a singer, not an actor. I thought acting was kinda silly. I did my first play in the third grade and here we are over 35 stage productions later. Y: For the aspiring actors reading this, I see you’ve done a lot of ﬁlms, TV, etc. I’m assuming you have an agent. KO: Actually, most of the acting jobs have been without an agent. At 19 I did my first commercial. One of the casts in a play I was in was a TV producer for a local TV station and said, “We are looking for an actress for this one part”. Again, I did not want to be an actor per say but I did the commercial and it was fun and kinda easy. I said I want to do another one. They invited me back to do a voiceover for a bike safety PSA and that’s how I got involved with voiceovers. I started doing more and more and exploring my voice in that capacity. I did my first independent film because I was living an hour away. They offered me the lead role, it was a low budget film and I was so broke, I couldn’t afford the commute. I suggested a local actress that lived there locally for the lead and asked for a smaller part that I could do in one or two days. I
her the next day, and it’s now almost four years that Heather and I have been married for close to three years. By the way, I never let her ride a Desmatosuchus but one of my managers did. I believe because I said no is the reason we are together.
Y: Any pinch me moments? PRM: I get to be around dinosaurs all the time, travel, go to the back of the museums where they have the fossils stored and sometimes work with them and picking the minds of amazing paleontologists have
was happy for my friend who got the lead, but I was determined after that to never let it happen again. And interestingly enough with Virginia Musical Theatre, they came to see Bye Bye Birdie here in Virginia Beach and that’s how we met years ago. Y: In the TV series Legends and Lies, you played Martha Washington to our mutual friend who recently passed, God rest his soul, Joel King’s George Washington. Tell us about that experience. KO: I first met Joel in 2008 on a stock photo shoot and was delighted with how professional, easy to work with and his zest for life. Over the years we kept getting paired together at different shoots, but the most notable was George and Martha Washington. I was contacted by the director and the casting department and asked to come in and read for both Martha Washington and Abigail Adams. They wanted to make sure that I was seen by the producers and I was cast as Martha. At the time of the shoot it was quite cold and when you are suffering together in the elements, that’s definitely a binding moment. It was so cold, we could not even feel our feet. Joel just embodied that role in the way that you imagined George Washington must have been. Y: Any wow moments for you? KO: I was at a voice convention and I met June Foray. She was the voice for Witch Hazel, Rocky the Flying Squirrel, and many, many others. She was 94 when I met her and just a lovely woman. There are so many great things that happen in our lives if we let it. There are so many people that come and go in our lives that we often forget how much they mean to us and the impact they have in our lives. Something as simple as acceptance and letting us be who we are. For tickets and more info, go to https:// www.sandlercenter.org/events/detail/ mammamia 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.
Kera O’Bryon. (VMT)
really been amazing moments for me. 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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Walnut“Chorizo”Tacos. (COURTESY PHOTO)
A Plant-Forward Twist on Taco Night
By Family Features Reimagining taco night can be as simple as a new protein swap. Spice up your favorite taco dishes by making walnuts the star ingredient. Nutty and full of flavor, “walnut meat” turns taco recipes into plant-forward options. Try these Walnut-Stuffed Korean Street Tacos and Walnut “Chorizo” Tacos for a tasty and nutritious meal, loaded with all the goodness of California walnuts. It’s easier than ever to do more with California Walnuts. Discover more recipes at walnuts.org. Walnut “Chorizo” Tacos Total time: 40 minutes Servings: 2 Pickled Vegetables: • ½ cup fresh lime juice • 1 ½ teaspoons sugar • ¾ teaspoon sea salt • 8 radishes, thinly sliced • 2 medium jalapeno peppers, thinly sliced • 1 large clove garlic, t0-hinly sliced Walnut Chorizo Crumble: • 1 ½ cups black beans, rinsed and drained • 2 cups California walnuts • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
• 1 tablespoon smoked paprika • 1 tablespoon ancho chili powder • 1 teaspoon dried oregano • 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt • 1 teaspoon ground chipotle • 1 teaspoon ground cumin • 1 teaspoon ground coriander Tacos: • 16 whole wheat tortillas • olive oil • thinly sliced romaine lettuce • fresh cilantro leaves • lime wedges To make pickled vegetables: In small bowl, stir lime juice, sugar and sea salt. Stir in radishes, jalapenos and garlic slices; let stand 30 minutes to pickle. To make walnut “chorizo” crumble: In food processor, pulse beans and walnuts until coarsely chopped. Add 2 tablespoons oil, white vinegar, paprika, chili powder, oregano, salt, chipotle, cumin and coriander; pulse until mixture is finely chopped and resembles ground meat, stirring several times and moving mixture from bottom of food processor bowl to top to evenly mix. In large nonstick skillet over medium heat, heat remaining oil. Add “chorizo” mixture and cook 10 minutes, or until mixture is browned and resembles ground meat, stirring frequently. To prepare tacos: Brush each torti-
Walnut“Meat”. (COURTESY PHOTO)
lla lightly with oil. On skillet over medium-high heat, cook briefly to brown on both sides, keeping warm in foil until all tortillas are cooked. Remove pickled vegetables from liquid and discard garlic slices. Fill each tortilla with equal amounts “chorizo” and pickled vegetables. Garnish with lettuce and cilantro; serve with lime wedges. Walnut- Stuffed Korean Street Tacos Total time: 30 minutes Servings: 8 Walnut “Meat”: • 2 cups California walnuts • 2 tablespoons gochujang (red chili
paste) sauce • 2 tablespoons sesame oil • 2 tablespoons soy sauce • 2 cloves garlic, minced • ½ teaspoon ground ginger Marinated Vegetables: • 4 green onions • ice water • 2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar • 1 tablespoon honey • ¼ English cucumber, sliced thin • 1 watermelon radish, sliced thin • 1 cup carrots, cut into matchsticks • fresh cayenne peppers, sliced thin (optional) • 1 ½ teaspoons black sesame seeds Crema: • 1 cup Greek yogurt • 1 tablespoon hot chili sauce • ¼ teaspoon sea salt • 8 whole-wheat tortillas • 1 bunch cilantro • 2 fresh limes, cut into wedges • ½ cup California walnuts To make walnut “meat”: In food processor, pulse walnuts to coarsely chop. In skillet over medium heat, add gochujang sauce, sesame oil, soy sauce, garlic and ginger. Add walnuts and stir. Turn to low heat, cover and keep warm. To make vegetables: Cut whites off green onions and discard. Slice greens into thin strips and place in bowl of ice water. In bowl, stir vinegar and honey. Add cucumber; radish; carrots; peppers, if desired; and sesame seeds. Stir to combine. To make crema: Mix yogurt with chili sauce and salt. Warm tortillas. Scoop ⅛ walnut meat into each tortilla. Spoon cream on top of walnut meat. Add marinated vegetables and green onions. Top tacos with cilantro, squeeze of lime juice and walnuts.
A ShowStopping Strawberry Snack By Culinary.net When you are craving something sweet, sometimes you just can’t get it off your mind until you have just one bite. You need something small, delicious and something that will ease your cravings. This recipe for Chocolate Coated Strawberry Treats is not only fun to make, but will give you that perfect little snack you have been longing for. The recipe begins with fresh strawberries and ends with a drizzle of mouthwatering peanut butter sauce. This is a great recipe for little ones looking to help out in the kitchen. These strawberries are fun to dip and even more enjoyable to devour. This snack can also be perfect for date night, a romantic date or just a picnic in the park with friends. They are easy to transport from place to place and don’t leave a huge mess behind to clean up afterwards. It’s also simple to just melt, whisk, dip and repeat. The red, ripe berries are bursting with color and the chocolate is glazed right across the top for the perfect bite. The best part is you can be creative and dip these strawberries into a number of your favorite ingredients you already have in your pantry at home. This includes, sprinkles, small candies, white chocolate drizzle and different kinds of nuts. The possibilities are endless. Next time you can’t get chocolate off your
Chocolate Coated Strawberry Treats. (COURTESY PHOTO)
mind, enjoy something delightful, rich and a show-stopping snack. Find more snack recipes at Culinary.net. If you made this recipe at home, use #MyCulinaryConnection on your favorite social network to share your work. Chocolate Coated Strawberry Treats Servings: 5 • 1 ¼ baking chocolate chips • ½ baking peanut butter chips
• 3 tablespoons coconut oil, divided • 1 pound fresh strawberries shredded coconut crushed almonds In saucepan, add baking chocolate chips and two tablespoons of coconut oil. Melt on low to medium heat and whisk until smooth. In a small bowl, add baking peanut butter chips and 1 tablespoon of coconut
oil. Microwave in 30 second intervals until melted. Whisk together until smooth. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Dip all strawberries into melted chocolate. Then, dip ⅓ in coconut, ⅓ in almonds and ⅓ just chocolate and lay on tray. Drizzle the melted peanut butter over the plain chocolate strawberries. Put in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or until strawberry treats are chilled.
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Pﬁzer vaccines at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, Sept. 9, 2021. Each Pﬁzer vial contains six doses for vaccination against the COVID-19 virus. (COURTESY PHOTO)
COVID-19 Booster Shots are Now Available – What You Need to Know By Janet A. Aker
Booster shots of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID19 vaccine are now available at military medical treatment facility and Department of Defense vaccination sites. Those eligible for a Pfizer-BioNTech booster shot may also get them at commercial sites, such as civilian pharmacies or doctors’ offices All COVID-19 vaccines, including Pfizer-BioNTech’s booster dose, may be given at the same time as the influenza vaccine (or other vaccines which may be due). Fully vaccinated is still defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as completing the 2-dose series for Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines and the 1 dose for Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine. Booster shots Booster shots are now formally recommended for certain groups of people under an Emergency Use Authorization, according to recent announcements from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the CDC. For now, eligibility for a booster shot is limited to those who previously received a two-dose Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for their initial vaccination. At this time, booster shots are not recommended for those who initially received the Moderna two-dose vaccine and the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen single-dose vaccine or a mixed series of vaccines. However, those two populations will likely be recommended to receive a booster shot, and a formal recommendation for that may be forthcoming later this year as additional data are reviewed, according to the CDC. Eligibility to voluntarily receive a single Pfiz-
er-BioNTech booster vaccine includes people who are: • 65 years and older and residents in longterm care facilities • 18 and older in long-term care settings • 50-64 with underlying medical conditions • 18-49 with underlying medical conditions based on their individual benefits and risks • 18-64 who are at increased risk of COVID19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional settings such as teachers, frontline health care workers and essential workers, and those incarcerated, based on their individual benefits and risks. To become eligible for a booster shot, there is a there is a six-month waiting period after the completion of the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech 2-dose vaccine. Booster doses are not currently part of the DOD or federal worker mandates for COVID-19 vaccine requirements. Proof of an underlying condition or an occupational risk is not required to receive a booster dose at an MTF or DOD vaccination site, and self-reporting of a condition eligible for a booster shot is allowed at any site where vaccines are available. Comirnaty The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is also known as the “Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty vaccine.” The initial Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was authorized for use under an FDA Emergency Use Authorization earlier this year, and the same vaccine assumed the new name, Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty, when it was fully approved by the FDA on Sept. 23. The two vaccines may be used interchangeably. The COVID-19 shot being administered Air Force Maj. Carla Cox, 59th Medical
Wing commander’s executive officer, provides a COVID-19 vaccine to a San Antonio Military Health System beneficiary at Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Amanda Stanford) The Comirnaty name (pronounced koe-mir’ na tee) was developed from taking the Co from COVID-19, followed by the mRNA in the middle and ending with the ‘ty’ as a nod to immunity and community. Third shot vs. booster There is an important distinction between “booster shots” and “an additional dose.” A booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is recommended for certain individuals at least six months after the second dose of the two dose Pfizer-BioNTech series. A booster shot aims to increase, or “boost”, waning immunity observed over time, especially in those 65 years and older and residents of long-term care facilities. A familiar analogy of a booster shot may be the tetanus booster that is recommended every 10 years. The option for an “additional dose” of mRNA vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) was recommended in August for a comparatively smaller group of people who have compromised immune systems. This, unlike the booster dose, is because the primary 2-dose series of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna may not have resulted in a good enough antibody response; therefore an additional dose is recommended. The timing of an “additional dose” is at least 28 days after the second dose of an mRNA vaccine. What about Moderna or Janssen booster doses? Health officials may soon make a decision about whether to expand the recommen-
dation for a booster beyond just those who received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Moderna has already submitted data to the FDA for booster authorization. “A decision is expected soon,” National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins said Sept. 28. Earlier in September, J&J/Janssen submitted new data in support of a booster for its vaccine. It’s time to get vaccinated Both FDA and CDC noted that the populations most vulnerable to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that causes COVID-19 continue to be those who are unvaccinated, and the nation’s priority should remain getting everyone vaccinated with their primary series. The approved and authorized COVID-19 vaccines continue to be effective in reducing severe, cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, even against the dominant Delta variant. Most COVID-19 severe cases, hospitalizations, and deaths occur among the unvaccinated, around 99% of the time. Hospitalizations rates are 10 to 22 times higher among unvaccinated adults compared to vaccinated adults, according to the CDC. The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and the FDA Vaccines and Related Biologicals Advisory Committee will continue to follow the scientific data, and evidence will inform booster shot recommendations beyond the current ones. Experts are looking at all available data to understand how well current vaccines are working for different populations - including looking at new variants Delta and Mu - to see how they affect vaccines’ effectiveness. While the COVID-19 vaccines currently available work to prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and deaths, public health experts are starting to see reduced protection, especially among certain populations, against mild to moderate disease. “FDA and CDC have determined these booster shots can begin, based on the latest data and evidence, after a thorough, independent and transparent process of evaluating safety and effectiveness,” the White House said in a Sept. 24 statement.
Five ways to manage chronic pain for military wellness By Human Performance Resources by CHAMP at USU Chronic pain remains a common experience shared across military and civilian populations. This pain can result from injuries, surgeries, joint conditions or side effects from other conditions. The good news is that there are many treatments, techniques and therapies to help a patient manage your pain and bring relief. “As part of the DoD Pain Management Task Force 2010 effort, DVCIPM recommend a number of pain-management strategies that you can use alone or with other treatments to help you manage your pain,” explained Dr. Chester ‘Trip’ Buckenmaier III, program director at Uniformed Service University of the Health Science’s Defense & Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management. “These five treatment methods are consistent with the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense Stepped Care Model of Pain management.” Massage Therapeutic massage can help reduce pain in your lower back and neck. There are many different massage techniques such as Swedish massage, deep-tissue massage, and sports massage. During a massage, a licensed therapist applies pressure and other forms of manipulation, such as kneading, circular movements, or tapping, onto muscle and soft tissue. Massage can increase blood circulation, which can help reduce pain. Massages also help you feel calmer or less anxious, which in turn, can also reduce pain. Massages can be more effective at reducing lower back pain when combined with a strengthening and stretching program. Massages are generally safe, but make sure you seek treatment from a trained professional. Yoga If your lower back hurts now and then, or if you struggle with ongoing pain in this area, consider yoga to help relieve the pain, lower your anxiety, and feel more relaxed. Lower back pain is common. For most people, the pain
goes away in less than three months without treatment. For others, though, lower back pain doesn’t go away. When pain lasts longer than three months, it’s called “chronic” pain. Yoga typically includes three benefits. First, breathing retraining can help calm and focus your body and mind. Second, yoga can increase your flexibility, coordination, and strength. Lastly, meditation exercises can help you become more aware of your actions and feelings, lower your stress levels, and improve your mood. Yoga isn’t a replacement for seeing your doctor about your pain. If you have a medical condition, talk with your healthcare provider before you start doing yoga. Adding yoga to your existing pain-management plan can help ease pain from injury or other painful conditions. As a mind-body approach, it often combines meditation and breathing with exercise and stretching. Sailors attending a yoga class Sailors attend a yoga class on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) in the Persian Gulf (Photo by: Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Margaret Keith). Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation is a sort of “electrical massage” that works by sending more “traffic” to the brain to block pain signals. A TENS system includes a small power unit connected by wires to a pair of electrodes. The electrodes are placed on the skin near the location of pain. A mild, generally painless electric current stimulates the nerves in the skin when the unit is switched on. Most people experience a sensation of tingling and sometimes warmth during TENS treatments. This stimulation is thought to block or interfere with pain signals as they travel to the brain. That is, TENS sends more “traffic” overriding the pain. It’s also thought to increase endorphins, or the body’s natural painkillers, during treatment sessions. Sessions typically are short, and TENS can be
A soldier Washington ﬁghts through the pain after completing a 12-mile ruck march April 11, 2019, at the Vicksburg National Military Park in Vicksburg, Mississippi. (SGT DEUNDRA BROWN)
applied as often as needed depending on how bad the pain is and recommendations from your medical provider. TENS is non-invasive, meaning, it doesn’t go into your body. While offering very little long-term benefit, it does provide short-term relief. Trigger Point Injections Trigger points, commonly called “muscle knots,” are tight spots in your muscles. Not everyone with trigger points experiences pain, but some people have painful trigger points. Often times, you can treat trigger points on your own. At-home treatments include massage, using your hand or a massage ball, and foam-rolling exercises. But what if your painful trigger points don’t go away? You might need further attention from a healthcare professional, which could include trigger point injections directly into the affected muscle. Trigger point injections (TPIs) are when a fluid or medication is injected directly into the trigger point. This injection can reduce pain or discomfort caused by irritated and stiff muscle fiber. TPI needles helps to reduce muscle inflammation so that the muscle fiber relaxes and lengthens, which causes the trigger point
to get smaller or go away. The effectiveness of TPIs for types of pain is still unclear, although some diagnosed with neck and shoulder pain, sciatica pain, or connective tissue pain benefit from TPIs. Acupuncture Buckenmaier also suggests, “Acupuncture as a low-risk treatment that may improve pain for some people with certain types of pain conditions and involves the use of thin needles inserted through the skin into muscle or other tissue at specific points on the body.” It’s an ancient practice that is routinely used throughout the world today. Acupuncture can be effective in improving migraines, nausea, back pain, chronic pain, and more. Whereas battlefield acupuncture, he explains, is “a form of acupuncture using needles in just the ear, rather than in various parts of the body as with traditional acupuncture, so that is easier to transport and administer in the field.” Acupuncture should not be a replacement for treatment by a physician, so make sure to discuss with your doctor as it may be able to be used in conjunction with other treatments.
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