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Hornet readiness

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Happy 246th Birthday U.S. Navy


Two F4U-5N Corsair fighters of squadron VC-3 fly past the carrier, during combat operations off Korea. Photo is dated 4 September 1951. These planes are Bureau #s 124537 (left) and 124539. Their pilots are Lt. John D. ELy, USNR, and Lt(JG) J.G. Stranlund, USNR. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Ready Now

The ships of the USS America (LHA 6) Expeditionary Strike Group steam forward during the ninth iteration of Talisman Sabre, a large-scale, bilateral military exercise between Australian and the U.S. involving more than 17,000 participants from seven nations. (MC3 DAN SERIANNI) Navy Region-Mid Atlantic Public Affairs

Resilient Then

NORFOLK — What is known today as the United States Navy, was a budding necessity in 1775 when the Continental Congress established a slew of sailing vessels that would protect coastal waterways for a growing nation. Today, we recognize that establishment as our Navy’s official birthday, Oct. 13, 1775, although congress established the Department of the Navy on April 30, 1798. This year marks 246 years of our Navy heritage. Sailors remain resilient and ready to rise above challenging crises such as the global pandemic, and together they maintain a force that is lethal and prepared. “Across 14 installations in our region, our teams of Sailors and civilians work together ensuring our Sailors and fleets have what they need to execute their missions on a daily basis, and that’s what ready means to us.” said Rear Adm. Charles W. Rock, Commander,

A naval aviator is greeted by his son, on his return from a deployment, 1950s-70s ERA. Navy history and heritage photography archives. (COURTESY PHOTO)

By MCSN Jordan Grimes

Resilient Now

A Sailor greets his family as the San Antonio class amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio (LPD 17) returns to its homeport Oct. 8, 2021 after a six-month deployment. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Navy Region Mid-Atlantic. “We have been resilient, operating in the COVID environment, and we will continue to adapt going forward.” Rock said it’s important for Sailors and commands to reflect on our Navy’s heritage and know its history, so we can carry forth traditions and customs as well as teach our families and friends about what we do as a Navy. “Our Sailors along with their families are our strength,” said Rock, “And part of being a strong force means having a combat mindset and varied sets of knowledge and skills among a diverse force, so we can remain ready in the face of challenges.” The Navy is a proud force that continues to lead the way and protect America’s future. When called upon, the Navy answers. CNRMA is the regional coordinator for all shore-based naval personnel and shore activities in the Mid-Atlantic region, which encompasses 20 states, 14 installations, and 50 Naval Operational Support Centers.

Navy Exchange Service Command opens two Micro Markets at Naval Station Norfolk

USS Bataan Holds Change of Command

Naval Station Norfolk Public Affairs

NORFOLK — Capt. Joseph Murphy relieved Capt. Bryan Carmichael as commanding officer, USS Bataan (LHD 5) during a change of command ceremony held Oct. 7, aboard Bataan. Carmichael passed the title of “Captain” to Murphy in a traditional exchange in the ship’s hangar bay. “I am thankful for the amazing opportunity to have commanded the finest ship in the fleet and it has been my great honor to have led this extremely talented group of people,” said Carmichael. “To the crew of Big 5, thank you for being here today. You embody what it truly means to fight, dominate, and win and I am so very proud of all we have done.” Carmichael, a native of Wenatchee, Wash., became Bataan’s 17th commanding officer since the ship was commissioned Sept. 20, 1997. He was selected to the Enlisted Commissioning Program in 1995 and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Illinois-Chicago. Carmichael was commissioned in May 1997. He began his career aboard USS Tarawa (LHA 1), USS Horne (CG 30) and was an enlisted instructor at Great Lakes, IL reaching the rank of chief electrician’s mate. His tours of duty include assignments with USS Pensacola (LSD 38), USS Hawes (FFG 53), USS Anzio

By OS2 Yelayza Rivera Torres

NORFOLK, Va. — Now open - Naval Station Norfolk welcomed two new Navy Exchange (NEX) Micro Markets, which offer of easy access and self-checkout, inside buildings N-26 and X-2. The Micro Market is a self-service, self-checkout store that offers an array of fresh food, healthy snacks and beverages at a convenient location. They are strategically placed in areas with a large number of possible customers and where those customers may have limited product options. “The initiative to open both of these Micro Markets here at Naval Station Norfolk began six years ago and it is awesome to finally see them open,” said Tim Lake from the Integration Program Office. “The sales at both locations has greatly exceeded what was anticipated, so clearly they are a huge hit.” Self-checkout and self-service stores are nothing new, and the NEX is following the trend. The first Micro Market opened in Mayport, Florida over six years ago. Both the N-26 and X-2 Micro Markets are open 24 hours per day, seven days a week and take both cash and credit card payments. The market has a team of people who are in charge of restocking the store


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as needed for optimal Sailor convenience. “Sailors have the opportunity to come in and pick up a snack at any time they want no matter what they’ve got going on,” said Lake. “This allows them to be taken care of anytime they need.” NAVSTA Norfolk’s Micro Markets offers more than 480 different items to purchase including healthy choice food items such as salads, fruit and snack options as well as hot and cold beverages and a variety of heat and serve meals and sandwiches.

By MCCS Justin Ailes

USS Bataan Public Affairs

(CG 68), Commander U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, Naval Special Warfare Development Group, and USS Oak Hill (LSD 51). Under Carmichael’s command, Bataan finished an extended deployment to the 5th Fleet area of operations and executed an effective year-long CNO planned maintenance availability returning the ship to full mission capabilities. During the ceremony, Murphy, fleeting-up the executive officer role, described the Sailors he will lead aboard Bataan. “The challenges we have overcome during the last year are truly extraordinary, due largely in part to you - exceptional warriors - the men and women of Bataan,” said Murphy. “Your hard work has made our Navy stronger and made the world a safer place. I feel privileged for the opportunity to serve as commanding officer of Big 5 and to operate with this incredible team.” Bataan is the fifth ship of the Navy’s Waspclass ships. She is the second U.S. Navy warship to bear the name. CVL-29 was an Independence-class small aircraft carrier which was commissioned in November 1943. After serving in both World War II and the Korean conflict, CVL-29 was decommissioned in 1954. Bataan is finalizing a shipyard maintenance availability period and preparing for an upcoming training cycle which will lead into a scheduled deployment.


Climate Crisis


In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), Naval Support Activity (NSA) Hampton Roads’ Fleet and Family Support Center hosted a proclamation signing

On Oct. 7, 2T021, the White House released Climate Adaptation Plans from each agency, as required by Executive Order 14008,“Tackling the Climate Crisis At Home and Abroad.



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Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC) Lab Certification and Monitoring Branch Manager, Traci Harrison was recently selected as the 2021 Woman of Color (WOC) Technology AllStar. She is MARMC’s first recipient of the award. (COURTESY PHOTO)

MARMC Employee Wins 2021 Woman of Color Technology All-Star Award By Chris Wyatt

NORFOLK — Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center’s (MARMC) Lab Certification and Monitoring Branch Manager, Traci Harrison was recently selected as the 2021 Woman of Color (WOC) Technology All-Star. She is MARMC’s first recipient of the award.

For over 25 years, the WOC has selected the best and brightest candidates from around the country for their Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) awards. “I am still in awe of being a recipient of this national award. I am truly grateful. One of my mentors told me ‘I had something for the nation,’ ” said Harrison. “My next goal is to continue to promote up the ladder in government with an end goal of retiring as

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a member of the Senior Executive Service.” In 2017, Harrison joined Naval Sea System Command’s (NAVSEA) Joint Navy Audit Certification Team at MARMC. In 2019, she moved into her current position as Certification and Audit Branch Manager, becoming the first African American female Branch Manager in MARMC’s Engineering Department. In her current role, Harrison provides oversight, management and compliance of

NAVSEA criteria for inspections and audit recertification in Miniature and Micro miniature (2M), Module Test and Repair (MTR), Fiber Optic Test and Repair (FOTR) and Metrology Calibration (METCAL) aboard ships and submarines, shore-site facilities, commercial facilities and technician recertification for the Mid-Atlantic Region. Additionally, she provides oversight, management and compliance of NAVSEA’s criteria for MARMC’s Engineering Department, Test Equipment Calibration Program which ensures calibration readiness throughout the department. Congratulations to Ms. Harrison on her award! MARMC, a directorate under Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), provides surface ship maintenance, management and oversight of private sector maintenance and fleet technical assistance to ships in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States and provides support to the fifth and sixth Fleet Area of Responsibilities. They are also responsible for the floating dry-dock Dynamic (AFDL-6).

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Carteret County awarded Defense Community Infrastructure Grant in Support of JEBLCFS — Radio Island By Michelle Stewart

Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek Fort Story Public Affairs

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA — Carteret County was the recipient of a $650,000 grant to implement shoreline & infrastructure protection measures on Radio Island, North Carolina. As a Special Area of Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story

(JEBLCFS), Radio Island will benefit from the project’s restoration of a beach and dune system to mitigate erosion problems. The Department of Defense announced the award of 13 grants totaling approximately $60 million under the Defense Community Infrastructure Pilot Program by the Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation. These infrastructure projects benefit local installations, supporting of service members, their

families, and the Department’s missions. The awards derive from Fiscal Year 2021 appropriated funding, and leverage an additional $68 million in non-Federal funding for a total investment of $128 million. Grantees are working with the Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation to ensure compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1970, as amended, and may commence ground disturbing

activity upon notification from the Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation. The Defense Community Infrastructure Program is authorized under 10 U.S. Code § 2391 and received appropriations in FY20. “As an interagency partner of Carteret County, we appreciate how this award will help restore the beach for the recreational community, as well as improve access to Navy facilities in the area. This project will have a direct impact on mission readiness, our ability to support the warfighter, the interoperability of our Navy and Marine Corps team and is the essence of what Intergovernmental Support Agreements (IGSA) are all about. It is a win-win for both Carteret County, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek FT Story (JEBLCFS) and the U.S. Navy as a whole. Our team is very grateful to have been selected from a wide field of competitive applicants,” JEBLCFS Installation Commander Capt. Michael Witherspoon said.



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Capt. Dianna Wolfson passes out BZ100s during a recent America’s Shipyard episode to celebrate the teamwork performed on the San Francisco Project. (GREGORY BOYD)

Who Sets the Tone for Culture at America’s Shipyard By Kristi R. Britt

Norfolk Naval Shipyard Public Affairs

PORTSMOUTH, VA — Norfolk Naval Shipyard’s (NNSY) Culture Change Team (CCT) has been working toward changing any improper behaviors of the workforce, eliminating discrimination, and encouraging the values of Care, Ownership, Respect, and Excellence (C.O.R.E.) through training, peer-to-peer accountability, and focus group feedback. At NNSY, there are approximately 10,500 workers doing their part in the execution of the mission to modernize, repair, and inactivate the Navy’s warships. With so many different employees with various personal beliefs, ideals, and skills coming together as ONE TEAM, one question the CCT has often been asked is: who sets the tone for culture at America’s Shipyard? The answer: at NNSY, it comes from the top and trickles down to each individual in the shipyard. Leadership leads the charge in setting the

tone and expectations for the workforce. From there, everyone is expected to do their part to improve the culture and make America’s Shipyard the best place it can be for all employees, Sailors, and tenants, working together as ONE TEAM serving ONE MISSION. Shipyard Commander Capt. Dianna Wolfson said, “Building a better culture is a team effort. Engage with your teammates and leaders and stand up for each other. Know that discrimination and harassment in the workplace will not be tolerated and it takes every one of us to do our part. We must take action in upholding the standards we set forth as an organization. You are empowered to speak up when issues occur, and know you are free of reprisal when doing the right thing. Your thoughts, your actions, your examples set the tone for a shipyard we should all want—a workplace free of harassment and discrimination. No one is immune to this standard.” Alongside this strong stance, every leader

within America’s Shipyard also is expected to sign and adhere to the “NNSY Supervisor Conduct, Standards, and Expectations Contract,” a document that states that they will lead by example and with accountability to ensure a safe, respectful, and inclusive work environment for all employees. The contract is a transparent and clear expectation that is visible to all employees, ensuring that they hold leadership accountable to those expectations. “As shipyard leaders, we are ultimately responsible for what is encouraged and tolerated in our workplace,” said Code 950 Deputy Superintendent Krystal Middleton. “We have the great responsibility to do the right thing, no matter the consequences, and empower our team to have the same courage. When those efforts are genuine and truly shine, you see mental models shift and end up with a team willing to work with you and follow the example set.”

Code 930N Quality Assurance Specialist Monica Vann added, “Our jobs are for an extremely important cause that must be taken seriously at all levels and at all times. How we work, interact, and relate to one another (our culture) will determine how successful we are for our customer. Our culture shows how great our shipyard will be because our culture is expressed outside ourselves and into the world around us.” As the CCT continues to work with the workforce in paving the way toward ensuring America’s Shipyard is an inclusive workplace for all, the expectations have been set across the board for everyone to do their part in improving the culture of NNSY. “Culture covers a lot of ground, but most importantly for the shipyard, culture is ‘how we get things done,’ ” said Code 130 Quality Assurance Director George Fitzgerald. “It is the way we approach complicated problems, the way we organize ourselves around difficult tasks, the way we assure the quality of our work and the way we work together to get all of that done. There is nothing more important in helping us accomplish our mission. It is the glue that binds us together and allows us to work together to get the incredible things we have to do done for the Navy.” For more information or to learn how you can join the CCT efforts, email NNSY_CultureChangeTeam@navy.mil.

DOD Announces Plan to Tackle Climate Crisis

By DOD Public Affairs

On Oct. 7, 2021, the White House released Climate Adaptation Plans from each agency, as required by Executive Order 14008, “Tackling the Climate Crisis At Home and Abroad. “ The Department of Defense Climate Adaptation Plan, released with these plans, articulates a bold vision for climate adaptation and aligns adaptation and resilience efforts with the department’s warfighting mission. The DOD CAP is the culmination of more than 10 years of effort within the department to ensure that the military forces of the United States retain operational advantage under all conditions. DOD’s Climate Adaptation Plan was approved by the Council on Environmental Quality and the Office of Management and Budget in June and signed by Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III on September 1, 2021. The DOD CAP lays out how operations, planning activities, business processes, and resource allocation decisions will include climate change considerations. No entity has the luxury of “opting out” of the effects of climate change, so no activity can “opt out” of the requirement to adapt to a changing climate. DOD’s efforts to “Ensure the Department of Defense can operate under changing climate conditions, preserving operational capability and enhancing the natural and man-made systems essential to the Department’s success” are outlined in the strategic framework graphic below.

To achieve the DOD’s strategic outcomes, the plan first centers the integration of climate-informed decision-making using actionable science into all department processes. All other actions in this plan are dependent on the outcomes of this effort. Second, the DOD will train and equip a climate-ready force by focusing on operating under the most extreme and adverse conditions and integrating climate adaptation concepts into existing major exercises and contingency planning. Third, the DOD will ensure built and natural infrastructure are in place for successful mission preparedness, military readiness and operational success in changing conditions and will leverage the Defense Climate Assessment Tool to develop comprehensive installation resilience plans. Fourth, the DOD will insert climate change considerations into supply chain management to both reduce vulnerabilities and create opportunities to leverage the DOD’s purchasing power to advance the key technologies essential to a clean energy transformation. And finally, the DOD will enhance adaptation and resilience through collaboration. The DOD recognizes the value of interagency and intergovernmental cooperation in meeting the challenges of climate change and reflects our commitment to working closely with other agencies in this room as well as our defense partners around the globe. Climate change is a destabilizing force in the


world, creating new missions and impacting the operational environment. Climate change can affect sources of raw materials, supplies, equipment, vehicles and weapons systems, as well as their distribution and storage. As DOD responds, it is critical that training, testing and acquisitions, not disproportionately impact

low income and/or minority populations. The DOD’s environmental justice strategy includes environmental equity and justice in department organizational structures, policies and implementation guidance through inclusive and equitable climate adaptation and resilience as well as in agile mission assurance.


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Capt. Matthew Frauenzimmer, commanding officer of Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads, signs the proclamation in Building 1 at NMCP, recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. (KATISHA DRAUGHN-FRAGUADA)

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Proclamation Signing By Katisha Draughn-Fraguada

Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads Public Affairs

PORTSMOUTH , VA — In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), Naval Support Activity (NSA) Hampton Roads’ Fleet and Family Support Center hosted a proclamation signing bring-

ing together leadership from the command, Naval Medical Forces Atlantic, and Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP). “I want to thank the base CO and the hospital CO for this opportunity to truly represent a united front and to ensure that we are engaged as leaders because there is no room for domestic violence, domestic abuse,” said Rear Adm. Darin Via,

Commander of Naval Medical Forces Atlantic. “It does not reflect, whatsoever, with the core values of readiness and mission accomplishment.” Via; Capt. Matthew Frauenzimmer, Commanding Officer of NSA Hampton Roads; and Capt. Shelley Perkins, Commanding Officer of NMCP, each signed the proclamation in Building 1 at

NMCP, recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. “The general purpose of awareness month is to shed light on a cause and practice prevention, but at FFSC, and certainly on base, we hope to do that year-round,” said Jessica Zimmer, Family Advocacy Program Victim Advocate at Fleet and Family Support Center. “The real reason we are here is to celebrate such an important awareness month and to mourn those lost to abuse, celebrate survivors of abuse, and network together for change.” For additional information on DVAM or other services and programs, please contact the Fleet and Family Support Center at 757-953-7801 (Portsmouth Annex) or 757-421-8770 (Northwest Annex).

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Naval Aviation Maintenance Center for Excellence – Training (NAMCE-T) graduates its first class of 17 Sailors onboard Naval Air Station Oceana, Oct. 8. The newly established 90-day NAMCE-T course trains maintainers on how to check the material condition and perform corrosion control on the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet. (MC3 SAMANTHA JENKINS)

NAMCE-T graduates first class to enhance Hornet readiness By MC3 Samantha Jenkins

Naval Air Force Atlantic Public Affairs

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA — Naval Aviation Maintenance Center for Excellence - Training (NAMCE-T) graduated their first wave of 17 Sailors onboard Naval Air Station Oceana,

Oct. 8. The new course trains maintainers on how to check the material condition and perform corrosion control of the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet. “NAMCE-T was designed and executed by Sailors for Sailors,” said Capt. Brian Becker,



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Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic chief of staff. “This is an opportunity for Sailors to innovate. It shows direct results on the short and long-term conditions for the F/A-18 Super Hornet.” Becker worked alongside the Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic (CSFWL) team to

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Fleet Week The 40th annual San Francisco Fleet Week hosted the annual medical exercise (MEDEX) Oct 7 to enhance the partnerships and cooperation for medical response in the wake of a natural disaster. Page B3

Sailors prepare an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter, attached to the“Golden Falcons”of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 12, to launch on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) in response to a call for assistance from a vessel in distress in the Arabian Sea July 30. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Golden Falcons Return to NAF Atsugi after 5th and 7th Fleet Deployment By MC3 Askia Collins

Task Force 70 / Carrier Strike Group 5 Public Affairs

PACIFIC OCEAN — The “Golden Falcons” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 12 returned from their 2021 deployment to 5th and 7th Fleets and were greeted by family at Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi, Oct. 8. Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 assigned to the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group (CSG 5), the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed carrier strike group, was tasked with heading west into U.S. 5th Fleet to provide air power in support of the United States’ military withdrawal from Afghanistan. “This has been a fantastic deployment and I could not be more appreciative of our team of Sailors, who grinded day in and day out to provide combat-ready helicopters to perform any assigned mission,”

said Cmdr. Justin Ott, commanding officer of HSC-12. “From SAR to [Vertical Replenishment] VERTREP to Vessel Boarding; this team has come together to exceed all expectations and standards in mission accomplishment. All along, our focus has been on safe, on-time, brilliant at the basics flight operations and maintenance, and I could not be more proud of the work this team has done.” HSC-12 supported aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) by conducting Anti-Surface Warfare exercises, maintaining Search and Rescue (SAR) teams, and Vertical Replenishment. The Golden Falcons also provided support for a crisis that took place on a civilian vessel in the Arabian Sea. On July 30, HSC-12 pilots and crewmen were informed that Mercer Street, a Liberian-flagged merchant vessel, was struck by a one-way Unmanned Aerial Vehi-

cle (UAV) in international waters as the squadron was preparing for routine operations in their ready room aboard aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). The attack left two crewmembers from the merchant tanker dead and the rest sheltering in place. Upon notification, the flight crews were re-assigned and the squadron’s mission changed to supporting the transportation of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5 from Ronald Reagan to Mercer Street and back. Due to consistent training, and a well-established relationship between HSC-12 crew and EODMU 5 technicians, the planning and execution of this operation was conducted in under an hour. “The natural progression of this operation was seamless, because planning to work with EOD in a scenario like this began months

Multiple Allied Carrier Strike Groups Operate Together in 7th Fleet

ago,” said Lt. Cmdr. Danny Wood, Safety Officer for HSC-12 and Aircraft Commander for the Mercer Street operation. “It felt great to do this operationally. One of the paradoxes of being a [helicopter] pilot is that you hope no one needs you but if they do you’re glad you’re there.” After loading EODMU 5 onto an MH-60S Seahawk, the crew faced the challenge of safely making contact with Mercer Street. Taking off from the flight deck of Ronald Reagan and locating Mercer Street was made easy thanks to the help from the “Saberhawks” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 77 who were already in the air providing support. The challenge faced by the crew was navigating through the high winds and volatile sea state to provide a clear landing spot for EODMU 5 to rappel down a rope onto Mercer Street. “The wind was blowing at 40 knots [46 mph] and [Mercer Street]

By Task Force 70 Public Affairs PHILIPPINE SEA — U.S. Navy carrier strike groups led by flagships USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) joined with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s (JMSDF) Hyuga-class heli-

copter destroyer JS Ise (DDH 182) and the United Kingdom’s carrier strike group (CSG 21) led by HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) to conduct multiple carrier strike group operations in the Philippine Sea, Oct. 3. The integrated at-sea operations brought together more than 15,000 Sailors across six nations and

demonstrates the U.S. Navy’s ability to work closely with its unmatched network of alliances and partnerships in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5 from Ronald Reagan is operating Turn to 7th Fleet, Page 7

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Navy Announces Eligibility For The Alaska Sea Services Scholarship By MC2 Derien Luce Naval Education and Training Command

The United Kingdom’s carrier strike group, led by HMS Queen Elizabeth (R 08), and the Japan Maritime SelfDefense Force (JMSDF), led by Hyuga-class helicopter destroyer JS Ise (DDH 182), joined with U.S. Navy carrier strike groups, led by flagships USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), to conduct multiple carrier strike group operations in the Philippine Sea. (MCSN GEORGE CARDENAS)

was swaying heavily,” said Lt. Ian Grover, an HSC-12 Maintenance Divisional Officer and second pilot for the Mercer Street operation. “Despite the environmental conditions making the insertion more difficult, there was no doubt in our minds that we could get the job done.” HSC-12 pilots depend on Naval Aircrewmen to direct and guide the helicopter. From their position in the center compartment of the aircraft, aircrewmen have a greater vantage point to identify obstacles in the helicopter’s path. These aircrewmen are trusted Search and Rescue (SAR) swimmers who play a key role in ensuring a multi-mission helicopter, such as HSC-12’s MH-60Ss, is successful in seamlessly transitioning from one mission set to another. “This was a flight none of us will

PENSACOLA, Fla. — The Navy League and Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) announced the requirements on Oct. 8, 2021 for applications for the Alaska Sea Services Scholarships for academic year 2022-2023. The program awards up to four $1,000 scholarships annually for undergraduate education to dependent children and spouses of Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard personnel who legally claim Alaska as their state of residence. The scholarships are possible through funds raised by Alaskan citizens for a war bond as a gift to USS Juneau (CL 52) during World War II. After the sinking of Juneau, the governor of the territory of Alaska and the secretary of the Navy agreed to keep the bond monies on deposit until an appropriate application was found. In 1986, the Navy established the Alaska Sea Services fund. “Alaskan citizens originally raised these funds for the Atlanta-class light cruiser USS Juneau,” said Ryan Donaldson, Navy League executive vice president for business operations. “Juneau

was integral to the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands but was later sunk at the Battle of Guadalcanal prior to the gift being presented to her crew. Honoring the loss of Juneau’s crew could not be better achieved than through supporting the education of students within her sponsoring state.” Applicants must be the child or spouse of a legal resident of the state of Alaska who is, or was at the time of death or designation as missing-in-action, a Regular or Reserve U.S. Navy, Marine Corps or Coast Guard member on active duty, inactive duty or retired with or without pay. The Navy League will screen all applications and submit their recommendations to NETC for final consideration and awarding. Selection criteria includes academic proficiency, character, leadership ability, community involvement and financial need. “It is an honor to be a part of the Alaska Sea Services Scholarship,” said Al Sharlow, NETC’s advanced education program coordinator. “We look forward to any opportunity to provide educational opportunities to develop the future of our great nation.” Students must provide proof of acceptance at an accredited Turn to Scholarship, Page 7


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By Lisa Smith Molinari

Here we are, in limbo, again. Will military service members have to work for no pay this year? Only time will tell, while Congress squabbles over the defense budget. It’s become an annual tradition. Stop-gap measures have been used to keep the Department of Defense running for eleven of the last twelve fiscal years. This year’s continuing resolution, which allowed the DoD to continue operating through October and November, was passed in the nick of time on September 30th. Isn’t it comforting to know that your paychecks will keep coming for 64 days, when it takes Congress 76 to 216 days to agree on the budget each year? The need for stop-gap measures has become routine according to DoD officials, who have said that this way of doing business is “not an effective or efficient way to operate.” In fact, the DoD now plans for them, making less legal commitments to pay for goods and services in the first quarter of each fiscal year. This means less military hiring, less military training, less military “ability to accomplish key mission requirements and carry out management functions.” One might chalk the military spending debate up to the increasing divisiveness displayed between politicians on every issue today — culture, crime, discrimination, immigration, education, you name

it. But in a representative government like ours, aren’t the divided opinions of our elected politicians simply a reflection of their constituents perceptions? One October evening back in 2013 while my husband was still active duty, I was driving back from a soccer game with another mom from our daughters’ team. “The military’s budget is out of control,” she argued emphatically, “why should they get more than $600 billion dollars a year, for what? More weapons?” In the midst of the Obama-era spending caps and drawdowns, I felt strongly about this issue. “But you need to understand,” I told her, “military service members who’ve sacrificed are getting pink slips telling them they’re out.” Sequestration “weakened our military, our morale and our readiness,” I explained, but knew she couldn’t relate. Since then, the military-civilian divide has only deepened. Less than one half of one percent of Americans currently serve in the military, and of those, about 80 percent come from military families. The public’s view of today’s military and veterans is affected by various false perceptions. According to many surveys and studies, U.S. civilians believe that military troops are uneducated, have low intellectual aptitude, entered the military to avoid poverty or criminal penalties,

and engage mostly in ground combat. Furthermore, they believe that most veterans suffer from PTSD or other mental health issues, and are likely to be unemployed and/or homeless. To the contrary, 90 percent of recruits have high school diplomas, and two thirds score in the top half of peers in verbal and mathematical aptitudes. Most are from middle-income families, and their motivations to serve are patriotism, sense of duty, and competitive military benefits. Recruits are thoroughly screened for physical and mental fitness, and youthful offenders and older criminals are barred from enlistment. In fact, standards for recruitment are so high, only two percent of 20.6 million Americans age 17 to 21 are eligible to serve. About 15 percent of veterans suffer from PTSD, but veterans have typical employment rates and are only slightly more likely to be homeless than non-veterans. Despite the widening military-civilian gap in understanding and an overall drop in American confidence, the public still trusts and respects the military above all governmental institutions. Regarding spending, about half of the country thinks the military budget is “about right”, but frankly, most don’t care all that much about military readiness and defense spending. Even after 14 service members were killed and 18 wounded in the August 26th Kabul bombing and Taliban takeover, most Americans haven’t followed news about the Afghanistan conflict. With or without pay, 1.4 million active duty service men and women will continue to report for duty protecting our country. In the meantime, Congress (only 17 percent of whom have prior military service) will continue to bicker over the price of freedom. And with respectful indifference, the public will continue to look the other way.

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After months of planning and preparing for your PCS, you’ve now landed at your new destination. Now it’s time for the fun part — building a nest and making it home. Here are a few ways to tap into the military community so you can settle and get into the swing of things more quickly. 1. Connect with a sponsor to see how the locals live Before you PCS, you will be assigned a sponsor at your new duty station. Sponsors are typically assigned through your unit and are similar in rank or family situation, which is helpful during your PCS. You also can request a sponsor through your local Military and Family Support Center’s relocation assistance service provider. A sponsor can be a friendly face with knowledge and experience who can make those critical first introductions, guide you to important resources and give you an insider’s perspective of your new duty station and community. 2. Work with a relocation assistance professional to get referrals to other services A relocation assistance service provider can help you embrace your new community. Consultations cover everything from housing and child care to spouse employment and stress management. Find a relocation service provider by selecting relocation assistance program and your installation from the dropdown menu on MilitaryINSTALLATIONS. 3. Help your children make a smooth transition with assistance from your school liaison School liaisons are located at each installation and are the main contact for military families, local school systems and installation command for school-related matters pre-K through 12. They provide a wide variety of services for students and families, including transition support before and after a PCS. School liaisons can provide information on school districts and boundaries, assist with transfer of credits and class registration, help locate after-school and extracurricular programs, and set up tutoring and youth sponsorship referrals. They can also help you explore alternative schooling options

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and help with college, career and military readiness. Need help with special education? Your school liaison can connect you to the Exceptional Family Member Program and your school’s special education department, as well as help you navigate your new school district’s special education program. School liaison support is free of charge and open to all Department of Defense identification card holders. Learn more about school liaisons, and contact your local school liaison for help with your child’s school transition as well as all of your educational needs. 4. Check out Armed Services YMCA programs for family bonding opportunities and meeting new neighbors Armed Services YMCA provides several programs designed to help military families — with a particular focus on helping junior enlisted service men and women — grow their networks of support. Operation Camp sponsors family, youth and teen camps at military-supported YMCA branches and affiliate locations. These meaningful experiences help families bond with other members of the military community while offering tools to cope with the unique challenges of military life. Operation Little Learners teaches strategies to help with early childhood development in a community of support where parents and children can learn from each other. 5. Explore Morale, Welfare and Recreation activities to have fun and meet new people Meet new people and connect with fellow military families as you hit the links, go bowling or play air hockey with your children at the recreation center. As the military’s network of support and leisure activities, the

MWR program sponsors a variety of activities — something for everyone to enjoy — both on and off on the installation. Check out your local MWR for opportunities to relax, laugh and bond with your new neighbors. 6. Join a military spouse networking group to “talk jobs” with other spouses For military spouses seeking employment at their new duty station, joining a networking group can be a great opportunity to meet fellow military spouses while advancing your career. Learn more about the Military Spouse Employment Partnership, connect with your installation’s spouse education, training and career services and join the Military Spouse Employment Partnership spouse group on LinkedIn. 7. Benefit from your Family Readiness Group to widen your network of support The Military Family Readiness System empowers service members and family members with the support and information they need to thrive in their military lives. Each service branch has a family readiness program, but the names and resources available may differ. Special focus is given to helping families prepare for short- and longterm deployments and boosting unit morale. These groups host family-related unit activities, where families can meet and learn from fellow members of their military community. Make your new destination home by connecting with your military community so that you can get to your new normal faster. If you still need help figuring out where to begin, Military OneSource consultants are available 24/7/365 to help. Call 800-3429647, set up a live chat or view overseas calling options to schedule a free and confidential consultation.

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The United States Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, practice flight-formation techniques in the San Francisco airspace during fleet week in San Francisco, California, Oct. 7, 2021. We are delighted to be in San Francisco, to interact with as many people as possible and display the pride we have in our Navy and what we do in defense of our country. (LANCE CPLMACKENZIE BINION)

San Francisco Fleet Week Hosts Annual Medical Exercise By MCC John Scorza

Navy Region Southwest Public Affairs

SAN FRANCISCO , CA — The 40th annual San Francisco Fleet Week hosted the annual medical exercise (MEDEX) Oct 7 to enhance the partnerships and cooperation for medical response in the wake of a natural disaster. The 2021 MEDEX unites the San Francisco Bay Area’s medical and first responder community with the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps medical services. “This is an incredibly important effort”, said Capt. Lynelle Boamah, USN Surgeon, U.S. 3rd Fleet. “San Francisco Fleet Week is one of the best programs the Navy has that partners with the city of San Francisco. When a call comes

out, we already know what our roles are, and we are ready to go.” This year’s exercise explored the longterm impacts of disaster response to include discussions on crisis care management, care rationing, resource constrained environment planning for mass casualties, ethical principles, and scope of practice. During a crisis state, the demand can exceed the supply of resources of individual hospitals or medical teams. This year’s exercise focused on the development of a just strategy for allocation of scarce resources if hospitals exceed their surge capacity. “Getting to work collaboratively on the panel with the doctors from University of California San Francisco was really professionally rewarding”, said Boamah. “When a

natural disaster occurs, this city will be ready because they work hand in hand with our military to craft and demonstrate their readiness and disaster preparedness.” The psychological resilience of our first responders and the public has been tested on an unprecedented global scale during the COVID-19 pandemic. For military personnel, the need to sustain psychological resilience over prolonged periods in the midst of uncertainty is not new. “We are able to form up as a team very quickly around emergencies”, said Boamah. “I found that our health care workers are giving it their all and are deploying, going on missions to help civilians, and taking care of COVID patients. They have gone above and beyond, and I am really proud of our team

for what we have contributed to the COVID fight.” Fleet Week is San Francisco’s largest annual civic sponsored event. It’s a free event in the Fisherman’s Wharf district that features the Navy’s flight demonstration squadron the “Blue Angels”, a full air show over San Francisco and ship tours all weekend long drawing thousands of people into the city. This year, Fleet Week is Oct. 4 — 11 with most activities and the large air show being held over the weekend of Oct. 8 - 11. The event is in its 40th year and celebrates the rich naval tradition in the Bay area and honors our nation’s service members. For more on San Francisco Fleet Week visit Defense Visual Information Distribution Service at: https://www.dvidshub.net/feature/ SFFW2021 Images are also available on the Navy Region Southwest Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/NavyRegionSouthwest/ For more information on San Francisco Fleet Week visit: www.fleetweeksf.org










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Adm. Bill Lescher, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, speaks to Naval Aviators at the 2021 Naval Helicopter Association (NHA) Symposium. (COURTESY PHOTO)

VCNO Opens NHA Symposium with Call to Accelerate Force Modernization By Paul Gainey

Naval Aviation Enterprise Public Affairs

ALPINE, Calif. — Adm. Bill Lescher, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, opened the first day of panels and briefs during the Naval Helicopter Association (NHA) Symposium at the Viejas Resort, Oct. 7, 2021. During his opening remarks, he emphasized the importance of collaboration among the many Naval Aviation stakeholders involved in building the force of future needed to compete in an era of Great Power Competition. “The work we are going to do together to make the Force of the Future real requires excellence in execution and innovation,” said Lescher. During his remarks, Lescher mentioned several different examples of how Navy leaders harnessed ideas and practices outside of the military to drive readiness and process improvement in the Navy. He recounted the success of the

Maintenance Operations Center (MOC) in boosting mission capable (MC) rates for the Super Hornet community and shared how the concept originated from commercial airline best practices. The MOC is a centralized coordination center of resources and maintenance activities for Naval Aviation. The MOC concept was first introduced to Naval Aviation in late 2018 as part of the Naval Sustainment System-Aviation (NSS-A) effort. Lescher also spoke to the rotary wing community’s role in future operating concepts laid out in the Tri-Service Maritime Strategy Advantage at Sea. “Both Distributed Maritime Operations and the Joint Warfighting Concept value distributed, multi-access, multi-domain operational art,” said Lescher. “That context creates tremendous rotary wing community opportunities to contribute and drive to that lethality and the key elements of how we shoot, how we maneuver, how we resupply and how we defend.”

Lescher ended his remarks by calling upon the young leaders in attendance to lead positive, organizational change in their units to build a more ready force for tomorrow’s fight. Later in the day, Capt. Matt Schnappauf, Director of the Liaison Office to the U.S. House of Representatives for U.S. Navy, moderated the Force of the Future panel that included Vice Adm. Jeffrey Hughes, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfighting Development; Rear Adm. Max McCoy, Commander, Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center; and Brig. Gen. Ryan Rideout, Deputy Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force. The panelists discussed the capabilities and force structure required for Naval Aviation to carry out operating concepts laid out by the National Defense Strategy, Tri-Service Maritime Strategy and CNO’s Navigation Plan. Hughes stated the importance of leadership at the tactical level in developing

needed capabilities: “We need our young leaders to boldly outthink our adversary, learn faster, and put superior, adaptable, resilient naval rotary forces to sea to deliver deterrence and warfighting advantage.” The panelists also discussed the importance of training in the rotary wing community, the Marine Corps’ role in Distributed Maritime Operations and changes in force structure, and the importance of technical expertise for pilots. Other highlights during the first day of NHA programming included a presentation by Rear Adm. Andrew Loiselle, Director, Air Warfare Division, Office Chief of Naval Operations on the POM cycle and aviation program offices; a brief from Navy aviation detailers; and a presentation from the Naval Safety Center. For additional information and coverage of the NHA Symposium, follow the NAE on Facebook @NAEready and on Twitter @NAE_Readiness. The NHA Symposium is an annual event run by the NHA—an independent, nonprofit organization supporting the development and use of naval vertical lift aircraft in the United States Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. The Naval Aviation Enterprise is a collaborative warfighting partnership where Naval Aviation leaders leverage their assigned authorities to deliberate and resolve interdependent issues across the whole of Naval Aviation to provide combat ready naval air forces to the fleet.

Exercise Noble Jaguar: Navy-Marine Corps Team Brings Integrated Lethality in the Littorals By 1st Lt. Annika Pearson 3rd Marine Division

OKINAWA, Japan — The integrated naval exercise demonstrated the ability to connect a network of sensors from across the joint force during expeditionary advanced based operations. While closely monitoring simulated adversary activities, these forces received the order to rapidly mobilize and immediately began to move. Concealed through the cover of darkness and a small footprint on the electromagnetic spectrum, Marines with 3d Battalion, 12th Marines quickly reached a nearby port where they loaded multiple High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launchers and readied for embarkation on the USNS Brunswick (T-EPF 6), an expeditionary fast transport ship. “The first half of the exercise was focused on mobility … working with the Navy to ensure that we can effectively embark and disembark,” said Capt. Nathaniel Wasik, a HIMARS platoon commander with 3⁄12. While putting HIMARS aboard Navy vessels is not a new concept, expeditionary fast trans-

U.S. Marines from 3rd Battalion, 12th Marines conduct a fire mission using a Marine Corps High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems with during Exercise Noble Jaguar within the Central Training Area on Okinawa, Japan Sept. 29. (COURTESY PHOTO)

ports provide a unique platform that can support a wide variety of military objectives. “Missions such as Noble Jaguar are important because they provide an opportunity to experiment with different configurations and capabilities and allows both the embarked forces and the ship’s crew to better realize the full mission potential,” said Andy Peretti, captain of the USNS Brunswick. “The more frequently we practice embarkation and utilization of the vessel, the more prepared we will be to effectively respond to any contingency.” Upon arriving at their destination, the HIMARS moved into concealed positions ready to spring into firing points at an expeditionary advanced base (EAB) on Okinawa. Meanwhile, Marines leveraged sensing capabilities, such as the Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar, and connections with Link 16 to share targeting data with the USS Carl Vinson

(CVN70) and USS Howard (DDG83), sailing in the Philippine Sea, and F/A-18s with Marine Aircraft Group 12 operating in the surrounding airspace. This information sharing and networked command and control enabled joint strikes against maritime and land-based targets. “The power of joint targeting is when you can bring multiple assets to bear on a single point,” said Lt. Col. Joshua Montero, operations officer for 12th Marines. “We are combining those strikes together — from air, land, and sea.” Simultaneously, 2d Battalion, 3d Marines prepared for a long-range insertion via MV-22B Ospreys to seize and retain key maritime terrain more than 600 miles away. After traveling from Okinawa to Camp Fuji, nearly 200 U.S. Marines engaged and promptly defeated a simulated adversary force. During follow-on operations, ⅔ established an addi-

tional EAB and continued to deny critical terrain thereby enabling maritime maneuver. “Noble Jaguar showcased 3d Marine Division’s capability to connect a network of sensors from across the Joint Force, forming a seamlessly integrated kill chain,” said Maj. Brian Spillane, future operations officer for 3d Marine Division. “This integrated network can bring lethal effects to bear in all domains, anywhere in the theater.” By employing expeditionary advanced based operations concurrently across multiple distributed locations, III MEF demonstrated how it can integrate with the Joint Force to conduct counter-landing operations and anti-surface warfare missions across multiple domains. III MEF and 7th Fleet executed these actions during Noble Jaguar to maintain readiness and display U.S. resolve to preserve regional security.

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The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) arrives at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY) as one of the newest additions to Commander, Task Force (CTF) 71/Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15. (TETSUYA MORITA)

USS Ralph Johnson Joins ForwardDeployed Naval Forces Japan By Task Force 71/Destroyer Squadron 15 Public Affairs YOKOSUKA, Japan — The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) arrived Oct. 4 to their new forward-deployed location in Yokosuka, Japan Ralph Johnson is a Flight IIA multi-mission destroyer, capable of embarking two MH-60 variant helicopters with air warfare, submarine warfare, and surface warfare capabilities; designed to operate inde-

pendently or with carrier strike groups, surface action groups, or amphibious ready groups. “Ralph Johnson and her crew look forward to joining the forward-deployed team in Yokosuka and to building relationships with our allies and partners in the region,” said Cmdr. Colin Roberts, commanding officer of USS Ralph Johnson. “It’s an honor to join the DESRON 15 team and an honor to know that Ralph Johnson will play a role in ensuring the future of a free and open Indo-Pacific.”

The United States values Japan’s longterm hospitality and contributions in hosting U.S. forward-deployed forces. Along with their counterparts in the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, U.S. forces frequently operate together in the Indo-Pacific Region. “Ralph Johnson comes over as one of the newest and most capable destroyers in the U.S. Navy,” said Capt. Chase Sargeant, commander, Task Force 71/Destroyer Squadron 15. “The addition of Ralph Johnson demonstrates our unwavering commit-

ment to maintain maritime security in the Indo-Pacific alongside our alliances and partnerships.” Sailors and their family members received training regarding policies in the region, including the current Naval Forces Japan COVID-19 mitigation measures. All service members and their families have been directed to adhere to these preventative measures to ensure the United States Navy is doing its part to stop the spread of the COVID-19 and protect Sailors, their families and the local community. As the U.S. Navy’s largest forward-deployed fleet, 7th Fleet employs 50 to 70 ships and submarines across the Western Pacific and Indian oceans. U.S. 7th Fleet routinely operates and interacts with 35 maritime nations while conducting missions to preserve and protect a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

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Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) 3rd Class Darel McGee, assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97), reunites with his wife and meets his daughter for the first time after the ship returned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. (MC3 MOLLY CRAWFORD)

USS Halsey Returns To Homeport By MC2 Jaimar Carson Bondurant

U.S. 3rd. Fleet Public Affairs

The Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) returned to its homeport at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Oct. 4, after successfully completing a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility. Halsey departed Pearl Harbor, May 14, and

joined the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group to conduct multiple strait transits and presence operations in the Arabian Gulf, Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean, and South China Sea. “I’m extremely proud to serve alongside a crew that conducts themselves with the utmost pride, professionalism, and excellence in everything we do,” said Cmdr. Kelechi Ndukwe, the commanding officer aboard Halsey. “Halsey’s crew is made up of some of the most resilient

Sailors in the Navy. This deployment would not have been as successful as it was without our Pacific Warrior mentality and dedication to service, as well as support from our loved ones back home.” On July 27, Halsey responded to a distress call and provided assistance to an Indian merchant vessel containing 15 Indian nationals in international waters in the Arabian Gulf. The ship provided assistance to the mariners

who drifted for 48 hours prior to the destroyer’s response. After receiving aid from Halsey, the vessel was able to proceed under their own power. “I’m thrilled to be back,” said Lt. j.g. Tyler Philp, Halsey’s electronic warfare officer. “I’m very grateful for this deployment; time at sea offers experiences you can’t get anywhere else, however there’s no place quite like home.” As an integral part of U.S. Pacific Fleet, U.S. 3rd Fleet operates naval forces in the Indo-Pacific in addition to providing realistic and relevant training necessary to flawlessly execute our Navy’s timeless roles of sea control and power projection. U.S. 3rd Fleet works in close coordination with other numbered Fleets to provide commanders with capable, ready forces to deploy forward and win in day-today competition, in crisis, and in conflict. For more information on U.S. 3rd Fleet, please visit, https://www.c3f.navy.mil/ For more information on USS Halsey, please visit, https://www.surfpac.navy.mil/ddg97/

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DEA Issues Public Safety Alert on Sharp Increase in Fake Prescription Pills By Drug Enforcement Administration

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WASHINGTON, DC —Today, the Drug Enforcement Administration issued a Public Safety Alert warning Americans of the alarming increase in the lethality and availability of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine. DEA’s Public Safety Alert, the first in six years, seeks to raise public awareness of a significant nationwide surge in counterfeit pills that are mass-produced by criminal drug networks in labs, deceptively marketed as legitimate prescription pills, and are killing unsuspecting Americans at an unprecedented rate. These counterfeit pills have been seized by DEA in every U.S. state in unprecedented quantities. More than 9.5 million counterfeit pills were seized so far this year, which is more than the last two years combined. DEA laboratory testing reveals a dramatic rise in the number of counterfeit pills containing at least two milligrams of fentanyl, which is considered a lethal dose. A deadly dose of fentanyl is small enough to fit on the tip of a pencil. Counterfeit pills are illegally manufactured by criminal drug networks and are made to look like real prescription opioid medications such as oxycodone (Oxycontin®, Percocet®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), and alprazolam (Xanax®); or stimulants like amphetamines (Adderall®). Fake prescription pills are widely accessible and often sold on social media and e-commerce platforms — making them available to anyone with a smartphone, including minors. “The United States is facing an unprecedented crisis of overdose deaths fueled by illegally manufactured fentanyl and methamphetamine,” said Anne Milgram, Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration. “Counterfeit pills that contain these dangerous and extremely addictive drugs are more lethal and more accessible than ever before. In fact, DEA lab analyses reveal that two out of every five fake pills with fentanyl contain a potentially lethal dose. DEA is focusing resources on taking down the violent drug traffickers causing the greatest harm and posing the greatest threat to the safety and health of Americans. Today, we are alerting the public to this danger so that people have the information they need to protect themselves and their children.” The vast majority of counterfeit pills brought into the United States are produced in Mexico, and China is supplying chemicals for the manufacturing of fentanyl in Mexico. 2 The drug overdose crisis in the United States is a serious public safety threat with rates currently reaching the highest level in history. Drug traffickers are using fake pills to exploit the opioid crisis and prescription drug misuse in the United States, bringing overdose deaths and violence to American communities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 93,000 people died of a drug overdose in the United States last year. Fentanyl, the synthetic opioid most commonly


found in counterfeit pills, is the primary driver of this alarming increase in overdose deaths. Drug poisonings involving methamphetamine, increasingly found to be pressed into counterfeit pills, also continue to rise as illegal pills containing methamphetamine become more widespread. Drug trafficking is also inextricably linked to violence. This year alone, DEA seized more than 2700 firearms in connection with drug trafficking investigations — a 30 percent increase since 2019. DEA remains steadfast in its mission to protect our communities, enforce

U.S. drug laws, and bring to justice the foreign and domestic criminals sourcing, producing, and distributing illicit drugs, including counterfeit pills. This alert does not apply to legitimate pharmaceutical medications prescribed by medical professionals and dispensed by licensed pharmacists. The legitimate prescription supply chain is not impacted. Anyone filling a prescription at a licensed pharmacy can be confident that the medications they receive are safe when taken as directed by a medical professional. The issuance of today’s Public Safety

Alert coincides with the launch of DEA’s One Pill Can Kill Public Awareness Campaign to educate the public of the dangers of counterfeit pills. DEA urges all Americans to be vigilant and aware of the dangers of counterfeit pills, and to take only medications prescribed by a medical professional and dispensed by a licensed pharmacist. DEA warns that pills purchased outside of a licensed pharmacy are illegal, dangerous, and potentially lethal. For more information, visit https://www.dea.gov/onepill or scan the QR code below

Future USS Daniel Inouye sails for Hawaii By Naval Sea Systems Command Public Affairs

BATH, Maine —The Navy’s newest guided missile destroyer, the future USS Daniel Inouye (DDG 118), sailed away from General Dynamics Bath Iron Works shipyard, Oct. 4. The ship is en route to its homeport, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for its scheduled commissioning in December. “Following delivery to the Navy in March 2021, the entire team has continued to prepare DDG 118 for this important readiness milestone,” said Capt. Seth Miller, DDG 51 program manager, Arleigh Burke-class program office, Program Executive Office, Ships. “The fleet will soon be receiving an advanced warship capable of performing the core roles of sea control and power projection.” The future USS Daniel Inouye is named in honor of Daniel Inouye, who served as a United States Senator for Hawaii from 1963 until his death in 2012. He received the Medal of Honor on June 21, 2000 for

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ever forget,” said Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 1st Class Corey Culp, SAR swimmer and crew chief for the Mercer Street operation. “[Mercer Street] did not have a designated helicopter landing pad, so we had to identify an insertion point away from the various steam vents and pipes aboard the deck of the ship. It wasn’t easy due to the ship’s movements the entire time, but it was awesome to see the culmination of all our training come together.” EODMU 5 was safely delivered to and recovered from Mercer Street after they were able to investigate the aftermath of the explosion and to ensure the crew’s safety. During their 2021 deployment embarked aboard Ronald Reagan, HSC-12 flew more

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with CSG 1 from Carl Vinson for the first time during its 2021 deployment and marks the second time operating with UK CSG 21 and JS Ise this year. “We are picking up right where we left off in

his extraordinary heroism in action while serving with the 442nd Infantry Regimental Combat Team in Italy during World War II. Arleigh Burke-class destroyers are multi-mission ships able to hold targets on land, at sea, in the air, and under water at risk with a suite of sophisticated weapons and sensors. The other Arleigh Burke-class destroyers currently under construction at Bath Iron Works include: Carl M. Levin (DDG 120), John Basilone (DDG 122), Harvey C. Barnum Jr. (DDG 124), Patrick Gallagher (DDG 127), Louis H. Wilson Jr. (DDG 126) and William Charette (DDG 130), as well as the Zumwalt-class destroyer Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002). As one of the Defense Department’s largest acquisition organizations, PEO Ships is responsible for executing the development and procurement of all destroyers, amphibious ships, sealift ships, support ships, boats and craft.

than 1,920 hours across 146 days. The Golden Falcons facilitated 35 EOD live roping operations and 72 integrated operations. During this deployment the squadron had three officers promoted and three Sailors meritoriously promoted. They conducted 33 internal cargo missions and 45 VERTREP sorties which moved over five million pounds of cargo. HSC-12 is a United States Navy helicopter squadron with more than 200 members forward-deployed at Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan. U.S. 7th Fleet conducts forward-deployed naval operations in support of U.S. national interests in the Indo-Pacific area of operations. As the U.S. Navy’s largest forward-deployed fleet, 7th Fleet interacts with 35 other maritime nations to build partnerships that foster maritime security, promote stability, and prevent conflict. 5th Fleet with the Queen Elizabeth team and building on what we started with the JMSDF after first leaving Japan,” said Rear Adm. Will Pennington, commander, Carrier Strike Group 5/Task Force 70. “Adding the fantastic Vinson team to this potent force dynamically displays our capabilities across all domains, keeping us ready to respond to a range of maritime challenges.”

The future USS Daniel Inouye (DDG 118) transits the Kennebec River, sailing away from General Dynamics Bath Iron Works shipyard Oct. 4. (COURTESY PHOTO)

The Navy League and Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) announced the requirements and solicited applications for the Alaska Sea Services Scholarships for academic year 2021-2022. (COURTESY GRAPHIC)

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college or university for full-time undergraduate study toward a bachelor’s degree. An individual cannot receive more than two scholarship

awards during the pursuit of a four-year degree. The Navy League is accepting scholarship applications from Oct. 11, 2021 to March 11, 2022. For additional information and a link to apply for the Alaska Sea Services Scholarship, visit https://www.navyleague.org/programs/scholarships or email scholarships@navyleaque.org.

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American Revolution Museum at Yorktown artillery firing. (JAMESTOWN-YORKTOWN FOUNDATION)


From Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation

YORKTOWN, Va. — The 240th anniversary of America’s decisive Revolutionary War victory at Yorktown will be celebrated Saturday through Tuesday, October 16-19, with a multi-day salute of events and activities at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, Yorktown Battlefield and Historic Yorktown. On October 19, 1781, following a nine-day bombardment, British forces in Yorktown under General Charles Cornwallis requested a cease-fire and then surrendered more than 8,000 soldiers and sailors to the combined American and French armies commanded by General George Washington. This was the last major military action of the American Revolution, effectively securing independence for the American colonies following a six-and-a-halfyear military struggle. While the annual Yorktown Day parade and public commemorative ceremony are cancelled this year in response to COVID-19, a variety of programs are planned to mark the historic occasion. Visitors can take the free Yorktown Trolley to various Yorktown attractions between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily, following safety protocols. AMERICAN REVOLUTION MUSEUM AT YORKTOWN Yorktown Victory Celebration Event on October 16 Features Revolutionary War Programs, Artillery Firings, Musical Performances, Immersive Exhibits & Films At the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, stories of citizens and soldiers of the American Revolution unfold daily at the expansive history museum through immersive films,

exhibition galleries and outdoor re-creations of a Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm. During “Yorktown Victory Celebration” on October 16, visitors can enjoy musical performances and take part in interpretive demonstrations, including cooking, fabric dyeing and artillery. Artillery demonstrations, showcasing the varied roles of an artillery crew, will take place in the outdoor amphitheater at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:45 p.m., each followed by the crew firing a salute in honor of the victory at Yorktown. Visitors can enjoy musical performances by the Fifes and Drums of York Town at 12 noon and 1:30 p.m. in the Continental Army encampment. At 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. in the Education Center, the Old Cigar Box String Band will perform the “Great American Sing-Along,” featuring popular tunes from American history that everyone knows by heart. Visitors are encouraged to sing along as songs are performed on fiddle, banjo and bones. The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown and Gift Shop, open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, are located on Route 1020 in Yorktown. The event is included with museum admission: $16.00 for adults, $8.00 for ages 6-12, and free for children age 5 and under. Residents of York County, James City County and the City of Williamsburg, including William & Mary students, receive complimentary admission with proof of residency. Event activities are presented in part by the York County Arts Commission. For more information, call (757) 253-4838 or visit jyfmuseums.org/yorktownvictorycelebration. On October 19, the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown will offer free admission to active duty, reserve and retired mili-

tary personnel and up to three direct family members with military identification. YORKTOWN BATTLEFIELD — OCTOBER 16-19 Self-Guided Battlefield Tours and Outdoor Ranger Information Station Colonial National Historical Park at Yorktown Battlefield, site of the climactic 1781 siege, is open for self-guided tours. A free tour app is available at nps.gov/york/yorktown-guide-app. htm. Park Rangers are available to provide information about Yorktown Battlefield, tour roads, and Colonial National Historical Park outside the Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, weather permitting. Stop by the Eastern National Park Store in the Visitor Center, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., to purchase items to commemorate your visit to the park. The Visitor Center is located at 1000 Colonial Parkway at the eastern end of the Colonial Parkway, 12 miles from Williamsburg. Visitors are also encouraged to follow the park’s Facebook and Instagram for posts and programs related to Yorktown Day. For more information, visit nps.gov/colo. Wreath-laying ceremonies on Tuesday, October 19, will honor British and Canadian forces. A 3 p.m. ceremony honoring the British will take place in the Garden at the Nelson House near the plaque honoring Lt. General Charles, Earl Cornwallis, followed by a 4 p.m. ceremony honoring the Canadian Queen’s Rangers near the commemorative plaque along the York River waterfront. VISITING HISTORIC YORKTOWN Take the Yorktown Trolley to Enjoy Weekend Events & Outdoor Activities Throughout the weekend, Historic Yorktown visitors can enjoy several outdoor

activities, such as sails aboard the Schooner Alliance at the Riverwalk Landing piers as well as bicycle, paddleboard and kayak rentals and Segway tours from Patriot Tours & Provisions. On Saturday, October 16, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., shop the inaugural First Responders Market, dedicated to all the men and women who work year-round to keep the community safe, a tribute especially fitting during the pandemic. Along Water and Main streets, the Watermen’s Museum will hold a Victory at Yorktown Weekend living-history programs, maritime and folk music, arts and crafts, children’s activities and vendors. On Sunday, Oct. 17, enjoy Acoustical Guitarist Lou Vangieri performing in the Gallery at York Hall lobby from 12 to 2:30 p.m. On Tuesday, October 19, the Gallery at York Hall will present book-signing events by three authors from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. In another nod to the Franco-American alliance that led to victory during the Revolutionary War, York County will unveil a statue of Rochambeau at Riverwalk Landing on Monday, October 18, at 11 a.m. The public is invited to witness this dramatic addition to the waterfront honoring the four great leaders of the Yorktown campaign: Lafayette, Washington, Grasse and now Rochambeau. Also in Historic Yorktown, Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters will have several ticketed historic walking tours October 16, 17 and 19, including visits to Yorktown Battlefield Surrender Field, exploring everything from the beginning of the Yorktown campaign to the climactic final week of the siege. For more information about Historic Yorktown events and programs, call (757) 890-5900 or visit visityorktown.org.

Hampton Military Kid Wins Universal Studios Vacation in Elizabeth Dole Foundation’s Virtual Talent Contest From the Elizabeth Dole Foundation Washington, D.C. — Kaela Francheska, 7, of Hampton, Virginia, was announced as the winner of the 7-9 age group in the Elizabeth Dole Foundation’s second annual “Military Kids Have Talent” virtual contest. Francheska sang her talent. After two weeks of voting by the American public, the winners were announced in the “Military Kids Have Talent” grand finale, hosted by actor Jocko Sims (Jarhead, The Last Ship, New Amsterdam). The winners performed as a part of a segment that premiered virtually by the Elizabeth Dole Foundation. The national votes determined winners from the 30 finalists, all children and survivors of military service members and veterans. “In the midst of all the ups and downs we’ve collectively experienced over the past year and a half, we hope Military Kids Have Talent has provided a bright moment of positivity for you and your family,” said Jocko Sims. “Now and always, one thing we know for certain, military kids are the super glue that holds families and our nation together.” The winners of Military Kids Have Talent all receive a free family vacation to Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla., courtesy of contest sponsors Comcast NBCUniversal and Amer-

ican Airlines. “We are delighted by the enthusiastic nationwide response and participation in our second Military Kids Have Talent, and we congratulate our talented winners and thank Americans from coast to coast who supported the contestants with their votes,” said Steve Schwab, CEO of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation. “Military kids, especially our nation’s hidden helpers, represent the patriotism, selflessness, and bravery that makes America a great nation, and we are proud that we could provide first a creative outlet, followed by a grand prize that will provide fun for the entire family.” You can see the video of Francheska’s talent submission and winning notification here. Other winners include: • Kenzie McMillian, 4 (Age 0-6)- Salem, Ohio (Dancing) • Emily Tranotti, 11 (10-11)- Halfmoon, New York (Piano) • Joshua Berryman, 14 (12-14)- Camp Humphreys, South Korea (Drums) • Palmer Moore, 15 (15-18)- Burke, Virginia (Cooking) • The Anderson Family (Group)- Orcutt, California (Taekwondo) For interviews with one of the winners or a member of the Foundation’s leadership team, please contact Lauryn Cantrell at lauryn@elizabethdolefoundation.org.

Kaela Francheska. (COURTESY PHOTO)

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — U.S. Veterans Magazine has named Atlantic Diving Supply one of the nation’s Top 25 veteran-friendly defense contractors. The magazine polled hundreds of Fortune 1000 companies before compiling its list of the nation’s most veteran-friendly defense contractors. It carefully considered each company’s commitment to veterans, transitioning service members, disabled veterans, spouses and veteran business

owners. A total of 68 different companies were recognized, with ADS ranking in the Top 25. “It’s always an honor to be recognized for being friendly to veterans in your business and employment practices,” said Caitlin Stojanovich, ADS Vice President, Human Strategy. “We don’t hire veterans because it looks good or sounds nice, we do it because veterans have walked miles in our clients’ boots, and we couldn’t do what we do without them.” Based on Lynnhaven Parkway in Virginia

MacArthur Memorial to Open New Special Exhibit By The City of Norfolk

NORFOLK, Va. — On October 15, 2021 at 10:00 A.M., the MacArthur Memorial in downtown Norfolk will open a new free special exhibit entitled: Command Presence: MacArthur, Media & Mass Appeal. This new exhibit will explore General Douglas MacArthur’s relationship with the press and the role mass media plays in the creation of heroes and villains, and the framing of major events. With his aviator’s leather jacket, field marshal’s cap, Ray Ban sunglasses and corn cob pipe, General Douglas MacArthur was one of the most recognized figures of World War II. This was by design. The son of a war hero who was alternately idolized and villainized by the press, MacArthur understood from an early age the power of mass media and was quick to master new forms of media. Command Presence will trace how this talent was used successfully and unsuccessfully in domestic crises and over the course of three major international conflicts. Through photographs, paintings, artifacts, ephemera and other material culture, Command Presence will also delve into MacArthur’s evolution as a pop-culture figure and his continued international resonance. Love him or hate him, your perception of him has been shaped by mass media.

Exhibit poster. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Beach, ADS, Inc. is a leading value-added logistics and supply chain solutions provider that proudly serves all branches of the U.S. military, federal, state and local government organizations, law enforcement agencies, first responders, partner nations, and the defense industry. Today, about a fifth of the ADS workforce is military veterans who work across every part of the business - from sales to business development to customer loyalty and logistics. Add in the number of military spouses and dependents of active duty

or retired military who work here, and the number grows even higher, Stojanovich said. “We understand the needs of veterans and their families, the value they bring to our operations, and the challenges they face when they make the transition to the civilian world,” Stojanovich said. “Working here keeps veterans connected to their military careers in a number of rewarding ways, from keeping active duty service members supplied and equipped to accomplish their missions, to getting involved with volunteer opportunities with our non-profit partners.” In announcing its list of the nation’s most veteran-friendly employers, the magazine recommends that veterans “shop around” to make their transition from military to civilian a little easier, and find companies like ADS that consistently deliver for veterans — either with their benefits, promotion opportunities, and compensation, or with their overall culture.

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Build-Your-Own Sausage Foil Packet Dinner. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Family Food that Fits Your Fall Schedule By Family Features Finding time for a family meal during fall means navigating busy schedules full of school, jobs, social events and more. Squeezing in dinner together calls for an easy dish that takes less than an hour so you can catch up with loved ones. Let your oven do the work for you with this Build-Your-Own Sausage Foil Packet Dinner recipe that requires just 10 minutes of prep before 30 minutes of baking, leaving you plenty of time to help little ones with homework. It all

starts with Coleman Natural Uncured Polish Kielbasa, a traditional Polish sausage rope smoked and fully cooked so all you need to do is slice into ½-inch pieces and toss together with veggies and seasonings. You can feel good you are serving pork sourced from American family farms that raise their animals crate free with no antibiotics or added hormones ever. An added benefit of this simple recipe is that it’s customizable, allowing you to substitute your family’s favorite flavors to satisfy everyone at the table. Or, if your loved ones are easily pleased and open to a variety of ingredients,

you can try different veggies each time so it tastes like a new dish over and over again. Visit ColemanNatural.com/Recipes to find more fall meal inspiration. Build-Your-Own Sausage Foil Packet Dinner Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Servings: 4 1 package Coleman Natural Uncured Polish Kielbasa, sliced ½-inch thick 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 ears corn, each cut crosswise into four

pieces 2 large tomatoes, chopped 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced 1 pound Yukon Gold potatoes, chopped into 1-inch pieces 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil salt, to taste pepper, to taste 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped Preheat oven to 425 F. Cut foil into four sheets about 12 inches long. Divide kielbasa, garlic, corn, tomatoes, onion and potatoes evenly over foil sheets. Drizzle with oil then season with salt and pepper, to taste. Toss gently to combine. Top each packet with parsley and fold crosswise over kielbasa and vegetable mixture to completely cover food. Roll top and bottom edges to seal. Place foil packets on baking sheet and bake 30 minutes. Variations: Customize ingredients for personal preferences. Use broccoli in place of corn or substitute peppers for onions.

Holiday Sweets Made to Share By Family Features Among the decorations, gifts and gatherings of loved ones, there’s perhaps nothing quite like family favorite foods that call to mind the joy of the holidays. Whether your loved ones relish building gingerbread houses or dining on an all-in feast, looking forward to annual traditions is part of what makes the season so special. This year, you can add to the fun with a new annual activity by creating a delightful dessert with the help of little ones and adults alike. With an easy recipe like Peanut Butter Saltine Candy that calls for just a handful of ingredients, you can get the whole family involved in the kitchen. Ask your little helpers to measure out ingredients while a grownup prepares the pan and uses the stove. Once the base is finished baking, call the kids back to sprinkle chocolate chips and peanut butter chips over the top. After your candy creation is cooled, just break it into pieces meant to be shared with the entire family. An added benefit: all can enjoy the nutrient-rich flavor of peanuts, which rise to superfood status by delivering 19 vitamins and minerals and 7 grams of protein per serving. Find more holiday recipes at gapeanuts.com. Peanut Butter Saltine Candy Yield: 45 pieces Nonstick cooking spray (butter flavor) 1 sleeve (4 ounces) regular saltine crackers ½ cup butter ¾ cup creamy peanut butter 1 cup granulated sugar 2 cups milk chocolate chips ½ cup peanut butter chips

Peanut Butter Saltine Candy. (COURTESY PHOTO)

½ cup rough chopped, dry roasted peanuts Preheat oven to 400 F. Line 10-by-15-by1-inch pan with aluminum foil. Spray foil with nonstick cooking spray then lay saltines flat in single layer on prepared pan. Set aside. In heavy duty, 1-quart saucepan over medium heat, combine butter, peanut butter and sugar. Stir constantly until butter and

sugar are melted, bringing mixture to boil. Boil 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Pour cooked mixture over saltines and bake 5 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over saltines. Let cool 3 minutes then spread melted chocolate completely over saltines. Sprinkle peanut butter chips evenly over

chocolate. Return pan to oven 1 minute to soften chips. Pull pointed tines of fork through softened peanut butter chips to partially cover chocolate. Sprinkle chopped peanuts on top, gently pressing into candy. Let cool on rack about 15 minutes then place in freezer 3 minutes. Remove from freezer and break into pieces. Store in airtight container.

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III Corps soldiers return from deployment and reunite with their families on Fort Hood, Texas in late September 2021. (DOD PHOTO)

Q&A: TRICARE For Life Expert Discusses How You Get Coverage By TRICARE.mil Staff Oct. 1, 2021, marked the 20th anniversary of TRICARE For Life (TFL). Congress created TFL as Medicare-wraparound coverage in 2001 in order to extend TRICARE coverage to Medicare-eligible military retirees and their family members. Prior to the establishment of TFL, military retirees and their family members lost their TRICARE coverage when they became eligible for Medicare. Today, there are about 2.1 million beneficiaries using TFL, according to the Department of Defense. So, how do you qualify for TFL? We recently caught up with Anne Breslin, the TFL program manager at the Defense Health Agency, to ask about who is eligible for TFL. If you want to learn more about TFL, check out the Q&As below. TRICARE: Medicare is managed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and TFL is managed by the Department of Defense. How do the two agencies work together? And how would you describe TFL? Breslin: Since its establishment 20 years ago, TFL has extended comprehensive health coverage to retired service members and their family members who are eligible for both Medicare Part A and Part B and TRICARE. TFL is Medicare-wraparound coverage. This means Medicare and TRICARE work together to coordinate your benefits and reduce your out-ofpocket medical costs. What you pay out of pocket for care will depend on whether or not the care you receive is covered by both Medicare and TRICARE. You’ll pay nothing out of pocket for services covered by both Medicare

and TRICARE. But you’ll pay out of pocket for care that isn’t covered by either Medicare or TRICARE. In order to have TFL when eligible, you must have both Medicare Part A and Part B. This is regardless of where you live, whether you live in the United States or in another country. Although Medicare is only available in the United States and U.S. territories, TFL can be used worldwide. TFL beneficiaries can continue to fill their prescriptions through the TRICARE Pharmacy Program. So, you don’t have to purchase Medicare Part D (Medicare prescription drug coverage) unless you want to. TRICARE: So there’s no TFL without Medicare Part A and Part B. But what are Part A and Part B? Breslin: Medicare Part A and Part B are the two parts of Medicare known as “Original Medicare” that are critical for you to be eligible for TFL. Medicare Part Ais hospital insurance. It provides coverage for inpatient hospital care, skilled nursing care, hospice care, and some home health care. Medicare Part B, on the other hand, is medical insurance, and it has a monthly premium. The Part B premium is taken from your monthly Social Security retirement or disability payment. If you aren’t receiving either of these payments, you’ll receive a bill every three months for your premiums. Medicare Part B covers care that you receive as an outpatient from your primary care or specialty physicians, outpatient surgery, home health care, durable medical equipment, some preventive services, and could include rehabilitation. There’s also Medicare Part C (Medicare Advantage plans) and Medicare Part D (Medi-

care prescription drug coverage). Part C and Part D aren’t required for TFL coverage. TRICARE: How do you know if you’re eligible for TFL? Breslin: One of the key things to know about TFL is that it’s an individual entitlement. This means coverage is only for the individual who’s eligible for Medicare and TRICARE. Most of us become eligible for Medicare when we turn age 65. So, if your spouse has a different birthday, their entitlement to Medicare and TFL won’t begin at the same time your entitlement begins. Their eligibility for TRICARE Prime or TRICARE Select continues until they turn age 65 and become eligible for Medicare Parts A and B. TRICARE: If you’re age 64, what are the steps you need to take to get TFL coverage? Breslin:You need to sign up for Medicare Parts A and B before you turn age 65. Medicare gives us a seven-month initial enrollment period in which we can sign up for Medicare. But, in order to avoid a break between your Medicare Part A and Part B start date, we encourage TRICARE beneficiaries to sign up as soon as you can. If your birthday falls on the first day of the month, you become eligible for Medicare on the first day of the month before the month you turn 65. Sign up for Medicare between two and four months before the month you turn 65. If you sign up later, you’ll have a gap between your Medicare Part A start date and your Part B start date. And anytime you have Medicare Part A only, you’re ineligible for TRICARE. If your birthday falls after the first day of the month, you become eligible for Medicare on the

first day of the month you turn 65. You can sign up between one and three months before the month you turn 65. This will ensure that your Medicare Part A and Part B will begin on the same day, and therefore, you won’t have a gap in your TRICARE coverage. TRICARE: After signing up for Medicare, do you then have TFL coverage? Breslin: No. Medicare Part A and Part B don’t begin the day you sign up. TFL begins the first day that you have Medicare Part A and Part B. The start date varies depending on when you sign up. There are no TFL enrollment forms to complete or enrollment fees. Once you show as eligible for TRICARE in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) and you have Medicare Part A and Part B, then you automatically have TFL coverage. It’s automatic because the Defense Department receives Medicare data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. TRICARE: This doesn’t cover all there is to know about TFL. Where would you recommend to go to learn more? Breslin: On the TRICARE website, there are several TFL resources. The TFL page is a good starting point. I highly recommend that you download and review the additional resources: The TRICARE For Life Medicare-wraparound coverage for TRICARE-eligible beneficiaires who have both Medicare Part A and B.TRICARE For Life Handbook has a lot of details about the program and frequently asked questions. The TRICARE and Medicare Turning Age 65 Brochure is a vital resource for those who will be turning 65. It gives you all the specifics that you’ll need to get started with TFL. If you’re under 65 and entitled to Medicare, the TRICARE and Medicare Under Age 65 Brochure is for you. Starting this month, you can also tune in to TRICARE’s new podcast series on TFL. Catch new episodes on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Compassionate Caring with COVID Vax Commitment By Douglas Stutz BREMERTON, WA — When pregnant patients have an appointment with Lt. Cmdr. Megan Northup at Naval Hospital Bremerton, they get more than a qualified and caring OB/ GYN physician. They also get someone who mirrors their own condition. As an expectant mother with a due date in early December, Northup has personally practiced what she professionally preaches with her patients to ensure a safe birthing process. Part of her compassionate commitment to her patients - as well as to herself - includes educating them on the COVID vaccine, which she strongly advocates. Northup received — with no misgivings - her initial dose when it was initially offered for front line healthcare workers in late December, 2020. “I knew that it was the best thing that I could arm myself with to protect against infection, especially since we were seeing COVID positive patients coming into Labor and Delivery and had to provide care for them even while they were infectious. We couldn’t cancel their delivery and wait until they were no longer contagious like surgeons could do with surgeries or other physicians could do with clinic appointments. I am grateful for masks and personal protective equipment that was the outer barrier against the virus. But I also wanted to be able to give my immune system the advanced copy of the instruction manual on how to fight the virus before it ever entered my system,” said Northup, a Shawnee, Kansas native with over eight years in the Navy who arrived at NHB in June, 2021. Northup has used herself as an example on the importance of getting vaccinated to those hesitant. “When I feel it is appropriate and sense that there is fear about the unknowns of the vaccine versus the virus, sometimes I do share that if I wasn’t already vaccinated, I would be getting the vaccine immediately,” Northrup said, adding

that she considers it the best thing she could do protect herself and her baby from this virus. “I know that the mechanism of the vaccine is safe in pregnancy and all the data so far says that it provides far more protection to the pregnant patient than any potential risk of harm. I felt completely comfortable getting it while pregnant. In fact I would want it while pregnant and wouldn’t want to wait because the best opportunity to boost my baby’s immune system against this virus is if my body can make the antibodies and give them to the baby across the placenta,” said Northup. “Sometimes as a physician, I can tell when a patient isn’t going to be receptive to anything I say about the vaccine or its importance in pregnancy,” continued Northup. “With those patients I try to keep my personal pregnancy out of the picture because then I want to focus the conversation on the safety of the vaccine and the risks of not getting the vaccine and not what I would do.” Northup affirms that there a central theme of those not vaccinated that she has found herself trying to correct and clarify. “There is a lot of fear and misinformation that needs to be addressed. Unfortunately patients only know what they read on the internet or hear on the waterfront. And internet search algorithms don’t always give you the best medical information. When I have patients hesitant about the vaccine, I try to find out what their concerns are and address those,” stated Northup. One such notion Northup has witnessed is that some patients simply do not truly understand how the vaccine works. “People think that the vaccine will go to the baby through the placenta or the breastmilk. That is completely false. The vaccine particles, which aren’t even pieces of the virus, but just pieces of code that tell the human body to make a protein that looks like the virus, stay localized around the injection site and are broken down within hours to days once the body has started to create the immune response. It is the maternal immune response in the form of antibodies

Caring with a COVID vaccine commitment… As an expectant mother with a due date in early December, Lt Cmdr Megan Northup, Naval Hospital Bremerton, OB/GYN physician, mirrors expectant mothers and provides insight, information and education on COVID vaccine to help ensure her patients have a safe birthing process. (DOUGLAS STUTZ)

that goes to the baby through the placenta and the breastmilk. This is actually a good thing. It gives the baby an element of natural protection against early exposure to the virus,” explained Northup. Another issue patients share with Northup is the lack of pregnant women in the clinical trials. “While this is true, thousands of women have gotten the vaccine under the emergency use authorization and have been monitored after vaccination for complications and adverse effects,” remarked Northup. “All the data from all the monitoring systems is showing that it is safe in pregnancy.” Simply put, says Northrup, the virus efficacy against a highly contagious viral infection is a game-changer for expectant mothers. “What we do know is that pregnant women are at increased risk of many complications in pregnancy if they actually get the COVID

virus. Some women are lucky and only have mild symptoms, but other unvaccinated pregnant women are not so lucky as we have seen by the recent reports of maternal ICU admissions, breathing machine requirements, emergency C-sections, and maternal, fetal or neonatal deaths due this virus,” Northup said. Another common theme Northups hears is that this is a new vaccine without long term safety data. “While this is true, there are no historical reports of other inactivated vaccines having long term safety concerns. Additionally I also challenge them, asking if they know the long term safety data of everything else they put on or in their body, their energy drinks, tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, work out supplements, the latest and greatest beauty products, etc. Then I ask them why this vaccine is any different than those things,” said Northup.

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