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Navy EOD Techs race to remember By MC3 Randy Savarese EOD Group 2 Public Affairs


Race participants gathered, heads bowed, taking a moment to reflect as 18 flags representing 18 fallen Navy EOD warrior moved silently in the light breeze blowing through a parking lot on Joint Expeditionary Base Little CreekFort Story, Oct. 5. It was a calm moment in what was about to be a physically demanding race as Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technicians, families, and friends came together to honor fallen and wounded EOD warriors during the 4th annual Blaster 8K run. Before the race began, each of the flags were raised into the air by a runner as the corresponding names were read aloud by Chief Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Robert Wagner. “EODC Paul J. Darga, EOD1 Joseph A. McSween, EOD2 Taylor J. Gallant,” Wagner called out. Moments later, more than 50 participants started their run across pavement, grass, gravel and sand culminating in the punishingly named “Hill of Woe,” a near-vertical climb up an uneven sandy hill. The race continued on through the base, with elevation changes and mixed terrain. Many of the runners had a personal connection to the name on the flag they held while competing in the event. EOD techs like Chief Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Patrick Flanigan, who carried the flag of his friend Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 1st Class Kevin Bewley, who was killed in Iraq in 2007, wanted to honor his friend as well as give back to a Navy community that has meant so much to his life. “My reason for being here is really two-fold,” he said. “I was in a severe accident a few years ago and the only reason I am here able to do this is because of everyone here today. I’m also here to pay tribute to Kevin, he was a close friend of mine. We knew each other for a long time.” Senior Chief Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Jose Bryant, who carried the flag of his friend and former EOD classmate Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 1st Class Jeffrey Chaney who was killed in Iraq in 2007, said to him, the Blaster 8K run was a celebration to honor the lives of warriors as well as a chance to remind everyone what the fallen warriors stood for and what their sacrifice means. “Today we celebrate the lives of those that we lost, it’s not so much their death, but we celebrate their lives. They gave to the world and the freedoms they allow our country to have,” said Bryant. Lt. Brad Snyder, a combat wounded Navy EOD officer and Paralympic athlete, was also

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Race participants carrying flags representing a fallen Navy EOD warrior, sprint-off from the starting line during the 4th annual Blaster 8K run held onboard Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Oct. 5. The event is held in honor of fallen and wounded Navy EOD warriors.

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TR Sailors earn Leadership Awards from Navy and Marine Association Press Release USS Theodore Roosevelt Public Affairs


MC2 Alysia Hernandez Electronics Technician 1st Class (SW) Steven Howard (left) and Chief Aviation Maintenance Administrationman (AW) Kimberly McKinney, members of the roving patrol at Oceana and Dam Neck, talk with Sailors at the Great Escape Enlisted Club, Oct. 2.



Several new initiatives, including roving patrols, resident advisors and unaccompanied housing indoctrinations, have begun at NAS Oceana and Dam Neck Annex, to encourage Sailors and Marines, residing in unaccompanied housing, to make positive decisions while off-duty. The roving patrols are part of the sexual assault prevention and response (SAPR) initiatives being implemented Navywide at every installation, including those within the Mid-Atlantic Region. The patrols at Oceana and Dam Neck began on Sept. 23 and consist of a team of two, one of whom is a chief or senior chief petty officer or a lieutenant, with the second member an E-6 or above. “It’s an effort to reduce baddecision making by Sailors …

we’re going to have senior leadership, particularly chiefs and officers in uniform, roving the bases. Their job is to not look for things Sailors are doing wrong, but they are encouraged to interact with Sailors, mentor and foster a positive environment and try to help encourage Sailors to not make destructive decisions,” explained Oceana Command Master Chief Eric Clark. “Anywhere we have Sailors and Marines living, socializing, we are roving those areas: the clubs, the bowling alleys, the theater, the barracks, the common areas, patios … specifically with the areas where Sailors are socializing … where alcohol has the ability to be consumed.” The patrols work four to six hour shifts beginning at 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 p.m. on weekends and holidays. The personnel

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NAVAL HELICOPTER ASSOCIATION KICKS OFF AIRCREW CHALLENGE In celebration of 70 years of naval rotary wing aviation, the Norfolk region of the Naval Helicopter Association (NHA) hosted its annual Aircrew Challenge at Joint Expeditionary Base Fort Story, Oct. 10. » see A3

The commanding officer of USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) presented the Navy and Marine Corps Association (NMA) Leadership Award to four crew members aboard the aircraft carrier, Oct. 12. Cmdr. Mark J. Runstrom, Lt. Cmdr. Marvin D. Harris, Chief Warrant Officer 3 William R. Cloaninger and Chief Legalman (SW/AW) Katrina T. Hall were nominated by their peers to receive the award for their superior leadership. The NMA announced the awards winners over the past summer. “I am incredibly honored and humbled to have been nominated by my peers for

this award,” said Runstrom, TR’s supply officer. “We have several outstanding senior leaders aboard TR who are deserving of this recognition and to even be considered among them is a great privilege. As a Supply Corps officer in an aviation-centric community, this is particularly rewarding.” “I feel very proud because my peers voted for me,” said Harris, a shooter from Air department. “That lets me know what people in my command think about my leadership.” Cloaninger, TR’s former electronic materials officer gave credit to those he took under his wing to mentor. “I believe I was chosen by my peers because of my mentoring and the affect it has to support the mission

and taking care of my Sailors,” he said. Hall, TR’s Leading chief petty officer assigned to the Legal department, stated that he was honored and humbled by the nomination. “It’s a humbling moment having the privilege and honor of such a prestigious award,” she said. “It gives me an opportunity to thank the leaders who mentored me, provided guidance, wisdom and motivated me

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Lincoln’s DAPA educates Sailors about the dangers of Spice By MC2 Kyle Henley USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs


USS Abraham Lincoln’s (CVN 72) Drug and Alcohol Program (DAPA) coordinators continue to educate and bring awareness to the Navy’s zero tolerance policy and the dangers of using Spice and other synthetic drugs, Oct. 9. “We continue to learn more every day about the potential harm and side-effects associated with Spice,” said Chief Cryptological Technician Jeremy Crandall,

Lincoln’s DAPA coordinator. OPNAVINST 5350.4D defines drug abuse as the wrongful use of controlled substance including designer drugs, illicit-use anabolic steroids, prescription or over-the-counter medications. Crandall further described potential hazards associated with drug use. “There are no regulations placed on the chemicals used in Spice’s production,” said Crandall. “This leads to the user not knowing exactly what they are

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CNO, MCPON TALK TO SAILORS WORLDWIDE CNO, MCPON discussed government shutdown and other Fleet issues during a worldwide all hands call.

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A2 | THE FLAGSHIP | OCT 17, 2013 | FLAGSHIPNEWS.COM Senior Chief Boatswain’s Mate Kenneth Poe (left) and Cmdr. Donna Johnson, from Navy Expeditionary Logistics Regiment (1st NELR), prepare an operations order during a field exercise at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown Cheatham Annex, Oct. 8.


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NAVELSG 1st NELR conducts first field exercise By MCC Edward Kessler NAVELSG Public Affairs


The Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Groups (NAVELSG) active component regiment, First Navy Expeditionary Logistics Regiment (1st NELR), in conjunction with Navy Cargo Handling Battalion (NCHB) 1, began their field exercise portion as part of an upcoming certification which shall mark both the regiment and battalion as deployment ready. In the event of a real-world scenario, such as the earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010, the 1st NELR along with NCHB 1 would be the first responders in establishing base port cargo handling capabilities. “This exercise is the first step in our certification process,” said Senior Chief Boatswain’s Mate Kenneth Poe, 1st NELR senior enlisted leader. “By conducting field exercises, we increase our readiness in executing our force training plan in a real world event.” Every two years the 1st

NELR and NCHB 1 conduct workups and field training exercises to qualify them as the first responders to an event while reserve regiments and battalions qualify every four years. The 1st NELRs primary mission is to execute Command and Control (C2C) between themselves and subordinate NCHBs, as well as report to higher headquarter commands. “As 1st NELR and NCHB 1 arrive on the scene and get the day-to-day battle rhythm going,” said Cmdr. Donna Johnson, 1st NELR. “The regiment is the one point of contact for each of the battalion COs and allows us to feed the Navy Expeditionary Force (NEF) headquarters, our battalion’s status as well as pass along tasking to the battalions.” The 1st NELR is comprised of a Planning Cell and Logistics Operations Center (LOC). Various members of the NAVELSG staff make up the 1st NELR planning cell based on their subject matter expertise. Their diverse and refined skill

sets makes the planning cell an all-star team within the expeditionary logistics group. The LOC is the heartbeat of cargo material movement operations, which are developed, written and briefed by the planning cell. Coordination with either Air Port Operations Debarkation (APODS) or Surface Port Operations Debarkation (SPODS) is critical in the support of hostile or humanitarian operations. “This concept has been being developed for the last five years by bringing together the various expertise needed for a logistics operation,” said Poe. During the week, 1st NELR setup their base camp, established communications with NCHB 1 and conducted various drill scenarios to test their mettle. “For my first time in the field it has been a challenge,” said Yeoman 1st Class Caleb Burney, NAVELSG Admin Services leading petty officer. “I have learned a lot in a classroom setting ... it’s nice to get a chance to apply that now.”

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Naval Helicopter Association kicks off Aircrew Challenge By MC2 Indra Bosko Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 22 Public Affairs


In celebration of 70 years of Naval Rotary Wing Aviation, the Norfolk region of the Naval Helicopter Association (NHA) hosted its annual Aircrew Challenge at Joint Expeditionary Base Fort Story, Oct. 10. Close to 100 pilots and naval air crewmen from six squadrons from Naval Station Norfolk participated in the Aircrew Challenge, a competitive sporting event that includes various obstacle courses and emergency rescue skills. There were 20, four-person teams from the helicopter community, each team sported names such as “Pluto” and “Tripod,” and each team showcasing creative team shirts and headgear. Judges were stationed at each course to tally up the time and encourage each team to during the challenge. The competition consisted of a 10-mile, five obstacle course, beginning with sprint runs and relays. In addition to the stormy weather, a number of courses increased in difficulty as teams ran from one course to the next, performing exercises like bear crawls, wheel barrows and buddy carries on the beach of Fort Story. Some found the sand mountain course “the most challenging” as participants took the Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) chal-

Some of us are faster than others but at the end of the day, we have to finish together.” - Naval Air Crewmen 3rd Class Brice Mora

lenge and walked up and down four-stories of sand while carrying a live body on red stretchers with speed and efficiency. Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 2’s “Instructor Pilots” won this year’s Aircrew Challenge with “bragging rights,” followed by HSC-26 in second place and HSC-2’s “Air Crew Instructors” in third place. HSC-2’s “Instructor Pilot” Lt. Patrick Murphy said the Aircrew Challenge included “great team-building exercises” and promoted camaraderie throughout the event. “Some of us are faster than others, but at the end of the day we have to finish together,” said Naval Air Crewmen 3rd Class Brice Mora from HSC-84. NHA events also included a golf tournament on Oct. 11 with fundraisers to benefit the NHA Scholarship Fund and a memorial fund for HSC-6.

Photos by MC2 Indra Bosko The “Vanguards” of Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 14 carry a live body on a stretcher up the four-story sand mountain obstacle course as part of the CPR challenge during the Aircrew Challenge at JEB Fort Story, Oct. 10.

The “Instructor Pilots” team, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat squadron (HSC) 2, participate in the 2013 Aircrew Challenge at Joint Expeditionary Base Fort Story, Oct. 10. The “Instructor Pilots” won first place in this year’s Aircrew Challenge.

Lt. j.g. John O’Brien, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22, wears his command kilt and competes in a golf tournament and fundraiser, Oct. 11.

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Sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) celebrated Hispanic Heritage month with a featured speaker and a cake-cutting ceremony, Oct. 10. “Thank you for taking the time to celebrate our rich history and heritage,” said Capt. Karl Thomas, commanding officer, USS Abraham Lincoln who emphasized how diversity in the ranks of U.S. Sailors enhances the Navy. “It’s what makes us rich,” said Thomas. “We all bring different aspects to the Navy.” Guest speaker Marco Estrada talked to Sailors about the “sense of family” Hispanics provide to the Navy. “One of the things I believe, we as Hispanics, provide to the military is a sense of family,” said Estrada, a retired Sailor now an employee of Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, where Lincoln is receiving a

It’s good to be honored by everybody because we’re a diverse culture, but I believe that every diversity, culture and ethnicity should be honored.” - Information Technician Seaman Sergio Romero

refueling complex overhaul (RCOH). “Family is very important to me and something that I found in the Navy.” Estrada, born in Guatemala, joined the Navy in 1986 as an undesignated airman. “To me, being of Hispanic heritage is very important,” he said. “I came from Guatemala. I’m an immigrant myself.” According to Estrada, 17 percent of newly enlisted, active duty members of all branches of the military, are Hispanic. Information Technician Seaman Sergio Romero, the youngest Hispanic attending the ceremony, assisted with the ceremonial cake-cutting. “It’s good to be honored by everybody because we’re a diverse culture, but I be-

lieve that every diversity, culture and ethnicity should be honored,” he said. The Lincoln’s Equal Opportunity Advisor, Lt. j.g. Eric Thomas Gonzales, organized the Hispanic Heritage event and emphasized the importance of educating the crew on our Navy’s diversity. “It’s great to make the crew aware of and how we have contributed to the Navy,” said Gonzales. Lincoln is the fifth ship of the Nimitzclass to undergo a RCOH, a major lifecycle milestone. Once RCOH is complete, Lincoln will be one of the most modern and technologically advanced Nimitz-class aircraft carriers in the fleet and will continue to be a vital part of the nation’s defense.

Single parents serving aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) received parenting tips during the Woman at Sea meeting, Oct. 2. Lt. Jessica Woody, a mentor for the group, said this meeting was meant to help single parents network with each other and receive advice and support. “I know many of our Sailors are single parents and it can be very challenging,” said Woody. “I wanted to provide them with as much support as I could and also let them know they have the support of their shipmates.” The meeting opened up with Sailors discussing their experiences as single parents. “There have been many challenges while trying to juggle being a single mother and being a Sailor,” said Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Tania Banks. “The stress sometimes gets to me, but I know I have to keep it together for the sake of my child.” After each Sailor was introduced, Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Rosalyn Martin provided them with useful information on how to manage as a single parent. Sailors talked about topics to alleviate some other common stressors to include: Financial responsibility, after-school programs, mentorship programs, diet and exercise. Martin said she believes these meetings are an effective way of receiving important information while boosting camaraderie at the same time. “These meetings are meant to be an open forum for our female Sailors to talk,” she said. “We want to give out the information without talking at them.” Lincoln is currently undergoing a refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries. Lincoln is the fifth ship of the Nimitz-class to undergo RCOH, a major life-cycle milestone. Once RCOH is complete, Lincoln will be one of the most modern and technologically advanced Nimitz-class aircraft carriers in the fleet and will continue to be a vital part of the nation’s defense.


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transporting torpedoes >> Shown here is a General Electric “44-ton Switcher” locomotive carefully moving live Mk18 torpedo warheads at the Yorktown Mine Depot (now called Yorktown Naval Weapon Station). These switcher trains shipped the warheads to main rail lines. From there, main railroads took the warheads to the Torpedo Station in Newport, R.I., or the new Naval Ordnance facility in Forest Park, Ill. At these facilities, workers attached the warhead to a torpedo propulsion unit and then shipped the finished product out to the fleet.

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The Naval Weapons Station (WPNSTA) Yorktown Retiree’s Association keeps the history of the installation and the people who worked there alive, passing it on from generation to generation as more and more people retire from the base each and every year. The group has been active since the early 80s and boasts a roster of more than 139 members. It is comprised of people, both military and civilian, who worked at the weapons station at some time during their career and have an affinity for the installation. “Everyone here loves the installation,” said James Milton Hudgins, the association president. Hudgins, a resident of Hayes, Va., worked at WPNSTA Yorktown for more than 42 years, starting out as an ordnance learner and working his way up to Superintendent of the Weapons Maintenance Division. “Our goal is to bring people together, renew old acquaintances and share memories of our time here at the Naval Weapons Station,” said Hudgins. “It’s the spirit of doing things together with people you consider family.” The association meets once a quarter for a breakfast at the installation Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Conference Room. Besides the social aspect of their organization, the group also raises money for local charities like the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughter and the Lackey Free Clinic. Ruth McKeller has worked at the installation for 25 years of her 30 years of government service. A resident of Grafton, Va., McKeller started out as an editorial assistant in a tech lab in Shed 7 and worked her way up to Security Assistant with the installation Security Department. She retired on Oct. 1 and has already joined the retirees association, reflecting on the changes she has seen in the past 25 years. “When I first started working here, there were three gates open and traffic would back up terribly,” said McKeller. “The number of people coming on-base has diminished and only one gate is open now.” “When you come on-base now, buildings you used to work in are gone or closed up,” Hudgins added. “At one time, when you worked on the weapons station, you were all part of the same organization, working as a cohesive group towards the same goal. Now, it’s all been divided up under different commands. Not all change is good.” One person who has seen the changes at WPNSTA Yorktown from the very beginning is Alfred G. Hall. A resident of Grafton, Va., Hall was born in 1927 at Fort Eustis hospital when his father worked aboard then Navy Mine Depot Yorktown as a steam fitter. He worked at the installation himself for more than 36 years, starting out as an underwater ordnance electrician working his way up to Quality Assurance foreman for electronic fire control systems.

“There was nothing here when it first opened, no fences, gates, nothing …” Hall recollected. “I remember when the Marines patrolled the base on horseback. We always had a couple of young Marines at our dinner table

every Sunday. We were like one big happy family.” “When I started working here, we were using old warehouses for work spaces without a lot of tools to do the job,” he continued. “But we maintained a tight qual-

ity control on everything we made. When you wanted to fire a missile, it had to work the first time because you only had that one chance to fire it. We had ‘zero tolerance’ for any mistakes.” For nearly 100 years,

WPNSTA Yorktown has stood at the forefront of providing firepower to the fleet; and though the number of people who used to work here has diminished over the years, the fighting spirit of the installation lives on in the

online Visit us online at for more “vintage” photos of Naval Weapons Station Yorktown. people working there today. The Yorktown Retirees Association is there for the installation employees when they decide it’s time to step down for the next generation.


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Navy birthday marks 238 years This week, as the U.S. Navy turns 238 years old, The Flagship takes a brief look at the history of the Navy and why the Navy birthday is celebrated each year in October. This year’s week-long commemoration took place, Oct. 7-13. The goal of this celebration was to honor our shipmates who stand and have stood the watch, showcase our Navy’s history and heritage, as well as instill a sense of pride in our Sailors and the American public. The Navy celebrates two days annually – the Navy Birthday on Oct. 13 and Navy Day on Oct. 27. The United States Navy traces its origins to the Continental Navy, which the Continental Congress established on Oct. 13, 1775, by authorizing the procurement, ďŹ tting out, manning and dispatch of two armed vessels to cruise in search of munitions ships supplying the British Army in America. The legislation also established a Naval Committee to supervise the work. All together, the Continental Navy numbered some 50 ships over the course of the war, with approximately 20 warships active at its maximum strength. After the American War for Independence, Congress sold the surviving ships of the Continental Navy and released the seamen and ofďŹ cers. The Constitution of the United States, ratiďŹ ed in 1789, empowered Congress “to provide and maintain a Navy.â€? Acting on this authority, Congress ordered the construction and manning of six frigates in 1794, and the War Department administered naval affairs from that year until Congress established the Department of the Navy on April 30, 1798.

MC1 Arif Patani Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus (left), Yeoman 2nd Class Kritzia Pontier and Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO) Adm. Mark Ferguson, cut a cake to celebrate the 238th birthday of the U.S. Navy.

Not to be confused with the Navy Birthday or the founding of the Navy Department is Navy Day. The Navy League sponsored the ďŹ rst national observance of Navy Day in 1922 designed to give recognition to the naval service. The Navy League of New York proposed that the ofďŹ cial observance be on Oct. 27 in honor of President Theodore Roosevelt, who had been born on that day. In 1972, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Elmo R. Zumwalt authorized recognition of Oct. 13 as the Navy’s birthday. In contrast to Navy Day, the Navy birthday is intended as an internal activity for members of the active forces and reserves, as well as retirees and dependents. Since 1972, each CNO has encouraged a Navywide celHarry Gerwien | Military Newspapers of Virginia ebration of this occasion “to The Navy Ball is attended by Navy, local businesses and civic orgaenhance a greater apprecianizations who come together to honor and celebrate the Navy’s rich tion of our Navy heritage and history and heritage. to provide a positive inuence toward pride and professionalism in the naval service.â€?

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In all honesty, doing all the different types of community service I do, I love it because I get the opportunity to meet so many amazing people.” - AD2 Misty Lynn Herring

By MC1 (SW/AW) Molly A. Burgess The Flagship Military Editor


A local Sailor was honored as the Military Citizen of the Year during the 2013 Samuel T. Northern Military Citizen of the Year ceremony, hosted by the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce held at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott Oct. 11. Aviation Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Misty Lynn Herring, stationed at Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81, was chosen as this year’s honoree for her dedication of volunteer work in her command and community. “Its an honor to be standing here in front of you here today to be receiving this award,” said Herring during her award speech. “This is a very humbling experience and I never expected it.” The ceremony is an annual event where one local service member is recognized for his or her personal community involvement through volunteerism. “Today is more than just about an award, and it’s not a bullet in their performance report,” said Zach Collier, chair of the Hampton Roads Chamber Armed Forces Committee. “It’s a time for us, as a community, to make a real connection with and recognize these young men and women who help make Hampton Roads one of the best places to live in the country.” Within her command, Herring volunteers as the Sexual Assault, Prevention and Response Advocate where she actively seeks out ways to promote sexual assault prevention and awareness through command events. Herring also dedicated her time towards organizing and recruiting other volunteers, as well as assisted in the coordination of functions and fundraisers for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation - Virginia Chapter and has raised more than $600 towards the charity. As a CPR instructor, she qualified more than 90 personnel in proper CPR techniques. Additionally, she volunteers her time collecting worn shoes for the Green Team Sneakers program, a program that donates worn tennis shoes to people in need around the world. “Community service is really important because is sends a message that we are here for the community,” she said. “In all honesty, doing the different types of community service I do, I love it because I get the opportunity to meet so many amazing people.”

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MC1 Molly Burgess Above: Rear Adm. Dixon R. Smith, Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic congratulates the 17 nominees during the 2013 MCOY Awards ceremony. Left: Capt. Raymond Houk, Chaplain for Navy Region Mid-Atlantic gives the invocation during the 2013 MCOY Awards luncheon. The ceremony is an annual event where one service member is recognized for his or her community involvement through volunteerism.

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Sailors attending the Surface Warfare Officer Schools (SWOS) Basic Division Officer Course (BDOC) participated in a ship handling competition in Norfolk, Oct. 4. One ensign from each class was chosen to represent their wardroom in the evolution, which was judged by senior surface warfare officers and ship handlers. “Today was a culmination of 28 hours of work in the conning officer virtual environment (COVE),” said Lt. Jason Garfield, assistant officerin-charge and instructor for BDOC. “Each student was handling the same class ship that they are stationed on.”

The students had to land their simulated ship with 15 knots of wind and 0.4 knots of current using only one tug. Of the three students who competed was Ensign Ian Johnston who finished victoriously. “I was definitely nervous,” said Johnston, who handled a digital version of USS Ross (DDG 71). “I told myself to stop thinking about what could go wrong and just focus on what I want to go right. Once I got in that mindset, things went exactly like I wanted.” Students attending BDOC learn about many surface warfare subjects such as engineering fundamentals, navigation, rules of the road, basic division officer fundamentals, 3M, gun safety and Deck Department training.

“The thing that impressed me the most was their confidence in control of the ship,” said Rear Adm. Mike Gilday, Commander, Carrier Strike Group Eight and competition judge. “They get to practice so much more than junior officers have been able to do in the past, and with more practice, comes more competency. That was displayed today.” BDOC training sites in Norfolk and San Diego, Calif. have staffs of seven, headed by a lieutenant commander and six lieutenant instructors. BDOC training facilities have been equipped with state-of-the-art electronic classrooms and shiphandling simulators including COVE. Junior officers attending BDOC will also use computer-based training (CBT) for advanced qualifications.

The thing that impressed me the most was their confidence in control of the ship.”

MC3 Sean Weir Ensign Thomas George competes in a ship handling competition at the Surface Warfare Officer Academy Basic Division Officers Course, Norfolk.

- Rear Adm. Mike Gilday Commander, Carrier Strike Group Eight and competition judge

CSS revamps courses for logistics and administration ratings By MCC(AW/SW) Shawn D. Graham Center for Service Support Public Affairs


Training specialists from the Center for Service Support (CSS) and Naval Technical Training Center (NTTC) Meridian implemented the improved and modernized Yeoman (YN), Personnel Specialist (PS), Ship’s Serviceman (SH) and Logistics Spe-

cialist (LS) courses, Oct. 10. The updated course blends computer-based training with traditional classroom instruction to bring the course upto-date and in step with the ever-changing world of administration and logistics. “As the work environment changes and evolves, so too must the training and the curriculum we use to train the fleet’s newest Sailors,” said Chief Personnel Specialist

(SW/AW) Roger Drumheller, PS rating manager. “In developing curriculum, it is the responsibility of CSS and its learning sites to support the Navy’s forward-deployed and widely distributed force by delivering Sailors who are already proficient in their future jobs. This new course is designed to do just that.” According to Colette Rupero, CSS curriculum manager, the Navy demands that

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portunity to review existing training, identify redundant or unnecessary training, and ensure proper alignment of training based on new or revised requirements. “Although the students use online courses, it’s no longer self-paced,” said Rupero. “Our courses are much more focused and our students learn to work together in a group.” Mike Buechel, CSS learning standards officer said the courses incorporate synchronous CBT which allow learners to interact with an instructor via the internet or face to face as they go through the curriculum. “This will allow our instructors to become more familiar with the material they instruct,” he said. “Our instructors will take more ownership of these classes and provide our new Sailors with guidance. Mentorship from seasoned Sailors who have already performed the job in the fleet is a great benefit.”

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stories, celebrate life Continued from front present to offer words of praise and encouragement before the race began. “For me, it is a cherished opportunity to return to Virginia Beach, specifically Fort Story where I have so many memories and where a great number of my old teammates and friends are currently paying-it-forward by sharing their experiences and knowledge with teams that are training up to head out on deployments all over the world,” said Snyder. “I am really looking forward to catching up with my friends and teammates.” Wounded Warriors like Snyder face many challenges, but often do so with an unshakable resolve that had made them successful in the Navy EOD community. “You can choose to focus on how life is different, or you can, instead, focus on how life is,” said Snyder. “You can choose to be a

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victim, or you can choose to be thankful that your life was spared. If you perpetually seek out the positives in life, that is all you will see. On the flip side, if you focus on the negative, you will miss how wonderful life can be. The race is an opportunity for us all to celebrate life together, and truly enjoy life.” As the runners crossed the finish line, the race-weary participants returned the flags to the metal stands. Many of the runners, be it an EOD tech, family, friend or supporter, stayed after the race to share stories in the shadow of those being remembered in hopes that the departed EOD warriors might still bring people together and touch the lives of those they loved just as they did in life. The Blaster 8K race is coordinated annually by EOD Training and Evaluation Unit (EODTEU) 2’s Chief Petty Officer’s Association.

MC3 Randy Savarese Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 2nd Class Kyle Estabrook runs up a sand hill carrying a flag in honor of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 1st Class Joseph A. McSween.

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MC2 Mark Logico The Criminal Investigative Division at Commander, Navy Region Hawaii displays examples of seized evidences of synthetic drugs, commonly known as Spice.


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face serious health risks Continued from front consuming and means they are taking serious health risks.” Chief Legalman Myron Chism stated that the risks of using Spice and other illegal substances weigh heavily on Sailors not just because of health and legal reasons. “If caught using or in possession of Spice, a Sailor could be discharged not only for the drug itself, but for misconduct as well,” said Chism. “Looking at it from a wide perspective that [means] restriction, loss of pay, loss of employment and legal fees. It will make it harder to gain employment with that mark on your record.” Chism went on to detail how strict the military service is coming down on substance abuse. “If you use, you lose,” said Chism. “And it’s just not worth it.” Even with the zero tolerance policy, Crandall wanted to ensure that Sailors know there are options for help if they turn themselves in before being caught. “DAPA is the first stop

If you use, you lose, and it’s just not worth it.” - Chief Legalman Myron Chism

on the road to recover,” said Crandall. “The DAPA team serves as an advocate for Sailors who may have a drug problem and DAPA can schedule appointments with treatment facilities. DAPA manages individual Sailors in aftercare programs. We do our best to set Sailors up for success after they depart naval service.” Lincoln is currently undergoing a refueling complex overhaul at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries. Lincoln is the fifth ship of the Nimitz-class to undergo RCOH, a major life-cycle milestone. Once RCOH is complete, Lincoln will be one of the most modern and technologically advanced Nimitz-class aircraft carriers in the fleet and will continue to be a vital part of the nation’s defense.

wear red badges marked with “Roving Patrol” to identify themselves. “This roving patrol is not to be confused with our base police. These two individuals are just to interact, mentor and provide leadership to Sailors and Marines in an off-duty type of environment, encouraging good decision making,” explained Clark. The patrols use senior enlisted of all ratings and officers from all communities. “All the commands on Oceana and Dam Neck are participating, if they have Sailors who live in the barracks, and that’s probably 90 percent of our commands,” said Clark. Because it’s a SAPR initiative, Clark said training for patrol team members focuses on different types of SAPR responses and reporting, as well as suicide prevention.


“When you think of the barracks and our younger Sailors, those are two of our major concerns right now: Sailors being assaulted and Sailors who are making the devastating, tragic decisions to take their lives. It goes back to focusing on the destructive decisions by our Sailors and our Marines,” said Clark. A mandatory indoctrination for everyone who lives in the barracks is also now being implemented. “It’s really focusing on maintaining a safe environment for those who live in the barracks,” said Clark. “I think that we will find there will be positives that come out of the watch. I think that anytime you have senior leadership out, interacting with junior Sailors in a positive light, only goodness will come out of that.” Clark expects the roving patrols will become permanent.

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The Defense Department continues to assist service members and their families in preparing for the transition to civilian life with a new virtual curriculum, a Defense Department official said Oct. 9. During a telephone interview with American Forces Press Service, Susan S. Kelly, director of the Transition to Veterans Program office, discussed the redesign of the Transition Assistance Program and its evolution to include the Transition GPS virtual

curriculum on the Joint Knowledge Online portal, or JKO, which became available Oct. 9. “We recognize that many of our service members don’t have access to brick and mortar classrooms for transition instruction,” said Kelly. “The JKO portal is our effort to take all of the redesigned TAP curriculum, which is called Transition GPS, … and put it into an environment where they can access it whenever they need it from anywhere in the world.” Service members, she said, can improve their job search skills, find out about Veterans Administration benefits, learn how to find and apply to a college or university that fits


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The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) took time to share the latest information on the government shutdown and other fleet issues with Sailors, Navy civilians and their families during a worldwide Navy birthday all hands call at Defense Media Activity, Oct. 8. Pay initiatives, sequestration impacts and uniform updates were among the topics CNO Adm. Jonathan Greenert and MCPON Mike Stevens talked about with a live studio audience, as well as Sailors from around the world via satellite and social media. An early question from the live audience pertained to the current evaluation system in the Navy. “I’m generally happy with it [the Navy evaluation system],” said Greenert. “I would say what we need to do when we think about evaluating people is to be truthful and objective. There is a propensity to kind of make people feel good on evaluations when hard decisions have to be made. We need those decisions to be made at the deckplate level.” The Navy leaders started the show by reenlisting 16 Sailors with their families and command leadership on hand. Then Sailors from Norfolk, San Diego, Calif. and Afghanistan were able to ask live video questions via satellite, and Sailors from USS Ramage (DDG 61) and USS Simpson (FFG 56) phoned in questions while on their current deployment in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility. Stevens took a question from Afghanistan regarding retention initiatives. “Our numbers for retention show us we’re getting it [Sailor retention] pretty close to right,” he said. “However, we’re always going to look for ways to improve quality of life for our Sailors and quality of work.” “Even when you are in times of uncertainty, you have to be able to interact with your Sailors, that’s why these type of forums are so important,” said Cryptologic Technician (Collection) 1st Class Daniel Womack,

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Do you value volunteerism? Have you opened your mind to believe that volunteering can lead to receiving inner joy and self-satisfaction all the while supporting those in need? If you have contemplated lending a helping hand or potentially offered your time to a local organization, look no further than the following article which outlines the positives of volunteering. The benefits of volunteering within your community will most definitely compound to positive experiences, but don’t take my word for it. “Even with today’s increased amount of working Spouses (approximately 62 percent), many seek a balance between their salaried and volunteer time; the selfless act of volunteering satisfies both professional goals and community responsibilities,” which is an excerpt taken from the most used military resource for Spouses, “The Army Wife Handbook, 2nd ed.” Opportunities to volunteer infinitely surround you – these opportunities can be found within your spouse’s unit, at your children’s school, in your place of worship and at the homeless or domestic abuse shelter in your community. The beauty of volunteering is that no one needs prior experience. In fact,

many volunteers receive on-the-job training through volunteer positions which can also open doors to future job openings within the organization. Volunteering connects you to others. One of the better-known benefits of volunteering is the impact on the community. Unpaid volunteers are often the glue that holds a community together. Volunteering allows you to connect to your community and make it a better place. However, volunteering is a two-way street and it can benefit you and your family as much as the cause you choose to help. Dedicating your time as a volunteer helps you make new friends, expand your network and boost your social skills. Volunteering is good for your mind and body. Volunteering provides many benefits to both mental and physical health. Such benefits include an increase in self-confidence, a combat to depression and an avenue to help you stay physically healthy. Volunteering can advance your career. If you’re considering a new career, volunteering can help you get experience in your area of interest and meet people in the field. Even if you’re not planning on changing careers, volunteering gives you the opportunity to practice important skills used in the workplace, such as teamwork, communication, problem solving, project planning, task management and organization. You

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might feel more comfortable stretching your wings at work once you’ve honed these skills in a volunteer position first. Volunteering brings fun and fulfillment to your life. Volunteering is a fun and easy way to explore your interests and passions. Doing volunteer work you find meaningful and interesting which can be a relaxing, energizing escape from your day-today routine of work, school, or family commitments. Volunteering also provides you with renewed creativity, motivation and vision that can carry over into your personal and professional life. Many people volunteer in order to make time for hobbies outside of work as well. For instance, if you have a desk job and long to spend time outdoors, you might consider volunteering to help plant a community garden, lead local hikes, or help at a children’s camp. (The numbered benefits of volunteering above are taken from Volunteering has opened many doors in my personal life through the relationships gained in organizations in which I have had the honor to

serve. This article is dedicated to the strong leadership within the Hampton Roads community such as JBLEs Army Community Service, Operation Homefront of the Virginia’s, Regent University Military and Veterans Affairs, USO and The Flagship. The examples and individual volunteers serving as community partners are the inspiration and heartbeat that keep Hampton Roads number one in supporting our military families especially with leaders such asAdair Wells (Military Newspapers of Virginia), Susan Doyle (USS Jason Dunham), Shirley Strong (JBLE ACS), Sylvia Weinstein (The Oyster Pointer) and Dave Boiselle (Regent University Military and Veterans Affairs). Reap what you sow and find out how volunteering can enrich your life and add to your family’s lives as well! Sara Jane Arnett is an active Army spouse, mother of three rambunctious boys and military children’s author of “My Daddy’s a Soldier.” In 2011, she was selected as the “Heroes At Home” Military Spouse of the Year and also received the prestigious Military Police Corps “Order of the Vivandiere” award.

TECHNOLOGY AND DOMESTIC ABUSE By Amanda Burbage Fleet and Family Support Centers Norfolk

Technology is a two-sided coin. In the United States, 79 percent of people have personal Internet access and 50 percent of Americans own a smartphone. While living in an age of technology has brought a wide range of gadgets to make our lives easier, many have also become dependent on it and preoccupied by it. Technology has a dark side too. It can bring heightened risk for domestic violence. Technology hasn’t changed abuse – it’s still about power and control. It has made abusive actions easier and more effective. Consider the variety of phone, surveillance and computer technologies available at cheaper and cheaper rates. With malicious intentions, abusers can harass, intimidate and stalk intimate partners. Functional tools like GPS and caller ID become manipulative tools in the hands of an abuser. Abusers using these tactics are not necessarily tech-savvy. Many examples of abuse require little technolog-

ical knowledge. For example, abusers use email and instant messages to threaten survivors and impersonate them. Some abusers use their partner’s email address to send themselves threatening messages, presumably to use as evidence in future court situations. Others use websites and social media to post information about the victim and encourage others to harass, harm or make thirdparty contact with the abuse survivor. Actions such as viewing website browser history, installing spyware or keystroke recording software, and setting webcams to remain “on” at all times are not unusual in relationships based in power and control. The other side of this coin demonstrates the wide range of possibilities and help for victims and survivors. Using the Internet, victims can access information on shelter services, create personalized safetyplans, and access legal and financial resources. Finding housing and employment and connecting with support groups is much easier from a computer than in person.

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When educated about technology, survivors can use it to increase their safety. “In Case of Emergency” contacts on cell phones and text messaging can be used discreetly to phone for urgent help without arousing the suspicions of the abuser. Maintaining a separate cell phone only for interactions with the abuser helps to clearly demonstrate frequency and pervasiveness of stalking behaviors. Installing security cameras and using mobile technology for real-time assistance can shore up a well-rounded safety plan. Additionally, safety plans should include specific technological steps such as using secured computers, changing your ringtone, creating special alerts or alarms, changing email and IM addresses, and changing all passwords. Be mindful of the role of social media, particularly status updates with location and tagging features. If technology is a two sided coin, let’s work together to make sure it comes up “heads.” Implement protective steps and seek assistance at Fleet and Family Support Centers.

Know your resources with your local FFSC Mid-Atlantic Fleet and Family Support Centers (FFSC) programs and services are designed to help you make the most of your military experience ... and they’re all available to you at no cost. Functions and/or services FFSC provides: ■ Clinical Counseling(Individual, Couples and Child Counseling ) ■ Personal Financial Management ■ Information & Referral ■ Family Employment Assistance ■ Transition Assistance ■ Family Advocacy Program ■ Deployment and Mobilization Support ■ Ombudsman Support ■ Relocation Assistance ■ Parenting Programs ■ Stress and Anger Management ■ Command Support ■ Crisis Support ■ Suicide Prevention ■ Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Support The.Flagship the_flagship


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forces you, Dear – to live near an ocean.You have to walk on beaches in the sunset – there is a law.You simply must learn to pick crab or lobster while drinking local beer and listening to Jimmy Buffett. Porpoises and dolphins are such an every day thing that you don’t even bother to look up when they flash by. Once in a while you get a weirdo billet (NAS Fallon we’re talkin’ to you) where you can’t even remember what the ocean looks like, but most of the time you get to live near the sea. 2. White uniforms. Not only do our own Sailors develop miraculously good superstar looks when they don the spanky white version of their uniforms, this trick works for actors, too. Tom Cruise in “Top Gun.” Richard

By Jacey Eckhart Military Spouse Contributor

I might have been born Air Force, but I did, in fact, give birth to a kid determined to join the Army. But I count myself lucky that I have spent my entire adult life loving on the Navy. And even at it’s ripe old age of 238, it’s still looking good. So I was delighted to run into so many other Navy lovers at our Live Spouse X event in Norfolk this summer. One of our groups put together this Top-10 list of how the Navy beats every other service, hands down, whether it’s the 238th birthday or not. 1. Oceanfront property. Be it ever so humble, the Navy forces you – just

Gere in “Officer and a Gentleman.” Cuba Gooding Jr. looking his cutie best in “Men of Honor.” John Wayne and Cary Grant also quite delightful in Navy garb. Makes you wanna wake up and smell the polyester! 3. New chief season. The Navy is a service surrounded by history and traditions and customs. One of our favorites happens in August when they do the CPO induction and you see all these ridiculously cheerful people out doing car washes to raise money. We like when good things happen to good people. Now get out there and be the backbone of the Navy! 4. The big turnaround. All the services do this in one way or another, but we love when kids join the Navy out of high school. Then they kind of look around and figure out who they are supposed to be and what they are supposed to be doing. My own nephew enlisted in the Navy (and recently reenlisted) and found a place in the world to do good work. Gotta love it. 5. Huge support group. In Navy

towns like Norfolk; San Diego, Calif.; Jacksonville, Fla.; and Bremerton, Wash., you can’t walk a block without running into someone with connections to the Navy. Not only have these neighbors walked the walk, but they have really good advice about getting up to speed on all you need to do ... along with a nice plate of brownies. 6. Never say goodbye. In Navy life, the limited number of bases means that you never really say goodbye to the people you meet. Instead we say, “Fair winds and following seas.” Translated I think this means, “Bye for now and we’ll catch up at the commissary two duty stations from now.” Or it could also be like that Far Side comic where the sea captain is trailed into a dark alley by a following sea ... one of the two. 7. Ships slipping over the horizon. One of the most beautiful moments of a Navy homecoming is that instant when the ship slips over the horizon and into view. One minute there is nothing but some ugly oiler jacking up the horizon. The next

moment there is this huge, grey vessel slipping across the ocean like a mist. The whole thing makes you choke up with the joy of it. Really. 8. Homecoming on a pier – not in a gym. For the majesty of the event, nothing beats a Navy homecoming where the Sailors line the rails of the ship and then descend onto the pier into the arms of their loved ones. This is a little less picturesque in the rain. Or the snow. Or that unfortunate sleet storm that pummeled all the balloons. But it is really, really pretty most of the time. 9. Land, sea and air – we fight everywhere. Unlike the other services, the Navy is equipment driven. We may rib each other about whether surface, air, subs, SEALs, supply, etc. are the best part of the Navy, but in the moment of crisis we got it all. 10. Sailors have more fun. Trust us. They just do. Jacey Eckhart, an Air Force brat, a Navy wife and an Army mom, is the Director of Spouse and Family Programs for

CNO updates Navy spouses on budget impacts could join us today,” said Corey Chernesky, President of the NOSC DC. “I need to talk to people who can get stuff done,” said Greenert. “This organization always steps up and takes care of things. No matter what the situation, the spouse’s club pulls together to communicate between families and commands.” Greenert took the opportunity to talk budget impacts on readiness and family programs as well as take questions from the attendees. Topping the list of issues discussed was the return of many DOD civilians brought back to work after a decision made by the Secretary of Defense over the weekend, based on the Pay Our Military Act. Greenert described the pro-

By MCC Julianne Metzger CNO Public Affairs


Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert spoke to 150 military spouses during the Naval Officers’ Spouses’ Club (NOSC) Welcome Coffee at the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Club, Oct. 7. The annual NOSC event welcomes new members and spouses who have recently moved to the DC area. This year the NOSC welcomed several spouses of foreign attachés from Canada, France, Mexico, Sweden and the United Kingdom, among other nations. “Adm. Greenert, along with his wife Darleen, have been incredible supporters of the Naval Officers Spouse’s Club of DC and we are pleased they

cess in which some civilians were brought back and others were still furloughed. “Navy civilians are critical to the Navy mission,” said Greenert. “The military can’t do what they do without our military civilians.” Greenert went on to discuss other effects of the government shutdown, as well as sequestration if imposed during fiscal year 2014. Despite budget cuts, Greenert emphasized that service members that are deployed and getting ready to deploy, will have fuel, parts and pay. “In FY14, tuition assistance, compensation, pay, entitlements, retirement process stays as it is now,” he said. Greenert also stressed that the G.I. Bill is safe because it is a separate law that is not affected by Department of Defense funding, or

lack thereof. “Generally speaking it doesn’t cost a lot of money to fund family readiness programs,” said Greenert when asked about the status of family programs. “The payback is pretty big, if ever people needed services like counseling, it’s now. I don’t look to the family readiness programs to save money.” Greenert did point out that entitlements, such as the future of commissary operations and retirement structures are being examined by congressional panels. However, changes to the retirement system would not affect Sailors serving now, he said. “No matter how the panel runs the numbers, they have to examine how much money these changes would really

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert save,” said Greenert. “You’ve got to survey the people who are just starting out and those who are in the military now and see what they say about it.” When asked about manning and promotions, Greenert pointed out that the Navy mans equipment different than how the other services equip their manning. The Navy must align its overall manning to the number of ships in the fleet rather than building ships to the number of Sailors. “We have to keep personnel at a certain level. We’ve been

struggling to get the manning at the proper levels in the right specialties, but now we are a balanced force,” said Greenert. “Promotions will continue at pace.” He went on to say that no force shaping programs are planned. When asked about future deployment lengths in the light of the Asia-Pacific rebalance, Greenert said the result should be positive for Sailors and their families. He also went on to emphasize Sailors and families are capable of handling deployments well, as long as the deployments are predictable. “In the end, what will make the difference will be the Sailors, the Sailor’s spouses and spouse clubs like yourself,” he said. “We’ll pull through this, we’ll do it the best we can, and we’ll show them what we’ve got.”

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AFPAK HANDS TRAIN HARD TO WORK HARD By Patrick Gordon Naval District Washington Public Affairs


Throughout Afghanistan and Pakistan, U.S. and Allied Forces continue to make a difference in the war on terrorism. One especially effective tool in our arsenal are specially trained Sailors who work closely with local Afghan leaders on a number of projects in-theater known as the Afghanistan-Pakistan (AFPAK) Hands. The AFPAK Hands Program was launched by the Department of Defense in 2009 to develop a cadre of experts specializing in the complexities of Afghanistan and Pakistan including the language, culture, processes and challenges. Since then, a number of service members have supported the efforts of the Afghan people, including Sailors from Naval District Washington (NDW). Currently, there are 80 AFPAK Hands assigned to the NDW AFPAK Hands hub from where they rotate into one of three program phases: training, deployment, or out-of-theater assignment. The training is diverse and rigorous. It includes a four-and-a-half month intense language course at the Defense Language Institute in Dari, Urdu or Pashto; a three-week combat readiness course at Fort Jackson, S.C.; a one-week Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) course at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas; eight weeks of advisor/combat readiness training at Fort Polk, La.; and additional cultural and regional expertise training. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The language and combat skills training are critical to the various missions that AFPAK Hands are assigned,â&#x20AC;? said Chief Logistics Specialist Allison Strong, NDW AFPAK Hands command leading chief petty ofďŹ cer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The language training enables Sailors to interact with the people of Afghanistan and Pakistan and build enduring relationships. Development of these relationships helps to build trust and stability throughout the region. The various phases of combat skills prepare Sailors for operations in complex counterinsurgency environments.â&#x20AC;? Strong added that the training is especially important because AFPAK Hands are placed in positions of strategic inďŹ&#x201A;uence to ensure progress towards U.S. gov-

ernment objectives in the Afghanistan/ Pakistan Region. Those who complete the training use it regularly during their deployments as a way to better integrate with the local population, aiding in mission accomplishment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our job as AFPAK Hands is important because we understand the complexities of the culture through training and previous deployments in order to work closely with Afghans to mentor and advise,â&#x20AC;? said Cmdr. Joel VanEssen, Civil Engineer Corps and AFPAK Hand. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whether it is introducing ourselves in their language or having lunch with them, it shows respect to their culture and traditions that open opportunities to interact with them more. Our job is to advise as needed and step back when appropriate.â&#x20AC;? This training is especially useful when it comes to community reintegration. Master Chief Intelligence Specialist Blaine Elmer, AFPAK Hand, Cohort 3G, from the Tampa, Fla. Hub, works in Ghazni, Afghanistan, on reintegration of Taliban back into society. He meets with district leaders and gets out to the public explaining the reintegration process and encouraging people to discuss reintegration. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The most important factor is it takes them off the battleďŹ eld in which they no longer are a threat to coalition forces, Afghan national security forces, and the government of Afghanistan and gives them the option of taking care of their families,â&#x20AC;? said Elmer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most ďŹ ghters are ďŹ ghting to earn a living or doing it out of fear and intimidation. Reintegration has been very successful in Columbia, but took several years to take hold. It will take time, and the people of Afghanistan have to want peace.â&#x20AC;? AFPAK Hands members provide persistent engagement on regional issues while advising leaders and commanders throughout the levels of governance and command. An AFPAK Hand is committed to more than 40 months with the program. During those months, a service member engages in 10 months of training, nearly two years of deployment in-theater in Afghanistan or Pakistan, and one year out of theater in the U.S. Those interested in the AFPAK Hands program should speak to their detailer about joining.

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In support of the Navyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 21st Century Sailor initiative, NAVADMIN 262/13 announced that starting Jan. 1, 2014, Sailors will be required to participate in Navy Operational Stress Control (OSC) skills training within the six months prior to deployment. According to Rear Adm. Sean S. Buck, director, 21st Century Sailor OfďŹ ce, the training will allow â&#x20AC;&#x153;leaders to be able to assess individual and unit stress, take appropriate actions to mitigate stress issues before they become problematic and eliminate negative attitudes associated with getting help.â&#x20AC;? Training is delivered by mobile training teams (MTT) that are homeported in both Norfolk and San Diego, Calif. The OSC program focuses on building resilience and


Commanders will schedule speciďŹ c OSC training for their khaki leadership and deckplate leaders (E4-E6) within the six months prior to deployment.â&#x20AC;? - Rear Adm. Sean S. Buck, director, 21st Century Sailor OfďŹ ce

mitigating stress. This training will provide Sailors the skills necessary to maintain readiness and warďŹ ghting effectiveness. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Commanders will schedule speciďŹ c OSC training for their khaki leadership and deckplate leaders (E4-E6) within the six months prior to deployment,â&#x20AC;? said Buck. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The OSC MTTs will prioritize and coordinate their schedule so that we meet the six-month objective for the ďŹ&#x201A;eet units getting ready to deploy.â&#x20AC;? The teams will travel anywhere in the world to deliver the two courses: Navy OSC-

Leader (NAVOSC-LEAD) for E7 and above, and Navy Deckplate Leader OSC (DPL-OSC) for E4-E6 personnel. The MTTs will consider training underway as an option. MTTs are comprised by a total of six teams â&#x20AC;&#x201C; three on the West Coast and three on the East Coast. Each team has three master training specialists. To schedule the training contact: â&#x2013; MTT West OfďŹ ces (619) 556-6640, or email â&#x2013;  MTT East OfďŹ ces 4457353 ext. 1062, or email

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How does the Affordable Care Act affect TRICARE?

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coverage that meets minimum standard by Jan. 1, 2014 ing, by paying their premiums to have coverage in force, in order for these TRICARE programs to qualify as minimum essential coverage. There are two groups of TRICARE beneficiaries who do not meet the minimum essential coverage requirement: those getting care for line of duty only related conditions, and those only eligible to receive care in military hospitals or clinics. Beginning with the 2014 tax season, and every tax year after that, the Department of Defense will send every TRICARE beneficiary the same information it sends the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). This notification will detail whether sponsors and their dependents had

Continued from B1 no cost, by electing to pay an enrollment fee, or by paying monthly premiums, have minimum essential coverage under the Affordable Care Act. This includes: TRICARE Prime, Prime Remote and Standard; TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS); TRICARE Young Adult (TYA); TRICARE Retired Reserve (TRR); and the Continued Health Care Benefit Program (CHCBP). Eligibility alone for premiumbased TRICARE benefit plans – TRS, TYA, TRR and CHCBP – does not constitute minimum essential coverage. Eligible beneficiaries must purchase and be in good stand-


minimum essential coverage during the previous year. Sponsors can then use this information when they file their tax forms. Because the information sent to the IRS is generated using beneficiaries’ Social Security numbers, it’s essential for sponsors to make sure their family’s Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) information is correct and up-to-date. For more information on The Affordable Care Act, visit www. index.html. For more information about minimum essential coverage, visit http://

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has no direct effect on TRICARE since a different set of statutes under the authority of the Department of Defense and the Secretary of Defense apply to TRICARE. Eligibility, covered benefits, cost shares and all other features of the TRICARE program remain in place. Beneficiaries who receive TRICARE benefits, whether at no cost, by electing to pay an enrollment fee, or by paying monthly premiums, have minimum essential coverage under the ACA. This includes: ■

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Continued from B1 references as well as job applications,” she said. Those standards also include a completed application for institutions of higher learning or technical institutions if service members are planning to go to college or receive a certification using the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill, Kelly said. “There’s a whole expanse of career readiness standards that the military members must meet before they separate,” she said. “The Transition GPS curriculum has modules that build the skills for the service members to meet each one of those career readiness standards.”

U.S. Navy file photo Imaging Specialist Barbaranne Foster reviews a patient’s x-ray in the Bethesda Medical Center’s collocated Breast Care Imaging Center.

The ultimate goal is for the service members to determine what their personal goals are when they enter civilian life and to posture them well to be successful in pursuing those goals, Kelly said. “The goal of the entire TAP redesign is to get military members career-ready for their civilian lives and to help them do ery deliberate planning for both themselves and their families to do well as they become civilians,” she added. The best way for a service member to begin this process is to contact the transition assistance program staff on their installation, Kelly said. Soldiers should contact the Army Career Alumni Program, Sailors and Marines can use

Fleet and Family Support Centers, and Airmen can begin this process at their nearest Airmen and Family Readiness Center. “That’s the first entry point for them to get scheduled for classes,” said Kelly. For those who are geographically separated or isolated from installations, she added, the virtual curriculum is there for them on the JKO website. She also noted it’s important that this virtual curriculum is being hosted on the JKO portal. “That’s where service members go for military training now in the joint world,” she said. “So we are putting transition preparation training into that military training platform.”


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Women 40 and older should have yearly mammograms; men should be screened if they feel a lump

Mammography can detect breast cancer at its earliest state, often long before it can be felt and usually years before physical symptoms appear. The earlier cancer is detected, the less invasive and more successful treatment can be. The ACS recommends women 40 and older have a screening mammogram every year for as long as they are in good health. Women in their

20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam at least every three years. Though a monthly breast self-exam is not necessary, it is recommended that women know how their breasts usually look and feel so that they can report changes to their medical provider. Since breast cancer is so rare in men, no routine screening is recommended. However, if a man notices a lump or a change in the breast, it needs to be evaluated by a physician.

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| CNO, MCPON answer questions at all hands BIRTHDAY

Continued from B1 Naval Information Operations Command, Maryland. “They [CNO and MCPON] are our one voice that has a direct line to our officials in government and people in Washington. They can voice our concerns to the politicians who make policy.” “It shows that they [big Navy] really care about their Sailors,” said Cryptologic Technician (Networks) 3rd Class Noah Seymour, Naval Information Operations Command, Maryland. “I think it’s great that they want to take the time out of their schedule to answer some of the questions that their Sailors have. This year’s theme for the Navy birthday is “Defending America with Pride Since 1775.” “It’s really inspiring that the people out there in the fleet get to see their questions and concerns answered in a real-time environment by our top Navy leaders,” said Gunner’s Mate 1st Class Matthew Carue, U.S. Naval Academy, Marksman Training Unit.

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CPST – NEWEST DANTES ONLINE PROGRAM By Nancy Hamilton Naval Education and Training Command


The Defense Activity for NonTraditional Education Support (DANTES) announced, Oct. 1, that the College Placement Skills Training (CPST), a new online program provided by DANTES, is now live and can be accessed at CPST is available to service members, DOD civilians and family members to help prepare for college, build academic skills and prepare for exams such as CLEP or DSST. “CPST serves as a companion tool to the highly popular and effective Online Academic Skills Course (OASC),” said Kathy Bratsch, DANTES OASC/CPST Program Manager. “It will assist military members that plan to

■ more information GMT questions should be addressed to Lyman Watts, GMT program manager at 4920763, or via email to the Center for Personal and Professional Development at gmt.distribution@ Additional information about GMT training requirements for FY 14 is detailed in NAVADMIN 264/13.

start or return to college by providing a refresher of college algebra and/or English composition.” CPST is especially helpful for those beginning their college program as most colleges require students to take placement exams prior to enrolling in English and math classes. Students who put the effort into taking a refresher program like CPST can impact the number of pre-college classes they might need, thereby saving their tuition assistance dollars for credit classes. More importantly, when these students test into college level courses, they save time and accelerate their degree completion. Both courses are self-paced and customized according to each participant’s answers on a pre-assessment. Lessons are supported by interactive exercises, such as dragand-drop matching, video games

style multiple choice and dynamic flash cards. Quizzes and practice problem sets also help students gauge their mastery of the material. CPST and OASC not only offer skill-building lessons, quizzes and tests, but also helpful articles covering such topics as “How to Beat Test Stress” and “Last-Minute Study Tips.” Furthermore, these programs offer detailed tips and strategies for doing well on college entry exams. CPST lessons include the following areas: ELA (English and Language Arts) ■ Main Idea Identifying ■ Direct Statements/Secondary Ideas ■ Inferences – Point of View ■ Sentence Relationships (cause/ effect, etc.) Essay Writing ■ Organizing/Developing Ideas

FY14 general military training schedule announced By Cmdr. Kelly Brannon Naval Education and Training Command Public Affairs


Topics for General Military Training (GMT) for Fiscal Year (FY) 14 were announced in NAVADMIN 264/13, Oct. 9. The announcement, usually released Oct. 1, was delayed due to the ongoing effort to streamline or eliminate administrative burdens on the fleet, allowing more time to focus on mission readiness. In support of this effort, known as Reducing Administrative Distractions (RAD), a revision of the GMT instruction is nearing completion. “Through RAD and other feedback, the fleet has been pretty clear that they want us to give this a good hard look,” said Vice Adm. Bill Moran, Chief of Naval Personnel. “We need to find the right balance of required training and white space for our commanders.” While each of the GMT subjects


are important, Moran said his staff’s review of the instruction will ensure training requirements are validated, inefficiencies are eliminated, and improvements are made to overall program effectiveness. The intent of the GMT instruction revision is to provide clear communication of requirements and to establish an annual review process for each topic. There are two categories of GMT topics that must be completed in FY 14. Category One topics must be conducted via face-to-face, instructor-led training sessions provided at the command level. Senior leadership, command training teams, or collateral duty training officers/chief petty officers will conduct Category One GMT. The FY 14 Category One GMT topics are: Alcohol Abuse Prevention and Control; Equal Opportunity and Grievance Procedures; Hazing Policy and Prevention; Personal Financial Management; Sexual Assault Prevention and


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Math ■ Whole Numbers, Fractions ■ Decimals and Percents ■ Simple Geometry ■ Elementary Algebra – (integers and rationals, add, subtract, multiply and divide monomials and polynomials, etc.) College-Level Math ■ Algebraic Operations ■ Linear and Quadratic Equations ■ Functions (polynomials, etc.) ■ Trigonometry ■ Applications (series and sequences, word problems, determinants, complex number problems) Master Chief Hospital Corpsman (FMF/SW) David Acuff, DANTES senior enlisted advisor, is excited about the new program, saying, “CPST is perfect for individuals

Response Awareness; Sexual Harassment and Grievance Procedures; Stress Management; and Suicide Awareness and Prevention. “These are the opportunities for leadership to engage and have frank and deliberate discussions about commanddelivered training, ensuring Sailors understand their roles and responsibilities,” said Capt. John Newcomer, commanding officer, Center for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD). The remaining required GMT topics are Category Two topics that can be completed via Navy e-Learning or through face-to-face, command-delivered training at the discretion of the unit commander. The Category Two GMT topics for FY 14 are: Anger Management; Antiterrorism/Force Protection; Combating Trafficking in Persons; Counterintelligence Awareness and Reporting; Domestic Violence Prevention and Reporting; Drug Abuse Prevention and Control; Fraternization Awareness and Prevention; Information Assurance; Operational Risk Management; Operational Security; Physical Readiness; Privacy and Personally Identifiable Information Awareness; Records Management; Sexual Health and Re-

U.S. Navy file photo A seaman reads up on the CollegeLevel Examination Program (CLEP) in the Training Department aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Saipan.

who want to build their reading comprehension, vocabulary and math skills to pass exams, excel in their jobs, advance their careers, or continue their education. Because both programs are self-paced and online, they are accessible 24/7 whether you’re in the fleet, field, air, or even in the comfort of your own home. All you need is an Internet connection and the desire to get started!”

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Willett Hall Theatre welcomes hit musical ‘The Color Purple’ NORFOLK

A Source of Joy Theatricals, producer of the Broadway smash hit “The Color Purple: The Musical About Love,” is proud to announce the Hampton Roads Theatre debut, Oct. 18-20 at historic Willett Hall Theatre, as a special presentation in honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In honor of our military service women and men, 100 tickets per performance have been set aside for active duty service members and family. Tickets are available to military personal by calling 550-0091, or email Showtimes for this weekend’s free shows are 7 p.m. on Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, and 3 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are free and the show is open to the public. Due to the limited number of seats available, tickets will be issued two hours prior to each performance’s starting time at Willett Hall Theatre. Guests can receive up to two tickets each. Due to the nature of the show, children under the age of 13 will not be permitted in the theatre. Nominated for 11 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, “The Color Purple” opened on Dec. 1, 2005 at the Broadway Theatre, where it ran for more than two recordbreakingyears.ThemusicalisbasedontheclassicPulitzerPrizewinning novel by Alice Walker and the moving film by Steven Spielberg. It is the unforgettable and inspiring story of a woman named Celie, who finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discovers her unique voice in the world.With a joyous Grammy-nominated score featuring gospel, jazz, pop and the blues, “The Color Purple: A Musical About Love” is about hope and the healing power of love. The Virginia production of “The Color Purple” is produced and directed by Norfolk native Torrey Russell and musically directed by Sherrod Brown. The show features a libretto by

■ award winning Different adaptations of “The Color Purple” have won numerous awards, including a Pulitzer Prize (novel), a Grammy (film) and 11 Tony Awards (stage musical).

Courtesy photo “Celie” sings during a performance of “The Color Purple.”

Pulitzer Prize-winner Marsha Norman; music and lyrics by Grammy Award-winning composers/lyricists Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray; and costume design by A Source of Joy Theatricals co-founder Preston Coghill. The production will feature local talent from all across the Hampton Roads area and will star Tianna “Falcon” Lewis, who is reprising the role of Celie that won her the 2012 Performer of the Year Award in Las Vegas. Although the production is free and open to the public, 100 percent of the organization’s operations are made possible by donations, sponsorship and help from community organizations and businesses. If you are interested in becoming a local supporter or sponsor of Broadway In The Hood’s Virginia production of “The Color Purple,” call 550-0091, or email For more information about “The Color Purple: The Musical About Love,” email, or visit online at


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This Halloween season, Nauticus brings back “Haunted Ship, BB-64: Three Decks of Darkness” with even bigger thrills and creepier chills. Explore the interior of the Battleship Wisconsin on a brand new tour route that will take you through previously unexplored areas of the ship’s lower decks – you never know what may be around the corner. Tours will take place on Oct. 17 and 24 from 6:30 - 10 p.m., and on Oct. 18, 19, 25 and 26 from 6:30 - 11 p.m. Tickets are $15 and $10 for Nauticus members and can only be purchased at Nauticus each night of the tour. The tour is not recommended for children under 12. For more information about “Haunted Ship, BB-64: Three Decks of Darkness,” call 664-1000.


Are you ready for a “wild” night of scary animals, trail walks, pumpkin carving and an enchanted forest? Night of the Living Museum returns to the Virginia Living Museum (VLM) for its 14th year on Oct. 19 from 5 to 8 p.m. This is a non-scary Halloween event for families with kids ages 12 and under. Come dressed as your favorite character or wild animal. Enjoy live animal shows featuring fierce and not-so-fierce Halloween critters. Discover pumpkin carving secrets from the Pumpkin Lady, Lisa Berberette. Learn the ways of spiders large and small from the Spider Lady. Watch as our mad scientists conduct awesome experiments. Visit tooth fairyland, magical cave and pirate cove. Take a nighttime hike along the outdoor boardwalk. Make creepy crafts and play Halloween games. There will be trick-or-treating for kids throughout the event. Observe stars in the Halloween night sky (weather permitting). See the spook-tacular laser show “Fright Light” at 5:45, 6:30 and 7:15 p.m. This is a frightfully awesome mix of terror-ific tunes. Wild and weird laser images accompany songs

Courtesy photo Watch the Mad Scientists conduct awesome experiments during Night of the Living Museum at the Virginia Living Museum, Oct. 19.

from Black Sabbath, Garbage, The Who and more. “Fright Light” tickets are $2 for VLM members and $4 for non-members in addition to Night of the Living Museum admission. Night of the Living Museum tickets are $9 per person for VLM members, and $12 for non-members. Children ages 2 and under are free. Children ages 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult. The museum will close at 4 p.m. on Oct. 19 to prepare for the evening event. The museum is located at 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News (I-64, exit 258-A). For more information, call 595-1900, or visit thevlm. org.

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■ laser light show The Virginia Living Museum’s laser show, “Fright Light,” features wild and weird laser images that accompany songs from Black Sabbath, Garbage, The Who and more. Showtimes are 5:45, 6:30 and 7:15 p.m.


The annual Ghost Train will return to Northwest River Park, Oct. 17 - 19 and Oct. 24 - 26. This favorite local Halloween event is appropriate for all ages. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available online at; any Chesapeake Community Center; Chesapeake Parks and Recreation Administration, 1224 Progressive Dr.; or Northwest River Park, 1733 Indian Creek Rd. Purchasing tickets “day-of train” you would like to ride may result in seat unavailability on popular trains. For more information about the Ghost Train, call Northwest River Park at 421-7151, or email

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■ When: Oct. 19; doors open at 5:30 p.m., starts at 7 ■ Where: Ted Constant Center, Norfolk ■ Where: $25 in advance, $30 at the door ■ For more information, contact: Jimi Partyka at 515-

6538, email, or visit www. SFL XIII is sanctioned by the Global Combat Alliance (GCA), and will feature some of the best amateur mixed martial arts athletes in Virginia. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to support Maddox “The Miracle” Poey, the son of Tom Poey of Poey Martial Arts in Virginia Beach, who was diagnosed with retinoblastoma (eye cancer) at 7 months old. Weighins will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 18 at Buffalo Wild Wings in Virginia Beach at the Landstown Commons.

Bass Tournament ■ When: Oct. 19, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. ■ Where: Cheatham Lake ■ Cost: $20 per boat (maximum of two people per boat) ■ For more information, contact: 887-4681

Pay when reserving your boat; there will be no refunds. No live bait. Plaques awarded to the first-place team and individual biggest fish. Free cookout after the tournament.

Haunted Hunt Club Farm ■ When: Oct. 18; shuttle departs from C-9 at 6:30 ■ Where: Hunt Club Farm, Virginia Beach ■ Cost: $25 for active duty, $30 for civilian ■ For more information, contact: 444-4033


Enjoy a night of terror with a Haunted Hayride, Field of Screams and Village of the Dead.

Halloween Costume Party ■ When: Oct. 18, 6 to 8 p.m. ■ Where: JEB Fort Story Youth Center ■ Cost: Free ■ For more information, contact: 422-7714

Prizes will be awarded for the most creative costume. Open to children of active duty and DOD civilians. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

Bowling Tournament ■ When: Oct. 19; registration begins at 1:30 p.m., tournament at 2 p.m. ■ Where: JEB Little Creek-Fort Story Gator Bowl ■ Cost: $20 ■ For more information, contact: 462-7952

Will include an 8-pin no tap women’s tournament and 9-pin no tap men’s tournament.

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■ Where: JEBFS Gym ■ Cost: Free ■ For more information, contact: 462-7691 or 422-7548

Free showing of “Monsters University” and assorted snacks. Bring your low beach chairs or blankets.

Home Run Derby ■ When: Oct. 23, 12:30 ■ Where: Cutter Park


The Amazing Jonathan is an award winning, comic magician extraordinaire who will be at the Virginia Beach Funny Bone this weekend, Oct. 18-20. After spending the last 13 years performing in Las Vegas, Nev., The Amazing Jonathan has decided to take his show on the road. In an exclusive interview, here is what he had to say. Yiorgo: How did you wind up incorporating both magic and comedy into your act? Amazing Jonathan: I moved to California … I started to do street magic in San Francisco by The Fisherman’s Wharf. I actually met Harry Anderson from TV’s “Night Court” fame. He was out there doing the same thing. He showed me how to do it and I made my living for three years doing 10 to 15 shows a day making $30 to $40 a show. He showed me how to add comedy and keep the audience longer. After that I moved inside a nightclub where I was performing with Robin Williams, Dana Carvey and Ellen DeGeneres. They were all my friends, doing comedy with me at the same time. My show was always hyper. Any show that comes from the streets has a different polished edge to it, you have to keep their attention while they are going shopping. Y: What is a wild experience that you’ve had happen to you? AJ: When I was 28 years old, and at that point I had done Comedy Central specials and such, so when you become famous, celebrities call you and invite you over. I would get calls from like Steven Seagal to come over or Prince, so I was at a point that I was pretty hip. So I get a call from the Secret Service to do a show for the president. It was all clandestine. I had to fly to New York at my own expense and meet them at a predetermined spot. I get there at 6 a.m. and there is [Jerry] Seinfeld, Yakov Smirnoff, so we jump in the van, they take us to an Army base there and we did a show for President [Ronald] Reagan and President [François] Mitterrand of France. We went home and it was like it never happened. Y: You now also do a video vodcast,

Courtesy photo After spending the past 13 years performing in Las Vegas, The Amazing Jonathan has taken his comedic magic show on the road. He is scheduled to appear at the Funnybone in Virginia Beach, Oct. 18-20.

■ on the small screen During a career that has spanned 30 years, The Amazing Jonathan has performed several times on “Late Show With David Letterman” and made numerous appearances on Comedy Central. tell us about it. AJ: Yeah, the site is and you can get all the episodes. It comes out on Wednesday nights and it’s 40 minutes long. We have sideshow freaks doing amazing things. Most of them are

entertainers in Vegas. Y: What can your fans expect to see when you appear at the Funnybone in Virginia Beach? AJ: I am the magician that screws up so I can get the laughs. You know, I moved to Vegas and I was suppose to do a two week fill in for David Brenner and it wound up being a 13-year run. They get to see my live Vegas show, which is pretty rare unless you come to Vegas. This is your last chance to see the show. Visit Venues/VirginiaBeach for tickets, times and pricing.


USO Caregivers Conference will bring together Wounded Warrior caregivers Conference addresses topics such as communication after injury and raising children during transition VIRGINIA BEACH

The USO Caregivers Conference is scheduled, Oct. 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront (3001 Atlantic Ave., Virginia Beach). The conference provides caregivers an opportunity to gather and tackle issues such as couples intimacy and communication, strategies for addressing

challenging behaviors, and raising your children and teens during transition. The conference will feature several intimate breakout sessions creating an atmosphere of safety and privacy for caregivers to meet, share and learn. Featured presenters will include USO Executive Vice President and Chief of

Staff John I. Pray Jr.; best-selling children’s author and entertainer Trevor Romain; and Noel Meador, Executive Director, Stronger Families. Cameras will be permitted during the larger group sessions and opportunities for one-onone interviews will be provided. The conference is free and open to caregivers and military medical advocates and staff from the Norfolk area and surrounding military communities. Childcare will be provided. Caregivers can visit caregivers to register. For more information, contact Andrea Sok, USO Communications, at (703) 579-0858, or email

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contact: 836-1810, or email Two-person team competition. Teammates pitch to each other with a maximum of three pitches per swing. ASA approved bats and softballs will be used.

3-Point Shoot Out ■ When: Oct. 23, 11 a.m. ■ Where: Dam Neck Gym ■ Cost: Free ■ For more information,

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Participants will have 45 seconds to make as many three-pointers as possible. Trophies will be awarded. Must register in advance in the fitness center office.

Captain’s Cup Dodgeball Tournament ■ When: Oct. 23, 4:30 p.m. ■ Where: Dam Neck Gym ■ Cost: Free ■

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Six to eight-person teams; open to active duty and DOD civilian teams. Must pre-register by Oct. 21.

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Peninsula Town Center (PTC) wants to know who your Military Star is. Now through Oct. 28, the public can nominate a person in their life who has or currently serve in the military. The chosen individual (family) will be PTCs VIPs for the Holidays. The winner will help light the 45-foot Christmas Tree on Nov. 16 at the annual Tree Lighting, as well as ride with Santa in his carriage at the 15th annual Coliseum Central Holiday Parade on Nov. 23. “Our staff loves this opportunity to recognize every day heroes,” said Suzanne Higgs, Marketing Manager at PTC. “The stories are amazing and we’re lucky to live in a military community like ours.” Last year was the first for the nomination process. The winning family had two lieutenants as parents in the Air Force that had three small children. To nominate, visit For more information, contact Suzanne Higgs at 8381505, or email at

Registration is now open for the 15th annual Hampton Roads Military Classic of The South Golf Tournament, Nov. 11, at Kiskiack Golf Club in Williamsburg. The tournament is open to everyone, but the field is limited to 144 players. Foursomes will play Captain’s Choice format. The lowest scoring team comprised of military members (active duty, retired or civilian) representing their unit or command, will receive a special trophy and prizes. The Major Military Command (Air Force, Army, Navy, etc.) will receive the Veteran’s Trophy following the competition. All proceeds support local college scholarships for The Citadel and Virginia Military Institute, two colleges with extensive military traditions. The tournament entry fee of $75 per player includes green fees, golf cart, beverages, practice range balls, breakfast and after tournament cookout. Deadline for registration is Nov. 3. Early registration is encouraged as this tournament has sold out in previous years. For more information and entry forms, contact Pete Hoyer at 877-4022, or email




When it comes to speed and handling, who says that coupes get to have all the fun? Enter the Dodge Charger SRT8 sedan – one large four-door that will always give you that hormonal rush and smile on your face when you press down on the accelerator. The 2014 Dodge Charger SRT8 continues to bring intelligent performance features and loads of power to the Dodge brand’s iconic four-door sedan. There is no mistaking the high performance look of the SRT8 through the exclusive high-gloss black front grille surround, the signature SRT badge and the 6.4-liter HEMI badges on each fender. The performancesculpted hood features an air exhauster for added engine cooling. Unique side-sill cladding on all Charger SRT8 models is painted to match the body color. Nine exterior paint color choices for 2014 include: Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Bright White Clear Coat, Granite Crystal Peal Coat, Jazz Blue Pearl Coat, Phantom Black Tri-coat Pearl, Redline 3-Coat Pearl, Pitch Black Clear Coat, Header Orange Pearl Coat and TorRed Clear Coat. In the rear, the Charger SRT8s signature “racetrack” tail lamp design with 164 illuminating LEDs sits just below the rear spoiler. Round fourinch dual exhaust tips are positioned inside of the rear fascia while the SRT deck-lid badge boldly shows the Street and Racing Technology DNA. Available in Super Bee and Premium models, the Charger SRT8 is powered by the 6.4L HEMI V-8 engine that offers plenty of torque across a wide rpm range. This energy is communicated to the asphalt through the W5A580 five-speed adaptive automatic transmission with Auto Stick. Performance numbers include 0-60 mph acceleration in the high 4-second range; quarter mile in the high 12-second range; 0-100-0 mph in less than 16 seconds; top speed of 175 mph and stopping power from 60-0 mph in 120 feet. Even with the high horsepower and torque numbers, impressive fuel economy on the highway is achieved by the use of an active valve exhaust system that allows the standard Fuel Saver Technology (four-cylinder mode) to engage over a wide rpm range for efficient motoring or the use of all eight cylinders when the extra power is needed. The active valve exhaust system also allows for straight through mid and rear mufflers for a throaty exhaust note under engine load. The proven five-speed automatic transmis-

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I put a pretty big stake out there when I said I wanted to become champion in three different weight classes, so for me to put that out there and not try to back it up isn’t an option”

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- John Dodson (left), TUF Season 14 winner and UFC flyweight contender Photo courtesy of UFC



John Dodson’s enthusiasm is almost a tangible quality. The scrappy 29-year-old is one of the fight game’s most rambunctious figures, as his hyper-drive personality outside of the cage equals his kinetic energy inside. A paradox of good will and bad intentions – he flashes his larger than life smile just before the action begins, but as soon as the referee steps aside, he’s throwing thunder in an effort to put the opposition on their back. Once the fight concludes, the smile returns. And while it may seem like a reflection of his handiwork, the truth of the matter has more to do with the bigger picture. While Dodson may have come to the public’s attention during the 14th season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), the reality is that he’d been working his craft years before. The Jackson/Winkeljohn-trained fighter has been one of the best lighter weight fighters for the past several years, but with the bright lights of the UFC barely stretching out to shed light on any weight classes south of 155 pounds, Dodson was forced to do his work in the shadows of the spotlight. At 5 foot, 3 inches tall, “The Magician” is a natural flyweight, with a compact barreled frame and dynamite in his hands. But with the bantamweight division the lowest weight class the sport’s biggest show offered, he decided to try his hand when the UFCs reality show announced it was looking for 135-pound fighters. Without hesitation, Dodson went after the opportunity and capitalized on the situation in full capacity. He marched through the reality show’s tournament and into the finals, where he knocked out fellow highlytouted prospect T.J. Dillashaw in the first round of their tilt. While winning the sixfigure contract was a suitable prize, Dodson’s veteran mentality saw past his win on TUF and realized he had successfully put his foot in the door to the UFC. And it only got better from there. After winning the TUF contract, the UFC announced they would be instituting a flyweight division in 2012. This not only meant he could return to fighting at his natural weight, but his prior experience as a flyweight would immediately make him a staple in the new division’s upper-tier. “It’s been awesome,” Dodson said about fighting at his natural weight. “I don’t have to worry about the bigger guys coming down from 160 or 170 pounds trying to push me around like I’m a little kid. Now I can be the one pushing everyone around in the weight class like they’re the little kid.” He would earn a unanimous decision vic-

■ mma schedule BELLATOR 104 Oct. 18, 9 p.m., Spike TV Featured bouts: Rick Hawn vs. Brent Weedman Ron Keslar vs. War Machine Peter Graham vs. Eric Prindle Kendall Grove vs. Joe Vedepo UFC 166 Oct. 19, 8 p.m., FOX Sports 1; 10 p.m., PPV Featured bouts: Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos Daniel Cormier vs. Roy Nelson Gilbert Melendez vs. Diego Sanchez Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Shawn Jordan John Dodson vs. Darrell Montague ■ Cards subject to change. tory over Tim Elliott in his flyweight debut under the UFC banner at UFC on FOX 3 in 2012, then knock out savvy Brazilian Jussier Formiga three months later at UFC on FX 5 in Minneapolis, Minn. With two quality wins and his elevated profile from TUF, the New Mexico-based fighter was tapped to face newly crowned champion Demetrious Johnson for “Mighty Mouse’s” first attempted title defense at UFC on FOX 6 in Chicago, Ill. While Dodson had his moments early in the fight, the champion proved resilient, as Johnson tipped the balance of the fight midway through. Where Dodson’s power made the difference early, it was Johnson’s cardio and tenacity that ultimately sealed the deal, as his push was simply too much for the challenger to handle. In the aftermath of his failed attempt to claim the title, Dodson was disappointed but far from detoured. He’s been around the fight game for a long time and his battle to reach the top of the sport came with its fair share of setbacks. With that in mind, Dodson took the loss to Johnson as an education and went back to the gym eager to restart his climb – one that will reignite on Saturday in Houston, Texas as he faces Darrell Montague at UFC 166. “I learned I need to work on my cardio, stop being so lazy, and if I want to be a champion, I need to think like a champion,” said Dodson. “That’s been my focus for the entire training camp for this fight and I’m planning on going in there and getting after it. I’m feeling awesome right now heading into this fight. I feel amazing and I’m loving life.” While Montague will be making his official UFC debut in Houston, the matchup between the two flyweights is one Dodson

has had his eye on for a while now. In the days before flyweights had a home inside the Octagon, the top 125-pound fighters in the world battled it out in the Californiabased Tachi Palace Fight promotion. Although Dodson’s scheduled bout for the organization never materialized, Montague briefly held the 125-pound strap. Now, with both fighters on the UFC roster, the tables have turned a bit, as Dodson is one of the top fighters in the weight class and Montague will be coming in looking to make his name. “Since both of us are so well-rounded, I really want to test my abilities as a mixed martial artist in this fight,” said Dodson. “I want to see if I can throw him off his game before he can throw me off mine. I want to make sure this is a fun fight. I’ve wanted to fight him for a while now, since he was in Tachi Palace. He held the title when he beat Ulysses Gomez, but then he got beat by Ian McCall. I didn’t get my chance to step in the cage with him then, but I’m going to get that opportunity now. “It’s very crucial because the winner of this fight could very well be the next one on the road for the title shot,” he added. “If I win, I could potentially be one fight away from getting another title shot ... and the same for him. If he beats me, he will prove he can hang with the big dogs in the division and could potentially be in line for a title shot as well. There is going to be a lot of hype and expectations out of this fight.” A victory over Montague at UFC 166 will once again solidify Dodson on the title radar at 125 pounds. With the division still in the developmental stages, every fight in the upper-tier provides the opportunity to take tremendous leaps up the divisional ladder. Where he’s reached the top of the hill once before and stumbled before he could claim the throne, this doesn’t detour him from diving back into the fray with everything he has. In all honesty – especially where Dodson is concerned – it’s the only option he has. The TUF winner has made some bold claims regarding his future in the UFC, and if he plans to put any weight behind those words, then fighting his way back to a title opportunity is an absolute must. “Becoming a champion means a lot,” he said. “I put a pretty big stake out there when I said I wanted to become champion in three different weight classes, so for me to put that out there and not try to back it up isn’t an option. I have to be able to put on my ‘big boy’ pants and my ‘big boy’ shoes and go out there and back it up. I can’t pretend like I’m Floyd Mayweather then go out there and get my butt kicked. That shouldn’t happen, ever.”

Third time is a charm At UFC 166 on Oct. 19, Cain Velasquez (top) and Junior dos Santos will meet for a third, and potentially final, fight in their epic trilogy with the UFC heavyweight title on the line.

1. Matt Kenseth (finished third) 2,225 pts.

He padded his lead over Jimmie Johnson by one point with a strong run from midpack. “In the big picture, it was a great night. We have to be able to run in the Top-5 every night. We definitely had a Top-5 car all night, and it just Matt Kenseth took all night to get there.” 2. Jimmie Johnson (finished fourth) 2,221 pts.

A late-race caution caused him to lose the race lead, then he stumbled on the ensuing restart and had to race hard to get back to fourth place. He said having to start on the second row on the restart kept him from regaining the lead. “If we could have come out [of the pits] second ... I think it would have been a much different result for us.” 3. Kevin Harvick (finished sixth) 2,196 pts.

He came on strong at the end after being a non-factor for much of the race. “We got a decent finish, but our car was terrible all night. The [final] restart went our way there at the end and we were able to get a decent finish out of it. We survived.” 4. Jeff Gordon (finished seventh) 2,189 pts.

He started on the pole and had another strong run. “While we’ve been really strong ever since the Chase started, we also came into this thing barely making it in, and one week we probably weren’t in it, and then the next week we’re in it, and then we came from 13th to where we are.” 5. Kyle Busch (finished fifth) 2,188 pts.

He won Saturday’s Nationwide Series race to run his career Charlotte win total to 13 (eight in Nationwide and five in Trucks), but he couldn’t duplicate the performance in his Cup car. “That’s about as good as we are ... fifth place. We should be happy about that, but when it’s time for championship time, that’s not what you need. We need wins and we can’t win.” 6. Greg Biffle (finished 16th) 2,167 pts.

With just one Top-5 and two Top-10 finishes in Chase races this season, he’s dropped to more than a full race behind the top two drivers. He qualified third at Charlotte, but was never really a factor, and spent most of the race running outside the Top-10. 7. Kurt Busch (finished 14th) 2,166 pts.

After several weeks of running with the leaders, he had an off week. “It’s disappointing to finish where we did after having a number of solid runs on the mile-and-a-halfs, including last week’s runner-up finish in Kansas. Next week we’ll give it another go in the Wonder Bread car at Talladega.” 8. Clint Bowyer (finished 11th) 2,162 pts.

A late-race mechanical issue foiled what could have been his best Chase run of 2013. “When it isn’t your day, it just isn’t your day. We should have had a Top-5, but something happened under the hood with about 30 [laps] to go and it just killed us. We were looking so good.” 9. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (finished 15th) 2,159 pts.

Led 19 laps, but his No. 88 Chevrolet failed him down the stretch. “The car just got really tight. We lost a rubber out of the right-rear spring or something like that. It just would not turn at all the last half of the race.” 10. Carl Edwards (finished 10th) 2,158 pts.

The points leader at the end of the regular season just can’t seem to get going in the Chase. “We’re fortunate to finish 10th. I hate to say that, but we just weren’t very good. [Charlotte] is my kind of race track. It’s aging, but we just couldn’t make anything happen.” 11. Joey Logano (finished 18th) 2,150 pts.

He’d been one of the more consistent Chase drivers up until Charlotte, where he finished last among the title contenders. “I think we had about an eighthto 10th-place car tonight and we finished 18th with it. We were just too far off at the start of the race, and by the time we were able to get the car to my liking, we were already a couple of laps down.” 12. Ryan Newman (finished eighth) 2,147 pts.

Dos Santos won the title from the then-champion Velasquez with a first-round knockout at UFC of FOX 1 on Nov. 12, 2011. Velasquez regained the title with a dominating unanimous decision victory over dos Santos at UFC 155 on Dec. 29, 2012. The two dominate heavyweights are a combined 20-2 since joining the UFC, with both losses coming from each other.

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His No. 39 Chevrolet was good on the long, greenflag runs, but it was a short run at the end that decided the finishing order. “Our Quicken Loans Chevrolet was really good as the run went on – it would come to life 20 or 25 laps into the run. But by then, we’d lost track position and couldn’t get it back. We weren’t able to capitalize on the speed we had in the car.” 13. Kasey Kahne (finished second) 2,144 pts.

He led 138 laps, more than any other driver, but was passed at the end by Brad Keselowski, who had four fresh tires to Kahne’s two. “I was doing all I could and felt pretty good, but [Keselowski] made some nice moves and just really had some speed there late in the race and was able to get by me.”

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One of the world’s foremost authorities on structural security agrees to take on one last job: breaking out of an ultra-secret, high-tech facility called “The Tomb.” Deceived and wrongly imprisoned, Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) must recruit fellow inmate Emil Rottmayer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) to help devise a daring, nearly impossible plan to escape from the most protected and fortified prison ever built.

Writer-director Diablo Cody delivers this hilarious tale of innocence lost and paradise found. After a nearly fatal accident, 21-yearold Lamb Mannerheim (Julianne Hough) is beginning to realize that the world is much bigger than her small, God-fearing Montana town. Armed with a big, fat insurance payout and a checklist of untried sins, there’s only one place for her first taste of temptation – Las Vegas. Now this wide-eyed, innocent girl will have to navigate the bright lights, seedy bars and dark alleys of “Sin City.” And, with the help of a few new friends (Russell Brand and Octavia Spencer), Lamb just might survive her strange adventure and discover what it means to really live.


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Carrie A reinterpretation of the classic horror tale about a sheltered high school girl who unleashes her newly developed telekinetic powers after she is pushed too far by her peers. Carrie White (Chloe Grace Moretz) is a lonely and awkward teen who is constantly bullied at school and beaten at home at the hands of her religious mother (Julianne Moore). But Carrie has a secret ... she’s been blessed with the terrifying power of telekinesis. When her peers decide to pull a prank on her at prom, they’ll soon learn a deadly lesson – if you play with fire, you get burned.

Triggering our age of high-stakes secrecy, explosive news leaks and the trafficking of classified information, WikiLeaks forever changed the game. Now, in a dramatic thriller based on real events, “The Fifth Estate” reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century’s most fiercely debated organization. The story begins as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Bruhl) team up to become underground watchdogs of the privileged and powerful. On a shoestring, they create a platform that allows whistleblowers to anonymously leak covert data, shining a light on the dark recesses of government secrets and corporate crimes. Soon, they are breaking more hard news than the world’s most legendary media organizations combined. But when Assange and Domscheit-Berg gain access to the biggest trove of confidential intelligence documents in U.S. history, they battle each other and a defining question of our time – what are the costs of keeping secrets in a free society and what are the costs of exposing them?

12 Years a Slave Chiwetel Ejiofor stars in the true story of Solomon Northup, a free man in 1800s New York, who was kidnapped and forced into slavery on a plantation near New Orleans, and his subsequent fight for freedom with the help of a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt). Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sarah Paulson and Paul Giamatti co-star.

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Scotty McCreery hopes to ‘See You Tonight’ By Daryl Addison Great American Country |

Scotty McCreery walked a neo-traditional line on his 2011 debut, “Clear As Day,” with a sterling sound recalling Alan Jackson and Clint Black in the country music world. Now the former “American Idol” champion has returned with his follow-up, “See You Tonight,” an electric 13-song set blending those influences with the idea that things can heat up when the sun goes down. Working with producer Frank Rogers (Darius Rucker, Trace Adkins), McCreery taps into the life and times of a college student on his new record – a life that he is actually living himself at North Carolina State University. And just like they do for underclassman everywhere, girls and parties get a lot of attention. The relaxed and rhythmic “Blue Jean Baby” appreciates her good denim while the raucous party-tune

“Now” yells out for a good time. “Let’s crank it up loud,” McCreery sings on the anthem. Fiddle and mandolin still run through the mix, but song structures and arrangements have a more contemporary feel this time around. “I Don’t Want To BeYour Friend” plays with a funky bass line and up/down rhythm section, and the summer song “Feelin’ It” uses a sequenced intro and big whoa-oh-whoa-ohs in the chorus. Though he always had the chops, there’s plenty of evidence on “See You Tonight” that McCreery is developing into one of the genre’s finest singers. Performances are consistently dynamic as he shows off some serious vocal agility. His anticipation and timing on the title track match the song’s urgency while the banjo-fire “Can You Feel It” displays a sense of tempo and rhythm that belies his age. McCreery can turn individual syllables in and out, as he does on the melodic “Get Gone With You,” showing off exceptionally tight control to the

great emotional benefit of the song. Though the party continues on songs like “Buzzin’,” “See You Tonight” saves time for deep moments of reflection as well. As he sings on the acoustic guitar/mandolin closer “Something More,” “By now I think I’ve heard every line there is to hear about a truck,” in an effort to hear something more substantial. On this project, those moments come most prominently on “The Dash” and “Carolina Moon.” “It ain’t about the numbers chiseled in concrete – it’s how they lived their lives in the dash between,” he reassures on the former over moody piano and fleeting electric guitars. Alison Krauss joins on the Appalachian-tinged “Carolina Moon” to offer sparkling harmonies as McCreery sings lovingly of his home state, while “Southern stars are dancing around the North Carolina Moon.” And in a rather subtle move, “Feel Good Summer Song” is anything but as fluttering bass fuels a dramatic arrange-

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ment. McCreery’s voice becomes more and more pained through the four-minute song that is full of poignant aches and stunning bends. While “See You Tonight” features a more progressive sound than his first release, it also displays an older and wiser perspective. Life might be full of parties and co-eds in college, but McCreery also shows that a growing maturity can come with the territory as well. And on “See You Tonight,” McCreery balances both with an authentic and honest feel.


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“Turbo: Super Stunt Squad” is a high-velocity action game featuring the super-charged crew of characters from the film. Each playable character has their own signature street style and trickedout skills, which will come in handy when showing-off and earning respect with jumps, drifts, slides, flips and other super-cool stunt moves. Expert skills will also prove useful to earn powerups, customize your character, win competitive challenges and discover shortcuts in the dynamic larger-than-life environments of Turbo’s world. Some of the key features of “Turbo: Super Stunt Squad” include: ■ Perform awesome stunts – Drift, slide and catch air with turbo-charged jumps and flips, race at lightning fast speeds and show-off with pulsepounding combo stunts. ■ Rev up the action with Team Turbo – Compete – up to four players for Wii and two players

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■ green tip – Flip a switch to save money It sounds almost too simple, but don’t forget that you can save a lot of energy, and therefore money, by making sure to turn off the lights when you leave a room. Lighting is responsible for about 11 percent of a home’s energy bills. It’s true that a compact fluorescent bulb uses about 75 percent less electricity than an incandescent, but the most energy-saving bulb of all is one that’s turned off.


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As the months pass and the end of the calendar year approaches, it’s time to update your do-it-yourself list. Several home winterization projects will help keep your home in good repair come spring. While some projects should be left for the experts – like cleaning out the chimney – there are several most homeowners can accomplish themselves. These projects are easy to tackle and the end result will make a huge difference to your home all winter long and into the spring months. ■ Flushing gutters – Leaves and small tree branches often fall onto the roof of your home during the summer months and then wash into the gutters when it rains. Sometimes they’ll flush out, but other times this debris can build up and prevents the water from draining down the gutter pipe. In winter, this water can back up and freeze, causing an ice dam which can then damage the roof shingles and cause leaks into the home and garage when it rains. Be sure to flush the gutters clean, and if you’ve noticed icicles in certain areas in the past, consider installing a heating cable to help keep the water melted and moving down the gutter and into the yard. ■ Sealing concrete cracks – When water gets into cracks in your sidewalk or driveway and freezes, it can expand, creating a much larger crack come spring. Over time, large cracks will eventually turn into damaged concrete, requiring complete replacement. Tiny cracks that appear shortly after the concrete is poured are not a problem, but those that appear over time and continue to grow are good candidates for repair. There are a variety of patching materials from Sakrete that can be used to repair cracks. Small narrow cracks can be filled with latex, polyurethane or other products typically found in caulk type tubes or plastic squeeze bottles. They have the advantage of not requiring mixing and being applied directly into the crack. Sakrete Top n Bond is a much more versatile product that can be used to repair any cracks ranging anywhere from extremely fine to several inches across. In ad-

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October, which is Energy Action Month, is a great time to learn more about how your home uses energy. By making more energy efficient choices, you can increase the comfort of your home, reduce your energy bills, breathe healthier air indoors and help the environment. While there are many ways you can make your home more energy efficient on your own – from upgrading your appliances to turning lights off when you exit a room – there are also a number of potential inefficiencies in your home that can’t be seen by the naked eye. An energy audit, conducted by a home performance contractor, can pinpoint key ways your home can improve its energy efficiency. Visit to learn more and to find a home performance contractor in your area. This Energy Action Month, celebrate by making your home and community a healthier place for you and your family.

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Admission is $5 Per Person/$15 Family. Military is 1/2 price and includes farm activities except pumpkin purchase.

Affordable childcare for military families. Bright Beginnings Daycare Mon-Fri, 6am - 6pm, near Oceana Naval Air Base. 757-965-9382


Professional Services


MILITARY NEWSPAPERS OF VIRGINIA serves the needs of our local active duty soldiers, their families, and retiree/veterans in the Hampton Roads area. We are seeking an inside sales executive to represent our newspaper and service the Hampton Roads market via client management and outbound telephone sales.

Aikido of Norfolk, friendly training in a traditional Martial Art. Military welcome, pay reduced rates.


Burial/Cemetery Plot Hampton Memorial Gardens; 2 side by side land spaces; granite base, 2 Monarch vaults. $4,500.00. 804-307-3830.


A successful candidate will: â&#x20AC;˘ Have a strong work ethic, and be a self motivator â&#x20AC;˘ Enjoy working with clients in finding solutions that will assist them in promoting their businesses to the military through our product offerings of newspaper, online, and events. â&#x20AC;˘ Manage time wisely and be a great multi-tasker! â&#x20AC;˘ Is results driven and goal-oriented. â&#x20AC;˘ Has a minimum of 3 years inside telephone sales, or similar experience. â&#x20AC;˘ Someone that is committed to the military, community, and our company.

Condo 4 rent- Bayview Area & Tidewater Dr. 2BR each Private BA. Open Floor Plan. $1200 month. Avail now. Please Call 757-472-8791.


For Rent, 3 bdrm, 2 bth condo, near beach, 1 yr lease, all appliances including w/d included. call for details 757-619-3375.


For Rent-Rooms Indian River area, near everything. 3BR, 2BA, screened in porch, huge fenced yd with patio/barbeque area $600mo. utilities incld. 757-482-0312.

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VA. Beach by Lynnhaven Mall, near bases. All Util/cable/wifi. $490 mo +dep. Avail now. 757-472-3581.

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Job number 3174 (sales executive) or

40% Military Discount on all other sets!

fax your resume to (757) 853-1634

Can deliver. 757-706-3667

Jewelry & Watches 2cttw Engagement Ring - Gorgeous Princess Composite & Round Diamond 14k YG, size 7. $1075./obo 757-270-7988



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Townhouse for rent in Salem Lakes, VA Beach, 2BR, 2 full baths, $950 mo. plus utilities Call 757-479-2815 for more information.

#21 â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;00 INFINITI I30 $5949 #91 â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;03 TOYOTA COROLLA $6405

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#71 â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;03 TOYOTA CAMRY $6949

3BR, 2BA, EIK, fireplace, deck, new carpet, new paint, close to NAS & DAM Neck Base. $1,300 mo. 1 yr. lease. Call 757-567-6099.

#02 â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;06 DODGE DURANGO $7742


#61 â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;08 VW JETTA $8842

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#31 â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;04 TOYOTA 4RUNNER $9463

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Wanted To Buy WWII Relics. Retired Vet seeks WWII helmets, medals, daggers, etc. 757-869-1739

Sept. - Apr. Online application & Pics avail. or call 426-6262 for more info. Sandbridge Realty



Sell Healthy Coffee. 7ways to get paid. Mercedes Car Bonus. 35 Countries. 301-412-0781





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#52 â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;02 CHEVY TRAILBLAZER $4317

Full- $99, Queen- $129, King- $169

Military Newspapers of Virginia, a subsidiary of Pilot Media Companies, LLC, is an equal opportunity employer.

For Sale-Va. Beach Home ARAGONA - $174,800. 3BR, attached & detached garage/workshop, large fenced yard. Harriet Pose, Rose & Womble RLTY 757-581-7800

For Rent-Condo


Compensation package is salary and commission based. Flexible work schedule.

9556 16th Bay St. 4br/2.5 ba. Under construction $299,900. Wood floors, stainless steel kitchen appliances. You can't beat the value! Call Kelly Hollowell, 717-5022. Rose and Womble

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ROMAN CATHOLIC Mass schedule: 9 a.m., Sun. Bible study: 9:30 a.m., Tues. PROTESTANT Worship service:11 a.m., Sun. Bible study: Noon, Wed.

Naval Station Norfolk PROTESTANT Sun. School : 9 a.m. Sun. (Ages 4 - Adult) AWANA / Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church : 10 a.m., Sun. (Ages 4 - 10) Worship service:10:30 a.m., Sun. Fellowship: 11:30 a.m., Sun. Coffeehouse: 6 p.m., Sun. Bible Study/ Band Practice: 5 p.m., Mon. PWOC: 9:30 a.m., Wed Choir practice: 6 p.m., Wed. LATTER DAY SAINTS Worship: 11:30 a.m., Sun. (Chapel Annex Classroom 1) Meeting: 7 p.m., Wed. (Chapel Annex Classroom 4)


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ROMAN CATHOLIC Our Lady of Victory Chapel Mass schedule: 11:45 a.m., Wed. | 10 a.m., Sun. PROTESTANT David Adams Memorial Chapel Worship services: 10:30 a.m., Sun. Jewish SABBATH Commodore Levy Chapel (Second Floor Bldg. C7) Sabbath: 7:30 p.m., Fri. (Sabbath Fellowship Oneg Shabbot Follows)

* Nursery care is available Sundays, 10 a.m. - Noon

ISLAMIC WORSHIP: Masjid al Daâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;wah 2nd Floor (Bldg. C-7) Services: 1:30 p.m., Fri. Chapels are open daily for prayer.

NWS Yorktown Chapel

NAS Oceana Chapel

ROMAN CATHOLIC ROMAN CATHOLIC Mass schedule: 8:30 a.m., Sun. Mass schedule: 11:30 a.m., Tues.-Fri. PROTESTANT 9 a.m. & 12:15 p.m., Sun. Worship service:10:30 a.m., Sun. PROTESTANT Sun. school: 9:15 a.m., Sun. NSA Northwest Worship service: 10:40 a.m., Annex Chapel Sun. ROMAN CATHOLIC Bible study: 11 a.m., Wed. Rosary: 8:30 a.m., Sun. Confessions: 8:45 a.m., Sun. Dam Neck Annex Mass Schedule: 9 a.m., Sun. Chapel ROMAN CATHOLIC PROTESTANT (EPISCOPAL) Confessions: 4:15 p.m., Sat. Worship service: 11 a.m., Sun. Mass Schedule: 5 p.m., Sat. VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL July 29 - Aug. 2; 6 to 8 p.m.

PROTESTANT Worship service: 9 a.m., Sun.

contact info

duty chaplain

Norfolk: 444-7361 JEBLCFS: 462-7427 Yorktown: 887-4711 Oceana: 433-2871 Dam Neck: 492-6602 NSA Northwest Annex: 421-8204

The Duty Chaplain stands by to serve and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Conversations are confidential. Contact the Duty Chaplain by calling 438-3822.

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