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IN THIS ISSUE Thanksgiving Boost
As mid-November fast approaches, our minds turn toward the Thanksgiving meal. With these simple tips and money-saving promotions, your commissary will help you lay out the Thanksgiving spread everyone is anticipating while not busting your budget. PAGE A2
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Military Veterans to be honored by the NEX By Kristine Sturkie
Navy Exchange Service Command Public Affairs
50 Years Later: Veteran revisits former duty station for Veteran’s Day
By MCSN Jordan Grimes
time that I enlisted,” said Stafford. “The aspect of being able to fly is something that I look back on with a lot of pride.” According to Stafford, an AT2 like himself was important to be included in the flight crew because they were the only ones who truly knew how to fix the planes. Without them, the Navy may not have known how to identify and solve any issues that may arise. For Stafford, joining the Navy was a matter of serving his country in a time of need. The United States was in the midst of the Vietnam War, and he decided to forego his chances of being drafted by volunteering in February 1968 at the age of 20 putting his skills where he believed they would best help. Stafford was not only influenced by the needs of his country but by his family as well. “I figured it was a strong possibility that I would get drafted, so I went ahead and proactively decided that I would enlist,” he said. “Plus, both of my brothers had been in the Navy.” Both of his brothers joined at 17-years-old to
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NORFOLK — The year is 1971, and 23-yearold Richard Stafford is doing a training flight at Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 120 (VAW-120) in Norfolk, Virginia aboard Naval Station Norfolk. He mans the radar scope, meticulously turning knobs and flipping switches, while keeping an eye on the screen for anything incoming. To his left, is a combat information officer and an air control officer both of whom are also monitoring radar screens. Stafford served in the Navy as an Aviation Electronics Technician for four years. He had a second rating as a Flight Technician as well. He enjoyed his time and the day-to-day aspects of his job at VAW-120 and VAW-124 like the maintenance and repair of electronics equipment onboard E2-A aircrafts. Stafford said he remembers his favorite part was getting to fly. “I wanted to be in Naval aviation from the
Richard Stafford, Navy Veteran who served at Naval Station Norfolk in the 70s. (COURTESY PHOTO)
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VIRGINIA BEACH, VA, — To honor the service of veterans and in celebration of Veterans Day, select NEX locations will present a 2021 commemorative coin to retired veterans on Thursday, Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. — 2 p.m., while supplies last. The coins will also be available online at myNavyExchange.com when a purchase is made beginning on Nov. 11 EST, until supplies last. Veterans should bring verification of veteran status, if available. “Our NEX stores and associates really look forward to honoring our veterans with this coin presentation each year,” said Bill Marx, Marketing Promotion Coordinator for the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM). “Since many of our NEXCOM associates and military affiliated, they truly know the sacrifices our veterans make in service to our county. To make it easier for a veteran to get a coin, NEXCOM is once again teaming up with the other military exchanges and the Defense Commissary Agency so that veterans can be honored at any Army/Air Force Exchange, Coast Guard Exchange, Commissary or Marine Corps Exchange as well.” NEX locations that will be distributing the commemorative coins are NEX Norfolk, Little Creek, Portsmouth and Oceana, Virginia; NEX Annapolis, Patuxent River and Bethesda, Maryland; NEX Mitchel Field, New York; NEX New London, Connecticut; NEX Newport, Rhode Island; NEX Great Lakes, Illinois; NEX Crane, Indiana; NEX Kings Bay, Georgia; NEX Charleston, South Carolina; NEX Memphis, Tennessee; NEX Meridian and Gulfport, Mississippi; NEX Belle Chase, Louisiana; NEX Orlando, Jacksonville, Mayport, Pensacola, Panama City and Key West, Florida; NEX Corpus Christi, Texas; NEX San Diego, Lemoore, North Island and Port Hueneme, California; NEX Bangor, Bremerton, Everett and Whidbey Island, Washington; NEX Fallon, Nevada; NEX Pearl Harbor; NEX Guam; NEX Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; NEX Sasebo, Yokosuka and Atsugi, Japan; NEX Sigonella, Sicily; NEX Naples, Italy; NEX Rota, Spain; NEX Bahrain and NEX Djibouti.
To honor the service of veterans and in celebration of Veterans Day, select NEX locations will present a 2021 commemorative coin to retired veterans on Thursday, Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., while supplies last. made status, if available. (US NAVY PHOTO)
USS Gerald R. Ford’s Ship’s Nurse: Saving Lives is Her Calling By MCSA Manvir Gill
USS Gerald R. Ford Public Affairs
NORFOLK — When Lt. Cmdr. Susan Murphy, from Modesto, California, USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN 78) nurse, raised her hand and took the oath of enlistment in 2004, she never expected that 18 years later she would become Ford’s nurse. For her it has been a long journey filled with multiple challenges, including a harsh childhood and homelessness, to achieve her dreams. “I had a brother who had a pretty significant mental illness,” said Murphy. Despite winning the spelling bee and skipping a grade, most of her parents’ time and
attention was dedicated to her brother’s violent behavior due to his mental illness. The stress led to her parents’ divorce and her father became depressed and bedridden, leaving the family with no money. Meanwhile, Murphy’s mother remarried a man from church. “This guy ended up being a con-man and a sex offender,” said Murphy. Every time her step-father was around Murphy he got violent, and when she told her mother about the incidents, her mother would choose her new husband over her children. “Very, very easily, very quickly, I became homeless at the age of 16,” she said. “A lot of Turn to USS Gerald R. Ford, Page 7
Lt. Cmdr. Susan Murphy, from Modesto, California, USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN 78) ship’s nurse, administers a ﬂu shot to Senior Chief Information Systems Technician James Meggison, from Wyandotte, Michigan, assigned to Ford’s combat systems department, in the aft weapons transfer and handling area. (MC3 ADONICA MUNOZ)
Eye on Innovation
USS Pasadena (SSN 752) returned to the ﬂeet Oct. 31 following successful completion of its Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA) at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY).
At Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY), the Technology and Innovation (T&I) Laboratory is working to bring these new innovations to America’s Shipyard.
Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center recently completed repairs aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Forrest Sherman, replacing a SynchroSelf-Shifting Clutch in seven days — a job that typically takes months.PAGE A3
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Royal Navy Commodore Tom Guy, deputy director, Combined Joint Operations from the Sea, Centre of Excellence (CJOS COE), center, speaks with NATO counterparts during the 6th annual Maritime Security Regimes Round Table. CJOS COE hosted their 6th annual Maritime Security Regimes Round Table virtually from Norfolk, Virginia, Nov. 3-4. (JOSHUA M TOLBERT)
Combined Joint Operations from the Sea Centre of Excellence Hosts 6th Annual Maritime Security Regimes Round Table By MC3 Michael Hazlett
U.S. 2nd Fleet Public Affairs
NORFOLK — Combined Joint Operations from the Sea, Centre of Excellence (CJOS COE), hosted their 6th annual Maritime Security Regimes Round Table virtually, Nov. 3 - 4. This year’s theme was “Challenges and Threats in Global Maritime Security.” Over the course of the event, the topics discussed included geographic hotspots, including the Arctic, emerging maritime challenges, and how technological and procedural improvements can be harnessed to address these challenges. Vice Adm. Daniel Dwyer, Director, CJOS COE, expressed his pride in the great work being done collectively, even during the
current COVID-19 pandemic and challenges associated with it. “The Maritime Security Regimes Roundtable is one of CJOS COE’s marquee annual events that has grown steadily over the years,” said Dwyer. “It has become a premiere forum for bringing stakeholders together to address challenges and improve collective maritime security. This is my first year having the opportunity to participate in the Maritime Security Regimes Roundtable and although we had envisioned an in-person event, I have no doubt that the online format will be just as engaging as it has been in person in years past.” As well as opening comments from NATO’s Allied Maritime Commander, Vice Admiral Keith Blount, leaders from current at-sea operations to include Operation ATALANTA
and Operation IRINI highlighted operations and current maritime efforts. The 2021 Maritime Security Regimes Round Table workshop was held in ‘real time,’ which employed a moderated panel format to facilitate open discussion. This year there were four panels, each of which was organized into groups of speakers who made their presentations virtually. After concluding, online audience members had the chance to conduct live ‘Q&A’ with panel members via on-line chat. During and throughout the struggles of the pandemic, Dwyer said that it is encouraging to participate in this forum that has adapted and overcome the obstacles associated with it by facilitating the exchange of ideas and strengthening connections worldwide.
Deputy Director Commodore Tom Guy was delighted with the range of participants from defense, academia and industry, from across the globe, and noted that the discussions had been really valuable. “It is our intention to use these kinds of events to drive tangible change and improvement through connecting the right people and engaging with challenging issues; the past two days of discussions have done just that.” He noted that he was very grateful to Old Dominion University for the use of their ‘Innovation Hub’ to host the event, and the support and participation of their partner COEs, the Centre for Operations in Confined and Shallow Waters, the Maritime Security Center of Excellence, and the NATO Maritime Interdiction Operations Training Centre. CJOS COE was established in May 2006 and represents 12 nations. CJOS is one of 28 NATO accredited centres worldwide, and the only NATO Centre of Excellence in the U.S., representing a collective wealth of international experience, expertise and best practices in warfare in the maritime domain. For more information on CJOS COE, please visit http://www.cjoscoe.org
THANKSGIVING BOOST: Commissaries give customers ideas for preparing their festive feasts By Kathy Milley, DeCa Public Affairs
FORT LEE, Va. — As mid-November fast approaches, our minds turn toward the Thanksgiving meal. While the turkey is considered the show-stopper, arguably, the side dishes are what we look forward to the most. “Every family has favorite must-have Thanksgiving sides that they anticipate all year,” said Bonita Moffett, the Defense Commissary Agency’s sales director. “Shop the commissary to save money on all the ingredients necessary to make sure all those favorites hit your holiday table.” With these simple tips and money-saving promotions, your commissary will help you lay out the Thanksgiving spread everyone is anticipating while not busting your budget: • Make a list and stick to it. The commissary website has lots of recipes. Go to https://www.commissaries.com/recipes/ all-recipes and use these recipes to help make your grocery list. At the store, don’t get distracted by impulse buys that can destroy your budget. • Shop your pantry. Plan dishes around ingredients you already have on hand. • Load commissary coupons onto your Commissary Rewards Card before you shop. Don’t have a rewards card yet? Pick one up at your local commissary and register it here: https://www.commissaries.com/ rewards-and-savings/rewards-card • Check out the savings on your commissary website. Visit https://www. commissaries.com/rewards-and-savings/
savings-center for coupons, sales flyers and featured items. • Take advantage of reduced prices on holiday turkeys. While supplies last, Commissaries are offering frozen, wholebody Shady Brook/Honeysuckle/Valchris turkeys for less than 50 cents a pound through December and frozen Butterball, whole-body turkeys for less than a $1.50 a pound. • Mix do-it-yourself with store-made foods: From appetizers to apple pies, your commissary can help save you time and money with their prepared foods. Meat and cheese platters can be ordered several ways: The deli manager can take your order when shopping at the commissary or order online using the Commissary CLICK2GO web page on www.commissaries.com. Fruit and vegetable trays may be ordered through your produce manager while shopping or by calling the produce department. • Buy produce that is in season. Using fruits and veggies that are in season and readily available will save you money. See a list at https://snaped.fns.usda.gov/seasonal-produce-guide. From Nov. 29 to Dec. 5, stateside stores will have special prices on pears, a holiday staple. • Take advantage of the Produce Doorbuster Sale. From Nov. 19 — 24, stateside commissaries to include Alaska and Hawaii will offer significant savings on potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions and fresh cranberries, key ingredients in some of the favorite holiday side dishes. • Consider leftovers. Your commissary has made it easy to ensure you have ingredi-
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expensive,” Moffett said. “Your commissary is the time saving solution for a great Thanksgiving meal, complete with your favorite sides and leftover options, on an affordable budget.”
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NORFOLK (Feb. 9, 2021) The guided-missile destroyer USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98) departs from the pier as the ship makes its way out for sea trials. Forrest Sherman is in the ﬁnal stage of a selected restricted availability (SRA) managed by Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC) and executed by Marine Hydraulics International. MARMC provides surface ship maintenance, management and oversight of private sector maintenance and ﬂeet technical assistance to ships in the Mid-Atlantic region. (HENDRICK L DICKSON)
MARMC Expedites USS Forrest Sherman Clutch Replacement By Hendrick Dickson
Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center Public Affairs
NORFOLK — Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC) recently completed expedited repairs aboard the Arleigh Burkeclass guided missile destroyer USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98), replacing a SynchroSelf-Shifting (SSS) Clutch on one of the Gas Turbine Mains (GTM) in seven days — a job that typically takes months.
Crewmembers discovered the GTM could not engage the clutch to the main reduction gear during startup. MARMC field technicians determined that the SSS clutch needed replacing. A team from MARMC, working with ship’s force, completed the job in just a week. This is the first time MARMC has completed this type of depot level repair in this amount of time. It is a huge accomplishment for the maintenance center which is focused on continuously strengthening their
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collaborative efforts with regional ships in order to give commanders more flexibility. “I give a lot of credit to the crew. They were able to coordinate everything, getting us the parts we needed as we needed them,” said MARMC Steam Propulsion Mechanical Engineer Ed Bennett. “We worked every day and just kept moving until we got it done. There was no down time, and we were able to turn it around as quick as possible to get them back up and running.” Forrest Sherman is preparing for an upcom-
ing Board of Inspection and Survey and could not successfully complete the inspection without the GTM operating properly. “It was a total group effort from ship’s force; Code 261 (Gas Turbines and Engine Controls) and the diesel shop,” said Bennett. “This is something we do at MARMC, especially high priority jobs with a critical deadlines. We come together to make sure we get it done so the ship and crew can accomplish their mission.” MARMC, a directorate under Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), provides surface ship maintenance, management and oversight of private sector maintenance and fleet technical assistance to ships in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States and provides support to the fifth and sixth Fleet Area of Responsibilities. They are also responsible for the floating dry-dock Dynamic (AFDL-6).
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USS Pasadena (SSN 752) returned to the ﬂeet Oct. 31 following successful completion of its Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA) at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY). (ALDO ANDERSON)
Norfolk Naval Shipyard Returns USS Pasadena to the Fleet From Michael D. Brayshaw
Norfolk Naval Shipyard Public Affairs
NORFOLK — USS Pasadena (SSN 752) returned to the fleet Oct. 31 following successful completion of its Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA) at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY). The Los Angeles-class submarine spent just over a year at NNSY to replace, repair and overhaul components throughout the boat, as the shipyard’s first DSRA in a decade. Pasadena served as NNSY’s pilot project leveraging the Naval Sustainment System— Shipyards (NSS-SY) program. NSS-SY is underway at all four public shipyards, leveraging industry and government best practices on shipyard processes to drive quick and
visible improvements in ship maintenance. During the overhaul, Navy leaders such as Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Harker visited NNSY and met with the Pasadena team to pledge their support and discuss the drive to “get real, get better,” encouraging shipyarders to candidly discuss any constraints so they can be resolved. NSS-SY initiatives included establishing an Operations Control Center to drive project team communications and resolve barriers in work execution, and “crew boards” to track jobs supporting the boat’s overhaul. Deputy Project Superintendent Mike Harrell was brought onto the project for standing up the center and was instrumental in breaking down barriers to ensure non-stop execution of the critical chain of work, driving through
issues and constraints to completion. While Pasadena did not meet its original completion date, these improvements helped deliver the boat back to the Fleet and are being implemented on other NNSY overhauls, to include USS Toledo (SSN 769) and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). “Following a tremendous amount of effort and teaming on a very challenging availability, Pasadena has returned to the Fleet to meet its significant operational commitment for our Navy and Nation,” said Shipyard Commander Captain Dianna Wolfson. “The Pasadena project team met our Navy leadership challenge to ‘get real, get better’ in several significant ways, and their efforts will pay off as we leverage their learning across America’s Shipyard and our NAVSEA enterprise. I
am so proud of and thankful to our project team and everyone in America’s Shipyard who supported them throughout this availability as One Team!” Project Superintendent Frank Williams said the project team stayed focused throughout all phases of the availability on knowledge sharing and maintaining schedule. Beyond NSS-SY improvements, Pasadena’s team incorporated lessons learned from Portsmouth Naval Shipyard’s USS Newport News (SSN 750) DSRA in planning the availability and executing similar jobs. Additionally, when Pasadena missed its original undocking date in the spring, the project team worked to perform more jobs with the boat on keel blocks to condense the schedule following undocking. “Sailors and ships are meant to be at sea and not in a repair environment and throughout all phases of the availability, it’s been our job to get them back there,” said Williams. “The project team has done a great job keeping focused on this throughout the past 13 months. Thanks to all the efforts of our team and Ship’s Force, we have now gotten Pasadena back to sea where she belongs!”
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people look at me and they say, ‘How did you end up homeless?’ It just comes and you can’t believe that it’s happening to you.” After realizing she was hanging around the wrong people, the wrong boyfriend and clinging to her job as a bagger at a grocery store, Murphy had an epiphany. “I’m going to be addicted to drugs, pregnant at a young age, or my life is going to go nowhere,” she remembers thinking. To turn her life around, she chose to enlist as a way of escaping her situation at home. After the Air Force told her they had no medical related options open, she went around the block to see what the other recruiting offices had to offer. Walking past the Army office she saw posters of Soldiers rucking and decided that she did not want that for herself. As a 17-year-old looking for an escape from her situation, the pullup bars in the Marine Corps office did not speak to her either. As she came up to the Navy office she saw a poster inside of a swim call and made her decision with one simple phrase leveraging everything. “I can swim,” said Murphy. Those three words would begin her long and fruitful career in the Navy that started as a deck seaman through the General Detail Targeted Enlistment Program. This program, her chief recruiter had told her, would allow her to become the corpsman that she wanted to be as long as she remained out of trouble. During the last day of her civilian job, her co-workers threw her a party and 10 days later on Feb. 24, 2004 Murphy joined the Navy at the age of 17. Due to an event at her command that expedited her transfer, she became a corpsman earlier than she had expected. “I went to Naval Hospital Bremerton and at the time they still had an intensive care unit,” said Murphy. “They were like ‘Oh you can work in family medicine. It’s really easy. You’re going to like it.’ and I was insulted.” She made it clear to the corpsman showing her around that she had come there to work, and was adamant that the intensive care unit (ICU) was where she was going to get the experience
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do their part during World War II. Today, the Stafford family’s Navy legacy is being continued by his two grandsons, Information Systems Technician Seaman James Long and Seaman Robert Long, who is currently attending A-school to become a fire control technician. He said he is very proud of the steps his grandsons have taken in starting a career in the Navy. “As young married men with families, I am very pleased that they are both taking advantage of the in-depth training they are receiving in the Navy and the work experience their time in the Navy will provide,” said Stafford. “Whether they decide to make the Navy their career or return to civilian life, the decision to serve their country in the Navy continues a tradition their great uncles started by enlisting in the Navy during
that she strived for. Seeing the ICU nurses in action made her realize how much she wanted to do what they did. “It was like I was struck by lightning,” said Murphy. She was inspired by the ICU nurse’s ability to do five things at once while also training other nurses and corpsmen and she aspired to be like them. After realizing several times that saving lives was her calling, despite being very junior in the Navy she worked herself to the bone to apply for the medical enlisted commissioning program. Several people told her she was unlikely to be selected during her first cycle, but her hard work and skill paid off and she was picked up her first time applying. At her first command as a nurse she was elated to finally get the chance to achieve her dream of being an ICU nurse. However, her spirits were crushed when she was placed as far away from the ICU as someone can get — psychology. “I was so discouraged by that, but it happened to be a great experience being in the psych unit. I learned invaluable skills that I continue to use as a nurse today,” said Murphy. With the junior Sailors that she mentors today, she reminds them that they have to want their dreams, to not say that they want to be something, but that they will be what they dream to be. “I have had the blessing of watching my Sailors grow and come to the realization that they are amazing; setting a goal and going after it,” said Murphy. Murphy’s favorite part of her job is nurturing the junior hospitalman at a patient’s bedside and watching them grow from being afraid of the hundreds of pieces of equipment, to confidently saving someone’s life in an emergency. Seeing a patient walk out of a hospital after being there for the worst moments of their life and being there to provide compassionate care for them during that time is what drives Murphy to keep working and doing her best as Ford’s Nurse. “Getting people back to their families is my job,” she said. “I’m a sixth-generation nurse; it’s in my DNA. I care so much and I hope that’s evident in how hard I work here and how hard I’ve worked everywhere else.” World War II. Stafford looks forward to the possibility of revisiting the command he said that he loved so much during his time in the Navy. He said he believes a lot of good feelings would come up for him, if his request for a tour is fulfilled. “In one sense, it would kind of be like traveling in time,” he said. “It would really be revealing for me to see what that time-frame has done to the technology that the aircraft has on it now.” Stafford said he feels that even though his time in the Navy has passed, he keeps his experiences close to his heart. Today, he stays up-to-date with his old command by following their social media pages in hopes of catching a glimpse of how times have changed and improved the job he loved. Fifty years ago around this time, Stafford was featured in Naval Station Norfolk’s former newspaper, which highlighted the work of VAW-120 and showcased a photo of young Stafford working on his console.
Eye on Innovation: Real Ideas Spark Innovation at Norfolk Naval Shipyard By Kristi R Britt
Norfolk Naval Shipyard Public Affairs
PORTSMOUTH, VA — We live in an ever-evolving climate where new technologies and processes are developed daily across the globe. At Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY), the Technology and Innovation (T&I) Laboratory is working to bring these new innovations to America’s Shipyard. In addition, the team is working to nurture the ideas of its workforce, taking concepts and bringing them to actuality to help best improve how NNSY does business. The NNSY T&I Lab launched the REAL Ideas Program with the desire to create a space where shipyard workers can submit and implement new ideas and technology to improve safety, cost, productivity, and quality of executed projects at NNSY. The program team collaborates with shipyard workers in understanding their needs, researching what’s available, and breaking down barriers to bring together the personnel who can help develop and deploy the ideas. The end goal is to either secure the desired process or technology, or develop it to fit the needs of the requestor. “We launched the program a few years ago with the primary focus of benefiting our employees who work each day servicing our fleet,” said NNSY Innovation Program Dan Adams. “We want to be a tool for our workforce to use and bring ideas to the forefront, helping them overcome obstacles and turning those ideas into reality. We’re here to support you and your idea in whatever way we can.” The REAL Ideas Program mission is to nurture and encourage workplace innovation and leverage new and existing technologies at America’s Shipyard. It focuses on bridging resource gaps to provide the workforce with the tools and assets necessary for creating a more efficient workplace. Currently the process is for interested parties to email, call, or stop by the T&I Lab with their idea or their specific need. The team will then provide the customer with a submission form to provide as many details as possible, including background information for what needs to be addressed, what impact the idea will have for the shipyard and the Navy, and any other specifications required. “We want to make it as easy as possible for our workers to be able to submit their ideas. Once we have the request in-hand, we can begin communications with the customer to make sure we’re aligned on our next steps,” said NNSY T&I Lab Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation (RDT&E) Manager Joey Hoellerich. “We track all ideas that are submitted to us and
REAL Ideas Program Manager Scott Burford uses a CNC Machining Simulator that serves as a training tool for mechanics. (SHELBY WEST)
work with the Innovation Principle Council to determine what’s the best way forward to meet the needs of that particular idea. For example, if there’s a certain need that we aren’t familiar with but another code in the shipyard is and could provide better support, we link the customer and that group together so that their idea gets the attention it deserves from the subject-matter experts. If it’s something we are equipped to handle in the lab, we work with our customers from start to finish to fulfill their needs as best we can.” “Sometimes people approach us with their problems that need to be addressed, sometimes people approach us with solutions already in mind,” said Additive Manufacturing 3-D Printer Operator Dixie Cox. “Whatever the case, we can work with our customers to best find a solution going forward.” “It’s important to innovate because it increases safety of our personnel here at the shipyard as well as improves the efficiency of our workforce,” said REAL Ideas Program Manager Scott Burford. “Not only that, having programs like the REAL Ideas Program helps build morale for our workforce because they feel engaged. They have a voice and its being heard and acknowledged. What’s more, they feel that their ideas are appreciated. That’s a big thing for us here in the lab, we want to make sure our customers feel heard and that they have a clear path forward for their needs being met.” Hoellerich added, “We at NNSY have a mission to get ships back to the fleet as fast as possible. We want our workforce to be properly fitted with the tools and processes to safely and efficiently complete that task. What’s more — these workers are on the job every day and know exactly what the work entails where they run into issues, and the best way to implement changes to the current process. We’re here to help them get to that end goal and work with them every step of the way.” To learn more about the REAL Ideas Program or to reach out to the team for idea submissions, email NNSY_REALIdeas@ navy.mil, contact (757) 396-7180, or stop by the lab in Bldg. 31.
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U.S. Navy Selects First Woman Directly for F-35C After Earning Wings of Gold in Meridian
Capt. Beth Regoli, left, joins Lt. j.g. Suzelle Thomas following Thomas’ naval aviator winging ceremony at Naval Air station Meridian, Oct. 29, 2021. Regoli, Thomas’ mentor, passed her Wings of Gold to Thomas. Thomas is the U.S. Navy’s ﬁrst woman to directly select F-35C Lightning II postgraduate training after earning her Wings of Gold. (PENNY RANDALL)
From Chief Of Naval Air Training Public Affairs MERIDIAN, Miss. — The U.S. Navy selected its first woman to go directly from earning designation as a naval aviator to postgraduate flight training in the F-35C Lightning II. Lt. j.g. Suzelle Thomas, assigned to the “Eagles” of Training Squadron (VT) 7, received her Wings of Gold alongside seven fellow naval aviators and one Italian Navy aviator during a ceremony at the chapel onboard Naval Air Station (NAS) Meridian, Oct. 29. Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA) Rear Admiral Robert D. Westendorff, who oversees all undergraduate flight training for the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, said the ceremony was the culmination of a year of advanced training and a lifetime of study and preparation. “Getting through primary flight training and being selected for the advanced strike training pipeline is not an easy task,” Westendorff said. “It requires a lot of hard work and dedication and the men and women here today have proven they have what it takes.
I’m so proud of each of you and know you will continue to meet the challenges ahead.” Thomas was named to the Commodore’s List during primary flight training, during which she flew the T-6B Texan II turboprop aircraft. She was also named VT-7 Student of the Quarter for spring 2021. She carrier qualified in the T-45C Goshawk jet trainer aircraft onboard aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). “I feel blessed and it was an honor to finish with my fellow aviators,” Thomas said. “We studied together, flew together and did everything together. I felt supported by everyone at VT-7. The instructors are very helpful and the squadron works as a team.” Thomas’s drive to succeed and help others achieve didn’t go unnoticed by leadership at her squadron. “We are extremely proud of Lt. j.g. Suzelle Thomas and her performance while she was here at VT-7,” Eagles Commanding Officer Cmdr. Dylan Porter said. “She displayed the maturity and above-average aptitude in the aircraft to be selected for the F-35C platform. She stood out not only with her performance during her training here, but
also as a leader amongst her peers. Lt. j.g. Thomas will be a great asset to the fleet and I’m excited to see all that she accomplishes in the future.” Thomas will report to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125 in Lemoore, California. VFA-125 is the fleet replacement squadron for the F-35C Lightning II. The F-35C is a powerful combination of fourthand fifth-generation fighter aircraft with advanced electronic attack, and command and control capability. “I have realized I will never fly with another person again since the F-35 is a one seater,” Thomas said. “I am looking forward to controlling the flight in a very advanced and tactical way.” Thomas, a native of Birmingham, Alabama, is a 2018 graduate of the United States Naval Academy where she received a Bachelor of Science in political science. Thomas also received a master’s degree in security studies from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Thomas’ parents pinned on her naval aviator Wings of Gold — wings passed down from her mentor, Capt. Beth Regoli. “I’m so proud of Suzelle, she has done
Official Says DOD Is Focused on Threats From State Actors, Terrorists
U.S. Navy Conducts Salvage Operation in Panama
By U.S. Naval Forces Southern
Command / U.s. 4Th Fleet Public Affairs
matter would be better addressed at the State Department and White House levels “What we have to stay focused on is making sure that to the degree there is a threat and a challenge, that we’re ready to deter that threat and challenge and defeat it if necessary, and that’s what our focus is on here. But nobody wants to see an arms race that leads to conflict and confrontation,” he added.
PANAMA CITY U.S. — Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet deployed personnel to Vasco Nuñez de Balboa port in Panama to conduct a salvage operation Oct. 29. Sailors from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit Two (MDSU 2) and personnel from Navy’s Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (SUPSALV), at the invitation of the Government of Panama, will remove the sunken vessel blocking use at a strategic port at the entrance to the Panama Canal. This operation will also provide opportunities for National Aero Naval Service Divers (SENAN) to dive alongside the U.S. diving team for subject matter expert exchanges. These interactions promote mutual understanding of, and interoperability between, both nations. The operation to remove the sunken vessel, which has blocked Pier 3 of the Vasco Nunez de Balboa port since 2004, will aid accessibility to a critical Panamanian port.
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Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby held a briefing with journalists today, covering a broad range of topics from China, Russia and Pakistan to COVID-19 vaccinations. Russia Kirby said there’s been an unusual build up of Russian military activity near Ukraine in the last several days. “We continue to consult with allies and partners on the issue,” he said. “We continue to monitor this closely. Any escalatory or aggressive actions by Russia would be of great concern to the United States. “We would urge Russia to be more clear about its intentions,” he added.
so many great things,” Regoli said. “I have watched her develop and now earn her Wings of Gold. When she worked for me she was an outstanding midshipman.” Regoli gave her wings to Thomas when she worked for her at the Naval Academy. “Sometimes you never really realize the impact of the little things, when I heard she was going to use them today and that she thinks of me as her mentor I was so happy,” said Regoli, who will leave the Naval Academy soon to become the commanding officer of NAS Key West, Florida. “I can’t wait to see all the fantastic things Suzelle is going to accomplish in her future.” There are currently three women in the Navy who transitioned from other aircraft to the F-35C. In addition, Marine 1st Lt. Catherine Stark became the first woman in the Marine Corps to directly select F-35C after earning her Wings of Gold at Training Air Wing 1 in August 2019. CNATRA, located in Corpus Christi, Texas, trains the world’s finest combat quality aviation professionals, delivering them at the right time, in the right numbers, and at the right cost to a Naval Force that is where it matters, when it matters.
Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby briefs speaks during a press brieﬁng, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., Nov. 5, 2021. (MC2 ZACHARY WHEELER)
China and North Korea Both nations have been building up their nuclear missile capabilities. “What we’re focused on is being able to address the threats and challenges in the region,” Kirby said, referring to the “pacing challenge” from China, as well as potential actions by North Korea. The Defense Department, he said, would “obviously support any level of dialogue and discussion that reduces the threats of weapons of mass destruction,” but the
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What would Schneider do? Four holiday shopping ﬁxes for supply chain crisis By Lisa Smith Molinari I’m not one of those people who gets their holiday shopping done before Thanksgiving. Rather, I’m more accustomed to the last-minute panic that comes when I realize it’s two weeks before Christmas and I’ve only managed to purchase novelty socks and a loofa gift set for no one in particular. Many are noticing products out of stock due to a global supply chain crisis, and the problem is only getting worse. Everything from heating oil to school cafeteria food to toys to electronics to medicine has been affected. By all accounts, it’s going to be an expensive, frustrating holiday season. Today’s media and politicians are professional blame gamers, analyzing every issue to identify the victims and perpetrators, and the supply chain crisis is no exception. Some hold shopaholic consumers responsible. Others blame pandemic chaos. Still others point fingers at the President, tweeting #BareShelvesBiden. But I’m not here to assign blame. As a resourceful military spouse, mother of three, jack of all trades, and master of none, I’m an excellent problem solver. During deployments and separations, I’ve had to spin multiple plates in the air while wearing various hats. I’ve been mother, father, short order cook, coach, plumber, teacher, counselor, party clown, electrician, medic and Santa Clause. In fact, thanks to my fixer reputation, my sister-in-law affectionately refers to me as Schnei-
der, the mustachioed, alcoholic building superintendent from the sitcom “One Day at a Time.” Strangely, I’m flattered. This Black Friday, I won’t be able to punch out my gift list in front of my laptop, unless I’m planning to backorder, spend a fortune, and stick a fork in my eye out of sheer frustration. I can’t hit the mall to knock out my holiday shopping, because all the velour robes, X Boxes, Pelatons, Chanel Nº5 parfums, and Disney Princess Castles on my list are in shipping containers floating off the coast of Los Angeles. It’s time to roll up my sleeves, Schneider style. Here are my four fixes to avoid the supply chain crisis altogether and make me look like Saint Nicholas himself: Fix #1: Second-hand goods. Today, sustainability is all the rage. Truth be told, I’ve been into sustainable (read: used) goods long before it was cool. I can’t turn down a good rummage fair, thrift shop, or garage sale. My refusal to pay full price is a curse and a blessing, because I often come home with a big bag of junk, proudly declaring, “Look Honey, I got all this for five bucks!” However, with a discriminating eye, secondhand sales are a great source of unique gifts. When the kids and our budget were small, I often thrifted nearly-new toys, cleaned them, and placed them under our tree. Our daughters, now in their 20s, still ask me to hide vintage costume jewelry I find in their stockings. And
recently, I scored an antique barometer, and — shhhh! — I’m restoring it and giving it to my retired Navy husband for Christmas. Fix #2: Experiences. Not that I’m directing this to my husband (ahem), but I’d take a trip to the tropics over an Instant Pot any day! Intangible yet meaningful gifts include goat yoga, high tea, paint & wine parties, museum memberships, cooking classes, wine tastings, B&B weekends, mani-pedis, family photo shoots, comedy shows, concert tickets, etc. Carpe diem! Fix #3: Make it yourself. I’m not suggesting that anyone make me woven potholders or crocheted toilet roll covers (although granny squares are back in style). However, if the thought truly counts, then home-made gifts win because they require thought and creativity. I’ve made baked goods, paintings, beaded jewelry, and apple butter as holiday gifts. This year, I’m giving home-made soy candles in thrifted vintage sugar bowls. Fix #4: Donate. This final fix is the easiest gift of all. Use the time and money you would’ve spent shopping and shipping, and make a charitable donation in the giftee’s name. Your people may love ripping open wrapped gifts, but philanthropy might give them a deeper sense of gratification. As Schneider would say, “always remember and please never forget,” store shelves may be bare, but giving comes from the heart.
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By Military Onecource These have been challenging times in many ways for individuals and families. Many are facing financial hardship because of lost wages or changes in their living situation. If you’re having trouble paying your bills, you may have the added stress of worrying about your security status. A history of financial problems is a common reason to deny or revoke a person’s security clearance, but financial difficulty due to the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic should not affect your security status. The U.S. government has deemed COVID-19 to be beyond anyone’s control. Any financial fallout from the pandemic is considered a mitigating factor in determining security status. Still, it’s important to be upfront about any financial problems you are having, take steps to resolve them and know the resources available to assist you. How ﬁnancial stability affects security clearance The Department of Defense Consolidation Adjudications Facility weighs a number of factors when evaluating a person’s eligibility to access classified information. Among these is a person’s financial history. Without background information, CAF may regard financial problems as an indication of poor self-control, a lack of judgement or a disregard for rules and regulations. All of these raise a person’s security risk. Financial red flags include unexplained wealth, excessive gambling and illegal activity, such as embezzling or expense account fraud. CAF will also look for: • Unpaid debts resulting in collections • Liens • Failure to file state or federal taxes • Living beyond one’s own means CAF will look at the circumstances surrounding these issues to determine whether they are true indicators of security risk. And while it will consider COVID-19 a mitigating factor, it will not automatically excuse bad debt or other financial issues that predate the pandemic. Steps to improve ﬁnancial health and protect clearances
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It’s important to be upfront about any financial difficulties you’re facing, even if they are a direct result of the pandemic. CAF will look for evidence that you have acted responsibly and taken steps to resolve the problem. If you have fallen behind on your bills, do the following as soon as possible: • Inform your security management office of your financial hardships. • Contact your creditors and come up with a plan to repay your debts. • Document all information. • Maintain open and honest communication with your supervisors. In reviewing your situation, CAF will look at whether you: • Reported the information voluntarily • Responded truthfully and completely to questions • Sought assistance and followed professional guidance, where appropriate • Resolved or are likely to resolve the security concern • Demonstrated positive changes in behavior CAF may request more information while reviewing your status. It will grant 30-day extensions for your response during the pandemic. Responses must be received within 30 days after the pandemic ends. Finding help for ﬁnancial problems Taking control of your finances doesn’t mean going it alone. Help is available through the following resources: • Military relief societies. Each branch of the armed forces has its own emergency financial relief organization. These may provide interest-free loans, grants or a combination of loans and grants. • H.E.R.O.E.S Care. This program works with
mental health providers, employment assistance programs and national organizations that provide emergency financial aid to get military families the help they need directly in the communities where they live. • Operation Homefront. This organization helps military families during difficult financial times. It provides food assistance, auto and home repair and more. • American Red Cross. The Red Cross provides confidential referrals to local, state and national resources through their network of chapters across the United States. • Personal financial managers. You have access to personal financial counseling services on your installation. Set up a no-cost appointment at your nearest Family Center. • Military OneSource financial counseling. A financial counselor can refer you to services and programs that meet your specific needs. Your financial counselor can also coach you on setting up a payment plan with creditors and more. This service is free for service members and their families. These are challenging times and CAF wants to work with you. Be sure to let your security management office know about financial difficulty you may be experiencing and take the proper steps to resolve your issues. Remember, help is available to regain control of your finances and protect your security status. To learn more about COVID-19, Military OneSource maintains a special website section with information for service members and military families. Military OneSource is committed to providing up-to-date information and answers regarding the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak on our military community.
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NIWC Atlantic Welcomes New Commanding Officer By Gerard Sekerak
Naval Information Warfare Systems Command Public Affairs
CHARLESTON, S.C. — Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic hosted a change of command ceremony in Charleston, South Carolina, Nov. 4. Captain Nicole K. Nigro became the sixth commanding officer of NIWC Atlantic, assuming the role from Capt. Wesley S. Sanders, who is retiring after 29 years of naval service. While physical attendance at the event was limited due to coronavirus safety measures, the event was streamed online broadly allowing NIWC Atlantic’s global workforce to tune in safely and virtually from around the world. As the new commanding officer, Nigro leads NIWC Atlantic’s approximately 5,000 federal civil service employees and military personnel located at the center’s headquarters in Charleston, South Carolina, and at other sites in Hampton Roads, Virginia; New Orleans, Louisiana; Tampa, Florida; Washington, D.C.; and overseas locations in Europe, the Middle East and Antarctica. Retired Rear Adm. Paul A. Sohl, CEO, Florida High Tech Corridor Council, served as guest speaker at the ceremony. Sohl noted with foretelling anticipation that the idea of Sanders’ retirement is a complete mismatch in his mind. “I can’t possibly imagine Wes retiring from anything,” said Sohl. “The next chapter for the Sanders family, whatever that turns out to be, will be even better, even more impactful, even more significant than what they’ve done for us in the Navy.” Rear Adm. Doug Small, Commander, Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR) and presiding officer of the change of command ceremony, recognized the importance of the vast and unique workforce and acknowledged the seamless transition between the outgoing and incoming leadership. “NIWC Atlantic is a special place, with a global workforce supporting Sailors, Marines, and the Joint force all over the world. Today we honor and bid farewell to a great leader in Wes Sanders, who led this incredible team through an amazing time, and welcome Nicole Nigro, another of our Navy’s finest leaders, to relieve Wes’ watch,” Small said. During the ceremony, Sanders received the Legion of Merit award for his “extraordinary vision and outstanding leadership” which “facilitated the masterful transformation of the command into a highly effective and efficient competency aligned/integrated product team organization.”
Capt. Wesley Sanders is relieved by Capt. Nicole Nigro as the commanding officer of Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic during the change of command ceremony. (COURTESY PHOTO)
Specifically, the award highlighted how, under Sanders’ leadership, NIWC Atlantic successfully met warfighter needs through the development, acquisition, and lifecycle support of command, control, communication, computer, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems in an ever-changing environment, due to the coronavirus pandemic. During his remarks, Sanders offered his gratitude to the NIWC Atlantic team for their commitment and leadership demonstrated during his tenure as commanding officer in support of the naval and joint warfighter. “I have had the distinct privilege to hold this position during a unique and challenging time — globally, nationally and even locally at NIWC Atlantic,” said Sanders. “Together, we navigated through the
rough waters of a worldwide pandemic, and overcame uncertain and changing circumstances. Despite what we faced, I’m humbled to have been part of a team that pushed forward with decisive leadership and an unwavering commitment to the warfighter. Because of this team, we never stopped delivering on our promise to our nation and our Navy — thank you!” In closing, Sanders welcomed Nigro and her family, and spoke to the “incredible journey” that lies ahead under her leadership. Nigro comes to NIWC Atlantic after serving as Executive Officer/Senior Course director at Engineering Duty Officer (EDO) school in Port Hueneme, California since April 2019 with an assigned focus on transitioning the traditional curriculum to problem-based learning to better prepare new
EDOs for their upcoming tours. “I am excited, honored and humbled to be given the opportunity to be part of the NIWC Atlantic team and very much looking forward to furthering our mission to deliver information warfare capabilities to the naval, joint and national warfighter,” Nigro said. As a part of Naval Information Warfare Systems Command, NIWC Atlantic provides systems engineering and acquisition to deliver information warfare capabilities to the naval, joint and national warfighter through the acquisition, development, integration, production, test, deployment, and sustainment of interoperable command, control, communications, computer, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, cyber and information technology capabilities.
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Glenn Roberts, a pneudraulics mechanic in the Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) hydraulics shop, assembles an H-53 primary servo cylinder. The primary servo cylinder is one of the items FRCE repairs as part of its H-53 Public-Private Partnership with Sikorsky. This partnership is helping meet the ﬂeet’s needs for critical parts for CH-53E Super Stallion and MH-53E Sea Dragon heavy-lift helicopters. (HEATHER WILBURN)
FRCE supports ﬂeet through Sikorsky H-53 partnership By Heather Wilburn
Fleet Readiness Center East Public Affairs
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERY POINT, N.C. — A partnership between Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) and Sikorsky is helping meet the fleet’s needs for critical parts for CH-53E Super Stallion and MH-53E Sea Dragon heavy-lift helicopters. Under a performance-based logistics contract that is part of a public-private partnership (PPP) between FRCE and Sikorsky, the depot’s artisans provide the skilled labor required to repair and overhaul certain H-53 components, while Sikorsky provides the parts and logistics support. In fiscal year 2021, the partnership successfully reduced high-priority component backorders to help boost aviation readiness. FRCE’s support of the partnership has proven successful even through a challenging production environment complicated by material constraints and pandemic-related considerations, which is a testament to the drive and dedication of the workforce, said David Rose, acting director of the Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Production Department at FRCE. “Our team has done a great job in mitigating not only the normal challenges to production, but has done so during uncertain times,” Rose said. “We managed to deliver the product and we pride ourselves on that. At the end of the day, it’s all about meeting the commitment we made to get the warfighter what he or she needs, and our performance in this program allows us to do that through the partnership with Sikorsky.” FRCE helped Sikorsky meet the fleet’s needs by prioritizing workload to fulfill high-priority backorders, also known as Issue Priority Group
1 (IPG-1). An item becomes an IPG-1 based on a force activity designator, which is a classification assigned based on several factors including the requesting unit’s deployability. “If you look at the last year, I think the big takeaway is that we were able to continue meeting our production goals on time despite the challenging environment, and bring down those fleet backorders to progress to the point that we promised our customers,” said Jamie Byrd, an industrial specialist in the Public-Private Partnership Management Branch of the MRO Business Office at FRCE. “Sikorsky was able to provide the material source that we needed, and production was able to step up and increase their output and meet the numbers that Sikorsky requested. “With all of this, we were able to go beyond just filling the high-priority backorders to get a positive balance as far as inventory, and make the customer very, very happy,” Byrd added. One example of FRCE meeting a stretch goal set by Sikorsky occurred in the H-53 blade shop producing almost three times its usual monthly output to close the fiscal year. In an average month, the blade shop produces about 15 main rotor blades; in September, Sikorsky requested 31, said John Miller, the Public-Private Partnership Branch program manager. “They set some pretty lofty goals for FRC East to meet,” Miller said. “Not only did we meet that, but we exceeded it and produced 42 blades for the month of September. Doug Ford and his team in the blade shop never cease to amaze me. In August 2019, Sikorsky had more than 50 unfulfilled requisitions for H-53 main rotor blades; as of today, Sikorsky has zero unfulfilled requisitions and ample stock on shelf.” The hydraulic shop provided another recent
example of a team going the extra mile to meet the needs of the fleet through the Sikorsky partnership. The hydraulic and paint shops came together, Miller said, to produce nine primary servo cylinders in under a month — a timeline that had been unheard-of until that effort. The primary servo cylinder is a critical component on the H-53; it controls movement of the rotary-wing blades and is part of the cyclic pitch control system that allows the pilot to control the forward, aft and lateral movements of the helicopter. “The hydraulic shop, the paint shop, quality assurance — they all came through when we needed them to,” Miller noted. “Everybody was really hustling and bustling to meet this goal.” In addition to filling the IPG-1s, FRCE also managed to reduce turnaround times on critical items such as the H-53 main rotor head, one of the most complex components worked at the depot in terms of the number of sub-components and parts comprising the finished product. FRCE began servicing the main rotor head as part of the Sikorsky partnership in 2019. “The turnaround time we quoted for the rotor head was a year — that’s how long it takes to get it processed, repaired, and back out to the fleet,” Byrd said. “And now the shop is doing it in seven to eight months. They’ve managed to reduce the turnaround time for that component in under two years.” The extra effort FRCE puts into the partnership doesn’t just benefit the fleet, Byrd noted; it also helps secure future workload for the depot. “We’ve been in this partnership with Sikorsky since 2006,” Byrd explained. “Because we were doing so well on Phase One, in 2019 we added 56 components to the partnership as Phase Two. And now, we have
done so well with these that Naval Supply Systems Command is considering adding more components as a Phase Three. This partnership is positioning us to show that we can support the performance-based logistics contracts as we move to the H-53K and other future aircraft.” Rose agreed that the strong relationship with Sikorsky benefits both the fleet and the depot. “We’re their predominant partner, and that’s something that we value,” he said. “It’s like the old adage: You’re going to keep taking your car to the same place as long as you’re a satisfied customer. We want to make sure our partnership with Sikorsky stays solid because, at the end of the day, it’s all about getting the warfighter what they need, and this partnership provides FRC East another avenue to support the fleet. It takes an effort from the whole team: the production controllers, the estimator and evaluators, the engineering support, all of these people working behind the scenes before the component ever gets handed to the artisan who assembles it. “It sounds cliché, because we say it every time: You give FRC East what FRC East needs, and we will always accomplish the task, and do it in line with the commitment that we made,” Rose continued. “The sky is the limit with the workforce here.” FRCE is North Carolina’s largest maintenance, repair, overhaul and technical services provider, with more than 4,000 civilian, military and contract workers. Its annual revenue exceeds $1 billion. The depot provides service to the fleet while functioning as an integral part of the greater U.S. Navy; Naval Air Systems Command; and Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers.
Navy’s Cybersecurity Program Office Gears Up for HACKtheMACHINE Unmanned By Kara Mcdermott
Naval Information Warfare Systems Command Public Affairs
The Navy’s Cybersecurity Program Office (PMW 130) sponsored, designed and developed one of the technical tracks at this year’s HACKtheMACHINE Unmanned event, held virtually for participants worldwide Nov. 16-19, to encourage creative “hackers” to help meet the needs of the Fleet by developing and integrating unmanned and autonomous systems at scale. Sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), HACKtheMACHINE Unmanned is the first in a series of public-facing technology challenges designed to accelerate the U.S. Navy’s Unmanned Task Force. This challenge will forge valuable partnerships between the Navy, industry and academia to create new, high-end unmanned capabilities. “By fostering collaboration and encouraging diversity across private and public sectors, HACKtheMACHINE Unmanned is a foundation for building a community of technologists to help solve the Navy’s most pressing digital concerns in cyber, artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) and digital engineering,” said Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Lorin Selby. The event will include three tracks for participants to compete in: Hack the Pilot, Detective Bot and Top Model. Each challenge falls into a different focus area — maritime cyber, data science and digital engineering, respectively — to appeal to a broad range of talents and skill sets. PMW 130 has sponsored and developed the challenges for track two, Detective Bot, as a way to pursue AI/ML tools that can distinguish benign from malicious code. “While some techniques have shown great promise in benign/malicious selection, the compute load of these techniques requires many graphics processing units and central processing units (CPU), running dedicated jobs in a data center or in the Cloud,” said John Armantrout, PMW 130 program manager. “We are trying to see the extent that autonomous systems are able to run benign and malicious code detection in an
unmanned swarm of afloat platforms where limited compute environments — servers, CPU, storage, power — all must exist in a few racks or far from shore and disconnected from the Cloud.” The program office is providing a dataset with thousands of malicious and benign code samples to see who can take inefficient AI/ML techniques developed with unlimited resources ashore and adapt them to efficient and effective cyber solutions on smaller afloat and autonomous platforms. The top three teams for each track will split a $30,000 prize, totaling $90,000 for the entire competition. First place will win $15,000, second place will receive $10,000 and third place will take home $5,000. “Ideas and solutions from past HACKtheMACHINE challenges are already at work throughout the Navy today,” said Mike Karlbom, PMW 130 technical director of AI and ML. “We’re excited for this year’s competition to see how participants will use their diverse perspectives, out-of-the-box thinking and creative approaches to solve the challenges we throw at them.” Although HACKtheMACHINE Unnmanned contestants will be participating virtually, there will be a physical filming location in San Diego that will host Navy leaders and other industry partners over the course of the event A l t h o u g h HA C Kt h e M A C H I N E Unmanned contestants will be participating virtually, there will be a physical filming location in San Diego that will host Navy leaders and other industry partners over the course of the event. Additionally at the event, PMW 130 will announce the winner of their third prize challenge in the Artificial Intelligence Applications to Autonomous Cybersecurity Challenge (AI ATAC) series, which focused on enhancing the Security Operations Center using AI/ML tools to automate the detection and prevention of advanced persistent threats and other cybersecurity campaign activity. The announcement of the winning team will take place on Wednesday, November 17. For more information on HACKtheMA-
CHINE Unmanned, how to register and to view the competition via live stream, please visit the event website or follow them on Twitter. Registration closes Nov. 15. About PEO C4I The Navy’s Program Executive Office for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (PEO C4I) is committed to the development and acquisition of communication and technology tools that deliver affordable, necessary, integrated,
and interoperable information warfare capabilities to the Fleet. About Navy Cybersecurity Program Office (PMW 130) The Cybersecurity Program Office provides cryptographic, network, and hostbased security products combined with cyber analytic services to ensure protection of Navy, Joint, and other agency information and telecommunications systems from hostile exploitation and attack.
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Lt. j.g. Dustin Opsomer, project officer, assigned to Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Business Systems Center (BSC) meets with Mike Brown (center), project manager, Jacob Apicella, business analyst, and Kira Fernandez, developer, for the NAVSUP Enterprise Web team at NAVSUP BSC. (THOMAS ZIMMERMAN)
100th Web-based Solution Marks Major Milestone for NAVSUP BSC Team By Thomas Zimmerman
NAVSUP Business Systems Center Public Affairs
MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Business Systems Center’s (BSC) NAVSUP Enterprise Web (NEW) team released their 100th web-based business solution, the Appointment Record and Termination tool, October 5. The 100th release was a major milestone for the NAVSUP BSC team who has been developing web-based solutions to improve business processes for the NAVSUP Enterprise since January 2005. “The people on our team are the reason for our success,” said Josh Starner, an inaugural team member now serving as the NEW supervisor at NAVSUP BSC. “We have a very flexible team who build long-lasting relationships and use the latest technologies to deliver custom solutions for our mission partners.” The team began with six employees and broke ground with their first web-based solution, the Test Trouble/Incident Report (TTIR) tool in February 2006. “The TTIR tool allowed us to automate the bug reporting process for our internal products,” said Ryan Celesnik, a founding member of the team now serving as NAVSUP deputy chief information officer. “Our focus was to embrace the web as a platform and automate and consolidate administrative tasks that were being done in [Microsoft] Word or Access databases.”
While the team was initially focused on developing internal and external web-portal sites, the team quickly adopted the use of web-based portal tools. “In the early days, we designed and coded everything from scratch using only one browser, limited developer tools, and no standard for responsive web design,” said Starner. “Today, we leverage modern frameworks and browser utilities to develop solutions that have a standardized look and feel. It accelerates the development time and learning curve for our mission partners.” Once the value of web-based solutions was realized, the team and their scope grew. The team now consists of 17 information technology (IT) specialists, augmented by 13 contractors, and supports the development and maintenance of NAVSUP Enterprise websites, intranet portals, collaboration spaces, and mobile and web-based business solutions. Over the past 16 years, the team has been called on to fill critical gaps in the supply chain, financial, procurement, human resources, and audit realms with innovative web-based solutions. They developed tools such as e-SUPPO, which connects thousands of Supply Corps officers with job opportunities and Navy news at the touch of a button; the Husbanding Support Portal, which delivers essential data on vendor services at ports-of-call worldwide; and the Hazmat Control and Management tool, which quickly delivers data to accelerate deci-
sions on hazardous material requisitions. In 2019, Laura Sedor, a subject-matter expert for the NEW team at NAVSUP BSC, was named the Department of the Navy’s 2019 Cyberspace/Information Technology Person of the Year for her work on the NAVSUP Office of the Inspector General (IG) Portal. Her work resulted in a web-based solution that fully automated the IG inspection and remediation processes, eliminated excessive manual efforts, and reduced administrative time by more than 50 percent. “We are successful because we are passionate about what we do,” said Sedor. “We love to help transform and improve business processes to make a better, more efficient environment for our mission partners. Seeing the success of our partners and the resulting impact on the NAVSUP Enterprise is a big part of what makes our job fulfilling.” In 2020, the team received NAVSUP BSC’s Team of the Year award for delivering agile, customer-focused solutions supporting the NAVSUP Enterprise and Navy. The team provided a cost savings of more than $7.6 million, delivered 12 custom web-based solutions, maintained more than 100 team collaborations spaces and web tools, and provided crucial support to Navy Data Platform and NAVSUP Enterprise cloud efforts. Their most recent solution, the Appointment Record and Termination tool, was developed to help meet Navy audit and certification
requirements by creating an environment for the creation, workflow, and tracking of nearly all NAVSUP Enterprise DD Form 577s and comptroller delegation of authority (DOA) letters. “This tool provides critical functions that allow us to centralize all of the necessary information needed to track documentation required for personnel who certify funds for payment and approve funds for obligation, and will also facilitate the semi-annual certification requirements across the NAVSUP Enterprise,” said Carly Baldwin, financial analyst, NAVSUP Program Budget and Operations Division, who worked with the team to develop the tool. “This gives us the capabilities to track and maintain DD Form 577s and DOA letters across the enterprise and will allow us to develop critical reports required to complete our semi-annual certifications quickly and efficiently.” Brian Zirbel, executive director, NAVSUP BSC, said he expects to see continued success for the team in the future. “Release of the 100th web-based business solution is a major milestone for the team,” said Zirbel. “Their agile, responsive, customer-focused approach allows us to quickly deliver relevant IT capability that supports the NAVSUP Enterprise, Navy supply chain, and the warfighter.” NAVSUP BSC provides the Navy with information systems support through the design, development, and maintenance of systems in the functional areas of logistics, supply chain management, transportation, finance, and accounting and is one of 11 commands under Commander, NAVSUP. For more information about NAVSUP BSC, visit https://www.navsup.navy.mil/public/ navsup/bsc/.
able amount of time, then medical has many resources to assist. Kent explains that medical has resources that help service members learn sleep hygiene, which includes information on factors that prohibit adequate sleep. Like-
wise, Diller recommends a multitude of ways to get the correct amount for your body such as: sticking to a schedule, exercising, avoiding alcohol and cigarettes, practicing a relaxing activity, and much more.
The Impacts of Sleep Deprivation on the U.S. Navy By Jacob Vernier
AFN Souda Bay Public Affairs
“I’m tired” is a saying used to describe one who needs sleep or rest. In the Navy, the lack of sleep can cost Sailors their lives. The National Transportation Safety Board maritime accident report, Collision between US Navy Destroyer John S McCain and Tanker Alnic MC Singapore Strait, 5 Miles Northeast of Horsburgh Lighthouse August 21, 2017, cite sleep deprivation as a factor that impacted the decision-making capabilities of the Sailors onboard, which cost 10 Sailors their lives and injured 48 more. The March 2021 Pentagon report, Study on Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Readiness of Members of the Armed Forces, explains that “In the United States, 37 percent of people regularly don’t get their recommended seven to nine hours of sleep per night. For military personnel, that number climbs to 76 percent,” highlighting sleep deprivation issues that many face within the military community. According to Kirsten Diller, NSA Souda Bay’s Fleet and Family Support Center director, the lack of sleep has detrimental impacts on one’s life. As Diller puts it, “the lack of sleep impairs attention, alertness, concentration, reasoning, and problem solving.” These attributes are vital for basic functioning. Without the functioning fundamentals people can’t perform to the highest of their abilities, says Diller. Furthermore, these attributes are even more vital for servicemembers and the intense workload that they face. If a Sailor is not functioning with these attributes they may fall short in performing at their peak. Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Greggory Kent, Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Unit Souda Bay Leading Petty Officer, describes sleep as “…important for watch standers on base. If they’re sleepy or drowsy, they are putting everyone else in danger.” This applies to not only watch standing, but also the dangerous nature of various other duties that Sailors perform. A proper sleep schedule can also be applied to Sailor’s physi-
(Petty Officer 3rd Class Jacob Vernier)
cal readiness. Without the correct amount of sleep, Kent stresses that the requirements of the Physical Fitness Assessment are less likely to be met. If service members can’t sleep a reason-
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Career Development Symposium Southwest Wraps Up By MC2 Jared Catlett
Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs
SAN DIEGO — The MyNavy HR Career Development Symposium (CDS), hosted by Navy Personnel Command (NPC), visited Sailors stationed throughout Navy Region Southwest at Naval Base San Diego and Naval Air Station North Island Nov. 3 and 4. CDS brings senior MyNavy HR leadership, subject matter experts and detailing and community management teams directly to Sailors to provide career development information, showcase new and emerging Navy programs and initiatives, explain how these changes will be affecting them, and offer Sailors the opportunity to ask questions and voice concerns. “This is the first Career Development Symposium that we’ve done in two years
and what a crazy two years it’s been with COVID.” said Chief of Naval Personnel, Vice Adm. John Nowell, Jr. “We took that time to look at how to do it differently and so this revamped trade show approach is much more relevant, much more interesting and just a lot more fun for our Sailors.” The symposium gave Sailors a detailed first look at multiple ongoing MyNavy HR initiatives that included Sailor 2025, MyNavy Career Center, My PCS Mobile, MyNavy Assignment, enlisted advancement and career development topics. “What we do is about changing lives and improving outcomes,” said Rear Adm. Alvin Holsey, Commander of Navy Personnel Command. “Last year CNO published his navagation plan with four main priorities of Capability, Capacity, Readiness and Sailors. The MyNavy HR enterprise has specific priorities that align with the
navigation plan these are building a navy that can fight and win, optimizing talent management, providing exceptional support to our Sailors and their families, and transforming the MyNAVY HR enterprise.” Senior leaders, including Nowell, Holsey, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Russell Smith, and senior community managers and detailers also answered a range of questions and discussed major improvements happening across the MyNavy HR team. “Bringing this apparatus out here to the Sailor and saying, we know you are busy, you have training, you have maintenance, you got to get ships ready to go on deployment, you’ve got Sailors that need the training so that they are ready to deploy in those ships,” said Smith. “We are going to bring this apparatus to you and make sure you’re
aware of all of the things that allow you and enable you to contribute to the Navy’s victory.” In addition to engaging with the speakers, Sailors met with detailers, community managers, and a wide array of advisors for programs such as Warrior Toughness, MyNavy Career Center and eNavfit. The symposium aims to empower Sailors with the knowledge and tools they need to successfully manage their careers. More than 1,500 Sailors attended the events across region Southwest at the separate events hosted on Naval Base San Diego and Naval Air Station North Island.
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Capt. Matthew Ventimiglia, executive officer of the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), left, greets Fleet Week New York + Japan Navy Sea Legs Challenge participants in the ship’s ceremonial quarterdeck. Ronald Reagan, the ﬂagship of Carrier Strike Group 5, provides a combat-ready force that protects and defends the United States, and supports alliances, partnerships and collective maritime interests in the Indo-Paciﬁc region. (GEORGE CARDENAS)
Navy Sea Legs Challenge Participants Tour USS Ronald Reagan By MCSA Dallas Snider
USS Ronald Reagan Public Affairs
YOKOSUKA, Japan — Participants in the Fleet Week New York + Japan (FWNYJ) Navy Sea Legs Challenge toured the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) in Yokosuka, Japan, Nov. 3. Ronald Reagan Sailors led the tour, which included visiting the ceremonial quarterdeck, Ronald Reagan Museum, hangar bay, flight deck, signal bridge and pilot house. For the 20 Japanese citizens who completed the Navy Sea
Legs challenge in May, it was an opportunity to see how Ronald Reagan maintains readiness in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. Capt. Matthew Ventimiglia, executive officer of Ronald Reagan, greeted guests at the ship’s ceremonial quarterdeck prior to the tour and congratulated them on completing the Sea Legs physical challenges designed to mimic climbing the heights of famous landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty and Mt. Fuji. “It was an honor today to welcome the participants in the Navy Sea Legs Challenge
to congratulate them and to strengthen our relationship with our host nation,” said Ventimiglia. Sailors from various departments gave presentations to the participants during their tour of the ship. Aviation Boatswain’s (Handling) 2nd Class Lei Wang said it was cool to share his knowledge about the three hangar bays, and their purpose. “This was my first time representing the command, and it was nice teaching visitors how we operate” Wang said.
Later guests were able to witness the navigational heart of the ship — the pilot house - where watchstanders drive Ronald Reagan while at sea. The FWNYJ was conducted virtually to foster a link between New York and Japan. The Navy Sea Legs Challenge was a part of this on-line connection. Ships like Ronald Reagan have dozens of vertical stairways known as ladderwells located throughout the ship. These ships have multiple levels reaching as high as 20 stories above the water. For tour participants, the visit was a chance to see firsthand the ship and to test their “sea legs.” Ronald Reagan, the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 5, provides a combat-ready force that protects and defends the United States, and supports alliances, partnerships and collective maritime interests in the Indo-Pacific region.
Naval Station Rota Holds Appreciation Event for Community By Courtney Pollock
Naval Station Rota Public Affairs
ROTA, SPAIN — Hamburgers and hot dogs sizzle on a hot grill. Families, coworkers, and friends fill tables lining the parking lot, enjoying light conversation while listening to live music from the stage. In the background, the laughter and sound of children fills the air as they race through the inflatable obstacle course or attack bubbles with their balloon swords. The Team Rota Appreciation Event was just one way Naval Station (NAVSTA) Rota Commanding Officer Capt. David Baird aimed to show his gratitude to the community for their hard work and dedication during Operation Allies Refuge (OAR) / Operation Allies Welcome (OAW). “I just want to say thank you to all of you,” Baird said during his opening remarks. “I was constantly amazed at how generous you were with your time, how generous you were with your belongings, and how awesome you all were. That is what this is all about. This [event] is a small gesture compared to the overwhelming work you all did.” The event, which was coordinated by Rota Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Department with support from sponsors,
Capt. David Baird, commanding officer of Naval Station (NAVSTA) Rota, gives opening remarks during the Team Rota Appreciation Event, Oct. 21, 2021. (MC3 HUTCH JOHNSON)
Pakistan Pakistan remains a key partner in the region, he said. “We look for opportunities to continue to work with Pakistan to address what is a shared threat, a shared terrorism threat along that spine between Pakistan and Afghanistan, and we’re going to continue to explore opportunities to do that.” Kirby added that Pakistan itself has fallen victim to terrorism in that border region, and the country’s citizens have been killed or wounded, “so, they have a real stake in this.” Vaccinations Kirby also reminded those present that Nov. 22 is the deadline for DOD civilians to show proof that they’ve been vaccinated for COVID-19.
The project, which is expected to continue through the month of November, began after Panama asked the U.S. for assistance with the salvage project in May 2020. The initial survey was conducted by MDSU 2 in September 2020. Once the vessel is removed, all debris recovered will be turned over to a local recycling center to ensure proper disposal of any waste. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet supports U.S. Southern Command’s joint and combined military operations by employing maritime forces in cooperative maritime security operations to maintain access, enhance interoperability, and build enduring partnerships in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American region.
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took place at the El Patio complex, Oct. 21. There was live music, free food, a children’s area, wandering balloon artists, and circus entertainers. This event was an opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate the completion of OAR/OAW. NAVSTA Rota first received word that it would support evacuations from Afghanistan approximately two months ago. The installation quickly stood up an in-processing center and temporary living facilities before
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the first flights arrived. “On Aug. 27, we received our first aircraft,” said Baird. “And over the coming days, we received a whole bunch more — at all hours of the day and night — and we eventually received 2,619 folks to include the one child who was born here at Naval Hospital Rota.” Baird praised Rota community members for helping evacuees to feel welcomed and cared for during their time here and ultimately providing them with hope for a
better future. He closed his speech with a letter from an evacuee dated Oct. 6, that echoed his feelings on how Team Rota completed the mission. “We would like to say a special thanks to team at Rota Naval Base for opening their doors for us, providing a good environment, and assigning such great and kind people to engage with all of us,” the letter stated. “Finally we are leaving this camp with good memories and positive impressions.” A ﬂoating crane grabs wreckage from the bow of a sunken vessel at Pier 3 of the Vasco Nunez de Balboa port,Sailors from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit Two (MDSU 2) and personnel from the Navy’s Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (SUPSALV) are conducting a salvage operation to remove the sunken vessel which has blocked Pier 3 of the Vasco Nunez de Balboa port in Panama since 2004. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet serves as a trusted partner for Caribbean, Central and South America maritime forces leading to improved unity, security and stability. (NDCS SEAN MCCONNELL)
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Trolls LIVE! Tour Coming to Norfolk Poppy, Branch and All Their Trolls Friends Take Over Chrysler Hall, February 1-2
By SevenVenues NORFOLK, VA — Get ready for another hair-raising adventure when Poppy, Branch and all their Trolls friends come to life on stage in Trolls LIVE! Jam-packed with epic music, glitter, humor and happiness, Trolls LIVE! will visit Chrysler Hall, February 1-2, 2022 for two Trolls-tastic performances. Tickets go on sale Friday, November 12 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at www.TrollsLIVE.com, Ticketmaster.com and the Scope Arena box office Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The journey begins when the Trolls’ Hug Time is unexpectedly put at risk. Knowing the only way to save it is by doing what the Trolls do best, Poppy hosts a toe-tapping, Trolls-tastic show! Poppy, Branch, Cooper, Cloud Guy, Satin and Chenille, Smidge, Guy Diamond, Fuzzbert, Biggie and Mr. Dinkles invite you into the colorful world of Trolls Village for this interactive performance only the Trolls can create. This is one Trolls party you won’t want to miss! The world of the Trolls comes alive in this totally interactive, story-rich musical celebration of everything the Trolls love — singing, dancing, rainbows, glitter and plenty of hugs. The extravaganza utilizes the latest in scenic projection, puppetry and media technology, and
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intermission and will enchant both children and adults alike with its popular Trolls show-stopping songs, as well as introduce audiences to all-new electrifying Trolls music and choreography. What: Trolls LIVE! coming to Norfolk! When: Tuesday February 1, 2022 6:00 p.m. Wednesday February 2, 2022 6:00 p.m. Where: Chrysler Hall 215 St. Pauls Blvd. Norfolk, VA 23510 Tickets start at $15 and are available at the Scope Arena box office Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. and online at Ticketmaster.com. Prices are subject to change. Additional fees and special offers may apply. A limited number of tickets are available for the Trolls LIVE! VIP Party, starting at $109. VIP Party perks include premium show seating, a souvenir lanyard, and an after-show Meet & Greet with your favorite hosts, Poppy and Branch! For more information or to join Trolls Hair Mail for presale and other exclusive offers, visit www.TrollsLIVE.com. Follow Trolls LIVE! on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @trollslive, and use #TrollsLIVE. For information on Chrysler Hall’s COVID19 policy, please visit SevenVenues.com.
AEW makes it’s Virginia debut Wednesday, November 17th at the Chartway Arena Interview Conducted by Yiorgo The heart-pounding excitement of live professional wrestling that is All Elite Wrestling (AEW) is making it’s proud, Virginia debut Wednesday, November 17th at 7:00 PM with It’s flagship show, “AEW Dynamite” at the Norfolk Chartway Arena. The show will also be seen live on the cable network TNT. Founder, CEO, GM and Head of Creative Tony Khan has put together an amazing array of wrestling talent such as: CM Punk, Sting, Darby Allin, Cody and Brandi Rhodes, our Virginia own Hangman Page, Ricky Starks, Chris Jericho, Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks, Jon Moxley, Mero, Sammy Guevara, legendary announcers JR and Tony Schiavone and so many more. So many of these amazing stars will be at the Chartway Arena November 17th and are looking forward to entertaining all the wrestling fans. Tickets can be purchased at https:// www.chartwayarena.com/events/detail/ all-elite-wrestling Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Chartway Arena is requiring all
guests 10 and over, regardless of their vaccination status, to wear masks while inside the Arena. With us today is AEW superstar Ricky Starks. Yiorgo: Why should people come to this particular AEW show at the Chartway Arena in Norfolk Wednesday November 17th? Ricky Starks: Honestly, I think any AEW show is worthwhile and worth checking out. Watching it at home is great but with the live experience, you get a different type of energy, especially being in an arena with other like-minded people who love wrestling, who love AEW. I think that’s one of the best things about the AEW wrestling experience. On top of that, it’s a different feeling when you get to see the wrestlers come out, see their movement, feel their energy, their vibes and how fans respond to the different types of characters. I think just based on that alone, it’s worth it’s money tenth fold. Then you get into the fact that we have great matchups. Almost every Dynamite card that we have is pay-per-view quality. Turn to AEW, Page 3
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“FOCUSED”special exhibition display of ceremonial regalia. (DENISE LOWE WALTERS)
Virginia Indian History, Past and Present, on Display at Jamestown Settlement in Gallery Exhibits, Interpretive Programs and ‘FOCUSED’ Special Exhibition By The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Discover the stories of Virginia Indians, from past to present, at Jamestown Settlement during Native American Heritage Month in November. Visitors to Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia history, can learn about the Powhatan people and their cultures in immersive gallery exhibits featuring rare artifacts, interactives and films, and through historical interpretation outdoors in a re-creation of a Paspahegh town, a Powhatan tribal community closest to Jamestown. Visitors can explore the yearlong special exhibition “FOCUSED: A Century of Virginia Indian Resilience” and enjoy a free public lecture that examines “Changing the Way We See Native America: Dismantling Native American Stereotypes.” ‘FOCUSED’ Special Exhibition & Free Public Lecture Developed in partnership with Virginia Indian tribal communities and on display through March 25, 2022, “FOCUSED: A Century of Virginia Indian Resilience”
features professional and private photograph collections, tribal regalia, quilts, pottery and personal stories that share the resilience of Virginia’s Indian population over the past century — from the passage and repeal of the Racial Integrity Act in 1924 to the contemporary efforts of 11 Virginia tribes to receive state and federal recognition. “FOCUSED” spotlights themes central to Virginia Indian daily life, including the establishment and maintenance of Virginia Indian reservations and tribal lands, education, ﬁshing and hunting, and traditional crafts and cultural heritage. This exhibition is principally a photographic exhibition drawing from collections held by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian, as well as images from anthropologist Frank Speck in the 1910s to 1930s, work of award-winning Baltimore Sun photographer A. Aubrey Bodine in the 1940s and 1950s, and portraits by contemporary American Indian photographers, including Tracy Y. Roberts. A related free public lecture, offering
access to the exhibition, will be hosted Thursday, November 18 at 7 p.m. as documentary photographer Matika Wilbur speaks on “Changing the Way We See Native America: Dismantling Native American Stereotypes.” Registration is required in advance online at jyfmuseums. org/lectures. Access additional “FOCUSED” resources, including historical blogs, photography and videos, that share personal stories of Virginia Indians and their cultural traditions at jyfmuseums. org/focused. Jamestown Settlement Gallery Exhibits & Living History Visitors can experience 17th-century Virginia Indian history and culture in expansive permanent galleries featuring innovative ﬁlms, interactives and exhibits that use period objects to examine the myths and realities associated with the life of Pocahontas, incorporate historical research and archeological ﬁndings on Werowocomoco (capital of Powhatan, leader of 30-some Algonquian-speaking tribes in coastal Virginia) and share
the story of Cockacoeske (recognized as “Queen of the Pamunkey” by the colonial government) and her role in “Bacon’s Rebellion,” which unfolds in a 4D experiential theater. Outdoors, visitors can explore a re-creation of Paspahegh Town, based on the archaeological ﬁndings at a nearby site along the James River once inhabited by Paspahegh Indians and descriptions and illustrations recorded by English colonists in the 17th century. View demonstrations of how the Powhatan people grew and prepared food, processed animal hides, made tools and pottery, scraped and shaped canoes, and wove natural ﬁbers into cordage as historical interpreters share the rich cultural heritage of Virginia Indians from the 17th century to today. How to Visit Jamestown Settlement, located on Route 31 just southwest of Williamsburg, is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; closed on Christmas and New Year’s days. The special exhibition is included with museum admission. Admission to the museum and special exhibition is $18.00 for adults and $9.00 for ages 6-12; children under 6 are free. A combination ticket and annual pass are available with the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. Residents of James City County, York County and the City of Williamsburg, including William & Mary students, receive complimentary admission with proof of residency. Parking is free. Learn more at (757) 253-4838 or jyfmuseums.org.
minute tour. This experience is ticketed and requires reservations. It is available every Tuesday – Saturday at 10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. and at 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. only on Sundays. Honor your loved one with a permanent plaque aboard the Wisconsin. Military or civilian, living or deceased – an engraved plaque placed aboard the last battleship built by the United States Navy is a meaningful and memorable gift. You lived. You served. Share your story aboard the Battleship Wisconsin at https://nauticus.org/veterans/.
Where: Nauticus and Battleship Wisconsin at One Waterside Drive, Norfolk, VA 23510 When: November 11-14, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday Cost: Discounted military tickets must be purchased at the Admissions desk. Adult tickets are $15.95, Child tickets are $11.50, Members are free. Paid admission includes access to the Nauticus museum, special programming, and the Battleship Wisconsin. Tickets and additional details are available online at www.nauticus.org
Veterans Day Weekend Festivities at Nauticus By Nauticus Nauticus invites you aboard the Battleship Wisconsin for their Veterans Day Weekend festivities honoring our military service members. Meet former crew members from different decades and learn about special items from missing in action service members and prisoners of war. From November 11 to 14, all veterans and active-duty service members will receive 50% off general admission tickets at the Nauticus admissions desk. Proper ID is required, and the discount applies to service members only; additional guests will need to purchase tickets online or at the admissions desk. Veterans Weekend Programming • POW/MIA Remembrance: On Friday, honor our missing in action service members and prisoners of war in the historic wardroom with 11 different items that hold a special meaning for the families of and the service members. • Quartermaster Conversations: On Friday, Battleship Operations Manager Keith Nitka will step back into his role as Quartermaster to engage with guests about his experience aboard the Wisconsin. • Chat with BB64 Veterans: Have you ever want to speak to a battleship sailor? Have questions about what it was like to go to sea on a Dreadnought and fight in a war? Friday, Saturday and Sunday, former crewmembers of the Wisconsin will return to
share their stories in the historic wardroom. “I am proud to be a veteran of the United States Navy and a battleship sailor,” Battleship Operations Manager Keith Nitka said. Nitka is a former Wisconsin quartermaster. “I am also blessed to be a part of the Nauticus team today to honor all veterans of the United States Armed Forces!” Want to see more of the Wisconsin? On our Command and Control Tour, explore areas of Battleship Wisconsin with a historical interpreter and learn how the Battleship was commanded and would fight in the control areas of the ship on this 90
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It’s star studded to the max. It’s also a great time to get in at this point with AEW. The forward, upward momentum that we have going on is so infectious that it’s like, why wouldn’t you want to be a part of that, go to the shows, get the full experience, enjoy yourself and get great wrestling content Y: Where were you born, what motivated you to become a pro wrestler and who were some of your favorite wrestlers growing up? RS: I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and I started watching wrestling at an early age. I decided I was going to be a wrestler when I was seven. Growing up, I was a big fan of the Undertaker, Mankind and The Rock in that order that I enjoyed. I moved to Vegas after Hurricane Katrina and I fell out of wrestling for about a year, basically, I kinda stopped watching RAW. When I was 18, I moved to Austin, Texas. I started training in July, 2011, I had my first match in October of the same year and it kinda just took off from there. Y: You have an incredible Undertaker story. Can you share it with us? RS: I was training at the Onnit gym here in Austin and this was around the time Taker was getting ready for his match against Shane McMahon in Dallas, Texas. We were training at the same time and one day I went up to him and started shooting the breeze with him, real low key type stuff. I kept seeing him there. There is a documentary that a guy named Brandon who worked at Onnit did on Taker that I was a part of as well so we kinda kept in contact that way. Then when Taker was getting ready to gear up for his match against John Cena at WrestleMania in New Orleans, he hit me up and my old tag partner Solo to go and work out with him for a few days. I actually ditched work to go and train with him because it was such a cool experience. I remember faking like I was sick. I went to work. I got out of my car right after my boss got out of his, and I had some oatmeal and water in a shaker bottle. I shook it up and drank a little bit of it, put it in my mouth and when I got out of the car, my boss was walking right past me, I spitted it out of my mouth onto the ground so it looked like vomit. I said, I just don’t feel good, but I’m going to try and work through it. He was like, “No, no man you need to go home. You don’t look so good.” I went home, changed and went and trained with Taker. It was a great time, especially with Taker being my favorite wrestler of all time to be in the ring with him, to train and this and that. It was a cool, cool experience that I would not change for the world. Y: What are some career highlights that you are very proud of ?
RS: One was literally getting hired for one match in AEW against Cody Rhodes. Another was going to Japan, and my third was getting to wrestle Sting, after Sting had been out of the ring for a good six or seven years. It was a really, really, really good match, the best cinematic match in wrestling, period. Those are the ones that stand out to me. Y: How did you become a commentator on AEW Rampage? RS: Mark Henry couldn’t make it to one of the Rampage tapings so I filled in for him and it kinda just stuck that way. But I have been working on that for a while now. I had been doing commentary on AEW Dark with Excalibur and Taz so it wasn’t that foreign for me to jump in. I really enjoy it, it’s fun and something different to add to my list of things that I am good at. Y: What’s it like working and learning under the tree of Taz? RS: It’s been a really great experience. I can always ask him for his input on things and even his viewpoint of how things used to be compared to now. It’s good to have that kind of a person because you can’t put a price on that type of knowledge. Y: Who has inspired you in life and career? RS:I have been asked this question before and it’s hard to answer because I would never give a BS answer. My mom is an inspiration to me just for the fact that she has been both my mom and dad. She is awesome. She works very, very hard and has done it for so long. I think for me, my main inspiration is myself. I don’t mean it in an egotistical way. What I mean by that, is that I put so much pressure on myself to be able to maintain my mom and my family and to help other people out, and that is what really pushes me. I think of inspiration as someone who pushes you to move forward. So with that in mind, my inspiration is to try and provide for others. Y: What are some of your future goals say 10 years from now? RS: In 10 years, I’ll be 41 and by then I think I would have reached the pinnacle of success in AEW by winning World Championship titles and being an all-out star. Also I would like to dabble in acting, appear in TV roles and bridge from pop culture to AEW and make sure more people know about AEW and how great it is. Speaking of how great AEW is, definitely check out Rampage on Friday nights on TNT 9:00 PM central time and of course check out Dynamite at the Chartway Arena November 17th as well. It’s going to be a really, really great show in Norfolk. Hangman Page is from that area so that should be a great homecoming for him as well. Yiorgo is an arts, entertainment and sports writer. A stage, TV and movie actor, he is also a sports entertainer, educator, motivational speaker, writer, storyteller and columnist.
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Bacon Cheeseburger Tacos. (COURTESY PHOTO)
A Full Day of Family Favorites By Family Features Each day calls for a multitude of meals and snacks to make sure the entire family is energized for the classroom, the office and evening activities together. From breakfast to dinner and sweet rewards after a long day of school and work, it’s important to keep the family on schedule with favorite recipes. These options for a simple quiche that’ll almost certainly leave leftovers for the week, tasty tacos with a cheeseburger twist and creamfilled cookies offer delicious ways to keep your loved ones full and happy. Visit Culinary.net to find more family-friendly dishes. Say Goodbye to Basic Breakfast The same old breakfast routine week after week can become tiresome and dull, especially for little ones. It’s time to add something new to the table with fresh ingredients and simple instructions to enhance the start to busy weekdays. Try this recipe for an Easy Breakfast Quiche that is sure to have your senses swirling with every bite while fueling kiddos for the day ahead. Find more breakfast recipes at Culinary.net. Easy Breakfast Quiche Servings: 12 1 package (10 ounces) frozen broccoli with cheese 12 slices bacon, chopped ½ cup green onions, sliced 1 cup mushrooms, sliced 4 eggs 1 cup milk 1 ½ cups shredded cheese, divided 2 frozen deep-dish pie shells (9 inches each) Heat oven to 350 F. In medium bowl, add broccoli and cheese contents from package. Microwave 5 minutes, or until cheese is saucy. Set aside.
In skillet, cook chopped bacon 4 minutes. Add green onions; cook 2 minutes. Add mushrooms; cook 4 minutes, or until bacon is completely cooked and mushrooms are tender. Drain onto paper towel over plate. Set aside. In medium bowl, whisk eggs and milk until combined. Add broccoli and cheese mixture. Add 1 cup cheese. Stir to combine. Set aside. In pie shells, divide drained bacon mixture evenly. Divide broccoli mixture evenly and pour over bacon mixture. Sprinkle remaining cheese over both pies. Bake 40 minutes. Allow to cool at least 12 minutes before serving. Note: To keep edges of crust from burning, place aluminum foil over pies for first 20 minutes of cook time. Remove after 20 minutes and allow to cook uncovered until completed. A Tasty Take on School Night Tradition Put a twist on taco Tuesday and get outside the burger bun with this easy weekday dinner idea. Pick up a few simple ingredients you can feel good about feeding your family including Coleman Natural uncured bacon, which has no artificial ingredients or preservatives and is sourced from American family farms that humanely raise their animals with no antibiotics or added hormones. For more creative, kid-friendly recipes, visit ColemanNatural.com/recipes. Bacon Cheeseburger Tacos Servings: 4 8-10 slices Coleman Natural bacon 1 pound ground beef salt pepper 4 slices cheese 1 cup canola oil 8 soft corn tortillas 1 medium red onion, sliced
1 avocado, skin removed and sliced 1 medium tomato, chopped 8-10 romaine lettuce leaves, torn In large frying pan or cast-iron skillet, cook bacon until crispy. Remove slices from skillet to drain on paper towel. Pour bacon fat from pan. Shape ground beef into four burger patties, seasoning both sides of patties with salt and pepper. In skillet over medium-high heat, cook burgers about 4 minutes per side for medium doneness. Top each burger with one slice cheese then cover skillet with lid and cook until cheese melts. Remove from heat. Cap Off School Nights with a Creamy Cookie Once the school day is done, homework is complete and dinner is finished, there’s just one thing left for many families: dessert. After all the day’s accomplishments, sometimes a sweet treat is the perfect way to reward kiddos for their hard work in the classroom. These Oatmeal Creme Cookies are a tasty example of a tempting dish that comes together in less than half an hour, so you don’t add more stress to a busy day. Plus, with high-quality ingredients like C&H Sugars, they can keep the whole family happy while allowing little ones to help in the kitchen. Visit chsugar.com for more back-to-school recipe inspiration. Oatmeal Creme Cookies Recipe courtesy of chef Haley Williams @ IfYouGiveABlondeAKitchen Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 12 minutes Oatmeal Cookies: 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon ¼ teaspoon ground cloves (optional)
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature ¾ cup C&H Dark Brown Sugar ½ cup C&H Organic Raw Cane Sugar 2 large eggs, at room temperature 1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract 3 cups quick oats Creme Filling: ¾ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature 2 cups C&H Confectioners’ Sugar 1-2 tablespoons heavy cream 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 pinch salt To make oatmeal cookies: Preheat oven to 350 F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside. In large bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and cloves, if desired. Set aside. In bowl of stand mixer, beat butter, dark brown sugar and raw cane sugar on medium-high speed until light and creamy, about 1 minute. Add eggs and vanilla; beat until combined. Scrape down sides and bottom of bowl. With mixer on low, slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Mix until combined while avoiding overmixing. Add oats and mix until incorporated. Scoop about 2 tablespoons dough onto prepared cookie sheet. Space dough balls at least 3 inches apart. Bake 10-12 minutes, or until edges are light brown. Let cookies cool 5 minutes before transferring to wire rack to cool completely. To make creme filling: In bowl of stand mixer, beat butter on medium-high speed until light in color, about 3 minutes. With mixer on low, gradually add confectioners’ sugar and mix until well combined, about 1 minute. Add 1 tablespoon heavy cream, vanilla and salt. Beat on medium-high speed until fluffy. If filling is too thick, add second tablespoon heavy cream. Once cookies cool, pipe or spread creme filling on flat sides of half the cookies. Top with remaining cookies to form sandwiches.
Warm Up with Classic Comfort Foods By Family Features With plenty of cold-weather events and gatherings to celebrate alongside loved ones, one classic way to warm up the crowd is hot, comforting food. Soups, chili, casseroles, stews and more provide perfect ways to shake off the chill that comes with the season. Ideal for serving family and friends after time spent outside or just as an excuse to get together, Beet Lentil Chili with Aunt Nellie’s Sliced Beets and Loaded Chicken Bake made using READ German Potato Salad provide filling options for satisfying a group with eight servings each. Plus, they’re easy to make — the chili calls for 20 minutes of prep before simmering while the chicken casserole requires less than an hour spent in the kitchen. Next time a brisk day cools your family to the core, keep these hearty meals in mind for simple options to warm up from the inside out. Find more comforting recipe ideas at auntnellies.com and readsalads.com. Beet Lentil Chili Recipe courtesy of Angie McGowan of “Eclectic Recipes” Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 2 hours Servings: 8 2 jars (16 ounces each) Aunt Nellie’s Sliced Beets 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 large onion, diced 4 stalks celery, diced 3 medium carrots, diced 1 teaspoon kosher salt 2 cloves garlic, diced 2 tablespoons smoked paprika 2 tablespoons ground cumin 1 ½ tablespoons ground coriander 1 teaspoon dried oregano 2 tablespoons chili powder
1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste 2 quarts low-sodium chicken or vegetable stock 1 quart water 1 pound lentils Garnishes (optional): ½ cup sour cream ¼ cup radishes, cut into matchsticks ½ cup freshly chopped cilantro ½ cup finely chopped onions 1 cup crumbled queso fresco Drain beets; dice and set aside. Discard liquid. Preheat large soup pot over medium heat. Drizzle with olive oil. Add onion, celery, carrots and salt; saute until softened, stirring occasionally. Add garlic, paprika, cumin, coriander, oregano, chili powder and tomato paste; saute until fragrant, stirring frequently. Add stock, water, beets and lentils. Bring to boil; reduce to simmer. Simmer about 2 hours, or until lentils are tender. Serve with sour cream, radishes, cilantro, onions and queso fresco, if desired. Loaded Chicken Bake Recipe courtesy of “Hungry In LA” Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes Servings: 8 Nonstick cooking spray 2 cans (15 ounces each) READ German Potato Salad 4 cups shredded rotisserie chicken ½ cup heavy cream ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon finely ground black pepper ¾ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese ¼ cup crumbled cooked bacon French-fried onions (optional) Preheat oven to 375 F. Lightly coat 9-by-13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Spread potato salad evenly in dish. Top
Loaded Chicken Bake. (COURTESY PHOTO)
evenly with chicken. In small bowl, stir together cream, salt and pepper. Pour mixture over chicken. Sprinkle with cheese, bacon and French-
fried onions, if desired. Bake 15 minutes, or until casserole is bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes. Top with additional French-fried onions, if desired.
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Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Peter Warren (right) administers an inﬂuenza vaccination to Air Force Airman First Class Zachery Mamon as part of a seasonal shot exercise onboard Naval Air Station Sigonella, October 29, 2020. (MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST SEAMAN TRINITI LERSCH)
Are You Prepared for Flu Season? Let TRICARE Help. By Tricare.mil Staff Flu season is here once again. Are you prepared? With the COVID-19 Delta variant continuing to spread and our health care system overburdened, it’s important for all of us to help combat the spread of flu. And the best way to do so is to get a flu shot. “Getting the flu vaccine is about far more than just protecting yourself,” said Army Lt. Col. (Dr.) Christopher Ellison, deputy director of operations for the Defense Health Agency Immunization Healthcare Division. “Even healthy people have a responsibility to reduce the overall impact of respiratory diseases on the population, particularly the most vulnerable members.” Who needs a ﬂu shot? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older. If you’re at higher
risk of developing serious flu complications, it’s particularly important to get the vaccine. People at high risk for flu-related complications if they get sick include adults age 65 and over, people with underlying health conditions, pregnant women, infants, and young children. If you aren’t sure if you should get the flu vaccine, talk to your doctor. Where can I get a ﬂu shot? TRICARE covers the flu vaccine. You can get a vaccine at no cost in three ways: 1. At a military hospital or clinic You can get your flu shot at your local military hospital or clinic. The vaccine will continue to be available at military facilities through the entire flu season. Flu season usually runs from October through May. Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February. Getting vaccinated now can lower your chances of getting the flu.
Did you schedule your COVID-19 vaccine through the Defense Health Agency Appointing Portal(DAP)? You can now use DAP to schedule your flu vaccine at a military hospital or clinic close to you. 2. At a participating TRICARE retail network pharmacy If you get your flu vaccine at a TRICARE retail network pharmacy, the pharmacist must administer the vaccine for it to be covered by TRICARE. Search online or call 1-877-3631303 to find a retail network pharmacy in the U.S. and most U.S. territories. If you get your vaccine at a non-network pharmacy, you may have out-of-pocket expenses and need to file a claim for reimbursement. If you’re overseas, a non-network pharmacy may be your only option. Visit Pharmacy Claims for information on how you can file a claim. 3. Using a TRICARE-authorized
provider You can go to a TRICARE-authorized provider at a participating network onsite clinic. If you go to your doctor for the vaccine, you’ll need to pay your copayment or cost-share for the office visit. If you get the flu vaccine administered by a TRICARE-authorized non-network provider, you may have to pay out-of-pocket expenses and need to file a claim for reimbursement. Be sure to follow the rules of your TRICARE plan. To find a TRICARE provider near you, use Find a Doctor to search the provider directory. Remember, the flu vaccine can lower your risk for serious illness, hospitalization, or death from flu viruses. Once vaccinated, you should still remember to keep good health habits to reduce the spread of flu. These include: • Washing your hands frequently • Covering your cough or sneeze • Avoiding contact with your nose, eyes, or mouth • Avoiding people who are sick • Staying home if you have flu-like symptoms Protect yourself and those around you by getting a flu vaccine. Take command of your health with TRICARE, and learn how you can get the flu vaccine.
From Prosthetic Legs to Cranial Implants: How the MHS is using 3D Tech By Thomas J. Walsh MHS Communications
This is the fourth and final in a series of articles on advances in military health care and technology since the Persian Gulf War, 30 years ago this year. See part 1 here, part 2 here, and part 3 here. Technology for 3D printing is transforming the Military Health System (MHS). Advances in prosthetics are helping wounded warriors take on activities like ice hockey, rock climbing, and CrossFit. For combat veterans with severe head injuries, sophisticated 3D printing machines can “print” customized cranial implants to restore damaged skulls to their original shape and density. And using 3D tech to make models for doctors to train on is reducing the time required for surgeries and improving outcomes. These technologies were essentially unheard of 30 years ago in the wake of the first Gulf War. Yet after some initial advances in the 1990s, the MHS began to rapidly increase the use and application of 3D printing after the start of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. “During these conflicts, we saw our services expand,” said Peter Liacouras, director of services at the 3D Medical Applications Center, known as 3D MAC, which is part of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Liacouras was the first engineer brought in to Walter Reed Bethesda for 3D applications. “Our primary goal, in the beginning and for the first five or six years, was the 3D printing and 3D reconstruction from medical imaging,” he said. With “stacks” of CT scans or MRI images, they could use 3D printers to construct life-size physical models for providers to hold in their hands. Patient-specific medical models give surgeons the feeling “like they have been there before,” improving outcomes, Liacouras said. “One primary application was for the department of neurosurgery, and involved designing custom cranial implants,” he
3D MAC Director Peter Liacouras, in a 2017 photo. (REGINA RANDOLPH)
explained. “To do this, we would model the skull in the current state, perform mirror imaging techniques, and then adapt the surface by morphing the missing section to the native anatomy. These ‘missing sections’ were then molded and made into an implantable material.” What started out as a center with two employees and two 3D printers has now evolved into a manufacturing facility with seven employees and more than 10 printers. Materials used for printing include plastic blends, plaster and metal alloys. The 3D-MAC at Walter Reed Bethesda is the largest 3D medical printing facility within the Department of Defense and now incorporates other processes such as 3D scanning, design, and post-production ﬁnishing. (See a video overview of the 3D-MAC here.) 3D Printing and Military Medicine Now, after years of further technological development, 3D printing is being used in the civilian world for everything from toys to architecture to manufacturing. The MHS is using it to enhance beneﬁciaries’ lives by providing pre-surgical models, custom implants, surgical guides, facial prosthetic molds, assistive technology and hand-like devices for amputees. Specialized prosthetics allow amputees to take part in complex activities such as ice hockey, rock climbing, and cross-ﬁt activities, he said. Surgical simulators allow providers the
ability to practice a procedure before treating an actual patient. “By printing at the point of care, providers and engineers can work together to solve a particular problem, while reducing cost, time, and the necessity to outsource,” he said. The 3D capability also “aids in [the patients’] mental recovery, by knowing they are no longer limited by their injuries,” he added. Liacouras said his team went from a lab only producing models of CT/MRI images to now producing dozens of practical items, such as 100 sets of “shorty feet” - devices that help bilateral above-the-knee amputees move like they are walking on their knees. Amputees initially use these devices when they are learning how to walk again, starting them out lower to the ground, and later to walk/lounge around the house, play on the ﬂoor with their children, or hang out at the pool. These tasks are sometimes difficult for service members requiring two fulllength prosthetics limbs. Future of 3D “Our advances in diagnostics in the neuro-imaging space have grown incredibly, including our ability to recreate 3D images of any part of the body,” said Dr. Paul Pasquina, a retired Army colonel who is now a professor and chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) in Bethesda,
Maryland. “It is really amazing,” he said. The printing of 3D organs is still some distance away from reality, Pasquina explained, but the ability to build “basic scaffolds” of certain cells, body tissues, and nerve-grafting has been a major evolution in the technology. And the more sophisticated 3D imaging gets, the more it has helped service members who have lost a limb. Bioprinting efforts are now being performed, researched, and investigated by staff of USU. In recent years, 3D MAC has added materials like titanium to the mix. They have also collaborated with dentistry and other departments throughout the hospital to print devices like maxillofacial prosthetic molds, Liacouras said. Elsewhere, 3D printing is one of four lines of effort meant to push forward the curriculum and instructional delivery at the Medical Education and Training Campus at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas. The 3D printed simulation models allow students and other trainees to gain exposure to a variety of technological tools and procedures. Despite these exciting medical advances involving 3D imaging and 3D printing, signiﬁcant scientiﬁc and regulatory challenges remain. Liacouras and Pasquina agree more transformative applications for this technology will need time to evolve.
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A ROOFING SALE
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AMERICAN ANTIQUE BUYER
BUYING ANTIQUES &
ESTATES, ITEMS OF VALUE
STERLING FLATWARE VINTAGE WRIST WATCHES ANTIQUE FIREARMS OLD DECOYS OLD TOYS COSTUME JEWELRY 25 YEARS EXPERIENCE
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Dogs, Cats, Other Pets
Classic, Antique Cars
GOLDEN RET PUPS AKC Parents on site, vet chk guar. shots/ wormed. DOB: 9/27/21. M&F. $1,550 757-620-6026
We will purchase your collectible, classic, late model autos, we will come to you. Call 757-675-0288.
GOLDEN RETRIEVER AKC registered puppies, 2F & 1M. 8 wks. $900. Call: 252-336-2666 GOLDEN RETRIEVER PUPPIES
Room For Rent NORFOLK $550/mo Util Incl. 757-423-0252
TOYOTA 2021 TUNDRA
AKC REGISTERED ,parents health tested, ready November 13.pups up to date on vaccines and worming. .Hunting/pet bloodlines. Full registration. call 252 229 8041. $1200 LABRADOR RETRIEVER AKC, Lab pups, Chocolate, 1M, 1F, 1st shots/worming, health guarantee, 5th generation pups, $600, 252-8836148 POODLES AND YORKIES I have poodles yorkies and pomapoos available all vet checked! Ready soon call or text 7578460093
Travel/Camping Trailers CONSIGNMENTS WANTED! Let us clean, sell, & finance your RV. Snyders RV 499-8000.
Autos for Sale
MERCEDES-BENZ 1996 220
4cyl,great on gas,no dents or rust ,inside like new,126k,cold,ac,new,tires, new,inspection,Runs,&Drives,excelle nt$4850,757-237-5757
ADORABLE MINIATURE SCHNAUZER PUPPIES 1 year health guarantee, shots & wormed UTD. 8 wks, $1500 www. smithschnauzers.com 434-770-1464 CHIHUAHUA/PUG MIX - CHUG 1 Male, 3 Females. 8 Wks. Tiny. $1,200 OBO. 757-228-6656 DACHSHUND PUPPIES Miniature, females, vaccinated, vet checked. Ready 11/13. $950 & $1100. Taking deposits. 804-445-5586
FORD 2017 F350
King Cab Diesel, 4X4, 52K mis., XLT Pkg., tow pkg., bedliner, all service & state insp just done, showroom new, $48,500. 757-620-7570. Va. Dlr.
Crew Cab, TRD Pro Pkg, 12K mis., 4WD, Lunar Rock color, factory warranty, loaded, leather, looks new. $62,900. 757-675-0288. Va. Dlr.
ANTIQUE TOOLS & MACHINERY I PAY CASH! Call: 757-951-3199
Dogs, Cats, Other Pets
Trucks and SUVs
General Help Wanted FLAGGER Traffic Plan seeks Flaggers to set up & control traffic around construction sites. A valid driver license is a must, good pay & benefits. If interested please fill out an application at 2601 D, Trade Street Chesapeake, VA on Mon & Wed 9am-12pm or online at trafficplan.com
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MERCEDES-BENZ 2011 E-CLASS
ABSOLUTELY ABLY ACQUIRING AUTOS All Makes & Models, Best Price Paid!! FREE TOWING. 757-749-8035 AUTOS ACCEPTED-ANY YEAR Make or Model. Top Dollar, Fast, Free Towing. 757-737-2465, 252-232-9192
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Convertible 41k mi like new svc recs black/beige new tires. 919-324-4391
NISSAN 2014 ALTIMA
4 door sedan, 56,000 miles, 1 owner, 2.5S. $15,999 Call: 757-673-1226 or 757-913-9530
Classic, Antique Cars
FORD 1929 STATION WAGON
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Woody. Complete restoration, 350 V-8 auto, disc brakes, tilt wheel, show winner, runs & drives great. $32,900. 757-675-0288. Va. Dlr.
Fun & Games
Last week’s CryptoQuip answer
What could you call the wood of some dining furniture being eaten by termites? Table food.
LAST WEEK’S ANSWERS
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