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CNRMA HOLDS HOLDS CNRMA CHANGE OF OF COMMAND, COMMAND, CHANGE RETIREMENT CEREMONY CEREMONY RETIREMENT was the guest speaker. was the guest speaker. Scorby, a native of Manlius, N.Y., asScorby, a native of Manlius, N.Y., assumed command of CNRMA on March sumed command of CNRMA on March NORFOLK 10, 2016 and demonstrated innovative NORFOLK NORFOLK 10, 2016 and demonstrated innovative Rear Adm. Charles W. Rock relieved leadership in guiding 14 installations Shelby West Rear Adm. Charles W. Rock relieved leadership in guiding 14 installations Rear 57 Adm. John Evan C. Scorby Jr. as acrossShipyard a 20-state region. Program Class of Shop Insulator Webb was theComNorfolk Naval Apprentice Rear Adm. John C. Scorby Jr. as Com- across a 20-state region. 2020 valedictorian, his fellow apprentices be where they were today mander, Navy noting Regionhe and Mid-Atlantic While would undernot Scorby’s command, mander,theNavy Region Mid-Atlantic While under Scorby’s command, without their families, friends, and their fellow employees at America Shipyard. (CNRMA),support during of a change of command CNRMA encouraged energy conserva(CNRMA), during a change of command CNRMA encouraged energy conservaceremony held at Naval Station Norfolk, tion through initiatives such as Battle ceremony held at Naval Station Norfolk, tion through initiatives such as Battle July 20. “E” for energy program, resulting in July 20. “E” for energy program, resulting in The change of command ceremony the region garnering 27 Secretary of the The change of command ceremony the region garnering 27 Secretary of the was immediately followed by a retire- Navy energy and water management was immediately followed by a retire- Navy energy and water management ment ceremony for Scorby. awards during 2016 and 2017. Scorby ment ceremony for Scorby. awards during 2016 2017. Scorby By Kristi Britt Mary achievements of the theand graduates the NorVice Adm. M. Jackson, com- also championed Fleet andofFamNorfolk Naval ShipyardMary Public Affairs Vice Adm. M. Jackson, com- also championed the Fleet and Apprentice FamNavalProgram, Shipyardcollaborating (NNSY) mander, Navy Installations Command ilyfolk Support with mander, Navy Installations Command ilyProgram. Support Program, collaborating with With concerns to the COVID-19 By MC3 Caledon Rabbipal By MC3 MC3 Caledon Caledon Rabbipal Rabbipal By

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From launching jets to launching careers By Stefanie Lamay

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Once a month the newest members, both civilian and military, of Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic (CNRMA) take part in Command Indoctrination (INDOC), on invitation from the Workforce Development and Training office. They review dozens of slides with pertinent information to the command. Some of the most important items a new employee will ever receive during their time at CNRMA is on those presentation slides— the contact information for all the programs that make up the Region. At the front of the room, often off to the side of the presentation, and always at the ready, is Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Launching and Recovery Equipment) 1st Class (ABE1) Zane Lovett-Ratledge. During INDOC, ABE1 is tasked with presenting corporate culture materials from eight

ABE1 is coming up on his 20-year mark in the Navy. If anyone knows how challenging a new assignment can be, its him at this command. “This is my first out of rate assignment,” said Lovett-Ratledge. He said that he spent the majority of his career making sure jets were ready for take-off and coordinating with maintenance teams on the decks of aircraft carriers. CNRMA will be his last duty station, a shore stop that has brought new challenges and an opportunity for personal growth. The Workforce Development and Training Office works with 14 installations and has over 9,000 personnel attached to the CNRMA area of responsibility. They offer leadership training for military and civilian personnel and track the yearly requirements that all personnel must complete-such as Cyber Awareness and Active Shooter training. “When I first came to CNRMA, there was no Training Officer guiding the way,” said Zane. So he led the charge for the region, tracking training completions and running status reports. Six months later, his new boss Lt. Chukwulozia Okobi joined the team as the Training Officer and was imMCSN Caledon Rabbipal MCSN Caledon Caledon Rabbipal Rabbipal MCSN



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Silver eagle spreads his wings - NNSY says farewell to Capt. Daniel Rossler By Kristi Britt

Norfolk Naval Shipyard Public Affairs


Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) said fair winds and following seas to Deputy Shipyard Commander (XO) Capt. Daniel Rossler, who recently turned over duties in Oct. in preparation for his new assignment as Commander, Regional Support Group Groton. He’s been part of the America’s Shipyard family for four years, doing his part to help build lasting relationships with the Sailors and civilians onboard and stationed across the nation. “I’m so proud of the work we’ve accomplished during my time here and the work our team will continue to accomplish as I take the next step in my career,” said Capt. Rossler. “America’s Shipyard truly is a testament to our mission to service the fleet and nation and our Sailors and civilians coming together to get the job done is something I’ll always be proud of.” Capt. Rossler began his naval journey in November of 1982. Unsure of what he wanted to do for his future, a friend who had previously joined the Navy talked him into trying it out. “I signed up for six years as a nuclear electrician and it’s been a long, interesting ride since that day,” he said. “I never thought I’d still be in the Navy today – and honestly the whole journey has been constantly finding new and exciting paths that I had no idea existed until I stepped beyond those comfort zones and discovered those opportunities. My entire career I’ve had fellow Sailors and civilians around me who helped shape me into the person I am today – offering help, advice, and presenting me with ways to better myself both personally and professionally. And I wanted to give back to everyone I could in the same way – influencing others to discover and work to accomplish their goals.” When he first entered NNSY four years ago, he was presented a specific challenge from then Shipyard Commander, Capt. Scott Brown. His duty – be engaged with the shipyard from all levels and best determine how to better engage the Sailors onboard into the work being done at NNSY. “I got involved with the senior leaders and learning the ins and out of America’s Shipyard,” he said. “I would venture out onto the waterfront, poke my head into the shop and see what everyone was doing and working on. I would take the time to learn from the workforce what their duties were, their skills, their drive. We have more than 10,000 civilians here and 700 Sailors, all with their own talents. Each person could bring something to the table in aiding the mission. So we looked for more ways to get those Sailors also incorporated into the shops, learning from those masters in the trades. There’s been significant growth in everyone working together and I hope it continues to climb in success even after I’m gone.” Capt. Rossler added, “I got to know so many people during my time here, and I made sure I was available to whomever needed me. I would help remove roadblocks for folks and help develop them to reach their goals. I

Shelby West Capt. Dan Rossler presents the Silver Eagle trophy to Capt. Heather Wilson, the first female LDO to be presented the award.

would provide them the guidance they needed to achieve their own goals. Seeing someone get promoted, awarded, or exceling in their journeys has been some of the most special moments during my time here.” During his time in the Navy, Capt. Rossler was designated as a limited duty officer (LDO), an officer of the United States Navy who was selected for commissioning based on skill and expertise, with strong specific technical knowledge and seasoned leadership. And in Aug. 2019, he was awarded the “Silver Eagle” – an honor bestowed upon the senior-most LDO in the Navy. The “Silver Eagle” was created in 2002 in recognition of the dedicated careers of LDO personnel. As tradition holds, the senior-most LDO in the Navy assumes the mantle of “Silver Eagle” and maintains possession of a two-foot tall eagle statuette until that officer retires from active service and passes along the honor. The “Silver Eagle” is charged with not only reminding the LDO community of the challenges and accomplishments faced during their careers but also of their responsibility to mentor the future of the Navy: its Sailors and LDOs. “It’s been an honor to hold the 'Silver Eagle’mantle for these two years,” said Capt. Rossler. “This honor represents so much history and dedication and I’m proud to be part of it.” As he prepared himself for his next command, it was time for him to pass on the torch – presenting the “Silver Eagle” to its next recipient and the first female LDO to be presented the award, Capt. Heather Walton at Navy Expeditionary Combat Command. Capt. Walton arrived for a small ceremony in the NNSY Heritage Room Oct. 14 where Capt. Rossler presented her with the “Silver Eagle” statue. “I’m honored to be part of this legacy and carry it on for the next couple years,” she said. “I hope I can live

up to all those who came before me. The past eagles were all very impressive in everything they did and I am honored to be joining them. Thank you for your service Capt. Rossler and for everything you’ve done for our nation. I’ve got it from here.” Capt. Rossler will officially start at his new command in Dec.; however, he looks back fondly on his time at NNSY. “I’m going to miss it here. There’s something so special about America’s Shipyard and the hard work being done here for our nation,” said Capt. Rossler. “There’s always going to be challenges but I know our workforce will face them head-on. At NNSY, every day counts to get those ships back to the fleet. Keep up the fight and never give an inch – you’ll get the job done.” He added, “I’ve seen so much in my time here and our workforce overcoming obstacles to meet the mission. COVID-19 is a prime example of us coming together to meet the needs of our people, the trial and error to make sure we have enhanced screenings for our team. We’re continuing to make adjustments to best meet those needs but we took the challenge head-on and are working to keep our people safe. That’s something I hope I’m remembered for as I take my leave from America’s Shipyard. I hope the work we’ve done to build those relationships between our military and civilians continues to thrive even beyond what we’ve accomplished these last few years. I hope we continue to surge past our goals and continue to innovate. I hope we continue to build up our workforce as well as the community beyond our gates. I’m going to miss being able to walk around this shipyard and meeting those who get the job done. I’ll miss America’s Shipyard – but I’m happy I could be part of it’s expansive history for even a short time. I’ll keep watching NNSY succeed from afar. And with that, Rossler out!”

SUBLANT shifts tactical control of SSBNs to Submarine Group 10 From Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic Public Affairs


Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic (SUBLANT)/Commander, Task Force (CTF) 114/Commander, Task Group (CTG) 114.4 turned over the reins of CTG 114.4 to Commander, Submarine Group 10 (SUBGRU-10), Nov. 9. The shift creates a more streamlined and effective method of command and control of Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) forces. “Moving the mission and tasks of CTG 114.4 to Submarine Group 10 will enable a more direct command and control structure to our strategic leg of the nuclear triad and is another great example of how we are a ready and agile undersea force,” said Vice Adm. Daryl Caudle, Commander, SUBLANT/Commander, CTF 114. “As

Rear Adm. Spencer and his team continue to provide excellent force generation oversight, they now will have tactical control over all Atlantic Ohio-class SSBNs.” The responsibilities of CTG 114.4 are to exercise tactical control (TACON) over Atlantic Ohio-class SSBNs, coordinate and conduct submarine-launched ballistic missile test launches, and direct/coordinate strategic exercises for SSBNs in the Atlantic. “This is an important change for the submarine force,” said Rear Adm. John Spencer Commander, Submarine Group Ten. “From a strategic deterrence perspective, there is value to the geographical dispersion of command centers and to pushing tactical control to a lower level of decision making. My team is ready and excited about these new responsibilities.” Submarine Group 10 is the nation’s pre-eminent provider of sea-based strate-

MC1 Ashley Berumen The Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Maryland (SSBN 738) (Blue) returns to its homeport Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga., following a strategic deterrence patrol, June 20, 2019. Maryland is one of five ballistic-missile submarines stationed at the base and is capable of carrying up to 20 submarine-launched ballistic missiles with multiple warheads.

gic deterrence, strike and unique Ohioclass guided-missile submarine special operations capabilities. The U.S. Submarine Force provides the training, logistical plans, manpower and

operational support to maintain the ability of the Force to respond to both peacetime and wartime demands while ensuring the U.S. Navy maintains undersea superiority into the future.

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MC3 Jake Vermeulen Electronics Technician 2nd Class Jennifer McAdams poses for a photo aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), Nov. 2, 2020. Kearsarge is homeported at Naval Station Norfolk and is preparing for operations at sea.

Kearsarge announces Sailor of the Quarter, 4th Quarter of FY20 By MC3 Jake Vermeulen

USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) Public Affairs


Electronics Technician 2nd Class Jennifer McAdams, from Newburgh, New York, joined the Navy to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps. Now, with nearly six years of active-duty service, McAdams, assigned to USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), is fulfilling her goals. Electronics Technician 2nd Class Jennifer McAdams, from Newburgh, New York, always wanted to join the Navy to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps. “My grandfather was a hospital corpsman during World War II and he was the foundation of our family,” said McAdams. “I wanted to do anything to make him proud of me and I very much

wanted to be like him.” Now with nearly six years of activeduty service, McAdams is assigned to the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) and is fulfilling her goals. As the interior communications leading petty officer, McAdams is responsible for leading her Sailors in maintaining and repairing an extensive amount of critical systems equipment. “My department is responsible for maintaining all of Kearsarge’s combat systems and my division owns a lot of that real estate,” said McAdams. “We make sure that the TV circuits, phone circuits, alarms - like the chemical and collision warning alarms - eyewash stations and almost every type of electronic safety measure is in working condition.”

Kearsarge commissioned 27 years ago and McAdams said that a lot of the work they do is a result of keeping up with the ship’s age but is, “both challenging and rewarding.” Leading her Sailors and keeping the ship’s electronics systems online is not McAdams’s only job aboard Kearsarge. “During our recent maintenance availability, I was the sole liaison between the ship’s combat systems department and the civilian contractors working on our equipment,” said McAdams. “It was my responsibility to coordinate the efforts of both Navy and civilian personnel to make sure the work was getting done safely and quickly.” As her department’s assistant maintenance and material management coordinator, enlisted surface warfare spe-

cialist subject matter expert and the ship’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation committee’s vice president, McAdams contributes not only to the productivity of her department but also to Kearsarge’s command climate and the success of the crew. McAdams’s accomplishments, skilled leadership and work ethic aboard Kearsarge led to her being selected as Sailor of the Quarter, 4th quarter 2020. “I think it’s important for people like me to know that if there is something you want to do, it really isn’t too late,” said McAdams. “I joined the Navy at 31 because it was something I always wanted to do and the idea just wouldn’t leave me alone. If you have what-if ’s in your life because you think you’re too old for something, you’re probably not and should go out and do it anyways.” McAdams reenlisted for six more years and plans on utilizing tuition assistance to finish her degree once she transfers from Kearsarge in March 2021.

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MC2 Cameron Stoner Cmdr. Richard McCandless, left, assumes command from Cmdr. Mathias Vorachek, right, while Capt. Jeffrey Juergens, commodore, Submarine Squadron Six, center, presides during the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Albany (753) change of command ceremony onboard Naval Station Norfolk, Oct. 30. The change of command ceremony is a time-honored tradition that formally signifies the continuity of authority of command. It is a formal ritual conducted before the assembled company of the command.

USS Albany conducts change of command By MC2 Cameron Stoner

Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic Public Affairs


The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Albany (SSN 753) conducted a change of command at Naval Station Norfolk, Oct. 30. Cmdr. Richard McCandless relieved Cmdr. Mathias Vorachek as commanding officer of Albany. Capt. Jeffrey Juergens, commodore, Submarine Squadron 6, spoke on Vorachek’s performance during his time as the boat’s commanding officer. “In nearly 30 months, Matt’s command of USS Albany has seen unmatched improvement,” Juergens said. “After spending nearly five years in shipyard, Matt built the crew from the ground up. Taking a crew who had very little at sea experience, Matt built a salty bunch and completed a six month EU-

COM deployment, which was even more impressive under the restraints of COVID-19.” Vorachek offered remarks to the crew of Albany as he reflected back on their time spent together. "I could not be more honored to have been given the chance to lead you,” Vorachek said. “When I took command of Albany in July of 2018, we were on the verge of completing our overhaul which lasted for nearly five years. Three weeks after taking command, and with little to no at sea experience, but plenty of motivation, Albany went to sea to start her journey back to greatness. My officers and crew exceeded all expectations. With every task they were assigned, they rose to the occasion and succeeded.” His next assignment is at U.S. 2nd Fleet Future Operations in Norfolk, Virginia. While assuming command, McCand-

less said he is excited to lead the crew of Albany through equipment upgrades and future operations. “I’m honored and excited for the challenge of command,” McCandless said. “Albany is scheduled to receive the latest upgrades to fire control, sonar, and electronic warfare systems, ensuring we will continue to be ready to defend the nation when called.” McCandless commissioned as an ensign upon graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2002. Prior to assuming the role of Albany’s commanding officer, he served three previous tours on fast-attack submarines. He also served as an Electronic Warfare Officer in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2009, where he was attached to various Marine infantry and logistics battalions in the Al Anbar Province. Fast-attack submarines are multi-mission platforms enabling five of the six

Navy maritime strategy core capabilities - sea control, power projection, forward presence, maritime security and deterrence. They are designed to excel in anti-submarine warfare, anti-ship warfare, strike warfare, special operations, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, irregular warfare and mine warfare. Fast-attack submarines project power ashore with special operations forces and Tomahawk cruise missiles in the prevention or preparation of regional crises. Albany, whose motto is “Still Making History,” is the fifth U.S. Navy ship to bear the name of New York’s capital city. Built by Newport News Shipbuilding and General Dynamics Electric Boat Division, Albany was commissioned April 7, 1990, as the 43rd nuclear-powered Los Angeles-class submarine. The Los Angeles-class submarine is 360 feet long and 33 feet wide, and weighs about 6,900 tons when submerged. Underwater, it can reach speeds in excess of 25 knots.













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MC1 Alfred Coffield The official party for the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Boise (SSN 764) change of command ceremony renders a salute during the playing of the national anthem at Naval Station Norfolk, Oct. 30, 2020. During the ceremony, Cmdr. Jonathan Cantor relieved Cmdr. Kristopher Lancaster as commanding officer of Boise. The change of command ceremony is a time-honored tradition that signifies a total transfer of responsibility, authority and accountability for the command.

USS Boise holds change of command ceremony By MC3 Ivana Campbell

Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic Public Affairs


The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Boise (SSN 764) held a change of command ceremony onboard Naval Station Norfolk, Oct. 30. Cmdr. Jonathan Cantor relieved Cmdr. Kristopher Lancaster as commanding officer of Boise. Capt. Jeffrey Juergens, commodore, Submarine Squadron 6, praised Lancaster and his crew for their performance. “Kris and Boise crew, you are the embodiment of our Submarine Force ethos,” said Juergens. “We are com-

mitted professionals. We are a team. Kris, you have made a lasting mark on Boise on the Norfolk waterfront. You should be very proud of completing a tough assignment flawlessly.” Lancaster, who served as the 12th commanding officer of Boise, left a parting message to his crew as the ship prepares to go into an engineering overhaul. “Everything we have worked for has been to make the ship, your shipmates, and ourselves better,” Lancaster said. “Don’t lose that drive for excellence, that fire that makes us great. You have a huge part in fixing the ship, and it’s no small task, but I know you are up to the challenge.” His next assignment is at the Office

of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) Director, Undersea Warfare Division (N97). Capt. Juergens welcomed Cantor as the newest commanding officer. “John, I’m thrilled to welcome you into the squadron, and I’m completely confident in your ability to finish Boise’s shipyard period on time and return her to the fleet,” Juergens said. Upon assuming command, Cantor expressed how Boise was his first choice for duty and how optimistic he was for the challenge of returning the warship to its full operational capability. “As I look forward to what lies ahead, I couldn’t ask for a better wardroom, chief ’s quarters, and crew

to face the challenge of leading Boise into the future,” Cantor said. Fast-attack submarines are multimission platforms enabling five of the six Navy maritime strategy core capabilities - sea control, power projection, forward presence, maritime security and deterrence. They are designed to excel in anti-submarine warfare, antiship warfare, strike warfare, special operations, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, irregular warfare and mine warfare. Fast-attack submarines project power ashore with special operations forces and Tomahawk cruise missiles in the prevention or preparation of regional crises. The Los Angeles-class submarine is 360 feet long and 33 feet wide, and weighs about 6,900 tons when submerged. Underwater, it can reach speeds in excess of 25 knots.

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Through extensive course and scholarship offerings, TROY continues its commitment to keeping higher education affordable for those who sacrifice so much. That’s why the University has been recognized by SR Education Group as a “Top Yellow Ribbon” online college, U.S. News and World Report’s “Best for Veterans” and Military Times’ “Best for Vets” rankings. Do what you love, and be great at it. That’s the Trojan Spirit, and it’s alive and well at Troy University. To find out more, visit troy.edu/military or call 1-800-586-9771.

The scholarship also provides significant savings between 25 and 50 percent on tuition costs for spouses and dependents pursuing degrees at undergraduate and graduate levels. Additionally, the TROY for Troops Center, with locations at all of the University’s Alabama campuses and several of the University’s Support Centers, as well as online, serves as a one-stop shop to meet the unique needs of our military-affiliated students. Founded in 1887, TROY is a historic, public university that offers quality academic programs and features dedicated faculty who are committed to helping you achieve success. TROY offers a selection of one-year fast track graduate programs that may be right for you. By choosing one of the fast track programs, you can get the professional boost you’re looking for in communication, business, education, social work, criminal justice or many other programs.

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Yorktown, Virginia, ID Lab lauded for mission accomplishment during COVID-19 By MC3 Jared Catlett

Naval Weapons Station Yorktown Public Affairs


As a COVID-19 risk mitigation, the Department of Defense earlier this year allowed Common Access Card and U.S. Identification Card holders to use their cards for a limited time past expiration. As the extension deadline grew close, ID labs worldwide grew busier, and five Sailors working out of the photo identification lab at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown not only met the demand, but exceeded expectations. Following the release of NAVADMIN 253/20, these Sailors created more than 3,200 military, dependent, and retiree identification cards. Additionally, each Sailor aided in servicing another 1,080 customers in correcting card errors, pin resets and Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) endorsements. “You set this standard. We’ve now imported some of your best practices, and we’re applying it to over 200 sites across the entire globe,” said Rear Adm. Jeff Hughes, commander, Navy Personnel Command. “I really am taken by the efficiencies and the effectiveness that you’ve driven into your tactics, techniques, and procedures that allows us to really see some things that I think we can replicate at other sites.” For their hard work, the Sailors were awarded the

Aircraft | Navy Captain lands aboard 6 classes of aircraft carriers Continued from A1 carriers, and now the newest Fordclass, USS Gerald R. Ford. “Flying out and landing on the Ford was also exciting because this new class of carrier is a leap forward in many capabilities like the next-generation launching and arresting gear systems, which were immediately apparent on the flight deck,” said Norman. “I

Grad | Norfolk Naval Shipyard welcomes new journeymen in their first-ever drive-thru apprentice graduation Continued from A1 “drive-in style” for the first time in its expansive history – allowing participants to celebrate the graduates while still taking all the proper precautions. The 186 graduates, representing 20 trades across the shipyard, have completed a fouryear training program, which includes academics, trade theory, and on-the-job experience. Upon graduation, the apprentices will receive a Technician Career Studies Certificate and will be converted to the journey-

Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Oct. 29. Their practices will benefit the identification card processes around the globe. The ceremony took place live, remotely via online collaborative software. The five Sailors awarded were Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Christina Keller, Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Shelbi Metzger, Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Taylor Romero, Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 3rd

Class Jennifer Hunt, and Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Markasha Bingley. Military/Military Dependents and Retirees who have an expired ID card are encouraged to make an appointment to get their new ID card. The exception to use an expired ID card for base privileges expires on March 31, 2021. Online appointment availability has been updated and appointments are available at: https://idco.dmdc.osd.mil/idc.

thoroughly enjoyed landing on and catapulting from the most advanced version of the 11 most survivable airfields in the world.” Norman landed aboard Ford as part of a Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) carrier qualification (CQ) wave with the “Gladiators” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106 stationed at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia. During his CQ he conducted two touch-andgoes and four arrested landings using Ford’s state-of-the art Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) to complete his curriculum. He also had the opportunity to spend some time aboard Ford to experience internal differences built in to the Ford-class.

“It is extremely important for carrier Commanding Officers to regain aircraft carrier landing currency and watching Dudley requalify on our ship brought a huge smile to my face,” said Capt. J.J. Cummings, Ford’s commanding officer. “Dudley is a career Hornet guy, flew some wicked nice passes during CQ and made it look easy, which is impressive after being out of the cockpit for several years. I know he was fired up to get some cats and traps on EMALS and AAG before he takes command of [USS John C.] Stennis, and we were proud to have a ready and steady deck for him and all of the FRS aviators who qualified on mighty warship 78.” Cummings added that Ford has been

the primary CQ asset on the east coast this year generating readiness for the fleet. “It has been extremely rewarding for our crew, especially given the challenges of getting underway virtually every month in this current health environment,” he said. Norman is nearing completion of the Aviation Nuclear Officer pipeline with follow on orders as the Commanding Officer of USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in December 2020. Ford is underway conducting an independent steaming event as part of her 18-month post-delivery test and trials phase of operations. For more news from USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), visit www.dvidshub.net/unit/CVN78

men level of their trade. “For more than 100 years, Norfolk Naval Shipyard’s Apprentice Program has ensured a continuous pipeline of skilled tradespeople who have gone on to attain significant leadership positions across the shipyard,“ said Shipyard Commander Rear Admiral Howard Markle. ”This four-year program involving academics, trade theory and on-the-job training is challenging even in ideal and predictable circumstances. As we all know, this year has been anything but ideal and predictable. But our graduates have risen to meet every challenge and exceed all expectations. I commend their perseverance and thank them for their continued service to our shipyard. I look forward to seeing their numerous accomplishments in the many years to come making our Navy - and our nation - safer, stronger and more combat ready.” The NNSY Apprentice Program Class of 2020 valedictorian was Evan Webb, a Shop 57 Insulator. The 30-year-old Portsmouth

Christian School graduate completed the program with a 3.932 GPA, which earned him an early promotion. “I’m very proud to be our class’ valedictorian – it shows me that with hard work and a good support system that I can achieve whatever I put my mind to,” said Webb. “It also gives me the confidence that I can use to be a good role model for my son – showing him that hard work and dedication can truly open new opportunities for you.” Webb continued, “My experience in the apprenticeship has allowed me to grow as a person at work and at home. It helped me be disciplined in my every day job as well as motivating me to look toward the next goal and make it happen. To my fellow apprentices, whether you’re just starting out in the program or graduating like myself, always be conscious of your reputation from day one. Word travels fast at NNSY and you don’t want to be known for being a problem. Be known for being a hard-working individual that your fellow shipyarders can count

on. You all have the potential to be great here – you just got to take that step and make it happen.” Salutatorian Kelly Albert said, “My time in the Apprentice Program was very educational and I learned about things that I have never been around in my life. I remember my first day in the shipyard and being so overwhelmed with it all. However, being surrounded by so many knowledgeable folks who took the time to train me and help me get to that next step – NNSY now feels like home to me. I feel part of something much bigger than myself and I’m so proud to be part of America’s Shipyard.” This year marks the 107th anniversary of NNSY’s Apprentice Program, one of the most historic and honored apprentice programs in the nation. The program has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor, in partnership with the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship (ACA), as a 21st Century Registered Apprenticeship Trailblazer and Innovator.

Career | From launching

jets to launching careers Continued from A1

mediately impressed by ABE1’s performance. Lt. Okobi made ABE1 responsible for mentoring three petty officers which resulted in one getting promoted to a third class petty officer. “Workforce development is instrumental to the region as a whole, and we’re fortunate to have someone as passionate as ABE1 Lovett-Ratledge that makes such an impact with both military and civilian personnel learning opportunities,” said Lt. Okobi. ABE1 credits his time spent on aircraft carriers networking with other Sailors to his success with the Workforce Development and Training Office and the links he’s forged with the civilian workforce. He said that “being a Sailor in the Navy is about so much more than what you do deployed. Being career ready is really what the Workforce Development and Training Office is all about. We’re here to help.” At CNRMA, ABE1 represents an ever-growing group of military and civilian professionals, dedicated to the Fleet, Fighter and Family. If you want more information about the Workforce Development and Training office, click HERE.

Courtesy photo Aviation BoatswainMate (Launching and Recovery Equipment) 1st Class Zane Lovett-Ratledge participates in flight quarters.

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Navy recruiters perform life-saving skills on shooting victim By Burrell Parmer Navy Recruiting Command


When aboard ship or ashore, Sailors are expected to be able to react to any situation, ranging from enemy engagement to applying medical care to an injured shipmate. For two Sailors assigned to Navy Talent Acquisition Group (NTAG) San Antonio, their Naval training kicked in the afternoon of Nov. 5, after a shooting near a local high school. Navy recruiters Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Brandon Rodriguez, of San Antonio, and Information Systems Technician (Submarine) 2nd Class Robert Davis, of San Antonio, had concluded a school visit to Highlands High School. Upon driving away from the school, they witnessed a shooting of a man outside his residence. After hearing the gun shots, the recruiters cautiously approached the residence and saw the victim laying in the driveway after which they instructed the neighbors to call 911. The recruiters began to apply pressure to the wound and treat the victim for shock until emergency medical services arrived five minutes later. “We happen to be in the right place at the right time,” said Davis, whose been recruiting for 18 months. “The basic life-saving skills we attained in the Navy definitely prepared us for the moment.” “I knew we could do something,” said Rodriguez, who received basic medical training while aboard the nuclear aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77). “Our initial thoughts were on the whereabouts of the shooter, but we knew we had to act fast.” After EMS arrived, the Sailors reported the observations of the incident the San Antonio Police. NTAG San Antonio’s area of responsibility includes more than 30 Navy Recruiting Stations and Navy Officer Recruiting Stations spread throughout 144,000 square miles of Central and South Texas territory.

Burrell Parmer Information Systems Technician (Submarine) 2nd Class Robert Davis, of San Antonio, assigned to Navy Talent Acquisition Group (NTAG) San Antonio.

Burrell Parmer Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Brandon Rodriguez, of San Antonio, assigned to Navy Talent Acquisition Group (NTAG) San Antonio.

Navy explains that ROM is an official duty status By MCC Michael Russell

Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs


Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the Fleet has shown some confusion regarding placing Sailors in a Restriction of Movement (ROM) status and how that effects leave. According to NAVADMIN 295/20, personnel executing a Restriction of Movement (ROM) are considered to be in a duty status and ROM periods will not be charged as leave. Leave is the authorized absence of a Sailor from a place of duty, which is chargeable. Sailors who are on leave are considered to be in a non-duty status as they are away from their place of duty. Command Pay/Personnel Administrators (CPPAs) should have seen Pay and Personnel Information Bulletin (PPIB) 20-34, released Nov. 4. This bulletin explains that ROM due to COVID-19 is a mandatory, official duty function performed by Sailors with their ROM location considered as the official duty location. Sailors taking leave outside their designated permanent duty station area and directed to perform ROM upon their return from leave should not be charged leave for the ROM period. Commanders must conduct a risk assessment for service members requesting leave or liberty outside the local area to ensure appropriate force health protection measures are in place. Commanders must also ensure sufficient command readiness and retain the authority to disapprove leave as appropriate. Hardship Duty Pay-Restriction of Movement (HDPROM) is not authorized for Sailors in a leave status. However, a Sailor who is placed in ROM due to COVID-19 exposure during leave may receive HDPROM if all eligibility criteria is met. Members incorrectly charged leave while perform-

MC3 Chad Swysgood Restriction of Movement (ROM) and leave clarified. According to NAVADMIN 295/20, personnel executing a Restriction of Movement (ROM) are considered to be in a duty status and ROM periods will not be charged as leave. Leave is the authorized absence of a Sailor from a place of duty, which is chargeable. Sailors who are on leave are considered to be in a non-duty status as they are away from their place of duty.

ing directed or ordered ROM should work with their command to have that leave restored. For more information please review NAVADMIN

295/20 at www.npc.navy.mil, or contact MyNavy Career Center (MNCC) at 1-833-330-6622, email - askmncc@navy.mil.

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Military kids seek understanding, a level playing field By Lisa Smith Molinari

From the time I toddled around in droopy diapers, to the day I drove off to college in my VW Bug, I lived in one small Pennsylvania town. The kids who picked their noses next to me in Mrs. Rowley’s kindergarten class were the same kids who walked across the stage with me at our high school graduation. I had one hometown, one high school, one brick house, one yellow bedroom, and one best friend who I gabbed with nightly on one rotary telephone while draped across one mock-brass twin bed. By contrast, as a military child, our oldest went to three different high schools. He grew up in eight different homes, in three different states and two foreign countries. He has said goodbye to six different best friends, six different piano teachers, and four different Boy Scout troops. He played on three different varsity football teams, and his academic transcripts are almost as complicated as the US Tax Code. Having had such a stable, small town upbringing myself, I have often looked at my own children with worry and curi-

ous wonder. How do military kids cope with so many military moves? What effect do frequent school changes have on them? Does this instability leave them less prepared for life after high school? A new survey provides some answers. The Military Child Education Coalition’s Military Kids Now 2020 Survey identifies the greatest challenges to military children’s education. Conducted over four months in early spring 2020, the survey polled over 5,100 military-connected students (age 13 and over), parents with school-age children, and educators. According to the Summary Report, the “responses were both heartening and heartbreaking,” reflecting “the strength of their commitments to their country, their families, and their education while also highlighting continuing gaps in services, bumpy school transitions, and fears about student preparedness for life after high school.” The report states that 25% of military kids report moving two or more times during high school, but the real eye-opener is how students responded to questions like “I wish my school/teachers understood…” and “I wish my peers

understood…” Military children want educators and peers to be more cognizant of military lifestyle challenges such as transitioning schools, adjusting to curriculum differences, experiencing social disruptions, coping with deployments, being stereotyped, and finding acceptance. Military kids also expressed that, although they deserve the same educational opportunities as civilian students, they are not offered a level academic playing field. They reported frustration with changing graduation requirements, gaps in learning, disparities in school resources, and constant reassessments. Military parents reported the need for support with everything from placement in gifted programs to state immunization requirements to IEPs and 504 plans to graduation waivers. Moreover, although 97% of professionals believe that military children encounter more stress than their civilian peers, only 38% reported feeling confident “[m]anaging behavioral and mental health issues related to transition, mobility, deployment and return from deployment.” The report contains a “Wish List” of resources parents be-

lieve would support their children’s education, including standardized curriculum, a “buddy” system for the critical first days of a new school, military liaisons in schools, help navigating the college process, and “school choice for all military-connected students (e.g., public, private, charter, home, etc.).” Senior military, government, education and thought leaders will offer an in-depth analysis of the Military Kids Now Survey and other issues affecting military-connected children at MCEC’s Education Summit 2020 being held November 17 and 18. Military parents, professionals, and educators are invited to attend the free webinar, titled “Mission Steady, Future Ready: Meeting the educational needs of military children in a changing environment.” The agenda includes speakers such as Dr. Mitchell Zais, Deputy Secretary of Education, and Dr. Marc Brackett, child studies professor at Yale University; discussion of the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission (MIC3); guided chats; and presenters offering boarding school scholarships for military children. As a child who lived in one small town, I never had to move, change schools, or leave my friends. But as a Navy spouse and mother of three, I’ve learned that military-connected kids can cope with an ever-changing environment with the right help, resources, and understanding.

Honoring Gold Star Families From Military Onesource

Gold star families – spouses, children, parents, siblings or others whose loved one died in service to our nation – are a vital part of our country’s military community and history. How did the term gold star originate? During World War I, families displayed small banners with a blue star for every immediate family member serving in the armed forces. If their service member died in service, the family replaced the blue star with a gold star. The gold star let the community know that their service member died or was killed while serving their country. Today, the nation recognizes gold star survivors in several ways to show its deep gratitude, including: Designating the last Sunday of September as Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day Recognizing April 5 as Gold Star Spouses Day Authorizing the Gold Star Lapel Button These buttons are a symbol of the nation’s appreciation of a service member’s sacrifice to


country and service, allowing us to honor and recognize the families of these brave men and women. To learn more about the Gold Star Lapel Button and how to honor gold star families: Enroll in this brief MilLife Learning course, “Recognizing Military Service” Contact your respective military service – Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force or Coast Guard Even though gold star families have experienced a great loss, their ties to the military

community remain strong. Their military networks are dedicated to supporting them. To learn more about the resources and benefits available to gold star survivors, download A Survivor’s Guide to Benefits: Taking Care of Our Families, or see an overview of what’s available at Gold Star & Surviving Family Members – Benefits. More comprehensive information about various benefits for gold star survivors can be found in the Gold Star & Surviving Family Members section of Military OneSource.

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Military working dog retires from NAS Key West By Danette Baso Silvers

Naval Air Station Key West Public Affairs


Military Working Dog Jessy was honored for her service at a retirement ceremony at Naval Air Station Key West’s Boca Chica Field November 5, 2020. NAS Key West Commanding Officer Capt. Mark Sohaney presented Jessy with a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and a Certificate of Meritorious Service at the ceremony. Jessy, a 9-year-old Belgian Malinois, was trained for patrol and explosives detection at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, before being stationed at NAS Key West in 2014. While at NAS Key West, she has worked with 10 canine handlers. Her services include two overseas deployments, 38 presidential missions and Fleet Week New York City. Most recently, she and her handler were in New York City on standby to provide services for U.S. Naval Hospital Ship Comfort in New York City at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. Jessy was recently adopted by canine handler Master-atArms 1st Class Joshua Schellenger and his family.

Danette Baso Silvers Naval Air Station Key West Kennel Master Master-at-Arms 1st Class Alberto Flores with Military Working Dog Roman, Masterat-Arms 1st Class Joshua Schellenger with retired MWD Jessy, and Master-at-Arms Seaman Johana Martinez-Rodriguez with MWD Grim, pose for a photo after a retirement ceremony for Jessy at Boca Chica Field, November 5, 2020. Jessy is a 9-year-old Belgian Malinois and has been stationed at NAS Key West since 2014 where she provided patrol and explosives detection services.

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MC1 Jacob Sippel Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet, Rear Adm. Don Gabrielson (left) and Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South, Brig. Gen. Phillip Frietze, sign the Joint Maritime Component Commander (JFMCC) Maritime Campaign Support Plan (MCSP) in a ceremony aboard USS Wichita (LCS 13), Nov. 4, 2020. The MCSP is an overarching playbook for Sailors and Marines to strengthen partnerships in the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility over the next four years.

U.S. Navy, Marine Corps commanders sign integrated maritime campaign support plan From US Naval Forces southern naval commad/ US 4th fleet public affair


Rear Adm. Don Gabrielson, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/ U.S. 4th Fleet (COMUSNAVSO), and Brig. Gen. Phillip Frietze, commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South (COMMARFORSOUTH), signed the Joint Force Maritime Component Commander (JFMCC) Maritime Campaign Support Plan (MCSP) in a ceremony aboard USS Wichita (LCS 13) at Naval Station Mayport, Florida, Nov. 4. “This integrated maritime campaign support plan codifies how our team will support the USSOUTHCOM Campaign Plan,” said Gabrielson. “It creates the framework in which we will further develop our already robust integration with MARFORSOUTH as we work together with our maritime forces.” The MCSP is an overarching playbook

for Sailors and Marines to strengthen partnerships in the U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) area of responsibility (AOR) over the next four years, through 2024. The plan brings together USNAVSO and MARFORSOUTH for closer coordination in future operations and activities that will maximize the collective strengths with partner nations and reinforce the United States’ reputation as a highly trusted and impactful partner. The MCSP supports the USSOUTHCOM Campaign Plan and the National Defense Strategy, and acknowledges meeting the challenges posed by a re-emergence of long-term competition with China and Russia. “The MCSP provides clear guidance for what we need to do to expand and improve our operational readiness at sea, to further engage with our partners and increase our maritime awareness,” said Frietze. “We look forward to putting this plan into action, and I know our partners are excited about upcoming opportunities to operate and exercise together.”

“The MCSP provides our blueprint for both planning and executing future operations and exercises with our partners,” said Cmdr. Rob Wilhelm, lead Navy planner for the MCSP. “The goal is for all operations or exercises to reach MCSP objectives for ourselves and our partners.” “We have competitors who seek to replace our influence in the maritime domain with an alternative form of partnership in the USSOUTHCOM AOR,” said Maj. Jon Wilkins, lead Marine planner for the MCSP. “This plan acknowledges the nature of this competition, and seeks to maintain a continuous competitive advantage in the maritime domain by using old tools, common to security cooperation, in new ways.” The MCSP guides all of USNAVSO’s and MARFORSOUTH’s activities the next four years. It includes four lines of effort focused on strengthening partnerships, becoming a partner of choice, enhancing the logistics capabilities through agreements with partner nations, and fos-

tering innovation leading to modernization and heightened readiness for U.S. forces. 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. U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South is the U. S. Marine Corps service component command for U.S. Southern Command. COMMARFORSOUTH commands all Marine forces assigned to Commander, USSOUTHCOM; advises the Commander, USSOUTHCOM on the proper employment and support of Marine forces; conducts deployment and redeployment planning and execution of assigned, attached Marine forces; and accomplishes other operational missions as assigned. Learn more about USNAVSO/4th Fleet at https://www.facebook.com/NAVSOUS4THFLT and @NAVSOUS4THFLT Learn more about MARFORSOUTH at https://www.facebook.com/MARFORSOUTH and @MARFORSOUTH

I am Navy Medicine – and industrial hygienist – Michael Humann at NMRTC Bremerton By Douglas Stutz

Naval Hospital Bremerton Public Affairs


Navy industrial hygienists such as Michael Humann routinely focus on unique and complex issues to help care for others. This year has had more than its’ fair share of significant and difficult concerns that Humann has provided timely expertise to handle. His contributions in proactively helping to stop the spread of COVID-19 at Naval Medical Readiness and Training Command (NMRTC) Bremerton led to recently being selected as the command’s Senior Civilian of the Quarter. “This shows that NMRTC Bremerton recognizes the important work that all their industrial hygienists do for their customers throughout Navy Region Northwest,” said Humann, a Breckenridge, Minn. native and University of Iowa 2011 graduate who has been an integral part of Navy Medicine for almost three years. Even prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, Humann had reviewed the command’s Respiratory Protection Program (RPP) during a crucial Industrial Hygiene Survey and identified areas for improvement to safeguard staff from potential exposure to communicable diseases. He made sure potential frontline personnel were enrolled in the RPP, as well as medically cleared to use powered air-purifying respirators (PAPRs). Due to his behind the scene preemptive efforts, NMRTC Bremerton was well positioned when the COVID 19 outbreak occurred to effectively protect staff as well as patients in dealing with COVID-19. “While I feel my work has been important, the response to COVID-19 has been truly multidisciplinary. All stakeholders involved have been essential for our success.”

Humann said. “The support of my colleagues at NMRTC Bremerton and within the Industrial Hygiene Department have been crucial.” Humann is considered a key member of the command’s COVID-19 Working Group, a forged collection of dedicated subject matter experts assembled in March to help lead the command’s response in dealing with the COVID-19 threat. Humann identified potential occupational health hazards and recommended strategies aligned with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and Navy regulations and policies. “I am glad that my job allows me to work directly with the active duty and civilian staff whose health I am responsible for,” remarked Humann. The pandemic outbreak also led Humann in taking the lead to protect staff members working in the command’s drive through screening process tents. He made sure they had adequate protection from potential heat stress injury during the long dog days of summer. He accomplished this by installing real-time heat stress monitors on the hottest days, and mandating site-specific heat stress protocols were in place. “I am just a Navy industrial hygienist who is eager to come to work every morning to protect the health of the Navy’s active duty and civilian staff,” Humann exclaimed. Along with ongoing pandemic and late summer heat wave, there was yet another threatening health crisis to help mitigate. Raging seasonal wildfires from British Columbia to northern California brought the entire Kitsap County Air Quality Index (AQI) to an unhealthy level. Humann briefed the COVID-19 working groups on Environmental Protection Agency guidance for working outdoors when fire and

Courtesy photo Michael Humann, industrial hygienist assigned to at Naval Medical Readiness and Training Command (NMRTC) Bremerton was recently selected as the commandSenior Civilian of the Quarter due to his proactive contributions in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19.

smoke are present, leading to the command issuing additional N95 respirators (protective devices offering efficient filtration of airborne particles) to all staff standing watch outdoors. Humann even assisted with the behindthe-scenes efforts of the Housekeeping staff as they began using a more hazardous disinfectant due to COVID-19. He performed a qualitative health assessments and advised them on including such added measures as using specific gloves for better protection and lengthening the re-entry time into any room just cleaned and sanitized. Humann’s write-up for Senior Civilian of the Quarter notes that as ‘a consummate professional, he is respectful of others, listens to their points of view, and communicates his ideas with compassion and under-

standing. His sole intention in performing his duties is to benefit others. He often goes above and beyond the normal scope of his duties to further the command’s mission and to protect the health of staff members.’ His contributions in his Navy Medicine career, which began in January, 2018, are an example of what happens when an opportunity is noticed and acted upon. “A career with Navy Medicine wasn’t something I thought of until I saw the announcement for my current position. I am glad I saw that announcement and look forward to a long career with Navy Medicine,” stated Humann. When asked to sum his experience in his relatively short Navy Medicine career in one sentence, Humann replied, “Rewarding.”

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MCSN Neo Greene Sailors assigned to the Information Warfare Training Command Corry Station participate in a safeTALK course at the Corry Station chapel onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola Corry Station, Pensacola, Florida.

Navy Personnel Readiness: Corry Station embraces and participates in SafeTALK By MCSN Neo Greene III

Center for Information Warfare Training Pulic Affairs


Servicemembers onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola Corry Station, Pensacola, Florida, are participating in a course, facilitated by the base chapel, that teaches the participants to watch for, and prevent or aid people with suicidal tendencies or ideations. It also helps them monitor their own mental health as well. The program is called safeTALK. It is a training program that teaches participants to recognize and engage persons who might be having thoughts of suicide and to connect them with community resources trained in suicide intervention. SafeTALK stresses safety while challenging taboos that inhibit open talk about suicide. The ‘safe’ stands for ‘suicide alertness for everyone’, while the ‘TALK’stands for the practice actions that one does to help those with thoughts of suicide: Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe. These skills are important to have for servicemembers. “Events like safeTALK are important because they help create a suicide safer community with everyone working together to make that possible,” said Cmdr. John Ismach-Eastman, one of the Corry Station chaplains. “The caregivers are usually

pretty limited in number. We only have so many chaplains, fleet and family members and so on, but when we utilize peers who know how to identify or recognize suicidal ideation or behavior, they can help intervene to prevent that or get them the help they need.” SafeTALK is available to every servicemember of every branch, and is encouraged to fight the stigma of servicemembers seeking help and giving help to their peers. “The stigma of seeking help is actually one of the topics we go over in the course,” said Religious Program Specialist 3rd Class Tyler Freda, a Sailor who has conducted the safeTALK course. “I would encourage people to avoid believing the stigma, no one has ever got in trouble for seeking help, the mission is to get them better and back in the fight as soon as possible. This program aims to add another resource to get them that help, the member taking the course. It makes it easier, it can be a hard and awkward situation, but with anything practice is key and it could save a life.” “Along with combatting stigmas, the course also shows servicemembers that openly talk about suicide or suicidal ideologies is something that is more common than they think, and can be much more helpful than servicemembers may believe,”

added Ismach-Eastman. Removing the stigmas and understanding that suicide is a tough subject to discuss. All of Corry Station’s leadership and staff want people to be able to feel comfortable expressing when they are dealing with something, struggling with a tough situation or when they feel like all the odds are against them. They strive to encourage that person, lift them up and help them past the issue to produce a stronger, more capable information warfare warrior who will be able to cope and handle an adverse situation in the future. “Openly talking about suicides helps because it shows folks that it is more common than folks think,” said Lt. James Lanford, another Corry Station chaplain. “Openly talking about suicide allows for the myths to be debunked and encourages people and empowers people to seek resources because there are people who genuinely want to help.” Once servicemembers have taken the safeTALK course, the hope is that they will be prepared to see and recognize when a peer needs help and either give aid or prevent further signs by getting them the help they need. Doing this helps create the suicide safer community and drives down the suicide rate in the military. It has been proven to help at other commands and will

do the same for the servicemembers of Corry Station, offered Freda. “At my last command, Marines were directly affected by SafeTALK that me and my chaplain there had taught,” said Freda. “Morale was boosted and the care of the unit went up because they were more understanding and aware. Never be afraid to ask and be direct, you could save a life. There is no harm in asking, it only shows you care.” Ismach-Eastman also shared he encourages and hopes to see more servicemembers come take the course. It not only helps the mental health, but the spiritual and emotional health as well. “The course has more than proven to be successful,” said Ismach-Eastman. “You never know what you’re missing, in this case, to be exposed to what many believe to be the best suicide prevention material currently available to our military community.” With four schoolhouse commands, a detachment, and training sites throughout the United States and Japan, CIWT trains over 22,000 students every year, delivering trained information warfare professionals to the Navy and joint services. CIWT also offers more than 200 courses for cryptologic technicians, intelligence specialists, information systems technicians, electronics technicians, and officers in the information warfare community. For more news from the Center for Information Warfare Training domain, visit https://www.netc.navy.mil/CIWT, www.facebook.com/NavyCIWT, or www.twitter.com/NavyCIWT.

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy visits U.S. 5th Fleet By PO3 Dawson Roth

U.S. Naval Forces Central Command / U.S. 5th Fleet Public Affairs

MANAMA, Bahrain

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Russell Smith visited the U.S. 5th Fleet in Bahrain, Nov. 5. During his first stop to the fleet’s headquarters, Smith met with Vice Adm. Samuel Paparo, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces, and Command Master Chief Spike Call, U.S. 5th Fleet Command Master Chief, to discuss how Sailors contribute to 5th Fleet’s mission of ensuring maritime stability in the region. “I’m honored to present our hardworking and knowledgeable Sailors to MCPON Smith,” said Call. “The work environment here in 5th Fleet provides a unique opportunity to enhance our Sailors’ skill sets, and showcase our ability to maintain a high level of professional discipline to anyone who comes through our doors.” They also discussed the importance of strong partnerships with other navies in the region and how Sailors have played an important role in enhancing those relationships. “I’m so thankful for our Sailors and families who are serving forward, close to the point of friction,” said Smith. “It can be

MC2 Jordan Crouch Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Russell Smith, right, speaks with Sailors aboard the mine countermeasures ship USS Devastator (MCM 6) during a visit to the Naval Support Activity Bahrain waterfront, Nov. 5. MCPON Smith is visiting Sailors and families stationed overseas to better understand the quality of life, force protection challenges, and vital mission sets of U.S. 5th Fleet units and the role they play in the region.

challenging to be far away from home; to be at the edge of where we face challenges from an uncertain world. Your dedication truly highlights the sacrifices our greater Navy family makes on behalf of our freedom and prosperity.” Smith also visited with Sailors assigned to Commander, Task Force (CTF) 56 and forward deployed naval forces (FDNF) ships moored at the Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain waterfront.

During both stops, he spoke about the importance of 5th Fleet and how the execution of their duty was critical to broader U.S. interests. “The mission our Sailors fulfill on behalf of our nation is invaluable, and requires us to hear their feedback directly - to ensure we are taking care of them as they endeavor to safeguard our national interests abroad.” Smith’s visit to 5th Fleet was part of a five-day trip where he met with Sailors and

family members on board NSA Bahrain. The U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations encompasses about 2.5 million square miles of water area and includes the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Red Sea and parts of the Indian Ocean. The expanse is comprised of 20 countries and includes three critical choke points at the Strait of Hormuz, the Suez Canal and the Strait of Bab al Mandeb at the southern tip of Yemen.

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MC2 Taylor DiMartino Senior Chief Sonar Technician (Surface) Justin Garlick, from El Paso, Texas, assigned to Destroyer Squadron 15, right, talks with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Cmdr. Kentaro Sakabe, executive officer of the Akizuki-class destroyer JS Suzutsuki (DD 117), center, and JMSDF Petty Officer 1st Class Takafumi Nakamura, assigned to the Asahi-class destroyer JS Asahi (DD 119), during an anti-submarine warfare exercise in the sonar control room aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69) during Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) 19.

DESRON 15 Senior Chief hits 1,100 days at sea to earn the Acoustic Intelligence Roll of Honor Lt. Lauren Chatmas

Commander, Destroyer Squadron 7 Public Affairs


An Acoustic Intelligence (ACINT) specialist assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 becomes the 38th Sailor inducted into the ACINT Roll of Honor, representing a significant milestone in fleet support in surface and anti-submarine warfare, Oct. 15. Adding up to roughly three cumulative years at sea, Senior Chief Sonar Technician (Surface) Justin Garlick achieved his 1,100 days at sea while underway on USS Halsey (DDG 97) in the South China Sea. Established in 1942 by Rear Adm. Robert English, Commander, Submarine Forces U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMSUBPAC), the Roll of Honor recognized submarine commanding officers who achieved exceptional wartime results during World War II. The subsequent COMSUBPAC, Vice Adm. Charles Lockwood, continued the tradition

of recognizing superior performers, by presenting the commanding officers with a certificate and solid gold Deep Water Dolphins, the U.S. Navy’s uniform breast insignia pin indicating submarine qualification. A total of 85 commanding officers were recognized by Rear Adm. English and Vice Adm. Lockwood, establishing them as members of the Roll of Honor. To continue the legacy from World War II leaders, the ACINT community recognizes specialists who have completed 1,100 cumulative days of sustained superior performance at sea and dedication to the mission by welcoming them into the Roll of Honor. Garlick is the 38th ACINT specialist, and only the seventh surface sonar technician, inducted into the Roll of Honor. Capt. Steven DeMoss, Commodore, DESRON 15, recognized Garlick’s achievement in a small ceremony while embarked USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) during its deployment to the 7th Fleet area of operation. “This Roll of Honor recognition is fitting

for Senior Chief Garlick, as he continues to distinguish himself by unswerving focus on sustained mission success in the acoustics realm; I trust him to advise my commanding officers on tactics, techniques, and procedures in hunting threat submarines across our missions in theater,” said DeMoss. “Garlick embodies the warrior ethos required of our warfighters to ensure we remain a lethal and combat-ready forward-deployed naval force that is the guarantor of a free and open Indo-Pacific region.” The ACINT program was established during the Cold War Era in 1962, to develop subject matter experts to place onboard underway submarines, cruisers, and destroyers. Today, as experts in the acoustics, tactics, and operational capabilities of naval ships worldwide, ACINT specialists advise the commanding officers of ships and devote hours of formal training on acoustic analysis, sound propagation, and sound silencing to watchstanders and sonar operators. Comprised of senior enlisted surface and

submarine sonar technicians, there have been 275 qualified ACINT specialists since the conception of the program. Garlick was the 249th qualified ACINT specialist, the 54th surface sonar technician, and has been in the program since 2013. Garlick will be officially recognized as an inductee into the Roll of Honor by his parent command, the Office of Naval Intelligence, based out of Washington, D.C., upon his return to homeport in Yokosuka, Japan. He will be presented with a certificate and a set of sterling silver enlisted surface warfare specialist pins, his primary uniform breast insignia, inscribed with his name, date, and the ship upon which he was embarked when he reached the 1,100th-day milestone, USS Halsey (DDG 97). DESRON 15 is the Navy’s largest forwarddeployed destroyer squadron and serves as U.S. 7th Fleet’s principle surface force. U.S. 7th Fleet conducts forward-deployed naval operations in support of U.S. national interests in the Indo-Pacific area of responsibility. As the U.S. Navy’s largest numbered fleet, 7th Fleet interacts with 35 other maritime nations to build partnerships that foster maritime security, promote stability, and prevent conflict.

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Lt.j.g. Jordan Harris Machinist's Mate First Class Wata from the Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) performs maintenance on the Rescue, Assist, and Traverse System. Chancellorsville is forward deployed to U.S. Seventh Fleet in support of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

Chancellorsville Auxiliaries Division, “A-Gang” perform as an “A-Team” From Commander, Task Force 70 / Carrier Strike Group 5


Sailors aboard Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) conduct repairs on critical pieces of auxiliaries equipment. From the anchor windlass all the way forward to steering gear all the way aft, Auxiliaries Division (affectionately known as A-Gang) repairs and maintains equipment all across the ship. Reverse osmosis

plants (providing fresh water to the crew), boat davits, and air conditioning units are just some examples of the many pieces of equipment under A-Gang’s responsibility. “A-Gang is one of few divisions on the ship that has equipment from bow to stern,” said Machinist’s Mate First Class John Campen.“We are jacks-of-all-trades.” Due to diverse nature of auxiliary equipment, the hardworking Machinist’s Mates and Enginemen of A-Gang require a wide variety of skills and technical knowledge. These engineers constantly conduct on-thejob training to guarantee that the next gener-

ation of Chancellorsville Sailors can fix any problems that come their way. Recently, Machinist’s Mate Second Class Edward Izquierdo trained Machinist’s Mate Third Class Nyheir Davis on trash room equipment while changing out worn gauges on the plastic waste processor. Maintaining the plastic waste processors in optimal condition ensures Chancellorsville is able to operate at sea for extended periods of time and comply with Navy and international waste management regulations, keeping the oceans free of plastic waste. Additionally, Machinist’s Mate Second

Class Raymond Koerner and Machinist’s Mate Third Class Dekland Bruno replaced inoperable refrigerant valves on the ship’s refrigeration plants. The refrigeration plants keep the ship’s chill and freeze boxes cool – which is especially important to keep the crew’s food within safe serving temperatures, including the ice cream! Auxiliaries Division works as a team to ensure many of Chancellorsville’s critical equipment function properly so that the ship can continuously be ready to operate in the region, in support of a ensuring a free and open Indo-Pacific. Chancellorsville is assigned to Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5 supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. For more news from Commander Task Force 70, visit www.navy.mil/local/ctf70/

The Educator: finding passion in recruiting By MC1 Diana Quinlan

Navy Recruiting Command Public Affairs


More than 60 percent of all high school graduates enroll into college each year across the nation, and the number has been steadily increasing annually. For one young Philadelphia native, college was the next logical step after high school and the option of serving in the Navy was far from his mind. Little did he know a chance encounter with a Navy recruiter would change the course of his life. Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class Lester Hamilton, assigned to Navy Talent Acquisition Group (NTAG) Philadelphia, grew up in a household where college was the next step after high school. His older sister was already working on her master’s degree when it came time for him to select a college, and naturally he wished to follow in her footsteps. “As a younger brother, I saw what my sister was doing, and there was no doubt in my mind that this is what I should do too,” shared Hamilton. “I graduated with a Bachelor’s in Technical Management in Help Services, and it was time to put my degree to use and get my career going.” But he realized quickly that just having a degree, fresh out of college, was not enough to have a fulfilling career. Every job he applied for would start him at the lowest level possible, regardless of his education. “Every job told me I had to start at the bottom, and that’s not what I was told when I was growing up,” said Hamilton. “I believed that you go to school, get a degree, and then get a great job.” Hamilton continued, “Nobody said you had to start at the bottom. I remember thinking that I didn’t have the college advantage I thought I would.” Hamilton ended up working three jobs to support his household bills and student loans. Many jobs he hoped for required a degree and experience, but he lacked the experience. Hamilton struggled with questions like; how does a young college graduate manage with a low income and high student loan debt? Was his expectation that a higher degree would earn him a higher paying position unrealistic? Frustrated and looking for better life options, Hamilton came across a Navy recruiter. “I ended up meeting a recruiter at one of the three jobs I was working. He wasn’t actively recruiting at the time, just shopping for his family, but we started talking and eventually I ended up at a recruiting station,” said Hamilton. “There, I figured that I was going to be able to have a better career, I was going to be able to fast track myself with military experience, instead of doing what everybody else does.” Hamilton chose to work in the Navy aviation field. It was a set of skills he didn’t have, and something he found exciting. Learning about new tools or inspecting something and diagnosing a problem was fun for Hamilton. He said it was like putting a puzzle together. He also felt friendly competition with people who, unlike him, may have grown up with basic mechanical skills and knowledge. The opportunity allowed him to work in a diverse,

MC1 Diana Quinlan Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class Lester Hamilton, from Philadelphia, assigned to Navy Talent Acquisition Group Philadelphia, poses for a photo at Navy Recruiting Station Towson. NTAG Philadelphia encompasses regions of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and West Virginia, providing recruiting services from more than 30 talent acquisition sites with the overall goal of attracting the highest quality candidates to ensure the ongoing success of Americas Navy.

fast-paced environment while soaking up all the knowledge that others had. During that time he also realized his true passion. “Between my two previous commands, I earned many qualifications and additional responsibilities, which included command financial specialist. By doing these jobs, I really understood that I have a passion for educating people,” said Hamilton. “I realized how much I love teaching people, I love educating, and I love showing different perspectives.” The Navy was helping Hamilton gain lots of experience, but it wasn’t until he had the chance to become a recruiter that he found something that really brought out his drive and passion. “Recruiting was instantly the right fit for me,” shared Hamilton. “This job allows me to take care of people, be able to understand and show them how they can mitigate their circumstances, or give them a different direction in life. When you know how to help other people you can help yourself. I like being a liaison for growth. As in my growth and other people’s growth. Helping people is probably one of the best things you can do!” Hamilton shared that the most rewarding part in recruiting is helping young men and women pave a new path to adulthood, and seeing them take the oath of enlistment before shipping out to boot camp. “As a recruiter, I am able to give these young men and women an opportunity to take advantage of what the Navy has to offer,” said Hamilton. “The most rewarding thing is watching people make the decision to do something differ-

ent; to know that they’re going to live a completely different life than everybody else. I’m super proud of everybody that I have put in the world’s greatest Navy!” Hamilton credits recruiting with helping him become a better communicator and organizer. By learning to better understand people and how he can help shape their future, he said he is experiencing personal growth and development himself. “As recruiters and Sailors, it is our job not only to find the people who can be our future replacements, but to find the people who want to excel at their jobs, because that’s what actually makes our Navy great,” said Hamilton. NTAG Philadelphia encompasses regions of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and West Virginia, providing recruiting services from more than 30 talent acquisition sites with the overall goal of attracting the highest quality candidates to ensure the ongoing success of America’s Navy. At the end of this year, Navy Recruiting Command will consist of a command headquarters, three Navy Recruiting Regions, 26 NTAGs and 64 Talent Acquisition Onboarding Centers (TAOCs) that will serve more than 1,000 recruiting stations around the world. Their mission is to attract the highest quality candidates to assure the ongoing success of America’s Navy. For more news from Commander, Navy Recruiting Command, go to http://www.cnrc.navy.mil. Follow Navy Recruiting on Facebook (www.facebook.com/NavyRecruiting), Twitter (@USNRecruiter) and Instagram (@USNRecruiter).

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Christianne Nesbitt Branch: U.S. Army, U.S. Navy Rank: e4, 04 Years of Service: Army 3 years, Navy 9 years Why did you decide to stay in Hampton Roads? I married a fellow Navy Nurse Corps officer in 1983 and he was a proud member of the Hampton Roads community. He grew up in Suffolk, and when he retired from the Navy, our family moved here. It is a great location in the mid-Atlantic area. I grew up in Texas but felt very much at home here in this corner of Virginia.

Advice for other veterans: Just like any job, the military is not all good or all bad. Take the good from the experience and use it to move forward. I have always felt a kinship to other veterans in my travels through life. Serving our country was and is a valuable and worthwhile endeavor.

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” Maya Angelou

Why did you decide to participate in your organization(s)? I have been involved in different organizations in the community and have supported the Western Tidewater Medical Reserve Corps since it started in the early 2000s. I am an active member of the local Tidewater Chapter of the Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners and have been an educator at ODU School of Nursing since 2009. I also continue to practice with the Glennan Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology at Eastern Virginia Medical School, where I work as a nurse practitioner in a facility specializing in the care of older adults with dementia What are your achievements or fond memories outside the military? There are many. My family is the primary achievement of course — I have two daughters and one son, all born either while I was in the military or during the time my husband was in the military. I am happy to look back at a long nursing career and remember many of the patients and families I have cared for, many of them veterans. I do care very much for the population living with dementia and have done some small research studies to

look at ways to help this population and their caregivers. I hope my contributions to educating nurses, patients, families and other health care team members have made a difference. Describe some of your military highlights. I served in the U.S. Army because I wanted to follow my family members’ footsteps. My father was in the Army during WWII and my brother was in the Army and served two tours of duty in Vietnam. My time was considered Vietnam-era service, and after the troops were mostly withdrawn from Vietnam, being on active duty was not looked upon very highly by many in our society. This was especially magnified for women who chose to serve during this time. Even though there were periods of significant hardship, I did enjoy my time in the Army and met some wonderful people, some of whom I am still in touch with. My time in the Navy was very different. I was commissioned as an ensign in April of 1982 and traveled to Newport, R.I., for officer training. It was there that I met my future husband and we both were then stationed at Bethesda Naval Hospital. The unit was very busy; often we had members of Congress as our patients. I completed my time on active duty then moved into active reserve status. We moved to Suffolk and my husband was stationed at Portsmouth Naval Medical Center while I was in the hospital reserve unit. During Desert Storm in 1990-91, I was recalled to active duty and worked in the coronary care unit at Portsmouth Naval Medical Center to fill the positions of the active duty members who were sent to Saudi Arabia.


Dr. Basil Struthers Branch: U.S. Navy Rank: CMDr Years of Service: 21 Why did you decide to stay in Hampton Roads? Actually, after retiring from the Navy in 1976 I moved to Columbia, S.C., where I taught at Columbia International University from 1976 until I retired from there in 1994. My wife is originally from Norfolk (Maury H.S.) and we returned to Hampton Roads in 1994 to co-found Faith Bible College in 1995. My sister, Helena Garrick, also lived in Norfolk until her death. Why did you decide to participate in your organization(s)? U.S. Navy: My heart has always gone out to young people, as they are the future of our nation. As a chaplain, my duty was to assist personnel in their relationship with God and their fellow service people. I initially planned on staying for three to four years but soon found the ministry so challenging and satisfying that I stayed for 21 years. Teaching at Columbia International University and Faith Bible College: I was challenged by the opportunity to invest in young people’s lives as well as older students who were called to invest their lives in others. I have been in active ministry for over 70 years. At present, I am teaching a class via Zoom with students from two cities in India, one in Peru, two in Florida, two in Illinois and one here in Norfolk. What a privilege and honor it has been in helping others to know God. What are your achievements or fond memories outside the military? In addition to teaching here in the U.S, I have had the privilege of

teaching and preaching overseas in over 35 countries. Among the highlights of this opportunity was the privilege of annually teaching 40-50 ministers from the western area of Russia, including Uzbekistan, who came to South Korea for theological training. Likewise, the training of pastors in Africa, Europe, South America, India, the Philippines, Russia, Belarus, etc. has afforded a rich opportunity to invest in people’s lives. Describe some of your military highlights. The highlight and most rewarding experience was my year with the Marines on the ground in Vietnam in 1968-69. The Tet offensive was just over but the scars, fears, anxieties and challenges continued. Unforgettable experiences included ministering to the wounded, holding a Marine as he died of a selfinflicted wound from his own M-16 rifle, holding memorial services for those lost in battle, counseling husbands who received letters from wives who had met someone else while they were in Vietnam, comforting those concerning the death of a parent, wife, child or other family member, as well as countless other life-changing experiences for which men came to see their chaplain. Another unforgettable occasion was landing in a Navy seaplane in the lagoon of an atoll north of Truk Island to bring groceries and medical supplies to a missionary family. Another memorable experience was taking the teenage young people from our chapel on Guam on swimming outings to Talofofo Falls in 1964-65. We found out years later that a Japanese soldier holdout was hiding in a dugout cave within 100-plus yards of the swimming pool beneath the falls.

Advice for other veterans: My advice to myself and to other veterans: put God first on our agenda and invest our lives in people — our families first, then others. We need in our graying years even more to trust God and continue to serve others always remembering: “Only one life, ‘twill soon be past; only what’s done for Christ will last.” God bless you!

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life” John 3:16.

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Kermit R. Lynch Branch: U.S. Army Rank: e5 Years of Service: 3 years active and 3 years reserve Why did you decide to stay in Hampton Roads? There were several reasons: First, family is extremely important to me and I had numerous family members in the area. Secondly, I pursued a career in the shipbuilding industry and was employed for over 30 years with Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock. Also, I wanted to establish a business in Hampton Roads that would benefit the community.

Advice for other veterans: When entering the military, young service members start at the bottom and are given numerous opportunities to advance. My advice to young veterans is to have a vision/dream and then execute it. Through hard work and discipline, a service member can excel through the ranks and be successful. This allows a veteran to enjoy a stable life with good benefits and an excellent retirement package.

“Be independent and don’t be a burden to others.” Maya Angelou

Why didi you decide to participate in your organization(s)? After retiring from the Newport News Shipbuilding, I decided to devote my time to serving children. My wife and I operated Loving Care Day Care Center to local families in need of affordable, dependable childcare. Loving Care was dedicated to hiring caring teachers who taught fundamentals in the areas of reading, writing and math. We also provided transportation and nutritious meals. In cases where families were unable to financially cover the childcare cost, we often provided financial assistance. My greatest joy was seeing young children grow up and their families’ lives improved. Also, I’ve volunteered with the American Red Cross for over 20 years as a donor and financial supporter. As a donor, the blood given to individuals with health issues such as Sickle Cell anemia is critical. I have served with New Grafton Baptist Church for over 30 years in various capacities such as transportation and the usher ministry. I have assisted with feeding homeless members of the community as well as providing employment resources to young adults. What are your achievements or fond memories outside the

military? My fondest memory has been raising a family. My wife and I were able to successfully raise three children and assist with taking care of 11 grandchildren as well as three great-grandchildren. Our goals focused on faith, family and hard work. Lastly, I’m most proud of my achievement as a business entrepreneur. After retirement, I started a rental property business in the early 70s. Our company has grown to over 10 properties and provided affordable housing to the community for over 40 years. We have assisted with rent and utilities payments. Also, the rental business has allowed me to provide employment to several employees in a variety of positions such as accounting, trades, etc. Describe some of your military highlights. During my military career, I had the opportunity to travel extensively to places such as Georgia, Massachusetts, Vietnam, Korea, Japan and Thailand. I attended service schools and was in the combat infantry while in Korea. One of the memorable highlights was serving with operations in the aviation unit. In this role, I was responsible for maintaining the air pilot records. This consisted of important information such as the number of hours flown and maintenance records. I also ensured that maintenance was performed regularly on the helicopter equipment. This was a very important and detailed task, which I took pride in performing. As a leader in my unit, I was responsible for coordinating training for service members. This involved planning and scheduling as well as obtaining equipment for activities such as lectures and movies. The training was essential to the service members’ growth and morale.


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Peter Slepsky, DDS Branch: U.S. Navy Rank: CMDr Years of Service: 20 After 20 years as a dentist in the Navy, Dr. Peter Slepsky has continued his work in the dentistry field, providing dental services to underserved, at-risk children in Northampton County on the Eastern Shore. He and his staff work out of trailers on school grounds where they can easily help children. Dr. Pete, as the children call him, goes beyond the call, acquiring, maintaining and repairing the trailers that house his clinics. He also donates hundreds of toys each year so that all his patients get a reward each visit. Why did you decide to stay in Hampton Roads? When I retired in the year 2000, my three daughters were still in middle and high school, and my family and I really enjoyed living in Virginia Beach. I was stationed here for half my career. Why did you decide to participate in your organization(s)? I initially formed my own dental temp agency after 20 years of military service. I was the original dentist for a start-up adult dental care program for a community health agency on the Eastern Shore of Virginia for mostly an indigent population. Part of my employment was also to provide dental care to children at the local elementary schools, which I found most rewarding. When my adult care start-up duties were completed, I expanded my endeavor to serve even a greater need for those children who could not easily obtain dental care. In 2005, under a yearly agreement with the Northampton County Schools on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, I expanded dental services to three school dental clinics for 1,000 under-served, at-risk children,

from ages 4 to 19. The Eastern Shore has had a limited number of dental practices, and the counties there classified as an extremely high need area for medical and dental care. My staff and I have repaired, acquired, and replaced dental trailer clinics on the school grounds where the students can be escorted from their classroom for everything from preventive to emergency dental care. Instead of missing a day of school for dental care, they are back in class in less than an hour. I am now in my 15th year of this humanitarian practice. For students that I first treated in pre-school, I now go to their high school graduations. It has been extremely rewarding in so many ways. Some of my former students/patients are now serving in all branches of the armed forces. I could retire but then who would take care of these great children? What are your achievements or fond memories outside the military? Outside of the military, I have enjoyed coaching and teaching young children and conveying the value of hard work, selflessness and teamwork for future life experiences. Describe some of your military highlights. My military service was during the Cold War-era, so it was a time of uneasy peace. While at sea on a submarine tender in August of 1992, our ship, USS Hunley AS-31, was diverted to southern Florida, where we were the first naval ship to provide humanitarian relief in the immediate aftermath of Category 5 Hurricane Andrew. There, we were tasked with restoring schools damaged by wind and water from Andrew.

Advice for other veterans: No matter your rank or service, remember and relish that you are both one of the comparatively few in the U.S. population and also one of the many millions who have ever answered the call of military service from 1775 to the present in defense of our great country.

The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one.” Leonard Nimoy from Star Trek


Walter L. Brannock Branch: U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force Rank: CPL Years of Service: 3+ Why did you decide to stay in Hampton Roads? I was drafted into the military and had a job waiting for me to return in Norfolk at Cavalier Motor Company. Why did you decide to participate in your organization(s)? I enjoyed fellowship and participating in the Olive Branch Football Association, as a youth director at Green Lakes Baptist Church and serving as chairman of the Benevolence Committee at Pinecrest Baptist Church.

Advice for other veterans: You have to do what you are told. Stay busy.

What are your achievements or fond memories outside the military? During my career as a civil service engineer, I was a supship — ship surveyor at Norfolk Naval Shipyard — and later promoted to the head of the contracting department for NNSY located in Portsmouth. Some of my achievements were from those in command of the following ships: USS Arcturus AF-52, USS Mosepela ATN 158, USS LPD-1 Raleigh, USS Nashville LPD-13, USS Sandoval LPA-194, USS Ombria LPA36, USS Vermilion LKA-107, USS Rigel AF-58, USS Mitscher DDG-35, USS Borie DO-704. Fond memories include securing a bus purchase for the Olive Branch Football Association and organizing their transportation needs and maintaining the fields with my tractor. Helping individuals in difficult life situations and meeting their needs through serving as chair of the Benevolence Committee at Pinecrest Baptist Church.

Describe some of your military highlights. At age 17, I was in the Army Reserves in Mt. Airy, N.C., as an E-2. I was given an honorable discharge because I was not 18 when my unit was activated to Germany during the Korean War. That was my first honorable discharge. When I became 18, I was immediately drafted. I finished basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., in the top of my class. Because of my training and high standing, I was reassigned to the Air Force. I still wore my Army uniform and was flown around to different Air Force installations in Korea and Japan. There, I would inspect generators and power supplies. After the Korean War, I was in Japan on an inspection assignment to evaluate construction equipment such as 50-ton cranes and bulldozers returned from Korea and evaluate whether to transport them back to the U.S. or put them up for sale at Japanese auctions. Another highlight during my service was seeing my brother, Harry Brannock, who was also serving in the Army, while in Japan. After he was injured in Korea, he was transferred to Japan. There, Harry and I were able to meet in Japan before I had to return to my assignment in Korea. In Korea, I was in the maintenance company where I evaluated equipment. Later my unit was transferred back to Japan. My hobbies during service were building model airplanes and flying them on base.

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Branch: U.S. Army Rank: Pfc Years of Service: 2 At age 96, Tom Travato is the oldest of the honorees. Tom joined the Army when he was 19. The following year, during WWII, he was sent to England and then to France, where he lost his arm when hit by artillery fire. After being discharged with a Purple Heart and Bronze Star, Tom went on to live his best life despite having one arm. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 25 years, played softball to raise money for amputee veterans and is a life member of the Disabled American Veterans. He still volunteers, talking to new amputees and assuring them that if he could make a life, they can too. Why did you decide to stay in Hampton Roads? I moved in 2000 to Williamsburg to be with my family because my grandchildren went to the College of William and Mary. Why did you decide to participate in your organization(s)? In 1947, I joined DAV Chapter 76, an amputee chapter, and was a life member in New York. I ran Bingo in VA hospitals and was a commander for three years. When I joined the DAV to rehabilitate, we played baseball at the polo grounds for the public to raise funds for the veterans. I joined DAV Chapter 34 in Williamsburg and still do volunteer work. What are your achievements or fond memories outside the military? I got married and grew a family of four generations. I was determined and persevered in my life with my right arm. I bought four homes and did all the work to take care (carpentry, painting, wallpaper) and work on the property. I was employed with the U.S. Postal Service for 25 years and worked for Hazeltine Electronics for 14 years. Describe some of your military highlights. I was a rifle replacement in the 3rd Army in Saint-Lô, France. While in combat service, I was hit by artillery and lost my left arm. I was sent back to the States to Lawson General Hospital in Atlanta, Ga., and rehabbed with an artificial limb. I received a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star.

Advice for other veterans:

God helps those who help themselves.”

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Richard Johnson Branch: U.S. Army, U.S. Marines Rank: e5, e6 Years of Service: 11 While in the Army, Richard Johnson spent 12 days as a POW during Operation Enduring Freedom before managing to escape with his first sergeant. For the rest of his 11-year military career and afterward, he made himself available to anyone who needed him. Today Richard is a member of not just one service organization but three, volunteering for the VFW, the Ruritans and the American Legion. Despite having some physical ailments, he says there are a lot of veterans worse off than he is, so he’s going to help them. Why did you decide to stay in Hampton Roads? I moved to Hampton Roads after being discharged from the military. My job brought me here. Why did you decide to participate in your organization(s)? I joined the VFW for the things we do to help other veterans and their families. I joined the Ruritans to help others in the community. I was the president of the Zone, lt. governor and now am the Zone governor for 13 clubs. I joined the American Legion and within the first two years I became hall rental manager and the third year I became post commander of post 280 in Chesapeake. I also have my own company here in Chesapeake, helping people by instructing firearm training and concealed weapons classes. I’m also going to get started going though classes to become a Mason in the Great Bridge Masonic lodge. What are your achievements or fond memories outside the military? Being able to help others and show them that there are still people who care. I currently build ramps with the VFW for veterans who have a hard time getting in and out of their house. I was Paramedic of the Year when I was in the fire department. Describe some of your military highlights. I was a POW for 12 days in Operation Enduring Freedom and my 1st sergeant got myself and himself to escape. While in the Marine Corps, I made Staff NCO and enjoyed the many travels. Another highlight was being part of the 10th Battalion Rangers and attached with the 101st Airborne in the Army.

I will get enough sleep when I’m dead.”

Advice for other veterans: My advice for other veterans is to, if able, join the VFW or American Legion to help the local veterans and the community.



Walter Dandridge Branch: U.S. Air Force Rank: TSgt Years of Service: 21.5 Walter Dandridge grew up in James City County. During WWII, he was drafted in the Army Air Corps a few months after graduating high school. He stayed in the Air Force for more than 21 years, spending tours in Japan, Okinawa, England and the Philippines/Vietnam. Walter returned to Hampton Roads in 1990 and has been volunteering in the Williamsburg community ever since with the DAV to help other veterans. Why did you decide to stay in Hampton Roads? I left the Williamsburg area in 1945 and returned in 1990 to what I call home. Why did you decide to participate in your organization(s)? Have been a member of the Disabled American Veterans for over 40 years, serving other veterans as their treasurer as well as delivering turkey dinners for Christmas and Thanksgiving. I am the webmaster for DAV Chapter 34. What are your achievements or fond memories outside the military? In 1950 while stationed at Chicago’s O’Hare Field, I met and married Bernice Hunter of Evanston, Ill. We had five children, nine grandchildren and 2 great-grand boys. . He lost a son, Anthony, in 1999, a grandson, Hunter, in 2009, and his wife, Helen Wynne of 17 years, in 2016. After retiring from the Air Force, I worked for General Electric Company in Burlington, Vt., Naval Air Systems Command in Stratford, Conn., and Kaman Aerospace in Bloomfield, Conn. Attended the Air University, American International College and the University of Vermont. Describe some of your military highlights. In October of 1945, I was drafted into the Army Air Corps. Served overseas in Japan from 1946 to 1947, in Okinawa from 1948 to 1950, in England from 1956 to 1959 and Philippines/Vietnam from 1966 to 1967

Advice for other veterans: Work as long as you can.

You do what you can as long as you can, and when you finally can’t, you do the next best thing. You back up but you don’t give up.” Unknown


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