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Tech FLEX: Event showcases value of unmanned vehicles

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NORFOLK, Virginia (October 6, 2022) USS Gravely (DDG 107) returns to port after a successful sea trials officially ending its three-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC), working with Marine Hydraulics International (MHI), delivered the Arleigh Burke guided-missile destroyer to the fleet six days ahead of schedule. MARMC provides surface ship maintenance, management and oversight of private sector maintenance and fleet technical assistance to ships in the Mid-Atlantic region. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY DANIELLE LOFTON/RELEASED).

USS Gravely completes availability ahead of schedule

By Danielle Lofton

Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC) with the help of Marine Hydraulics International (MHI), Ship’s Force, Engineering, Production and Contracts, completed USS Gravely’s (DDG 107) Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) Oct. 6th, redelivering the Arleigh Burke guided-missile destroyer to the fleet six days ahead of schedule. In just three months, MHI’s availability support team completed an abundance of vital work that included a pump and motor replacement, a Sliding Padeye replacement,

and repairs on the Vacuum Collection Holding Transfer (VCHT) ejector pump. The team also opened and inspected 15 tanks and conducted numerous other structural checks and repairs. With remarkable precision and efficiency, this team completed the availability ahead of schedule in record timing. “The availability speaks for itself,” said MARMC Project Manager Michael Grosskopf. “The teaming efforts and support from the ship and the contractor was above and beyond what I’ve seen on my past projects. We were able to identify the critical and controlling paths from the beginning and made sure that we hit our milestones and

all the work was sequenced to be completed on-time.” USS Gravely was just one of three ships that was completed this month. USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) completed a 14-month SRA and USS New York (LPD 21) finished an 18-month Docking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA) at General Dynamics NASSCO-Norfolk. “It was a huge team effort for USS New York,” said MARMC Project Manager Keith Zaccagni. “There’s so much support that goes on behind the success of an availability, no one person is responsible. There were five or six occasions where we faced significant challenges. It took finding creative

solutions to the problems that we thought would derail everything to continuously find success.” Maintenance and modernization of the fleet is key to ensuring commanders have the assets they need to win at sea. Timely delivery of those assets provides them the flexibility to operate on a global scale. MARMC provides surface ship maintenance, management and oversight of private sector maintenance and fleet technical assistance to ships in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States and provides support to the 5th and 6th Fleet Area of Responsibilities. They are also responsible for the floating dry-dock Dynamic (AFDL-6).

Naval Weapons Station Yorktown conducts active shooter exercise By Susanne Greene

Naval Weapons Station Yorktown

YORKTOWN, Va. — It was a sunny afternoon at Cheatham Annex when the sounds of routine operations were interrupted by rapid gunfire; the Blue October multiagency active shooter exercise had begun. “It’s important for Naval Weapons Station (NWS) Yorktown to train with our community partners so we are all better prepared for a real-world situation,” stated NWS Yorktown Commanding Officer Capt. Chris Horgan. “Engaging with our community partners is beneficial to the added security of both the installation and the communities within which we serve.” NWS Yorktown Naval Security Forces, Fed-Fire, York-Poquoson Sherriff’s Office (YPSO), and the York County Department of Fire and Life Safety combined their expertise during a drill on Cheatham Annex for Blue October, an active shooter and barricaded hostage scenario, Oct. 18. Installation Training Officer Wayn MacKay said, “The exercise has not been conducted for two years due to COVID-19, but we are confident that the opportunity

will provide extraordinary training value to all who participated.” “For the Opposition Force, we used a Detective/Hostage Negotiator from the Newport News Police Department, which helps to introduce negotiation challenges to the drilling YPSO Hostage Negotiator, while alleviating any unrealistic ‘off-script’ adlib that could potentially derail the intent of the exercise,” stated MacKay. “Navy Cargo Handling Battalion One provided us with one of their facilities and 17 Sailors to act as victims.” Prior to the exercise, special effects makeup was applied to some of the victims to simulate wounds while other volunteers were instructed to act frightened and ask first responders for help. It was an intense and challenging 3-hour exercise designed to benefit all team members. “Training with federal entities in our jurisdiction is essential in providing effective law enforcement services to our community,” Emergency Response Team Commander Lt. Kris Ward stated. “It was a great opportunity!”

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (Oct. 19, 2022) Emergency Response Team members from YorkPoquoson Sheriff’s Office search Sailors as part of Blue October active shooter drill on Cheatham Annex Oct. 18, 2022. The Sailors from Navy Cargo Handling Battalion One portrayed hostages that were released and searched as standard operating procedures dictate. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY NAVAL WEAPONS STATION YORKTOWN PUBLIC AFFAIRS/RELEASED).

Professional wrestlers from All Elite Wrestling (AEW) visited the crew of the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio (LPD 17) at MHI shipyard, Norfolk, Virginia, Oct. 26.

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Oceana hosts Afterschool events

Before there was the Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC) there was the Naval Medical Research Institute (NMRI).



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Tech FLEX: ONR SCOUT experimentation event showcases value of unmanned vehicles By Warren Duffie

Office of Naval Research

ARLINGTON, Va.—The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) lifted off the deck of the USNS Burlington, an expeditionary fast-transport ship, and flew in a graceful arc away from the vessel and over the Atlantic Ocean. Working in tandem with a piloted Cessna airplane a short distance away, both drone and aircraft detected, identified and monitored their target — a small boat formerly used by drug traffickers and seized by the Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-South). This engagement occurred during the recent 2022 Fleet Experiment-Contested Logistics — also called FLEX — an experimentation event organized by the Office of Naval Research (ONR)-sponsored SCOUT initiative and U.S. Fourth Fleet, held in Key West, Florida. ONR SCOUT is an ongoing, multiagency experimentation campaign to identify new ways to bring unmanned technologies to warfighter problems, test them in realistic operating conditions and get them to the fleet and force. SCOUT is committed to partnering with industry to get nontraditional, commercial-off-the-shelf, government-developed and/or government-sponsored technologies to the fleet rapidly. The Key West FLEX employed commercially developed UAVs and unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) to carry out diverse tasks related to drug interdiction (tracking and identifying specific targets), logistics and re-supply, and forward-deployed combat repair. The ultimate goal is lessening the danger to warfighters — while enhancing their capabilities — through the use of unmanned platforms. “Experimentation events like this demonstrate how ONR SCOUT brings in private-sector partners from across the spectrum and accelerates the delivery of innovative technologies to warfighters to solve tough problems,” said Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Lorin Selby. “In partnering with JIATF-South in its mission to interdict illicit drug trafficking, ONR SCOUT is playing a vital role in strengthening naval capabilities and safeguarding our nation’s security.” Besides ONR SCOUT, Fourth Fleet and JIATF-South, other commands involved with the Key West FLEX included the Naval Research Laboratory, Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, Defense Innovation Unit and Naval Air Systems Command. During the experimentation event, technologists used UAVs and USVs in realistic operating conditions, including at sea and at inland and littoral (coastal) locations. The unmanned vehicles performed re-supply maneuvers that could one day be vital to the mission safety and success of warfighters operating in austere conditions — including

ATLANTIC OCEAN – (Oct. 17, 2022) – Crewmembers from the engineering company Survice, aboard the Spearhead-Class expeditionary fast transport vessel USNS Burlington (T-EPF-10) land the Tactical Resupply Vehicle (TRV) 150 unmanned aerial system practice landing on the ship autonomously amongst onlookers from the Scientists-to-Sea program underway during the Navy’s Fleet Experimentation Program (FLEX), Oct. 17, 2022. FLEX aims to test various unmanned aerial and surface systems in order to strengthen and increase warfighter capabilities. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 1ST CLASS STEVEN KHOR/RELEASED)

delivery of equipment and parts, fuel, provisions and medical supplies. This aligns with the emerging naval concept known as Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations (EABO), which involves deploying small but highly mobile units to isolated locations. EABO has the potential of quickly getting forces into a strategically vital area, and potentially in an adversary’s weapons engagement zone, in response to an evolving threat when no other U.S. military assets are available. “Contested logistics is a problem for all of the Navy, not just JIATF-South or Fourth Fleet,” said John Phillips, who is from Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock and was the ONR SCOUT lead for the Key West event. “We are taking a hard look at the range, payload capacity, speed, C2 and autonomous capability of a wide variety of air and surface unmanned systems to highlight the best platforms to perform specific missions.”

The FLEX also supported JIATFSouth’s current mission with U.S. Southern Command and partner naval forces to leverage all-domain technologies and unmanned capabilities to target, detect and monitor illicit drug trafficking in the air and maritime environments. This facilitates interdiction and apprehension to reduce the flow of drugs, as well as degrade and dismantle transnational criminal organizations. In addition to targeting-and-detection exercises in Key West, the UAVs and USVs simulated supply runs for delivering equipment to counter-narcotics vessels on the water, away from port. “Naval resupply at sea and in contested littorals ensures our assets remain in the fight,” said Chris Heagney, a Naval Air Systems Command fleet/force advisor supporting Fourth Fleet and ONR Global. “If those assets break, they lose a week going back to port, getting repair parts and returning. Unmanned platforms could present a

NAS Oceana partners with Project SEARCH to help young adults with disabilities By Petty Officer 2nd Class Megan Wollam Naval Air Station Oceana

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and as the month closes out, Naval Air Station Oceana is hosting its second wave of Project SEARCH interns. Project SEARCH is a program that connects high school students with intellectual and developmental disabilities to internships and on-the-job training. The program, which runs the duration of the school year, equips students with the skills they need to enter the workforce. Last year, NAS Oceana hosted its first group of eight interns, who graduated from the program in June following a successful year learning valuable job skills. “Four of our Project SEARCH interns are now employed here at Oceana,” said Jan Varney, an Instructional Specialist for Virginia Beach City Public Schools. “Two interns are employed out in the community, one intern is working on job placement, and we are helping one intern enter a vocational program.” Interns have been placed at the Navy Exchange, Navy Gateway Inns & Suites, NAS Oceana Public Works Department, and both

of the base’s fitness centers. Program coordinators hope to expand the internship opportunities to even more facilities onboard the installation. “I work in customer service, working the front desk, and answering the phone,” said Tessa Ewing, a Project SEARCH intern at NAS Oceana’s Flight Line Fitness Center. Ewing began her internship in September, successfully completing two weeks of classroom training before placement at the fitness center. She runs through a checklist of tasks each day, and works closely with instructors to refine her skills and develop independence. “The partnership between the base and our schools has been a great collaborative relationship,” Varney said. “We have an untapped workforce here. This program is an opportunity to grow our community and showcase our interns’ abilities, teach them new skills, and help them learn about the military.” Project SEARCH is a collaborative effort between Virginia Beach City Public Schools, the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, Didlake, Inc., the Virginia Department of Education, and Virginia Commonwealth University’s Rehabilitation Research and Training Center.

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solution by transporting those parts and maximizing naval presence.” The Key West event was the culmination of multiple sprint events (scenario-based demonstrations of technology capabilities and characteristics) held this year that will lead to a large-scale main experimentation event in March 2023. “FLEX and the ONR SCOUT collaboration event was a great opportunity to see the mission readiness of industrial capabilities to mitigate logistical support challenges to deep-sea operations, which drive Navy and Coast Guard ship day availability to JIATFSouth,” said Jeffrey Havlicek, J7 director for Innovation and Technology, JIATF-South. “This event showcased a menu of options and generated comparative insights vital to our mission-area analysis of low-cost resupply at sea.” Warren Duffie Jr. is a contractor for ONR Corporate Strategic Communications.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Oct. 28, 2022). Tessa Ewing, a Project SEARCH intern, and Jan Varney, a Virginia Beach City Public Schools Instructional Specialist, pose for a photo at the Flight Line Fitness Center onboard Naval Air Station Oceana. NAS Oceana is collaborating with Project SEARCH, a program that connects high school students with intellectual and developmental disabilities to internships and on-the-job training. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS MEGAN WOLLAM)


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Norfolk, Virginia (Oct. 26) Professional wrestlers from All Elite Wrestling (AEW) visited the crew of the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio (LPD 17) at Marine Hydraulics International (MHI), Oct. 26. San Antonio is currently undergoing a scheduled maintenance availability. (U.S. NAVY PHOTOS BY SENIOR CHIEF MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST JUSTIN AILES)

AEW Wrestlers visit USS San Antonio

By Senior Chief Petty Officer Justin Ailes

Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic

NORFOLK (NNS) — Professional wrestlers from All Elite Wrestling (AEW) visited the crew of the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio (LPD 17) at MHI shipyard, Norfolk, Virginia, Oct. 26. In coordination with Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic (SURFLANT), AEW wrestlers were provided with a guided tour of San Antonio as part of a distinguished visit and morale boosting event, prior to the AEW live performance at the Chartway Arena in Norfolk. “This honestly meant a lot because wrestlers are very busy people and they took time out of their day to come and see us,” said Damage Controlman 3rd Class Christian Guillory. “To have people I grew up watching on T.V. come out and show support...It feels like I have known them forever.” More than 15 professional wrestlers

and staff were greeted by San Antonio’s Commanding Officer Capt. David Snowden and Executive Officer Cdr. Daniel Rogers. Once onboard, AEW talent met with subject matter experts throughout the command, and dined with San Antonio Sailors on the barge mess decks. “This has been a great experience and morale boost for our crew here onboard USS San Antonio,” said Snowden. AEW wrestlers posed for photos with crewmembers and showcased title belts in an effort to strengthen pro-military relationships with professional sports entertainment. “This is mind boggling honestly,” said Cryptologic Technician Technical 2nd Class Desiree Orticelli. “I never thought I’d actually get the chance to sit with some of the people I grew up watching. It’s heart wrenching and amazing.” AEW is an American professional wrestling promotion based in Jacksonville,

Florida. It is considered the second largest wrestling promotion in the U.S. San Antonio is the lead ship of her class of amphibious transport dock or landing platform dock, and is the first ship of the United

States Navy to be named for the city of San Antonio, Texas. Editors Note: For more on AEW, see our interview with AEW star Serena Deeb on page C2.

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NMRI and the dawn of Navy medicine’s R&D global enterprise By André Sobocinski

sity professor of physiology, later earn prominence as one of the developers of the Nuremburg Medical Code, a set of research principles on human use experimentation. Organized under four research departments—naval environmental medicine, naval preventive medicine, dental research and equipment research—NMRI’s mission became increasingly specialized during the war. In July 1943, the four research departments were reorganized into “facilities” for: Animal Laboratories, Aviation, Bacteriology, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Chemistry and assay, Analysis, Experimental Dentistry, Diving and Underwater Physiology, Heating, Air conditioning and Ventilation, Industrial Hygiene, a Library, Nutrition, Pathology, Personal Equipment Design, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Physiology, Psychology and Statistics, Psychometric and Metabolism, Hematology, Technical Shops, Experimental Surgery, and Virology.

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“I do not know what you have heard about NMRI as to its reputation among those who can evaluate research. From what I have heard it appears that it has already attained a stature in the scientific world and has made contributions to research in its short life of which a much older institution might be justly proud.” —Capt. E.G. Hakansson, Commanding Officer, Naval Medical Research Institute (NMRI), 1946 Before there was the Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC) there was the Naval Medical Research Institute (NMRI). On October 27, 1942, NMRI was established at the National Naval Medical Center (NNMC) in Bethesda, Md. Over the next three years, its complement of military and civilian scientists and researchers—some of the most brilliant minds in the country—embarked on an ambitious mission of “comprehensive research” relating to all aspects of military “problems.” Many of these efforts had immediate impact on the warfighters and accomplished what Navy Surgeon General Rear Admiral Ross McIntire summarized as the: “prevention of disease, the relief of the suffering and the saving of lives.”

NMRI’s First Research Projects:

Behnke’s Vision:

By World War II, medical research in the Navy was far from unchartered territory. In the first decades of the twentieth century, physician-scientist Rear Adm. Edward Stitt and others had turned the Naval Medical School into the nation’s premier tropical medicine and naval hygiene research center. And the inter-wars years (1919-1941) saw a vast array of pioneering medical research conducted at the Naval Medical School in Washington, D.C., the Submarine Base in New London, Conn., the Experimental Diving Unit, Navy Yard, Washington, D.C., aviation bases in Pensacola, Philadelphia, and San Diego and, of course, aboard ships at sea. During this period Navy medical personnel helped unlock mysteries like decompression sickness, anti-G forces, oversaw the development of liquid plasma, spearheaded the development and testing of tetanus toxoid, and a means for combating heat stress aboard surface ships. Capt. Albert Behnke, MC, USN, one of the Navy’s leading medical researchers of the 1930s, is often credited as one of the fathers of NMRI. Behnke is best known today for

Original home of the Naval Medical Research Center’s predecessor command, the Naval Medical Research Institute (NMRI). From 1942 until 1998, NMRI operated out of Building 17, National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda. (PHOTO BY ANDRÉ SOBOCINSKI)

his pioneering work on decompression sickness, human body composition and support the USS Squalus submarine rescue effort, but Behnke was also a leading researcher on heat stress. While a member of a board to study air conditioning in relation to damage control, Behnke conducted a series of studies aboard the ships Nevada, Tuscaloosa and New Orleans looking at the impact of shipboard environments on combat efficiency. The operational value of this work gained the attention of Rear Adm. Ross McIntire, who then served as both Surgeon General and primary physician to the President Franklin Roosevelt. McIntire shared Behnke’s work with Roosevelt who took interest. Having the ear of Roosevelt, Behnke began advocating for a laboratory dedicated to conducting medical research on issues impacting the Navy and Marine Corps. Roosevelt supported the plan and Behnke got his wish. On October 27, 1942, NMRI opened its

doors from Building 17 on the campus of the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda. NMRI originally consisted of 13 officers, 50 enlisted men and one civilian. By war’s end the Institute’s staff expanded to some 81 officers and 125 enlisted personnel. Plankowners included Capt. (later Rear Adm.) William Mann, MC, USN and Cmdr. Robert H. Draeger who served as NMRI’s first CO and XO, respectively. At the time, Mann was best known as one of Navy Medicine’s leading strategic thinkers and decades before helped initiate the concept of “field medical training” at Quantico. Prior to reporting to NMRI, Draeger had earned some renown as an inventor of a microfilm camera originally designed to photograph publications at sea and later used by libraries. In the inaugural year of NMRI, Mann and Draeger were joined by Dr. Andrew C. Ivy, the institute’s first scientific director (1942-1943). Ivy, a Northwestern Univer-

NMRI categorized its first research projects into five categories: general (affecting the Navy as a whole), maritime medicine aboard surface vessels, submarine and diving medicine, aviation medicine and field medicine. Throughout World War II, NMRI investigated practically every problem relating to the health of Navy and Marine Corps; and there is no denying that the organization had an air of a medical version “Q Branch” from the 007 novels and films. NMRI scientists researched and developed first aid kits for aviators, protective creams for flashburns, insect repellents and fungistatic agents, tested new uses for Penicillin, invented resuscitation devices, explored prevention of general effects of cold water immersion, new treatments for seasickness, transportation methods for whole blood, stood up the Navy’s first mobile nutrition units, and oversaw new treatments for and prevention techniques to ward against tropical diseases (including treatment for malaria, scrub typhus and schistosomiasis). But, all of these developments would follow in the wake of its first assigned project: devising a full-proof method for desalinating seawater and developing special food rations for the war’s unfortunate sea castaways. Although there are no official statistics on how many World War II Sailors, Marines, merchant mariners, military aviators, and Turn to NMRI, Page 7





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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (October 24, 2021) – Child Youth Programs (CYP) at NAS Oceana and Midway Manor celebrated the fall season and hosted Lights on Afterschool events, Oct. 26 and 27. A project of the Afterschool Alliance, Lights On Afterschool was launched in October 2000, with celebrations in 1,200 communities nationwide. The event celebrates the many ways afterschool programs help students succeed in school and in life. It also underscores the importance of afterschool programs like those managed by NAS Oceana’s CYP, which keeps kids safe, inspires them to learn, and gives hard working military families peace of mind. (U.S. NAVY PHOTOS BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS MICHAEL BOTTS/RELEASED)

NAS Oceana Child Youth Programs hosts Lights on Afterschool events By MC3 Noah Eidson VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Child Youth Programs (CYP) at NAS Oceana and Midway Manor celebrated the fall season and hosted Lights on Afterschool events, Oct. 26 and 27. A project of the Afterschool Alliance, Lights On Afterschool was launched in October 2000, with celebrations in 1,200 communities nationwide. The event celebrates the many ways afterschool programs help students succeed in school and in life. It also underscores the importance of after-

school programs like those managed by NAS Oceana’s CYP, which keeps kids safe, inspires them to learn, and gives hard working military families peace of mind. “NAS Oceana and Dam Neck Annex’s Child Youth Programs is proud to support our Sailors, marines, and their families by offering children enrolled in our program an enriching, safe, and nurturing environment. It’s an honor to watch our service members’ children grow up and thrive in our Child Youth Programs,” said Nancy Byrne, NAS Oceana, Dam Neck Annex, and Midway

Manor CYP Director. The programs and services of CYP are designed to meet the unique needs of military parents and their families. They support military personnel by providing trusted childcare, so they can focus on the mission while knowing that their family is cared for. The Navy’s East Coast Master Jet Base, NAS Oceana’s mission is to provide operational and logistical support across 19 command departments, five Carrier Air Wings, 17 squadrons, and 79 supported commands onboard NAS Oceana, Dam

Neck Annex, and NALF Fentress to strengthen the Fleet’s warfighting forces around the globe. The NAS Oceana team proudly maintains its unwavering dedication to the “Fleet, Fighter, and Family” with a commitment to Sailor support and customer service, which extend into the surrounding communities through highly cooperative outreach initiatives. If you or someone you know is interested in working with NAS Oceana and Dam Neck Annex’s CYP, visit: https://www. navycyp.org/


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Naval Station Norfolk holds first annual Chili Cook-Off By Ensign Harrison Cox

NORFOLK, VA (October 27, 2022) Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Ervin Riddick and Culinary Specialist Seaman Donajha White, assigned to Naval Station Norfolk (NAVSTA) stand behind their winning chili at the annual Chili Cook Off, onboard NAVSTA Norfolk, Oct. 27, 2022. Five teams participated in the event. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY BOATSWAIN’S MATE 3RD CLASS JESSICA NUNES/ RELEASED)

NORFOLK, Va. — Naval Station (NAVSTA) Norfolk’s galley held its first annual Chili Cook-Off on October 27, 2022. There were five teams that participated, each with two to three team members. The event was held from 10-12 and saw about 50 guests. “We created this event to bring people together and improve morale around the installation,” said Chief Warrant Officer 3 Nicole Campbell, NAVSTA Galley Food Service Officer. “Especially with COVID, we are trying to get back to a normal routine”. The participants included Transient Personnel Unit (TPU), Security department, Navy Munitions Command Atlantic (NMCLANT), Unaccompanied Housing (UH), and the Galley. The Galley’s team of culinary specialists were the winners of the competition, using ground turkey instead of

beef as a healthier option. “I was allowed to take the lead on making our chili,” said Culinary Specialist Seaman Donajha White, assigned to NAVSTA Galley. “We made our chili from the heart”. There were five judges on the panel, including the Command Master Chief, Chief Staff Officer, and Food Service Officer, all of NAVSTA Norfolk. There was also a people’s choice award chosen by guests, which the galley also won. “This competition was fun,” said Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Ervin Riddick, NAVSTA Galley. “I have been cooking for fifteen years and any opportunity to participate in command events or help out junior Sailors is what I love to do.” The competition is planned to be held next year with the goal of improving morale and comradery between the departments on the installation.

USS Boise holds change of command By Petty Officer 1st Class Cameron Stoner

Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic

The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Boise (SSN 764) conducted a change of command at Naval Station Norfolk, Oct. 21. Cmdr. Christopher Holland relieved Cmdr. Jonathan Cantor as commanding officer of Boise. Capt. Brian Hogan, commodore, Submarine Squadron Eight, spoke on Cantor’s time as Boise’s commanding officer and congratulated him for a successful tour. “Cmdr. Cantor, thank you for your leadership and for your superb efforts on behalf of your Sailors and your submarine,” said Hogan. “You should absolutely be very proud of your accomplishments in the face of an unprecedented challenge.” Hogan then welcomed Holland as the new commanding officer of Boise. “Cmdr. Holland, as you assume command today, remember that our Submarine Force has invested many years of effort into you as a professional submariner,” said Hogan. “We hand selected you for this position, we trust you to lead Boise and continue to forge this path that no submariner has gone down before. Congratulations on an incredible opportunity and I look forward to continuing to work with you.” Cantor’s successes were not his alone, and

he let that be known to the crew during his remarks. “As I wrap up my time as the commanding officer of Boise, I’d again like to reiterate that the success we’ve had over the past couple of years has been a group effort,” said Cantor. “To my crew, I would put you guys up against any operational crew in the Submarine Force and I would go to war with every one of you right now if called upon. Thank you all for sharing in this historic day.” Cantor’s next assignment is at Undersea Warfighting Development Center detachment Norfolk, Va. While assuming command, Holland addressed the crew as the new commanding officer. “To the Boise crew; there is no question that USS Boise faces unique challenges,” said Holland. “We really fit the mantra of a ‘One Ship Fleet’. You have the opportunity to be the best trained and most qualified Sailors in the Submarine Force. Seek out ways to improve yourself mentally, physically and spiritually every day. Earn your dolphins every single day.” 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,

Capt. Brian Hogan, commodore, Submarine Squadron Eight, center, watches as Cmdr. Christopher Holland, right, relieves Cmdr. Jonathan Cantor, left, as commanding officer of the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Boise (SSN 764) during a change of command ceremony onboard Naval Station Norfolk, Oct. 21, 2022. (PHOTO BY PETTY OFFICER 1ST CLASS CAMERON STONER)

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

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Command: Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic What is your Thanksgiving day tradition? “My family plays bingo…they get really intense with it.” What is your favorite Thanksgiving food? “My family is Puerto Rican, so we have pernil - pork shoulder.”

NMRI from Page 4

others awaited rescue at sea in World War II, a conservative estimate is tens of thousands. Following the loss of their ships or aircraft, these castaways would often face a gauntlet of inclement weather conditions, the threat of secondary enemy attacks, and sharks. Even if they escaped these hazards, and even if they did not suffer any injuries or wounds, they still needed sustenance until eventual rescue. Without food, the average person can survive for about 21 days; and without water for about three days. Early 1943, NMRI staff began experimenting with chemically processing seawater so that it could be drunk by personnel adrift on life rafts. In February 1943, NMRI physiologist Lt. Cmdr. Clair Speal-

man, H (S), USNR developed a pioneering multi-process filtering system for desalinating seawater. A similar, but simpler method was soon after developed by NMRI in conjunction with by the Permutit Water Conditioning Company. The “Permutit-Navy Desalting Kit,” as it was known, contained a plastic drinking bag with a cloth filter at its base and five charcoal briquettes of desalting chemical. The castaway would collect seawater in the drinking bag, drop in a briquette, seal the bag and shake it. Within 20 minutes they would have access to a pint of fresh water that they could drink through a tube beneath the filter. By war’s end, the kit was adopted by the Army, Navy as well as American Airlines. Food was another concern for NMRI researchers who sought to develop a ready supply of emergency rations that could “lend itself to easy consumption and efficient

Command: Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic What is your Thanksgiving day tradition? “We get my whole family together on my dad’s side in Texas - 78 people!” What is your favorite Thanksgiving food? “My favorite food to eat is honey glazed ham.”

metabolism.” Known as the “NMRI Emergency Ration,” these small cans consisted of high fat butterscotch tablets, hard candy fruit drops (containing citric acid to promote the flow of saliva), malted milk tablets, chewing gum, multivitamin tablets and a waterproof pouch. By 1944, the U.S. Navy adopted these emergency rations as part of a survival kit for aviators as well as to serve as the “U.S. Navy Emergency Ration for Life Rafts.”

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The Navy’s Surgeon General Ross McIntire once outlined the Medical Department World War II mission as “…to maintain naval tradition by keeping as many men at as many guns as many days as possible.” There is no denying that through its vast output of basic and applied research, NMRI helped the Medical Department better

achieve this mission. Over the ensuing decades NMRI was joined by other medical laboratories and research detachments across the globe, all united to meet a central mission to enhance the health, the readiness and the performance of Navy and Marine personnel. Through reorganizations and re-envisioning of the R&D Enterprise, NMRI changed from a hub for Navy Medicine’s research activities to a subordinate laboratory of the Naval Medical Research and Development Command (1974-1998) to finally, in 1998, an Echelon-4 headquarters command known as the Naval Medical Research Center. Today, NMRC’s mission and its role in the U.S. Navy, remains as vital as ever and stands tall as Navy Medicine’s “premier research organization with the vision of world-class, operationally relevant health and medical research solutions.”

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USS Gerald R. Ford hosts reception at Halifax port visit The event, attended by U.S. Navy allies and partners highlighted the long-standing bilateral alliance between the U.S. and Canada and celebrated the first port visit during Gerald R. Ford’s inaugural deployment. Page B3

GROTON, Conn. (October 27, 2022) – The USS North Dakota (SSN 784) transits the Thames River during a homecoming event at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn., Oct. 27. North Dakota returned to homeport from its 3rd full deployment since commissioning in support of the Navy’s maritime strategy - supporting national security interests and maritime security operations - in the 6th Fleet area of operations. The Virginia-class fast attack submarine USS North Dakota and crew operate under Submarine Squadron (SUBRON) FOUR and its primary mission is to provide attack submarines that are ready, willing, and able to meet the unique challenges of undersea combat and deployed operations in unforgiving environments across the globe. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY CHIEF PETTY OFFICER JOSHUA KARSTEN)

USS North Dakota returns home from deployment

By Petty Officer 2nd Class Wesley Towner

Submarine Readiness Squadron (SRS) 32

GROTON, Connecticut — Just a few days before Halloween, this was no trick: The Virginia-class fast attack submarine USS North Dakota (SSN 784) returned home to Naval Submarine Base New London on Thursday, Oct. 27, after a deployment of seven months. “The North Dakota Sailors have been busy serving our country and keeping us safe,” said Terezia Nutt, who is married to North Dakota Sailor Petty Officer 2nd Class Larry Nutt. “While we are proud of them for their hard work and the time that they sacrifice, we’re happy to have them back home before Halloween — what a treat!” During its deployment, North Dakota steamed more than 40,000 nautical miles and operated in the U.S.EuropeanCommand area of responsibility, making port calls to Faslane, Scotland; Tromso, Norway; Toulon, France; and Rota, Spain.

“This crew impressed me every day on this deployment with its professionalism and commitment to excellence,” said Cmdr. Robert Edmondson, commanding officer of North Dakota. “Navy submarines like North Dakota are equipped with cutting edge technology and have the stealth and firepower to give our country and incredible advantage in the undersea domain. But it’s the Sailors aboard, whose hard work and innovative thinking overcome any challenges we might face, who really deserve our admiration on a day like this. “To our families here in Groton: We’ve missed you dearly, and we cannot thank you enough for your sacrifices and love during this deployment,” he added. “We’re so happy to be home.” The ceremonial first kiss upon return to homeport was awarded to Petty Officer 3rd Class Brady Smith and his significant other Elizabeth Beaulieu. The ceremonial first hug was awarded to Chief Petty Officer John Hamm, his spouse Chelsey and his children Carson and John. Cassie Gagliardi

introduced newborn daughter Maizie to her father and homecoming weapons officer, Lt. Connor Gagliardi. “It has been a long seven months, but seeing the boat come up the river makes it all worth it,” said Jill Henry, whose husband, Master Chief Petty Officer Cody Henry, returned Thursday with the sub. “We are all so proud of our Sailors and are excited to have the North Dakota home in time for the holiday season.” USS North Dakota recently celebrated its eighth birthday — the submarine was commissioned on Oct. 25, 2014. SSN 784 is the second U.S. warship commissioned under the name North Dakota, the first being a World War I battleship. The submarine North Dakota is more than 377 feet long and can displace nearly 7,900 tons. SSN 784 operates under Submarine Squadron (SUBRON) 4 in Groton. “I’m proud to welcome home Cmdr. Rob Edmondson and the crew of North Dakota who, over the last seven months, strived to further our nation’s objectives in the arena

of great power competition,” said Capt. John Stafford, commander of Submarine Squadron 4. “The North Dakota families and the citizens of this country can take great pride in the loyal dedication to duty exemplified by the captain and crew of this warship. The return is especially sweet as the holiday season is upon us. We are all thankful for the selfless dedication of all who serve, but especially so today as we welcome home North Dakota.” 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.

Cooking with soldier, sailor culinary connection By Douglas Stutz

Naval Hospital Bremerton/Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command Bremerton

Situated in the Texas Hill Country, Camp Bullis is a long way from showing up on any nautical chart. For U.S. Navy Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Israel Tellezalego and Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Alvin Bueno, they might have felt — initially — like fish out of water at the U.S. Army training site. Until they started cookin’ with their cooking. Tellezalego and Bueno, assigned to Navy Medicine Readiness Training Command Bremerton Terrace Dining facility, were the initial culinary specialists to recently take part in the U.S. Army Joint Field Nutrition Course which provides hand-on nutritional operational training within a simulated Army field hospital in a deployment setting. “We learned how to carry out our culinary specialist duties in a tactical environment. We learned how to help others in a disaster situation by caring for victims by setting up a field kitchen, which we got down to be able to have ready to use in 10 minutes in a field operation. We also learned how to prepare nutritional meals for wounded and displaced people,” said Tellezalego. The 10-day course is designed to teach military personnel, which in the past has been relegated to Navy Medical Service Corps officers with specialty training in dietetics, to assess the nutritional status of various populations and become familiar with several types of non-governmental organizations food distribution programs. “Every year the Army allots the Navy four slots for this valuable training. We thought it

Cooking with Soldier, Sailor Culinary Connection...Navy Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Israel Tellezalego (left) and Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Alvin Bueno were the initial culinary specialists to take part in the U.S. Army Joint Field Nutrition Course, Camp Bullis, Texas, which provides handon nutritional operational training within a simulated Army field hospital in a deployment setting (OFFICIAL NAVY PHOTO BY DOUGLAS H STUTZ, NHB/NMRTC BREMERTON PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER).

would be really important for our CSs, not just Navy nutritionists, to have the experience and gain the knowledge,” stated Lt. Lorna Brown, registered dietitian and Nutrition Management department head. “We got great feedback on

CS2 Tellezalego and CS3 Bueno effort throughout the course.” The two took part in a host of active training scenarios, such as land navigation; convoy operations; litter obstacle course training; hands-on

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MILLINGTON, Tennessee (October. 24, 2022)– Vice Adm. Rick Cheeseman, Chief of Naval Personnel, and Rear Adm. Stu Satterwhite, Commander, MyNavy Career Center, observe a demonstration of MNCC’s Human Resource Service Center operations from Marcus Richardson, Workforce Management Traffic Analyst Supervisor. Cheeseman visited Navy Personnel Command and MNCC during a swing through Millington to unveil MyNavyHR’s Strategic Design, which focuses on personnel readiness as MyNavy HR’s primary mission. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS JARED CATLETT)

CNP unveils his strategic design By Chief Petty Officer Jason Perry Navy Personnel Command

Deliver Ready Relevant Learning

The Chief of Naval Personnel spoke here Oct. 24 and 25 about his vision for the future of what he calls, “our most valuable weapon system”: the Sailor. Vice Adm. Rick Cheeseman described the MyNavy HR Strategic Design to audiences during two All Hands Calls at the Naval Support Activity Mid-South Conference Center. At its core, he said, is the mission. “What are we about? It comes down to two words: personnel readiness,” he said. Cheeseman said with personnel readiness as the mission, all efforts across the MyNavy HR enterprise lead to his vision of what he calls, “mission-focused Sailors.” This vision, he said, has as its foundation: Steady, effective recruitment and training An inclusive Navy culture that supports adaptive and resilient Sailors and families Sailor-informed, transparent, data-driven talent management The pillars themselves are focused on very specific initiatives:

The Navy is in a war for talent, Cheeseman noted. “We are focused on how we recruit, train, and educate our Nation’s best,” he said. “We must have Sailors who are skilled combatready warfighters, both disciplined and tough.” The answer: Ready Relevant Learning. “It’s a career-long learning continuum for every Sailor in our Navy,” Cheeseman said. “Think officer career paths; every officer can tell you exactly what their career path is. We’re trying to do the same thing for enlisted ratings. If we do that…then you’re delivering that training to the point of need. We also want to deliver this content faster and make sure it’s relevant to the Fleet so they are at peak performance.” Modern challenges call for modern solutions, he noted. “At its core, RRL is about creating more proficient and technically capable Sailors as they head to operational fleet units,” Cheeseman said.

Deliver Billet-Based Advancement

Advance Navy Culture

Cheeseman said closing gaps at sea is a priority. At the same time, he acknowledges the challenges of matching Sailors to billets appropriate to their paygrades. That’s where billet-based advancement comes in. “This is the complete merging of our distribution and our advancement system,” he said. Initiatives such as the Detailing Marketplace Assignment Policy, Command Advance-to-Position, Advance-to-Position programs, and the Senior Enlisted Advancement to Position pilot, along with coming changes to the Senior Enlisted Marketplace, are expected to correct systemic misalignment between the Navy’s enlisted advancement and personnel distribution processes. Annually, the Navy advances thousands of Sailors but does not immediately move those Sailors into positions that match their new paygrade due to impacts to losing commands. Billet-based advancements are expected to reduce inefficiencies and eliminate critical gaps, while offering both monetary and non-monetary incentives to Sailors. It also gives Sailors more control over their careers and permanent change of station moves to include increased flexibility, transparency, and geographic stability in career decisions. Cheeseman envisions a future where billetbased advancement becomes the standard mechanism for all enlisted Sailors through journeyman and supervisory paybands (E5-E9) to attain the next higher paygrade. “Transforming the Navy enlisted advancement and distribution processes into a robust, billet-based marketplace decreases billet gaps and increases Fleet readiness to ensure the right Sailor, with the right skills, is in the right billet to meet the mission,” he said.

Cheeseman pointed out that culture is both a foundational element and a pillar. “In order for our Navy to win, we must have a culture that can,” he said. “In order to achieve success, we all need to take ownership together and create the Navy Culture that is necessary for our Sailors, their families, and our country.” Cheeseman pointed out that, like no time since the Cold War, the Navy faces the possibility of conflict at sea with a peer competitor. With so much at stake, the Navy has to define desired cultural characteristics; set standards and measures for how to develop great people, teams, and leaders; and then train, reinforce, incentivize, reward, and measure to the cultural standard. This will be task of the Integrated Culture Framework and supporting Playbook that simplifies, streamlines, and aligns existing terms, programs, and policies, providing leaders with the an executable plan to develop great people, leaders and teams. “This will illustrate what right looks like, with tools you can use to advance the culture we want,” he said. Cheeseman urged leaders and Sailors to act transparently and call out issues as they see them to avoid the “checklist culture” of the past. “Together we own our culture and I know everyone here is on board to creating the culture that we need,” Cheeseman said.

Provide Modern HR Service Delivery Cheeseman said the vision here is to, “create a system that works for the 90% of us who require routine transactions that

are almost automatic so the workforce can focus on the 10% that are truly unique, helping those people who need the direct touchpoints.” The transformation that has been in work since 2016 continues, albeit the pace has not been where the fleet believed it would be by now, Cheeseman acknowledged. “But what we have done to date has been epic,” he said. “We just need to understand what we are driving towards and how we’ll get there.” Cheeseman said the efforts between enterprise management and enterprise support to create the solutions have greatly impressed him. The My Navy Career Center personnel, he said, are, “working hard to provide a modern HR Service Delivery solution, with 24/7 contact support, to resolve personnel and pay issues at increased speed, improved accuracy and reduced cost.” Cheeseman thanked the NPC and MNCC teams for strengthening programs and providing direct and honest feedback to developers. “Thank you for all that you are doing and keep at it, because we owe it our Sailors to get this right so everyone can focus on warfighting readiness.”

Deliver and Sustain Modern HR IT Solutions “The one thing that touches each of our pillars — Billet Based Advancement, Ready Relevant Learning, Advancing Culture and HR service delivery — are delivering modern IT systems,” he said. Moving forward, Cheeseman said, our IT Transformation team is laser-focused on modernizing our processes, removing barriers, fixing glitches and delivering worldclass technology. That’s why enterprise support has been stood up as an OPNAV code — OPNAV N16 — to allow them the flexibility to deliver effective MyNavy HR digital transformation solutions. Just as importantly, Cheeseman said, increased communication between enterprise support and the rest of the MyNavy HR enterprise has improved tremendously, allowing for the technical requirement to meet the needs of the functional requirements. “This is so important and underpins everything we’re trying to do,” he said. Cheeseman expressed optimism in getting the Strategic Design operational and making an effective impact on the Fleet. “As we have always done in the past, our people will step up and rise to the occasion,” he said. “These five things will get us into the future where we want to be. As a MyNavy HR team, we’ll get the basics right so Sailors can be the mission-focused professionals our Nation deserves. “I know we are up to the task.”

MyNavy Coaching trains RDCs at RTC By Petty Officer 1st Class Marcus Meredith

Navy Personnel Command

GREAT LAKES, Ill. — MyNavy Coaching conducted two four-hour coaching workshops Oct. 11 and 12 with the Recruit Division Commanders (RDCs) and staff at Recruit Training Command (RTC) in Great Lakes, Ill. The workshops were conducted by Lt.j.g. Adra Oglesby and Command Master Chief Duncan MacLeod from the MyNavy Coaching team in order to complete the Job Qualification Requirements (JQRs) for 65 participants who can then conduct coaching training to recruits at RTC. “It was a very successful trip,” said MacLeod. “We qualified so many participants who are eager to implement the MyNavy Coaching initiative and its tools. Speaking with leadership at RTC was very encouraging, as everyone is on board with Coaching and eager to see it flourish.” The workshop taught the RTC staff, who

are training the Sailors of tomorrow, how to better conduct peer-to-peer coaching conversations using personal and professional goal-setting and providing constructive feedback. “My biggest takeaway was learning what questions I can ask during these coaching sessions,” said Aviation Machinist’s Mate 1st Class Latasha Lawrence, an instructor at RDC C-School. “It’s not leading them to their answer, but asking all sorts of questions to find out what it is that they wanted to work on.” Lawrence was inspired by the training to help her junior Sailors succeed. “I think the most important part of it for me was learning what powerful questions I can ask to get the conversation started; to get them to tell me what goals they have, or what underlying issues may come from me asking certain questions.” The MyNavy Coaching team intends to return to RTC in February 2023 to pilot a five-day training course which provides greater in-depth instruction on coaching

and the modern tools to develop and engage our people. Sailors who complete the five-day training will receive a Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) or Additional Qualification Designation (AQD) that demonstrates their competency and mastery of the MyNavy Coaching initiative and coaching as a communication and leadership skill. MyNavy Coaching supports and builds upon the CNO’s principals for self-assessing, self-correcting and using a learning mindset to innovate better than any opposition. The mission of MyNavy Coaching is to inspire coaching partners to reach their potential and achieve maximum performance outcomes through coaching partnerships to deliberately grow, broaden, and sustain development through self-learning and goal achievement. For more information on MyNavy Coaching please visit: https://www.mynavyhr.navy. mil/Career-Management/Talent-Management/Coaching/

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A ceremonial color guard presents colors inside the hangar bay of the first-in-class aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) during a reception as part of its first International port visit, Oct. 29, 2022. The Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group (GRFCSG) is deployed in the Atlantic Ocean, conducting training and operations alongside NATO Allies and partners to enhance integration for future operations and demonstrate the U.S. Navy’s commitment to a peaceful, stable and conflict-free Atlantic region. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS NOLAN PENNINGTON)

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) hosts reception at Halifax port visit From USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet, Vice Adm. Daniel Dwyer, and the U.S. Ambassador to Canada, David Cohen, co-hosted a reception aboard the first-in-class aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) while anchored off the coast of Halifax, Nova Scotia, October 29, 2022. The event, attended by U.S. Navy allies and partners highlighted the long-standing bilateral alliance between the U.S. and Canada and celebrated the first port visit during Gerald R. Ford’s inaugural deployment. Guest speakers included Dwyer, Cohen and Vice Adm. Angus Topshee, Commander, Royal Canadian Navy. “It is my great honor to host this historic event along with my co-host, the United States Ambassador to Canada David Cohen,” said Dwyer. “This inaugural deployment is a gift. It has brought an amazing group of allies and partners together for a short period of time, for a single focus, and it has given us an amazing opportunity to train together and better understand how to work alongside each other, so that we can move forward with a strengthened purpose and resolve.” Topshee emphasized that NATO is more unified than ever, even in the face of an ever-evolving security environment, and that the evening’s gathering of military and civilians from around the world aboard the Navy’s newest, most advanced aircraft carrier more than accentuated that fact. “It is amazing the power of an aircraft carrier to bring people together even as it represents an incredible deterrent force,” said Topshee. “The Navy ships from so many NATO ally nations sailing into port with Ford and the ships that will work with Ford during her inaugural deployment are a testament to the power and commitment of the NATO alliance. They serve to ensure that we will uphold that rule-based international order and demonstrate that we are commit-

A ceremonial color guard marches into the hangar bay of the first-in-class aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) during a reception as part of its first International port visit, Oct. 29, 2022. The Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group (GRFCSG) is deployed in the Atlantic Ocean, conducting training and operations alongside NATO Allies and partners to enhance integration for future operations and demonstrate the U.S. Navy’s commitment to a peaceful, stable and conflict-free Atlantic region. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS NOLAN PENNINGTON)

ted to defending freedom and democracy.” The evening included an opportunity for more than 400 guests to enjoy food and beverages, as well as a ceremonial toast and cake cutting. “Here is to the men and women, and the families that support them, of our combined forces at sea,” said Capt. Paul Lanzilotta, Ford’s commanding officer. Topshee said he could not let Ford’s commanding officer visit Canada without



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a symbol that he visited the nation as he presented Lanzilotta a ceremonial hockey stick. “Keep your stick on the ice and be ready for anything,” said Topshee to resounding applause. The Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group (GRFCSG) is deployed in the Atlantic Ocean, conducting training and operations alongside NATO Allies and partners to enhance integration for future operations and

demonstrate the U.S. Navy’s commitment to a peaceful, stable and conflict-free Atlantic region. For more information about the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), visit https:// www.airlant.usff.navy.mil/cvn78/, and follow along on Facebook @USSGeraldRFord, Instagram @cvn78_grford, Twitter @Warship_78, LinkedIn https://www. linkedin.com/company/uss-gerald-r-fordcvn-78/ and DVIDS www.dvids.net/CVN78.

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GULF OF OMAN (Oct. 29, 2022) Sailors aboard patrol coastal ship USS Thunderbolt (PC 12) work to extinguish a fire aboard a fishing vessel in the Gulf of Oman, Oct. 29. The vessel, found to be smuggling illicit cargo, was set on fire by the fishing vessel’s crew as U.S. forces approached. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO)

U.S. Navy rescues mariners who set fire to vessel smuggling drugs

By NAVCENT Public Affairs

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

MANAMA, Bahrain — U.S. Navy personnel rescued eight civilian mariners in the Gulf of Oman, Oct. 29, after they set their fishing vessel on fire prior to being boarded. U.S. Navy patrol coastal ship USS Sirocco (PC 6) was conducting a counter-smuggling patrol in international waters when the mariners set their fishing vessel ablaze. Sailors from Sirocco rescued the mariners from the water and provided medical aide as USS Chinook (PC 9) and USS Thunderbolt (PC 12) extinguished the fire on the vessel. “This was a superb effort by all of our crews,” said Vice Adm. Brad Cooper, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces. “I couldn’t be prouder of everyone involved in saving lives while carrying out our mission to disrupt destabilizing maritime activity.” The mariners, who identified themselves as Iranian and Pakistani, admitted to smuggling hashish and methamphetamines. U.S. naval forces recovered 560 kilograms

of hashish worth an estimated $1 million, about one-third of the total shipment. The remaining drugs were destroyed in the fire. After the mariners received immediate medical care, all were transferred to a regional nation for additional treatment and repatriation. The fishing vessel, which sustained significant damage during the fire, sank. The rescue comes three days after U.S. Navy personnel rescued three civilian mariners in the Gulf of Aden, Oct. 26, after their small motorboat caught fire while transiting international waters. Guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG 94) and patrol coastal ship USS Monsoon (PC 4) responded after observing the mariners in distress and immediately rendered assistance. Sailors safely rescued the civilian mariners before their burning vessel sank approximately 50 miles off the coast of Yemen. The U.S. 5th Fleet operating area includes 21 countries, the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Red Sea, parts of the Indian Ocean and three critical choke points at the Strait of Hormuz, Bab al-Mandeb and Suez Canal.

GULF OF OMAN (Oct. 29, 2022) Sailors assigned to patrol coastal ship USS Sirocco (PC 6) rescue mariners from the water in the Gulf of Oman, Oct. 29. The mariners jumped into the water after setting their vessel on fire as U.S. forces approached. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO)

GULF OF OMAN (Oct. 29, 2022) A civilian fishing vessel burns in the Gulf of Oman, Oct. 29. The vessel, found to be smuggling illicit cargo, was set on fire by the fishing vessel’s crew as U.S. forces approached. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO)

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interviewing victims/patients and a cook-off competition. It was the first foray for both away from their comfort and culinary zone into an operational environment decidedly different from their norm. Not only were they in a landlocked setting, it was sunny and hot. “The Army definitely has their own system in the field, which is different than the one we’re used to on a ship,” noted Tellezalego, from Kernersville, North Carolina, who served on the guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG59). “We were doing hydration tests every day. Sometimes twice a day to make sure we were drinking enough fluid and not getting dehydrated,” added Bueno, from Honolulu, Hawai’i, previously stationed on the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Tellezalego cited that amongst the lesson

learned were how to assist victims from a calamity and/or disaster; how to prepare nutritious meals using only available resources; field survival; combat first aid training; and the aforementioned hydration testing. “It was a humbling experience. Seeing how the other service branches went about their duty made us more connected and gave us a lot more knowledge in being able to take care of patients with special dietary needs,” Tellezalego said. Bueno affirmed that the training experience in a primary Army-centric environment can certainly benefit a Sailors back in his ‘haze-gray underway’ surrounding. “If deployed on a Navy platform, like a hospital ship, I would know how to feed patients who are malnourished, gather information from the patients about their health and be able to directly support humanitarian rescue while deployed to third world countries” said Bueno. Perhaps one of the more crucial and important lessons both learned was simply how to

make do with what was obtainable in the field. Logistical support is not a guarantee during times of a natural disaster. Supply lines can get cut during any conflict. Material management during a mass casualty situation can become muddled. Casualties, as well as service members, will need sustenance. Towards that end, Tellezalego and Bueno took part in the cook-off portion of the course, where they were given an hour to prepare and one hour to cook a meal featuring beef, relying on ingredients they were directed to use at the start of their 60 minute window. “We had to include ginger and avocado,” related Tellezalego. Once returned to their parent command in the Pacific Northwest, the other culinary specialists expressed varied degrees of curiosity over their training experience. Yet each expressed the same response to Tellezalego. “They all said that wanted to be the next to be able to attend the course and increase their knowledge to be able to perform nutritional

needs in any type of operational field,” Tellezalego said. Note: USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) just returned from participating in Pacific Partnership 2022, the 17th iteration of the largest annual multi-national humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific, with host nations Vietnam, Palau, the Philippines and Solomon Islands. USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) is currently deployed to U.S. 4th Fleet in support of Continuing Promise 2022, a humanitarian assistance and goodwill mission conducting direct medical care, expeditionary veterinary care, and subject matter expert exchanges with five partner nations in the Caribbean, Central and South America. According to the Joint Base San Antonio website, Camp Bullis provides base operation support and training support to Joint Base San Antonio mission partners in order to sustain operational and institutional training requirements.

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USS Theodore Roosevelt changes command By Seaman Christopher Crawford USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)

BREMERTON, Wash. — The Nimitzclass aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) held a change of command ceremony aboard the ship Oct. 28. Capt. Brian Schrum received command from Capt. Eric Anduze in a ceremony presided over by Vice Adm. Karl O. Thomas, commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, with family, friends and other high-ranking officials and officers in attendance. Schrum, from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree in political science. He has accumulated more than 2,700 flight hours and 680 arrested landings in F/A-18 Hornets. He previously served on staff at Commander, Naval Air Forces Pacific. “I am ready to engage the challenges and celebrate the successes that lie ahead as commanding officer,” said Schrum. “I will endeavor every day to lead this crew boldly and never forget my solemn responsibility to ensure the material and personnel readiness of this U.S. Navy warship. For when we are called to action, we must be ready, and we must respond. Our nation demands nothing less.” During the ceremony, Schrum addressed the future of Theodore Roosevelt remarking on the remaining months of its docking planned incremental availability (DPIA) and returning to sea. “Rough Riders of the Theodore Roosevelt, we are in a time of renewing and reinvigorating this ship,” said Schrum. “We are preparing for a return to sea, where ships belong.” Anduze, from Manati, Puerto Rico, assumed command of Theodore Roosevelt in July 2020. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1993. While under Anduze’s command, Theodore Roosevelt deployed and operated in the U.S. 7th Fleet and U.S. 3rd Fleet areas of responsibility. While deployed, they trained with the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and participated in Northern Edge 2021. Theodore Roosevelt then shifted homeports to Bremerton, Washington, for DPIA at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility where the ship is receiving scheduled maintenance and upgrades. In his remarks to the crew, Anduze said he was proud of the team’s achievements and the way that they have conducted themselves. He also spoke about how they have been like family for the past two years. “Rough Riders, words cannot express the admiration and respect that I have for your accomplishments and the support you provided me,” said Anduze. “I tried every day to give you my best. Continue to work hard, continue to be good citizens, and don’t ever give up.” Theodore Roosevelt is undergoing a docking planned incremental availability at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility where the ship is receiving scheduled maintenance and upgrades. For more news from USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), visit http://www.navy.mil/ local/cvn71/ . Join the conversation with TR online at www.facebook.com/USSTheodoreRoosevelt and at www.Twitter.com/ TheRealCVN71.

NAVAL BASE KITSAP-BREMERTON, Wash. (Oct. 28, 2022) – U.S. Navy Capt. Brian Schrum, incoming commanding officer of the Nimitzclass aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), salutes while walking through sideboys during a change of command ceremony in the ship’s hangar bay Oct. 28, 2022. Theodore Roosevelt is undergoing a docking planned incremental availability at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility where the ship is receiving scheduled maintenance and upgrades. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 3RD CLASS CHRISTOPHER J. CRAWFORD)

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NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. (Oct. 28, 2022)-- EA-18G Growler 515, assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129, is refurbished at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island (NASWI). The aircraft flew its functional check flight on Oct. 17, 2022 at NASWI and will be reentered into service with a forward-deployable squadron in the near future. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO)

EA-18G Growler returns to the skies five years after a mid-air collision By Commander, Naval Air Forces An EA-18G Growler attached to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129, successfully completed a functional check flight at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, Oct. 17, marking the end of a complex transformation process for an aircraft thought to be beyond repair. This five-year effort demonstrates large-scale teamwork between multiple organizations over an extended timeline. The aircraft, then attached to the “Wizards” of VAQ-136, was involved in a mid-air collision with another aircraft attached to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 at NAS Fallon during a training event on Sept. 14, 2017. Both aircraft landed safely and the aircrew were uninjured. The Growler remained at NAS Fallon for several years, as refurbishment of this nature had never been done before and there were no processes or procedures on exactly how the repairs could be completed. Upon initial inspection, there was little hope the aircraft would be fit to fly due to the complexity of the repairs required following the mishap, as well as weather damage from years of sitting in a desert environment. However, after thorough analysis and continued coordination, the Growler’s road to recovery began when

clearance for repair was granted in 2021. In February of that year, the aircraft was loaded onto a flatbed truck and transferred to the Fleet Replacement Squadron, VAQ-129, at NAS Whidbey Island. Classified as a “special rework,” funding was approved and a long-term hangar space was identified for the unprecedented project. For more than a year, engineers, maintainers and artisans from facilities across the United States collaborated to develop processes, complete repairs and thoroughly inspect the recovered aircraft - more than 2,000 man hours in total. “This was a team effort by personnel from Fleet Readiness Center (FRC) Southeast, FRC Southwest Engineering and my team from FRC Northwest,” said Tommy Moore, depot lead for FRC Northwest. “We reassembled the aircraft by replacing all major components and turned the aircraft back over to VAQ-129 as a ‘special rework’ complete on April 24, 2022.” The Growler will soon be transferred to an operational squadron in order to deploy around the globe and be ready to conduct flight operations for decades to come. Capt. David Harris, commodore, Electronic Attack Wing Pacific, commended the efforts of the entire Naval Aviation Enterprise in the accomplishment of this first-ofits-kind mission.

NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. (Oct. 28, 2022)-- The team that refurbished EA18G Growler 515, assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129, poses with the aircraft at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island (NASWI). The aircraft flew its functional check flight on Oct. 17, 2022 at NASWI and will be reentered into service with a forward-deployable squadron in the near future. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO)

“It was truly amazing to watch the entire Naval Aviation Enterprise team come together to get this much-needed asset back up to flight status,” said Harris. “From the engineers who developed the needed repair

designs, to the artisans who accomplished the complex repairs, to the VAQ-129 Sailors who ultimately rebuilt the aircraft to a flight status; it was a true team effort.”

NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. (Oct. 28, 2022)-- EA-18G Growler 515, assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129, arrives wingless at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island (NASWI) before undergoing refurbishment. The aircraft flew its functional check flight on Oct. 17, 2022 at NASWI and will be reentered into service with a forward-deployable squadron in the near future. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO)

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The all-new Cirque Musica: Holiday Wonderland is coming to Hampton Coliseum on December 11 Press Release TCG Entertainment, producer of one of the top Cirque-style shows in the industry, has announced the all-new Cirque Musica: Holiday Wonderland — a must-see holiday event to usher in the magic of the season. Igniting joy and wonder to Hampton Coliseum on Sunday, December 11, 2022, “Wonderland” is a musical journey that will transport audiences to a magical land far away for a fun-filled, unforgettable holiday-themed show experience. Tickets are on sale now with prices ranging from $45 to $129 (VIP) and can be purchased at hamptoncoliseum.org or visit www.CirqueMusica. com for more information. This performance is presented by Coliseum Central as part of their annual Holiday Extravaganza. “Our holiday-themed Cirque Musica productions have quickly become a season tradition for families across the country and we are excited to continue this tradition with our ‘Holiday Wonderland,’ ” says Stephen Cook, President of TCG Entertainment, Producer of Cirque Musica. “We expect fans of cirque-shows to be enchanted with our latest production and hope it will create a wonderful memory for all to share.” Featuring the talented cast of Cirque Musica, spectators will be dazzled by the acrobats, aerialists, hilarious hijinks and

holiday cheer. The show blends the spellbinding grace and daredevil athleticism of today’s greatest circus performers with a musical mix of timeless seasonal favorites. Cirque Musica: Holiday Wonderland is an unforgettable experience for the entire family to enjoy a world-class circus experience infused with the holiday classics we all love. For more information on ticketing and VIP ticket packages, visit hamptoncoliseum. org or www.CirqueMusica.com Treat your family and create memories you will cherish forever at Cirque Musica: Holiday Wonderland! About Cirque Musica: Cirque Musica is one of the top cirque-style shows in the industry. Since its inception in 2010, the world-renowned cast has performed feats of grace, skill, and strength to audience members worldwide. The visually stunning masterpiece of artistic interpretations combines mesmerizing acrobats, aerialists and daredevil athleticism with the greatest music of all time. With its multiple productions, including Rhapsody, Crescendo, Heroes and Villains, Symphonic, and Holiday Wonderland, Cirque Musica is a ground-breaking production guaranteed to thrill and captivate audiences of all ages. For more information visit, www.CirqueMusica.com

The multi-award winning Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen is coming to Chrysler Hall November 8th-13th Interview By Yiorgo Dear Evan Hansen, declared “One of the most remarkable shows in musical theater history” by the Washington Post, and winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, two Obie Awards, a Drama Desk Award, two Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Helen Hayes Awards and Olivier Awards just to mention a few, is coming to Chrysler Hall November 8th-13th. The New York Times calls it “a breathtaking knockout of a musical.” NBC Nightly News declares the musical “an inspiring anthem resonating on Broadway and beyond.” And CBS News describes it as “A brilliant message of hope and humanity.” The show’s now iconic blue polo and arm cast are part of the permanent collection of the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC. There is important event info in that this production contains some adult themes, including discussions of suicide, therefore, the show is recommended for ages 12 and up. Children under the age of four will not be permitted in the theatre. For tickets, info on the digital lottery and more, go to https:// www.sevenvenues.com/events/detail/ dear-evan-hansen Yiorgo: With us today are Anthony Norman who plays Evan Hansen and Coleen Sexton, who plays Evan’s mom, Heidi Hansen. Why should people come see Dear Evan Hansen? What will they see and experience that they will not get from another Broadway show? How is it different from other shows? Coleen Sexton: This is a very, very real show, just to put it bluntly. It’s written as if you would be saying these lines to yourself everyday. Every single person out there will relate to everyone of our characters. Steven Turn to Dear Evan Hansen, Page 8

Anthony Norman (Evan Hansen), John Hemphill (Larry Murphy), Lili Thomas (Cynthia Murphy), Alaina Anderson (Zoe Murphy), in the 2022-2023 North American Tour (PHOTO COURTESY DEAR EVAN HANSEN NATIONAL TOUR)

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Madison Rayne making her entrance. All Elite Wrestling at Chartway Arena. Norfolk, VA. October 26, 2022. (JONATHAN MCLARTY)

AEW October 26th 2022 results from the Chartway Arena, AEW star Serena Deeb talks wrestling career highlights Interview By Yiorgo Tony Khan’s All Elite Wrestling (AEW) made its triumphant return to Norfolk, Virginia this past Wednesday October 26th at the Chartway Arena with AEW DYNAMITE broadcast live for the world to see. The renowned broadcast team of Excalibur, Tony Schiavone, and “The Human Suplex Machine” Taz were there to call all the exciting action. The show opened up with ROH World Champion Chris Jericho & ROH Pure Champion Daniel Garcia taking on Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta (with William Regal). The match was non-stop action with Claudio pinning Jericho. There were many exciting matches including a AEW Tag Team Championship #1 Contender’s Match of FTR vs Swerve In Our Glory. Keith Lee from Swerve In Our Glory pinning Dax of FTR. Also there was a women’s match with Jamie Hayter taking a win over Riho. Other great matches included world famous Bryan Danielson winning over Sammy Guevara and AEW World Champion Jon Moxley defeating Penta El Zero Miedo. To read about the entire card results and to find out where you can see AEW live in your area, go to https://www.allelitewrestling.com/ Yiorgo: With us today is Virginia’s own, AEW star Serena Deeb. Serena, welcome back to Virginia. We are so very proud of you. Tell us why should fans attend the live TV airing of AEW this Wednesday October 26th at the Chartway Arena? What will they see and experience that they can’t get from home? Serena Deeb: Thank you for the kind words. I am very happy to be back in my home state. I believe fans should come to the live show because I have been in the wrestling business for 18 years. I have been in major companies and the indies, traveled all over Japan, Europe, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica and AEW to me is a completely different product then anywhere that I have ever been. There’s this gritty feeling that has been missing for a while. I compare it to the Attitude Era. To me AEW has that grittiness and that is why it has been so successful in just three years. And coming to a live show, regardless of what that live sport is, it’s a totally different vibe then just sitting on your couch and watching it. Being there live, you feed off the energy of the other fans and our crowds have always been so great. It’s a total immersive experience. I am still a wrestling fan, and it’s just a no brainer. At our live show Wednesday October 26th at the Chartway Center is where you want to be. Y: For AEW you wear many hats, wrestler, coach for both men and women. How and when does the coaching take place? At this stage in your wrestling career, what do you enjoy doing the most? SD: I’ve been coaching a little less because I’ve been wrestling more. It’s honestly hard to do both on the same day because if you’re wrestling you have to focus on the whole process of getting ready and on what you’re doing in the match. In the past when I had my knee injury, I was still traveling every week and I was coaching 2-3 matches a night. I want to give a shout out to Cody Rhodes because Cody always believed in me and would say to me, “You’re my coach, I want you as my coach.” He always put me in that role for him and showed me that respect. That was really, really huge for me and I really appreciated that. When I’m not wrestling I do want to be coaching but I’ve been doing more wrestling. When they have me on AEW Elevation or AEW Dark, they don’t give me producing roles because everyone on there has been a wrestler and they under-

stand that if you have a match it’s too much to also be coaching or producing. I did that on AEW Rampage about a month ago where I coached and wrestled the same night. Y: How did the opportunity come up to work for AEW? Who reached out? What was that conversation like? Why did you say yes? SD: It’s a very wide knowledge that I lost my coaching job at the WWE Performance center during the pandemic. That day they released something like 70 people. It was a crazy, very stressful time and I had not wrestled for a long time. The whole time I was at the WWE Performance center, I wanted to wrestle. They were very good to me as a company, I was coaching because it was a great job and getting to travel and stuff like that, but it wasn’t wrestling. I still had that itch to get back in the ring, and that I still had time to scratch that itch. When I was hired as a coach I was 31. As soon as they released me when covid hit, I started training, getting my body back in shape, and started making new wrestling gear, buying boots, I started putting my ducks in a row, without knowing what the future holds. It was Monday night about midnight when I got the call to see if I wanted to work a match with Thunder Rosa in AEW. I said yes, because I had everything prepared just in case. So I drove to Jacksonville, Florida, did the match with Thunder Rosa, it went really well and I was offered a contract a week later. I have a lot of respect for her, we’ve had some great, fun matches together, and wish her the best. Y: How about a Tony Khan story you can share? SD: Tony is a great guy. I can honestly say that whenever I text him, he always responds the same day or at the latest the next day. He is one of the busiest men in the world and has the respect and courtesy to reply. It speaks volumes for his character. It means a lot, knowing how much he has on his plate, juggling several global business ventures. It’s actually mind boggling. He treats his talent very nicely. Y: Do you have a favorite segment, storyline either involving you or you behind the scenes? SD: My favorite segment may have been when I came back from my knee injury, when I wrestled Hikaru Shida. What was on the line was that she would get her 50th victory. Everyone expected her to win, but I beat her and hit her the trophy afterwards. It swerved people so much and it was very cool to experience that feeling. Y: Let’s talk about you. Where in Virginia were you born and where is home now? SD: I was born in Fairfax, Virginia and raised in Oakton, a suburb outside of DC. It was a really cool place to grow up because I got to go to DC all the time and experience that. I really love it there and still have friends there. My father who passed away over a decade ago was Arabic, spoke six languages, and my mother who is American speaks five fluently. I grew up in a family where culture, language and food were all important. Y: You loved soccer growing up so what made you fall in love with pro wrestling? SD: I was a very serious soccer player 365 days a year, indoor, outdoor, wherever I could play, I would play. If wrestling had not gotten into the picture, I would have gone to college with a soccer scholarship. I got with a really good soccer group in the DC area, shout out to (WAGS) Womens and Girls in Soccer. If you played for WAGS it was a pretty big deal. I played for a really good team and I played in high school as well. I was a really big tomboy and around the age of 11-12 all my guy friends were watching wrestling. I was not a fan yet. They ordered a


Blackpool Combat Club member Claudio Castagnoli (R) with the uppercut to Ring of Honor Pure Champion Daniel Garcia (L). All Elite Wrestling at Chartway Arena. Norfolk, VA. October 26, 2022. (JONATHAN MCLARTY)

Cash Wheeler (C) with the headlock to Isaiah“Swerve”Scott (R) as FTR member Dax Harwood (L) looks on. All Elite Wrestling at Chartway Arena. Norfolk, VA. October 26, 2022. (JONATHAN MCLARTY)

WWE Pay-Per-View and I went to watch it. I saw Chyna for the first time and she was a big influence on me. She was so amazing to me and I was immediately captivated and obsessed by DX especially. They changed my personality as a kid, made me rebellious, they changed my life. It was in 1997 and I was in middle school and I would do all

the WWE and DX catchphrases and some teachers would write me up and send me to the office. My soccer coaches who also were teachers there, would not write me up, not because I was their soccer player, but because they were wrestling fans too. And Turn to AEW, Page 3

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Tidewater Veterans Day parade and ceremony to be held Friday, Nov. 11 From Virginia.org The Hampton Roads Council of Veterans Organizations (HRCVO) hosts the annual Tidewater Veterans Day Parade in Virginia Beach on Friday, 11 November 2022. The parade will begin at 9:00 AM. The parade route will start from the Virginia Beach Oceanfront on Atlantic Avenue and proceed up 17th Street, right turn onto Mediterranean Avenue, then a left turn onto 19th Street up to at the Tidewater Veterans Memorial (across from the Virginia Beach Convention Center). For over thirty years, the HRCVO has been coordinating the Veterans Day Parade and associated events. Each year, one of the HRCVO member organizations co-sponsors the parade. This year the Sons of Confederate Veterans is the co-sponsor organization. In addition to the parade, a short ceremony is held at the Tidewater Veterans Memorial immediately following the parade and a luncheon honoring our Veterans is held at the DoubleTree Hotel at approximately 12:00 PM. The Veterans Day Parade is sanctioned by the Department of Veterans Affairs National Veterans Day Committee and the Mayors of Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Virginia Beach who sign a proclamation resolving that “citizens, businesses and organizations demonstrate due appreciation, admiration and respect for all veterans who have served our great nation”.


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like I said, I grew up in DC. and whenever WWE were in town, my poor mom would take me. Y: I love that you trained at Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW). How did you find out about them, your initial contact and how did you convince your family at 18 to let you move there by yourself? SD: This is a funny story. Remember the series of books: The Idiot’s Guide to…, I bought The Idiot’s Guide to Pro Wrestling and they had a list of wrestling schools in there. At the time OVW was the developmental system for WWE and I ultimately wanted to work for WWE so in my senior year in high school, I applied to Virginia Tech where my sister went, George Mason University where my other sister went, and then I applied for Indiana because it would put me closer to OVW. I was so obsessed with wrestling in high school that I should have gotten A’s in classes where I was getting C’s and D’s because I was not really trying. So I got rejected by Tech, waitlisted by GMU and accepted by Indiana and that’s what I wanted. I told my parents well the universe wants me to go to Indiana and OVW. My dad was really big on education and said, “You can go and do your crazy wrestling but you have to get your university degree.” So my mother drove me from Virginia to Indiana for a college tour and I convinced her to take me by OVW. It was so hard to find it but we finally found it. The only person there was this old ref, the place looked gray and cold. I was 17 at this point and I was like I have to come here. I typed up a letter and sent it to OVW. On their website they had an address that you could send a letter to if you wanted to apply. I spent all this time typing it up and they sent me back this

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very generic pamphlet. I moved to Indiana and started my training at OVW. Y: Who trained you, who are you grateful for being in your life there, at that time to guide you along? SD: OVW completely changed my life. I am so grateful and anytime I see Al Snow, one of my trainers I thank him and tell him that my time there completely changed the course of my life. Other trainers were Mike Mondo and Rip Rogers. I learned to be over prepared from Rip Rogers, who was hard on us and drilled in us the importance of being over prepared for any situation that comes up. OVW was very special because I got to train with a lot of very special people. Robert Gibson was there for about a year, one half of one of the greatest tag teams of all time. Dr. Death Steve Williams was there and he really paid attention to me and helped me. The Dudleys passed through there, they shared a lot of great knowledge. I obviously chose the right place to train and the right people were there to help guide my training. I started in OVW in 2005 and signed with Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) in 2009. I also did this three day wrestling camp. My friends from OVW did a roadtrip to the Carolinas and it was Dr. Tom Prichard, Ricky Steamboat, Terry Taylor and Les Thatcher. And we did three shows as well. I have been very blessed to have learned from those old school minds. Anyone that asks me about where they can train to wrestle, I tell them at this point Rip Rogers or go to Dr. Tom Prichard at the Jacobs-Prichard Wrestling Academy in Knoxville, Tennessee. Y: Joining the Straight Edge Society with CM Punk was pivotal to your career. Can you share some memories? Who pitched the idea, how long in advance did you know, did they pay you extra for shaving it off like the old days, etc?

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SD: A little bit. Looking back probably not enough to make a woman go bald. I was 22 and I was willing to do anything for wrestling. I was signed, I was at FCW, I was wrestling a match, got my jaw broken in three places, my mouth was wired shut for six weeks. It really, really was a bad injury but I never spoke about it, I persevered through. The day the doctor cleared me he said, “I don’t think you should do this anymore. It’s really a bad injury.” I said OK, but am I cleared? It was a Friday, we had a show. I was so excited, I went to Dr. Tom and Norman Smiley. I told them it’s been three months, I just got cleared. I was on my way to the show when I got a call from an unknown number which always meant it was WWE in Stanford, Connecticut. It was Johnny Ace, he was asking about my jaw. I was there with other people too. I said I was good and wrestling that night. He got right to the point and said, “Have you seen the stuff we’ve been doing with Punk on TV?” I said, yes of course. And he says, “Would you be willing to shave your head on TV? Would you be willing to go bald?” I was so excited that I was going to wrestle that night and then it was like wow I’m going to be on Smackdown TV. He told me to go wrestle and have some fun, think about it and he would call me the next day. He didn’t call but I did get an email with flight info so I was like, this is really happening. I went, I had a meeting with Vince McMahon, Johnny, all the people who were in charge and all of them said, “You don’t have to do this.” I think it was Punk’s idea, and he asked to use me because I was really cool with him at OVW. I’m not sure though, I’ve never asked. They asked again if I was sure. And I was like well you see me here. This is my dream, this is how much I want to do this. That was the night I debuted on Smackdown. It was in Greenville, South Carolina, I ran up from

the crowd and by the end of the segment my head was shaved, and I was bald for a couple of years. Y: What have been some pinch me moments? SD: Definitely the Wrestlemania 26 in front of over 72,000 where I managed Punk and had a moment in the match where I jumped up and I blocked Rey Mysterio from doing the 619 on Punk. The boos were so loud, I felt them across my body, it’s hard to describe, it was literally a vibration. That was awesome. Another one would be wrestling at the famous Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan against Asuka who wrestled as Kana there. And I also had my retirement match in the same building against Syuri and I remember taking the loss, looking up at the lights and I couldn’t believe that I had my retirement in that famous Hall. At that stage in my life I had decided that’s what needed to happen but obviously I was not ready to retire. And with wrestling, you always find your way back and where you need to be. While I have this opportunity, I want to thank all my wrestling fans who have supported me throughout my career, who have supported women’s wrestling and the growth of women’s wrestling. Since I started in 2005, it’s been an uphill battle in so many ways and it continues to be. Those of you that support women’s wrestling, I just want you to know that I really appreciate you. And thank you for all your nice comments. I see all of them and I appreciate them. Right now, I am where I need to be and I am looking forward to seeing all of AEW fans Wednesday night October 26 at the Chartway Arena in Norfolk, Virginia. Yiorgo is an arts, entertainment and sports writer. A stage, TV and movie actor, he is also a sports entertainer, educator, motivational speaker, writer, storyteller and columnist.

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Memory-making recipes to add to your Thanksgiving traditions From Family Features Starting with parades and ending with family meals, Thanksgiving provides all-day opportunities for celebrating life’s special moments with those nearest and dearest to your heart. Waking up to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a tradition that brings smiles and happiness for many families, and this year, an iconic brand will join the festivities. Since 1921, Wonder Bread has captured the “wonder” its founder Elmer Cline experienced when first watching a hot air balloon race. It’s often credited with the popularization of sliced bread in the United States and now, for the first time, its legacy will be on display Nov. 24 parading through the streets of New York City. To celebrate the special occasion and the joy that Thanksgiving brings, you can enjoy Turkey Cranberry Dinner Rolls as a delicious homemade meal that’s as easy to make as it is to share. If you’re searching for a tasty side that’ll leave your loved ones stuffed, look no further than this Thanksgiving Stuffing, a classic accompaniment to holiday meals and a favorite of home chefs across the country. To learn more about the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and find family-favorite recipes fit for Thanksgiving feasts, visit wonderbread.com/macys-parade.

Turkey Cranberry Dinner Rolls

Nonstick cooking spray 1 package of Wonder Dinner Rolls 2 cups diced turkey, cooked 1 cup cranberry sauce or relish 6 slices Swiss cheese 6 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon yellow mustard 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce ½ tablespoon dried minced onion salt, to taste pepper, to taste 1 tablespoon parsley 1 cup Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 325 F. Cover 9-by-13-inch baking pan with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Remove rolls from package in one piece, cutting entire slab in half lengthwise to create one half of “tops” and one half of “bottoms.” Place bottom half in foil-covered pan and layer with turkey, cranberry sauce and Swiss cheese. Add top half of rolls. In microwave, melt butter and whisk in mustard, Worcestershire sauce, onion and salt and pepper, to taste. Pour evenly over rolls. Cover with foil and let sit 5-10 minutes then bake, covered, 20 minutes. Uncover and bake 5 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley and Parmesan cheese. Slice into individual rolls.

Thanksgiving Stuffing

½ cup unsalted butter, divided 3 cups chopped onion 2 ½ cups chopped celery 1 clove garlic, finely chopped 1 ½ tablespoons chopped fresh sage 1 ½ tablespoons chopped fresh thyme 2 teaspoons celery seeds 1 pinch grated nutmeg 1 pinch ground cloves 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 loaf Wonder Classic White Bread, cubed ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 ½ cups low-salt chicken broth Heat oven to 325 F. In large skillet over medium heat, melt ¼ cup butter. Add onion, celery, garlic, sage, thyme, celery seeds, nutmeg, cloves and salt. Cover and cook until onions are soft, 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat. In large bowl, toss sauteed vegetables with bread cubes and season with pepper. Melt remaining butter and pour over stuffing along with broth then toss to coat. Bake, covered, until heated through, about 35 minutes. Uncover and bake additional 15 minutes.

Kick autumn’s chill with hearty sweetpotato chowder From Family Features Colder, shorter days call for a little comfort. Cozying up with a hearty meal on brisk autumn evenings can help fight off the chill while savoring favorite flavors alongside the ones you love. Avoid venturing into the cold for a trip to the store by turning to a pantry staple like sweetpotatoes. As one of the most versatile veggies, they’re easy to add to a variety of recipes while enhancing both flavor and nutrition. Perfectly suitable for both simple and elevated dishes, they can be baked, microwaved, grilled, slow cooked or prepared on the stove so their sweet taste never goes out of style. Their long shelf life — up to four weeks if stored properly in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area away from heat sources — means you can rely on sweetpotatoes throughout the season as an on-hand ingredient. Additionally, as a “diabetes superfood” according to the American Diabetes Association, they’re rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber, all of which are good for overall health and may help prevent disease, making them a key source of nutrients. When your family needs a warm-up on those chilly days, put sweetpotatoes at the center of mealtime (with an added kick) in this Jalapeno Sweetpotato Chowder. Loaded with the flavors of autumn comfort, it’s a filling meal that makes enough for a crowd so no one goes hungry. Visit ncsweetpotatoes.com to find more comforting meal ideas. Recipe courtesy of the North Carolina SweetPotato Commission.

Jalapeno Sweetpotato Chowder Servings: 6 2 large North Carolina sweetpotatoes, baked 1 small onion, ¼-inch diced 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 quart chicken or vegetable stock 2 cups cooked chicken, cubed 1 ½ cups whole corn kernels 2 teaspoons minced jalapenos ½ cup heavy cream 1 teaspoon salt chopped scallions, for garnish Peel baked sweetpotatoes; discard skin and puree. In soup pot, saute onion in butter until softened. Add pureed sweetpotato and stock, as desired. Bring to boil, reducing liquid slightly. Add chicken, corn, jalapenos, heavy cream and salt. Simmer 10 minutes. To serve, ladle into bowls and garnish with chopped scallions.

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Groundbreaking study on trauma-related sleep disorder

By Elaine Sanchez

Brooke Army Medical Center Public Affairs

A team of military and civilian researchers has identified a new sleep disorder that’s been disrupting the lives of trauma survivors for decades, if not centuries. The Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine published the groundbreaking study, titled “Clinical and polysomnographic features of trauma associated sleep disorder”; on its site in August. While there have been related studies, this was the largest to date and identifies trauma associated sleep disorder, or TSD, as a distinct sleep-related disorder or parasomnia, explained U.S. Air Force Lt Col (Dr.) Matthew Brock, the study’s lead author and chief of the San Antonio Market Sleep Disorders Center at Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. “We believe trauma-associated sleep disorder is the first adult sleep disorder and rapid eye movement (REM) parasomnia identified since Rapid Eye Movement Sleep Behavior Disorder (RBD) was identified more than 35 years ago,” he said.

Dream Enactment

The study, which spanned five years, included 40 service members who had experienced trauma, mainly from combat, and were experiencing dream enactment. That is when someone acts out dreams physically or verbally. The study comprised a clinical interview and video-recorded sleep study. “We watched all eight hours of video on each sleep study, which is not typical,” Brock said, noting that many sleep centers record eight hours but rarely watch the video recording in its entirety. “Our key finding was that most of these patients had parasomnia behavior, or movements and vocalizations in REM sleep. This is groundbreaking because traditional wisdom is that parasomnia behavior is almost never captured in the sleep lab but is frequently cited by patients as a symptom they’re experiencing at home.” Typically, during REM sleep, the skeletal muscle, other than eyes, diaphragm and sphincter muscles, is paralyzed to prevent people from acting out dreams. However, in some cases, the part of the brainstem responsible for paralyzing the skeletal muscle degenerates, which may result in dream enactment. This is called RBD and is commonly seen in people with neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, Brock explained. “Dream enactment behavior can include punching, kicking, defensive posturing, yelling, and movements,” Brock said . “This

Airman 1st Class Austin Starks, 59th Medical Specialty Squadron health service management journeyman, prepares for a sleep study at the San Antonio Market Sleep Disorders Center at Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, Aug. 31, 2022. A team of military and civilian researchers has identified a new sleep disorder that’s been disrupting the lives of trauma survivors for decades, if not centuries. While there have been related studies, this was the largest to date and identifies trauma associated sleep disorder, or TSD, as a distinct sleep-related disorder or parasomnia. (U.S. ARMY PHOTO BY JASON W. EDWARDS)

is disruptive, and often scary, not only for the patient, but for his or her bed partner as well.” TSD is similar to RBD regarding dream enactment. However, TSD also includes vivid, repeating nightmares about the individua’s trauma and symptoms of autonomic hyperarousal, which is when the fight or flight response kicks in and one’s heart rate or respiratory rate accelerates during sleep.

Distinguishing TSD from Other Sleep Disorders A key focus of the study is to distinguish TSD from other diagnoses, such as RBD, post-traumatic stress disorder and nightmare disorder, Brock said. For example, TSD symptoms are often associated with PTSD. However, PTSD includes daytime and nocturnal symptoms, while many TSD patients only experience nocturnal symptoms. Additionally, nightmare disorders typically don’t include dream enactment or repeating nightmares about a trauma expe-

rience, Brock explained.

TSD Symptoms & History

Although it had not been given a name, TSD symptoms have been studied for many years. Retired U.S. Army Col. (Dr.) Vincent Mysliwiec, director of sleep medicine, UT Health San Antonio, and co-author on the study, has been researching this phenomenon since 2003, when he was assigned to Madigan Army Medical Center and during the peak of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. “This was when we initially saw activeduty service members who presented with trauma-related nightmares, dream enactment behaviors, and rapid breathing, night sweats and racing heart rates shortly after returning from combat,” Mysliwiec said. “We evaluated many service members who had these symptoms but did not meet diagnostic criteria for either REM sleep behavior disorder or PTSD,” he added. “It was unknown at that time what diagnosis they had.” By having TSD officially recognized as a

distinct, novel parasomnia, “we are hoping to encourage future research into the disorder as well as treatment-related studies,” said Mysliwiec, noting that would best be accomplished by larger studies at both military and veteran health care facilities. Additional research also would be beneficial for people with non-combat-related trauma. “Evaluating and studying TSD in the civilian population would help provide an enhanced understanding of this disorder,” Mysliwiec said. The goal is to have better awareness and treatment to help improve trauma survivors’ quality of life, Brock said. “People who suffer from TSD are not getting quality sleep and their bed partner is not getting quality sleep,” he said. “Many are afraid to go to sleep. They’re having to go back to battle or trauma at night in their sleep, then, during the day, dealing with a lack of quality sleep. Each morning is like the morning after they experienced the trauma, but for them, it’s every day. My greatest hope is that we can help make a positive impact for anyone suffering from TSD.”

What does vitamin B do for me? Much more than you think By Janet A. Aker

MHS Communications

Meet the vitamin B team. These vitamins are the key players that help convert your food and drink into energy to keep your brain and body going. “All your B vitamins equal energy,” said U.S. Navy Lt. Michael Kantar, a dietitian who heads the Nutrition Management Department at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton in California. “It’s not as if you take the vitamin and you have energy,” he added. “Rather, your B vitamins are the assistant to your metabolism to break down energy from the foods you eat.” Your metabolism is the process of chemical changes to make energy cells needed to grow, reproduce, repair, and stay healthy. The metabolic process also helps get rid of toxins. How essential are B vitamins? It’s the biggest reason ever. “The most important benefit of the B vitamins is life—they are essential to all persons, and any deficiency can cause serious health problems,” said Patricia Deuster, who holds a doctorate in nutritional sciences and is acting executive director of the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences’ Consortium for Health and Military Performance .

What are B Vitamins and How Can You Get Them? Consisting of eight different essential nutrients, each B vitamin has specific functions as explained by the Office of Dietary Supplements at the National Institutes of Health: thiamin (B-1) riboflavin (B-2) niacin (B-3) pantothenic acid (B-5) pyridoxine/pyridoxal (B-6) biotin (B-7) folate (B-9) cobalamin (B-12) Your body cannot produce B vitamins on its own to support proper metabolism, so it is important you eat a well-balanced diet. No one food provides all of the B vitamins. To maximize your intake of B vitamins without taking dietary supplements, you should select a variety of non-processed foods. Current nutrition science says you should aim for a varied diet that consists of whole grains, beans, nuts, fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins (beef, pork, poultry, and fish).

Eggs and dairy products are a good source of at least four B vitamins. Many types of cereals and baked goods are enriched so, although processed, they provide many of the B vitamins. One super B vitamin food is perhaps something your parents may have tried to get you to eat as a child—with varying success. “Believe it or not, one food high in many of the B vitamins is beef liver,” Deuster said.

For Meatless Eaters

If you’re a vegan or a vegetarian, you should be able to get your B vitamins easily in the food and drink you consume, provided you are choosing a variety of plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, and seeds. The exception is vitamin B-12, which is naturally found in animal foods. For those strictly meatless eaters who are pregnant or breastfeeding, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has cautioned that their babies might not get enough vitamin B-12, and the mothers should be counseled about taking a B-12 supplement.

Vitamin B-12 a Key Player

Vitamin B-12 is needed to form red blood

cells and DNA. It is also crucial in the function and development of brain and nerve cells. To ensure you’re getting enough vitamin B-12—even if you eat meat or animal-based foods—try consuming fortified plant-based foods such as plant-based milks, including soy and almond milks, said USU assistant professor Jonathan Scott, a registered dietitian who holds a doctorate in health and rehabilitation sciences. Other non-animal-based foods rich in vitamin B-12 include: Nutritional yeast and yeast spreads Tempeh, a fermented soy-bean cake Tofu Cremini mushrooms Plant-based “meats” Nori seaweed Additionally, as you age, you are able to absorb less B-12 from your diet. You should consider adding a vitamin supplement, Deuster suggested.

Vitamin B-6 on Defense

Vitamin B-6 also serves many key roles in keeping your body healthy and would benefit from more research, Scott said. “It is involved in over 160 biochemical reactions related to carbohydrate, fat,

amino acid, and nucleic acid metabolism. The vitamin also serves as a signal for cells, acts as an antioxidant, participates in the functioning of the immune system, and more,” he explained. Foods richest in vitamin B-6 include: Organ meats, such as beef liver Chickpeas Tuna Salmon Poultry Potatoes Fortified cereals


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Dear Evan Hansen from Page 1

Levenson wrote an amazing book and it’s a wonderful way for parents and kids to connect. It’s a show about connection, relationships with parents and kids. It’s a phenomenal show for families to come see and the music is brilliant. It has a wonderful message that you are not alone and there’s someone there to talk and listen to. Anthony Norman: It is a universal show that has something for everyone of any age, teenager or young adult, adults or older adults. Don’t let the interpretation of the movie affect wanting to come see the show because they are two completely separate things. Also, the music alone is worth the price of admission. Y: Can you give the name and describe the characters that you play? AN: I play Evan Hansen and he is an isolated teen who so desperately wants to fit in the world and society. Evan can’t seem to overcome his own anxieties to break through and make connections with other people, especially on social media. CS: I play Heidi Hanson, Evan’s mom. She is a hard working single mom, who is just trying her best. Like many mothers, she is really struggling to connect with her teenage son. There’s actually a song right at the beginning called, “Does Anybody Care?” She is looking for somebody to help her. She works one job, has classes at night and struggles to connect with Evan. Y: Without giving away too much for those not familiar, can you describe what the play is about? AN: It’s about Evan Hansen getting caught up in a lie that he never meant to tell and everything that happens around him because of that. Y: How long have both of you been with this Tour? CS: I actually have been with this tour

since it has started. In 2018, I was cast as the Heidi and Cynthia understudy. So I had to know both parts and would go on for one or the other when one called out or had a personal day. AN: With rehearsals, it’s been almost seven months. Y: What was the audition process like? AN: My agent emailed me for an appointment with the show. I did not think I was right for the show or the part at all. I went in on a Tuesday and as soon as I left the room, I knew this was the part for me. There was no way that this was not going to happen. It goes to show you that what’s right for you is not going to pass you by. Once I got the part, it was another two months before I started rehearsals. I sat on it for soooo long that I was truly convinced it was not real or it was going to be taken away. CS: I saw the show right before I auditioned for it, fell in love with it and I wanted the role so badly. On the third final call back, I was doing Mama Mia in Salt Lake City, it was my opening night and I couldn’t go. When I got back home, they needed two understudies for the two women, so I ended up booking that job but it was kind of a bummer not being able to go to that final callback. Then the pandemic happened, I had a lot happen to me. I had breast cancer and had a double mastectomy, it was a horrible time for many reasons but I got through it. I actually just had my six month checkup and everything is in the clear. One of my final surgeries was right before we were going back and in November last year the director Michael Greif wanted to work with me. I was very excited to be in front of him to see my work. And at a party in February I found out that they were going to give me the part when the next cast came so I had to keep it a secret for four months. Y: What was the rehearsal process like? AN: It was a marathon. We rehearsed six days a week and my character Evan does not leave the stage ever. I rehearsed from 10:00


AM to 6:00 PM everyday. The size of the role is so massive. We rehearsed in New York for three weeks then one week in San Jose where we met the tour and then we debuted the next week. I had to stay in good health, voice all that stuff. At the same time, I was taking care of a dog, packing up my apartment. It was hard but very, very rewarding. CS: It was such an exciting time for me. Being that I had known the role prior, I did not have to rehearse much. However, Anthony was rehearsing in New York while I was on tour and I would have loved to have been out there with him before we started. We clicked so quickly that it didn’t even matter. We have a great connection on and off stage. When you see Anthony on the stage you are going to fall in love with him. I was just so excited to finally have gotten the role to be in the show eight shows a week. AN: You are going to be blown away with Caleen, she is absolutely incredible. Y: Where were you both born and what made you fall in love with musical theater? AN: I was born in Chicago and what made me fall in love with it was Venessa, my sister. We went to the same high school, she was a senior and me a freshman, that’s when I started doing theater and the rest is history. CS: I grew up in Westfield, New Jersey and when I was in fifth grade my mom worked at Westfield High School where they were known to have really top notch theater shows. I remember going to see West Side Story and playing in it was Mathew Glave from The Wedding Singer. It was that show that made me want to do theater. I got into all the shows in junior high and at Westfield High School and I knew that’s what I wanted to do. Y: Anthony, you are a multi-instrumentalist, a master at: vocals, piano, guitar, saxophone, clarinet, flute, ukulele, bass guitar and accordion. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? AN: I would love to be living in the Carolinas, flying to and from New York City or

Los Angeles and creating roles on Broadway or in TV and film. Y: Caleen, you continue to have an incredible career such as Lucy in Jekyll & Hyde on Broadway to Elphaba in Wicked just to name a few. Can you share a memory of being 19 years old and being on Broadway in Jekyll & Hyde? CS: Linda Eder originated the role of Lucy Harris in Jekyll & Hyde on Broadway and I was a huge, huge fan since I was 14, listening to all her concert recordings. When I got the audition notice that Linda Eder needed an understudy, I laughed because I was like right, I’m going to understudy Linda Eder. So I went into the audition, sang the songs, winging it because I did not expect to get it. But I kept getting called back. Finally I got the part and I had just seen her a month before I got the audition and I remember talking to her at the stage door. When I was cast, I went backstage to meet everybody, and she was the last person they introduced me to. She looks at me and says, “Hi, you look really familiar.” And I said, yes, I met you a month ago at the stage door. I’m your understudy now. It was so exciting because she is the most amazing human, so talented and I learned so much from her. She taught me to be humble and kind. She was not a diva but a lovely, lovely human being and so talented. Y: How about pinch me moments from both of you? AN: Getting to do prints like this. It’s a very cool thing to be asked to do press. It’s an honor. CS: I have to back up that comment as well. As an understudy for so long, I was never asked to do that and it is an honor to do the interviews. I agree 100%. Yiorgo is an arts, entertainment and sports writer. A stage, TV and movie actor, he is also a sports entertainer, educator, motivational speaker, writer, storyteller and columnist.

Anthony Norman, Coleen Sexton as Heidi Hansen in the 2022-2023 North American Tour of DEAR EVAN HANSEN (PHOTO BY EVAN ZIMMERMAN FOR MURPHYMADE)


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