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Information Systems Technician 1st Class Annie Holder was presented the Spirit of Service Award from top leaders of the American Legion at the their 103rd National Convention in Milwaukee, Wis. Holder is currently stationed at Information Warfare Training Command Virginia Beach, where she serves as a system administrator instructor. (COURTESY PHOTO)

IWTC Virginia Beach Sailor awarded the American Legion Spirit of Service Award By Lieutenant Jamie Miller

Center for Information Warfare Training

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Information Systems Technician 1st Class Annie Holder, currently stationed at Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) Virginia Beach, was presented the Spirit of Service Award from the American Legion at the their 103rd National Convention in Milwaukee, Wis. The Spirit of Service Award is presented to a single outstanding enlisted member from each of the six service branches and the National Guard, who is actively committed to volunteer service during their off-duty hours. Service members are nominated by their command and those selected for award receive trophies from Ameri-

can Legion National Commander Paul E. Dillard, as well as a one-year membership in the American Legion. Holder, a native of Chicago, Ill., graduated from Bremen High School in 2016, where she played basketball and was a track and cross country star. Excelling in track, Holder was offered a scholarship but instead, decided to join the Navy to follow her passion for serving her country. Holder’s first duty station was Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station (NCTS) Bahrain. Holder’s was next stationed aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, before arriving at IWTC Virginia Beach where she currently serves as a system administrator instructor. However, Holder’s passion for service

extends beyond service to her country. “Just as much as I love and enjoy giving back to my country, I enjoy giving back to my community,” said Holder. In addition to her personal volunteer work in the community, Holder serves as the IWTC Virginia Beach Community Relations coordinator, organizing opportunities for students and staff to volunteer to give back to the community. Recently, Holder organized an event that assisted in the cleanup of the Elizabeth River Trail, as well as providing volunteers to assist with a Norfolk Community Connect event, which focused on increasing awareness of health and wellness, everyday living, and community resources for those living in the Norfolk area.

“We are incredibly proud of all that IT1 Holder has accomplished and all that she does to serve her country and community,” said Cmdr. John Copeland, commanding officer, IWTC Virginia Beach. “It makes us all better to work alongside Sailors like her.” IWTCVB currently offers 69 courses of instruction in information technology, cryptology, and intelligence with an instructor and support staff of over 280 military, civilian, and contract members who train over 6,300 students every year at five training sites. It is one of four schoolhouses for the Center for Information Warfare Training (CIWT) and also oversees learning sites at Fort Huachuca, Arizona; Jacksonville and Mayport, Florida; Kings Bay, Georgia; and Groton, Connecticut.”

Veterans Day — A Day of Celebration By Ninoshka Basantes

Public Affairs Specialist, Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic

Veterans Day, November 11, is a day to celebrate the honorable service of all men and women of the Armed Forces. Veterans Day was originally called “Armistice Day” and was first commemorated on November 11, 1919 marking the first anniversary of the end of World War I. At that first ceremony, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the commemoration of Armistice Day, “to us in America, the reflection of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the countries’ service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations”. In 1926, a resolution was passed by congress to make November 11 a national holiday. “Armistice Day” has been a national holiday since 1938. In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed the name changed to Veterans Day. Proclamation 3071 — Veterans Day, 1954 states: “Whereas, in order to expand the significance of that commemoration (Armistice Day) and in order that a grateful Nation might pay appropriate homage

to the veterans of all its wars who have contributed so much to the preservation of this Nation, the Congress, by an act approved June 1, 1954 (68 Stat. 168), changed the name of the holiday to Veterans Day.” It is no coincidence that November is also Warrior Care Month - a month dedicated to raising awareness of services and support available to wounded warriors, their caregivers and families. Today, Veterans Day is celebrated across the United States with backyard BBQ’s, children in schools write thank you letters to Veterans, others fly the Flag or support Veteran owned business, and parades. There are parades held in cities across the country, with one of the biggest ones being in New York City. As a nation, we are called upon to celebrate those who serve and chose to serve. Many retail, restaurant and recreational establishments are also active in their own ways by offering promotions and discounts on this holiday. There is often confusion surrounding the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day. Memorial Day, observed on the last Monday of May, is specifically a day honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Veterans Day celebrates all those who served honorably. Read the entire proclamation as it appears in the original Federal Register dated October 12, 1954 here: https://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/docs/proclamation_1954.pdf

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247th USMC birthday message from the Commandant of the Marine Corps By General David H. Berger Commandant of the Marine Corps

70 years ago, Army Major General Frank E. Lowe was quoted as saying, “The safest place in Korea was right behind a platoon of Marines. Lord, how they could fight.” That testimonial rings as true now as it did then, and will remain so tomorrow. As we celebrate the 247th anniversary of our Corps’ founding, we reflect on nearly two and a half centuries of exceptional prowess, while also taking objective stock of where we are today and how we will prepare for future battlefields. Our birthday provides us a chance to focus on the one thing common to our success in the past, present, and future: the individual Marine. Victories are not won because of technology or equipment, but because of our Marines. Since 1775, Marines have fought courageously and tenaciously in every conflict our country has faced. Through the Revolution, the Spanish-American War, World Wars in Europe and the Pacific, conflicts in Korea and Vietnam, and operations in the Middle East, Marines consistently earned a reputation as the world’s elite fighting force. We inherit and take pride in this reputation, evolved over time by Marines acquitting themselves with honor and distinction on every battlefield in every clime and place. Battlefields change, and Marines have always adapted

to the environment and the changing character of war - but the reason we fight and win is immutable. It’s the individual warfighters, and their love for each other, that makes our Corps as formidable a force today as it has been for the past 247 years. It’s our ethos and our unapologetic resolve to be the most capable and lethal fighting force that sets us apart from the rest. Current events around the world remind us that peace is not guaranteed. While we are justifiably proud of our past and pay tribute to the remarkable warfighters who came before us, we understand that the stories of yesterday cannot secure our freedom tomorrow. We must be ready to respond when our Nation calls. It falls on Marines who are in uniform today to write the next chapter of our Corps. The solemn responsibility of maintaining our illustrious warfighting legacy rests upon your shoulders. I know that you are up to that task. The battlefields of tomorrow are uncertain. The future characteristics of warfare are uncertain. But one thing is certain - wherever Marines are called, they will fight and win - today, tomorrow, and into the future. Happy 247th Birthday, Marines!

VFA-131 Receives Captain Michael J. Estocin Award By Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The “Wildcats” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 were presented with the Captain Michael J. Estocin Award during a ceremony in the squadron’s hangar at Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana, Nov. 3. The Wildcats Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Erin Flint, a native of Gloversville, New York, received the award on behalf of the squadron.

“This award is a testament to the professionalism and excellence exhibited each day by our team,” said Flint. “From our pilots to our aircraft maintainers, we all share in this success and it demonstrates that we remain ready to support any mission in defense of our nation.” The award is presented annually to the best strike fighter squadron in recognition of outstanding achievements to naval aviation. It is named after Capt. Michael J. Estocin, a naval aviator who received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the

Vietnam War. The Wildcats were selected from a highly competitive field that includes all F-18E/F and F-35C squadrons within the Navy following sustained superior performance throughout fiscal year (FY) 2021. While deployed during a six month combat deployment aboard USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) in 2021, the squadron operated from the North Atlantic to the Gulf of Oman. They demonstrated maintenance and operational excellence by flying 3,475 flight hours and achieving

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a 100 percent combat sortie completion rate in support of Operation FREEDOM’S SENTINEL. The squadron was also awarded the FY20 Chief of Naval Operations Safety “S” Award at the-start of 2021 and they were the East Coast strike fighter squadron FY21 Battle ‘E’ award recipient. For more information about the Wildcats visit VFA 131 (navy.mil)


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NEX locations host Toys for Tots Program this holiday season By Kristine Sturkie

Navy Exchange Service Command

Select NEX locations will be participating in the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program this holiday season. NEX customers can donate a new, unwrapped toy for a child in need. “This is the 75th year the U. S. Marine Corps Reserves have been collecting through its Toys for Tots Program,” said Bill Marx, Marketing Promotion Coordinator for the Navy Exchange Service Command. “We are excited to once again welcome the Toys for Tots donation boxes to our NEX locations this holiday season. The dates for when the donation boxes will be in the stores will vary by NEX location, so customers should contact their local store for more information.” Toys for Tots drop boxes will be located at NEX Annapolis and NEX Patuxent River, Maryland; NEX Norfolk store, gas station/mini mart, Fleet Store and Iowa Estates mini mart; NEX Little Creek store and gas station/mini mart; NEX Oceana; NEX Dam Neck store, Car Care Center and package store NEX Northwest Annex; NEX NSA Hampton

Roads mini mart; NEX NRMC Portsmouth; NEX Portsmouth; NEX Yorktown and NEX Cheatham Annex, Virginia; NEX Belle Chasse, Louisiana; NEX Corpus Christi and NEX Kingsville, Texas; NEX Gulfport, Mississippi; NEX Jacksonville, NEX Panama City, NEX Pensacola, NEX Mayport, Florida; NEX Kitsap-Bangor and NEX Whidbey Island, Washington; NEX San Diego, NEX Lemoore, NEX Port Hueneme and NEX North Island, California; NEX Pearl Harbor store, Fleet Store, Touch & Go mini mart, Iroquois Point mini mart, Halsey mini mart and Ford Island mini mart and NEX Kauai, Hawaii; and NEX Guam. The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys each year to distribute as holiday gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens. More information about Toys for Tots Program can be found at toysfortots.org/.


When we’re thanked for our service we reflect on how we served.

The way we had to break in boots. The times we gathered up our nerve. The nicknames that made us laugh. The smell of chili mac MREs. The pride we felt with that first oath. The friendships that came to be. So, at the game, when we’re asked to stand, it’s not applause that’s in my sight. I’m looking around for you, my friend, to see who’s on my left and right.

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PUERTO CORTES, Honduras (Nov. 5, 2022) Hospitalman Greg Childress, from Shepherdstown, West Virginia, assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) for Continuing Promise 2022, takes vitals for patient intake at a medical site in Puerto Cortes, Honduras, Nov. 5, 2022. Comfort is deployed to U.S. 4th Fleet in support of CP22, 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. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 1ST CLASS BENJAMIN LEWIS)

Special Report: USS Comfort — Continuing Promise 2022 By Chief Petty Officer Lewis Hunsaker

U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command / U.S. 4th Fleet

PUERTO CORTES, Honduras — Hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) moored in Puerto Cortes, Honduras, following the passage of Hurricane Lisa, in support of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet’s Continuing Promise 2022 (CP22) mission, Nov. 3. Due to Hurricane Lisa, a group of Continuing Promise personnel debarked the Comfort on Oct. 31 for travel to Honduras to continue scheduled subject matter expert exchanges (SMEEs) at local hospitals, the Red Cross, and a Women, Peace, Security (WPS) Initiative gender-based violence workshop and veterinarian related events. This visit marks the second of five mission stops as part of CP22 and the sixth visit to Honduras as part of Continuing Promise since 2007. “I’m extremely excited that Continuing Promise is returning to my home country of Honduras,” said Capt. Juan De Jesus of the Honduran Navy, deputy commander for Continuing Promise 2022. “I look forward to the training and subject matter

expert exchanges that will enable participants to learn from each other and develop the capacity to work together in possible contingency operations. Strengthening relationships with our partner nations is key to building capacity and capabilities that will lead to regional solutions for regional problems.” During the second stop of CP22, Comfort will provide medical surgeries aboard the ship, medical services at Instituto Oficial Franklin Delano Roosevelt in Puerto Cortes and the town of Omoa. Personnel from Joint Task Force-Bravo, based in Honduras, will lead the expeditionary medical site in Omoa. Services at these two sites will include adult care, pediatric care, dental, optometry, women’s health, and various ancillary support services. When the Comfort arrives, the Fleet Forces Band will perform with civilian and military bands and conduct musical exchanges with local youth organizations. CP22 crewmembers will take time to paint a school as part of a restoration project, visit an orphanage with the bank, and attend Catholic mass with residents of the area. The crew of the Comfort also includes

military personnel from other partner nations including Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Honduras, Netherlands the United Kingdom and more than a dozen non-governmental organizations. Since its inaugural mission in 2007, Continuing Promise missions have treated more than 582,000 patients and conducted over 7,000 surgeries in the region. Comfort’s current mission will be the 12th Continuing Promise mission conducted in the Caribbean, Central and South America. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/ U.S. 4th Fleet supports U.S. Southern Command’s joint and combined military operations by employing maritime forces in cooperative maritime security operations to maintain access, enhance interoperability, and build enduring partnerships in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American region. Learn more about USNAVSO/4th Fleet at h t t p s : / / w w w. f a c e b o o k . c o m / NAVSOUS4THFLT and @NAVSOUS4THFLT

Hospitalman Christopher Chapman, from San Marcos, California, assists in patient intake during Continuing Promise 2022 at a medical site in Puerto Cortes, Honduras. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 1ST CLASS BENJAMIN LEWIS)

Canadian army Sgt. Ketrina Newell, from Petawawa, Ontario, a dental assistant assigned to the Royal Canadian dental corp, hands dental tools to Hospital Corpsman Courtney Gravely, from Amarillo, Texas, assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), during patient care at a medical site during Continuing Promise 2022. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION

Lt. Cmdr. Jonathan Blaze Negron, a dentist from Port St. Lucie, Florida, and Hospital Corpsman Britny Cruz-Rivera, a dental technician from Clearwater Florida, both attached to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) for Continuing Promise 2022, conduct dental procedures for Hondurans. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 1ST CLASS BENJAMIN



Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Adrian Javier, from Mission Viejo, California, assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) for Continuing Promise 2022, takes dental x-rays.

Hospitalman Greg Childress, from Shepherdstown, West Virginia, assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) for Continuing Promise 2022, takes vitals for patient intake.



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U.S. Embassy to Honduras officials, U.S. Navy leadership, and Honduran military and government officials, tour a medical site during Continuing Promise 2022 in Puerto Cortes, Honduras. (U.S.

Cdr. Joshua Keil, from Palmer, Alaska, provides a Slit Lamp exam which helps to detect cataracts during Continuing Promise 2022 at the med site. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS



Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class John Tu, from Garden Grove, California, teaches the patient how to stretch the hamstring to help prevent injuries and increase flexibility. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY

Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Marybeth Vargas-Romero, assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), tries to help the patient by stretching her legs at the med site. (U.S. NAVY



ABOVE: Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Don White, from Norfolk, Virginia, attached to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), shows a child from the orphanage Hugar de Niños San Ramon the view through a camera in Puerto Cortes, Honduras. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 3RD CLASS SOPHIA SIMONS)

RIGHT: A Sailor attached to hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) plays soccer with a child from the Hagar de Niños San Ramon orphanage. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS ETHAN J. SOTO)

BELOW: Children from the orphanage Hugar de Niños San Ramon assist the U.S. Fleet Forces Band during a performance for the orphanage and Sailors attached to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) in Puerto Cortes, Honduras. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 3RD CLASS SOPHIA SIMONS)

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NPS professor selected for ONR’s Young Investigator Program for research impacting lasers at sea

By Petty Officer 2nd Class James Norket

Naval Postgraduate School

Dr. David Ortiz-Suslow, a research assistant professor in the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Department of Meteorology, was one of 25 awardees selected for the Office of Naval Research’s (ONR) highly competitive Young Investigator Program (YIP). His research addresses a critical gap in the understanding and numerical representation of ocean wave impacts on the temperature and humidity structures in the lower atmosphere, critical for shipboard combat systems effectiveness. Ortiz-Suslow was chosen from 170 candidates for his proposed research in marine atmospheric surface layer processes, which impacts the electromagnetic propagation environment for Navy systems like radar, radio and optical communications systems, and directed energy weapons. OrtizSuslow’s project, entitled “The Impact of Waves, Breaking, and Marine Aerosol Loading on the Marine Atmospheric Surface Layer,” was selected for investigation in the Ocean Battlespace and Expeditionary Access category, and supports the Chief of

Naval Operations’ 2022 Navigation Plan (NAVPLAN) Force Design Imperative to Harden Defense for ships at sea. “Electromagnetic systems are things like navigation technology, communications equipment, and both offensive and defensive weapons systems,” said Ortiz-Suslow. “All of these systems depend on the natural environment, and we have to understand how they interact with the environment around that asset.” “ONR, and the Naval Research Enterprise as a whole, is committed to reimagining naval power,” said Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Lorin C. Selby. “In order to achieve this, we need to attract the best and brightest scientists and engineers from across academia to take on warfighting challenges. The Young Investigator Program does just that.” According to Ortiz-Suslow, “NPS is the perfect place to conduct this research. Not only do we have the technical expertise for this research in the faculty, but we also have students who have first-hand operational experience using the equipment we are trying to make more effective.” ONR’s Marine Meteorology and Space Weather Team Lead, Dr. Daniel Eleuterio,

explained the wave-modulated atmospheric boundary layer significantly affects electromagnetic/electro-optical propagation in ways that aren’t forecast well, especially in the coastal zone. “Professor Ortiz-Suslow has been a rising star since we first encountered his research at University of Miami. He has continued to grow as a leader in the community on National Science Foundation, ONR, and other federally sponsored projects and is a great asset for the Naval Postgraduate School faculty and students. His proposal was innovative and unanimously ranked very highly by an inter-disciplinary selection panel. I’m looking forward to seeing the results of his research,” said Eleuterio. Ortiz-Suslow will receive a three-year grant to support his proposed research, which will ultimately advance the Navy and Marine Corps’ understanding of the operational environment and its impact on critical naval systems. Following the award of his doctorate in applied marine science from the University of Miami, Ortiz-Suslow began his career at NPS as a postdoctoral scholar studying how waves and currents affect atmospheric turbulence. His grant through

ONR’s Young Investigator Program will advance that work. “The research I will conduct will build on studies I worked on during my post-doc,” Otriz-Suslow noted. “Aboard a research platform in southern California, we made some very interesting discoveries about how surface waves impact and modulate the lower atmosphere.” While Ortiz-Suslow is an accomplished researcher in his field, he is looking forward to having a more active role in guiding the research, and working collaboratively with his partners, over the grant’s three years. The ONR YIP program is very selective, he added, and he is grateful to be a part of the program. “I was ecstatic to be recognized by such a prestigious program,” said Ortiz-Suslow. “The scientists that got this award this year are really amazing, and I am incredibly honored and humbled to be included with such a fine group.” Since 1985, the ONR Young Investigator Program has provided funding to select early career researchers whose work demonstrates “outstanding promise for supporting the Department of Defense, while also promoting their professional development.”


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Did You Know? 11 facts about Veterans Day

Event offers free document shredding By Michelle Stewart

By MC3 Jordan Grimes The first Veterans Day was November 11, 1919 and was called Armistice Day until 1954. Armistice Day was a celebration of the armistice between the allied forces and Germany being put into effect and those who served during the “war to end all wars.” When that title proved to be false, the celebration shifted into the Veterans Day we know today and gave recognition to veterans from all wars. A veteran can be anyone who served as active duty military and who was released or discharged under any condition other than dishonorable. You don’t have to fight in a war to be a veteran. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2018 only about 7% of the adult population were considered veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. The top 3 states with the highest veteran population are Alaska, Montana, and Virginia. The Red Poppy is considered a symbol of Veterans Day. This comes from “In Flanders Fields,” a poem written by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae about the World War I battlefields blooming with the flowers after the fighting had ended. Veterans Day wasn’t always on November 11. The date was changed to the fourth Monday in October in 1971 due to the 1968 Uniform Holidays Bill. When the change was met with confusion, President Gerald Ford made the decision to switch the date back in 1975. In 2016, approximately 77% of veterans had served during wartime, according to the Pew Research Center. Veterans Day never falls on a Sunday. If November 11 falls on a Sunday, the holiday is always observed the following Monday; this is opposite of Great Britain’s version of the holiday where they always observe it on the second Sunday of November and refer to it as Remembrance Sunday. In 1947, the first Veterans Day parade was held in Birmingham, Alabama. Although the holiday was still called Armistice Day at the time, World War II veteran, Raymond Weeks, organized the parade to honor his fellow veterans. Veterans Day has a specific theme each year. The theme for 2022 is “Honor.” According to va.gov, “Honor reflects the military value and tradition of answering the call to duty.”

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Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story Navy Housing Office hosted a Shredding and Non-Perishable Food Drive at the Little Creek Wellings Court Community Center, Nov. 5. The event, a collaborative effort between Navy Housing, Lincoln Military Housing, Morale, Welfare and Recreation, allowed community members to shred confidential documents safely and free of charge. In addition, housing information, free bowling and theater tickets were available to participants. “We wanted to host this event to connect with families residing at Lincoln Military Housing communities and let them know who we are and how we can assist them. It also allows us to give back to the community through non-perishable donations,” said Jesus Hernandez, military housing director. “Whether it is unresolved maintenance-related issues, they need assistance locating housing, or have any questions about housing, we are here to help them.” Files were shredded on-site with the use of a professional shredding truck. Environmental sustainability was also a component of the shredding event. Professional shredding trucks shred paper into confetti-sized pieces because many items are shredded at once. This allows the shreds to be recycled. “This is awesome,” said Angela Hele, who attended with her family. “It’s a huge relief from having to do it pageby-page at home. It is also good to know that we have an advocate if needed.” Housing residents weren’t the only people to take advantage of the opportunity to get rid of unwanted paper. “We had files from 2018 that needed to be disposed of. This was an efficient way to do that,” said Lee Lawson, MWR recreation assistant. Although fewer attendees participated, the housing staff appreciated the residents who did come. “On behalf of Navy Housing, thank you for participating in the shredding event and food drive,” said Hernandez “It was a valuable opportunity to meet some of our residents and provide you with information on the services we offer. We look forward to seeing you at our next event.”

TOP: Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story Morale, Welfare and Recreation assistant Lee Lawson took advantage of the Shredding and Non-Perishable Food Drive hosted by the Navy Housing Office and Lincoln Military Housing, Nov. 5. The event allowed community members to shred confidential documents safely while learning about the services available through the housing and Morale, Welfare, and Recreations Departments. ABOVE: Anthony Hele unloads a container of documents from his car during the Shredding and Non-Perishable Food Drive.

Chart Your Naval Career: Assign an IDP today with Waypoints By Kristi R. Britt

Norfolk Naval Shipyard

The new learning management system (LMS) Waypoints has launched at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) and across the naval enterprise, allowing the employee to chart out a course for their own career success. One of the features of Waypoints includes developing and assigning your Individual Development Plan, or IDP. To get started, shipyard employees can access Waypoints at https://don.csod.com/. From there, hover at the top of

the screen over Development Plans - and click Access Development Plans. Employees can create their plan from the template, apply their changes, apply development objectives, select learning actions, and assign the team to which the IDP applies. In addition, employees can have multiple plans, and assign primary plans as necessary. All NNSY employees are expected to have an IDP established in Waypoints by the end of 2022. Want to learn more about establishing an IDP? Employees can reach out to the NNSY Workforce Development Program Career Counsel-

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Patrol Squadron 10 continues partnership with Brunei CAC 9 of the“Red Lancers”Patrol Squadron 10 joined the Royal Brunei Navy and USS Charleston for CARAT exercise. Page B3

NAPLES, Italy (Sept. 8, 2022) U.S. Naval Support Activity (NSA) Naples Commanding Officer Capt. James Stewart (far right), poses for a photo with Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal recipients in Capodichino, Italy, Sept. 8, 2022. NSA Naples is an operational ashore base that enables U.S., allied, and partner nation forces to be where they are needed, when they are needed to ensure security and stability in the European, African, and Central Command areas of responsibility. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS ALMAGISSEL SCHURING)

Sailors awarded Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal after saving a man’s life onboard NSA Naples By Aaliyah Essex

U.S. Naval Support Activity Naples

Three Sailors assigned to Naval Support Activity (NSA) Naples received on Oct. 25, 2022 for saving a man’s life on Sept. 8, 2022. It was roughly 11:00 a.m. on Sept. 8 when Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Xavier Escalante and Master-at-Arms 2nd Nikolas Bullock were waiting for two individuals to finish tying down a forklift on a semi-trailer and clear the area so they could begin a training onboard NSA Naples Capodichino. While tying down the forklift, one man fell off the truck, hitting his head. Escalante and Bullock sprang into action

immediately. “The first thing I thought when he fell was to get out of our unit [vehicle] and see if he was okay,” said Bullock. “I asked him if he was okay. I saw his eyes roll to the back of his head, he wasn’t breathing and he started to turn purple. I started administering CPR [Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation] to him.” Escalante said. After Escalante did about 10 sets of chest compressions, Bullock began to administer CPR to victim while Escalante went to call emergency dispatch. After Bullock administered one round of CPR the man regained conscious and began breathing. Escalante and Bullock ensured the man

stayed in place while emergency dispatch personnel were on the way to the scene. In the meantime, Master-at-Arms Seaman Sarah Meader came with a first aid kit and stabilized the victim’s neck until Emergency Services arrived on scene. Commanding Officer of NSA Naples, Capt. James Stewart recognized Escalante, Bullock, and Meader for selflessly responding and helping the victim regain consciousness. “These Sailors embody the courage the Navy looks for in our fighting force,” said Stewart, “Force readiness is such an important aspect of our mission because you never know when the call to action

comes. It could be on a carrier in hostile waters or as you’re driving down your home street. For that, I am proud for their performance and it was an honor to award them for their efforts.” NSA Naples is an operational ashore base that enables U.S., allied, and partner nation forces to be where they are needed, when they are needed to ensure security and stability in the European, African, and Central Command areas of responsibility. For more news about NSA Naples and the Sailors who serve onboard the installation, please follow us on Instagram @ NSANaples and Facebook at facebook.com/ NSANaples/.

George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group arrives in Split, Croatia By Carrier Strike Group 10 The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) — along with the embarked staff of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10, George H.W. Bush CSG arrived in Split, Croatia, for a regularly scheduled port visit Nov. 3, 2022. The port visit provides an opportunity to enhance the strong U.S.-Croatian partnership as the two nations work together for a stable, secure, and prosperous Europe, and allow the Sailors of George H.W. Bush CSG a chance to experience Croatian culture. “Our ability to deter aggression and defend the alliance is stronger when we work together with our allies and partners like Croatia,” said Rear Adm. Dennis Velez, commander, CSG-10, George H.W. Bush CSG. “Our Sailors have worked with and shared cultural exchanges with Croatian Sailors and people throughout our deployment. Just recently, USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) sailed with the Croatian missile boat Dubrovnik (RTOP-42) during the recent NATO vigilance activity Neptune Strike 22.2. But most importantly, the Croatian government provided safety for a number of our aviators and aircraft early in deployment when they needed to divert due to weather. That speaks to the Croatian spirit and the imperative of relationships in our collective defense.” George H.W. Bush is anchored off the coast, and will host local officials and key leaders for a reception to honor the U.S.-Croatian relationship. Additionally, Sailors from the ship will take much deserved time off to experience Croatian culture in and around Split. “The warriors of Team Jackpot — our leaders, teachers, and ambassadors - all know the important responsibility we each have to represent our families, cities, states, and nation with professionalism and dignity as we enjoy the opportunity to explore all Croatia has to offer,” said Capt. Dave Pollard,

SPLIT, Croatia (Nov. 3, 2022) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), along with the embarked staff of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10, arrives in Split, Croatia, for a scheduled port visit Nov. 3, 2022. The George H.W. Bush CSG is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. Naval Forces Europe area of operations, employed by U.S. Sixth Fleet to defend U.S., allied, and partner interests. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST SEAMAN CHANDLER LUDKE)

commanding officer of George H.W. Bush. “I was fortunate to bring a few hundred Sailors to Split in 2021 as commanding officer of USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20), and I’m grateful to bring the nearly 5,000 Sailors embarked aboard Georg Herbert Walker Bush to enjoy it today.” The ship’s Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) team arranged a variety of tours for Sailors to experience the area including rafting the Cetina River, hiking the Sibenik and Krka Waterfalls, and additional tours throughout the region. Sailors will also have the opportunity to participate in two Thousand Points of Light community relations events orga-

nized with and through local officials at two local kindergartens — a nod to President George H.W. Bush’s inaugural address and the service-oriented organization that exists still today. Strengthening partnerships during the port visit to Split builds enduring relationships and emphasizes our shared commitment to promoting safety and stability within the region, while seeking opportunities to enhance our interoperability as NATO allies. U.S. Navy ships frequently stop in Croatia for maintenance and mutual security operations. Croatia is a hub for U.S. Navy cooperation, with the port city of Rijeka

economically benefiting from over a billion Kuna in contracted services since 2011. CSG-10, George H.W. Bush CSG, is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa area of operations, employed by U.S. Sixth Fleet to defend U.S., allied and partner interests. George H.W. Bush is the flagship of CSG-10, George H.W. Bush CSG. George H.W. Bush CSG is comprised of George H.W. Bush, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 26, the Information Warfare Commander, and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55). The ships of DESRON-26 within CSG-10 are the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Nitze (DDG 94), USS Farragut (DDG 99), USS Truxtun (DDG 103), and USS Delbert D. Black (DDG 119). The squadrons of CVW-7 embarked aboard George H.W. Bush are the “Jolly Rogers” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103, the “Pukin Dogs” of VFA-143, the “Bluetails” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121, the “Nightdippers” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 5, the “Sidewinders” of VFA-86, the “Nighthawks” of VFA-136, the “Patriots” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 140, and the “Grandmasters” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 46. For over 80 years, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-U.S. Naval Forces Africa (NAVEURNAVAF) has forged strategic relationships with allies and partners, leveraging a foundation of shared values to preserve security and stability. Headquartered in Naples, Italy, NAVEUR-NAVAF operates U.S. naval forces in the U.S. European Command (USEUCOM) and U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM) areas of responsibility. U.S. Sixth Fleet is permanently assigned to NAVEUR-NAVAF, and employs maritime forces through the full spectrum of joint and naval operations.


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GYERYONG, Republic of Korea (Nov. 4, 2022) - U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday poses for a photo with Chief of Naval Operations of the Republic of Korea Navy Adm. Lee, Jong-Ho, and their spouses during a visit to the Republic of Korea (ROK), Nov. 4. Gilday visited the ROK to meet with Sailors, military leaders, and ROK officials. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY CMDR. COURTNEY HILLSON/RELEASED)

U.S. Chief of Naval Operations visits Republic of Korea; Meets with ROK leadership and Sailors By Cmdr. Courtney Hillson Chief of Naval Operations

BUSAN, Republic of Korea — Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday and his wife Linda Gilday visited the Republic of Korea (ROK), Nov. 3-4, to meet with U.S. Sailors and military leaders, as well as ROK officials. Adm. Gilday met with the Chief of Naval Operations of the Republic of Korea Navy Adm. Lee, Jong-Ho, and Commander, Republic of Korea Fleet Vice Adm. Kang, Dong Hoon. “The alliance and close relationship between our naval forces is a linchpin of security in Northeast Asia,” said Gilday. “Our alliance provides a stabilizing and deterring presence and our commitment to the defense of the Republic of Korea remains ironclad.” “Lately, the DPRK is raising levels of provocation by launching missiles and artillery shells, flying warplanes and seriously threatening peace and security in the international community,” said Lee. “We have to bolster the two navies’ military engagement and

combined defense posture to prepare for the current, critical security situation.” “The U.S. remains committed to peace and prosperity through the region in order to maintain a free and open Indo-Pacific,” Gilday added. CNO visited Seoul, Busan, and Gyerong, ROK. At each engagement, Gilday emphasized the significance of presence and the strength of the partnership between the U.S. and ROK navies, as well as the importance of forward-deployed naval forces. Throughout his visit Adm. Gilday spoke with U.S. Sailors, as well as service members assigned to the ROK navy. He also offered his sympathies to ROK following the recent tragedy in Seoul. “With great sorrow, my wife Linda and I grieve alongside the people of Korea,” said the CNO. “Our hearts are heavy. We will never forget the strength of the families and the community with whom we met over the past two days.” The Gildays also toured Commander, Naval Forces Korea headquarters, attended an awards ceremony and reenlisted Sailors.

The U.S. and Republic of Korea navies regularly operate together for many bilateral exercises and operations. Joint exercise Vigilant Storm started this week and focuses on building interoperability and readiness. Recently, both navies participated in the Korean-led exercise Hoguk, an annual exercise conducted by ROK marines. The ROK recently also hosted the 2022 Multinational Mine Countermeasures Exercise and Symposium at Busan Naval Base, which was an opportunity for leaders from multiple nations to meet and share knowledge about mine countermeasures. This past September, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) pulled into Busan, for the first time since 2017, marking the Japan-based carrier’s first trip to the ROK in nearly four years. CNO Gilday visited ROKS Marado (LPH 6112) over the summer during exercise Rim of the Pacific 2022. Gilday’s visit to ROK precedes a trip to Japan for the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force International Fleet Review and Western Pacific Naval Symposium.

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BUSAN, Republic of Korea (Nov. 4, 2022) - Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday reenlists U.S. Navy Sailors assigned to Commander, Naval Forces Korea in Busan, Republic of Korea (ROK), Nov. 4. Gilday visited the ROK to meet with Sailors, military leaders, and ROK officials. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY CMDR. COURTNEY HILLSON/RELEASED)

USS Ronald Reagan hosts Japanese Prime Minister during International Fleet Review By Petty Officer 2nd Class Askia Collins Commander, Task Force 70 / Carrier Strike Group 5

PHILIPPINE SEA — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida visited the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), while Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5 units concluded their participation in the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force International Fleet Review (IFR) in Yokosuka and Sagami Wan, Nov. 6. Guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) participated in the parade of ships while Prime Minister Kishida served as reviewing officer from aboard JS Izumo (DDH 183). Kishida visited Ronald Reagan following the review of ships and was welcomed by U.S. Ambassador to Japan, the Honorable Rahm Emanuel, and Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Adm. Michael Gilday. Prime Minister Kishida and Ambassador Emanuel discussed the importance of the U.S. — Japan alliance, while touring the ship, meeting Sailors and engaging with leader-

ship aboard Ronald Reagan. During his time aboard, Ambassador Emanuel took time to address the crew of Ronald Reagan over the ship’s intercom system. “On behalf of the entire United States I want to say a very simple, but much needed, thank you,” said Emanuel. “A lot of times in America, we have a debate about what represents the one percent. You who have volunteered on behalf of our ideals, our values and our interests, represent the true one percent of America. Thank you for your selfless sacrifice.” IFR is an exercise that includes navies from numerous countries to strengthen and develop maritime partnerships. This year’s event celebrated the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s (JMSDF) 70th anniversary. CSG 5 crews integrated with JMSDF and other participating navies to strengthen interoperability and further develop maritime partnerships through team-building good will events ashore, the parade of ships at sea, as well as a multilateral search and rescue exercise. While aboard Reagan, CNO spoke with

Sailors, while also presenting awards and conducting a re-enlistment ceremony. “What we ask you to do out here is incredibly important, and I can never understate that,” said Gilday. “Whether you’re working down in the engineering spaces, whether you’re in a supply parts storeroom, whether you’re in AIMD [Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department], whether you’re serving meals, whether you’re working in the hangar, or you’re working on the flight deck and everywhere in between just know that you are on a phenomenal team. I thank you all for what you’re doing.” Chancellorsville, USS Higgins (DDG 76) and the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group are forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific. U.S. 7th Fleet is the largest numbered fleet in the world, and with the help of 35 other maritime-nation Allies and partners, the U.S. Navy has operated in the Indo-Pacific region for more than 70 years, providing credible, ready forces to help preserve peace and prevent conflict.

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Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro delivers remarks as the guest of honor during Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola’s Navy Ball at the National Naval Aviation Museum (NNAM) Oct. 13, 2022. Del Toro visited NAS Pensacola for a tour of the Naval Education Training Command (NETC) and as the guest of honor for the Navy Ball at NNAM. NETC’s mission is to recruit, train and deliver those who serve our nation, taking them from street-to-fleet by transforming civilians into highly skilled, operational and combat ready warfighters. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS ZACHARY MELVIN)

SECNAV visits NETC Pensacola

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Zachary Melvin Naval Education and Training Command

PENSACOLA, Fla. — Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro visited Naval Air Station Pensacola for tours of several Naval Education Training Command (NETC) schools, to include Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC), Naval Aviation Schools Command (NASC) and NASC’s Aviation Rescue Swimmer School. He also served as the guest of honor for the Navy Ball at the National Naval Aviation Museum, Oct. 13, 2022. “We’re extremely thankful Secretary Del Toro took the time to travel down to Pensacola and meet with our staffs, instructors and students, especially on the such a poignant day as the Navy’s 247th birthday,” said Rear Admiral Pete Garvin, commander, Naval Education and Training Command. “Fleet readiness does indeed start here as we refine Sailors into highly skilled, operationally

effective, and combat ready warfighters.” Del Toro also received demonstrations of water rescue procedures and a Multipurpose Reconfigurable Training System (MRTS) 3D® simulation. MRTS 3D® is an example of modernized, on-demand training delivery, developed by Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division as part of the Navy’s Ready Relevant Learning (RRL) initiative. RRL is designed to provide Sailors the right training at the right time and in the right way. Del Toro also took time to speak to local petty officers first class, selected for promotion to chief petty officer, about the Navy’s new “Get Real, Get Better” call to action for every Navy leader to apply a set of Navyproven leadership and problem solving best practices that empower Sailors to achieve exceptional performance. “’Get Real, Get Better’ is something that I completely embrace,” said Del Toro. “Our chief of naval operations embraces it. Our master chief petty officer of the Navy

embraces it. Be honest with yourself. Be honest with the challenges that we face as a Navy, and we can only get that much stronger and that much better.” Following the tour, Del Toro spoke as the guest of honor at the Navy Ball, commemorating the Navy’s 247th birthday. The central theme for the Navy’s 247th birthday is “On Watch - 24/7 for 247 Years,” which highlights our Navy’s enduring ability to remain fully ready to respond to and effectively deter emergent threats. “A decisive naval force will always be required to preserve our independence, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 247 years strong,” said Del Toro. “As we begin the 248th year of our Navy’s history, you have my commitment that I will do everything in my power to ensure that our Navy and Marine Corps remains the best in the world for the years to come. Happy birthday, shipmates. Thank you for your service, and may God bless all who serve in the United States Navy and Marine Corps.”

NETC’s mission is to recruit and hire talented civilians, deliver training and education to transform civilians into Sailors and distribute accession Sailors to the fleet to maximize readiness and ensure mission success; to provide specialized training and educational tools to advance the personal and professional development of Sailors throughout their career; and serve as sole claimant for individual training and education and as the principal advisor to the Chief of Naval Operations and Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command on training and education related matters. For more information about NETC, visit the command’s website at https://www. netc.navy.mil/ and follow MyNavy HR: Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ MYNAVYHR/, Instagram at https://www. instagram.com/mynavyhr/ and Twitter at https://twitter.com/mynavyhr Multipurpose Reconfigurable Training System 3D®, MRTS 3D®, and the MRTS 3D logo are registered trademarks of the U.S. Navy.

Patrol Squadron 10 continues partnership with Brunei through CARAT exercise By Lt.j.g. Brian Depaola Patrol Squadron (VP) 10

RIMBA AIR BASE, Brunei — Combat Aircrew (CAC) 9 of the “Red Lancers” Patrol Squadron (VP) 10 joined the Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) and USS Charleston (LCS 18) for the 28th annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise on Rimba Air Base, Brunei, Oct 24 — 31. Hosted by the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF), this bilateral event demonstrates the U.S. Navy’s long-term interest in strengthening relationships with partners in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. CARAT 2022 aims to promote regional security cooperation, maintain and strengthen maritime partnerships, and enhance interoperability among participating forces. Aircrew and maintainers from VP-10 were given the opportunity to mission plan and train with the RBAF while discussing the capabilities and roles of the P-8A Poseidon. “I learned a lot on a cultural and strategic level from working with our RBAF counterparts,” said Lt. j.g. Brandon Aro, a CAC-9 flight officer in the detachment. “We were able to share information and tactics about different mission scenarios which strengthen our interoperability and leads to improved and standardized evolutions in the future.” Over the course of eight days, the “Red Lancers” crew hosted several distinguished visitors including Commander Operations Group of the Royal Brunei Air Force Colonel Hishamuddin bin Abidin and participated in numerous combined-force events. The “Red Lancers” demonstrated how to preflight the P-8A Poseidon aircraft, exchanged information with other subject matter experts, and toured the Charleston with members of the RBAF. CAC-9 wrapped up CARAT operations with a final tracking exercise aimed at increasing both navies’ understanding of tracking and pursuing targets utilizing surface ships and aircraft. The “Red Lancers” are based in Jacksonville, Florida and are currently operating from Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan. The squadron conducts maritime patrol and reconnaissance, as well as theater outreach operations, as part of a rotational deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.

ABOVE: RIMBA AIR BASE, Brunei (Oct. 25, 2022) – Naval Aircrewman (Operator) 1st Class Chelsea Mitchell, assigned to the“Red Lancers”of Patrol Squadron (VP) 10, conducts training for members of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training Brunei 2022. VP-10 is currently operating from Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan. The squadron conducts maritime patrol and reconnaissance, as well as theater outreach operations, as part of a rotational deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Aviation Electrician’s Mate 1st Class Brian Woodford) (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY AVIATION ELECTRICIAN’S MATE 1ST CLASS BRIAN WOODFORD)

LEFT: Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Chase Hawes briefs Commander Operations Group of the Royal Brunei Air Force Colonel Hishamuddin bin Abidin. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY LT. NICHOLAS SKEEN)

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USNCC President visits Parris Island as parade reviewing official

PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. (Nov. 4, 2022) — U.S. Naval Community College’s President Randi R. Cosentino, Ed.D., receives a plaque during the graduation ceremony at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island. Cosentino visited MCRD Parris Island as the parade reviewing official for the graduation ceremony of the 391 Marines of Papa Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion. The United States Naval Community College is the official community college for the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. To get more information about USNCC, go to www.usncc.edu. Click on the Inquire Now link to learn how to be a part of the USNCC Pilot II program. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY CHIEF MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST XANDER GAMBLE/RELEASED)

By Chief Petty Officer Alexander Gamble U.S. Naval Community College

PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. — U.S. Naval Community College’s president visited Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island November 3, 2022. President Randi R. Cosentino, Ed.D., served as the parade reviewing official for the graduation ceremony of the 391 Marines of Papa Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion. “This was a great opportunity to see one of the two commands where Marines are made,” said Cosentino. “The training and education our services provide to develop our

warfighters is the critical advantage we maintain over our adversaries and competitors.” During the visit, Cosentino observed the motivational run and family day ceremony on Thursday, November 3, and observed morning colors and the graduation ceremony on Friday, November 4. She also met with the commanding general, Brig. Gen. Walker M. Field, and his senior enlisted leader, Sgt. Maj. Edwin A. Mota, during her visit. “Our Marines go through an intense and effective training process to prepare for their career in the Marine Corps,” said USNCC’s senior enlisted leader, Sgt. Maj. Michael Hensley, who has served one tour as a drill instructor and

one tour at Weapons Field Training Battalion at MCRD Parris Island. “The skills they learn going through this training and their following training at MOS school prepare them to be successful in an educational environment like USNCC.” The United States Naval Community College is the official community college for the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. To get more information about USNCC, go to www.usncc.edu. Click on the Inquire Now link to learn how to be a part of the USNCC Pilot II program.

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NRC Amarillo’s Dynamic Duo: YN1 Marcus Jones & “Mombudsman” By Petty Officer 1st Class Lawrence Davis

Navy Reserve Region Readiness and Mobilization Command Fort Worth

FORT WORTH, Texas — For decades, masses of people have come to know and love popular culture’s famed superhero and sidekick duos. Fans have swarmed theaters time and again to bear witness to the heroic deeds of Batman and Robin, Cloak and Dagger, Thor and Valkyrie, and so many others. Existing beyond the silver screen, in an another dimension, however, there is a true dynamic duo in real life. A son, who is a United States Navy Sailor, and his mother, a Navy command ombudsman, are both working day-in and day-out at Navy Reserve Center (NRC) Amarillo to ensure holistic warfighting readiness for the command’s 90 Selected Reserve (SELRES) Sailors. Yeoman 1st Class (YN1) Marcus Jones is the leading petty officer of NRC Amarillo’s Administration department. His mother, Ms. Regina Jones, volunteers as the command’s information and referral specialist, functioning as a communication link between the commanding officer and command families. In these essential roles, they have serviced the needs of Navy Reserve Sailors across Amarillo, Texas and the surrounding area for the past three years. “We take pride in getting our Reserve Sailors out there on the front lines,” said YN1 Jones. “My department takes care of their administrative needs and my mom is an invaluable resource as well. She’s like a second mother to all of the Sailors here and goes above and beyond to assist them and their families. We’ve even given her the nickname, ‘Mombudsman.’ ” Ms. Jones quipped in response to her “cute and witty” moniker while commenting on the significance of its connotation. “It’s the utmost compliment,” said Ms. Jones. “When I hear of Sailors referring to me in such an endearing manner, I’m reminded of my commitment to them: to aid in all aspects with compassion and understanding.” Operating on two fronts, the work and contributions of the Jones duo has directly impacted the improved mission readiness of NRC Amarillo and its attached Reserve units. Last year, the command achieved a 100 percent mobilization-success rate with zero cancellations, providing the Navy with necessary strategic depth and mission support around the world. “I’m here to make a difference,” said YN1 Jones. “The Navy has given me the opportunity to serve my country, protecting freedom and democracy here and abroad. It’s my job

to facilitate the training, administration, and warfighting readiness of our Reserve Sailors so that they remain focused and prepared to answer the Nation’s call.” “Everyone has their individual responsibilities,” said Ms. Jones. “Not always is there a moment when our Sailors can just be human because the military is such a structured life. That’s why ombudsmen are here to bring that human element, to reassure Sailors and their families that there is a life in the military where you can have a home away from home.” YN1 Jones spoke highly of his mother and her dedication to the cause, while attributing his success to lessons she instilled in him as a young boy. He knows full well you don’t have to wear a cape to be a super human. “My mom is my hero,” said YN1 Jones. “Her job as an ombudsman can be taxing, but she does it with such grace. She is very much a people person, and the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Anytime we get to interact with others, and help them overcome obstacles it is very fulfilling.” Ms. Jones shared her thoughts as well. “It’s a blessing to see my child go off into the world and do marvelous works of wonder,” said Ms. Jones. “Working with him, I have seen his work ethic is far more than me and his father could have ever dreamed he would achieve. He is genuinely who you see, and will do anything to help his fellow Sailors and their families.” As the Jones duo continues their mission-essential task of readying NRC Amarillo’s warfighters, their actions contribute to a grand cause directed by Chief of Navy Reserve Vice Adm. John Mustin. In his updated Navy Reserve Fighting Instructions, released in March of 2022, Mustin renewed his action plan driving the Navy Reserve to fully attain and maintain the warfighting credibility and relevance required for today and in the future. “Our Sailors are our asymmetric advantage,” said Mustin. “It is contingent upon us to focus on inclusion and equity allowing our Navy Reserve to harness our entire diverse team of Sailors and civilians to maximize our warfighting capability and readiness. We will enable and empower our Sailors, embrace ownership and ingenuity, and reinforce the simple, unifying concept that Sailors and commands will take care of themselves and their people, all the while removing barriers constraining our warfighting advantage.”

FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 6, 2022) - Navy Reserve Center (NRC) Amarillo’s Administration department Leading Petty Officer Yeoman First Class Marcus Jones (left), and his mother, Ms. Regina Jones, who volunteers as the command ombudsman are photographed. The Jones’s have worked at NRC Amarillo for the past three years, helping to ensure the holistic warfighting readiness for the command’s 90 Selected Reserve (SELRES) Sailors. (PHOTO BY PETTY OFFICER 1ST CLASS LAWRENCE DAVIS)

OS1 Estep NTAG Nashville Recruiter in the Spotlight By Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas Lopez Navy Talent Acquisition Group Nashville

Everyone, this is Operations Specialist 1st Class (SW) Jason Estep, a native of Arlington, Tx. OS1 Estep enlisted into the Navy in 2014. Similar to other Sailors joining the Navy, he joined to see the world and he got to experience that in his career. Prior to being a recruiter in NTAG Nashville’s Division 1’s Navy Recruiting Station Morristown, he came from Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer, USS Farragut (DDG 99), homeported in Mayport, Fl. After completing his 6-year arduous sea tour onboard USS Farragut, he wanted a break from a large Navy presence and wanted a more remote style type of work. That’s how recruiting came to mind. OS1 Estep has been recruiting for about 18 months now and he has been stellar. As a recruiter he like the engaging with potential applicants and spreading Navy awareness in land locked states such as Tennessee. One the many rewarding things that OS1 likes is meeting a someone for the first time and explaining what the Navy has to offer and seeing what the effect that a great choice like serving could benefit them. He like the reaction that is given after someone puts the idea to thought and realize the potential benefits that they could have. One reason that OS1 tries to be the best at recruiting is he wants to make sure that he does his job to ensure the Navy’s future.

With bringing the best of the best the nation has to offer, he knows that the country is in good hands. As his time at recruiting is coming to an end, he has great goals he’d like to achieve prior to transferring. He wants to earn his associates and if he still has time, he’d also like to get his bachelors. On top of him pursuing education, he wants to make Chief before heading out to his next sea duty. NTAG Nashville includes 46 Navy recruiting stations across the states of Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Georgia covering 138,000 square miles. NTAG Nashville employs over 200 recruiters, support personnel, and civilians in its mission to recruit individuals who meet standards for naval service. Follow NTAG Nashville on Facebook — NTAG Nashville. Navy Recruiting Command consists of a command headquarters, three Navy Recruiting Regions, and 26 Navy Talent Acquisition Groups that serve more than 1,000 recruiting stations across the world. Their combined goal is to attract the highest quality candidates to assure the ongoing success of America’s Navy. For more news from Commander, Navy Recruiting Command, go to http:// www.cnrc.navy.mil. Follow Navy Recruiting on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ MyNAVYHR), Twitter (@USNRecruiter) and Instagram (@USNRecruiter).

Operations Specialist 1st Class Jason Estep, a native of Arlington, Tx., poses for a photo as she is selected as Navy Talent Acquisition Group Nashville’s Recruiter in the Spotlight of the Week. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION 1ST CLASS NICOLAS LOPEZ)



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Souda Spotlight: Retail Services Specialist 2nd Class Calvin Thomas Jr. By Petty Officer 2nd Class Delaney Jensen U.S. Naval Support Activity Souda Bay

Why did you join the Navy? I joined the Navy to start a new career and see the world. My first command was the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) out of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. Then I came here; so island to island. You could say I really enjoy the island life. What do you do at NSA Souda Bay? My job is to process regular mail and registered mail and provide great customer service. We also support the ships that come in. My job is to get the mail that comes in, sort it and bring it to the ship. Coming from a ship myself, I know how it feels to be waiting for packages and how long it can take for people to receive items they want or need. It makes me feel good to be on the opposite end and to be able to get our Sailors the packages they have been waiting for. What role does your department play for NSA Souda Bay? My job is equally as important for the people stationed on NSA Souda Bay because everyone needs mail. No matter who you are, especially living the island life, we all need mail. It feels good to contribute to people’s happiness when they get their packages and see the smiles on people’s faces when they get a package they have been waiting a really long time for. It also helps with morale. If someone is having a bad day, everything changes when they have a package come in. After they pick it up, they go back to work feeling happy, which in turn contributes to their team. They can work better alongside their teammates to complete the mission with that good attitude. What is your favorite thing about the work you do at NSA Souda Bay? My favorite thing is customer service. I love talking with customers. I have always been a people person, so just interacting with customers makes me happy. What has been a career highlight here? Recently, I was nominated for Sailor of the Quarter and got to go to the board for it. Just being nominated was a real honor for me, and it made me feel as though my command really saw and took note of the work I have been doing. That was a great moment for me. What are your long-term career goals? Currently I am working on my Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. My overall goal is to get my degree and stay in the Navy for 20 years. After that, when I retire from the Navy, I want to start working for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service or NCIS. When not at work, how do you spend your free time? I like going to the beach, going out to eat and spending time with friends. I also like making music. I rap and send the recording to my friend back in Hawaii to mix together. On the Navy side, I am the Multicultural Committee Treasurer. I enjoy learning about different cultures, and displaying it via PowerPoint for people in the command. What is something you enjoy about living in Greece? The coffee in Greece is the best. I love the way they make mocha cappuccinos. Also, I have been learning some Greek from the local nationals that work with me, so that is pretty cool. What would you like Team Souda to know about your work? I just want everyone to know I am a hard worker and am always here at the Post Office to lend a hand.

Retail Services Specialist 2nd Class Calvin Thomas Jr., assigned to Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center Sigonella, Site Souda Bay, poses for a portrait inside the NSA Souda Bay Post Office on Oct. 19, 2022. NSA Souda Bay is an operational ashore installation which enables and supports U.S., Allied, Coalition, and Partner nation forces to preserve security and stability in the European, African, and Central Command areas of responsibility. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS DELANEY S. JENSEN / RELEASED)

Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Griffin Jones, a native of Bellevue, Neb., poses for a portrait photo in Freedom Hall on Recruit Training Command (RTC). More than 40,000 recruits train annually at the Navy’s only boot camp. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS OLYMPIA O. MARTIN)

Recruit Training Command staff in the spotlight By Petty Officer 2nd Class Olympia Martin

U.S. Navy Recruit Training Command

Meet LS2 Griffin Jones! He is currently a Physical Fitness Instructor at the Navy’s only Bootcamp where he facilitates all of the baseline physical tests for recruits and all official physical readiness tests. Jones comes from Bellevue Nebraska. With six years of service already under his belt, he plans to have a complete and successful career in the Navy. Jones comes from a long line of military service. “My family has records of military service dating all the way back to the Revolution-

ary War,” said Jones. “My father served 24 years in the Air Force and was an E-8 when he retired. I wanted to follow in my family’s footsteps and surpass my father’s record to become an E-9 someday.” Jones reported to Recruit Training Command (RTC) in July 2022 and hit the ground running. He has been exceptionally motivated since arriving to RTC and radiates positivity. “I try my best to lighten the workload for my colleagues,” said Jones. “The goal is to do all I can to be positive and make a difference not only at my rank, but at my next rank as well. One day I want to be the senior enlisted leader that strives to lead from the top.” Jones’ motivation doesn’t stop at the gates

of RTC. “I started acting in middle school,” said Jones. “I got involved in my school’s play and after that my parents encouraged me to pursue acting. The more I did it, the more I loved it.” Jones continued to act all through his schooling and even attended a performing arts school for a year in high school. Recently, Jones became involved with a local haunted house attraction in his time outside of RTC. “I was driving home one day and saw an advertisement for a local haunted house,” said Jones. “I was curious so I decided to look into it and found out they were in need of actors so I applied and was lucky enough

to be selected for the part.” Although Jones has big plans for his future, he takes life day by day. “The only thing you can really control is your attitude and outlook on life,” said Jones. “If you approach every day with a smile on your face, it will eventually influence everyone else around you. The better you treat people and make everyone else’s life more positive, the better your life will be in return. Try your hardest to spread positivity through everything that you do.” LS2 Jones has been a great addition to the RTC team and will continue to make a great impact on the future of the Navy. Hooyah, LS2!

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Hearty meals for the holidays Capture the magic of the holidays around the dinner table as loved ones toast the season with meals worth celebrating such as Roasted Chateaubriand with Red Wine Gravy and Lemon-Garlic Asparagus and more! Page C4

Over ten million lights will shine bright at the world’s most beautiful theme park during Busch Gardens® Christmas Town™ Press Release WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — The holidays shine brightest at Busch Gardens® Christmas Town™, returning on select dates from November 11 through January 8. The World’s Most Beautiful Theme Park will once again be transformed with over ten million twinkling lights, one of the largest light displays in North America. Enjoy heartwarming holiday shows, and more coasters than ever before with the all-new Pantheon™, the world’s fastest multi-launch coaster. Christmas Town™ classics such as Santa’s Workshop, the Christmas Town Express and ‘Twas that Night ice skating show cover the park in holiday cheer. Festive treats, holiday shopping and special photo opportunities complete the festive holiday tradition for friends and families. Be immersed in the magic of the season during an all-new dining experience, Santa’s Fireside Feast presented by CocaCola®. Families can enjoy a hearty meal and a special Christmas story from the big elf himself during this festive encounter. Santa’s Fireside Feast is offered on select dates in the Killarney area of the park. Guests can reserve their spot at BuschGardens.com. Families are also invited to participate in an all-new holiday scavenger hunt celebrating traditions from around the world including Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. Guests can pick up a clue sheet in England to identify holiday symbols throughout the park and redeem a prize once all are found. Visitors of all ages can renew holiday traditions while enjoying fan-favorite shows celebrating the reason for the season. Returning entertainment includes: Up on the Haustop: It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Warm up with modern-day Christmas classics in a festive performance in Das Festhaus. Unto Us: A choral celebration of the

greatest story ever told. The first Christmas comes alive in this inspiring show in the open-air Il Teatro di San Marco Theatre. Celtic Fyre®: A Christmas Celebration: Voted USA Today’s #1 Theme Park Entertainment, this iconic performance adds a Christmas touch to the Killarney classic. ‘Twas That Night: The Royal Palace Theatre is transformed into a spectacular ice-skating show that reimagines the classic story of The Night Before Christmas. Scrooge No More: Join Scrooge live on stage in this musical at the Globe Theatre as he is swept away by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, who teach him the importance of family and friends being together at Christmas. In addition to rides on the all-new Pantheon, thrill-seekers can conquer over 20 rides and attractions during Busch Gardens

Christmas Town. Enjoy a nighttime ride on more coasters than ever before as well as fan-favorite thrills like Finnegan’s Flyer™ and Mach Tower. Best Deal of the Season! Christmas Town Flash Sale — Save up to 60% On Tickets: Spread holiday cheer with the best deal of the season during the Christmas Town Flash Sale. For a limited time only, guests can save up to 60% on tickets, starting as low as $27.99. Hurry, offer ends 11⁄13! Give the Gift of Unlimited Visits and Unbeatable Benefits with a Busch Gardens Membership: Busch Gardens Membership plans start as low as $13 a month and offer guests unlimited visits to events all year long, including Christmas Town. Plus, Members get unbeatable benefits including FREE parking, FREE guest tickets, in-park discounts and exclusive events and monthly rewards. Busch

Gardens Members will be also be among the first to ride DarKoaster in 2023! Membership is organized in easy-to-use tiers and includes one-park and two-park Busch Gardens and Water Country USA® Memberships. Busch Gardens’ sister park, Water Country USA, is a seasonal water park with over 40 state-of-the-art water slides, kids’ play areas, lazy rivers and a mega wave pool. With a two-park Membership, visitors can enjoy thrills at the world’s most beautiful theme park and fun in the sun at Virginia’s largest water park, Water Country USA. The flexibility allows guests to choose the Membership, benefits, and parks that are the best fit. For a full overview of Membership benefits, visit: buschgardens.com/williamsburg/ annual-pass/ NEW Amazing Monthly Rewards: Busch Gardens shows appreciation and love to our Members year-round with extra rewards every month like bonus tickets, early access and FREE exclusive merchandise. In addition to all the amazing benefits and rewards, Members also have access to special monthly discounts and offers throughout the year. For a preview of upcoming 2023 offers, visit: https:// buschgardens.com/williamsburg/annual-pass/monthly-offers/ Events All Year Long: With an eventfilled lineup from January through December, Members have countless reasons to visit Busch Gardens and Water Country USA during Christmas Town and throughout 2023. The park’s 2023 event calendar features family-friendly offerings from Summer Celebration and Christmas Town to fan-favorites like Howl-O-Scream, Food & Wine Festival and Bier Fest. Plus, enjoy expanded experiences during Mardi Gras and St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, the park’s newest events. For a calendar of upcoming 2022 and 2023 events, visit: https:// buschgardens.com/williamsburg/events/

Williamsburg Nostalgia Fest going on this weekend, Karolyn “Zuzu” Grimes talks It’s A Wonderful Life and more. Interview By Yiorgo For the fans in all of us who love nostalgia of the bygone days when we had heroes in movies and television and love meeting some of those stars in person, then the place to be is The Clarion Hotel in Williamsburg, Virginia for the Williamsburg Nostalgia Fest. It starts today November 10th-12th and you will have the opportunity to meet movie and TV stars, hearing great stories, get their autographs and pictures, finding those vintage, hard to find collectible games and toys from yesteryear, see vintage movies on the big screen and get to ask the celebrities questions during Q&A sessions on stage. The celebrities scheduled to appear are: Tom Arnold, Erik Estrada, Larry Wilcox, Mariel Hemingway, Karolyn Grimes, Morgan Fairchild, Geri Reischl, Luciana Paluzzi, Jon Provost, Tara Buckman, Jo Ann Harris, Patrick Wayne, Jeremy Ambler, and Aileen Quinn. For all the exciting info, go to https://www.williamsburgnostalgiafest.com/ Yiorgo: With us today is Karolyn Grimes who is best known as little Zuzu, the daughter of Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed in the classic movie, It’s A Wonderful Life. She treasured her rose petals and spoke the now very famous line, “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.” Karolyn appeared in 16 movies and worked with such famous actors as Cary Grant in The Bishop’s Wife, Randolph Scott in Albuquerque, Bing Crosby in Blue Skies, John Wayne in Rio Grande and many more. Also with us is Martin Grams, the events organizer. Martin, why should people come to the Williamsburg Nostalgia Fest? What will they get to do, see and expe-

rience? Martin Grams: Our Williamsburg Nostalgia Fest is indeed a throwback to the days gone by when we had heroes in motion pictures and television. Today the majority are populated by antiheroes. Today’s programs have a chemistry teacher, who sells meth on the side, a soccer mom, who sells pot to other mothers, etc. Back in the 1950s and 1960s, we had heroes to aspire to. We try to bring in at least half a dozen celebrities every year who were inspirational behind the scenes… Eric Estrada, and Larry Wilcox, for example, were the stars of the TV show Chips, and a large number of people decided to become police officers and make that a career because they were inspired by seeing them on television. We give the fans attending a weekend to meet their heroes. Also throughout the weekend, they can watch some of those old films, have their photos taken with the celebrities, ask questions, get their autograph, shop the vendor tables which are filled with tons of collectibles, and attend a few slideshows, seminars and celebrity Q and A’s on stage. Y: What has been the biggest compliment that you hear over and over from those who attend? MG: The most common compliment that we receive from people who show up at the convention for the first time is that they tell us afterwards that they wish they had come in the prior years. They never realized how much fun it was until they were there for the first time. Y: You rely on a lot of volunteers to help make the Fest a success. Turn to Nostalgia Fest, Page 8


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The Virginia Beach Sports Card, Comic & Collectibles Expo returns to the Virginia Beach Field House this weekend, Sam Allen talks baseball in Norfolk Interview By Yiorgo The Virginia Beach Sports Card, Comic & Collectibles Expo returns to the Virginia Beach Field House this Saturday November 12th with the largest variety of collectibles of any show in the Tidewater region as well as sports celebrities. The confirmed autographed guests are as follows: Sam Allen, former baseball player for the Negro leagues. Jesse Barfield, baseball player and coach for the Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Yankees. Bill Bray, baseball player for the Washington Nationals and Cincinnati Reds. Barry Horowitz, professional wrestler for the WWF. Roy Jefferson, Football player with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Colts and the Washington Redskins. Clinton Portis, football player with the Denver Broncos. And Danny Watson, baseball player for the New York Yankees. Yiorgo: With us today is one of the legends, Sam Allen and Russell Savage, Co-Promoter of the Expo. Russell, why should people come to the Virginia Beach Sports Card Comic and Collectables Expo? What will they see and experience? Russell Savage: Collectors of Sports Cards, Comic Books, Pokemon, Action Figures, Pops, Sports Memorabilia will find the largest variety of collectibles of any show in the Tidewater region at our Expo. We have over 160 national and local vendors all under one roof. We also have multiple autograph guests from different sports including a professional wrestler. You will not see this many guests outside of large market shows in DC and Philly. Our show is also the largest Collectibles show that does not charge admission on the East Coast. We are very proud that this show is a free admission show. Y: Can you explain what is Trade Night? RS: Yes, we also give back to the Sports Card and Pokemon card community by hosting a Trade Night at the VB Fieldhouse the night before the show. We provide food and

drinks for those who participate in Trade Night which has become a favorite by local collectors. Y: Sam, what will you bring with you Saturday at the Fieldhouse? Sam Allen: I am there representing the Negro league and I have memorabilia to go with it. I will bring a baseball with my picture on it, as well as posters, pennants and baseball cards. Y: Where were you born and why did you start playing Baseball? SA: I was born in Norfolk. People know it as Tidewater Drive but before that, it was known as Cottage Towe Rd. I was born one house from the bridge by the Lafayette river. Barraud Park was right across the street, a couple of blocks from my house and that’s where I went every evening and that’s where I got into sports. Y: What were names of some of the schools you attended? What was it like? SA: I went to John T. West Elementary school and at recess we played baseball because at that time we didn’t have the NBA, NFL and television. Also I have always been small. I’m 150 pounds now. My top weight has been 160 pounds. Back then schools were segregated. If you were black you went to Booker T Washington High School and that’s where I went. I played football and baseball there. And at one time the city paved about 20 basketball courts so we started playing basketball. Y: You met Jackie Robinson here in Norfolk when you were little, correct? SA: We were waiting at the ballpark. We were there at three o’clock for an eight o’clock game. We waited a long time but I got a chance to touch his hand. We had those heroes during that time. Y: Can you share some memories of you growing up in Norfolk and your love of baseball? SA: There was a baseball field at Pollard St. Three blocks over at Church St. and Rugby Turn to Sam Allen, Page 8

ABOVE AND BELOW, RIGHT: Sam Allen and some of his collection of memorabellia (COURTESY OF SAM ALLEN’S PRIVATE COLLECTION) BELOW FAR LEFT: The Virginia Beach Sports Card, Comic & Collectibles Expo (COURTESY OF RUSSELL SAVAGE)

Virginia Symphony Orchestra rings in the holidays with seasonal concerts across Hampton Roads Press Release HAMPTON ROADS, Va. — The Virginia Symphony presents five exceptional holiday programs throughout Hampton Roads from November 26th through December 17th. Kicking off the season is The Polar Express in Concert, a movie/live orchestra and chorus event featuring the music of The Polar Express played along with the film. Get up, get on, and get ready for the ride of your life! It’s Christmas Eve, and you’re about to roller-coaster up and down mountains, slip-slide over ice fields, teeter across mile-high bridges, and be served hot chocolate by singing waiters more astonishing than any you can imagine. You’re on the Polar Express! Tom Hanks stars in and Robert Zemeckis directs this instant holiday classic filmed in dazzling performance-capture animation that makes every moment magical. “Seeing is believing,” says a mysterious hobo who rides the rails with you. You’ll see wonders. And you’ll believe. All aboooooard! The Polar Express in Concert will be held Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022, 7:30 PM at the Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News. This concert is brought to you by CineConcerts. Tickets begin at $25. Join us for the must-see holiday tradition of the season — Holiday POPS! There’s no better way to lift your spirits than with seasonal songs and traditional carols delivered in full sound and spectacle by the Virginia Symphony and special guests. Holiday POPS will have all the magical elements you’ve come to expect and more — high energy, familiar carols, and lots of holiday warmth! And we’ll even throw in a surprise or two! We can’t wait to celebrate the 2022 Holiday season together! Holiday POPS! will be held Thursday, December 8, 2022, 7:30 PM at the Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News; Friday, December 9, 2022, 7:30 PM at Chrysler Hall, Norfolk; and Sunday, December 11, 2022, 7 PM at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach. Tickets begin at $25.

Santa Claus is stopping by to be a part of the VSO’s ever-popular Jingle Bell Jam! Celebrate the magic of the season with an afternoon that showcases the music of the holidays performed by the best talent in Hampton Roads. Get your tickets early — this family favorite is sure to sell out! Pre-concert activities begin at 2 PM. Jingle Bell Jam will be held Sunday, December 11, 2022, 3 PM at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach. Tickets begin at $12 for kids. Jingle Bell Jam is supported in part by the City of Virginia Beach. Special thanks to Cape Henry Collegiate for their Presenting Sponsorship and to BayPort Credit Union for their Supporting Sponsorship. The bold sounds of the Virginia Symphony brass section ring in the holidays with a blast during Holiday Brass! Experience the festive sounds of the season in a concert filled with wit, virtuosity, and the glorious music of the holidays—featuring the VSO brass and percussion sections in an all-new program. You’ll enjoy music from a variety of styles that have made this concert a new holiday tradition! Holiday Brass will be held Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 7:30 PM at St. Bede Catholic Church, Williamsburg; Thursday, December 15, 2022, 7 PM at the Chesapeake Conference Center, Chesapeake; and Saturday, December 17, 2022, 7:30 PM at the Historic Palace Theatre, Cape Charles. Tickets begin at $25; Thursday’s concert is free and open to the public. Thursday, December 15th’s performance of Holiday Brass is sponsored by Carl’s Wash. The VSO presents George Frederic Handel’s revered oratorio, Messiah, featuring the ever-beloved Hallelujah Chorus. As legend has it, divine inspiration may have played a hand in Handel’s 1741 composition of what has become his most famous work. Not only did he write the massive score in just over three weeks’ time, there is a long-held story that the popular Halle-





lujah Chorus was itself inspired by a vision of heaven and its angels revealed to Handel as he wrote it. Handel’s Messiah will be held Thursday, December 15, 2022, 7:30 PM at Regent University, Virginia Beach; Friday, December 16, 2022, 7:30 PM at First Baptist Church, Newport News; and Saturday, December 17, 2022, 7:30 PM at Chrysler Hall, Norfolk. Tickets begin at $25.

Handel’s Messiah is sponsored by the Christian Broadcasting Network. Tickets to all five shows can be purchased in advance by calling 757.892.6366, visiting www.virginiasymphony.org or visiting the Virginia Symphony Box Office at 150 Boush Street, Suite 201, Norfolk, VA 23510 from 10 a.m. — 4:30 p.m., Monday — Friday. For group sales of 10 or more, call 757.213.1431.

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NWA returns with Hard Times in New Orleans PPV and Revolution Rumble an NWA Powerrr Trip this weekend, Luke Hawx and Trevor Murdoch talk wrestling Interview By Yiorgo The National Wrestling Alliance, (NWA) the world’s oldest, continuous, wrestling promotion returns this weekend with another exciting Pay-Per-View, Hard Times 3 and Revolution Rumble television tapings in New Orleans, Louisiana. Some of the exciting matches include: for the NWA World’s Heavyweight Championship, Champion Trevor Murdoch vs. Matt Cardona vs. Tyrus. The NWA World Women’s Championship is on the line with Champion Kamille putting up her belt vs. KiLynn King vs. Chelsea Green. The NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion Homicide defends against Kerry Morton. The NWA World Tag Team Championship is up for grabs as current Champions La Rebelión defend their titles vs Hawx Aerie, the father/ son team of Luke Hawx and PJ Hawx who qualified for the title shot after defeating JTG and Dirty Dango on NWA Powerr to become the # 1 contenders. For the rest of the up to date card, tickets and how to order the PPV, go to https://www.nationalwrestlingalliance.com/ Yiorgo: With us today are two NWA stars, Luke Hawx and NWA World Heavyweight Champion Trevor Murdoch. Why should fans come to the PPV or order it on Fite TV if they are not in the New Orleans area? Luke Hawx: If you are a wrestling fan and you want to see good wrestling, NWA and WildKat Sports & Entertainment both have great wrestlers, veterans and young guys and gals, hungry to give it their all. There are also incredible matches on both shows. NWA just announced for the MLW National Openweight Title, Davey Richards vs Colby Corino, both guys phenomenal talents, super hard hitting and action packed. There are a lot of matches like that. The wrestlers on both shows are so, so well rounded and very different and you have a little bit of everything. NWA also just announced a Voodoo Queen Casket Match with Max The Impaler vs Natalia Markova. You have some big men, high flying, women, drama, comedy, there’s something for everyone, so why would you not want to be there in a historic NWA event on November 12th and the next night November 13th with the biggest independent show in Louisiana’s history? Travor Murdoch: The NWA prides itself in heaving “Grown A** Men and Women’’ when stepping into that ring with people that have been in the business with years of experience, go out there and beat the hell out of each other. We bring back an old school wrestling style that not many people can do these days and that is to stand toe-to-toe in the ring with another opponent, no smoke, no mirrors, no music, no nothing. Everything is based on your ability and what you can do from bell to bell. Y: Luke how excited are you that you and your son PJ are challenging La Rebelión for the NWA World Tag Team Championship? LH: I don’t have the words to describe what it would mean for my son PJ and I to be the first father/son NWA World Tag Team Champions. This title shot, in our home town, in front of our family, friends, NWA and Wildkat fans means the world to us. We were determined to defeat JTG and Dirty Dango on NWA Powerrr and become the # 1 contenders. This will be one hard fought match and we can’t wait until this Saturday November 12th, to take it to the limit with La Rebelión and become the new NWA World Tag Team Champions. Y: Trevor this time you are putting your NWA World Heavyweight Title against Tyrus and Matt Cardona in a Triple Threat Match. How do you prepare for this type of match? TM: The same way when I prepared for Tyrus at our last PPV, NWA 74. The fans are going to witness a war. We are going to battle and beat the hell out of each other. Last time, I put in a lot of ring time, wrestling one guy and as soon as he is tired, I bring in another and another, almost as if I am having one continuous 30-40 minute match. So for me it’s all about cardio and ring work. I’m a Harley Race guy so a lot of my work and training is in the ring because that’s where it’s going to happen. When I’m tired and beaten and hurting, that’s where the job gets done in the ring, in order to survive and win and that is what I intend to do at the end of the night, come out the winner against Tyrus and Matt Cardona. Y: Luke, you wear many hats. A talented actor of the movie and TV screen, recently seen in the hit Showtime original series Heels and just this past Friday night in the NBC hit series Young Rock in your recurring role as “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, you also own WildKat Sports & Entertainment and are co-promoting this weekend. First congratulations for all your hard work and success and second, what is the difference between the two nights of wrestling? LH: Thank you so much for the kind words. Hard work does pay off but it’s also important to continue to better yourself and that’s why we are providing fans with the best wrestling this weekend. To answer your question, we are in the same location both nights but the difference is, Saturday night is the NWA Hard Times Pay-Per-View carried live on Fite TV and Sunday is the NWA Powerrr TV taping and Wildkat Sports show. We have had a Wildkats Revolution Rumble Anniversary show for eight years. It’s our biggest event ever. Because of Covid, we have not been able to have it for the last two years. This is our first year back. At our year eight we had 2400 people there. We missed years nine and ten. Now for year eleven, we have a wonderful, big building, great set up for wrestling. ECW and so many others used to run in this historic wrestling building. So Sunday is our 11 year Anniversary show, the Revolution Rumble and we are turning it into a NWA Powerrr Trip TV taping. Saturday you will see all NWA guys and gals and with some Wildkat wrestlers mixed in that are part of the NWA like myself, PJ Hawx, Wildcard Jake Spade and others. On Sunday, you will see all the Wildkat guys and gals with the NWA guys mixed in and that is really good for everyone. Y: How did your WildKat promotions get involved in co-promoting this two night mega event? LH: Wildkat Sports have been a part of the NWA for a couple of years now. We have been in somewhat of a standstill because of covid and NWA has been up and running. We had talked about this in the past to do some co-promoting events and the timing didn’t happen due to covid. We are just getting started back again, business is good between filming and wrestling, so we just thought it was really a good time to co-promote. Y: Trevor, you mentioned that you are a Harley Race Guy. What was training with him like? TM: I will always say, I’m a Harley Race guy. He put me through the paces. There were no easy corners or steps. My first three months training under Harley, I got sick in the ring every single day. I’m not exaggerating. I would be in the middle of calisthenics, run outside and puke, run back and try to catch up where everybody else was at calisthenics. For him, that was normal, you gotta push your body kid. That was his mentality, go out there and work, and work and work until you can be the hardest worker in the ring. And I am teaching this now to my 16 year old son who wants to play baseball for a living. I am teaching him that champions are not built in the game, they are built in the hours in the gym and the training you put in before you go in the game. I have a beautiful wife, a 22 year old daughter and a 5

year old son as well. I am a blessed man indeed. Y: How about a quick Harley Race story? TM: As a joke, I would call him on the phone as Harley Race and argue with him that I was THE Harley Race. He would get so angry with me. I was only able to do it 4 or 5 times because he finally realized it was me and said, (in Harley’s voice), “Trevor, when you get to the school, I’m going to kick your….” Next Week, Part II with the results of the NWA PPV, and our interviews with Luke talking about Young Rock, Heels and so much more. Also Trevor sharing more wrestling stories. 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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Make the holidays magical with hearty meals From Family Features Capturing the magic of the holidays often happens at the dinner table as loved ones toast the season with stunning meals worth celebrating. This year, call the entire family together and make your festive feast truly memorable with pairings that offer favorite flavors for all. Starting with tender cuts of meat hand-trimmed by master butchers at Omaha Steaks, these dishes from chef David Rose call to mind the extravagant holiday gatherings of yesteryear with modern twists you can claim as your own. Roasted Chateaubriand with Red Wine Gravy and Lemon-Garlic Asparagus offers classic taste while PepperCrusted Prime Rib with Creamy Horseradish Sauce and Crushed Potatoes brings some zing to the kitchen. For seafood lovers looking to make a splash at this year’s get-togethers, Crab Stuffed Lobster Tails with Dirty Rice provide a savory, succulent pairing worthy of the season. Visit OmahaSteaks.com/Blog to find more recipes fit for the holidays. Recipes by Omaha Steaks Executive Chef David Rose

Roasted Chateaubriand with Red Wine Gravy and Lemon-Garlic Asparagus

Roasted Chateaubriand with Red Wine Gravy and Lemon-Garlic Asparagus Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: about 90 minutes Chateaubriand: 1 Omaha Steaks Chateaubriand (2-4 pounds) kosher salt ground black pepper ¼ cup grapeseed oil Red Wine Gravy: Reserved chateaubriand juices 1 medium shallot, small diced 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 ½ cups red wine 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 2 ½ cups water 2 beef bouillon cubes 1 tablespoon stone ground mustard kosher salt, to taste ground black pepper, to taste Lemon-Garlic Asparagus: ¼ cup olive oil 1 pound jumbo asparagus, stems trimmed and spears blanched in salted water 1 pinch kosher salt, plus additional, to taste, divided 1 pinch ground black pepper, plus additional, to taste, divided ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 2 garlic cloves, minced ½ lemon, juice only 2 tablespoons unsalted butter To make chateaubriand: Pat chateaubriand dry with paper towels. Season on all sides with salt and pepper; bring to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 250 F. In large cast-iron pan, bring grapeseed oil to high heat. Sear chateaubriand on all sides until golden brown, 2-3 minutes per side. Remove chateaubriand from pan, reserving pan drippings; place chateaubriand on wire rack-lined baking sheet. Bake according to cooking chart for cook time and desired doneness. Use meat thermometer to ensure doneness. Rest chateaubriand 15-20 minutes. Slice to desired thickness. To make red wine gravy: Bring cast-iron pan with reserved chateaubriand drippings to high heat then add shallots and minced garlic. Brown 30 seconds. Add red wine and deglaze pan, cooking until reduced by half, about 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and whisk in 2 tablespoons butter and flour until all clumps have disappeared and mixture is well-incorporated, 3-4 minutes.

Crab Stuffed Lobster Tails with Dirty Rice

Add water and bouillon cubes; bring to boil then whisk in stone ground mustard. Reduce to low heat and simmer until achieving sauce-like consistency, 7-8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Turn off heat and whisk in remaining butter until fully melted and emulsified into sauce. To make lemon-garlic asparagus: In large saucepan, bring olive oil to medium-high heat. Add asparagus and season with salt, ground black pepper and crushed red pepper flakes. Sear undisturbed about 1 minute. Turn asparagus and add minced garlic, sauteing about 10 seconds. Add lemon juice and continue sauteing until reduced by two-thirds, about 1 minute. Turn off heat and add butter, stirring until emulsified into pan sauce. Season with salt and ground black pepper, to taste. Serve chateaubriand with lemon-garlic asparagus and red wine gravy.

Crab Stuffed Lobster Tails with Dirty Rice Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Servings: 4 Dirty Rice: 2 cups jasmine rice water ½ cup vegetable oil 1 pound Omaha Steaks Ultra-Premium Ground Beef 1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus additional, to taste, divided 1 teaspoon black pepper, plus additional, to taste, divided 1 teaspoon garlic powder 2 teaspoons smoked paprika 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 medium red bell pepper, small diced 2 green onions, minced 1 cup small diced yellow onion ½ cup tomato-based sofrito 3 ½ cups chicken broth Crab Stuffing: ¾ cup mayonnaise 2 teaspoons seafood seasoning 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce ½ lemon, juice only 20 butter crackers, finely crushed 1 pound jumbo lump crab meat Crab Stuffed Lobster: 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 4 Omaha Steaks Cold Water Lobster Tails (5 ounces each), halved lengthwise

To make dirty rice: Rinse jasmine rice with water until water is clear. Drain. In large saucepot, bring vegetable oil to medium-high heat. Add ground beef, 1 tablespoon salt, 1 teaspoon black pepper, garlic powder and smoked paprika; saute 5 minutes until browned. Using slotted spoon, remove browned beef and set aside. Add butter to pot then add red bell pepper, green onions and yellow onions. Saute 2 minutes until lightly caramelized. Add sofrito and jasmine rice to pot; saute 1 minute. Add cooked ground beef and chicken stock; bring to boil. Once mixture boils, reduce heat to simmer 10 minutes. Turn off heat and leave lid on pot 5 minutes. Fluff rice with fork and season with salt and pepper, to taste. To make crab stuffing: In medium bowl, whisk mayonnaise, seafood seasoning, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce and lemon juice. Gently fold in crushed butter crackers and crab meat. Set aside. To make crab stuffed lobster: Preheat oven to 425 F. Stir melted butter, salt and lemon juice. Brush lobster tails with butter mixture. Divide crab stuffing into eight portions. Stuff each lobster tail half with crab stuffing, pressing stuffing into lobster. Place stuffed lobster tails on aluminum foil-lined sheet pan and bake 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve with dirty rice.

Pepper-Crusted Prime Rib with Creamy Horseradish Sauce and Crushed Potatoes Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: about 2 ½ hours Servings: 4-6 Creamy Horseradish Sauce: 15 ounces crema or sour cream ⅓ cup mayonnaise 2 tablespoons horseradish 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon hot sauce ½ teaspoon kosher salt, plus additional, to taste, divided ½ teaspoon white pepper, plus additional, to taste, divided ¼ teaspoon onion powder ¼ teaspoon garlic powder ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika Pepper Rub: 3 tablespoons kosher salt

1 tablespoon ground peppercorn medley 2 teaspoons ground guajillo chili 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves Prime Rib: 1 Omaha Steaks Boneless Heart of Prime Rib Roast (4 pounds) pepper rub ¼ cup grapeseed oil Crushed Potatoes: 1 pound baby red skin potatoes cold water 1 pinch kosher salt, plus additional, to taste, divided ¼ cup olive oil 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 tablespoons finely minced Italian parsley ground black pepper To make creamy horseradish sauce: In medium bowl, whisk crema, mayonnaise, horseradish, vinegar, chives, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, hot sauce, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and paprika until well-incorporated. Season with additional salt and white pepper, to taste. To make pepper rub: In small bowl, stir salt, peppercorns, chili and thyme. To make prime rib: Pat prime rib dry with paper towels. Season on all sides with pepper rub and bring to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 250 F. In large cast-iron pan, bring grapeseed oil to medium-high heat. Sear prime rib on all sides until golden brown, 2-3 minutes per side. Place seared prime rib on wire rack-lined baking sheet. Bake according to cooking chart for cook time and desired doneness. Use meat thermometer to ensure doneness. Cook until internal temperature is 10 F below desired doneness. Rest prime rib 15-20 minutes. Slice to desired thickness. To make crushed potatoes: Preheat oven to 425 F. Add potatoes to stockpot. Cover with cold water by about 1 inch and add 1 pinch salt. Over high heat, boil 8-10 minutes, or until fork tender. Drain and completely cool with running cold water. Once cool, carefully crush potatoes with palms until skin breaks and potatoes are slightly crushed. In medium bowl, whisk olive oil, garlic and parsley. Place crushed potatoes on aluminum foillined baking sheet and toss lightly with olive oil mixture. Season potatoes on both sides with kosher salt and ground black pepper, to taste. Roast potatoes until crisped and golden brown, 15-17 minutes. Serve prime rib with crushed potatoes and creamy horseradish sauce.

Pepper-Crusted Prime Rib with Creamy Horseradish Sauce and Crushed Potatoes

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Staff assigned to Naval Hospital Bremerton’s OB-GYN clinic display a number of the instruments and devices associated with patient-centered care during the walk-in contraceptive clinic, an essential part of women’s health services provided at NHB. The Defense Health Agency recently issued an Administrative Instruction for access to walk-in contraception services across the Military Health System, letting beneficiaries discuss and receive their preferred and medically appropriate care. (PHOTO: DOUGLAS STUTZ, PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER, NHB/NAVY MEDICINE READINESS AND TRAINING COMMAND (NMRTC), BREMERTON)

Walk-in contraceptive services required at hospitals and clinics By Janet A. Aker

MHS Communications

The Defense Health Agency is expanding walk-in contraceptive care services to improve reproductive health services. These services include same-day access with no appointment or referral needed. Walk-in contraception services let the patient discuss and receive their preferred and medically appropriate care to support family planning, menstrual health, pregnancy prevention, and for our active-duty personnel, readiness. This also will bring readily available contraceptive care to the increasing active-duty force who are female or who are able to get pregnant. On Sept. 27, the DHA issued an Administrative Instruction outlining the requirements at military hospitals and clinics for these full-scope contraceptive services. By January 2023, all DHA markets will define the location and hours of operation of walk-in services. The instruction aims to ensure active-duty service members and beneficiaries have access to important reproductive health care in the form of contraception at military hospitals and clinics. These services “give time back to activeduty service members and promote autonomy in making a decision with the capacity for all types of contraception,” said Theresa Hart, senior nurse consultant at the DHA Women and Infant Clinical Community, Special Medical Programs. Active-duty service members and other Military Health System beneficiaries will receive the full scope, to include oral, patches, rings, shots, rods, natural family planning, and IUDs in a single visit. This

service eliminates the need for a referral to have an intrauterine device or birth control implant placed. Ensuring the providers have the skills, equipment, and team to provide the care on a walk-in basis is a leading practice to empower women to make timely decisions for their reproductive health. “This is not just based on what a provider is comfortable with,’ ” Hart said, “and there is no need for a follow-up specialty appointment if the patient wants a long-acting contraceptive,” such as an intrauterine device or Depo-Provera injections.

Supporting Overall Wellbeing and Readiness Contraceptive care walk-in services support the overall well-being of the force and optimize personal warrior readiness and family planning throughout their reproductive years, Hart said. These services offer both beneficiaries and warriors the option of menstrual suppression, stopping monthly bleeding to improve hygiene, ability to deploy, and comfort for warfighters and beneficiaries alike. Active-duty service members and beneficiaries have found there are benefits in decreasing menstrual periods, along with the physical symptoms and hormonal changes, Hart explained. For one, it’s beneficial in deployed environments and to stay force fit. “For the active-duty service members, not having menstrual periods during deployment means not having to carry months of feminine hygiene supplies and having to make do with austere environments where

hygiene, washing, and privacy is in short supply,” she said. “By preventing unplanned pregnancies, we’re ensuring that we’re not eliminating somebody from the fighting force for 18 months or more,” said U.S. Navy Cmdr. (Dr.) Jacqueline Lamme, who heads the OB-GYN services at Naval Hospital Bremerton in Washington. Access to contraceptive care will also help beneficiaries with family planning. “Because this access exists for our patients, no matter where they’re stationed, we’re both improving our patient’s ability to plan their pregnancies and meet their family planning goals personally, as well as to positively impact unit readiness,” Lamme said.

The Benefits of Readily Available Contraceptive Care

Naval Hospital Bremerton has been meeting all the requirements of the Administrative Instruction since its walk-in services were opened in 2021, Lamme said. The U.S. Navy pioneered the concept, opening its first walk-in contraceptive services clinic in 2016. “One of our clinic’s biggest successes is that we truly integrated the combination of specialties to provide this care within the OB-GYN clinic,” Lamme said. “We’re staffed and patients are seen by a combination of the OB-GYN physicians, the clinic nurse-midwives, and both physicians and nurse practitioners from family medicine.” The Administrative Instruction will also improve provider accessibility and productivity and improve patient satisfaction.

“Bremerton has the ability for some of the general medical officers that are local who need more practice with IUD placement, and other contraceptives, to come and work in our clinic,” Lamme said. “By shadowing in a supervisory role, they become more comfortable so they can then take those skills out to their units in the fleet and maintain those skills while they’re deployed. That collaboration also has been one of our largest successes,” she said. Darnall-Hood Army Medical Center at Fort Hood, Texas, is also extending its services to walk-in availability. “The walk-in services offer another avenue to break down any barriers that patients might have to obtaining their contraception of choice and receiving pregnancy planning education,” said U.S. Army Col. Amanda Forristal, chief nursing officer for the hospital and the DHA’s Central Texas Market. Currently, Darnall’s Family Medicine Residency Clinic offers walk-in services for women seeking contraception options that can be prescribed and picked up at the pharmacy the same day, such as oral contraception, patches, rings, and injections. “We will run our pilot of the walk-in contraception clinic on November 17,” Forristal said, adding the monthly walk-in services will begin in January. “This is also an opportunity for (service members) to receive care from a provider that is not also in their unit, whom they see on a more regular basis outside of the clinical setting and can be awkward for some,” Forristal added. In the coming months, military hospitals and clinics across the Military Health System will offer these expanded services.

5 Common misconceptions about prostate health and BPH From Family Features Prostate health may be an intimidating subject for some men, which can lead to misconceptions about conditions and treatments. Some men may even avoid visiting a doctor because of what they might learn. Breaking this stigma around prostate issues could help prevent complications from conditions like benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), commonly known as an enlarged prostate. Under a doctor’s care, BPH can be effectively treated; over 14 million men in the U.S. seek treatment every year.1 To help clear up some of the confusion and fear around prostate health, here is a breakdown of five common misconceptions about BPH.

Misconception: BPH is linked to prostate cancer Is BPH linked to prostate cancer? No. While both conditions affect the prostate gland, BPH is a benign (non-cancerous) condition, and the symptoms can typically be addressed with medications and/or other treatment options.

an increased risk of heart and eye issues.3 Minimally invasive therapies are available for BPH treatment. The UroLift(r) System is a minimally invasive procedure that has been used by 350,000 men worldwide.4 This procedure lifts and holds enlarged prostate tissue out of the way without cutting to stop blocking the urethra. The procedure can be performed using local anesthesia in a physician’s office or ambulatory surgery center, and patients typically return home the same day without a catheter.5-6 For men with BPH, this option may be an alternative to medications and more invasive surgeries like TURP. The procedure is indicated for treating symptoms of an enlarged prostate up to 100cc in men 45 years of age or older. Individual results may vary. Most common side effects are temporary and include pain or burning with urination, blood in urine, pelvic pain, urgent need to urinate or the inability to control the urge.6 Rare side effects, including bleeding and infection, may lead to a serious outcome and require intervention. Speak with your doctor to determine if you may be a candidate.

Misconception: Only Misconception: Medication seniors have symptoms of BPH and major surgery are Are senior men the only ones who have the only types of BPH symptoms of BPH? No. Even men in their forties may experience BPH symptoms, so treatment don’t assume you’re too young to talk to your Men with BPH may have options for treatment beyond medications that may offer relief without the risk of side effects that can come with medications, such as dizziness, headaches, sexual dysfunction2 and, in some men,

doctor about BPH. If you are diagnosed with BPH, your doctor can discuss treatment options that fit your needs and help you decide on the best approach.


Misconception: BPHMisconception: BPH related urination issues will doesn’t affect a man’s always disrupt a man’s life bladder health and sleep BPH can affect bladder health if it’s left A common symptom of BPH is frequent urination.7 This has the potential to disrupt a man’s day-to-day schedule and sleep cycle, but it’s not inevitable. If you have BPH, proper treatment can help improve quality of life and reduce the need for frequent urination, which can make it easier to sleep through the night.8 Yet another great reason to be proactive about BPH diagnosis and treatment!

untreated. BPH can be progressive and lead to difficulty in urinating, bladder stones, UTIs and ongoing need for a catheter.9,10 This is another good reason to be proactive and talk to your doctor about prostate health. To learn more about BPH, including symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options, visit UroLift.com.

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MG: Yes indeed and I would like to personally thank all of our volunteers. I always like to say, while people come to me as if I am the big guy in charge, it is the volunteer staff that each has a separate position throughout the weekend to make the event run smoothly that are truly in charge. I empower them to make decisions when needed rather than come to me to make a decision every time a quarry comes up. I always tell them whatever decision is made that is best for the attendees is the best decision. Y: Ms. Grimes, it truly is an honor to be talking with you today. It’s A Wonderful Life is one of my top five movies of all time. Karolyn Grimes: Thank you so much. Our Christmas movie has become one of the great classics. The director Frank Capra, created magic. He made the story and I am a little part of that. This movie is a tradition to show at Christmas and everybody comes together as a family. It’s so special. Because the studio did not renew the copyright in the early 70’s, it became public domain, meaning free to show on TV. The movie has been passed on to each generation, that magic and tradition of watching it together not just Christmas time but year-round. What the movie tells us is that we do touch people’s lives, we do make a difference and I just love being a part of it. Y: What will you be bringing with you at the Williamsburg Nostalgia Fest for the fans to purchase? KG: Well first I’d like to say that this Fest is a great gift for all of us, fans and the actors who attend these gatherings. I’ll have books, ornaments with scenes from the movie, and a whole plethora of wonderful items for sale and I will sign them as well. Y: Speaking of books, can you tell us about your amazing cookbook? KG: The cookbook is a celebration of the remastered 50th celebration cookbook. This is for the 75th Anniversary. We’ve added a lot of new information. On the bottom of the pages there is a question, with the answer on the next page. There’s plenty of trivia, new interviews from those involved with the movie who are no longer with us and some fun recipes. Like Potters Crabby Crab Cakes. Each one of them is named after someone or something in the film. Some of the recipes are mine, some are my co-authors and some I have collected from others through the years. Y: Why do you do these fests and conventions? What do you enjoy the most about them? KG: I enjoy meeting the people the most because they are fans of the film. The minute they realize who I represent in the film, their mouth drops and they say, “That’s my favorite movie. And you’re Zuzu.” It’s so gratifying to see how much they love that movie and that makes it so exciting for everybody. Y: What have been some of your favorite stories that you have heard from fans? KG: They tell me that they have a favorite time that they watch the movie. One of my favorites is this young lady who said her grandmother started watching the film on New Year’s Day. That became a tradition for many years, to watch it together on New Year’s Day. Her grandma passed away but she continues to watch it on New Year’s Day and she feels like her grandma is right there with her. Y: Where were you born and how did you get into the movie business?


KG: I was born in Hollywood. My mother was a stage mom. I was her only child, and she started off giving me any possible lesson you can imagine. I had dancing, singing, drama, I played the piano when I was three and the violin when I was five. She encouraged all this and doted on me until I learned all these different things. Then she took me to see an agent named Lola Moore. She pretty much had most of the children in the Hollywood area. She was known as the childrens agent. Every kid from It’s A Wonderful Life came from her stable. She loved me so she took me to the interview and I got the part. I was 6 years old and I was accompanied by my mother. I worked when they asked me to come in, it was all fun. I never looked at it as work even though you are under those hot lights for a long time sometimes. Eventually my mother became sick, was not able to go with me anymore and my dad never really approved of the movie industry so he would hire someone to go with me for the interview then hire someone else to be with me on the stage if I got the part. It became difficult so he didn’t push it and by that time I discovered boys so I didn’t push it either and that kind of ended my career. In eight years, I have done 16 films. If my mother had not died, my life would have been a lot different and not necessarily in a good way. Both of my parents died and I was forced by law in California to go to a little town in Missouri. I was in hell for a year but after that first year I realized what real people were about and they made a difference in my life. I felt like Hollywood was shallow, dog eat dog, full of themselves and I did not want to go back. Eve though it was a sad thing that I lost my parents, it got me out of an atmosphere that I would have gotten down hill. It was the best thing that

ever happened to me. Y: Can you share a couple of memories with Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed? KG: I remember Jimmy Stewart because he made an effort to create chemistry between us. He paid a lot of attention to me and he was so kind. I realized that I liked him a lot. As far as Donna Reed, I might be standing next to her in a scene or in his arms but I don’t even remember her. I was all about him because he made it a point to make all that happen. I just thought he was the cat’s meow. Later on in life, he had his secretary call me up to check on me and we got together again and he was the nicest, down to earth man ever. We did a couple of things together and that was very nice. Y: The Target store was responsible for reuniting you with the other children from the movie. Can you tell us about it? KG: In 1993 the Target company used It’s A Wonderful Life as a theme in their stores for Christmas and they made a whole line of items from the movie. And the key was that they were going to reunite the Bailey kids and send us on a tour. That was my first experience of seeing people’s reactions. We went all over the country, taking pictures and signing autographs. That’s when I realized what an impact the movie had on so many people. That’s when I decided I would start touring and sharing the magic of the film. I have been on the road since 1993. It’s a wonderful way of life and I will continue to share it with the fans. Y: What was it like the first time you saw the movie? KG: The first time I saw it I was an adult, I saw it on TV and I cried. I went through the emotional rollercoaster that everyone does especially with the first viewing and I realized what a fabulous film this was.

Y: One of my other favorite movies is The Bishop’s Wife. Can you share some memories from it? KG: Cary Grant was probably my favorite star I ever worked with. There is a story behind that movie. Originally the parts of the angel played by Cary Grant and my father the Bishop played by David Niven were reversed. Cary Grant was my father and David Niven was the angel. Well the studio head came down, he did not like the way the movie was being filmed. He didn’t like anything about it. He fired the director, hired Henry Koster to direct it and it was Mr. Koster’s idea to change Cary’s and David’s roles. It worked perfectly but David Niven was not happy that they took away from him being the angel. They were cool or distant with each other and Loretta Young stayed to herself reading her script most of the time. I believe that Cary Grant had a photographic memory because he never held the script in his hand. He was so nice to me. He would read and tell me stories. There was an actual ice skating rink on the stage and he would come get me everyday at lunch, put me on a sleigh and pull me around on the ice skating rink practicing his ice skating. He was a wonderful, wonderful man and he loved kids. Y: Can you share a pinch me moment or two? KG: I’ve had so many. If I had to pick one it would be because of It’s A Wonderful Life, I’ve had a total second career. I was a child actor and the way my life is now, what a gift. My whole life is a wonderful life. 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.

ABOVE PHOTOS: Karolyn Grimes as Zuzu in scenes from It’s A Wonderful Life (COURTESY WILLIAMSBURG NOSTALGIA FEST)

Sam Allen from Page 2

St. there was Highland Park that became Miles Field. It was the home of the Norfolk Tides, the minor league baseball team that was in the class B Piedmont League. It was the New York Yankees farm team. We used to go out there and catch foul balls and sell them for 50 cents and that’s how I made my money. Around the 7th inning they would let you in free. I got to see some of the New York Yankees greats come through here like Whitie Ford, Moose Kyron. Y: What was the process like turning pro back then? SA: There was a fellow who had a shoe shop and he had a baseball team named the Norfolk Eagles, they were a semi-pro team and they played at Community field. So you started with rec leagues, then you played in high school then you played semi-pro. In 1952 Willie Mays was drafted in the Army and was stationed in Ft. Eustus. Also Joe Louis (not the boxer) who had played in the 1924 Negro World Series, he moved to this area and he would promote the Negro league games. What Mays did when he was in the Army was that they had teams at the naval base and Joe Dimaggio was stationed at the NOB. Mays and them, they would play games all week and on the weekend he had the all star teams, they had games in Lynch-

burg and Winston-Salem and they called me to go with them. I was really young. After the Lynchburg game they paid me $50. That was big, I had never got that kind of money. Back then minimum wage was $1 an hour. You had to work a whole week to make $50. From there we drove to Winston-Salem. Got there at night, and played right away. I was half asleep. Willie Mays was in center, I was in left, I had one of those little three finger gloves, the ball knocked the glove off, the ball went one way and the glove another. Mays ran over and said, “Man, you gotta buy you a glove.” So I paid like $25 for a glove, that was big money but I had a glove just like the professionals. Y: What tryout camps did you do? SA: The Pittsburgh Pirates used to have tryout camps when they first started integration. They had a lot of farm teams. The Norfolk Tides had a tryout but I was short and small and they were looking for the big guys so even though I had hit a double, I still got cut. I read in the Sporting News that most of the tryout camps were in Georgia. So in 1957, I paid my way down to Douglas, Giorgia. Cincinnati had that pre-tryout camp. You paid your way down there and they would pay your way back. I met a guy named Bob Mitchell there, he was with the Kansas City Monarchs, gave me a number and told me to go down to Jacksonville, Florida. I got cut by Cincinnati, came back to Norfolk, but I

knew that I could play somewhere. I went to Jacksonville, I had about $25, bought me a $19 one way ticket, got down there on Good Friday night and the Monarchs were loading up and coming back to Charleston. I had $6 in my pocket, so I went to Charleston with them. It was Easter Sunday and the team they were supposed to play against was the Jacksonville Allstars. A guy named Jim Williams had the team. He showed up with three players. He claimed the bus broke down on the way there. The park was loaded with people so I wound up with a couple of other players, we played for Jacksonville. I was an outfielder. First time up, I hit a single and stole second, struck out the second time up and the third time up I hit it over the scoreboard. After the game the manager said, “I don’t have to worry about you batting against me because I’m signing you up.” It wasn’t but $150 a month but I had a job plus they gave us $2 a day for meals. So that was my beginning. I was crazy about baseball but I didn’t know if I was going to make it. The bus didn’t have air conditioning, we played one game Monday through Thursday one game, Friday and Saturday we played double headers and Sunday we played two double headers. I loved it and that year I was the lead batter and led the league in runs and scores that year. In 1958 I played for the Raleigh Tigers and in 1959 I played for the Memphis Red Sox and then I was

drafted in 1960. Y: I was surprised when I read you were drafted in 1960. You had to be 24 by then. SA: Yes, I was almost too old for the draft. I was 82nd Airborne and I was stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. While there, I got a chance to play baseball and I made the football team. When I finally got out, I started doing reunion shows with other Negro baseball players. Y: Last year you were at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. SA: Yes, I was in Denver last year and LA this year. I took pictures with the fans and signed autographs and the league blessed me with major league type money. Y: How about a pinch me moment? SA: My greatest thrill was in 1959 when we played in New York at Evans Field. We played next to the last game before they tore it down. We played against the Burnham Blackbirds and I got a couple of home runs. I had a great day there and then we played at the Yankees Stadium against the Kansas City Monarchs, I hit a triple and we beat them 1-0. And another great moment is that I am at the baseball shrine at Harbor Park. They have my picture on the wall there. 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.