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They didn’t have a Band-Aid big enough to fix the airplane,

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-Gavin Stidfole, at 2 years old

This was Gavin’s first verbalization about the accident he witnessed when he was only 2 years old – when his father, U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 James Lawrence Stidfole, test pilot, died when his private airplane backfired and crashed at Chesapeake Regional Airport. “The second year is harder than the first, because the first, I was just numb,” said Sharron Stidfole, Gavin’s mother. “But, this second year I think I've come out of that numbness and it's real.” For families like this, the nonprofit organization Snowball Express offers an all-expense paid, four-day event during the holidays for children and spouses of American military heroes who lost their lives while on active duty. “I have made some friends already,” said Stidfole. “These people get it and they know what we’ve gone through. It’s like hope.” The mission of Snowball Express is to help families like Stidfole’s heal by giving them the opportunity to share experiences and forge new friendships.

Service members and volunteers clap as 5-year-old Gavin Stidfole boards an American Airlines flight during the annual Snowball Express event. Snowball Express benefits the families of fallen service members by flying them to Dallas, Texas for four days of recreational activities.

» see SNOWBALL | A11 By MCSN Desmond Parks Navy Public Affairs Support Element East

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Fire Controlman 1st Class Chad Chambers hugs his daughters after surprising them of his homecoming while they were visiting Santa Clause at the MacArthur Center in Norfolk.

MASTER-AT-ARMS RECOGNIZED FOR HEROIC EFFORTS By Katisha Draughn-Fraguada Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads Public Affairs

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Five young girls get their Christmas wish By MC1(SW/AW) Molly A. Burgess The Flagship military editor

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So what do you want from Santa this Christmas? That was the question of the night at the MacArthur Center on Dec. 13, as a long line of children waited to sit next to Santa Claus and whisper their wishes of what they hope to appear under the tree on Christmas morning. Dolls, trucks, G.I. Joe’s and Barbie’s were the talk of the town for many of the children, but for five little girls, their wishes were different than the rest. All dressed in red shirts with a pic-

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ture of a reindeer and personalized with their name on their shirt, the five sisters came to see Santa with one wish – for Santa to bring home their dad for Christmas. Fire Controlman 1st Class Chad Chambers has been deployed onboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Stout (DDG 55) since the ship left from its homeport of Norfolk in August. Since his departure, his wife, Kim, and five daughters ranging from age 7 to 11-months-old, Kara, Allie, Hollee, Megan and Britton, who is the youngest, have been waiting for him to return. As the five sisters sat next to Santa, all with closed eyes and wished in unison

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for Santa to bring their dad home for Christmas, Chambers emerged from around the corner to greet them, surprising them of his return. “I think they are all still in a state of shock,” Chambers said. “This is the best Christmas wish I could ever ask for.” Tears, smiles, bear hugs and joy were exchanged as each little girl ran into Chambers’ arms with excitement to see their wish come true. Chambers returned from deployment early as he transfers from Stout to a shore command where he says he will retire in three years.

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As Master-at-Arms Petty Officer 2nd Class Billy Atwater prepared to go to work for his early morning shift at Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads (NSA HR)-Portsmouth, he had no idea that by the end of the day he would be given the title of “hero.” At approximately 3:30 that morning, Atwater was getting ready to leave his second floor apartment when he smelled smoke. He began to walk around and noticed one of his neighbor’s apartments on fire. He immediately called 911. “After I called, I started to run down the hall knocking on the apartment doors closest to the fire,” Atwater said. One of those doors happened to be Senior Chief Legalman Margaret Bagley’s apartment.

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“I woke up smelling smoke thinking to myself not to get out of bed yet because I had one more hour until I needed to get up,” said Bagley. “Within a few minutes, I heard a ruckus outside and then a loud bang on my door. I immediately got up and answered my door. It was a Sailor in uniform yelling, "Your building is on fire, you need to get out!" That Sailor was Atwater. “I grabbed my dog, put on some clothes, and then grabbed my keys, phone and wallet. Once I made it outside, I couldn't believe how massive the fire was on the rooftop of the building,” she said. “It's a surreal feeling to watch a fire like that. You have thoughts like, ‘I should've grabbed this, or I should’ve grabbed that.’ But in reality, I just needed to get out of the apartment.”

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USS ROOSEVELT LAUNCHES NEW AIRCRAFT By MC2 Katie Lash USS Theodore Roosevelt Public Affairs

USS ROOSEVELT, AT SEA

The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) launched and recovered E-2D Hawkeyes, from the Tiger Tails of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 125, for the first time, Dec. 3. With notable improvements and new features, the E-2D is a major advancement from the E-2C Hawkeye. “The E-2D brings a significant number of improvements to the older E-2C,” said Cmdr.

Paul Lanzilotta, commanding officer of VAW-125. “The biggest thing is the sensor and radar systems. They are much more advanced in the E-2D. The E-2D is capable of seeing much farther and it is far more capable of detecting targets on the surface and in the air. This helps ensure the carrier strike group is adequately defended, even hundreds of miles away. We can see it all.” Other improvements include a fully integratedall-glass-tactical cockpit, advanced identification friend-or-foe system, a new

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radar with both mechanical and electronic scanning capabilities, electronic support measures enhancements, new mission computers and tactical workstations. “Along with the many technological advances, the E-2D is also a much smoother flying aircraft now,” said

Lanzilotta. “These aircraft are brand new. They still have that ‘new car smell’.” After hundreds of practice landings on shore, the launch and recovery of the E-2D onboard Theodore Roosevelt begins VAW-125’s final transition process from the E-2C to the E-2D.

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Hospital Corpsmen assigned to USS Porter (DDG 78) held a registration drive in support of the DOD Bone Marrow Donor Program. More than 100 Sailors assigned to the Norfolk-based destroyer participated.

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USS PORTER CONDUCTS BONE MARROW REGISTRATION DRIVE By Ensign Elizabeth Fridley USS Porter Public Affairs Officer

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More than 100 Sailors from USS Porter (DDG 78) registered with the Department of Defense (DOD) Bone Marrow Donor Program as potential bone marrow donors, Dec. 3. The Porter Bone Marrow Drive was initiated by the commanding officer of the destroyer, Cmdr. Dave Richardson. A two-time bone marrow donor, he explained his personal connection to the DOD Bone Marrow Donor Program. “Ten years ago, when I was a lieutenant stationed on a destroyer in Hawaii, my commanding officer held a registration drive on the messdecks of our ship,” Richardson

explained. “I registered between meetings, and never thought twice about it. Five years later, I received a phone call stating that I was a match for a 47 year-old woman with leukemia. I then went into a clinic in Fairfax, Va., to learn more about the process and to undergo final preparation for the donation.” Richardson said that over the next two years, he donated twice for the leukemia patient he would never meet. Dr. Jennifer Ng, director of the DOD Bone Marrow Donor Center, traveled to Norfolk from the program’s headquarters in Rockville, Md., to personally oversee the event onboard Porter, in which she received volunteers from the ship’s crew to help with the event. Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Lauren Schmidt, stationed onboard Porter, said she

volunteered for the event after hearing about the event from her commanding officer. During the event, Schmidt worked with Ng and her team to set up the registration stations, and spent the entire day leading Porter Sailors through the registration process. “After filling out the form, all that is required is to gently rub a cotton swab on the inside of your cheek to collect a few cells. These cells are then registered and maintained in a database with the national program,” explained Schmidt. The DOD Bone Marrow Donor Program was created by Congress in 1990 and signed into public law. Bone marrow transplantation is the preferred treatment for more than 50 fatal blood disorders, and it is estimated that between 5,000 and 10,000 Americans are in need of a transplant each year.

Ng explained the importance of the registration drives like the one held onboard Porter. “People do not realize that military personnel account for more than 15 percent of marrow donors worldwide. The more healthy people we register in the database, the more chance there is for a match,” said Ng. Ng said the goal of the program is to register 25,000 DOD volunteers, ages 18-60, at various military facilities each year. “My crew is currently focused on maintenance and training, and upgrading our ship to get back into the fight. As we celebrate the holidays, it is important to pause and remember those out there in a much different fight,” said Richardson. “This registration drive was all about the Porter family coming together to do our part to help those mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters … that are fighting just to get to one more holiday.” Porter is currently in port undergoing a drydocking maintenance availability at BAE Norfolk Shipyard.

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THE DANGERS OF DISTRACTED DRIVING Press Release USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs

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Sailors from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD) staged a distracted driving display in Newport News, Dec. 12, to bring awareness to fellow Sailors and to remind the crew of ways to stay safe while driving. A Newport News police officer was on scene to emphasize the importance of dedicating full attention while driving. Lincoln’s CSADD President, Electronics Technician 3rd Class Ronald Roark, assigned to Combat Sys-

tems department, helped coordinate the one-day outreach event to bring awareness to their technical-savvy counterparts as a way to ensure safe driving during the holiday season as well as to provide information about road-side safety kits. “Many Sailors are traveling home for the holidays and we want to ensure everyone is safe on the highways and byways because each and every one of us is important to the mission of USS Abraham Lincoln,” said Roark. “It’s always good to have road-side safety kits in your vehicles, especially for those Sailors driving in hazardous weather conditions.” More than 2,500 Sailors are assigned to Lincoln, of which more

than 80 percent are ages 18-29 including Roark, who said his generation “lives their life through their phones.” Roark reflected on the use of technology that can distract even the most seasoned driver. “Everyone has GPS on their phones and though you are not technically texting, you are nevertheless distracted while driving, which is dangerous and potentially lethal,” said Roark. Chief Fire Controlman Bethany Ross, assigned to Lincoln’s Engineering Department, is one of four CSADD mentors who assisted with coordinating the one-day outreach.

“We want to make sure that Sailors make the right decisions while traveling during the holidays,” said Ross. Lincoln’s CSADD chapter is committed to making a positive impact on the command by influencing and empowering the command’s junior Sailors to embody the motto, “The right decision at the right time,” through an active and ongoing campaign to promote positive goal-setting and peer-to-peer mentoring.

Lincoln is currently undergoing refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries. Lincoln is the fifth ship of the Nimitz class to undergo an RCOH, a major life-cycle milestone. Once RCOH is complete, Lincoln will be one of the most modern and technologically advanced Nimitz-class aircraft carriers in the fleet and will continue to be a vital part of the nation’s defense.

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SHIPMATES HELPING SHIPMATES By MC3 Scott Barnes George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs

USS TRUXTUN, AT SEA

Throughout a Sailor’s time in the Navy, the most critical part of his or her career is the beginning. Junior Sailors often face difficult challenges at work and in their personal lives. Throughout these trials and tribulations ,some may ask, “Who is there to help me?” Many Sailors are unaware that there is a program in the Navy set up just for those issues. The Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD) exists to create a culture in which shipmates are helping shipmates maintain a course of success through good decision-making. “CSADD is a peer-to-peer mentorship

group that focuses on one shipmate looking out for another,” said Fire Controlman 3rd Class Ronnie A. Hatfield, USS Truxtun (DDG 103) CSADD president. “It’s based on bystander intervention and is a program for junior Sailors.” “The program is necessary because you can train by PowerPoint all you want to, but, in my opinion, it’s better to have someone actually looking out for you,” said Hatfield. “It’s not always good to be by yourself.” The vision of CSADD is to grow chapters in every command and to reinforce the mission of shipmates helping shipmates while enabling Sailors to realize that America’s Navy is a global force for good. “We provide events for Sailors as an alternative to going out and drinking, and we do fundraisers to help others,” said Hatfield.

“We do all sorts of things.” C S A D D chapters also plan alcohol-free liberty activities like movie nights and day trips that can help bring Sailors together to have fun on liberty in a responsible way. “I think it’s a really good program,” said Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Danielle A. Albert, Truxtun CSADD vice president. “It’s not selfish by any means because the whole program is directed towards others.” “It protects our Sailors and lets them know what’s going on,” said Albert. Each month CSADD covers a different topic of training and enables participants to discuss them as a group leaving the training

up to e a c h chapter. This gives each chapter the opportunity to do things its own way and helps the group think of creative ways to tackle each topic. “You don’t have to physically join CSADD to be part of it,” said Hatfield. “The meetings and events are open to everybody but, in the end, if you think you have something that others can benefit from, join up.” Truxtun is conducting its final pre-deployment evaluation with the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group to achieve mission readiness and the ability to work alongside international allies in the execution of the nation’s maritime strategy.

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Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron two reaches 65,000 ‘Class A’ mishap-free flight hours By Lt Matthew ‘Gretel’ Williamson Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Two Public Affairs

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■ last mishap more than a decade ago HSC-2’s last ”Class A” mishap occurred on July 5, 2002.

Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Two (HSC 2) “Fleet Angels” celebrated reaching 65,000 “Class A” Mishap-free hours, Dec. 5. A “Class A” mishap is defined as an accident with a destroyed aircraft, damages that exceeds two million dollars, loss of life, or permanent total disability. Statistically “Class A” mishaps occur approximately every 100,000 flight hours in naval aviation. “Achieving this milestone does not come easily, especially in a training squadron,” said Lt. Christopher Robinson, HSC2’s safety officer. “Every Sailor in the command has to give 100 percent, 100 percent of the time. All departments of this squadron have to work in conjunction to reach this milestone since we are a squadron full of students being trained to maintain and fly the aircraft.” Lt. Patrick Cortez, maintenance officer at HSC-2, stressed that reaching such a milestone only occurs when every Sailor does every task by the book. “A milestone of this magnitude is only made possible with the complete buy-in from all stake holders throughout the command,” said Lt. Cortez. “At HSC-2, this has become evident by the true professionalism and attention to detail exhibited by all hands in the performance of each and every task within the squadron, such as FCF briefs, daily inspections, pre-flights, and even fundamental events such as FOD walk down. Our high standard of excellence made this impressive achievement possible.” On April 1, 1948, Helicopter Utility Squadron One and Two (HU-1 and HU-2), both known as the “Fleet Angels,” were formed from the newly decommissioned Helicopter Development Squadron Three (VS-3) at Lakehurst, N. J. These were the Navy’s first two helicopter squadrons. Seventeen years later in July 1965, HU-2 was redesignated Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Two (HC-2). Over the years, the “Fleet Angels” distinguished itself with many firsts: First MEDEVAC, first blimp rescue, first all-weather day/night detachment, first night Doppler rescue, and first night full autorotation to a flight deck, giving the squadron a record of 2,318 rescues. The “Fleet Angels” were disestablished after 30 years of service on Sept. 30, 1977, due to budget restraints. The “Circuit Riders” of HC-2 were established on April 1, 1987 aboard NAS Norfolk from detachments of HM-12, HC-6, and HS-1 in order to unify the combat support elements of these dissimilar Atlantic Fleet squadrons. In order to continue the tradition and history of the oldest helicopter squadron in the Navy, they reconnected with their roots and reclaimed the name “Fleet Angels.” The “Fleet Angels” flew the UH-3H Sea King and the executive transport version of the Sea King, UH-3H(ET). In January 2006, HC-2 was redesigneated HSC-2. Along with their redesignation, the “Fleet Angels” transitioned from using the H-3 Sea King to the MH-60S Knight Hawk, and its mission changed to being the Atlantic Fleet’s MH-60S Fleet Replacement Squadron. “It is easy to lose perspective on flight hour milestones – particularly those which may seem routine,” said Cmdr. Todd Vandegrift, HSC-2’s commanding officer. “Sustained mishap-free operations is anything but routine and we need to understand what this milestone represents. It represents more than 11 years of constant attention to detail. It represents hundreds of thousands inspections that occurred by the book. It represents nearly two million man-hours of labor accomplished with a commitment to excellence. This milestone represents who we are as naval aviation and as “Fleet Angels.” Some say that the difference between ‘the good’ and ‘the great’ is that ‘the great’ earn it every day. This milestone of 65,000 mishap-free flight hours represents just that – earning it, every day.”

MC2 Indra Bosko Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Two (HSC-2) “Fleet Angels” celebrated reaching 65,000 “Class A” Mishap-free hours, Dec. 5. A “Class A” mishap is defined as an accident with a destroyed aircraft, damages that exceeds two million dollars, loss of life, or permanent total disability. Statistically “Class A” mishaps occur approximately every 100,000 flight hours in naval aviation.

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A6 | THE FLAGSHIP | DEC 19, 2013 | FLAGSHIPNEWS.COM Capt. George J. Vassilakis, commanding officer of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), talks to 3rd class petty officer selectees in the ship’s classroom Dec. 6.

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Armed with cleaning gear, Sailors from Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center (ECRC) rolled up their sleeves to field day Joint Expeditionary Base Little CreekFort Story’s United Service Organization (USO) recently, as part of the command’s CPO 365 program. ECRC devoted more than two hours to moving furniture and cleaning everything from the waterside deck to the heating and cooling vents. “It felt good to surprise the USO and help them spruce up their facility,” said Personnel Specialist 2nd Class Stephanie Veloz. “It was nice to give back to an organization that does so much for our military.” From sweeping to mopping and scrubbing, ECRC provided a deep clean during a time of year in which a little tender, loving care goes along way. “The USO here doesn’t have a huge staff, so I think it’s awesome that we were able to have 30 Sailors lend a hand in the cleaning

It was nice to give back to an organization that does so much for our military.” -Personnel Specialist 2nd Class Stephanie Veloz

department,” said Personnel Specialist 2nd Class Laura Benton. “It’s important to do random acts of kindness, especially during the holidays because it reminds those that do so much for us how much we appreciate everything they do to raise the morale of our military family.” ECRC enjoyed giving back to the USO and the USO staff was delighted to have ECRC stop by to do such a good deed. “It was great to have them here, and they did a really nice job,” said Jackie Warn, JEBLC-FS USO manager. “This is the first time we’ve ever had a command just show up and want to clean our facility, so we’re grateful for their willingness to help us out during this busy time of the year.”

MCC James C. Brown Chief Information Systems Technician Bobby Braswell, of Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center (ECRC), cleans a window during the field day of Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story’s United Service Organization (USO).

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Sailors aboard USS Bataan will soon start working towards college degrees through Bataan University, the ship’s Navy College Program for Afloat College Education (NCPACE) program, which started course assessments in November. NCPACE offers participating Sailors learning opportunities and experiences from secondary institutions recognized by an accrediting body approved by the Department of Education. NCPACE provides Sailors with educational opportunities comparable to those available to shore duty personnel. Although students must pay for books, tuition is covered by the Navy. “NCPACE courses are offered to all Sailors on board whether officer or enlisted,” said Chief Operations Specialist Laquinta Dover. “Prior to deployment, a class schedule will be made and courses will be available in two hour blocks.” The Center for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) is responsible for executing and administering NCPACE. Working closely with Bataan’s training department, CPPD ensures the right

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MARFORCOM Marines engage Revolutionary War history, Yorktown By Sgt. Scott McAdam U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command

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In the months of November and December, Marines and Sailors with Headquarters and Service Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command, took the opportunity to participate in a command staff ride, studying the Siege of Yorktown, a pivotal campaign in the Revolutionary War. According to Lt. Col. Andrew Straley, the executive officer of HQSVBN, Yorktown was specifically chosen because a lot of the lessons learned from that campaign can apply to Marine Corps warfighting doctrine today and because of its significance in the Revolutionary War. “It was the game-changer for the Revolutionary War,” said Straley. “This was the winning campaign for the War of Independence; it’s a great case study for the military practitioner.” The staff ride consisted of a day of classroom instruction

This was the winning campaign for the War of Independence; it’s a great case study for the military practitioner.” Photos by Marine Sgt. Scott McAdam

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covering the events leading up to the siege, as well as the operational and strategic levels of warfare from both the Allied and British. The Marines followed up the next day with a visit to the actual battle site where Robbie Smith, an interpretive park ranger with the National Park Service, presented the Marines with the more intimate details of the battle at different locations throughout the battle site. “I consider it a tremendous

Marines and Sailors with Headquarters and Service Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command, took the opportunity to participate in a command staff ride, Dec. 3, to study the Siege of Yorktown, a pivotal campaign in the Revolutionary War.

privilege to be able to talk about the history that made this country with those who are preserving it for us today,” said Smith. In the past, both the classroom and battlefield site visits were led by Marines and Sailors who had studied the campaign extensively, but the Marines welcomed having such a passionate and knowledgeable subject matter expert lead this visit. “Having that individual there at the park who could take us to specific locations and areas and focus on those aspects and who can quote (historical figures) verbatim and account for all of the events that took place during that timeframe was an added bonus,” said SSgt. Michael Maglio, ordnance information systems database analyst, HQSVBN. “Robbie (Smith) was a phenomenal attribute we had added to our staff ride.” The Yorktown staff ride came as a welcomed, if a little off-topic, mid-year insertion to the five-year HQSVBN Civil War PME program.

Marines and Sailors with Headquarters and Service Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command, took the opportunity to participate in a command staff ride, Dec. 3, to study the Siege of Yorktown, a pivotal campaign in the Revolutionary War.

“I wasn’t aware of the battle of Yorktown in the beginning, so learning all of the dynamics of the strategy and about how the strategy was developed and used was very informative,” said Maglio. “I have visited a couple of battle sites already, so… this has really engaged my interest at looking closer to home.” Four Marines, Straley, Lt. Col. Patrick Gallogly, Maj. Zeb Beasly and Maj. David McCombs, assembled the staff ride in about a 30-day period.

“The team that put this together did a phenomenal job of putting together the curriculum, and I appreciate all of the Marines who went on it and added value to it,” said Straley. “I just hope that we scratched the surface today and sparked curiosity for further independent study.” Though individuals take away something different and unique, even from shared experiences, when asked, Smith said she hoped the Marines took away sense

of sustained history. “In the continuation of the story of our country from Washington through the war of 1812, The American Civil War, World War I and World War II, they are the current generation, continuing that thread of history,” said Smith. “That’s a proud heritage and something to be grateful for.” The HQSVBN Marines can look forward to the next staff ride, the Overland Campaign of the Civil War, set to begin in Spring 2014.

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Peter the Painter gives the TR a splash of color By MCSN Bounome Chanphouang USS Theodore Roosevelt Public Affairs

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In the ship’s foc’sle stands a portrait of a brawny Sailor, with his cover cocked to the side and a pipe in his mouth. He controls the helm as fierce emerald waves crash behind him. Despite the chaotic scene, the mighty Popeye stands strong and proud over Deck department’s space. Seaman Marlena Peter, through unexpected circumstances and a gift for painting, is the artist who gives USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) its splash of color. Chief Boatswain’s Mate Edmundo Brantes wanted a mural of two crossed anchors on the deck plates of the Deck department’s office, but the Sailor who sketched out the anchors was in the process of transferring. One of Peter’s friends noticed her doodling in a sketchbook and referred Peter to Brantes. Peter agreed to help complete the painting. Another shipmate referred Peter to Air department’s V-3 division months later to paint the Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) rating insignia on their door. Since then, word has spread about Peter’s art work and requests from other departments have been coming in left and right. “I feel like I blew up,” said Peter. “I had no idea my job could take me right here and that I would be doing this every day. I never thought I could be this good through the eyes of other people.” Brantes saw the opportunity for her to put her artistic talent to use after departments began requesting more murals all over the ship. Now Peter has a waiting list of requests and is temporarily assigned to the departments she paints for. “Seaman Peters, she’s extremely talented,” said Brantes. “Why not allow somebody with

I had no idea my job could take me right here and that I would be doing this every day. I never thought I could be this good through the eyes of other people.” - Seaman Marlena Peter

Seaman Marlena Peter paints the Boatswain’s Mate rate symbol with skulls, on a door in the foc’sle on board USS Theodore Roosevelt.

such phenomenal talent to go out and do phenomenal things for this great nation and this great ship. Her artwork is spectacular, and it builds morale throughout the ship. These murals will be here for many years to come. She’s going to leave her legacy aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt.” Brantes lets Peter manage her own time allowing Peter to paint as late or as early as she wants. “This is pretty much my job,” said Peter. “I do paint as such as I can everyday, but if I’m not painting, I usually do deck work. I never seek out people. When I’m painting in a busy area a lot of people approach me. They come with either a picture or an idea.” Peter has been painting ever since she was a child and said she loves to paint a variety of styles to improve her craft and reach a broader audience. “One of the coolest requests I have is from reactor,” she said. “They want to make their people into characters from old animes like Dragon Ball Z, Johnny Bravo and Speed Racer. It will be cool because it’s going to be down on the seventh deck where only they can see and take pride in it.” One of Peter’s favorite project’s was painting the command master chief insignia outside Command Master Chief Bill Smalts’ door. “It was really heartfelt when the CMC gave me a coin for doing the mural outside his door,” said Peter. “He doesn’t give those out a lot.” When Peter is on a job, it’s just her and her canvas. “I’m usually by myself without any supervision, I feel really relaxed,” she said. “I like getting through certain pieces a day. It keeps me really sane. I can just tune out a lot of stuff, plug an earphone in one ear and just go at it.”

Photos by MCSN Bounome Chanphouang Seaman Marlena Peter mixes paint in a tray to create a mural of Popeye in the foc’sle on board USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Peter painted the mural in two weeks.

Seaman Marlena Peter paints a mural of Popeye in the foc’sle on board USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Peter painted the mural in two weeks.


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TR Sailors stuff stockings for exceptional children By MC2 Gregory White USS Theodore Roosevelt Public Affairs

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Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) teamed up to decorate and stuff Christmas stockings for children at the Gatewood Preschool for Educating Exceptional People (PEEP) School in Newport News, Dec. 14. Theodore Roosevelt’s Sailors filled 100 stockings with books, toys and art supplies. “We’re doing this for children with special needs,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (handling) 3rd Class Amanda F. Cubit. Holiday cheer filled the room as Sailors from various

■ Christmas stockings for PEEP students Sailors from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) decorate stockings for the Preschool for Educating Exceptional People (PEEP) school in Newport News.

departments aboard the aircraft carrier gathered together to help with the project. Theodore Roosevelt’s Junior Enlisted Association (JEA) sponsored the stocking stuffing event, but some senior Sailors also attended. “Everyone here has come together to give those kids a little part of Theodore Roosevelt for Christmas,” said Ship’s Serviceman 1st Class Eugene J. Lee. The PEEP School is a preschool in Newport News, for children ages two to five who qualify for special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Theodore Roosevelt Sailors plan to deliver the stockings Dec. 19.

Theodore Roosevelt Sailors will deliver the stockings Dec. 19.

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A LINCOLN SAILOR’S FAMILY GETS THEIR HOLIDAY WISH: DADDY’S HOME Press Release USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs

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A Sailor assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), serving on a one-year Individual Augmentee (IA), surprised his two young children with his homecoming just in time for the holidays, Dec. 11. Damage Controlman 1st Class Kent Crouch, who returned to Virginia Beach from his IA assignment in Bahrain, wanted a unique way to reunite with his 6-year old son Teagan and 5-year old daughter Jorja. Crouch, with aide from his wife Cheryl, surprised his two children at school only a few hours after his flight landed in Norfolk. “I have been looking forward to being home with my beautiful wife and my amazing kids,” said Crouch, who was one of 15 Lincoln Sailors supporting IA assignments around the world. Crouch and his wife decided to surprise their two children in a unique way when they learned he would return in December. “When I returned home during the half-way mark of my IA earlier this year, my wife and I had surprised my two young children,” said Crouch, who added his two children had no idea he was coming home so close to the holidays. Cheryl began coordinating the reunion in late October and looked forward to having her husband home during the holiday season. “I am thrilled beyond words to have my husband home,” said Cheryl. “This has been a

long year for us all especially our children; they both have a very special and close bond to their daddy. I couldn’t think of any other gift better than that of a holiday reunion for my children.” Lt. Cmdr. Matt Myers, Lincoln’s IA coordinator, reflected on supporting Sailors during their deployments. “We have always tried to let our IA Sailors know that, even though they may be half way around the world, they were still part of the Lincoln family,” said Myers. “Nevertheless, reunions like this bring home the important link and value that keeping families involved brings to our Sailors’ well-being.” Cmdr. Vincent Janowiak, Lincoln’s chief engineer, reflected on Crouch’s service during the one-year IA and looks forward to his return to his department. “Petty Officer Crouch made a huge contribution and positive impact during his IA,” said Janowiak. “We’re proud of him, and happy to see that he made a difference.” Lincoln is currently undergoing RCOH at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries. Lincoln is the fifth ship of the Nimitz-class to undergo a RCOH, a major life-cycle milestone. Once RCOH is complete, Lincoln will be one of the most modern and technologically advanced Nimitz-class aircraft carriers in the fleet and will continue to be a vital part of the nation’s defense. For more news from USS Abraham Lincoln, visit www. navy.mil/local/cvn72/.

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As the fire department arrived and residents began to vacate the building, Atwater ensured that everyone was out and made his way outside. “I wanted to make sure that everyone was out of there because it was so early in the morning and I knew that some people may still be asleep and would not smell the smoke,” he said. Thanks to Atwater’s quick think-

ing, no one was hurt by the fire. And for that, Bagley is extremely grateful. “We as Sailors are trained to help others and it was nice to see MA2 Atwater put his training to use,” she said. “Some people wouldn’t stop, let alone act out when they find themselves in a situation like this. I can’t thank him enough for taking action and ensuring that we were all safe.” Bagley was so appreciative of Atwater’s actions that she contacted

his Senior Chief to tell him the story. “I was not surprised at his actions to inform the other tenets in his building about the fire,” said Senior Chief Master-at-Arms Isaac Monk, NSA HR Department Leading Chief Petty Officer. “MA2 is an outstanding Sailor with genuine concern about the safety of all personnel.” Since the incident, Atwater has been called a hero and a lifesaver. “I don’t consider myself a hero, I was just at the right place at the right time,” he said.

Retired Chief Petty Officer Venner Milewski, the Santa Claus for the event, says goodbye to children boarding an American Airlines flight during the annual Snowball Express event at Norfolk International Airport.

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troops can interact with each other Continued from front “The event contributes to the healing process,” said Deborah Jones, who lost her husband, U.S. Army Sgt. Michael Benson Jones, more than seven years ago. “[Other kids] say, ‘my dad doesn’t live with us, our parents are divorced,’ but, that’s not the same. This is where all the kids can talk, and we try to help the littler ones – my kids are older – to mentor them and help with the healing.” This year will be the eighth Snowball Express event in which Jones and her family has participated. However, even those who are new to the program understand the value of interacting with others that have dealt with similar tragedy. “It has contributed to the healing process, because he gets to see other kids who have been through the same thing,” said Charisse Mattaws referring to her 10-year-old son Aaron Scales III regarding his father, U.S. Army Sgt. Aaron Scales Jr., who died at officer

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training camp a year in 2012. This is their first year participating in the Snowball Express event. This year’s event began Thursday, Dec. 12, with Family Arrival Day, when eligible families arrived at one of the 73 participating airports spanning four continents. Each participating family was greeted with a welcoming ceremony, after which they traveled to Dallas/ Ft. Worth, Texas airport. The local ceremony was held at the American Airlines charter flight gate at Norfolk International Airport. This is the eighth year Snowball Express held its annual event. During the preceding 11 months, members and leaders of the organization work tirelessly to build an event that contributes to the healing process of these families as much as possible. “It is a privilege and honor to serve the families of Snowball Express,” said Lt. Neil A. Raaz, Chairman of the Board for Snowball Express. “An army of volunteers, sponsors,

and supporters are working tirelessly to ensure that Snowball Express VIII is worthy of our cause and more importantly, your families’ sacrifice.” These efforts were not lost on participants only one day into the event. “So far, it’s been great. It’s way more than I expected. Just pulling up was awesome – brought tears to my eyes,” said Stephanie Price, who brought her 10-year-old daughter, Jillian Price, after they lost her husband, Navy SEAL Cmdr. Joe Price, last December. The service and acknowledgement the families received from the moment they arrive was significant to them. “From the time we pulled up, we’ve had somebody escort us. We even went through security a different way – it’s been amazing,” said Stidfole. “It makes me feel like he’s not forgotten, like people really do care.” It is the least that can be done for the families of service members who have given the ultimate sacrifice for their country. For them, the coping

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Fire Controlman 1st Class Chad Chambers hugs his daughter, Allie, after surprising her of his homecoming.

Sailor at sea for 12 of 15 years in Navy Continued from front “When I’m away, I miss them a whole lot,” Chambers said about when he is deployed. “I was talking with my 3-year-old this morning on the phone while in Greece, and told her I had to go, and she started crying saying “daddy don’t go,” but she didn’t know.” For his wife, it is a sigh of relief to see him home. “It’s so surreal,” she said. “Our whole life has been good bye, and we get a hello, and we don’t have to say good bye anymore.”

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“Like every Navy spouse, we have each other, and that’s what you kind of use to get through it,” Kim said. “But it’s so nice to have him home.” Knowing that this may be her husband’s final deployment, Kim said it is what she and the family have been waiting for. “It’s like piece,” she said. “Like 16 years of needed piece.”

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“The moms and grandparents and dads, whoever is the guardian of the child, we get together and we have talks and lots of Kleenex, because, you know, we still cry, too,” said Jones. The children have their ways of coping, as well. “He kisses his daddy goodnight every night through the picture on the headboard,” said Sharon Stidfole about her grandson Gavin Stidfole. Overall, it is the legacy of these American heroes that MCSN Adam Austin help the families come to terms Molly McGreery pets Mike, a with their loved one’s ultimate therapy dog, during the annual sacrifice. “He served like noSnowball Express event. This is McGreery’s fourth year attending body’s business and his death pales in comparison to his serthe event benefiting the families of fallen service members. vice,” said Price.


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ARLINGTON, VA.

Volunteers placed more than 143,000 wreaths on gravesites at Arlington National Cemetery, Dec. 14, as part of the 22nd annual “Wreaths Across Americaâ€? event. The wreaths were manufactured by the Worcester Wreath Co. of Harrington, Maine, and came to the cemetery by truck over the week in advance of the event. Donors and the Worcester Wreath Co. paid for the wreaths. Morrill Worcester, the company’s owner, said interest in the project has grown steadily, and that he feels now his participation has grown to something more. “About ďŹ ve years ago, things really started to take off,â€? he said. “I really think that it became our responsibility at that point to do what we do. Today I really think it’s our obligation to be here.â€? Morrill’s wife, Karen, reminded event participants of the people and lives being commemorated during the event. “These are not gravestones; these are lives,â€? she said. “These represent lives that were lost and laid down so we can be free.â€? Out of the backs of several tractor-trailer trucks, volunteers passed the wreaths – Maine balsam with a hand-tied red bow – to the thousands of civilians, service members, adults and children who would take them out to a single stone and place them there in advance of the holiday season. “I said, ‘Let’s come down early and actually volunteer and put some wreaths on,’â€? said Bob Taylor of Redline, Pa. Taylor and 10 members of his family drove more than two hours to participate in the event. “What really impressed me was how many served in multiple wars,â€? he said after reading inscriptions on some of the headstones. “You see individuals that served in three and four wars. It’s really incredible, the dedication and commitment that they showed for our country. It’s a profound sense of gratitude, to see how fortunate we are to live the life that we live, in part because of what these people have sacriďŹ ced.â€? Marine Corps Maj. Daniel Smith works at the Pentagon and lives in the Washington, D.C., area. He said he knew some who are buried in the cemetery – men he had served with in two theaters of war over the last 10 years. “Several folks we’ve served with are here, in different areas,â€? he said. “We have been in conict now for 10-plus years. You’re going to lose people. It’s an amazing feeling to know that so many people not only contributed monetarily, but are here.â€?

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DARPA TAKES ROBOTS TO DISASTER MITIGATION TRIALS American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON

Seventeen teams will take their multi-limbed, capable-looking robots through eight realistic disaster-response tasks that will make up the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Robotics Challenge Trials, Dec. 21-22, at Florida’s Homestead-Miami Speedway. The best performers will determine the baseline for the state of robotics, Dr. Gill Pratt, DARPA’s Robotics Challenge program manager, said during a recent teleconference. And DARPA will fund up to eight of the highest-scoring teams for another year as they move on to the DRC Finals in 2014, after which one team will receive a $2 million prize.

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Looking back and looking forward By Bianca Martinez Military Spouse Contributor

Photos by MC1 Molly A. Burgess Above: Fire Controlman 1st Class Chad Chambers holds his daughter, Kara, after surprising her of his homecoming while she was visiting Santa Clause at the MacArthur Center in Norfolk. Left: Chambers holds his daughter, Britton, after surprising her of his homecoming. Chambers was deployed aboard USS Stout since August and returned home early to transfer from the command and report to a shore duty command as part of a routine duty rotation. See more on page A1!

Syracuse career transition program now includes spouses Press Release American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON

The Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University in New York has expanded eligibility to enroll in its Veterans Career Transition Program to spouses of eligible veterans and active duty service members. This allows these spouses access to online courses along four professional tracks that will help them gain knowledge, skills and certifications that civilian organizations seek in their employees, all at no cost, institute officials said. The deadline for spouses and eligible veterans to register for courses that begin in January is Dec. 15. The Veterans Career Transition Program delivers career-focused online training to transitioning U.S.

military members, members of the Guard and reserves, post 9/11 veterans and now military and eligible veterans’ spouses. The program is paid for in its entirety by JPMorgan Chase and Co., so participants don’t incur any costs or use their education benefits to take part, officials said. “The Veterans Career Transition Program has helped many veterans successfully transition into civilian careers – and that’s why we’re expanding it to military spouses,” said Maureen Casey, managing director of the JPMorgan Chase & Co. office of military and veterans affairs. “Our aim is to position military families for post-military service success,” Casey added. “Through VCTP, veterans and spouses can add to the valuable skills they already have and gain additional knowledge, skills and certifications

ALL STATES NOW ALLOW ID CARDS TO ELIGIBLE MILITARY SPOUSES Press Release American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON

All eligible service members, dependents and retirees – including same-sex couples – are now able to obtain Defense Department identification cards in every state, Defense

Secretary Chuck Hagel announced today. On Oct. 31, Hagel called on the chief of the National Guard Bureau to work with the adjutants general of several states to fully implement Defense Department policy by providing DOD ID cards to all eligible military spouses, regardless

that employers are seeking.” Program participants select an independent study track or follow education tracks in Professional Skills, Technology or Human Resources – a new course of study that will begin in January. Mike Haynie, executive director and co-founder of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, noted that every service branch includes people who have worked in human resources, project management and information technology. “Where they struggle in the civilian job market is with professional certifications that military training doesn’t provide,” he said. “The Veterans Career Transition Program helps veterans and military spouses meet the requirements to fill growing demand from companies for skilled, experienced workers.”

of sexual orientation. “All military spouses and families sacrifice on behalf of our country,” Hagel said in a statement today. “They deserve our respect and the benefits they are entitled to under the law.” The entire Defense Department is committed to pursuing equal opportunities for all who serve the nation, the secretary said. “I will continue to work to ensure our men and women in uniform, as well as their families, have full and equal access to the benefits they deserve,” he added.

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Every year at about this same time I say, “Where has the time gone?” It seems the older I get the faster time ... well of course unless you are in the middle of a deployment, because for some reason time decides to stand still during those. However, I step back and make sure to remember the blessings and they memories that have come with the year gone by. I also like to look back so that I may look ahead. I always want to see what goals I have set for myself and how I have done when it comes to working towards them. I found an article I wrote for this column in 2010 (shocked to see I’ve been doing this that long) and it was a great one on resolutions with a MILLIFE spin. Here are the promises I made to you and myself that year. They were inspired by folks I featured in stories I produced. ■ One woman I worked with this year is actually a friend of mine. She lost her husband in a training accident and could tell you the number of days, hours and minutes it was ago when she received the call to find out her husband would not be coming home alive. She turned her loss into a huge gain for the rest of the community. We got an advocate out of Christina. We now have someone who will fight for our families, who will let people know what life as a military really means and someone who will never let people forget the names of those lost. So for her, I resolve to do whatever I can to be a voice to our community and to be the best liaison between the military and civilian world that I can be. ■ Another military spouse I met was Stephanie. Her husband deployed with a Little Creek Riverine squadron this past year and she took that time to help her little girl do what was at the time – unimaginable. Her daughter was born with Spina bifida, two clubbed feet and they thought walking would be a long shot. While home, the therapy was too much for dad to take, so they backed off a little ... Stephanie all the while knowing she was going to make it happen. During dad’s seven-month deployment, Savannah took her first steps. We were there when dad came home and saw his little girl walk to him. There are no words. For Stephanie and Savannah, I resolve to make the most of our next deployment. Instead of whining and moping, I am going to set a goal and take that time to make it happen. If there are any doubts in my mind about reaching that goal, I will picture the day Savannah gave her daddy a miracle homecoming. ■ I met Geri just a couple of weeks ago when her husband was returning on USS Gonzalez. After three years and surgery, she

dropped about 300 pounds. We met her when she was getting a makeover to highlight her accomplishments and to look smokin’ for her hubby when he returned. I tell you, he was so in love with her before and he was mesmerized when he met her on the pier that day. Her two boys holding up a welcome home sign in front of her for the big reveal. You might be thinking that this is turning into a weight loss resolution. Who needs to make those anymore ... it is always in the back of my head! Nope. See, when I asked her why she went through this, she told me it was because she could not even cook food for her kids because she was so exhausted. She could no longer enjoy life. It wasn’t about looking good. For her, it was about living. So for Geri, I resolve to do whatever I can to make my life better for my family. It’s that simple. Whatever I need to do to make sure they are taken care of, that we are spending quality time together and that they know how I much I love them, I will do. ■ My last resolution is one that comes from our Monday 4 p.m. show. I resolved to utilize the incredible resources that are made available to military families. From assistance to discounts, there are so many options for us. I need to start taking advantage of them. If you want to find out a little more about some of them, watch Monday’s at 4 p.m. for “Mission Monday.” Each week we highlight a resource that is out there waiting to be taken advantage of! So as I look towards 2014 now, I see there are some things I’ve definitely continued to work on and have kept my promise. Others, not so much. I’m proud to say, my life as a mom has been amazing. I have made myself healthy for my kids and we work out together and have changed the way we eat. We make every moment count now. For me, that was most important and also my most successful resolution from that year. With that, some of my promises to my military community though have fallen to the wayside. I wanna bring back two things ... Mission Monday and Do My Military Job. That’s this years resolution. My Flagship columns will be a little more spaced out now because of that. I will be writing every other week starting in January so I can get everything done that I’d like to. So while you won’t see me as much here, tune to NewsChannel 3 to see these plans in action. As we move into the holidays I just want to say thank you for allowing me to be a part of your lives through this column. I appreciate your feedback and your encouragement and of course your service to your families and your country. Happy Holidays and here is to an amazing 2014!

You can catch Bianca Martinez anchoring the 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts with Kurt Williams, Barbara Ciara, and Juliet Bickford during the work week. You can also follow her laughter, stress and tears as a military wife in her blog, “Married to the Military,” weekly in the Flagship. Reach out to Bianca at bianca.martinez@wtkr.com.

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FLAGSHIPNEWS.COM | DEC 19, 2013 | THE FLAGSHIP | B3 Master of ceremonies and WAVY news anchor Tom Schaad counts down from 10 to start the seventh annual Walk Out of Darkness.

Being a designated driver is the perfect holiday gift

An estimated 4,500 people gathered in remembrance and celebration of suicide prevention and awareness at Mt. Trashmore State Park in Virginia Beach.

Press Release Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

MILLINGTON, TENN.

December has been designated as National Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month, a time to raise awareness about the consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, announced Dorice Favorite, director, Navy Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Office. “The month of December is one of the busiest on the nation’s roadways, and also one of the most dangerous, due to a high incidence of alcohol and drug-related traffic crashes,” said Favorite. “According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an average of 25 people die each day in drunk driving crashes during December.” That means approximately 775 people aren’t making it home for the December holidays. “Impaired driving crashes are 100 percent preventable,” continued Favorite. “Everyone can practice responsible drinking and Keep What They’ve Earned.” It’s within everyone’s ability to make and keep to a plan, whether at a party, at the bar, or anywhere that will require you to travel home. If you decide to drink this holiday season, designate a driver that will not drink any alcohol that night. A designated driver will help you get home safely. Have a plan. Make the decision on who will be the designated driver before going out, and stick to the plan. Know how much you are going to drink in advance and stop when you reach your preplanned limit. Be a good shipmate. “If you notice someone who is about to drive or ride with a driver who is impaired, take the driver’s keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely,” concluded Favorite. “Simple planning in advance can bring everyone through December safely.”

Sailors from more than 20 different commands volunteered to help with the event.

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At war with ourselves – Make a promise to live By Terrina Weatherspoon Defense Media Activity

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B4 | THE FLAGSHIP | DEC 19, 2013 | FLAGSHIPNEWS.COM

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Continued from B1 Smith’s daughter, Kara Anne, said she was glad to have come to the event with her father. “These people have died in some of the most important wars,” she said. “They did good – so we honor them.” Vietnam and Army veteran Gerald Reed, of nearby Columbia, Md., attended the event for the first time this year with his wife, Kathy. Reed was drafted at 25, and served in Phu Bai, Vietnam, in 1971 as a radar technician. He’d been a radar technician as a civilian when he was drafted. “I really lucked out,” Reed said. “Normally, when you are drafted they put you in the infantry. They had a need for

U.S. Army photo by C. Todd Lopez Volunteers placed more than 143,000 wreaths on gravesites, Dec. 14, as part of the 22nd annual “Wreaths Across America” event at Arlington National Cemetery.

radar repairmen, and that’s what I did. They didn’t even have to train me.” While Reed said he doesn’t know anyone buried in the cemetery, he did say a high school classmate of his was the first from his county to be killed in the Vietnam War. And Reed’s older brother was killed in World War II in Normandy. He said he never met his brother. “My oldest brother, Clifford, who died in World War II, died before I was born,” he said. “My mother was pregnant with me when they got word that my brother was killed.” Reed said he has six brothers

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The future USS Jackson (LCS 6) launched from the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala., Dec. 14, marking an important production milestone for the littoral combat ship program. Jackson joins the future USS Milwaukee (LCS 5), which will launch from the Marinette Marine Corp. yard in Wisconsin next week. These ships are the first vessels procured under the block buy contract awarded in 2010 and represent the true beginning of “serial production” for the class. With serial production, the Navy is able to realize benefits such as improved cost structure per vessel and reduced construction time. “Seeing multiple littoral combat ships on the Mobile waterfront is a beautiful thing,” said Capt. Tom Anderson, LCS program manager. “Serial production is in full swing at both building yards and we are seeing ship construction milestones.” Following the launch, the ship will undergo outfitting, and test and evaluation of its major systems at the Austal shipyard. The ship’s christening, a ceremony that marks the official naming of the vessel, is planned for the spring. The LCS class consists of two variants, the trimaran design Independence variant, and the monohull design Freedom variant.

The ships are designed and built by two industry teams, led by Austal USA and Lockheed Martin, respectively. Jackson is the third LCS constructed by Austal USA. Both variants within the LCS class are fast, agile, focused-mission platforms designed for operation in near-shore environments yet capable of open ocean operation. The LCS is designed to embark specialized mission packages to defeat “anti-access” threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft. The Navy has been able to incorporate much of the knowledge gained in the construction, test and operation of LCS 1 and LCS 2, the lead ships of the class, into follow on ships. Many of those are currently in various stages of construction, and will deliver to the Navy over the next few years. They include Jackson’s sister ships; Montgomery (LCS 8), Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), Omaha (LCS 12), Manchester (LCS 14) and Tulsa (LCS 16). Program Executive Office Littoral Combat Ships is affiliated with the Naval Sea Systems Command and provides a single program executive responsible for acquiring and sustaining mission capabilities of the littoral combat ship class, from procurement through fleet employment and sustainment. Delivering high-quality warfighting assets while balancing affordability and capability is key to supporting the Navy’s Maritime Strategy.

years of service, 6,000 flight hours Continued from B1 They also flew more than 70 hours in the aftermath of the Philippines typhoon, directing Marines on the ground and assisting with search and rescue efforts. Cunningham began his Navy career in 1981 and soon entered the P-3 training pipeline. Serving first as a radar operator then an acoustic sensor operator. “This aircraft and I have been linked since I was a young boy,” said Cunningham. While on active duty, he served in Signonella, Italy, and Bermuda tracking various classes of Soviet sub-

marines as they patrolled the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. He left active duty in 1990 and joined the VP-62 ‘Broadarrows’ in Jacksonville. Nearly a dozen members of the squadron, on active duty the day of Cunningham’s retirement, had not been born when he joined the squadron. While attached to VP-62, Cunningham held many positions from NATOPS ‘Bluecard’ instructor to detachment CPO (chief petty officer) and for a while, was the command master chief. All the while, maintaining combat aircrew qualifications. Meanwhile, his civilian

positions had a direct relationship to his Navy reserve job. He held positions with several local Jacksonville defense contractors that have supported the training efforts of the P-3 force, including curriculum development, specifically the Block Mod Update and ASUW Improvement Programs for the P-3. He was also an initial member of, and later managed the Revision and Maintenance effort for the P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron, VP-30. “I’ll be around giving new operators the foundation they need to build their careers, and loving every minute of it,” said Cunningham.

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U.S. Navy photo illustration An artist rendering of the littoral combat ship USS Jackson (LCS 6).

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impacted by donations Continued from B1 “Our CFC-O [departmental] representatives did an outstanding job at making contact with their departments,” said Orr. “The success of this year’s campaign was their ability to ensure they made contact with their work centers or divisions, teach them to properly fill out their forms and get 100 percent accountability.” Sailors first chose an organization from the charity listing catalog or cfcoverseas.org to make a donation. They then filled out a pledge card where a donation is made by 12month allotment or one-time donation by cash or check. Pledge cards were collected by departmental or divisional CFC-O representatives to give to the CFC-O command coordinator and then sent to CFC-O headquarters in Washington. “Everyone always finds an organization to donate to,”

said Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class Megan McConahy, George Washington’s weapons department CFC-O representative. “If a Sailor looks through the charity listing, they may find something that they can relate to. I choose one for multiple sclerosis and one for leukemia. I have family members with those illnesses and it hits close to home so that’s where I donate my money.” The CFC-O is the only authorized solicitation of the U.S. military and Federal employees in their workplaces on behalf of approved charitable organizations. The CFC-O is made up 165 campaigns that organize the annual fund raising effort in Federal workplaces in the U.S. and abroad. “We have remotely made an impact on thousands of lives,” said Orr. “This has been one of the most rewarding collateral duties I’ve ever had and I hope that everyone who helped feels the same way.”

“The purpose of the program is to develop technology that can help make us much more robust to natural and man-made disasters,” Pratt explained. “In particular,” he added, “we’re looking at robotic technology that can allow us to mitigate the extent of a disaster during the first hours and days while the disaster is still unfolding.” DARPA was directly inspired to create the program by the 2011 accident at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, Pratt said, which was caused when an earthquake and tsunami knocked out backup power systems needed to cool the plant’s reactors, causing three of them to undergo fuel melting, hydrogen explosions and radioactive releases. “During the first 24 hours there,” he said, “if only human beings had been able to go into the reactor buildings and vent built-up gas that was accumulating inside the reactors, the explosions that occurred might have been prevented and the disaster would not have been as severe.” That’s just one example, Pratt added. “We don’t know what the next disaster will be, so the technology we’re trying to develop [will] allow human beings and robots working together to have an effect on evolving disasters in environments that are too dangerous for human beings to go into by themselves,” he said. DARPA is trying to improve robotic mobility and dexterity to achieve the following goals for disaster-response robots, Pratt said: ■ The robots have to work in environments that are engineered for people, including environments that are degraded by an evolving disaster; ■ The robots have to be able to use

human tools, everything from screwdrivers to fire trucks that may be available in the disaster area; and ■ The robots must have an improved human-to-robot interface, to reduce the amount of training needed by personnel who are experts in handling disasters but not necessarily in handling robots. “We started the program with over 100 teams and had a first event in June that was a virtual robotics challenge held in simulation,” Pratt said. Since then and through several design reviews, DARPA has narrowed the field to 17. DARPA is funding 13 of the 17 teams, and four teams are funding their own work, the program manager said. Part of the funding includes a highmobility humanoid robot called Atlas. It’s funded by the Defense Department and built by Boston Dynamics, an engineering company that began as a spinoff of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The teams represent five countries and organizations that range from large and small businesses and hardware and software firms to universities and government agencies like NASA, which has two teams participating in the trials. Each of the eight tasks the robots must perform has a couple of steps. The first task is to drive a utility vehicle over a short course that requires turning, then the robot must get out of the vehicle and walk, Pratt said. Second is to travel over rough terrain that goes from easy to medium to hard. Third is to move rubble from in front of a doorway and go through the door. The fourth task is to walk through three successively more difficult-toopen doors. Fifth is to climb a ladder. Sixth is to go to a wall, pick up a tool and use it to cut an access hole through

the wall without damaging infrastructure drawn on the wall. Seventh is to find three valves and close them. Eighth is to pull a fire hose a short distance and connect it to a standpipe. The DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials are free and open to the public – a public whose experience with robots may tend toward science fiction, Pratt worries, like the Terminator and R2D2, or lately even the Almost Human MX-263 combat-model android. And what will the public see next week at the Miami-Homestead Speedway? Not all of the robots will be able to do every task, Pratt explained. Even those that can do most tasks will be getting a lot of help from their human operators. And the robots will be slow, he said. “We’re trying to advance that technology and move things from teleoperation to something known as task-level autonomy, where rather than ‘Move forward a tenth of an inch, move left a tenth of an inch,’ you tell the robot, ‘Open that door,’ and the robot perceives the handle on the door, reaches out, turns the handle and opens the door.” Based on DARPA’s experience with its 2004 Grand Challenge for driverless vehicles, the program manager said robots that qualify for the 2014 DARPA Robotic Challenge Finals in 2014 should be much more capable than this year’s contenders. The desire is to physically emulate such a scenario roughly a year from now, and to have human beings in a remote location, able to control the robot over a degraded communication link, he said. Pratt added, “That’s our goal. How far we’ll get, we don’t know. Part of the purpose of the trials is to calibrate us as to where the field is now so we can design the finals to be a just-hardenough test.”


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NavyMedicine The Flagship | flagshipnews.com | 12.19.13 | B6 Sailors and a non-governmental organization volunteer sort medication for distribution during Pacific Partnership 2013 on board the amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52).

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Healthy use of prescription drugs, policy Press Release Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

MILLINGTON, TENN.

Most people take medicines only for the reasons their doctors prescribe them. However, an estimated 20 percent of people in the United States use prescription drugs for nonmedical reasons. Understanding how to take prescription drugs correctly can not only keep a Sailor safe, but it can save their careers as well. “The Navy’s zero tolerance policy regarding drug use are no surprise to Sailors,” said LaNorfeia Parker, deputy director, Navy Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program. “What some Sailors may not realize is that drug misuse and abuse not only includes the use of illegal drugs, but also any inappropriate use of pharmaceuticals, even if they are prescribed by a healthcare provider.” Inappropriate use of pharmaceuticals includes: ■ Use of prescription medication outside of its intended purpose. For example, taking a narcotic now for back pain when the medication was originally prescribed a year ago following knee surgery. ■ The prescribed medicine is past the prescribed date. Read prescription labels, attached information sheets, and only take the medication for the period of time prescribed. Do not take a prescription that has expired. If you are not sure ask your provider. ■ Taking prescription medication in excess of the prescribed dosing regimen. Any variation of the prescribed dose can have serious health impacts. ■ Taking medication that was prescribed for someone else, whether they are a shipmate, spouse or friend. Sailors who have a urinalysis sample that is identified as positive for controlled substances, for which they don’t have a valid prescription, may be subject to punishment under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) and processed for administrative separation from the Navy.

RESIDENCY PROGRAM TO SHARE INFORMATION By Jason Bortz Naval Hospital Pensacola

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Naval Hospital Pensacola’s Family Medicine Residency Program was recently included in a new online database of professional training programs created by the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative. The hospital is the only Military Treatment Facility to be included in the database, which identifies innovative primary care training programs throughout the United States. The PCPCC, which was started in 2006, works to advance an effective and efficient health system with a strong foundation of primary care and a patient-centered medical home model. The database is managed by the PCPCC’s Education and Training Task Force and includes 100 programs that support students, residents and health professionals deliver primary care that is patient-centered and collaborative across multiple disciplines including nursing, social work, behavior health and more. Naval Hospital Pensacola’s Family Medicine Residency Program was the first program in the Navy to implement a patient-centered medical home model, known as Medical Home Port, into its residency curriculum. “I thought it was important to share how residents are taught patient-centered care because we have an established curriculum here around Medical Home Port,”

said Lt. Kevin Bernstein, a chief resident, NHP. Bernstein led the initiative to include NHP in the database and spent many hours submitting information about the residency program to PCPCC. “We are training people within a successful model here,” said Bernstein. “That model is good for civilian hospitals to use as well as Military Treatment Facilities.” Sharing of information and successful models is the basis of the database, which is open to everyone at www.pcpcc.org/training. The database is searchable and includes detailed information on existing training programs to include formal curricula, educational components and core competencies that support team-based care delivery like Medical Home Port. The news of the inclusion on PCPCC’s database came at the same time it was announced that NHP’s Family Medicine Residency Program will be dissolving by 2016. Despite this news, Bernstein, along with his fellow residents, can take pride in knowing they learned patient-centered care at one of the most successful Medical Home Port programs in the Navy. “I am proud to be part of this program,” said Bernstein, who will graduate next summer. “We [all of the residents] believe that until the residency program is closed for good, residents here will receive the training to be the best doctors to operate within the Medical Home Port model.”

DOD adds synthetic marijuana to random drug testing By Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr. American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON

The Defense Department has expanded its zero tolerance for the use of illicit drugs to include synthetic marijuana, also known as “spice,” the director of DOD’s drug testing and program policy said Dec. 13. In an interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel, Army Lt. Col. Tom Martin said that in addition to the broad range of drugs for which the military already randomly tests service members, synthetic marijuana will also be included. “The message we’re getting out now is that when you participate in our random urinalysis program, synthetic marijuana products or synthetic marijuana will now be tested along with our other drugs,” he said. “It’s been known in the general population, both in the medical community and various media reports, that synthetic marijuana drug use is a serious health concern.” Martin noted that while the military typically has a much lower level of drug use than in society at large, synthetic marijuana “still poses a significant risk to both the safety and readiness of our force.” “Prior to synthetic marijuana being banned,” he said, “the department went out and did a random study looking at a sampling of military urine specimens from all the different services to see if synthetic marijuana was being used by our members. At that time, the positive rate, or the number of service members who tested positive, was about 2.5 percent.” To put that in perspective, he said, in 2012 the overall positive rate for all the drugs tested for in the urinalysis program was 0.9 percent. “In 2012, synthetic marijuana products were banned

through legislation,” Martin said. “So we went back and did a similar study, and what we found is that the actual numbers went down.” However, he added, a high number of service members are using synthetic marijuana. In addition to testing for synthetic marijuana, Martin said, the military also randomly tests all service members for marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines and other drugs in the amphetamine class, including methamphetamines and the drug known as “ecstasy.” The test also looks for codeine and morphine, oxycodone, oxymorphone, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, Vicodin, and different diazepines, such as Valium and Xanax. Martin said even deployed troops are subject to random drug testing. “They are still mandated to be tested under the military’s random urinalysis program; however, the frequency is determined by the operational tempo,” he said. If a random drug testing detects the presence of illegal drugs, Martin said, troops are subject to punishment under military law guidelines. “Any service member who tests positive for either an illicit drug or misuse of a prescription drug falls under any actions deemed appropriate under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, as well actions that are appropriate as deemed by their commander,” he said. With the addition of synthetic marijuana to an already stringent drug testing policy, Martin reiterated the department’s commitment to zero tolerance for the abuse of illicit drugs. “All service members participating in our urinalysis program will be tested for cannabinoids,” he said. “And if they do test positive, they will be dealt with according to the Uniform Code of Military Justice.” The Criminal Investigative Division at Commander, Navy Region Hawaii, displays examples of seized evidences of synthetic drugs, commonly known as “Spice” as part of an awareness campaign and training against its usage.

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U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY 2014 SUMMER STEM PROGRAM SEEKS STUDENTS By Lt. Teng K. Ooi U.S. Naval Academy

Each year in June, the United States Naval Academy launches a Summer Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Program to expose young people to STEM concepts and technologies. The United States Naval Academy’s 2014 Summer STEM Program is designed to encourage 8th-11th graders to pursue a course of study in STEM-related subjects throughout high school, college, and beyond. The aim is to integrate STEM-focused concepts across the curriculum and pave the way for students

to succeed academically in mathematics and science and help put them on a path towards successful STEM careers. An effective and practical way to stimulate student interest in STEM is to show how mathematics and science are applied to create exciting technologies. The 2014 STEM program will showcase the latest in technological advances in a wide variety of science and engineering topics to include energy and light, infrastructure, transportation, cybersecurity, environmental challenges, flight and fluids, automation, simulation and modeling, biometrics and robotics. Students are able to par-

Courtesy photo STEM students participate in a variety of hands-on STEM activities, and have the opportunity to interact with USNA faculty and midshipmen.

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Gettysburg junior officer selected for prestigious award By MC3 Lorenzo J. Burleson USS Gettysburg Public Affairs

USS GETTYSBURG, AT SEA

A Sailor aboard guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) was recognized as the winner of the 2013 Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Copernicus Award, Dec. 5. Ensign Kiley Provenzano received the award for her outstanding duties as the information warfare officer in charge of the first visual information division on board Gettysburg during its 2013-2014 deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility. The Copernicus award was established in 1997 and is awarded to recipients based on superior performance in command, control, communication, computers and intelligence and information technology. “She has made a lasting and impactful contribution to the advancement of information warfare,” said Capt. Brad Cooper, commanding officer, USS Gettysburg. The significance of the award was not lost on Provenzano.

“I was completely floored when they told me I was receiving the award because it is often awarded to high ranking officers,” she said. “To even be considered for this award really means a lot to me.” Provenzano’s contributions led Gettysburg to receive the highest-ranking intelligence and public affairs group in the entire Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group. In all, she said it was the support of her team that has allowed her to accomplish so much. “I have the best team; they are the reason any of this is possible,” said Provenzano. “I have the right people at the right time. They do great work and help to make my job as easy as possible.” Provenzano said she hopes the award, along with all her experiences, can help advance her Navy career in the area of intelligence. “I can’t think of a better way to be introduced into the intelligence community than with this award,” said Provenzano. “Hopefully this can help show that I have the experience and am capable of handling the job.”

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Ring in ‘Last Night’ with celebration at Town Center VIRGINIA BEACH

Courtesy photo Lee Greenwood, who has had more than 35 singles on the Billboard charts, is best known for his hit “God Bless the USA,” which was released in 1984.

Talking about America with Lee Greenwood By Yiorgo Contributing writer

New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to celebrate the end of a year and the start of another with friends and loved ones. Celebrations on New Year’s Eve tend to be for the adult crowd, leaving many children at home with a babysitter. This year, the Virginia Beach Central Business District Association is hosting “Last Night on the Town,” a kid-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration at The Town Center of Virginia Beach and Pembroke Mall. The party kicks off in the afternoon at Pembroke Mall with entertainment for the whole family, including a mock New Year’s Eve countdown at 5 p.m. for the little ones who can’t make it to midnight. The adult fun continues throughout the night at Town Center with live music from the Gin Blossoms and a spectacular laser light show to ring in 2014. All activities and entertainment are free and open to the public. Food and adult beverages will be available for purchase. Hotels in The Town Center of Virginia Beach and restaurants in the area will offer their own New Year’s Eve rates and specials. For more information contact the CBDA at connect@cbda.net or visit www.lastnightonthetown.com.

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schedule of event ■ 2 to 5 p.m. – Performances throughout Pembroke Mall

by The Magic of Krendl and Company ■ 4:55 p.m. – Children’s Countdown ■ 5 p.m. – Dinner specials at various Town Center and

Pembroke Mall restaurants and bars. ■ 5:30 p.m. – Carbon Jam LIVE at the fountain plaza. ■ 7:45 p.m. – Opening remarks by event emcee, 13 News Now reporter Mike Gooding at Countdown Square Stage ■ 8 p.m. to midnight – The VIP Event at The Sandler Center For The Performing Arts ■ 8 to 10 p.m. – Cheap Thrills at Countdown Square Stage ■ 10:30 p.m. to midnight – Gin Blossoms (above) at Countdown Square Stage ■ Midnight to 12:20 a.m. – Laser Light Show at Countdown Square Stage ■ 12:20 a.m. – Gin Blossoms encore

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As 2013 comes to an end, I thought about the importance of believing in America. Although there are many patriotic people, who, in their own way, define what it means to be an American and to live in the greatest country in God’s green earth, I thought of Lee Greenwood. It was 30 years ago this year that Greenwood redefined what it is to be an American. What follows is an interview with this great man, whose life in many ways signifies the American dream and spirit in all of us. Yiorgo: How did you get involved with music? Lee Greenwood: I was born in 1942 in Los Angeles, and raised in Sacramento on a farm by my mom and grandparents. They got me involved with music and sports and when I graduated from high school I had to decide weather to play baseball or music. By the time I was a senior in high school I was working three times a week with my own band “The Moonbeams.” When I got out of high school I formed another band “The Apollo’s.” We were a show band, playing Broadway musicals, rock and roll, and we went to Nevada playing Rio and Lake Tahoe. Eventually I disbanded the group and became a musician. I played when Elvis and the Rat Pack were there. I played in the same room they played, many times on the same night. Y: Any great memories from those years that you want to share?

Coliseum to host two shows by Bassnectar and Pretty Lights

Pretty Lights (aka Derek Smith) will co-headline two shows with Bassnectar at the Hampton Colisuem on Dec. 27 and 28. Each artist will perform on both nights, with one headlining on Friday and the other on Saturday.

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I am a firm believer that you just go where God directs you and eventually you find where he wants you to be. ... I was being positioned to write the song ‘God Bless the USA.’” -Lee Greenwood

Pretty Lights, the musical vision of producer Derek Vincent Smith, will close 2013 co-headlining two very special shows with Bassnectar on Dec. 27 and 28 at the Hampton Coliseum. Each artist will play both nights, with one headlining on Friday and the other headlining on Saturday. Support acts include Big Gigantic, Datsik, Michael Menert, and Keys N Krates. Two acts will perform on Friday, and the other two will perform on Saturday. The specific dates each act will perform will not be announced in advance. The two-night stand marks the second electronic dance music (EDM) shows at the historic venue, which has welcomed such iconic artists as Elvis, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Bruce Springsteen, Prince and Phish through the past four decades.

Single-day tickets are now available for $43.50 plus applicable fees. The two-day tickets for the Friday and Saturday shows are $80 plus applicable fees. All tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com. This is an all-age show. Bassnectar is the brainchild of Lorin Ashton, a San Francisco-based DJ, producer and artist, who released his first album in 2001, and began the project as an opensourced musical experiment exploring the interplay between music and community. He is one of the longest-standing and most respect-

ed artists in American EDM. He is the original long-hair behind the tables, having been in the game well before most of his contemporaries, and amassing an epic fan base with more than 250,000 tickets sold to his solo shows alone in 2011. His art brazenly oversteps the bounds of contemporary EDM, pulling from a dynamic array of source material and attracting lovers of all genres, from dubstep to metal, punk rock, hip hop, and all forms of EDM (drum & bass, trip hop, etc.) and beyond. For additional information visit www. prettylightsmusic.com.

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Calendar Registration now underway for the 2014 Winter Wildlife Festival For a complete list of events in Hampton Roads or to submit your own, visit www.flagshipnews.com/calendar

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Elmo and friends ■ When: Jan. 7, 6:30 p.m.; Jan. 8, 10:30 a.m. ■ Where: Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage,

600 East Grace Street, Richmond ■ Cost: Tickets are $15 and $25; a limited number of $35 Gold Circle seats and $55 Sunny Seats are available ■ For more information, contact: (804) 592-3400 or visit www.sesamestreetlive.com Mark your calendar for a musical event like no other – monsters making music. Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and all their Sesame Street friends are taking to the stage to share their love of music in Sesame Street Live “Elmo Makes Music.” Like television’s Sesame Street, each Sesame Street Live production features timeless lessons for all ages. Through the razzle-dazzle of this Broadway-quality musical production, children learn about patience, acceptance and teamwork. The Sunny Seats package features premium show seating, pre-show photo opportunities, music, play, and a pre-show Meet & Greet photo opportunity with two Sesame Street Live friends, including Elmo.

Jingle Bell Blood Drive ■ When: Dec. 20, 1 to 6 p.m.; Dec. 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.;

Dec. 22, noon to 5 p.m.; Dec. 23, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pembroke, Greenbrier, Patrick Henry and Chesapeake Square Malls ■ Cost: Free ■ For more information, contact: (800) RED-CROSS ■ Where:

The American Red Cross and ABC 13 are teaming up again for the annual Jingle Bell Blood Drive. This has been a holiday tradition in Hampton Roads for more than 40 years. The American Red Cross is urging donors to bring a friend or family member to donate blood with them. Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. Walk-ins are welcome or you can make an appointment at redcrossblood.org or by calling (800) RED-CROSS.

Holiday hoops tournament ■ When: Dec. 26 - 28 ■ Where: Norfolk Scope ■ Cost: Day pass tickets are

$10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under; onsite parking is $5. ■ For more information, visit: www.sevenvenues.com or call 664-6464 The City of Norfolk will host the inaugural Norfolk Scope Holiday Invitational Basketball Tournament. The games will involve eight of the area’s finest high school teams. Following on the success of the Eastern Region High School Basketball Tournament, which has been held at Scope for the past three years, the holiday tournament will showcase the region’s immense pool of talent in boys basketball.

This is your chance to witness winter wildlife all around Virginia Beach, whether it’s following fascinating bird activity, exploring the natural areas of our community or the musings of harbor seals near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. Presented by Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation in partnership with Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, the 2014 Winter Wildlife Festival will teach you what it takes to properly observe and identify wildlife in their natural settings. Registration runs through Jan. 17. Space is limited for the excursions and workshops, so register early to secure your spot. There is no cost to attend the festival, but some sessions and excursions do have a fee. You can register online with your client barcode and pin, in person at any recreation center, or by using the mail-in registration form. Download a registration form at www.VBgov.com/winterwildlife. Join us for the Festival Kickoff on Jan. 24 at MEO Central Library featuring keynote speaker Noah Strycker. Associate Editor of Birding magazine, Oregon-based Strycker discusses his latest project, “Bird World,” a book about the fascinating parallels between bird and human behavior. Also, be sure to stop by the Exhibit Hall on Jan. 25 and speak with Winter Wildlife Festival partners and other exhibitors, including the Virginia Aquarium, Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Virginia State Parks, Lynnhaven River NOW, and the Virginia Beach Audubon Society. Learn ways to get involved with local efforts, and find out what the envi-

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ronmental groups and businesses are up to. Observe skilled decoy carvers from the Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum working on their craft. The Exhibit Hall and Walk-Up Workshops are free and open to the public, starting at 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Jan. 25 at Princess Anne Recreation Center. Also taking place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. are special children’s activities exclusively available at the neighboring Princess Anne Library (1444 Nimmo Parkway). For a full list of workshops and excursions and to download a registration form, visit www.VBgov.com/winterwildlife. For more information about the event, contact Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation Outdoor Programs at 3854461 or outdoors@VBgov.com.

■ wildlife up close Free and open to the public – with a fee required for some sessions – the Winter Wildlife Festival includes educational workshops and engaging excursions. Registration is required to attend workshops and excursions, so sign up for sessions such as Beginning Birding, Back Bay/False Cape Terra-Gator & Tram Tour, Owl Prowl, Mackay Island Birding, Urban Birding Tour, First Landing Nature Walk, North Landing River Birding, and Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel Birding.

CHRYSLER GLASS STUDIO HOSTS AFTER-SCHOOL YOUTH PROGRAM NORFOLK

The Chrysler Museum Glass Studio has launched a new education initiative, Glass After School, that introduces middle school students to a unique classroom filled with fire and glass. The program is made possible by a $25,000 gift from The Batten Educational Achievement Fund of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. In this after-school program, eight Norfolk middle-school students finish their week with one more class – this one focused on glassmaking. The Glass Studio program’s inaugural partner is After the Bell, an after-school program for students from James Blair, Lafayette-Winona, and Lake Taylor Middle Schools sponsored by Norfolk Recreation, Parks & Open Space (RPOS). It’s an ideal partnership since that program is dedicated to providing extended academic support, social enrichment, and recreational programs to middle-school students in a safe and supportive environment. The students enjoy the creative art-making projects, but the Glass After School program delivers much more. Students learn to work with tools and to understand the importance of practice. They study the scientific properties of glass and master a new vocabulary. They meet physical challenges by practicing skill drills. They develop trust and teamwork as they learn to rely on partners. Finally, they build confidence by safely mastering hot-glass processes typically seen as “dangerous.” “The Glass Studio is a perfect venue for this new program since we have experienced educators and a fun, creative environment,” said Anne Corso, director of education for the Chrysler Museum. “The students are immediately engaged when they walk through the door.”

Eleise Theuer (From left) David Wheeler, Glass Studio Assistant; Blair Middle School student Dasmond Wright; and Kristi Totoritis, Glass Studio Instructor.

Each class of eight students meets for two hours on Friday afternoons for four weeks. The classes run through June 2014. Class sizes are small so that students receive hands-on instruction. Funding for the program includes transportation to and from the Glass Studio. The Chrysler Museum Glass Studio is located directly across the street from the Chrysler Museum at 745 Duke Street in Norfolk. The Chrysler Museum of Art is one of America’s most distinguished mid-sized art museums with a world-class collection of more than 30,000 objects, including one of the great glass collections in America. For more information, events and programming, visit chrysler.org or call 664-6200.

THE MACHINE coming to Norfolk ■ When: Dec. 27, 8 p.m. ■ Where: The Norva, Norfolk ■ Cost: $15 ■ For more information, visit:

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THE MACHINE, America’s top Pink Floyd show, will perform at The Norva with Norbert Stachel, legendary sax player for Roger Waters. Additionally, the band will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s legendary album “Dark Side Of The Moon” by performing the recording in its entirety.

SPAC 2014 Fur Ball ■ When: Feb. 1 ■ Where: Hampton Roads Convention Center ■ Cost: Tickets for individual human attendees

are $125 each, and pet guests can attend for $75 each; a full party table for 10 can be reserved for $1250 ■ For more information, visit: www.peninsulaspca.org Tickets are now on sale for the Peninsula SPCA’s (PSPCA) 2014 Fur Ball auction event. Guests of this spectacular winter party will include both human and animal attendees. The night will provide a welcome opportunity to shake off the post-holiday doldrums while helping the PSPCA kick off its coming conversion to being an adoption guarantee, or “no kill” animal shelter. Ticket prices include dinner and dancing to the music of Tidewater Drive for human attendees, and an evening of attended pampering and play for our animal attendees. There will be both silent and live auction items for bidding, with all proceeds going to support the mission and animals of the PSPCA.

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Y: On your way to national fame, you had a few close calls to where life could have been a little different. LG: Yes, I went to Puerto Rico with a group that was scheduled to play on The Ed Sullivan Show in New York upon our return. Well, the female lead married and stayed in Puerto Rico so we never appeared on Ed Sullivan. I still went up to New York for a month rooming with a drummer named Dino Danelli. He went on to be in the group “The Young Rascals.” I could have been a member of that group but I went back to Vegas. While I was performing at the El Cortez, there was another hotel down the street called Freemont and a young Wayne Newton was performing there. Frank Sinatra walked in to the Freemont, he sees Newton and says “I like that kid singer, lets make him a star.” They sent a dozen roses to every radio station in America and a couple of weeks later he came out with his first hit “I want red roses for a blue lady.” If he had come to where I was playing I might have had that gig. I am a firm believer that you just go where God directs you and eventually you find where he wants you to be. I believe that the reason I missed those

LG: Oh so many. Elvis was a great person. When I worked in the Flamingo Hotel, Elvis many times would make an appearance on the stage when we were playing to excite the audience. It was pretty neat. He was really good about that. Another great one was Sammy Davis Jr. from the Rat Pack. He was usually the guy that threw the party for the dancers and musicians at the Caesar’s Palace. We would do that after the shows. I worked every hotel there. I too was an integral part of the Nevada musical scene in the 60s and 70s and we would have people like the 5th Dimension, Jack Jones, Juliet Prowse, Elvis, The Rat Pack come in and listen. Y: How did you wind up in Nashville? LG: Around 1979-80, I was invited to go to Nashville and I was offered a recording contract so I signed it. I had waited for a contract all my life. Upon signing my MCA contract, Reba Macintyre, George Strait, Oakridge Boys, Barbara Mandrel, one of five artists that we all had success. We were a rogue force and created country music that people loved.

opportunities is that I was being positioned to write the song “God Bless the USA.” It became an American anthem and also made me a role model for America. Y: How did you come up with song? LG: I have always been very patriotic. Back in high school when I had the group “The Apollo’s” my base player was in the National Guard and I realized all the hard work that he did for our country. Also, once I started playing for the USOs, I realized how much of a sacrifice the military makes, so it gave me an inspiration through my early teen years, to becoming a man, and I never forgot that. After four albums it put me in a position where I could deliver my music and I finally wrote “God Bless the USA” on the back of the bus between Arkansas and Texas. We continue to do our USO tours with several of them being abroad. Early on I was also on Bob Hope’s last USO tour, 1988 Around the World: 25,000 miles, 8 shows, 8 days and a show in every country we stopped in. It was on one of my own USO shows that I met my beautiful wife. God has been very good to me. God Bless the USA.


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You’re all too familiar with that one, dreaded moment when the festivities end. It hits you every year like a bad hangover. You promise yourself that once the last sip of eggnog has been guzzled and the cookie jar has been emptied, you’ll get healthy. But what does healthy mean? We’re bombarded with visions of steel abdominal muscles and gazelle-like limbs. For most people, however, achieving health can’t be reduced to a lower health club membership deal or a dieting pill. Rather, the road to health is a lifelong journey encompassing mind, body and spirit. That said, there are manageable steps you can take in your daily life to experience and sustain a healthier, balanced lifestyle. Popcorn, low in calories and high in fiber, whole grains and antioxidants, can help. One of the oldest and most beloved snacks for any age, popcorn is also a treat to lift the spirit. “Popcorn is a classic American symbol of families joining together,” said Garrett Smith, president of Jolly Time Pop Corn. “We’ve been a family owned business for nearly 100 years, and as dieting trends go in and out,

we’ve remained true to our wholesome values and wishing our consumers the entire equation: family, fun and moderation.” Earlier this year, Jolly Time Pop Corn conducted a campaign asking fans for advice on maintaining a healthy lifestyle in celebration of its new popcorn made with the Smart Balance blend of oils, which contains zero grams of trans fat naturally and no hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils. Here are the most popular tips submitted: Everything in moderation – Rather than swing between extremes, try to get into an easy routine and listen to your body. Be active, but also know when to rest. Eat healthy foods, but allow yourself the occasional indulgence. Walk daily – Walking burns calories without putting strain on joints. A nice long walk also allows for some quiet time to process your emotions and events of the day. Floss your teeth – Flossing your teeth prevents plague, which creates a toxin that your body has to work hard to fight, ultimately freeing up your immune system to fight other ailments. Eat a variety of fruits and veggies – Fruits and veggies provide essential vitamins, antioxidants and other nutrients

to keep people healthy. Studies have also linked eating more produce with improved mood. Drink water – You should drink eight glasses of water per day to stay hydrated, keeping the gears of your body detoxified and in motion. Whole grains – Dietary fiber from whole grains or other foods may help reduce blood cholesterol levels and may lower risk of heart disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes. And whole grain foods such as popcorn, brown rice, wholewheat pasta and cereals help provide a feeling of fullness with fewer calories. “While it’s very important to eat well and exercise, being healthy doesn’t have to mean pushing ourselves to physical extremes,” says Amy Fischl, a registered dietitian at the University of Chicago Kovler Diabetes Center. “There are simple, moderate things we can do to engage our mind, body and spirit, and improve overall health.” Start your day with this balanced whole-grain toasted berry granola recipe from Jolly Time Pop Corn that is good for both your body and your soul. To learn more about healthy, satisfying snacking with popcorn during the holidays, and to access exclusive recipes and features, visit www.jollytime.com.

Whole-grain Toasted Berry Granola Ingredients: 10 cups popped JOLLYTIME Butter Light Microwave Pop Corn made with the Smart Balance unique blend of oils 2 cups barley flakes 1/4 cup oat bran 1/4 cup wheat germ 1/2 cup honey 3 tablespoons light olive oil 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground ginger or cardamom 2 teaspoons vanilla 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/3 cup dried blueberries 1/3 cup dried cranberries Directions: Preheat oven to 250 F. Line a large-rimmed baking sheet with foil. Mix popcorn (remove any unpopped kernels), barley flakes, oat bran and wheat germ in a large bowl. Mix honey, oil, spices, vanilla and salt in a glass measuring cup until well blended. Pour over popcorn mixture; toss to coat. Pour mixture onto baking sheet in an even layer. Bake about 40 minutes or until crisp, stirring occasionally. Stir in blueberries and cranberries. Cool completely; store in airtight container.

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Household chores are a never-ending reality of life. In fact, on average women spend more than two hours a day on household activities, which include housework and cooking, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Time Use Survey. Yet, keeping up with kids, pets and a hectic schedule make it seem like there’s still always something to clean. Tackle your home’s dirtiest rooms with these quick tips to make chores easier and more effective so you can have a tidy, sparkling home in no time. Getting started – House cleaning is not a pleasant task, so pump yourself up by creating a cleaning playlist to make chores more entertaining. If you lack motivation, a rockin’ soundtrack will get you off the couch. It can also be fun to time yourself during tasks; as you’ll be surprised that most of the chores listed below can be completed in 10 minutes or less. Dishwasher duty – Once a week, shake baking soda on a damp sponge and wipe around the machine’s edges to remove stuckon food or stains. To clean the inside, run an empty cycle with Dishwasher Magic to kill bacteria like E-coli. During cold and flu season, add a quarter-cup of bleach to the regular dish cycle to kill bacteria. The dishes will be safe and sanitized after the rinse cycle is finished. Zap the sponge – We all know that sponges are a breeding ground for bacteria. Disinfect yours every night by squeezing excess water out and microwaving it on high for a minute. When it’s shredded and smelly, replace it. Disinfect the kitchen sink – A sparkling sink becomes your kitchen’s benchmark for hygiene and tidiness. Moen makes cleaning the sink easier with its new Walden pullout kitchen faucet, available exclusively at The Home Depot, featuring the innovative Reflex

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Legendary No. 3 to return with Austin Dillon behind the wheel Courtesy of UFC Georges St-Pierre retained his UFC welterweight championship with a controversial split decision victory over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 on Dec. 7.

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David Pearson, Junior Johnson, the late Buck Baker and the late Dale Earnhardt all have something in common besides being members of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. They all won races in the NASCAR division now known as Sprint Cup in a car numbered 3. Four other members of the Hall – Tim Flock, Cotton Owens, Fireball Roberts and Cale Yarborough – also drove cars numbered 3 in NASCAR’s elite division. All told, the No. 3 has had 73 different drivers since Bill Snowden made the debut run, finishing fifth at Occoneechee Speedway in Hillsboro, N.C., back in 1949. Fittingly, it was the third race ever for the circuit now known as Sprint Cup. Legendary driver Dick Rathmann got the first-ever win for No. 3 at Oakland, Calif., in 1954. He wound up winning a total of three, with victories at North Wilkesboro, N.C., and at Santa Fe Speedway in Willow Springs, Ill. They were his final three NASCAR victories. David Pearson got the first of his 105 Cup victories in a No. 3 Pontiac owned by Ray Fox, and Junior Johnson won nine times in cars numbered 3. But since the start of the 1976 season, the No. 3 has belonged to Richard Childress, who drove the car himself until midway through the 1981 season when Earnhardt took the wheel for the final 11 races. Earnhardt left to drive for Bud Moore at the end of that season, and Ricky Rudd took over in 1982 and delivered Childress’ No. 3 its first win at Riverside, Calif., in 1983. Earnhardt returned to Childress and the No. 3 for the start of the 1984 season, and got the first of his 67 wins in the car at Talladega in the 19th race of that season. He had won six championships in the No. 3, plus another for Rod Osterlund in a No. 2 Chevrolet, before he died in a crash in the 2001 Daytona 500. Earnhardt’s final victory in the No. 3, at Talladega in the fall of 2000, gave that car 97 career Cup victories, which is third behind the No. 11, with 203 wins, and the No. 43, with 198. Since Earnhardt’s death, the No. 3 has not been used in Cup, but it will return next season with Childress’ older grandson, Austin Dillon, driving. Dillon has used the No. 3, with the same shape of the number as his grandfather and Earnhardt used, since he began racing. It was on his dirt Late Model cars as well as the truck he drove to a Camping World Truck Series championship in 2011 and the Nationwide

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Courtesy of Getty Images Richard Childress (right) announces Austin Dillon’s move to the No. 3 Chevrolet in the Sprint Cup Series for the 2014 season.

To get the opportunity to race in the Sprint Cup Series doesn’t come around very often. To be able to compete in Cup and race for wins and championships is going to be awesome” -Austin Dillion, grandson of car owner Richard Childress

Series car he drove to a title this year. The move, officially announced last week, has been common knowledge in NASCAR circles for months, and there has been little adverse reaction to Dillon using the car number most associated with the wildly popular Earnhardt. Most fans and insiders in the sport figured all along that the only appropriate candidates to bring back the No. 3 would be a member of Childress indicated that he’d be in favor of it. When Dillon made his Super Late

Model debut at a dirt track in Madison, N.C., years ago, Childress was asked about the number. “I think it has to be a special deal to bring back the No. 3,” he said that night as he watched the youngster power his way around the clay oval. “And to me, this is a special deal.” Dale Earnhardt Jr. also has expressed support for Dillon and the No. 3 for years. And as one who is known for his great appreciation of the history of the sport, he understands better than most what car numbers mean in the entire history of NASCAR. “The number is more of a bank that you just deposit history into,” Earnhardt Jr. once said. “It doesn’t really belong to any individual.” For his rookie Cup campaign, Dillon will have veteran crew chief Gil Martin, who most recently worked with Kevin Harvick at Richard Childress Racing. Sponsorship will come from Dow and General Mills. Dillon said he’s ready for the challenges that come with racing in Cup and is proud to be making the move. “To get the opportunity to race in the Sprint Cup Series doesn’t come around very often,” he said. “To be able to compete in Cup and race for wins and championships is going to be awesome. “I’m going to give it my all every time out.”

Citing undisclosed personal issues, UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre announced on Dec. 13 that he will be taking an indefinite leave of absence from the sport of mixed martial arts and vacating his title, effective immediately. “I’ve been fighting a very long time at a high level, and it’s a lot of pressure, a lot of criticism, and I decided that I need to take time off,” said the 32-yearold Montreal native. “I know the UFC’s a business, and it can’t wait on me. They have to keep things rolling, so I’ve vacated my title for the respect of the other competitors, and one day, when I feel like it, I may come back. But right now, I need a break.” The news comes less than a month after St-Pierre’s grueling split decision win over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 in Las Vegas. The win marked GSP’s ninth successful title defense. “What people don’t understand is that in the situation that I am at, it’s a lot of pressure,” said St-Pierre. “Every fight I’m carrying weight on my shoulders, and every fight it’s like you add weight. At one point it becomes so heavy that I have a hard time carrying it myself. Physically, I’m 100 percent and I’m still young and on top of the world, but mentally, I cannot go through another training camp right now and I don’t know when I will be able to. One day, when I feel I’m ready, I’m gonna come back, and instead of having a red sticker on my glove, I’m gonna have a blue sticker and I’ll be the challenger. I’ve climbed Everest three times before, when I lost to Hughes, to Serra, and then after my (knee) injury, and if I have to do it a fourth time, believe me, I feel like I’m gonna do it.” On the media teleconference with St-Pierre, UFC President Dana White announced that Hendricks and Robbie Lawler will fight for the vacant 170-pound title in the main event of UFC 171 on March 15, 2014, in Dallas.

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Vanguard Championship Wrestling (VCW) returned to the Norfolk Masonic Temple in Norfolk for “Tidings of Destruction,” on Dec. 14. The “Living Legend” Larry Zbyszko was on hand to greet the fans, provide commentary at ringside, and award the 2013 Lutz Memorial Cup trophy to the winner of the tournament. The night started off with US Jay Steel defending his United Stated Liberty Championship against Mugabi the Cannibal. Mugabi was redeeming the title shot that was awarded to him for winning the 2013 Liberty Lottery match. No matter what Steel threw at him, Mugabi would not fall down. Numerous “True as Steel” kicks were delivered to the face of Mugabi, but something extra was needed by Steel to get the job done. Steel scooped the 400 plus pounder off of his feet and slammed him to the mat. A leg drop followed and Steel was able to get the pinfall victory. In a battle of VCW’s younger talent, Hax Bandito battled “Mr. Xcellence” Brandon Scott in a fast-paced even contest. Scott, while on Bandito’s shoulders, fell forward to pin Bandito to the mat. However, Bandito was able to reverse the pin for the three count. “Platinum Icon” Phil Brown was in singles action, taking on the returning Hyjinx.

Despite Brown’s verbal attacks before the match, Hyjinx was far more competitive than Brown gave him credit for. A sudden super kick allowed Brown to pick up the win. In a semifinal match for the Lutz Memorial Cup, The Reason took on Idol X, accompanied by Kid X. Kid attempted to hit Reason with a top rope crossbody to the outside, but was caught with a devastating tornado backbreaker onto the ring apron. As Reason had Idol up for the tornado backbreaker, Kid hobbled to ringside to distract the referee. John Kermon ran to ringside to pull Reason’s feet out from under him. With Reason’s feet held down by Kermon, Idol X got the three count to advance to the final match later in the evening. In the second semifinal match, Kermon took on James Dallas Hall. Kermon brought Mr. Class to accompany him, therefore Hall had Reason at ringside for support. As Hall had the half Boston crab submission locked in on Kermon, Reason was able to stop Mr. Class from breaking it up. Kermon had no choice but to tap. Zbyszko joined Blake Chadwick at ringside for commentary for the final match in the Lutz Memorial Cup tournament. During this final matchup between Idol X and Hall, the referee was inadvertently speared in the corner by Hall. With the referee down, Kid X handed a chair to Idol. With Hall lying on the mat, Idol cracked Hall across the head with the steel chair. The referee came to and Idol

scored the tainted victory. Despite not having any friends on the internet, in the VCW locker room, or with VCW management, Idol X boasted to the crowd about how he was able to come out on top. Zbyszko reluctantly announced “this guy” (Idol) as the 2013 Lutz Memorial Cup winner. As Hall was about to exit the ring, Jerry Stephanitsis walked out on stage with a muscular, unknown individual. Jerry stated that if either Hall or Zbyszko tried to approach him, Stephanitsis would use his “insurance policy” on them. Stephanitsis berated Hall, claiming he was the biggest No. 2 in VCW, including being second to his brother RH3. Zbyszko eventually had enough of Stephanitsis’ talk and ordered him to get him a slice of pepperoni pizza. As the crowd chanted for pizza, Stephanitsis ran off in disgust. The main event saw The Geordie Bulldogs (Mark and Sean Denny), along with VCW Heavyweight Champion Dirty Money, take on The Firm (Mr. Class, “True Talent” Bobby Shields, and Shorty Smalls) in a six-man elimination tag team match. Mark Denny was eliminated first by Smalls, followed by Mr. Class being eliminated by Dirty Money. Following that elimination, Dirty Money and Bobby Shields brawled all the way to the backstage area, causing a double count-out elimination. With Smalls and Sean Denny remaining in the ring, fans witnessed a battle of student versus teacher. Smalls took advantage

Jonathan McLarty Idol X defeated James Dallas Hall, with help from Kid X, to win the Lutz Memorial Cup tournament final at Vanguard Championship Wrestling’s “Tidings of Destruction” show on Dec. 14.

of the arm injury Denny suffered at the November event. After Smalls missed the frog splash from the top rope, Denny was able to deliver a brutal running knee to the face for the victory. Post-match, the score still did not appear to be settled between the two teams. George Pantas announced that Dirty Money would be defending his VCW Heavyweight Championship on Feb. 1, 2014 against Bobby Shields when VCW returns to the Norfolk Masonic Temple. Tickets and information for this event can be found at VCW-Wrestling.com. Jonathan McLarty is a contributing writer for The Flagship, as well as a local sports and event photographer. Connect with him on Twitter (@JonathanMcLarty) and view his photography at McLartyPhoto.Zenfolio.com.


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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (PG-13) – Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever.

For the first time in movie history, audiences will truly see and feel what it was like when dinosaurs ruled the Earth. ‘Walking With Dinosaurs’ is the ultimate immersive, big screen adventure for families. Meet dinosaurs more real than you’ve ever seen as you take off on a thrilling prehistoric adventure, where Patchi, an underdog dinosaur, triumphs against all odds to become a hero for the ages.

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With the 1970s behind him, San Diego’s top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), returns to the news desk. Also back for more are Burgundy’s co-anchor and wife, Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), weather man Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), man on the street Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) and sports guy Champ Kind (David Koechner) – all of whom won’t make it easy to stay classy while taking the nation’s first 24-hour news channel by storm.

Her Director Spike Jonze takes the helm for this comedy-drama about a withdrawn writer (Joaquin Phoenix) who falls in love with his computer’s highly advanced operating system.

The Past After four years apart, Ahmad returns to his wife Marie in Paris in order to progress their divorce. During his brief stay, he cannot help noticing the strained relationship between Marie and her daughter Lucie. As he attempts to improve matters between mother and daughter Ahmad unwittingly lifts the lid on a long buried secret.

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“Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag” tells the story of Edward Kenway, a young British man with a thirst for danger and adventure, who falls from privateering for the Royal navy into piracy as the war between the major Empires comes to an end. Kenway is a fierce pirate and seasoned fighter who soon finds himself embroiled in the ancient war between Assassins and Templars. Set at the dawn of the 18th Century, the game features some of the most infamous pirates in history, such as Blackbeard and Charles Vane, and takes players on a journey throughout the West Indies during a turbulent and violent period of time later to become known as the Golden Age of Pirates. Gameplay in “Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag” is based upon the franchise’s proven tenets. It features a vast open world with more than 50

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The Orchid, each character bringing their unique skill set to battle for the title of best assassin. Blackbeard, wielding a sword and a short temper is not to be trifled with. His reputation as a feared pirate is justly received and his preferred kill moves include using his tremendous strength to throw his

targets off balance and then quickly finishing them with one clean strike. The Orchid, a Templar-friendly deadly assassin grew up in China, serving as a military advisor in the Quing dynasty where she honed her murderous skills. She executes opponents swiftly and gracefully with her katana, an extension of her mind and body. The Jaguar, Cuali, an Aztec warrior from Mexico, took to the sea to fight against the Spanish conquest of Central America. A fighter, he survived the destruction of his community and joined forces with a growing contingency of native Templars who sought renewed peace and order. Driven by a mystical force, The Jaguar fights like his namesake, striking swiftly and quietly with his preferred weapon, a discreet axe. For more information on Assassin’s Creed, visit www.assassinscreed.com or www.facebook.com/ assassinscreed.

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Publisher: Ubisoft Release date: In stores Formats: PS3, X360, PC, PS4, WiiU, XO ESRB Rating: Mature (Blood, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Use of Alcohol, Violence)

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‘Duck the Halls’ with the Robertson clan By Daryl Addison Great American Country |GACtv.com

It’s a duck-callin’ Christmas when the Robertson family gets together to celebrate the holidays. From the hit reality television series “Duck Dynasty,” the Robertson clan mixes traditional standards with fun-loving and sentimental originals and some of country’s biggest stars on a uniquely-camouflaged Christmas album. Available now, “Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas” features the whole gang as Willie, Missy, Uncle Si and Phil lead the way on a festive sing-along. Favorites such as “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” where Missy shows off a wonderful soprano, pair up nicely next to new additions like “Ragin’ Cajun Redneck Christmas” (co-written by Willie and Nashville hit-maker Dallas Davidson). “Got a 100,000 colored lights/blowing them fuses left and right,” Willie sings with country

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celebrate the season. George Strait joins Phil for good times on “Christmas Cookies,” and Luke Bryan pairs up with hunting buddy Willie on “Hairy Christmas.” “Like Jesus and Santa Claus, we got love behind these beards,” Luke and Willie sing in a cheerful chorus. Sadie’s sweet rendition of “Away in a Manger” features harmonies courtesy of Alison Krauss while Josh Turner wrote, and then duets with Missy on, “Why I Love Christmas.” Produced by Buddy Cannon (Kenny Chesney, Willie Nelson), “Duck the Halls” is a well-paced Christmas album that offers excellent variety over the course of 14 different pieces. Ranging from the classic send-up “You’re a Mean one, Mr. Grinch” through to the sterling highlight “Silent Night” and the use of their famous duck calls in place of Fa-la-la-la-la in the titletrack, “Duck the Halls” is a friendly celebration of the season that will have fans of “Duck Dynasty” asking for seconds.

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■ what to expect The album features a number of traditional seasonal songs as well as originals written and performed by the Robertsons, stars of the reality TV show “Duck Dynasty.” Special guests include country stars Luke Bryan, George Strait, Josh Turner and Alison Krauss.

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JEEP OFFERS OLD NAME WITH A NEW RENDITION ■ price tag The base Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price for the 2014 Jeep Cherokee SUV starts After being out of the line-up for over 12 from $22,995 for the Sport 4x2 and goes up years, the legendary Cherokee SUV has been to $29,495 for the TrailHawk 4x4 model. welcomed back into the Jeep model line for 2014. The all-new Jeep Cherokee completely redefines the mid-size SUV segment, delivering legendary Jeep 4x4 capability, fuel econ- management and does not require input from omy improvements of more than 45 percent the driver. (versus the outgoing Liberty model), superior The all-new Cherokee rides on FIAT on-road ride and handling, a cutting-edge, Group’s Compact U.S. Wide (CUS-wide) revolutionary design, world-class craftsman- platform. 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The world-class Cherokee is provided by a 2.4L Tigershark thin-film transistor (TFT) LED 3.5-inch MultiAir 2 four-cylinder engine. A new 3.2L grayscale or seven-inch full-color reconfiguPentastar V-6 engine derived from the cel- rable instrument cluster allows the driver to ebrated 3.6L Pentastar V-6 is an available enjoy a customized user experience and reoption. Torque for both engines is communi- ceive information and vehicle feedback in the cated to the ground through Chrysler Group’s format they prefer while keeping their hands new 948TE nine-speed automatic transmis- on the wheel and eyes on the road. sion. 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the auction. All bidders must be registered and have a bidder number. Vehicles must be paid for in full before they are removed from the auction site. For more information about the upcoming auction, call the Impound Lot office at 444-2631, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or visit online at www.genedanielsauctions.com.

Following are the vehicles scheduled to be available at the Naval Station Norfolk automobile auction. This list is subject to change. YEAR 1978 1984 1984 1985 1988 1989 1993 1993 1995 1995 1997 1998 1999 1999 2000 2000 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2002 2002 2002 2002 2003 2003 2004 2004 2005 2005 2006

COLOR Black Maroon Maroon Tan Grey Black/Beige Red Silver Black White Grey Grey Black Tan Maroon Gold Black White Gold Black Black White Silver Black Silver Black Silver Silver Black Black Green White Blue White

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