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More than 20 years of serving the Hampton Roads Navy family

Vol. 22, No. 5 Norfolk, VA | | 02.06-02.12.14

USS Donald Cook Public Affairs NORFOLK

USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) departed her homeport of Norfolk, Jan. 31, on her way to Rota, Spain, as the first of four Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers to be stationed there.

Sailors say goodbye to their families before departing on the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75).

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■ about the CPPD The Center for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) is responsible for providing Commanding Officer Capt. all Command Delivered John Newcomer during the Enlisted Leadership training tour of CPPD headquarters. material to the Fleet. She fielded questions from CPPD Navy Reserve unit Sailors during an admiral’s facilitating officer leadership call. She also received an training years ago, and to see overview on the command’s CPPD’s reserve Sailors conorganization, a summary of tributing to the fleet and inthe various products and ser- spiring Sailors to be leaders is vices CPPD provides. very impressive,” said Braun. “This was truly an exciting visit for me. I enjoyed » see CPPD | A7

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French navy photo by Chief Petty Officer Francois Marcel Vice Adm. John Miller, Commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and U.S. 5th Fleet, Combined Maritime Forces, left, and Rear Adm. Eric Chaperon, Commander of French Task Force 473, second from left, observe flight operations aboard aircraft carrier FS Charles de Gaulle (R 91).

US, French navies conclude combined operations Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs GULF OF OMAN

Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HST CSG) and French Navy Task Force 473 concluded five weeks of combined carrier strike group operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, Feb. 2. The two strike groups began conducting integrated operations Dec. 26 in the Gulf of Oman and have operated together in the northern Arabian Sea and the Arabian Gulf to enhance regional maritime security and stability. Ships participating in the combined operations included USS Harry S.

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Truman (CVN 75), guided-missile cruisers USS Gettysburg (CG 64) and USS San Jacinto (CG 56), and guided-missile destroyers USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) and USS Mason (DDG 87), all assigned to HST CSG. French ships included French aircraft carrier and Task Force 473 flagship FS Charles de Gaulle (R 91), destroyers FS Forbin (D 620) and FS Jean de Vienne (D 643) and replenishment oiler FS Meuse (A 607). “We executed a wide array of operations together with the Charles de Gaulle strike group,” said Rear Adm. Kevin Sweeney, Commander, Carrier Strike Group 10.

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GAMEDAY Ships out to sea got to watch the big game Sunday. See A4 for photos and stories from USS Roosevelt, USS Stout, and USSTruman.

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Chief of Navy Reserve Vice Adm. Robin R. Braun visited the Center for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) Jan. 24, for an overview of the command’s training and education operations. Braun was hosted by CPPD

UCT-ONE performs Underwater Pier Inspection utilizing a Clear Water Box By BU1 Lance Fairchild Underwater Construction Team One


Construction Dive Detachment (CDD) Bravo of Underwater Construction Team One (UCT-1), home based out of Joint Expeditionary Little Creek-Fort Story, Virginia Beach, constructed a clear water box for an in-

spection of 109 underwater piles at Blount Island Marine Corps Base, Fla., during a recent Construction Readiness Training (CRT) exercise. Piles are support structures for bridges and piers requiring periodic inspections for cracks or breaks, to maintain stability and proper safety for the structure being supported. Due to the murky waters,

divers performing the inspections have to work in nearly zero visibility making traditional methods of underwater photography and videography extremlely difficult by lacking detail. With the missing details in the photo and video, it poses a major problem with delivering the final report.

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Selection board season runs January through October and affects nearly every Sailor in the Navy. Taking the time to prepare in advance can relieve a lot of stress when your record goes before a board, Navy officials said Jan. 30. About 20,000 first classes took the exam this month and from them will be those who are selection board eligible for chief. Sailors can review their Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) online by selecting the “OMPF - My Record” link under the BUPERS Online (BOL) Application Menu Log available at www. “You should not wait until the last moment to prepare your record for review by a selection board,” said Capt. Donald May, director, Officer and Enlisted Career Progression Division. “Assume, if you are a first class, that you are going to be selection-board eligible and look at your record now. Then when the list comes out, and you are on it, you’ll be ahead of the curve.” It is still possible to update your OMPF prior to the board commencing if you discover something is missing. “In FY-13, Navy Personnel Command scanned 4,424,817 images into OMPFs,” said Kathy Wardlaw, director, Records Management and Benefits Division, NPC. “In spite of that volume,

routine, documents are normally ingested into the OMPF in about 30 days. Award certificates can take between 4-8 weeks depending on the availability to validate the award with the Navy Department Awards Web Service (NDAWS). Awards must be entered into NDAWS prior to being submitted to NPC. If not, we cannot validate them or enter them in the OMPF.” If you are unable to get your awards updated in NDAWS in time to update your OMPF then that is the time to provide a letter to the board. “Sailors who have any missing, new, or additional information, like recently obtained qualifications, degrees and awards to be considered that are not in their OMPF may submit them to the board via a letter to the board,” said May. “Letters to the board, commonly called selection board packages, must be received by the NPC Customer Service Center by April 28 for Full Time Support (FTS) and Canvasser Recruiter (CANREC) Selection Board Eligible candidates and by June 2 for active component selection board eligible candidates.” All correspondence should be on plain white paper, paper clipped (no staples, binders, folders or tabs), and submitted under a cover letter to the president of the board. The candidate’s full name and social security number must be affixed and legible on all documents submitted.

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MC1 Chris Fahey Selection board packages must be received by the NPC Customer Service Center by April 28 for FTS and CANREC and June 2 for active duty personnel to be a selection board eligible candidate.

Use of special handling mail (certified or registered) is not advised due to significant delays in handling. Third party correspondence not submitted by the candidate will not be presented to the board. The FTS/CANREC E7 Selection Board is scheduled to convene May 19 and the active-component selection board is scheduled to convene June 23. The active component chief petty officer board is the largest selection board conducted in the Navy and typically lasts four weeks. After the selection board reviews the records of all eligible candidates and selects the best and most fully qualified Sailors based on the precept, their results are forwarded to the Chief of Naval Personnel for final approval. More information can be found in NAVADMIN 288/13 for active component/FTS/CANREC and NAVADMIN 306/13 for SELRES and under the “Boards” tab available at www.npc.

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TR promotes career development, mentoring for women Sailors By MCSN Jenna Kaliszewski USS Theodore Roosevelt Public Affairs


Approximately 80 Sailors attended an all-women symposium to discuss USS Theodore Roosevelt’s (CVN 71) female wellness program in the ship’s foc’sle, Jan. 24. Lt. Rachel Condon, Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Chelsea Turner, Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Camile Gordon and Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Amber Sewell organized the meeting and led discussions specific to women. “We’re trying to set up something where women have a comfortable location where they can ask questions,” said Sewell. “It’s just our way of getting the information out that needs to be put out to everybody. We want them to know we genuinely care about the women on the ship and that they have a support system.” Sewell explained the female wellness program and provided information about when and how often women should have exams. Turner talked about birth control options offered by the ships’ Medical department. Those in attendance participated in a survey to suggest future topics for meetings. The group mingled over cookies in a relaxed open atmosphere following the meeting. “I thought it was informative,” said Chief Electronics Technician Ann Holman. “I like the topic, especially be-

cause of the change. It’s new so we don’t all know this information already.” It was important for the women of Theodore Roosevelt to come together as a group and have an open discussion about being a woman stationed on a Navy warship, said event organizers. “We’re women and things are different for us on the ship. It’s hard being a woman on the ship. This is the perfect opportunity to meet other women and know you’re not alone in this,” said Sewell. “We really have to break the stereotypes

of women in the military. We want to do the same thing men are doing and not be looked at differently because we are women.” In the future, Condon and the hospital corpsmen plan to bring in women from all rates and ranks to talk to female Sailors onboard. “There are a lot of amazing women out there,” said Sewell. “There are master chiefs, senior chiefs and officers. We don’t want to worry about rank, just what we can learn from the experience of others. We can respectfully

MCSN Bounome Chanphouang Medical personnel aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) transfer a patient from a treatment bed to a stretcher during a mass casualty drill. Theodore Roosevelt is at sea conducting training operations to prepare for future deployments.

talk to each other as women in the military.” Condon plans to hold a meeting every underway, determining the future topics based on survey responses.

Condon hopes to see the group grow into an open and welcoming place for all TR’s female Sailors to come and discuss female-specific needs and issues on the ship.

Join the conversation with TR online at www.facebook. com/USSTheodoreRoosevelt, and local/cvn71/.

HS-5 TRANSITIONS TO HSC-5 We’ve renewed our focus on our Combat Search and Rescue, Naval Special Warfare Support, and Anti-Surface Warfare missions, and that’s not to exclude logistics.” -HSC-5 CO Cmdr. Aaron R. Kelley

By MCSN Taylor N. Stinson Navy Public Affairs Support Element East


Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Five (HS-5) transitioned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Five (HSC-5) during a ceremony, Jan. 24, at Naval Station Norfolk. The new platform, which includes the MH-60R “Seahawk” and MH-60S “Knighthawk,” will replace the SH-60F and HH-60H. The transition itself placed new challenges and definite changes for the squadron in training and in atmosphere. “The big glaring change is the airframe. It is just leaps and bounds ahead in terms of technology and capability,” said Cmdr. Aaron R. Kelley, commanding officer of HSC-5. The HSC-5 “Nightdippers” returned from deployment in July 2013 and began the transition to the new platform of

MH-60S by sending pilots and aircrew through schools in San Diego, as well as training with another squadron, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Two (HSC-2), in Norfolk, said Lt. Chris Hoffmann, public affairs officer for HSC-5. In preparation for the transition to HSC, HS-5 sent aviation ordnancemen, aviation electrician’s mates, and aviation electronics technicians to San Diego for four months of training while some pilots and members of the aircrew, specifically maintainers, remained in Norfolk to train with HSC-2. HSC-2 “Fleet Angels” assisted HS-5 with training and requalifying all maintainers with the new technology and format of the MH-60S and MH-60R helicopters. HSC-2 will also assist HS-5 by continuing to cover the anti-submarine warfare mission that HSC-5 is losing. “We’ve renewed our focus on our Combat Search and Rescue, Naval Special Warfare Support, and Anti-Surface

Warfare missions, and that’s not to exclude logistics,” said Kelley. However, with all the new challenges and changes that HSC-5 faces, the squadron remains enthusiastic with the transition and continues to push forward. “Everybody is really excited to get back to flying and get up to operating speed again,” said Hoffmann. “Hopefully, we will be able to go out to help everybody on the front lines again.” HSC-5 will continue to remain the world famous “Nightdippers” although the anti-submarine warfare mission has been dropped. The “Nightdippers” are not just famous for the legacy that is continually delivered but also the attitude that remains within the squadron. “We do our job professionally, reliably, and enthusiastically and I think it is that enthusiasm that filters from the deck plates all the way up,” said Kelley. “It’s contagious and folks remember the ‘Nightdippers’.”

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gameday Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) watch Super Bowl XLVIII between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks.

USS Stout enjoys Super Bowl at sea By MC2 Amanda Gray USS Stout Public Affairs

Theodore Roosevelt is underway conducting training for future deployments.


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Sailors celebrated Super Bowl XLVIII while underway aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), Feb. 2. Sailors gathered for food and drinks, pregame competitions and the game, which was projected on a big screen in the ship’s hangar bay. “I’m happy to be out here watching the game with all of my fellow aviation ordnancemen and playing spades,” said Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Shanice Houser. “Seattle Seahawks all day.” Morale, Welfare and Recreation

(MWR) along with the Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD) coordinated the event, and Supply department’s S-2 division provided a feast which included meatballs, jalapeno poppers and wings. The Second Class Petty Officer Association took over food service assistant (FSA) duties, so the FSA’s could enjoy the game. “I enjoyed everything provided by the Second Class Petty Officer Association, CSADD and MWR,” said Hull Maintenance Technician 2nd Class Carlos Green. “The sumo wrestling was very entertaining. Overall it was a great thing that they provided. It was very entertaining and nice to come out and see the ca-

maraderie between us Sailors. We have to have something enjoyable for the Sailors after being out to sea for three weeks straight.” Sailors also took part in a bean bag toss competition and dressed up for some mock sumo wrestling. “It’s been a long underway with a lot going on,” said Megan Villapudua, Theodore Roosevelt’s MWR Fun Boss. “We wanted to make it different instead of just having the Sailors watch the game in their rooms or offices. We wanted to bring them out to unwind after working so hard with qualifications.” Theodore Roosevelt is underway conducting training in preparation for future deployments.


Super Bowl plays in the Chiefs Mess

Sailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stout (DDG 55) celebrate Super Bowl XLVIII while at sea, Feb. 2. The event was hosted by the Junior Enlisted Association (JEA), who provided food and activities for Sailors throughout the day. “The game is being shown late at night, so leading up to it we had a variety of events going on throughout the ship,” said Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Eugene Hogan, JEA’s president. “This included a quarterback precision toss, a Madden NFL video game competition, and a finger football challenge. We also prepared all of the food for the game. It was a lot of work, but the crew really enjoyed it.” Sailors gathered on the decorated mess decks to watch the Denver Broncos play the Seattle Seahawks on projectors and televisions. “The Super Bowl is like a sports holiday for Americans and being able to enjoy the festivities and watch the game is an important morale booster,” said Cmdr. Robert Alpigini, Stout’s commanding officer. “It provides a great opportunity for the crew to take a little down time, gather socially and partake in the annual pageantry of the event even though we’re far from home.” The game was not aired until after midnight so Alpigini gave the ship a holiday routine the following morning. “We all work very hard throughout the week, so to be able to put this on for the crew, so that the Sailors on this ship can have an evening of fun is something very rewarding,” said JEA’s vice president, Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Shawn James. “We are one big family out here and football brings us even closer. We had a great turnout for all of the events and everyone had a great time.” Stout, homeported in Norfolk, is on a scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.

Chief petty officers watch the Super Bowl in the Chiefs Mess aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).

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Harry S. Truman, flagship of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, supporting theater security cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

MCSN Edward Guttierrez III Yeoman Seaman Apprentice Antoine Warner watches Super Bowl XLVIII on the mess decks of the Arleigh Burke-class guidedmissile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75).



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TR Sailors prepare for the worst, train to be the best By MCSN Bounome Chanphouang USS Theodore Roosevelt Public Affairs

U.S. Navy file photo Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Michael Ousley draws blood from a patient to test for Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV) during a physical health assessment aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).

The walking blood bank provides life’s blood on Theodore Roosevelt


The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) held a mass-casualty drill, Jan. 25, to prepare for real casualties that could occur in a moment’s notice. During the drill, Sailors responded to a simulated cable break during an underway replenishment. “We train in case of a true emergency, so that there’s nothing surprising that we have to anticipate,” said Lt. Cmdr. Charlene Ohliger, the ship’s nurse. “We can never be too prepared.” A mass-casualty drill tests the crew’s response to an emergency situation that causes more casualties than the Medical department can respond to alone. Sailors participating in the drill worked as a unit to triage patients

by the severity of their injuries, provided them medical attention and transferred them for additional care. Medical, Dental and the Command Religious Ministries departments triaged the patients. The ship’s designated stretcher-bearers helped care for and transferred the victims. Security personnel were on scene to secure the area and ease the flow of patient movement, while Weapons department controlled the elevators transferring patients to holding areas. Stretcher-bearers and hospital corpsmen practiced treating different wounds, including jaw fractures, sucking chest wounds, amputations and road rash. “I felt confident, because I know what I’m doing,” said Personnel Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Perkins, a stretcher-bearer from repair locker 1B. “The guys around me

MC3 Heath Zeigler Logistic Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Kontaxis, left, performs first aid during a mass casualty drill aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).

knew what they were doing. We were confident going into the drill knowing that we can be the best that we can be.” Theodore Roosevelt simulates a mass casualty drill every 90 days to train its rough riders to be ready in a moment’s notice.

“Practicing mass-casualty drills on a regular basis helps develop the kind of muscle memory needed to respond quickly in the event of a real emergency,” said Ohliger. Theodore Roosevelt is underway conducting training in preparation for future deployments.

By MC3 John M. Drew USS Theodore Roosevelt Public Affairs


The term “walking blood bank” may sound ominous, but it could mean the difference between life and death to a shipmate. USS Theodore Roosevelt’s (CVN 71) walking blood bank is composed of Sailors who volunteer to donate blood to injured shipmates. “It’s a program we have in place in case of a mass casualty. The surgeon will call down and notify us that a transfusion is necessary for a patient,” said Lt. Cmdr. Medrina Gilliam, Theodore Roosevelt’s walking blood bank coordinator. “We don’t carry any blood on this ship whether underway or on deployment. It’s our only way of having blood onboard and available in a time of need.” TR does not carry blood onboard due to storage and refrigeration limitations. The ship’s medical staff could not perform transfusions without Sailors willing to donate blood to their shipmates. “When [patients] are marked ‘red,’ it means that person needs surgery immediately,” said Gilliam. “We would need two people to donate for that one person to have a better chance of surviving.” By signing up as a volunteer, Sailors could save a shipmate’s life. “I want people to know that it’s not a requirement, but it is important,” said Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Moriah Marlowe. “Just come down to medical and tell us you want to sign up, and we’ll walk you through everything that’s needed.” Join the conversation with TR online at www.facebook. com/USSTheodoreRoosevelt and For more news from USS Theodore Roosevelt, visit local/cvn71/.


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Local ships, commands see major snowfall

A layer of snow blankets the ground, covering ships that are moored at the Naval Station Norfolk pier after Winter Storm Leon hit Hampton Roads.

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)

By MC3 Heath Zeigler USS Theodore Roosevelt Public Affairs


Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS The- I have been odore Roosevelt (CVN 71) shoveled the biggest driveway of them all after receiving about on active three inches of snow Jan. 29, an uncommon duty for over occurrence for an underway vessel. The same winter storm that blanketed states 31 years and from as far south as Texas to the Northeast, tying up traffic and closing schools and busi- have never nesses, draped TR’s flight deck with a rare seen snow coating of snow. “I have been on active duty for over 31 years underway and have never seen snow underway before,” said Cmdr. Steven W. Leehe, TR’s mainte- before.” nance officer. “Years ago, I saw some pictures of aircraft landing on a flight deck in a snow - USS Roosevelt storm, but I’ve never seen it myself.” maintenance officer “I have been on active or Reserve duty for Cmdr. Steven W. Leehe 22 years, and this is my fourth carrier. I have never seen snow on the flight deck underway like this. It’s crazy,” said Lt. Cmdr. Kevin D. Bittle, maintenance material control officer aboard TR. Even with the foul weather, Sailors remained on watch as TR conducted training while underway about 115 miles northeast of Norfolk. “It’s been cold up here, but it has been a lot of fun,” said Seaman Guerrero, a lookout on vulture’s row. “It was very cool to see snow on the deck. I was amazed at just how quickly it covered everything.” From deck seamen to old salts, the snow captivated the crew. “We should consider ourselves blessed for every rare and privileged experience our country allows us to enjoy every day. Beautiful snow on an amazing warship, not quite snuggled up with our families at home, but still a great place to serve,” said TR’s command master chief William Smalts. TR may be out to sea and the traffic gnarled ashore, but the storm helped bridge the distance between many families and their Sailors through social media. “I told my daughters their daddy would be able to make a snow angel,” said one Sailor’s spouse on TR’s Facebook page. TR is underway conducting training in preparation for future deployments.

U.S. Navy photos Sailors shovel snow on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt received approximately three inches of snow while underway conducting training in preparation for future deployments.

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Elsewhere in Hampton Roads... Oscar, a red panda, enjoys a bamboo snack in the snow at the Virginia Zoo Wednesday, Jan. 29. Though many species native to warmer climates stay inside during cold weather, many other species, like red pandas, are happy being in the snow. Red pandas are small tree-dwelling animals native to the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China. Slightly larger than a domestic cat and with markings similar to a raccoon, red pandas have soft, dense reddish-brown and white fur that covers their entire body.

Above: USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) is blanketed with snow as the ship conducts underway damage control training and amphibious exercises in the Virginia Capes operating area during Winter Storm Leon. Left: Joint Expeditionary Base Little CreekFort Story clean up efforts after Winter Storm Leon Jan. 29.


Virginia Zoo photo by Winfield Danielson



USS Ross, USS Porter and USS Carney will be station in Rota Continued from front

MCSN Edward Guttierrez III The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) transits the Atlantic Ocean en route to Rota, Spain.


“The U.S. has a historically strong partnership with Spain, and the strength of that relationship is exemplified today as the first of four U.S. Navy destroyers departs for Rota, Spain,” said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. “Permanently forward deploying four ships in Rota will enable us to be in the right place, not just at the right time, but all the time.” In 2012, Mabus announced the BMD-capable destroyers Donald Cook, USS Ross (DDG 71), and USS Porter (DDG 78) from Norfolk, and USS Carney (DDG 64) from Mayport, Fla. will be stationed in Rota. Donald Cook

will arrive in mid-February. “The Naval Station Rota community is excited about the arrival of the Sailors and families of USS Donald Cook. Everyone is working together to ensure they have a smooth transition as well as make them feel at home in Rota,” said Capt. Greg Pekari, NAVSTA Rota commanding officer. “We’re looking forward to having them enjoy the wonderful Spanish culture as well as the fantastic relationships we’ve enjoyed with our Spanish hosts for more than 60 years.” These multi-mission ships will perform a myriad of tasks, including NATO missile defense, the full spectrum of maritime security

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Continued from front “We conducted combined flight operations from both the Truman and the Charles de Gaulle as well as carrier landing qualifications on both aircraft carriers.” Lt. Cmdr. Rob Littman, an F/A-18 pilot assigned to the “Ragin Bulls” of Strike Fighter Squadron 37, is a U.S. Navy pilot who had the opportunity to land on Charles de Gaulle. “Landing on the Charles DeGaulle was a terrific experience,” said Littman. “It was remarkable how similar it was to landing on the Truman. The French were extremely professional and the transition was seamless.” Capt. Bob Roth, Truman’s commanding officer, said it was a unique experience being able to execute flight operations with jets and pilots from the French carrier. “Planning and conducting actual missions together in this region brought our two fighting units closer together,” said Roth. “Our carrier aviation cultures are very similar, so the mutual real-world missions were executed using familiar tactics, but with a unique mix of platforms. Carrier Air Wing 3 Hornets and Rhinos flew seamlessly from Charles de Gaulle, just as the Rafales and Super Etend-


ards landed and launched effortlessly from Truman. We are a good team and I look forward to the next opportunity to operate with our trusted French allies.” Sweeney said operations weren’t limited to just the aircraft carriers. “We conducted helicopter deck landing qualifications on our smaller ships. We executed boarding exercises, live-fire gunnery exercises, air defense exercises and combat search and rescue training - all types of missions we could be called upon to do at any moment. We even executed what we call a “shotgun swap,” which had the Forbin providing actual air defense control for Truman and the Gettysburg providing the same defense for Charles de Gaulle.” Sweeney highlighted that the combined operations not only improved interoperability between the French and U.S. navies, but they also provided reassurance to regional partners. “These operations were designed to enhance our levels of cooperation and interoperability,” he said. “Just as importantly though, it helps promote long-term regional stability and through our continuous presence, we build trust and confidence throughout the region.”

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based out of JEBLCFS Continued from front The possibility of producing detailed photos in zero visibility had the dive team searching for solutions. After several failed attempts to produce desirable results, the CDD decided to build what is known as a clear water box. “A clear water box is used to enable photography in murky water. By providing a path of clear water for the camera to shoot, it allows a diver to take excellent underwater photos,” said Builder 1st Class Lance Fairchild. “Although sometimes used in the commercial underwater inspection industry, this would be the first time using it for a UCT job.” The clear water box securely seals clean water into a confined space and

allows the camera to work as normal. “We based our dimensions for the box on the known size of the project piles that we were inspecting,” said Chief Builder Brian Strantz, CDD, Bravo officer in charge. “Our final dimensions were 18" x 18" x 18.” Although rather large, this would provide plenty of offset for the camera to focus on the entire width of the pile and see any defects in that area.” The construction was completed using a simple process involving acrylic sheets, bar clamps and acrylic cement. A 2” PVC Bulkhead fitting with a filler cap was added to provide a port through which clean water could be added. Simple cabinet handles were added to provide the diver with a

manner to control the box in the water column. The handles and the bulkhead fitting were secured with added neoprene washers and silicone caulking to ensure a water tight seal. The materials were purchased for under $250 and construction took approximately 12 hours. According to Fairchild, the box performed flawlessly and was easily maneuvered by the divers in the water. During the inspection, divers moved the box against the pile and placed the camera against the opposite side. No additional lighting was needed as the cameras flash provided enough light for clear, detailed results. UCT-ONE provides responsive inshore and ocean underwater construction, inspection, repair and maintenance to ocean facilities for Navy, Marine Corps and joint forces engaged in military operations.

Capt. Bill Combes, HST CSG chief of staff, echoed the significance of conducting the combined operations in the region. “Regional stability and these cooperative relationships both contribute to safeguarding the region’s vital links to the global economy,” said Combes. Personnel from most of the U.S. and French ships also had the opportunity to visit other ships to meet with counterparts and learn how they do their jobs on their respective ships. Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Kathryn Bustos, spent three days aboard the French carrier. “The [French] sailor I was partnered with was the equivalent to a U.S. Navy electronics technician,” said Bustos. “We repaired hydra radios and headphones worn by French sailors on the flight deck and performed maintenance on other electronic equipment together.” Bustos said it was an experience she would remember forever. “It was an experience I’ll remember for the rest of my life,” she said. “I met people aboard Charles de Gaulle that I will keep in touch with even after our deployment and joint operations are finished. The French sailors were very welcoming and friendly.”

operations, bi-lateral and multi-lateral training exercises, and NATO operations and deployments. Ross will join Donald Cook in Rota later this year, and Carney and Porter will arrive in 2015. “The Donald Cook team is excited and honored to be the first destroyer stationed in Rota, Spain,” said Cmdr. Scott A. Jones, commanding officer, Donald Cook. “We greatly appreciate all the hard work from Naval Station Rota, Destroyer Squadron 60, Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic, and Spain; they have all worked tremendously hard to ensure the ship, Sailors, and our families are well supported as we transition into the Rota community.”


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command’s overall mission was CPPD Reserve Continued from front Braun’s tour included briefs from multiple departments on CPPD’s mission and how it is accomplished. During her tour she was also briefed on the impact of CPPD’s reserve forces on the command’s training mission. “In 2013 the CPPD Reserve component accounted for 30 percent of the command’s overall training,” said Newcomer. “CPPD would not be able to effectively complete our mission without our reserve Sailors delivering world-class training to the fleet.” Braun then spoke with reserve Sailors during the admiral’s call about the importance of their supporting CPPD’s mission. “The biggest strength we have is our Sailors. CPPD instructors have the unique opportunity to positively contribute to a Sailor’s career,” said Braun. “It’s always rewarding to see how much our reserve Sailors contribute to fleet readiness and success.”



FOR THE 2014 HEROES AT HOME MILITARY SPOUSE AWARDS Join us in recognizing our local military spouses for their unending strength, personal sacrifices, support for other military families and for their selfless commitment to our community. The Heroes at Home Military Spouse of the Year will be chosen from nominees provided by active duty personnel from all branches of the military, spouse support groups, charitable organizations, friends and family. The 10 finalists and winner will be announced at the awards luncheon on May 8th.


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■ reenactment A World War II era aircraft, a Pacific Warbirds T-6, flies over Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor during a Living History Day event.

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MC2 Armando Gonzales A member of the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Honor Guard hands retired Marine Maj. Gen. Charles Bolden,12th Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and his wife Jackie, a wreath to lay on the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery.

■ about the day The Day of Remembrance occurs during the anniversary week of three fatal accidents at NASA and honors those who gave their lives for the cause of exploration and discovery in space.

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Former, current, and future Navy astronauts joined NASA employees and family members during a Day of Remembrance, Jan. 31, at Arlington National Cemetery to honor fallen astronauts. “Today, the NASA family joins the nation in pausing to remember the contributions of those who lost their lives trying to take our nation farther into space,” said retired Marine Maj. Gen. Charles Bolden, the NASA administrator. “They were our friends, family and colleagues, and they were American

UAB sifts through the sands of time with Howell Torpedo By MC1 Tim Comerford Naval History and Heritage Command Communication and Outreach Division


Naval History and Heritage Command’s (NHHC) Underwater Archeology Branch (UAB) and conservationists from Terra Mare Conservation opened the mid-section of the more than a centuryold Number 24 Howell Torpedo undergoing conservation at the Washington Navy Yard, Jan. 30. The torpedo was opened to access its flywheel, a device that is used to store energy and used to propel the torpedo. The conservators opened the torpedo and found the section full of sediment –141 pounds of it – but they believe

there may be some man-made pieces mixed in. “It’s mostly sediment, but we have some bits and pieces that could be some parts like screws,” said Paul Mardikian, an experienced conservator with Terra Mare, who is in charge of coming up with the torpedo’s conservation plan. “When we opened the bulkhead of the torpedo we had an almost perfect line of sediment showing that this part of the torpedo landed in its original position. It did not tumble or change position. The position of the sediment tells you the exact final resting position of the torpedo. That’s very interesting. You can also interpret the material, whether it is sandy or more like silt. You cannot

heroes who exemplified our nation’s pioneering spirit and dared to risk their lives revealing the unknown. Our lives are better and our nation is stronger for their sacrifice.” The ceremony took place during the week of the anniversaries of three fatal accidents: The Apollo 1 fire, space shuttle Challenger (STS-51L) explosion and space shuttle Columbia (STS-107) accident. Five Sailors died in the line of duty during these accidents: Lt. Cmdr. Roger Chaffee, Capt. Michael Smith, Cmdr. William McCool, Capt. David Brown and Capt. Laurel Clark.

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U.S., ITALY SIGN TRAINING AGREEMENT By Terri Moon Cronk American Forces Press Service


MC2 David Cothran The letters “USN” appear near the edge of a section of a late 19thcentury Howell Torpedo. The torpedo was discovered by a team of Navy dolphins off the coast of San Diego.

process the final image until you have all the information together. We may use this information later on.” As Mardikian and his fellow conservator Claudia Chemello, worked with the torpedo, Heather Brown, an archeologist with UAB, used a fine mesh strainer to look through the sediment.

“We give the sediment to the archeologists who collect it, weigh it and look at it. Then it will either be kept as part of the records or discarded if there is no information that can be extracted from it,” Mardikian said. “For the long run, we keep samples.”

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The Defense Department and Italy’s defense ministry have signed a memorandum of understanding to promote joint training and education for peacekeeping operations, Jan. 3. The agreement, signed at the Pentagon, takes effect immediately and identifies and develops joint training and education as well as policies and procedures. “I believe this is the first, formal agreement on education and training that the undersecretary of defense of personnel and readiness has ever signed with [Italy’s] Carabinieri,” said Frank C. DiGiovanni, director of DOD’s force readiness and strategy. “This new MOU, [while] old in association, has a very productive objective to promote peace and stability to areas of the world that are under stress,” added Frederick E. Vollrath, assistant secretary of defense for readiness and force management.

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online Get more information about military spouse benefits by visiting www. militarybenefits. info.

Military spouses face many challenges so it’s nice to have benefits to balance the scales. Spouses can find many advantages ranging from educational benefits to employment opportunities. Many programs are provided automatically upon entrance to military service or marriage to a service member. Listed below are 5 top benefits not provided automatically, but available to military spouses to utilize. 1. Military Spouse Career Advancement Account (MyCAA): One of the most advantageous programs offered to military spouses is the MyCAA Scholarship. This program offers up to $4,000 in financial assistance to military spouses who are pursuing any of the following offered by an institute aligned with the MyCAA Program: ■ A License ■ A Certification ■ An Associates Degree Spouses of active duty, guard, and reserve members holding the ranks of E-1 to E-5, W-1 to W-2, and O-1 to O-2 are eligible, and must be able to begin and complete their program while the military member is on Title 10 military orders.

2. Family Service Members’ Group Life Insurance (FSGLI): Military spouses are eligible to receive up to $100,000 in life insurance coverage. Military members can elect to enroll their family members in this program for coverage of $10,000 to $100,000. Spouse and dependent coverage may not exceed the coverage held by the service member, and children are restricted to $10,000. Contact your Military Personnel Office for enrollment information. 3. Patriot Express: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has established this small business loan program for veterans and spouses. Its purpose is to assist with the initial costs in establishing a small business, or costs related to expanding a small business. Low interest rates are assigned to the loans, typically ranging from 2.25 percent - 4.75 percent. The SBA guarantees up to 85 percent of the total loan, with a maximum loan amount of $500,000. 4. Transferred GI Bill Benefits: Education benefits can be transferred from service members to their spouses and children. Once the military member

has reached the required time in service, he or she may elect to assign a portion or all of their GI Bill benefits to a family member. Benefits may be used while the military member is still serving in the Armed Forces. Spouses are able to use the benefits for up to 15 years after the military member separates from the Armed Forces, and children may use the benefits until they reach 26-years of age. Children may also be eligible for additional benefits, such as monthly housing allowances. Your installation’s Education Office and the Veteran’s Affairs (VA) office can provide additional details. 5. Military Spouse Preference (MSP) Program: With unemployment remaining high, any advantage that can help to secure a desired position is helpful. Under the MSP, military spouses are given preferential employment placement in vacant Department of Defense (DOD) civilian positions. These vacancies may fall under either civil service or Appropriated/Non-Appropriates Funds. Please contact you local Civilian Personnel Office (CPO) or Human Resources Office (HRO) for current vacancies.

SUPERWOMAN KNOWS OPSEC By Sara Jane Arnett Military Spouse Contributor

I am good friends with Superwoman. We occasionally talk on the phone when she has time, but being a busy mom of seven tends to limit our hour-long “catch up” conversations. She keeps her children involved in sports, academic programs, church, family activities while homeschooling her five school-age children! And to think, she does all of this while her husband is deployed! WHAT? How do these women and men hold down the homefronts all by themselves while their spouses are away? Just knowing the responsibility and total care of the entire family would send most into constant panic mode, but not Superwoman. Always smiling, never complaining with an uber-strong military spouse attitude

are a few of her attributes that continue to mold this family’s unwavering resiliency throughout their numerous deployments. How and what can you do to support these everyday heroes while their spouse is serving overseas? Do you have friends, family or neighbors currently enduring a deployment? In all deployment scenarios, OPSEC (Operation Security) is of the utmost essence for both service members and their families to always keep a top priority (visit for more Deploymentrelated topics such as below). Whenever communicating with your loved one, never disclose the following: ■ The mission of your service member's unit or the number of service members assigned to it ■ Deployment times and locations

■ Port call dates ■ Special shore deployments ■ Unit morale or personnel issues ■ Troop movement ■ Military intentions, capabilities

or operations ■ Your family's location during the deployment ■ Your service member's scheduled return date When using social media (i.e. Facebook and Twitter), always remember that anything you post or comment on is out there for the world to read. It's important for your safety and that of your deployed loved one that you avoid posting anything that advertises that your loved one is deployed or that you're alone. If you mention the deployment, refrain from using specific dates and identifying information no matter how insignificant it may seem.

It is imperative that we collectively rally behind our military families who continue to sacrifice their very precious time away from their loved ones especially throughout deployments. I am certain that we all know these types of Superwomen who seem to be unfazed with new challenges. Please let these Superwomen in your lives know how well they balance under pressure while maintaining OPSEC at all levels. Take it a step further and communicate they can count on your love and support when they need positive people surrounding them the most through tough times. Rock on Superwomen, rock on! Sara Jane Arnett is an active Army spouse, mother of three boys and military children’s author of “My Daddy’s a Soldier.” In 2011, she was selected as the “Heroes At Home” Military Spouse of the Year and also received the Military Police Corps “Order of the Vivandiere” award.

Are spouses the ‘Must Have Parent?’ By Jacey Eckhart Military spouse contributor

All parents are “must have” parents. I think we would all agree that kids need their moms and dads to love them and protect them and help them make their way in the world. But lately I’ve been wondering if military families (and many civilian families) are constructed a little differently because one of the partners has a profession that requires a lot of travel and/or long, non-negotiable work hours. In my research on long military families, I found that work demands like these meant that the partner most consistently in the home bore more of the weight of the day-today family. My 11-year old told me that person was the “Must Have Parent.” It’s a helluva concept. I hope you will bear with me on this because I want your ideas about the whole thing, not just the title of the blog. This is how he came up with that term. From the time my kids were babies, I played stupid little games with them to keep their dad present when he was deployed. This time I got in the habit this time of teasing my 11-year old when he was being especially adorable. “Who

loves you, Peter?” I would ask him. “You do,” he would laugh. “And who else? “Daddy.” Exactly. I wanted him thinking: Mom loves me. Dad loves me. Life is good. Even after my husband came home from his last deployment, this was still a habit with us. So one day I asked him again, “Who loves you Peter?” “You do.” “And who else?” “Daddy,” Pete said, as always. Then he stopped me and looked into my face. “But you are my Must Have Parent, Mommy.” My husband was standing right there. He gave a little shrug, in that way of fathers. Because in that moment, we both knew what Peter meant. Peter was telling us that it was OK for Dad to deploy as long as the Must Have parent was in place. As long as the Must Have Parent woke him up every day and fed him a butter roll, he was OK. As long as the Must Have Parent reminded him to practice his trombone and picked him up from school if he was sick and tucked him in at night, he was OK. As long as our son had his Must

Have Parent relentlessly, constantly, physically present, it was OK for Dad to deploy. Peter would miss his Dad all the time (of course), yet it was basically OK for dad to be gone and to come home and to be ready to go again with a Must Have Parent in place. This assessment was a little hard on both Brad and me. It was like Peter was announcing he could cope with only one kidney. But it was the way he understood his own life. It made us curious. So we talked about his version of the Must Have Parent over dinner. “If one person is the Must Have Parent,” I asked. “What does the other parent do?” “Well, he is the worker parent,” Pete said. Brad kind of liked that assessment. “I work too, Honey.” I reminded Peter gently. (I work full time. It is kind of hard to miss.) Peter considered that for a minute while Brad and I suggested other terms for the partner who had to be gone so much of the time. “I think the other parent is the Must Do Parent,” announced Peter. ”He has a lot of things he must do before he can come home.” The Must Have Parent and the

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Must Do Parent raise the I’m OK Military Child? I don’t know. I’m pretty sure that this is the way our family has functioned since my husband’s first deployment when our daughter was five months old. This is the way my own family functioned when I was a kid. It was OK if my Must Do Parent was serving in Vietnam because my Must Have Parent was doing the laundry and driving us to swim lessons and saying our prayers with us at night. This is not the way my brother the architect and his wife the dietician raise their girls. Both of them come home every night. They come home every night. Neither of them travel much. They share childcare and chores. They are both present. Our military family cannot work that way. So got me to wondering about other military families and civilian families in which one of the partners has a profession that requires a lot of travel and/or long, non-negotiable work hours. Is this the way other kids assess their families too? I asked Peter if it was all right if I shared his idea with you. He said I could. So we are hoping you will tell us about how your family works. Visit and weigh in !


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Buckle up and hang on By Bianca Martinez Military Spouse Contributor

No one said this would be easy. We all get there. We get to a point as military spouses where you sit down and cry out of pure exhaustion. Your emotional roller coaster is coming to the part where it climbs a steep hill, you realize you are at the end of the track and this is one of those rides where all of the sudden you are going backwards. You have no idea where you are going or how long the roller coaster is gonna last. Do you shut your eyes and say I can’t do this anymore? Or do you throw your hands up and do your best to enjoy the ups and downs and the highs and the lows? Now take a look around you ... What do you see when you are on a roller coaster? There is that person next to you nervously laughing. Behind you are two people terrified. Behind them is someone screaming for dear life and it’s kind of fun for them but kind of terrifying at the same time. And let’s not forget about the person who is a little nauseous from it all. My point is, you are not alone. All of us military spouses are in a different state of mind, on a different hill or upside down loop of this roller coaster but we are all on the same roller coaster. Instead of putting your hands up (whether it’s for the fun of it or because you want to give up) reach those hands out to those in the same cart. If anything, you can find ways to laugh about it all, cry about some of it and feel better for just getting it all out. Take advantage of the resources out there for us. I can’t stress enough the importance of utilizing Fleet and Family Services. However it’s the friendships and communication that will make you feel normal and help reel you in when you find yourself at the point where it’s all about to go backwards. Hang in there. Hopefully, you can find your way to the “Wooooooooooooooo” stage of it all and just enjoy the ride.

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.

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MC2 Christopher Salisbury Lt. Matthew Prince, a chaplain assigned to the submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40), speaks about the dedication and naming of the ship’s chapel in honor of Lt. j.g. Anthony James Conway.

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A Ship’s Chapel Dedication and Naming Ceremony took place aboard the submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) in the ship’s chapel, Jan. 30. The ship’s chapel was named in honor of Lt. j.g. Anthony James Conway, a U.S. Navy reserve chaplain who was attached to the Third Marine Division during World War II and was the only Navy chaplain killed in the liberation of Guam. “The importance of dedicating our ship’s chapel is to remember Chaplain Anthony James Conway who loved God and his country and gave his life in their service,” said Lt. Matthew Prince, a chaplain assigned to Frank Cable. “Since the Frank Cable is homeported in Guam, we wanted our

ship’s chapel is to remember Chaplain Anthony James Conway who loved God and his country and gave his life in their service.” -Lt. Matthew Prince, USS Frank Cable chaplain ship’s chapel to be named after a chaplain who had served in Guam.” “Naming the chapel also gives our chapel a sense of identity,” said Lt. Cmdr. John Miyahara, Frank Cable’s command chaplain. “There has been confusion about the location of chapel events between the ship’s chapel and Naval Base Guam’s chapel.” Miyahara also said naming the chapel after Conway helps connect the ship to the history of Guam and the sacrifices service members made during the liberation of Guam.

“By remembering and modeling such love and service, Frank Cable Sailors continue Conway’s legacy here on Guam and the Navy’s traditions,” added Prince. Frank Cable, forwarddeployed to the island of Guam, conducts maintenance and support of submarines and surface vessels deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. For more news on Frank Cable (AS 40), visit www. or www.


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The Office of Naval Research Global (ONR Global) announced, Jan. 30, a grant to the University of Melbourne that will provide new insights into ocean conditions-crucial information for Navy planners involved in tactical and strategic decision-making. The project is intended to improve understanding of conditions in the Indian Ocean, including validating satellite data on salinity, or salt, levels. Confirming satellite findings with actual field-level research is an area scientists have deemed essential to improving the Navy’s oceanographic models. The research is in collaboration with Kenyan and Indian scientific organizations. “The major goal of this kind of research is to be able to provide the best information possible on the environmental, or battlefield, conditions, so that tactical and strategic decisions can be properly made,” said Dr. Augustus Vogel, the ONR Global program manager coordinating the research. “It is because of this kind of information that U.S. Navy ships can now more easily avoid hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones, for example.” Vogel noted that improved understanding of data from satellites will give Navy planners more confidence in the information received. “This research will help us calibrate satellite data so that we are confident in what the data tell us,” he said. “Field data are the best, but we can use satellites

to study large areas that are not easily covered with a ship.” The need for improved environmental ocean research has long been recognized by the military and civilian seafaring community. Naval researchers point out that insufficient data on water and weather conditions can impact even the largest vessels, and recall the tragic losses of ships under Adm. William Halsey in World War II in storms that today would be easier to predict. As with many ONR Global efforts, there will be a double benefit to the research, officials say, as the University of Melbourne grant represents increased ties between U.S. and allied scientists. The grant is an example of the kind of support President Barack Obama called for in his recent State of the Union speech, when he said: “Let’s remember that our leadership is defined not just by our defense against threats, but by the enormous opportunities to do good and promote understanding around the globe.” ONR Global scientists work around the world, and its personnel are often referred to as “scientific ambassadors” because of the goodwill created during shared research. “We are proud to work with researchers at the University of Melbourne on this important effort to advance understanding of environmental conditions,” said Capt. Mike Smith, commanding officer of ONR Global. “It is these kinds of collaborations that help advance the frontiers of knowledge, and strengthen ties between the U.S. and partner nations through shared research.”

■ about ONR The Department of the Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR) provides the science and technology necessary to maintain the Navy and Marine Corps’ technological advantage. Through its affiliates, ONR is a leader in science and technology with engagement in 50 states, 70 countries, 1,035 institutions of higher learning and 914 industry partners. ONR employs approximately 1,400 people, comprising uniformed, civilian and contract personnel, with additional employees at the Naval Research Lab in Washington, D.C.

B4 | THE FLAGSHIP | FEB 6, 2014 | FLAGSHIPNEWS.COM The USS Constitution lottery will select 150 winners from the general public to ride aboard for its annual Fourth of July cruise in Boston Harbor.

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USS Constitution officially opened the lottery for its 2014 Independence Day turnaround cruise, Feb. 3. The lottery will select 150 winners from the general public to ride aboard Constitution for its annual Fourth of July cruise in Boston Harbor. This year’s cruise is scheduled to be the ship’s final Independence Day voyage until 2018, as ‘Old Ironsides’ is scheduled to enter a Charlestown Navy Yard dry dock availability in early 2015 for restorations and repairs. The July 4 turnaround cruise celebrates the nation’s birthday by firing from Constitution’s saluting batteries a 21-gun salute exchange with Fort Independence located on

Castle Island. The voyage is about 4.5 miles total and lasts approximately three hours. Each winner will be allowed to bring one guest. All guests must be between the ages of eight and 70 years old and be physically able to travel up and down steep ladder wells and stand for prolonged periods of time in weather that may consist of high temperatures or rain. Entries must be made by completing the entry form on Constitution’s official website and returning it by e-mail or standard mail. All lottery entries must be received by noon on April 15, with the drawing scheduled for April 30. Lottery entries are limited to one per household, and winners will be notified by e-mail and standard mail. To download the official

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DOD RAISES $21 MILLION IN CFC CAMPAIGN By Terri Moon Cronk American Forces Press Service


Despite a year of furloughs and a government shutdown, Defense Department civilians and military members raised $21 million for 4,400 charities during the Combined Federal Campaign last year, Acting Deputy Defense Secretary Christine H. Fox said at the CFC awards ceremony at the Pentagon Jan. 30. Fox is DOD’s CFC vice chair. At the ceremony, DOD and the military services celebrated their

contributions to the campaign, which was conducted DOD-wide from Sept. 1, 2013 to Jan. 15, 2014. CFC is the only authorized solicitation of federal employees in their workplaces on behalf of approved charitable organizations. “CFC is all about giving to people who need help, whether it’s through research organizations to try to cure diseases or prevent them or it’s giving to help individuals struggling in any number of ways,” Fox told the audience. Six people were individually awarded for their support of the

campaign, in addition to 16 Defense Department organizations, including the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines received numerous awards, and for the first time, the five overseas combatant commands were honored for raising $11 million for the campaign. Vince Micone, chairman of the Washington, D.C., coordinating committee for CFC in the National Capital Area, received a large, cardboard check for the $10 million that was raised in the National Capital Region.


“When I think about the number of people who contributed to CFC in the National Capital Region and overseas, I have to reflect a minute on what your lives have been like this last year,” Fox told the military members and civilians in the audience. “Our military members … were once again asked to do more, frankly … than would be reasonable to expect with the sequestration last year,” she continued. “It was a very difficult time and the demands on the military just never seem to go down. Once again, our military rose to the occasion admirably and

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performed beautifully.” Fox noted the civilian workforce had its hardships, too. “You went three years without a raise, you were furloughed and all of you – military and civilian – lived through a government shutdown,” she said. “It was a tough year, yet our civilian workforce performed superbly, just as our military did and always does,” Fox said. “And as civilians, you always [work] with confidence, dedication and skill. Through all of that … you found it in your hearts to give to others. And give, you did,”

The Keep What You’ve Earned campaign released its latest testimonial video, Jan. 29, as part of a series featuring Sailor’s personal stories about how alcohol incidents impacted their careers, and the importance of drinking responsibly. The latest video features Personnel Specialist 2nd Class Kathryn Cummings from Naval Operational Support Center (NOSC) Norfolk. She shares how a personal hardship led to destructive drinking habits and excessive alcohol use. Struggling with personal issues, Cummings thought that a night of heavy drinking would be just what she needed, but a night of binge drinking led to even more trouble – this time with her career. In the new video, Cummings says she thought she did everything right. She

called a taxi and got home safe. However, her decision to binge drink still affected her career when she was late to work and received a “fit for duty” screening. After failing her screening, Cummings was referred to her command Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program (SARP) and got the help she needed. She now has regular meetings with her command Drug and Alcohol Program Advisor (DAPA), Chief Personnel Specialist Howard Dickerson, who said that Cummings is a “stellar Sailor” who strives to be an example to others. “Responsible drinking is so important – especially these days where everyone is competing to stay in (the Navy),” said Cummings. She now spends her time working out, volunteering and hanging out with more responsible friends. According to the Center for Disease Control, binge drinking has become so common

that more than half of alcohol consumption in the U.S. is in the form of binge drinking. “We want Sailors to understand that we aren’t trying to stop them from drinking all together, but that if they choose to drink, we want them to do so responsibly,” said Dorice Favorite, director of the Navy Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Office. “If a night of drinking affects your ability to show up for work and do your job, that’s when we know there is a problem.” Cumming’s testimonial is part of the Keep What You’ve Earned video series. Each testimonial reminds Sailors of the importance of drinking responsibly and keeping what you’ve earned. You can watch all the Keep What You’ve Earned videos at NavyNADAP. For more information, and to help promote responsible drinking at your command, visit www.nadap.


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FLAGSHIPNEWS.COM | FEB 6, 2014 | THE FLAGSHIP | B5 The future USS Coronado (LCS 4) conducts at-sea acceptance trials in the Gulf of Mexico.


Acceptance trials are the last signiďŹ cant milestone before delivery of the ship to the U.S. Navy, which is planned for later this fall.

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The Navy’s newest littoral combat ship, the future USS Coronado (LCS 4), departed from the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala., Jan. 27, en route to her commissioning site in Coronado, Calif. Coronado is the fourth littoral combat ship delivered to the Navy, and the second LCS of the aluminum, trimaran Independence variant. It is scheduled to be commissioned April 5, and will be homeported in San Diego, Calif. “It is exciting to see Coronado, operated by her Navy crew, exiting the new construction yard en route to her homeport,â€? said Capt. Tom Anderson, LCS Program Manager. “There is a great sense of pride among the many who were involved in her construction in seeing her headed to sea to do what she was built to do.â€? During her transit to the West Coast and prior to her commissioning, Coronado will conduct hull, mechanical, and electrical system shakedown events as well as navigation checks and combat systems test events. Additionally, the crew will participate in training events to continue honing their familiarity with the Independence variant. Prior to sail away, the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) conducted acceptance trials aboard Coronado. INSURV found the ship’s performance to be “strongâ€? following what was hailed as “the most complete and rigorous trial on the Independence variant to date,â€? and recommended the vessel be accepted. LCS 4 incorporated a number of design changes based on lessons learned from the ďŹ rst ship of class, USS Independence (LCS 2). These changes are now part of the baseline design and are being incorporated in the construction of follow-on ships of the Independence variant. The Austal USA team has Jackson (LCS 6), Montgomery (LCS 8), Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) and Omaha (LCS 12) under construction in Mobile, Ala. In March 2013, construction contracts were awarded for Manchester (LCS 14) and Tulsa (LCS 16). The littoral combat ship class is designed to defeat threats in coastal waters where increasingly capable submarines, mines, and swarming small craft operate. To deliver capabilities against these threats, the Navy introduced LCS with innovative concepts, such as modular mission packages, to quickly respond to an evolving threat. Program Executive OfďŹ ce Littoral Combat Ships is responsible for delivering and sustaining the eet’s littoral mission capabilities. Consistent delivery of highquality warďŹ ghting assets, while balancing affordability and capability, is key to supporting the nation’s maritime strategy.

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Adm. Harry Harris, PaciďŹ c Fleet commander, saw ďŹ rsthand the advanced capabilities of the P-8A Poseidon on a ight with the War Eagles of Patrol Squadron 16, Jan. 24. The P-8A ew an eighthour maritime surveillance mission over the East China Sea, highlighting the full range of the Poseidon’s gamechanging intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities. “This is a super aircraft. Within just three months of arriving for its ďŹ rst-ever deployment, it’s already a huge leap forward in capability for the PaciďŹ c Fleet,â€? said Harris. “The software upgrades that were put in place last fall have paid off in providing an immediate and effective advantage in ASW, ISR and sensor integration. In my opinion, the P-8A is exceeding its key performance parameters by a wide margin. This is exactly what we need to ďŹ ght tonight.

Send more my way!â€? Led by VP-16 Commanding OfďŹ cer, Cmdr. William C. Pennington Jr., the aircrew demonstrated why the P-8A is critical to the Navy’s rebalance to the PaciďŹ c. “Admiral Harris’ visit highlights the signiďŹ cance of the P-8A’s role in the rebalance to the PaciďŹ c. The War Eagles were proud to showcase not only the capability of this leading-edge aircraft, but more so the enthusiasm of our aircrew and maintenance professionals in helping to set the foundation for how the maritime patrol and reconnaissance force will operate going forward in this strategic region,â€? said Pennington. The P-8A brings the latest avionics and onboard systems to the maritime patrol and ISR mission making it the most advanced anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare aircraft in the world. The P-8A features a technologically agile

open architecture that enables the integration of modern and capable sensors, a robust communications suite, antisubmarine and anti-surface warfare weapons and acoustic/non-acoustic sensors. “It was a great honor having Adm. Harris visit our squadron. Our Sailors have been working extremely hard the last two months, answering the demands of a high operational tempo,â€? said Lt. Cmdr. Matthew GrifďŹ n, P-8A tactical coordinator. “They have truly embodied the VP-16 motto, ‘Anytime, Anywhere, Anytask ... Nothing But Excellence!’â€? In terms of mission effectiveness and reliability, the P-8A represents a leap forward for the United States’ maritime patrol and reconnaissance community. The P-8A is a long-range aircraft capable of broad-area, maritime and littoral antisubmarine and anti-surface

warfare, and ISR operations. The aircraft is a militarized Boeing Next-Generation 737 derivative. The aircraft has a maximum speed of 490 knots, a ceiling of 41,000 feet, and provides a range of more than 1,200 nautical miles with four hours on station. The P-8A is capable of delivering a number of weapons, including MK-54 torpedoes and Harpoon missiles. The multipurpose P-8A offers the joint, combined or naval operational commander a potent weapons platform with a rapid response time for worldwide employment. The P-8A is part of the Navy’s long-range plan to rotate newer, more capable aircraft to 7th Fleet to ensure the Navy is best postured to honor its security commitments to the Indo-Asia-PaciďŹ c and contribute to regional security and stability. Overall as part of the rebalance, military forces will reach a 60/40 split to the IndoAsia-PaciďŹ c by 2020.

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With artworks ranging from paint on canvas to charcoal illustrations to comical snippets, the Navy Art Collection has it all. Or so you would think. But what they’re missing from their collection is your work. Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) art curators said, Jan. 29, they are eager to add talented Sailors’ illustrations, paintings and, yes, comics to the Navy’s collection. Why the need? Because there is a lack of art from the recent past. “There are some wars that we are better represented in art, than others,” said Gale Munro, Naval History and Heritage Command Navy Art Collection head curator. “The wars that we are really strong in: World War II, which is when the combat artist program started. From the Korean War, we are better off than the other services because we had three combat artists.” Munro said the collection includes an adequate amount of art from Vietnam and Desert Shield and Storm, but has only a few pieces from Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. This is where you, or a shipmate, come in. You have seen them in the passageway painting a division’s logo, designing the ships deployment t-shirt or maybe sketching while in berthing or the mess decks. Let them know that NHHC’s Navy Art Branch would like to see some art donated from Sailors for their collection. “We will take submissions,” Munro said. “We have gotten a few drawings from guys on ships that created a really nice artwork and thought they would be kind to us. They sent them, and they are a part of the collection now.” She advises the creator just to let them have a look at the artwork. “No need to send the artwork itself, they could

take a digital snapshot of it and email it to us here at the Navy Art Collection,” Munro said. “We will take a look at it.” If it meets their criteria, they will add it to the collection. “The criteria are that we can foresee a use for it in an exhibit and that it is in tolerably good condition,” Munro said. She said NHHC will not take the work unless it was to be exhibited. “It’s not fair to them if we take it and then not use it,” she said. Just because it isn’t a painting or an ink piece of art doesn’t mean that it isn’t worthy. They will consider taking an illustration on a piece of notebook paper. “If it’s something really remarkable that we do not have any other images of, yes, we will take notebook paper,” Munro said. “From World War II we have lots of cartoons. Guys, off on a deployment, did silly cartoons of the idiosyncrasies of shipboard life – we love stuff like that, and those tended to be drawn on notebook paper. Some modern cartoons would be great to go along with our WWII cartoons.” A portion of the Navy’s art collection travels to museums around the country. “Our best customers are state and county type museums,” Munro said. “We send out exhibits showing people the great things the Navy does, and has done for them in the past.” If someone you know is regularly doodling, sketching or painting, let them know they could be a part of history. Tell them to submit their artwork to the Navy’s art collection by sending an email with their contact information and a photo of their work to gale.muro@, and who knows? Maybe you will see their work in a gallery near you. For more information about the Navy Art Collection, visit mil/branches/nhcorg6.htm. For more news from Naval History and Heritage Command, visit local/navhist






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Rogers tabbed as next Cyber Command Chief American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON

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Navy Vice Adm. Michael S. Rogers is President Barack Obama’s nominee to become the next commander of U.S. Cyber Command, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a DOD news release issued Jan. 30. Hagel also announced that he has designated Rogers to serve as director of the National Security Agency, and chief of the Central Security Service, according to the release. “I am pleased that President Obama has accepted my recommendation to nominate

Vice Adm. Michael Rogers as Commander of U.S. Cyber Command. And I am delighted to designate him also as Director of the National Security Agency,” Hagel said in a statement issued today. “This is a critical time for the NSA, and Vice Adm. Rogers would bring extraordinary and unique qualifications to this position as the agency continues its vital mission and implements President Obama’s reforms.” In his statement, Hagel noted that Rogers is “a trained cryptologist” with a Navy career spanning 30 years. Rogers currently serves as

MC2 David R. Finley Jr Vice Adm. Michael S. Rogers, commander of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and U.S.10th Fleet, speaks with members of Gannett Government Media Corp.

the U.S. Fleet Cyber Command commander and commander of the U.S. 10th Fleet. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, he will replace Army

Gen. Keith B. Alexander, who has served as the NSA director since 2005, and the Cyber Command commander since 2010, the DOD release said. “As commander of the Navy’s 10th Fleet and U.S. Fleet Cyber Command, he has already demonstrated his leadership and deep expertise in this critical domain,” Hagel said of Rogers. “I am also confident that Adm. Rogers has the wisdom to help balance the demands of security, privacy, and liberty in our digital age.” Additionally, the release said, Richard Ledgett has been selected to serve as the NSA deputy director. In his new role as the senior civilian at NSA, Ledgett acts at the agency’s chief operating officer. He replaces J. Chris Inglis, who retired from the position in January.


Visitors of the Battleship Missouri Memorial and the Pacific Aviation Museum got an opportunity to see history reenacted during Living History Day on Ford Island, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Feb. 2. The day was in part a celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Battleship Missouri’s launch along with aviation history at the Pacific Aviation Museum. The Battleship Missouri (BB 63) was launched Jan. 29, 1944 and was the site of the signing of the Terms of Surrender by Japan to end World War II. “Living history day is a celebration of all things historical,” said Josh Stutz, coordinator, Education Department, Battleship Missouri Memorial. “It doesn’t all have to do with the Battleship Missouri. A lot of it does, but we also have different pieces from the civil war, World War II, up through the Gulf War that we have acted out by our re-enactors, and even up through today with our active duty military.” Visitors to the Pacific Aviation Museum interacted with costumed interpreters who told the story of the Civil War, World War II, the Gulf War and the Vietnam era plus Pan Am (Pan American World Airways) flight and command veterans ‘Amelia Earhart,’ ‘Rosie the Riveter’ and other figures from history. Historical characters, musical performances, swing dance demonstrations, hands-on activities, and film screenings were among the events. “This is the second living history day that we have done and we are glad that the Missouri wanted to partner with us and so we have taken it in two different directions,” said April Emerson, volunteer who also dressed as ‘Rosie.’ “They have been concentrating on their anniversary and the history going along with that, and then here at the museum we focused in on Pacific aviation history.” Thousands attended the event, including many children, who were able to learn about history and meet people who have helped shape it. “There is nothing like seeing a child and how wide their eyes get when they can jump in a helicopter or they can don a flight suit or they can talk to a Pan Am stewardess or they can talk to one of our vets,” said Emerson. “And what really gets me is when I see kids, that excitement on their face, and their parent coming up behind them and sharing that story of their own.”



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developed between 1870 and 1889 Continued from B1 “We are sifting the material coming out of the torpedo to make sure that parts that have fallen into the sediment don’t get discarded,” Brown explained, who seemed happy to get her hands dirty. “This is often the thing you end up doing out in the field, but since the whole torpedo was brought to us, we can do it in our lab. It makes it a lot easier and a lot more comfortable. UAB does not typically do a lot of work like this ourselves. We issue the permits and do more managerial work – we don’t do as much on-site, hands-on, archeology. So, this is great! We are excited about this opportunity.” As she sifted through the silt and sand Shawna Daniels, maritime conservator, and Catherine Dick, UAB intern, bagged up, labeled and weighed any metal pieces or larger sediment pieces that may have something within them. Mardikian says opening up the torpedo isn’t just to find out what is inside, it’s a necessary part of the conservation process. “We are learning a lot,” Mardikian said. “When you are conserving a complex artifact, there are certain things that really are important. First, you really must understand the material you are dealing with, and second, every part of the artifact needs to be inspected for possible sediment or seawater. You cannot pre-

serve an artifact unless you gain access to all parts of it. If it is locked with seawater and sediment inside it is going to rot. So it is mandatory for us to gain access for long term stability.” Still, Mardikian believes his original estimate of the time for conserving the torpedo still holds. “The conservation plan for the torpedo is coming together and we are getting ready to finalize the document,” he said. “Once we have that, we are good to go to execute the plan. Within less than a year we should be done.” The Howell torpedo, named for Navy Lt. Cmdr. John A. Howell, the primary contributor to the design, was developed between 1870 and 1889. The Howell, the first propelled torpedo, was 11-feet long, made of brass, had a range of 400 yards, a speed of 25 knots, and a warhead filled with 100 pounds of explosives. The mid and tail sections of this rare torpedo, found by U.S. Navy dolphins off the coast of San Diego last March, make it one of three known to exist in the world. The torpedo was transferred to UAB for desalinization and conservation on the Washington Navy Yard, May 31. That was when they discovered a marking on the torpedo, “U.S.N. No. 24”. Further research led to deck logs that indicated the torpedo was launched from USS Iowa (BB-4) during a training operation in December 1899.


U.S. support has been source of ‘immense pride’ for Italy Continued from B1 Maj. Gen. Ilio Ciceri, Italy’s chief of staff of the Carbinieri General Headquarters, said the support and position of the United States has been a source of “immense pride” for his country. Reflecting on critical moments of the Carabinieri deployments in peace support operations, Ciceri said the first Carabinieri intervention model was tried in the Balkans in the 1990s, marking the first shared experience with the United States. It was also deployed in Albania and Kosovo, where it is still active, and in Iraq, he said, adding that it has become a specialized instrument supporting the coalition armed forces with police information gathering and public security. Such experiences continued in Afghanistan, with the International Security Assistance Force mission, he said, by training and mentoring local police forces.

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program ‘since the beginning’ Continued from B1 “The best way to honor their memories is to keep pushing the boundaries of space exploration so that we can bring new knowledge and new benefits to our nation and our world,” said Bolden. “That is what our astronauts on the International Space

Station are doing at this very moment.” “The Navy has been deeply involved in the U.S. space program since the beginning,” said Capt. Kathryn Hire, an active duty Navy officer and former NASA astronaut. “From the first U.S. astronaut to fly in space, Alan Shepard in 1961, to Chris Ferguson,

the commander of the 135th Space Shuttle mission in 2011, Navy astronauts contributed to many great achievements in space exploration.” The Navy continues to add to NASA’s space programs by employing seven active duty astronauts and enrolling two officers in the 2013 Astronaut class.

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Let’s have a block party! The world of LEGO minifigures comes to life in “The LEGO Movie,” opening in theaters Feb. 7. Providing voices are Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks and Morgan Freeman see C4

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Courtesy photo Visitors to the LEGO Shipbuilding event on Feb. 8 will be able to create historic naval ships from the Hampton Roads Naval Museum’s own diagrams. Each year, staff members add new ships to their onsite brick fleet. New ships this year include the USS Onondaga, USS Maine, and CSS Nansemond.

FEEL THE FREEZE Thousands to brave chilly waters in support of Special Olympics at 22nd Polar Plunge Winter Festival

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It’s getting hot in here, so come chill out at the 22nd annual Polar Plunge Winter Festival benefiting Special Olympics Virginia. More than 3,300 thrill-seekers are expected to brave the chilly Atlantic Ocean wearing nothing but swimsuits and zany costumes at the Polar Plunge, Feb. 7 - 8 between 6th and 9th streets on the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Participants need to raise at least $100 to plunge, which helps provide year-round training and athletic competition to more than 13,000 Special Olympics Virginia athletes of all ages. Not ready to brave the cool waters, but still want to come chill with us? Join us for our inaugural beach volleyball tournament Saturday morning – 2-man (men’s and women’s) and 4-man (co-ed) teams are welcome at this tournament on the sand. Or, flex your athletic prowess Saturday at the Plunge 5K. The 2014 Polar Plunge Winter Festival kicks off Friday at 10:30 a.m. with the Cool School Challenge, an exclusive opportunity for school groups to take the Plunge – actual Plunge is at noon. More than 220 students from 12 local schools have already signed up

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for the Cool School Challenge. The Polar Plunge Winter Festival begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday with the actual Plunge taking place at 2:30 p.m. Additional Plunge highlights: ■ Pee-Wee Plunge – Kids 10 and under can, for a minimum of $50 raised, jump into a cool kiddie pool, as well as win prizes. ■ Friday Night Beach Party – Join us for the Friday Night Pre-Plunge Party from 6 to 10 p.m., featuring local favorite band, Slapnation. To register for the plunge, 5K or volleyball tournament, or to find out more details about the event, visit or call the Virginia Beach office at 962-1575.

The inaugural Polar Plunge took place in 1993 at the Clarion Hotel; 34 plungers raised nearly $8,000 for Special Olympics Virginia, a yearround international program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

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Calling all ship builders. On Feb. 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Hampton Roads Naval Museum (HRNM) will bring back its “blockbuster” LEGO Shipbuilding event for a third year. This free program invites LEGO shipbuilders of all ages to share their creations with fellow enthusiasts on one exciting day and compete for fabulous prizes. Children and adults alike can bring their preconstructed LEGO ships – either from a kit or from scratch – to display at the museum prior to 2 p.m. on Saturday. HRNM will award prizes for five winning age categories, along with a new category this year, “fan favorite” voted on by you. Don’t have a ship made already but want to be part of the contest? Throughout the day, visitors can stop by a ship-building station and create their own ships. Educators will also be on hand to share the science behind building ships with LEGOs. In addition, visitors can create historic naval ships from HRNM’s own diagrams. Each year, staff members add new ships to their on-site brick fleet. New ships this year include the USS Onondaga, USS Maine, and CSS Nansemond. Several other LEGO-related activities will accompany the event. For all questions and inquiries, contact Laura Orr at or 322-3108, or visit HRNM’s Facebook page at HRNavalMuseum.

Start your planning for Spring now at the Hampton Roads Home & Garden Show ■ celebrity sightings Among those scheduled to appear at the 2014 Hampton Roads Home & Garden Show are Don Engebretson of Better Homes & Gardens and Chip Wade of HGTV.


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Pablo Francisco bringing laughs to the Funny Bone VIRGINIA BEACH

Pablo Francisco will rock the house with screams of laughter at the Funny Bone in Virginia Beach (217 Central Park Ave.), Feb. 6 - 9. Fans worldwide flock to Francisco’s shows to experience some of the funniest off the wall comedy ever unleashed. He has had two hour-long specials on Comedy Central. Showtimes are 8 p.m. on Thursday; 8 and 10:30 p.m. on Friday; 7 and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday; and 7 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets cost $20. For more information, call 213-5555 or visit www.

Beat the winter blahs, and start planning your garden with a visit to the 2014 Hampton Roads Home & Garden Show. Presented by the Peninsula Housing & Builders Association, this popular event runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Feb. 7 and 8, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Feb. 9 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. Tickets are $10 for the general public; budding gardeners (12 and younger) get in free. Active duty and retired military and senior citizens (62 and older) receive a $2 discount. Parking is free. This year’s show features an exciting lineup of celebrities and home and garden experts, plus some fun things to see. Hear what Better Homes & Garden’s Renegade Gardener Don Engebretson has to say about creating a garden that is unique. Learn how to make educated home improvement decisions from Chip Wade, host, designer and contractor on HGTV’s

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“Elbow Room.” Wade has also appeared on numerous HGTV programs such as “Curb Appeal: The Block,” “Showdown,” and “Design Star.” Check out K-9’s in Flight, an aerobic team of rescue dogs that has dazzled audiences worldwide for 15 years. Back this year is Habitat for Humanity’s ReStoration Challenge, where three local interior designers are given a budget of $1,000 to create rooms using items only found at Habitat for Humanity stores. Register for the $10,000 Ultimate

Garden Giveaway, where a lucky homeowner from the Peninsula will win a complete yard makeover valued at $10,000. The Giveaway includes a custom design landscape and lush plant material, pavers, mulch and trees service, outdoor lighting, and a patio set. The Giveaway is sponsored by Landscapes by Eric Bailey. For more information, call 305-9029 or visit, Be sure to like us on Facebook for opportunities to win free tickets and other great prizes.

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The Path To Freedom ■ When:

Feb. 7, 7 p.m.; Feb. 8, 3 and 7 p.m.; Feb. 9, 3 and 7 p.m. ■ Where: The Perry Family Theatre of The Hurrah Players, 485 St. Paul’s Blvd., Norfolk ■ Cost: $20 for adults, $15 for children ■ For more information, contact: (757) 627-5437 or visit In honor of African American History Month, let The Hurrah Players and Atumpan-The Talking Drums take you on a journey down “The Path To Freedom.” Corey the Talented Blind Guy’s original stage-play “The Path to Freedom” traces African-American culture from its roots in West Africa all the way to 21st Century America. From Mother Africa to President Obama, this historical musical illustrates how African-Americans used stories, music and dance as a means to uplift, educate and entertain all while preserving the culture of Africa’s people. Under the direction of Hurrah veteran Sharon D. Cook and choreography by LaQuita Marie Staten, “The Path to Freedom” is a smart and relevant production for the entire family.

Service Academy, ROTC Information Day ■ When: Feb. 8, 10 a.m. to noon ■ Where: Frank W. Cox High School,

2425 Shorehaven Drive, Virginia Beach ■ Cost: Free ■ For more information, contact: Dave Lannetti or Bill Daniels at William. The U. S. Naval Academy Alumni Association Hampton Roads Chapter will be hosting the sixth annual South Hampton Roads (Virginia) Service Academy and ROTC Information Day. This special event is intended primarily for interested students in grades 8 through 11. However, all interested students, their parents, and high school guidance counselors, as well as eligible active duty and reserve military personnel interested in applying for entrance to the service academies and ROTC programs, are invited to attend. Congressional Office representatives will provide information about the service academy nomination process. Short presentations will be made by the service academy and ROTC representatives in the Cox Auditorium from 10 to 11 a.m., followed by individual questions and answers.

Rain Barrel Workshop ■ When:

Feb. 8, 10 a.m. Cooperative Extension Office, 739 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Suite 1009, Newport News ■ Cost: $50 per person/barrel ■ For more information, contact: Mary Wright at 591-4838 or, or visit www. ■ Where: Virginia

Join the VCE Newport News Master Gardeners and Water Steward Volunteers in learning about the benefits of utilizing a rain barrel in your yard and garden with this hands-on workshop. At the end of the session you will have built your own rain barrel to take home with you, so be prepared to get dirty. Pre-registration is required; space are limited.

Kid’s Yoga Walk ■ When: Feb. 8, 1 p.m. ■ Where: Hoffler Creek Wildlife

Foundation & Preserve, 4510 Twin Pines Road, Portsmouth ■ Cost: $5 per child (must be accompanied by an adult) ■ For more information, contact: 686-8684, e-mail or visit online at www. Explore your family’s connection to nature on a Kid’s Yoga Walk at Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve. Programs Director and Yoga Instructor Kirsten Halverson will lead you to stretch, breathe, romp and play around the wildlife preserve.

Tony Bennett in concert ■ When: March 16, 7 p.m. ■ Where: Chrysler Hall, Norfolk ■ Cost: Tickets range $65 to $100 plus fees; available at

the Scope Arena box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at or via phone at (800) 745-3000 ■ For more information, visit: SevenVenues welcomes Tony Bennett with special guest Antonia Bennett. No one in popular American music has recorded for so long and at such a high level of excellence than Bennett.

If you are among the millions, chances are you vowed to a NewYear’s resolution. Whether it’s to lose weight, stop smoking, volunteer more, or live a healthier lifestyle, many people start off great then as the days turn into weeks, the momentum starts to fade. Luckily it is still the beginning of the year, which means “if” you have fallen off “the wagon,” it has not been too long and I am here to help get you back on track. What people tend to forget is every single day is a new day to start over, change your direction and modify your “resolution.” That is the beauty of it all, you don’t have to wait until Jan. 1 to make a change, you can do it at any time. The key is having tools in your “tool box” to grab when you find times getting tough, your motivation is lacking, or “life” gets in the way. Here are some of my solutions for successfully maintaining your resolution(s), whenever you make them. The ultimate goal each year should be to not focus your New Year’s resolution around losing weight, beginning to exercise and/ or eating healthier because you have already adapted a healthier lifestyle. Choose an obtainable goal You must be realistic when setting your personal fitness goals. If you set out to run a 5K by February and you have never run before, that would be a bit unrealistic. Your “goal” does not have to be one big/ long-term goal. Set several small goals that are not only realistic, but attainable. For example, it is easy to say “I’m going to start working out every single day.” You have to think about what you have been doing up to this point. If you are going from a sedentary lifestyle and have not worked out in months/years, you are only setting yourself up to going back to square one – a sedentary lifestyle. It may work the first couple weeks, but you will find yourself slipping. You want to always try to send positive feedback back to yourself. Start with working out twice a week. This may be just 20 minutes, it may be longer. The point is getting into the “habit” of exercise. Stick with this for a couple weeks – or more if you still find it challenging – then bump it up to a third day or add more time to your biweekly habit. You are now sending positive reinforcement back to yourself saying “I can do more.” Also, think back to past years. Are you making the same resolution each year and each year not sticking with it? If so, it may be time to re-evaluate your resolution. Think about the realistic nature of it. Ask yourself “Is it achievable? Am I being realistic based on what I have been doing/not doing up to this point?” Remember your goals will not happen overnight. Take as many baby steps as you need. As long as you are moving in the right direction, your personal fitness/ health goals will be achieved.

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Don’t change everything all at once Adapting a healthier lifestyle is all about changing habits. If you want to become more active and eat healthier, pick one. Which one ignites your desire the most? Which one would have the most positive impact on your life when/ if achieved? Changing your lifestyle all at once is a recipe for disaster. You must realign your priorities. Until you change your habit(s) and make the time for your new commitment(s), initial attempts to succeed are limited. In order to see a change, you need to make a change. Once you have reached that goal – no matter how long it takes – then start working on your next goal. P.E.P.S (Plan, Educate, Positivity and Support) ■ Plan – You would not go on a road trip without directions, right? Nor would you start a new meal from scratch without a recipe, correct? Your goal(s) needs to be treated the same way. What plan of action are you going to take to ensure you achieve it? Create an action-oriented plan that states what you are going to do and what you need to execute those goals. Be as specific as you can. What obstacles might you encounter along the way? What is your strategy to overcome them before/when they arise? ■ Educate – It is important to know what you are doing before you start any kind of workout regiment or modifying your diet. Unfortunately, media has saturated people’s minds on what to eat, what not to eat, lose weight this way, do this workout, do that workout. Your healthy lifestyle is all about you. Everyone’s lifestyle is different. Everyone’s body is different. One way of eating may work for your friend, but not necessarily for you. Your co-workers workout regimen may work for his/her goals, but not yours. In order to successfully adapt a healthy lifestyle you must do what is enjoyable to you. You must eat foods that you enjoy. Find exercises that you enjoy. There is something out there for everyone, you just have to look for it. If you do anything that is not enjoyable, inconvenient

or dreadful, you will not continue to do it. Ask questions that specifically pertain to your goals. To ensure you have the correct answers to your questions, turn to fitness professional. ■ Positivity – Everyone falls off the wagon at some point. You will have a bad day of eating and/or miss a workout, and when that happens you should not be discouraged. Remind yourself that you are human and “mistakes” will happen. The trick is not having that bad “meal” turn into a bad week/month of eating poorly or missing a workout to being missing weeks/months of workouts. Get back on track as soon as possible. Recognize why the “mistake” happened and learn from it so you can avoid the mistake again. Treat yourself like you would a cherished friend or adored child. Don’t be mean to yourself, slip-ups are inevitable. Rather than, “I knew I would fail,” tell yourself, “Of course you’ll succeed. You just had a bad day yesterday.” ■ Support – There is no shame in asking for help. Anyone who has had great success in any area of their life had a mentor, teacher or significant relationship with someone who supported and guided them along the way. Your support can come from work, home, friends and/ or at a fitness club. Without the proper support these changes will become more challenging as time goes on. Find a friend or coworker that wants the same “changes” or has the same goals as you. If your budget allows, consider hiring a personal trainer that will customize a plan specifically to you and your personal fitness/health goals. Working with others who truly care about your success makes the process more engaging and fun. Letting your friends/family know about the goals you have set for yourself will not only keep you accountable, but an outside set of eyes will help you see creative solutions to areas where you sometimes feel stuck. Visit, or call 288-5444 for a free consultation. Also find “Lacey-Lee-Fitness” on Facebook. Lacey Lee Fitness is located at 1313 Redgate Ave. in Norfolk.


Virginia Symphony to celebrate The Beatles HAMPTON ROADS

On Feb. 9, 1964, The Beatles made their American Television debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” Half a century later, people still remember where they were when they watched the Fab Four declare “I Want to Hold Your Hand!” On the 50th anniversary weekend of this defining moment in American musical history, the original cast of the Broadway sensation “Beatlemania” returns to Hampton Roads to perform more than 20 classic Beatles hits, backed by the VSO POPS. Audiences will experience live performances of many Beatles tunes that were never performed live by The Beatles themselves, and great care has been taken to ensure that every note will be performed exactly as it was on the original recordings. “I grew up listening to Beatles songs, and they are one of the main reasons I fell in love with music,” VSO Resident Conductor Benjamin Rous said. “I’m so excited to have the chance to perform this music live.” Classical Mystery Tour features Jim

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Owen (John Lennon) on rhythm guitar, piano and vocals; Tony Kishman (Paul McCartney) on bass guitar, piano and vocals; David John (George Harrison) on lead guitar and vocals; and Chris Camilleri (Ringo Star) on drums and vocals. “We really make an effort to sound exactly like the originals,” said Owen. If you’ve never experienced a live Beatles show, Classical Mystery Tour with the Virginia Symphony lets you go back in time 50 years and sing along

to “Hey Jude,” “Eleanor Rigby,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and more. Performances are Feb. 6 at 8 p.m. at Ferguson Center for the Arts in Newport News, and Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. at Chrysler Hall in Norfolk. Ticket prices range from $22 to $90. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. For tickets, call Symphony Patron Services at 892-6366 or visit




IRS warns of tax-time scams during this time of the year It’s true, tax scams proliferate during the income tax filing season. This year’s season opened on Jan. 31. The IRS provides the following scam warnings so you can protect yourself and avoid becoming a victim of these crimes: ■ Be vigilant of any unexpected communication purportedly from the IRS at the start of tax season. ■ Don’t fall for phone and phishing email scams that use the IRS as a lure. Thieves often pose as the IRS using a bogus refund scheme or warnings to pay past-due taxes. ■ The IRS doesn’t initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. This includes any type of e-communication, such as text messages and social media channels. ■ The IRS doesn’t ask for PINs, passwords or similar confidential information for credit card, bank or other accounts. ■ If you get an unexpected email, don’t open any attachments or click on any links contained in the message. Instead, forward the email to For more about how to report phishing scams involving the IRS visit the genuine IRS website, Here are several steps to help protect yourself against scams and identity theft: ■ Don’t carry your Social Security card or any documents that include your Social Security number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number.

■ tax day Tax Day is a colloquial term for the day on which individual income tax returns are due. Since 1955, Tax Day has typically fallen on April 15. For those filing a U.S. tax return but living outside the U.S. and Puerto Rico, Tax Day has typically fallen on June 15, due to the two-month automatic extension.

■ Don’t give a business your SSN or ITIN because they ask. Give it only when required. ■ Protect your financial information. ■ Check your credit report every 12 months. ■ Secure personal information in your home. ■ Protect your personal computers by using firewalls and anti-spam/virus software, updating security patches and changing passwords for Internet accounts. ■ Don’t give personal information over the phone, through the mail or on the Internet unless you have initiated the contact and are sure of the recipient. ■ Be careful when you choose a tax preparer. Most preparers provide excellent service, but there are a few who are unscrupulous. Refer to Tips to Help you Choose a Tax Preparer for more details. For more on this topic, see the special identity theft section on Also check out IRS Fact Sheet 2014-1, IRS Combats Identity Theft and Refund Fraud on Many Fronts.

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The Lego Movie This original 3D computer animated story follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared. Chris Pratt stars as the voice of Emmet. Will Ferrell stars as the voice of his primary adversary, President Business, an erudite, anal-retentive CEO who has a hard time balancing world domination with micro-managing his own life; while Liam

Neeson voices the president’s powerful henchman, known as Bad Cop, who will stop at nothing to catch Emmet. Starring as Emmet’s fellow travelers are Morgan Freeman as Vitruvius, an old mystic; Elizabeth Banks as tough-as-nails Lucy, who mistakes Emmet for the savior of the world and guides him on his quest; Will Arnett as the mysterious Batman, a LEGO minifigure with whom Lucy shares a history; Nick Offerman as a craggy, swaggering pirate obsessed with revenge on President Business; and Alison Brie as a sweet, loveable member of the team, with a powerful secret.

Lone Survivor (R): Based onThe NewYorkTimes bestselling true story of heroism, courage and survival, “Lone Survivor” tells the incredible tale of four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative, who are ambushed by the enemy in the mountains of Afghanistan. Faced with an impossible moral decision, the small band is isolated from help and surrounded by a much larger force ofTaliban ready for war. As they confront unthinkable odds together, the four men find reserves of strength and resilience as they stay in the fight to the finish. Mark Wahlberg stars as Marcus Luttrell, the author of the first-person memoir. Starring alongside Wahlberg as the other members of the SEAL team areTaylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster.

The Monuments Men Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, “The Monuments Men” is an action drama focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys – seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 – possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind’s greatest achievements.

JEB Little Creek, Gator Theater – 462-7534 Thursday, Feb. 6 7 p.m. –The Hobbit:The Desolation of Smaug in 3D (PG-13) Friday, Feb. 7 6 p.m. –The Legend of Hercules in 3D (PG-13) 9 p.m. – Lone Survivor (R) Saturday, Feb. 8 1 p.m. –The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (PG) 4 p.m. –The Legend of Hercules (PG-13) 7 p.m. – Lone Survivor (R) Sunday, Feb. 9 1 p.m. – FREE MOVIE:Turbo (PG) 4 p.m. – American Hustle (R) 7 p.m. – August: Osage County (R)

Vampire Academy Based on author Richelle Mead’s worldwide bestselling series, “Vampire Academy” tells the legend of Rose Hathaway (Zoey Deutch) and Lissa Dragomir (Lucy Fry), two 17-year-old girls who attend a hidden boarding school for Moroi (mortal, peaceful Vampires) and Dhampirs (half-vampire/half-human guardians). Rose, a rebellious Guardian-in-training and her best friend, Lissa, a royal vampire Princess, have been on the run when they are captured and returned to St. Vladamirs Academy, the very place where they believe their lives may be in most jeopardy. Thrust back into the perils of Moroi Society and high school, Lissa struggles to reclaim her status while Rose trains with her mentor and love-interest, Dimitri (Danila Kozlovsky), to guarantee her place as Lissa’s guardian. Rose will sacrifice everything to protect Lissa from those who intend to exploit her from within the Academy walls and the Strigoi (immortal, evil vampires) who hunt her kind from outside its sanctuary.

NAS Oceana, Aerotheater – 433-2495 Friday, Feb. 7 7 p.m. –The Legend of Hercules in 3D (PG-13) Saturday, Feb. 8 Noon – Walking With Dinosaurs in 3D (PG) 3 p.m. – FREE MOVIE: Need For Speed (PG-13) 7 p.m. – Lone Survivor (R) Sunday, Feb. 9 1 p.m. – Anchorman 2:The Legend Continues (PG-13) 4 p.m. – 47 Ronin in 3D (PG-13) 7 p.m. – Lone Survivor (R)

Admission to all movies is only $3 per person at both Aerotheater and Gator Theater. Children ages two and younger are admitted free. Patrons 17 years of age or younger must be accompanied by a paying adult to attend all R rated movies. Doors open approximately one hour before showtimes. Both theaters are now accepting credit cards for admission and snacks. Schedule is subject to change. For your weekly movie showtimes and more, check out the Navy Mid-Atlantic Region MWR website at

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Former Sprint Cup champion Darrell Waltrip, now an analyst for FOX broadcasts of NASCAR races, recently sat down with NASCAR Insider to talk about a variety of topics. Here are excerpts from that interview: On the difficulty of moving from the driver’s seat to the announcer’s booth, while still spending race weekends much the same way: “It’s frightening. The hardest thing you end up fighting is trying to be objective and call out somebody that’s one of your best buddies because they didn’t do something right or did something wrong ... it’s hard. We live in the community. We’re not outsiders. “You have to call the race as you see it and not worry about who you’re going to offend, even NASCAR. We’ve had [NASCAR president] Mike Helton come into the booth and say: ‘What are ya’ll doing? You guys do TV and let us run the race.’ “But I’m opinionated. [Future NBC analyst Jeff] Burton is opinionated. And that’s going to get you in trouble, but it’s the most fun thing I’ve ever done.” On what kind of crew chief Dale Earnhardt Jr. needs to replace Steve Letarte, who is leaving Earnhardt at season’s end to work in the broadcast booth for NBC: “If you look at the guy he’s been successful with, Tony Eury Jr., it was somebody he could argue with. They get mad at each other, disagree on the radio. That seems to motivate some guys. “[Former car owner] Junior [Johnson] would call me Cale [a reference to Waltrip’s rival Cale Yarborough, whom he replaced in Johnson’s car], and that would make me want to bite the steering wheel in two. I’d be driv-

Courtesy of Fox Broadcasting Darrell Waltrip spent nearly 30 years behind the wheel on the NASCAR circuit. He’s spent the past 13 years in the broadcast booth for Fox.

ing as hard as I could and Junior would come on the radio and say: ‘Boy, you’re not laying down on me are you?’ And I’d pick up. “At this point in [Dale] Junior’s career and in his life, he needs somebody that’s a motivator and will keep him pumped up. When things don’t go well, I think he had a tendency to let down a little bit.” On his appreciation, as a one-time promoter of short-track races, of the challenges faced by NASCAR chairman Brian France: “Just like a driver, as a promoter you’re always looking for the perfect setup. But there’s no such thing. You just deal with what you’ve got. It never will be perfect, but maybe it’ll be better than everybody else. “One of the things that’s kind of gotten NASCAR caught in a trap is they’re trying to

fix everything. “Take points. You can change the points until you’re blue in the face. Now, if you give bonus points for something, that’s different. Drivers think, ‘I gotta do something to get some extra points.’ But if you’re just going to change the structure – more here, less there – the outcome is going to be the same. “They’re constantly looking at all the wrong things. When the Chase was announced it was dramatic. People said: ‘What are they thinking? They can’t do that.’ But it’s accomplished what they wanted it to. “The schedule. People say it can’t be changed, but that’s what needs to be done. The Chase is 10 races. That’s too long. They say you can’t take a Chase race away from the tracks that have them now because they’ll go ballistic. But that’s what needs to be done. “The cars. They want them to be able to race close to each other and pass. They keep working on the aerodynamics. Change the gear rule instead. In the beginning, I understood the gear rule [which limits the gearratio selections by race teams to save costs]. They didn’t want to blow up engines. But the engines now are so bullet-proof. “A lot of the races I won with Junior [Johnson] were because I could pull a much lower gear and not blow the engine up. I managed it. I had an advantage. I had what I called a passing gear. “I won all those races at Bristol [12] because I had a much lower gear in my car than everybody else. When the race got going and the pace slowed down, I was in perfect shape. When I’d get under a guy, I’d mash the gas and shoot right by him. “The more things NASCAR tries to control the worse the racing is.”

Courtesy of UFC Former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida is scheduled to face Gegard Mousasi at UFC Fight Nigh 36 on Feb. 15.

■ mma schedule UFC FIGHT NIGHT 36 Feb. 15, 10:30 p.m., FOX Sports 1 Featured bouts: Lyoto Machida vs. Gegard Mousasi Francis Carmont vs. Ronaldo Souza Takenori Sato vs. Erick Silva Viscardi Andrade vs. Nicholas Musoke Thiago Tavares vs. Zubair Tuhugov UFC 170 Feb. 22, 8 p.m., FOX Sports 1; 10 p.m., PPV Featured bouts: Ronda Rousey vs. Sara McMann Daniel Cormier vs. Rashad Evans Rory MacDonald vs. Demian Maia BELLATOR 111 March 7, 9 p.m., Spike TV Featured bouts: Eduardo Dantas vs. Rafael Silva Lavar Johnson vs. Ryan Martinez Peter Graham vs. Siala Siliga ■ Cards subject to change.

The Platinum Enforcers – C.W. Anderson (left) and Phil Brown – celebrate winning the Vanguard Championship Wrestling tag team titles following a triple-threat match against previous champions The Firm and The Geordie Bulldogs during VCW’s show on Feb. 1.


VCW championship bouts headline a night of action By Jonathan McLarty Contributing Writer

Fresh off the heels of its Tidings of Destruction event, Vanguard Championship Wrestling presented its first event of 2014 on Feb. 1 at Norfolk Masonic Temple. Every title in VCW was on the line on this action-packed night. The night kicked-off with Hax Bandito challenging RH3 for the VCW Commonwealth Heritage Championship. RH3’s game plan was to gain the upper hand by pulling and twisting at the mask of Bandito. A tightly executed roll-up, after grabbing a handful of Bandito’s mask, secured the victory for RH3. The questionable tactics were, unfortunately for Bandito, out of the referee’s vantage point. VCW’s resident mime, Jean-Jean LeBon, took on Country Kidd. After a dizzying airplane spin by Kidd, LeBon rolled up the referee. Kidd provided the three count, giving LeBon false hope that he had won the match. Mid-celebration, Kidd rolled up LeBon for the victory. Pat Himes informed Country Kidd that the victory had earned him a future match with RH3 for the Commonwealth Heritage Championship. Tongan wrestler Asaafi was in singles competition against James Dallas Hall. Despite Asaafi’s larger build, Hall was able to flip his

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opponent over with a fireman’s carry maneuver. Asaafi was forced to submit to Hall’s single-leg crab submission hold. Himes then interviewed the United States Liberty Champion U.S. Jay Steel. John Kermon was unable to attend the event due to travel issues but Steel was adamant about defending his championship that night. Music started playing and out walked “Mr. MidAtlantic” Damien Wayne, who stated that he always brings his wrestling gear to any show that he attends and was ready for a fight. The Firm (Shorty Smalls and Mr. Class) defended their Tag Team Championships in a triple threat match against The Platinum Enforcers (C.W. Anderson and Phil Brown) and The Geordie Bulldogs (Sean and Mark Denny). The match started breaking down when Mr. Class was given a back-body drop from inside the ring to the outside onto a pile of other competitors. Shorty Smalls was destroyed by a pair of kicks from both Anderson and Brown, allowing Brown to get the threecount and the titles. Mr. Class was just out of reach from breaking up the count. During intermission, Dirty Money was interviewed. “True Talent” Bobby Shields interrupted and delivered a stiff slap to the side of Dirty Money’s face, and security had to separate both men.

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The United Liberty Championship was on the line next with Steel versus Wayne. Fans witnessed a physical and technically sound match between the two men. Steel delivered his powerslam finisher to Wayne, but the three count was interrupted due to Wayne being able to rest his foot on the bottom rope. A second powerslam attempt was reversed by Wayne who delivered a brutal piledriver. The referee counted to three this time, only to notice that Steel’s foot had passed under the bottom rope. As Wayne had words with the referee, Steel rolled up Wayne for the definitive three count. Though he was not happy with the outcome, Wayne remained professional and raised Steel’s hand. Idol X then addressed the crowd, discussing his recent interview in The Flagship and how everybody was talking about him. Idol has threatened to take his talents, and his Lutz Memorial Cup, to other towns and pro-

motions if he doesn’t get what he wants. Idol is demanding a VCW Heavyweight Championship match. In the main event, Heavyweight Champion Dirty Money continued The Firm’s losing streak by making Bobby Shields submit to the Dirt Nap submission hold. This physical contest spilled out to the ringside floor and saw Shields place an open chair across the windpipe of Dirty Money. Shields proceeded to stand on the chair and pose for the crowd. VCW returns to the Norfolk Masonic Temple on March 1. To see a list of all upcoming events, and to purchase discounted tickets, visit 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




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Religious Services JEB Little Creek Chapel JEB Fort Story Chapel ROMAN CATHOLIC Mass schedule: 5 p.m., Sat. (fulfills Sunday obligation) 9 a.m. & 12:15 p.m. , Sun. Fellowship: 10 a.m., Sun. Choir practice: 6 p.m., Tues. Confessions: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Sat.

ROMAN CATHOLIC Mass schedule: 9 a.m., Sun. Bible study: 9:30 a.m., Tues. PROTESTANT Worship service:11 a.m., Sun. Bible study: Noon, Wed.

Naval Station Norfolk PROTESTANT Sun. School : 9 a.m. Sun. (Ages 4 - Adult) AWANA / Children’s Church : 10 a.m., Sun. (Ages 4 - 10) Worship service:10:30 a.m., Sun. Fellowship: 11:30 a.m., Sun. Coffeehouse: 6 p.m., Sun. Bible Study/ Band Practice: 5 p.m., Mon. PWOC: 9:30 a.m., Wed Choir practice: 6 p.m., Wed. LATTER DAY SAINTS Worship: 11:30 a.m., Sun. (Chapel Annex Classroom 1) Meeting: 7 p.m., Wed. (Chapel Annex Classroom 4)


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ROMAN CATHOLIC Our Lady of Victory Chapel Mass schedule: 11:45 a.m., Wed. | 10 a.m., Sun. PROTESTANT David Adams Memorial Chapel Worship services: 10:30 a.m., Sun. Jewish SABBATH Commodore Levy Chapel (Second Floor Bldg. C7) Sabbath: 7:30 p.m., Fri. (Sabbath Fellowship Oneg Shabbot Follows)

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