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Celebrating 20 years of serving the Hampton Roads Navy family

Vol. 21, No. 5 Norfolk, VA | | 02.07-02.13.13

USFF deputy commander receives prestigious NAACP Chairman’s Award I have been privileged to serve with our nation’s sons and daughters who remain my greatest inspiration.” - Vice Adm. Michelle Howard

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert congratulates Vice Adm. Michelle Howard for her selection by the NAACP to receive the prestigious Chairman’s Award.

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NCIS KICKS OFF CAMPAIGN IN FIGHT FOR SYNTHETIC NARCOTIC PREVENTION tive Service (NCIS) has introduced the Synthetic Drug Awareness Campaign. The CRP is a program designed to fight crime affecting the department of the Navy (DoN) by organizing quarterly prevention campaigns focused on a single theme, and partnering with law enforcement and community service part-

By MC1 (SW/AW) Molly A. Burgess The Flagship Military Editor


As part of an ongoing initiative to eliminate synthetic narcotic use among Sailors and Marines, the Crime Reduction Program (CRP) led by Naval Criminal Investiga-

ners within the DoN. From Jan. 1 through March 31, the CRP will be conducting informational briefs to DoN personnel as part of the campaign which focuses on the use of synthetic drugs, particularly Spice and Bath Salts, drugs that have become a societal fad throughout the U.S. and are becoming more frequently used

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The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) presented its prestigious Chairman’s Award to the U.S. Navy’s first female African-American threestar admiral, Feb. 1. Vice Adm. Michelle Howard, deputy commander of U.S. Fleet Forces, was recognized at the 44th NAACP Image Awards. The NAACP Image Awards celebrates accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film, and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors. “Vice Adm. Howard is an inspiration for me and women of color across our country,” said Roslyn M. Brock, chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors. “Her service and achievements as a top-ranking officer in the U.S. Navy have paved the way for girls and young women to know their dreams can become their reality.” Howard’s father was an Air Force master sergeant and gave her a firm foundation of discipline and respectability. At age 12, Howard wanted to follow her father’s footsteps by joining the military. However, service academies did not admit women until 1976. “I am sincerely touched and honored that the NAACP would choose to recognize me with the Chairman’s Award,” said Howard. “I have been privileged to serve with our nation’s sons and daughters who remain my greatest inspiration. NAACP Image Awards remind us that even when we can’t find role models who look like us, television and the movies allow us to dream and believe that anything is possible. From belief comes faith the possibilities become real.” Howard entered the Naval Academy in 1978, which was the third class to accept women. Upon graduation, she served on numerous ships and became the first African-American woman to command a ship in the U.S. Navy. “For all of you who have written, composed, directed, produced or acted, you let us believe that we can reach for the stars. I accept this award for the Sailors and Marines, who continue to inspire me,” she said. NAACP was founded in 1909 and it remains the nation’s largest civil rights organization. The organization’s goal is to promote civil rights in their communities and equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

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Arlington sweeps ATGs Antiterrorism Basic Phase Verification ■ local ship USS Arlington (LPD 24) will be commissioned at Naval Station Norfolk on April 6.

By MC1 Eric Brown USS Arlington Public Affairs


USS Arlington (LPD 24) successfully completed the four-day Afloat Training Group (ATG) Atlantic’s Antiterrorism Basic Phase Verification 1.3 and 1.4, Jan. 31. “We tested armed watchstanders’ responses to terrorist threats on the pier, on the ship and from the water, including penetration from vehicle-borne IED’s, personnel carrying explosive de-

YOGA FOR WOUNDED WARRIORS The Exalted Warrior AdaptiveYoga program enters into its third year at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP).

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vices, active shooter and hostage situations, bomb threats and small boat and swimmer attacks,” said Chief Master-atArms Robert Mueller, the lead assessment trainer for the six members of ATG Atlantic who conducted the assessment. “It was very obvious that Arlington Sailors have put the time into planning and training for this. Overall, Arlington did outstanding and will be recommended to Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet for certification.” During the 1.3 part of the assessment, from Jan. 28 - 30, ATG inspectors evalu-

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ated Arlington’s security forces during drills, with the 1.4 final certification taking place on the last day, while the ship in under construction at Huntington-Ingalls Industries’ shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss. “We have been preparing for this for more than six months,” said Lt. Scott Richards, Arlington’s antiterrorism officer. “We started when most of the crew was stationed at the precommissioning detachment on Naval Station Norfolk,

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MC1 Michael O’Day Vice Adm. Michelle Howard, deputy commander of U.S. Fleet Forces, poses for the press after receiving the Chairman’s Award. The award is bestowed in recognition of special achievement and distinguished public service.

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NEX Redbox machines to vend MWR event tickets By Kristine M. Sturkie Navy Exchange Service Command Public Affairs


The Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) announced that it is piloting a program with Redbox, its DVD rental business partner, to sell local tickets to sporting events, music, arts, theater, family and various other live events through its vending kiosks, Jan. 29. “This new initiative is being offered as a cooperative effort between NEXCOM and Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC)/ITT Ticket Program Office,” said Gerard Fantano, NEXCOM vending branch manager. “Redbox

kiosks are placed in various locations throughout the base, making it an ideal way for military members to purchase local event tickets. We see this as a win-win for our Sailors as well as all personnel on-base.” Once at the Redbox kiosk, customers can choose the event, pick a seat and purchase a ticket. During the ticket selection and purchase process, customers can choose to either pick up the ticket at the Will Call window before the event or have the ticket voucher sent to them via email to print at home. Redbox charges a $1 fee per ticket for its service. “This service will supplement the already great entertainment and ticket options

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Inspectors from the Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) were welcomed by the staff of Battleship Wisconsin (BB 64) prior to conducting a survey as part of a volunteer community relations project in Downtown Norfolk, Jan. 25. After a storied history beginning in World War II, the battleship received its last official INSURV inspection in 1992, before becoming a floating museum on the James River. John Elliker, Battleship Wisconsin project manager, said the city of Norfolk initially contacted INSURV to ask them about surveying the ship. The conversation progressed into the INSURV team volunteering their offtime to conduct an inspection to assist the museum in developing a plan to open more of the ship and identify potential hazards that could impact visitor’s health and safety.

“What we want is for your grandkid’s grandkids to enjoy this ship in a meaningful way, and we can’t do that if we’re constantly battling rust and deterioration,” said Elliker. “This is the beginning of a unique partnership between the active duty Navy and the city of Norfolk for the preservation of the battleship.” All of the INSURV inspectors volunteered to take a look at the ship and help the city understand what they are going to have to do in order to keep her in great shape for the long-term. “We, the city, just don’t have all the expertise we need to maintain this ship, and in an era of shrinking budgets and limited personnel, we welcome the support from volunteers to help us keep her afloat,” said Elliker. According to Capt. Mark Metzger, INSURV director of craft and auxiliary force inspections, the 15-man team was happy to volunteer to help the museum preserve a major piece of naval history and heritage.

“This ship has so much history, and to be able to use our expertise to help preserve that history is very meaningful for us,” said Metzger. “Also, I’ve come here many times to attend promotion and retirement ceremonies, and this affords me the chance to get into areas that haven’t been open for years, like the engine rooms and the main galley. So if what we do here allows the city to show the American public how Sailors work and live on a warship, then that is all to the good.” The team spent the day getting a feel for the ship and looking for obvious safety discrepancies. Elliker said the report on the findings will help them put together a detailed plan for opening up more spaces on the ship. At the end of the day, he said the preliminary results look promising. “The best thing about the results was there were no big surprises, but there were some manageable surprises,” he said. “The focus on a few dis-

crete issues that we absolutely need to address will help us in preparing to open more of the ship. The berthing compartments are not ready yet. Rack lamps need attention, both for lighting and for safety. Sharp edges need to be smoothed. Loose racks and lockers need to be secured.” According to Metzger, this won’t be INSURV’s last visit to the ship. “This is a huge ship,” he said. “There are still areas that haven’t been accessed for years and are without power, lighting or active ventilation. So we’re excited about making this a long-term partnership.” Elliker said there are a number of volunteer opportunities on the ship, either for individuals or groups. They even have an ‘adopt-aspot’ program for groups who would like to take ‘ownership’ of a particular space on the ship and bring it back to Navy standards. For more information, visit

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Exalted Warrior Adaptive Yoga program enters third year at NMCP By Rebecca A. Perron Naval Medical Center Portsmouth Public Affairs


To help keep them focused on what they are trying to do, you have to adapt the yoga to them.” - Yoga instructor Ann Richardson

The Exalted Warrior Adaptive Yoga program continues to provide an alternative therapy to the Marines of Wounded Warrior Battalion-East Portsmouth Detachment, Jan. 28, as the program enters into its third year at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP). The program was brought to the medical center by the Exalted Warrior Foundation. It gives injured Marines recuperating from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injuries (TBI) (as well as physical injuries), an option for healing through this comprehensive, complementary and alternative therapy. Since the program’s inception, Ann Richardson, yoga instructor and owner of Studio Bamboo in Virginia Beach, has been coming to NMCP to lead the Marines in a weekly class, offering them an opportunity to relax and reconnect with themselves. For many, it is learning to connect to their changed bodies. “I had worked before with friends who had been injured and used yoga to help them get back into their bodies after the injury,” Richardson explained. “To help keep them focused on what they are trying to do, you have to adapt the yoga to them.” Richardson began working with service members after one of her clients, retired Rear Adm. Tom Steffens, began the Exalted Warrior Foundation. Steffens served with special operations forces for 30 years and found yoga relieved pain from injuries

that surgery and medication had not provided. His experience led to the foundation’s creation and the implementation of the program at four military and five veterans’ hospitals around the country. “Adaptive yoga increases breathing, concentration and focus, and a calmness comes over them,” said Steffens. “After the first session, some say, ‘This is the first time I’ve been relaxed in several years.’ It’s hard to come down after all the training and deploying. For anyone who is injured, or who has PTSD, dealing with this goes on for a lifetime.” The numbers in the detachment have fluctuated – up to 70 in 2011, now in the 40s – and Richardson has seen many new faces willing to give yoga a shot. But others are resistant to the idea that yoga can help them. “I hear, ‘I don’t need yoga,’ and I tell them to come in and give it a try, that they don’t have to come,” said Richardson. “Oh, they come back. I see them smile through the pain and then they get it. They understand that they get relief from it. It’s not so jarring to their system – they find their own body, and for those who are physically injured, find themselves in a new body.” During each session, Richardson works the room, helping the Marines get into the preferred position. Sometimes she holds a leg and foot, or an arm and a shoulder in place. Sometimes she helps align backs and hips. She frequently places bolsters, or blocks, under bent knees or injured limbs for extra comfort and support. The Marines’ medical care at

Photos by Rebecca A. Perron Ann Richardson, yoga instructor for the Exalted Warrior Adaptive Yoga program at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP), sits sideways to demonstrate the proper posture during the weekly yoga session at NMCP.

Ann Richardson, yoga instructor for the Exalted Warrior Adaptive Yoga program at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, helps support the leg of one Marine as she coaches the others in proper technique during the weekly yoga session at NMCP.

NMCP often includes traditional physical therapy to help them heal and become stronger. The yoga class supports the care they are already receiving. “Many of them have orthopedic issues – injuries or amputations – and balancing is a big deal,” she explained. “I have to be quick to tell them a modification so they can participate in every aspect of the session, but a lot of times they figure out a modification for themselves.” Sgt. Allan Olson, who has been diagnosed with PTSD and is being evaluated for a TBI, has attended only a few sessions, but has already figured out how adaptive yoga can work for him. “I’ve had anxiety, nightmares

and don’t sleep well, so the nap time at the end is my favorite part,” he joked. “Actually, I want to get into meditation and yoga for the relaxation, so I get a good workout on my own for the hour before, and then stretch and relax for the next hour. It’s some of the best stretching and helps slow things down. It’s great because it slows down my mind and my body and gives me a break.” Melissa Marshall, the detachment’s deputy officer in charge, has seen for herself the effects the program has had on her Marines. “I think it’s a great program,” she said. “The Marines are generally reluctant to participate

at first, but that soon changes when they see it doesn’t fit their preconceived ideas of what yoga is. I have seen some really fabulous results for some of the past participants. The relaxation techniques are very beneficial to the overall morale of the guys here.” About 10 Marines are able to take part in each session. With doctor’s appointments and administrative tasks to juggle, the number of participants can fluctuate anywhere from a handful to nearly two dozen. Richardson and the Marines make it their mission to work hard to stretch and relax. They end each session with the same relaxation technique. “Draw all awareness into you, from your toes to heels to calves,” she said, as they laid on the exercise mats, eyes closed. “Take a deep breath and draw all awareness there. Draw all awareness from your calves to knees to thighs. Take a deep breath and draw all awareness there.” By the time they have worked up to the top, many of them have fallen asleep, and Richardson leaves them all to rest for about five minutes before she wakes them with a gentle voice. The group gets up, refreshed, ready to take on the next step in their journey of healing.



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Photos by MC3 Gregory White Stephanie Gordon,volunteer coordinator at the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, addresses Sailors from Naval Station Norfolk during a community relations project at the Foodbank.



Several Navy chief petty officers (CPO) and first class petty officers from Naval Station Norfolk participated in a community relations (COMREL) project at the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, Jan. 29. Sailors helped to sort, bag and deliver food to people in need. The effort was inspired by the MCPON’s CPO 365 initiative. CPO 365 was designed for CPO’s to train first classes in professionalism, quality leadership, appearance and living in accordance with Navy core values ...

Chief petty officers and first class petty officers from Naval Station Norfolk inspect and bag fresh beets at the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore during a community relations project.

365 days a year. “This takes training outside the class room,” said Culinary Specialist 1st Class Nicholas D. Josshua, a participant. “The Chief’s Mess and the First Class Mess worked together hand and hand to be Navy ambassadors for our community.” Chief Culinary Specialist Eric Johnson, the project coordinator, said the Sailors are taking their training outside the base into the surrounding communities. “This boils down to core values and who you are as a leader,” he said. “As a chief petty officer, you’re expected to lead from the front, set the example and be the example.” The COMREL was a way for

The Chief’s Mess and the First Class Mess worked together hand and hand to be Navy ambassadors for our community.” - Culinary Specialist 1st Class Nicholas D. Josshua

CPO’s and first class petty officers to work together, build camaraderie and become better acquainted, all while giving back to the community. “It is really a great opportunity to provide this kind of service to the community,” said Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael Jon Sandberg, a COMREL participant. “I hope this

can be a trend for us.” Everyone in attendance was pleased to be a part of the project. Many felt a sense of pride in what they were doing, and for some, it was a humbling experience, but everyone was pleased. Within an hour and a half, the Sailors had filled more than a hundred bags with non-perishable food items. They filled three large

boxes with bags of fresh, handsorted beets that were placed into sealed variety bags. “There is no way the handful of employees here could have accomplished what all these volunteers accomplished in the time they have,” said David Powers, production manager at the Foodbank. “We depend on people like them.” All the Sailors had similar reasons for their desire to participate in the COMREL. “If I am going to be a service member who is willing to give life and limb for my country, then I should be willing to give back to my community also,” said Josshua. “It feels good and it is a good thing to do.”

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Kearsarge Sailor shows excellence in shiphandling By MC3 Karen Blankenship Amphibious Squadron Four Public Affairs


Lt. David Pagan, the assault division officer aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), recently won the Junior Officer Excellence in Shiphandling competition for Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) Four. Pagan competed against other officers from the amphibious transport dock USS San Antonio (LPD 17) and the amphibious dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41), both of which comprise the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), along with Kearsarge.

Harpoon Team recognized for milestone achievement By Mark O. Piggott Naval Weapons Station Yorktown


The Harpoon Sustainment Team, part of Navy Munitions Command CONUS East Division (NMC CED) at Naval Weapons Station (WPNSTA) Yorktown, was recognized, Jan. 16, for their outstanding support of the Precision Strike Weapons Program Office (PMA-201) in 2012. The team worked diligently to complete the programmed maintenance and repair of more than 119 Harpoon missile systems, establishing a maintenance benchmark required to validate long-term maintenance requirements for this fleet ready missile system. “Harpoon refurbishment at NMC CED Detachment Yorktown has been a resounding success both in terms of total production and overall cost savings to the fleet,” said Capt. Mark Springer, Commanding Officer, NMC CED. “We accomplished this work at roughly one third the cost of returning the assets to the manufacturer for repair, and based on that success, the Harpoon program office has requested the work to continue at the same rate of 100 missiles per year for FY2013.” This outstanding effort was accomplished by a group of 18 civilian employees at the Depot Repair Facility at WPNSTA Yorktown, the only facility for Harpoon repair/ maintenance for all ships/aircraft in the U.S. Navy. “The challenge of meeting productivity rates and the daily interaction with product suppliers, to ensure proper quantities of repair parts were ordered and available, was met with enthusiasm,” said Steven Garcia, Deputy Acquisition Manager for Logistics, Naval Air Systems Command – Naval Air Warfare Center (NAWC) Weapons Division. The Harpoon missile system is an all-weather anti ship attack missile designed for aircraft, ship or submarine launch. Originally, the Harpoon was scheduled to be phased out in 2000 for a new missile program. But when the new program was scrapped, the Harpoon was given new life, but that also meant new challenges. “We had to reform our supply chains for parts after the initial phase out began,” said Fred Reinertsen, Harpoon Program Manager, NMC CED Detachment Yorktown. “We went from an average of 50 Harpoons per year to more than 100 in 2012. That was a major feat for our team.”

“Kearsarge, San Antonio and Whidbey Island each nominated one candidate who was asked to demonstrate their shiphandling ability, decision-making skills and command presence,” said Lt. j.g. Lindsay Bochner, assistant training officer for PHIBRON Four. “They were graded on their technical proficiency and demonstrated professional bearing.” Each candidate spent approximately two hours in the Navigation, Seamanship and Shiphandling Training bridge simulator in Norfolk. They simulated pulling the ship away from the pier, maneuvering during a man overboard recovery, completing a replenishment at

sea and mooring back at the pier. “Once you’re in there, your training takes over and everything just goes, and hopefully, that puts you where you need to be,” said Pagan. “The competition forces you to sharpen your skills as much as possible to try and be the best.” Pagan said that going to sea was in his blood ever since he first toured a battleship, like the one on which his grandfather served in World War II, and that taking part in this competition has been his goal for four years. “Shipdriving is one of the things I like the most about the job,” said Pagan. “It’s fun either being the conn (conning officer) or the officer of the deck. It’s a lot of responsibil-

MC3 Karen Blankenship Lt. David Pagan stands watch as the officer of the deck on the bridge aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3).

ity and a lot of power that you wield, and once you realize how much trust the captain and the command have placed in you to do that job, it is aweinspiring.” Pagan has the chance to move on to the next phase of the competition where he will compete against other officers on the East Coast. From there, the winner will compete for the Navy’s surface force Junior Officer Shiphandler of the Year.

“Lt. Pagan is an outstanding young officer and obviously an excellent shiphandler, as were all four participants,” said Capt. Brad Skillman, Commodore of PHIBRON Four. “Our foundational skills of being professional mariners and shiphandlers are vital to the Navy and invaluable to the Kearsarge ARG.” Pagan, a native of Bellevue, Wash., received his commission from the Naval Academy four years ago.


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MCPON visits Naval Submarine Base New London, talks leadership

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) (AW/NAC) Michael D. Stevens speaks with area chief petty officers during a trip to Naval Submarine Base New London. Stevens also visited the attack submarines USS New Hampshire (SSN 778) and USS Dallas (SSN 700), and held an all hands call with approximately 250 submarine school students and instructors.

By MC2 Thomas L. Rosprim Office of the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy


Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON)(AW/NAC) Mike D. Stevens completed his first trip as MCPON to Naval Submarine Base New London (SUBASE), Jan. 30. During the visit MCPON toured USS New Hampshire (SSN 778) and USS Dallas (SSN 700), held an all hands call with area chief petty officers and an all hands call with approximately 250 submarine “A” school students and instructors. During the all hands call, MCPON talked with Sailors about the current status of women serving aboard submarines, Perform-to-Serve (PTS) and looming budget concerns. “I am confident you, our young Sailors, are more prepared to join the fleet than we, your leaders, were when we were in your shoes, and I know this because of the depth of questions you ask,” said Stevens. “To accomplish great things, maintain the energy and motivation you showed me today, and the eagerness you had the day you joined the Navy.” When asked what his biggest challenges have been while in the Navy, MCPON recommended utilizing three attitudes, just as he has during his own career. “First, work hard,” said Stevens. “Second, stay out of trouble. Third, and most impor-

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LINCOLN SAILORS SAVE SHIPYARD, NAVY $500,000 By MC3 Jeremiah Mills USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs


Sailors aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) completed a major step in its overhaul and saved the Navy nearly $500,000 when all four catapults of the Lincoln’s flight deck were removed, along with their bottom sheathing, Jan. 18, due to the effort of 30 V-2 division Sailors. “Not only is the catapult removal process unprecedented for ship’s forces during an RCOH [Refueling and Complex Overhaul] period, but we also did it quickly,” said V-2 Division officer Lt. j.g. Matt McCauley. V-2’s Sailors also removed the catapult’s sheathing bands and panels. “That is almost 18 tons of steel in total, as well as the insulation, or ‘lava-rock,’ from the catapult’s trough,” said Senior Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) Frank Bartanowitz, V-2 division.

V-2 division’s teamwork with Huntington Ingalls Industries/Newport News Shipbuilding division workers allowed them to begin their inspection for structural corrosion beneath the catapult troughs sooner. In all, Lincoln’s V-2 division saved 4,800 man-hours of labor from shipyard workers, saving the Navy $480,000. “It’s difficult to remove more than 20 years of hardened grit in bad weather,” said Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (equipment) Salvatore Gumina. “Pure teamwork is what makes this group of Sailors work so well, on or offland, underway or during RCOH.” And that teamwork is a hallmark of V-2, according to one of its Sailors. “Whether people believe it or not, this is what we do,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) 2nd Class Joshua Smith. “Teamwork is what we do day in and day out.” V-2 Division is now removing the side sheathing in each catapult’s trough, which will save the Navy and the shipyard additional money.


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MC1 Eric Brown USS Arlington’s armed security force members Fire Controlman 3rd Class Patrick Sarrade (left) and Electronics Technician 2nd Class Thomas McGuire apprehend mock terrorist Chief Gunner’s Mate Peter Bourne during Afloat Training Group Atlantic’s Antiterrorism Basic Phase Verification, Jan. 29.


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volvement and intervention, which falls in alignment with the Secretary of the Navy Ray Maybus’ 2012 announcement of the 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative. During a 2011 social media message delivered by former Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Rick D. West on the dangers of using Spice, he reiterates the Navy’s drug use policy and the affects drug use has on command operational and warfighting readiness. “More than 150 Sailors are currently being processed for Spice use, possession or distribution. This is unsat,” said West. “The Navy’s policy on drug abuse is simple and clear – zero tolerance.” Although the campaign will run through the end of March, the effort of synthetic narcotic prevention will be an ongoing initiative for all DoN personnel and to

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Run. Plunge. Play. Repeat. Photos by Harry Gerwien | Military Newspapers of Virginia

More than 3,000 plungers raised $1,250,000 for Special Olympics Virginia at Polar Plunge Winter Festival Press Release VIRGINIA BEACH

The “Repeat” in this year’s Plunge messaging really is to encourage fans to take the icy dip with us again and again. But we couldn’t have been happier when it took on another meaning at the coolest event of the year. For the third year in a row, Special Olympics Virginia repeated its record $1 million fundraising total – make that $1,250,000 and counting, to be exact – at the 2013 Polar Plunge Winter Festival, Feb. 1 - 2, in Virginia Beach. Proceeds from the Plunge help provide year-round support to more than 11,000 Special Olympics athletes and 20,000 volunteers across Virginia. “Raising one million dollars for the third year in a row is incredible,” said Rick Jeffrey, Special Olympics Virginia president. “More importantly, though, these funds will help us to build bigger, better, more inclusive communities across the state of Virginia.” The 2013 Polar Plunge Winter Festival, presented by WTKR NewsChannel 3, the FOX 106.9, FM99, Wawa, WGNT, Virginia Natural Gas, Booz Allen Hamilton and the Virginia Law Enforcement Torch Run, kicked off at 10 a.m. Saturday, with the Polar Plunge commencing at 2:30 p.m. Special thanks to the many groups who helped us take the Plunge to new heights, including: ■ 468 local students raised $77,000 and took the icy dip into the Atlantic on Friday during the 3rd annual Polar

■ thousands in attendance There were 3,312 plungers at this year’s annual Polar Plunge. The money raised supports more than 11,000 Special Olympics athletes and 20,000 volunteers across the state.

Plunge Cool School Challenge, presented by Wal-Mart and WTKR NewsChannel 3. The top fundraising team, Plaza Middle School, not only took home some great incentives, but four students will also get to anchor the morning news on WGNT, powered by WTKR NewsChannel 3, this spring. ■ 992 people got cold feet for a great cause and raised $47,000 during the 4th annual Polar Plunge 5K, presented by the Virginia Law Enforcement Torch Run and Tropical Smoothie, Saturday morning. ■ 40 “Pee-Wees” age 10 and under plunged into a “cool” kiddie pool Saturday afternoon and raised $4,000. ■ Special Olympics Virginia

Board of Directors member Roger Giesinger of Chesapeake took home the individual fundraising prize for the seventh year in a row, with more than $30,000 raised. ■ More than 90 Special Olympics athletes and family

members from the Fredericksburg, Va. area took home the Top Team fundraising award, with more than $75,000 raised. ■ Numerous local celebrities including Kurt Williams from WTKR NewsChannel 3, Rock Girl Gina from FM99 and Vir-

ginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms took the icy plunge for a great cause. ■ Gold level Polar Plunge sponsors included Hardee’s, Free Agents Marketing and the Virginia Beach Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.


Since its inception, Plunge has raised more than $8.5M Polar plunge sponsors hold up a check written for $1,250,000 – the amount raised during this year’s event. The inaugural Polar Plunge took place in 1993, featuring 34 plungers who raised nearly $8,000 for Special Olympics Virginia. Since then, more than 36.500 plungers have raised more than $8.5 million.

Coast Guard and rescue dive teams were on-site to make sure that none of the plungers became injured from the cold water exposure.

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TR sets record with three awards at ‘Best of the Mess’ By MC2 (SW) Tyrell K. Morris mands instead of five. USS Theodore Roosevelt Public Affairs


USS Theodore Roosevelt (TR) (CVN 71) won three out of five available awards at the 3rd annual “Best of the Mess” competition at The Founders Inn in Virginia Beach, Jan. 25. TR took home the People’s Choice award for the second year in a row, second runner up and best decoration. There were five awards given: first place, first runner up, second runner up, best decoration and the People’s Choice award, which was voted on by the guests in attendance. The Best of the Mess is a culinary showdown featuring the talents of Navy culinary specialists from commands in the local Hampton Roads area. Six teams from local commands competed by preparing a threecourse tasting menu. This year’s competing commands were defending champions Carrier Strike Group 2 (CSG-2), Submarine Force Atlantic (SUBLANT), Naval Station Norfolk, USS New York (LPD 21), USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). This is the first year the Best of the Mess competition featured six com-

TR is no stranger to the Best of the Mess, winning 1st place in the inaugural competition in 2011 and 1st runner up and People’s Choice in last year’s competition. The three culinary specialists representing TR were Culinary Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Rodney Gobin, Culinary Specialist 2nd Class (AW) Candice S. McCollum and Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Joseph Parsley. “The Best of the Mess is an excellent opportunity to boost the morale of Navy culinary specialists,” said McCollum. “I am grateful that I was able to participate in this year’s Best of the Mess, it was an experience I will never forget.” Despite the inclement winter weather, more than 200 guests attended the charity competition. In addition to the competition, there was also a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle. The proceeds from the ticket purchases, silent auction and raffle went to the Chief Petty Officer Scholarship Fund, which provides education assistance funds for qualified family members of chief petty officers. To make the competition even more interesting, the competing teams had to use a list of

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (AW/NAC) Mike D. Stevens places a medal around the neck of Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Joseph Parsley from USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) at the Best of the Mess competition at the Founders Inn in Virginia Beach, Jan. 25.

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predetermined ingredients for their custom menu. The TR culinary specialists prepared a three course meal consisting of a heartland chicken Cobb salad for the appetizer, Amish braised beef pot roast for the main course and an apple parfait for dessert. After each team presented their meals, the panel of judges graded each team on their use of the required ingredients, how the meal was prepared, cooked, tasted and the difficulty of their dishes. “Our culinary specialists have been working hard for the past four months to prepare for the Best of the Mess competition,” said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Shawn Porch, TR’s food service officer. “Their commitment and hard work showed in their performance tonight.” Culinary Specialist Seaman Alison McCartney made the massive 7 feet long, 2 feet wide cake that was in the shape of TR’s flight deck.

Photos by MC2 (SW) Tyrell K. Morris Culinary Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Rodney Gobin and Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Joseph Parsley from USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) prepare plates for the judges during the Best of the Mess competition at the Founders Inn in Virginia Beach, Jan. 25.

“It took me three days to make the cake,” McCartney explained. “It was an honor for me to have the opportunity to contribute to the Best of the Mess and help TR bring home some awards.” TR’s supply officer offered praise for a job well-done. “I am extremely proud of

not only the culinary specialists, but the entire Supply Department,” said Cmdr. Mark Runstrom. “This was truly a collaborative effort from everyone in the Supply Department and we are grateful to the command and those in attendance for their support.”

“Although we didn’t win first place, it was still rewarding to win second runner up, People’s Choice and best decoration,” said Gobin. “We were the first command to ever win three awards at the Best of the Mess, which is a great accomplishment.”



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MC1 James R. Evans Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert speaks at a roundtable discussion panel at the AFCEA/ USNI West 2013 conference.

Prepare for Cycle 1 Physical Fitness Assessment

The safety of people, equipment and deployed operations will be our top priority.”

By MCC (SW) Maria Yager Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs


It is time for Sailors to lace up their running shoes and get moving to prepare for the 2013 Cycle 1 Semi-Annual Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA), Navy Physical Readiness Program officials said Feb. 4. “Sailors should be maintaining a good health and fitness routine year round, but with holiday leave periods and gatherings competing for time, cold weather and early sunsets, some Sailors may have succumbed to the winter doldrums,” said Lt. Cmdr. Austin Latour, Command Fitness Leader (CFL) program manager, Navy Physical Readiness Program. If that sounds familiar, then there is no time like the present to get back into the routine. According to the Navy’s Physical Readiness Information Management System (PRIMS) most commands conduct their Cycle 1 PFA in May, giving Sailors a few months to train. A good starting point is to step on the scale and see what it says,” said Latour. “Most Sailors know how tall they are, so start off by your checking body composition.” Body Composition Assessment (BCA) is passed when a member is within Navy BCA standards. These standards are determined by established “maximum weight for height” standards listed in Guide 4 BCA of the Physical Readiness Program Operating Guide, available at

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MC1 Chris Fahey Equipment Operator 2nd Class Renee Harrison and Construction Mechanic 1st Class David Tacey, both assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3, cross the halfway point of a 1.5 mile run during the Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA).

- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert

By MC2 (SW/AW) Byron C. Linder Navy Public Affairs Support Element West

MC3 Ramon G. Go Newly-promoted petty officers stand in formation aboard the USS George Washington (CVN 73) during a frocking ceremony.

months prior to a Sailor’s PRD if they will have less than 24 months of obligated service remaining at their PRD. This gives career counselors three months to submit the application. These Sailors will receive up to three looks in FR-PTS 12, 11 and 10 months prior to their PRD. Sailors who receive a special circumstance quota will be able reenlist for up to six years to cover any obligated service for their next set of orders. If a Sailor does not receive a quota, detailers will be able to make a determination sooner if the Sailor will remain at their current command, or if orders will be issued in accordance with sea/ shore flow. Under the old method, detailers would wait for FR-PTS determination. Some Sailors didn’t get FR-PTS approval prior to their PRD placing them in the needs of the Navy window and creating additional work for career counselors who continued to work with their Sailors through the order negotia-

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert addressed the impact of Department of Defense (DoD) budget cuts and the Pentagon’s “Pacific Pivot” shift in operational focus during a visit to San Diego, Jan. 31. His visit to the San Diego area commenced with a mass reenlistment and all hands call at Naval Base Coronado. Greenert then travelled to the San Diego Convention Center to speak at the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA)/ U.S. Naval Institute (USNI) West 2013 conference. Greenert acknowledged the brunt of the budget cuts would affect the Navy’s operation and maintenance activities, but emphasized the importance of keeping the Sailors and equipment safe. “We have seven months left in the year and we have to go to where the money is. In San Diego, there’s about $220 million worth of private shipyard work in jeopardy right now. We would have ships that perhaps won’t get the maintenance they need and I’d like to make that up as soon as possible,” he said. “But safety will be funded. The safety of people, equipment and deployed operations will be our top priority. We cannot risk safety. We won’t do that.” The cuts include eliminating private-sector surface ship main-

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Navy to implement new Fleet RIDE/PTS rules Press Release Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs


The Navy will implement two new programming changes within the Fleet RIDE-Perform to Serve (FR-PTS) system that are designed to align the FR-PTS and Career Management System-Interactive Detailing (CMS-ID) application windows, helping Sailors with order negotiation and improving system efficiency for career counselors, according to a Navy message released Feb. 1. NAVADMIN 021/13 announces the automation of Special Circumstance FR-PTS applications for Projected Rotation Date (PRD) for Sailors who will have less than 24 months of obligated service remaining at their PRD. Sailors who will have more than 24 months of obligated service remaining at their PRD do not require FR-PTS approval to negotiate orders. Beginning Feb. 4, FR-PTS will automatically generate a Special Circumstance Application 15

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A window into our lives By Bianca Martinez Military Spouse Contributor

By Tiffany Silverberg Military Spouse Contributor

This lovey-dovey time of year always has me reflecting upon the intersection of romance and the practicalities of military life. Just a few days ago I was watching a made-for-television movie that showcased the stereotypical romance of our lives. Let me paint the scene. He left for a deployment. She chased after the train as he pulled away, Valentine in hand. Their eyes remained locked. He wasn’t, rightfully, distracted by the men around him and the work ahead of him. His mind wasn’t elsewhere. It was right there with her as they were pulled apart by the reality and the train. She didn’t have anyone pulling at her skirt, asking for a snack. Her tears were artfully placed, not streaking down, mixing with mascara like a circus clown gone wrong. And the beauty and perfection remained throughout all the terrible realities

True love that pushes, strives, yearns through the foggy times, not because it wants, but it has to. This is what we do.” - Tiffany Silverberg

they faced. It was romantic. But it wasn’t like anything I’ve ever seen. I can’t presume to speak for all of us. Maybe there are some out there whose goodbyes and hellos are punctuated with well-scripted romance. But I can say I’ve never seen it, heard of it, or certainly experienced it. Instead of crisp, colorful scenes, mine always seem to be blurry, grey vision as I try to wrap my little mind

about the enormity of what we have to experience. It always feels bigger than me. It always feels wider than I can grasp. Walking through it feels like Jell-O. It’s foggy, thick, heavy. It takes a while to process. It’s far from the floating romance in this movie. But that being said, I’m not here to argue that my military experience is devoid of emotion, of passion, of love. In fact, it may well be defined by love. True love that pushes, strives, yearns through the foggy times, not because it wants, but it has to. This is what we do. In the military community, we know those long days, lonely Valentine’s days and lonesome anniversaries. We know in those times we have to dig deep and dwell on our unique love stories. We have to remember the random trips, adventures, experiences, memories we share. We spouses also have an amazing way of reminding each other. We act as romance advocates of sorts, bringing back the giddiness

of our early days. I find it interesting that one of the most common questions we ask each other is “how did you two meet?” It makes sense considering being one half of a pair is a uniting feature, but I also think it serves a purpose. It’s a subliminal reminder. It takes us out of the long, lonely moments and brings us back to the soft, squishy ones. This year, if you find yourself without your Valentine, grab some equally lonely friends, go out for dinner or drinks, and reminisce. Laugh about the awkward times. Compare dresses and vendors. Talk about what brought you here in the first place. Tiffany Silverberg is Navy wife and foodie with an independent streak. As a freelance writer, she brings years of journalism and language experience to non-profits, businesses and families, telling their stories online and offline. You can visit her website at

Now accepting nominations for the 2013 Heroes at Home Military Spouse Awards™ Press Release NORFOLK

The Flagship Newspaper, Military Newspapers of Virginia and presenting sponsor, USA Discounters, are pleased to announce that the 2013 Heroes at Home Military Spouse Awards nomination period is now open. These awards recognize deserving active duty military spouses for their strength, their sacrifices and their service to our community. Nominations accepted from active duty personnel and the general public. Log onto and click on Heroes at Home for a nomination form. While the active duty service member is rewarded for superior job performance with medals, promotions and ceremonies, the military spouse generally only receives a kiss and a “thank you” from their significant other. That changed when The

Flagship Newspaper launched it’s Heroes at Home Military Spouse Awards™ in 2005, a Heroes at Home program honoring our local military spouses. They are unsung heroes who maintain the homefront during lengthy deployments, selflessly give back to their communities though volunteer work, and provide moral support for their loved ones serving both at home and in harm’s way. At the same time, many hold down fulltime jobs and raise families. These spouses deserve recognition for everything they do behind the scenes and for the challenges they overcome every day. In 2013, we will celebrate the 9th Anniversary of this landmark event. The Hampton Roads community will come together to recognize spouses of service members from the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Navy and Marine Corps. The Military Spouse Awards give the military and civilian communities an oppor-

Harry Gerwien | Military Newspapers of Virginia Toni Hall, the wife of Air Force Chief Master Sergeant Ronald S. Hall, Jr., 30th Intelligence Squadron, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, was announced as the 2012 Heroes at Home Military Spouse of the Year.

tunity to say “thank you” and to recognize our military spouses for their contributions to our community. This is the only regional event in the country that honors military spouses from all branches of the Armed Services. It is a very highly regarded event that has even captured the attention of the White House. Our 2007 and 2008 finalists were invited to a reception at the White House honoring military spouses and our 2007 Spouse of the Year, Linda Port, who went on to receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award. The 2009 winner, Michelle Galvez, was chosen to meet with First Lady Michelle Obama when she visited

Hampton Roads. Our 2011 winner, Sara Jane Arnett, was presented with the Military Police Regimental Association “Order of the Vivandieres” and invited by Senator Mark Warner to attend the 2013 Presidential Inauguration. A judging panel consisting of members of the Hampton Roads business and military community will review the nominations and select 10 finalists, one of whom will be named the 2013 Heroes at Home Military Spouse of the Year. All nominees will be honored at a luncheon and awards ceremony on May 9. The finalists and Heroes at Home Military Spouse of the Year will be announced at this luncheon.

PREPARE FAMILIES FOR 2013, UPDATE INFORMATION NOW By MC2 Andrea Perez Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs


Military families should prepare for 2013 by reviewing and updating their personal information, Navy officials said Jan. 30. “With all the reporting and record systems that maintain service member information, it can be confusing for Sailors to know where to start when updating their personal information,” said Navy Personnel Command Force Master Chief (SW/AW/ NAC) Jon Port. “But as we’ve seen with earthquakes and tsunamis in Japan, floods and storms on the East Coast – disasters strike and maintaining current data may expedite assistance for our Sailors and their families.” There are several online systems that maintain Sailor and dependant or beneficiary information. It is important that when a Sailor has a permanent change of sta-

tion move, or undergoes any life-changing event, such as marriage, divorce, birth of a child or adoption, or death of a dependant, that they make updates to their personal information. Most of a Sailor’s personal, dependant, family member or beneficiary information can be viewed and updated through the following reporting and record systems: ■ Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System (NSIPS) – mil ■ BUPERS Online (BOL) – https:// ■ Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System (NFAAS) – ■ Defense Enrolment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) – www.dmdc.osd. mil/milconnect It is important for Sailors to visit each website separately and verify that their information is accurate, because making updates

to one does not mean your information will be updated across all Navy or Department of Defense reporting or record systems. Service members and beneficiaries can also visit to locate the nearest personnel office, or Personnel Support Detachment (PSD), where they can update DEERS information in person, request a military or dependant ID card, update their Record of Emergency Data (Page 2), Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI), or Family SGLI and death gratuity benefits, or make corrections to their pay. Keeping one’s personal information upto-date is important because failure to do so could result in breaks in certain benefits or eligibility for a Sailor and their family. These reporting and record systems provide valuable information to a Sailor’s chain of command and can also be used to manage a service member’s assignments, training, advancement and separation.

■ view or update records For a complete description of all Navy Human Resource Records, or detailed instructions on how to update service records, visit the records management and policy, visit http://bit. ly/YxQP7Z.

Well the show is over. Football season has been laid to rest. The nastiness, trash talking and whining on Facebook will now go away for a few months. Believe me I love football, but it is time for a breather. Of course, the culmination was the Super Bowl. The Baltimore Ravens took home the title of World Champions. As for the commercial winners, I think there were plenty. Come on, you know there is no other time you actually sit and watch the commercials. I had my favorites of course. How much do I want to be like the folks in the Taco Bell commercial when I grow up? Did you see it? The folks in the nursing home go out all night and party. Cuteness! Then there was the amazing Paul Harvey, “God Made a Farmer,” commercial for Dodge. The way it was shot with the still pictures that seemed to move nonetheless was genius. However, it was the Jeep/ USO commercial that seemed to get a lot of play here in our military community on social media. Oprah Winfrey provided the voice over, slowly speaking to those serving overseas. It was done in a way that sounded as though she truly knew what it was like to be a family at home waiting for a loved one. Even though it was a message to the service member, it beautifully told the story of spouses, parents, children, even pets missing their hero. As I looked through Twitter on Sunday night, I noticed that Military Spouse Magazine asked followers if they thought it was genuine for using military families to simply sell product. There was definitely a mixed reaction. One tweeter said it was a fail and used milfam struggles to heighten emotion and forge an audience connection with product. Yet another tweeter said it put Jeep at the top of the list for their next SUV. The USO tweeted in response saying this, “Jeep has donated more than $1 million in vehicles and funding to help us support our returning troops!” So it seems that whether they are or aren’t “using” the idea of a military lifestyle to sell their product, it does come back to our community in some way, shape or form. Let’s face it, Jeeps and the military have been together forever. I know people can support their military community without buying a certain car and that is not my point. I have never seen our struggles expressed so eloquently to a large audience of the civilian world. Maybe it means our coworkers, our neighbors, even some of our family members will have a better understanding of what it is like to feel incomplete until our hero returns. For that I am thankful.

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.


NAVAL ACADEMY MIDSHIPMEN SELECT FIRST SHIPS By Jessica Clark, U.S. Naval Academy Public Affairs


Photos by Christianne M. Witten A firing squad from the Ceremonial Guard render a gun salute during a committal service for Rear Adm. Byron A. Holderby, Jr., former Chief of Navy Chaplains, at Arlington National Cemetery.

21st Chief of Navy Chaplains laid to rest in Arlington

Rear Adm. Mark Tidd, Chief of Navy Chaplains; Lt. Johnathan Craig and members of the Ceremonial Guard escort the remains of Rear Adm. Byron A. Holderby Jr. during his committal service at Arlington National Cemetery.

By Christianne M. Witten Chief of Chaplains Public Affairs


Navy chaplains gathered with family and friends to pay tribute to the life and legacy of the 21st Chief of Navy Chaplains at a memorial service at the Fort Myer Chapel onboard Joint Base MyerHenderson Hall in Arlington, Va., Jan. 25. Retired RearAdm. Barry Black, chaplain of the U.S. Senate, and Capt. Gary P. Weeden, chaplain of the U.S. Coast Guard, were among the Navy chaplains present to pay their respects to Rear Adm. Byron A. Holderby, Jr. who served in the Navy Chaplain Corps from 1967 - 2000. Rear Adm. Margaret G. Kibben, deputy chief of Navy Chaplains and chaplain of the Marine Corps, read from a Christian scripture passage from Psalm 30 stating, “Weeping may linger

for the night, but joy comes in the morning. You have turned my mourning into dancing ... You have clothed me with joy.” In her message, Kibben reflected on “many of us in ministry whom he mentored and led to appreciate the special calling to serve in the Chaplain Corps.” She went on to say that “how he lived was grounded in his commitment to serve God and to allow God’s love to flow through him ... to bring God’s peace to countless Sailors, Marines, family members and many others.” Following the memorial service, Rear Adm. Mark L. Tidd, current chief of Navy Chaplains, oversaw the committal service held in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. He remarked, “Arlington National Cemetery is a national shrine and a living monument. It is a place where men and women

who have served in the United States Military are laid to rest with honor, so it is fitting that a great American, such as Rear Adm. Byron Holderby, be interred in these hallowed grounds.” Holderby was born in Norfolk and graduated from the College of William & Mary and the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, and was pastor of St. John Lutheran Church in Roanoke, Va. In 1967, he became a Navy chaplain. His duty stations included: Japan; Camp Lejeune; Jacksonville, Fla.; Guantanamo Bay; Okinawa; Wales; Hawaii; the U.S. Naval Academy, where he was named an honorary member of the class of 1957; and Washington, D.C. He retired in 2000 as the chief of Navy Chaplains and died at the age of 77 in Pinehurst, N.C. on Aug. 24, 2012.


More than 250 future surface warfare officers (SWO) in the Naval Academy’s Class of 2013 chose their first ships during a ceremony in Mahan Hall, Jan. 31. Ship selection is one of the most significant events for the future SWO’s of the senior class. Senior leaders from around the fleet attend the ceremony, joining ship commanding officers, executive officers and command master chiefs in welcoming the Navy’s future ensigns into the surface warfare community. It is especially exciting for these midshipmen because after graduation they immediately report to the ships they chose. “This means that after graduation, I will immediately be working in the fleet [serving] my country as opposed to going to more training,” said Midshipman 1st Class Ryan Hagelin, of Hamburg, New York. Midshipman 1st Class Jennifer Jones, who selected a destroyer out of Norfolk said she was attracted to that platform because of its variety of missions and capabilities. “There are so many excellent options out there, that it’s difficult to choose. This is the only time we will be able to pick on this scale and it really sends home the message that our time at the Naval Academy is almost over, and we will be moving on to new things,” said Jones, who selected USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) based on Norfolk. “Ballistic missile defense, anti-piracy missions, there’s not much a destroyer can’t do,” said Jones, of Alexandria, Va. “I am really looking to taking charge of a division and applying the leadership training that the Naval Academy has given me.” Midshipmen choose their ships according to their order of merit, which takes into account their academic performance, physical fitness and professionalism throughout their four years at the Naval Academy. To view an archived version of the ceremony, visit and click on the photo on the center of the page.



■ top-10 Listed are the Top-10 midshipmen from the 2013 surface warfare community and the ships and homeports they chose. Midshipman 1st Class Sean Philbin | USS Halsey (DDG 97) | San Diego, Calif. Midshipman 1st Class Jonathan Poole | USS Momsen (DDG 92) | Everett, Wash. Midshipman 1st Class Kirsten Asdal | USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) | Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Midshipman 1st Class Jennifer Jones | USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) | Norfolk Midshipman 1st Class Angelo Briccetti | USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) | Norfolk Midshipman 1st Class Brigid Byrne | USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) | San Diego, Calif. Midshipman 1st Class Caitlin Fine | USS Boxer (LHD 4) | San Diego, Calif. Midshipman 1st Class Katelyn Davidson | USS Spruance (DDG 111) | San Diego, Calif. Midshipman 1st Class Jacob Juriga | USS Halsey (DDG 97) | San Diego, Calif. Midshipman 1st Class Elizabeth Milewski | USS Anchorage (LPD 23)) | San Diego, Calif.



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Official: ‘Small-footprint’ operations effective By Karen Parrish American Forces Press Service


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GROUNDED USS GUARDIAN TO BE DISMANTLED Press Release U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs


After running aground on the Tubbataha Reef near the Philippines, the Navy has determined that the 23-year old USS Guardian (MCM 5) will be dismantled and safely removed from the reef in sections. Naval architecture and salvage experts have assessed that attempts to remove Guardian intact, such as by towing or pulling it off the reef, could possibly cause more damage to the reef and the ship’s hull, and most likely would result in the vessel breaking up or sinking. “Guardian is badly damaged and with the deteriorating integrity of the ship, the weight involved and where it is grounded on the reef, dismantling in sections is the only supportable option,” said Capt. Darryn James, U.S. Pacific Fleet spokesman. “We have the right team of experienced professionals to conduct this complex operation and to ensure that it is done safely while minimizing damage to the surrounding marine environment.” There were no injuries when Guardian ran aground on Jan. 17 following a port visit to Subic Bay while in transit to Indonesia. Com-

mander, U.S. 7th Fleet has ordered an investigation to assess the circumstances and facts surrounding the grounding. No fuel has leaked since the grounding and all of the approximately 15,000 gallons aboard Guardian were safely transferred off the ship during two days of controlled de-fueling operations last week. Since Guardian’s grounding, the Navy has been working meticulously to salvage any reusable equipment, retrieve the crew’s personal effects and remove any potentially harmful materials, including petroleum-based products and human wastewater. USS Mustin (DDG 89), USNS Bowditch, M/V Trabajador, USNS Salvor (T-ARS 52) and the Malaysian tug VOS Apollo remain on-scene supporting the salvage operation. It is expected that the first Navy contracted floating crane from Singapore will arrive in the next several days and that the dismantling operation will take more than one month. The Navy has presented a dismantling plan to the Philippine Coast Guard that maintains the floating cranes necessary for this operation in deeper water in order to minimize coral damage to Tubbataha Reef.

Counterterrorism operations in Somalia and Yemen demonstrate the value of “small-footprint” approaches and building partner capacity, the Pentagon’s special operations chief said, Jan. 30. Michael A. Sheehan, assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low-intensity conflict, spoke about the threat of terrorism in those and other countries during remarks at the National Defense Industrial Association’s 24th annual Special Operations and Low-intensity Conflict Symposium. Sheehan pointed out the defense strategy released in January of 2012 called for “innovative, low-cost approaches” in widely distributed counterterrorism efforts. In the year since that guidance was issued, such approaches have brought good results, he added. “A year ago in Yemen, al-Qaeda had taken over vast swaths of territory … and was really threatening the state inYemen, and also threatening to re-establish some capabilities that were very problematic,” he said. “Over the past year, we’ve made great progress in Yemen.” With the support of U.S. special operations forces, he said, counterterror efforts there have “turned the corner.” Somalia also shows progress over the past year, he said, with al-Shabaab, a terrorist group that controlled large parts of the country, pushed out of the major cities. “They haven’t gone away,” he added. “They’re a persistent group. … [But] you can see in our strategies, our policies and programs in Yemen and Somalia, some of the components of how our strategy might look in the months and years ahead.” Sheehan said while terrorism groups are known to spread and metastasize, the three traditional areas where alQaeda is an entrenched threat are the mountainous area between Pakistan and Afghanistan, in Yemen, and in East Africa. “Those three traditional areas … have been and will continue to be areas of alQaeda persistence,” he said. “Fortunately for us, we’ve been able to batter them in all of those three areas over the last 10

or 11 years with a great deal of success.” The measure of success against terrorism groups is their inability to mount strategic attacks, Sheehan said. He credits constant pressure on al-Qaeda with diminishing that organization’s ability to train and equip terrorists. “Some people say we’ve been a little bit lucky, with the underwear bomber and other incidents that haven’t quite gone right for al-Qaeda, but I’d say it’s more than luck,” he said. “Because we put more pressure on them around the world, because it’s more difficult for them to train and deploy operatives, they make more mistakes.” Sheehan said the failed bombing in New York’s Times Square demonstrated his point. Faizal Shazad, an American citizen later sentenced to life in prison for the bombing attempt, failed, Sheehan said, because “he was trained by the Pakistan Taliban. He couldn’t get to alQaeda.” The bomb Shazad created didn’t work and he had no network to support him, said Sheehan. “He also wasn’t a suicide bomber,” the special operations chief noted. “Why? Because he wasn’t in those camps long enough to be indoctrinated.” The factors that caused the attack to fail weren’t just luck, Sheehan said, but “the result of enormous pressure put on the organization, that prevents them from planning, training and launching skilled operatives.” Maintaining that pressure against al-Qaeda and similar groups is a task U.S. special operations forces and partner militaries are focused on around the world, he said. If such groups find sanctuary and a place where they can act with impunity, he warned, they can rebuild their strategic capability. New and evolving terrorist threats are emerging in Syria and North Africa, Sheehan noted. In Syria, where Bashar Assad’s government forces and the people have battled for two years, Sheehan said, the al-Nusra Front is “very closely associated with al-Qaeda … and we believe they are trying to hijack [the] struggles of the Syrian people … and perhaps put their own agenda on a post-Assad Syria.” In Africa, the Maghreb region along the Mediterranean Sea and the Saharan

area of the Sahel “are of major concern to us,” he said. Libya, he added, is “awash with weapons,” while Mali was the scene of a Tuareg tribal rebellion that was hijacked by al-Qaeda and other affiliates, who gained control of an area about the size of Texas in the country’s north. The French have had great initial success in pushing back al-Qaeda advances in Mali, Sheehan noted, but the whole Northern part of the continent is seeing increased terrorist presence and involvement. “All these groups share a similar alQaeda narrative … in many ways, alQaeda is seeking to rebrand itself and diversify into Africa, because they’re able to find, in those ungoverned spaces, the sanctuary they need … to become strategic,” he said. Northern Africa has the four elements al-Qaeda needs to do just that, Sheehan said: ungoverned space, terrorist groups, weapons and funding. Countering alQaida requires both direct action and security force assistance, Sheehan said. “In the long-term, we recognize that we can’t solely rely on precision strikes to defeat enemy networks and foster the kind of stability we need in these regions,” he said. “Such stability can best be established by aiding friends, partners and allies.” Special operations forces play a major role in security force assistance as well as in direct action, Sheehan noted. Security force assistance takes two approaches, he explained: training local forces to control border areas and deny space and sanctuary to terrorists and training specialized counterterror forces. U.S. special operations forces have, throughout their history, focused largely on training host-nation militaries, Sheehan said. In Somalia, he noted, “the African Union and a multinational force led by the Ugandans … did a darn good job, and we helped them. Their job was to control space … and push al-Shabaab off.” Meanwhile, he added, other units focused on high-value targets and other leaders of the organization. “Coupled together, we had a strategy that worked,” said Sheehan. Sheehan acknowledged that a partnered strategy holds risks. Other countries may embarrass the United States, or U.S. forces could get pulled into other conflicts, he said. But the risk of inaction is greater, he added, as it holds the danger of al-Qaeda or other groups developing a strategic attack capability.




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Continued from B1 tenance availability and aircraft depot maintenance from April - September 2013, freezing civilian hiring and curtailing non-missionessential travel and training. In the event sequestration is triggered in March, the Navy will have to cut an additional $4 billion for fiscal year 2013. These cuts could include stopping deployments to the Caribbean and South America; reducing the number of deployed ships and aircraft, days at sea and flying hours; and limiting European deployments to those supporting ballistic missile defense missions. Greenert proceeded to join Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos and Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Robert J. Papp, Jr. in a roundtable dis-

As we end today’s wars, I have directed my national security team to make our presence and mission in the Asia-Pacific a top priority.” - Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert

cussion panel addressing the convention’s theme, “Pivot to the Pacific: What are the Practical and Global Implications?” at a luncheon. President Barack Obama’s November 2011 speech to the Australian parliament emphasized the Asia-Pacific region’s value to the national defense strategy. “As we end today’s wars, I have directed my national security team to make our presence and mission in the Asia-Pacific a top priority. As a result, reductions in U.S.

defense spending will not – I repeat, will not – come at the expense of the Asia-Pacific,” Obama said in the speech. Greenert discussed the role of the Navy in the defense strategy, noting the intrinsic value the Navy provides in achieving the missions through decades of experience. “I think the defense strategy is solid and I’m very comfortable with how we are aligned to support the strategy. I call it a rebalance. A pivot is a left face where

MC1 James R. Evans Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert speaks during a roundtable discussion panel.

you turn on your heels, but the Navy has been in Asia for about 10 years,” he said. “We’ve had 40 to 50 ships out there for over 10 years at any given time and we will increase those numbers from 50 today to 60 by the end of the decade.”

Greenert noted the Navy’s budget measured the capabilities the Navy is buying and developing to the AsiaPacific region. He also emphasized the importance of strengthening ties with Singapore, Japan, Korea and Australia.

“It’s nourishing or renourishing relationships we already have, and developing new ones in and around there, and taking it to the next level to operate together better and posture ourselves to deal with issues of the future,” he said.



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s u p p o r t / p h y s i c a l / Pa g e s / Guides.aspx. Sailors can also contact their CFL and ask for a courtesy BCA. A check-in, or courtesy BCA, is a proactive measure to help Sailors in meeting BCA standards. Sailors who discover their BCA exceeds Navy standards, should start working out now. Failing the BCA portion during the PFA is an overall PFA failure. Decreasing your percentage of body fat can be more difficult than just decreasing weight. In order to reach BCA standards, Sailors need to focus on proper nutrition and exercise. Registered dieticians are available to help Sailors improve their nutrition at most Navy installations. The Physical Readiness Test (PRT) portion of the PFA consists of curl-ups, push-ups and a 1.5 mile run. Some commands may offer bike, elliptical, treadmill and swim options based on commanding officers discretion and criteria in the Physical Readiness Program Instruction, OPNAVINST 6110.1J. According to Latour, Sailors can improve their curl-up scores by conduct-

ing a variety of abdominal strengthening exercises and core strengthening exercises to increase abdominal strength and endurance. “A good way to test your curl-up endurance is to perform a full workout and then test yourself with the Navy curl-up test,” said Latour. “If you do well after a workout, you will do much better when you’re well rested for the PRT.” Sample exercises are available from the Physical Readiness Program at www. s u p p o r t / p h y s i c a l / Pa g e s / SampleWorkouts.aspx. When training for pushups, Sailors need to focus on reaching 90 degrees with their elbows and pushing all the way up. Push-ups should be slow and controlled during training for best results, according to Latour. “Slow down during training to make your muscles work harder. The benefits will be noticed during the PRT,” said Latour. Sailors can have a friend watch or even take a video recording on a smart phone of the push-up so the member can see what they need to improve in their form. Additional strength-

ening exercises include wide or narrow stance pushups and strengthening the core with exercises, like the plank. Sailors should complete strength training exercises two times a week. “When it comes to distance running, 1.5 miles is not that far,” said Latour. Sailors will use three different energy systems to finish the test: long distance, intermediate and sprint. To train for this, Latour recommends a training regimen of a two to three mile distance run, 400 to 800 meter interval fast paced runs and 40 to 50 yard interval sprints. These workouts can be split up throughout the week. Sailors should aim for 150 minutes of cardio a week, which can be broken down to 30 minute sessions, five days a week. “By incorporating all three of these types of running into your PRT preparation, Sailors 1.5 mile PRT run will be much improved,” said Latour. For more help preparing for the PFA, contact your CFL and visit the Physical Readiness Program website at Pages/default2.aspx.


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from applying if they don’t need a FR-PTS quota which will improve opportunities for Sailors who do require a quota. Sailors who don’t receive a special circumstance FR-PTS quota at their PRD are still required to submit a regular FR-PTS application during their next FR-PTS application window when they are 12 months from their end of active service. The second change covered in the NAVADMIN improves career counselor efficiency by eliminating monthly denial letters and generating a single final determination letter for Sailors. The denied final active letter has also been reformatted, including the Sailor’s entire FR-PTS end of active obligated service, as extended (SEAOS), application history to help authorizing officials in determining a Sailor’s eligibly for involuntary separation benefits.

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B6 | THE FLAGSHIP | FEB 7, 2013 | FLAGSHIPNEWS.COM Lt. Eric Palmer calls shot corrections as Gunner’s Mate 1st Class Aaron Stempeck fires from the 300-yard line during the Infantry Trophy Match at the 2009 National Rifle and Pistol Matches.

Navy competitive shooting season to start soon By MCC William Lovelady Patrol Squadron 62 Public Affairs


The U.S. Navy Marksmanship Team (USNMT) is looking for new members to participate in Navy and interservice rifle and pistol matches. All active duty and reserve Sailors are welcomed and encouraged to participate. “Sailors receive limited small arms training as they process through Navy Individual Augmentee Training at various U.S. Army training centers,” said Cmdr. Mick Glancey, USNMT officer-incharge. “All Sailors serving IA/GSA tours are issued a service rifle (M-16), or a service pistol (M9); some receive both prior to deployment. Small arms marksmanship is a basic fundamental skill set all our Sailors are required to possess.” The USNMT is the leading proponent of small arms marksmanship and safety

training for U.S. Navy personnel. Each year, the team conducts the U.S. Fleet (Atlantic and Pacific) Rifle and Pistol Matches, where hundreds of Sailors are trained in service rifle and service pistol marksmanship. Sailors participating in fleet matches represent their commands in individual and team events, earn marksmanship medals and badges, and qualify to stand armed watches aboard ships and at other commands. USNMT also conducts the annual All-Navy (East and West) Rifle and Pistol Championships, in which the Top-100 Sailors who have fired qualifying scores in fleet matches compete. As members of the rifle and pistol teams, the Top-20 Sailors from each coast represent the Navy in the annual Inter Service Rifle and Pistol Matches, where the “best of the best” come to compete from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. I/S

Each six-man team fires a total of 384 rounds from distances of 600, 500, 300 and 200 yards in a time limit of 50 seconds per firing line.

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Pistol Championships are held at Fort Benning, Ga., while the I/S Rifle Championships are held at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. The Civilian Marksmanship Program’s National Rifle and Pistol Matches and the National Rifle Association’s National Rifle and Pistol Championships are held at Camp Perry, Ohio. Both fleet matches begin with classroom and range training to familiarize shooters of all skill levels with safety and proper practices

on the range, as well as the fundamentals of marksmanship. Then the shooting starts. There are warm-up matches before the 1,000-point rifle matches fired at distances of 200, 300 and 500 yards, and the 1,000 point pistol matches fired one-handed from 25 and 50 yards. Competitors also shoot in both pistol and rifle excellence-in-competition (EIC) matches. EIC competitions are qualification matches in which competitors earn “leg points” toward the Distin-

USS Curts decommissioned after 29 years of service By MC2 Jason Behnke Navy Public Affairs Support Element West


Guided-missile frigate USS Curts (FFG 38) concluded 29 years of service to the Navy during a decommissioning ceremony at Naval Base San Diego, Jan. 25. The ceremony was attended by nine former Curts commanding officers, several former crew members, as well as grandchildren of the ship’s namesake, Adm. Maurice Curts. “I have daily affirmation that Curts was the best command I could have ever dreamed of inheriting,” said Curts’ final Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Fermin Espinoza. “I’m proud to be able to say that this ship will leave the fleet the same way it came into the fleet – ready to fight.” Espinoza recently returned with Curts from its final deployment, where the Sailors seized contraband worth an estimated 26 million dollars.

MC3 John Grandin Sailors aboard the guided-missile frigate USS Curts (FFG 38) man the rails during the ship’s decommissioning ceremony.

Curts and other Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates joined the fleet as replacements for World War II-era destroyers and 60s-era frigates. “The ship was brought on to be an inexpensive replacement for ships that had served their useful lifespan,” said Curts’ commissioning Commanding Officer, retired Capt. James R. Tinsley III. “I think if you look at the accomplishments of the ships and Curts, you can see that they went maybe over and above what their critics expected.” Over the years, Curts played integral roles during Operation Desert Storm,

the Global War on Terrorism and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Curts also conducted anti-piracy and counter-narcotics operations, including a mission that led to the largest maritime seizure of cocaine (12 tons) in history. “Curts will forever hold a special place in my heart,” said Espinoza just prior to reading the decommissioning orders. “If my ship could speak today, she would utter the words that now capture my thoughts – I suppose I must go, but I wish I could stay.” Curts will be transferred to the inactive reserves on Feb. 27.

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guished Marksman and the Distinguished Pistol Shot badges. “We want to get the word out to everybody,” said Glancey. “We want more new shooters to come out and participate in the matches.” Lt. Rich Ray, 2012 East Coast match director, said this year’s theme is “Train the new shooter.” Sailors do not have to be experienced shooters to benefit from competitive shooting, nor do they even need to own firearms. Throughout the match season, Naval Sea Systems Command Crane Division provides an armorer’s van with match grade rifles, pistols, ammunition and a workshop where a group of veteran gunsmiths build and maintain these precision firearms for Navy shooters. They even have all the small gear for matches, like spotting scopes, shooting coats, mats and folding stools used to carry gear up and down the 600-yard rifle range. “Most shooters buy their own gear once they get involved in the sport, but if you don’t already own the guns and gear, it’s best to try competing before you buy, so you’re sure of getting what you need,” said Lt. Eric Palmer, West Coast match director, who got his start like most Navy shooters – he heard about a match and decided he wanted to shoot. “Once you’ve shot for a while and are ready to buy your own equipment and guns, there are a lot of manufacturers that offer discounts to team members on rifles, ammunition and just about everything else you need.” “We’ve had shooters shoot their whole careers with a van rifle,” said Master Chief Utilities-

man Scott Hancock. “They just keep track of the rifle number and shoot the same one at every match.” One common area of confusion for Sailors wanting to shoot is how to join the team. It couldn’t be easier. The Navy Marksmanship Team is not a commissioned unit of the Navy. It has no unit identification code and there are no billets. Team leadership is a collateral duty and team membership is entirely voluntary. The Navy team doesn’t hire professional shooters like the Army Marksmanship Unit, and it doesn’t have permanent change of station assignments like the Marine Corps team. It is made entirely of Sailors who love to shoot and want to compete. Joining the Navy shooting team and shooting either of the fleet matches is the same thing. Interested shooters need to read the annual message, announcing match dates and locations that came out recently, and contact their commands to request orders to attend. The annual match announcement message and team details may be found at the team website at www. Depending on funding availability, active duty Sailors may have to pay some of their travel and messing expenses out of pocket. “No-cost TAD orders are the norm,” said Glancey. “However, our USMC friends at Quantico routinely provide free barracks out at Camp Upshur, open-bay style living, but it is free!” Reservists can use any type or combination of orders with command approval. However, if funding is unavailable, some reservists do have to come on unpaid annual training orders.




The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) opened the 2013 ďŹ ling season, Jan. 30, by announcing a variety of enhanced products and services to help taxpayers prepare and ďŹ le their tax returns by the April 15 deadline. New and expanded services for taxpayers this year include a redesigned website that’s easier to navigate and improved service options, including more videoconferencing assistance sites and additional social media tools. In addition, the IRS has stepped up its enforcement efforts to protect taxpayers from refund fraud and identity theft. The IRS began accepting and processing most individual tax returns after updating forms and completing programming and testing of its processing systems to reect the American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA) that Congress enacted on Jan. 2. The vast majority of taxpayers can ďŹ le now, but the IRS is continuing to update its systems for some tax ďŹ lers. The IRS will begin accepting tax returns from people claiming education credits in midFebruary, while taxpayers claiming depreciation deductions, energy credits and many business credits will be able to ďŹ le in late February or early March. A full list of the affected forms is available on IRS. gov. This year, taxpayers have until April 15 to ďŹ le their 2012 tax returns and pay any tax due. The IRS expects to receive more than 147 million individual tax returns this year, with about 75 percent projected to receive a refund. Last year for the ďŹ rst time, 80 percent of all individual returns were ďŹ led electronically. E-ďŹ le, when combined with direct deposit, is the fastest way to get a refund. Last year, about three out of four refund ďŹ lers selected direct deposit.

Assistance Options, Virtual Service Availability The best way for taxpayers to get answers to their questions is by visiting Last year, the website received a record 340 million visits, a 17 percent increase over 2011. This year, the redesigned website makes it easier than ever for taxpayers to get to key forms and vital information. The front page also has links to redesigned pages to help with everything from refunds to speciďŹ c tax issues, as well as easy access to taxpayer-friendly videos on the IRS YouTube channel. Through, taxpayers can access Free File, which provides options for free brand-name tax software, or online Fillable Forms, plus free electronic ďŹ ling. Everyone can use Free File to prepare a federal tax return. Taxpayers who make $57,000 or less can choose from about 15 commercial software providers. There’s no income limit for Free File Fillable Forms, the electronic version of IRS paper forms. People making $51,000 or less usually qualify for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program for free tax preparation and electronic ďŹ ling. Tax Counseling for the Elderly, a similar community-based volunteer program, offers free tax help with priority assistance to people age 60 and older, specializing in questions about pensions and retirement issues. Information on these programs can be found at This year, the IRS is doubling the number of sites where taxpayers can get assistance through two-way videoconferencing. During 2012, the program’s ďŹ rst year, about 14,000 taxpayers received assistance at 13 locations. Following a strong response to the virtual assistance program, the IRS plans to roll out 14 new sites. A list of the 27 available locations is on For tax law questions or account inquiries, taxpayers can also call the IRS toll-free number (800) 8291040 (7 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time), or visit a taxpayer assistance center.

Taxpayers should check for the hours and services offered at the location they intend to visit. Apps and Social Media For the third year, the IRS will offer IRS2Go, its smartphone application, which enables taxpayers to check on the status of their tax refund and obtain helpful tax information. The IRS2Go app, available for Apple and Android users, has been downloaded more than 800,000 times and used by taxpayers millions of times. More helpful information is available through IRS social media platforms, including: YouTube, where viewers can watch more than 100 short, informative videos. They are available in English, Spanish, American Sign Language and other languages. The IRS also has several Twitter feeds available for taxpayers in English and Spanish at @IRSnews or @ IRSenEspanol. And @IRStaxpros covers news for tax professionals. For the 2013 ďŹ ling season, the IRS has added Tumblr to its list of social media platforms. People who want tax information now have another way of accessing and sharing helpful tax tips, videos, podcasts and other information at The IRS only uses social media tools to share public information, not to answer personal tax or account questions. And the IRS reminds taxpayers to never post conďŹ dential information, such as a Social Security Numbers, on social media sites.

Check for a Refund Even with the Jan. 30 opening of the tax season, the IRS expects to issue refunds within the usual timeframes. Last year, the IRS issued more than nine out of 10 refunds to taxpayers in less than 21 days, and it expects the same results in 2013. After taxpayers ďŹ le a return, they can track the status of the refund with the “Where’s My Refund?â€? tool available on the website. New this year, instead of an estimated date, “Where’s My Refund?â€? will give people an actual personalized refund date after the IRS processes the tax return and approves the refund. Here are some tips for using “Where’s My Refund?â€?: Initial information will generally be available within 24 hours after the IRS receives the taxpayer’s E-ďŹ led return, or four weeks after mailing a paper return. The system updates every 24 hours, usually overnight. There’s no need to check more than once a day. “Where’s My Refund?â€? provides the most accurate and complete information that the IRS has about the refund, so there is no need to call the IRS unless the web tool says to do so. To use the “Where’s My Refund?â€? tool, taxpayers need to have a copy of their tax return for reference. Taxpayers will need their Social Security Number, ďŹ ling status and the exact dollar amount of the refund they are expecting. Taxpayers should remember that while most tax refunds are issued within 21 days, some tax returns need additional time to be reviewed.

As part of that effort, the IRS has put in place stronger security ďŹ lters this ďŹ ling season to protect against refund fraud and identity theft. Identity Theft Stopping identity theft and refund fraud is a top priority for the IRS, and the agency’s work on identity theft and refund fraud continues to grow. For the 2013 ďŹ ling season, the IRS has expanded these efforts to better protect taxpayers, help victims and detect refund fraud before it occurs. The effort includes stronger screening ďŹ lters for incoming tax returns, increased IRS Criminal Investigation activity and expanded partnerships with local law-enforcement ofďŹ cials and ďŹ nancial institutions. More information is available in IRS Fact Sheet 2013-2. By late 2012, the IRS assigned more than 3,000 IRS employees – more than double the number from 2011 – to work on identity theftrelated issues. IRS employees are working to prevent refund fraud, investigate identity theft-related crimes and help taxpayers who have been victimized by identity thieves. In addition, the IRS has trained 35,000 employees who work with taxpayers to recognize identity theft indicators and help people victimized by identity theft. The IRS continues to increase its efforts against refund fraud, which includes identity theft. During 2012, the IRS protected $20 billion of fraudulent refunds, including those related to identity theft, compared with $14 billion in 2011.

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Green thumbs wanted! Annual Home & Garden Show ■ when and where Will be held Feb. 8 - 10 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. Open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $10, kids 12 and under free. Features 300 exhibits of products and services for inside and outside the home, Mike Wolfe from “American Pickers” and Dr. Lori’s Antique Appraisals. There will be free kids activities. For more information, visit

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ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE Sports Festival to host ‘Strongest Man’ competition HAMPTON

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This Feb. 15 - 17, join more than 10,000 spectators at the Hampton Roads Convention C Center for the 4th annual Hampton Sports Festival and an Expo. Featuring more than 20 sports with simultaneous com competition and a free expo, the Hampton Convention and Visitor Bureau-sponsored event is a must experi experience for any sports enthusiast. T The festival, combined with the North Americcan Strongman Inc., are happy to welcome this years Brute NAS Strongest Man V to the Hampton Roads Convention Center, Feb. 16 - 17. Hosted by Norfolk-based Brute Strength Gym, the two-day event will showcase some of the strongest competitors from across the country. “Strongmen/women are truly amazing athletes,” said Brute Strength Gym Owner Stella Krupinski. “These competitors must have great functional strength and endurance, making them superior to normal-weight trained at athletes. At the Festival you will see men and wo women of all ages and body types competing. We have a spectacular lineup of events this year, with an adde added special event on Saturday, the ‘Car Squat.’” Other ccompetitions during the festival include: aerial arts, arm wr wrestling, bikini, body building, boxing, chess, cornhole, crossfi crossfit, fitness, figure, futsal (indoor soccer), gymk nastics, jiu-jitsu, kickboxing, mixed martial arts (MMA), muay pow lifting, strongest man, strongest woman, thai, physique, power and taekwondo. For more inform information on Brute NAS Strongest Man V, visit www.brutestrength, or call 593inf 9111. For more information on the 4th annual Hampton Sports Festival and Expo, contact Craig Lenniger at 728-5314. “Like” S the Hampton, VA Sports Festival on Facebook to become a fan even developments. and follow the event

■ information expo During the festival, a free expo will take place in the main concourse. The general public will have an opportunity to speak with local sports clubs, city departments and area health representatives, as well as doctors specializing in sports medicine.


NEX rewards students with A-OK Program NORFOLK

The NEX wants to help its customers finance their children’s college education through its A-OK Student Reward Program. All qualified students will participate in a quarterly drawing for monetary awards of $2,500, $1,500, $1,000 or $500 for a total of $5,500 per quarter. The next drawing will be held at the end of February. Any eligible full-time student that has a B-grade point average equivalent or better, as determined by their school system, may enter the drawing. Eligible students include: dependent children of active duty military members, reservists and military retirees enrolled in first through 12th grade. Dependent children without an individual Dependent Identification Card must be accompanied by their sponsor to submit their entry. Each student may enter only once each grading period and must re-enter with each qualifying report card. To enter the drawing, stop by any NEX with a current report card and have a NEX associate verify the minimum grade average. Then fill out an entry card and obtain an A-OK ID, which entitles the student to discount coupons for NEX products and services. The Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) has been offering students a chance to pay for college through its A-OK Student Reward Program since 1997. Since the program began, NEXCOM has awarded over $600,000 in Series EE U.S. savings bonds and monetary awards with the help of its generous vendor partners.

VASC celebrates Black History Month with its Red Tails to Red Planet event HAMPTON

The Virginia Air and Space Center (VASC) is seeing red with “Red Tails to Red Planet,” a Black History Month celebration, Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year’s event will feature the Tidewater Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, NASA’s amazing Mars Science Lab, and Dr. D’s Mars Funky Physics activities and exhibits. Visitors will have an opportunity to meet members of the Tidewater Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen and discover the many achievements of the Red Tails. Original members of the Tuskegee Airmen will share their personal stories with guests in a presentation from 1 to 2 p.m. In addition, original Tuskegee Airman Ezra Hill will be signing copies of his book, “The Red Tail Angels: A Story of the Tuskegee Airmen.” NASA’s amazing Mars Science Lab comes to life with a number of hands-on exhibits and activities. A full-scale model of the Mars rover Curiosity, recently featured in President Obama’s Inaugural Parade, will be on display. Guests can participate in Dr. D’s Funky Physics show, inspired by the twists and turns of roller coasters, at 11 a.m., Noon and 1:30 p.m. There

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■ take rover for a spin Visitors to the Virginia Air and Space Center will have many opportunities to drive a Mars rover (above), including controlling a rover made from Robotix.

will also be many opportunities to drive a Mars rover, including controlling a rover made from Robotix. The challenges of landing on Mars will be investigated from a Mars Lander Egg

Drop contest to a Drag Race to Mars and attempting a Mars rover landing using Xbox 360 Kinect. Visitors can explore the challenging conditions on Mars as they build a Mars habitat. The super-cold of outer space will be revealed in the hands-on demonstration, Space Freeze. A Solar System twister game will show what the inner planets have in common and guests can become rocket scientists when they build balloon rockets to send to Mars. In addition, visitors can discover Orion, NASA’s next human spacecraft. The full-scale test version of Orion is now on permanent display and offers a glimpse of NASA’s next step in human space exploration. Hampton University will also be on-hand with displays and artifacts touching on its role in the fields of science, technology and history. Red Tails to Red Planet activities are included in regular exhibit admission: $11.50 for adults, $9.50 for children ages 3 to 11, and $10.50 for seniors, military and NASA personnel. Additional fees apply for IMAX presentations, MAXFlight and motion simulator rides. For more information, call 727-0900 or visit

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Museum to host ‘History Under Our Feet’ event

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My Haley book signing

HAMPTON ■ When: Feb. 9; 10 a.m. to Noon ■ Where: Nauticus Theater, 1 Waterside Dr., Norfolk ■ For more information, call: 664-1005, or visit www. In celebration of Black History Month, author My Haley, wife of Roots author Alex Haley, will read from, discuss and sign her new book, “The Treason of Mary Louvestre,” a historical novel inspired by the true story of a seamstress slave in Norfolk whose courageous actions during the Civil War led to a Northern victory in the naval battle at Hampton Roads in 1862.

Courtesy photo Tony Curtis and Jack Lemon star in the 1959 film “Some Like It Hot,” which will be showing at the Hampton History Museum on Feb. 14 at 6:30 p.m.

Film series sizzles with classic ‘Some Like It Hot’ HAMPTON

‘Follow the Drinking Gourd’ show ■ When: Every Saturday; 4 p.m. ■ Where: Virginia Living Museum,

524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News ■ For more information, call: 595-1900, or visit www. “Follow the Drinking Gourd” takes us back to the days when freedom was nothing more than a dream for those held in slavery. Some looked for hope to a certain constellation with its bright shining star. The story is a poignant and inspiring tale of one African-American family’s desperate flight to freedom and how they used constellations to guide the way.

Eating Disorders Awareness Seminar ■ When: Feb. 7; 1 p.m. ■ Where: Bldg. C-9, Naval

The Hampton History Museum invites film lovers to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a screening of the Hollywood classic “Some Like It Hot” on Feb. 14 at 6:30 p.m. Starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemon, the screwball comedy unfolds as two Chicago musicians, the irresponsible Joe and sensible Jerry (Curtis and Lemon), accidently witness the infamous 1929 St. Valentine’s Day massacre. To escape the mob, the two men don makeup and women’s clothing to disguise themselves as Josephine and Daphne and join an all-girl band headed by train to Miami. Hilarity ensues as both Joe and Jerry compete for the affections of the band’s vocalist and ukulele player Sugar Kane (Monroe). To complicate matters further, mobsters

arrive at their hotel in Miami and Daphne is courted and proposed to by an aging millionaire. Directed by Billy Wilder and released in 1959, “Some Like It Hot” is the second installment in the museum’s History on Film series. Held on the second Thursday of every month, the series explores various themes in popular films, documentaries and vintage cinema. Admission is free for museum members and $3 for non-members. Gallery access is included in admission. Doors open at 6 p.m. The Hampton History Museum is located at 120 Old Hampton Ln. in Downtown Hampton. There is plenty of free parking across the street in the parking deck. For more information call 727-1610, or visit www., and like the museum on Facebook.

The Hampton History Museum will be hosting its second Saturday family event, entitled “History Under Our Feet,” on Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. According to Archaeologist and Hampton History Museum Educator Sarah Heinsman, “Uncovering and holding items that people used in the past brings home that they were real people living their lives just like you and me, and gives you the opportunity to tell their stories.” The day’s activities include visiting archaeologists from the Fairfield Foundation – located in Gloucester – who are bringing artifacts for children to clean, sort and help repair. Mary Gainer, Historic Preservation Officer, NASA Langley Research Center, is preparing a special educational component about the many archaeological discoveries at the NASA Langley site, including the Chesterville Plantation. To illustrate how much of what we discover about the past is through discarded material, Heinsman will lead children in a “Trash Pit” demonstration to create layers of materials representing years of accumulated material. Afterwards, children can play archaeologist using tools of the trade to uncover the “artifacts” from the different layers of history. Children will have the chance to simulate being an archaeologist through the BBC’s game, “Hunt the Ancestor.” Kids will have to make decisions, keeping in mind time and money, to locate and excavate an ancient burial ground before the land is closed off and dug up as a mine, thereby destroying the site. The cost is free for museum members and $2 for non-members. Children six and under are admitted free. For more information on the Hampton History Museum’s monthly happenings, visit www., or call 727-1610.

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Between 1998 and 2006, the number of diagnosed eating disorders in the military more than doubled. Come to the Eating Disorders Awareness Seminar to learn more of this condition affecting so many of our military men and women alike. Open to all active duty, retirees and their dependants.

Top Gun in 3D

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■ When: Feb. 7 - 13; 10 p.m. ■ Where: Virginia Air and Space

Center, 600 Settlers

Landing Rd., Hampton ■ For more information, call: 727-0900, or visit www. Come watch “Top Gun” on the peninsula’s biggest screen in 3D. The story of an elite group of pilots competing to be the best in their class and earn the title of “Top Gun” captured the imagination of a generation and earned a worldwide box office of more than $350 million upon its release. Rated PG.

Valentine’s Talent Show ■ When:

Feb. 8; 6 to 8 p.m.

■ Where: JEB Fort Story Youth Center ■ For more information, call: 422-7714

Open to children age five and older. Ribbons will be awarded for the Top-3 performances. Light refreshments will be served following the show. Interested participants should sign up in advance.

Child Safety Seat Round-up ■ When: Through the month of February ■ For more information, call: 498-2562

To help keep our young children as safe as possible, Drive Safe Hampton Roads is conducting the 24th annual Old, Used, Borrowed and Abused Child Safety Seat Round-up. Many safety seats are old, have missing parts, have been recalled by the manufacturer, or are no longer crashworthy. Drive Safe Hampton Roads and its partners want to “round them up” and recycle them so they cannot be used again. Drop-off locations include: Wal-mart Supercenters, DMV Customer Service Centers and AAA offices in Hampton Roads.

2013 Scholarships for Military Children ■ Deadline: Feb. 22 ■ For more information,

specific details and eligibility, visit: The Defense Commissary Agency wants to remind you that the Feb. 22 deadline for students to apply for this year’s Scholarships for Military Children Program is fast approaching. All students interested and eligible to apply are encouraged to gather their materials and submit their applications as soon as possible. Applications must be turned into a commissary by close of business on Feb. 22. Commissaries can be found at, then click the link Locations at the top of the page. To apply for a scholarship, the student must be a dependent, unmarried child, younger than 21 – or 23, if enrolled as a full-time student at a college or university – of a service member on active duty, reservist, Guardsman, retiree or survivor of a military member who died while on active duty or survivor of a retiree.

The Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE!: Get The Sillies Out! Tour comes to Norfolk at the Chrysler Hall on Feb. 14 for two shows at 3 and 6 p.m. Tickets are available at and all Ticketmaster outlets, as well as the Scope/Seven Venues Box Office in Norfolk. Tickets are $47, $37 and $27 plus applicable fees. The concert is presented by IMG. The sillies are crazy little creatures that live inside of us and need to be shaken out. DJ Lance Rock and everyone’s favorite cast of colorful characters are calling all fans in Hampton Roads to get ready to jump, shake and shimmy them out at the new live tourYo Gabba Gabba! LIVE!: Get the Sillies Out! Yo Gabba Gabba is touring in support of their first national beverage launch, a new line of toys, a new line of kids sportswear and a DVD/CD collectors edition. For a complete list of tour dates, cities and show times, visit Yo Gabba Gabba! is an award-winning, live-action television series and live stage show whose unconventional formula has created a triple stacked fan base, making it one of the most popular entertainment properties among preschoolers, parents and indie music lovers alike. The television show, now in its fourth season, airs several times a day on Nick Jr. Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE!: Get the Sillies Out! marks the third tour for the successful Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! concert series. The first tour, Yo Gabba

Courtesy photo The live action show Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! Get The Sillies Out! is scheduled to visit Chrysler Hall for two shows on Feb. 14.

Gabba! LIVE!: There’s a Party in My City! launched with a float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and a performance at the White House in 2010. Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE!: 2010 Tour played to sold out venues in 60 cities. Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE!: It’s Time to Dance! enjoyed repeat success in 2011, energizing audiences across North America at over 120 shows. Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! is a stateof-the-art production and an interactive experience that offers audiences of all ages the opportunity to witness their favorite characters come to life when DJ Lance Rock and fans say the magic

words, “Yo Gabba Gabba!” Hip-hop legend Biz Markie will join the cast on stage for Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE!: Get the Sillies Out! with Biz’s Beat of the Day. The show will also feature Super Music Friends and Dancey Dance guest performances. Past Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! guest performances have included: Devenda Banhart, Cold War Kids, Matt Costa, Kid Koala, Moby, DMC (Run DMC), Shaggy, Snoop Dogg, Dave Grohl, Jon Heder, Talib Kweli, Mix Master Mike, Nicole Richie, Kid Sister, Keri Russell, Lou Diamond Phillips, Jason Reitman, Zac Brown and the Drive By Truckers, and more.

USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia set to host annual Gala and Silent Auction HAMPTON

The USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia (USOHRCV), a non-profit, non-governmental 501c(3), is honored to host the annual Gala and Silent Auction on Feb. 9 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton. This year’s gala theme will be “A Tribute to Wounded Warriors and Their Families.” The evening’s festivities will include a dinner program with entertainment by the Silver Strolling Strings, a silent and live auction, and dessert and dancing with musical entertainment by the Deloreans. In addition, the USOHRCV will

also hold a raffle where several items will be offered, including a one Total carat weight Michael Beaudry Ring set in Platinum, featuring a .71 carat Fancy Yellow center diamond accented with

Fancy Yellow and White Diamonds valued at $25,900. Tickets will be sold prior to the event and winners need not be present to claim their item. USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia would like to thank this year’s Title Sponsor Newport News Shipbuilding – A division of Huntington Ingalls Industries for their continued dedication to the USOHRCV and the annual Gala and Silent Auction. Anyone wishing to attend this year’s Gala, or purchase raffle tickets, contact the main office by phone 764-5232, or email

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Broadway veteran set to bring â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Music of Manilowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to the Pops HAMPTON ROADS

Barry Manilow may write the songs, but the Virginia Symphony Pops, with the assistance of Broadway veteran and former Phantom star Gary Mauer, will perform them. On Feb. 7 and 9, Benjamin Rous will conduct a program that was created in 2008 by Mauer and Virginia Symphony Orchestra (VSO) President and Executive Director Eric Borenstein, who worked with Manilow in the 80s and 90s. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen hundreds of live shows by Barry,â&#x20AC;? said Borenstein. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s absolutely nothing like hearing his music live. And it turned out that Gary was a closet Manilow fan just like the rest of us.â&#x20AC;? The concert will feature more than a dozen Manilow hits, including â&#x20AC;&#x153;Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Smile Without You,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even Now,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mandy,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;This Oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s For You,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Write the Songs,â&#x20AC;? and of course, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Copacabana.â&#x20AC;? Mauer, who was last seen on the VSO Pops stage in February last year, has thrilled audiences coast-to-coast and on Broadway in the title role of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Phantom of the Opera.â&#x20AC;? He has also appeared on Broadway in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Les Miserablesâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Music of Andrew Lloyd Weber,â&#x20AC;? in the national tour of Harold Princeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Show Boat,â&#x20AC;? and has performed lead roles in numerous other musicals. Mauer has also appeared on â&#x20AC;&#x153;LIVE With Regis and Kathy Lee,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Viewâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Today Show.â&#x20AC;? Performances are Feb. 7 at 8 p.m. at Fergu-

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SEGA Europe Ltd. and Gearbox Software recently announced “Escape” mode, a new competitive multiplayer mode, for “Aliens: Colonial Marines.” The highly-anticiated game is set to launch on Feb. 12 worldwide. With a competitive death match game mode already revealed, Escape mode is the second in a number of competitive multiplayer modes for Aliens: Colonial Marines and will challenge players in an intense scenario against the universe’s deadliest killers, the Xenomorph. An exhilarating experience for fans of the Aliens universe, Escape mode puts the fourperson United States Colonial Marines team on the offensive against a four-player Xenomorph team. The Colonial Marines must blast their way through the fast-paced map in order to escape the attacking Xenomorphs, who in return will try to eliminate their prey as quickly as possible. Under the pressure and limited in time, players will have to work together as a team, utilizing each faction’s unique skills, and identifying their opponents’ weak spots to either reach the safety of the escape point or to eliminate their targets. In partnership with 20th Century Fox Consumer Products and developed by critically acclaimed studio Gearbox Software, Aliens: Colonial Marines will bring new levels of bone-chilling suspense and adrenaline-filled action to the renowned franchise. As the authentic addition to the Aliens franchise canon, the game’s stunning visuals and adrenaline pumping action will deliver a breathtakingly immersive four-player drop-in, drop-out cooperative campaign and expansive competitive multiplayer mode. Providing for an innovative asymmetrical competitive multiplayer experience, the game lets players fight in first person as the ultimate warriors – the U. S. Colonial Ma-

Aliens: Colonial Marines System: PS3, Xbox 360, Windows PC, Wii U Publisher: Sega Release Date: Feb. 12 ESRB Rating: Mature (Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language)

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■ make an escape The new “Escape” mode puts the four-person United States Colonial Marines team on the offensive against a four-player Xenomorph team. The Colonial Marines must blast their way through the fast-paced map in order to escape the attacking Xenomorphs, who in return will try to eliminate their prey as quickly as possible. With a limited amount of time, players will have to work together as a team, utilizing each faction’s unique skills, and identifying their opponents’ weak spots to either reach the safety of the escape point or to eliminate their targets.

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A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III

Identity Thief Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy lead the cast of an all-star comedy in which a regular guy is forced to extreme measures to clear his name. With everything to lose after his identity is stolen, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll ďŹ nd out how crazed you can get trying to settle a bad credit score. Unlimited funds have allowed Diana (McCarthy) to live it up on the outskirts of Miami, where the queen of retail buys whatever strikes her fancy. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only one glitch: The ID sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s using to ďŹ nance these sprees reads â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sandy Bigelow Pattersonâ&#x20AC;? and it belongs to an accounts rep (Bateman) who lives halfway across the U.S. With only one week to hunt down the con artist before his world implodes, the real Sandy Bigelow Patterson heads South to confront the woman with an all-access pass to his life. And as he attempts to bribe, coax and wrangle her the 2,000 miles to Denver, one easy target will discover just how tough it is to get your name back.

Charlie Sheen sends up his real life meltdown in this comedy concerning the tremendous fall of a successful graphic designer after a nasty breakup with a girlfriend. Jason Schwartzman, Aubrey Plaza, Bill Murray and Patricia Arquette co-star.

MaďŹ a Ruthless crime boss Renzo Wes (Ving Rhames) rules the underworld. But when he crosses a cynical, jaded cop bent on revenge (Pam Grier), she becomes obsessed with bringing him down and is willing to break the law to do it. Her partner (Robert Patrick) is a clean cop who wants to do the right thing, but when his personal life intersects with Renzoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, loyalties are tested. The three of them are on a collision course with destiny â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and no one will emerge unscathed.

Side Effects Steven Soderbergh re-teams with his Contagion screenwriter Scott Z. Burns for this psychological thriller starring Rooney Mara as a woman who turns to drugs in order to deal with her husband (Channing Tatum) being released from jail. Jude Law co-stars.

The Playroom In 70s suburbia, Maggie and her younger siblings spend the night telling each other stories in the attic. Downstairs, as their parents entertain guests over the course of a gin-soaked evening, truths are unearthed and betrayals come to light. With standout performances from John Hawkes, Molly Parker and a cast of talented young actors, Julia Dyerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second feature is an honest and challenging look at the reality behind the facade of a seemingly perfect American family.


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■ Wounded Warrior Sports Camp An adaptive athletics camp for Wounded Warriors will take place Feb. 7 - 11 at Naval Station Norfolk. During the camp, seriously wounded, ill and injured service members will be introduced to various adaptive sports taught by world-class coaches, including seated volleyball, wheelchair basketball and swimming. In addition, the Wounded Warriors will meet with a sports psychologist and a nutritionist. For more information, visit


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Feb. 24 – Daytona 500; Daytona International Speedway March 3 – Subway Fresh Fit 500; Phoenix International Raceway March 10 – KOBALT Tools 400; Las Vegas Motor Speedway March 17 – Food City 500; Bristol Motor Speedway March 24 – Auto Club 400; Auto Club Speedway April 7 – Virginia 500; Martinsville Speedway April 13 – Texas 500; Texas Motor Speedway April 21 – STP 400; Kansas Speedway April 27 – Toyota Owners 400; Richmond International Raceway May 5 – Aaron’s 499; Talladega Superspeedway May 11 – Bojangles’ Southern 500; Darlington Raceway May 18 – All-Star Race; Charlotte Motor Speedway May 26 – Coca-Cola 600; Charlotte Motor Speedway June 2 – Dover 400; Dover International Speedway June 9 – Pocono 400; Pocono Raceway June 16 – Quicken Loans 400; Michigan International Speedway June 23 – Toyota/Save Mart 350; Sonoma Raceway June 29 – Quaker State 400; Kentucky Speedway July 6 – Coke Zero 400; Daytona International Speedway July 14 – New Hampshire 300; New Hampshire Motor Speedway July 28 – Brickyard 400; Indianapolis Motor Speedway Aug. 4 – Pennsylvania 400; Pocono Raceway Aug. 11 – Cheez-it 355 at The Glen; Watkins Glen International Aug. 18 – Pure Michigan 400; Michigan International Speedway Aug. 24 – IRWIN Tools Night Race; Bristol Motor Speedway Sept. 1 – AdvoCare 500; Atlanta Motor Speedway Sept. 7 – Federated Auto Parts 400; Richmond International Raceway Sept. 15 – GEICO 400; Chicagoland Speedway Sept. 22 – SYLVANIA 300; New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sept. 29 – AAA 400; Dover International Speedway Oct. 6 – Hollywood Casino 400; Kansas Speedway Oct. 12 – Bank of America 500; Charlotte Motor Speedway Oct. 20 – Camping World RV Sales 500; Talladega Superspeedway Oct. 27 – Goody’s Fast Relief 500; Martinsville Speedway Nov. 3 – AAA Texas 500; Texas Motor Speedway Nov. 10 – AdvoCare 500; Phoenix International Raceway Nov. 17 – Ford EcoBoost 400; Homestead-Miami Speedway

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NASCAR begins the 2013 season with a fresh new champion, Brad Keselowski. He’s the sport’s first champion born in the 80s, but in some ways, the 29-year-old racer shows maturity far beyond his years. While he’s an enthusiastic participant in modern things like Twitter, he’s also a student of the history of the sport. He understands and seems to appreciate the role of the media and has gone out of his way to spend time getting to know the people who cover the sport. On the track, he can be aggressive at times, and conservative at others. He’s not afraid of change, as evidenced by his comments regarding his Penske Racing team’s switch from Dodges to Fords. Dodge withdrew from NASCAR after Penske announced last year that it was switching to Ford. Keselowski said during testing at Daytona in January that there was a good bit of effort involved in switching manufacturers, on top of the challenge of building new Gen-6 cars. “A lot of that work was done at the shop, and then you come to the track and test, and you verify it,” he said. “There is a lot of work to be done there and a lot of work to be done for the sport in general. There are a lot of things going on, including the new car, that will get a lot of buzz, deservedly so. We are all working hard to figure out things together.” For 2013, Keselowski will have more resources to draw on than he had last year. In joining Ford, he gets to share data with the other Ford teams, particularly those at Roush Fenway

Chris Graythen Reigning Sprint Cup Champion Brad Keselowski is preparing to defend his title.

Racing. Before, Penske’s two cars were the only Dodge-backed entries. “I think so far we all agree to the Ford approach of One Ford, where we are going to share what we can that is practical to do so,” he said. “We all agree that it is better for us to get beat by another Ford than to watch us be the best Ford, but not be the fastest car on the track.” Keselowski also will have a handpicked teammate in Joey Logano, who is moving to Penske from Joe Gibbs Racing. Keselowski said that even with the changes, he’s looking to pick up

where he left off last year. “If you win a championship, you are going to come in the next year with extremely high expectations,” he said. “You have to look at our history and we have been a second-half team the last two or three seasons, and I would expect nothing different this year.” Another driver who has shown a willingness to take on change is Matt Kenseth, who left Roush Fenway Racing after last year to drive the No. 20 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing. Kenseth has run 472 Cup races, all but one of them for Roush. He’s won 24 races and a championship, and was atop the points standings when he announced his departure from Roush. “It’s a good time [to switch] because it’s going to be a learning experience with not only the new car, but obviously coming to a new team and having a new group of people and all that as well,” he said. “So far it’s been great. There are a lot of great people over here. I really like their cars. These guys win a lot. I’m really looking forward to being a part of that.” His teammates Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin also are excited about having a former champion join them. Hamlin said his own performance improved dramatically in 2008 when Busch joined the team and he’s looking for similar results with the addition of Kenseth. “[Busch] pushed me,” said Hamlin. “I remember going to a test and him pushing me to be faster. I was like, ‘He knows my game.’ And, I think Matt (Kenseth) is going to do something very similar to that for our race team. I think we’re going to have all three cars in the Chase, and we’re going to have a very, very good year as far as Joe Gibbs Racing is concerned.”

If you win a championship, you are going to come in the next year with extremely high expectations.” - Brad Keselowski, 2012 Sprint Cup champion

Rule changes for 2013 season There will be some new rules in place for the 2013 season, rules much like those in place several years ago. NASCAR is going back to an earlier format for qualifying, scrapping the current rules, which guarantee starting spots to the top 35 teams in the car owner points standings. Instead, the fastest 36 drivers in qualifying will earn starting spots for races. Six others get provisional starting spots based on car owner points. A seventh spot is reserved for the most recent past champion not otherwise qualified for a race, and if there’s no past champion needing the provisional, it’ll be allotted based on car owner points. The qualifying order for Cup races will return to a random draw, but if qualifying is rained out, the field will be set by practice speeds. Teams also will be allowed to test four times at tracks that host NASCAR’s top three circuits, and those with a rookie of the year candidate get one additional test. The starting field for Nationwide Series races will be cut from 43 drivers to 40. The No. 2 circuit has run many races of late in which there have been numerous drivers who started the race, then parked their cars after a few laps, collecting several thousand dollars for their efforts. Cup fields will stay at 43 drivers and the Camping World Truck Series will remain at 36.

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Veteran wrestler C.W. Anderson discusses work ethic, training, upcoming VCW match By Jonathan McLarty Contributing Writer

Greetings wrestling fans. I had the opportunity to speak with former National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (WWE) and Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) wrestler C.W. Anderson about his career and his upcoming match for Vanguard Championship Wrestling (VCW) on March 9. Jonathan McLarty: What are your first memories of wrestling? C.W. Anderson: I wasn’t a big fan at first. My brother got me into it. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express just came to the NWA and won the belts. I remember, literally, me and my brother were jumping around because the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express had just defeated the Russians. That was the first thing that got me hooked. JM: Who were some of your favorite wrestlers to watch? CW: The Midnight Express, Rock ‘n’ Roll Express, Dusty Rhodes. The Midnight Express were my favorites. I’m a freakin’ huge fan of Bobby Eaton. He was the person I patterned my style after when I got into wrestling. It was all about Bobby Eaton. JM: It appears in your work ethic and your behavior toward people. I always hear that nobody has a bad thing to say about Bobby Eaton ... and the same goes for you. CW: That has to go back with how I was raised, living in the country. I was just such a fan of his. I wanted to be that guy – no matter who I got in the ring with – whether it was their first day in the business or it was Ric Flair or Rob Van Dam, I wanted to have a five-star match with them. JM: You were into baseball growing up, as well. You were offered a contract for the San Diego Padres, correct? CW: That was my first love ... 1989, way before the Latin explosion hit. I was coming right out of high school, an 18-year-old kid being signed to play Major League Baseball – what else do you want? I talked to my mom and

Courtesy of Jonathan McLarty Veteran wrestler C.W. Anderson.

she kind of talked me out of it. She was a big influence on me. I decided to go on to college instead. JM: You had your first match in 1993 and assumed the name “C.W. Anderson.” Would you like to go into how you obtained the Anderson name? CW: I sat down one night, for my first match, and there were guys there running the Anderson gimmick. I was just fresh into it. One of them was getting ready to retire, the other one needed a tag partner to run up and down the East Coast. I had a goatee at the time and was bald-headed, so they asked if I wanted to be an Anderson. I said “OK.” We had to get the approval from Gene (Anderson) to do it. I needed to come up with a three-letter name because there was Pat (my partner), and Ole. So, one night, we were getting ready to do an interview and I couldn’t come up with anything. They went “Eh, we’ll just call you C.W.” … my initials. JM: You went on to run your own training school. Who all did you help with developing their talents? CW: My students involved Lodi, Chilly Willy, most of the young talent around North Carolina.

A lot of the guys in VCW – I may have not trained them from beginning to end, but I had a big influence in there training ... molding and shaping them. Phil Brown, Pat Cusick, guys like that. I did that show called “Chinlock For Chuck” (a benefit event in Durham, N.C. last month to raise money toward the cancer treatment for North Carolina independent wrestler Chuck Coates). I look at those younger guys and think, “Damn!” – at one point or another, I’ve had my hand on these guys, training them and teaching them certain things. Toad was another one of my students. Scotty Matthews, Ali Steele – I want (my trainees) to respect the business like I do and that’s why my ring was always hard as concrete. That’s why news stations would come and do stories about my tryouts because of how difficult they were. People throwing up, quitting. If you want to make it in this business, you have to earn my respect. It takes a lot to earn my respect in this business, but once you do, I’m there with you to the end. JM: You mention training until you throw up and that was likely the kind of thing going on during your training at the WCW Power Plant. CW: Yes, that’s where I got a lot of my training methods and tryout stuff. Those three days – that’s something I would never want to do again. Some of the most intense things I’ve ever been through in my entire life. Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker, Pez Whatley and Mike Wenner – those were the three main (trainers). It was something a lot of people couldn’t do. There was a 95 to 98 percent failure rate. JM: Getting into your experiences with ECW, what did you learn there? CW: I learned so much. One was really to never trust anybody in this business. Check back next time for the conclusion where C.W. discusses his time in ECW and his thoughts on his upcoming match with Chris Escobar on March 9 in Norfolk. Jonathan McLarty is a contributing writer for The Flagship, as well as a local sports and event photographer. If you have any questions or comments, connect with him on Twitter (@JonathanMcLarty).

Courtesy of UFC UFC interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao is scheduled to face Michael McDonald at UFC on Fuel 7 on Feb. 16.

mmaschedule BELLATOR 88 Feb. 7, 10 p.m., Spike Featured bouts: Maiquel Falcao vs. Alex Shlemenko Marlon Sandro vs. Akop Stepanyan Mitch Jackson vs. Mike Richman Fabricio Guerreiro vs. M. Khasbulaev BELLATOR 89 Feb. 14, 10 p.m., Spike Featured bouts: Eduardo Dantas vs. Marcos Galvao Dan Cramer vs. Brian Rogers Brett Cooper vs. Norman Paraisy Doug Marshall vs. Andreas Spang UFC ON FUEL 7 Feb. 16, 3 p.m., Fuel TV Featured bouts: Renan Barao vs. Michael McDonald Dustin Poirier vs. Cub Swanson Cyrille Diabate vs. Jimi Manuwa Gunnar Nelson vs. Jorge Santiago Ryan Jimmo vs. James Te Huna ■ All cards are subject to change.

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Keep your yard green with 12-month lawn-care plan You may think having golf-course green grass requires hours of work each day, but if you want the best lawn on the block, it’s as easy as coming up with a plan. The secret? When it comes to lawn maintenance, it’s never too early to prepare your course of action. Starting now and focusing on specific to-do’s each month ensures you’ll have grass you can be proud of all year long. Here are 12 simple lawn care tips you can use throughout the year, from the naturalturf specialists at Grass Seed USA: ■ January – Generally a month that requires little lawn maintenance, January is a great opportunity to get your lawn mower prepped and ready for spring’s punctual arrival. Take some time to get your mower’s blades sharpened and oil up the engine – your lawn will reap the benefits of a finely tuned mower when grass cutting season arrives. ■ March – Raking may seem like an odd task when there are no leaves to clean up, but it can be a beneficial addition to your lawn care routine. Raking cleans the top layer of your lawn, allowing healthy green grass to make its way to the surface. ■ April – Have some thin patches or bare spots that emerged over the winter? April’s warming temperatures provide a great window of opportunity for reseeding the heavily impacted areas of your lawn, or seeding areas where you’d like to grow new grass. ■ May – Now that you’re likely to be mowing your lawn on a regular basis, change the mowing direction or pattern each time you mow your lawn. Different mowing patterns reduce soil compaction and turf wear

February – Now that we’re on spring’s doorstep, you’ll want to get your lawn ready for the end of its winter dormancy. Dethatching your yard is an essential step in preparing your lawn for the new grass that will emerge as the temperatures begin to rise and your lawn sees more sunlight.

from mower wheels. ■ June – As the temperatures warm and drier conditions emerge, you’re likely to be watering your lawn more regularly ... and knowing when and how much to water can be a challenge. A simple trick to determine

whether your lawn needs watering is to stick a screwdriver into the grass. If it enters the soil easily, your lawn has plenty of water already. If you have trouble getting the screwdriver into the ground, it’s time to give the grass a drink.

■ July – Try to avoid mowing or watering your lawn during peak temperature hours. Performing either of these activities when it’s sunny and hot can actually “sunburn” the grass and add additional stress to your lawn. The best time to mow and water your lawn is during the cool of the morning or evening. ■ August – Summer activities and hot, dry conditions can compact the soil in your yard. August is a great month to aerate your lawn, loosening the soil and creating good conditions for fall maintenance. ■ September – Autumn is the best time for establishing new growth in your lawn. With temperatures beginning to cool down, seeding new areas and overseeding existing lawn areas will allow grass to germinate and grow strong before the cool winter temperatures set in. ■ October – Winter is coming, so be sure to mow your lawn one last time before the first freeze. Grass is much more likely to develop mold and other turf diseases if it goes into dormancy at a taller height. ■ November – As the autumn leaves pile up on your lawn, you can put away the rake and blower. Running your mower over the leaves without the grass catcher grinds that clutter into a fine layer of mulch that will be naturally composted into the soil, providing rich nutrients for your grass. ■ December – Enjoy the holiday season and let your lawn take a breather. Come spring, you will be the envy of your neighbors as your healthy, well-cared-for lawn gets a jump start on the growing season.

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