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Clark relieves Culler during Naval Station Norfolk change of command By MC2 Molly Greendeer Naval Station Norfolk Public Affairs


Naval Station Norfolk (NAVSTA Norfolk) held a change of command ceremony aboard the installation, Feb. 14. Capt. Robert Clark relieved Capt. David A. Culler, Jr. as the installation’s commanding officer. “He is one of the greatest officers I have ever had the privilege of serving with,” said Culler. “I expect nothing but great things from his and Naval Station Norfolk.” Culler and Clark worked together during Culler’s tenure as commanding officer, establishing the present NAVSTA Norfolk mission, and he is dedicated to continuing the standard of excellence the installation has achieved.

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Official party members salute during the national anthem during the change of command ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk.

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SOLID CURTAINCITADEL SHIELD EXERCISE 2014 BEGINS May cause traffic delays into area bases

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Navy Region Mid-Atlantic (NRMA) has been preparing for a regularly scheduled Force Protection and AntiTerrorism exercise known as Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2014 (SC/CS 14). During the exercise personnel can anticipate increased security measures at installations throughout the region starting Feb. 18 - 28. The exercise is conducted by Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFF) and Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) on all Navy installations in the Continental United States to enhance the training and readiness of Navy security personnel as well as establish a learning environment for security personnel to exercise functional plans and operational capabilities. “The exercise is designed to enhance the training and the readiness of Navy personnel to respond to threats to installations and units,” said CDR Kevin Hudson, NRMA N3 Regional Integration.

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MCSN Andrew Johnson USS George H.W. Bush departs Naval Station as part of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 2 deployment in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.

LINCOLN SAILORS SPEND THEIR VALENTINES DAY VOLUNTEERING Nearly 1,500 Sailors aboard USS Abraham Lincoln volunteered in an allday community relations (COMREL) event in Hampton Roads, Feb. 14. » see A7

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A MESSAGE FROM MCPON MCPON Mike Stevens addresses the importance of leadership, ethics and integrity in the Navy in a fleet-wide message to Sailors.

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â– vet closing The Norfolk Veterinary Activity (VETAC) and Fort Story Veterinary Treatment Facility (VTF) will be transitioning their record management databases to a new system in March. In order to initiate the change, services will be limited the week of Feb. 24-28. During the week, Norfolk VETAC will be open from 8 a.m. to 4. p.m. for over the counter preventative and refill sales only. Fort Story VTF will be closed.

The Flagship Newspaper, Military Newspapers of Virginia and our presenting sponsor, USA Discounters, are pleased to announce that The 2014 Heroes at Home Military Spouse Awards nomination period is now open. In its 10th year, these awards recognize deserving active duty military spouses from all branches for their strength, their many sacriďŹ ces and their service to our community. Nominations are accepted from active duty personnel and the general public. Visit for details and to submit a nomination. The nomination deadline is Sunday, March 23 at midnight. 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 youâ€? from their signiďŹ cant other. That changed when The Flagship Newspaper launched Heroes at Home Mili-

tary Spouse Awards.™ Since 2005, The Heroes at Home program has honored 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 as well as for other military families. At the same time, many hold down full-time jobs and raise families. These spouses deserve recognition for everything they do behind the scenes and for the challenges they overcome every day. This recognition program was the ďŹ rst of its kind and is still the only regional event in the country that honors military spouses from all branches of the armed services. A judging panel consisting of members of the Hampton Roads business and military community will review the nominations and select 10 ďŹ nalists, one of whom will be named the 2014 Heroes at Home Military Spouse of the Year. All nominees will be honored at an awards Luncheon on May 8.



As we move into midFebruary, military renters in Hampton Roads privatized housing community will begin seeing their ďŹ rst live bill as they assume some responsibility for the energy they use as part of the Residential Energy Conservation Program (RECP). In September 1998, Department of Defense issued a policy to transfer responsibility for the consumption of utilities from privatized (PPV) housing projects to residents. The Navy began implementing the RECP program in Hawaii in 2011 and now all Navy installations in the U.S. are participating or preparing to participate in the program. Research shows that residents use about 20 percent less in utilities when they are directly responsible for utility usage. The RECP helps to bring PPV utility usage in line with usage in private communities, and any savings are

reinvested into the project for long term sustainability. Since July, Hampton Roads PPV residents have been receiving a monthly “mock� statement that shows how their usage compares to the Normal Usage Band for their similarly sized housing units in the neighborhood. Residents who use less than the Normal Usage Band will earn a credit or rebate and residents who use more than the upper Normal Usage Band will pay for excess consumption. To encourage and assist residents to understand and control their usage, Lincoln Military Housing and the Navy have been providing energy audits to identify life-style or maintenance actions that help adjust energy consumption. Installations have held informational meetings for residents throughout the year. Currently, the 4,300 military families renting in the 32 privatized Hampton Roads neighborhoods, managed by Lincoln Military Housing, surrender a portion of the Basic Allowance for Hous-

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tion in the kilowatt hours used from July through October over the same period in 2012. The Hampton Roads program was originally scheduled to begin live billing in October. The Navy moved the live billing date to January to ensure all processes were in place and to allow residents additional time to prepare and understand their bill, their usage and the resources available to help manage usage. Since the program is new, the Navy is encouraging residents with general or speciďŹ c questions or who want to schedule a home energy audit to contact the Lincoln Military community manager or the installation's Navy Housing Service Center.

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LINCOLN CELEBRATES 26 YEARS On Feb. 13 1988, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) was christened at Newport News Shipbuilding. The ship’s sponsor, JoAnn K. Webb, reflected on that historic milestone 26 years ago. “Christening the Lincoln was one of greatest honors of my life. I was never so cold or so humbled to be part of history.” Thank you to all of the men and women who helped build USS Abraham Lincoln and those who have served aboard for the past 26 years.

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Lincoln Sailors mentor high school students at youth career expo By MC3 Sean Hillier USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs


Sailors from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) teamed up with the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and the Peninsula Council for Workforce Development for the 6th annual Youth Career Expo, at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Feb. 10. Lincoln Sailors, 35 in all, helped more than 3,000 high school juniors and seniors from 25 high schools in the Hampton

Roads area, navigate the Expo. The Sailors also conducted one-on-one mock interviews with students to help prepare them for future job searches. During the mock interviews students were given advice on proper attire, behavior during the interviews and tips for writing a better resume. “I really wish I had an opportunity like this when I grew up,” said Machinist’s Mate 1st Class Jericho Garcia, a Lincoln volunteer. “These kids have an amazing opportunity and it seems like they are really eager to learn.”

The Youth Career Expo helps prepare students for graduation and life after school according to Rita Bond, the organizer of the Youth Career Expo. Bond added that the program helps students understand some of the job opportunities available to them within the community. “This program is really important because it shows these young adults all the amazing work opportunities they have right here in their backyards,” said Bond. “They can make connections with future employers here and potentially have the opportunity to

work in the community they grew up in.” Because of Lincoln’s involvement with area elementary and middle schools, event officials were able to utilize a large number of Lincoln Sailors to volunteer at the event. “The military is so important to this area,” said Bond. “So when these kids get to spend time with all these Lincoln Sailors, it really shows them what caring people we have serving our country.” This was Lincoln’s first year involved with the Expo, but helping out the education system in

Hampton Roads has been a continuous effort since Lincoln and its crew arrived in the area in August 2012. “It’s always a great feeling when we have a turnout like this,” said Lt. Stephen Haggard, one of Lincoln’s volunteers. “I really enjoy giving back to the community and especially knowing that I’m helping young adults.” Lincoln is currently undergoing a refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington-Ingalls Industries in Newport News.

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Local restaurant honors Wounded Warriors with premium parking By MC3 Zachary A. Anderson The Flagship staff writer


When looking at a restaurant, most people consider it to be just a business, only concerned about its bottom line. But after pulling into the parking lot of the Texas Roadhouse steakhouse in Chesapeake, it becomes clear that isn’t the case here. As part of their ongoing support for the military, Texas Roadhouse implemented two reserved parking spaces at the front of the restaurant for Wounded Warriors on veterans day 2013. The parking spots, marked with a Purple Heart, offer wounded veterans a premium parking spot and a way to say thank you for your sacrifice . “I wanted to do something special for the Wounded Warriors,” said Peter Jacquelin, Managing Partner of the Chesapeake Texas Roadhouse. “So, when corporate asked if we wanted any of these parking spot signs I immediately said ‘send me two!’” Once the reserved signs were put up, there was an immediate response. “You see people using the parking spots every day, they are always full,” said Jacquelin. “We hope that everyone uses their best judgment when parking in the spots but, I believe people in this area are especially aware of what it means and don’t abuse them.” Jacquelin did not just put the parking

MC3 Zachary A. Anderson Two reserved signs labeled with a Purple Heart, are posted in the Chesapeake Roadhouse steakhouse parking lot for Wounded Warriors during their visit to the restaurant.

spots up and call it a day; he takes the time to thank as many of the patrons who use the spots as possible. “I always tell the servers to let me know when someone is using the spot,” said Jacquelin. “I make it a point to come by and thank them for putting their bodies on the line and almost paying the ultimate sacrifice for me and their country.” After entering the store the feeling that this is more than just a restaurant is reinforced. The walls of the waiting area are lined with various tokens of appreciation from the civilian and military community alike. “We really love our community,” said Jacquelin. “We go out of our way to make sure they know that Texas Roadhouse isn’t just a business and we really care.” Texas Roadhouses community outreach ranges from catering the Navy SEAL reunion at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story for free, to raising more than $2,500 to give underprivileged children presents during the holiday season. The restaurant offers a 10 percent military discount on Mondays as part of their Military Monday program.

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Ever heard the story about the Sailor who goes on deployment and gets back seven months later to a stack of unpaid bills and an empty bank account? How about the furniture and car missing as well? “That stuff really happens,” explained Bruce Pickinpaugh who is a retired master chief with 30 years of naval service and currently a Deployment Specialist with the Norfolk Fleet and Family Support Center. “But, while those stories constantly circulate, they are the rare exception, not the rule,” he is quick to add. Avoiding the horrific outcomes and having a financially productive deployment is possible for anyone willing to put a little thought and preparation into it. First the basics: make sure all the bills are getting paid. Allotments and web-pay arrangements can make it easy, but if you are going to rely on an allotment, make sure it has started correctly before

you leave. When using your bank’s bill paying service consider how reliable your internet access will be while away. Giving someone access to your bank account, LES, or credit card account can be dangerous in the wrong hands. Be thoughtful about who will be handling your affairs while away. A power of attorney should be specific rather than general if possible. Have a spouse? Have a conversation about what that person will need month-tomonth while you are deployed. Especially if trips back home are planned while the Sailor is away. Don’t forget to include the money the deploying service member may be spending during port calls. “A Sailor getting off a ship for the first time in months, is someone who is prone to overspending,” said Mark Cummings, a retired master chief and 28-year veteran of 9 deployments. “Whether it be confusion with the currency conversion, or just lack of restraint, sticking to the liberty budget is key.” Two things can be done to dramatically reduce the odds of identity theft while away: secure your postal service mail and consider a fraud alert on your credit report. Additionally, don’t get used to any extra pay coming your way. Basing the affordability of a car payment on temporary income will inevitably cause a squeeze. How about pursuing a financial goal while on deployment? Establishing or beef-

ing-up a savings account with the extra pay can feel like an accomplishment. Paying off a debt can create that same feeling that a goal has been reached. Consider: a 25-year-old pumps $5,000 into TSP’s Lifecycle 2050 fund with the extra earnings from a deployment. If they receive the historical rates of return from the asset areas, that person would be looking at an extra $80K to $100K when they retire at age 65. That’s quite a sum from one deployment. Imminent Danger Pay (IDP) is an extra $225 per month ($7.50 per day) that is available to service members who find themselves in certain regions of the world. However, those areas that qualify as hazardous will be significantly curtailed beginning in June 2014. If IDP is being received, the Savings Deposit Program becomes available to the service member. This is a special savings account that can be established with the command. The interest rate is 10 percent while on deployment. Above all talk with people who have deployed before and learn from their mistakes. A little extra planning before you go can save some big headaches when you return.


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MC3 Andrew Schneider Family members say goodbye as USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) departs Naval Station Norfolk for her scheduled deployment. Bush is deploying as the flagship for Carrier Strike Group 2 in support of maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.

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USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) Carrier Strike Group (GHWB CSG) departed for its second deployment, Feb. 15. The strike group, led by the Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), and its nearly 6,000 Sailors; is scheduled to conduct operations in the U.S. Navy’s 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. The deployment is part of an ongoing rotation of U.S. forces supporting maritime security operations in international waters around the globe. Working with allied and partner maritime forces, GHWB CSG units will focus heavily on maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts which help establish conditions for regional stability. “This team has worked hard in preparation for this deployment

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MC3 Andrew Schneider Carla and Perry Tilly, parents of Seaman Kyle Tilly’s, wave American flags as their son prepares to depart aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) for its scheduled deployment.

and is ready to go,” said Rear Adm. John C. Aquilino, Commander of GHWB CSG. “The dedication and commitment shown by our Sailors will serve the country well in support of our global national interests.”

The five ships and eight aircraft squadrons of GHWB CSG consist of approximately 6,000 Sailors, who have spent the last year conducting intensive training and certification exercises to establish a safe, cohesive organization capable of performing a wide variety of missions across the globe, ranging from counter-piracy and ground support operations to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. The George H.W. Bush Strike Group consists of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 2, Carrier Air Wing

MC3 Andrew Schneider Rear Adm. John C. Aquilino, Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 2 speaks during a media availability prior to the departure of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77).

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Commanding Officer Capt. Andrew Loiselle. “During this long workup period, excellence has been the standard set by the crew, and I am confident that we are the best prepared carrier to go on deployment.” George H.W. Bush was commissioned Jan. 10, 2009 as the 10th and last Nimitz-Class aircraft carrier. Named after the 41st U.S. President, USS George H.W. Bush is the only aircraft carrier in the fleet with a living namesake.



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It’s not their home community but it’s a community they’ve adopted and who have adopted them.” -Lincoln chaplain Cmdr. Carl Koch

Sailors assigned to Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) sort clothing for families in need at Union Mission Ministries in Norfolk.

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Lincoln Sailors volunteer around Hampton Roads on Valentine’s Day USS Lincoln Public Affairs NEWPORT NEWS

■ 1000’s of COMRELS Since the Lincoln arrived in Norfolk in August 2012, its Sailors have contributed more than 12,000 volunteer man-hours at various COMREL projects.

Nearly 1,500 Sailors aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) gave their own Valentine’s Day gift to the Hampton Roads region: Volunteering in an all-day community relations (COMREL) event in Hampton Roads, Feb. 14. Lincoln Sailors volunteered at more than 40 different COMREL projects ranging from visiting local elementary and middle schools to cleaning parks and planting perennials. Nearly half of the COMREL events planned were conducted in and around Newport News. The all-day volunteer effort marks the second all-day COMREL initiated by USS Abraham Lincoln Sailors since the ship arrived in the area in August 2012. On Sept. 20, 2013, Sailors from Lincoln volunteered more than 5,000 man-hours in a similar COMREL blitz. Capt. Karl Thomas, commanding officer, USS Abraham Lincoln, visited various COMREL locations throughout Hampton Roads to thank his Sailors for their volunteerism. “I was truly touched that there is so much goodness that goes on in the community, and that our Sailors were enthusiastically involved in making a difference today,” said Thomas. “I’m very proud to be their commanding officer, and to know that the Abraham Lincoln crew truly made a difference across Hampton Roads in so many different ways.” Cmdr. Carl Koch, command chaplain aboard Lincoln, was amazed by the high spirits and fast pace of the volunteers planting perennials at Hampton City Hall’s Honor Park. “You can’t beat the Lincoln’s Sailors coming out here to help the local community,” said Koch. “It’s not their home community but it’s a community they’ve adopted and who have adopted them. It’s a great opportunity.” One of the master minds behind the planning of the command’s two all-day COMREL events is Personnel Specialist 1st Class Mishell Brownlee, who reflected on what Sailors gain from helping in the local communities. “This is the community we work and live in day in and day out,” said Brownlee. “Sailors who help out with our command COMRELs can walk away feeling better about helping others and gain valuable career enhancement opportunities.” Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Leon Johnson volunteered and reflected on giving back on Valentine’s Day. “The Command-wide COMREL is a good thing, especially on Valentine’s Day, because many people out there don’t have a lot of love in their lives and this is a way to help with that,” said Johnson.

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In Hampton: Sailors will volunteer at the following sites: Boo Williams Sportsplex, John B. Cary Elementary School, Transitions Family Violence Services, The Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula, Virginia Space and Air Museum, Hampton City Hall, North Phoebus Community Center, North Hampton Community Center, Bethel Landfill, Phoebus Little League, Hampton City Honors Park, and Sandy Bottom Nature Park;

In Newport News: Newport News Park, Horace H. Epes Elementary School, Magruder Primary School, Newsome Park Elementary School, Jenkins Elementary School, Yates Elementary School, Dozier Middle School, Passage Middle School, Crittenden Middle School, Virginia Living Museum, Habitat for Humanity Re-store, Peninsula SPCA, and Denbigh Youth Basketball League;

In Norfolk: Ronald McDonald House, The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, PETA, Union Mission Ministries, Norfolk Zoo, Eggleston’s Tanner Creek Nursery, Forkids’ Haven House, Elmwood Cemetery, and Good Mojo Thrift Store;

In Fort Monroe: Sailors will be volunteering at the following sites: Fort Monroe Community Center and Fort Monroe;

In Portsmouth: Oasis Social Ministry;

In Virginia Beach: Virginia Beach Highway Clean-up and Virginia Beach Farmers Market;

MC2 Amanda L. Kilpatrick Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Bryan Petschul, assigned to Nimitzclass aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) unloads perennials from a truck at Hampton City Hall.

In Yorktown, Va.: Chesapeake Arboretum;

In Carrollton: Carrollton Nike Park.

Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) pack boxes of assorted goods for families in need at Union Mission Ministries in Norfolk.

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MC2 Rusty Pang Above: Sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) build a fence at PETA’s headquarters. Left: Machinist’s Mate Fireman Kyumani Reid, assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), plays jump rope with students at Newsome Park Elementary School.

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A8 | THE FLAGSHIP | FEB 20, 2014 | FLAGSHIPNEWS.COM Master-atArms Seaman Christopher Rivera, assigned to Joint Base Pearl HarborHickam Military Working Dogs Section, runs his K-9 partner, Asga, through an obstacle course at the base kennel.

MWD HANDLER APPRENTICESHIP NOW AVAILABLE By Darryl Orrell Center for Security Forces Public Affairs


The Center for Security Forces (CENSECFOR) announced the release of its 10th and newest apprenticeship trade that is specific to military working dog handlers Feb. 13. Military working dogs and their handlers are a highly trained, highly skilled formidable duo. These teams are deployed throughout the world to perform duties of law enforcement and support a wide range of security operations. The United States Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP) works closely with the Department of Labor to provide nationally recognized apprenticeships that result in journeyman-level Certifications of Completion for service members.

Enrollment for the Working Dog Handler apprenticeship is open to both Sailors and Marines. Enrollees must be assigned to a formal unit/activity where they perform appropriate duties with a military working dog. Sailors must serve in the Master-at-Arms (MA) rate and have completed MA “A” School. They must also hold the Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) for working dog handler (NEC 2005) or kennel master (NEC 2006). Marines must be in the military occupational specialty for working dog handlers (MOS 5812). The apprenticeship requires a total of 2,500 hours of documented experience. The needed skills range from the administration and training of working dogs to maintaining kennels, dog care, and of course, safety.

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MAs can also select from the nine other available apprenticeships listed below. ■ Computer Operator ■ Office Manager/Administrative Services ■ Police Office I (Government Service) ■ Correction Officer (Government Service) ■ Security Specialist

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MC3 Amber O’Donovan Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic Rear Adm. Pete Gumataotao, speaks at a waterfront leadership call on Naval Station Norfolk, Feb. 7.

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Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic Rear Adm. Pete Gumataotao, hosted a waterfront leadership call at Naval Station Norfolk, Feb. 7. The quarterly event provided Gumataotao a chance to speak directly with Surface Force Atlantic (SURFLANT) commanding officers, executive officers, and command master chiefs. Gumataotao recently released his vision, mission and priorities supporting the warfighter by providing the most capable and combat-ready warships with highly trained Sailors ready to answer the nation’s tasking and if called upon, to achieve decisive victory at sea. “My sole existence here is to man, train and equip you on the waterfront,” Gumataotao said. “How well am I doing for you? My report card reflects your readiness for tasking.” He introduced SURFLANT Force Master Chief Susan Whitman, who joined the command in November. Whitman explained that her relationship is not only with the command master chiefs; but “I want the Cos and Xos to understand is that I am here for you too,” she said. “I’m a sounding board for you and I’m an advocate for the fleet.” Gumataotao also stressed the importance of deckplate leadership and how they can help Sailors and their families understand their “relevance” in today’s Navy. “You push leadership down as far as you can so that those young leaders can learn and fully appreciate their contributions,” he said. “You empower those leaders on the deck plate so that they can take over the watch from all of you sitting in this room. You are all mentors to these Sailors. Ensure your Sailors and their families understand they have the watch, they are relevant...all ahead Flank.” The waterfront leadership call is a continuation of the effort to synchronize lines of effort and keep the waterfront appraised of relevant issues Naval Surface Forces Atlantic is doing to support warfighting readiness. For more news from Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, visit www.



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FLAGSHIPNEWS.COM | FEB 20, 2014 | THE FLAGSHIP | A9 Family members of Capt. David A. Culler, Jr. receive flowers during remarks at the change of command ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk. Naval Station Norfolk houses the largest concentration of U.S. Navy forces. Its 75 ships and 134 aircraft support European and Central Command theaters of operations and the Caribbean.

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Culler retires after 26 years of service

Continued from front “NAVSTA Norfolk is committed to the safety, security, and continuous improvement in the quality of life and quality of service to our warfighters and their families,” said Culler. “Failure is never an option.” Clark said his goal and challenge as commanding officer is not only to obtain the installation’s superb reputation, but to also keep striving for the next level of excellence. “With the world’s greatest group of Sailors behind me, there is no limit to the greatness Naval Station Norfolk can achieve,” said Clark. “I am proud to serve with each and every one of them.” Culler took command of the world’s largest naval base in 2012. He was awarded the Legion of Merit for his exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service as executive and commanding officer, NAVSTA Norfolk, from August 2012 to February 2014. Under is command Naval Station Norfolk was awarded the 2013 Commander, Navy Installations Command, Installation Excellence Award, a first for the base. Following his relief as commanding officer, Culler retired after 26 honorable years of naval service. Rear Adm. Dixon Smith, Commander,

Capt. David A. Culler, Jr. addresses the audience during a change of command ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk. Culler was relieved by Capt. Robert E. Clark, Jr. as the CO of Naval Station Norfolk

Navy Region Mid-Atlantic, commended Culler on his work during his time as commanding officer. “He radiates such a positive energy that everyone wants to work for him,” said Smith.

Truman wins the Battle ‘E’ By MCSN Emily M. Blair USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs


The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) was named the East Coast aircraft carrier battle efficiency winner by Commander, Naval Air Forces Atlantic, Feb. 14. The Battle ‘E’ is awarded annually to the ships that display the maximum condition of readiness in their group and for their capability to perform their wartime responsibilities. “We qualified for Battle ‘E’ by excelling throughout the ship,” said Harry S. Truman’s Command Master Chief (CMDCM) Raymond Kemp Sr. “Through our various departments and the hard work of the crew, we revealed our ability to maintain battle and mission readiness.” Kemp added that it was an especially notable accomplishment given Truman’s relatively short time in service. “Being commissioned for only 15 years and earning our eighth Battle ‘E’ shows that we have been doing really well,” Kemp said. “For the ship and its Sailors, this means that we have proven measures of our battle excellence to be the best on the East Coast.” Sailors assigned to the USS Harry S. Truman not only earn another ribbon on deployment but also earn the pride of being on a battle efficient aircraft carrier. “I would say this is a pat on the back for us,” said Personnel Specialist 3rd Class Orazali Aydogdiyev. “It shows that our teamwork and hard work really matters. You see the product that you’ve created and now we’ve reached the finish line and received the reward.” Within the framework of the Battle ‘E’ award are departmental awards, given to mark excellence in individual ship departments throughout the

Being commissioned for only 15 years and earning our eighth Battle ‘E’ shows that we have been doing really well” -Truman CMDCM Raymond Kemp Sr.

“His selfless devotion not only to Naval Station Norfolk, but to the Navy, speaks volumes as to the caliber of man he is. We wish him well in the next chapter of his life and will always call him friend.”

TYCOM. Truman departments were recognized with the following awards: ■ Air – yellow ‘E’ ■ Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance – black ‘E’ ■ Combat Systems – green ‘CS’ ■ Deck –- black ‘D’ ■ Navigation – a white ship’s wheel ■ Operations – green ‘E’ ■ Reactor/Engineering – red ‘E’ ■ Security – black ‘S’ ■ Supply – blue ‘E’ ■ Weapons – black ‘W’ Truman also received a blue ‘E’ for Health Services, a red ‘DC’ for it’s damage control readiness, and the Environmental Protection and Energy Conservation award. Those letters and symbols, along with a white battle ‘E’ signifying the overall ship efficiency award, will be painted on Truman’s superstructure, joining past awards. “This crew exhibits tremendous energy, professionalism, and dedication every day, and they have done so since the day we left last July,” said Capt. Bob Roth, Truman’s commanding officer. “The teamwork within the ship and our enduring partnership with the warfighters of Carrier Air Wing 3 made this award possible. I am incredibly proud to be associated with this superior crew. Their work ethic and unselfishness are truly inspiring.” Rear Adm. Kevin Sweeney, commander, Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, (HST CSG) offered his congratulations to the ship and its crew. “Winning the Battle ‘E’ is a tremendous accomplishment,” he said. “The Sailors of USS Harry S. Truman have demonstrated their commitment to teamwork and excellence on a daily basis throughout an incredibly demanding year that started with certification for deployment in January 2013, five months of sustainment training when the deployment was delayed due to sequestration and finally six months of flawless operations while deployed to both the 5th Fleet and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. I could not be more proud of these young men and women.”

Culler said, although a challenging position, there was no greater honor than to lead the Navy’s finest installation. “It was an honor to lead such a great group of Sailors,” said Culler. “I could not think of a better way to spend my last years in the Navy. Thank you to everyone for their support and for making my job that much easier.” Clark reported to Naval Station Norfolk to serve as the executive officer in August 2012. A native Virginian, Clark graduated from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology in 1989 and was commissioned through the Naval ROTC Unit Hampton Road Battalion. Clark’s ships include USS Wisconsin (BB-64), USS Chancellorsville (CG 62), USS San Jacinto (CG 56), USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) where he served as the executive officer, and commanding officer, USS Mason (DDG 87). He also served as the operations officer for Carrier Strike Group Two deploying with USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) Carrier Strike Group. Shore assignments include Tactical Training Group Atlantic, Chief Staff Officer for Commander, Destroyer Squadron 26, and United States Joint Forces Command as Warfighter Improvement Division Chief.

Police officers from the City of Virginia Beach Police Department evacuate a simulated casualty from the Fleet and Family Support Center on board JEBLCFS during an active shooter exercise as part of Exercise Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield 2014.

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in region through February 28 Continued from front “Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield 2014 is not in response to any specific threat, but is an annually scheduled exercise.” Hudson added, that Solid Curtain is an exercise focused on command, control, and communication (C3) between all echelons Navy-wide. Citadel Shield is an installation-level training exercise to test the ability of naval security forces during an emergency. As a reminder, the exercise may cause increased traffic around installations or delays in installation access, however, Hudson adds that there are mitigations in place to alleviate some of those concerns. “The elevation of Force Protection Conditions (FPCONs) and increased security measures can be anticipated at all Navy installations for the duration of the exercise,” Hudson said. “While mitigations to alleviate traffic are in place, installations, and base tenant commands are encouraged to highlight the potential for base-access delays within their local communities to visitors, retirees, the workforce, Sailors and their families.” During the SC/CS 14 exercise, installation personnel and the surrounding communities may see an increase in delay at installation entry control points.

Local area residents may also see increased military activity, and possible traffic/pedestrian congestion, associated with the exercise. Exercise events will be occurring throughout the region. Some of the training events that will be taking place throughout the region will be waterfront threats, personnel trying to gain unauthorized access to installations, simulated Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Devices, among others. The exercise gives the installation commanders and opportunity to the opportunity to flex their plans and tune their operations. “Many of the exercises practiced are based on real world events that give the commanders a chance to better prepare for any contingencies that may arise,” Hudson said. As a reminder, all personnel should register for the AtHoc wide area alert network if they have not already done so in order to be aware of force protection conditions and other emergency, environmental, or exercise related impacts on the area. Personnel should also familiarize themselves with their command or tenant command antiterrorism plan to better know what to expect during the exercise. The annual Exercise is coordinated by U.S. Fleet Forces Command and Navy installations command.





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Taking the helm of your career Career Waypoints (C-WAY) is the program through which Sailors apply for their reenlistment approval. Since coming online in June, there’s been a lot of information published on the ins and outs of the program, but many Sailors are finding that getting a quota is as simple as verifying their information with their career counselor, and receiving approval with one click of a mouse. » see B6



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Locklear kicks off 33rd Cobra Gold exercise in Thailand

By Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike Stevens

Shipmates, Many of you are aware of recent allegations that involve cheating at the Nuclear Propulsion School in South Carolina. This incident, coupled with other events, involving misconduct brings leadership, ethics, and integrity to the forefront. I applaud the moral character of the vast majority of our Sailors, however, some of our shipmates are falling short of our Navy standards and expectations. Last Friday, in light of recent allegations of misconduct in the military services the Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced that a senior officer will be appointed to promote and enforce a culture of ethical behavior and good moral character. Additionally, DOD released last week further details into SECDEF’s ethics initiatives and orders to Navy and Air Force to conduct reviews of the nuclear enterprise. In response to these incidents and initiatives, I think that it is important to share my thoughts:

By Terri Moon Cronk American Forces Press Service


MC3 Amanda Kitchner Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 3rd Class William Bennett, left, and Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Adam Polkowski perform a search and rescue drill aboard an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Island Knights of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25.

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In a ceremony at Camp Akatosarot in Thailand Feb. 11, Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, kicked off the 33rd iteration of Exercise Cobra Gold. Cobra Gold 14 is designed to advance regional security and provide effective response to regional crises through a multinational force from nations that share common goals and security commitments in the Asia-Pacific region, officials said. Noting that Thailand is the oldest U.S. ally in the region – the U.S.-Thai alliance is entering its 181st year – Locklear called Cobra Gold the Pacific’s signature exercise and one of the largest and most important multilateral exercises in which the United States participates. In 2012, U.S. and Thai defense leaders signed a joint vision statement to update the defense relationship between the two nations, which expanded the nations’ regional partnership to focus on challenges that include disaster relief and other global security contributions, Locklear said. “Events like Cobra Gold allow us to work together multilaterally to exercise those commitments,” he added.

■ what it is Cobra Gold 14, now in its 33rd iteration, is a Thai-U.S. co-sponsored exercise committed to improving regional partnership, prosperity and security in the Asia-Pacific region.

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As part of a new training evolution, the Surface Warfare Medical Institute’s (SWMI) Independent Duty Corpsmen (IDC) are trained before they deploy using virtual simulation that replicates conditions in the desert and aboard ship. Two new state-of-the-art Virtual Reality Medical Simulation rooms were unveiled on Feb. 14 as part of a $7.6 million

building renovation to enhance the learning environment for both students and instructors. “We train IDCs to ensure that they are ready for anything out in the field and fleet,” said IDC program director Master Chief Hospital Corspman Brad Kowitz. During the simulated training, smoke surrounded the instructors and students. Darkness filled the room as training took place on a moving mannequin in the shipboard simulation room. In the next simulation room students were sur-

Brain injury center releases care guidance for concussions

rounded by gunfire and shouting sounds as a trauma mannequin was operated on in the desert simulation room. “Virtual rooms give the students natural distractions while they try to maintain focus on the task at hand,” said Kowitz. Both virtual reality rooms were built with moveable walls and include a variety of props that include a 20-foot-dual projection screen, smoke machines and

By Terri Moon Cronk American Forces Press Service


While treatment for moderate to severe brain injuries has long been studied, mild cases, or concussions, have only recently been recognized as requiring standard care, officials at the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center said, Feb. 14.

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MC3 Mackenzie P. Adams Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Leia Dibiasie, assigned to USS Mustin, treats a Philippine man in support of Operation Damayan.

After the center’s medical staff and numerous collaborators found that concussions and similar mild brain injuries call for rest and a gradual return to work and activities to avoid further injury to the brain, DVBIC recently issued recommendations for standard treatment, said Kathy Helmick, the center’s deputy director. DVBIC compiled the new standards for treating concussions with input from aca-

demic experts, sports concussion clinicians and all-service military TBI experts, Helmick said. While some people might think a jolt or a bump on the head isn’t treatment-worthy, determining whether someone has suffered a concussion and treating it are vital to the Defense Department, Helmick said,

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Your service record is your resume ■ heroes at home awards Writer Linda Port was named the Heroes at Home Military Spouse of the Year in 2007. This year’s nomination period is now open! Nominate a deserving spouse today! Visit http://goo. gl/tmSFaU to learn more!

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Does your Sailor hope to make the Navy a Career? Retirement is the culmination of a career. It seems that I attend more and more retirement ceremonies lately. I know that my husband’s time will come one day, all too soon. We are in absolute denial. We love this life and it has been very good to us. At whatever stage a Sailor is in their career, it is good to be mindful of where and how you hope for it to end up. You may be on the fence or have no plans to stay for 20 years but it is important to be sure that your service record is up to date. I know from talking to my own young Sailors, that planning for retirement is the farthest thing from their mind. They sometimes feel as if they are in the fight of their life just to promote or be approved to reenlist. If they are lucky, they hope to stay in their current rate. The Navy does its best to provide a clear and fair path for promotion and Sailors must do their part as well. But scoring very well on the test and EP evals are sometimes just not enough. When my husband enlisted 28 years ago you could make a plan to stay Navy through to retirement provided you stayed out of trouble and progressed. This made it easier for Sailors to make many of life’s big decisions with a sense of security and

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predictability for their future. With that stability they could better serve the Navy. Fast forward to today’s Navy. Most of us are aware of the budget restraints of all branches of the military. There is an ever-changing algorithm that dictates the size and balance of our fighting forces. That is what drives promotion and reenlistment opportunity. Commands and organizations are required to do more with less and the junior enlisted often bear the brunt of it. Extended hold periods, crowded barracks and uncertainty about their future are only a few of the stressors. Our Sailors volunteer to serve. It is they who adapt their lives and families to the needs of the Navy. They deploy and represent our country as ambassadors in dangerous and often unwelcoming places around the globe. I find it frustrating and a little insulting that these burdens are placed on the shoulders of this group in particular. This is not just the mom in me speaking. I vividly recall the worries we had when I was the wife of a young Sailor with hopes for his future. Today’s Sailors have a far less predictable career path. The decision to purchase a home or a needed new family van is affected when a Sailor does not know if they can reenlist in 2 or 3 years. Even a modest purchase often comes with a loan that a responsible person must plan for … and we want them to be responsible, right? Knowing that there may be uncertainties ahead, there are things a Sailor can focus on to make the most of their opportunities. For future Sailors, I hope planning starts the day the DEP commitment begins. We must take responsibility to make this captive audience understand what lies ahead. There are no guarantees but considering your desired end goal can help you plan a pathway to that goal. As well, perhaps a smart alternative in case reaching it is beyond your control. The Navy is comprised of the most well trained Sailors in the world and provides world-class education at 120 Learning Sites worldwide. Many of the courses earn college credit or even professional certifications and licenses. These credentials carry weight within the Navy, but sometimes even more so in the civilian

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While TRICARE Service Centers’ walk-in service ends April 1, the same services are still available online and by phone. Visit or www.humana-military. com, or call (800) 444-5445. Beneficiaries can change their primary care manager (PCM), compare plans, enroll in a plan, see what’s covered, check on referrals and claims, and more. When moving with permanent change of station orders, it’s even possible to request a PCM change before leaving the current command. And for patients already residing in the area, PCMs are now available at Naval Hospital Jacksonville’s hospital and branch health clinics, thanks to the return of staff from deployment with the wind-down of a decade of war. Access to care is improved, with the hospital’s primary care clinics staying open until 7 p.m., Monday to Thursday. Patients can securely email their PCM, by signing up at Patients can also meet the PCMs at by clicking on Medical Home Port. PCMs lead the Medical Home Port care teams, which focus on meeting all of the patient’s preventive, routine and urgent health needs. For complex issues that don’t get resolved on the website or phone, patients can also call or visit TRICARE Health Benefits Advisors (HBAs) to discuss options. HBAs work for the hospital and branch health clinics, unlike the website and phone staff who work for TRICARE’s regional contractor (Humana Military). So patients need to make any changes at, or (800) 444-5445. Unfortunately, HBAs are unable to do this on patients’ behalf. HBAs are located on the first floor of the hospital’s central tower, next to Patient Relations - call (904) 542-9164 or (904) 542-9165.

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sector. The learning does not stop when they leave the schoolhouse. Upon arriving to the Command it is just beginning as they apply what they have learned to do their job. Think of schools and accomplishments as items to list on a resume. For the Navy’s purposes, the service record is a Sailors resume and is a determining factor when orders are issued. You will hear often that a Sailors service record is their responsibility. This means that they should review it often to be certain that the information in it is current and correct. It should include all awards, certifications and evaluations as well as General Military Training (GMT) just to name a few things. Sailors who take college courses also need to be sure credit is recorded. Volunteer experience is valuable and organizations will document participation for your record. Should a Sailor want to or have to leave the Navy this is important information and it must be accurate. For years my husband has encouraged Sailors to never pass up a school or educational opportunity that the Navy offers. It is to your advantage to allow the Navy to cover the cost of courses that reinforce or add new skills to your resume. The hidden bonus is that you draw pay and benefits while you train. This can only make you more valuable and competitive within the Navy as well as the civilian market. Outside of the military, employers value the quality training, dependability and versatility of Veterans. An employee with training and certifications gained through the military can save a company costs. Whether you desire to stay Navy through retirement or may be joining the civilian ranks as a Veteran, I hope you can maximize valuable training provided by the military. The Navy and civilian employment market are very competitive places these days. You can benefit your future greatly, in or out of the Navy, by diligently reviewing your record and keeping an up to date resume. Linda Port was the Heroes At Home Spouse of the Year 2007 and has contributed to this column many times over the past 7 years.

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FLAGSHIPNEWS.COM | FEB 20, 2014 | THE FLAGSHIP | B3 The Military Sealift Command container ship MV Cape Ray (T-AKR 9679) arrives at Naval Station Rota, Spain for a scheduled port visit.

Cape Ray arrives in Spain to await Syrian chemical mission By Cheryl Pellerin American Forces Press Service


MV Cape Ray (T-AKR 9679) has arrived at Rota, Spain, for a port visit while en route to aid in removal of Syrian chemical materials, said Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren. The vessel – part of the Transportation Department Maritime Administration's Ready Reserve Force program – left Portsmouth, Jan. 27. Hundreds of government and contract personnel worked for several months to prepare

the vessel to neutralize Syrian chemical materials and precursors using hydrolysis technology. “When Syria has completed removal of its chemical materials, MV Cape Ray will depart Rota and proceed to the transloading port in Italy, where she will take the chemicals on board,” Warren said in a statement announcing the vessel’s arrival in Spain. “Our ship is prepared and our crew is trained to safely neutralize Syria's chemical materials. We stand ready to fulfill our contributions to this international effort; it is time for Syria to

live up to their obligations to the international community." By offering Rota for a port of call before MV Cape Ray receives a load of chemical materials and embarks on the destruction phase of its mission, Spain is making a contribution to the United Nations-sanctioned multinational effort to rid Syria of its chemical weapons materials, officials at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid said. The United States plans to neutralize the chemicals at sea in international waters using proven hydrolysis technology, embassy officials added.

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All waste from the hydrolysis process aboard MV Cape Ray will be safely and properly stored on board until it is disposed of at commercial facilities to be determined by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, they added, emphasizing that no hydrolysis byproducts will be released into the sea or air. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel sent a message to the

Cape Ray’s crew, wishing them well as they left Portsmouth. “As you all know, your task will not be easy,” Hagel wrote. “Your days will be long and rigorous. But your hard work, preparation and dedication will make the difference. “You are ready,” the secretary continued. “We all have complete confidence in each of you. You represent the best

NAVY, COMMUNITY COLLABORATE TO CREATE NEW ARTIFICIAL REEF By Jacqui Barker Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division Office of Corporate Communications


U.S. Navy and Bay County personnel placed the last of 144 tons of concrete piling and created a new artificial reef off the coast of Panama City Beach, Fla., Jan. 31. The initial load of concrete was placed in a prescribed location at sea Jan. 29. Plans were to drop two additional sets of concrete pilings in the following days, but an ice storm shut down base operations onboard Naval Support Activity Panama City (NSA PC) and most of Bay County, Fla., until the late morning of Jan. 30. The new artificial reef was built with materials of opportunity which happen to be one of two

types of materials preferred for artificial reef construction, according to Bay County Planning and Zoning Artificial Reef Coordinator Allen Golden. The materials were owned by Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD). “Concrete and steel are preferred for artificial reef construction and therefore will provide a long term habitat and shelter for marine life,” said Golden. “It’s not solid waste. Many people may think we use the Gulf to dispose of unwanted material, but that is not what we do.” The concrete was initially planned to go to the landfill, however, NSWC PCD facilities and environmental personnel reached out to NSA PC, Bay County and Naval Facilities Command (NAVFAC) Public Works Department (PWD)

personnel with a better option. According to NSWC PCD Facilities Branch Head Jason Zimmerman, the choice to put the concrete pilings to good use was a logical investment. “NSWC PCD chose to invest in an additional expenditure creating the artificial reef for two reasons – to divert 143.9 tons of solid waste from a landfill, and to use that material for the creation of an artificial reef,” said Zimmerman. “This reef will promote marine life and benefit Bay County residents and the tourism industry in the panhandle of Florida.” To send the 143.9 tons of concrete to the Bay County landfill via dump truck would’ve cost the U.S. Navy $36,290, but to use the material to build an artificial reef that would support new ecosystems in

the Gulf of Mexico waters, south of Panama City Beach, Fla., costs $53,500. “We chose to enhance the environment through the creation of an artificial reef rather than to dispose of the concrete pilings in a landfill. The extra expenditure in this project was a worthy investment, providing a win-win-win for all involved,” said Zimmerman. “The Navy needed to dispose of excess research materials; the Navy progressed toward its requirement to divert waste from landfills; and Bay County residents gained a new recreational fishing area.” “NSWC PCD was key in providing the material and the means to get the material to the site,” said Naval Facilities Command (NAVFAC) Public Works Department (PWD) Community Planner John Skaggs.

of our nation, not only because of your expertise and commitment, but because of your willingness to serve when called upon. For that, we will always be grateful. We are also grateful to your families for the love and support they have given you. On behalf of our country and the American people, I wish you much success. Take care of yourselves. God bless you all.”

“The coordination among NSA PC Operations Coordinator Jeff Willows, Allen Golden, and NSWC PCD’s Environmental Carmen Ferrer and Cara Johnson is what propelled this project from an inside the fence line project to a beneficialto-Bay-County-resident’s project.” Planning for the artificial reef took approximately 60 days. The approval of the artificial reef permit was signed by Golden, Jan. 17. “The great relationship between the Navy base and Bay County made this reef project possible without jumping through multiple hoops,” said Skaggs. “In the end, not only do we work at Naval Support Activity Panama City, but we also live and play in Bay County as well.” Golden prescribed the coordinates of the site location and gave them to Navy base personnel. “We diverted this solid waste from the landfill and are using it where it will have environmental benefits,” said Carmen Ferrer, Environmental Branch Head (Code B24).

B4 | THE FLAGSHIP | FEB 20, 2014 | FLAGSHIPNEWS.COM Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike Stevens and Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert hold a live worldwidebroadcast, Navy allhands call.

Chaplain Corps leadership releases strategic plan By Christianne M. Witten Chief of Chaplains Public Affairs


Chief of Chaplains Rear Adm. Mark L. Tidd announced the release of the Department of the Navy’s Strategic Plan for Religious Ministry 2014-2019, Feb. 10. “Chaplains play a vital role for our Navy and Marine Corps team, providing counsel, building hope, and increasing the resilience of our force,” Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus states in the strategic plan. Navy chaplains and religious program specialists operate across a broad spectrum of environments to fulfill the mission of the Chaplain Corps: to inspire hope and strengthen spiritual well-being through the delivery and coordination of effective religious ministry at sea and ashore. The Department of the Navy (DoN) Strategic Plan for Religious Ministry 20142019 was carefully designed to support the priorities of the Secretary of the Navy, Chief of Naval Operations, Commandant of the Marine Corps, and Commandant of the Coast Guard. The plan also advances Professional Naval


Chaplaincy and expands on the goals of the previous strategic plan released in 2008, Tidd said. “Part of ‘Be Ready’ is having the opportunity to practice one’s faith wherever our Shipmates serve. Whether at home or operating forward, our Navy chaplains play a vital role in ensuring our Sailors, Civilians, and families have the resilience to meet every challenge they face,” Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert states in the strategic plan. Gen. James F. Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps, also remarked in the strategic plan that “chaplains are invaluable when it comes to ensuring we keep faith with our Marines, our Sailors, and our families.” Navy chaplains support the religious freedom of Sailors, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, DoN Civilians, and families as well as support commanders as they carry out their charge of command by: -Providing and facilitating religious ministry -Caring for all with complete confidentiality, dignity, respect, and compassion -Advising commanding officers on the accommodation

of religious needs; the spiritual well-being of service members and families; a moral and ethical command climate; and religious matters that affect the command’s mission. The strategic plan will focus on leveraging these core capabilities to meet three strategic goals: serve our people, engage with leadership, and meet professional standards, Tidd explained. “When professional religious ministry is delivered effectively, chaplains can help inspire hope, strengthen spiritual well-being, increase personal resilience, and enhance mission readiness across the Naval Service,” Tidd added. The strategic plan will serve as the foundation for policy and programming for the professional delivery of religious ministry across the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. It will also inform and shape the development of professional standards for chaplains and religious program specialists. “Every chaplain oversees a command religious program which can address health of force issues that impact resilience and readiness in a meaningful, substantive way,” he added.

| Myriad of nations are

represented in Cobra Gold 14 Continued from B1 “Since 1980, Cobra Gold has served to develop, better respect and understand all the participants. This 33rd annual event, with over 13,000 participants, is no different.” But Cobra Gold 14 is more than just the United States and Thai forces, as myriad nations are represented in the exercise, he noted. “Whether you are a participant or an observer, whether you have been here from the beginning or this is your nation’s first Cobra Gold, your presence here demonstrates your country’s resolve to support peace and stability in


the region,” Locklear told the kick-off ceremony’s audience. This year’s exercise “will prepare us for a whole spectrum of challenges,” from field exercises and live firing events, the admiral said. Humanitarian civic assistance projects also are important to the event, he added. “Cobra Gold truly replicates the dynamic security environment we find ourselves in today, and what we will face in the future,” Locklear said. “We must continue to build on the rich history of cooperation that events like Cobra Gold provide for us.” Aspiring to work closely with all nations in the region

to confront common challenges and continue peace and prosperity is critical, he added. “Together, we can build a common view on security interests,” he said, adding that through such bilateral and multilateral engagements, participating nations will improve and share understanding, and enhance trust. “I look forward to the opportunity when we can continue to work together to solve problems that each of our nations face and toward a brighter future for the entire region for ourselves, our children, and their children,” Locklear said.

| Concussions can happen during

training, combat, off-duty recreation Continued from B1 noting that unit readiness can be at risk when a service member with a concussion goes untreated. “All those symptoms can affect marksmanship, whether or not you can read a map, your judgment, and whether or not you can go on patrol,” she explained. The Defense Department has policies in place for early detection of brain injuries, and a widespread awareness campaign to recognize symptoms, both stateside and in combat, Helmick said. Because of that, DVBIC’s recommendations for the milder injuries center on events that could cause concussion. “Mild [traumatic brain injury comprises] the largest population of brain trauma, and that’s why DOD put so much emphasis on this,” Helmick said, even though as recently as 2005, mild TBI had the least amount of literature available to health care providers. “We learned a lot about severe brain injury in the ’90s,” she said, “and by 2005-06, when we became concerned about concussion during the war effort, there were only about 200 studies [available]. We really want to instill the notion [of] having early detection, because that gives us an opportunity to treat early.” The emphasis on concussion came from the services, after identifying them in concussion care centers in Afghanistan, Helmick said, and the need for rest and gradual return to duty were presented to DVBIC. Helmick said the brain needs time to heal itself, and concussions can affect a person’s physical, cognitive and balance abilities. The new recommendations outline how much patients should spend in activities that involve any of those three functions of the body. Often during training, combat or even offduty recreation, a service member might not be aware of a concussion, DVBIC officials said.

Helmick noted how important it is for a primary care doctor to find out what happened, whether consciousness was lost, or the patient felt dazed or confused, and what the patient recalls from the event. She said the most common symptoms from a concussion are headache, memory or attention issues, dizziness and sleep disturbances. Certain event triggers are in place to make sure a service member is evaluated, such when someone is subjected to blasts that are less than 50 meters – or about 164 feet – away, a vehicle accident, a blow or jolt to the head, or when a commander notices unusual behavior in a service member, Helmick said. The new recommendations strongly emphasize the need for a clinician to recommend a progressive amount of time for a patient with a concussion to return to normal activities, she added. The clinical recommendations, Helmick said, include a how-to manual on how to return to the pre-injury activity in a “staged, stepwise approach [to] increase your activity so your body can handle the increase,” Helmick said. And this potentially keeps the patient from suffering a second concussion, she added. The recommendations define what safe rest means for the brain and what to do and what to avoid at home, Helmick said, adding that 24 hours is the minimum for rest. “We monitor blood pressure, heart rate and how difficult it is for somebody to exert themselves,” she said. “Our bodies give us a lot of signals on whether or not we’re ready to progress.” And brain injuries can be accumulative emphasizing the need to give the brain a break. “Because we have a better understanding of what your brain is doing from a chemical and neurochemical standpoint, we are much more conservative in our approach So the lengths of time are elongated as you have subsequent concussions.”

MCC Peter D. Lawlor


| A message to the fleet

Continued from B1 My initial thoughts on the recent number of incidents: There is a difference between making a mistake and doing something intentional with forethought. During my 30-plus years of being a Sailor, I can attest to my share of missteps, however, when a shipmate intentionally violates the law, ethical or core values, they’ve violated the trust that has been placed in them. It can have a domino effect, causing mistrust, bad behavior, and a breakdown in all that we stand for. Being a person of integrity requires extra ordinary discipline and the desire to do that, which is morally and ethically right on a consistent basis. It is the responsibility of every Sailor to remember their oath to uphold Honor, Courage, and Commitment every single day. I am confident that collectively, the moral courage and integrity are high, but we can’t afford to let the transgressions of the few undermine the trust and credibility of our entire force. What I’ve witnessed during fleet visits: With the opportunity I have to spend time with Sailors throughout the world, it’s been my observation that the overwhelming majority of our Sailors are performing superbly and are adhering to our core values. I also believe we cannot take integrity for granted, we must continue to talk about it and train on the importance of integrity and the vital role it plays in our ability to trust each other. We must not forget that one of the greatest leadership characteristics includes setting the example. Integrity is a quality of character demonstrated by the moral commitment and courage necessary to maintain consistency between what we believe, what we say, what we do, and what we are morally obliged to do. A message to junior leaders: Recruiters and recruit training commanders continually ensure our newest Sailors have the moral foundation necessary for success. That cannot be forgotten once you enter the fleet. Honoring our core values must be practiced and emphasized every single day. There will be times in your career that will test your character, but it’s during those times that I encourage you to gain strength

Patient education is a vital part of recovery so patients can discuss their progress with primary physicians or rehabilitative specialists if the primary doctor believes additional treatment is necessary, said Public Health Service Lt. Cmdr. Cathleen Shields, DVBIC’s acting education director. Patients rate themselves on their progress and discuss it with their doctors, she explained, adding that the DVBIC website also features downloadable products for caregivers of those with mild TBIs. Shields said that since 2000, more than 287,000 service members have suffered a TBI, with 83 percent of that number diagnosed with mild TBI. Interestingly, she added, “the large majority of that 83 percent are from nondeployment [injuries], which means they are not happening in the combat arena.” Gradual return to duty is key, said Dr. Therese West of the center’s clinical practice and clinical recommendations division. “Two years ago, no one defined what ‘graduated’ was, and there was no standardized approach,” to TBI. But DVBIC identified that gap and began working with private- and public-sector experts to develop the guidance, she added. “We also needed to be careful and mindful of our military partners and the requirements within DOD,” she noted. “We cross-walked every aspect of our products with DOD policy and each service to make sure [the guidance] did not contradict any policies, and that they each fit into the guidelines of each service.” She called the new recommendations comprehensive and international in scope for standardized concussion care. “We still don’t have all the answers, but this is the best we have available to us today, and we have many partners who have been waiting for the products to be available” West said. “People across the country and internationally have been waiting for someone to take this information and put it together comprehensively [as] a standardized process that will allow people to be treated in the same manner across [DOD’s} Military Health System.”

by drawing on memories when you’ve felt a deep sense of honor and commitment. Whether it was repeating the oath of enlistment before going to boot camp, donning the beloved “Navy” ball cap after battle stations, achieving your first qualification, successfully finishing your first deployment, or the moment that you decide to re-enlist; you must find the courage to speak up when you know that things aren’t right. Talk with your peers, your mentors, and your supervisors about what our values mean and how you apply them to your daily life. A message to senior leaders: I’m reflecting to my time in Suffolk, Va. just a couple weeks ago. I met with over 100 fleet, force, and command master chiefs who make up the MCPON Leadership Mess, for our annual Leadership Symposium. It was important for me to look at each of you in the eye, discuss programs and initiatives, and share thoughts because you are my direct link to over 33,000 Chief Petty Officers. We must have trust and confidence in each other in order to successfully carry out our missions and effectively support Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert’s Sailing Directions and tenets of Warfighting First, Operate Forward and Be Ready. As chief petty officers, we embrace increased responsibility and authority while accepting the highest obligation to embody the confidence, employ the expertise of our Sailors and earn the trust from both our superiors and subordinates. As I’ve said in the past, we MUST ensure that we are providing the leadership our Sailors expected the day they joined the Navy. If we don’t, how can we expect others to? We can’t afford to foster or be part of an environment that fails to uphold the expected standards of integrity. Our fundamental standard is to work hard, stay out of trouble and be good and decent people. The CNO has recently released a blog on this very topic. Please take the time to view it and have open, honest, and continuous conversations with your shipmates. In the coming weeks, CNO and I will be filming another episode of “Conversation with a Shipmate,” and the focus will be on ethics and integrity. Shipmates, thanks for all that you do. I’ll see you in the fleet.


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students graduate yearly Continued from B1 movie studio quality props and audio that allow different scenarios to play out within their primary environments. The shipboard room can be modified to place students either on the forecastle of a destroyer or in an engine room. The second room can simulate a third world village or an outside desert. Instructors teach over 50 different medicine and trauma-based scenarios that will test students’ skills. “This program can cater to the students’ strengths and will encourage active participation from the students while giving the instructors more control over the environment,” said Kowitz. “Instructors can control everything on the mannequins from the movement to the amount of blood that flows out of wounds.” The Naval Center Combat and Operational Stress Control (NCCOSC) program was also on display, which strives to improve the psychological health of Sailors and Marines through comprehensive programs that educate, build resilience and promote best practices in the treatment of combat and operational stress injuries. “Post-traumatic stress disorder is always an issue but NCCOSC will help treat this and get them combat ready,” said NCCOSC Director Capt. Scott L. Johnston, from Oakland, Calif. The IDC program at SWMI is a year long Navy Medical school that prepares surface force hospital corpsmen to provide advanced medical care and treatment that is independent of medical officers. Upon graduation, most students receive orders to deployable units, either aboard a ship or with the Fleet Marine Force. Approximately 160 students graduate each year.


ONR technology helps Sailors ‘toe the line’ By David Smalley Office of Naval Research


The TechSolutions office at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) receives requests for new technologies directly from Sailors and Marines on the front lines. In response to such an inquiry, new footwear could soon be making its way to the fleet, officials announced, Feb. 12. A new lightweight boot with a composite replacement toe will begin evaluations from Sailors and naval aviators in the 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th and Pacific Fleets, starting this month. “It is a good feeling to help the warfighter in very real and immediate ways,” said Tom

Gallagher, director of TechSolutions at ONR. “These lighter, composite-toe boots will meet or exceed current industry standards for impact and compression protection, and increase comfort over long watches.” ONR Global science advisors, who serve onboard with fleet staffs, are partnering with TechSolutions and assisting with boot evaluation by coordinating their introduction into the fleet and collecting data from our operational evaluators. The new footwear will be initially tested on 150 participants aboard submarines, destroyers and amphibious vessels at several different locations around the globe. The TechSolutions program

is unique in that it interacts directly with Sailors and Marines who see a need for a new capability, or a needed improvement to existing technologies. Once a request has been reviewed and accepted, the department provides rapid-turnaround technological solutions, usually within 12-18 months. “We listen to what our warfighters tell us they need, and then come up with an answer,” said Gallagher. Some of the technologies developed with its support have included new 60 mm mortar sight prototypes, modernized food service management software, improved flight deck clothing and more. The composite-toe boot effort comes amid a shift in

John F. Williams A new lightweight boot with a composite replacement toe, foreground, is being developed to replace current steel toed boots by the Office of Naval Research’s (ONR) TechSolutions program.

the commercial footwear industry, away from steel safety toe caps and toward composites, which are generally lighter weight and offer improved comfort without sacrificing protection. Early composite toe caps were bulky and not offered domestically, experts say, but technological advances in the industry have made

streamlined composite toe caps available and are manufactured in the United States. “More and more of the military footwear manufacturers are making this shift toward composites in their commercial offerings, and we want the Navy to be ready,” said James Martin, the program manager for the project.

The six-month user evaluation is slated to conclude in August. If the new boots get favorable reviews by Sailors, Gallagher says a proposal would be made to Navy leadership to consider using the composite toe caps versus steel toe caps in future footwear production. “This could be a big deal for our Sailors,” said Gallagher. “If they like these boots, not only could they see improved comfort on ship decks every day, but the safety factor improves as well.” Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert has made it a priority to strike an effective balance between quality of life and work issues for Sailors. Like other Navy efforts to upgrade uniforms, the improved boots are in keeping Greenert’s Sailing Directions, which cite a professional and moral obligation to provide Sailors with the best equipment possible to execute their missions.

DOD TO MANDATE DOCUMENTATION FOR LOST, STOLEN CAC CARDS By Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr. American Forces Press Service


The policy will affect all common access card-eligible individuals, both military and civilian.

Later this year, the Defense Department will begin fully enforcing a previously optional policy regarding the reissuance of lost or stolen common access cards, a defense official said Feb. 11. SamYousef, a program manager for identity and benefits policy at the Defense Human Resources Activity, discussed an update to the current CAC issuance policy during an interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel. “Beginning in late March [or] early April of this year, we are going to begin fully enforcing current common access card policy, which will require individuals to bring supporting documentation if they have had their ID cards lost or stolen,” he said. “If you have your card lost or stolen, you should work with your local security office or the individual sponsoring

you for that ID card.” People requesting a replacement card will need to produce a document on component or agency letterhead that explains that the card has been lost or stolen, he added.Yousef noted the document should be signed, and individuals must bring it with them to have a new card issued. “If the card has been stolen,” he said, “they may also bring in the police report that accounts for that,” he added. “This will not only get the department in full compliance with our policy, but it will also create better accountability for individuals who have had their cards lost or stolen.” Though this has been a part of the current policy, Yousef noted, it was not mandated at CAC card-issuing locations. “Previously, in the last couple of years, we have actually updated the system to capture this documentation on an optional basis,” he said. “So what will happen in late March [or] early April is it will be required as part of that

reissuance to bring supporting documentation with you.” The supporting documentation will be scanned and stored in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System, he added. This will affect all common access cardeligible individuals, both military and civilian, Yousef said. In addition to being an additional security precaution, Yousef said this measure will help to prevent people from replacing their cards just as a matter of personal convenience. “It creates better awareness with our local security offices [and] our individuals that are sponsoring our contractors for common access cards,” he said. “So this way, they have full oversight if someone is losing multiple ID cards.” Following the update in requirements this spring, Yousef emphasized, it will be important for people to ensure they bring this documentation with them to have a card reissued, noting that most ID card-issuing sites already have been requiring it for quite some time.

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Navy e-Learning now offers direct access By Ed Barker Naval Education and Training Command Public Affairs


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TAKING THE HELM OF YOUR CAREER By MC2 Amara Timberlake Defense Media Activity

Career Waypoints (C-WAY) is the program through which Sailors apply for their reenlistment approval. Since coming online in June, there’s been a lot of information published on the ins and outs of the program, but many Sailors are finding that getting a quota is as simple as verifying their information with their career counselor, and receiving approval with one click of a mouse. Since the program began, first class petty officers in participating ratings received approval on their first request. Now (since Feb. 1) all Sailors in open ratings will be approved instantly. “In the past, applications get processed through a rack and stack that could take up to 6 weeks,” said Capt. Karan Schriver, the head of enlisted plans and policy at the Bureau of Naval Personnel. Schriver said since C-WAY has been instituted, it’s been much easier for Sailors to get a quota and on a quicker timeline. One of the early enhancements was the auto-generation of pre-populated reenlistment requests when Sailors entered their C-WAY reenlistment window. “These enhancements save career counselors and Sailors a lot of time and also save on administrative workload,” said Schriver. “The majority of Sailors receive approval on their first request. In fact, the overall final disap-

proval rate has been less than one percent since the introduction of Career Navigator.” Sailors can also plan on having more control when the “Sailor Portal” is launched later this year. Once in place, Sailors will be able to see their application before it’s submitted, and if information needs updating, they can inform their career counselor to make the necessary changes. “It’s really important to maintain your own records,” said Navy Counselor 1st Class Joshua Skiles, a career counselor at Fort George G. Meade, Md. “Your previous evals, PRT scores and clearance information are all part of the application, so it’s important to keep up with that stuff and make sure you’re doing well [in those areas].” Although rating categories can change month to month, it’s important that Sailors approaching their C-WAY window monitor their rating outlook. Sailors who know they’re in a closed rating should look at their conversion options early, which may include transition to the reserves. Some Sailors may need to retake the AFCT (in-service version of the ASVAB) to help them qualify for a wider range of conversion options. “It’s your career,” said Skiles. “If you’re in your window, you need to be right next to your career counselor doing the application and actively seeking your quota.” To find out more about Career Waypoints, talk to your command career counselor or visit and click the Career Waypoints link on the left side of the page.


Delivering on their goal of providing access to Navy training anytime, anyplace, the Navy Education and Training Command and the Sea Warrior Program Office announced, Feb. 13, the availability of direct Internet access to Navy eLearning (NeL) content. “Most Navy Learners were previously accessing NeL through Navy Knowledge Online,” said Hank Reeves, NeL project director. “That was a multi-step process that is now significantly streamlined with the ability to access courses directly, without going through NKO.” Using the direct NeL link of will take you directly to the ‘My Learning’ and ‘Course Catalog’ tabs of the NeL learning management system after login. “Going directly to NeL will make searching for their desired content much easier,” said Brenda McCreary, NKO service desk manager. “If you enter through NKO and use the NKO search engine looking for courses, you may get numerous returns that aren’t very helpful. Going directly to NeL lets you use their search engine and that gets you strictly learningrelated returns, streamlining finding the course you are looking for.” Although direct access to NeL is available through the Internet, a Common Access Card (CAC) is still required for NeL login. Courses on NeL have been standardized to run using the Internet Explorer (IE) browser. “Many of our courses take advantage of the latest in multimedia content to improve the learning experience,” Reeves added. “In order to ensure compatibility with these courses, NeL provides configuration guides for many of the latest versions of IE. NeL also provides a plug-in analyzer to help customers confirm they are able to access and run the multimedia content, and both of these services are on one page. To access them, customers may simply click on the ‘Browser Configuration’ link, located in the NeL Help section, on the right-hand side of the ‘My Learning’ page.” According to Reeves, NeL is the world’s largest learning management system in terms of volume. “Virtually every Sailor, government civilian and contractor uses NeL to keep current with required General Military Training, including the newly-updated Department of Defense Cyber Awareness Challenge Course,” said Reeves. “Last year, the Cyber Awareness Challenge course had more than 232,000 completions, and last year we had more than four million completions for all courses.” “From the beginning, it was a goal as we implemented our new Learning Management System to offer direct access to our NeL users in addition to access through NKO,” added Reeves. “Although NKO was designed as a one-stop-shop portal for the lion’s share of Navy electronic content, allowing access options for our customers only makes sense.”

■ about NeL Since 2001, Sailors have depended on Navy e-Learning (NeL) to help advance their careers and stay current with training requirements. Courses range from Privacy and Personally Identifiable Information Awareness Training - required of all Sailors, Marines, civilians, and contractors – to specific training for individual units. Trainees using NeL complete between four and five million online courses annually from an offering of more than 8,700 courses. The Naval Education and Training Command relies on NeL for use in schoolhouses for individual skills and skill refresher training.

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FLAGSHIPNEWS.COM | FEB 20, 2014 | THE FLAGSHIP | B7 Master-at-Arms Seaman Angel Ward, left, assists chapel staff at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, as part of the chapel’s White Rope Leadership Program that allows Sailors and Airmen to assist chaplains with religious services and communitybased events.

Navy mentoring programs make dreams a reality for Sailors, scientists, and students By John Joyce NSWC Dahlgren Division Corporate Communications

Ward is attending Master-at-Arms “A” school at Naval Technical Training Center Lackland.


How is the Navy making dreams a reality in the fields of science and engineering for Wounded Warriors, interns, new employees and students in middle and high school? The Navy scientists and engineers who celebrated National Mentoring Month in January said the answer has not changed since they were “mentees.” They responded unanimously with one word – “mentors.” President Barack Obama agreed, stating in his Presidential Proclamation of National Mentoring Month, 2014: “In every corner of our nation, mentors push our next generation to shape their ambitions, set a positive course, and achieve their boundless potential. During National Mentoring Month, we celebrate everyone who teaches, inspires, and guides young Americans as they reach for their dreams.” National Mentoring Month began in 2002 as an outreach campaign to focus attention on the need for mentors – individuals, businesses, government agencies, schools, faith communities and nonprofits – to work together to increase mentoring of our nation’s youth with the hope of assuring brighter futures. Multitudes of scientists and engineers respond by mentoring young students in the classrooms and robotics competitions in addition to the summer camps and laboratories at the Navy’s surface and undersea warfare centers. Inspired by shows like “Star

U.S. Navy photo A middle school student uses remote-controlled models to solve simulated naval robotic missions at a science, technology, engineering and mathematics summer academy, sponsored by the National Defense Education Program.

online NSWCDD scientists and engineers shared their stories and explained Navy mentoring programs. Visit to read their stories.

Trek,” many Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) mentors begin their own careers with a dream as mentees, finding a mentor in school and the workplace who encouraged them to expand their imaginations. Dreams became reality and mentees became Navy scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and physicists, who work on programs and technologies such as lasers, sensors, missile systems, unmanned surface, air and underwater vehicles, quantum mechanics, nano-technology, and electromagnetic railgun.

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SAILORS LEADING THROUGH VOLUNTEER SERVICE By MA1 Candice Boyd Center for Security Forces Public Affairs

If it weren’t for the volunteer efforts of our Sailors, Soldiers, Marines and Airmen, we would not be able to provide religious support to the 6,000 trainees who pass through these gates.” - Air Force Chaplain Maj. James Anderson


Sailors attending Master-at-Arms training at Naval Technical Training Center (NTTC) Lackland on board Joint Base San Antonio led by example through their volunteer service at the base chapel, Jan. 28. The volunteers are part of the base chapel’s student-led volunteer White Rope Leadership Program. The program allows Sailors and Airmen to assist chaplains with both religious services and community-based events. The program consists of 84 white ropes and 250 chapel guides - four of whom are Navy. “If it weren’t for the volunteer efforts of our Sailors, Soldiers, Marines and Airmen, we would not be able to provide religious support to the 6,000 trainees who pass through these gates,” said Air Force Chaplain Maj. James Anderson of the 502nd Air Base Wing chapel. White Ropes and chapel guides are essentially the eyes and ears that assist chaplains’ to stay attuned to the spiritual needs and the level of morale among Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen and Marines within the local area. White Ropes are also responsible for upholding military bearing, discipline, appearance and good conduct. They provide support for religious observances of all faiths and help support the

professional and spiritual development of students’ on board Joint Base San Antonio, Texas. The superintendent of chapel operations designates the person who serves as the lead White Rope. A lead White Rope oversees the conduct and activities of all other White Ropes and he or she is accountable for equipment that carries a total value of more than $500,000. “The program can end up doing more for you than you can do for the program,” said Seaman Angel Ward, lead White Rope and student attending master-at-arms training. “Master-atArms ‘A’ school is challenging [and] we are always training to ensure we are not just proficient, but tactful and professional. Being a White Rope encompasses leadership abilities, which I believe can set any Sailor up for success in the fleet.” “The Navy has taken an active role in the White rope program [and] Seaman Ward has been the best White Rope I have seen during my time on board, and she has definitely set the standard,” said Anderson. “The White Rope program is beneficial to our master-at-arms students because it affords them the opportunity to develop leadership skills. It also allows Air Force students [involved] in the program to see first-hand the professionalism of some of the Navy’s finest future leaders,” said NTTC Lackland Commanding Officer Cmdr. Lee Alexander.


Sailors prepare students for future careers By MCC Jayme Pastoric Center for Personal and Professional Development Public Affairs

Sailors from Center for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) used their leadership skills to mentor local high school students, Feb. 10, during the 2014 Youth Career Expo at the Hampton Convention Center. Command Master Chief Dave Colton, Master Chief Gas Turbine System Technician Dave Rush, assigned as CPPD fleet liaison officer, and Chief Aviation Structural Mechanic Gilbert Espino, assigned as the Drug and Alcohol Program Advisor course manager, spent the day conducting career training with students from high schools throughout Hampton Roads. “We conducted a mock job interview with the students,” said Rush. “Once we finished asking questions we provided feedback on their responses and reviewed their resume.” Entering its sixth year, the event is an opportunity for students to interact with companies from 13 different career fields as well as representatives from the Armed Services, and learn how to prepare for the job market after high school. The Peninsula Council for Workforce Development cosponsored the event. Vice President Shawn Avery said the military participation is very beneficial to the students. “The students interviewing with Sailors is beneficial to the students by providing

■ about CPPD CPPD is responsible for providing all Command Delivered Enlisted Leadership training material to the Fleet, delivering Officer Leadership courses, Navy Instructor Training Course, Bearings classes, Command Drug and Alcohol Program Advisor (DAPA) training and Personal Responsibility and Values Education and Training (PREVENT). The organization also manages the Navy’s primary off-duty education programs that provide Sailors with the ability to earn college degrees through the Navy College Program.

them a different perspective,” said Avery. “The time spent talking with members of the Armed Services will help students become better educated on their job opportunities after graduation.” Avery said the ability to talk to experts in their career field will give the students a better understanding of what it will take to accomplish the employment goals they have set. Dressed in their finest business attire and tentatively drinking cups of coffee, students walked single file into a large conference room containing multiple rows of tables, chairs and interviewers. Upon entering they are directed to open seats. The interview process began with an introduction and a handshake. “I had the opportunity to speak with several students from local high schools with interests in a number of professions,” said Colton. “I was truly impressed with the professionalism each student had, and I’m confident in the future of our high school graduates.” The interviewer was given a list of optional questions to ask the students about past

work experience and expectations for the future. Questions included, “What are your favorite school subjects?” and “How much money do you expect to earn in your career?” The student responses ranged from making minimum wage to being millionaires. The CPPD chiefs took every opportunity to provide feedback and assist the students at refining their resumes. Students were graded on preparation, confidence, eye contact and appearance. “I felt like I was helping one of my Sailors with their yearly evaluation when reviewing the student’s resumes,” said Espino. “My goal was to make sure they had a professional product when they left the interview.” After the last interview was conducted, 2,500 students from 16 high schools had the opportunity to refine their professional interaction skills and update their resumes. “The goal of the event was to prepare the students for the workforce,” said Avery. “This is a great opportunity to gain some of those tools for the future, and I think we accomplished that.”

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Anticipation high for Josh Turner’s visit to Norfolk NORFOLK

One of country music’s most recognizable hit-makers is coming to Hampton Roads, and due to overwhelming response, the Josh Turner concert with special guest Brent Cobb originally scheduled to take place Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Harrison Opera House will be changing venues to Chrysler Hall. All patrons who purchased from, phone or mobile will be exchanged automatically and notified by Ticketmaster. Patrons who have purchased tickets from the Scope Arena Box Office or at a Ticketmaster Outlet will need to exchange their tickets at the original point of purchase, or at the Chrysler Hall Box Office on the evening of the show. Patrons seeking a refund may request one at the original point of purchase. Having earned numerous CMA, ACM and GRAMMY nominations since the release of his debut album “Long Black Train,” Turner has sold more than five million albums and garnered four No. 1 hits: “Your Man,” “Would You Go With Me,” and “Why Don’t We Just Dance” – a four-week No. 1 that was named the most-played song of the year in 2010 by MediaBase. His song, “All Over Me,” from Haywire also reached the top spot on the charts, making him one of only seven country artists to have two No. 1 hits in 2010. For more information, call SevenVenues at (757) 664-6464 or visit

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Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons bring Hall of Fame hits to Chrysler By Yiorgo Contributing writer

Sevenvenues has done it again! Just when you think that the season could not get any better, they announce that the “Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons” will be performing live at the Chrysler Theater, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m. Last year at this time, we were treated to the hugely Broadway touring successful “Jersey Boys.” Now we get to see the legend himself. It was an extreme honor for me to talk with the great Frankie Valli. Below is part of our conversation. Yiorgo: What was your early life like? Frankie Valli: My mother was born in Naples, Italy and my father was born in Newark, New Jersey from Italian parents. His last name is Castelluccio. I was born in Newark also and raised to be a proud Italian. As a kid I got in trouble a couple of times with the law and almost was sent away. We were living in the projects and by the time I was twenty years old I was married and we had kids right away. I lived in the projects right up until I had success.

Y: I did not know until I saw your wildly w successful Broadway and touringg musical, mussical, “The Jersey Boys,” that some of the original originnal members of the four Seasons did time. FV: We kept that info quiett backk then because we were afraid they may not want to hire us or a record company pany may m not give us a deal. Now days you don’t doon’t become famous until you doo get arrested. One of the reasons we included ncludeed all this private information about ut ourr troubled past in the play is that at we believe it gives inspiration to young oung kids from poor or troubled backackgrounds that they too can make ke it just like we did. I love America! rica! This is the greatest country inn the world but we should be teachingg music musiic and art since grade one, and stress vocational schools when they get older. Not ot everybody everrybody will be a doctor or a lawyer.

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Flippers Up: Aquarium hosts Mermaid Day

Fight for Freedom wants service dogs for all veterans NORFOLK


Mermaids at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center? Yes! But just for one magical day, Feb. 22, as the Aquarium partners with The Hurrah Players to celebrate their upcoming performance of “Disney’s The Little Mermaid.” On Mermaid Day guests will be treated to performances by The Hurrah Players in their Little Mermaid costumes along the Promenade Hallway between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Children are encouraged to dress in “sea friend” costumes too. Also appearing that day in the Red Sea Aquarium is “Malena the Mermaid” between 1 and 2 p.m. Aquarium educators will have themed activities such as a Mermaid’s Myths or Mysteries game, a “star search” and crafting sea creature hats. Prizes will be awarded.

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Mermaid Day events are included with guest admission. Aquarium members will be treated to a private performance and photo opportunity with The Hurrah Players that day in addition to receiving a $2 discount for The Little Mermaid performance March 14 - 16. The Hurrah Players is Virginia’s Leading Family Theatre Company.

While the primary purpose is education, Hurrah strives to go beyond simply teaching dramatic skills, endeavoring to instill students and audiences a full and enduring appreciation of the theatre. The Virginia Aquarium is located at 717 General Booth Blvd. in Virginia Beach. For more information, visit

Bean There Coffeehouses will be hosting the Fight for Freedom organization, which is raising money to enable local military veterans to have trained service dogs. Sgt. Miller and several other veterans will be in attendance with their dogs to talk to the public about what their dogs do – some are trained for PTSD, others for TBI, and others for wounded disabled veterans – and Brandy Eggeman of Citizen K9 Dog Training will be present to talk about how the dogs are trained. Veterans and their dogs will be at the Bean There Coffeehouse in Norfolk (MacArthur Square 223 E. City Hall Ave. #101) on Feb. 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and then again on Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bean There Coffeehouse in Virginia Beach (La Promenade Shopping Center, 1860 Laskin Rd., #122). Donations can be made directly by donating to Veterans Service Dog Training Fund; Navy Federal Access # 7512320 at any Navy Federal Credit Union. Additionally, the organization will be selling raffle tickets with all proceeds going directly to local veterans. For more information on veterans, dogs and training, contact Eggeman at 724-1332 or e-mail

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Courtesy photo “Carousel Stampede” by Cathy Wiggins was the Best of Show winner at the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival.

Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival ■ When:

Feb. 27 - March 2; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday ■ Where: Hampton Roads Convention Center, 1610 Coliseum Drive, Hampton ■ Cost: $15 (includes re-admission); $13 Sunday only; children under 16 are free ■ For more information, contact: 315-1610 or visit Celebrate 25 years of quilt, wearable, and textile art as the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival XXV, one of the largest and most anticipated quilt gatherings on the eastern seaboard, returns. Drawing upwards of 10,000 attendees, this show is a must for any quilting or art enthusiast. The accepted quilt entries compete in Traditional, Innovative, and Wall Quilt categories as well as for the “Best of Show” title, with prizes totaling more than $14,000 in value. Other highlights include a Merchants Mall with over 250 vendor booths showcasing quilting supplies, textiles, antique quilts, books, sewing related craft items, kits, sewing machines, and clothing. For an additional fee, individual workshops and lectures are available to attendees.

Globetrotters give fans the power ■ When: March 1; 2 and 7 p.m. ■ Where: Ted Constant Center, Norfolk ■ Cost: Tickets start at $19 ■ For more information, visit:

The world famous Harlem Globetrotters will take fan interaction to a new level when the 2014 “Fans Rule” World Tour comes to Ted Constant Center. Online voting is now open at, where all fans can choose which new game-changing rules they want to see. Tickets are available at harlemglobetrotters. com,, the Constant Centerbox office or by phone at 877-Ynot-Tix or (877) 966-8849.

Free walking tours at Fort Huger ■ When:

March 1, April 5, May 3, June 7, July 5, Aug. 2, Sept. 6, Oct. 4, Nov. 1; 10 a.m. each day ■ Where: Fort Huger, 15080 Talcott Terrace, Smithfield ■ Cost: Free ■ For more information, contact: Isle of Wight County’s Historic Resources Department at 357-0115 or visit www. Visitors to Fort Huger are invited for a free walking tour of the site to learn the significance of this gateway to the Confederate capital. Led by local historian Albert Burckard, this tour will last approximately one hour. Reservations are not required; wear comfortable walking shoes.

BeachStreetUSA auditions/job fair ■ When: March 1; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., March 2; 2 to 6 p.m. ■ Where: Virginia Beach Convention Center ■ Cost: Free ■ For more information, contact: 463-1940, ext. 121


| It’s all about having your audience

relive their youth by singing along with you Continued from C1 Y: Speaking of that, there were no music programs in schools when you were growing up, so how did you learn to sing? FV: To be perfectly honest, I learned how to sing by doing impressions of other singers. If you could learn to sing and sound like five or six or seven other singers, that’s phenomenal, and you have more tunes to work with. Frank Sinatra inspired me, because he was a neighborhood kid and to this day, I have not heard anybody that can do with the melody what Sinatra could do with it. Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, Sarah Vaughn, Billy Holliday among others, they all had that “something unique.” Y: Did you have an opportunity to get to know Frank Sinatra? FV: I hung with Frank for about 10 years and it all happened by accident. You know when you do good things, good things happen to you. Frank’s mother did a lot of charity work, and was working with some nuns who were helping blind kids. We volunteered to work this function for free. By then we had made a name for ourselves. We did it, Frank heard about it, called me to meet with him, I did, he had done his homework, knew all the songs I had recorded, and he kind of took me under his wing as a friend because I did this thing for his mother. For about 10 years we were really close. Every time I saw him it was a big hug and a kiss on the cheek. Y: You also had your music played on the HBO hit series “The Sopranos,” and you appear in seasons 5 and 6 playing

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mobster Rusty Millio. How was that? FV: I loved it because it was incredibly challenging. It was different, the dialogue was always changing, it was not like singing the songs over and over again. Y: How did the idea of telling your life story come to fruition? You went from a very successful Broadway and internationally touring play “The Jersey Boys” to now Clint Eastwood directing the feature film version of it. FV: It was first an idea to do it as a movie of the week on TV. When that did not pan out, I said maybe what we have here is a play. After a lot of hard work it became a success on Broadway but I tell you, its hard watching yourself on the stage. There were many times that I wanted to go up there and say, “No, no not like that! But I had to learn to control myself.”

Y: How do you prepare for your concerts and what should the people be prepared to see? FV: I sing in the shower every day for 45 min.You also have to learn to appreciate your successes. I also prepare myself psychologically knowing I will be singing the same songs over and over again. I may have sung them many times but to that paying audience, your fans, it’s refreshing and that’s what they came to hear, it’s all about them. I also like to joke with the audience. Ill ask ‘Do you guys remember “Rag Doll?”’ The audience will applaud and I will say, ‘Well we are not doing that one tonight.’ Lol. It’s all about having your audience relive their youth by singing along with you, and at the end of the show, leaving happy. Visit view/789/Frankie_Valli_the_Four_Seasons for ticket information.


Virginia Living Museum recruiting volunteers to work at its Touch Tank NEWPORT NEWS

The Virginia Living Museum is recruiting volunteers to work at its Touch Tank, which displays horseshoe crabs, sea stars, whelks and other Chesapeake Bay marine life. “Volunteering at the Touch Tank is one of the most rewarding volunteer positions at the museum,” said Sonya Marker, volunteer services assistant. “You stay busy with visitors of all ages as you pass on fascinating information about the animals. It is one of the few positions where you are actively interacting with the animals and guests as you hold the animals for the guests to touch. In addition, you are able to observe the animals’ behavior in their habitat.” Volunteer opportunities are also available in other areas. Become an exhibit interpreter and bring Virginia’s natural history and science to life for thousands of visitors each year. Animal care and horticulture volunteers help care for more than 250 species of animals and one of the most extensive collections of native plants in Virginia. Astronomy volunteers run the Abbitt Observatory or assist in the planetarium. Classroom volunteers assist with children’s programming. Volunteers are asked to serve four

Courtesy photo Touch Tank volunteer Susan Carstensen showing a horseshoe crab to a visitor of The Virginia Living Museum. The Touch Tank displays horseshoe crabs, sea stars, whelks and other Chesapeake Bay marine life.

hours per week, although flexible scheduling can be arranged. Teenagers must be 15 years old to train as junior volunteers. Children ages 11 to 14 may serve as family volunteers with a parent. The museum provides all of the training and tools needed for volunteers to excel in their duties. Orientation for all volunteer positions and Touch Tank

training will be held in February and March. Prospective volunteers should submit an application and arrange for an interview in advance. The Virginia Living Museum is located at 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. in Newport News. For more information, call 534-7472 or download an application at

or visit BeachStreetUSA, the summertime entertainment program along Atlantic Avenue at the Virginia Beach oceanfront, is seeking novelty and musical entertainers for the 2014 season. Sidewalks, street corners, and closed streets become the stage for solo musicians, music combos, stilt walkers, jugglers, magicians, fire-eaters, costume characters, and more as Virginia Beach welcomes visitors and the residents of Hampton Roads. Interested performers should schedule an audition time. Along with auditions, BeachStreetUSA will also be conducting a job fair. Information will be provided about job opportunities in production, marketing, and event staffing.

The Little Mermaid on stage ■ When: March 14; 7 p.m., March 15, 3 p.m.; March 16,

3 p.m. ■ Where: T.C.C.

Roper Performing Arts Center, 340 Granby Street, Norfolk ■ Cost: $20 for children/seniors/military; $25 for adults ■ For more information, contact: 627-5437 or visit By popular demand, The Hurrah Players are bringing the world’s most beloved mermaid back to musical life. In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. Based on one of Hans Christian Anderson’s most cherished stories, with music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, it’s a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages.


Nauticus, Norfolk’s downtown premier waterfront attraction, is now accepting applications for its 2014 summer volunteer opportunities. Volunteers receive a variety of benefits based on hours of service, plus gain valuable work experience at a friendly, busy tourist attraction. The volunteer experience at Nauticus offers a variety of opportunities for participants 14 and older to learn many new skills. Whether helping guests explore maritime science and history, guiding guests through special programs on the decks of the Battleship Wisconsin or helping someone find the perfect souvenir in the gift shop, volunteers are a invaluable part of the Nauticus staff. “We offer a unique, friendly volunteering experience and welcome anyone interested in learning new things or sharing their expertise” said Juli Mansfield, Nauticus Volunteer Re-

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sources Manager. “Whether you’re interested in interacting with the public or prefer helping behind the scenes, there’s a spot for you at Nauticus.” Prospective volunteers can find more information and submit a volunteer application on the Nauticus website at

join-our-crew. The deadline to apply for summer volunteer positions is April 7. Battleship positions may be applied for all year long. Visit the website first, and then if you have additional questions, contact Juli Mansfield at 664-1043 or

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■ green tip – mind that thermostat It’s easy to forget to turn down the heat when you leave the building, but doing so is one of the surest ways to save money. Most households shell out 50 to 70 percent of their energy budgets on heating and cooling. For every degree you lower the thermostat, you’ll save between 1 to 3 percent of your bill. Make it easier with a programmable thermostat. Go a step further and ask your local utility if it’s making smart meters available in your area.

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Prep tips for spring outdoor projects Brandpoint

with water. Never use a pressure washer as it can damage the wood.

Soon, winter will be winding down and homeowners will start planning, and prepping for, a variety of outdoor projects for spring. From cleaning, repairing or replacing decks, to creating raised beds for veggies and flowers, now is the time to start gearing up for those spring projects. Cleaning up Start with spring cleaning existing structures. Take a weekend to clean decks, gazebos and pergolas of dirt, debris, mold and mildew. For structures made of naturally durable Western Red Cedar, a broom, garden sprayer and hose, plus a little bleach are all you need. Sweep winter debris such as twigs and leaves from decks, taking care to clean between planks on horizontal surfaces. This facilitates airflow and drainage, and can help prevent a buildup of moisture when spring showers arrive. Next, use a garden sprayer to apply a-mild oxygen bleach solution to kill mold and mildew. Be sure to leave the bleach solution on the wood surface for approximately 30 minutes, and then rinse

Maintenance and repair Carefully inspect outdoor structures for wear and tear. While Western Red Cedar contains natural preservatives that make the wood durable, all outdoor structures require annual care, including those made of pressure-treated lumber or composites. Check planks, beams and boards for cracking, warping or rough spots and repair accordingly. Replace damaged wood, and be sure to examine hardware to ensure it’s working properly and free of rust. New projects If you’ve always dreamed about lounging on a lovely deck on a summer afternoon, or savoring a spring morning beneath the shade of a decorative pergola, now’s the time to start planning the project. A great deck is the showpiece of an inspired backyard, and spring is a prime time to add one. To ensure your deck affords you the most value and enjoyment, consider using an online deck

planner to help you envision your deck before you begin building. As gardening grows in popularity, you might consider adding raised planting beds to your landscaping. Raised beds not only make caring for and harvesting your garden easier – no bending required – they can also function as a decorative enhancement to your outdoor environment. The material you choose will influence the longevity, beauty and enjoyment of your structure, so carefully consider your options before deciding. “Many homeowners choose Western Red Cedar for its beauty and natural durability,” says Paul Mackie, western area manager, Western Red Cedar Lumber Association, or “Mr. Cedar” as he is known in the industry. “It has a deep, rich luster that other woods and manmade materials just can’t match. Plus, it’s a greener choice because it’s renewable and recyclable – unlike composites – and doesn’t require chemical treatment as non-durable wood species do. It’s naturally rot and insect resistant, and you can stain it or leave it natural, depending on your preference.”

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The green qualities and durability of Western Red Cedar make it a great choice for virtually any outdoor structure – including those popular wooden playsets that begin appearing like wildflowers in backyards across the country every spring. Whatever project you’re dreaming of this spring – from building a new deck, pergola, or planting beds to refurbishing an existing outdoor structure or playset – careful planning, cleaning, maintenance and the right materials can ensure your project adds value and beauty to your home environment.

Eliminate dangerous VOCs when planning a home remodel Brandpoint

Remodeling a home’s decor leaves the space feeling fresh and new – something which all family members will enjoy for years to come. However, a home remodel can do more than just improve the looks of rooms in the house. It can also improve the indoor air quality, an important factor especially during the winter months when homes are sealed up tight against the cold outdoor air. Carpeting, paint and even the materials used in your shower might contain harmful Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). Studies have found the level of VOCs inside homes can be two to five times higher than the level outside, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Some people may ex-

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don’t contain VOCs, so as you plan your remodeling project, be sure to look for these products to help keep the air in your home cleaner. The walls – A fresh coat of paint is the first element when planning a room design. Choosing the perfect color and knowing if a primer coat is needed are just two decisions that need to be made when picking a brand. But also know that many paint companies are Courtesy photo now producing VOC-free paints. The bathroom – Usually one of the smallperience negative reactions to breathing in est rooms in the home, it’s more important to these compounds, depending on their health make certain the airspace has good quality. If condition, as well as the levels and duration you’re ready to upgrade your shower space, save yourself time and energy with the new they’re exposed to the chemicals. New technology has helped home im- Ensemble Medley bath/shower from Sterprovement companies create products that ling. The unit is made of modular panels that



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are lightweight and interlock securely using tongue and groove joints that click into place. Sterling products are made of Vikrell, which carries GREENGUARD GOLD Certification and contributes to better indoor air quality. The kitchen – You may never have thought your kitchen cabinets have the potential to pollute the air inside your home. But if they are made from a plastic-based material, or painted or varnished, there’s a chance the cabinets are producing VOCs. Wood cabinets look great in kitchens, and as you choose the perfect cabinets to replace your older cabinets, be sure to research the manufacturer to see if they use any staining or varnish products that produce VOCs. Or consider painting your new cabinets using the paint brand you researched earlier when choosing paint for the walls.


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NASCAR announces new formula for rules infractions, punishments

Host and reporter Krista Voda also a collector of antique tractors

By Rick Minter Universal Uclick

By Rick Minter Universal Uclick

To people in NASCAR circles, Krista Voda is known for being the hardworking, very knowledgeable pit road reporter for FOX broadcasts and for hosting the Setup shows for the Camping World Truck Series. She also hosts other major events, such as the annual Sprint Cup Awards Banquet and the NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. But to people on the antique tractor-collecting circuits in the Midwest, she’s the lady with the 1954 Super M-TA Farmall tractor. And to those who follow tractor pulling with the Northwest Pennsylvania Truck and Tractor Pullers Association and other organizations around that state, she’s a puller’s spouse, providing trackside support for her husband, Phil Kelley – “PK” to those who know him best. Voda grew up in farming country, but that’s not where she first became involved with and knowledgeable about tractors and other things agricultural. “I grew up in Iowa, and when I tell people that, they assume I know everything about farming,” she said. “In actuality, I grew up in town. They had country kids and town kids, and I was a town kid. “I had to move to Pittsburgh to marry a farmer.” Her education about tractors began in 2006, when her husband found an antique Farmall H tractor he just had to have. “Since then, I’ve seen antiques and diesels take up real estate in our driveway,” she said. “And don’t even get me started on the number of parts that show up on our doorstep. The UPS and FedEx men just shake their heads. “Right now, our garage and basement floors are covered in weights, intake manifolds, rocker arm assemblies, engine heads, injector lines, fuel pumps, distributors, and tins.” But Phil isn’t a full-time farmer. Like his wife, he makes his living in the NASCAR garage, but instead of being in front of the cameras, he’s behind one, as an independent contractor for network TV. But when the two are at the tractor pulls, the roles are reversed, with PK out front and Krista playing a support role, doing everything from recording his pulls to helping load the heavy suitcase-shaped weights on the tractor. “He supports me in everything I do in my career, so I want to support him as much as I can,” Voda said. “A lot of the pulls are on weekends when I’m away, but I try to make it when I can. “Every now and then I get talked into loading suitcase weights, but I literally have trouble pulling my own weight with that, unless they’re the round ones that I can roll.” Voda is more up-front when it comes to antique tractor shows, as she exhibits her Super M-TA, the torque-amplified, most advanced model of International Harvester’s main workhorse from 1939 through the mid-1950s. She’s shown it at several major shows, including the Red Power Roundup, the major national gathering of the International Harvester

Phil Kelley Krista Voda shows off her Farmall antique tractor.

Collectors Club. “We’ve been to the Red Power Roundup twice,” she said. “We camp there and spend the whole weekend. It’s like a vacation. It’s the same when his pulling club has fair week.” At antique tractor shows, buying hard-to-find parts from vendors is one of the main attractions. “PK’s big thing is parts-shopping, and my job is to catalog parts,” Voda said. “If he’s looking for a belt pulley, I take my phone and mark down that there’s one on the third table in the second row, and he had it for this price. “At end of the weekend, when we go back through the tables, he’ll ask: ‘Where was that hitch pin?’ And I can say: ‘That’s in row 7 – the guy with the plaid shirt.’” Whether it’s at shows or pulls, Voda often finds herself back in her broadcast journalist role. When friends show up and don’t really understand all the rules and procedures and the levels of competition, she explains it to them in much the same manner as she helps TV viewers better understand NASCAR racing. “In racing or football, you’re just telling stories about athletes and competition and overcoming obstacles,” she said. “And those are the same things that go on at tractor pulls. You’re trying to get the most out of yourself and your machine on any given weekend. That’s the same thing the guys we cover in NASCAR do.” The difference is that unlike her role at the race tracks, where she must remain unbiased, when she’s at a tractor pull, she can take sides. “For PK, it’s like being a Nationwide Series car competing in a Sprint Cup Series race,” she said. “He doesn’t put a lot of money into it – No. 1, I would kill him. No. 2, he doesn’t have time to compete all the time – so if he goes up against one of the big guys and has a good hook or beats him, you get that satisfaction of knowing that you were able to do something on a limited budget or fewer resources. “And you know you had your hands on it. I’m not the person up there on the tractor, and didn’t that have much to do with the machinery, but I can still be excited when he enjoys it and has success with it.”

It seems like every week of the winter of 2014 brings another major change for NASCAR. There’s been a revamping of the qualifying format for races, an overhaul of the format for the Chase for the Sprint Cup, and now a new, more defined formula for dealing with rules infractions and punishments. Unlike in the past, where there were frequently questions about the consistency of penalties handed down by NASCAR, the punishments are now spelled out for all to see. There are now six categories of violations, each with the likely punishment. P1: This covers minor, first-time violations. Penalties for multiple minor violations could include being given the last choice in the pit selection process, track time deductions in practice and/or qualifying, being selected for post-race inspection, having the car remain in the hauler for a specified time at the beginning of the event, temporary suspension of annual hard-card credentials or parking passes for team members, and community service. P2: Violations such as hollow components, expiration of certain safety certifications or improper installation of a safety feature, or minor bracket and fastener violations. Penalties could include the loss of 10 driver and owner points and/or a $10,000 to $25,000 fine and/or suspension of the crew chief or others for one or more races and probation up to six months or until the end of the calendar year. P3: Violations such as unauthorized parts, measurement failures, parts that fail their intended use or coil-spring violation. Penalties include the loss of 15 driver and owner points and/or a $20,000 to $50,000 fine and/or suspension of the crew chief or others for one or more races and probation up to six months or until the end of the calendar year. P4: Violations such as devices that circumvent NASCAR templates and measuring equipment, or unapproved added weight. Penalties include the loss of 25 driver and owner points, a $40,000 to $70,000 fine, a three-race suspension of the crew chief, including any non-points events in that span, plus up to six months’ probation. If the infraction is discovered in post-race inspection, NASCAR adds 10 more points to the deduction and $25,000 to the fine. P5: Violations such as combustion-enhancing additives in the oil, oil filter, air-filter element or devices that affect the normal airflow over the body. Penalties include the loss of 50 driver and owner points, a $75,000 to $125,000 fine, a sixrace suspension of the crew chief and up to six months’ probation for the crew chief and other affected team members. If the infraction is found in post-race inspection, the points deduction increases by 25 and the fine increases by $50,000, plus there could be a loss of any benefit from the team’s starting or finishing position in the race. P6: Violations such as anything affecting the internal workings and performance of the engine, modifying the pre-certified chassis, traction control or issues involving the fuel injection or electronic ignition control devices. Penalties include a loss of 150 driver and owner points, a fine between $150,000 and $200,000, a six-month suspension of the crew chief and up to six months’ probation for the crew chief and affected team members. And, if the violation is discovered in post-race inspection, there will be a loss of any benefit from the team’s starting or finishing position in that race as well as a loss of manufacturer points earned by that car in the affected race.


Waldburger chasing spot in the top 20 By Duane Finley

Having split the results in his last six trips to the Octagon, T.J. Waldburger will look to build some momentum when he squares off against Mike Pyle in at welterweight showdown at UFC 170 on Feb. 22. Waldburger owns a 16-8 career record but is just 4-3 since joining the UFC in 2010.

In the multifaceted world of mixed martial arts, there are plenty of areas to shine. Elite-level strikers make fans excited to see them work magic on their feet, where top notch wrestlers mow down the opposition with power doubles. When talking about action that plays out on the canvas, the focus falls largely on those who once dominated the grappling world, but have made a successful transition to competing inside the Octagon. While fighters like Demian Maia and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza get the lion’s share of the praise – and rightfully so – there is another category of jiu-jitsu practitioners who are operating under the UFC banner. These fighters use a traditional base when it comes to BJJ, but have made adjustments and adapted the discipline to mesh with the variety of MMA. Of this subset of fighters, TJ Waldburger is certainly a card carrying member. The 25-yearold Texan has gotten off to a solid start under the UFC banner, as he’s collected wins in four of his seven showings inside the Octagon, three of which have come by way of submission finish. Two of those subs were savvy enough to earn fight night bonuses, and helped Waldburger establish himself as a fighter to keep an eye on in the welterweight fold heading into his showdown against Mike Pyle at UFC 170 on Feb. 22. That said, Waldburger’s journey through the 170-pound ranks hasn’t been all Texas sunshine, as the Grapplers Lair fighter has been turned back on three occasions on the sport’s biggest stage. The most recent of which came in his last outing as he suffered a first round knockout at the hands of Russian powerhouse Adlan Amagov at UFC 166 last October. Where every loss at the highest level of competition has an impact, the outcome Waldburger had to face in Houston was one he refused to

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let settle. Rather than simmer and stew about the defeat, Waldburger hit the gym with newfound motivation, and set his sights on getting back into the win column in his next outing. “My last fight created the perfect scenario,” Waldburger said. “Coming off a loss, there is much more to prove, and fighting a top level guy is what I need to prove that I belong in the top 20. It will be a great opportunity and I’m very motivated to prove that.” That opportunity will come this Saturday night when he locks up with the wily veteran Pyle. Where Waldburger is a member of the “slick jitz club,” the Tennessee native Pyle is a founder of the chapter. “Quicksand” earned his nickname for his ability to drag his opposition into his submission game using crafty transitions and setups, and he has been highly regarded as one of the best ground fighters in the game for the better part of a decade. In addition to his seasoned talents on the canvas, the Las Vegas transplant has also shown

solid improvements in his striking game over recent years. Waldburger has admired Pyle’s talents for quite some time, but he couldn’t be more excited to step into the Octagon with him this weekend in Las Vegas. “I think he’s dangerous everywhere,” Waldburger said. “He’s seasoned on the ground and has a lot of submission victories. I also have a good amount of victories from submissions and I think we are very similar in that regard. We are both good at MMA jiu-jitsu and not just traditional jiu-jitsu. We both have worked our techniques in with our strikes and takedowns. I think this fight is going to be a battle everywhere it goes. Whether it’s standing or on the ground; we are going to be getting after it. “My skills develop every fight. I’m getting better with every fight win or lose. People can expect to see a new and improved T.J. for this fight. I’m excited to put my new improvements to the test against Mike Pyle and I couldn’t ask for a better matchup for me.”

Photo courtesy UFC UFC women’s bantemweight champion Ronda Rousey is scheduled to defend her title against Sara McMann at UFC 170 on Feb. 22.

■ mma schedule UFC 170 Feb. 22; 8 p.m., FOX Sports 1; 10 p.m., PPV Featured bouts: Ronda Rousey vs. Sara McMann Daniel Cormier vs. Patrick Cummins Rory MacDonald vs. Demian Maia Mike Pyle vs. T.J. Waldburger Stephen Thompson vs. Robert Whittaker BELLATOR 110 Feb. 28, 9 p.m., Spike TV Featured bouts: Christian M’Pumbu vs. Quinton Jackson Mo Lawal vs. Mikhail Zayats Matt Bessette vs. Diego Nunes Desmond Green vs. Mike Richman BELLATOR 111 March 7, 9 p.m., Spike TV Featured bouts: Eduardo Dantas vs. Anthony Leone Lavar Johnson vs. Ryan Martinez Peter Graham vs. Siala Siliga

Arts& Entertainment The Flagship | | 02.20.14 | C5


« Pompeii Set in 79 A.D., “Pompeii” tells the epic story of Milo (Kit Harington), a slave turned invincible gladiator who finds himself in a race against time to save his true love Cassia (Emily Browning), the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant who has been unwillingly betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts in a torrent of blazing lava, Milo must fight his way out of the arena in order to save his beloved as the once magnificent Pompeii crumbles around him.

3 Days to Kill In this heart pounding action-thriller, Kevin Costner is Secret Service Agent Ethan Runner, a dangerous international spy who discovers he’s dying and decides to retire in order to reconnect with his estranged family. He is determined to give up his high stakes life to finally build a closer relationship with his estranged wife and daughter, whom he’s previously kept at arm’s length to keep out of danger. But when the Secret Service offers him access to an experimental drug that could save his life in exchange for one last assignment – hunting down the world’s most ruthless terrorist. He soon finds himself trying to juggle looking after his teenage daughter for the first time in 10 years while his wife is out of town, his mission, and the drug’s hallucinatory side-effects.

Barefoot The “black sheep” son (Scott Speedman) of a wealthy family meets a free-spirited, but sheltered woman (Evan Rachel Wood). To convince his family that he’s finally straightened out his life, he takes her home for his brother’s wedding where an improbable romance blooms, as she impresses everyone with her genuine, simple charms.

In Secret Based on Emile Zola’s scandalous novel Therese Raquin, “In Secret” is a tale of obsessive love, adultery and revenge set in the lower depths of 1860s Paris. Therese (Elizabeth Olsen), a sexually repressed beautiful young woman, is trapped into a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin Camille (Tom Felton) by her domineering aunt, Madame Raquin (Jessica Lange). Therese spends her days confined behind the counter of a small shop and her evenings watching Madame play dominos with an eclectic group. After she meets her husband’s alluring childhood friend Laurent (Oscar Isaac), she embarks on an illicit affair that leads to tragic consequences.

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Cirque du Soleil is bringing ‘THE IMMORTAL’ World Tour to Richmond Coliseum for two days RICHMOND

The Estate of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil have announced that “Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour,” one of the top 10 grossing music tours of all time, will perform in Richmond on April 15 and 16 at the Richmond Coliseum. Since its world premiere in Montreal in October 2011, this electrifying production has thrilled audiences across North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. Tickets are available at or by calling (800) 298-4200. Tickets range from $50 to $150 each. Created by Cirque du Soleil and directed by Jamie King, “THE IMMORTAL World Tour” is a departure from the company’s previous touring shows. Featuring 49 international dancers, musicians, and acrobats, it is presented in a rock concert format that combines the excitement and innovation of Michael Jackson’s music and choreography with Cirque du Soleil’s unparalleled creativity. The underpinnings of “THE IMMORTAL World Tour” are Michael Jackson’s powerful, inspirational music and lyrics – the driving force behind the show – brought to life with extraordinary power and breathless intensity. Through unfor-

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gettable performances, the show underscores Michael’s global messages of love, peace and unity, and the band includes some of the same artists who previously worked side by side with Michael. Aimed at lifelong fans as well as those experiencing Michael’s creative genius for the first time, the show captures the essence, soul and inspiration of the King of Pop, celebrating a legacy that continues to transcend generations.

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Jimmy Buffett returning in May VIRGINIA BEACH

Virginia Beach, the wait is over. Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band will perform at Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach for one night only on May 24 at 8 p.m., as part of Jimmy Buffett’s “This One’s For You” Tour 2014. Local Parrotheads won’t want to miss their chance to soak in the full Margaritaville experience. “We are thrilled to welcome Jimmy Buffett back for another fantastic concert at Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach,” General Manager Tabatha Webster said. “We are looking

forward to another amazing show. Fins up.” Jimmy recently released a new record, “Songs From St. Somewhere,” on Mailboat Records. The album, with 15 new songs plus a bonus track, was recorded last spring in various locales including Key West, Nashville, Miami, St. Barts and London. “Too Drunk To Karaoke,” the first single, is a duet with Toby Keith and the video was shot in Nashville. Tickets on sale now at a limit of eight ticket limit per customer, and are available at, all Ticketmaster outlets, Charge by phone at (800) 745-3000.

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■ Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach (3550 Cellar Door Way, Va. Beach) April 12 – Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band May 2 – Lunatic Luau featuring Avenged Sevenfold, Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, Pop Evil, Trivium and Sea of Souls May 16 – Dierks Bentley May 24 – Jimmy Buffett June 1 – Styx and Foreigner June 12 – Elton John June 21 – Journey and The Steve Miller Band July 25 – The Dave Matthews Band July 29 – Fall Out Boy and Paramore Aug. 12 – OneRepublic and The Script Aug. 20 – Motley Crue with Alice Cooper For more information,call 368-3000 or visit http:// ■ The Norva (317 Monticello Ave., Norfolk) Feb. 21 – Iron & Wine Feb. 23 – Flogging Molly Feb. 26 – Infected Mushroom Fungusamongus Feb. 28 – Prose March 1 – Shaggy March 4 – ZZ Ward March 7 – Ballyhoo! March 7 – Juicy J March 9 – Shane Dollar’s Local Lyricist’s Lounge March 15 – The Fighting Jamesons March 18 – Mindless Self Indulgence March 19 – Excision March 28 – Soja March 29 – American Authors April 4 – Marsha Ambrosius April 11 – Barstool Blackout April 24 – TECH N9NE For more information on events, call 627-4547 or visit



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SevenVenues welcomes Tony Bennett with very special guest Antonia Bennett to Chrysler Hall on March 16 at 7 p.m. No one in popular American music has recorded for so long and at such a high level of excellence than Tony Bennett. With millions of records sold world-wide and platinum and gold albums to his credit, Bennett has received 17 Grammy Awards – including a 1995 Grammy for Record of the Year for his “MTV Unplugged” CD which introduced this American master to a whole new generation – and the Grammy Lifetime Award. He has also won two Emmy Awards, and has been named an NEA Jazz Master and a Kennedy Center Honoree. Bennett has released over 70 albums in his career, and has sold over 50 million records worldwide. He has also charted over 30 singles during his career, with his biggest hits all occurring during the early 1950s. “The Classics,” a newly compiled collection

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Tony Bennett of 20 Bennett recordings from 1951 to 2011, each personally selected by the artist, is now available in stores. The expanded deluxe edition features 10 additional tracks – 35 in total. Tickets are on sale at all Ticketmaster outlets, online at or via phone at (800) 745-3000. For more information on the concert, visit




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Chevy Sonic is subcompact performer By Ken Chester, Jr. Motor News Media Corporation

The Chevrolet Sonic sedan has made a big impact on Chevrolet’s successful smallcar lineup. For 2014, the only subcompact assembled in America adds available advanced crash-avoidance technologies and enjoys the first full model year of enhanced connectivity including access to Siri Eyes Free voice recognition (for customers with compatible iPhones), BringGo in-dash navigation and TuneIn global radio. Sonic’s youthful design, fuel efficiency, spirited driving experience and unexpected features for the segment are bringing new, younger customers to the Chevrolet brand. From every angle the Sonic sedan conveys sportiness, strength, stability and refinement. Performance-themed design elements include its wheels-at-the-corners proportions, fender flares and motorcycleinspired round headlamps. Those design cues blend with Chevrolet global design hallmarks such as a dual-element grille and round taillamps. The leading edge of the hood forms a character line above the headlamps, which flows in a sleek side profile characterized by uninterrupted body side lines, a high beltline and low roofline. The side mirrors carry the same

shape as the car and seemingly disappear into the profile. Other details that reinforce the quality and attention to detail include chrome grille surrounds and matte black honeycomb grille inserts on all models. A range of wheel sizes reinforces its sporty demeanor. A new, advanced safety package including Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning is available, as well as a rear vision camera. A new limited availability LT Promotional Package includes Chevrolet MyLink radio, a power sunroof and front fog lamps. The Sonic Dusk package for LTZ sedan was added midway through the model year, bringing a higher level of sophistication to the segment, with distinctive exterior features and premium interior appointments. This includes an Ashen Gray Metallic exterior color, a unique ground effects styling package, satin aluminumstyle trim and 18-inch aluminum wheels with a Pearl Nickel finish. Available in LT and LTZ trim levels, power for the Sonic Turbo sedan is generated by a 1.4L four-cylinder turbocharged engine. Torque is communicated to the street through a six-speed manual gearbox or optional Hydra-Matic 6T40 six-speed automatic transmission.

Ride and handling was tuned for a more direct feel, while balancing the vehicle for the broad range of driving conditions in North America. Control hardware includes MacPherson struts with offset coil springs and stabilizer bar up front and a semi independent torsion beam axle with coil springs at the rear. Inside the passenger cabin, the interior complements its motorcycle-inspired exterior with a detailed instrument cluster featuring a large, round analog tachometer set within an asymmetrical LCD readout, with a large digital speedometer display. The mid-instrument panel surface flows seamlessly into the upper doors, with premium, low-gloss finishes. The automatic shift knob has a “cobra head” design, while the manual shifter has a chrome-finished knob. The interior is functional, too, with storage compartments in the center stack and doors. The rear seats fold virtually flat for carrying larger items such as sports gear. Front bucket seats are standard and heated front seats are available. Interior colors and combinations include Jet Black/Dark Titanium; Jet Black/Brick; and Dark Pewter/ Dark Titanium. The Sonic Dusk package is offered in an exclusive combination, with Jet Black leather-appointed seats featuring Mojave tan sueded microfiber accents.

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2014 Chevrolet Sonic Turbo sedan ■ Wheelbase: 99.4 inches; overall length: 173.1; width: 68.3; height: 59.7. ■ Engine: 1.4L four-cylinder turbo – 138 hp at 4,900 rpm and 148 lbs.-ft. of torque at 2,500 rpm. ■ Transmission: six-speed manual, sixspeed automatic. ■ EPA Fuel Economy: 29 city/40 hwy. (manual), 27 city/37 hwy. (automatic). ■ Cargo capacity: 14.9 cubic feet. ■ Warranty: Basic – 3-year/36,000 miles; Powertrain – 5-year/100,000 miles; Corrosion – 6-year/100,000 miles; Roadside Assistance – 5-year/100,000 miles 24-hour. ■ Pricing: The base Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price for the 2014 Chevrolet Sonic Turbo sedan starts from $16,480 for the LT Turbo manual up to $19,425 for the LTZ automatic. Destination charges add $825.


Naval Station to host auto auction The next Naval Station Norfolk automobile auction is scheduled for March 5. The auction will normally start at noon at the direction of the auctioneer. All vehicles available at the auction have been abandoned on Naval Station Norfolk and are sold as is. Vehicles may be viewed at Bldg. SP-314 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Monday and Tuesday prior to the day of Courtesy Motor News Media

FORD TAURUS OFFERS A SMARTLY UPSCALE SEDAN By Ken Chester, Jr. Motor News Media Corporation

With an aggressively taut exterior design and an equally compelling interior arrangement the 2014 Ford Taurus features upscale design, impeccable driving dynamics and class-leading technologies. Available in SE, SEL and Limited trim levels, standard power for the front-drive Taurus is generated by Ford’s proven Duratec 3.5L V-6 prime mover bolted to the 6F50 sixspeed SelectShift automatic transmission. The advanced 2.0L EcoBoost turbo-charged fourcylinder engine is an available option. The EcoBoost prime mover is joined to a 6F35 sixspeed SelectShift automatic transmission. Allwheel drive is also available. To match its athletic looks, the Taurus features sporty driving dynamics. Chassis and suspension components are tuned to deliver on the sporty and aggressive design with optimized roll stiffness for cornering control, responsive steering with sharp turn-in and precision accuracy. This chassis tuning of the MacPherson front struts and multi-link rear suspension reflects Ford Global DNA, defined by responsive steering and handling, while maintaining a comfortable ride quality. The Taurus sedan also features a SR1 suspension configuration. Named for its “one-to-one” rear shock absorber ratio, it provides a superior balance between cornering and handling while providing a stable baseline for fine tuning. SR1 enables the use of 19- and 20-inch wheels – and reduces vehicle weight, saving fuel. Inside the cabin, a forward-leaning center stack – home to the climate controls, audio components and available navigation screen –

2014 Ford Taurus sedan ■ Engine: 3.5L V6 – 263 hp at 6,250

rpm and 249 lbs.-ft. of torque at 4,500 rpm; 2.0L EcoBoost turbo-charged four-cylinder – 240 hp at 5,500 rpm and 270 lbs.-ft. of torque at 3,000 rpm. ■ Transmission: six-speed automatic. ■ EPA Fuel Economy: 3.5L V6 - 19 city/29 hwy. (FWD); 18 city/26 hwy. (AWD); 2.0L EcoBoost four-cylinder – 22 city/32 hwy. ■ Warranty: Basic – 3-year/36,000 mile; Powertrain – 5-year/60,000 mile; Corrosion – 5-year/unlimited; Roadside Assistance – 5-year/60,000 mile 24-hour. ■ Pricing: The base MSRP for the 2014 Ford Taurus starts from $26,780 for the SE FWD up to $36,130 for the Limited AWD.

flows in a continuous unbroken form through the instrument panel and down into the center console. The smart design allows for the interior to be formed with unbroken lines to impart seamless quality and craftsmanship. The door panels employ an innovative urethane tooling process providing unique texture and identity to surfaces, with visible stitching and a hand crafted appeal. This same process allows for door panel two-toning, enabling model series differentiation. The new Taurus’ precision craftsmanship is reflected in the quality of materials used in the interior as well as the exterior panel margins, which are comparable to costly German luxury sedans.

the auction. All bidders must be registered and have a bidder number. Vehicles must be paid for in full before they are removed from the auction site. For more information about the upcoming auction, call the Impound Lot office at 444-2631, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or visit online at

Following are the vehicles scheduled to be available at the Naval Station Norfolk automobile auction. This list is subject to change. YEAR 1973 1987 1987 1988 1989 1990 1993 1994 1995 1995 1996 1996 1996 1996 1997 1998 1998 1998 1999 2000 2000 2001 2001 2001 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2003 2004 2004 2004 2005 2006

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OF 2013


The Virginia Rush offers playing experiences for U4 - U12 players in the greater Hampton Roads Community. Players are placed on neighborhood teams within the area they live. Spring registration has begun and will run through March. We do accept late registrations on a space available basis.






School of Excellence | U6 - U10 Boys/Girls Provides a professional training environment for optimal individual player development. For full details, go to and click on School of Excellence.



Register online Call 757-430-3500

Late Registration Feb. 17 until full FEE IS $95


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


2013 Heroes at Home Military Spouse of the Year

CHRISTINA LARA Spouse of HM1 (SW) Pablo Lara USS New York (LPD 21)

NOMINATE YOUR HERO TODAY! ALL NOMINEES will be honored by our local business and military communities on May 8th at the 2014 Heroes at Home Military Spouse Appreciation and Awards Luncheon where we will announce the 10 finalists and the 2014 Heroes at Home Military Spouse of the year!





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CRAFTSHOW @ Tallwood HS in Virginia Beach March 15, 2014, 9 AM to 4 PM, Rain or Shine. Free Admission. Now Accepting Crafter application, contact

Virginia Beach, Derby Run, 1993 Sterling Mobile Home (newly renovated/must-see) 3 bed, 2 baths located in Oceana - Contact Sid 757-235-6525

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Two cemetary plots for sale. Rosewood Memorial Park for a total of $5000.00, vets only. Call 7am to 10am then 3:30 pm to 9:30 pm 757-853-0906 or 757-754-8221.


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OPEN HOUSE 22-23 Feb , 1200-1600. 4794 Rosecroft Street. 4 bedroom, 3 ½ Bath. Completely remodeled inside and out. Open sunny floor plan with hardwood in living, dining and master. New windows, doors, cabinets and granite throughout. All new stainless appliances. Attached garage, large deck and fenced yard in highly desirable neighborhood. Convenient to bases and everything in VA Beach, walking distance to schools, shopping, golf and quick/easy interstate access. Low maintenance brick exterior, on crawl space and fresh sod going in. Like new, move in ready and immediate occupancy. $325,000. 757-349-4243.


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For sale: Iron Horse Outlaw 21 Speed Mountain Bike ($50).Magna Excitor 21 Speed Sport Bike ($50).Contact Ray - 757-647-7638

Norfolk Riverview Area - 3 story, 3Br, 2Ba, Studio/w Ba. on top. Fenced Yard. All appliances. $1500 Mo. Call 628-8220.


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2Br, 2Ba, Furnished Apartment for rent. 5819 Northampton Blvd VA.Beach. Free cable , internet and utilities are all paid laundry on site $1100.00 month $300.00 deposit can be paid in 2 payments refundable. 10 min. from Naval Base. 757-647-0440

Brand New Layaway Available

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Brambleton Section,Carpeted, immaculate, 3 rooms/2 baths/shared kitchen and large living room. $190 per week. Room w/private bath is $200 week. All utilities included. Call 304-7059.

Full- $99, Queen- $129, King- $169 40% Military Discount on all other sets!

Can deliver. 757-706-3667

Wanted To Buy WWII Relics. Retired Vet seeks WWII helmets, medals, daggers, etc. 757-869-1739

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A Plush Top Queen Mattress and Box--still in original packaging for just $175. CALL 757-236-4053

Established in 1949, M.C. Dean has earned a reputation for excellence in systems integration for complex, mission-critical facilities, setting the industry standard for design-build-operate-maintain programs.

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22461 Shaw Road Dulles VA 20166 1-800-7-MCDEAN


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HillTop Manor - 3Br, 1.5 Ba w/jet tub, Small Sunroom, Hrdwd Flrs,Priv. fncd yd, Car port. $1500 mo./$1500 dep. Call Debby @ 757-289-5001 or 422-4274




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

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

Naval Station Norfolk PROTESTANT Sun. School : 9 a.m. Sun. (Ages 4 - Adult) AWANA / Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church : 10 a.m., Sun. (Ages 4 - 10) Worship service:10:30 a.m., Sun. Fellowship: 11:30 a.m., Sun. Coffeehouse: 6 p.m., Sun. Bible Study/ Band Practice: 5 p.m., Mon. PWOC: 9:30 a.m., Wed Choir practice: 6 p.m., Wed. LATTER DAY SAINTS Worship: 11:30 a.m., Sun. (Chapel Annex Classroom 1) Meeting: 7 p.m., Wed. (Chapel Annex Classroom 4)


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

* Nursery care is available Sundays, 10 a.m. - Noon

ISLAMIC WORSHIP: Masjid al Daâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;wah 2nd Floor (Bldg. C-7) Services: 1:30 p.m., Fri. Chapels are open daily for prayer.

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NAS Oceana Chapel

ROMAN CATHOLIC ROMAN CATHOLIC Mass schedule: 8:30 a.m., Sun. Mass schedule: 11:30 a.m., Tues.-Fri. PROTESTANT 9 a.m. & 12:15 p.m., Sun. Worship service:10:30 a.m., Sun. PROTESTANT Sun. school: 9:15 a.m., Sun. NSA Northwest Worship service: 10:40 a.m., Annex Chapel Sun. ROMAN CATHOLIC Bible study: 11 a.m., Wed. Rosary: 9:30 a.m., Sun. Confessions: 9:30 a.m., Sun. Dam Neck Annex Mass Schedule: 10 a.m., Sun. Chapel CCD (Sept-May) 11 a.m., Sun. ROMAN CATHOLIC Confessions: 4:15 p.m., Sat. PROTESTANT (EPISCOPAL) Mass Schedule: 5 p.m., Sat. Worship service: 8 a.m., Sun. VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL PROTESTANT July 29 - Aug. 2; 6 to 8 p.m. Worship service: 9 a.m., Sun.

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