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MCSA Rob Ferrone Capt. Randall Peck, USS Abraham Lincoln executive officer, left, and Command Master Chief Gregg Weber, USS Abraham Lincoln, right, pose with Harlem Globetrotter Anthony “Buckets” Blakes, Feb. 20.

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Anthony “Buckets” Blakes, a member of the world famous Harlem Globetrotters, judged a slam dunk competition and played a variation of the game “HORSE” against Capt. Randall Peck, executive officer aboard the Nimitzclass aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) at Huntington Hall, Feb. 20. The event was sponsored by Morale, Welfare and Recreation, which also donated a laptop computer to the winner of the slam dunk contest. The dunk contest consisted of three elimination rounds. Participants had 30 seconds to complete a dunk in which “Buckets” scored the dunks on a 10-point scale. Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Michael Mills flew above the rim and ran away with the contest. Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Michael Jameson advanced to the final round with a solid display of high-flying dunks, but Mills’ athleticism put him over the top, according to Blakes, who emphasized the importance of interacting with the naval community. “We love putting them out on the basketball court to show them a little piece of home, take their minds off their duties for two hours and have some Globetrotters fun and magic with them,” Blakes said.

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College accreditation type may affect Sailors’ wallets By Susan D. Henson Center for Personal and Professional Development Public Affairs

By MC3(SW) Lacordrick Wilson Navy Public Affairs Support Element East

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Naval Weapons Station Yorktown (NWSY) hosted the 25th annual Black History Month celebration, Feb. 20 at the Scudder Hall Galley. The celebration, themed “Civil Rights In America,” included a video presentation in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., choir performances and dance, and welcomed guest speaker Harry Greenlee, professor of Government and Public Affairs at Christopher Newport University. “Today is a great opportunity for us to celebrate the accomplishments of so many people who gave their lives in the past so that we could have a better life today,” said Greenlee. “There are many instances where we as a community have forgotten where we have came from.” Greenlee focused his presen-

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MC3 Lacordrick WIlson David Scott, a guest performer, sings during the Naval Weapons Station Yorktown Black History Month celebration. The 25th annual celebration, themed “Civil Rights In America,” honored Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and included choir performances and dance. See more event photos at flagshipnews.com.

tation on the request that black Americans take the time to be conscience of their past while other speakers discussed the great history and connection between the military and the civil rights era. “There are very strong ties between the weapons station and this particular celebration that go all the way back to the installation’s beginnings,” said Capt. Paul Haebler, commanding officer of the weapons station. After the introductions and guest presentation the Rising Sun Inspirational Choir performed various praise dances and songs meant to inspire their audience. “During the program you could feel the spirit and good will,” said

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Greenlee. “And those are the type of things we should enforce into each other.” The celebration concluded with an all-hands involvement of the singing of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” also called “The Negro National Anthem,” written as a poem by James Weldon Johnson. “It (the celebration) was most definitely a success and I enjoyed every minute of it,” said Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Tunisia Hayes, a Black History Month Committee member. “To know that the Navy does care about my heritage and my shipmates’ makes me even prouder as an African-American to wear this uniform.”

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Sailors working on completing a degree should ensure their school has the appropriate type of accreditation or it could cost them money later, said Center for Personal and Professional Development education professionals, Feb. 24. “Most students know the school they attend should have some sort of accreditation as a way of ensuring the quality of their education, but they don’t understand how important the type of accreditation is in their school selection,” said Ernest D’Antonio, director of Navy Voluntary Education at the Center for Personal and Professional Development. “I’ve seen way too many examples of service members using their tuition assistance or G.I. Bill education benefits to earn a degree at a school whose credits aren’t transferable to or recognized by other schools.

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BATAAN REVAMPS HAZMAT PROGRAM By MC3 Mark Hays USS Bataan Public Affairs

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Sailors from USS Bataan’s (LHD 5) Hazardous Material’s division (HAZMAT) have changed their program to benefit Sailors with less wait time and easier check out methods. Sailors in HAZMAT oversee distribution of oil, grease, chemicals, paint, corrosives, cleaning soap, and other materials. HAZMAT is any material which because of its quantity, concentration, physical or infectious characteristics may pose a substantial health hazard to humans or the environment when released or spilled. “When we go to HAZMAT school, they teach us how to store these materials and how to properly use them,” said Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Shaanne Moncrieffe. “We have knowledge that really isn’t available to most of our shipmates on HAZMAT safety.” Once a Sailor checks their 13-week report, the process is as follows: ■ First, Sailors will need to bring their Maintenance Requirement Card (MRC) to HAZMAT so they can verify they are giving you the correct materials. ■ Second, Sailors need to sign the check-in sheet located on a clipboard outside of the HAZMAT door. HAZMAT uses this to monitor the division’s time management skills. ■ Then, you see a representative to enter your HAZMAT request in the Hazardous Inventory Control System, followed by the Sailors signature on the receipt to verify you have a copy the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). ■ Next, you go down to the HAZMAT locker to get your

item and then sign the checkout sheet also located outside of the HAZMAT office. ■ When returning HAZMAT, your first stop is to sign the check-in sheet and proceed down to the HAZMAT locker where your items will be signed back into the system and a copy will be made for the work center’s records. ■ Finally, give your HAZMAT sheet to customer service inside the HAZMAT office to enter the return of your HAZMAT in Hazardous Inventory Control System, and sign the checkout sheet. Bataan’s HAZMAT department implemented these changes to speed up the checkout of materials while also focusing on the accuracy of the process so all HAZMAT is accounted for. HAZMAT also changed their hours to 24 hours a day at sea. “We wanted to change the climate of checking out HAZMAT,” said Logistics Specialist 1st Class Josh Pilgrim. “When Sailors are about to perform maintenance, I don’t want them saying ‘Oh No, I’m going to be there for two hours.’ I want them to be in and out in ten minutes. We’re now open around the clock.” HAZMAT Sailors said that with most new programs there are learning curves but Bataan Sailors are very flexible and are adapting to change well. “At first there was a little confusion trying to get everyone accustomed to the new way of doing things,” Moncrieffe said. “Now things are going great with a lot fewer problems.” Moncrieffe added, the department representatives are here to implement a safe, healthy environment when it comes to HAZMAT.

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Gettysburg assists mariners in distress By Lt. Ryan de Vera Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs

For that crew to know that they can trust us and that we are here to help means that we did our job today.” - Ensign James Barksdale, boat officer

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Guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) provided humanitarian assistance to three Iranian mariners on an adrift dhow in the Gulf of Oman, Feb. 16. Gettysburg stopped to render assistance at approximately 7:30 a.m. after being signaled by the mariners aboard the vessel, approximately 45 miles north of Muscat, Oman. According to the mariners, they had run out of food and drinking water, and had an inoperable engine. Gettysburg Sailors initially provided food and water for the mariners using a rigid-hull inflatable boat. “Our ability to help our fellow mariners is absolutely vital,” said Ensign James Barksdale, boat officer. “In this case, we were

able to provide food and water to allow these mariners to return home safely. For that crew to know that they can trust us and that we are here to help means that we did our job today.” At approximately 5:30 p.m., the mariners were transferred to Gettysburg and seen by medical professionals to ensure their health and safety. The mariners were assessed as being dehydrated and given food and water. They were also provided facilities to shower and were given fresh clothing. Capt. Brad Cooper, USS Gettysburg commanding officer, led the on-scene assistance efforts. “Today is another great example of what U.S. Navy forward presence does to add to the stability of the region,” said Cooper. “We are so pleased to have been in a position to help our fellow mariners who would otherwise

have been in a potentially lifethreatening situation.” The mariners will remain on Gettysburg overnight while arrangements for their safe return ashore are being made. Rear Adm. Kevin Sweeney, Commander, Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, commended Gettysburg for their efforts. “This is another example of why U.S. naval presence in this region is so vitally important,” said Sweeney. “Through humanitarian acts like this one executed so professionally by the crew of Gettysburg, we continue to build trust and confidence throughout the Gulf region.” Gettysburg is currently deployed as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation in the U. S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

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blackhistorymonth Retired Air Force Master Sgt. Ezra M. Hill, Sr., an Original Tuskegee Airmen, addresses Sailors at Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic (COMNAVAIRLANT). COMNAVAIRLANT Multicultural Committee hosted Hill in celebration of African-American/ Black History Month.

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Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic (CNAL) celebrated African-American/ Black History Month, Feb. 19, by hosting an Original Tuskegee Airmen (DOTA). The CNAL Multicultural Committee organized the event which featured retired Air Force Master Sgt. Ezra M. Hill, Sr., a DOTA. While assigned to crash and salvage duties in 1947, Hill heroically helped remove Col. B.O. Davis, Jr., from his damaged aircraft upon landing at Lockbourne Air Force Base in Ohio. This unselfish act, among others, sealed their friendship for life. Davis was the leader of the famed Tuskegee Airmen and later became the first black three-star general. On behalf of the Tuskegee Airmen, Hill accepted the Congressional Gold Medal from President George W. Bush, March 29, 2007. The Tuskegee Airmen are regarded as an elite group of AfricanAmerican pilots, pioneers in equality and integration of the Armed Forces. “Everyone can be measured by the same 12 inches; the distance from your head to your heart,” said Hill. “It’s not the color of your skin that determines your ability, it’s the strength of your character.”

From 1942 to 1946, 992 airmen graduated from the Tuskegee Army Air Field in Tuskegee, Ala. But it wasn’t until 1948 that President Harry Truman signed Executive Order 9981 which called for the equal treatment and opportunity for all service members. Hill, who enlisted in 1947, recalls facing challenges not only from the military, but from the civilian community as well. “Fighting the Germans was a Sunday picnic compared to what we faced back home,” said Hill. “When we returned from the war, we were treated like our sacrifices meant nothing. I’m here to tell you today that it meant something.” “They created hope for the future as they paved their way through history,” said Lt. Cmdr. Rachelle McPherson, CNAL force medical administration officer. African-Americans have served honorably in every major armed conflict since the Revolutionary War. This year, Navy commands are celebrating the theme, “Civil Rights in America,” as we pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. “Knowledge is power,” said Logistics Specialist 1st Class Jonathan Estrella, the president of the Multicultural Committee. “Knowing what Americans went through and all the barriers that we have overcome is remarkable.”

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Carrier Strike Group 2 (CSG-2) held a change of command ceremony on board the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), Feb. 17, where Rear Adm. DeWolfe Miller relieved Rear Adm. John C. Aquilino. Aquilino assumed command of CSG-2 in March of last year. While in command, Aquilino led the strike group throughout its preparations for the strike group’s second deployment to the 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibilities. “This past year has been about building the finest strike group to date,” said Aquilino. “Thanks to the commitment and selflessness of the major commanders everyone was able to come together and make that happen.” Under Aquilino’s guidance, CSG-2 trained to become a fully integrated team, qualified and ready to operate at the tip of the spear. “The crew should be extremely proud,” said Aquilino. “They are the best trained group I have ever seen. This is an unbelievable team all the way down to the deck plates. Our success is due to the tremendous effort from our youngest Sailors all the way up through the commanders.” This will be a return to Bush for Miller, who served as the ship’s commanding officer previously. “It’s beyond words how blessed I feel to be part of this strike group again,” said Miller. “The quality of everyone involved in the strike group is unbelievable. Adm. Aquilino

needs to be commended, and I’m honored to follow in his footsteps. The attitude, professionalism and morale of the crew is immediately evident everywhere I go. This team is better prepared than anyone who has done this previously. Everyone who has been part of training and evaluating this strike group can’t get away from saying the words ‘best ever.’” Miller was previously serving as the director, ISR Capabilities Division in the Office of Chief Of Naval Operations. Miller hails fromYork, Pa., and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1981. He holds a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University and is a national security management fellow of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, N.Y. “What gets me pumped up is meeting and talking to Sailors who are fired up to be here,” said Miller. “I am also so thankful for our Sailors’ families and support structures back home. We could not do this job without them.” CSG-2 operated in complex training environments throughout the last year safely and effectively. “We will soon be the carrier strike group on watch,” said Miller. “The team is prepared to put its training to use and respond to the challenges we will face during deployment. We need to sustain our level of excellence, continue to grow and bring everyone back home safely.” Aquilino leaves for Hawaii to become the director of operations, Pacific Fleet.


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The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) is underway for her independent deployer certification exercise (IDCERTEX).

LEYTE GULF GETS UNDERWAY By Ensign John Stevens USS Leyte Gulf Public Affairs

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With one long-awaited blast of the ship’s whistle, guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) got underway for her independent deployer certification exercise (IDCERTEX). The ship will conduct exercises focusing on air defense and maritime security operations (MSO) that were recently postponed due to inclement weather. Leyte Gulf completed most of her required certifications in November and December 2013, during their composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX). Air Defense Officer Lt. j.g. Michael Shea said this is a chance to flex multiple skill sets and techniques that the ship’s crew learned during previous training. “It’s a good opportunity for the surface warfare coordinator to get control of some fixed-wing aircraft,” said Shea. “The more reps and sets you get, the better you’ll be. This will make us a better team.” While sharpening her air defense is the primary focus for Leyte Gulf, IDCERTEX will challenge the crew in other ways as well. The ship’s visit, board, search, and seizure needs one more training evolution to certify for deployment. “OurteamcametogetherreallywellduringCOMPTUEX,” said Lt. j.g. Andrew Hetzner. “We learned a lot, and with the right planning and training we were able to do a great job on the boarding exercises. I’m confident the team will perform above and beyond expectations again this time out.” MSO drills focus on protecting key infrastructure wherever the ship is deployed, helping to promote the free flow of global trade and to foster regional prosperity. “The seas are more dangerous now than ever with the threat of piracy and terrorism,” added Hetzner. “Our goal as a boarding team is to make [the seas] safer for those mariners and merchants who share them with us.”

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Program trains Sailors, families to be financially stable MC3 Wesley T. Buckett USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs

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The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center (NMCPHC) announced the release of a Healthy Living Public Service Announcement (PSA), Feb. 19. The Healthy Living PSA is part of NMCPHC’s ongoing Health Promotion and Wellness (HPW) Campaign, and walks viewers through a day in the life of a male and female Sailor making healthy choices in order to facilitate readiness and resilience, prevent illness and injury, hasten recovery, and promote lifelong healthy behaviors. “Sailors and Marines face a variety of everyday lifestyle decisions, whether it’s finding the right exercise routine, such as Navy Operational Fitness and Fueling Series (NOFFS), to better meet operational duties, making healthy food

choices, or choosing not to use tobacco for optimal performance,” said Cmdr. Connie Scott, registered dietician and NMCPHC HPW department head. “It’s those concerns that led us to develop the Healthy Living PSA.” It’s important that Sailors and Marines maintain a healthy body weight and body fat percentage, get the recommended amount of physical activity and exercise, live tobacco free, and consume the recommended nutrients from food so they can stay fit for service. The PSA features Interior Communications Electrician 3rd Class Anna Rodriguez and Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Neil Mendoza, both Command Fitness Leaders (CFLs), who shared their perspective on the importance of active living and proper nutrition to encourage other Sailors to make healthy lifestyle decisions that help combat the heightened obesity rates among active duty service mem-

bers, improve performance, and support resilience and readiness. “I spend the day running up and down, anywhere from the eighth deck to 04 level, 05 level, up to the mast and Windbirds. If I’m not healthy, if I’m not in shape, I’m not going to make it through the day. So I definitely need to keep healthy to reach my full potential,” said Rodriguez. “When I eat breakfast, not only do I feel better, but my day goes better,” added Mendoza. There are two versions, a 60-second PSA and a 2-minute PSA. Check out and share these videos and others on NMCPHC’s YouTube channel: www. youtube.com/user/NMCPHC To learn more about the HPW campaign and access and download materials, visit the NMCPHC Health Promotion and Wellness homepage, www. med.navy.mil/sites/nmcphc/healthpromotion.

Sailors from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) joined Sailors from other area commands for a “Million Dollar Sailor” financial planning course at Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) in Newport News, Feb. 20. The course is designed for service members and their families who want to become more financially stable. The class covered topics such as financial goal setting and implementation, debt reduction, saving, investing and long-term wealth building. “The “Million Dollar Sailor” program is used to educate Sailors on properly managing their finances,” said Faye Smith, an accredited financial counselor for the FFSC. According to Smith, with the course’s training, Sailors and their families can develop skills to benefit themselves and give them the knowledge they need to stay stable for the rest of their lives. “Sailors are encouraged to bring their spouses to the classes,” said Smith. “This is important as well because while Sailors are deployed, their spouses can continue to properly manage the finances.” Operations Specialist Seaman Edgar Barraza, a Lincoln Sailor, explained why he signed up for the program. “My department was where I first heard of the program and I was immediately interested,” said Barraza. “Hopefully this will allow me to manage my finances more efficiently to stay out of debt. I learned a few things about money handling that I didn’t know before.” The two-day interactive program was developed by getting a wide range of ideas from several professionals from different areas. “This program originated in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii from a financial counselor who wanted to give Sailors an overall picture about where their money is going and he helped develop it,” said Smith. “He coordinated with developers in other areas to get this program off the ground and it’s been great so far.” The course is one of 16 Personal Financial Management Programs offered at FFSC. Any service member who is interested in learning how to take better care of their money can take the course. “With tools learned from the program, a Sailor could potentially be a millionaire by the time they plan to retire from the Navy,” said Smith. Lincoln is currently undergoing refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries.

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FLAGSHIPNEWS.COM | FEB 27, 2014 | THE FLAGSHIP | A7 Sonar Technician (Surface) 1st Class Andrew Mulch, an instructor at Center for Security Forces Detachment Chesapeake, demonstrates the operation of a .50-caliber machine gun used in the weapons simulator to Commander, Naval Education and Training Command Rear Adm. Mike White.

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BATAAN ARG ENTERS U.S. 6TH FLEET By MC1(SW/AW) John J. Belanger USS Bataan Public Affairs

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The Bataan Amphibious Readiness Group (BATARG) with embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) entered U.S. 6th Fleet’s area of operations, Feb. 16. While in theater, approximately 4,000 U.S. Sailors and Marines assigned to the BATARG and 22nd MEU will serve in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) before transiting to the U.S. 5th Fleet. While on station, the BATARG and 22nd MEU will support theater security cooperation and provide a forward naval presence by providing crisis response capabilities, humanitarian assistance, disaster relief and combat operations. “The Sailors and Marines of the BATARG and the 22nd MEU have trained hard over the past year and have proven our team is ready to handle the task at hand,” said Bataan Commanding Officer Capt. George Vassilakis. “We’re now ‘at the ready’ to answer our nation’s call.” The BATARG is commanded by Capt. Neil A. Karnes, Commodore, Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) Six, and comprises the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19), and amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44). Bataan, commanded by Capt. George Vassilakis, left her homeport in Norfolk, Feb. 8, on a regularly-scheduled deployment as the flagship of the Bataan Amphibious Readiness Group. The 22nd MEU is commanded by Col. William R. Dunn and comprises a ground combat element, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment; aviation combat element, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Reinforced); logistics combat element, Combat Logistics Battalion 22; and its command element. The BATARG and 22nd MEU team will provide combatant commanders a versatile sea-based, expeditionary force that can be tailored to a variety of missions, including quick reaction crisis response options in maritime, littoral and inland environments in support of the nation’s maritime strategy.

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Rear Adm. Mike White, Commander, Naval Education and Training Command (NETC), visited the Center for Security Forces (CENSECFOR), Feb. 19. NETC is one of the largest shore commands in the U.S. Navy. It not only provides training for Navy personnel, it also trains Marine Corps, Army, and Air Force personnel as well as international students from allied nations around the world. White and party were greeted by the Center’s executive leadership at the Center for Security Forces Detachment Chesapeake. White observed several training evolutions and took time to meet and speak with the training staff and students. “I always like the chance to look you in the eye and say thank you for choosing to serve,” said White speaking to students attending crew-served weapons training. “When you think about our nation and the small percentage of folks that will don a uniform, particularly in the business of using live weapons and being able to take on dangerous jobs, you are a very small portion of our country and I am very proud of you.” White also reinforced to students that the skills they are learning in class are indeed being used in the fleet, citing his recent deployment as Commander, Carrier Strike Group 11. One of the stops included observing a visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) class learning defensive tactics during their first week of training.

The purpose of teaching defensive tactics is not to turn Sailors into martial arts experts. It is to teach them close quarter survival skills for situations when using their primary or secondary weapon is not a viable option. The tour also included a stop at the indoor climbing tower where students learn the techniques of climbing, rappelling and inspecting large shipping containers at sea. “This is the climbing tower and the Jacob’s ladder climb is one of the prerequisites for VBSS students. They must make the climb in two-minutes wearing a weighted vest. The vest is approximately 30 pounds and accounts for all gear, weapons and ammunition,” said Chief Master-at-Arms David Paoletti, an instructor. Paoletti also presented other pieces of gear and rigging that VBSS teams use in boarding operations. Being no stranger to VBSS, White shared that search and seizure operations played an important role during his last deployment. “During our time in 5th Fleet, boardings were an important part of maintaining stability in the region and were common occurrences,” said White. Adjacent to the climbing tower is the “Ship-on-Land” trainer where students learn basic and advanced techniques and procedures to serve on a Security Reaction Force team. Students learn skills such as tactical team movements, how to effectively clear spaces, repel threats at entry control points, and much more.

■ what they do The Center for Security Forces provides specialized training to more than 28,000 students each year. It has 14 training locations across the U.S. and around the world.

The high point of the tour was visiting the modular indoor firing range and the Small Arms Weapons Simulator (SAWS). On the modular range, White demonstrated his proficiency with the M9 Service Pistol and the M4 Service Rifle. The M240 medium and .50-caliber machine guns were the highlight of visiting the SAWS. These advanced simulators allow Sailors to learn both basic and advanced handling and operation for small arms and crew-served weapons in a controlled non-live fire environment. The tour culminated with a visit to “Red Range” where the VBSS Force Protection Ship Simulator (FPSS) is located. In their third week of training, a class was on site performing boarding operations and engaging in scenario-based tactics. The FPSS is a mock version of a civilian, non-commercial, vessel. From the details on the bridge to the low level lighting in the engine room, the layout mimics all the sights, sounds, smells and obstacles that would be commonly found on such a vessel. The FPSS provides the means for students to apply the VBSS skills they have learned through realistic role-playing scenarios. White had opportunity to observe students board the mock ship, proceed to the bridge, detain crew members, and make their way to the engine room all the while clearing and inspecting spaces along the way.

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Below: A “dummy” victim lays in front of an aircraft fire-trainer during exercise Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield 2014 at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story.

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Local commands participate in Exercise Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield 2014 Exercise is Navy’s largest antiterrorism and force protection training

Firefighters with Navy Region Mid-Atlantic (NRMA) Fire and Emergency Services extinguish a fire on an aircraft firetrainer during exercise Solid Curtain/ Citadel Shield 2014 at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story.

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MC2 (SW) Marcus L. Stanley Above: Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) agents enter the Personnel Support Detachment office at Naval Station Mayport during a Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield 2014 active shooter and hostage drill. Right: Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Anthony Crooks clears the side of the Supply department at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., during a Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield 2014 active shooter and hostage drill.

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the types of accreditation Continued from front And when a Sailor’s benefit is spent, it’s spent.” According to Raymond Sayre, director of the Navy College Office in San Diego, there are three kinds of accreditation. One is regional, which is granted by an accrediting organization in one of six regions in the United States. “Regional accrediting organizations review educational institutions as a whole,” he said. “Schools with regionally accredited programs focus on academic theory for a full range of degrees from accounting to zoology at all educational levels.” National accreditation is another type. Sayre said nationally accredited institutions fill a different educational need than those with regional accreditation. “The real difference is that national accrediting bodies focus on operational/technical skills. These accreditors tend to focus on a particular discipline such as business or technical skills, or distance learning,” he said. The third kind is accreditation for specialized programs and single-purpose organizations. A specialized accreditation is typically granted for a particular section or discipline within a regionally accredited educational institution, such as for a school’s law, medical or engineering program. “The key for Sailors is to understand how accreditation directly relates to their educational goals,” he said. “This is part of why Navy College Program education professionals exist – to help Sailors make the best choice for them.” Sayre pointed out that one type of accreditation isn’t necessarily better than the others; it is simply contingent on the student’s objectives. “It depends on what professional path Sailors are choosing,” he said. A handful of schools have both regional and national accreditation, but Sayre said it isn’t common. Gary Henwood, an educational services specialist at Navy College Office (NCO)

Whidbey Island, Wash., said it’s important for Sailors to view their school choice in the broader spectrum of their current – and future – educational goals. “When Sailors apply for commissioning programs such as Medical Enlisted Commissioning Program or Seamanto-Admiral 21, the participating universities and colleges are regionally accredited and may not accept credits from nationally accredited schools.” For this reason, Henwood advises Sailors specifically trying for a commission to ensure they attend an accredited school whose credits are transferable to other programs since it’s up to each school what transfer credits it will accept. Sailors not applying for a commissioning program should still carefully consider how they’re using the Tuition Assistance program to complete classes toward their degree, or it could result in bad news. Henwood gave an example of a Sailor he worked with last year who completed a Bachelor of Science in Business from a nationally accredited school, which he used Navy Tuition Assistance to complete. He then applied to a regionally accredited school’s MBA program, but that school didn’t honor his bachelor’s degree. “Because the Navy only pays for one bachelor’s degree, he will have to go back and pay out-of-pocket for a regionally accredited degree program or return to the original school for its MBA, which limits his choices.” The U.S. Department of Education has a College Navigator (http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/) on its website to assist students in evaluating schools in areas such as costs, financial aid access and graduation rates. Sayre said Sailors should thoroughly research schools and ask the right questions. “Any school an individual is going to invest in should be ‘checked out’ to ensure the institution is able to meet the needs and long-term goals of the individual.”

Command builds camaraderie through friendly competition By CTTC Christopher Hallissy Commander, Carrier Strike Group 8

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Sailors assigned to Commander, Carrier Strike Group Eight conducted a joint physical training event on Norfolk Naval Station, Feb. 19. The group of 21 Sailors, consisting of members of the command’s Chiefs Mess, First Class Petty Officer Association and the Junior Enlisted Association, gathered in the Q-80 Gymnasium for a light-hearted game of Volleyball. “This is a great opportunity to get together outside of work and continue to establish relationships between these three associations,” said Chief Intel-

CTTC Christopher Hallissy Sailors from Commander, Carrier Strike Group Eight, pose together after a friendly competition of Volleyball at the Q-80 gym on Naval Station Norfolk, Feb. 19.

ligence Specialist John Steel. “It was an astounding success and I look forward to making this a quarterly event to ensure that the bonds that we have established will continue to be cultivated.” Although a final score was not tallied, it was clear that all involved took something from this collaborative effort to close the gap between the three groups of Sailors.

“I am very pleased with how this event turned out,” said Chief Cryptologic Technician (Technical) Christopher Hallissy. “I didn’t necessarily understand the magnitude of this event during the planning stages, but once we were all inside the gym, it struck me how enormous of a statement we were making by bringing these Sailors together.”

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NMCB 3 TONGA CCAD GOES FROM 0 TO 100 Photo by Army Master Sgt. Terrence L. Hayes Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, left, talks with Louis Banks, a Vietnam-era Air Force veteran, at Banks’ home in the Algiers area of New Orleans, Feb. 14.

By MC1 Chris Fahey Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3

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Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3, collaborated with Tongan locals to build disaster response center, Feb. 19. When Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3 arrived to Tonga’s Te’ekiu community September 2013 for a sixmonth deployment, the 25person Construction Civic Action Detail (CCAD) faced a difficult challenge – build a more than $650,000 community hall and disaster response center atop years of layered pig feces and rotten succubae, under hostile weather conditions using locally procured materials from an unpredictable supply system. Although unsettling, Seabees are used to working in these kinds of austere environments and are no strangers to innovative engineering necessitated by either combat or natural inhibitors. This project however, represented the most costly investment of all scheduled construction during NMCB 3’s recently completed Pacific region deployment and offered no secondary option for handing off an uncompleted project to a relieving battalion. Meaning, if NMCB 3 failed to complete the building, Tonga failed to receive the only structure on the island they could use to manage severe natural disasters. Without fail, construction needed to steam from zero percent to 100 percent completion under budget, on time and meet all relevant quality assurance codes – a process known by Seabees as going from zero to 100. “When we got here, there was nothing,” said NMCB 3 Tonga CCAD’s Senior Enlisted Leader Senior Chief Utilitiesman Steve Harvey. “We had the construction plans and a shared vision – that’s it.” With that vision, the Seabees moved in with their engineering counterparts from the Tongan Defence Service (TDS) at a local base and began forging a friendship that would become responsible for the team’s overall success. From the first step to the last, the Seabee-TDS team conquered hurdle after hurdle to erect the steel and stone 710-square foot building. Under time and budget constraints, mistakes had to be marginal to make the project a success. Anything that would affect either the construction timeline or budget had to be managed with an almost surreal precision to successfully complete the project on time. “We didn't fail – not even close,” said NMCB 3 Tonga CCAD Officer-in-Charge Lt. Justin Webb. “We completed our project under our allotted budget and with nearly 500 fewer man-hours.”

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DOD works with NBA to improve troops’ transition assistance MC1 Chris Fahey Navy Lt. Justin Webb, officer-in-charge of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3’s Construction Civic Action Detail (CCAD) in Tonga, presents Tonga’s Crown Prince His Royal Highness Tupouto’a Ulukalala with a pair of scissors used to formally announce the opening of a new 710-square foot community hall and disaster response center.

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The crew of Stennis spent eight months serving as the primary platform for aviation support to coalition forces in Afghanistan and returned to Bremerton, Wash., in May 2013 to start a 16month dry dock period. “While this has been a challenging tempo, our crew has answered the call every time, and, along with the men and women of Carrier Air Wing 9, was recognized as the 2012 Ramage Award winners for carrier and air wing operational excellence,” said Stennis Commanding Officer Capt. Mike Wettlaufer.

As the Defense Department looks for ways to ease the difficult process of transitioning from service member to civilian, it’s also seeking out companies in the private sector who can help lead the way in training and hiring veterans, said Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. One of those organizations, the National Basketball Association (NBA), was already searching for ways to broaden their interaction with service members, said Kim Bohuny, senior vice president, Basketball OperationsInternational for the NBA. The NBA has a 10-year history of helping active duty service members, veterans and their families through the Hoops for Troops program, Bohuny said. Since 2004, Hoops for Troops has been the NBA’s umbrella organization for volunteer projects directed at military members and veterans, she said. As part of the program, NBA teams and USA Basketball (USAB) arranged their own volunteer opportunities during the playing season. “Because of the tremendous success we’ve seen with our troops … our new commissioner Adam Silver said, ‘I want to make this a year-round program with [Womans National Basketball Association (WNBA)], NBA and USAB programming,’” Bohuny said. So, earlier this year the NBA reached out to the Defense Department, and over All-Star Weekend in New Orleans – Feb. 14 -16 – launched the expanded Hoops for Troops program with Battaglia’s help.

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New optimized fleet response plan being implemented By MC1 Peggy Trujillo Defense Media Activity

Families gather on the pier in the shadow of the 80,000-ton aircraft carrier looming behind them. While there are many tearful goodbyes, the Sailors and their families have prepared for this day. The crew of more than 5,000 Sailors are getting underway to steam halfway around the world, prepared to execute whatever tasking is handed down from higher authority. Unfortunately, as world demand has increased predictable underway schedules have become less common, leaving Sailors and their families unsure of when they will see each other – or when they will have to say goodbye – again. The crew of USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) certainly understands this dilemma. After spending the first half of 2011 completing training and certification, the ship departed Naval Base Kitsap, Wash., in July for a scheduled seven-month deployment to support Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. They returned home in March of 2012. Designated as the surge-ready carrier, the commanding officer was notified a mere four months after returning that the ship needed to deploy in August to the 5th Fleet area of operations.

MCSN Jose L. Hernandez Lt. David Elkins hugs his son on the pier during a homecoming celebration for the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) after returning from an eightmonth deployment

21st Century Sailor Office Director visits MA ‘A’ school By MAC Jesse Lindsey Center for Security Forces Public Affairs

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The Director of 21st Century Sailor Office held an all-hands calls with Sailors at Naval Technical Training Center on Lackland Air Force Base, Feb. 19. Rear Adm. Sean Buck began his visit at the school by having breakfast with students of the graduating class of Master-at-Arms “A” School. He took time to speak with students on a variety of topics such as bystander intervention, physical readiness and substance abuse. “How many of you are super saturated with SAPR [(Sexual Assault Preven-

■ the office The 21st Century Sailor office serves as the Navy lead on suicide prevention, sexual assault prevention and response, hazing prevention, fitness and nutrition, personal and family readiness, and the “Keep What You’ve Earned” campaign.

tion and Response)] training?” asked Buck as Sailors raised their hands to include Buck himself. “There is a real good reason why we are still doing SAPR training [and that is] because sexual assault is still happening,” said Buck. “When we receive training to try and change human behavior, the shelf life [for that] training is about 90 days unless you revisit the topic.” Buck went on to say SAPR training would continue to be a part of the Navy’s “Modus Operandi,” which means a particular way or method for doing something. As he prepared to congratulate the graduating class, Buck took a few mo-

ments to discuss the results of positive peer pressure. He expressed that Sailors must always look out for one another in order to remain resilient. “It’s not an on and off switch, [but rather] it’s a 25-year journey to change a culture and change destructive behaviors,” said Buck. Buck also met with the E-6 and below staff at the school in order to solicit feedback on how 21st Century Sailor Office programs are affecting the everyday lives of Sailors. “I want feedback,” Buck stated. “I want to know how we can make our programs better.”

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Dealing with the job you have… even if you hate it By Allison Treloar In Gear Career

spouse or friend can be a helpful coping mechanism. Everyone needs to vent every now and again, but you must be careful who is on the receiving end of your complaints. Expressing your negative feelings to coworkers will almost certainly make their way to your boss, which can put your job in jeopardy and earn you the title of “Office Drama Queen.” This is not to say that you must smile and pretend like everything is wonderful at work when it’s not. If you have a legitimate concern or issue that needs to be addressed, by all means discuss it with your supervisor, but approach it in a way that offers solutions to the problem, rather than focusing on shortcomings of the personalities involved.

There’s an old saying: “If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” A lifetime of career bliss and fulfillment await the lucky few that figure out how to make a vocation out of their passion. The rest of us mere mortals, however, will likely face periods in our careers when we’re simply not enjoying our jobs. But even if you aren’t happy with your current job, you owe it to yourself to proactively improve your current situation or find a new position that will help you reach your professional goals (and hopefully restore some semblance of your sanity). Here are seven strategies to help you cope and find a little career happiness along the way: 3. Don’t neglect your needs It’s very easy to fall into the habit of 1. Remind yourself that this isn't focusing all your energy on the cause permanent of your unhappiness in an attempt to When you are unhappy with a improve the situation. Unfortunately, situation, particularly a job, it's easy this approach often backfires, comto think that things will never im- pounding the stress you’re feeling, prove and you will be stuck forever. and creating additional friction in Not only is this way of thinking self- other areas of your life. defeating, it simply isn’t true, espeYour focus should be on striving cially for those living the transient to achieve balance in your life – and military lifestyle. leaving work at work. Organize your According to the Bureau of Labor schedule to include time at end of Statistics, workers change jobs (on each day for an activity you enjoy average) every 18 months to two (such as doing a crossword puzzle, years. This means that the average working out or reading); this way you person will have 15-20 jobs over the will be motivated and have something course of their career, so don’t beat to look forward to throughout the day. yourself up if you feel like your current job is just not the right fit. Change 4. Always be improving is a constant. And that’s a good thing. While your job as a whole might not make you happy, the fact that it 2. Fight the urge to complain— is an ongoing opportunity to develop especially at the office and hone new skills should give you Sharing your problems with a some comfort.

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Use your job as an opportunity to learn new (and improve existing) skills: volunteer to take on a project outside your normal scope of responsibilities. Make use of your company’s training resources; take a course online or through your local community college. The skills you learn may lead to new opportunities at your present company and will make you more marketable to future employers.

Take advantage of the career resources offered through Fleet & Family Services, such as resume writing and interviewing practice. Create and/or update your LinkedIn profile and connect with past coworkers and others who work in your desired industry. More importantly, build your professional network by joining professional organizations (such as In Gear Career) and attending their events. Remember that everyone you meet is a potential 5. Use your time wisely connection who could help you adIf the mere thought of going to vance your career goals. your job each morning brings on an overwhelming sense of soul-crush- 7. Get some perspective ing dread and pit of your stomach If despite trying all the strategies anxiety, then you need to dedicate above, you still feel miserable, it’s time each day to searching for a new time to take a step back and get some one – stat! perspective on your situation. In this Yes, you are probably stretched economy there are many people who thin with job and family commit- would be thrilled to have a job – any ments, but if you start now you can job. So while yours may be far from focus on finding the right job for ideal, it enables you to put food on you. If you wait until you quit your the table and have a roof over your current job (or get fired) to begin head. Adjusting your perspective looking, you will be job hunting out won’t make your ideal job suddenof desperation and more likely to get ly appear or make your job-related stuck with another job you hate be- problems disappear, but it will help cause it is the only option available. you cope until they do. In Gear Career is a non-profit 6. Put yourself out there organization dedicated to assistIf you have decided that finding a ing career-minded military spouses. new job is the best solution to your Spouses who wish to build their casituation, you have to be proactive reers alongside their service memand seek out opportunities. (Contrary bers can get free advice, obtain reto popular belief, good things do not sources and network with each other come to those who wait. Those who regardless of location. Visit www. wait often miss opportunities!) ingearcareer.org for more details.

Know your resources with your local FFSC Mid-Atlantic Fleet and Family Support Centers (FFSC) programs and services are designed to help you make the most of your military experience... and they’re all available to you at no cost. Functions and/or services FFSC provides: ■ Clinical Counseling(Individual, Couples, and Child Counseling ) ■ Personal Financial Management ■ Information & Referral ■ Family Employment Assistance ■ Transition Assistance ■ Family Advocacy Program ■ Deployment and Mobilization Support ■ Ombudsman Support ■ Relocation Assistance ■ Parenting Programs ■ Stress and Anger Management ■ Command Support ■ Crisis Support ■ Suicide Prevention ■ Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Support

TRICARE For Life begins notifications for pharmacy program Tricare FALLS CHURCH, VA.

TRICARE For Life beneficiaries soon will receive letters guiding them to TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery or a military pharmacy for some prescriptions as part of a congressionally mandated pilot program, officials of the military health care plan said. TRICARE For Life is secondary coverage for TRICARE beneficiaries who have both Medicare Parts A and B in the United States and U.S. territories. Starting this week, officials will send letters to affected TRICARE For Life beneficiaries notifying them of the pilot program.

The pilot program starts March 15, and it requires beneficiaries who use TRICARE For Life to get certain medications through Home Delivery or at a military pharmacy. The program applies to refills of maintenance medications taken regularly for chronic conditions, officials said. As part of the pilot program, officials added, TRICARE will stop paying for these medications from a retail pharmacy. But they noted that the program does not apply to medications for acute conditions taken for a limited time, such as antibiotics or pain medications or any generic medications. At this time, they said, it also does not apply to generic drugs. Congress mandated the pilot program in the 2013 National Defense

Authorization Act. It will last for five years, but beneficiaries may choose to opt out after filling an affected prescription under the pilot program through Home Delivery for one year. Beneficiaries will be notified if they are taking a medication covered under the program. They will have two “courtesy fills” available through a retail pharmacy before they are responsible for the entire cost of their medication. Beneficiaries may call the TRICARE pharmacy contractor, Express Scripts, at (877) 882-3335 or visit the Express Scripts website to switch to Home Delivery or with questions about their medications. To switch a prescription to a military pharmacy, beneficiaries may

need to get a new prescription from their doctor, officials said. Some people are exempt, including people with another prescription drug plan or people living overseas. People living in a nursing home may contact Express Scripts to request a waiver from the pilot program. TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery offers beneficiaries a 90-day supply of their medication with no copays for generic drugs and $13 for brand-name drugs. Switching from a retail pharmacy to Home Delivery can save TRICARE beneficiaries up to $152 every year for each prescription, officials said. Beneficiaries also can save by asking their doctor to write them a prescription for a generic version of their medication, they added.

VICE PRESIDENT’S WIFE URGES SUPPORT FOR MILITARY FAMILIES By Claudette Roulo American Forces Press Service

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Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, joined former president George W. Bush today at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas to discuss ways to support transitioning service members and their families. Biden said one of the best parts of her role as second lady is getting to spend time with veterans and military families. “As I travel across the country and the world, I am always inspired by the strength and the resilience of our military families,” she said. Though the military makes up just 1 percent of the U.S. population, Biden said, she wants to make sure the remaining 99 percent supports them in every way they can. “Our military families have done so much for our country, and each of us can do something in return,” she said. This is why, in 2011, First Lady Michelle Obama and Biden teamed up to

start Joining Forces, a national initiative to encourage all sectors of society to support service members, families and veterans, Biden said. Since its founding, Joining Forces has helped to create jobs by partnering with businesses and industries. The corporations range from McDonald’s -- which has hired more than 50,000 veterans in less than three years – to CitiBank to AT&T. And last week, the first lady announced that more than 100 companies in the construction industry have agreed to hire more than 100,000 veterans over the next five years. “Companies big and small are stepping up, not just because it’s the patriotic thing to do, but because it’s the smart thing to do,” she said. “They know that our service men and women are some of the highestskilled, hardest-working employees they will ever have.” In addition to hiring initiatives, Joining Forces has helped educators double down on their efforts to help military families, she said. “There are military children in every

school district in our country, and often teachers, counselors and other students really have no idea that these children have a parent who is serving in the military,” Biden noted. Answering the call to raise awareness of the issues facing military children, the Military Children Education Coalition and the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education launched Operation Educate the Educators. The program prepares student teachers at more than 100 colleges of education to better understand and meet the needs of military-connected children. “Sometimes it’s the littlest things that matter most [to military families. … That’s what Joining Forces is all about -- commitments that might reach thousands of veterans, to single acts of kindness to make all the difference,” Biden said. “There is no greater priority that we as a country have than to fill what my husband, Joe, calls our nation’s most sacred obligation -- serving our returning troops and their families as well as they have served us,” she added.

■ more to come the first lady announced that more than 100 companies in the construction industry have agreed to hire more than 100,000 veterans over the next five years. Learn more about Joining Forces by visiting joiningforces. gov.

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Keel laying for eleventh LCS, the future Sioux City ■ about the ship PEO LCS is responsible for delivering and sustaining credible littoral mission capabilities to the fleet and is working with industry to achieve steady production to increase production efficiencies and leverage cost savings. Delivering high-quality warfighting assets while balancing affordability and capability is key to supporting the Navy’s Maritime Strategy.

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The Navy and Lockheed Martin, with Marinette Marine Corp., held a keel laying ceremony Feb. 19, for the future USS Sioux City (LCS 11), the Navy’s 11th littoral combat ship (LCS). The keel laying ceremony recognizes the first joining together of a ship’s components. While modern shipbuilding processes allow advanced fabrication of individual modules, laying the keel represents the formal beginning in the life of a ship. LCS 11 is the first Navy ship to be named after Sioux City, Iowa. Ship sponsor Mary Winnefeld, wife of Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. James “Sandy” Winnefeld, Jr., authenticated the keel by having her initials welded into a sheet of the ship’s hull. “I’m both honored and delighted to be back in my home state of Wisconsin as the sponsor of Sioux City,” said Mary. “It’s been a real privilege to meet the great Americans who are building this versatile ship, and I thank them in advance for their quality work. I look forward to meeting her crew soon, being part of her family, and bringing our ship to life when she’s commissioned.” Littoral combat ships are high-speed, agile, shallow draft, mission-focused surface warships designed for operations in the littoral, or coastal, environment (within 300 nautical miles of land), yet fully capable of open ocean operations. The ship is expected to deliver to the fleet in 2017. “We are acknowledging an important milestone in the life of the newest littoral combat ship, and we are also celebrating a monumental leap forward in the strength, capability, and flexibility of the Navy’s future surface fleet. LCS 11 and the entire LCS class are truly without precedent in our national defense arsenal – breaking new ground in Navy acquisition, ship design, and warfighting technology,” said Capt. Tom Anderson, LCS program manager.

U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin Mary Winnefeld, second from left, wife of Adm. James Winnefeld Jr., the vice chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, watches as her initials are welded into the keel of the future littoral combat ship USS Sioux City (LCS 11).

NAVSUP weapon systems support enhances fleet readiness, saves millions By Sarah Glinski NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support Office of Corporate Communications

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NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support (NAVSUP WSS) officials announced, Feb. 18, that an initiative to modify spare F/A-18 Hornet windshield panels to fit F/A-18E/F Super Hornets and EA-18G Growlers, has received final approval to proceed. The initiative, known as the F/A-18 Windshield Logistics Engineering Change Proposal (LECP), will save the Navy approximately $8 million in fiscal years 2015 and 2016. The savings will be obtained by converting and reusing Legacy Hornet C and D model windshield inventory into Super Hornet and Growler E/F/G windshield assemblies, thereby eliminating the need to buy brand new units to support the newer planes.

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“Windshields are specialty items that take a long time to build. The tremendous engineers and logisticians involved in this initiative ran models projecting our declining Legacy needs against those of a growing population of Super Hornets, and they took action right away to not only improve readiness, but also to save costs,” said Cmdr. Matthew Ott, NAVSUP WSS Philadelphia aviation operations director. “Their innovation speaks volumes to the type of good that LECPs can do for our Navy.” “We’re enhancing fleet readiness, saving money, and using the talents across our naval aviation enterprise at the same time,” Ott continued. “It’s a win-win situation, and I’m really looking forward to seeing the Fleet Readiness Centers implement another great LECP. LECPs offer industry, program management activities, and all associated with naval aviation a

tool to make high return investments in reliability and help cut total ownership costs.” Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR)’s Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRC-SW) currently repairs both Legacy and Super Hornet windscreen assemblies. The first of the 75 windshield panels to be modified will be converted by FRC-SW in the first quarter of fiscal year 2015. Other organizations heavily involved with the initiative include NAVAIR Headquarters, Navy Spares Committee (SPARCOM), Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) Code N98, and Boeing. A field activity of the Naval Supply Systems Command, NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support (NAVSUP WSS) is the U.S. Navy’s supply chain manager providing worldwide support to the aviation, surface ship, and submarine communities.

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Group will be first to go through O-FRP Continued from B1 Navy leaders saw similar scenarios happening to other ships and decided to do something about it. At the 2014 Surface Navy Association Symposium, Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command Adm. Bill Gortney unveiled the Navy’s new optimized fleet response plan (O-FRP), a plan that addresses quality of service through quality of work and quality of life. The plan intends to provide the Sailors and their families with more stability and predictability. “We have to go get our force generation model back under control and get our deployment lengths and our quality of our service for Sailors and their families back into an acceptable norm,” said Gortney. He explained the force generation model, in this case O-FRP, includes manning, training and predictable deployment schedules. He said the Navy’s previous FRP required a six-month deployment in a 24-month cycle, with more time at sea in between deployments for training. However, increasing demands for naval forces often extended those deployment times, so much so, that now the current average is an eightmonth deployment, especially for ballistic missile defense forces, carrier strike groups

and amphibious ready groups. Under the new O-FRP, Sailors will be able to count on one eight-month deployment in a three-year period. Some Sailors in the fleet, like Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Eddie White serving aboard Stennis, look forward to the schedule this plan offers. “It would be the most ideal situation for Sailors to be home, instead of being away 15 out of the 20 months due to back-to-back deployments,” said White. The Navy hopes to improve Sailors’ quality of life by giving them more time at home and a better idea of their schedules during this 36month period. “We’re bringing predictability back into their lives,” said Gortney. “The key element here is we’re going to tell them what their schedule is for the next three years, and as long as we’re able to manage the votes from the outside world, it’s going to be pretty good.” Gortney said the first step in achieving this plan is manning. “The long pole in the tent, the thing that we must achieve, is getting our manning correct so that the ships and the squadrons and the staffs have the right Sailors and officers on board at the right time in the FRP cycle,” said Gortney. “We’re trying to do that, so they all go through the training

It would be the most ideal situation for Sailors to be home, instead of being away 15 out of the 20 months due to back-to-back deployments.” -Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Eddie White

together and deploy together.” The Harry S. Truman Strike Group will be the first to go through O-FRP beginning November 2014, once these Sailors return from deployment and begin a scheduled maintenance period. As the strike group undergoes maintenance, the Navy will focus on manning levels, so that when the training cycle begins, it will have its full deployment crew in place. Some Sailors who have heard about O-FRP have concerns as to whether or not the deployment schedule will work, considering that realworld events have changed deployment schedules in the past. Many of them wonder how this plan will actually be implemented. “It seems good on paper with just one deployment,” said White. “However, you still have to count all the other underway periods with workups, INSURV [inspections], and CQs [carrier qualifications.]”

Commodore, 30th Naval Construction Regiment Navy Capt. Rodney Moore, second from right, joins the official party in saluting Tonga’s national colors during an official ribbon cutting ceremony to formally open the new 710-square foot community hall and disaster response center in Te’ekiu, Tonga.

Under O-FRP the entire strike group is scheduled to train and qualify together, with a syllabus-approached structure that will standardize doctrine on how the Navy trains and fights. By streamlining the training and qualification cycle, the time spent away from home will be lessened, said Gortney. The O-FRP also addresses quality of work issues by eliminating as many detractors as possible. Proper manning is a start, but having the proper equipment on board, in working order, is also paramount to success. “If a Sailor needs a part, needs a widget, to fix his equipment and that widget isn’t available, that is a negative. He’s not part of a great organization because we didn’t give them what they need,” said Gortney. “If that Sailor doesn’t have her chief

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petty officer, when a chief petty officer should be training and mentoring, that’s a detractor – that’s a negative. We’re trying to fix all those things. It’s more than just deployment length.” While the Harry S. Truman Strike Group will be the first to operate in the O-FRP cycle, they will not be the first command to see changes. “We’re not waiting [until Truman deploys] to tackle parts of the problem and implement solutions,” said Gortney. “As soon as we get [a part of the equation] fixed, we’re putting it in place for everybody. We’re tackling maintenance for everybody. We’re fixing manning. We’re prioritizing based on when each group enters into maintenance.” Gortney said one of Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert’s goals is for all

Navy leaders to focus on improving quality of service. “Quality of service [means] we adequately pay them, we reward them, and then the quality of their work is good, and they’re happy with it, and there aren’t any detractors out there,” said Gortney. Sailors, like those aboard Stennis, said they look forward to seeing the stability that O-FRP offers. The O-FRP removes uncertainty and provides a more predictable deployment schedule than what Stennis experienced from 2011 through 2013,” said Wettlaufer. “This predictability helps minimize the natural anxiety that comes with deployments and allows families to plan and best prepare for those times when their Sailors are away from home supporting our national security objectives.”

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Capt. Jane Campbell Adm. Bill Gortney, commander U.S. Fleet Forces (USFF) leads a discussion about the Optimized Fleet Response Plan (O-FRP) at the Surface Navy Association Symposium (SNA) in Washington DC, Jan 15.

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hall, disaster response center Continued from B1 According to NMCB 3’s senior leadership and members of senior construction commands, the completed building represents the kind of quality construction the Seabee’s “can do” reputation was founded on. “To say I’m proud of my guys doesn't cut it, not by a long shot,” added Webb. “They have exceeded every expectation and put forth the kind of effort and attention to detail you dream of seeing as a leader. Our level of success stemmed from each person taking the absolute greatest amount of pride anyone can take in

their work and demonstrating that pride in every task during each and every day. It’s incredible.” Planning and forethought from senior leaders on both the U.S. and Tonga sides allowed the correct management of foreseeable issues such as weather. At the completion of the project, distinguished visitors from the Naval Construction Force, U.S. Pacific Command, the State Department and Tonga’s Royal Family addressed the Te’ekiu community as they formally announced the opening of the community hall and disaster response center during an official

ribbon cutting ceremony. “Tonga wishes to extend its sincere appreciation to the U.S. Navy Seabees for their continued support to the people of Tonga,” said Tonga Prime Minister Lord Tu’ivakano. “Thank you for all your hard work during the six months that you’ve been here. Our community regards this project as one of the most significant contributions to our country.” NMCB 3 is a vital component of the U.S. Maritime Strategy, providing Seabees capable of providing disaster preparation and recovery support, humanitarian assistance, and combat operations support.

Thousands of troops, veterans and family members were honored guests at events throughout the weekend, including concerts, visits from current and former NBA and WNBA players, on-court activities and the opportunity to attend the AllStar game itself. Along with several hundred service members and veterans, Battaglia also volunteered to work on six homes in need of repair in the Algiers neighborhood of New Orleans – including four homes belonging to veterans. And players from the NBA’s developmental league as well as current NBA players worked side-by-side with the troops. The volunteer work was the highlight of the weekend, Battaglia said. He said he was particularly touched by one of the homeowners, an Air Force veteran named Louis Banks, who, despite being in his late 70s, was not the kind of person to ask for help. So, Battaglia said, rather than offering a handout – something Banks was unlikely to accept – his fellow veterans and Hoops for Troops offered a hand up. “Even though Louis was too humble to ask for help, the help came to him,” said Battaglia. “Though he no longer serves, he still feels ‘Airman.’ And that was a priceless award we wear in our chest, not on it.” As the relationship between the NBA and the DOD grows, some “very exciting” plans are in the works, Bohuny said. “What we’d like to do is put forth ongoing programing to take care of our men and women all over the world,”said Bohuny. A number of similarities exist between service members leaving the military and basketball players transitioning out of the league, Battaglia said. “We’re all ambassadors,” he said. That

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MC1 Chris Fahey U.S. Pacific Command Representative Air Force Brig. Gen. William Burks (left) and Tonga’s Crown Prince His Royal Highness Tupouto’a Ulukalala congratulate each other on behalf of their respective militaries for the successful completion of a new 710-square foot community hall and disaster response center during an official ribbon cutting ceremony Wed., in Te’ekiu, Tonga.

Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Kellen Holcomb asked Rear Adm. Buck if the Navy will continue using calipers or any other devices to measure body fat instead of measuring tape. “Thirty years into my career I had the

ambassadorship is one that makes NBA players representatives of America not just overseas, but with America’s youth, Battaglia noted. Service members carry the same responsibility. “If you play in the NBA or the WNBA, you are the best in your craft,” Bohuny said. Similarly, she added, U.S. service members are the best in the world. “We take great pride in our craft … We both know what we’re doing on behalf of our country. I think it brings us together.” “We think there are some ideas and sharing that can take place there. Collaboration is limitless,” Battaglia said. “I think where we’re going to take the next step is how we can improve each other’s [transition] programs.” For the NBA, the outreach is an opportunity for its personnel to understand the true costs of citizenship and service, Bohuny said. “I can’t tell you how deeply it affects our players and coaches, especially sometimes when they see how young some of our men and women are that lost their lives on behalf of our country,” she said. “We want to do this [outreach] on behalf of our men and women to say thank you, but what they give back to us … is to learn what it is to be American,” Bohuny said. The DOD and the NBA and will continue to look for ways to help the troops together, Battaglia said. “A lot of our efforts right now are focused toward the transition [process], because we have so many service members – approximately 250,000 a year – that are transitioning out of the service,” Battaglia said. “It’s a growing demand,” he said. “We have to exhaust every effort in the Department of Defense to ensure that we return America’s sons and daughters into society as productive members.”

same question,” responded Buck, “I’m not a doctor, I’m an aviator, but I’ve been taught by the experts. Any body fat that we carry around our waist is the biggest indicator of future health problems. We are going to measure body fat because we are warriors, we are warfighters [and] we need to be in good shape and [at] the top of our game and not suffer from diseases caused by waist weight. “The problem with tape measurements is not the science in measuring our waist, neck and hips; it’s the inconsistency of command fitness leaders who do it differently. We are going to stick with the tape measurements and focus on the training problem, [as] command fitness leaders must be consistent.”


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The Naval War College Library in Newport, R.I. publicly unveiled online the 4,000-page â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gray Bookâ&#x20AC;? collection of Fleet Adm. Chester Nimitzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s communications that started in the wake of the Pearl Harbor attack and ran right up until the closing days of the war. The event was held Monday, Feb. 24 The event, held on the anniversary of Nimitzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 129th birthday, was streamed live on the Navy Live Blog (navylive.dodlive.mil/). It featured a lecture discussing the Gray Book as well as a question & answer session with U.S. Naval Academy Professor of History Emeritus Craig L. Symonds, PhD, author of numerous books including â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Battle of Midway,â&#x20AC;? in which he recounts the pivotal role played by Nimitz in what was the turning point of the war in the PaciďŹ c. Viewers of the live stream were able to submit questions via an interactive chat. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s perhaps no greater champion of freedom in the history of the United States Navy than Chester Nimitz and his leadership of the PaciďŹ c Fleet during World War II,â&#x20AC;? said Naval War College President Rear Adm. Walter E. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tedâ&#x20AC;? Carter, Jr. Naval History and Heritage Commandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (NHHC) Operational Archives, which possesses the physical collection, provided expertise and support to the Naval War

College effort to publish the high-quality digital version of the documents. The WWII historic treasure, named for the color of its original cover, is a daily record of the combat situation in the PaciďŹ c Theater and responses of the Commander in Chief, PaciďŹ c, and PaciďŹ c Ocean Areas (Nimitz) throughout the War. Staffmember Capt. James Steele began it on the day Pearl Harbor was attacked and ended it on Aug. 31, 1945, just two days before the formal end of the war. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen the collection and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really a national treasure,â&#x20AC;? said Capt. Henry Hendrix, director of the Naval History and Heritage Command. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They clearly reveal what Nimitz thought was important, which gives the reader a great deal of insight into how his experiences both operationally and at the Naval War College informed and inďŹ&#x201A;uenced his prosecution of the war. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m extremely pleased we can now share it with researchers, the American public, and Sailors past and present. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m eager to see the collection discussed and to demonstrate the continued relevance of leveraging history in the decision making process.â&#x20AC;? Nimitz was assigned to relieve Adm. Husband Kimmel, and arrived in Pearl Harbor on Christmas Day, 1941. Nearly three years later, he was advanced to the newly created rank of Fleet Admiral. Less than a year later, Sept. 2, 1945, he signed the

U.S. Navy photos Adm. Chester W. Nimitz, Commander in Chief PaciďŹ c and PaciďŹ c Ocean Areas (left), and Adm. William F. Halsey, Commander, South PaciďŹ c Area and South PaciďŹ c Force, confer aboard USS Curtiss (AV-4) at â&#x20AC;&#x153;Buttonâ&#x20AC;? Naval Base, Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides, Jan. 20,1943.

U.S. Navy Adm. Chester W. Nimitz, Commander in Chief PaciďŹ c Fleet and PaciďŹ c Ocean Areas, confers with South PaciďŹ c area ofďŹ cers, possibly aboard USS Argonne (AG-31) at Noumea, New Caledonia, on Sept. 28, 1942. Those present are, from left to right: U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Richard K. Sutherland, Chief of Staff to Gen. MacArthur; Adm. Nimitz; U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Robert L. Ghormley, Commander, South PaciďŹ c Force; and U.S. Army Air Force Maj. Gen. Millard F. Harmon, Commanding General U.S. Army Forces South PaciďŹ c Area.

Adm. Chester W. Nimitz, Commander in Chief PaciďŹ c Fleet and PaciďŹ c Ocean Areas (standing) confers with (from left to right) Gen. Douglas MacArthur, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Adm. William D. Leahy concerning future moves in the war against Japan, during the Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s visit to Hawaii, July 26 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Aug. 10, 1944.

instrument of the Japanese surrender aboard the battleship USS Missouri (BB 63) in Tokyo Bay. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re getting the whole picture, from the South Pacific to the Aleutians, and picking up on the progress of the war,â&#x20AC;? said Robert Cressman, a historian at NHHC. Including records from individual ships, readers can see how each piece ďŹ t into the

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of the job Nimitz undertook commanding the PaciďŹ c Fleet controlling the expanse of the PaciďŹ c Theater, which now comprises more than 100 million square miles and more than half the Earthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s surface. It is â&#x20AC;&#x153;the most authoritative source on the PaciďŹ c War available anywhere,â&#x20AC;? said Naval War College Historian Douglas Smith. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Making the document public allows for a better understanding and context of the unique value and consequence of the U.S. Navy, and Nimitzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s approach in directing the PaciďŹ c campaign.â&#x20AC;? Its pages fragile after decades of storage, the collection would largely be inaccessible. The digitization, conducted gingerly, makes the holding available worldwide to researchers, naval history enthusiasts, and Sailors interested in their naval heritage. As the Navy con-

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A CHANGE OF HEART Heart disease is the nation’s number one cause of death By MC1 James Stenberg Naval Hospital Pensacola

PENSACOLA, FLA.

February is American Heart Health Month, a time dedicated to educating Americans about the risks and benefits associated with the health of such a vital organ. Heart disease remains the nation’s number one cause of death for both men and women. Every year heart disease takes the lives of about 715,000 Americans or approximately one out of every four deaths, according to the Center for Disease Control. “Any kind of abnormalities of the heart can fall under heart disease,” said Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Anh Nguyen, leading petty officer, Cardiology Clinic, Naval Hospital Pensacola. “The main areas we look at are the blood ves-

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MC1 James Stenberg A cardiology technician at Naval Hospital Pensacola reviews an echocardiogram during a patient’s visit to NHP’s Cardiology Clinic, Feb. 13. The hospital’s Cardiology Clinic evaluates patients with chest pain to rule out or confirm heart disease.

MC1 James Stenberg A vital signs monitor shows the heart rate, oxygen saturation and blood pressure on a simulated patient at Naval Hospital Pensacola.

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Navy medicine addresses top priorities during virtual leadership symposium By Valerie A. Kremer U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Public Affairs

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Navy Medicine’s top leadership discussed the future of Navy Medicine and warfighter support during the 2014 Navy Surgeon General’s Virtual Leadership Symposium at the Defense Health Headquarters, Feb. 18. Vice Adm. Matthew Nathan, U.S. Navy surgeon general, Rear Adm. Forrest Faison, deputy surgeon general, and guest speaker, Adm. Jonathan Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations, among other flag officers, addressed Navy Medicine key personnel over 40 video teleconferencing sites and more than 130 audio lines around the globe. The annual symposium focused on Navy Medicine’s priorities and sailing direc-

tions, military health care changes, resource updates, hospital assessments, and an enlisted force update, among others. During the symposium, Greenert highlighted his tenant of “Warfighting first,” national defense, preserving the sovereignty of our nation through maritime capability, and the importance of ethics and integrity of Sailors. “Navy Medicine gets our Sailors ready, and, if they are injured, Navy Medicine turns them around as fast as feasible,” said Greenert. “Thank you all so much for what you do and what you are doing.” Greenert noted the importance of having all Sailors understand the behavioral aspects expected of them, regardless of rank, ethical and otherwise, with integrity being the foundation of the Navy’s mission.

“We have evolved well with the times and with what we needed to do worldwide to get the job done,” said Greenert. “In the future, watch the money, watch the assignments, and things are going to be OK. I like the way we’re going.” During the conference, Nathan echoed the importance of warfighter support and how Navy Medicine’s readiness priority supports the CNO’s tenant of “Warfighting first.” “We’re not in the business to run hospitals, we run them because we require a reservoir of personnel to train, equip, and to be a reservoir of deployable personnel to support the warfighter,” said Nathan. “We also bring humanitarian engagement.” Nathan noted the challenges ahead of the Navy Medicine enterprise and reminded

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process of aging, are going to get a little bit clogged with fatty deposits of plaque,” said Nguyen. “That’s why the [goal] is prevention. By having a healthy diet, exercise and controlling your blood pressure, our hope is that [arteries] don’t become so blocked that we have to do something.” Naval Hospital Pensacola supports a heart healthy lifestyle with a variety of options for beneficiaries including smoking cessation classes, lifestyle coaches and dietitians. If beneficiaries would like more information, they can contact their Medical Home Port Team to discuss options.

We have evolved well with the times and with what we needed to do worldwide to get the job done.” -CNO Adm. Jonathan Greenert

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Courtesy photo Local director Chris Abaya, a native of Portsmouth, is debuting his short horror film “Red Band” at Beach Movie Bistro on March 1.

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Horror films to premier in Virginia Beach By Yiorgo Contributing writer

It is an exciting time to be living in Hampton Roads as the film industry is alive and thriving. I sat down recently with one of the young and upcoming directors in the region, Chris Abaya, who is premiering his short horror film “Red Band” on March 1 at the Beach Movie Bistro (941 Laskin Road, Virginia Beach). Two other short horror films will air as well – “Mercy” by Nick Albertson “The Feast” by Scott Hansen. Yiorgo: Can you tell us a little about yourself, where were you born and what made you fall in love with writing and directing? Chris Abaya: I am 37 years old and I was born in Portsmouth. I love my hometown and the Hampton Roads region. I have always loved entertainment, especially movies, but not just a fan, but how they were made, direction, lighting, the whole 9 yards. At an early age I knew I was going to get into the entertainment business. I also tried the music industry but that did not work out. I got serious with my work doing short films and videos, weddings, and eventually got to where I am today, working for the US government, the Navy, as a videographer traveling and seeing the world, making training videos and orientation videos. This provides a lot of flexibility for me to pursue personal projects. Y: What was the first movie/director that you saw that made an influence on you to get into this line of work? CA: From a director’s point of view, I have really been influenced by Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, and the movies it would have to be “Jaws,” “E.T.,” and “Close Encounters.” Y: What do you see yourself more as a writer, director or both? CA: My favorite part of the film making process and what I think I am best at out of everything is writing. That is what I am most passionate about. Y: What was the first independent film project that you were involved in, how did that process happen and what made you realize, this is for me? CA: We have a very close, personal, family friend named Joyce Weeks who lost her son through a tragic act of violence. She started a foundation to raise scholarship funds for Hampton City School students. She asked me to do a short film to promote the event in honor of her son. I was blown away. Well that short film became a feature film; a Christian spiritual film called “Saved,” and it was very well received. Y: What are some other projects you have done? CA: From concept to distribution, I did a documentary called “Conspiracy Nation.” The success of that is what got me to where I am today, working with the Navy. I started working at the shipyard to pay the bills. Once there, they make you watch these training videos and I knew I could do a better job filming and producing those films than the ones I was watching. I took my demo reel to the audiovisual office, they loved my work, and about six months later began to do what I do now, travel on behalf of the Navy to places like Pearl Harbor, Seattle, Wash., and the like, shooting training videos.

HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS ARE BREAKING ALL THE RULES NORFOLK

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 in Norfolk on March 1 at 2 and 7 p.m. Online voting is open at harlemglobetrotters.com/rule, where all fans can choose which new game-changing rules they want to see. The Globetrotters were the first organization in sports and entertainment to let fans vote on rules when the team introduced the concept last year. Since the fan response was so overwhelming, the team is doing it again – but with a major twist. The 2014 online ballot includes three never-before-seen revolutionary rules:

-Chris Abaya, director and Portsmouth native

With a roster showcasing stars such as Special K Daley, Big Easy Lofton, Flight Time Lang, Hi-Lite BrutonandDizzy Grant – plus female stars TNT Maddox, T-Time Brawner and Sweet J Ekworomadu – the Globetrotters’ one-of-a-kind family show features mesmerizing ball handling, an assortment of trick shots, high-flying dunks and precise timing – all with an array of comedy guaranteed to entertain the young and the young at heart. After virtually every game, Globetrotter stars remain on the court for autographs and photographs with fans. Tickets start at $19 and are available at harlemglobetrotters.com, YnotTix.com, the Constant Centerbox office or by phone at 877-Ynot-Tix or (877) 966-8849.

Quilt Fesitval celebrates silver anniversary HAMPTON

From Feb. 27 through March 2, 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 to the Hampton Roads Convention Center. Drawing upwards of 10,000 attendees, this show is a must for any quilting or art enthusiast. This year, the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival celebrates its silver anniversary. Those entering the Quilt Competition were asked, “What is the ‘silver lining’ in your quilting world?” 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 highlight 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. Hours for the festival are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $15 ($13 Sunday only) and children under 16 are free. For more information, including workshop and lecture schedules, visit www.quiltfest.com or contact 315-1610.

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

Take a trip to ‘The Mountaintop’ for a reimagining of MLK’s final hours NORFOLK

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I have really been influenced by Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, and the movies it would have to be ‘Jaws,’ ‘E.T.,’ and ‘Close Encounters.’”

Hot Hand Jersey – Both teams will have a “Hot Hand Jersey” they can pass among each other. The player who is wearing this jersey will receive double points on made baskets. Make or Miss – The quarter begins with only two players on the court for each team. When a team scores, a teammate may enter the game. When they miss, the player missing the shot must leave the court, leaving his or her teammates shorthanded. Trick Shot Challenge – Via three challenge flags per team, each coach can challenge the other team to make a trick shot. If the team makes the trick shot, they earn five points. If they miss, the other team receives five points.

■ history reimagined “The Mountaintop,” written American playwright Katori Hall, is a fictional depiction of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s last night, set entirely in Room 306 of the Lorraine Motel on the eve of his assassination on April 4, 1968.

Full of theatrical imagination and captivating emotion, playwright Katori Hall fictionalizes the final hours of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life in the recent Broadway hit “The Mountaintop.” The Virginia Stage Company invites all to join them at the Wells Theatre for this inspirational play about legacy and leadership. “The Mountaintop,” directed by Derrick Sanders, reimagines the last night of Dr. King’s monumental life. After delivering his legendary “I’ve been to the mountaintop” speech to a packed congregation, Dr. King retires to room 306 of the Lorraine Motel where he meets a sassy young maid who challenges him in unexpected ways. Opening night will be Feb. 28 at 8 p.m., and regular performances will run Tuesdays at 7 p.m., and Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. Matinee performances will be offered on Saturday afternoons at 4 p.m. and Sunday afternoons

at 2 p.m. Shows will run through March 16. The performance on March 8 at 8 p.m. will be presented with Closed Captioning. On March 9, directly after the 2 p.m. show will be a Symposium on “Dr. King as an icon in today’s society” moderated by Barbara Hamm Lee. Speakers will include Maurice Jones, Secretary of Commerce and Trade, and Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander, Ph.D, Professor of History at Norfolk State University and Director of the Joseph Jenkins Roberts Center for African Diaspora Studies. The Symposium is free and open to the public. Tickets range in price from $10 to $55. A Best Ticket in Town Preview Performance will take place Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at www.vastage.com or by calling our Box Office at 627-1234. Group discounts are available by calling 627-6988 ext. 328. For more information about “The Mountaintop,” visit online at www.vastage.com.

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Lives of women in 18th century Hampton topic of Hampton History Museum Lecture HAMPTON

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Free Fort Huger walking tours ■ 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. historicisleofwight.com 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 not required; wear comfortable shoes.

Frankie Valli concert rescheduled ■ When: April 8; 7 p.m. ■ Where: Chrysler Hall, Norfolk ■ For more information, contact:

Fort Eustis Cultural Resources Manager, Dr. Chris L. McDaid, will present “Gender and Identity in 18th Century Elizabeth City County and Hampton,” as part of the Hampton History Museum’s Port Hampton Lecture series on March 3 at 7 p.m. In this presentation, McDaid will use the data from his recently published doctoral thesis to explore the way an individual’s social role influenced the materials in their home and the ways they made a living. This Port Hampton Lecture is a precursor to the museum’s exhibition on the exploration of the diverse occupations held by women in Hampton’s history, scheduled to open August 2014. The Port Hampton Lecture Series, held on the first Monday of each month, is free for museum members and $3 for non-members and includes entry into the Hampton History galleries. The Hampton History Museum is located at 120 Old Hampton Lane in downtown Hampton. There is plenty of free parking in the garage across the street. For more information, dial 727-1610, visit www.hamptonhistorymuseum.org, or like Hampton History Museum on Facebook and follow on Twitter.

Courtesy photo Fort Eustis Cultural Resources Manager, Dr. Chris L. McDaid, will present “Gender and Identity in 18th Century Elizabeth City County and Hampton” as part of the Hampton History Museum’s Port Hampton Lecture series on March 3 at 7 p.m

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The Frankie Valli concert originally scheduled to take place Feb. 21 has been rescheduled for April 8. Due to inclement weather in New York, Frankie Valli was unable to arrive in Norfolk in time for his performance. Tickets to the Feb. 21 performance will be honored at the show on April 8. Refunds will be available at the original point of purchase until March 14.

d’ART Mardi Gras 2014 ■ When: March 1; 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. ■ Where: The d’ART Center at the Selden Arcade,

208 East Main Street, Norfolk ■ Cost: Tickets are $50, table for eight $1,000 ■ For more information, contact: 625-4211 or visit www.d-artcenter.org A benefit auction is being held to support the arts programs at The d’ART Center. There will be heavy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and festive attire.

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

or visit www.BeachStreetUSA.com 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 and 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 www.hurrahplayers.com 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.

Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL Tour ■ When: April 4 - 5 ■ Where: Norfolk Scope Arena ■ Cost: Tickets range from $45 to $150 ■ For more information, visit: sevenvenues.com

The Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour, one of the top 10 grossing music tours of all time, will perform in Norfolk. Created by Cirque du Soleil, THE IMMORTAL World Tour features 49 international dancers, musicians, and acrobats, and 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. Tickets are available at www.cirquedusoleil.com/MichaelJackson and www.Ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 745-3000.

VIRGINIA WAR MUSEUM TO HOST WOMEN’S HISTORY FILM FEST NEWPORT NEWS

The Virginia War Museum will host a film festival during the month of March featuring films depicting women’s roles in the military. All movies are free with each day’s paid admission and start at 1 p.m. The schedule of films to be show includes: March 1, “The Forgotten Grave: Women Soldiers of the American Civil War” – More than 600 women disguised themselves as men to fight in the American Civil War. This documentary tells their stories through the women’s own letters, diaries, and testimonials. The Forgotten Grave also follows the lives of other women who took part in the Civil War, such as nurses, spies, and other brave heroines. March 8, “V for Victory: Women at War” – This video details women’s essential contributions to the national war effort during World War II. Original newsreel stories illustrate the period’s most momentous events and highlight the era’s prominent personalities. World War II changed life forever for the American woman, who now began to fill traditional male roles and earn new independence. From the home front and factories to the battle fields, the film examines women’s sacrifices as well as their demonstrations of competency at this critical turning point in

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our country’s history. March 15, “Fly Girls” – At the height of World War II, more than a thousand women left their homes and jobs for the opportunity of a lifetime-joining the Women’s Air Force Service Pilots (WASP) to become the first female pilots to fly for the United States military. Drawing on archival footage, rarely seen home movies, and interviews with pilots themselves, the women of the WASP take wing once again, to tell their story of skill, deter-

mination, and courage. March 22, “Top Secret Rosies: The Female Computers of WWII” – In 1942 a secret U.S. military program was launched to recruit women to the war effort. This clandestine search targeted female mathematicians who would become human ‘computers’ for the U.S. Army. From the bombing of Axis Europe to the assaults on Japanese strongholds, women worked around-the-clock six days a week, creating ballistics tables that proved crucial to Allies’ success. When the first electronic computer was developed to aid the Army’s calculation efforts, six of these women were tapped to become its first programmers. March 29, “Lioness” – How did five female Army support soldiers, mechanics, supply clerks and engineers, end up fighting alongside the Marines in some of the bloodiest counterinsurgency battles of the Iraq War? An intimate look at war through the eyes of the first women in U.S. history sent into direct ground combat, despite a policy that bans them from doing so. The Virginia War Museum is located at 9285 Warwick Blvd., Newport News. It is open daily, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, call 247-8523 or visit www.warmuseum.org.

Evening will include three short films

Continued from C1 Y: Your life story has a very inspirational message, that with perseverance and hard work you can achieve your dream. You went from blue-collar worker, to a film producer, screenwriter, director. CA: It is a testimony and pure God. I am a very spiritual person. It was too destined. Here is one small example. I missed my physical date to go in and it had to be re-scheduled. If I went to my originally scheduled date, I may have gotten a supervisor who would not understand and support my passion. Instead I got in with a really good crew who were very supportive of my dreams, taking me down to the audiovisual offices and making the necessary introductions. So what started as a mistake of missing my first physical date, turned into a blessing. My supervising team loved me and wanted me to move up. Y: Your current project is “Red Band” and you have a big premiere coming up. Walk me through that process. How did you go from creation to completion? What is the story about? CA: I often say, “Respect the career that you got, but don’t get complacent, you are destined for bigger and better things.” My trailers and other short

projects such as “Boys of Summer,” “Pistol City,” “Heartless,” and “Precinct 757” were well received by the public but I wanted more of a feature finish. So I had this idea about the local film community, to poke a lot of fun at the local players, like a roast, mentioning names that I admire in the industry and combine it into a horror movie like “The Ring.” The plot deals with a local horror film competition. We follow “Team Vengeance.” How far are they willing to go to guarantee a win? Y: Where does the name “Red Band” come from and how long is the film? CA: It comes from the name of the trailers in a movie theater that lets the audience know it is going to show some harsher things such as violence or curse words. The green band means it is appropriate for all audiences, the red band means it is not. The film is 45 minutes long. Y: What does the movie “Red Band” mean to you? CA: It has revitalized me and introduced me to some amazing people like my producer Aliki Pantas. I could not have done this movie without her. She holds a very special place in my heart because she worked like nobody’s business. It was a fun set; no real drama and we got it done in the

correct way. Everybody was amazing. The three leads were: Nick Lakey, he did an amazing job, Nicholas Thornburg was equally amazing and Ramsey Hanchette did some wonderful stuff in this film and she will be a big star, I can tell. And now here we are, March 1, with a world premiere. Y: Why should our reader’s come to this premiere? CA: Well, along with “Red Band,” they will also see “Mercy” by Nick Albertson, an amazingly talented young filmmaker whom I respect and admire. And then there is the legendary Scott Hansen’s new horror short film, “The Feast” that will play as well. So they get to see three high quality, short horror films for the price of one. Y: What are your futures plans? CA: For those who are not able to make it to the premiere, we will be releasing the film for mass distribution. Currently we are talking to Hulu, Netflix and others Showtimes for the premier of “Red Band” at Beach Movie Bistro on March 1 are 7 and 9 p.m., and tickets are $8. Visit, www.chrisabaya.com and www. 757.net for all the future upto-date information, the current premiere of our film, and directions to the Beach Movie Bistro.


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■ green tip – monitor your energy use You can reduce your monthly electric expenses – typically by as much as 15 percent, according to a recent IBM study – by knowing how much power you’re actually using and where you can most effectively cut back. Add a plug load monitor ($25 and up) to any outlet where you plug in an appliance or device; the monitor will display how much energy the device is consuming and when, helping you decide which ones should be turned off and at what time. Some models are programmable, to cut power automatically.

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Three weekend-friendly DIY upgrades for your bathroom Brandpoint

How much time do you spend in the bathroom each day? Whether it’s where you prep the kids for bed or step away for some alone time, the bathroom is one of the most frequently used rooms in the home. It’s also one of the best areas in which to invest; renovating or simply updating this space can lead to a 62 percent return on investment. Luckily, making upgrades doesn’t have to require a lot of time or money. Follow these simple DIY steps to improve your space on a pocket-friendly budget in just a weekend or less. Swap your showerhead Make bath time more enjoyable by replacing your basic builder-grade showerhead with one that’s designed with the whole family in mind. For less than the price of a day at the spa, you can transform your entire shower experience with an In2ition two-in-one shower from Delta Faucet. Featuring H2Okinetic technology, this shower manipulates the flow of water for a luxurious bathing experience that feels like you’re getting more water than a standard shower, without actually using more. The embedded hand shower, which can be used simultaneously or separately from the showerhead, makes

it easy to accomplish everyday tasks, such as bathing children or washing pets. Plus, it’s easy to install. The In2ition simply threads onto your existing shower arm – no behind-the-wall work required. It is perfect for busy families or home renters who want to enhance their shower experience. Pick out new paint Paint is a cost-effective way to transform your room. Pick colors that express the feeling of the space, whether you want it to seem soothing and calm or lively and welcoming. Rich grays and navy blues can serve as a nice neutral in either case when punctuated with colorful accents, like patterned shower curtains and bright soap pumps or toned down with earthy accessories, like bamboo bath mats and beeswax candles. A quick tip: when working with lighter tones, carry your wall color onto your bathroom’s ceiling to help make the space feel larger. Also, be sure to think beyond just walls. Painting cabinets can help make an outdated bathroom look new again.

Change your toilet According to a recent survey commissioned by Delta Faucet, the average American’s toilet is used for more than just “going.” Rather, people are spending their time on the pot checking emails, posting updates or surfing the Web. If your toilet is outdated, consider switching it out for one that’s more comfortable and efficient. Delta toilets, available at The Home Depot, are offered in round and elongated shapes and come in chair height dimensions for a comfortable fit. Most importantly, says expert craftsman Chip Wade, host of the HGTV show, Elbow Room, and Delta spokesperson, when it comes to making bathroom improvements on a budget, consider function before form. “While decorative accents, like sconces and ceramic cabinet knobs, may be beautiful,” said Wade, “it is more important to concentrate your money on the items required to perform a task, like your faucet or toilet, by investing in materials that will withstand the wear of everyday use.”

TOP OUTDOOR LIVING TRENDS FOR THIS YEAR Brandpoint

From genteel porches in the East to sleek, seaside balconies in the West, the popularity of outdoor living spaces is poised for significant growth from coast to coast with industry analysts predicting it will be a $5.7 billion market by 2016. Reinforcing these projections, 63 percent of architects cite an outdoor living space as the most popular “special function room” in housing construction, according to the American Institute of Architects. What’s more, the-Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association reports that homebuilders list decks among the top three features most requested with new home buys. As planning and preparation for the 2014 outdoor living season begins, the experts at Trex Company, the world’s largest manufacturer of high-performance wood-alternative decking and railing, offer a glimpse into the national trends that will be emerging outside homes across America in 2014. Size matters – The biggest trend in decks right now is the increase in square footage. Gone are the days of the 20-by10-foot rectangle with just enough room for a grill and some patio furniture. Today’s decks are expanding both horizontally and vertically. Demand for decks with multiple tiers is increasing, as are requests to finish the space below an elevated deck. Thinking outside the box – When it comes to deck designs, today’s homeowners also are thinking way outside the box and customizing nearly every aspect of their outdoor living spaces. Remodelers and architects report increased interest in pergolas and walls to define different functional areas and create privacy, as well as integrated features like built-in benches, planter boxes and storage. Similarly, consumer interest in accessories such as deck lighting, ornamental post caps and decorative balusters also is on the rise. High-performance, low maintenance – In addition to design aesthetics, homeowners across the country are increasingly concerned with performance. Specifically, they want materials that allow them to spend more time enjoying their outdoor living space rather than maintaining it. This motivation has contributed to the continued innovation and popularity of composite decking and railing. Unlike wood or even traditional composites, high-performance wood alternatives like Trex Transcend resist fading, staining, scratching and mold – and won’t rot, warp, crack or splinter. Upkeep is hassle-free and requires no sanding, staining or painting. Food and drink spills wash off easily with just soap and water. Sustainability– Composite decking also responds to another growing trend among U.S. homeowners – interest in sustainable, eco-friendly building materials. For more information, go to www.trex.com.

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With NASCAR’s most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr., winning the sport’s biggest race, the Daytona 500, and the iconic No. 3 made famous by his late father winning the pole for the 500 in its return to the Sprint Cup Series, there was a general sentiment among many that the pieces were back in place once again in the NASCAR world. “The world is right, right now,” said Jeff Gordon, Earnhardt’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate, who finished fourth in the 500 on Feb. 23. “Dale Jr. just won the Daytona 500 to kick off 2014. That is a sign that the NASCAR season is going to be a good one.” Earnhardt’s former Nationwide Series driver, Brad Keselowski, who finished third in Roger Penske’s No. 2 Ford, was among those finding positives for the sport in Earnhardt’s victory as well as the return of the No. 3, which rookie Austin Dillon drove to a ninth-place finish. “There is no shortage of story lines this year; it is just a matter of which one suits your fancy,” Keselowski said. “Dale is a very popular driver. Is he more popular than a number? I would like to think so. “Both are important stories and both would be very rewarding for the sport. I think the great thing about Dale winning [Daytona] is that I followed him and passed him and did all those other things. There is no drama or feeling that anyone can legitimately say there was some voodoo magic reason why he won. “He earned this in every sense of the form. I think – to me – that probably stands out the most.”

Earnhardt – who entered the 500 with just one Cup victory in the past five seasons, and 10 years past his other Daytona 500 triumph – was nearly flawless in a race that ran into the night because of a rain delay of more than six hours. And his actions afterward drew as much praise from the NASCAR Nation as his work behind the wheel. He took a slow drive down the frontstretch with the left side of the car closest to the grandstands to salute his fans. Then in Victory Lane, he hugged all of his crew members before doing his winner’s interviews. “I’m surrounded by so many great people,” Earnhardt said. “We’ve got a great team. So many people are able to enjoy this. I’m reminded to let it sink in — reminded to enjoy it. I really enjoyed driving down in front of the fans there. I was having the time of my life inside that car going down the front straightaway. “When I got to Victory Lane, I couldn’t wait to hug everybody, just enjoy it.” Earnhardt said he draws energy from making other people happy, like those fans who lined the frontstretch fence at Daytona to congratulate him. “All those moments where you see joy in someone else’s face during this evening – seeing all that in all those fans, you feed off of that so much,” he said. “You’ll never forget that, just looking up into the grandstands, seeing all those people cheering, so happy. “Especially when you get the flag, you get right up on ’em. Like they’re coming through the fence. It’s just incredible, the energy from that side of the race track.” Earnhardt said he enjoyed seeing his late father’s car number back on the track. “It felt so comfortable all week for that

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Courtesy of NASCAR Dale Earnhardt Jr. stands in Victory Lane after winning the 2014 Daytona 500, Feb. 23.

number to be back,” he said. “I’m happy with that situation. I’m happy for Austin. He’s got a great head on his shoulders. He appreciates the history of the number. He appreciates not only what it meant as an Earnhardt fan, but what it meant for his family. It means something entirely unique to him, separate of my father. I appreciate that and I’m happy for him and Richard [Childress]. They’re really enjoying that experience together. That’s got to be something special – grandfather and grandson – to be able to do that together.” Earnhardt also drew praise from Dillon, the rookie who took over the No. 3 that Earnhardt’s late father used during his days driving Richard Childress’ Chevrolets. “It’s very awesome,” Dillon said of the way the 500 played out, with him winning the pole and Earnhardt the race. “Junior has been so supportive of me bringing back the 3. I’ve gone to him for a lot of advice lately. I can’t thank him enough. He’s been awesome to me. “It made this whole transition a lot easier. If we didn’t have him on board, it would have definitely been tough to do this. I want to thank him and congratulate him. That was an awesome race. He led a ton of laps. For me, he’s been a little bit of a bigger brother right now. It’s been pretty cool.”

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ROUSEY CONTINUES TO REIGN OVER UFC’S WOMEN’S DIVISION By Thomas Gerbasi UFC.com

No armbar. A liver shot knockout. If Ronda Rousey couldn’t get any scarier, she might have done so with her 66-second knockout of Sara McMann at UFC 170 on Feb. 22. And yes, there was controversy about the stoppage, but if McMann is allowed to continue after taking that knee to the liver, odds are that the ensuing onslaught from the UFC women’s bantamweight champion was going to finish matters even more emphatically seconds later. Rousey’s dominance in the division is getting more prominent. She isn’t just going in there to win fights, she’s going to win fights in particular ways. On Saturday, the method of choice was knockout by body shot. She got it, a testament to her attention to the striking game. When speaking to her before the fight, Rousey said that boxing had reinvigorated her competitively, and while it wasn’t a boxing move that ended the McMann fight, those body shots were born from coach Edmond Tarverdyan’s attention to the striking game. As for “Rowdy” Ronda’s next challenge, it’s got to be between Cat Zingano and Alexis Davis. Does either contender have a shot? Zingano’s striking and Davis’ ground game and durability give them each ways to win, but at this point, both have to be longshots on the oddsmakers’ board. DC takes care of business Daniel Cormier was really in a no-win situation against Patrick Cummins at UFC 170. Facing a 4-0 fighter coming in

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Courtesy of UFC UFC women’s bantamweight champion Rondy Rousey (right) remained undefeated and moved to 3-0 in the UFC with a first-round TKO victory over Sara McMann at UFC 170 on Feb. 22.

on short notice due to an injury suffered by Rashad Evans, Cormier had to be spectacular. Any other result and there would be question marks surrounding his light heavyweight debut. But he was spectacular, blasting Cummins out in 79 seconds that made him an immediate player in the 205-pound weight class. It was clearly Cormier’s best performance in the UFC, putting him right in the title mix. As for Cummins, despite Saturday’s result, he will get another shot in the Octagon, and with a full camp under his belt, he is likely to show off the skills that made him one of the most avoided prospects in the division. It was just that against a motivated and angry Cormier on this night, he turned out to be in over his head.

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On Feb. 24, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) rolled out their hotly anticipated WWE Network. The WWE Network gives you instant access to over 1,500 hours of streaming digital content from WWE’s past and present and is viewable strictly from the Internet. However, the variety of methods for viewing this Internet-based content is vast: Visiting WWE.com on a computer, via the WWE App on iOS devices; Android devices; Kindle Fire, via newer Roku streaming devices, and via the Sony PlayStation 3/4 and Xbox 360 videogame consoles. Additional platforms will be supported in the future. The numerous hours of content consist of every past WWE, World Championship Wrestling (WCW), and Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) pay-per-view (uncensored and uncut), replays of the latest episodes of Monday Night Raw, SmackDown, Superstars and Main Event, as well as original content designed specifically for the Network. As if that weren’t enough, you can now watch each of the 12 monthly pay-per-view events live as they occur or even rewind to see what you missed if you should join the show in progress. The first live pay-per-view event that will stream on the Network is WrestleMania 30 on April 6. All content on the Network can be accessed On Demand, either instantly or after their initial broadcast. Think of it like the Netflix of wrestling, only with the occasional scheduled live content. The original content that is only accessible via WWE Network is a good mix of old school content as well as content for recent fans of the WWE product. A show entitled “The Monday Night War” gives an in-depth look into the battle between WCW and WWE in the mid-1990s as the two companies battled for ratings supremacy. “NXT,” a show that features the developing talent that is training at WWE’s Orlando-based Performance Center, will be broadcast weekly on the Network as well. The one hour broadcast gives you a look into the talent of WWE’s future as they battle it out in the squared circle. A special two-hour live “NXT Arrival” event will be airing featuring the top NXT talent, as well as appearances by current WWE Superstars and Hall of Famers. In April, reality show fans will be pleased to know that the Network will begin airing “WWE Legends House.” This show will feature WWE Legends such as “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, “Mean” Gene Okerlund and Tony Atlas as they live together under the same roof and present a side of their personality that’s atypical of their on-camera persona. Several other programs will also be offered on the Network at launch, with countless others to be added as time goes on. For those fans that currently have the free WWE App on their mobile devices, the newest update for the App will grant you access to the Network’s content while you’re on the go, provided that you are a paid subscriber. Speaking of the price, the fact that the Network is so affordable is its most attractive aspect. For making a sixmonth paid commitment, your monthly price would turn out to be only $9.99. When you factor in that a single pay-per-view can cost in excess of $50 via cable and satellite providers, it’s an incredible deal. For a limited time, the Network is being offered as a free one-week trial to whet your appetite. WWE is officially on the road to WrestleMania as the April 6 event draws nearer. At the time this write-up went to press, the Elimination Chamber event had just concluded. Only two things are certain for WWE’s 30th WrestleMania event so far: “The Animal” Batista will be competing for Randy Orton’s WWE World Heavyweight Championship, and “The Immortal” Hulk Hogan will be returning to WWE after an extended absence to serve as the event’s host. With only a little over a month left to go, expect the action within WWE to be kicked up a notch. Stay tuned within the next few weeks as I will bring you another interview with a WWE personality as the crew prepares for their March 30 “Road to WrestleMania” live event at Norfolk Scope. Tickets are on sale for this event at Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations, and the Norfolk Scope box office. Jonathan McLarty is a contributing writer for The Flagship, as well as a local sports and event photographer. Connect with him on Twitter (@JonathanMcLarty) and view his photography at McLartyPhoto.Zenfolio.com.

BELLATOR 112 March 14; 9 p.m., Spike TV Daniel Straus vs. Pat Curran Sam Oropeza vs. Joe Riggs Nah-Shon Burrell vs. War Machine

UFC 171 March 15; 8 p.m., FOX S1; 10 p.m., PPV Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler Carlos Condit vs. Tyron Woodley UFC FIGHT NIGHT 37 March 8; 12:30 p.m., UFC Fight Pass Myles Jury vs. Diego Sanchez Alexander Gustafsson vs. J. Manuwa Hector Lombard vs. Jake Shields Melvin Guillard vs. Michael Johnson ■ Cards subject to change.

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (left) will begin his quest to win the Bellator 205-pound belt when he faces Christian M’Pumbu in the semifinals of the light heavyweight tournament at Bellator 110 on Feb. 28.

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