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Celebrating 20 years of serving the Hampton Roads Navy family

Vol. 21, No. 9 Norfolk, VA | | 03.07-03.13.13


MSCN Marco Villasana Sailors perform exercises while competing in a metabolic conditioning contest in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).

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JFSC rededicates Ike Skelton Library By Katisha Draughn-Fraguada Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads Public Affairs


More than 50 local dignitaries, faculty, staff and students attended the Joint Forces Staff College (JFSC) rededication ceremony of the Ike Skelton Library, Feb. 25. The library is named for former Congressman Ike Skelton in recognition of his extensive involvement throughout his career in joint and professional military education. “You are truly the godfather of joint education,” said Maj. Gen. Joseph Ward, Commandant, JFSC. “Because of you, we can continue to record lessons learned and pass them on to our future military leaders.” Skelton served as the U.S. Representative from Missouri’s 4th District from 1977 - 2011. As a U.S. Representative, Skelton’s focus was on issues involving jobs and the economy, the war in Afghanistan, military health insurance reform and standing up for U.S. military members. “Rededicating this library is truly a memorable moment for me, and frankly, I am downright proud,” said Skelton. Although very humble, he is very proud of all of his accomplishments. He served as the Chairman of the House

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MC2 Scott Pittman Naval Station Norfolk Firefighter Neil Gunnet prepares to evacuate simulated casualties during Exercise Citadel Shield 13 onboard Naval Station Norfolk. Feb. 27.

NAVSTA Norfolk participates in exercise Citadel Shield 13 By MC3 Molly Greendeer Naval Station Norfolk Public Affairs


Naval Station (NAVSTA) Norfolk participated in Exercise Citadel Shield 2013, Feb. 27 - 28. A regularly scheduled exercise, Citadel Shield is the largest force protection and anti-terrorism exercise conducted Navy-wide by Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC). NAVSTA Norfolk Installation Training Officer Russ Wyckoff said the exercise was designed to test and train the installation’s ability to prevent, detect and defend

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■ about the exercise This annual exercise is designed to enhance the training and readiness of Navy Security Forces to respond to threats to installations and units. against an act of terrorism. “This exercise provided a great opportunity to test multiple security measures that have been pre-planned,” he said. “Some of these security measures are only used once a year, or maybe not ever. So we get this chance to see if these measures are still ef-

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NEW SECDEF ON BUDGET CUTS Soldier and Marine training, Air Force flying hours and Navy steaming days are being curtailed due to budget cuts, said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

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Sailors aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) competed in a metabolic conditioning competition in the ships hangar bay, March 1. Sailors were given 15 minutes to complete as many sets as possible of five pullups, 10 hand-release push-ups and 15 squats. “The idea for the contests highlight current fitness trends and we try to meet them through the competitions,” said Tina Nguyen, Stennis’ afloat fitness director. She added that preparation for the competition was a great way for Sailors to work toward a goal, while enhancing morale and overall fitness. “It’s a good opportunity to be in a more competitive atmosphere,” said Operation Specialist 2nd Class John Fay, from New Orleans. “[Competitions] are great for building morale, and a change of the everyday pace is always nice. I do similar workouts on my own, but I don’t push myself as hard as when there are other people [to compete against].” Aviation Support Equipment Technician 3rd Class Melisa Bologna topped the female category with 11 sets, and Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Derek Gaives placed first in the male category with 19 sets. The winners received a new pair of running shoes. “The contests definitely help build a community,” said Aviation Support Equipment Technician 3rd Class Melisa Bologna from Valencia, Calif. “The crew comes and gives their support to competitors. I just came out to get a good workout, but I’m happy that I won.” The event was one of a series of recent fitness competitions in an effort to create a culture of fitness and support the Navy’s 21st Century Sailor and Marine Initiative. The initiative aims to improve the fleet’s level of fitness and create the fittest, most deployment ready force in DoD history.

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| Information on military history, doctrine, strategy, tactics ■wealth of resources The Ike Skelton Library’s collection consists of approximately 161,000 volumes, subscriptions to 350 journals, and access to more than 50,000 full-text articles, e-books, newspapers and reports.

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MC2 Scott Pittman Naval Station Norfolk security personnel subdue a driver suspected of having an improvised explosive device in his vehicle during Exercise Citadel Shield 13.


Exercises designed to train responders on real-world threats Continued from front fective, and it is great training for all hands – on and off the installation.â€? The exercise consisted of several mini-drills that tested primary mission capabilities, such as ďŹ re and emergency services, safety, security and the computer network alert system. Simulated scenarios included pre-planned responses to a vehicle carrying an explosive device that penetrated the base. The explosive device exploded outside of one of the buildings on-base invoking security, the City of Norfolk Bomb Squad, medical and ďŹ reďŹ ghters from both Navy

Regional Mid-Atlantic Fire and Emergency Services and Norfolk Fire and Rescue to respond to a mass casualty. The scenario included a simulated explosion and building collapse. Fire and rescue was called to the scene to cut into the side of the building to retrieve trapped victims. Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Assistant Fire Chief George Ridgwell said the training exercise was a way for ďŹ reďŹ ghters to work together before an actual emergency and was a great learning experience for all involved. “We all have the same training and the same equipment, but not everyone uses it the same way,â€?

MCSN Jackie Hart A bomb disposal robot investigates a simulated improvised explosive device as part of Exercise Citadel Shield 13, Feb. 27.

said Ridgwell. “Not only to do we learn different techniques we may have not known before, but we learn to work as a team, as one solid unit.â€? Capt. David A. Culler, Jr., Commanding ofďŹ cer, Naval Station Norfolk said the simulations and exercises were designed to train responders to react to a real-

world threat. “Sailors and trained civilian professionals take our mission very seriously,� he said. “We can truly never know what to expect in the event of a terrorist attack, but we take lessons learned from training exercises like Citadel Shield and continue to enhance the security of the base.�

Armed Services Committee and was very instrumental in the enactment of the Goldwater-Nichols Act and the Weapons Acquisition Systems Reform Act. With his many awards and accolades, Skelton never strayed away from one of his ďŹ rst loves – reading. “Reading military history has always been my passion,â€? he said. “Here in this library you have at your ďŹ ngertips the lessons of military campaigns and we should all try to learn all we can from it, and the books on these shelves.â€? The Ike Skelton Library, which is located in Okinawa Hall adjacent to the college, occupies nearly 41,000 square feet on two oors. The collection consists of approximately 161,000 volumes, subscriptions to 350 journals, and access to over 50,000 full-text articles, e-books, newspapers and reports through 170 databases shared with the North Campus. The collection’s focus is on military affairs, including: history, doctrine, strategy and tactics; political, economic and social issues; and science and technology. The library was originally dedicated in June 2006 for the college’s 60th Anniversary. It is the primary military academic library in the Hampton Roads area with a mission to support the students, faculty, and staff of JFSC in the research, reference and curriculum requirements.


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Deadline for SAPR-F training approaches Mobile training team makes NETC HQ final stop By Ed Barker Naval Education and Training Command Public Affairs


Commands are reminded that the deadline for completion and documentation of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Fleet (SAPR-F) training for E6 and below Sailors is March 31. The SAPR-F training is the latest event in the Navy’s continuum of Sexual Assault Prevention Training. It is a critical component of the Navy’s aggressive efforts to prevent sexual assaults and promote a culture of respect and professionalism within the force.

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“The Master Mobile Training Teams have returned from deployment and feedback we have gotten from our teams has been excellent,” said Capt. William Marvel, SAPR Task Force chief of staff. “We are ahead of our predictions with respect to commands completing and documenting their SAPR-F training – as of Feb. 28, more than 78 percent of fleet Sailors had completed and documented their training.” Command training teams that still require SAPR-F Preparation

Training have several options available. Additional information on preparation training and required documentation following training is available through the SAPR L/F training website, www. The last stop for the Southeast region SAPR-F MMTT was a return to Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola as they briefed the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) headquarters staff on lessons learned. The team initially briefed Pensacola area command training teams from Dec. 13 - 14, 2012, and traveled to other locations through the month of January. This return visit gave the training team a chance to brief the SAPR Task Force chief of staff and training command leadership on the progress and results of SAPR-F training. “One of the things we realized as our training team briefed the command teams in the Southeast was the importance of bringing the SAPR training and results back around to command leadership,” said Lt. Cmdr. Bert Rice, team leader for the Southeast Region MMTT. “The SAPR leadership and fleet training enables two-way communication up and down the chain of command. Respect is important on both sides, and it is imperative that command leadership is prepared to respond appropriately.” Sexual assault prevention is an important element of the readiness area of the 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative, which builds resiliency to hone the most combateffective force in the history of the Department of the Navy. For more news from Naval Education and Training Command, visit

MC2 Leonard Adams Sailors participate in Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) training in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is conducting training and carrier qualifications in the Atlantic Ocean.

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The Navy is exploring what combat will look like in future wars where electromagentic and cyber operations will augment or hinder forces. The Electromagnetic Maneuver (EM) Massive Multiplayer Online War Game Leveraging the Internet – em2 MMOWGLI – is designed to crowd source innovative ideas to help the Navy understand and harness this domain. em2 MMOWGLI ended phase two on Feb. 24. The final phase will be played from March 4 - 10. Sponsored by Navy Warfare Development Command

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Oceana honors military pioneers at Black History Month event By Cathy Heimer Jet Observer

The AfricanAmerican story is not just our story, it’s an American story.” - Guest speaker Rev. Geoffrey V. Guns


The Montford Point Marines and the Tuskegee Airmen were honored during the Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana Black History Month observance at the Chapel of the Good Shepherd, Feb. 21. Three of 13 Montford Point Marines who live in Hampton Roads, attended the observance, which included guest speaker Rev. Geoffrey V. Guns and powerful performances of two poems set to music by Gunnery Sgt. Dean Lawrence. Ronald M. Frink, president of the Tidewater Chapter, Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. spoke on behalf of the five original documented Tuskegee Airman who live in Hampton Roads. One of those men was scheduled to attend, but was unable because of a family member’s illness. Frink noted how the men were “living history” and thanked Oceana for honoring them. The idea of living history was also stressed by Master Sgt. Curt Clarke, president of the Tidewater Chapter 14, Montford Point Marine Association, as he encouraged those attending the observance to take advantage of the opportunity to meet the Montford Point Marines, Robert E. Nichols, Jimmy M. Hargrove and William A.L. Brown. The three men were among the 20,000 enlisted Black Marines who trained at the segregated Montford Point Camp in North Carolina from 1942 - 1949. A video was played of Montford Point Marines sharing their stories and discussing the changes they’ve seen in the military over the years. Clarke, who is the senior enlisted advisor at the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit Oceana, said that the Montford Point Marines “are an example for those such as myself, who stand on their shoulders.” Clarke, who believes one of their legacies is their perseverance, said the Montford Point Marines “are truly pioneers. They have truly paved the way.” Last year, the Montford Point Marines were presented the Congressional Gold Medal and they were honored with the christening of the USNS Montford Point (MLP 1) on March 2 in San Diego, Calif.

The guest speaker for the event serves as the pastor of the Second Calvary Baptist Church in Norfolk. Guns, 64, a Norfolk native, began by explaining he was “a product of the 1960s Black power revolution,” and never attended an integrated school. He said his daughter still finds it hard to believe people lived like that. “I have witnessed a dramatic shift in the racial consciousness and awareness of American society. I was really pleased to see this year’s celebration focus on the Emancipation Proclamation and the march on Washington,” said Guns, who still remembers the march. But despite the cultural shift, Guns said “there still remains a serious need to continue to highlight the contributions of people, who have in some ways, been marginalized by society.” While he said America doesn’t like to engage in conversations about diversity, it’s better to speak and understand people. He also noted that Blacks were the one group of people who did not come “to America seeking freedom, opportunity and financial prosperity.” As he commended Oceana for continuing to focus on the history and legacy of various cultures, Guns shared his three reasons why the observances are important. He began with “every ethnic group has an American story and that story needs to be passed from one generation to the next.” Guns explained his second reason as being “the present and the future are always conditioned by the past.” He sees many people who have disconnected themselves from the “journeys of those who have gone on before them.” Because how someone grows up shapes how they understand life, how they think, Guns told the audience, “you must never divorce yourself from your past,” even though it might be unpleasant. “Lastly, because the African-American story is not just our story, it’s an American story ... America would not and could not be what it is today without the contributions of African-Americans,” he said “This is true with each and every ethnic group in this country. We are Americans, whether we come from Africa or Asia, or

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MC2 Antonio Peter Turretto Ramos NAS Oceana observed Black History Month with a special program honoring pioneering Black military members at the Chapel of the Good Shepherd, Feb. 21.

Latin America, South America or even the Middle East. Our greatness is found in being able to honor the legacy of every contributor to our society.” During the observance, Lawrence, stationed at Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 252 at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., provided two moving performances of poems set to music. “Montford Point,” told from the perspective of the facility, was an inspiring rendition of life of the Black Marines who trained at the boot camp. It detailed the discrimination they endured and their determination to succeed. The second presentation was about defending America after Sept. 11, 2001 and the reasons that would make someone willing to go to war begins with

“She called.” Lawrence is a member of the Tidewater Chapter of the Montford Point Marines and developed the Montford Point performance after a great deal of research. “It’s a way to give a voice to a part of history,” he said. Using the stage name of “Life,” Lawrence is also a frequent performer with his powerful rap-style poems, which have been posted on YouTube and earned him an interview with national media. “I literally cannot add one bit of wisdom to today’s event,” said Capt. Bob Geis, Commanding Officer, NAS Oceana as he concluded the program. Noting that “life is a journey,” he challenged everyone attending to move forward together because “together we’re strong.”

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USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98) returns to Naval Station Norfolk By Ens. Alexis Blackellar USS Forrest Sherman Public Affairs


Arleigh Burke-class Aegis destroyer USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98) returned home to Naval Station Norfolk after completing an eight-month deployment to the 6th Fleet area of responsibility in support of theater security cooperation, Feb. 26. The ship and her crew traveled more than 45,000 nautical miles during their deployment to the Eastern Mediterranean. Like most modern U.S. surface combatants, Forrest Sherman utilizes gas turbine propulsion. Employing four General Electric LM 2500 gas turbines to produce 100,000 total shaft horsepower via a dual shaft design, Arleigh Burke-class destroyers are capable of achieving 30-plus knot speeds in open seas. While on-station, Forrest Sherman embarked Helicopter Squadron Detachment 48.1 with Venom 503, logging more than 510 flight hours in their SH60-B helicopter. The ship’s Flight IIA design includes the addition of the Kingfisher mine-avoidance capability, a pair of helicopter hangars, which provide the ability to deploy with two organic Lamps MK III MH-60 helicopters, blast-hardened bulkheads, distributed electrical system and advanced networked systems. Forrest Sherman made port visits to Souda Bay, Crete; Haifa, Israel; Rota,

Spain; Larnaca, Cyprus; Marmaris, Turkey; Augusta Bay, Sicily; and Bari, Italy. During the crew’s port visit to Haifa, Sailors participated in a community service project by assisting in a renovation of a shelter for women. “We visited 16 ports in six different countries and Forrest Sherman Sailors were excellent ambassadors for our ship, the Navy and our country,” said Cmdr. Brad Busch, the ship’s Commanding Officer. “I’m proud of the crew’s achievements and the manner in which they presented themselves.” The deployment was professionally successful for the crew in which 86 of its Sailors, about 30 percent of the total crew of 276, earned their Enlisted Surface Warfare qualification. “As we return to homeport following an eight-month deployment to the 6th Fleet, I would like to thank all the Sailors on board Forrest Sherman for their hard work and dedication,” he said. Forrest Sherman is the 48th ship in the Arleigh Burke-class of Aegis guided-missile destroyers – the U.S. Navy’s powerful destroyer fleet. These highly capable, multi-mission ships can conduct a variety of operations, from peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control and power projection, in support of national military strategy. For more news from Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, visit surflant/.

The Arleigh Burke-class Aegis destroyer USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98) is positioned in its berth pierside at Naval Station Norfolk, Feb. 26, after completing an eight-month deployment to the 6th Fleet area of responsibility in support of theater security cooperation.

■ around the world Arleigh Burke-class Aegis destroyer USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98) made port visits to Souda Bay, Crete; Haifa, Israel; Rota, Spain; Larnaca, Cyprus; Marmaris, Turkey; Augusta Bay, Sicily; and Bari, Italy.

Kathy Hoover, wife of Operations Specialist 1st Class Joe Hoover, waits with family members for the return of USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98) to Naval Station Norfolk, Feb. 26.

Left: Lt. Mike Moran kisses his wife after returning from deployment aboard the Arleigh Burke-class Aegis destroyer USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98), Feb. 26, completing an eightmonth deployment to the 6th Fleet area of responsibility in support of theater security cooperation. Right: Electronics Technician 2nd Class Ron Wilhelms greets his daughter after returning from deployment aboard the USS Forrest Sherman.

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NMCP reaches milestone with CT scanner The Radiology Department at NMCP reached a milestone when it completed the 150th cardiac study using a stateof-the-art, $2 million dual-source computed tomography (CT) scanner.

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SECRETARY DETAILS RESULTS OF SEQUESTRATION UNCERTAINTY ■ new SECDEF Read more about the new Secretary of Defense and WASHINGTON Soldier and Marine training, Leon Panetta’s exit on B6. Air Force flying hours and Navy steaming days are being curtailed thanks to the $47 billion in cuts secure conference room – to DoD must make before Sept. 30, speak about the consequences of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel sequestration. said, March 1. “Leadership in the Pentagon The secretary stressed at the … [has] two serious concerns: start of his first press conference first, the abrupt and arbitrary as Defense Secretary that the un- cuts imposed by sequester; and certainty caused by sequestration second, the lack of budget man“puts at risk our ability to effec- agement flexibility that we now tively fulfill all of our missions.” face under the current continuing He was joined by Deputy De- resolution,” he said. The department has already fense Secretary Ash Carter, and both men said that if seques- had to cut funding for readiness, tration is allowed to continue he said. “As sequester continues, through the end of the fiscal year, we will be forced to assume more the effects will become much risk, with steps that will progressively have far-reaching effects,” worse. The department will continue the secretary said. Starting in April, the Navy will to adjust to the fiscal realities, Hagel said. He and Carter had gradually standdown at least four just met with the Joint Chiefs » see CUTS | B7 of Staff in the Tank – the chiefs’ By Jim Garamone

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Glenn Fawcett In his first press briefing as Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel talks about the onset of the sequester and the grave impact it will have on national security and the readiness of the military at the Pentagon, Feb. 28.

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■ siblings reunited American Idol Season 3 star Diana Degarmo rushes to hug her brother, Army Maj. David Evans, on the tarmac at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, March 1.

Arlington museum showcases military women’s contributions By Terri Moon Cronk American Forces Press Service

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Engines off? Check. Wheels chocked? Check. American Idol star deplaning, screaming and running to meet her brother on the flight line at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan? Check. When the phrase, “It’s a small world,” is muttered around military members, it’s usually met with the reply, “It’s a small military.” The truth of that sentiment can be found by merely looking at two of the nine stops made during the 2013 USO Spring Troop visit, hosted by Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. James A. Winnefeld, Jr. When she found out the USO Spring Troop Visit was not going to Kandahar Air Field this year, American Idol star, Diana DeGarmo was a little upset for two reasons. First, even though she knew it wasn’t feasible, she hoped to see every deployed service member in the country. Second, because one of those deployed service members was her brother Army Maj. David Evans, currently deployed to Kandahar. “I was really excited when I was told there was a chance David might make it to Bagram Air Base, but Bagram came and went and he was unable to

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A living legacy to women who served in all branches of the U.S. military honors their service and sacrifice inside the Women’s Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. The museum in the memorial depicts the “duty, honor and pride” of the two million women who served to defend the United States, from the beginning of the Revolutionary War through today’s war in Afghanistan. Situated at the ceremonial entrance to Arlington National Cemetery, the $22 million memorial offers a grand welcome to the sacred military burial grounds with its neoclassical architecture. Following 11 years of construction, the museum was dedicated on Oct. 18, 1997, after the Women’s Memorial Foundation spearheaded the effort to educate the public and honor women who defended the nation during all eras and in all services. The museum’s “living” exhibits depict the past, present and future of military women on active duty, in the reserves,

■ what’s displayed Donated World War II mementoes, uniforms and recruitment posters on display at the Women’s Memorial museum at the Arlington National Cemetery the National Guard and U.S. in Arlington, Va. Public Health Service, in addition to the Coast Guard Auxiliary and Civil Air Patrol. duty women who voluntarily Additionally, the women registered. Each entry shows who served in support of U.S. the service woman’s picture, armed forces during wartime dates of service, awards reoverseas in such organizations ceived, key memories of her as the Red Cross, United Ser- service and other statistics. vice Organizations, Special The foundation registry inServices and the PHS Cadet vites veterans, active duty, NaNurse Corps have a place of tional Guard and reserve serhonor in the museum. vice women to register. Cadet The Women’s Memorial nurses and service organizais the only national museum tion employees who served of its kind, according to The overseas during a war also are Women in Military Service eligible to register. for America Memorial FounThe museum’s Hall of dation Inc. website. Its staff Honor pays tribute to fallen collects, preserves, documents service women in a somber and analyzes the history of room amid flags of U.S. states, women’s military service by territories and the military sergathering official and personal vices. A small exhibit displays records, oral histories, photo- two books of female casualgraphs and memorabilia for its ties while serving in the line of exhibits. duty in Operation Iraqi Free“Although women have dom and Operation Enduring always volunteered in defense Freedom. of our nation, many of their The hall also honors women contributions have been for- who served with “ … pargotten and are not recorded ticular sacrifice and achievein today’s history books,” the ment. Honored are those who website notes. were killed in action, died in A signature feature of the the line of duty, were prisonmuseum is the register, a com- ers of war, or were recipients puterized database of informa- of the nation’s highest awards tion on about 3,500 former » see MUSEUM | B7 military and current active

The Navy announced it is partnering with Discovery Education to launch a program providing real world science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum to high school students nationwide, March 1. The curriculum will provide cuttingedge applications of STEM concepts allowing students to explore the latest STEM technologies used in the Navy. In conjunction with Discovery Education, the Navy STEM for the Classroom program will allow students to explore academic pursuits and career opportunities as it guides students through relevant STEM-based scenarios. Discovery Education is a division of Discovery Communications, the parent company of the popular Discovery Channel, TLC and Animal Planet television channels. “This is a great opportunity to help young people interested in science, technology, engineering and math,” said Rear Adm. Earl Gay, Commander, Navy Recruiting Command. “The success of our Navy tomorrow depends upon the education of young men and women today. Many of these young Americans are seeking a challenge in pursuit of a higher calling. When this higher calling is supported by a strong STEM foundation, I know our Navy and our nation will be in the great hands of these future leaders.” The Department of the Navy’s (DoN) STEM executive, Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder agrees. “The Department of the Navy is facing tremendous workforce pressures,” he said. “In a few short years, nearly half of our science and engineering professionals will be retirement eligible. Collectively, the DoN’s STEM initiatives, which reach students in all 50 states, engaging with more than 5,000 teachers and 80,000 students, are an effective way to help ensure a strong Naval STEM workforce in the future. This effort is a great addition in the ongoing commitment to our national security.”

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JUST DO IT If jobs aren’t available, make the job yourself By Tiffany Silverberg Military Spouse Contributor

What if you could do anything at all, at least as far as your career? What if you could move hundreds, thousands of miles from your current job and start fresh? What if your healthcare were covered and your housing situation taken care of? What if you had free schedule, unleashed from your former job, to launch a business or to start consulting or to freelance? What if? It’s a reality many military spouses find themselves in, although it’s not always immediately obvious. Sometimes the desire for a traditional career or a longing for the safety and income stream of the last job cloud our view of the opportunity that has just been placed before us. When we get to a new town where jobs are not everywhere, it’s easy to see the forest of closed doors rather that the trees of options. But one truth should stand out like a Giant Sequoia.

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If you aren’t working, if jobs just aren’t available, if the hours are languishing under a blanket of coffee and talk shows, then why not grab this unique time and try to build a business. What if I fail, we ask ourselves honestly. The truth is many small business ventures do. Our chances of failure are great. That is kind of the point. Small business ownership, especially in the early days, is inherently precarious. Will anyone buy what you are selling? Can you sustain your success? Can you make a profit? It’s a game of chance. Some play their cards just right, some roll just the right dice, and some have to fold up and start over.

That’s what keeps most potential small business owners away. The current job is too comfortable. The current income is just too alluring. But, as military spouses, we are in a unique position. We have all that comfort taken away. We have to start fresh anyway. Why not start fresh with a gamble of a small business? And the crazy thing is, despite the inherent uncertainty of small business, you have all the control. No one can fire you. There’s no furloughing or sequestering or laying off. You can pivot and maneuver until you find the path to your own definition of success. With the aid of modern technology, the entry points to small busi-

ness ownership are low. Open an Etsy shop or other online store front for a few bucks with just a few items. There are dozens, even hundreds, of bloggers who have shared their own secrets to success for free. Learn from them and see what happens. Want to freelance as writer, editor, designer, coder, or the like? Grab a domain and launch a website with your offerings. Email anyone and everyone. Someone will give you a shot. Go above and beyond for them and get raving testimonial. Put it on your site and start again. There is only one way to find out if you can make it. Just do it. Tiffany is Navy wife and foodie with an independent streak. As a freelance writer, she brings years of journalism and language experience to non-profits, businesses and families, telling their stories online and offline. When she’s not working, she’s drinking red wine, cooking, knitting or sewing or driving around, sometimes with her pilot husband in the passenger seat. You can visit her website at

How not to speak to military spouses By Jacey Eckhart Military Spouse Contributor

Other people dream of falling off a cliff. Their nightmares feature running away from an attacker, losing all their teeth, or sitting down to take a final at a class they never attended. My nightmare is standing in front of a crowd of military spouses so bored they all pull out their smart phones the minute they lay eyes on me. This is fairly terrifying. So I’ve been doing my tap dance of persuasion for our presenters for’s Spouse Summit, April 11 - 12 in Washington, D.C. They can hardly believe I am not looking for a 45-minute PowerPoint presentation for our audience of bootson-the-ground military family professionals. I’m not. Really. Because PowerPoint is the No. 1 way not to speak to military spouses. I have noticed how military spouses don’t want anyone to read to them. They don’t want a speaker to say anything they can Google in two minutes on their own. They don’t want anyone to squander the very precious minutes we spend somewhere in person. That’s true for everyone, not just military spouses. That’s why I think there is a trend in the conference world toward shorter, tighter, more inspiring speeches. So I started putting together some tips for our pool of presenters. I’m not sure I have these right, readers. Would you take a look at these “presenter tips” and send me some feedback? We want to design the kind of event that makes our military family professionals remember why they love their work. 1. Think of just one thing. If you were jumping off a cliff and only had enough time to say one thing to this audience, what would it be? What idea about

your work or our community would you want them to drive home pondering? What step would you want them to take? 2. Tell me a story. We know a lot of facts about military life. We can’t possibly be aware of all 46,000 non-profit organizations that list “military” in their mission statement with the IRS. So tell us a story that brings a program to life. Tell me about someone you saved. Tell me something that makes me believe in myself. Show me how I can apply your success to my own program. 3. What is your expert opinion? We already know you are the expert. We read your bio in the program. We read an article you wrote last year. What we don’t know is what makes you curious? What breaks your heart? What makes you want to stomp on your phone with fury? What did you try that failed? What did you try that worked so much better than you ever dreamed of? 4. Let the audience speak. A lot of people think that the only time an audience ought to talk is during that five minute period of Q & A at the end of a speech. Research on adult education shows that an audience has an attention of about five minutes for another adult’s uninterrupted speech. So let them talk. Let them talk in twos and threes and tables to root your idea in their lives. Audiences say that one reason they come to conference is meet and network with other people. Give them a chance. 5. Steal from the rich. No one is asking you to invent a way to give a shorter speech. The creatively rich have already done that for you. Get a better idea of the short speech format by watching some TED Talks. 6. Steal from the Japanese. Check out PechaKucha – a kind of short presentation going like gangbusters in Japan. Each speaker shows 20 slides for

JEBLCFS hosts free child care workshop for service members By MC2 (SW) Scott Pittman Navy Public Affairs Support Element - East


Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story (JEBLCFS) and Virginia Beach Public Schools (VBPS) hosted a parenting workshop for service members at the Brashear Conference Center, Feb. 21. Guest Speaker Dr. Ken Ginsburg, author of “Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and

Wings” spoke with parents about how to foster positive actions and healthy behavior while at home and deployed. The workshop was part of an ongoing national speaker series in the region, organized by the VBPS System and the JEBLCFS chain of command. “We have more than 22,000 military connected students in our division, approximately one-third of our student body,” said Laura Smart, partnership coordinator for VPBS. “We are working diligently, trying to find any outreach

20 seconds each. 7. Steal from the greatest. Get your speaker groove on by watching the greatest short speeches of all time like the Gettysburg Address. Or Churchill’s “never give up: speech. Or Kid President’s Pep Talk. 8. Keep in short. Really, really short. 9. Make it shorter and tighter than that. TED Talks are limited to 18 minutes at most. Some of the best are only six minutes. Or three minutes. As they tell TED Talkers: Get up. Get done. Take questions. 10. Mingle. Before and after your presentation, talk to the individuals who make up your audience. In post-event surveys, today’s audiences say that what they want is a little access to the experts. I always do this. Not because I am an expert on anything, but because it gives me one more chance to make sure I understand who is present so that I am sending the best message. And I always appreciate a friendly face in the audience. My workmates say that maybe it would be easier for presenters to slog through their 45-minute PowerPoint than try something new. I don’t really think that is true. I think there is something soul-sucking about standing in front of people and just filling time. Instead, I think that getting together at a conference in person offers something to both speaker and participant that we can’t get any other way. So, speaker, take on this challenge because all of us who work with military families during this time of sequestration are learning to do more with even less. We need to get together for comfort and motivation and that divine creative spark. We are counting on you. The way everyone is counting on us. Jacey Eckhart is the Editor in Chief of Jacey has been a syndicated military life columnist since 1996.

and initiatives that we can to support our kids and their families.” Ginsburg focused on teaching parents about his seven crucial Cs for building resilience – Competence, Confidence, Connection, Character, Contribution, Coping and Control – all of which he teaches are necessary components for children dealing with parents who constantly deploy. “The coordinators talk about getting our commands together, working in our schools, focusing on our parent support activities, and helping our teachers out as much as we can,” said Smart. The series is scheduled to continue with more guest speakers and workshops throughout the year.

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As a journalist, some of my most incredible moments come when I am meeting the readers. Lately I have had an opportunity to run into a couple of folks who are loyal readers of this column, and while my immediate reaction is “Thank you!” I am touched to here what the column means to you. The other part I love about meeting you, the reader, is I get a better idea of what you want to get out of this column. I would be lying if I said that every time I sat down at my computer to write for The Flagship that I was hit with some major inspirational idea. It certainly isn’t always like that. Let’s face it, I am a military spouse, so I spend most of time with a fried brain and exhausted from constant negotiations with my 4-year-old. I love getting feedback, so this week I am writing to ask for more of it! What do you need from me? What information are you looking for that you have not been able to find anywhere else? Hey, even share your stories and experiences so that I can share them with others. As we all know, there is comfort in knowing that others are experiencing the same issues, the same struggles and the same joy. My email is and I am always happy to hear from you!

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

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NMCP completes 150th cardiac study using state-of-theart CT scanner By Rebecca A. Perron NMCP Public Affairs


The Radiology Department at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP) reached a milestone when it completed the 150th cardiac study using a state-of-theart, $2 million dual-source computed tomography (CT) scanner, Feb. 28. The machine can scan the entire heart in one quarter of a second – which is faster than one heartbeat. And it’s the first of this type of scanner in the Navy on the East Coast. “The machine is so fast that it uses the heart rate to know when to scan,” said Brian Smith, a CT technologist. “When a patient is nervous or has an underlying disease, it can be difficult to regulate their fluctuating heartbeat. This one can handle into the 70s. Standard scanners can handle up to 65 beats per minute, and previously we have had to have more patients reschedule if we couldn’t regulate [the heartbeat].” The faster scanner creates a sharper image because there is less motion blur in the picture and the patient is exposed to less radiation. These advantages make diagnostics easier and screenings faster, so as many patients as possible are scanned using the new equipment – about 500 to 600 patients are scanned each week. It is well suited

for children and critically ill adults who may have trouble being still during a scan that takes longer to complete. “Most scanners have one X-ray tube that shoots down from the top with the detectors on the bottom, and the beam is constantly rotating around the patient,” said Cmdr. Christopher T. Kuzniewski, lead diagnostic cardiopulmonary radiologist at NMCP. “The dual-source scanner has two separate X-ray sources and the detectors are set 90 degrees apart like a plus sign, essentially doubling the speed of the scan.” “The machine is also a 256slice scanner, which means there are 256 rows of detectors, compared to the standard 64- or 128-slice scanners,” he continued. “Therefore, the 256-slice scanner has the ability to scan the patient faster and decreases the overall radiation dose.” All this equates to quicker scans and less radiation for the patient. The typical dose of radiation from a standard 64-slice scanner is between eight and 30 millisieverts for cardiac studies, and between five and 15 for other scans. That’s compared to a person’s typical exposure from the environment at three millisieverts each year. The dual-source scanner delivers about one millisievert during any given cardiac scan. The new scanner has been in operation at NMCP for 15


Brian Smith, a Naval Medical Center Portsmouth computed tomography (CT) technologist, views the images from Regina Ralston’s thoracic aorta scan. The scan was one of 150 that have been completed at NMCP since July using a $2 million, state-of-the-art dual-source CT scanner, which can image the heart in less than one heartbeat.

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months, and has been used for cardiac scans since July. “This is important considering radiation exposure throughout the lifetime is accumulative,” said Kuzniewski. “The more radiation exposure a person has, the more you have to be concerned, especially younger patients who have a lifetime of the cell division process ahead of them, which can result in something going wrong and leading to an increased risk of malignancy.” While a scan is taking place, the patient experiences the same procedure as any CT scanner, except it is quicker. The patient first drinks (or receives intravenously) contrast just before the scan to improve the scanner’s ability to distinguish internal body structures. The patient then lies on a table that slides into the donut-shaped machine for the scan. CT scans are most commonly used to identify tissue abnormalities in different

parts of the body or to study blood vessels in the brain, heart, abdomen and chest. The machine captures 2-D black-and-white images that the radiologist uses to make the diagnosis, as well as 3-D color images that a CT technologist processes by removing tissue from the images, such as ribs or organs, leaving behind an isolated 3-D view of the area being studied. The 3-D images are for the ordering providers to show the patient. According to Smith, patients tend to understand their anatomy better when shown a 3-D image that can rotate and is in color. About 20 minutes after a scan is complete, the technologist has processed the images, which are then available to be read by the radiologist. That can take about 10 to 15 minutes, depending on how complicated the case is. Technologists and radiologists work in the department 24/7. Five technologists handle the outpatient spe-



cialty cases and emergency cases during the day. Emergency Room and emergency inpatient cases are handled by two techs during the evening and one tech overnight. Depending on the time of day, up to 12 staff radiologists or residents are available to read the scans. “For those patients who are in the Emergency Room or are inpatient, we will have the scan read within one hour,” said Kuzniewski. “For outpatient appointments, it’s usually the same day, most often within a couple of hours. We read all scans in house and sometimes read scans for other Navy medical facilities, to include GITMO, Jacksonville, Fla. and Pacific Rim installations.” For cardiac patients, the radiologist is trying to determine if there is obstructive coronary artery disease, among other possibilities. “They could have soft or calcified plaque, which causes the diameter of the

cardiac vessel to be smaller,” he said. “If there is less blood getting through, there needs to be some medical intervention, which can be invasive management or medical management. Medical management can include diet, exercise and/or medication. If the obstruction is severe enough, invasive management may be necessary and can include angioplasty, the placement of a stent or a coronary bypass.” Some patients may have other structural vascular defects or problems with their heart valves that can require tube graft repair or valve replacement with either a mechanical or bio-prosthetic valve. Regardless of the initial reason for the CT scan, NMCP’s patients can be assured they have received the highest standard of care with equipment that is the best available today, offering the safest and quickest CT scans possible.

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USNS MONTFORD POINT CHRISTENED IN SAN DIEGO By Sarah Burford Military Sealift Command Pacific Public Affairs


The Navy’s first mobile landing platform ship, USNS Montford Point (T-MLP 1), was christened at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego, March 2. Owned and operated by Military Sealift Command (MSC), Montford Point was christened by its sponsor, Alexis “Jackie” Bolden, the wife of current NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. Gen. James F. Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps, delivered the ceremony’s principal address and Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby, Commander, MSC, also spoke on behalf of the ship and crew. “This ship, with its unique capabilities, will become the centerpiece of sea-basing, allowing the U.S. Navy to raise forward-operations to a new level,” said Buzby. “Wherever the call, whatever the need, USNS Montford Point will be part of the

MC2 Benjamin Crossley One of the 20,000 Marines to receive basic training at Monford Point between 1942 and 1945 applauds during the christening ceremony of the Mobile Landing Platform USNS Monford Point (T-MLP 1) in San Diego, Calif.

Navy’s ‘Global Force for Good,’” The first of three MLPs being built for MSC by NASSCO, Montford Point will join MSCs Maritime Pre-positioning Force as a seagoing pier in the event that accessibility to onshore bases is denied. Montford Point is named in honor of the 20,000 African-American Marine Corps recruits who trained at Montford Point Camp, N.C., from 1942 to 1949. It’s the cornerstone of the Navy’s sea-base concept, serving as a transfer point for a Marine Corps amphibious landing force between large ships and ship-to-shore landing craft. The ship also provides the ability to transfer vehicles and equipment at sea while interfacing with surface connectors to deliver the vehicles and equipment ashore, improving the Navy’s ability to deliver equipment and cargo from offshore to an amphibious objective. Its flexibility is critical for humanitarian response to natural disasters and for support to warfighters ashore. The size allows for 25,000 square feet of vehicle and equipment stowage space and 380,000 gallons of JP-5 fuel storage. A crew of 34 civilian mariners employed by MSC will operate the ship once delivered to the fleet. “I salute the ship’s first master, Capt. Kurt Kleinschmidt, his chief engineer, Bill Maus, and the rest of the U.S. Merchant Marine crew,” said Buzby. “Their determination will stand this ship and its mission in good stead as they sail anywhere on the globe that the mission sends them.”

■ first in its class Monford Point is the first ship of its class and will serve as a floating base for amphibious operations and operate as a transfer point between large ships and small landing craft.

MC2 Dominique Pineiro The Mobile Landing Platform USNS Montford Point (T-MLP 1) is moored pier side in San Diego, Calif. during the ship’s christening ceremony.



Freedom departs on maiden deployment The Navy’s first Littoral Combat Ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) departed her homeport of San Diego, Calif. to venture out to the Asia-Pacific region on its maiden deployment, March 1. The Freedom will deploy to Southeast Asia and Singapore for approximately eight months. This marks the first of many planned rotational deployments to the Western Pacific for the new LCS platform.

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Navy develops modular rifle racks for Marine vehicles ■ why it’s better The newlydeveloped rifle rack has: a reduced footprint; increased modularity; a potential to stow a larger variety of weapons; improved weapon accessibility; and an increase in stowage stability. Although the new rack was re-designed as an upgrade for the Buffalo Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle, the rack’s newly improved capabilities make it a potential upgrade for a variety of similar vehicles.

By Dan Broadstreet NSWC PCD Public Affairs


The Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division’s (NSWC PCD) Buffalo Capability Insertion Team has developed modular rifle rack kits for the U.S. Marine Corps’ Buffalo Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. Weighing more than 50,000 pounds, the Buffalo is the largest of the U.S. MRAP vehicles. It is used by Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Combat Engineers as a key capability for Route Clearance Patrols. The Marine Corps Systems Command Assistant Program Manager, Albert Shaw, for the Cat III Buffalo MRAP, described the new racks designed by NSWC PCD as a success. “These new rifle racks will definitely keep our Marines safer because they were designed with a combat loaded Marine in mind,” he said. “The location, overall improved functionality and ease of use makes this a significant improvement over the old racks.” NSWC PCD’s Buffalo Capability Insertion Team Task Lead for the project, Tim Adams, agreed with Shaw given the encroachment problems associated with the older rifle racks. “The placement of the original weapons stowage simply wasn’t designed as efficiently as our newer modular rifle racks from a human factors perspective,” he said. “The older racks’ placement within the vehicles tended to encroach on the Marines’ seating space and once the weapons were stowed this became even more of a problem.”

Adams said the challenge of designing new rifle racks with a smaller footprint actually became an advantage for developing a more efficient system. “The MRAPs are manufactured with a rifle rack system where the racks are already mounted to the hull walls,” said Adams. “So we designed a modular kit comprised of three rifle racks, each capable of holding two weapons to accommodate the vehicles’ capacity of six passenger per MRAP.” Adams said that because the new rack’s design places emphasis on keeping its footprint small, it not only allows more space for personnel in case the need arises for urgent ingress or egress from the vehicle, but it also is extremely adjustable to older as well as newer variants of the Buffalo MRAPs. “We’ve developed various brackets and mounting kits to accommodate the different variants of Buffalo MRAPs. There are also a variety of weapons systems these racks are capable of holding – a good number of weapons based off the design,” he said. “This system’s innate modularity also gives us the capability to spread the racks throughout the vehicle’s cabin so we don’t have to consolidate them in one place.” Adams said a priority of designing the new rifle racks was consideration of its human factor impacts. “You’ve got to realize these Marines are wearing a tremendous amount of gear, which is why it was important to give the system a small footprint, but also to design it so the weapons are easily accessible,” he said. “In addition, the kits are designed so Marines can more

Photos by Dan Broadstreet Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division Electrical Engineer Tim Adams displays a newly-developed rifle rack. The new design places emphasis on keeping its footprint small.

easily put their guns in a rack close to where they’re seated and latch it down tightly so they’re free to do other things while in transit.” The simplicity of the rack’s design is really what lends to its effectiveness, as well as cost efficiency. “In case of an emergency situation or a vehicle rollover, these Marines have to be able to access their weapons rapidly and easily. Because of the way we’ve designed the mounts at the base of the system and the way we’ve used a commercial-off-theshelf (COTS) strap and buckle concept, these warfighters can stow their weapons with one hand and access them with just their thumb and a finger,” said Adams. “So, in the event of a rollover, if you’re disoriented, or even during periods of limited visibility, the Marine can easily reach out, feel and find the strap and buckle, and unclasp it with just a forefinger and thumb and the weapon will come right out.” The clasping mechanism is actually a COTS item familiar to much of the public. “Who would have thought that the nylon straps and buck-

Electrical Engineer Tim Adams demonstrates Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division’s (NSWC PCD) Rifle Rack Capability Insertion (CI). The team developed modular rifle rack kits for the U.S. Marine Corps’ Buffalo Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles.

les used in so much hiking gear, the same ones many pet owners are familiar with that are used on dog harnesses, would have proven so rugged and effective for strapping in military rifles,” Adams said, emphasizing that such a common COTS item also added to the rifle rack’s cost efficiency benefitting not just the warfighter, but the American taxpayers as well.

“We’ve done very thorough testing with this design and these rifle racks have proven incredibly rugged and effective,” he said. “I’m convinced this system is an excellent candidate for a variety of different military vehicles. It’s very adaptable with a fairly small footprint and we’ve shown it can be installed quite easily in several vehicles with similar characteristics.”


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Newly sworn in 24th Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel signs the guest book the Pentagonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 9/11 Memorial Chapel shortly after taking the oath of ofďŹ ce, Feb. 27.



New Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel promised to always be frank with the men and women of the department, and said he expects all to be direct in return, Feb. 27. Hagel spoke to the Pentagon workforce and a worldwide audience on the Pentagon Channel just after taking the oath as the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 24th defense secretary. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll never ask anyone to do anything I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do,â&#x20AC;? the secretary said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll never ask anybody to do more than I would do. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the story of your lives. I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be worthy if that was not the case.â&#x20AC;? Army Sgt. 1st Class John Werth, a native Nebraskan and combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, introduced

the new secretary. He said Hagel already had held the most important job in the department â&#x20AC;&#x201C; that of a combat infantryman. Hagel served in Vietnam as a young enlisted soldier and was wounded twice. This is a deďŹ ning time for the world, Hagel said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a difďŹ cult time. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a time of tremendous challenge, but there are opportunities,â&#x20AC;? he added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important that we all stay focused, obviously, on our jobs, on our responsibilities, which are immense, but not lose sight of the possibilities for a better world.â&#x20AC;? Service members should not forget that America is a force for good in the world, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made mistakes. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll continue to make mistakes. But we are a force for good,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And we

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should always keep that out in front as much as any one thing that drives us every day.â&#x20AC;? The military needs to deal with the budget realities, the geopolitical challenges, cyber issues and the threats of terrorism, Hagel noted. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got ahead of us a lot of challenges,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are going to deďŹ ne much of who we are â&#x20AC;&#x201C; not this institution only, but our country, what kind of a world our children are going to inherit. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the bigger picture of the objective for all of us.â&#x20AC;? Facing these challenges is difďŹ cult, the secretary said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also pretty special,â&#x20AC;? he added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you

As his wife Lilibet holds the bible, Chuck Hagel is sworn into ofďŹ ce as the 24th Secretary of Defense by Michael L. Rhodes, DoD Director of Administration and Management at the Pentagon, Feb. 27.

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Panetta leaves legacy of service, leadership, partnership By Karen Parrish American Forces Press Service


History likely will record Leon E. Panetta ďŹ rst as the CIA director who got Osama bin Laden. But over his 19 months as defense secretary, the former spy chief also got a crack at solving the problems of some three million battleweary people â&#x20AC;&#x201C; while running two wars and warding off a budget meltdown. To understand how he did it, you have only to listen to his words. In his ďŹ nal major speech on Feb. 6, which he directed to the students in a Georgetown University audience, the secretary urged

them to action on behalf of the nation. As he prepares to leave government, Panetta told them, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reminded of what he has told other students â&#x20AC;&#x201C; leaders must be prepared to face and manage risk. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I still say it when I get a chance, and I say it to you ... that we govern in our democracy either through leadership or through crisis,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If leadership is there, and â&#x20AC;Ś [those elected] are willing to take the risks associated with leadership, to make the tough decisions that have to be made, then hopefully crisis can be avoided. But if leadership is not there, if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s absent for whatever reason, then make no mistake about

it, crisis drives policy in this country.â&#x20AC;? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exactly what is happening -- crisis is driving policy in the United States, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It has become too politically convenient to simply allow a crisis to develop and get worse,â&#x20AC;? he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and then react to the crisis. â&#x20AC;Ś I understand the mentality. Why do I have to make tough decisions that anger my constituents -raise their taxes, cut their entitlements? Why do I have to do those decisions when I can simply stand back and allow crisis to occur?â&#x20AC;? The price of governing by crisis, Panetta said, is â&#x20AC;&#x153;you lose the trust of the American

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people. You create an aura of constant uncertainty that pervades every issue and gradually undermines the very credibility of this nation to be able to govern itself.â&#x20AC;? He said to stay ahead of crisis, leaders ďŹ rst must take responsibility, then must work for consensus. Panetta, who loves a punch line, told the students about a priest and a rabbi who go to a boxing match together to help them better understand each other. The rabbi, seeing one ďŹ ghter cross himself before the match, asks the priest what the gesture means. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nothing, if heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not willing to ďŹ ght,â&#x20AC;? the priest said. The secretary has cautioned young audiences â&#x20AC;&#x201C; U.S. and other countriesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; troops, students and cadets around the world â&#x20AC;&#x201C; that freedom, democracy, and even the simple security to raise a family in peace, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t survive without sacriďŹ ce. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[It] doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean a thing if you are not willing to ďŹ ght for the American dream -- the dream that my parents had,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The dream of giving our children a better life. The dream of maintaining a government of, by, and for people. That torch of duty is now passing to a new generation, and with it passes the responsibility to never stop ďŹ ghting for that better future.â&#x20AC;? So in 19 months at DoD, Panetta fought for a strategybased approach to defense budgeting, and for government

thing pretty special for our country.â&#x20AC;? The secretary promised service members he will do everything he can â&#x20AC;&#x153;to ensure

the safety, the well-being, the future of you and your families.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to go to work,â&#x20AC;? he said.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;It has been the honor of my life to have served in the position of Secretary of Defense. And wherever I go and whatever I do, I will thank God every day for the men and women in this country who are willing to put their lives on the line for all of us.â&#x20AC;? - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta | Feb. 8

leaders to take responsibility in making it law. He fought to keep the nation focused on its troops and their accomplishments in Iraq, where forces have since completed their mission, and in Afghanistan, where they remain. He fought against troop suicide and sexual assault in the ranks, and fought for equal treatment of same-sex couples and more military jobs for women. Panetta fought, as his record shows, the way his troops do â&#x20AC;&#x201C; effectively and with discipline, often using a coalition approach. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, could have been summing up the Panetta defense doctrine when he said recently that he likes to ďŹ ght alongside his friends. The secretary took that â&#x20AC;&#x153;with partnersâ&#x20AC;? approach everywhere â&#x20AC;&#x201C; inside the Pentagon, while working with Congress, and during talks with leaders of the 34 nations he visited, some repeatedly, on 45 stops as leader of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strongest military. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reaching across the aisleâ&#x20AC;? has a different meaning in the Pentagon, where civilian appointees and military members

have been known to follow different courses. Panetta, for his Georgetown audience, recounted how he and the departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s senior leaders developed the defense strategy DoD is now carrying out. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had everybody in the room, something that, you know, was not exactly that prevalent in the past,â&#x20AC;? said Panetta. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Military over here, civilians over here, and not that often did they come together to really work to resolve policy. And my approach was, I have to be able to work as a team if we are going to be able to take on this challenge.â&#x20AC;? Same with Congress, even as he chastises that body for its â&#x20AC;&#x153;partisan dysfunction,â&#x20AC;? as he did at Georgetown, the secretary praises the members for their support to troops. Panettaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s likely last appearance before Congress as secretary was Feb. 7, when he testiďŹ ed on the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks in Benghazi, Libya. He told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee they have his deepest thanks â&#x20AC;&#x153;for the support and friendship that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had with all of you on both sides of the aisle.â&#x20AC;? Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta applauds Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, during the Armed Forces farewell tribute in honor of the secretary, Feb. 8.



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to a halt in training for 80 percent of Army operational units Continued from B1 air wings, he said. “Effective immediately, Air Force flying hours will be cut back,” said said. “This will have a major impact on training and readiness.” The Army will curtail training for all units except those deploying to Afghanistan, he said, noting that this means an end to training for nearly 80 percent of Army operational units. “Later this month, we intend to issue preliminary notifications to thousands of civilian employees who will be furloughed,” he said. The department has about 800,000 civilian employees and the vast majority of them face losing 20 percent of their pay through the end of September. Sequestration comes on top of $487 billion in cuts defense agreed to under the Budget Control Act. In anticipation of sequester, in January the department began to slow spending.


The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) did not deploy to the Persian Gulf as scheduled, and the department looked to hiring freezes and layoffs of temporary and term employees. The service chiefs announced cuts to facilities maintenance and contract delays. “If sequester continues and the continuing resolution is extended in its current form, other damaging effects will become apparent,” Hagel explained. “Our number one concern is our people– military and civilian – the millions of men and women of this department who work very hard every day to ensure America’s security.” The department needs some fiscal certainty, the secretary said, and DoD leaders will continue to work with Congress to help resolve this uncertainty. “Specifically, we need a balanced deficit reduction plan that leads to an end to sequestration,” he said. “And we need Congress to pass appropriations bills for DoD and all federal agencies.”

| Maj. Anderson: “For

us, the Army is a family business.” Continued from B1 get there,” said Degarmo, whose fiancé Ace Young, another American Idol star, was also on the tour. “I was truly disappointed, but still did the best I could at the show for those troops who were there.” While DeGarmo was unaware of the logistical problems preventing her brother from getting from Kandahar to Bagram, she had understood there was a chance he wouldn’t be able to make it. Those logistical issues were easily overcome, however, in getting to Camp Bastion – something she wasn’t expecting. So, after landing on the tarmac at Camp Bastion, DeGarmo and the other athletes and performers walked down the steps of the C-17 Globemaster III to their greeting party, which included her brother. “We kept the fact that I was able to get here to Bastion on the down low,” joked Evans, an engineer at Kandahar. “Maj. [Brandon] Anderson [aide de camp to the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff] and I emailed back and forth. He said the tour was coming through and asked if I could get to Bastion. I immediately said, ‘No problem, when?’ ” Anderson had one more request though. “I asked Maj. Evans if he knew my cousin, who is also an engineer in Kandahar,” he said. Not only did Evans know Army 1st Lt. Mark Anderson, but the California Polytechnic State University grad worked for him. Evans said he made one call, got the right person and together the two engineers made their way to meet family. “She [DeGarmo] had no idea I’d be here ...,” said Evans. “I could tell too, because she ran to me as soon as she saw me and gave me a huge hug after she let out a pretty loud scream.” There was no loud scream involved when the Anderson cousins joined up – just a strong hug and a request for a photo together.

“It’s a great surprise to be able to see him here,” said Anderson, who added, “This is a great bit of a homecoming and I was able to get my picture with Peyton Manning – so you can’t beat this.” The cousins, who hadn’t seen each other in about a year, took advantage of the time they had to catch up on family, their interests and the Army. “For us, the Army is a family business,” said Anderson, who accompanied Winnefeld on the five-country, nine-stop tour. “We took the time we had and talked about how our fathers and other family members are doing and about a passion we both share, [University of] Oregon football,” continued the Oregon alum. “It’s just been great. This is his first tour, so I was able to give him some advice on deployments and the Army in general. As a bonus, I was able to introduce him to the vice chairman, the first four-star officer he’s ever met.” For Air Force Lt. Col. Mark Fuhrmann, getting to see a general officer is as easy as visiting his brother-in-law. He was able to meet up with his brother-in-law, Air Force Brig. Gen. Joe Guastella, the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing commander, at Bagram Air Base. Furhmann was one of the pilots responsible for transporting the talent and support crews on the USO tour. “We didn’t have much time together,” Furhmann explained. “But when I landed we were able to see each other and got to grab a quick photo with Peyton Manning.” The troop visit, which also included NFL players Vincent Jackson and Austin Collie; Indianapolis Colts quarterback coach Clyde Christensen and Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Cassie Trammell and Jackie Bob, began Feb. 25 with a trip to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and ended on March 2 after stops in Spain, Italy, Djibouti and Afghanistan.

Terri Moon Cronk An exhibit in remembrance of 9/11 and honoring women who served in Afghanistan is one of the displays at the Women’s Memorial museum at Arlington National Cemetery, March 1.


| Early service women honored

in ‘1901-1945’ and ‘since 1946’ exhibits Continued from B1 for service and bravery,” a description reads. A marble “Sister Block,” taken from the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, stands formidably tall and wide, nearly ceiling-high in the room. The glass-enclosed exhibits in the museum’s main section vary by era, and among them are reminders of today’s wars – one depicting “The War on Terrorism,” and another displaying service uniforms worn in Iraq and Afghanistan with the backdrop of a flag that reads, “We Remember 9/11.” Exhibits titled, “Serving in the Military, from 1901 to 1945” and another “Since 1946,” comprise the work of early service women. The exhibits include World War II dog tags, identification cards, worn photos and service manuals titled, “If You Should be Captured, These are Your Rights,” and “Survival on Land and Sea.” A citation for a Bronze Star medal, awarded to Della Polacek, reads, “In support of combat operations against the

enemy in Manila, the Philippines,” for her service from April to July 1945. Today, “The Greatest Generation” of World War II veterans are in their 80s and 90s, and the museum offers a multitude of World War II-era artifacts from 1941 to 1945 in exhibits titled, “Overseas in the Military,” “POWs Under Fire” and “The War Ends.” A huge wall visual tribute, “The Greatest Generation” displays life-like, hand-painted portraits, taken from old black-and-white photographs. Men also are depicted in this display – the only mention of male service members in the museum. “The Forgotten War,” exhibit covers women who served during the 1950-53 Korean War. “The Era of Conflict – the Vietnam War,” tells the story of Army, Navy and Air Force nurses who comprised 80 to 90 percent of U.S. military women in Vietnam working on the ground, at sea and on evacuation flights, from 1964 to 1973. March 4 marked the opening of “Celebrating 40 Years of Women Chaplains: A

Courageous Journey of Faith and Service.” The Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation Inc. website said the exhibit “tells the story of the scores of women, beginning in 1973, who answered God’s call to minister to the nation’s military members and their families in times of war and peace.” Of all the meticulously planned exhibits and tributes, however, one extemporaneous display features a painting on an easel of Army Staff Sgt. Jessica Clements, who left the military on a medical retirement following a roadside-bomb explosion in Iraq that left her with such severe traumatic brain injury that she had to learn to walk and talk again. Behind her painting is a large wall, filled with hundreds of notes to her, written by visitors. Resident artist Chris Demarest said it started with a single drawing by a 6-year-old child. One week later, he said, the wall was filled with notes left by visitors, thanking Clements for her service. He calls it “The Wall of Thanks.”


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■ about the show Winner of the Best Musical Award on Broadway, in London and Australia, this blockbuster phenomenon takes you up the charts, across the country and behind the music of “Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.”

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Broadway in Norfolk has done it again. The hit show “Jersey Boys” has been seen by more than 16 million people worldwide, breaking box office records on Broadway and across North America, and now it will make a home in Norfolk at the Chrysler Hall, March 5 - 16. “Jersey Boys” is the story of “Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons,” and how a group of young blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sound and sold more than 175 million records worldwide – all before they were 30 years old. Below is an interview with Brad Weinstock, who is set to play Frankie Valli in the Norfolk cast. The cast also includes: Brandon Andrus (Nick Massi), Colby Foytik (Tommy DeVito) and Jason Kappus (Bob Gaudio), along with Weinstock, as “The Four Seasons.” Yiorgo: Where are you from and how did you get into acting? Brad Weinstock: Well, I am 28 years old and I was raised in Saddle, N.J. I got into acting because, when I was 10 years old, I was at a summer camp and they happened to be doing “The Wizard of Oz,” so I sang “Happy Birthday” and they asked me to play the Tin Man. As I got older, I focused on the performing arts, performing in musicals and plays while in high school and college. Y: What was your first break? BW: While I was in my senior year in college at Northwestern in Chicago (Ill.), I was fortunate enough to be cast in the sit down production of the “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” I did that for a year and then I toured for two years in the national tour of “Wicked” as Boq, who becomes the Tin Man … and now I am in “Jersey Boys.”

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Y: In order to do “Jersey Boys” you had to endure “Frankie Camp.” What was that experience like? BW: “Frankie Camp” is part of the audition process of becoming Frankie. It’s a three-day workshop in New York City. It’s a surreal experience. You’re in a room with 10 people who all look like they can all be your cousins – all looking Italian. It’s definitely a bizarre experience. It’s one day of singing, one day of acting and one day of dancing to ascertain if you have the full package to be Frankie Valli. It’s a demanding role, so they want to make sure before they give it to someone, that they have the stamina to do it every night. Y: What happened the first time you went through the process? BW: It’s long, but a rewarding process. It’s a waiting game for a part to open up because there are four companies around the country, and until somebody leaves, there isn’t a part open. From the time of my first audition to the time when I actually got cast, it was a two-year interval. I met with the creative team a total of 17 times before I was chosen as Frankie.

Y: Are you Italian? BW: I’m actually half Romanian, half Austrian, and in reality, none of the “Four Seasons” actors in this show happen to be Italian. Y: How did your parents react when they found out you would be playing Frankie? BW: Oh they love it. They have caught up with the show and have seen it 15 - 20 times. Y: I understand you have a vocal coach. Tell us about her. BW: Yes, my vocal coach’s name is Katie Agresta. I call her the “Frankie Whisperer.” She is brilliant and works with a rock ‘n’ roll voice. She currently teaches stars, such as Jon Bon Jovi and Cyndi Lauper. I have a weekly Skype session with her and she helps to work the kinks out. If I sound tight, we’ll do some exercises to loosen things up. She is really the secret behind the success of the shows around the world. From the South African to the Australian touring groups, we all gravitate towards her. Y: Have you had a chance to meet any of the original members of the band?

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March is designated as Navy Nutrition Month in conjunction with National Nutrition Month and the 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative, according to NAVADMIN 05113 released on Feb. 28. “The goal is to increase awareness and transform food environments Navy-wide to facilitate and maintain better food and beverage options,” said Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Wallinger, registered dietitian, Navy Nutrition, Navy Physical Readiness Program. Navy Nutrition officials seek to begin meaningful conversations about our food, how our choices impact us and the role we all play in changing the food environment. Improved nutrition is a key element to resiliency and Navy readiness will be improved by shifting the availability of foods within our commands. Transforming the Navy food environment to increase access to healthful food choices that are tasty and satisfying, while simultaneously decreasing access to highly-processed, unhealthy foods is the most promising strategy to improve individual eating habits. Leadership can increase awareness by promoting the healthy choice as the easy choice at events, including command-sponsored picnics, department functions, food sales and even meetings. Commands are encouraged to use this opportunity to increase awareness of healthful eating and nutrition programs. Some of the recommended activities include interactive workshops, training events, health fairs and healthy cooking competitions. Downloadable nutrition month materials are available on the Navy Nutrition Program website at Additional resources are also available from Navy Fitness at Read NAVADMIN 05113 at for more information. For more news from Navy Personnel Command, visit millocalnpc.


MIDLANT Region kicks off NMCRS Fund Drive By April Brown Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs


Navy Region Mid-Atlantic (NRMA) officially kicked off its month-long active duty Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) Fund Drive, March 1. Founded in 1904, NMCRS is a private non-profit charitable organization, sponsored by the Department of the Navy, which operates nearly 250 offices ashore and afloat at Navy and Marine Corps bases throughout the world. The Society provides need-based financial assistance to eligible recipients in the form of interest-free loans and grants, as well as scholarships and interest-free loans for education. In addition, the Society also offers financial counseling, Budget for Baby workshops, thrift shops and a Visiting Nurse Program. For this year’s campaign, command coordinators hope to have 100 percent contact

with active duty personnel in the command for monetary support, but raising awareness about what the Society can offer for Sailors, Marines, retirees and their families is the ultimate goal. With Hampton Roads being home to large concentration of active duty service members, retirees and military families, the campaign oftentimes reaches individuals who are unaware of the services that the Society provides, many of which may be in desperate need of assistance. In addition, NMCRS also hopes to make individuals aware of the dangers of pay day loans and educate them on the alternatives that are available. “You never know when life is going to happen to you,” said Christina Murray, NMCRS office director, Joint Expeditionary Base - Little Creek. “NMCRS is here to be that safety net when unexpected life events take place.”

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April Brown Master-at-Arms 1st Class Donald Blevins, the 2013 NMCRS Fund Drive local command coordinator for Navy Region Mid-Atlantic hangs a flyer to help promote the 2013 Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) Fund Drive. The drive will run until the end of March.

■ hockey benefit The “Admirals Fundraiser Night Out” for the NavyMarine Corps Relief Society will be held on March 29, when the Norfolk Admirals take on the Syracuse Crunch at the Norfolk Scope, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Red level tickets are $11 and can be purchased online through midnight on March 27 at www. Enter code: NMCRS13. Military ID card holders will still be able to purchase tickets at the door (as available).

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Calendar Annual Virginia RV Show returns to For a complete list of events in Hampton Roads or to submit your own, visit

the Hampton Roads Convention Center HAMPTON

Courtesy photo Professional Bull Riders competitor Cord McCoy.

PBR returning to Hampton ■ When: March 9, 7:30 p.m. ■ Where: Hampton Coliseum ■ For more information, contact: Angela


at 896-1241, or visit Fans will witness thrilling eight-second rides and jawdropping wrecks throughout the adrenaline-soaked performance as the Professional Bull Riders return to Hampton Roads. Tickets range from $10 to $40, and can be purchased at, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at (800) 745-3000 and Hampton Coliseum Box Office. Tickets increase $5 day of the event.

Fitness Poker Tournament ■ When: Register by March 8; tournament will run from March 11 through May 5 ■ Where: NSA Hampton Roads, NH-30 Gym ■ For more information, contact: 462-7735

Complete a 30-minute workout and receive your next card. Each week is one round. Top-10 scores receive an award.

NASCAR Cardio Cup ■ When: Sign up by March 8; program begins March 11 ■ Where: NNSY and NSA HR (NMCP) Fitness ■ For more information, contact: 967-2500

Accumulate laps by doing your favorite cardio/aerobic activity. There will be awards for each participant and trophies for the Top-10.

MWR Lifeguarding Certification Course ■ When: Qualification swim on March 8; courses on March 16 - 17 and 23 - 24 ■ Where: NSA HR (NMCP), Riverview Aquatics Center ■ Cost: $90 per person ■ For more information, contact: 953-7108

Space is limited, so call today to sign up. Qualification swim includes 300-meter swim with various strokes and treading water with no hands for two minutes.

Quick start your kayaking ■ When: March 9, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. ■ Where: NAVSTA Norfolk, Fleet Rec Park Pool ■ For more information, contact: 444-2918

Meet with RV dealers from across the Mid-Atlantic at the 9th annual Progressive Insurance Virginia RV Show, March 8 - 10. The event, drawing upwards of 10,000 attendees to the Hampton Roads Convention Center, will showcase the latest styles and trends in the industry. Attendees will want to take the opportunity to meet with experts in the RV field, as well as enjoy special deals on travel trailers, fifth wheels and motor homes. There will be 10 RV dealers showcasing their recreational product and accessories for campgrounds, with on-site financing and insurance options available. This year, the RV show has partnered with Virginia State Parks to present “Endless Possibilities,” a program that includes special seminars and virtual tours of Virginia. Virginia State Parks seminars will take place Friday at 2:30 p.m.; Saturday at 12:30 p.m.; and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. For more information, call GS Events at (804) 425-6556, or visit

Farm Bureau Live 2013 Job Fair ■ When: March 9, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ■ Where: Landstown Middle School, 2204

Recreation Dr., Virginia Beach ■ For more information, contact: 368-3000 Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach will be holding its annual job fair and will hiring for seasonal, part-time positions that include: Crowd Control, Ushers, Ticket Takers, Guest Services, Housekeeping, Merchandise, Parking Attendants, Production Personnel and more.

Admirals Fundraiser Night Out ■ When: March 29, 7:30 p.m. ■ Where: Norfolk Scope ■ For more information, contact:

Kathy Nelson at 322-1173, or, or Charlie Colon at 640-1212, ext. 23, or Support your Sailors and Marines as the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society hosts an Admirals Fundraiser Night Out when the Norfolk Admirals face the Syracuse Crunch. Red Level tickets cost $11 and can be purchased online at (enter code NMCRS13). Online ordering will close at Midnight on March 28.

■ what you need to know Hours: Friday, Noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

■ When: April 30, 7:30 p.m.; tickets go on sale March 9 ■ Where: Norfolk Scope Arena ■ For more information, visit: for

more info. Tickets can be purchased at the Scope box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone (800) 745-3000, or

Date Night: Friday only: 5 to 8 p.m. Buy one adult ticket at show get one free.


The Royal Swedish Navy sail training schooner “HMS Falken” arrived this week in Downtown Norfolk, docking at Otter Berth next to Waterside. The ship is scheduled to depart on March 10. The public is invited to tour the ship through Saturday, from 1 to 4 p.m. Ship tours are free and open to the public. The Falken, commissioned under Royal Swedish Navy, sails with nine officers, 19 midshipmen and five crew members. The vessel is 132 feet and is part of a Schooner Squadron that helps train cadets of the Royal Swedish Navy. The cadets get a strong foundation of basic seamanship during their weeks aboard. Training at sea is conducted with a focus on practical seamanship and navigation. For many it is their first time at sea, so cadets are taught practical and theoretical lessons that are both physically and mentally demanding. The program helps develop essential individual leadership skills and teambuilding skills while at sea. Lt. Cmdr. Jerker Schyllert describes the schooner as “a small vessel with a big heart.” After Norfolk, the Falken will continue up the Atlantic Coast and visit Washington D.C. and Annapolis, Md. For more information on events, including hours, park regulations and parking, visit, or call 441-2345.

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■ facts & history The name Falken has a long history in the Swedish Navy. In 1631, the first 120 gun ship named “Falcon” was launched. The vessel shipwrecked in 1651, its successor arrived the following year complete with 32 cannons. Today’s Falcon was introduced in 1947 and has been built to modern standards so the vessel can continue to meet new demands successfully and sail for many years to come. Overall Length: 132 feet; Rig: Two-Masted Schooner; Height of Rig: 102 feet.


Application deadline approaching for FRA Education Foundation scholarship The deadline to apply for Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) Education Foundation scholarships is rapidly approaching and all college-bound students who have an affiliation with the Navy, Marine Corps or Coast Guard are encouraged to apply. Eligible candidates are invited to submit applications for academic awards of up to $5,000 before April 15. Applications are available online at Applicants must be affiliated with the Navy, Marine Corps or Coast Guard, either through their own service or that of a spouse, parent or grandparent, and those who are affiliated with an FRA member are eligible for a broader range of scholarships. FRA Education Foundation scholarships are funded through private donations, established trusts and corporate sponsorships, and recipients are selected based on financial need, academic standing, character and leadership qualities. “The scope of the FRA scholarship program has grown substantially since

■ eligibility Applicants must be affiliated with the Navy, Marine Corps or Coast Guard, either through their own service or that of a spouse, parent or grandparent, and those who are affiliated with an FRA member are eligible for a broader range of scholarships. 2000, which led to the creation of the Education Foundation in 2009,” said Joe Barnes, a member of the Foundation’s board of directors and FRA’s national executive director. “Thanks to the tremendous generosity of our members, legacy gifts and corporate sponsors, our scholarship fund has grown with each passing year. In 2010, we were able to provide $118,000 in scholarships, we awarded $124,000 in 2011, and in 2012, we were able to present $128,000 to 28 deserving scholars. We’re excited about the continued growth of the Foundation and its awards, and look forward to expanding the program even more in the

years to come.” The Foundation’s parent organization, FRA, is an outspoken advocate for enhanced education benefits for service members and veterans, including the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits that allows career service members to transfer the benefit to family members. Donations to the FRA Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, are welcome from individuals, organizations and businesses, and are tax deductible. The FRA Education Foundation provides academic scholarships to deserving students based on financial need, academic standing and demonstrated leadership qualities. The Foundation was a Combined Federal Campaignauthorized charity for the first time in 2012 and partners with military and education professionals to promote life-long learning opportunities that help scholars reach their educational, professional and personal goals. To learn more, visit, or call (703) 683-1400.


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Cost: $7 online $9 at the door cash only 16 and under free

HMS Falken makes first call in Norfolk


Get your ACA Level 1 kayak certification before the season starts at the heated pool. Only $30 per person.

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Spend an evening with Dr. Maya Angelou in celebration of Norfolk Botanical Garden’s (NBG) 75th Anniversary on May 2 at 8 p.m. The event will take place at the Chrysler Hall in Norfolk. Tickets are on sale now and available through two authorized ticket locations: Ticketmaster or at the Chrysler box office. Ticket prices range from $44 to $79 per person. Third party ticket distributors are not authorized and may charge a higher price per ticket, plus additional fees.

Angelou is a remarkable Renaissance woman who is known as one of the great voices of contemporary literature. As a poet, educator, historian, bestselling author, actress, playwright, civil rights activist, producer and director, she continues to travel the world, spreading her legendary wisdom. Within the rhythm of her poetry and elegance of her prose lies Angelou’s unique power to help readers of every orientation span the lines of race. For more information and other NBG 75th Anniversary events, visit

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2013 Infiniti EX crossover


■ Wheelbase: 110.2 inches;

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Personal motoring: Infiniti luxury crossover offers drivers 24-hour live concierge service By Ken Chester, Jr. Motor News Media Corporation

Since its introduction, the Infiniti EX luxury crossover has been known for its uniquely personal style, combining a right-sized sculpted exterior, a rewarding interior environment and a suite of advanced technology features ranging from Around View Monitor (AVM) to Distance Control Assist (DCA). For 2013, the popular EXs rewarding driving and ownership experience is enhanced with two key changes – the addition of a standard VQ37VHR 3.7L V6 (replacing the previous 3.5L V6) and the Infiniti Personal Assistant, which offers 24 hour access to live concierge services. The Infiniti Personal Assistant provides new Infiniti owners access to a team of professional personal assistants from a registered phone. Information and service requests range from directory assistance and weather forecasts to arranging tasks, such as hotel or dinner reservations on the caller’s behalf. Now named the Infiniti EX37, it is offered in four models: EX37 RWD, EX37 AWD, EX37 RWD Journey and EX37 AWD Journey. Each comes equipped with a standard seven-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode, DS mode with Downshift Rev Matching (DRM) and Adaptive Shift Control. The AWD models feature Infiniti’s Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system. The new Infiniti EX’s exterior combines the

■ offering assistance The Infiniti Personal Assistant provides new Infiniti owners access to a team of professional personal assistants from a registered phone. Information and service requests range from directory assistance and weather forecasts to arranging tasks, such as hotel or dinner reservations.

look and feel of a luxury coupe and a crossover’s flexibility – with sporty proportions, including a long hood, short front and rear overhangs, rearward cabin and smooth coupelike roofline. Other exterior features include a high-mounted rear hatchback spoiler with integrated brake light, chrome-finished dual exhaust tips, an available power sliding tinted glass moonroof with tilt feature, sliding sunshade and one-touch open/close (standard on EX Journey models), and available roof rails. The EX37 also features a standard courtesy light integrated in the driver’s outside mirror as part of the hospitality lighting concept. The EX rides on the automaker’s sophisticated FM (Front Midship) platform which helps to provide high levels of handling performance. Superb handling is provided by a subframemounted independent front double-wishbone suspension with aluminum-alloy upper and lower links, high-performance Dual-Flow Path

shock absorbers and stabilizer bar. The rear suspension is an independent multi-link design with aluminum-alloy upper and lower links and axle housing, high-performance Dual-Flow Path shock absorbers and stabilizer bar. The EX’s dramatic interior offers an invigorating and engaging environment, one that is both indulgent and inspiring. The driver-focused “wave-inspired” cabin layout features an Infiniti signature “double-wave” instrument panel, easyto-read high-contrast gauges, hospitality lighting with a pin LED light mounted over the center console and Infiniti signature analog clock. The instrument panel also features a 7-inch color display with Infiniti controller for the trip computer and additional vehicle information. The EX37 features aluminum accents, while EX37 Journey models offer maple interior accents. There is also a leather-wrapped shift knob, and leather-wrapped steering wheel with controls for audio and cruise control. The EX also comes standard with premium leather-appointed seating surfaces including a standard 8-way power driver’s seat and 4-way power passenger’s seat. A driver’s seat memory system is also offered, along with heated front seats (standard on EX37 AWD and EX37 Journey RWD models) and an 8-way power front passenger’s seat. Also available is a power remote up-folding feature with dual controls (operated from the front or the hatch area) for the 2nd row 60/40 split seat.

overall length: 182.3; width: 71.0; height: 62.6 ■ Engine: 3.7L V6 – 325 hp at 7,000 rpm and 267 lbs.-ft. of torque at 5,200 rpm ■ Transmission: seven speed automatic ■ EPA Fuel Economy: 17 city/25 highway ■ Cargo capacity: 18.6 cubic feet ■ Safety features: Dual front airbags, front seatmounted side-impact airbags, dual head curtain side-impact airbags, fourwheel disc brakes with antilock, brake assist, electronic brake forces distribution, traction control, vehicle dynamic control, remote keyless entry, vehicle immobilizer system, automatic headlamps, rearview monitor and Infiniti intelligent key with push button ignition. Journey adds Bluetooth hands-free phone system and HomeLink universal transceiver. Optional safety features include: Xenon high intensity discharge headlamps, Adaptive Front lighting system, navigation system, distance control assist, intelligent cruise control, around view monitor with front/rear sonar, lane departure warning/lane departure prevention and intelligent brake assist with forward collision warning. ■ Warranty: Basic – 4-year/60,000 mile; Powertrain – 6-year/70,000 mile; Corrosion – 7-year/unlimited; Roadside Assistance – 4-year/unlimited 24-hour. ■ Pricing: The base Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price for the 2013 Infiniti EX starts from $36,900 for the EX37 RWD up to $40,650 for the EX37 Journey AWD. Destination charges add $995.

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Sprint Cup drivers: Mixed feelings on new Gen-6 car; ‘Wait till Vegas’ By Rick Minter Universal Uclick

All across the NASCAR community, many people have been saying, “Wait till Vegas,” before deciding whether the Generation-6 Sprint Cup race cars that debuted this season will improve the ontrack product the sport produces. After the first two races of 2013, this weekend’s Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway takes on added significance, as the first two races produced little of the side-by-side racing for the lead that many hoped the new car would facilitate. The Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on March 3, which saw Carl Edwards break a 70-race winless drought, had very little passing at the front, and lead changes determined more by events in the pits than by action on the track. Edwards led the final 78 laps without a serious challenge for the top spot. “I don’t want to be the pessimist, but [the Gen-6 car] did not race as good as our Generation-5 cars,” said third-finishing Denny Hamlin. “This is more like what the Generation-5 was at the beginning. The teams hadn’t figured out how to get the aero-balance right. Right now, you just run single-file, and you cannot get around the guy in front of you. You would have placed me in 20th place with 30 [laps] to go, I would have stayed there – I wouldn’t have moved up.” Hamlin said the tire compound is one of the issues. He said the left-side tires at Phoenix were “very, very hard” and that if a softer tire is chosen, the racing will improve. “Once we do that, you’ll have some tire wear and overtaking like there’s supposed to be,” he said. In his post-race comments, fourth-finishing Brad Keselowski, the defending Cup champion, tried to put a positive spin on the race, but did acknowledge that track position was critical and that being in clean air was a clear aerodynamic advantage. Both were issues that the designers of the Gen-6 car hope to address. “If you could get to the lead, it looked like you had it covered,” Keselowski

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said, adding that being in the clean air out front is “probably more important than ever.” Phoenix runner-up Jimmie Johnson agreed that there was little side-by-side racing. “Racing-wise, it was tough to pass all day long,” he said. “Track position and strategy on pit road really seemed to be the big deal.” But he said the lack of door-to-door action wasn’t a fault of the new car and called for changes to race tracks across the circuit. “The cars are equal and when they’re equal, you’re going to have a situation like this,” he said. “What we need now is the race tracks to consider the asphalt they’re putting down and even reconfigure the lanes so that we have somewhere to race.” He said changing the cars isn’t working. “I think we need to leave the cars alone for a good 10, 20 years,” he said. “Let the teams be.” It was much the same in the seasonopening Daytona 500, as former driver Kyle Petty, now a TV analyst, surmised. “Daytona was terrible,” he said. “All hype, no substance. For 480 miles, they went in a line. We saw it at Talladega – a single-file race – no racing.”

SPRINT CUP STANDINGS 1. Jimmie Johnson, 90 2. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 82 3. Brad Keselowski, 82 4. Denny Hamlin, 72 5. Clint Bowyer, 72 6. Greg Biffle, 66 7. Mark Martin, 65 8. Jeff Gordon, 60 9. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 60 10. Aric Almirola, 60

Daytona crash investigation ongoing NASCAR senior vice president Steve O’Donnell met with reporters at Phoenix International Raceway last weekend to give an update on the investigation into the crash at Daytona International Speedway that saw the No. 32 Chevrolet of Kyle Larson strike the catchfence, sending debris flying into the stands and injuring 28 fans, two of whom were still hospitalized. O’Donnell said there would be considerable attention paid to the crossover gate where Larson’s car struck. “I think because of where it hit, it having pieces that did get through, and it being a gate area, I think that’s really going to be the focus for us,” he said.


Officials also are carefully inspecting Larson’s crashed car, which will continue to be reviewed by track officials at Daytona, then transported to the NASCAR research and development center in Concord, N.C. for further work. “Our focus is going to be if the elements in the car did their job: What do we need to do to the impact to the fence? What happened once that car impacted the fence?” he said, adding that crew members who helped build that car will be part of the investigation. “We’ll go through each part of the car. [We]want to look at how everything held up that was in the car, the

cockpit, the tethers.” O’Donnell said that Dean Sicking, the University of Nebraska safety expert who helped develop the SAFER barriers now used at all major race tracks, will be consulted about possible changes to the catchfences, particularly at Daytona and its sister track, Talladega Superspeedway. It was at Talladega in 2009 that a similar incident occurred when Carl Edwards’ car flew into the fence and injured seven fans. “We have a race coming up in May at Talladega,” said O’Donnell. “Anything we can learn in the immediate future that can be applied to Talladega, we’ll do that.”

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Continued from C1 In 2012, NMCRS provided just under $43 million in interest-free loans and grants worldwide – $6.7 million was in 12,934 Hampton Roads financial cases. This includes around $2.5 million in Quick Assist Loans (QAL), a “no questions asked” approach NMCRS created in 2008 to combat the increasing use of payday loans. QAL’s can be up to $500 and are processed in 15 minutes as long as the applicant has provided their military ID and a current copy of their leave and earning statement and does not have a current loan with NMCRS. QAL can be used for family emergencies, medical or dental procedures, vehicle or transportation expenses and basic living expenses. “Donating to NMCRS is an investment to our Sailors, Marines and families,” said Lt. Cmdr. Tammy Royal, NMCRS regional coordinator. “Every dollar donated provides assistance when needed.” Donations are collected via collection slips, online donations and command fundraisers. In past years, commands have raised donations through a plethora of ways, including car washes,

bake sales, contests, fun runs and many more. This sporadic collection of money often adds up significantly over the course of the campaign. “NMCRS is really a wonderful organization … they are all about taking care of Sailors, Marines and their families,” said Rear Adm. Tim Alexander, Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic. “We know that everyone might not be financially in a position where they can give, but we certainly want to give them the opportunity, or at least encourage others to do the same.” NMCRS continually assists families in a variety of ways, including: ■ Emergency monetary support for household and vehicle repairs, travel assistance for family emergencies, educational programs, financial counseling and more. ■ The Budget for Baby program is designed to serve new, or prospective, parents who want to learn about the impact a new baby can have on the financial situation of the family. Parents learn about variations in pay and increased expenses, common consumer pressures targeted to new parents and

entitlements available through both government and private sources. A layette is given to any eligible recipient who attends a workshop or receives individual counseling. This service is available at all NMCRS locations ■ The Visiting Nurse Program is staffed with Registered Nurses at many of its full service offices. The primary function of the Visiting Nurse is to provide health education and information about health-related resources. ■ Society Thrift Shops enable service members and their families to purchase gently used clothing, uniforms and household items at a very low cost. The sales income realized from thrift shops is returned to the Sailors, Marines and their families in the form of relief services. All items sold in NMCRS Thrift Shops are donated to the Society. For more information on the NMCRS Fund Drive, contact your command representative, or visit For more information about NMCRS, visit For NMCRS locations throughout Hampton Roads, visit html

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