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Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 embarked aboard aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (IKE) flew its first combat sorties of its 2013 deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), March 24. The missions provide support to NATO forces on the ground in Afghanistan. The types of support range from electronic warfare and close-air support, to airborne command and control and reconnaissance. “CVW 7 provides aircraft in support of two major operations, one being maritime and the other being overland in Afghanistan,” said Capt. Terry Morris, Commander, CVW 7. “We provide air assets to go overland in a variety of missions, such as combat air support, which provides armed over watch in protection of U.S. coalition

forces, as well as electronic denial and electronic warfare through the use of our EA-6B Prowlers.” Now operating in the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet area of responsibility, CVW 7 is the sole sea-based air wing assisting OEF missions, as IKE and Carrier Strike Group Eight (CSG 8) relieved the departing USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). “There are close to 60,000 uniformed personnel still in Afghanistan and close to 100,000 U.S. coalition contractors that are here in theater,” said Morris. “We are there to respond on call as needed to support them in the event that they are threatened by hostile activities somewhere on the ground.” Rear Adm. Michael Manazir, Commander, CSG 8 emphasized how important this mission is. “One of our roles here in the North Arabian Sea is to support our troops on the ground in OEF. Our aviators from CVW

7 that will fly missions that are upward of five to seven hours long, are going to be supporting the troops on the ground that are trying to ensure stability in Afghanistan prior to the United States withdrawal,” he said. “Every Sailor is involved with each one of those sorties. When we put a pilot in an airplane and we launch that airplane off, it is an entire strike group effort to do that.” Sailors from IKE realize the importance of their everyday jobs to the overall mission. “The aircraft needed to fly OEF missions must be constantly maintained in order to ensure success,” said Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Brandon Smith, assigned to the Patriots of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 140. “My squadron is there to make it happen, and inspecting our aircraft before and after every mission ensures the ground troops get the support they need.”

NMCRS FUND DRIVE DEADLINE EXTENDED New deadline set to April 12 Press Release Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs

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Navy Region Mid-Atlantic (NRMA) announced it is extending the active duty Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) Fund Drive to April 12 in order to achieve 100 percent contact for this year’s campaign. 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 interestfree loans and grants, as well

NEW HOMEPORT With first responders waiting on the pier, PCU Arlington arrived in her Norfolk homeport last Friday in advance of an April 6 commissioning.

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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. “The goal for this year was 100 percent contact … we have not achieved that goal yet,” said Lt. Cmdr. Tammy Royal, NMCRS Mid-Atlantic Region coordinator. “With a two-week extension, we should be able to achieve closer to that 100 percent mark than we are at the third week.” 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. As of the third week of the campaign, $797,297.62 has been collected in Hampton Roads alone, with approximately 53 percent of the

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■ above A Sikorsky H-60 Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Nightdippers of Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron (HS) 5 arrives at U.S. Naval Support Activity Souda Bay. HS-5 is attached to Carrier Air Wing 7, embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.

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Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic declared April 2013 as “Region Mid-Atlantic Impaired Driving Prevention Month,” March 22, with the signing of a proclamation. As Sailors and their families experience increased operational commitments and higher levels of stress, alcohol-related incidents are also on the rise. “Every year, accidents involving drunk, drugged, or distracted driving claims thousands of lives, leaving families to face the heartbreak of losing a loved one,” said Rear Adm. Tim Alexander, Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic. “We stand with all those who have known the tragic consequences of drugged or drunk driving and we rededicate ourselves to preventing these types of incidents.” In signing the proclamation, Alexander urged Sailors to make responsible decisions and take appropriate measures to prevent impaired driving. The proclamation states that when the command reaches 90 days DUI (driving under the influence) free, a 72 hour liberty will be authorized if the staff has not had a DUI incident during that time period. The incentive will apply to E-6 and below only, and all liberty must be approved by the member’s Chain of Command. A liberty card will be issued and Sailors will have 60 days to use it. “We hope that this will be

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command contacted. The goal for local contributions for Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic is $5,000. “Last year we collected $4,100,” said Master-at-Arms 1st Class Donald Blevins, the 2013 NMCRS Fund Drive local command coordinator for Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic, who noted that more than $3,000 has been collected thus far through personal donations and fundraisers. “I’m confident that we can reach $5,000 … there are still a lot of vouchers that are out.”

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EASTER EVENTS IN HAMPTON ROADS Check out this week’s Flagship On Liberty section for a list of Easter events for your family! Events include Easter egg hunts, photos with the Easter Bunny and more!

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Sailors from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 6 and Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2 participated in the Portsmouth Public Schools’ Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) day held at Woodrow Wilson High School, March 23. Explosive Ordnance Disposalman 3rd Class John Ludden from EODMU 6 and Navy Diver 1st Class Frank Horn from MDSU 2 encouraged students and teachers to pursue an interest in the science and technology fields, and provided a handson experience of their equipment to demonstrate real-world applications

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■ about the proclamation Rear Adm. Tim Alexander, Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic signed a proclamation, March 22, declaring April 2013 as “Region Mid-Atlantic Impaired Driving Prevention Month.”

2013 NMCRS FUND DRIVE The goal of the 2013 NMCRS Fund Drive is to have 100 percent contact with all service members. Deadline is April 12. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/WggMMo.


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The NEX mini mart at Norfolk Naval Shipyard is a busy place. With nearly 200,000 transactions last year, it is no wonder that the store recently received a much needed renovation. The mini mart held a ribbon-cutting ceremony, March 14. “All of our customers at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard expect and deserve an efficient, quick and exceptional customer service experience,” said Robert J. Bianchi, Chief Executive Officer, Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM). “That is exactly what they get each and every day at this newly reopened mini mart.” Capt. Aristides Iliakis, Base Support Officer (Code 800), Norfolk Naval Shipyard, appreciates what NEXCOM does for his Sailors. “Norfolk Naval Shipyard and its tenants are very excited about the grand reopening of the mini mart at our installation,” he said. “This reno-

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â– ceremony Sailors fire a rifle volley during a burial-at-sea aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3).

By MCSN Travis DiPerna Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs

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USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) conducted a burial-at-sea for 11 Sailors, one Marine and one civilian, March 19. Burials-at-sea are a longstanding tradition in the Navy, in which the cremated remains of Sailors, Marines and family members are committed to the sea while the ship is underway. Among the Sailors buried was Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Thomas Morrow IV. His son, Aviation Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Thomas J. Morrow V, is part of the ship’s crew and brought his father’s remains aboard Kearsarge to include in the scheduled burials. “I feel lucky to even be present because I know most family members never get to see it since they take place on a warship while on deployment,� said Morrow. “It was what my father wanted and it exceeded all of my expectations.� USS Kearsarge command chaplains Lt. Cmdr. Ulysses L. Ubalde and Lt. Brett M. Sabella shared the honor of delivering prayers for those committed to the sea.

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Construction on new robotic surgical suite begins at NMCP By Rebecca A. Perron NMCP Public Affairs

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The construction of a new, robotic surgical suite began at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP), March 18, that will house the dual-screen DaVinci Si robotic surgical system. The suite is expected to be completed in October and will expand NMCPs capability to provide the latest advances in surgical interventions and training. It offers new opportunities for NMCPs surgeons and a higher level of care for patients. During a robotic operation, small incisions are made on each side of the patient for access by robotic arms that are controlled by the surgeons at a console. Surgical instruments and small cameras on the robotic arms are inserted through the incisions. It’s a minimally invasive approach in which surgeons see inside the patient’s body by watching the cameras’ images on a high-definition monitor. Conventional surgery requires a larger incision and longer time for the patient’s recuperation. The surgeons can zoom in to see a magnified view of the patient’s tissue and the equipment’s 3-D feature gives the surgeons depth perception of the anatomy being operated on. The DaVinci’s dual-console system allows two sur-

■ the upgrade While the current robotic surgery program already provides advantages to patients, the $2 million equipment upgrade and the completion of the surgical suite emphasizes the medical center’s commitment to the highest standard of surgical care, ease of recovery and the best value of a patient’s healthcare benefit.

geons to operate together. Surgeries best suited for the use of robotics include complex procedures that require absolute precision. They range from treatments for kidney, bladder and prostate cancers to hysterectomies and pelvic reconstruction for organ prolapse. Pediatric procedures include resection of lung masses and diaphragm hernia repair. “During a procedure, physicians sit at a console, view the surgical field through a threedimensional monitor with magnification and manipulate both hand and foot controllers that operate tiny instruments attached to robotic arms inside the patient,” said Capt. Paul McAdams, Urology Department head. “The benefits to the patient include smaller incisions, less scarring and faster recovery time.” While the primary sur-

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Rebecca A. Perron The robotic arms of the DaVinci Si robotic surgical system are placed into the patient through small incisions in the side of the abdomen. Mounted to these arms are surgical instruments and a small video camera so the surgeons and operating room staff can see the surgical field on high-definition monitors.

geons view the surgical field through monitors at their console, the operating room staff will see the procedure on 32inch, high-definition monitors mounted on the walls of the surgical suite. A third surgeon remains at the patient’s bedside and can assist the primary surgeons by adjusting the robotic arms to ensure correct placement while making recommendations during the procedure. Other features of the system include advanced lighting and remote-controlled equipment functionality. Since the Robotic Surgery Program began at NMCP in 2010, the DaVinci system has been used in several operating rooms. The new surgical suite locates the DaVinci in a permanent location to pair worldclass surgeons with the latest in surgical advances to benefit NMCPs patients. “This state-of-the-art operating room will be equipped with the latest technology focusing on patient safety and efficiency,” said Cmdr. Kimberly Davis, interim director for Surgical Services. “By modifying the operating room footprints of Rooms One and Two, surgical teams will have the space they need to be flexible with room’s configuration as well as modernization of the approach to patient care.

A specially built storage room will house the consoles and robots when they are not in use.” In addition to upgrading the lighting, monitors and other support equipment to take advantage of the latest technology, the redesigned operating rooms will improve the safety of the technicians, surgeons and the patient. “As a safety feature, fully equipped booms will emerge from the ceiling to consolidate cables, lights and other essential operative gear replacing traditional systems that coursed over the operating floor or attached to the surgical table,” said Lt. Cmdr. Samuel Werschky, NMCP Facilities Department Head. NMCP’s Robotic Surgery Program began nearly three years ago. Since then, staff surgeons have completed more than 140 robotic surgeries in pediatric, urology and gynecology subspecialties. “Surgeons operate instruments remotely from ergonomic control panels that allow precision and reduce intraoperative bleeding,” said Davis. “The innovative system also includes a digital simulator that permits the surgeonsin-training to practice their robotic surgical skills in a safe, virtual environment.”

U.S. Fleet Forces formally notified several Navy commands that the Secretary of Defense approved cancellations of their upcoming deployments. The April deployments of the Naval Station Norfolkbased USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), USS Kauffman (FFG 59) and the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-based USNS Grasp (T-ARS 51), along with their supporting units, have been cancelled due to budget limitations imposed by sequestration. Kauffman and Comfort were scheduled to deploy to the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility (AOR) and Grasp was scheduled to deploy to the U.S. European Command AOR. Each respective chain of command has begun to notify the affected Sailors and civilian mariners of these cancellations. As the Secretary of the Navy stated in a message on March 1, the Navy has been preparing to cancel or defer a number of surface ship deployments through the month of April. While the final decision to cancel these deployments was deferred until the last possible moment in the event the cancellation was not necessary, these commands had been previously directed to prepare for cancellation. The ships will remain in their respective homeports while crews conduct training and maintenance. The Secretary of Defense has directed and U.S. Fleet Forces is ensuring that constrained resources are being prioritized to support forces operating forward and to those being trained to relieve them. For more news from U.S. Fleet Forces Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/clf/.

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FLAGSHIPNEWS.COM | MAR 28, 2013 | THE FLAGSHIP | A5 The Rapid Prototype Torpedo Warning System (TWS) is lowered into the water from aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77).

First rapid prototype torpedo warning system testing aboard USS Bush By MC3 Samantha Thorpe USS George H.W. Bush Public Affairs

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USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) and Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) PMS 415s Surface Ship Torpedo Defense (SSTD) team began at-sea testing and data collection of the Rapid Prototype Torpedo Warning System (TWS) and Countermeasure Anti-Torpedo (CAT) system, March 19. This marks the first aircraft carrier employment of the TWS, which was installed during the ship’s recent planned incremental availability (PIA) period. The TWS was streamed in order to collect acoustic data and fine tune the system. The SSTD team, led by PMS 415 Program Manager, Capt. Moises DelToro, has worked on this high priority Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) system in order to be operational for Bush’s upcoming deployment. DelToro and the SSTD team have been extremely impressed and grateful for the support, enthusiasm and professionalism shown by the ship’s crew members during the testing and install period. The TWS/CAT was previously tested only aboard smaller ships, such as destroyers, but in 2011 Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert approved the system for use aboard aircraft carriers. Bush was chosen to be the first to test and operate this rapid prototype system. According to Brad Robinson, TWS/CAT fleet liaison, the at-sea testing is a major milestone. “We are able to put this array into the water and collect valuable data to enhance our software and make it a much more reliable alert system when it goes on deployment,” said Robinson. “We are collecting noise and acoustics that we were unable to previously collect.” Over the next few months, Bush will continue to test the TWS/CAT, allowing Sailors an opportunity to increase their knowledge of the system and ensure safe operation in the future. “Our sonar technicians (surface) are learning how to work and use the system this week. We’re really excited to have it aboard,” said Cmdr. Andrew Walton, the ship’s operations officer. “While the NAVSEA team is embarked they’ll be able to make adjustments for future operation based on the lessons learned.” USS George H.W. Bush is currently completing training qualifications.

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George H.W. Bush and the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) PMS 415s Surface Ship Torpedo Defense (SSTD) team conducted at-sea testing and data collection of TWS and Countermeasure AntiTorpedo (CAT) system.

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More than 150 Sailors and family members from the Norfolk-based Arleigh Burke destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) participated in the TowneBank 8K road race, March 16 Representing half the ship’s crew, Porter Sailors assembled for the nearly five-mile run wearing custom-made green “78 Runs 8” T-shirts as part of the annual Shamrock Marathon weekend in Virginia Beach. Chief Personnel Specialist Forrest Pacitti organized sign-ups and coordinated with the race director. The ship’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation Committee covered half the entry fee for participants. “The end result was not only a huge number of Sailors running, but real commandwide focus and buzz around the ship about this event,” reflected Pacitti. The excitement about the event grew when Porter’s Family Readiness Group (FRG) joined in with their support. The FRG officers voted to offer reimbursement of half the entry fee to any spouse or family member of a Porter Sailor that signed up to run. As a result, a true Porter family event was created when more than 25 spouses and family members running the race alongside their Sailors. When it came time to design T-shirts, Chief Damage Controlman Steve Tanner stepped up to the plate. Working with a local design company, he designed a green T-shirt in honor of St. Patrick’s Day and the Shamrock Marathon weekend with special symbols close to the crew. On one sleeve were the words “USNA 78” in honor of the Naval Academy Class of 1978, a long-time sponsor and supporter of the ship and its crew. On the opposite sleeve, each shirt had a shamrock with the words “Run for Guns” and the name “GMC (SW) Mike Melton.” Melton, a former crew member aboard Porter, is currently battling cancer. “Chief Melton was a spe-

cial member of our Chief’s Mess for many years and he departed the ship while we were still on deployment,” Tanner explained. “It was important to us to honor him today and to let him know he is still in our thoughts – his Porter family stands with him as he continues his fight.” The “Luck of the Irish” was with the Porter crew on the morning of the race, as the forecasted threat of rain held off for several hours. Interior Communications Specialist 3rd Class Andrew Nickol ran with his wife, Karen, as they pushed a stroller with the youngest Porter family participant of the day-their three-month-old son. The ordnance officer, Ens. Charles Boornazian, who was a member of the Naval Academy marathon team prior to reporting to the ship in 2012, finished the 8K course in less than 34 minutes, leading all Porter finishers. “It was great to see several Porter Sailors that ran both the 8K race on Saturday and the Shamrock Half Marathon on Sunday,” he said. “The only thing better than running a race, is racing with a team.” Cmdr. Dave Richardson, Porter’s Commanding Officer initiated the “78 Runs 8” event to kick off the ship’s 2013 Culture of Fitness. “As we enter a maintenance phase in the coming year and upgrade the ship, it’s important to remember that we also need to focus on Sailor health and wellness,” he said. “The newest weapons systems and an upgraded ship mean very little in the end, without fit and healthy Sailors to stand the watch aboard Porter.” At the conclusion of the race, the crew and their families gathered in front of the Shamrock Marathon sandcastle on the beach adjacent to the finish line. “I only reported to the ship a few months ago and ’78 Runs 8’ was really fun,” said Fire Controlman 3rd Class Kristi Ogden. “It encouraged all Sailors to participate in something a little more challenging [than command physical training].”

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USS Carter Hall stays medically ready By MC3 Chelsea Mandello Amphibious Squadron Four Public Affairs

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Sailors and Marines conducted a mass casualty drill on the flight deck aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50), March 16. The mass casualty exercise trained Sailors and Marines to rapidly respond to medical emergencies following a disaster. “Today we conducted a mass casualty drill which trains the crew and medical department how to respond to an emergency involving more than one casualty,” said Lt. Heather Soloria, a medical officer aboard Carter Hall. From burns to compound fractures, the scenarios required immediate response to effectively assess the amount of victims, damage and necessary medical treatment. “As a stretcher bearer, we have to respond quickly to medical and then to the location in need,” said Religious Programs Specialist 3rd Class Shawna Fitzgerald. “In this event we were trained how to wrap and bandage open wounds, smoke inhalation, compound fractures and a stomach evisceration.” Marines from the 26th MEU participated as the injured victims by wearing plastic “wounds” to simulate injuries.

As a stretcher bearer, we have to respond quickly to medical and then to the location in need.” - Religious Programs Specialist 3rd Class Shawna Fitzgerald

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Chief petty officers (CPO) and first class petty officers from Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) cleaned up underbrush and tree limbs in a Newport News park as part of a community relations project, March 15. Sailors in the ship’s CPO 365 program, 57 in all, met at Deer Park, a 50-acre park in the geographic center of the city for the cleanup project. Deer Park has areas for picnicking and hiking as well as the only Boundless Playground in Virginia – a play-

ground designed so children with and without disabilities can play together. In addition, the park has azaleas near the center of the park that were once considered a must-see in the spring, according to a city park ranger. “This park used to be a haven for white-tailed deer, hence the name,” said Chief Park Ranger Rob Farrell, who helped organize the event for Lincoln CPO 365. “The azaPhotos by MCC Aaron Strickland leas used to be a reason to Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) chief come to this park when they petty officers (CPO) and first class petty officers as they clear underwere in bloom.” growth and tree limbs at Deer Park in Newport News as part of the So, the patch in the middle ship’s CPO 365 program, March 15. of the park with the chokedout azaleas was earmarked thorns and tree limbs sur- sawed down and carried out to be cleared out. Lincoln rounding the azaleas. Many of the woods. At the end of Sailors ripped out vines, low-hanging tree limbs were the day, two parking lots

were filled with brush waiting to be trucked away. The morning’s work was meant to be both team-building and an opportunity to help out the community. “I want to help out any way I can with events like this,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (equipment) 1st Class Jamie McLean. “I have family in Newport News and it’s just a good idea to help keep it neat and clean.” Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (equipment) Brannon Dirkson said he too lives in the area and is happy he can help make the park a nicer place to visit. It didn’t hurt that chiefs and first class

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NSA HR CPO 365 group works to rebuild Portsmouth cemetery By Katisha Draughn-Fraguada Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads Public Affairs

PORTSMOUTH

Situated near the Eastside of Portsmouth overlooking Interstate 264 sits a cemetery that was once disheveled and unrecognizable to the community. But thanks to the city, community organizations and the Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads (NSA HR) CPO (Chief Petty Officer) 365 group, this historic landmark will soon become the revitalized jewel in this charming city. The 11-acre Mount Calvary Cemetery Complex located in the heart of the Printis Park neighborhood, is comprised of four cemeteries – Mount Olive, Mount Calvary, Fishers Hill and Potter’s Field. It was formed in 1879 by a group of six African-American landowners and businessmen known as “The Mount Olive Club.” Over the years, the cemetery became very disheveled and the preservation soon became non-existent. “Since 1995, we have always had the cemetery as one of our projects because early on it was not kept up,” said Mae BreckenridgeHaywood, President of the African-American Historical Society of Portsmouth. “It didn’t get any attention and was neglected over the years.” Breckenridge-Haywood initially became interested in the cemetery due to the fact that she is a long-time historian. “When I was assigned to I.C. Norcom High School, I started researching local history and discovered that Israel Charles Norcom, [the school’s first supervising principal] was buried at the cemetery,” she said. Breckenridge-Haywood also learned that other prominent Portsmouth AfricanAmerican leaders were buried there including newspaper columnist Jeffrey Wilson and teacher Ida Barbour. “When I came to look at it, I saw that it needed a lot of help,” she said. “So I spoke to my society about it and tried to get the community involved in restoring this place.” That is when the NSA HR CPO 365 group came into the picture. Information Systems Technology Chief Petty Officer Christina Carlton led the charge and worked hard to ensure that the Navy could help restore the cemetery. “When I moved here in late 2007, I saw this cemetery from the interstate and thought this would be a great project to take on,” she said. “But when I drove in here to look at it up close, I was so disheartened.” Carlton soon found herself coming out to the cemetery by herself and being in a serenity and tranquil state of mind as she tirelessly raked leaves and picked up trash. She eventually was able to get some volunteers to come out from the Norfolk Naval Shipyard to help. “I look at this as a responsibility even though I have no family buried out here,” she said. “I think it is everyone’s responsibility whether you have family out here or not, or whether or not you live in

There are prominent individuals buried here who have helped the military in some aspect. They are truly a part of our history.”

Courtesy of Mae Breckenridge-Haywood NSA Hampton Roads Sailors work to clean up the Mount Calvary Cemetery Complex as part of a community relations project.

- Information Systems Technology Chief Petty Officer Christina Carlton

this community.” Chief petty officers and first class petty officers came to clean the cemetery as part of the CPO 365 community relations project. CPO 365 is a year-round training program that prepares first class petty officers to be future chief petty officers. The Sailors receive training and learn more about the importance of Navy heritage, physical fitness and community service/involvement. Cleaning the cemetery is one of the many projects the NSA HR CPO 365 group will work on during the next few months. The work the chiefs are doing at the cemetery had a personal tie to Aviation Electronics Technician Chief William Lucas because he had completed work of this nature when he was a young Boy Scout. “We had a small cemetery in my hometown that fell in disrepair from years of neglect and previous damage. My Boy Scout Troop became involved in cleaning up the property and just keeping it presentable,” he said. “It was hard work sometimes, but after we were done, we could look and see the good we did. It wasn’t a big project, or even one that affected a lot of people, but it was a way of giving back to our community. This project is a lot like that. You don’t do it for other people to see, you do it because it’s the right thing and it makes you feel good.” In addition to the CPO 365 group, the Portsmouth Sheriff’s Office has also lent a hand to help invigorate the cemetery. “Our goal is to stay on it until we get it completely finished,” said Portsmouth Sheriff Bill Watson. “I don’t care what it takes, but we are going to get this place cleaned up and have it looking like a first class historic landmark.” The sheriff’s crew has dug ditches, placed pipes in for drainage, leveled the graves, and restored I.C. Norcom’s grave. Carlton hopes that more people will become interested in helping clean up the cemetery and other cemeteries that are in need. “One thing that we were always taught in the Navy was that you have to know where you came from, and not just your family, but your service,” she said. “You have to know your history’s progression and how you are affecting that progression. And this cemetery is it. There are prominent individuals buried here who have helped the military in some aspect. They are truly a part of our history.”

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Arlington County, Va. and Pentagon first responders attend a cookout hosted by NAVSTA Norfolk fire department before the arrival of Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Arlington (LPD 24) to her homeport in Norfolk, March 22.

PCU Arlington arrives in her Norfolk homeport MC3 Mollly Greendeer

Ship to hold commissioning ceremony in Norfolk on April 6 By MC1 Eric Brown PCU Arlington Public Affairs

USS ARLINGTON, AT SEA

With veteran first responders waiting on the pier, Pre-commissioning Unit Arlington (LPD 24) arrived in her Norfolk homeport , March 22, in advance of an April 6 commissioning. A special salute by more than 30 Arlington County, Va. and Pentagon first responders welcomed the crew of the multi-mission, amphibious ship once she pulled pierside. Alongside Sailor’s family and friends were members of the ship’s namesake Police Department, Fire Department and other emergency services personnel who were the initial responders, proceeding to the Pentagon immediately following the Sept. 11, 2001 (9/11) attack. The ship was named in remembrance of the 184 heroes and victims who died that morning. “I look forward to boarding the ship I have heard so much about and knowing what it represents,” said Arlington County Police Department Capt. Kevin Reardon, a member of the Commissioning Committee. Arlington crew members met Reardon and other first responders at the ship’s christening two years ago and again during the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 in Washington, D.C. Now, they are ready to welcome these heroes aboard, to see their new ship. “The first responders have been tremendously supportive throughout the last two years” said the ship’s Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Darren Nelson. “To be able to present to them their ship is going to be an awesome occasion.

For many Sailors, this will be a very emotional event.” Arlington is the second of three ships named in remembrance of 9/11. The first, USS New York (LPD 21), was commissioned in her namesake in November of 2009, and completed a ninemonth deployment last December. Precommissioning Unit Somerset (LPD 25), which honors the passengers of United Airlines Flight 93 who were killed when the plane crashed in Somerset County, Penn., is under construction in New Orleans’ Avondale shipyard. The newest addition to the fleet, Arlington and its crew, are a tangible tribute to honor the victims, heroes and survivors. Her strength and fortitude is not only reflected in the ship’s crest and motto, but in the fact that her determined crew of 400 Sailors and Marines have worked diligently to ensure she is ready to execute the mission of the Navy, representing America – and Arlington County, around the world. Although the ship arrived for the first time, many of the ship’s crew returned to Norfolk having spent months – and in some cases years – in Pascagoula, Miss., where the amphibious transport dock ship has been under construction at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ shipyard since the keel was laid in December of 2008. “This homecoming’s going to be so special to us,” said Command Ombudsman Marcia Hovey, “knowing all the hours of work and training, and the months and years of separation all of our Sailors and Marines have put into making her the best ship she can be.” Already developing a strong reputation for top-notch performance, the hard work and dedication of the crew was made evident when they aced Crew Certification Phase II, Light-Off Assessment and Antiterrorism Basic Phase

Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Ben Leshley, stationed on amphibious transport dock ship Pre-Commissioning Unit Arlington (LPD 24), greets his wife Jana upon arrival at the ship’s homeport of Naval Station Norfolk.

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Verification, scoring significantly higher than the fleet averages. And last year, Arlington Sailors performed more than 4,800 hours of community service, topping 56 Navy commands to earn the Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Community Service of the Year Award. “The crew is performing beyond my greatest expectations,” said Nelson. “It’s great seeing a new crew learning their jobs quickly and then performing those jobs to the highest standards by taking ownership of their ship right from the start.” A new chapter for the ship and her crew will begin with an April 6 commissioning ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk. The eighth in the San Antonio-class of ships, Arlington is designed to be the most survivable amphibious vessel ever put to sea. The ship combines 21st century amphibious shipbuilding and warfighting technologies to support current and future Marine Corps aircraft and landing craft, and will be capable of transporting 1,200 Sailors and Marines.

MC3 Mollly Greendeer Herbert Wolk, a member of the Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Arlington (LPD 24) commissioning committee is interviewed outside the ship following her arrival to her homeport in Norfolk, March 22.

■ Arlington first responders Arlington County, Va. and Pentagon first responders salute as the Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Arlington (LPD 24) arrives to her homeport at Naval Station Norfolk, March 22. Arlington is the eighth San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock and the third U.S. Navy ship named for Arlington County, Va., where American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon on 9/11. MC3 Mollly Greendeer


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through collection slips, online Continued from front In addition to monetary support, command coordinators are raising awareness about what services the Society can offer for Sailors, Marines, retirees and their families. With Hampton Roads being home to large concentration of military members, the campaign oftentimes reaches individuals who are unaware of the services that the Society provides. “Due to the economy and the struggles with individual deployments being delayed or canceled, there is a greater possibility for Sailors and Marines to have a need for assistance,” explained Royal. “And that’s what the NavyMarine Corps Relief Society is there for – to offer assistance. With us giving back to our own community, it allows NMCRS to be able to help even more Sailors and Marines.” Donations are collected via collection slips, online donations and command fundraisers. In past years, commands have raised donations through numerous venues, including car washes, bake sales, contests, fun runs and many more.

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. ■ 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. Sailors and Marines are encouraged to attend the upcoming “Admirals Night Out Fundraiser” on March 29

an incentive for Sailors to think twice before they drink and drive,” said Alexander. “To reduce the prevalence of impaired driving, we are working to raise public awareness, deglamorize alcohol and are creating this command incentive program to reward those who do the right thing.” Additionally, if the command goes 365 days without a DUI incident, a 96 hour liberty will be authorized for the command. “Substance abuse reduces a command’s ability to accomplish the Navy’s mission,” he explained. “If the command is successful with this program for a year without an incident, the command as a whole will also reap the reward.”

at the Norfolk Scope arena. The Norfolk Admirals will be taking on the St. John’s Icecaps beginning at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $10 for red level tickets, and tickets can be purchased online through Midnight on March 28 at www.norfolkadmirals.com/groups by entering the code: NMCRS12. Military ID card holders will still be able to purchase $10 tickets at the door (as available). “This benefit game is a great opportunity to support our Norfolk Admirals hockey game and benefit Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society,” said Kathy Nelson, Director, NMCRS Norfolk office. “The Admirals have been steadfast supporters of NMCRS and generously donated several items from the 2012 Calder Cup winning team. Raffle tickets will be available at the NMCRS resource table on the main concourse.” For more on the Admiral’s fundraiser, contact Kathy Nelson at 322-1173, or kathy.nelson@nmcrs.org; or Charlie Colon at 640-1212, ext. 23, or charlie@norfolkadmirals.com. For more on the NMCRS Fund Drive, contact your command representative, or visit www.nmcrsfunddrive.org. For more on NMCRS, visit www. nmcrs.org. For NMCRS locations throughout Hampton Roads, visit http://bit.ly/11HyKcW.

DUIs are listed among negative performance indicators considered by selection and promotion boards. Alcohol and drug abuse can seriously damage an individual’s physical and mental health, jeopardize their safety and the safety of others, can lead to criminal prosecution and can result in unfavorable separation from naval service. Professional counseling services are available at Fleet & Family Support Centers needing help. Counseling contributes to personal readiness by providing the opportunity to develop problem-solving skills that can reduce stress in the workplace or in personal relationships. Call (800) FSC-LINE, or 444-6289 (NAVY), to schedule an appointment.

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■ tips to prevent drunk driving Designate a sober driver before drinking alcohol. Don’t get behind the wheel of your vehicle if you’ve been out drinking, or are impaired. Program the number for a taxi service in your phone before you head out and call for a ride when the night is over. Use the command’s Fleet Ride program. Call a sober friend or family member to come get you. If possible, stay where you are and sleep it off until you are sober.

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dive equipment shown Continued from front of STEM fields. “It’s important for the Navy to show everyone what we are all about. It helps make people aware of us and they learn a little about our community and what we do,” said Horn. “I like getting the chance to show our appreciation by taking the time to show them who we are.” In addition to the MK II Talon robot and the PackBot transportable robotic system, Navy EOD technicians and Navy divers also brought night vision goggles and Navy dive equipment, including the SEABOTIX underwater reconnaissance vehicle, during this year’s demonstration. STEM education offers the students and teachers of Portsmouth Public Schools opportunities to apply Virginia’s Standards of Learning for Science and Mathematics using current technologies often

with an engineering focus. “The STEM Pathways Program begins in grade 4 and continues through our high school courses,” said Laura Nelson, director of science education for Portsmouth Public Schools. “The coursework was developed to reflect the workforce in these areas: allied health and biotechnology, environmental science, and modeling and simulation with geographical information systems and robotics.” While the demand for science and technology jobs is increasing, the supply of qualified candidates is not. Programs like STEM Day aim to stimulate interest in science and technology jobs, which is vital to American competitiveness in an increasingly knowledge-based economy. “I am thankful to have the U.S. Navy involved,” said Nelson. “It brings a sense of reality to the STEM Pathways Program.”

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Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit 202 (CBMU 202) deployed to Guatemala in support of Southern Partnership Station 2013 (SPS), a 4th Fleet mission to strengthen regional civil and maritime capabilities supporting a Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) initiative to improve maritime response. Seabees laid 14-cubic yards of cement and upgraded the fast-response launch and maintenance capabilities of Forces Especiales Naval (FEN) Base Kaibil. According to DEA agent in charge of maritime interdiction in Guatemala, the upgrades are essential and highlight the important skill set of U.S. Navy Seabees. “We rely on the FEN to carry out our maritime drug interdictions,” he said. “The previous (boat) ramp was hindering their quick response abilities. The Seabees bring resources and capabilities unavailable [here]. We need their expertise to ensure we can accomplish the mission.” The Seabees augmented the FENs abilities by expanding their primary boat ramp. “We’re placing a reinforced concrete pad to simplify Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Chris Stagner their launching procedures,” Seabees from Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit 202, deployed to Guatemala in support of Southern Partnership Station 2013 (SPS), place 14-cubic-yards of concrete while said Steel Worker 1st Class expanding a boat ramp at Forces Especialies Naval (FEN) Base Kaibil. The Seabees efforts will increase FEN quick-response time while supporting maritime drug interdictions. Martin DeHaven. “Right now, they’re primarily using gravel, and it’s inefficient. What we’re doing will allow them to improve their quick Naval MediUSSArizona cal Center response times.” Portsmouth Another important aspect staff pack the of quick-response missions auditorium is maintenance and the Seafor Naval bees are taking steps to imCriminal prove that requirement as Investigative well. Service’s new Drug “We’re also placing a pad Awareness in preparation for a 110 sq. Campaign. ft. storage edifice,” added DeHaven. “The building will give them a place to store MC2 Nikki Smith their boat motors and equipment, ultimately extending their motor life and reducing maintenance costs.” The work the Seabees are accomplishing benefits them just as much as the Guatemalan FEN. “This provides us the avenues necessary to train our younger Seabees in a deBy MC2 Nikki Smith use of both is on the rise in the Navy, and ployed environment,” said Naval Medical Center Portsmouth Public Affairs by bringing the brief to different comChief Nick Whitbeck, CBMU mands, NCIS hopes it can reduce the use 202 officer-in-charge. “Also, PORTSMOUTH of the drugs. as a unit, we can exercise and The Naval Criminal Investigative “The ultimate goal is to reach as many quality-check our deployService (NCIS) brought its new Drug [Navy] personnel as possible to educate ment execution.” Awareness Campaign, part of the Crime them on the ramifications of using, posWhat the Seabees do while Reduction Program, to Naval Medical sessing and/or distributing synthetic nardeployed in support of opCenter Portsmouth (NMCP), March 21, cotics,” said Inman. “The focus of this erations, such as SPS allows for the final of three visits. campaign is to prevent synthetic narcotthem to build relationships The initiative informs Department of ics abuse and emphasize bystander inand expand global awareness. the Navy personnel about the facts and volvement and intervention.” “We [Seabees] are known MC2 Sean Furey consequences of using synthetic narcotInman used an in-depth PowerPoint worldwide as a self-sustainConstruction Mechanic 3rd Class Daniel Nichols, from Construction ics. presentation to illustrate the information able engineering force,” said Dive Detachment Alpha, part of Underwater Construction Team (UCT) The brief at NMCP, hosted by NCIS to the medical center’s auditorium. The Whitbeck. “When we do mis2 out of Port Hueneme, Calif., unfolds a flag over the remains of USS special agent Kurt Inman and also given presentation showed photos of the drugs, sions with partner nations, it Arizona on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. UCT 2 provides a capaon Feb. 15 and March 4, focused on two helps expand our global presbility for construction, inspection, repair and maintenance of ocean designer drugs: Spice and bath salts. The » see NCIS | B6 ence.” facilities in support of Naval and Marine Corps operations.

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OLD SCHOOL? TRY NEW TOOLS! By Randi Klein Director of Development, In Gear Career

Have you been out of the job market for a while? Perhaps you quit working to have children and stay at home with them? Or perhaps you and your spouse kept moving from duty station to duty station and the tours were too short to find employment? Are you planning to re-enter the work force and feel that your skills may be too rusty? There are several ways to help you jump start your career, and one of these is to stay current in technology. For members of the younger generation, computers, smart phones, Facebook, Twitter and texting may seem like second nature. As someone recently said, children today are digital natives, while older people are digital immigrants. Older people (like me), didn’t grow up with phones attached to our ears or keyboards attached to our fingers. We might have had cordless telephones and electric typewriters, but computers were room size machines, not table-sized wonders. Regardless of your profession, however, technology skills are vital to obtaining employment. As a young couple, my husband and I bought one of the first home computers in 1980 and upgraded our home technology and software fairly frequently. I had been on active duty in the Navy and had access to computers. I was around when “the mouse” was introduced in the 80s when it changed the way we used our computers. Into the early 90s, I thought I was fairly tech-savvy. However, when a friend came to visit me and said she wanted to shop for “Windows,” I had no idea what she was talking about! Although we had started with Apple computers, we had made the switch to “PCs.” I felt I should have known that she was referring to an operating system for a computer.

I was not working at the time, but believed that I needed to upgrade my skills. I convinced my husband that we needed “Windows” and all the latest productivity software. I taught myself Microsoft programs like Word and Excel. I learned as much as I could on my home computer. I volunteered to write the PTA newsletter at my children’s school so I could justify the purchase of a publishing program. I volunteered to help establish a computer lab at my children’s school because, unlike some others, I knew that computers had invaded our everyday lives and were here to stay. A few years later, in a new duty station, I decided to return to work outside the home. Guess what? Because I knew Windows and Word and Excel, I had skills! Marketable skills! As an older worker, I was an anomaly. Although I was old enough to have worked with mimeograph and ditto machines as a young secretary, when I talked to other spouses, I was surprised to find out that I knew more about computers and programs than they did. I continued to learn, and as finances allowed, we upgraded our home computers and software programs. After another transfer, I found that my technology skills, though limited in my mind, were strong enough to find employment. I had the good fortune to work at a major university and the Dean was keen on his staff being “techsavvy.” The university offered free computer training for staff, but if the university didn’t offer the right course, the Dean paid for staff to take off-campus training. My department was revamping our website and a second stroke of good luck enabled me to learn HTML to edit the website. I later used those skills to design and maintain websites for other employers and volunteer organizations. Today, I scramble to keep up with social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, blogs and smart

phone apps. My children laughed at me because I first called MySpace “My Face.” Some days, it seems daunting to keep pace and to stay knowledgeable, but I know from personal experience how valuable and essential these skills are in today’s workplace. Some tips to sharpen your technology skills: 1. You don’t need an expensive home computer. Visit your local public library or ask a friend. 2. Search job postings to see what computer or technology skills are required for the kind of job you want. Microsoft Office? These are productivity programs, such as Word (word processing), Excel (spreadsheets), Publishing (printing), Access (database). HTML? Adobe Photoshop? Raiser’s Edge? Each profession has its own list of programs needed or preferred. 3. Then become proficient in the programs most often cited in the job postings. Don’t lie about your level of proficiency – some employers will test you on the program. (Think “typing test.”) 4. Look for free or low cost training online. Companies such as Microsoft and Adobe have extensive training resources online for their products, but there are many other generic online help sites (www.ehow.com is just one.) Lots of people will be happy to charge you lots of money for training, but you don’t need to spend a lot of money for training. 5. Ask a friend to help you. I made many offers over the years to show my friends how to use different programs, but no one ever accepted my offer. 6. If you have a home computer, look for free trial downloads of programs for practice. 7. Don’t have a home computer? Again, go to your public library or ask a friend. 8. Contact me. I’m still waiting to share my skills with anyone willing to learn. In Gear Career is a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting career-minded military spouses. Spouses who wish to build their careers alongside their service members can get free advice, obtain resources and network with each other regardless of location. Visit their website at www.ingearcareer.org.

Official urges spouses to start job hunt before moving By Terri Moon Cronk American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON

As service members start to receive their orders for summer moves, it’s time for working spouses to update resumes, start networking for job opportunities and contact career counselors at their new locations, a Pentagon official recommends. In an interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel, Meg O’Grady, program manager for the Spouse Education and Career Opportunities Program, said Defense Department officials are “absolutely dedicated” to helping military spouses overcome challenges they face in looking for education and career opportunities. “We encourage all military spouses, throughout their service members’ career, to continue gathering the tools and resources they need for their career path,” said O’Grady, a former military spouse. “At this time of year, we find spouses are thinking about packing their houses and moving their families, but this is the perfect time to start preparing to make that move in their career.” The Spouse Education and Career Opportunities Program, which spouses can access through the Military OneSource website, can be a valuable resource, she said. Program counselors will assist spouses throughout their employment lifecycle, she added, whether it’s finding a new opportunity or preparing for a job search. Military OneSource also has in-

We now have more than 100,000 jobs available for military spouses, and since February 2011, we’ve actually posted more than 800,000 jobs on the [portal].” - Meg O’Grady formation on federal employment for military spouses, who receive a hiring preference from the government, O’Grady noted. She also recommended the Military Spouse E-mentor Program, in which military spouses can find others working at their next duty station and begin networking with them. “Even if they’re in a career they love, it always helps to expand the network and share their experiences with other military spouses who might have the same needs,” she added. O’Grady said the Spouse Education and Career Opportunities Program has four areas that are examined with each military spouse: ■ Career exploration, to find a career spouses enjoy. ■ Education, training and credentialing. ■ Employment readiness tools, such as resume writing, interview

skills and “dress for success” skills to start a job search. ■ Career connection, through which spouses are connected to jobs through an employment partnership. The Military Spouse Employment Partnership Program has 162 corporate, non-profit and private organizations that are committed to hiring military spouses. “They recognize the challenges that military spouses face and have committed to find them not just jobs, but career paths,” she added. “The partners will educate their organizations to hire military spouses, they’ll promote them and they want to know when a military spouse is applying for a job.” Spouses can get more information about the partnership at Military OneSource’s Military Spouse Employment Partnership portal. “We now have more than 100,000 jobs available for military spouses, and since February 2011, we’ve actually posted more than 800,000 jobs on the [portal],” she said. And because military spouses experience a 26 percent unemployment rate and military wives face a 25 percent wage gap compared to civilians, “our programs, resources and services are designed to help decrease that gap,” she said. Men, who make up about five percent of military spouses, don’t experience the gap. “Through the partnership, we’ve highlighted the wage gap for our [partners] … and we asked them to commit to comparable wages for military spouses with their civilians throughout their organiza-

tion,” she added. The partnership keeps her program informed monthly on military spouse hirings and promotions and also provides the number of spouses who were relocated within their organization. “Portable careers” has become a key phrase in today’s workforce, O’Grady said, and for military spouses, such careers often are popular. “We emphasize that the skills and experience [military spouses] gain from just about any career can be applied to a portable career,” she said. “Military spouses tend to find education, allied healthcare and business management careers to be the most popular, so we try to support the career by addressing the challenges they face, such as licensing across the states, flexibility in the workforce and adaptability as they move.” O’Grady said her program challenges its 162 partners to find careers within their organization that can be made portable for military spouses. All active duty, National Guard and reserve spouses are eligible for the Spouse Education and Career Opportunities Program, O’Grady noted. “We know that military spouses are incredibly resilient and very flexible,” she said. “They adapt well to changing situations and bring incredible team-building skills that many employees don’t bring to the 21st century workforce. If a military spouse is in a satisfying career, that can transfer into resilience for the entire family.”

I am one of those people who have always felt if you aren’t willing to make your voice heard, you have no right to complain about opportunities you do or do not have. It can be a harsh outlook, but in my heart, it is true. If there is a moment you can step up and ask questions, you can network, or you can voice your concerns, you should take full advantage of it. There are a couple of opportunities to do just that in the next month and I wanted to share them with you so you can get out there. The best way to become a integral part of your community is to get involved and simply meet people. The “Are We There Yet?” Joint Services Luncheon coming up in April is open to all spouses of all branches and ranks. The Tidewater Officers’ Spouses’ Association has organized the event and Terrie L. Suit, Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security of the Commonwealth of Virginia will be speaking. I have had the opportunity to attend many events with her and she is fantastic. She has worked very hard to rise to the position she is in and did so while serving as a military spouse. You do not want to miss an opportunity to hear from her. For more information on how to get involved with the event or just attend, visit www.tidewaterosa.org Another event coming up is happening the week after Easter and I hope this gives you enough time to plan. It is going to require a bit of a drive and maybe an overnight stay, but it will be worth it. I believe in it so much that I will be a part of the event up in Fort Belvoir, Va. This event will be an amazing resource for us as parents dealing with the effects of multiple deployments on our families. I am so glad to be a part of the “With You All the Way!” Symposium hosted by the Comfort Crew. The focus will be homecoming, transition and resilience. The Comfort Crew for Military Kids is a non-profit organization that supports thousands of military kids each year through programs and advocacy events designed to strengthen their social and emotional resilience. Founded in 2007, The Comfort Crew creates a world where kids feel supported. My role will be as a panel moderator and I can tell you there will be so much to learn from this event. I have already watched some of the videos and there are factors I have never even thought of that could affect my children in this lifestyle. It is amazing how strong our children are. I invite you to take the time to get up to Northern Virginia and be a part of this. We need more Navy representation there as our deployment schedules are different. The value cannot be fully described in this article ... I promise you that. For more information check out www.ComfortCrew.org

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.martinez@wtkr.com.


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SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH BEGINS AT NAVSTA NORFOLK By Meredith Noha Fleet and Family Support Center – Norfolk

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As we enter April, Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) rolls around again. Statistics indicate that one in four women, and one in six men will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. With those numbers, there are victims in your squadron, on your ship, in your family, across from you in berthing or next to you at the stoplight of which you are not aware. So what can you do? What is your responsibility to your shipmate? If you could take an active role in preventing sexual assault, would you? Are you tough enough? Do you care enough to make a difference in someone’s life? What can you do? Attend the Awareness and Risk Reduction Education Program (GMT) and put a check in the box, that’s one option, or you can become part of the solution. If you are standing topside and saw someone fall overboard, you wouldn’t walk away thinking, “Good luck with that.” You would get involved, yell man overboard, throw a life preserver and do something. If you saw something that just didn’t seem right, would you intervene? Would you tell someone? These are questions only you can answer. Not an easy decision is it? None of my business you could say. Or what is in it for me? How will this affect me? It could greatly affect you. If there were two less people in your workspace, would your workload increase? I don’t know of any commands where they have too many people and not enough work, so my guess is it probably would. The command could become divided with people taking sides as to who they believe when they don’t know the whole story. Your shipmate’s life could forever be changed from this one event, something that could have been prevented.

So you make up your mind and want to do something. Do you want to be part of the solution, if so where to now? It depends on what your comfort level, you could say something to the parties involved in that questionable situation. You could gather a group of people to address the situation. You could contact a bouncer, manager, or law enforcement. The point is to do something, take some kind of action. On a larger scale, what could you do? Get involved. There are numerous campaigns, events, coalitions and groups involved in activities to prevent sexual assault. Sexual Assault Awareness Month is the perfect time to highlight them. 1. Naval Station (NAVSTA) Norfolk has a very robust, engaged Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program. Volunteer for your command to become a trained SAPR Victim Advocate. Contact the NAVSTA Norfolk SAPR program at 444-2230, or “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NSNSAPR. 2. Start a social media campaign highlighting issues of sexual assault and its effect on victims. Use your Twitter or Facebook account as a platform to further the message of prevention. 3. Become involved with the Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD) in their collaborative efforts of furthering the ideas of responsible behavior and mentorship. NAVSTA Norfolk has a CSADD chapter for 18 - 25-yearold Sailors who are looking to make a difference in the lives of their fellow Sailors. 4. Promote a “Start by Believing” campaign at your command or in your community. Start by Believing is a public awareness campaign created by Ending Violence Against Women, International (EVAWI) that targets society’s responses to sexual assault. One negative response in the chain of responders and the whole chain can fall apart. The campaign equips those who respond to sexual violence with

the tools needed to support victims and hold perpetrators accountable. Materials are available at www.startbybelieving.org. 5. Support National Denim Day on April 24. People are encouraged to wear jeans to work on Denim Day to promote awareness. Wear stickers that say, “What is Denim Day?” so the question will be asked and the answer can be given. Denim Day is in response to a sexual assault case from Italy. Women of the Italian Parliament protested the outcome of the case and it spread to the United States. Denim Day has been observed since 1999. So what could you do? What would you do? You are the only one who can answer that, we are just asking you to do something. Let SAAM be the starting point of becoming a person of action that could one day make all the difference in someone’s life. When you don’t know what to do or who to talk to, contact Safe Helpline for confidential sexual assault support 24/7 at (877) 995-5247, or text 55-247 for the nearest support resource. Fleet and Family Support Center is also just a call away. For more information about the Fleet and Family Support Center and the services available, visit www.cnic.navy.mil/ Norfolk/FleetAndFamilyReadiness/SupportServices/index.htm.

First lady visits Fisher House families, Wounded Warriors By Terri Moon Cronk American Forces Press Service

BETHESDA, MD.

Bearing a large Easter basket brimming with cookies, First Lady Michelle Obama visited seven families of recuperating service members at Fisher House No. 4 at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, March 20. As part of her Joining Forces initiative – a national movement for all sectors of society to support and honor America’s service members and their families that’s cosponsored by Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden – was the first lady’s second Easter celebration at

one of Walter Reed’s Fisher Houses. She spent time with each family at tables decorated in the children’s Easter art. Bo, the first family’s dog, was at her side, bringing squeals of delight from the children who were eager to pet him. “Bo is a sweetheart, but he’s big,” Obama told the group. “Bigger than some kids realize. He’s really a big baby. He can do tricks if he’s paying attention.” Though this was her second Fisher House visit to the site around the Easter holiday, the first lady said, it’s not her second time at a Fisher House. “[Fisher Houses], as you all

know, are just so important to families who are recuperating,” she said. “As you can see, the houses are beautiful. And all around the country, they are as beautiful, welcoming and comforting as you guys are experiencing here.” The Fisher House Foundation donates homes built on the grounds of major U.S. military and Veterans Affairs Department medical centers. The homes give family members a comfortable place to stay close to their loved ones during hospitalizations for unexpected illnesses, diseases or injuries. “We are so supportive of all the efforts that the Fisher Houses do and we’re grate-

Terri Moon Cronk First Lady Michelle Obama chats with Deryn Allen (left) and her younger sister, Ryann Allen, during her pre-Easter visit with service members’ families at Fisher House No. 4 on the campus of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., March 20.

ful to the Fisher family,” said Obama. “So, I like to come and hang out, and to bring cookies. Anybody like cookies here? I’m not sure if we have any cookie fans.” Obama brought another surprise with her to the Easter event. “We do this really cool

thing at the White House around Easter every year,” she said. “Have you guys heard of the Easter Egg Roll? We do it in the backyard of the White House on the South Lawn and there are thousands of people who come. We’ve got great entertainment … athletes who come … Easter bunnies, …

face painting, bands playing and lots of running right on the South Lawn. Does that sound fun?” “I brought tickets for all of you to come … so, the Monday after Easter, you guys are invited to my house to hang out,” she said to the families who responded with enthusiastic “ooohs” and “ahhhhs.” Obama spent about an hour greeting the families and asked the children about their Easter crafts and how they made them. She chatted with service members and military spouses under a handmade “Welcome, Mrs. Obama” sign made in crayon by the children. Following her visit with the families at the Fisher House, the first lady visited Wounded Warriors hospitalized at the medical center on the Walter Reed campus.

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NAVSEA assists with removal, dismantling of USS Guardian

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The removal of Guardian from the reef requires thorough planning, and operating in an environment 80 miles from the nearest port presents many challenges.” - Capt. Mark Matthews

■ seen above The U.S. Navy contracted vessels Jascon 25 and the tugboat Archon Tide are positioned next to the Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship ex-Guardian (MCM 5) during salvage operations.

NAVY SAYS FAREWELL TO UNDER SECRETARY By MC2 Shannon Burns Defense Media Activity-Navy

WASHINGTON

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus honored the service of Robert O. Work during a ceremony at the Pentagon, March 21. Work, who has served as the Under Secretary of the Navy since May 19, 2009, stepped down from his current position on March 22 and became the Chief Executive Officer for the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). As the Under Secretary of the Navy, Work served as the deputy and principal assistant to the secretary of the Navy and acted with full authority of the secretary in the day-to-day management of the Department of the Navy. Mabus presided over the ceremony. “Bob Work’s service to the United States Navy and Marine

Corps both as the Under Secretary of the Navy and as a career Marine, has been exceptional,” said Mabus. “On behalf of the Department of the Navy I extend my deepest thanks and best wishes as he begins the next stage of his exemplary career.” During the ceremony, Work reflected on his service. “The greatest honor of my life has been to continue to serve my country in the Department of the Navy as the Under Secretary and to help organize, train and equip a Navy-Marine Corps team that is built and ready for war, and operated forward to preserve the peace,” he said. “My fondest memories will be of the superb political appointees, flag officers, members of the Senior Executive Service, Sailors, Marines and civilians who work so hard every day to accomplish this mission for God and country.”

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Work, a former Marine colonel who served faithfully for 27 years, held a wide range of command, leadership and management positions. He commanded an artillery battery and artillery battalion, and was the base commander at Camp Fuji, Japan. His last assignment was as Military Assistant and Senior Aide to Richard J. Danzig, 71st Secretary of the Navy. After retiring from the Marine Corps, Work joined the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assess-

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Naval Sea System Command’s (NAVSEA) Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (SUPSALV) continues to support operations to remove and dismantle USS Guardian (MCM-5) from a reef in the Tubbataha Reef National Park, Philippines, March 21. Guardian ran aground on the coral reef, Jan. 17, while transiting the Sulu Sea. After the initial grounding, strong winds pushed Guardian parallel to the reef and further aground causing flooding and structural damage which prevented refloating of the vessel or removal of the ship intact. “SUPSALV personnel have a long history of executing successful salvage operations and are once again demonstrating their expertise in this challenging environment,” said Michael Dean, SUPSALV deputy director of Ocean Engineering. “The support our ship design community and their planning yard experts have provided has been brilliant and enabled the operation to continue to move ahead despite weather setbacks and a continually deteriorating hull structure.” SUPSALV is part of a command task unit established to perform the salvage operations and are providing salvage expertise and equipment to conduct operations. NAVSEA shipyards and engineering directorate are assisting SUPSALV to provide engineering expertise needed to execute the salvage plan. In addition to performing the initial salvage assessment, SUPSALV oversaw the removal of fuel, lubricating oils, hazardous material and all loose items that could be salvaged from the ship. “The removal of Guardian from the reef requires thorough planning, and operating in an environment 80 miles from the nearest port presents many challenges,” said Capt. Mark Matthews, supervisor of salvage and diving. “The environment aboard Guardian requires constant vigilance. We brief safety every morning, are cognizant of the risks involved with working in severely damaged ship spaces and strive to minimize injury to personnel at all times.” SUPSALV is using two heavy lift cranes to conduct the salvage. JASCON 25, a pipe-laying construction vessel, is the primary salvage platform and is able to position itself within 40 meters of Guardian and operates her crane without the need to set anchors to prevent further damage to the coral reefs. The second crane, Smit Borneo, arrived on-site in February and supports the loading of salvaged sections onto an ocean-going barge for transport to a shore facility. Operations are expected to continue into April of this year until the ship has been removed and the reef cleared of any remaining debris. Operations have been suspended several times because of storms in the area impacting the ability to safely conduct operations. Guardian was decommissioned at a ceremony at Commander, Fleet Activities Sasebo on March 6.

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B6 | THE FLAGSHIP | MAR 28, 2013 | FLAGSHIPNEWS.COM An F/A18C Hornet from the Warhawks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 97 prepares to land on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).

STENNIS STRIKE GROUP CONCLUDES SUPPORT TO OEF

John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom.

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By MC2 Kathleen O’Keefe USS John C. Stennis Public Affairs

USS STENNIS, AT SEA

The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (JCSCSG) concluded its support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), March 22, after providing nearly four months of air and tactical support to allied troops on the ground in Afghanistan. The final mission, carried out by pilots from embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9, launched off the flight deck of the strike group’s flagship, Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). “We leave with our heads held high,” said Capt. Dell Bull, Commander, CVW 9. “We have not missed a single mission and [we] hit every target we aimed for on the first pass every time. The response we get back from the joint tactical air controllers on the ground has been tremendous. It’s the work of all of us, the air wing, the strike group and the ship, that made that possible.” The JCSCSG last supported OEF during its deployment in early 2012. The strike group returned to the area four months ahead of schedule in order to maintain the required forward carrier presence in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR). While supporting OEF from the Arabian Sea, Stennis and CVW 9 flew approximately 1,200 sorties amounting to more than 7,400 flight hours. “We had a an EA-6B Prowler mission a few weeks ago where the troops we were defending reported that, had we not been there, they would not be alive today,” said Bull. The Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group and embarked CVW 7 are slated to relieve the JCSCSG as the carrier presence in the region. “CVW 7 starts flying tomorrow right on our heels,” said Bull. “They will carry the torch and that gives us all a good feeling about heading home.”

■ about the strike group The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (JCSCSG), consisting of Stennis, CVW 9, Destroyer Squadron 21 and guidedmissile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), is forward deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theatre security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom.

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Navy Personnel Command Customer Service Center President FY14 Active E7 Selection Board #360 5720 Integrity Drive Millington, TN 38055

Press Release Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs

MILLINGTON, TENN.

Nearly 18,000 Sailors are selection-board eligible for the Fiscal Year 2014 (FY-14) Active Chief Petty Officer Selection Board (Cycle 218), officials said March 25. “Making board is a significant accomplishment that Sailors should feel good about, but it is only one step in the process to earn those anchors,” said Navy Personnel Command (NPC) Force Master Chief (SW/AW/EXW) Leland E. Moore. “Now more than ever, these boardeligible Sailors need to ensure their Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) is correct and up to date with the latest evaluations, awards and other appropriate information because that is the information viewed by the selection board.” Sailors can review their OMPF online by selecting the “OMPF - My Record” link under the BUPERS

NCIS

U.S. Navy archive photo Sailors assigned to the Dragonslayers of Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron (HS) 11 study the CPO 365 manual in anticipation of the chief petty officer selection board results.

Online (BOL) Application Menu Log available at www.bol.navy.mil. The selection board will also review each candidates’ personnel summary record (PSR) parts I, II and III. Sailors can view their PSR by logging into BOL using the link above. Candidates may submit any missing, new or additional information like recently obtained qualifications, degrees and awards to be considered via a letter to the board. Letters to the board, commonly called selection board packages, must be received by the NPC Customer Service Center by April 22 for the Full Time Support/Canvasser Recruiter Board (FTS/CANREC) and May 28 for the active-component board.

All correspondence should be on plain white paper, paper clipped (no staples, binders, folders or tabs), and submitted under a cover letter to the president of the board. The candidate’s full name and social security number must be affixed and legible on all documents submitted. Reserve letters to the board must be addressed to: Navy Personnel Command Customer Service Center President FY14 Reserve E7 Selection Board #336 (FTS/AGR/CANREC) 5720 Integrity Drive Millington, TN 38055 Active-component letters to the board must be addressed to:

Letters and supporting documents may also be submitted via encrypted email to cscselboard@ navy.mil. Use of special handling mail (certified or registered) is not advised due to significant delays in handling. Third party correspondence not submitted by the candidate will not be presented to the board. “This is a very exciting time for Sailors aspiring to become chief petty officers,” said Moore. “We can’t select everybody, so Sailors who are serious about making chief will ensure that all their hard work and effort are seen by the board.” The FTS/CANREC E7 Selection Board is scheduled to convene on May 13, and the active-component selection board is scheduled to convene on June 17. The active-component chief petty officer board is the largest selection board conducted in the Navy and typically lasts four weeks. After the selection board reviews the records of all eligible candidates and selects the best and fully qualified Sailors based on the precept, their results are forwarded to the Chief of Naval Personnel for final approval. More information can be found in NAVADMIN 294/12 and under the selection board tab available at www.npc.navy.mil.

| Four Sailors out of Navy for Spice/other drugs this year

Continued from B1 charts of related information, as well as where and how the drugs are often used and symptoms of their use. Spice users report symptoms that include: rapid heart rate, vomiting, agitation, confusion and hallucinations. Spice can also raise blood pressure and cause reduced blood supply to the heart, and in a few cases, it has been associated with heart attacks. There have been fatal results from use of the drug or from actions while on the drug. Signs of bath salts use include: increased blood pressure, chest pains, increased heart rate, agitation, hallucinations, kidney pain, increased body temperature or chills, muscle tension, nausea, confusion, reduced need for food or sleep, paranoia, suicidal ideas and delusions. Users may overheat and tear off their clothes. There may be aggressive, uncontrolled attacks on others, or self-destruction. Pepper spray or tasers may have no effect. Inman then related his interactions with Sailors and Marines who have used Spice and bath salts, and involved the audience in the discussion. He answered questions and asked for any new information or first-hand experiences the staff may have had with patients who have

used the drugs. Lt. j.g. Victoria Holzapfel, NMCP command Drug and Alcohol Program Advisor (DAPA), attended the presentation. “I hope Sailors learned about the dangers of using Spice and bath salts, and the repercussions that can come from their use,” she said. “The Navy’s policy on drug use is zero tolerance, and this includes designer drugs. Spice is not legal. Neither are bath salts, despite their availability. This means a mandatory administrative separation for any Sailor who uses them and that doesn’t take into account any legal action. More importantly, the production of these drugs is not regulated. There are different strengths in each batch and you can’t really know what you’re putting into your body.” Inman emphasized in the conclusion of his presentation the availability of the NCIS tip lines. The initiative encourages bystanders to report Spice and bath salt use, and he explained there are three anonymous options to inform NCIS. Information about how to submit an anonymous tip is available at www.ncis.navy. mil/ContactUs/Pages/ReportaCrime. aspx. Following the NCIS presentation, Command Master Chief (SW/AW/FMF) Michael James addressed the audience

to emphasize the importance of reporting any bath salts or Spice use Sailors encounter. “This topic is very important,” he said. “We’ve had four Sailors this year that we have processed out of the Navy for the use of Spice or other drugs. I want to remind everyone of zero tolerance. Spice and bath salts are just like marijuana or anything else. If you are caught with these items, or you know shipmates who are using it, you will be held accountable.” “We are here to treat our patients, warriors and their families,” he continued. “You should be here at the top of your game every morning when you report. We have no place for this in the Navy and we have no place for it at the ‘First and Finest.’ Please be responsible and please take care of each other. We’re great people here doing great things for a good reason. If you see something wrong going on, it is your responsibility and your duty to report it.” As part of the medical center’s continuing efforts to inform and eliminate synthetic narcotic use, the command DAPA will display posters to deglamorize the use of Spice and bath salts, and will promote videos produced by Navy Medicine showing the dangers of using these drugs.

■ dangers of bath salts Signs of bath salts use include: increased blood pressure, chest pains, increased heart rate, agitation, hallucinations, kidney pain, increased body temperature or chills, muscle tension, nausea, confusion, reduced need for food or sleep, paranoia, suicidal ideas and delusions. There may be aggressive, uncontrolled attacks on others, or self-destruction. Pepper spray or tasers may have no effect.


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Marine general bids farewell to Centcom family By Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall, Jr. American Forces Press Service

None of the deployments or war’s grim daily realities have lessened their sense of purpose or the infectious, high spirits of the Centcom team.” - Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis

WASHINGTON

The outgoing commander of U.S. Central Command bid farewell to his team, March 22, during a ceremony in Tampa, Fla. as he prepared to retire after more than 40 years of service. Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis relinquished command of Centcom to Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III in a ceremony hosted by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at the combatant command’s headquarters. Mattis, famed for his call sign, “Chaos,” praised U.S. and foreign troops and their families for their efforts. “I’ve had the good fortune to be part of this team and your words are really directed at what this team has done,” he said, referring to praise from Hagel during the secretary’s remarks. “I’d just tell you it has been an absolute delight – a real pleasure to serve alongside the U.S. and the foreign Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Coast Guardsmen, Marines and civilians who work together here in Tampa and across the tumultuous region in the interest of peace.” As Centcom commander, Mattis was responsible for a 20-country area and he worked

Photos by Erin A. Kirk-Cuom Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel stands with Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. James Mattis, and Gen. Lloyd Austin, at the U.S. Central Command change of command at McDill Air Force Base, in Tampa, Fla., March 22

■ SECDEF Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel attended the U.S. Central Command change of command at McDill Air Force Base, in Tampa, Fla., March 22. Hagel spoke at the ceremony in which Gen. James Mattis relinquished command to Gen. Lloyd Austin.

with 62 coalition partners in the fight against terrorism. Centcom has led the campaigns in both Iraq and Afghanistan. The general lauded his joint-service team for their commitment and sacrifice as they managed and fought in both wars. “This command is composed of stalwarts – standouts in the respective services, all ranks, all services, all nations, coequal in their commitment,” he said. “They and their families here at home have seen repeated deployments to the combat

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel stands as Gen. Lloyd Austin hands the Central Command colors back to the commanding sgt. major after Gen. James Mattis passed command during the U.S. Central Command change of command ceremony at McDill Air Force Base, March 22.

zone, coming back time after time to our headquarters before they get ready to go again.” Mattis noted his team has put in seven-day work weeks, and added that despite more than a decade of war, “none of the deployments or war’s grim daily realities have lessened their sense of purpose or the infectious, high spirits of the Centcom team.” Among his many previous assignments, Mattis commanded an assault battalion during operations Desert Shield and

Desert Storm, and he led the 1st Marine Division during the initial attack and subsequent stability operations in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. And, as Hagel pointed out in his remarks, Mattis led Marines into battle during the fight for the city of Fallujah in Iraq. “Mr. Secretary, chairman, I would happily storm Hell in the company of these troops, who I haven’t the words sufficient to praise, so I will not try,” said Mattis. “They know how strongly I believe in them

– how strongly they have demonstrated to the world that free men and women can fight like a dickens.” The cost has been severe, Mattis acknowledged, noting that the nation has lost many of its beloved sons and daughters. Many others have been wounded – many of them grievously – he said. “Yet after more than 10 years of war, our ranks remain filled by top-quality volunteers – volunteers who have looked beyond the hot political rhetoric and answered our country’s call.” He added that he is humbled by these ““true patriots who have signed a blank check, payable with their lives, to the American people.” Mattis also welcomed Austin back to Centcom. The new Centcom commander, who most recently served as the Army’s vice chief of staff, commanded all U.S. forces in Iraq from September of 2010 to December of 2011. “Lloyd, we’ve served side by side repeatedly,” he said. “I can think of no one better prepared to command Centcom and I pass to you the finest warfighting team on the Earth.”

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Sailors and Marines support NMCRS during the NavyMarine Corps Ball By MC2 Kiona Miller Naval District Washington Public Affairs

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Sailors and Marines in the Nation Capitol Region attended the Navy-Marine Corps Ball at the Washington Hilton Hotel to raise funds for the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS), March 23. NMCRS is a private, nonproďŹ t emergency relief organization which provides temporary assistance to active and retired Sailors, Marines and their families. The organization provides support for basic living expenses, emergency travel and funeral expenses along with other needs. Special guests in attendance were Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert, Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James Amos, President of NMCRS Steve Abbot, the 2013 Navy Marine Corps Ball Committee Chair Josi Hunt and guest speaker, 2012 Paralympics gold medalist Lt. Bradley Snyder. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This year we are going to talk about our legacy. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really about today,â&#x20AC;? said Greenert. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our kids are getting it done today on deployment, building their own legacy, taking their own brush and painting our future.â&#x20AC;? During his speech to the audience, Snyder recounted his journey to the 2012 Paralympics in London, England and how it felt to win a gold medal one year to the day he was injured in Afghanistan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what I was think-

ing about at that moment, the community I am involved in with the military, the EOD community and the Navy and Marine Corps community that we are all a part of,â&#x20AC;? said Snyder. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I felt very lucky to have that love and support from all of those people.â&#x20AC;? During the ceremony, Amos expressed his gratitude for the non-profit organization and spoke on the importance of the charity to Sailors and Marines in need. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When [the CNO] and I travel around America and we talk to different organizations that help us and help our services, the only one that we can really talk about to promote is this one,â&#x20AC;? said Amos. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is no mistake that our forefathers said that this one is pretty important.â&#x20AC;? In order to raise money for the charity, attendees were able to participate in a silent auction. Items available during the auction included autographed sports memorabilia, an Annapolis Sunset Cruise and tickets to professional sporting events. The ďŹ rst Navy-Marine Corps Ball was held in 1914 with government, diplomatic and society leaders of that era in attendance. Since then, the ball has raised millions of dollars for NMCRS, helping Sailors and Marines with ďŹ nancial and emergency assistance. For more information on NMCRS and how to donate, visit the ofďŹ cial website at www.nmcrs.org.

Above: Retired Adm. Steve Abbot, president of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, and Josi Hunt, chairman of the Navy-Marine Corps Ball, present a check for $400,000 to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society. Left: Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert applauds as guest speaker Lt. Brad Snyder, a Wounded Warrior and gold medal Paraolympian.

Photos by MC1 Peter D. Lawlor

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Norfolk Admirals Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society fundraiser ■ when and where March 29, 7:30 p.m., at the Norfolk Scope Support your Sailors and Marines as the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society hosts an Admirals Fundraiser Night Out. Red Level tickets cost $11. Purchase online at www.norfolkadmirals.com/groups (enter code NMCRS13). Online ordering closes at midnight on March 28. For more information, contact: Kathy Nelson at 322-1173, or kathy. nelson@nmcrs.org.

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Easter Sunday, March 31 A time for self reflection By MC2 (SW) Jonathan Sunderman Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs

Easter, one of Christianity’s most important holidays, honors Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead. Holy Week marks the last week of lent, in which many commit to fasting or giving up certain types of luxuries as a form of penitence, and establishes the week before Easter. “In the Christian religion, one of the biggest seasons of the year is Holy Week – which encompasses the betrayal of Jesus on Thursday, the crucifixion on Friday and the resurrection on Sunday,” said Cmdr. John W. Maurice, director of Chaplain’s Religious Enrichment Development Operation (CREDO). “Sometimes the trials that we go through in life, such as sickness, disease, sadness and grief, are all similar feelings and experiences that Jesus’ disciples and followers had to experience between that Thursday and the days leading up to Easter Sunday.” The holiday does not fall on any set date, it is celebrated on the first Sunday following the full moon after the spring equinox, and thus it is often referred to as a movable feast. “On Sunday, the scripture says early in the morning as the sun comes up, the disciples went to Jesus’ tomb and found that it was empty,” he

Chesapeake Eggstravaganza ■ When: March 30; 10 a.m. to Noon Where: Chesapeake City Park, 900 Greenbrier Pkwy. ■ Cost: Free ■ For more info, call: 382-6411, or visit www. cityofchesapeake.net/PRevents

Children 8 and under can join in for the fun! Children should bring a basket or bag for the egg hunt, plus they will have the opportunity to have a picture with Peter Cottontail.

said. “The resurrection is about the testimony of that empty tomb. We [Christians] focus on the cross, but we also look on the other side of the cross where there is an empty tomb. Easter is really about that empty tomb. It’s about the power of God defeating sin and defeating death. The crux of Christianity is having a rising savior.” Although the holiday holds religious aspects, Maurice said the holiday is also a time for self reflection. “It’s kind of a reminder to look on the brighter side of life,” he explained. “Don’t necessarily look back with pessimism, but look forward and realize that there is a sense of hopefulness to life. This is the life that God wants us to have. God has defeated sin and death once and for all, and for his followers, death is no longer king.” Over time, the significance of the cross has gone on to have different interpretations in modern society, however, the true meaning ties back to Christ’s ultimate sacrifice. “Because of the power of the resurrection, we have a new day,” said Maurice. “We have a new outlook on life. Even in the midst of pain and suffering, there is hope and renewal.”

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Easter Egg Hunt and Bunny StoryTime ■ When: March 30; 1 to 2 p.m. ■ Where: Jordan-Newby Branch Library,

Take the kids to some of the Easter fun in the area. Below is a list of Easter egg hunts and other fun activities this weekend!

961 Park Ave. ■ Cost: Free ■ For more info, call: 441-2843 Join us for our inaugural Easter Egg Hunt and Bunny Story Time. Bring your Easter basket and see how many eggs you can find. There will be stories, crafts and a visit from the Easter Bunny.

Easter Egg Hunt at Bergey’s ■ When: March 30; 3 p.m. ■ Where: Bergey’s Breadbasket, 2207 Mount

Easter Egg Hunt at Nauticus Easter Eggstravaganza

Pleasant Rd. ■ When: March 30; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. ■ For more info, call: 546-9225, or visit www. ■ Where: Sandy Bottom Nature Park, 1255 bergeysbreadbasket.com Big Bethel Rd. ■ Cost: $5 per child (3-12); Adults free. PicJoin us for our annual Easter Egg Hunt. You tures with Easter Bunny is additional $5. must register at the store. ■ For more info, call: 825-4657

This special event is for children up to age 12. Bring the kids to Lee Hall for our 6th annual Easter Egg Hunt. The Easter Bunny will be onhand for games and photos.

cus members free. ■ For more info, call: 664-1005

Norfolk Easter Egg Hunt

Hampton Easter by-the-Bay E-G-G-stravaganza ■ When: March 30; Noon to 3 p.m. ■ Where: 30 Strawberry Banks Blvd. ■ Cost: Free ■ For more info, call: 727-5002

This event will be filled with activities for all ages. Children 10 and younger will be able to participate in an Easter Egg Hunt and enjoy face painting, balloon artists, games, giant inflatable slides and quality time with Hampton University’s Mr. Pirate, the Easter Bunny and other live cartoon characters.

Celebrate the arrival of spring at Sandy Bottom Nature Park during the annual Easter Eggstravaganza. The annual event will include: the Easter Bunny, a children’s craft area, storytelling, prizes, food vendors and more!

Newport News Easter Bunny and the Great Egg Hunt

■ When: March 28; 4 to 5 p.m. ■ Where: Van Wyck Branch Library, 1368

DeBree Ave. ■ Cost: Free ■ For more info, call: 441-2844 Join us for our annual Easter story time and Easter Egg Hunt. Bring a basket and your camera for a picture of you and the Easter Bunny.

Park Place Egg Hunt ■ When: March 30; 10 to 11 a.m. ■ Where: Lee Hall Mansion, 163 Yorktown

Rd. ■ Cost: $5 per child. ■ For more info, call: 888-3371, or www. leehall.org

■ When: March 30; 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. ■ Where: Nauticus, One Waterside Dr. ■ Cost: $10 per family (up to 6 people). Nauti-

■ When: March 29; 1 to 2 p.m. ■ Where: Park Place Branch Library,

20 W. 29th St. ■ Cost: Free ■ For more info, call: 664-7330

This event will take on the third floor of Nauticus and is open to the public. Peter Cottontail will be attending the event along with a few animal guests! Reservations required.

Portsmouth H.O.G. Easter Bike Show and Kids Egg Hunt ■ When: March 30; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ■ Where: Bayside Harley Davidson, 2211

Frederick Blvd. ■ Cost: Free for children For more info, call: 397-5550, or visit www. baysidehd.com Easter Bunny, games, egg hunt and much more.

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Spartyka Wounded Warrior 5K ■ When: March 30; 9 a.m. (registration begins at ■ Where: 31st Street Park, Virginia Beach ■ Cost: $25 ■ For more information, call: 515-6538, email

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jimi.partyka@gmail.com, or visit http://spartyka woundedwarrior.com/event/virginia-beach-va-33012 In honor of the daily sacrifices made by the brave men and women in all branches of the military, Spartyka is proud to host the Spartyka Wounded Warrior 5K, a family-friendly event that welcomes anyone with a patriotic spirit who wants to show support for the troops and veterans who have served our country. The goal of the Spartyka Wounded ded Warrior 5K is to raise awareness reness and show support for the men and women in the military and raise funds for our nation’s Wounded Warriors.

Easter Sunday Bowling ■ When: March 31; 1 to 7 p.m. ■ Where: NAVSTA Norfolk, Pierside

Lanes, Bldg. CEP-127 ■ Cost: $1.50 per game ■ For more information, call: 451-0600 Per game cost includes shoe rental.

HOSTS SPRING BREAK CAMPS HAMPTON

The Hampton History Museum is offering spring break camps, presented by Lighting the Way Learning Center, April 1- 5. The camps are geared towards various age groups. Young history buffs will have the opportunity to explore Hampton history – from the time before man up to the present – through games, art activities and other hands-on projects. Activities will take place in and around the museum, including in the Hampton History Museum galleries and the temporary exhibit “An American Turning Point: The Civil War in Virginia.” ■ Monday, April 1 – Prehistory and Native Americans Dig through five-million-year-old dirt to find local fossils to add to your collection. Handle various types and sizes of fossils. Visit with a native maiden. Identify animal tracks, while learning about the animals native to this area, and create a cast. ■ Tuesday, April 2 – Colonization and Sea Life Hear the stories of the Sailors traveling here from Europe and discover what they hoped to find here. Learn about tobacco, shipping and indentured servitude. Create rope work and learn about tying different types of knots. Learn about John Smith, Christopher Newport and Capt. Maynard. ■ Wednesday, April 3 – Revolutionary War through the Civil War Discover the challenges faced by the founding fathers in building a new country and learn about contributions made by local people like George Wythe. Meet

Courtesy photo Children in HHM Kecoughtan Indian Gallery.

■ camp info: Pre-K and Kindergarten Camps 9 to Noon Noon to 3 p.m. Cost is $75 per week Grades 1-3, Grades 4-6 and Grade 7 and up 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $150 per week For more information or to register, call 745-4253, or email lighting thewaylearningcenter@gmail.com

a blacksmith and learn about their importance, not only as weapon and armorsmiths, but in creating everyday items needed by people of the time. Create

candles to light the home. Discover the story of the contraband. ■ Thursday, April 4 – Rebuilding Hampton After the great fire of the Civil War, Hampton had to rebuild. This could not have been done without the Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute, the seafood industry and tourism. Discover the importance of the railroad in Hampton and practice some of the careers involved in rebuilding Hampton. ■ Friday, April 5 – World War II and the Space Race Learn about rationing and the Tuskegee Airmen, then continue to study the air as we learn about NASA and the race to send astronauts into space. Hold paper airplane races and launch your own miniature rockets (weather depending) to study aerodynamics and compare life of early astronauts to those who travel to space today. Lighting the Way Learning Center is a group of highly motivated, experienced museum educators. Director Deborah Rice has 15 years homeschooling experience and has worked in museum education for the last several years. Director of Education Mollie Napier has spent several years in museum education with the Cincinnati Children’s Museum and in other informal settings. The Hampton History Museum is located at 120 Old Hampton Ln. There is plenty of free parking in the garage across from the museum. For more information about the museum, call 7271610, visit www.hamptonhistorymuseum.org, or “like” the Hampton History Museum on Facebook.

Spring Soccer League

Volunteers needed for International Tattoo

■ When: April through June ■ Where: NAVSTA Norfolk, Bldg. U-40 ■ Cost: $40 per child ■ For more information, call: 444-8259

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Birth certificate required. Eligible ages 4 to 16.

120th CPO Birthday Luncheon ■ When: April 5; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. ■ Where: Marriott Hotel, Norfolk ■ For more information, contact: Denise

S. Arthur at

443-6375, or denise.arthur@ndu.edu Celebrating the history and heritage of the Chief’s Mess along with our progression forward in the Navy. Guest speaker will be MCPON (AW/NAC) Michael D. Stevens.

5th annual ODU International Festival ■ When: April 7; Noon to 5 p.m. ■ Where: Ted Constant Convocation

Center, 4320 Hampton Blvd., Norfolk ■ For more information, visit: http://studentaffairs. odu.edu/oir/programs/intfestival/

More than 900 bagpipers, drummers, military bands, dancers, singers, drill teams, color guards and performers of all kinds will travel from the four corners of the globe to Norfolk in April for the 2013 Virginia International Tattoo. This awe-inspiring show is the largest Tattoo (military musical display) in the U.S. The theme of this year’s Tattoo is “Homecoming,” focusing on the profound joy and pride accompanying the return of the men and women who devote their lives to the safeguarding of freedom. More than 28,000 people come to Norfolk’s Scope arena each year to see the show. Among the audience are thousands of area school children, and thousands more experience the magic of the Tattoo in special in-school performances and demonstrations. Two hours prior to each performance, patrons can enjoy the “Tattoo Hullabaloo” on Scope Plaza, a free, festive pre-show party where they can interact with performers, sample food from local restaurants, purchase souvenirs and quench their thirst – lots of reasons to “Get Tattooed” early.

Attendees will be treated to a bazaar-like marketplace, international food vendors, cultural performances, educational displays and an exciting grand finale with a global fashion show featuring more than 100 participants modeling clothing from 18 countries and Zumba dancing. Event attractions also include: children’s cultural activities, arts and crafts, a small animal petting zoo and a display of various countries’ flags provided by People to People International’s Hampton Roads Student Chapter. The festival is free and open to the public.

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April 9 - 10; 8:30 to 4 p.m. (registration/ breakfast 8 to 8:30 a.m.) ■ Where: Brashear Conference Center, JEB Little Creek ■ Cost: Free ■ For more information, contact: Shayla Thompson at (202) 638-0851, or sthompson@zerotothree.org ZERO TO THREE will host a special training Promoting Responsive Relationships: Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect (PCAN), which provides the knowledge, skills and strategies to providers working with infants, toddlers and families to partner with parents in order to help prevent child maltreatment. PCAN curriculum includes the training manual, PowerPoint slides, videos and reproducible handouts. Breakfast, lunch and breaks will be provided. All participants are required to attend both days of training. Register early, seats are limited.

Cirque du Soleil - Quidam ■ When: April 10 - 14 ■ Where: Ted Constant

Convocation Center, 4320 Hampton Blvd., Norfolk ■ For more information, visit: www.cirquedusoleil. com/quidam Cirque du Soleil - Quidam is coming to the Ted Constant Center and great military discounts are available for select performances. Enter code “GMIL” online in the promotions tab to get the military rate. Show schedule: April 10 at 7:30 p.m.; April 11 at 7:30 p.m.; April 12 at 7:30 p.m.; April 13 at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.; and April 14 at 1 and 5 p.m.

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Volunteers are needed for the 2013 Virginia International Tattoo and Hullabaloo: Show Information: April 20 - 29 Shifts from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tasks include: setting up backstage area, decorating arena, prop builders, breakfast catering, stage hands, driving performers in our insured vehicles and break down. Volunteer Incentives: Letter of commendation 8 hours – Invitation to cast party 12 hours – Invitation to cast party/Tattoo pin 16 hours – Invitation to cast party/Tattoo pin/Cast shirt 20 hours – Invitation to cast party/Tattoo pin/Cast shirt/ One complimentary ticket 24 hours – Invitation to cast party/Tattoo pin/Cast shirt/ Two complimentary tickets Performance Schedule: April 25, 7:30 p.m. April 26, 7:30 p.m. April 27, 7:30 p.m. April 28, 2:30 p.m.

Hampton Roads hosting many events

Visit with the Easter Bunny at Hunt Club Farm. Admission also includes farm tour hay rides, petting farm admission, unlimited inflatable rides (with wristband), live ■ When: March 30; 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. DJ with music, farm games and costumed characters. All ■ Where: Crossroads Vineyard Church, 1505 Competitor Ct. children who hunt for eggs are required to pay admission. ■ Cost: Free Inflatable rides and hunting for eggs only included in child ■ More Info, visit: http://crvegghunt.eventbrite.com, or admission. Adults required to pay admission. www.crvineyard.com

Founders Inn and Spa Easter Fun Join for fun, food, games and laughs. Bring your friends. You must register to enter into the raffles.

■ When: March 31; Brunch seating from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Easter Egg Hunt at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; Easter egg decorating and petting zoo from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; 86th annual Easter Sunrise Service strolling musician and Easter Bunny from Noon to 2 p.m.; ■ When: March 31; 6:30 a.m. bounce castle from Noon to 4 p.m.; children’s movie from ■ Where: Historic Cape Henry Memorial Cross, Fort Story 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in auditorium. ■ Cost: Free ■ Where: Founders Inn and Spa, 5641 Indian River Rd. ■ For more info, call: JEBFS Chapel at 422-7665 ■ Cost: Adults $47.95, children 5 to 12 years $23.95; 4 years and under are free. The guest speaker will be Dr. Dale M. Coulter of Regent ■ For more info, call: 366-5777 University. Also participating will be Capt. Frank E. Hughlett, Commanding Officer, JEBLCFS and Virginia Beach Mayor Brunch includes egg and omelet station; hot and cold bufWilliam D. Sessoms, Jr. The service site is historically rich fets; chilled seafood; carving station; The Kids Corner; dating back more than 400 years since the first settlers came house-made desserts and pastries; chocolate fountain. Live ashore on April 26, 1607. The on-site memorial cross was music. erected in 1935 by the Daughters of the American Colonists to commemorate the raising of a cross by the first settlers who Audible Egg Hunt came ashore. When: April 13; 1 to 3 p.m. Where: Holiday Trav-L Park 1075 General Booth Blvd. Easter Egg Hunt at Hunt Club Farm Cost: Free ■ When: March 30 - 31; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more info, call: 301-0555 ■ Where: Hunt Club Farm, 2388 London Bridge Rd. ■ Cost: $8 adults; $15 children Sponsored by Region 3 Lions Clubs and Journey for Sight ■ For more info, call: 427-9520, or of District 24-D. Snacks are provided and games and prizes visit www.huntclubfarm.com will be given to participants.


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MINI expands model of fun, functionality By Ken Chester, Jr. Motor News Media Corporation

The MINI brand is once again combining the expansion of its model range with a foray into a new vehicle class. The MINI Paceman will go on sale beginning later this spring. It features powerful, dynamically stretched coupe lines and the hallmark MINI go-kart feeling, that teams up with the exclusive ambience of its versatile interior to make the latest addition to the MINI family a pioneer in the urban environment. Sporting prowess and versatility also define the driving characteristics of the MINI Paceman. The standard specification for every MINI Paceman will also include lowered sports suspension. This will be the second MINI model (after the MINI Countryman), to offer the option of ALL4 allwheel drive. The innovative concept of a compact coupe crossover is expressed in a body design that combines dynamically stretched proportions with a muscular stance. This authentic embodiment of the MINI Paceman’s driving properties is achieved within the established parameters of MINI design language. Traditional MINI design cues, such as the black bordering on the lower edge of the body, the side indicator surround on the diagonal link between the A-pillar and front wheel arch, and the clear three-level split of body, passenger compartment and roof, point – in a distinctive Paceman way – to their MINI family ties. The front end, for example, exudes power and presence thanks to its large, distinctively shaped headlights,

strikingly sculptured hood and upright hexagonal radiator grille, which is framed on the MINI Paceman by a particularly broad chrome surround. The fresh and individual character of the MINI Paceman comes across most prominently when the car is viewed from the side. Dynamically sweeping lines and powerfully curved surfaces imbue the car’s appearance with sporting elegance. The coupe-style roof, swooping downwards towards the rear, sits seamlessly atop the passenger compartment. Its distinctive ‘helmet’ contours fit neatly into the coupe mold, the roofline flowing into the standard rear spoiler. The steadily rising shoulder line and gently downwardsloping roofline create unique side window surfaces that taper towards the rear, emphasizing the wedge shape of the silhouette. Available in Cooper and Cooper S versions, power for the MINI Paceman is generated by the well-known MINI 1.6L fourcylinder engine. The Paceman Cooper S is powered by the twin-scroll turbocharged version of the same engine. An overboost function is at the driver’s disposal to increase torque for a short time for particularly powerful bursts of acceleration. Both powerplants come with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, with a six-speed automatic available as an option. The MINI ALL4 all-wheel-drive system is an available option for the MINI Cooper S Paceman. The construction of the MINI Paceman’s chassis – consisting of a MacPherson spring strut front axle and forged cross members in tandem with a multi-link rear axle – underpins its hallmark MINI agility which is

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enhanced by the standard fitment of a sporty set-up and lowered suspension. The MINI Paceman can also be ordered with a regular suspension and regular ride height as a no-cost option. The precise and efficient Servotronic electric power steering provides speed-sensitive assistance and enhances the ever-present go-kart feeling. A model-specific interpretation of traditional MINI design principles shapes the look of the MINI Paceman’s interior. While many MINI Paceman buyers will view their new car as a sporty 2+2 seater, the interior has been designed as a genuine four-seater with ample space for rear-seat passengers. With its two doors and large tailgate, plus two full-size individual rear seats, the MINI Paceman complements the elegant sportiness of its proportions with a new rendering of the familiar MINI interior. For the first time in a MINI, the side window controls

are integrated into the door trim. If the optional lighting package is specified, the door ellipses are bathed in an atmospheric light. The slightly raised seating position in the front of the car provides the driver and front passenger with an excellent view, while the rear passengers enjoy generous levels of space, outstanding lateral support and exceptional comfort in a lounge-style ambience. Matte-finished, ring-shaped borders in Carbon Black emphasize the form of the Center Speedo and the two air vents positioned alongside. Decorative inner rings in high-gloss black, or optional chrome, are integrated into the surrounds for the air vents and Center Speedo. Positioned below the Center Speedo, the CD/DVD and air-conditioning control panel and toggle switches are bordered in a contrasting color. Here, the matte black surfaces contrast appealingly with the chromed controls.

2013 MINI Paceman coupe ■ Wheelbase: 102.2 inches; overall

■ under the hood Power for the MINI Paceman is generated by the well-known MINI 1.6L four-cylinder engine. The Paceman Cooper S is powered by the twin-scroll turbocharged version of the same engine. An overboost function is also at the driver’s disposal.

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length: 162.2; width: 70.3; height: 59.9. ■ Engine: 1.6L four-cylinder – 121 hp at 6,000 rpm and 118 lbs.-ft. of torque at 1,700 – 4,500 rpm; 1.6L four-cylinder twin turbo – 181 hp at 5,500 rpm and 177 lbs.-ft. of torque at 1,700 – 4,500 rpm. ■ Transmission: six-speed manual, six-speed automatic. ■ EPA Fuel Economy: 27 city/35 hwy. (Cooper); 26 city/32 hwy. (Cooper S); 25 city/31 hwy. (Cooper S ALL 4). ■ Cargo capacity: 38.1 cubic feet. ■ Safety features: Dual front airbags, front seat mounted side-impact airbags, dual head curtain sideimpact airbags, front passenger knee airbag, four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock, brake assist, electronic brake force distribution, cornering brake control, hill assist, traction control, dynamic stability control, run-flat tires, tire pressure monitor,

push button start, remote keyless entry, Bluetooth hands-free phone system, engine immobilizer and side-impact door beams. Paceman Cooper S adds fog lights. Paceman Cooper S ALL4 adds dynamic traction control and electronic differential lock control. Optional safety features include: comfort access system, daytime running lights, Xenon high-intensity discharge headlamps, alarm system, rear park distance control, universal garage door opener, automatic headlamps and rain sensor. ■ Warranty: Basic – 4-year/50,000 mile bumper-to-bumper; Corrosion – 12-year/unlimited; Roadside Assistance – 4-year/unlimited 24-hour. ■ Pricing: The base Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price for the 2013 MINI Paceman is $23,900 for the Cooper, $27,500 for the Cooper S and $29,200 for the ALL4. Destination charges add $700.

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World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) visited Norfolk for the SmackDown “Road to WrestleMania” live event, March 23. The huge crowd on-hand nearly filled Norfolk Scope to the rafters. If you haven’t attended a WWE non-televised event recently, you owe yourself to check it out the next time WWE is in your area. Gone are the days of the basic black curtain and single spotlight leading the wrestler(s) to the ring. WWE has upped their production by adding a mini entrance stage, complete with flashing LED lights and a mini TitanTron screen to display the wrestler’s entrance video. R-Truth and The Great Khali started off the night by defeating Primo and Epico (accompanied by Rosa Mendes). Truth and Mendes had a dance off, with the fans favoring Truth’s abilities. Khali pinned Epico following the giant chop. Divas action followed as the Canadian beauty Natalya defeated Aksana. Aksana brought the fight to Natalya, employing submission holds to wear her down. However, Natalya got a submission victory with her signature Sharpshooter maneuver. Michael McGillicutty faced off with Yoshitatsu. Before a winner could be decided, Fandango appeared on the stage with a female dance partner. McGillicutty walked away as Fandango asked Yoshitatsu to pronounce his name correctly, but without giving him a chance, Fandango stomped him down to the mat. The No. 1 contender for Alberto Del Rio’s World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania, Jack Swagger, made his way to the ring. Swagger, with Zeb Colter in tow, pushed his agenda of “Jack Swagger’s America” on the Norfolk crowd. The crowd was vocal with their displeasure. Swagger was able to defeat the South African native Justin Gabriel with a gut-wrench powerbomb, followed by the Patriot Lock. Once the bell rang, Swagger refused to relinquish the hold on Gabriel. Alberto Del Rio ran in, to a massive ovation, and made the save. Del Rio was able to trap Swagger in his cross-arm breaker hold, but Colter pulled Swagger out of the ring. “The World’s Strongest Man” Mark Henry sought to make Kane the newest inductee into his Hall of Pain. One half of the WWE TagTeam Champions, Kane did not have Daniel Bryan in his corner that night. When Mark Henry couldn’t put Kane away via conventional means, he resorted to hitting Kane with the ringbell, causing the disqualification. Kane

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Photos by Jonathan McLarty Alberto Del Rio (above) retained his WWE World Heavyweight Championship with a victory over The Big Show at “Road to WrestleMania” at the Norfolk Scope, March 23.

got his revenge post-match when he delivered a chokeslam to Henry. The WWE Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett defended his title against newcomer Bo Dallas. Dallas made his name known in his still blossoming WWE career by participating in this year’s Royal Rumble match. The following night on Monday Night Raw, he was able to score an upset victory over Barrett in a non-title match. After months of clamoring for a title opportunity, Barrett chose to give Dallas his shot in Norfolk. Dallas was able to catch Barrett off-guard with his exciting offense. The crowd was on the edge of their seats as they thought Dallas was going to win the title from Barrett. However, Barrett was able to deliver the Bull Hammer elbow to the side of Dallas’ head to successfully retain. Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes made their fifth stop on the “Team Rhodes Scholars Reunion Tour” in a match against The Usos (Jimmy and Jey). Sandow introduced Rhodes and vise versa, gushing over each other in the process. In a surprise victory, The Usos were able to defeat Rhodes Scholars. Rhodes and Sandow were upset and astonished that they lost the match. The main event of the evening saw The Big Show facing Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Championship. The fans in attendance were able to text their vote for this match’s stipulation: “2 Out of 3 Falls” or ‘No Disqualification.” The no disqualification match won by a majority. Del Rio was accompanied by his personal ring announcer

Ricardo Rodriguez. Due to Swagger snapping Rodriguez’ ankle with the Patriot Lock, he hobbled to the ring with the use of some crutches. A wild match ensued, complete with tables, kendo sticks and chairs. After getting shoved into the ringside steps by Big Show, Rodriguez struck Show with a crutch, sending him off the top rope and through a table. Del Rio made the cover for the hard fought victory. Be sure to catch WrestleMania 29 live on pay-per-view, April 7. Matches will include: The Rock defending his WWE Championship against John Cena, The Undertaker versus CM Punk, Alberto Del Rio defending his World Heavyweight Championship against Jack Swagger, and Triple H facing Brock Lesnar in a No Holds Barred match, and if Triple H loses, he will be forced to retire. Contact your local cable provider for ordering information, or visit WWE.com for more details. In local news, Vanguard Championship Wrestling (VCW) returns to the Norfolk Masonic Temple on April 6 for a loaded event, featuring Dirty Money vs. Shorty Smalls, Kacee Carlisle vs. Persephone, Idol X vs. Hax Bandito in a V-Rated match, plus much more. Visit VCW-Wrestling. com for tickets and all of the latest information. Jonathan McLarty is a contributing writer for The Flagship, as well as a local sports and event photographer. If you have any questions or comments, connect with him on Twitter (@ JonathanMcLarty).

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Fighting first, Hollywood second for Woodley By E. Spencer Kyte UFC.com

If you go see the recently-released film “Olympus Has Fallen,” keep an eye out for Tyron Woodley. Amidst the explosions and gunfire and Morgan Freeman being Morgan Freeman, the UFC welterweight makes his acting debut as a Secret Service agent in the “bad guys have taken over the White House” action flick. And yes, that’s also him as a sniper on the roof too. “I’m Secret Service, so when you see those limos pulling up in the trailer, that’s me standing there burning up in the Shreveport sun,” he said, discussing his new side gig and potential post-fight career. “I’m SWAT, so I come out of the White House blasting and get shot up again. I’m a sniper and I’m also a DC cop, so when the trash trucks blow through those police cars, I’m the one that’s running trying not to get hit by the car. I got my little test of danger in this movie. “I die a lot, but they had to have me die soon because I have a distinct face. I don’t have any lines or anything, but they said, ‘Your face is so distinct and you’ve got a couple close-ups, so if we use those clips, we can’t have you get shot on the

Courtesy of UFC Tyron Woodley scored a 36-second knockout victory over Jay Hieron in his UFC debut in February, improving his career record to 11-1.

lawn when the explosion goes off and then be the guy on the roof 10 minutes later as a different person.’” Woodley has been interested in testing the Hollywood waters for some time, but wanted to wait for the right time. The St. Louis, Missouri native came away from his UFC debut unscathed, having earned a knockout win over veteran Jay Hieron in just 36 seconds at UFC 156 in early February. In shape and with an opening in his calendar, “The Chosen One” saw the chance he was looking for, took it, and now

he’s caught the acting bug. “This was a perfect time – I just got off a fight, had some free time and I had the opportunity to get in there and mix it up,” he said. Rest assured fight fans, the former Strikeforce standout isn’t planning on hanging up his fourounce gloves to make a permanent move to Tinsel Town. “I definitely want to focus on making it a post-fight career,” he said. “It’s easy to get out there, make a good weekly rate, have fun doing it and have an opportunity to make

some residuals afterwards, but for me, I think the people that are in the fight game have basically done that the wrong way – they’ve made it a career too soon and it kind of hurt their fighting I don’t want to be one of those guys. I want to make sure I focus on achieving my goals, getting to a world title, and then from the point when I retire, it would definitely be something I was interested in.” With “Olympus Has Fallen” in theatres and Woodley having already enjoyed a small premiere with his friends and family at his American Top Team Evolution gym in Rock Hills, the 11-1 welterweight contender has shifted his focus back to his current career and his upcoming fight with Jake Shields at UFC 161. “It’s a classic style matchup,” he said of the pairing with Shields before getting into a quick breakdown of how the two match up. “His grappling is going to be better than mine. My striking is going to be better than his. My power’s going to be better. My speed is going to be better. He has a great chin, so he’ll get that chin tested, and I think all those things added up make for a great fight. He’s fought for the UFC title before, so for me, it’s a great resume builder.”

Among the things Joey Logano did in the closing laps of the Auto Club 400 on March 24 was bring out the A.J. Foyt-like beast in Tony Stewart. When Stewart was growing up, one of his heroes was the legendary Foyt, who later became Stewart’s mentor as he followed in Foyt’s career tire tracks, racing any kind of car on any kind of track, almost always with great success. Stewart, like Foyt, became a team owner, fielding cars in several circuits and even owning the cars he drives in the Sprint Cup Series. Stewart also is much like Foyt when it comes to speaking his mind and in handling what he perceives as disrespect from others. On Sunday, Logano and Denny Hamlin, who had waged a war of words all week over an incident at Bristol Motor Speedway the Sunday before, wrecked on the last lap, opening the door for Kyle Busch, who had led the most laps but was third with one to go, to get a surprise win. The wreck, which occurred when Logano appeared to move up the track and into Hamlin, sent Hamlin into a concrete wall without SAFER barriers attached and eventually to the hospital. Logano was unapologetic in his post-race comments. “He probably shouldn’t have done what he did last week, so that’s what he gets,” Logano said of Hamlin, who was hospitalized overnight after complaining of back pain. But Logano’s biggest worry going forward may be from Stewart, who was angered that Logano blocked him twice. Stewart blocked Logano’s car after the race, climbed out of his own car, and an altercation with Logano and his crew ensued. Stewart said Logano has a lesson coming from him. “He is a tough guy on pit road as soon as one of his crew guys gets in the middle of it,” said Stewart. “Until then, he’s a scared little kid. Then he wants to throw a water bottle at me. He is going to learn a lesson. He’s run his mouth long enough. He has sat there and done this double standard and he’s nothing but a little rich kid that has never had to work in his life. He’s going to learn with us working guys that had to work our way up how it works.” Logano said the blocking was justified. “I had to throw the block there,” he said. “That was a race for the lead. I felt if the 14 [Stewart] got underneath me, that was going to be the end of my opportunity to win the race, so I was just trying to protect the spot I had.” The Logano-Hamlin incident not only opened the door for Busch to win the race, it allowed Dale Earnhardt Jr. to finish second. Joe Gibbs Racing said in a statement that Hamlin suffered an L1 compression fracture in his lower spine. He is expected to fly home to North Carolina where he will be evaluated later this week.

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Husband and wife duo Thompson Square’s new album, “Just Feels Good,” plays out like a Hollywood love story complete with the happy ending. If things start seeming too good to be true on the upbeat project, a quick review of Shawna and Keifer Thompson’s career trajectory quickly reveals ample real-life inspiration: paid dues scraping by as working musicians on Nashville’s Lower Broadway; co-wrote and released a breakout Grammy-nominated hit, “AreYou Gonna Kiss Me Or Not;” named Billboard’s No. 1 New Country Artist in 2011; and won CMA and ACM awards for Vocal Duo of the Year ... and all of this as a married couple. It’s a wonderful story that translates excellently to their sophomore album, due in stores this week. Just Feels Good is as positive as its title suggests. Sure there are the dramatics found in songs like the album’s hit lead single, “If I Didn’t Have You,” a rock-solid power ballad bursting with harmonies, but the tale of what life would be like without the other really goes a long way in revealing our characters’ inner fears. Most of the 13-song set, however, focuses much more on a glass that’s half-full. The serendipitous, “You Don’t Get Lucky,” marvels at how life works out while the tempo-driven, “Here We Go Again,” combines Taylor Swiftlike melodies with varying rhythms and a helplessly in love outlook with the line, “you and I can’t just be just friends.” “That’s So Me and You” is a stargazing ballad celebrating the little things and the uplifting “Run,” pairs inviting vocal passages with a seize-the-day mentality for a super-engaging hook. The couple co-wrote five of the songs on the album and are masters of the wellcrafted hook. As in their earlier hits like “AreYou Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” and “I Got You,” Shawna and Keifer’s dynamic chemistry and wonderful feel for a song make them a captivating pair as they move through bright passages. “Everything I Shouldn’t Be Thinking About,” the flirtatious album opener, stands on a pop/country foundation with snapping drums and handclaps before diving into a

Courtesy photo Angry Birds Space Encounter, the first comprehensive, interactive Angry Birds attraction in the United States designed for people of all ages, opened recently at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

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The internationally popular “Angry Birds” have landed at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex for a new mission in space. Angry Birds Space Encounter, the first comprehensive, interactive Angry Birds attraction in the United States designed for people of all ages, opened recently at the Visitor Complex. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex partnered with Rovio Entertainment, creator of the globally successful Angry Birds franchise, including Angry Birds Space, to bring the beloved characters to life. “Rovio is thrilled to partner with Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to bring this unique attraction to the fans of Angry Birds,” said Dan Mitchell, Rovio’s director of location-based entertainment, during the grand opening celebration at the Florida destination. “Angry Birds Space Encounter is both a fun and educational experience,” said Bill Moore, Chief Operating Officer of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex for Delaware North Companies Parks and Resorts, which operates the popular destination on Florida’s Space Coast for NASA. “Concepts of human space exploration are incorporated into Angry Birds Space Encounter, reflecting Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex’s ongoing mission to encourage young people in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields of study. Kids will love interacting with their favorite Angry Birds Space characters, while parents will appreciate that their children are enjoying the learning experience.” The 4,485-square-foot Angry Birds Space Encounter, which is included in regular Visitor Complex admission, brings to life the space adventures of the Angry Birds as they follow their kidnapped eggs into an inter-galactic wormhole, come face-to-face with Space Pigs and gear up with heroic superpowers. Visitors encounter six interactive stations designed to engage and immerse guests in a new dimension of Angry Birds Space.

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■ and the award goes to Along with being nominated for two Grammy Awards in 2012, Thompson Square – the husband and wife duo of Shawna and Keifer Thompson (above) – also won three major awards last year: Academy of Country Music’s Top Vocal Duo; CMT’s Duo Video of the Year; and Country Music Association’s Vocal Duo of the Year.

rolling harmony-driven chorus. “Here’s To Being Here” flies by on the strength of a steady kick-drum and a wave of sound in the chorus with the good-timin’ lines, “Let’s crank it up to 10.” And the cinematic “I Can’t Outrun You” reenvisions the song originally heard on Trace Adkins’ X with rising and falling vocals that beautifully match the song’s pulse before a race to the finish line. On an album that generally keeps the BPMs high, sing-alongs come often. Produced by Thompson Square and the four-man New Voice collective, two of the biggest highlights on Just Feels Good are the risk-taking title-track and its sunny companion, “Testing The Water.” The former gives a fun-loving shout out to Tom Petty over a relaxed groove that borders on reggae, while Keifer takes the lead with some ex-

■ did you know? Including both regular and special editions, the Angry Birds game has a combined 1.7 billion downloads across all platforms.

ceptionally tight vocals. Shawna takes over on the funky, “Testing The Water,” turning in entertaining hip-hop-influenced verses full of tongue twisters like, “I don’t know where this is goin,’ but I know what I’ve been thinkin’ since the sun started sinkin’ down,” before a big soulful chorus. Optimism abounds on Just Feels Good. From the bluesy, “For The Life Of Me,” to the stirring mid-tempo, “Maybe It’s You,” Shawna and Keifer make it a point to appreciate the one you’re with. Their natural and easy chemistry is constantly on display, as on “Home Is You,” which closes the album with an orchestra of melodies and a message that the only thing that matters is each other. It’s a wonderful ending to this chapter of their love story and one that leaves plenty of room for the next sequel.

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Sony DADC New Media Solutions’ interactive development group, LOOT Entertainment, and BBC Worldwide’s Digital Partnerships team have joined forces to bring “Doctor Who” to life like never before by creating a social gaming and commerce environment inside PlayStation Home. Available to more than 31 million PlayStation Home users across the globe, the Doctor Who experience will immerse gamers in the world of Doctor Who by allowing fans to interact with iconic elements, explore and customize environments, and watch content from the popular television series in a social atmosphere. Doctor Who fans can enjoy dynamic features

based on the show’s most popular characters and scenery, such as the Eleventh Doctor and River Song costumes, and a TARDIS-themed private space and clubhouse. Users can also visit the Doctor Who-themed LOOT Space Station Theater for additional video content from BBC Worldwide and shop for Doctor Who items – both virtual and real – via LOOT’s Entertainment on Demand system. “We’re really excited to be bringing this muchloved series to social and virtual worlds,” said Simon Hutson, senior vice president digital development at BBC Worldwide. “Discovering new ways to engage with our fans is incredibly important to us, especially as we approach Doctor Who’s 50th year.” For a sneak peek into the Doctor Who experience, visit http://youtu.be/kUOK1dY3y0A.

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First Landing Chapel Catholic Mass: March 28 — Holy Thursday (Mass of the Lord’s Supper) — 7 p.m. March 29 — Good Friday (Celebration of the Lord’s Passion) — 7 p.m. Mass March 30 — Holy Saturday Vigil — 8 p.m. Mass March 31 — Easter Sunday — 9 a.m. Mass Protestant Services: March 31 — Easter Sunday — 11 a.m.

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Catholic Mass: March 28 — Holy Thursday (Commemoration of the Lord’s Supper) — 6 p.m. Nelson Chapel March 29 — Good Friday (Commemoration of the Lords Passion) — 8 p.m. Olde Yorke Chapel

(Easter Vigil) — 8 p.m. Nelson Chapel March 31 — Easter Sunday — Holy Mass 8:30 a.m. Nelson Chapel, 10:30 a.m. Olde Yorke Chapel Protestant Services: March 31 — Easter Sunday — 10:30 a.m. Nelson Chapel

NAS Oceana / Dam Neck Annex Catholic Mass: March 28 — Holy Thursday — 7 p.m. (Oceana) March 29 — Good Friday — 3 p.m. (Oceana) March 30 — Easter Vigil — 7 p.m. (Oceana) March 31 — Easter Sunday — 9 a.m., 12:15 p.m. (Oceana) Protestant Services: March 29 — Good Friday — 11 a.m. (Oceana) March 31 — Easter Sunrise — 6:45 a.m. (Lakeside, Dam Neck) March 31 — Contemporary — 9 a.m. (Dam Neck) March 31 — Traditional — 10:40 a.m. (Oceana)

Naval Station Norfolk Catholic Mass: March 28 — Holy Thursday (Mass of the Lord’s Supper) — 7 p.m. March 29 — Good Friday (Celebration of the Lord’s Passion) — 12 p.m. March 31 — Easter Sunday (Mass of the Resurrection) — 10 a.m. Protestant Services: March 31 — Easter Sunrise (Vista Point) — 6:30 a.m. March 31 — Easter Worship — 10:30 a.m.

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