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More than 20 years of serving the Hampton Roads Navy family

Vol. 22, No. 14 Norfolk, VA | | 04.10-04.16.14

Family, friends come together to honor a fallen hero

He made a split-second decision to act and benefit more than just himself. This type of courage cannot be taught, it is something that resides deep within and is displayed without conscious thought.” - NAVSTA Norfolk CO Capt. Robert Clark

By MC1 Molly A. Burgess The Flagship Military Editor


MC3 Andrew Schneider A program sits on a table during a memorial service for Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Mark Aaron Mayo, held at Naval Station Norfolk.


Guided-missile destroyer USS Stout (DDG 55) returned to Naval Station Norfolk, April 4, after an eight-month deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. The ship departed Aug. 18, 2013 for the Mediterranean and has since covered more than 36,000 nautical miles in support of the nation’s ballistic missile defense strategy. “We provided a ready, flexible force where it mattered, when it mattered,” said Cmdr. Robert Alpigini, Stout’s commanding officer. Arriving in theater as the Syria

online See more homecoming photos online at crisis was unfolding, Stout participated in interoperability exercises with more than 10 partner nations and allies, including Germany, Great Britain, France, Israel, Italy and Turkey. Stout capped her time in theater by participating in the maritime operation that re-took the vessel “Morning Glory” that had been seized by three armed pirates. “A great deal was asked of this crew and at every point they shattered all expectations,” said Alpigini. “Both my crew and our nation are stron-

MCSA Magen F. Weatherwax Lt. Carl Odom, supply officer aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stout (DDG 55), holds his son after returning from an eightmonth deployment.

ger for what we have done over the last eight months.” In addition to the missions Stout conducted, her crew of nearly 280 Sailors found time to make tremendous personal strides. Thirty-eight Sailors were promoted and more than 120 earned their Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist designations.

Stout is designed to conduct sustained combat operations in anti-air, anti-submarine, anti-surface, strike warfare and BMD environments. Stout is named after Rear Adm. Harold Stout, a decorated World War II destroyer captain, and Adm. Arleigh Burke’s most trusted subordinate throughout the war in the Pacific.



Courtesy photo Judges sample entrées during the 2014 MidAtlantic Galley Program Culinary Competition April 1.

special insert The Careers and Continuing Education special section provides information for transitioning troops who wish to continue their education or enter the workforce.

What do you get when you take seven determined, energetic teams, some “mystery” items, and a two-hour time frame? You get the 2014 MidAtlantic Galley Program Culinary Competition. This year, the Naval Station (NAVSTA) Norfolk Ship’s Cabin had the honor of hosting the culinary

HAPPY 121 BIRTHDAY CPOS! Chief petty officers in the Hampton Roads, participated in a week long traditional celebration in honor of the 121 birthday of the chief petty officer.

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competition on April 1, where the NAVSTA Norfolk galley team walked away placing first in the competition. The competition brought together seven culinary specialist teams assigned to local galleys to show-off their culinary skills and talents to a panel of judges, in hopes that their team will bring home the honor of saying they are number one.

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■ top three Naval Station Norfolk won first in the competition, while North West Annex came in second and Naval Air Station Oceana came in third.

As hundreds of service members, family and friends filed into the Naval Station (NAVSTA) Norfolk auditorium April 7, quiet whispers of calming stories could be heard throughout the room about 24 year-old Masterat-Arms 2nd Class Mark A. Mayo, as the audience waited for the memorial service to begin. Mayo, labeled a hero for his actions on March 24 when he was on duty as chief of the guard on Pier 1 of NAVSTA Norfolk, put himself between a gunman and USS Mahan’s (DDG 72) duty petty officer of the watch, giving his own life to ensure the safety of the Sailors on board the ship. “Webster defines a hero as an illustrious warrior – a man admired for his achievements and noble qualities and one who shows great courage. Petty Officer Mayo epitomizes this definition,” said NAVSTA Norfolk’s Commanding Officer Capt. Robert Clark during his opening remarks. “He made a split-second decision to act and benefit more than just himself. This type of courage cannot be taught, it is something that resides deep within and is displayed without conscious thought. It is the decision to render aid when many would watch from the sidelines.” As fellow shipmates and guests took turns at the podium, words were spoken to describe Mayo’s character as they knew him to be. “I think we can all say that when we were young, we thought heroes wore a mask, a cape and had super powers. Petty Officer Mayo wore no mask, yet he had character,” said Lt. Errol Johnson, security officer at NAVSTA Norfolk. “He didn’t have a cape, yet in the face of danger and adversity he displayed courage, and with no super powers, also displayed a wealth of self-sacrifice. Master-atarms 2nd Class Mark Mayo is a true definition of a real hero.”

» see MEMORIAL | A7 ■ final resting place Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Mark A. Mayo will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Va., later this month.

APRIL IS SAAM Naval District Washington (NDW) kicked off the month with a proclamation signing at NavyYard’s Admiral Leutze Park declaring April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

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NAVY EXCHANGE AT CHEATHAM ANNEX REOPENS AFTER RENOVATIONS The Navy Exchange (NEX) at Naval Weapons Station (WPNSTA) Yorktown-Cheatham Annex (CAX) held a grand reopening of its mini-mart NEX store on 4 April. After more than two years and a cost of $405,000, the NEX at CAX now offers wider aisles, a new food bar and dining area and a wider range of products. See the full story at MCC Ahron Arendes The Blue crew of the Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Alabama (SSBN 731) returns home to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor following a strategic deterrent patrol.



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The Navy has opened a voluntary online survey to all female enlisted Sailors to understand the level of interest among women to serve aboard submarines. A Navy task force was formed last summer to develop options for integrating enlisted women into the submarine force. The survey results will be used to help guide ongoing planning efforts. “We seek input from professional women Sailors throughout our Navy, even if they aren’t interested in serving aboard submarines,” said Rear Adm. Ken Perry, a career submariner who leads the task force. “Responses to the survey questions will help shape future Navy policy and are key to getting the integration right.” Perry emphasized that all survey responses will remain anonymous. “I value honest input. Give it to us straight. All responses will remain anonymous, period,” he said. Female Sailors can access the online survey by logging on the Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System commonly known as NSIPS. Once logged on, personnel can follow these steps: ■ Locate the “Employee Self Service” link in the column on the left side of the page titled “Menu.” ■ Expand “Employee Self Service” link options. ■ Then expand the options under the “Electronic Service Record” link. ■ Click the “Tasks” link. ■ Then click the “Survey Requests” link.

Responses to the survey questions will help shape future Navy policy and are key to getting the integration right.” -Rear Adm. Ken Perry

The survey will be visible under the “Pending Surveys” window if these steps are followed. The survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. It is scheduled to remain open through the spring. The submarine force is developing plans to integrate enlisted women following the Secretary of Defense’s rescission of the 1994 Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment rule last year. All positions currently closed to women are to be opened by January 2016 unless granted an exception by the Defense Secretary. Today’s submarine force includes 72 nuclearpowered submarines located among seven homeports in the Atlantic and Pacific regions. The submarine force began integrating female officers into ballistic-missile and guided-missile submarine crews in 2011. Many have since earned submarine qualifications and completed a number of strategic deterrent patrols and missions in multiple theaters of operation.

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Ike Sailors dedicate themselves to combat sexual assault By MC3 Sarah Horne USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Public Affairs


Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) “Ike” commemorated the kick-off of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), April 3. The event was scheduled to give Ike Sailors the opportunity to recognize the gravity of the issue and to demonstrate their collective commitment to the ongoing prevention of sexual assault. “We recognize Sexual Assault Awareness Month because sexual assault is so prevalent right now,” said Lt. Aileen Pletta, Ike’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) officer and liaison. “Even outside of the Navy, from high schools and into colleges and workplaces, sexual assault is out there. In the Navy, it’s in the forefront of our minds to stop it wherever it appears.” In addition to the ceremony, Ike’s SAPR team arranged other measures to raise awareness among the ship’s crew, including posting a signature table on the pier next to the ship every Thurs-

day so Sailors can continue to pledge themselves to stand up against sexual assault. Capt. Stephen T. Koehler, Ike’s commanding officer, was the first Ike Sailor to dedicate himself to the prevention of sexual assault by signing the pledge during the ceremony. “Captain Koehler has been nothing but supportive,” Pletta said. “He’s very dedicated to fighting this and to being prepared to respond to instances of sexual assault.” Ike’s SAPR team also arranged a way for Sailors to give feedback and improve the program each year by having open group discussions entitled “Real Talk.” Chief Logistics Specialist Hnede Appleton, Ike’s command SAPR representative, said the program relies on feedback from Sailors to work. “If we’re getting feedback, it works,” Appleton said. “That’s why we’re having discussions, why we’re doing ‘Real Talk.’ If we have Sailors come forth with concerns or suggestions for changesthings that they feel aren’t working – we need to be ready to support them.”

MC3 Justin Wesley Capt. Stephen T. Koehler, commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), delivers closing remarks during a Sexual Assault Awareness Month commemoration aboard a barge adjacent to the ship.

MC2 Rusty Pang Sailors assigned to Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) join in on the fun with music therapist–board certified Katey Kratz during a therapy session April 3 at the St. John’s Children’s Hospital in Springfield, Ill.



Sailors assigned to the Nimitzclass aircraft USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) are touring the hometown of the ship’s namesake, Springfield, Ill., April 1-5. Chief Cryptologic Technician (Collection) Jeremy Crandall, Ship’s Serviceman 1st Class Marquita Canada, Information Systems Technician 1st Class Dwayne Lewis, and Engineman 3rd Class Katie Standish landed in Springfield this week to visit the president’s historical sites, share their experiences serving in the Navy, participate in community relations projects, and to learn more about the 16th president. The Navy Office of Community Outreach, a field activity of the Navy Office of Information, sponsored the visit as a way for Lincoln to connect more with the community that shares their namesakes’ legacy. “I love history and Lincoln. In fact,

that is why I came to this command,” said Crandall. “I am excited for this trip because, even though I know so much about the president and I grew up in Illinois, I’ve never made it down to Springfield.” As Crandall visits historical sites, like the Old State Capitol, he plans to broaden his knowledge of our nation’s history, but learning about history is not the only activity these Sailors are participating in. Within a few hours of arrival, Crandall visited the Springfield Council of The Navy League with Standish to share their experiences with its members. The Navy League, founded in 1902 by then-President Theodore Roosevelt, acts as a liaison and advocate for the United States sea services. According to the Navy League website, the organization “has three missions: to enhance the morale of active duty personnel and their families; to inform Congress and the American public on the importance of strong sea ser-

vices; and to support youth through programs such as the Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Junior ROTC and Young Marines that expose young people to the values of our sea services.” With Springfield so far from any naval bases or commands, visits like this help Lincoln educate and connect with the community they serve through the lives of locally born Sailors. Lincoln is currently undergoing a refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries. Lincoln is the fifth ship of the Nimitz class to undergo an RCOH, a major life-cycle milestone. Once RCOH is complete, Lincoln will be one of the most modern and technologically advanced Nimitz-class aircraft carriers in the fleet and will continue to be a vital part of the nation’s defense. For more news from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), visit mil/local/cvn72/.








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A4 | THE FLAGSHIP | APR 10, 2014 | FLAGSHIPNEWS.COM Lt. Jeff Mayer, from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 11 at NAS Oceana, shows Isaiah Hampton (left), Ada Marquez (center) and Sarah Ruggerio, students from Ignite Academy, his ight gear during a tour of the squadron, March 31.

Potential chaplains tour local bases Students from Ignite Academy, a school of Biblical higher education in Christianburg, Va., visited Hampton Roads for a two-day tour on board Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana and Naval Station Norfolk, to showcase ministries and give them an idea of what life is like as a Navy chaplain, March 31 - April 1. During their ďŹ rst day, at NAS Oceana, they were provided a guided tour from Command Chaplain Lt. Cmdr. Paul Greer and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 Chaplain Lt. John Gibson of the Chapel of the Good Shepherd, Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 11, Air Operations and given the experience of piloting a simulated aircraft at (NAS) Oceana. “It is an opportunity for us to showcase what the Navy does in the naval aviation community as a whole, and the important role that we play in our national defense,â€? said Greer. “What we do is allow them to do job shadowing,â€? which can help in ways other than recruiting potential chaplains, said Greer. “They can be more effective in the ministry to the military. We have a limited number of Navy chaplains and so quite often we have to rely on lay leaders within the Navy and also our community partners who want to be more effective in ministering the military members. This is a way we can kind of connect those communities together between civilian and the military ministry communities to be more effective and caring for our service members.â€? Because the students are early in developing their idea of vocations, Greer said the

tour provided a potential recruiting tool. He explained that one of the students is interested in aviation and could potentially become a naval aviator. “In addition to that, he may eventually become interested in looking into vocation in becoming a Navy chaplain,� said Greer. Isaiah Hampton, from Norristown, Penn., was among the four students who was on the tour. Just a few years ago, Hampton never would have believed he would be considering ministry as a career choice. “Ignite Academy was kind of a surprise thing for me. At the time, I was homeless. I’m 19 and I’ve been homeless half of my life. The life that I had had nothing to do with ministry,� explained Hampton. “I was abandoned by my father at birth and didn’t really have an active mother. I kind of had to raise myself and live life. I took opportunities when they came.� “I went to Bible summer camp and the president of the college just happened to be at the camp. He talked to me and he said ‘If you come, we’ll help you with tuition’and I said OK. So, I contemplated about it and prayed about it and then low and behold, here I am,� said Hampton. Greer said that there are more job shadowing opportunities such as the Navy’s chaplain candidate program. As part of that program, they receive on-the-job training with seminary-level divinity students who are commissioned. The Chaplain Corps also allows people who are interested in the chaplain candidate program to job shadow. According to Greer, there are several different sites across

the U.S., where based on the geographic location, chaplain candidates can do job shadowing. “Last summer we had a chaplain candidate from Duke Divinity School who was here. He spent about a week with us and did some job shadowing, saw our ministry, and saw what we did. [He] invited us to come back to his commissioning and now he’s an active duty chaplain in the Navy,â€? said Greer. In order to become an active duty Navy or Reserve chaplain, a person must have 72 hours of college coursework in theology, philosophy or other related ďŹ elds, explained Greer. In addition, a person has to have at least two years of ministry experience. During the second day, the students had the opportunity to tour NAVSTA Norfolk, guided by Lt. Autumn Butler-Saeger, a Navy chaplain. During the tour, Butler-Saeger led the students onto some of the piers, familiarizing them with life as a Sailor, the roles and missions of the different types of ships, and the beneďŹ ts of Navy chaplaincy “I’ve always been drawn toward the military,â€? said Sarah Ruggerio, a resident life ministry coordinator at the Academy. “I’d looked at it previously right out of college, but then I decided to get a master’s. I put it on pause in my mind and it hasn’t come up since. This [visit] has struck some thought again that maybe it is something I’d want to pursue.â€? Editors note: MCSN Kyla King, NAS Oceana Public Affairs and MCSN Adam Austin, Navy Public Affairs Support Element East, contributed to this article.

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Mike Wright, a Naval Facilities Engineering Command Mid-Atlantic natural resources specialist at Naval Air Station Oceana, has been recognized for her work with a ďŹ rst place ďŹ nish in the Natural Resources Conservation (Individual or Team) category of the Fiscal Year 2013 Secretary of the Navy Environmental Awards. Wright, who has worked at Oceana for the last seven years, says she is proud and excited to have been recognized for this award. “I look at it as an honor that the public and the Navy have entrusted me to be a steward of military properties, ensuring sustainability of both natural resources and military missions on those lands,â€? she said. “To have been recognized, ďŹ rst in the Chief of Naval Operations level awards and now the SECNAV award, it’s an amazing feeling.â€? She added that she is passionate about her job and enjoys the diversity of the work itself. Balancing mission requirement with working with protected lands and animal species, managing hunting and ďŹ shing programs and helping to save

both human and wildlife lives are some of the responsibilities that she says keeps her on her toes every day. “Her strong personal dedication to the sustainment, preservation, and stewardship of our natural resources is always inspiring. She works hard and always maintains a pleasant demeanor. We are very fortunate to have her in our organization.,â€? said Terry Chamberlain, Public Works Department Oceana Environmental program director. Wright adds that while she ďŹ nds the job rewarding, some of her “customersâ€? do not always show their appreciation. “Sometimes our work ďŹ ghts or bites back,â€? she joked. “An angry raccoon or bird of prey doesn’t always appreciate being rescued from the predicament his found.â€? Her responsibilities extend beyond NAS Oceana, she also directly oversees the management and implementation of 3 Integrated Natural Resources Management Plans (INRMPs) covering 4 primary naval properties under two separate Commands including Oceana, Dam Neck Annex, Naval Auxiliary Landing Field Fentress and Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads Northwest Annex.


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Happy Birthday CPOs! A week-long celebration in honor of the U.S. Navy grade of chief petty officer

AO3 Rosana Cruz Martinez Chief petty officers participate in the 121st CPO Birthday Anchor Run 5K in celebration of the 121st birthday of the chief petty officer rank.

You are the forbearers, you are the flag bearers, you are the backbone of our Navy, and I say that not flippantly, but I actually believe that with all of my heart – that without the chiefs we’ve got some big problems.” -MCPON William Plackett

Left: Senior Chief Aviation Electrician’s Mate Carlos Reyes, Senior Chief Aviation Machinist’s Mate Darnelle Lewis and Senior Chief Aviation Ordnanceman Tanya Tilmon serve lunch to Sailors at the Naval Station Norfolk galley. Below: Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Larry Pugh and Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Miguel Mudahy, both assigned to the USS Lincoln, call Bingo for residents at the Hampton Roads Veteran’s Hospital.

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The U.S. Navy grade of chief petty officer was established April 1, 1893 to distinguish the senior enlisted leaders. The grade of senior chief petty officer and master chief petty officer followed in 1958. Since the beginning, chief petty officers have been given the responsibility of leading Sailors, ready to carry out the Navy’s mission when called upon. MCC Aaron Strickland

MC1(SW/AW) Molly A. Burgess Chief Gunner’s Mate Kim Bastarache (left) and Religious Programs Specialist 1st Class Anna Douglas, from Navy Region Mid-Atlantic, bag debris during a community relations project at the EDMARC Hospice for Children in Portsmouth.

This week is all about paying it forward. I remember my first chief and all he did for me.” -Lincoln Command Master Chief (SW/AW/SS) Gregg Weber.

MC3 Wesley T. Buckett Senior Chief Culinary Specialist Wilbert Strickland, assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), participates in a run commemorating the 121st anniversary of the Navy’s chief petty officers.

FLAGSHIPNEWS.COM | APR 10, 2014 | THE FLAGSHIP | A7 Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuel) 2nd Class Corinna Bishop sings the national anthem during the presentation of colors at Masterat-Arms 2nd Class Mark Aaron Mayo’s memorial service held on Naval Station Norfolk.


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Ceremony provided words of scriptures, prayers, kind words to family Continued from front Mayo, born in Washington, D.C., but moved to Hagerstown, Md., when still in grade school, joined the Navy in October 2007, completing a tour at Naval Security Forces Bahrain followed by a tour at Naval Station Rota, Spain, before checking on board to Naval Station Norfolk in May 2011. Master-at-Arms Virgil Savage, a friend of Mayo’s and coworker at NAVSTA Norfolk, remembered Mayo for his outspoken demeanor and courageous posture who he said was always willing to help those in need. “Mayo was a little guy but he carried himself with an attitude of a giant. He wouldn’t back down from anybody and he wouldn’t just let you roll over him for any reason,” said Savage. “He stood up for people all the time, so when I heard that he saved another person’s life, it did not surprise me at all. That’s something he would do without thinking, and

I am proud to say I knew him.” During the course of the ceremony, words of scriptures, prayers and kind words to the family were expressed, reminding those in attendance that Mayo and his selfless act would not be forgotten. “To my shipmate and my friend, MA2 Mayo, rest on my brother,” said Department of the Navy Officer Levon Snyder. “We have the watch here on Earth, but one day, we will relieve you from your watch in Heaven.” As the ceremony came to a close, Master-at-Arms 1st Class Orlando Morin stood at the podium and began a roll call of names, where masterat-arms in attendance stood and replied back “Present MA1” as their names were called, signifying that they were ready to stand watch. “Call of the roll. MASN Miller. MASN Harrell. MA3 Stewart,” Morin called out. As he neared the end of the list, one name did not have a respondent. “MA2 Mayo… MA2

Naval Station Norfolk and local police color guard parade the colors during Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Mark Aaron Mayo’s memorial service held at Naval Station Norfolk.

Mark Mayo… Mark Aaron Mayo.” The call remained unanswered. “Thank you for providing the United States Navy with a young man of such impeccable character. A man who served his country with honor courage and commitment. Mrs. Blair, Mr. Mayo, your son will forever remain in the hearts and minds of everyone at Naval

Station Norfolk,” said Clark, comforting the family in attendance. “He will be remembered across this great country and throughout the Navy as a hero who made the unquestionable brave decision to protect the lives of others, even at his own peril.” Mayo will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Va., later this month.

Each team consisting of only two culinary specialists. Competing galleys where Naval Air Station Oceana Dam Neck Annex, NAVSTA Norfolk, Naval Security Group North West Annex, Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, Naval Air Station Oceana, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek, and Joint Expeditionary Base Fort Story. Each team was required to make a total of six three-course meals that would be judged on taste and presentation – one display for their table and five judge’s plates. They were given 30 minutes to design and provide to the judges a menu that consisted of a salad, main dish with a starch, and another entrée that included all the secret ingredients and two hours to have their dishes cooked, plated up and ready to go. Prior to the start of the competition, Bill Dorris, Regional Galley program manager and Senior Chief Culinary Specialist Michael Sims, Regional Galley Program LCPO, announced the secret ingredients that the teams were required to use in their dishes – Coco Powder, Bok Choy, Mangos, and Sour Cream – alongside any other ingredients they chose to use. Judges for the event were: Chef Wilcil Okley Hector, Executive Chef Sheraton Carrolton Washington, D.C.; Master Chef of France Chef Gerard Betholon, Chief Executive Officer of the Culinary Research Education Academy; Chief Culinary Specialist (SW) Chad Shiflett, Commander, Submarine Forces; Master Chef of France Chef JeanLouis Gerin, Executive Chef & Chief Operating Officer of the New England Culinary Institute; and Chef David Ivey-Soto (MBA, CEC®, CCA®) Ambassador of the Culinary Institute of America During the competition, judges walked from table to table, asking questions and grading each team on three additional categories – food safety and sanitation, team work, and skills. After all seven teams had presented their dishes and the judges calculated and discussed the scores, the top three winning teams were announced with North West Annex coming in second place and Naval Air Station Oceana coming in third place. Naval Station Norfolk will compete in the CNIC Culinary competition which will be held in July at Naval Station Great Lakes in Chicago, IL. Special guest for the competition, Capt. Robert Clark, commanding officer, NAVSTA Norfolk, spoke on the importance of Navy culinary specialists, saying “without the talents, skills and dedication from the culinary specialist, the Navy’s mission could not be met.”




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■ SAAM Teal ribbons line the trees of Admiral Leutze Park at the Washington Navy Yard commemorating April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM).

NDW declares April Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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By Shawn Miller Naval District Washington Public Affairs


Naval District Washington (NDW) kicked-off the month with a proclamation signing at Washington Navy Yard’s Admiral Leutze Park declaring April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) as part of ongoing sexual assault prevention and response efforts in the region. Across the Navy and Department of Defense, this year’s SAAM theme is “Live Our Values: Step Up to Stop Sexual Assault,” with the goal of empowering commands and individuals to take responsibility for the problem by focusing on Navy values on a daily basis. “Sexual Assault Awareness Month is really about broadening our scope and our focus in terms of having it be more about dialogues and discussions, and more collaboration,” said NSA Washington Sexual Assault Response coordinator Liz Blanc. “So April is really about getting grassroots, getting everyone involved, and getting people engaged on this issue. Sexual assault is not just an issue that we’re going to go to our oncea-year mandatory training and not think about it again.”

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Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert delivers remarks during a plaque unveiling at Nationals Park in remembrance of the victims of the 2013 Washington Navy Yard shooting.

Nationals honor Washington Navy Yard before home opener By Shawn Miller Naval District Washington Public Affairs


The Washington Nationals baseball team joined representatives from the Navy, first responders, and victims’ family members to unveil a plaque honoring the lives lost and emergency personnel who responded to the shootings. The plaque reads, “In remembrance of the lives lost and the lives forever changed by the events of Sept. 16, 2013. For our neighbors at the Navy Yard, we stand beside you.” Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert, said the plaque and the support of the Nationals team carries the remembrance of the fallen outside WNY and into the public. “For their service, we honor them,” Greenert said to those in

None of us will ever forget the faces as they came through our doors to wait for news from loved ones inside the Navy Yard.” -Nationals’ owner Mark Lerner

attendance at the unveiling. “Because of the Washington Nationals and all of you here today, we will never forget that.” Also offering remarks were Nationals’ owner Mark Lerner and Washington, D.C. Mayor

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Vincent Gray. “We thank our neighbors at the Navy Yard, and all of you, for allowing us the privilege of honoring your family members and your friends,” Lerner said. “Our goal is not to perpetuate the grief, but to offer a remembrance of their lives, as well as a hopeful marker for the future.” Navy personnel also showed their gratitude toward the Nationals organization, who opened the stadium just down the street from WNY to family members of Navy personnel and contractors looking for their loved ones. “It was horrifying and frustrating, and we wanted to help,”

Lerner said of the day last fall. “None of us will ever forget the faces as they came through our doors to wait for news from loved ones inside the Navy Yard.” The Nationals also donated food and worked to distribute it to personnel fleeing from the attack, as well as family members waiting for them. Before the following day’s double-header, the team observed a moment of silence for the victims, and Adm. James Winnefeld, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited the clubhouse to personally thank the team for their ongoing support.

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U.S. Navy photo Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) Chuck Hagel receives a briefing from the Army director of operations on a shooting incident at Fort Hood, Texas, via phone while touring the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23).

A Soldier killed three fellow Soldiers and wounded 16 more before killing himself at Fort Hood, Texas, officials said April 2. There is no evidence that the incident is related to terrorism, said Army Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley, the commander of 3rd Corps and Fort Hood. “We are not ruling anything out, and the investigation continues,” the general said during a news conference. “Our focus now is to focus on the families of the injured, and focus on the families of the killed [to] ensure they have the best care and counseling available.” The Soldier used a recently purchased .45-caliber pistol and first fired on personnel in the 1st Medical Brigade at about 4 p.m. before moving on to the 49th Transportation Battalion. A military policewoman confronted

him in a parking lot, where he drew his pistol and killed himself. Milley called the military police’s (MP) actions heroic. The Soldier – whose name is withheld until his next of kin are notified – had some behavioral health and mental health issues and was being evaluated for post-traumatic stress, Milley said. “When we have these kinds of tragedies on our bases, something is not working,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said during a news conference in Hawaii, where he has been attending a conference of Pacific-nation defense ministers and visiting U.S. forces. In a statement issued by the Pentagon, Hagel stressed that nothing is more important to the department than the safety and well-being of service members and their families. “I am grateful to all the first responders who rushed to the scene,” he said. “We will closely monitor the situation at Fort Hood and stay informed by what investigators and law enforcement

personnel learn about the shooting.” President Barack Obama also is following the situation closely. In an appearance in Chicago, the president said DOD, federal and state officials will work together to find out what happened and why. Obama said the shooting reopens the pain of the shootings at Fort Hood five years ago. “We know these families,” he said. “We know their incredible service to our country and the sacrifices that they make. Obviously, our thoughts and prayers are with the entire community.” The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said the thoughts and prayers of the greater military community are with those at Fort Hood. “Many questions remain, and our focus is on supporting the victims and their families,” Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said in a statement released at the Pentagon. “This is a community that has faced and overcome crises with resilience and strength.”

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MCSA Magen F. Weatherwax Lt. Jeffrey Applebaugh, operations officer aboard USS Stout (DDG 55), greets his daughter Melissa after returning from an eight-month deployment. See more from the homecoming on A1.

ARE YOU A MILITARY KID? How to recognize if you grew up as a military child By Chris Dickson Military Spouse Contributor

1. Some of your back-to-school outfits are made out of bubble wrap. 2. You consider Skype as seeing your friend ‘in person.’ 3. You have a framed photo of the inventor of Skype hanging in your house. 4. You think the sound of a packing tape dispenser is an old children’s song you grew up with. 5. You could give a webinar on the art of suitcase packing. 6. You consider cardboard box-brown the new black. 7. You can position your body to sleep comfortably in a car, on a plane, waiting for a plane, or on the floor. 8. You’ve spent more time in an air terminal than Tom Hanks in the movie “The Terminal.” 9. You’ve been in more photos in more destinations than the traveling gnome. 10. Every three years your dad says you’ll have a nicer room. 11. Every three years your mom says you’ll make new friends. 12. You’ve walked into too many school lunchrooms as the new kid wondering where to sit. 13. Your list of good friends looks like a regional tournament bracket. 14. Every other birthday is in a different time zone. 15. You know the ins and out of flying better than George Clooney in the movie “Up in the Air.”

DOD salutes children during Month of the Military Child By Terri Moon Cronk American Forces Press Service


The Defense Department believes military children serve their country alongside their service member parents, DOD’s director of the office of family policy/children and youth said. When military children serve, they do so by making sacrifices when parents are deployed, through frequent moves, starting new schools and making new friends on a continuing basis, Barbara Thompson said in a recent interview with The Pentagon Channel for the Month of the Military Child that’s being celebrated in April. “We feel it’s important for the nation to know that military children also serve their country,” Thompson said. To honor military children for their sacrifices and service, DOD and the services have planned activities this month that range from installation-based fairs, parades, and literacy and art events, she said. Military Kids Day, April 15, marks the third annual “Purple Up!” day when adults wear purple to show support of children from all the services, Thompson said. DOD has numerous year-round programs and awareness efforts to honor military children, and Thompson elaborated on some of those initiatives. To help children build their resilience, DOD has coordinated programs with Sesame Street to help with ongoing change in military children’s lives, Thompson noted. “Sesame [Street] has been an outstanding contributor to the well-being of military children,” she said, naming a series of DVDs that cover such topics for military children as divorce, grief, separation and deployment, resilience skills, and visible or invisible injuries. Sesame Street also recently launched two new smartphone applications. “One [app] covers relocation, and another is to help children learn self-regulation skills

COLLEGE TALK TIPS How to talk to others about your child’s college plans

By Lisa Smith Molinari Military Spouse Contributor

It’s college decision time, but before parents of high school seniors engage each other in conversation, take heed! You are about to step into a veritable quagmire of double entendre regarding on the seemingly innocuous topic of your child’s college pick. One might think that discussing college decisions is as simple as: Parent #1: “What college will your son/ daughter attend in the fall?” Parent #2: “He/She will attend XYZ University.” Parent #1: “Oh, that’s swell.” But, BEWARE. Hidden beneath this rudimentary exchange is a underground strata of complex connotations and confidential context. How do I, a parent of a high school senior, know this already? During our last few tours of duty, my family has had many “empty nesters” as neighbors in military base housing. I have found that there is much to be learned by observing this unique breed of parent. No, they don’t collect twigs, preen their feathers, or engage in elaborate mating rituals....well, not that I know of, anyway. But, empty nesters have “been there, done that” when it comes to parenting. Interacting with these seasoned veterans around backyard fire pits and at the dog park has

so they become more resilient,” Thompson said. “And everything is free.” Thompson emphasized that April also is Child Abuse Prevention Month and said awareness in this arena is important to DOD. “Child Abuse Prevention Month is particularly important because it’s a social responsibility for all of us to make sure children are safe and their well-being is protected,” she said. “Everybody has a responsibility.” Giving parents the tools to make them strong supporters of their children and to keep them safe from predators and from violence within the family is crucial, she added. “Parenting is tough, regardless of the situation and the age of the child. They each bring their nuances to the table, whether it’s children at [age] 2 who say ‘no,’ or a teenager who’s sometimes a little defiant,” she said. DOD offers parenting skill resources, Thompson noted, such as the newly launched Parenting Course. The course, she explained, examines parenting from the context of the military lifestyle, which revolves around deployments and parental separations from their children at different stages of their development. And an installation-based initiative, the new Parent Support Program, involves home visitation for new parents of children up to age 3, “to help parents reach their full potential working with and being responsible for their children,” Thompson said. The Marine Corps’ program supports parents with children up to age 5, she added. “The New Parent Support Program is a part of the Family Advocacy Program, which has a prevention piece that offers courses and opportunities for support groups. We want to make sure we address the stressors in families’ lives before they escalate,” Thompson said. “Sometimes [certain] things really push our buttons,” she added. “So we need to have the tools, to know how to cope with those kinds of stressors and how we react to them.”

taught me that some things in life are not as simple as they seem. In order to help other parents, like myself, who will soon be expected to tell friends, relatives and colleagues about their children’s college picks, I will pass on the college talk tips I have gleaned from more experienced parents. Most importantly, when people ask, “What college did Little Suzie decide to go to?” they really want to know, “Did she get any rejection letters?” And when you answer, “Little Suzie is going to State,” they are tabulating all prior conversations in an attempt to figure out which schools gave your kid the Heisman. In order to diffuse their natural curiosity, it’s best to be frank. Tell them which schools, if any, declined to accept your child’s application for enrollment. However, do not be tempted to add, “We’re actually happy that Little Johnny didn’t get into Ivy U, it just wasn’t the right fit for him.” The listener will only hear, “Little Johnny’s ‘Ds’ in Chemistry came back to bite him, and besides, those ivy leaguers are so stuck up.” Also, although it is considered gauche for friends to discuss money matters in the civilian world, talking about personal finances is quite common in the military community. Thanks to clearly defined rank structures, we military folks each other’s pay grade. Regardless, be careful when discussing college expenses with friends and neighbors. As soon as they find out that your child’s college costs upwards of fifty grand a year or more, they will wonder how on earth you’re gonna pay for it. You may wish to remain silent, and let them speculate that your child was

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offered a scholarship for some hidden talent like didgeridoo playing or curling. In a vacuum of information, your friends might think that you’ve got some long lost rich great uncle who graced you with a gazillion dollar trust fund, but this might be hard to believe if you drive a used minivan and buy buns from the day old rack at the commissary. Or, they might guess that your family’s heritage includes a recruitable ethnicity, like the long lost peoples of the Siberian Pot Belly Tribe. But most likely, unless you tell your friends and family that you are paying for college with the GI Bill, loans, your Thrift Savings Plans, or your 529 plans; they’re going to think that you’re planning to sell your earthly possessions, take the night shift at the local 7-11, and move the family into a cardboard box over a heating grate in order to pay for college. Most parents have faced or will face the daunting college application process, and as long as you deliver the news of your child’s decision without pretense, you will be met with understanding. Honesty is clearly the best policy to stop wondering minds from wandering to the absurd. My child? He was rejected from two [stuck up] schools and accepted by six [fine academic institutions]. He has decided to go to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. We are using the GI Bill. And yes, it’s really swell. Lisa Smith Molinari’s humor column, “The Meat and Potatoes of Life,” appears weekly in newspapers and on “Stripes Military Moms,” a website associated with Stars and Stripes newspaper. She also writes a monthly column for Military Spouse magazine.

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FLAGSHIPNEWS.COM | APR 10, 2014 | THE FLAGSHIP | B3 U.S. Marine Sgt. Jessica Wright uses a handheld tablet to request resupply during an Office of Naval Research (ONR) helicopter flight demonstration with unmanned flight capability at Marine Corps Base Quantico/

Software tool to improve naval aviation safety reaches key developmental milestone By Paula A. Paige Naval Air Systems Command Public Affairs


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ROBOCOPTER: NEW TECH FOR MARINE CORPS By David Smalley Office of Naval Research


Autonomy options for the Marines have taken a major step forward, as officials at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) announced today two successful helicopter flight demonstrations with unmanned flight capability at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., part of the Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System (AACUS) program. AACUS will enable the Marine Corps to rapidly resupply forces on the front lines using cutting-edge technology sponsored by ONR. The system consists of a sensor and software package that will be integrated into rotary wing aircraft to detect and avoid obstacles in unfavorable weather conditions, or to enable autonomous, unmanned flight. The capability will be a welcome alternative to dangerous convoys, manned aircraft or air drops in all weather conditions. “This is a giant leap in autonomous capabilities for our Marines,” said Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder. “Imagine a Marine unit needing more ammunition and water where a helicopter crew would be in peril trying

to fly in, either from weather or enemy fire. “With AACUS, an unmanned helicopter takes the supplies from the base, picks out the optimal route and best landing site closest to the warfighters, lands, and returns to base once the resupply is complete-all with the single touch of a handheld tablet.” The need for this capability surfaced during Marine Corps operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, experts say. Cargo helicopters and resupply convoys of trucks bringing fuel, food, water, ammunition and medical supplies to the front lines frequently found themselves under fire from adversaries, or the target of roadside bombs and other improvised explosive devices. The AACUS technology is designed to be simple to use; an operator with minimal training can call up the supplies needed and order the flights using only a handheld tablet. In the demonstration tests at Quantico, a Marine with no prior experience with the technology was given a handheld device and 15 minutes of training. The Marine was able to quickly and easily program in the supplies needed and the destination, and the helicopters arrived quicklyeven autonomously selecting an alternative landing site based on last-second no-fly-zone informa-

tion added in from the Marine. “This technology truly opens up new unmanned operations capabilities,” said Max Snell, the AACUS program manager. “In the most immediate sense, AACUS will enable safer resupply for the warfighter and save pilots’ lives. Down the road, as the technology develops, it could be used for casualty evacuation, bringing supplies to first responders in disaster areas, and more.” The technology enables the manned or unmanned rotary wing aircraft to detect and avoid obstacles like telephone wires, large objects on the ground and even a vehicle or other object that has appeared since the initial landing site was chosen by AACUS. Officials say the five-year effort represents a leap-ahead technology for the Marine Corps and Navy, moving autonomous flights far beyond the current standard which requires a specialized operator to select a landing site and manually control an unmanned aircraft via remote. “Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has discussed using drones to deliver a customer’s book order in 30 minutes,” said Klunder. “We’re talking the same concept here – the difference is, we’re bringing our customer, the Marine, 5,000 pounds of ammo and water instead.”

A software tool that will help the Navy and Marine Corps reduce its aviation mishap rate and enhance aircrew training reached a key developmental milestone March 25, laying the groundwork for limited production and installation on fleet computers. Navy officials hailed Milestone C achievement of the Military Flight Operations Quality Assurance, or MFOQA (pronounced em-FO-kwa), software and said plans are underway to deploy the application to about three F/A-18 squadrons per month, with phase 2 of the program providing capability to Navy and Marine Corps helicopter squadrons beginning in 2016. “MFOQA will provide detailed data in a format that is user-friendly for post-flight analysis for naval aviators, maintenance personnel and squadron leadership,” said Capt. Tracy Barkhimer who leads the Air Combat Electronics Program Office (PMA-209), which is managing the software development. “It will alert fleet leadership to aircrew behaviors that, in the aggregate, could lead to unsafe situations of which they may not be aware.” Initial Operational Capability is planned for late April at Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106, an F/A-18 Hornet and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fleet replacement squadron at Naval Air Station Oceana. MFOQA can identify unsafe trends in aircrew technique and enable fleet leadership to initiate remedial training to correct the problem before it results in a mishap, Navy officials said. For example, an instructor conducting a basic fighter maneuvers training flight on a non-Tactical Air Combat Training System mission must recreate all the details of the engagements from memory and notes taken during the flight. MFOQA provides a visual replay of the flight with extensive detail of the flight parameters, which significantly enhances the training experience. The tool also allows for a post-flight analysis of flight data, which

MC3 Chris Cavagnaro An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the “Warlords” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 51 takes off from the flight deck of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85) during Multi-Sail 2014.

will facilitate improved maintenance and operational procedures. FOQA, the civilian aviation version of the software has already proven usefulness in the commercial airline industry, said Susan Whitley, MFOQA’s integrated product team lead, responsible for the program’s overall design, development and execution. “The intent is to identify predictive indicators and trends by analyzing existing flight data on a regular basis, not just after the mishap or incident,” Whitley said. “MFOQA provides timely, tangible information on aircrew and aircraft system performance following every flight and puts that information into the hands of the people who can most directly make a difference – squadron aircrew, maintainers, and leadership. We want to ‘break the link’ before an aircraft mishap or maintenance failure occurs.” MFOQA will support the following platforms: F/A-18C/D/E/F, EA-18G, MH-60R/S, CH-53E, MH-53E, CH53K, AH-1Z, UH-1Y, T-45C, MV22B, F-35B/C, P-8A, E-6B, KC-130J, E-2C/D and C-2A. The MFOQA program was launched in 2005 as a result of a Secretary of Defense memorandum, directing the services to “implement the multifaceted MFOQA process.” PMA-209 provides the Navy and Marine Corps with products and support in the areas of communication and airborne networking, navigation and flight operations and mission systems and sensors.


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A replica of a World War II P-51 Mustang red-tail aircraft was used at the Naval Research Laboratory to test â&#x20AC;&#x153;fuel from the seaâ&#x20AC;? concept. The Naval Research Laboratory has developed and demonstrated technologies for the recovery of CO2 to hydrocarbons that can be used to produce designer fuel.

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Navy researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Materials Science and Technology Division, demonstrate proof-of-concept of novel NRL technologies developed for the recovery of carbon dioxide (CO2) and hydrogen (H2) from seawater and conversion to a liquid hydrocarbon fuel. Fuel From Sea Concept â&#x20AC;&#x201C; First Demonstrated FlightFlying a radio-controlled replica of the historic WWII P-51 Mustang red-tail aircraft â&#x20AC;&#x201C; of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen â&#x20AC;&#x201C; NRL researchers Dr. Jeffrey Baldwin, Dr. Dennis Hardy, Dr. Heather Willauer, and Dr. David Drab, successfully demonstrate a novel liquid hydrocarbon fuel to power the aircraftâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unmodiďŹ ed two-stroke internal combustion engine. The test provides proof-of-concept for an NRL developed process to extract carbon dioxide (CO2) and produce hydrogen gas (H2) from seawater, subsequently catalytically converting the CO2 and H2 into fuel by a gas-to-liquids process. Fueled by a liquid hydrocar-

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bon â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a component of NRLâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s novel gas-to-liquid (GTL) process that uses CO2 and H2 as feedstock â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the research team demonstrated sustained ďŹ&#x201A;ight of a radio-controlled (RC) P-51 replica of the legendary Red Tail Squadron, powered by an off-the-shelf (OTS) and unmodiďŹ ed two-stroke internal combustion engine. Using an innovative and proprietary NRL electrolytic cation exchange module (ECEM), both dissolved and bound CO2 are removed from seawater at 92 percent efďŹ ciency by re-equilibrating carbonate and bicarbonate to CO2 and simultaneously producing H2. The gases are then converted to liquid hydrocarbons by a metal catalyst in a reactor system. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In close collaboration with the OfďŹ ce of Naval Research P38 Naval Reserve program, NRL has developed a game changing technology for ex-

â&#x2013; about NRL The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory is the Navyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fullspectrum corporate laboratory, conducting a broadly based multidisciplinary program of scientific research and advanced technological development.

tracting, simultaneously, CO2 and H2 from seawater,â&#x20AC;? said Dr. Heather Willauer, NRL research chemist. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is the ďŹ rst time technology of this nature has been demonstrated with the potential for transition, from the laboratory, to full-scale commercial implementation.â&#x20AC;? CO2 in the air and in seawater is an abundant carbon resource, but the concentration in the ocean (100 milligrams per liter [mg/L]) is about 140 times greater than that in air, and 1/3 the concentration of CO2 from a stack gas (296 mg/L). Two to three percent of the CO2 in seawater is dissolved CO2 gas in the form of carbonic acid,

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one percent is carbonate, and the remaining 96 to 97 percent is bound in bicarbonate. NRL has made signiďŹ cant advances in the development of a gas-to-liquids (GTL) synthesis process to convert CO2 and H2 from seawater to a fuel-like fraction of C9-C16 molecules. In the ďŹ rst patented step, an iron-based catalyst has been developed that can achieve CO2 conversion levels up to 60 percent and decrease unwanted methane production in favor of longer-chain unsaturated hydrocarbons (oleďŹ ns). These value-added hydrocarbons from this process serve as building blocks for the production of industrial chemicals and designer fuels. Fuel From Sea Concept â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Carbon Capture SkidE-

CEM Carbon Capture Skid. The E-CEM was mounted onto a portable skid along with a reverse osmosis unit, power supply, pump, proprietary carbon dioxide recovery system, and hydrogen stripper to form a carbon capture system [dimensions of 63â&#x20AC;? x 36â&#x20AC;? x 60â&#x20AC;?]. In the second step these oleďŹ ns can be converted to compounds of a higher molecular using controlled polymerization. The resulting liquid contains hydrocarbon molecules in the carbon range, C9-C16, suitable for use a possible renewable replacement for petroleum based jet fuel. The predicted cost of jet fuel using these technologies is in the range of $3-$6 per gallon, and with sufďŹ cient funding and partnerships, this approach could be commercially viable within the next seven to ten years. Pursuing remote land-based options would be the ďŹ rst step towards a future sea-based solution.

The minimum modular carbon capture and fuel synthesis unit is envisioned to be scaled-up by the addition individual E-CEM modules and reactor tubes to meet fuel demands. NRL operates a lab-scale ďŹ xed-bed catalytic reactor system and the outputs of this prototype unit have conďŹ rmed the presence of the required C9-C16 molecules in the liquid. This lab-scale system is the ďŹ rst step towards transitioning the NRL technology into commercial modular reactor units that may be scaledup by increasing the length and number of reactors. The process efďŹ ciencies and the capability to simultaneously produce large quantities of H2, and process the seawater without the need for additional chemicals or pollutants, has made these technologies far superior to previously developed and tested membrane and ion exchange technologies for recovery of CO2 from seawater or air.




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Navy engineers are making final adjustments to a laser weapon prototype that will be the first of its kind to deploy aboard a ship late this summer. The prototype, an improved version of the Laser Weapon System (LaWS), will be installed on USS Ponce for at-sea testing in the Persian Gulf, fulfilling plans announced by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert at the 2013 Sea-Air-Space Expo. “This is a revolutionary capability,” said Chief of Naval Research Matthew Klunder. “It’s absolutely critical that we get this out to sea with our Sailors for these trials, because this very affordable technology is going to change the way we fight and save lives.” Navy leaders have made directed-energy weapons a top priority to counter what they call asymmetric threats, including unmanned and light aircraft and small attack boats that could be used to deny U.S. forces access to certain areas. High-energy lasers offer an affordable and safe way to target these threats at the speed of light with extreme precision and an unlimited magazine, experts say. “Our nation’s adversaries are pursuing a variety of ways to try and restrict our freedom to operate,” Klunder said. “Spending about $1 per shot of a directed-energy source that never runs out gives us an alternative to firing costly munitions at inexpensive threats.” Klunder leads the Office of Naval Research (ONR), which has worked with the Naval Sea Systems Command, Naval Research Laboratory,

Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division and others to make powerful directedenergy weapons a reality. The Navy already has demonstrated the effectiveness of lasers in a variety of maritime settings. In a 2011 demonstration, a laser was used to defeat multiple small boat threats from a destroyer. In 2012, LaWS downed several unmanned aircraft in tests. Over the past several months, working under the ONR Quick Reaction Capability program, a team of Navy engineers and scientists have upgraded LaWS, and proved that targets tracked with a Phalanx Close-In Weapon can be easily handed over to the laser’s targeting and tracking system. The result is a weapon system with a single laser weapon control console, manned by a surface warfare weapons officer aboard Ponce who can operate all functions of the laser, and if commanded, fire the laser weapon. Using a video game-like controller, that Sailor will be able to manage the laser’s power to accomplish a range of effects against a threat, from disabling to complete destruction. The deployment on Ponce will prove crucial as the Navy continues its push to provide laser weapons to the fleet at large. Data regarding accuracy, lethality and other factors from Ponce’s deployment will guide the development of even more capable weapons under ONR’s Solid-State Laser - Technology Maturation program. Under this program, industry teams led by Northrop Grumman, BAE Systems and Raytheon Corp. have been selected to develop cost-effective, com-

John F. Williams Carol Armstrong, ship’s sponsor for the Auxiliary General Oceanographic Research (AGOR) research vessel (R/V) Neil Armstrong (AGOR 27), breaks a bottle across bow during a christening ceremony at Dakota Creek Industries, Inc., shipyard in Anacortes, Wash.

R/V Neil Armstrong: One small step will mean giant leap for Navy’s research fleet By Eric Beidel Office of Naval Research Public Affairs


Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder joined family members of the late Neil Armstrong to christen the Navy’s newest research ship, named for the legendary astronaut and first man to walk on the moon, March 29. The lead Auxiliary General Oceanographic Research (AGOR) ship in its class, the research vessel (R/V) Neil Armstrong (AGOR 27) began construction in 2012 and will be delivered to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in January 2015 to continue studies in the Atlantic, western Pacific and Indian Ocean regions. “I can’t think of a better name to go on the side of a ship designed for exploration and discovery,” Klunder said. “R/V Neil Armstrong will play a pivotal role in teaching the Navy about the ocean so we can more effectively plan our operations around the world.” The Navy, through the Office of Naval Research (ONR), has been a leader in

building and providing large ships for the nation’s academic research fleet since World War II. The newest addition to the fleet, R/V Neil Armstrong will replace R/V Knorr (AGOR 15), which will be retired at the end of the year after nearly half a century of service. R/V Knorr was launched during the same decade as President Kennedy’s vow to put a man on the moon and the famed Apollo 11 mission that fulfilled that vision. It is best known for carrying researchers on the 1985 expedition that resulted in discovery of the Titanic. In all, R/V Knorr has traveled more than a million miles-about the same distance as two trips to the moon and back. “Now the R/V Neil Armstrong will provide a continuum of exploration for the next 50 years,” said Carol Armstrong, the astronaut’s widow and sponsor of the ship. The new ship is 238 feet long and equipped with the latest technologies. It will operate with a crew of 20 with accommodations for 24 scientists who will use the ship and its assets to collect samples and data from both coastal and deep ocean areas.

bat-ready laser prototypes that could be installed on vessels such as guided-missile destroyers and littoral combat ships in 2016. The Navy will decide next year which, if any, of the three industry prototypes are suitable to move forward and begin initial ship installation for further testing. “We are in the midst of a pivotal transition with a technology that will keep our Sailors and Marines safe and well-defended for years to come,” said Peter Morrison, ONR program manager for SSL-TM. “We believe the deployment on Ponce and SSL-TM will pave the way for a future acquisition program of record so we can provide this capability across the fleet.”

John F. Williams The Laser Weapon System (LaWS) temporarily installed aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105) is a technology demonstrator built by the Naval Sea Systems Command from commercial fiber solid state lasers, utilizing combination methods developed at the Naval Research Laboratory.




Hosted by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, visiting defense ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) toured USS Anchorage (LPD 23) as part of an historic gathering in Hawaii, April 2. As the first-ever meeting of its kind to take place in the United States, the ongoing three-day ASEAN-U.S. forum provides an opportunity for defense leaders to discuss improving humanitarian disaster relief capability, enhance regional security architecture, and identify ways to strengthen multilateral partnerships between military and civilian agencies. Rear Adm. Robert Girrier, deputy commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, led the defense leaders aboard the San Diego-based amphibious transport dock ship, which is conducting a port visit in Pearl Harbor during an ongoing at-sea training period. “Hawaii is the gateway to our Pacific rebalance, so it was a great opportunity to host the ASEAN minis-

ters here at Pearl Harbor,” said Girrier. “Touring USS Anchorage allowed us to highlight the Navy-Marine Corps team’s ship-to-shore multi-mission capabilities, as we work with ASEAN to improve humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts in the Indo-Asia-Pacific.” Accompanied by Adm. Samuel Locklear III, Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, the ASEAN ministers toured Anchorage’s advanced medical facilities, discussed maritime domain awareness and security cooperation, and observed MV-22 Osprey operations from the flight deck. “Multilateral engagements such as today’s tour are increasingly important to build regional trust and cooperation, which helps deter conflict and crisis,” said Girrier, explaining the significance of working with ASEAN. “This approach was on display during last June’s ASEAN disaster relief and military medicine exercise that brought together regional navies from 18 nations, including the U.S. “U.S. Pacific Fleet’s participation in, and support for, ASEAN defense exercises reflects America’s seri-

ous commitment to the Pacific rebalance, as we all work together to promote regional security, stability, prosperity and peace.” Commissioned May 2013, Anchorage is the seventh amphibious transport dock ship in the San Antonio-class. The ship supports Marine Corps ship-to-shore mobility, to include landing craft air cushion

vehicle, amphibious assault vehicle and the Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft. Anchorage provides improved warfighting capabilities, including an advanced command-and-control suite, increased lift-capability in vehicle and cargo-carrying capacity and advanced ship-survivability features. Cmdr. Joel Stewart, Anchorage’s commanding officer, was eager to

highlight his crew, their ship, and the embarked Marines of the 1st Marine Logistics Group. “It was an honor to have ASEAN and U.S. leaders on board and to showcase our outstanding NavyMarine team and this new ship with the capabilities it brings as part of the strategic rebalance to the Pacific,” Stewart said.

Vice Adm. Jan E. Tighe smiles as she assumes command of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and U.S. 10th Fleet during a ceremony conducted at fleet headquarters.

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U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/ U.S. 10th Fleet (FCC/C10F) conducted a change of command at the Frank B. Rowlett Building located at Fort George G. Meade, Md., April 2. Vice Adm. Jan E. Tighe relieved Adm. Michael S. Rogers as commander in a ceremony held at fleet headquarters. With this appointment, Tighe becomes the third commander of FCC/C10F and the first female commander of a numbered fleet in U.S. Navy history. "It is an honor to take command of this outstanding warfighting organization and to be able to continue working with the tremendous team of uniformed and civilian professionals," said Tighe. Tighe has served as deputy commander of FCC/C10F since November 2013. Rogers takes the reigns as commander, U.S. Cyber Command and director, National Security Agency/chief, Central Security Service. "It has been a tremendous honor and privilege to serve as your commander for the last two and a half years. Your support of the nation's maritime strategy by effectively employing our mission capabilities globally has been outstand-

to Commander, U.S. Cyber Command. Tighe commanded more than 2,800 multi-service and multi-agency personnel at the National Security Agency/ Central Security Service Hawaii in Kunia. As a flag officer, Tighe has served as U.S. Cyber Command Deputy J3; OPNAV N2N6 Director, Decision Superiority; Naval Postgraduate School Interim President; and Deputy Commander, FCC/ C10F. Tighe is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and was commissioned as an ensign (special duty cryptology) in 1984. She attended the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, Calif., where she studied Russian. She also attended the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif., and in 2001 was awarded a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and a M.S. in Applied Mathematics. Tighe wears both the Information Dominance Warfare insignia and Naval Aviation Observer wings, which she earned while deployed as an airborne special evaluator aboard VQ-1 EP-3E aircraft in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Shield/Storm. She is also a member of the Acquisition Professionals Community and holds a Level III Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification in Program Management.

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ing," Rogers said. "I now pass the conn of [FCC/C10F] to Vice Adm. Jan Tighe. She is an exceptional leader, innovative thinker and stalwart warfighter who will continue our momentum of mission accomplishment and transformation." Tighe was promoted at the National Cryptologic Museum by Gen. Keith B. Alexander, who retired March 28 from his position as commander of U.S. Cyber Command and director, National Security Agency/chief, Central Security Service. "I think the greatest honor and privilege I've had is to work with great people," Alexander said, "and Jan Tighe, you are one of the best people that our military has across all of the services. "You are exceptional in every category and you will do great with 10th Fleet, which I believe is just a stepping stone for future things for you.” Tighe was born in Bowling Green, Ky., and raised in Plantation, Fla. Her previous tours include duty with Naval Security Group Activities in Florida, Virginia, Japan, VQ-1 and Naval Information Warfare Activity. She also had staff assignments on the Headquarters of the Pacific Fleet, Naval Security Group, Naval Network Warfare Command, and served as Executive Assistant





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available for SAPR help or support Continued from B1 Much of this year’s program focuses on letting individual commands tailor training to meet specific goals around prevention, investigation, victim advocacy, accountability, and assessment. “It’s really about getting the critical mass engaged, especially when we talk about prevention,” Blanc said, speaking of reaching the widest audience. “It’s something we have to be continually engaged with.” Blanc leads a team of about 100 volunteer military victim advocates in the National Capital Region, who are trained and ready to help and support victims of sexual assault on a 24/7 basis. While intended for military members, SAPR reps will never turn away a civilian in need of help, but will work with civilian agencies to ensure those victims are appropriately supported. Education and awareness are about far more than just knowing how to give someone a phone number, Blanc said, but rather about how to sensitively respond to victims and to recognize red flags in situations where warning signs are often hard to spot, such as subtle aggressive behavior that mimics normal social interaction. Since many incidents happen late at night and off installations, peers are often the people in place able to immediately make a difference and prevent crimes from happen-

■ where to call For help or support, call the NDW SAPR hotline at 202258-6717, or the DOD Safe helpline at 877-995-5247. You can also confidentially live chat with a representative at

ing before they occur, which is why SAAM efforts this year are focusing much attention on bystander intervention. Some ways for people to step in include directly engaging the people involved, creating a diversion, or getting a group of friends involved to separate people who might be in a risky situation, Blanc said. “It’s really about giving people tools in their toolbox, because one approach isn’t going to necessarily always work,” she said. That intervention is not only aimed at protecting potential victims from being assaulted, but also about protecting people who may not be making wise decisions because of alcohol of other factors and may be about to commit a crime, Blanc explained. “Bystander intervention is really about protecting everybody and it’s not about placing blame, necessarily,” she said. “It’s really about separating folks and de-escalating a situation. If you see something, do something.” Since that ‘something’ may be ambiguous, advocates and commands are encouraging Sailors to take part in SAAM and learn how to recognize dangerous situations and how to respond appropriately. Beyond classes and training, changing underlying culture becomes the real challenge to running an effective prevention campaign, Blanc said, especially since sexual assault is such a problem in society as a whole. “People change when they want to change and when they feel motivated to change,” said Blanc. “We have to make sure people connect this issue of sexual assault as something important to them because it’s important to people they care about. Think about how that assault affected that person that you care about. Now imagine

that you can be someone to prevent that from happening to someone else. That’s how you get that culture change.” Despite sexual assault still being an alarming problem, Blanc said she has seen overall awareness increase since she became a response coordinator in 2006. More victims are also coming forward, which is encouraging, she added. Response coordinators and advocates provide emotional support, information and resources to victims to link them with appropriate services, but do not step directly into advising on legal matters, such as whether to file a restricted or unrestricted report. For such matters, one resource available is the Victims’ Legal Counsel (VLC), which offers sexual assault victims an advocate in the legal system to argue on their behalf or simply ensure that victims’ best interests are represented during the adjudication process. Although the inherent nature of the litigation process is a challenging process that can put individuals under intense scrutiny, Blanc urges people to step forward and report incidents. “Victims do not have to go through it alone, and there are people there who will help them and are there to support.” One way Blanc hopes the message gets out is by having everyone who takes part in the awareness month to challenge themselves to do one thing differently as a result of training, and then carry that on throughout the rest of the year and forward. Blanc argues that commands where fraternization and harassment are unchecked turn into permissive environments for more serious crimes to occur, so maintaining accountability for offenses of all levels is key to changing behavior and ending sexual crimes.

Shawn Miller Rear Adm. Mark Rich, commandant of Naval District Washington (NDW), signs a proclamation at Washington Navy Yard, declaring April 2014 as Sexual Assault Awareness Month across NDW and Naval Support Activity Washington.


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players wore patches to show support Continued from B1 In the days following the tragedy, a Navy Yard memorial patch was developed for the Nationals players to wear on their uniforms as a show of support. Later, game-worn uniforms were auctioned, with proceeds benefitting to the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors’ (TAPS) Navy Yard Tragedy Support Fund. “We deeply appreciate how you have taken us aboard,” Greenert told the audience and Nationals representatives at the ceremony. “Since your arrival, we have had a growing affinity, and it’s been very special. You were the good neighbor who was there to take care of us and our Navy family.” Prior to the 2014 home opening game Friday, Vice Adm. William Hilarides, com-

mander of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), the building where the shooting took place, will conduct a flag-raising with the Navy Ceremonial Guard, and the U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters are set to perform the national anthem and “America the Beautiful.” Jennifer Bennett, a NAVSEA contractor who was shot in the shoulder during the attack, will join her three rescuers – Capt. Chip Zawislak, Michael Jackson and Makonnen Eyob – in throwing the first pitch of the game. Rear Adm. Mark Rich, Commandant, Naval District Washington, will deliver the game ball, and the “Play Ball” announcement will be made by Danielle Knight, who lost her mother, Mary Knight, in the shooting. Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert, second from left, and other Navy officials join Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, third from left, Washington Nationals owner Mark Lerner, and Chief of Police Cathy Lanier, third from right, at the unveiling of a memorial plaque at Nationals Park dedicated to the victims of the Navy Yard shooting.

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The Greatest Show on Earth is returning to Hampton Roads for 17 total shows over nine days. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will bring their latest circus spectacular, Legends, to the Norfolk Scope for eight shows from April 10 - 13, and to the Hampton Coliseum for nine shows from April 16 - 20. This show unites iconic circus stars with living mythological creatures in a celebration of the legends that have captured imaginations for centuries. Experience unimaginable family fun, as amazing performers from around the globe perform awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder to summon the mythical and mysterious creatures of the past: a Unicorn, a Pegasus and a Woolly Mammoth. Don’t miss the All Access Pre-Show starting one hour prior to showtime available to all ticket-holders. See ani-

mals up close, visit with performers, get autographs, try on costumes, and enjoy the circus fun. Go behind the scenes at the Animal Open House, open to all ticket-holders one and 1/2 hours prior to showtime. Learn about circus animals, see how they live, eat and play. Showtimes at the Norfolk Scope are Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Friday at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Saturday at 11:30 a.m., 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday at 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. Showtimes at the Hampton Coliseum at April 16 at 7:30 p.m.; April 17 at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.; April 18 at 3 and 7:30 p.m.; April 19 at 11:30 a.m., 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.; and April 20 at 3 p.m. Ticket prices for shows at the Norfolk Scope range from $15 to $65, while tickets for the Hampton shows range from $15 to $50. Tickets can be purchased at the Scope Arena or Hampton Coliseum Box Office, respectively, or at all Ticketmaster outlets, online at Ticketmaster. com or via phone at (800) 745-3000. For more information about the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey shows, visit, or

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■ coming to town Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey is bringing its latest circus spectacular, Legends, to the Norfolk Scope from April 10 - 13 and the Hampton Coliseum from April 16 - 20.

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The Mid-Atlantic Home & Garden Show invites amateur designers, home improvement enthusiasts, garden gurus and everyone in between to “get inspired, get started” this spring. The show will take place April 11 13 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. This event runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for the general public while children 12 and younger get in free. Active duty and retired military and senior citizens (62 and older) receive a $2 discount. Special guests scheduled to appear at the show include Alison Victoria, William Moss, Mike Isabella and the Xpogo Stunt Team. As the first female host of the popular Crashers series on DIY Network and HGTV, Victoria surprises homeowners throughout the country with extravagant kitchen redesigns completed in three days on “Kitchen Crashers.” Victoria hunts in stores across America for weekend warriors who could use some help bringing style, beauty and simplicity together to create harmony in their kitchens. She is on the Main Stage at noon and 4 p.m. on Saturday, and at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. You’ve seen him on HGTV’s “Dig In,” Discovery Channel’s “Rally Round the House,” and Town Hall and CNN’s “Weekend to Live.” Now, master gardener Moss wants your kids to get dirty – or at least their hands dirty. Moss

Tidewater Arts Outreach (TAO) will present the seventh annual Sea Level Singer/Songwriter Festival on April 10 - 12. Grammy awardwinning artist Shawn Colvin will headline the kickoff concert at NARO Expanded Cinema (1507 Colley Avenue, Norfolk) tonight. Doors open at 6 p.m. for general admission seating, and the show will start at 7. Colvin is a three-time Grammy winning and 10-time Grammy-nominated American singer/ songwriter with eight albums to her credit. As one of the leading lights of the socalled “new folk movement” that began in the late 1980s with female contemporaries Tracy Chapman, Suzanne Vega, and the Indigo Girls, Colvin set herself apart with a diverse musical approach and a personal, pop-influenced style. Her debut record, “Steady On,” released in 1989, won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Recording. Colvin’s 1992 sophomore effort, the more pop-oriented “Fat City,” earned her two more nominations, as well as considerable critical praise and a growing crossover audience. This same evening, TAO welcomes veteran Austin-based singer/songwriter Darden Smith as a special guest for tonight’s kickoff concert. Opening this special evening at the NARO is local musician Logan Vath, a Nebraska native who has lived in Norfolk since 2007 and has recently released his debut

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■ on the main stage Among those scheduled to appear at the Mid-Atlantic Home & Garden Show are TV host Alison Victoria (above), master gardener William Moss, “Top Chef” Mike Isabella and the Xpogo Stunt Team.

believes that as spring turns into summer, surrounding your home with beauty can be a job for the whole family and a chance to introduce children to nature. See Moss on the Main Stage at 1:30 and 4 p.m. on Friday, and at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday.

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To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA), a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide, will be presenting a special “Conversation with TWLOHA founder Jamie Tworkowski,” April 14 at 7 p.m,; doors open at 6:30. Musical guest Andy Zipf will also perform. The event is free to attend, but only open to ODU students, staff and faculty. TWOLA began in Orlando, Fla., in 2006 when Tworkowski wrote a story about a friend, Renee, who he met trough his roommate at the time. “When I met Renee, she was struggling with drug addiction, depression, self-injury, and we later found out that she had attempted suicide,” he said. “She was denied entry into a local treatment center and ended up spending the next five days with us. I wrote a story about that time and the story was called ‘To Write Love On Her Arms,’ and we went on to print and sell T-shirts as a way to raise money for her treatment.” He posted the story online on MySpace, which went viral. The genesis for the story was not only to help his friend, but also to help others struggling with similar issues.

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■ rising stars Aside from the kickoff concert headlined by Shawn Colvin (above), the Sea Level Singer/ Songwriter Festival will include an Emerging Artist Showcase on April 12 at Attucks Theatre featuring the top 10 winners of the festival’s songwriting competition.

album, “Better Man or Ghost.” Tickets for the concert are $42.50 and can be purchased at The Sea Level Festival weekend of events includes other local venue concerts, open stages, street musicians, Instruments of Art Celebration and the Emerging Artist Showcase. For updates and detailed information, visit

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Justin Moore to visit the TED ■ When: April 10 ■ Where: Ted Constant Center ■ Cost: Tickets are priced at $20.75,

$37.75 and $42.75 and can be purchased online at, (877) Ynot-Tix, or at the Constant Center Box Office.


Ditch the scarves and mittens and celebrate the return of spring at Busch Gardens. The park has an actionpacked lineup of events scheduled for spring break, including a celebration at Sesame Street Forest of Fun, appearances by Jack Hanna and his animal ambassadors, entertaining shows, great food and of course, soaring roller coasters. Busch Gardens is open for spring break through April 21. Guests can experience the naturally fun and beautifully wild side of Busch Gardens when Hanna and his menagerie of animal ambassadors visit the park, April 12 and 13. Hanna will host several shows, along with exclusive dining experiences. The best way to enjoy Busch Gar-


Community Pet Pantry ■ When: April 12; 10 a.m. to noon ■ Where: Suffolk Humane Society

Office, 4300 Nansemond Parkway, Suffolk ■ Cost: Free ■ For more information, contact: Suffolk Humane at 538-3030 or visit Suffolk Humane Society will sponsor a Community Pet Pantry. The event will be first-come, first-served and will include a variety of food for both dogs and cats, as well as additional items like toys, flea and tick products, cat litter and more. Supplies are limited and Suffolk Humane welcomes donations in any form.

Virginia Beach Parks and Rec Job Fairs ■ When: April 15; noon to 4 p.m. ■ Where: Great Neck Recreation Center ■ Cost: Free ■ For more information, contact: Dena

Kimball at or 385-1117 Mix a fun job with competitive wages and flexible hours, and you have an ideal career. Learn about the many different part- and full-time openings at one of Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation’s job fairs and see what’s available for you. There’s no need to make a reservation; simply come on by and talk to our recruitment staff. You’ll learn about the City of Virginia Beach’s application process, and get tips for completing and submitting applications that will get noticed by supervisors.

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dens this spring break and beyond is by becoming a pass member. For $10 per month via EZpay, pass members enjoy unlimited admission to Busch Gardens,

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Continued from C1 Justin Moore will take his fans on a unique journey when he his Off The Beaten Path Tour visits the Ted Constant Center. He’ll be joined by a couple of his buddies, Randy Houser and opening act Josh Thompson. Fans will have the chance to hear music from Moore’s latest album, aptly titled “Off The Beaten Path,” as well as his previous chart toppers including “Small Town USA,” If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away” and “Til My Last Day.”

Jack Hanna (right) and his animal ambassadors will be host several shows at Busch Gardens Williamsburg on April 12 - 13.

“I felt that I had never had conversations like that, I had never had an experience like that, and I didn’t want to forget and just go back to normal,” he said when speaking about why he wrote the story. “In thinking it through and talking to her, I wondered if other people could relate and be encouraged by the story being told.” “Everything that we are still doing today grew out of that and really from the response to the story and eventually the T-shirts,” he continued. “The issues we still talk about today go back to the issues Renee was dealing with eight years ago.” Since then, TWLOHA has become a non-profit which serves as a bridge to hope and help for people facing the same issues. They have donated more than $1.2 million directly into treatment and recovery and have answered more that 170,000 emails from more than 100 countries. TWLOHA has one of the largest online audiences of any non-profit and it was awarded a $1 million grant from Chase at the first-ever American Giving Awards (AGAs) in 2011. In addition, TWLOHA was featured in Rolling Stone magazine and Tworkowski won an mtvU Woodie Award. “At first it wasn’t intended to be a charity. It was just me writing at first that story, and then other blogs, and then responding to messages that started to come in,” he said. “If you fast-forward to now, there are 15 of us on staff, there are always five or six volunteer interns, we continue to respond to messages and emails, notes and letters that come in from around the world … it’s people struggling with those issues, it’s people asking how to help a loved one, we get opportunities to talk about these subjects on college campuses, we get to participate in music tours and festivals, conferences … it’s just a lot of

Symptoms of depression begin with a deep sense of sadness, despair, and/or a lack of joy or interest. You may also have at least four of these symptoms: ■ Change of appetite ■ Weight gain or loss ■ Trouble remembering, concentrating ■ Fatigue or lack of energy ■ Sleeping too much or too little ■ Feelings of guilt, worthlessness or hopelessness ■ Feelings of anxiety ■ Decreased activity ■ Unexplained headaches or physical pain ■ Neglect of responsibilities and appearance ■ Withdrawal from family or friends ■ Thoughts of death or suicide

unique opportunities to talk about these things, we’ve learned, mostly don’t get talked about, and with that to try to connect people to hope and the idea that it’s OK to be honest, and maybe more than anything, that it’s OK to ask for help.” Tworkowski said he is proud that TWLOHA grew out of trying to help a friend get the treatment she needed, but it has continued to work to encourage, inform and inspire, while directly investing in treatment and recovery efforts.” “Most people that need help never take the first step,” he said. “… they never make that phone call, but I love that we are able, in some way, to help fund treatment and counseling [for those that need it.]” “We’ve learned that these issues affect people of all ages around the world,” he continued. “There are some stigmas out there that suggest that these are issues

that affect only people of a certain age or who listen to a certain music … there are just a bunch of stereotypes. What we’ve learned are that these issues of depression, addiction and suicide effect young people, old people … people who dress differently and look differently, believe different things … all types of people.” Tworkowski said these issues can also affect military service members. “Our hope is that more and more men and women, especially the military, would know that it is OK to be honest about the struggles of coming home,” he said. “Certainly this feeling of celebration when someone gets to come home and return to their family, that is the happy ending, but I think now we’re learning that so many people come home with a lot of invisible scars … and with a lot of pain. Our message, which I think is the same to everyone but certainly applies here, it’s that it’s OK to be honest and it’s OK to ask for help. When it comes to our military and our veterans, we have to see it through … they have given so much, and I think we owe it to those men and women to get them the help they need.” “The stigma of depression can be countered with education,” said Chris Gilchrist, L.C.S.W, founder and facilitator of the Hampton Roads Survivors of Suicide (S.O.S) support group. “As we raise awareness of depression as a treatable disease – as a medical condition – people will replace the silence and shame with understanding and the hope that comes in knowing there is help. Then, we’ll not only be able to talk openly about depression, but also to seek help just as we do about cancer, diabetes, asthma, etc.” For more information on To Write Love On Her Arms, visit If you or someone you care about is at risk for suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-TALK.

Civil War Commemoration ■ When: April 28; 7:30 p.m. ■ Where: The Attucks Theater, 1010 Church St., Norfolk ■ Cost: $5 ■ For more information, contact: 282-2822

Remember and Rejoice, a concert commemorating the Civil War, features the world premiere of internationally renowned composer Adolphus Hailstork and his work for chorus and brass, “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomed.” This work expresses the poignancy of wars of all times. Ensembles performing are the F. Ludwig Diehn Chorale of ODU, the I. Sherman Greene Chorale, Schola Cantorum of Virginia and the Eastern Virginia Brass Trio. Dr. Hailstork and the performers will remain after the program for an informal conversation of the meaning and makings of this profound new work.


| Chef Isabella hosts Meatball Challenge

Continued from C1 “Top Chef All-Stars” runner-up Isabella is a DC-based restaurateur and owner. While traveling through Greece and parts of the Middle East, Chef Isabella learned the nuances of these cuisines. In 2012, he was named the People’s Best New Chef Mid-Atlantic by Food & Wine Magazine. See him at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday on the Main Stage, where he’ll give a 45-minute presentation and sign his first cookbook, “Mike

Isabella’s Crazy Good Italian.” Chef Isabella will also host the Great Meatball Challenge, where he will taste meatballs submitted by top local chefs to determine who makes the best meatballs in town. Those interested in joining Chef Isabella for a private tasting of these treats can buy a ticket for $30. The Xpogo Stunt Team is the most talented and experienced extreme pogo performance team in the world. Jumping more than nine feet in the air on next-generation pogo sticks while

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Spring is the perfect time to think green. For some it’s spurred by the coming of Earth Day, others the renewed greening of our lawns. And many are motivated by the desire to save a little green in their wallets with a fresh new season of home repairs. If you’re one of these people, you can help save some green for the planet, as well as your hard-earned cash, by making energy efficient upgrades throughout your home. Helping the world stay green gained traction with the first Earth Day held March 22, 1970, as declared by Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin. As a nation, much has been accomplished with the environmental movement, yet there are also easy things you can do at home to “go green” and save money at the same time. Here are some tips for home energy efficiency upgrades indoors and out. Cool efficiently – When it comes to home energy bills, heating and cooling accounts for as much as half of the average home’s utility costs, according to Get

early or late in the day, and when your green lawn starts to grow, don’t mow too low. If you have lawn sprinklers, double check that they are set to water grass and shrubbery instead of the driveway or sidewalk. Rather than hose down your deck to clean it, save water by sweeping instead. Lighting – About 10 percent of the energy your home uses goes to lighting costs, according to – in fact, by just replacing five of your home’s most frequently used lights with energy efficient ENERGY STAR bulbs, you could save $75 a year in energy costs. Compared with traditional incandescent bulbs, compact fluorescents can yield as much as 75 percent energy savings and last six times longer. You can save even more energy and wasted heat by switching to LEDs. Outdoor lights using CFLs or LEDS save energy, too, so look for ENERGY STAR qualified fixtures designed for outdoor use. By taking these steps, you can help make the world a little greener, keep your home a little greener, and save even more green where it really hits home – in your wallet.

ready for the hottest days of summer by tuning up your heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system so it’s operating efficiently. Change your HVAC filters regularly. In addition, if your cooling system is more than 10 years old, consider replacing it with one that has a Seasonal Efficiency Ratio (SEER) of 20.00 for better savings. Trane’s XL20i, for example, can mean a savings of up to 60 percent on your annual cooling costs – that’s cool cash in your pocket. Programmable temperature controls – A programmable HVAC control can reduce energy consumption by up to 15 percent compared to traditional nonprogrammable thermostats. Today’s HVAC control systems, like the Trane ComfortLink II Control, now monitor indoor and outdoor temperatures, plus home energy use over time, to help you manage energy and comfort even further. Conserve water – Remember, water isn’t free. Indoors, lower water bills by installing low-flow water fixtures including toilets, showerheads and faucets. Outdoors, add a water-saving spigot for the garden hose. To avoid water evaporation, water your plants


The IRS reminds taxpayers that quick and easy solutions are available if they can’t file their returns or pay their taxes on time, and they can even request payment options online. Tax-filing extensions are available to those who need more time to finish their returns. Remember, this is an extension of time to file; not an extension of time to pay. However, those having trouble paying what they owe may qualify for payment plans and other relief. Either way, taxpayers will avoid stiff penalties if they file either a regular income tax return or a request for a tax-filing extension by April 15. Taxpayers should file even if they can’t pay the full amount due. People who haven’t finished filling out their return can get an automatic six-month exten-

■ money savers A programmable HVAC control can reduce energy consumption by up to 15 percent compared to traditional nonprogrammable thermostats. Today’s HVAC control systems now monitor indoor and outdoor temperatures, plus home energy use over time.


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Oculus Ten years ago, tragedy struck the Russell family, leaving the lives of teenage siblings Tim and Kaylie forever changed when Tim was convicted of the brutal murder of their parents. Now in his 20s, Tim is newly released from protective custody and only wants to move on with his life. Kaylie, still haunted by that fateful night, is convinced her parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; deaths were caused by something else altogether â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a malevolent supernatural force unleashed through the Lasser Glass, an antique mirror in their childhood home. Determined to prove Timâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s innocence, Kaylie tracks down the mirror, only to learn similar deaths have befallen previous owners over the past century. With the mysterious entity now back in their hands, Tim and Kaylie soon ďŹ nd their hold on reality shattered by terrifying hallucinations, and realize, too late, that their childhood nightmare is beginning again.

Need For Speed (PG-13): Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul) is a blue-collar mechanic who races muscle cars on the side in an unsanctioned street-racing circuit. Struggling to keep his family-owned garage aďŹ&#x201A;oat, he reluctantly partners with the wealthy and arrogant ex-NASCAR driver Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper). But just as a major sale to car broker Julia Maddon (Imogen Poots) looks like it will save Tobeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shop, a disastrous race allows Dino to frameTobey for a crime he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t commit, and sendingTobey to prison while Dino expands his business out West.Two years later,Tobey is released and set on revenge, but he knows his only chance to take down his rival Dino is to defeat him in the highstakes race known as De Leon â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the Super Bowl of underground racing.

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Joey Logano emerges victorious in rain-delayed Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway By Rick Minter Universal Uclick

Joey Logano sped away from Jeff Gordon on a green-white-checkered-flag run to the finish of the Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on Monday to become the Sprint Cup season’s seventh different winner in the first seven races. It was his fourth career Cup victory, and it all but assures him of a berth in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Logano, in his No. 22 Team Penske Ford, emerged as the dominant driver late in the 500, which was pushed to Monday because of persistent rain Sunday afternoon. But as he was cruising at the front with a little more than a lap to run, Kurt Busch blew a tire, and the shredding tire tore pieces of metal from his car. The flying metal caused NASCAR to display the caution flag. Logano’s crew, among others, elected to change four tires for the two-lap run to the finish, but the crews of Jeff Gordon and Brian Vickers took just two, and that allowed them to start on the front row for the final restart. Logano lined up third, and was set to start beside his teammate Brad Keselowski, but Keselowski was sent to the rear of the pack for speeding on pit road, and that put Kyle Busch in fourth for the restart. Gordon took the lead on the drop of the green flag, but Logano overpowered him and went on to victory with Gordon second over Busch, Vickers and rookie Kyle Larson, who continues to impress with his performances in the No. 42 Chevrolet owned by Chip Ganassi. Logano, who led three times for a race-leading 108 laps, said he came to Texas with very high expectations. “I felt very confident about this race,” he said. “For some reason, I told [crew chief] Todd Gordon, ‘We’re going to win this week,’” he said. “I was mad when we didn’t get the pole, but I felt like we had a car that could win this thing. At the beginning we didn’t, and then Todd and the guys made good adjustments and had good stops all day.” Logano said he’s a bit surprised it took him seven races to get his first win of the season. “I feel like the Shell/Pennzoil Ford could

Courtesy of UFC Roy Nelson will look to snap a two-fight losing streak when he faces Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC Fight Night 39 on April 11.

mmaschedule Courtesy of NASCAR Joey Logano became the seventh different Sprint Cup victor in seven races this season with win at Texas.

■ sprint cup standings 1. Jeff Gordon, 259 points; 2. Matt Kenseth, 255; 3. Carl Edwards, 247; 4. Joey Logano, 235; 5. Kyle Busch, 231; 6. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 228; 7. Jimmie Johnson, 228; 8. Brad Keselowski, 218; 9. Brian Vickers, 205; 10. Paul Menard, 203.

have been to Victory Lane a couple times so far, and we’re finally here,” he said. “I feel like we gave away a couple already this season, so this car is fast. “We’re here to be a force all year.” Keselowski, who dropped to 15th in the finishing order because of his speeding penalty, said the risk was one he felt he had to take. “We’re in it for wins,” he said. “We’re not in it for finishing second. Second or 15th is the same for us, so you’ve got to go for the win.” After starting the season with a Daytona 500 win and three other finishes of third or better in the first six races, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was the first driver out of the Duck Commander 500. On Lap 12, Earnhardt dipped low on the track and into the grass between the frontstretch and pit road, then shot back across the track into the outside wall. His No. 88 Chevrolet began trailing flames, but he was uninjured. Earnhardt shouldered the blame for the incident, which also collected his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson, whose

No. 48 Chevrolet suffered damage to its windshield from debris stirred up by Earnhardt. “Just didn’t see the grass,” Earnhardt said. “With the way the A-post is on these cars, you can’t really see that good to that angle. I just didn’t have a good visual of where the apron and the grass was, and got down in there pretty good. “You can’t run through there the way they have these cars on the ground like that. Just a mistake on my part. I just didn’t know I was that close to the grass, and made a mistake. “It tears the car up pretty good when you run through the grass.” Earnhardt was credited with 43rd, while Johnson soldiered on to finish 25th, two laps behind the leaders. Earnhardt entered the 500 with the Sprint Cup points lead, but dropped to sixth place behind new leader Jeff Gordon. Earnhardt wasn’t the only 2014 race winner to have early troubles at Texas. Phoenix winner Kevin Harvick dropped out on Lap 28 with an apparent blown engine in his No. 4 Chevrolet. He finished 42nd. “It’s frustrating,” Harvick said, adding that the Hendrick Motorsports engines used by his Stewart-Haas Racing team generally are quite reliable. “We’ll take it back to the shop and figure out what happened. But that’s a disappointing end to the day.” Despite his 2014 win, Harvick enters this weekend’s Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway 26th in the standings, 121 points out of the lead.

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FIRST LANDING CHAPEL SERVICES CATHOLIC: CATHOLIC: April 17 Holy Thursday Mass April 13 Palm Sunday 9 7 p.m. Oceana Chapel a.m. Mass April 18 Good Friday Service April 17 Holy Thurs3 p.m. Oceana Chapel day (Mass of the Lordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s SupApril 19 Easter Vigil Mass per) 7 p.m. 8:15 p.m. Oceana Chapel April 18 Good Friday (CelApril 20 Easter Sunday Mass ebration of the Lordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pas9 a.m. Oceana Chapel sion) 7 p.m. Mass April 20 Easter Sunday Mass April 19 Holy Saturday Vigil 8 12:15 p.m. Dam Neck Chapel p.m. Mass PROTESTANT: April 20 Easter Sunday 9 April 18 Good Friday 11 a.m. a.m. Mass Oceana Chapel JEWISH: April 18 April 20 Easter Sunrise Passover Sed6:15 a.m. Dam Neck Chaer Meal will be held JEB Litpel (LAKESIDE) tle Creek Chapel Annex 4 p.m. April 20 Contemporary 9 a.m. Dam Neck Chapel NAVAL STATION April 20 Traditional 10:40 NORFOLK a.m. Oceana Chapel CATHOLIC: April 13 Palm Sunday DistriJEBLCFS bution of palms 10 a.m. CATHOLIC: April 17 Holy ThursApril 12 Palm Sunday Vigil 5 day Mass of the Lordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Supp.m. Mass per 7 p.m. April 13 Palm Sunday VigApril 18 Good Friday (Celil 8:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m. Mass ebration of the Lordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s PasApril 17 Holy Thurssion) 12 p.m. day (Mass of the Lordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sup- April 20 Easter Sunday per) 5 p.m. Mass of the ResurrecApril 18 Good Friday 3 tion (No Confessions) 10 a.m. p.m.: Commemoration of the Lordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Passion PROTESTANT April 18 7 p.m. April 18 Good Friday 12 p.m. Way of the Cross April 20 Easter Sunrise 6:15 April 19 Holy Saturday Vigil 8 a.m. p.m. Mass April 20 Easter Worship April 20 Easter Sunday 8:30 Service 10:30 a.m. a.m., 12:15 p.m. Mass PROTESTANT: Northwest Annex April 13 Palm Sunday SerPROTESTANT: vice 10:30 a.m. April 17 Holy Thursday 7 p.m. April 20 Easter Sunday SerApril 18 Good Friday 12 p.m. vice 10:30 a.m. CATHOLIC: April 20 Easter Sunrise Ser- April 18 Good Friday 7 p.m. vice 6 a.m. (At First LandApril 20 Easter Sunday 10 ing Cross Fort Story) a.m.

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contact info Norfolk: 444-7361 JEBLCFS: 462-7427 Yorktown: 887-4711 Oceana: 433-2871 Dam Neck: 492-6602 NSA Northwest Annex: 421-8204 For stories from the Chaplainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Corner, visit


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