Celebrating 20 years of serving the Hampton Roads Navy family
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■ Hampton Roads Naval Museum, Nauticus hosted event Visitors at the Hampton Roads Naval Museum (below) wait to enter the building for the 2nd annual Military Appreciation Day. The event was held in cooperation with the Battleship Wisconsin and Nauticus. U.S. Navy photos
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MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY By MCSA Edward Guttierrez III Navy Public Affairs Support Element - East
Christopher Jason ‘CJ” Rich with the Save a Life Tour instructs Sailors on how to operate a drinking and driving simulator at the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit at Naval Air Station Oceana.
The Hampton Roads Naval Museum (HRNM) and Nauticus hosted their 2nd annual Military Appreciation Day, April 13. The event was free for all active duty and retired military members, as well as their families. Activities at the complex included a scavenger hunt, hands-on crafts, face painting and tours of the Battleship Wisconsin, HRNM and Nauticus. “Being a U.S. Navy museum, our primary audience is the military, and by extension, their families,” said Becky Poulliot, HRNM director. “We like to say that our museum exists for yesterday’s, today’s and tomorrow’s Navy.” Among those who volunteered to help run the event was retired Chief Warrant Ofﬁcer 4 Welland T. “Doc” Shoop, a 90-year-old veteran of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Shoop served aboard Wisconsin in 1947 and has been guiding tours since 2002. “We have a large military population here in Norfolk and I think they really appreciate having this museum here,” he said. “I love volunteering here and I welcome the chance to come here and work as a tour guide.” The HRNM is one of 12 U.S. Navy museums that are operated by the Naval History and Heritage Command. Its mission is to commemorate the long history of the U.S. Navy and their service members in the Hampton Roads area. “Military Appreciation Day is just one example of the extensive array of educational programs we use to reach out to our core audience,” said Poulliot. With more than 1,700 military guests attending the event, it was a chance for some to visit the facility for the ﬁrst time. “I’ve never been here before, but I deﬁnitely want to come back,” said Mary Ricci, a Navy spouse. “The museum is really great and I like to support things that support the military. I’m really glad I came today.” Nauticus is a maritime science museum that features hands-on exhibits, interactive theaters and educational ﬁlms as well as Navy exhibits and the HRNM, the Battleship Wisconsin, a NOAA environmental resource center, The Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center and the Victory Rover, which offers cruises of the seaport.
RECP BEGINS IN PPV HOUSING The Navy is rolling out the Resident Energy Conservation Program (RECP) for residents living in Public Private Venture (PPV) housing.
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By David Todd The Flagship Managing Editor
In conjunction with Alcohol Awareness Month, service members in the Hampton Roads area received valuable lifesaving information on the dangers of drinking and driving as a part of the U.S. Fleet Forces (USFF) Drug and Alcohol Abuse Program (DAPA)/Urinalysis Program Coordinator (UPC) quarterly forum, April 11, at the C9 auditorium onboard Naval Station Norfolk.
WASHINGTON NATIONALS, SECNAV SALUTE SAILORS The Washington Nationals paid tribute to the Navy during their “Salute to the Navy” game at Nationals Park, April 12. Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus attended the opening ceremonies, administering the oath of enlistment to 18 future Sailors and throwing the ﬁrst pitch. » see B5
By Katisha Draughn-Fraguada NSA Hampton Roads Public Affairs
“We want to make this an opportunity to allow [service members] to get professionally developed, and be able to ask questions and get answers from the experts in the areas that affect their prevention programs,” said Jennifer Dolehite, the Fleet Alcohol & Drug Control Ofﬁcer (ADCO)/Fleet Suicide Prevention Program Manager for USFF. The comprehensive forum was designed to provide a one-stop-shop for information that command ADCOs and UPCs can use to assist and educate service members on the dangers of alcohol, and help them promote the numerous Navy services that are readily available, often times at no additional cost to the command. “The focus of this meeting is for our
During the month of April, installations across the world celebrate Month of the Military Child (MOMC) by recognizing the sacriﬁces, contributions and commitments made by military children. Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads, Northwest Annex (NWA) Child Development Center (CDC) joined in the celebration and will continue to do so for the remainder of the month. Since the beginning of the month, the NWA CDC has been sponsoring various fun and educational events to celebrate military children. “We try to make this an environment where children feel like it is a second home,” said Lois Davis, NWA CDC director. “Whether they are sad or upset
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National Save A Life Tour brings alcohol awareness to Norfolk USFF campaign aims to reduce alcohol-related incidents, DUIs
NWA CDC celebrates Month of the Military Child
LES MISÉRABLES COMES TO CHRYSLER HALL The highly anticipated “Les Misérables” tour opens at Chrysler Hall in Norfolk next week, showing from April 23 - 28.
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In an effort to contribute to energy conservation and comply with Ofﬁce of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) policy, the Navy began its Resident Energy Conservation Program (RECP) within residents living in Public Private Venture (PPV) housing in hopes to lower energy consumption throughout military housing. In the past, residents of PPV housing did not need to worry about the cost of utilities in the home because the bill was paid for by the government, despite the amount of energy consumed each month. With the implementation of RECP, the responsibility of payment for the utilities is transferred to the resident. The program establishes like-type groups of housing and measures the average energy usage for the homes.
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BUDGET FOR FINANCIAL SUCCESS By MC2 Andrea Perez Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs
With tax season coming to a close, now is a good time for Sailors to review their personal ﬁnances and set goals for the future, ofﬁcials said in a Navy message released April 12. “If your goal in 2013 includes prioritizing your ﬁnances, there is no better way to start than from the ground up with a budget or spending plan,” said Stacy Livingstone-Hoyte, ﬁnancial counselor, Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC). “Budgeting is simply a planned system for allocating your income towards living expenses, debt payments, savings and investments.” Sailors should consider the following when creating a ﬁnancial plan and setting goals:
Develop a budget – Spend less, build savings and weigh needs vs. wants. ■ Start an allotment – Decide how much to save and increase it with each promotion. ■ Pay off debt – Highinterest credit card debt and late fees can negatively affect one’s credit score and ability to borrow money. ■ Plan for retirement – Contribute to a Traditional or Roth IRA throughout the year for increased savings. ■ Know your credit report – Obtain a free credit report annually from Experian, Equifax and TransUnion, and verify, update, or dispute entries at www.annualcreditreport.com; ■ Seek assistance if needed – Become educated and don’t hesitate to ask for help. According to LivingstoneHoyte, crafting a budget or spending plan with realistic goals and expectations will
help Sailors and their families live within their incomes, maintain a good credit history, reduce ﬁnancial stress and achieve ﬁnancial competence and conﬁdence. “Our incomes represent one of the most powerful resources at our disposal,” said Livingstone-Hoyte. “How we manage our ﬁnances deﬁnes the direction of our lives and the quality of our work and home experience.” Financial matters that occur from overspending or bad budgeting, such as failure to pay bills, bad credit, bankruptcy and foreclosures can negatively impact a Sailor’s career, and affect mission readiness and the Navy’s ability to transfer or retain Sailors. Command ﬁnancial specialists (CFS) at the command level and FFSCs located worldwide provide ﬁnancial education, training and counseling at no cost to
Sailors and their families. Sailors experiencing ﬁnancial challenges should notify their chain of command and work with their CFS to develop a budget and explore additional options, such as military relief societies, eligibility for interest rate reductions and other relief. “Financial ﬁtness is part of building resilience, mission readiness and happier relationships,” said Livingstone-Hoyte. “Service members have access to free personal ﬁnancial management resources year round from their command ﬁnancial specialist or local FFSC, and they should take advantage of those resources.” For a list of additional ﬁnancial management resources, read NAVADMIN 096/13. For more information on ﬁnancial planning, budgeting or investing, contact your CFS, local FFSC.
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NAVSTA NORFOLK SAYS NO ROOM FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT
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By MC3 Molly Greendeer Naval Station Norfolk Public Affairs
Naval Station (NAVSTA) Norfolk held Sexual Assault Awareness training as part of the Navy’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) campaign, April 9-10. The Navy’s theme for the month is “Courage” and will support the Department of Defense’s theme of “We own it ... we’ll solve it ... together.” The goal is to empower commands to take ownership. The Navy will focus its efforts on awareness and prevention of sexual violence through the use of command-level education and special events throughout the month of April. Each week will focus on a different theme in the commitment to raise awareness and promote the prevention of sexual violence. Capt. David A. Culler, Jr., commanding officer, NAVSTA Norfolk spoke during the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) training before signing the SAAM proclamation. “The education and prevention of sexual assault is something
■ SAPR Line of Courage Norfolk Fleet and Family Service Center volunteers hung 145 T-shirts along Gilbert St. onboard Naval Station Norfolk to represent the 145 cases Norfolk had in 2012.
A Center for Personal and Professional Development staff member reviews a card given out during a Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month training session conducted at the center.
we should be thinking about every day,” said Culler. “Until we are at zero incidents, I will not be satisfied.” Edie Moorcones, an advocacy clinical counselor with the Norfolk Fleet and Family Service Center (FFSC), spoke about recognizing the mental and physical changes a victim of sexual assault may undergo.
“A victim of sexual assault goes through a crisis reaction just like anyone else affected by a lifechanging event,” he said. “The difference is their grief, their cry for help, is all internalized.” Moorcones said changes in victim behavior can vary from complete withdrawal to outright promiscuity, anything outside the normal behavior of the individual. “The more training the better,” he said. “Commands that get the word out increase the likelihood of a victim stepping forward and getting the help they need.” In addition to Navy-wide and command-level training, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) stepped up their efforts to increase awareness and prevention. A sexual assault task force was developed and activated last fall, which has allowed the unit to focus on the timeliness and thoroughness of sexual assault related investigations. Brian Brittingham, a supervisory special agent with the Sexual Assault Task Force, said his team works closely with local authorities, district prosecutors, FFSC victim advocates and the victim’s command.
“This major cooperation has made it possible for our unit to shorten investigation time,” he said. “From open to close, the average investigation time has gone from 320 days to less than 90 days.” In addition to SAPR training, NAVSTA Norfolk is scheduled to host several events to raise awareness. Throughout the month, 145 Tshirts were hung along Gilbert St. by FFSC volunteers to represent the 145 cases Norfolk had in 2012. “I appreciate all the hard work the FFSC volunteers have put in,” said Culler. “Their effort and resources provide an immeasurable amount of support to NAVSTA Sailors and the Hampton Roads area.” Sailors will trade in their Navy blues for a pair of blue jeans on April 24 in recognition of “Denim Day,” a prevention and education campaign to increase awareness about sexual violence and prevention. Denim Day began as a demonstration by female parliamentarians in Italy protesting the Italian Supreme Court of Appeal’s decision to overturn a convicted rapist’s sen-
tence. The court ruled because the victim wore very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them, and by removing the jeans, it was no longer rape, but consensual sex. Within a matter of hours following the verdict, the women in the Italian Parliament launched into immediate action and protested by wearing jeans to work. Bringing SAAM to a close, the Norfolk Tides are scheduled to host NAVSTA Norfolk SAPR Night on April 27. “It is a great way for everyone to come together and raise awareness all at the same time,” said Culler. SAPR is an important element of the readiness area of the 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative which consolidates a set of objectives and policies, new and existing, to maximize Sailor and Marine personal readiness, build resiliency and hone the most combat-effective force in the history of the Navy and Marine Corps. The Department of the Navy is working aggressively to prevent sexual assaults, to support sexual assault victims and hold offenders accountable.
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Navy divers and EOD promote science and aquatic technology at SeaPerch By MC3 Randy Savarese Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group Two Public Affairs
Local Navy divers and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technicians supported dozens of middle and high school students in the first Tidewater District SeaPerch Challenge, held at the aquatics center in the Brittingham-Midtown Community Center, April 13. The SeaPerch Challenge is a one-day design competition featuring student-assembled remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). Teams of two to four students work together to build, test, launch and compete their ROVs in the challenge. Navy divers from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2 helped setup and provide technical assistance during the competition, which was judged by volunteers from the Navy, Newport News Shipbuilding and Old Dominion University. “This is great for the kids because they get to use their minds and creativity to overcome the challenges of building their own ROVs,” said Navy Diver 2nd Class Shaun Krall, assigned to MDSU 2. “We use ROVs for everything from underwater ships husbandry to safely observing underwater mines. This is great for us too because we can
look at what the future of this technology might look like.” Technicians from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 2 Det. Yorktown were also on hand to demonstrate the capabilities of the SeaBotix underwater reconnaissance vehicle and answer questions about some of the practical applications for the technologies showcased during the event. “I think it’s big for our community to be involved because we use robotics like these a lot, so to have students able to see what they’re working towards is a great opportunity for everyone,” said Lt. Jacob Loeffler, officer-in-charge assigned to EODMU 2 Det. Yorktown. “It’s great to see school systems investing in these programs.” The engineering and science competition featured a poster competition and a technical water competition. During the poster competition, students introduced their graphic displays and delivered oral presentations about their design philosophy and construction challenges, and answered questions posed by the judges. During the technical water competition, teams participated in two timed pool competitions featuring an obstacle course and a deep water retrieval course. The SeaPerch Program
Above: Navy divers from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2 stand by to assist students with their remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) during the ﬁrst Tidewater District SeaPerch Challenge, held at the aquatics center in the Brittingham-Midtown Community Center. Left: Senior Chief Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Charles Yohne, leading chief petty ofﬁcer assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 2 Det. Yorktown, demonstrates the capabilities of the SeaBotix underwater reconnaissance vehicle.
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ASYMCA program celebrates achievements of military children By MC2 (SW) Jonathan Sunderman Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs
The Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) is a local military non-proﬁt organization that focuses a majority of its efforts toward the development of military children and outreach programs that impact many Hampton Roads service members and their families. This month’s focus is on the “Operation Hero Program,” which is a 13-week after-school program that targets children ages 6 to 12 who have been identiﬁed by school personnel and parents as exhibiting low self esteem, or difﬁcultly adjusting both academically and socially in the school environment. The ASYMCA works with ﬁve local elementary schools and qualiﬁed counselors to help children cope with the challenges of military life, provide tools for success in school and to promote a positive self-image, while advancing social and communication skills. According to Jaime Brown, Hampton Roads Operation Hero Program Director, these challenges can sometimes stem from frequent moves and changes to the family dynamic due to deployments. “Whether it’s mom or dad going
on deployment, or changing duty stations, these sorts of things can affect a child’s academic achievement,” she said. “We have teams in various roles and they help out with academic tutoring and teach the kids life skills, such as how to be a good friend and how not to be a bully.” During a normal day in the program, children are provided a nutritious snack as soon as they arrive. After given an opportunity to socialize, the kids go outside and do team building activities, such as three-legged races, mystery shoe, basketball games, or free time to run around and use the playground. Following the outside activities, a guided group discussion covers the topic of the day – whether it is increased responsibilities, how to deal with homecomings, how to deal with bullies, or simply how to be a good friend. After discussions, the group rolls into journaling, which gives the children an opportunity to either write or draw about the topic of the day and explore more in-depth feelings about the subject. The children later receive tutoring and help with homework, and then have free time while waiting for their parents to pick them up. “It’s wonderful to know that your kids are safe and they are
Operation Hero facilitators demonstrate that good behavior is rewarded with stickers and additional recreation time.
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Photos by MC2 (SW) Jonathan Sunderman Operation Hero participants line up to play games at Hermitage Elementary School, April 11.
in a program that helps them in a healthy way to overcome some of the challenges associated with military life,” said Montserrat Correa, an Operation Hero Program team leader. “It’s just nice to know that there are people out there that care about the well-being of the military families. This organization deﬁnitely does that.” Each school has a team made up of a counselor or social worker, a facilitator, an individual with an education in human services and an assistant that may have a background in physical education. “The program has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Brown “We actually just won a Partners In Education Award with Virginia Beach City Public Schools.” Juanita Pryor, ASYMCA Development Director, is excited about the level of partnership that the organization is able to engage through the Operation Hero Program. “First, we have the public schools and then we also have the internship program with ODU [Old Dominion University], Virginia Wesleyan [College] and Norfolk State,” she said. “So we have interns, generally in the psychology ﬁeld, who come in and work alongside the others. It’s really great to not only have a partnership with the school system, but also to have connections with the colleges and their interns who can help out
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and receive their human service internship hours.” The individuals who help run Operation Hero Program don’t come from within the school system, so the ASYMCA generally hires for seasonal positions that run from September to the end of April. “As a parent I feel like it’s such a good program for military kids because sometimes we can forget about the sacriﬁces the kids make as well,” said Correa. “It’s a great program for them to get to meet other military kids going through the same struggles they’re going through, and it’s a great time to be a kid … play outside and just have a good time.” Pryor said a majority of the funding comes from grants by their national organization, the additional support comes from grants from the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, the United Way and
Kids crawl through plastic tubes during an Operation Hero obstacle course event at Hermitage Elementary School, April 11.
various other benefactors. “We are always looking for additional community partners to keep the program going,” she said. “For any non-proﬁt, the biggest struggle is always funding.” Military Families interested in the program can contact their local ASYMCA branch to see if they are currently running a program at their child’s school. Program sites are determined by a current ASYMCA presence, an invitation by the school to host the program, a need for the free program as determined by the teacher as well as the parent, along with available private funding for staff and materials.
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20 Years | 20 Questions
What is being done now to ensure NAVSTAs success in the next 20?
How has NAVSTA Norfolk evolved in the last 20 years?
How has it changed during your tour?
How does trafﬁc factor into those efforts?
During my tenure as XO, we were able to shift the responsibility of Air Operations from NAS Oceana to Naval Station Norfolk (known then as NAS Oceana Air Detachment Norfolk). We now have administrative control as well as operational control of Air Operations, and the AMC Terminal (Norfolk). This was made possible due to the fact that there will always be an aviator in the front ofﬁce as either the XO or CO.
We are looking at better means of transportation, maybe more bus services onboard the installation and the potential for Light Rail (The Tide) coming near Naval Station Norfolk. A large number of personnel come to Naval Station Norfolk from the Southside, so having a transportation system(s) that will get them here efﬁciently and effectively supports the mission and the people who work here, and has the potential to signiﬁcantly reduce the trafﬁc congestion.
Has the area around the base changed since 1993?
Where were you stationed in 1993?
Trafﬁc congestion both inside and outside the gates continues to be an issue at Naval Station Norfolk On any given day we are sending 40-50,000 vehicles through the gates, so we are continually challenged with trafﬁc movement, speciﬁcally efﬁcient and safe ﬂow on and off the installation. In this post-9/11 world in which we live now, there are obvious AT/FP (Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection) requirements for access onboard installations, which have increased the time it takes to get personnel through the gates.
I had just left my ﬁrst squadron, VF-142 (“Ghostriders”), and I was up in the Pentagon as the ﬂag aide for Vice Adm. Jerry O. Tuttle.
Looking back, can you imagine being where you are today? I never envisioned myself as the commanding ofﬁcer of the largest naval installation in the world. Early on as a junior ofﬁcer in the Strike Fighter community, my goal, as I know it is for many, was to be the CO of a squadron, and I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to do that. Getting the opportunity at major command of an installation like Naval Station Norfolk is deﬁnitely an honor and very humbling. I am very blessed with an incredible staff that makes it happen with precision every day.
Do naval installations evolve in tandem with the DOD? DOD sets policy – SECNAV and CNO provide guidance in accordance with the policy. Certainly installations will change and missions will evolve based on that policy and guidance. Our mission is to support the ﬂeet, warﬁghters and their families as effectively and efﬁciently as possible in accordance with direction provided by senior leaders.
Do you feel that today’s Sailor is different than they were back then?
What naval advances are shaping the base we know today?
I feel they are still very motivated and patriotic. I’m extremely impressed with how smart and dedicated our young people are today. Many Sailors are joining the enlisted ranks with degrees, some with master’s degrees. I currently have a YN2 in my command with a PHD! There are very capable and smart young Americans coming into our Navy right now. I believe we are in very good hands for the foreseeable future.
As new ships are designed and developed, pier conﬁgurations and support infrastructure has to evolve as well. The pier conﬁguration and services are a lot different if you compare how we supported USS Enterprise, which was recently inactivated, compared to the newest aircraft carrier, USS George H.W. Bush. The Ford-class aircraft carriers will have even newer requirements for support that installations will have to ensure are in place prior to arrival.
That’s a great question and I do hear it often. Hard to believe I know, but Naval Station Norfolk has not been NOB since 1953. I guess old habits die hard. We work very hard to educate people on the correct name of this installation. It’s actually much easier now than it was before 1999 when Naval Station Norfolk and NAS Norfolk made up Naval Base Norfolk. We are a very operational base with the size and complexity of the waterfront and the air side – I guess people still equate us with operations and want to say it.
COMMANDING OFFICER, NAVAL STATION NORFOLK
We have an Installation Master Plan that actually looks out for 25 years. We’re looking at the missions we have now and mission requirement in the future – we know we will continue to have a lot of activity on the waterfront and over on the air side – so the Master Plan looks at the best ways to ensure those missions are being properly supported. Also a part of that Master Plan is looking at better ways to support our personnel once onboard with more efﬁcient and effective services like eateries, gyms and child development centers.
The base used to have two separate Commanding Ofﬁcers, one for NAS Norfolk and one for Naval Station Norfolk. In 1999 the two installations were consolidated into one large installation, with a single CO responsible for the entire base. The missions and platforms that we support at Naval Station Norfolk continue to evolve, for example, supporting some of the Navy’s newest warships like USS Arlington and aircraft like E-2D Hawkeye.
Why do Hampton Roads residents still refer to NAVSTA Norfolk as NOB?
Capt. David A. Culler, Jr.
In your opinion, has the support for the military grown since ‘93? Absolutely. No doubt the support for the military has grown across the country, but especially here in Hampton Roads due to the sheer numbers of military residing in this area. We are so fortunate to be in a community with a real understating of what the military does for our country and the sacriﬁces that are being made every day by the men and women in uniform. You also see much more support for the families and a better understanding by the communities of the sacriﬁces they make every day when their loved ones are away defending our great nation.
MC2 (SW) Jonathan Sunderman
What is the most signiﬁcant military moment in the last 20 years? Why? The attacks on 911 – at that moment it changed what would now be required of our military to keep our nation safe ... at war now for 12 years. Many of our men and women have made multiple deployments to support the mission of defending our homeland. Naval Station Norfolk has worked extremely had to support the operational readiness of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, our warﬁghters and their families to help ensure mission success. Yes, a signiﬁcant moment that changed our military and our nation forever.
Through your career you’ve had several ties to HR. Do you consider it your home? Yes I do. I started my ﬂying career at NAS Oceana in VF-142 in the early 90s and have had the opportunity to get stationed in many places around the country, including overseas to Atsugi, Japan while assigned to VFA-192, but for some reason I keep getting orders back to the Hampton Roads area, which is a good thing. HR is a great place to live and work, I would deﬁnitely call this home.
Do you still have the opportunity to ﬂy? I try to visit with all the tenant commands on-base, and occasionally, I’ll ﬂy with one of the squadrons. It’s important to meet and visit with command leadership to ensure we are providing the best service possible to all of our tenants. I also do some private aerobatic ﬂying as well. The desire to ﬂy never seems to gets out of my system.
How did you get your call sign? Most call signs come with a story. Mine was bestowed upon me as a young “nugget” JO in my ﬁrst squadron VF-142 when I accidently shot (simulated of course) CAG during a large force training exercise, needless to say CAG was not happy and “Killer” along with other expletives were vocalized during the debrief. It was a hard lesson learned for a young JO, but the good side to that painful debrief was that I never had another “blue on blue” incident. I did not like the call sign, so naturally it stuck.
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Spending time on “Big E,” are you pleased the name will live on in the Ford-class? It was great to have the opportunity to cruise on “Big E” during my squadron CO tour for an extended combat deployment – magniﬁcent ship – and now she’s back here at Naval Station Norfolk in preparation for retirement ... and she’ll live on through the Ford … it’s quite a legacy that will live on for the next generation of naval warriors.
What advances will those carriers give to naval aviators? Instead of the steam catapults, the Fordclass will have electromagnetic aircraft launch system (EMALS), which will have a more precise and smooth acceleration for takeoff. This will ensure less wear and tear on the aircraft, as well as the pilots. There will also be an improvement to the arresting gear that will reduce the stress on aircraft during landing. Also expect reduced maintenance requirements and fewer personnel on future ships due to technological advancements and automation.
What’s the greatest advice you’ve received during your career to date? Take care of your people. Know them, promote them and take care of them. There is nothing more important in our commands than our people, without them we come to a standstill. If you take care of your people and genuinely care for them, they’ll pay you back tenfold.
What has been the most rewarding aspect of being CO of NAVSTA Norfolk? Being in a position where you can have a positive impact on the people that you lead every day – making a difference for them and their families. Having the ability to get involved and make the right things happen for them, both professionally and personally, is extremely rewarding.
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April is Alcohol Awareness Month Continued from front ADCOs to have discussions with the two groups that really have a major impact and inﬂuence on our Sailors when we talk about drug and alcohol use, and that’s DAPA and UPC,” said Force Master Chief (IDW/SW/ SG) Steven S. Giordano, Navy Cyber Forces. “One of the factors that needs to be considered in these discussions, and a point of interest for me today, is the importance of their engagement with their senior leadership in those two arenas.” “This month is Alcohol Awareness Month and the NAVADMIN [094/13] that was just released this morning talks about ‘Keep What You’ve Earned.’We are going to help our Sailors keep what they’ve earned when we talk about their achievements, awards and accomplishments they have had in their career,” he said. “It’s an engaged leadership that includes DAPAs and UPCS. [They need to be] a part of those discussions and engage with leadership, and make sure leadership is aware of organizations like Al-Anon and Save A Life [and others]. We need to leverage resources that are provided during Alcohol Awareness Month [and beyond].” The Navy Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention (NADAP) ﬂagship campaign, “Keep What You’ve Earned,” seeks to encourage responsible drinking among Sailors by celebrating the achievements in their naval careers. The objective of the campaign is to inform Sailors on what it means to drink responsibly, educate them on the consequences of poor decisions regarding alcohol, promote and encourage alternatives to drinking, enable leadership to assist with Sailor education, and create partnerships with Navy and civilian programs focused on Sailor well-being. The forum ended with a riveting presentation by guest speaker Christopher Jason “CJ” Rich with the “Save A Life Tour” (SALT), who shared his personal stories with the audience as well as a graphic video that had the entire group captivated. According to Rich, making a poor decision to drink and drive could cost a service member or civilian their career, and more importantly, possibly their life. He said drinking and driving is one of the leading causes of death, second only to cancer. “Loss of rank, even if it’s just a DUI, being
kicked out of the military and all the hard work being put into the military can all be thrown away because of a bad decision, a bad choice,” he said. “We mix the military in with the high schools and colleges, so we go to a lot of military bases – and that’s every branch – not just the Navy.” SALT also had a drinking and driving simulator onboard Naval Air Station Oceana that gave participants a realistic, sober perspective on the effects of driving while intoxicated. “[The simulator] has a delayed reaction inside of it – we put a delay on the gas pedal, brake pedal and steering wheel – the three main components it takes to operate a car,” Rich explained. “So when a person is operating the steering wheel, [when they turn] they are not going to get an instant reaction – they will get a delayed reaction – so with that they are going to want to overcompensate to make up for that time lost. The important thing is that they are sober during this episode, so if they cannot control those things sober, how can they do it on the road intoxicated?” In addition to presentations, service members also had the opportunity to meet with representatives and receive literature from MothersAgainst Drunk Driving (MADD),AlAnon Family Groups, Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) Center for Personal and Professional Development(CPPD), Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program (SARP), and collect promotional posters for the NADAP “Keep What You’ve Earned” campaign, DODs “That Guy” campaign, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and Virginia driving under the inﬂuence (DUI) law posters. “We have brochures, we have meeting lists, we have phone numbers to let them [service members] know there is help,” said Thelma C. with Al-Anon Family Groups, who noted that treatment from alcoholism takes time and patience, similar to planting a seed. “… if I just help one person today, then I’ve done my job.” “We are getting people more knowledgeable and informed on the initiatives that are out there and what they can utilize,” said Dolehite. “There are pre-paid resources provided by the Navy that will enhance their success at the command. And for the commands, if they take this information onboard and just utilize these foundational tools that already exist, you’ll start to see some shifts with what is going on in your commands for the better.” For more information on the Save A Life Tour, visit www.savealifetour.com. For more information on the “Keep What You’ve Earned” campaign, visit www.nadap. navy.mil.
CDC aims to be a support mechanism for military children, families Continued from front because their parent is on deployment, we want to help them express how they are feeling and we want to show them how much we care.” The center does this throughout the year, but during the month of April they will be completely focusing on the military children and developing initiatives that will beneﬁt them now and in the future. Neva Ferebee, operational clerk and the CDC MOMC coordinator, planned the different activities with one thing in mind – military children. The ﬁrst major activity was the MOMC Wall of Art. “This allowed the children to have a creative mind and draw whatever it was that they were thinking,” she said. Teachers and all staff members had a hand in setting up the Wall of Art project, which allowed infants to pre-K to participate. All teachers planned and carried out the creative art projects to be displayed. “We thought this would be a great way to build their self esteem,” said Sharon Williams, Child and Youth Programs Lead. “And the parents have been so excited and look forward to walking in the center to see what their child has done.” Not only did this project help the children be creative, but it also gave them an outlet to express how they are feeling. “Military children are not around their families all the time because, for a lot of them, their parents are out serving our country,” said Williams. “Children give up a lot and don’t often get to see their parents or even their grandparents. We want them to know
Katisha Draughn-Fraguada The Month of the Military Child Wall of Art depicts the children’s feelings, thoughts and their creativity.
We thought this would be a great way to build their self esteem.” - Sharon Williams Child and Youth Programs Lead
that they are important and we appreciate what their parents are giving up to protect our freedom.” Other events and activities that the center has planned for the month are picture day, wear your pajamas to school day, mix-n-match clothes day, career day, science experiment day and create your ice cream sundae day. The children will also participate in a fun run, scavenger hunt and a book fair. Coast Guard Electrician’s Mate 1st Class Travis Coulter
is very happy with the CDC and their MOMC program. He said that his daughter, Ella, comes home excited to tell him what she did in school each day. “Recognizing this month is so important because many of these kids have to deal with a parent being deployed and the teachers at the center do a lot of great activities to help them while their parents are away,” said Coulter. “It gives them something enjoyable to look forward to each day.” In addition to MOMC, the center celebrates different holidays and observances with events, including 4th of July and the Chinese New Year. “A lot of the parents are dealing with a ﬁrst-time deployment and we want to make this center a support mechanism for the children and their families,” said Davis. “We want to show them that we appreciate them all year long.”
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How civilians can help military families April is the Month of the Military Child. This week’s Heroes at Home page features military spouse Sara Jane Arnett as she describes simple ways civilian families can help military families. For more Military Child Education Coalition resources, visit www.militarychild.org
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President Awards Army Chaplain posthumous Medal of Honor Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel claps along with other Army leaders at a ceremony to induct Medal of Honor recipient Army Chaplain (Capt.) Emil Kapaun in to the Hall of Heroes, April 12.
Left: Prisoners of War from the Korean War wipe away tears as Ray Kapaun speaks during a ceremony to induct Medal of Honor recipient Army Chaplain (Capt.) Emil Kapaun into the Hall of Heroes, April 12. Kapaun’s nephew, Ray, accepted the medal on his uncles behalf and told the POWs that his uncle would tell them that he was so happy they made it back because he made it back as well. Photos by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
DOD program helps service members transition to teaching Press Release
Retired Master Chief Petty Ofﬁcer of the Navy John Hagan unveils his shadow box aboard the USS Hopper recruit barracks during a ceremony at Recruit Training Command (RTC).
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Placing veterans in the nation’s classrooms to serve again is the goal for the Troops to Teachers program, ofﬁcials said April 12. “We are here as a counseling and referral asset to help eligible veterans transition into second careers as teachers,” said Cliff Yager, director, Troops to Teachers for Tennessee and Northern Alabama, during a Transition GPS brieﬁng at Naval Support Activity Mid-South. The purpose of the Department of Defense program is to help eligible current and former military personnel begin new careers as teachers in public schools where their skills, knowledge and experience are most needed. Veterans possess many of the qualities that make a good teacher: a sense of service, leadership, discipline, maturity and life experience, said Yager. He added that studies show that beginning teachers who are military veterans score much higher in peer assessments and assessments from principals and superintendents than their peers coming to the classroom straight from college. “It is partly understandable because you are not only talking about an older more mature group of individuals, but people who have also had other life experiences,” said Yager.
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RTC Command Master Chief Chris Angstead, Executive Ofﬁcer Cmdr. Kertreck Brooks, and Commanding Ofﬁcer Capt. John Dye also participate in the ceremony.
MCPON HAGAN DONATES SHADOW BOX TO RTC By Brian Walsh Recruit Training Command Public Affairs
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More than 100 Recruit Training Command (RTC) staff and recruits were on hand aboard the USS Hopper recruit barracks to watch retired Master Chief Petty Ofﬁcer of the Navy (MCPON) John Hagan donate his shadow box to the command, April 5. The box, which was built into a glasstop table, will remain on permanent display on the ship’s quarterdeck. “As I was cleaning the box to get it
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By David Vergun Army News Service
At a White House ceremony, Army Chaplain Capt. Emil J. Kapaun was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic and selﬂess actions during the Korean War, April 11. President Barack Obama presented the medal to Kapaun’s nephew, Ray Kapaun, during a ceremony in the East Room. Ray was joined by other family members and veterans of the Korean War who served with his uncle. Kapaun was ordained a priest in 1940 and served under the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wichita in Pilsen, Kan. In 1944, he began serving as an Army chaplain. In 1993, Kapaun was named a “Servant of God” by the Vatican and is currently a candidate for sainthood. During the Medal of Honor ceremony, Obama described Kapaun’s acts of courage and compassion. “When commanders ordered an evacuation, he chose to stay and tend to their wounds,” he said. “When the enemy broke through and there was combat hand-to-hand, he carried on, comforting the injured and the dying, offering them some measure of peace before they left this Earth. When enemy forces bore down, it seemed like the end.” “Father Kapaun spotted a wounded Chinese ofﬁcer. He pleaded with [him] and convinced him to call out to his fellow Chinese,” the president continued. “The shooting stopped and they negotiated a safe surrender, saving those American lives.” “Then as Father Kapaun was being led away, he saw another American, wounded, unable to walk, lying in a ditch, defenseless,” Obama added. “An enemy Soldier was standing over him, riﬂe aimed at his head ready to shoot. Father Kapaun pushed the enemy Soldier aside. And then as the enemy Soldier watched, stunned, Father Kapaun carried that wounded American away.” “This is the battle we honor today,” he said. “An American Soldier who didn’t ﬁre a gun, but who wielded the mightiest weapon of all, the love for his brothers, so pure, that he was willing to die so they might live.” “He carried that wounded Soldier for four miles on the death march, and when Father Kapaun grew tired, he’d help the wounded Soldier hop on one leg,” the president added. “When other prisoners stumbled, he picked them up. When they wanted to quit, knowing stragglers would be shot, he begged them to keep walking.” The president then went on to describe how Kapaun cared for the Soldiers right up until the time of his death. Obama then presented the Medal of Honor to Ray. Kapaun’s Medal of Honor nomination reads: “for conspicuous acts of gallantry and intrepidity, at the risk of life, above and beyond the call of duty, Nov. 1-2, 1950, during the Korean War.”
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Celebrating our amazing kids By Bianca Martinez Military Spouse Contributor
Lauren Sink, a high school junior, drew this picture of her Army father returning home. Nearly 50 illustrations, paintings and writings were on display at the U.S. Education Department on April 3 in observance of the Month of the Military Child. To learn more, and see works from other military kids, visit http://1.usa. gov/13SAQIs.
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SUPPORTING MILITARY FAMILIES 101 – FOR CIVILIANS By Sara Jane Arnett Military Spouse Contributor
Often times, civilians are unsure how to communicate intentions of support and respect to military families. Here are some simple ways civilian families can help military families, whether they are your own family, friends, or neighbors who you know or who are living right in your own communities. ■ Hang out: Where appropriate, invite the spouse of a deployed service member to go out to dinner or see a movie. Getting out of the house is a great stress reliever during a lonely time. ■ Be yourself: Look for opportunities to help by matching your own talents and resources with the needs of another. ■ Volunteer: Organizations all over the country are helping military families. Whether it is with time, money, or talents, it is the volunteers that keep these much-needed services running (Example: Get involved/volunteer with the local VFW; encourage students, businesses, or other organizations to collect or send care packages to deployed troops). ■ Provide a helping hand: When a service member you know is deployed, offer a play date for their kids, run errands, assist with home repairs, cook dinner, or help with anything else that is much easier to do when there are two parents in the home. ■ Show your appreciation: Business owners can offer military discounts for service members and their families. Let military families know that they are thought of and appreciated for their sacriﬁce during the lengthy deployments without their service member. ■ Give a taste of home: Bake or
Courtesy photo Whether it’s public proclamations, special activities and events, or a few kind words spoken to a military-connected child, there are many opportunities to express appreciation for the children of our service members.
cook for single military personnel or invite them over for a holiday when they’re stationed away from home. ■ Be a friend: Having a spouse deployed is extremely difﬁcult and having a shoulder to lean on eases the hardship. ■ Be understanding: Civilians can offer employment opportunities to military spouses and understand that their lifestyle may cause time gaps in a military spouse’s resume. It can be hard to establish a career while having to move to a new duty station every few years. ■ Support education: Make military children feel welcome when
they arrive in your children’s schools. When possible, be lenient with tryout dates and admission cutoffs. ■ Speak up: Write and call your Senators and let them know their constituents appreciate our military and care about military families and their welfare. ■ Rock the vote: Stay informed about legislative issues that will affect our service members and vote for candidates who support military families. ■ Be a proud American: Through actions and words, at every opportunity, support the men and women of the military. Never take for granted the individual freedoms these service members work tirelessly to safeguard and defend, often at great personal risk and sacriﬁce. They do it not only for themselves, but for their family members who support them daily in their patriotic service and privilege. Keep your ﬂag ﬂying high! With April serving as the Month of the Military Child, the nation is called to pause and acknowledge their strength, resilience and sacriﬁce. Whether it’s public proclamations, special activities and events, or simply a few kind words spoken to a military-connected child, we encourage everyone to seek out opportunities to express appreciation for these remarkable children. For more Military Child Education Coalition resources, visit www.militarychild.org. Sara Jane Arnett is an active Army spouse, mother of three rambunctious boys and military children’s author of “My Daddy’s a Soldier.” In 2011, she was selected as the “Heroes At Home” Military Spouse of the Year and also received the prestigious Military Police Corps “Order of the Vivandiere” award.
Reassessing the last decade in the ﬁnancial markets By Wally Barstow Fleet and Family Support Centers, Norfolk
The so-called ‘Millennial’s, those born between 1980 and 1995, are famously gun-shy when it comes to trusting the ﬁnancial markets. Who can blame them? As real-time witnesses to the “dot com” bust of 2001, and the ﬁnancial meltdown of 2008 and 2009, their aversion to Wall Street is understandable. The
question is, has avoiding stocks been a winning strategy? A new study from ﬁnancial industry giant Fidelity suggests the answer may be no. The Boston-based investment company looked at 1.1 million 401(k) participants who stayed in the same company plan continuously during the 10 year period that ended Dec. 31, 2012. The average account balance for this 10 year continuous group in-
creased by 324 percent from $47,000 to $199,800 according to Beth McHugh, vice president of market insights at Fidelity. How could that be when during the same period, the S&P 500 stock index rose only 62 percent? The answer lies in a manner of investing called Dollar Cost Averaging. Continuing to purchase shares of an investment when they are inexpensive (markets doing poorly) and seeing those shares rise in value as the markets improve. Within the structure of a retirement plan, such as the military’s Thrift Savings Plan
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If you haven’t yet heard, April is the Month of the Military Child! It is time to celebrate the amazing children behind our service men and women! As a spouse, it is easy for us to recognize when we need a little extra encouragement. That isn’t always the case with our kids. So let’s make a big deal about this! Before we get to organizations giving our children the special support that they need, I want to share some fun ideas for showing your kid how proud you are of them! Put them in the spotlight! The National Military Family Association is highlighting kids on their Facebook page everyday this month. You can send them a picture of your kid(s) and a little write up about how cool they are, and maybe the world will see just how special they are! Honor them with your time. Talking to my kids, one of the things they just really wish they had with their dad is more time. You are going to love me for this one! Send the kiddos off with your spouse for a special afternoon! Maybe it’s to a Tides game or a day in the park. The important part is uninterrupted quality time to show the kids how much we appreciate their strength. BONUS: this means some quiet time for you! I present thee… One of the joys of being a military kid is seeing parents be recognized for their commitment to the country through their service. My kids have had the chance to see their dad’s awards and think they are so cool! Create a little awards service for the little ones! They are sacriﬁcing a lot too and coming up with an award and a medal to show them you know what they are going through can really put a smile on their faces! Enjoy an art show and ice cream. Right now at Lynnhaven Mall in Virginia Beach, the art work of military kids is an amazing expression of this lifestyle. Your kids will be able to connect to the pictures and may be inspired to create their own masterpiece. Top it off with some ice cream just for fun! Obviously we need to make sure we celebrate our special kiddos for more than a month. I encourage you to check out some great organizations helping you to do that. Blue Star Families is a fantastic network for not just the kids, but you as well. Check out www.bluestarfamilies.org. Also the Military Child Education Coalition is a great resource I have recently been in connection with. The MCEC is making sure our children are feeling connected and included in schools and communities. You can ﬁnd them at www.militarychild.org. Operation Purple sign up has started! What a wonderful way to spend some time this summer! The National Military Family Association will host their annual camps and I will be sure to let you know when you can sign up! We have incredible kids and so many times people tend to feel sorry for them. I hear all of the time, “Oh it must be so hard on the children. I feel so badly for them that they have to live this life.” I am the ﬁrst step in and tell people this is not something to pity them for. Sure, they don’t get all the time with a parent (or parents) that they would like to. However, I’ll tell you what, my kids are strong. My kids are intelligent. My kids are independent. My kids are warriors. My kids are amazing. They are all of these things because of the military life they are a part of. You can catch Bianca Martinez anchoring the 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts with Kurt Williams, Barbara Ciara, and Juliet Bickford during the work week. You can also follow her laughter, stress and tears as a military wife in her blog, “Married to the Military,” weekly in the Flagship. Reach out to Bianca at email@example.com.
(TSP), the strategy entails moving a portion of contributions to the stock (C, S, I) and bond (F) funds, and then staying the course even when things are ugly. It’s not always easy, but the Fidelity study would suggest it can be a successful approach. Today’s military is an employer loaded with risk-adverse millennials. With the stock market hitting new highs it can seem tempting to wade into the ﬁnancial markets, but be forewarned. A steady and deliberate long-term plan involving a measure of risk can be difﬁcult to stick with when the
going gets tough. Consider taking a Thrift Savings Plan or Savings and Investments class at your local FFSC and learn how to build wealth and achieve ﬁnancial independence. Visit www. cnic.navy.mil/navylifema to register for a ﬁnancial class.
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■ Military Child of
the Year honorees Army – Nicole Marie Daly, 17, of Fort Lee, Va., who despite nine moves and three high schools is ranked in the top of her class with a 4.7 grade point average. Daly volunteers at events in support of the College Scholarship Fund for the Fort Lee Area Spouse’s Club. Her parents are West Point graduates.
Master Chief Petty Ofﬁcer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens greets Alexander Ray Burch, the 2013 Navy Military Child of the Year, following a full honors ceremony honoring the visit of the Royal Australian Navy Chief of Navy.
Marine Corps – Abigail MaryRose Perdew, 18, Kingdom of Bahrain, has volunteered more than 200 hours this year including math tutoring. She carries a 4.1 GPA. Her mother, Jessica, is a former Marine and her father, Jason, is a lieutenant colonel with Marine Corps Forces Central Command.
Burch attended the full honors ceremony as a guest of Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert and was ofﬁcially honored at the Military Child of the Year gala, April 11.
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DEMPSEY LAUDS HONOREES AT MILITARY CHILD OF THE YEAR GALA By Amaani Lyle American Forces Press Service
Compassion, faith and patriotism earned ﬁve youths, each representing a service branch, acclaim from senior leaders during the 5th annual Military Child of the Year Awards Gala at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Pentagon City, April 11. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, joined keynote speaker Mary Jean Eisenhower, granddaughter of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, in lauding the young honorees as part of the Defense Department’s Month of the Military Child observance. “These are incredible young men and women who not only do their parents proud, but do their schools proud, their friends proud, their communities proud, and ultimately, the nation proud,” said Dempsey. The chairman described the
Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sun L. Vega Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Jim Knotts, president and chief executive ofﬁcer of Operation Homefront, pose with Military Child of the Year honorees.
unique challenges military families face due to the inherently nomadic lifestyle that duty dictates. “What sets military kids apart is that they have to earn a reputation, and then we move them, and they have to re-earn it, and we move them again and they have to re-earn it again,” Dempsey explained. “By the time they’re done ... they’ve had to re-establish who they are, multiple times.”
But starting over, the chairman said, creates the very strength from which children of military families ﬂourish. “It makes them stronger, it makes them more adaptable, it makes them more resilient and it makes us damned proud of them,” he said. The chairman also recognized the service members who protect the freedoms that enable Ameri-
cans of all ages to serve their communities and choose their paths in life. “Our young men and women in uniform are actually going to pull this off,” the chairman said of his recent visit to Afghanistan, where the drawdown is on track. “Because they have conﬁdence, they’re instilling that conﬁdence in their Afghan partners and they are instilling, in turn, conﬁdence in the Afghan people.” The chairman expressed conﬁdence in the next generation – nearly two million military children – who learn early on the concept of service and sacriﬁce. “There’s no other country in the world where you can be whatever you want to be,” he said. Operation Homefront, a nonproﬁt organization that provides emergency ﬁnancial and other assistance to the families of service members and Wounded Warriors, hosted the event.
Navy – Alexander Ray Burch, 18, Grand Forks, N.D., has volunteered more than 400 hours this year and produced a video for an antibullying campaign. His father, David, is a retired Navy chief who works for the Federal Aviation Administration. Air Force – Mark Michael Newberry, 18, Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, carries a 4.2 GPA and has moved for his tenth time. He teaches Sunday school, visits shut-ins every other weekend and volunteers at the local VA thrift store. His father, Brian, is the wing commander at Fairchild Air Force Base and his mother is a registered nurse. Coast Guard – Amanda Wimmersberg, 18, McGuire Air Force Base, N.J., carries a 4.0 GPA and is a member of the Peer Leadership program which helps freshmen acclimate to their new schools and assists them against bullying. Her mother, Christina, is a recently retired Coast Guard lieutenant commander and her father, Richard, is a commander with the U.S. Coast Guard’s Force Readiness Command Detached Duty Navy Warfare Development Command in Norfolk.
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Navy releases ﬁscal 2014 budget proposal Press Release Defense Media Activity-Navy
The Department of the Navy released its proposed $155.8 billion budget for ﬁscal year 2014, April 10. This budget is part of the $525 billion defense budget President Barack Obama submitted to Congress on the same day. Rear Adm. Joseph Mulloy, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for budget, briefed media at the Department of Defense budget press conference about the Navy and Marine Corps portion of the budget, which was a $4.2 billion decrease from last year’s baseline appropriation. “So the bottom line [for military personnel], the Navy’s going to slow growth slightly over time,” said Mulloy. “We’ve pretty much reached the point where, to be able to operate with the force we have and to be able to properly man and train, we need these forces.” This year’s budget submission was guided by the CNOs tenets of warﬁghting ﬁrst, operate forward and be ready. Mulloy said the Navy is funding our forces operating forward, providing money to maintain and train those units getting ready to deploy, and investing in the people, ships and technology of our future force. The budget includes a $49 billion request for operations and maintenance. This is approximately a three percent reduction, but it allows the Navy to maintain its commitment in the Middle East and the Western Paciﬁc, consistent with the Defense strategy.
Brian Walsh Retired Master Chief Petty Ofﬁcer of the Navy John Hagan tours the USS Cole simulated exercise, part of Battle Stations 21, aboard the USS Trayer during a visit to Recruit Training Command.
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six years before retiring in 1998 Continued from B1
MC1 Arif Patani The Department of the Navy announced a proposed budget of $155.8 billion for ﬁscal year 2014, April 10. This budget is part of the $525 billion defense budget President Barack Obama submitted to Congress the same day.
This year’s submission also supports readiness for our next-to-deploy ships and units who will be preparing for their deployments in FY14. The Navy has also increased its ship depot-level maintenance account to increase the scope and complexity of our maintenance availabilities. The Navy has also requested $43.5 billion for ship, aircraft, weapons and other procurement for programs, including Joint Strike Fighter, Littoral Combat Ship, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and P-8A Poseidon aircraft. Following last year’s budget for FY13, this budget includes cuts and other initiatives that will reduce planned spending across several years. The FY14 budget request does not reﬂect the future uncertainty associated with the
implementation of sequestration as it is submitted as part of the president’s balanced deﬁcit reduction plan. To view the proposed FY14 DoN budget documents, visit www.finance.hq.navy.mil/ fmb/14pres/books.htm. To view the U.S. Navy Program Guide for 2013, visit: www.navy.mil/navydata/ policy/seapower/npg13/topnpg13.pdf. Highlights of the proposed DOD budget are outlined at www.defense.gov/ news/2014budget.pdf. For more information and to view the entire ﬁscal 2014 budget proposal, visit www. budget.mil and download the “FY 2014 Budget Request Overview Book.” To view budget-related transcripts, visit www.defense.gov/transcripts.
the Sailor’s “shadow” until they are safely ashore. “I thought it would be great to display it in an area where recruits and staff can view it,” said Hagan. “My hope is after viewing the box they can gain some inspiration from it.” In 1992, then-Secretary of the Navy Adm. Frank Kelso selected Hagan for the position of MCPON. He served in the position for six years before retiring in March 1998. Prior to serving as MCPON, Hagan was Force Master Chief for the Chief of Naval Technical Training, where he worked to improve recruit and advanced training standards for staff and students. Hagan was a member of a committee that developed the Sailor’s Creed and Recruit Final Battle Problem, now known as Battle Stations.
“It was amazing touring the Battle Stations facility that recruits now train in,” said Hagan. “Seeing the development of what I was involved in creating from a base-wide course into a single location, interactive ship goes beyond what I had envisioned.” Battle Stations is a 12-hour event where recruits complete 17 different shipboard scenarios. The state-of-the-art training facility uses theme park special effects technology to simulate a variety of shipboard emergencies, such as shipboard ﬁres and compartment ﬂooding. The recruits must pass Battle Stations before graduating from boot camp. Recruit Training Command, located in Great Lakes, Ill., trains more than 37,000 volunteer civilian recruits annually, transforming them into basically trained Sailors. For more news from RTC visit www.navy. mil/local/rtc.
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Continued from B1 Yager and other Troops to Teachers representatives from across the nation recently met to discuss their role in assisting service members and veterans. In addition to counseling and referral, state Troops to Teachers representatives help applicants identify teacher certiﬁcation requirements for the state they wish to teach, programs leading to certiﬁcation and employment opportunities in their state. Additionally, Yager and other state representatives will reach out to service members earlier while they are still on activeduty and identify education requirements so that interested service members may begin working toward their teaching certiﬁcations before leaving the service, enabling a smoother transition into teaching. “If a service member thinks that they might want to be a teacher, they should contact Troops to Teachers and register for the program,” said Yager. “We can help them with that decision process, investigate whether teaching is right for them and we can help them walk through
MC1 Eli J. Medellin Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Jessica Reed, assigned to the security force at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, reads a Dr. Seuss book to children at McGaugh Elementary School.
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Washington Nationals, SECNAV salute Sailors
Sailors pour water from the Seven Seas, Great Lakes in ‘Blessing of the Fleet’
By MC2 Jonathan Pankau Amphibious Construction Battalion Two Public Affairs
The Washington Nationals paid tribute to the Navy during their “Salute to the Navy” game at Nationals Park, April 12. Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus attended the opening ceremonies, administering the oath of enlistment to 18 future Sailors and throwing the ﬁrst pitch. “For the Sailors and their families it’s great for them to come out here and get the appreciation and get the fact that America loves what they do and they value what they do,” said Mabus. He referred to the Navy as America’s away team and said that when Sailors are out doing their jobs they are often a long way from home, separated from their family for long periods of time. Spouses of deployed Sailors attended the event as well and ran onto the ﬁeld with the starting eight National’s players. Mabus said that spouses and family members sacriﬁce every bit as much as their deployed loved ones, and that America should take every opportunity to say thank you to them because they do not hear it enough. “Our operational tempo has been incredibly high. Families who are left behind have
Screech, the Washington Nationals’ mascot, offers Chief Navy Career Counselor Michael Robinson his cover prior to the Nationals’ “Salute to the Navy” game at Nationals Park.
to maintain the family,” said Mabus. “They have to keep going.” Other events included a Navy Band men’s quartet singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” as the Navy Ceremonial Guard presented the colors and Yeoman 1st Class Derrick Neese, the Department of the Navy’s Sailor of the Year, handing the ball off to Nationals pitcher Ross Detwiler to get the game started. Neese said he was just grateful to his wife Charlene and their three children for their love and support. A salute to the Wounded Warrior program took place during the third inning. Mabus stressed that there is no real way to adequately thank them for their sacriﬁce. “To all of the Sailors and Marines around the world, thank you for your skill, thank you for your sacriﬁces you make for us every day,” he said.
Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus enlists 18 new Sailors prior to the Nationals’ “Salute to the Navy” game at Nationals Park.
Photos by MC2 Jonathan Pankau
Sailors assigned to the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard pour water from the Seven Seas and Great Lakes into the fountains of the outdoor plaza at the Navy Memorial during the “Blessing of the Fleet” ceremony.
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Blessing of the Fleet honors Navy women By MC2 Jonathan Pankau
online For more information on the exhibit and the Blessing of the Fleet, visit WASHINGTON The United States Navy Memo- www.navymemorial.org. rial held its annual spring Blessing of the Fleet ceremony, April 13, providing District of Columbia citizens and Braun delivered remarks on womtourists the opportunity to witness en’s contributions to the Navy, from naval heritage as demonstrated by the Navy nurses in 1908, women enthe United States Navy Ceremonial listing as Yeoman in 1917, the repeal of the combat exclusion law in 1993, Guard. The Blessing of the Fleet ceremony to the ﬁrst submarine to deploy with is a centuries-old ceremony rooted in women aboard in 2010. “Seeing an article on the ﬁrst female seafaring heritage around the world. This year’s event was dedicated to naval aviators changed my life and inthe “Year of Military Women” and spired me to join the Navy and call Vice Adm. Robin R. Braun, the Chief this a career,” said Braun. After her remarks, the blessing of Navy Reserve and keynote speaker for the event, recognized women who began with Sailors from the United dedicated their life to serving in the States Navy Ceremonial Guard “charging the fountains” with waters military. “Today what’s remarkable about from the Seven Seas and the Great military service is that it’s no longer Lakes. The ceremony focuses on saferemarkable that women are serving,” guarding crews and ships from the said Braun. “In today’s Navy, women dangers of the seas by a blessing from are serving across the ﬂeet in ships, the water’s edge, or the Memorial’s submarines and squadrons ... from “Granite Sea,” as the plaza is called. “Being in harm’s way is part of junior enlisted deckhands to comthe business – it’s the job description manding ofﬁcers.” Amphibious Construction Battalion Two Public Affairs
when you’re at sea,” said Braun. Once the Ceremonial Guard ﬁnished charging the fountains and retiring the colors, the Washington Revels Maritime Voices sang the Navy Hymn accompanied by the United States Navy Band. “It’s a wonderful blessing for me to be here and see some of the old World War II veterans and everyone who is in the Navy,” said retired Disbursing Clerk 1st Class Robert M. Pugh, a World War II veteran and Navy Memorial plankowner. Guests were invited to grab a bowl of Navy bean soup served by the Presidential Food Service Culinary Specialists and enjoy the unveiling of the Memorial’s Year of Military Women exhibit. The exhibit displays collections of historical and modern photographs, original artwork and other artifacts including a uniform belonging to Capt. Mildred McAfee. McAfee was the ﬁrst director of the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service), serving honorably in World War II commanding 82,000 women.
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Hagel presents defense budget request to Congress By Karen Parrish American Forces Press Service
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel centered his testimony to Congress on what he termed “profound budget problems” stemming from sequester, April 11. Hagel and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, outlined the $526.6 billion ﬁscal year 2014 defense budget request before the House Armed Services Committee. The request is part of the ﬁscal 2014 budget proposal announced by President Barack Obama. The secretary said the Defense Department’s ability to plan over the long-term is compromised by the “considerable uncertainty” brought on by a complex array of security challenges around the world combined with budget ambiguity at home. Hagel told committee members that “profound budget problems” have resulted from the across-theboard cuts in government spending that began in March under the sequester provision of the Budget Control Act of 2011. The defense appropriations bill Congress passed in March gives DOD authorities to start new programs and proceed with military construction projects, he noted, but it leaves in place seques-
tration cuts that could total as much as $41 billion over the next six months. Hagel noted those cuts will “fall heavily on DOD’s operations, maintenance and modernization accounts that we use to train and equip those who will deploy in the future.” Meanwhile, Hagel noted, higher-than-expected operating tempos and transportation costs have caused a shortfall in contingency funds. “As a result of all these factors, the department is now facing a shortfall in our operation and maintenance accounts for [ﬁscal] 2013 of at least $22 billion in our base budget for active forces,” he said. DOD has in response reduced ofﬁcial travel, cut back on facilities maintenance, imposed hiring freezes and halted many other important but lower-priority activities, he said, but more needs to be done. Likely next steps include civilian furloughs and even deeper cuts to maintenance and training, he said, “which further erodes the readiness of the force and will be costly to regain in the future.” If sequester continues, the department will lose roughly $52 billion in ﬁscal 2014 funding and a total of $500 billion over the next ﬁve years, he said. “As an alternative, the president’s budget proposes some $150 billion in additional de-
fense savings over the next decade,” said Hagel. “These cuts are part of a balanced package of deﬁcit reduction. Unlike sequester, these cuts are largely back-loaded – occurring mainly in the years beyond [ﬁscal] 2018 – which gives the department time to plan and implement the reductions wisely and responsibly, anchored by the president’s defense strategic guidance.” “The ﬁscal 2014 defense spending request balances “the compelling demands of supporting troops still very much at war in Afghanistan, protecting readiness, modernizing the military’s aging weapons inventory in keeping with the president’s strategic guidance and sustaining the quality of the all-volunteer force,” said Hagel. He noted 32 percent of the total 2014 requested base budget, or just over $170 billion, will go to pay and beneﬁts; 34 percent, or just over $180 billion, will go to operating costs, including civilian pay; and 33 percent, or $176.3 billion, will be divided among acquisitions and other investments including research, development, testing and evaluation. The budget request reﬂects strategic choices that emphasize cutting costs before force structure, implementing defense strategy, sustaining readiness and supporting deployed troops, Hagel said.
Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel testiﬁes before the House Armed Services Committee on the ﬁscal year 2014 National Defense Authorization Budget Request in Washington D.C., April 11
online To view the proposed FY14 DoN budget documents, visit http://bit.ly/Xwnnkr. ■ Navy’s budget The Department of the Navy released its proposed $155.8 billion budget for fiscal year 2014, April 10. This budget is part of the $525 billion defense budget President Barack Obama submitted to Congress on the same day.
“Many of the reductions we are being forced to make in [ﬁscal] 2013 as a result of sequester run counter to these goals,” the secretary acknowledged. The ﬁscal 2014 request seeks to reduce costs by shedding excess infrastructure, Hagel said, noting the Pentagon has asked Congress to initiate a round of base realignment and closure to begin in 2015, though Congress rejected a similar request last year. “BRAC is a comprehensive and fair tool that allows communities a role in re-use decisions for the property and provides redevelopment assistance,” said Hagel. Though BRAC is an imperfect pro-
cess that requires up-front costs, he added, “in the longterm, there are signiﬁcant savings. The previous ﬁve rounds of BRAC are saving $12 billion annually.” The secretary said DOD also is seeking other savings in support costs by reviewing underused military hospitals and clinics. “By the end of the year, we will have a plan in place that suggests how to reduce that underutilization while still providing high-quality medical care. … This restructuring, coupled with a BRAC round and other changes, would permit us to plan on a cut in our civilian workforce that will comply with congressional direction,” he said. Along with a requested one percent pay raise for military members, Hagel said, the Pentagon’s ﬁscal 2014 request seeks to contain health care costs, particularly among working-age military retirees using the TRICARE military health plan. “Survivors of military members who died on active duty or medically retired members would be excluded from all TRICARE increases,” the secretary said. “Even after the proposed changes in fees, TRICARE will remain, still, a substantial beneﬁt.”
The Joint Chiefs of Staff and senior enlisted leaders support the request and understand, the secretary said, “that in order to sustain these important beneﬁts over the long-term without dramatically reducing the size or readiness of the force, these rising costs need to be brought under control.” Hagel noted the ﬁscal 2014 request includes $8.2 billion in savings from weapons program terminations and restructuring, and calls for tightening contract terms and reducing risk in large acquisition programs, such as the F-35 joint strike ﬁghter. The secretary said as sequester proceeds, Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Dempsey are leading a comprehensive review of the department’s processes with a view toward possible institutional changes. The review is set to ﬁnish by the end of May and results will inform the Quadrennial Defense Review due to Congress in February, Hagel said. “It is already clear to me that achieving signiﬁcant additional budget savings without unacceptable risk to national security will require not just tweaking or chipping away at existing structures and practices, but if necessary, fashioning entirely new ones that better reﬂect 21st century realities,” he added. “And that will require the partnership of Congress.” The executive and legislative branches of government share responsibility for protecting national security and America’s strategic interests, Hagel said. Doing so requires “that we make every decision on the basis of enduring national interests and make sure every policy is worthy of the service and sacriﬁce of our service members and their families.”
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BROADWAY HIT LES MISÉRABLES COMES TO NORFOLK By Yiorgo Contributing Writer
The highly anticipated “Les Misérables” (Les Miz) tour opens at Chrysler Hall in Norfolk next week, showing from April 23 - 28. The show has been seen by more than 53 million people in 38 countries and 21 languages since it ﬁrst opened in London in October of 1985. The original Broadway production opened on March 12, 1987 at the Broadway Theatre, winning seven Tony Awards that season, including Best Musical. I recently spoke with Andrew Varela, who plays Javert in the current production, and his wife Susan Spencer Varela, who is a talented singer, dancer and performer, on their love, life and happiness on Broadway. Below is the interview: Yiorgo: Andrew, your parents are Cuban, but you were born in the states and now play a Frenchman. How has your background helped you to portray characters such as Jean Valjean and Javert? Andrew Varela: I am your typical American immigrant success story with a great ending. My parents came over in 1962 on the “Freedom
Courtesy photos Andrew Varela (right) and Susan Spencer Varela (left) originally met on the national tour of “Evita” in 1993, and later married. They have a son named Oscar who is autistic with special needs. Although both are accomplished performers, the Valeras made the decision to take turns auditioning for parts while the other stays home in Wisconsin to care for their son.
Flights.” They left everything they had behind to come to this country for a better life for us, and 30 years later, I am singing on the Broadway stage as Jean Valjean in one of the best roles ever written about a man, and in one of the best musicals ever written. I was very grateful when I was able to bow on the Broadway stage – in front of my parents – and at the last matinee, take bows with my wife and son. God bless America! Y: Speaking of family, how did you meet your wife Susan? AV: We were both in Norfolk. It was Nov. 19, 1993 and we were doing the national tour “Evita.” I came downstairs in the hotel lobby ... the whole cast was waiting for the bus to take us to the theatre. Susan had just joined the show. She was sitting in a big wing chair in the lobby and I was smitten. Like I tell everybody, you spend enough time with Susan you can’t help but fall in love with her. But, I’m also a huge Navy fan, so when the whole cast was going on to the next city, Orlando (Fla.), I stayed back and toured the Navy base and had the time of my life. She went on to Orlando and still won’t let me forget it. Years later when we had our son, Oscar, we were tour-
■ show info Showtimes for Les Misérables’ upcoming run at Norfolk’s Chrysler Hall are April 23 at 8 p.m.; April 24 at 8 p.m.; April 25 at 8 p.m.; April 26 at 8 p.m.; April 27 at 2 and 8 p.m.; and April 28 at 1 and 6:30 p.m. Tickets prices for the show range from $63 to $283.
ing in Norfolk again, so we come back to the same hotel years later and took a pic (sic) in the same lobby with Oscar. Susan Spencer Varela: We were cast the same day in the national tour of “Evita.” We started rehearsing the same time, became friends, and after a few days, we knew we wanted to make a go of it as a couple. After we ﬁnished being on the road, we started dating. I remember exactly the moment I saw him, we were gathered on the stage in Norfolk for a sound check. They were introducing cast members and they introduced me, then Andrew, and as they introduced him I thought, “Who is that?” I remember exactly what he was wearing, and years later, I married “Who is that?”
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This weekend, bring the entire family to the 13th annual International Children’s Festival, a veritable palette of color, cultural pride and camaraderie. The event, taking place April 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Downtown Hampton’s Mill Point Park, will allow children of all ages the unique opportunity to experience the sights, sounds and tastes of more than 40 countries, regions and cultures. A wealth of activities are planned for the festival, including a costumed Parade of Nations, showcasing a breathtaking array of exquisite fabrics, bold colors and exciting designs. Entertainment will take place on three stages and includes the popular Dragon Head Dance, native folk dancers and musicians. Hilby the Skinny German Juggle Boy, The Mechanical Man, a stilt walker and the Monkey Man will provide roaming entertainment in Mill Point Park throughout the day. This year, the festival is happy to welcome China Kaleidoscope Kung Fu Love, a group of martial arts and folk dance performers from the People’s Republic of China. The group
■ who will be there Participating countries, regions and cultures include: American Samoa, Armenia, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Caribbean Islands, England, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Haiti, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Middle East, Morocco, Native Americans, Nigeria, Norway, Panama, Peru, People’s Republic of China, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan Republic of China, Thailand, Ukraine, Turkey, U.S. and Vietnam.
will be in Hampton Roads for the opening of Old Dominion University’s Confucius Institute, which will ofﬁcially establish on April 19. To help children further stimulate real travel and enhance their worldwide journey, Passports to Adventure will be available. Anytime a child visits a country, they will have their visas stamped to conﬁrm their interaction with the organizers of
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that booth. If they visit each country at the festival, the child will then be entered into a special “World Traveler” prize drawing. In addition to the activities of the day, vendors will offer (for a fee) exotic and tempting treats from Turkey, The West Indies, Panama, Thailand, Japan, the Middle East and more. The designated food court area will remain open until the conclusion of the festival. Admission to the International Children’s Festival is free and ample parking will be available throughout Downtown. For more information call 727-8311, or visit www.hampton.gov/parks/icf.
Spring has sprung at TowneBank Fountain Park. Festevents invites everyone to celebrate the change in seasons with the 4th annual Spring Fountain Fair, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. We’re opening the fountain, so put on your bathing suit, grab a towel and be part of this free great family fun in TowneBank Fountain Park at Town Point Park, along the Downtown Norfolk waterfront. New this year is the Spring Fountain Fair Petting Zoo, provided by Beach Party Ponies. Family friendly animals including a mini goat, baby lamb, bunnies and more will be on-site for all to see and pet. Norfolk Tide’s Mascot Rip Tide will be making a special appearance during the event. Join Barnes & Nobles for Springtime Story Time at 11 a.m. Spring Fountain Fair guests can also enjoy games like cakewalks, Hula Hoop contests, sack races, cornhole, give-a-ways and more. In addition, guests are invited to enjoy free rides on the G-Force Twin Spin or test their strength on the High Striker to see who can ring the bell at the top of the tower. Get your face painted for free by Funny Faces by Julie. The whole family
■ lawn games • Hula Hoop Contests: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:45 p.m. • Cake Walks: 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m. • Limbo Contests: 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 1:45 p.m. • Sack Races: 10:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
will enjoy free balloons and cotton candy all day long. Omar’s Fountain Café will be offering tasty Spring Fountain Fair foods and beverages for purchase. Picnic spreads are welcome. For more information, visit festevents.org, or call 441-2345.
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Tribute to the Troops featuring Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band ■ When: May 11, 7 to 9 p.m. ■ Where: nTelos Wireless Pavilion, Portsmouth ■ Cost: Free to DOD cardholders ■ For more information, visit: www.ﬂagshipnews.com
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Courtesy photo Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band.
tribute to and in honor of Virginia men and women who recently died in military service to America. Day One: Virginia Beach to Gloucester; Day Two: Gloucester to Dahlgren; Day Three: Dahlgren to Manassas; Day Four: Manassas to Arlington.
Don’t miss this exciting outdoor event that Navy-Marine Corps Relief includes a rock wall, challenging carnival Society Night with the Tides games with prizes, inﬂatables and food. ■ When: May 4, gates open at 6 p.m., Open to junior enlisted only (E-1 to E-6). game begins at 7:05 p.m. ■ Where: Harbor Park, Norfolk ■ Cost: Tickets cost $11, use promo code Relaxation Day “NMCRS” ■ When: April 19, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. ■ For more information, visit: www. ■ Where: NWS Yorktown, Scudder Hall TidesGroups.com Conference Center ■ Cost: Free The Norfolk Tides will be hosting a Navy■ For more information, call: 847-7802 Marine Corps Relief Society Night for their game against the Syracuse Chiefs. Tickets Free haircuts, massages and manicures. must be purchased by May 1. There will be Open to active duty members only. ﬁreworks following the game.
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French historical novel by Victor Hugo Continued from C1 Y: How do you make your relationship work? SSV: Thanks to the original production of Les Miz, we went from being engaged with just Andrew in the show as Jean Valjean, to a married couple with both of us in the show, with me as Fantine, to parents that got to close the show. At the last matinee for bows, Andrew brought out our son with us and we bowed together as a family. As our son got older, we made the decision to take turns auditioning for parts while the other stayed home in Wisconsin. Since Andrew was cast as Javert in the current production of Les Miz, I’m able to stay home and take care of Oscar who is autistic and has some special needs. I am still able to work though and I have done some local and national commercials, among others. Y: Andrew, talk about what you did to prepare for your au-
dition in this current touring production? A: I smoked a cigar two hours before the audition. I’m a tenor and the role I was auditioning for was a baritone … and I love a good cigar. I needed to get my voice level down and it worked well. I don’t recommend this for everybody. Y: What is it like to play one of the greatest villains of all time and how do you give him humility? A: He is a cop – he’s not a bad guy. He is the only one on stage that’s doing what he is paid to do. In his eyes, Valjean is the bad guy. Javert has to get him or society will collapse. At the end, Javert realizes that he is the bad guy and it’s too much for him. Y: Tell me about the new 25th Anniversary production, presented by Cameron Mackintosh, and the new staging and scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. A: You’re getting twice the
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Hugo for the price of one. You’re hearing his words and characters, but you are also seeing the imagery that he himself saw when he was conjuring up these stories. He was a respected painter in his day. Thanks to modern technology, and for the ﬁrst time in this production, we have ﬁve high deﬁnition projections on stage projecting Hugo’s powerful images. Y: Do you think this production has something for those old and new to Les Miz? A: It is theatre at its purest. If you see one theatre piece in your life, make it Les Miz.!You won’t regret it. It will lift you up, make you laugh, cry, angry and scared. It’s so effective. It’s such a moving story. It does what good theatre is supposed to do … it affects you. It leaves you uplifted and moved and so grateful for having spent the time. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http:// bit.ly/10a5ED9.
The National Park Service will waive entrance fees during National Park Week, April 22 - 26, including free admission to Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battleﬁeld. “This year’s theme, ‘Did you know ...’ provides a fun way to discover the wonders of America’s national parks,” National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis said. “For example, did you know that there are national parks in all 50 states? Did you know that national parks include seashores, battleﬁelds and historic homes? Did you know that the country’s highest peak, lowest point, tallest tree, deepest lake and longest cave are in national parks? Did you know that you probably live within an hour or two of a national park? National Park Week is a great time for all Americans to visit a nearby national park to camp and hike, watch wildlife, stroll a Civil War
battleﬁeld, and connect with our heritage and each other.” Colonial National Historical Park includes both Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battleﬁeld. On April 20, National Junior Ranger Day, parks will invite young visitors to “explore, learn, protect” and be sworn in as Junior Rangers. Then, April 27 is Volunteer Day, so if you want to roll up your sleeves and pitch in with a project, look for a park where you can help out. “National parks preserve our heritage, promote recreational experiences and provide places of quiet refuge,” said Jarvis. “Most people live within a short drive of a national park, so I encourage everyone to spend some time enjoying America’s great outdoors during National Park Week.” For more information, call 898-2410, or visit www.nps.gov/colo.
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Oblivion (PG-13) A solitary drone repairman working on a warravaged planet Earth becomes humanity’s last hope for survival in this ambitious sci-ﬁ epic from “Tron Legacy” director Joseph Kosinski. In the distant future, planet Earth has been decimated by an intergalactic battle against an alien race known as the Scavs. The majority of the mankind has been evacuated, leaving just a few solitary drone repairmen remaining on the planet’s surface. Their job is simple – stand guard over the ruins of a oncegreat empire by patrolling the skies and ensuring the drones continue to function. Jack (Tom Cruise) is nearing the end of his mission to extract resources essential to the survival of the human race when he witnesses a spacecraft fall from the sky. Upon investigating, Jack discovers the capsule contains a mysterious woman. With mission control watching his every move from high up above the clouds, Jack embarks on a spectacular adventure that will not only challenge everything he’s been taught about mankind’s most deﬁning battle, but perhaps alter the entire course of human history. Olga Kurylenko and Morgan Freeman co-star.
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Home Run (PG-13) Baseball all-star Cory Brand (Scott Elrod) knows what it takes to win in the big leagues, but with memories of his past haunting him, his life quickly spirals out of control. Hoping to save her client’s career and reputation after a DUI and a team suspension, Cory’s agent sends him back to the small town where he grew up. Forced to coach the local youth baseball team and spend eight weeks in the only recovery program in town, Brand can’t wait to return to his old life as quickly as possible. As his young players help him experience the joy of the game, he discovers his need to ﬁnd freedom from his past, hope for his future and win back the love he left behind. With this unexpected second chance, Brand ﬁnds himself on a powerful journey of transformation and redemption.
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WrestleMania weekend another rousing success By Jonathan McLarty Contributing Writer
World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) invaded the metropolitan New York / New Jersey area, April 4-8, for its annual sports entertainment extravaganza â€“ WrestleMania 29. For fans of professional wrestling, this is the most anticipated weekend of the entire year. I had the pleasure of attending several WWE-hosted events and the grandeur of these events never ceases to amaze me. The festivities kicked off with a press conference on April 4 at Radio City Music Hall. Fans from across the world could watch the event live on YouTube. This conference featured comments from WWE CEO Vince McMahon, WWE Superstars CM Punk and John Cena, WWE Champion The Rock, and others â€“ all giving insight on what was in store for the biggest show of the year. The theme for this yearâ€™s WrestleMania was â€œComing Homeâ€? as WWE got its start in the New York area. The ďŹ rst WrestleMania emanated from New Yorkâ€™s Madison Square Garden in 1985. New Jerseyâ€™s Izod Center hosted Axxess, a fan gathering that gave attendees the opportunity to meet Superstars and Divas of the past, along with members of the current roster, for autographs and posed photos. Notable Superstars at the session I attended were Kane, Paul Heyman, Chris Jericho, Antonio Cesaro, Diamond Dallas Page and WWE Diva Lita, just to name a few. Fans could participate in trivia contests, test out the latest WWE video game offering â€œWWE â€˜13â€? from 2kSports, and even record their own rendition of John Cenaâ€™s entrance music. Between the Superstar
â– joining an elite group The 2013 inductees to the WWE Hall of Fame were Bob Backlund, Booker T, Donald Trump, Mick Foley, Trish Stratus and Bruno Sammartino.
appearances, memorabilia displays featuring a WWWF title belt once held by Bruno Sammartino, and live matches from the superstars of NXT, the four-hour session breezed by. Every year, on the eve of WrestleMania, WWE honors those men and women who have made an impact on this industry by holding a Hall of Fame ceremony. This yearâ€™s ceremony was held within the world-famous Madison Square Garden. To be inducted this year were Bob Backlund, Booker T, Donald Trump, Mick Foley, Trish Stratus and Sammartino. This was Sammartinoâ€™s triumphant return to WWE after exiting the company many years prior. Having sold out Madison Square Garden 187 times during his wrestling career, he can now add one more sell out to that list as the Garden was completely ďŹ lled for this star-studded event. On April 7, 80,676 members of the WWE Universe ďŹ‚ocked to Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. for WrestleMania 29. It was a cold and windy night with the temperatures dropping to the high 40s, but not even that could put a damper on the crowdâ€™s excitement. CM Punk, played to the ring by New Yorkâ€™s own Living Color, was unsuccessful in breaking the undefeated WrestleMania streak of The Undertaker, who is now 21-0. This match was truly a classic, and having been dedicated to his memory, would have made Paul Bearer proud. Triple Hs career was on the line in a No
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‘El Nino’ on a quest for respect By Duane Finley UFC.com
The only opportunity Gilbert Melendez has ever wanted as a professional ﬁghter is just around the corner. While ﬁnally making his UFC debut is certainly a highlight for the last man to hold the Strikeforce lightweight title, the chance to prove he is the No. 1 155-pound ﬁghter in the world is the challenge “El Nino” has longed for, and on April 20, the 30-year-old Team Cesar Gracie ﬁghter squares off with UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson in a clash of MMA’s two top lightweight ﬁghters. It is a platform years in the making for Melendez. The Northern California native has been on a quest for respect and recognition as the world’s best lightweight ﬁghter – a task not easily accomplished competing outside of the UFC. But with a title shot in place, and a showdown with the UFC champion on the horizon, the ﬁres of motivation are raging and Melendez is dead set on settling the conversation once and for all. “I’ve always wanted to challenge myself against the best,” said Melendez. “That has never meant ﬁghting in the UFC necessarily, but ﬁnding out if I really am the best lightweight in the world. Now I’m going to get that chance to ﬁgure out if I am the number one lightweight in the world and I’m banking on doing it.” “This is what I’ve been waiting for. This is the goal right here. I felt like this moment was inevitable. It’s been a long time, but this is exactly what I’ve been training and ﬁghting for my entire career. It all comes down to this one moment and it’s time to zero in and do it,” he said. “I feel a huge amount of respect coming from the UFC for giving me an immediate title shot. It also goes to show that people really want to see this ﬁght. That also plays a big factor in putting this ﬁght together and I’m really happy fans are coming out, and really getting behind me in this. It feels great to get that kind of respect and I’m really happy to be a part of the UFC now.” If an immediate title shot against Henderson wasn’t sweet enough, the opportunity comes with additional perks with the UFC on FOX 7 bout coming in Melendez’s backyard of San Jose. As a Bay Area native, Melendez was able to compete in San Jose numerous times under the
Courtesy of Strikeforce Former Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez will carry a seven ﬁght winning streak into the Octagon when he challenges UFC 155-pound champion Benson Henderson at UFC on Fox 7, April 20.
Strikeforce banner and he has built a passionate fan base in the San Jose/San Francisco area. The bout taking place as the main event of FOX also plays a huge factor in the importance of the ﬁght. Since the relationship between the UFC and FOX kicked off in 2011, the organization has begun transitioning some of their biggest ﬁghts off of their traditional pay-per-view model and onto free television. Melendez sees this scenario as the perfect opportunity to make a deﬁnitive statement to a brand new audience in the UFC. “How can I not be excited about this ﬁght,” he said. “Fighting in San Jose, against Ben Henderson on FOX ... it doesn’t get better than that. What a great platform for me to show the
■ winning run Gilbert Melendez sports a 21-2 career record, with his last lost coming to Josh Thomson in June of 2008. Along with his current seven fight winning streak, “El Nino” opened his career with 13 straight wins.
world what I got. It is an amazing thing and I’m honored to be a part of it. They know I’m ready to deliver. I’m coming out ready to ﬁght and everybody is going to be in for a good show. With me they get a guy who always shows up to ﬁght. I couldn’t ask for anything more than ﬁghting in San Jose. It feels like [the UFC] is doing something really generous for me and maybe it’s because of all the things I’ve done for the sport. I don’t really know, to be honest, but it feels great. At least that is the way I’m taking it. Fighting in the Bay Area deﬁnitely adds more fuel to my ﬁre because my fans are going to be there, they are feisty, and they are going to get in Ben’s head.” The matchup between Melendez and Henderson features some interesting stylistic parallels. Both men are strong wrestlers who work behind high-paced attacks. Over his career, Melendez has displayed a brutal fashion of ground and pound that he blends with an increasingly accurate striking game. Henderson, on the other hand, brings a unique amount of pressure which has allowed him to break the opposition he faces. While Henderson’s legendary cardio is difﬁcult to prepare for, Melendez believes the UFC champion’s greatest attribute is not his physical skill set, but “Smooth’s” ability to stay relaxed under ﬁre. “Benson is a total athlete,” said Melendez. “He has a lot of strengths and very few weaknesses, if any. One thing I do see in him as a big strength is that he is very mentally strong. That is one thing I see in him that I don’t see in every ﬁghter. He is very focused and keeps his game face on at all times. He gets dropped in ﬁghts, but he recovers quickly and keeps the same face on. “There is no look of desperation and he maintains his composure,” he said. “I think it is going to be a tough mental battle for both of us. We are going to push each other hard and it is going to be just as much of a mental battle as it is a physical one.” While Melendez has been around the UFC scene for years, cornering his teammates in their biggest ﬁghts, he is deﬁnitely looking forward to his ﬁrst opportunity to make that walk to the Octagon. The moment is a long time coming and Melendez is excited to ﬁnally have the chance to show the UFC fan base what he can do.
Courtesy of UFC Winner of three of his last four bouts, former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir is scheduled to welcome highly-touted prospect Daniel Cormier to the Octagon at UFC on Fox 7, April 20.
■ mma schedule UFC ON FOX 7 April 20; 5 p.m., FX; 8 p.m., FOX Featured bouts: Ben Henderson vs. Gilbert Melendez Daniel Cormier vs. Frank Mir Nate Diaz vs. Josh Thomson Matt Brown vs. Jordan Mein UFC 159 April 27; 8 p.m., FX; 10 p.m., PPV Featured bouts: Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen Alan Belcher vs. Michael Bisping Cheick Kongo vs. Roy Nelson Phil Davis vs. Vinny Magalhaes UFC ON FX 8 May 18; 6 p.m., Fuel; 9 p.m., FX Featured bouts: Vitor Belfort vs. Luke Rockhold Consta Philippou vs. Ronaldo Souza Chris Camozzi vs. Rafael Natal Rafael dos Anjos vs. Evan Dunham UFC 160 May 25; 8 p.m., FX; 10 p.m., PPV Featured bouts: Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio Silva Junior dos Santos vs. Mark Hunt James Te Huna vs. Glover Teixeira Donald Cerrone vs. KJ Noons ■ All cards are subject to change.
Kyle Busch returns to winning ways with pair of victories By Rick Minter Universal Uclick
After a 2012 season in which very little went right for Kyle Busch, the early races of the current NASCAR season have seen him return to his winning ways in the sanctioning body’s Top-2 touring series. This past weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, he scored dominating victories in both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide races. On the Cup side, he led 171 of 334 laps to get the win, his second of the season after winning at Auto Club Speedway, where he led 125 of 200 laps. In Nationwide, his Texas victory was his third in a row, giving him four overall in six races. In his one start this season in the Camping World Truck Series, he was runner-up, at Daytona. Contrast that with last year, when he won just one race across NASCAR’s Top-3 circuits. Busch’s Texas victories pushed his career win count to 111 – 26 in Cup, 55 in Nationwide and 30 in Trucks. His Cup win at Texas came in his
300th start in the division and he’s likely to have many more starts and wins as he’s just 27 years old. Busch’s 2012 skid actually started at Texas in the fall of 2011, when he wrecked championship contender Ron Hornaday Jr. in the Truck race, and as punishment from NASCAR ofﬁcials, was forced to sit out both the Nationwide and Cup races that weekend. Then last year, in addition to his lack of wins, he missed the cut for the Chase for the Sprint Cup. His car owner, Joe Gibbs, said in the winner’s interview Saturday night at Texas that Busch’s handling of his disappointments of last year, including mechanical issues and other misfortunes, set the tone for his 2013 revival. “Last year, at the end of the year, Kyle really handled all of those things about as good as you could handle them,” he said. “I think it showed real maturity and I think that kind of set the course for this year.” Gibbs said Busch’s crew chief Dave Rogers also has played a key role in the turn around.
“I think [Rogers and Busch] have some of the most frank conversations, and they’ll both get ﬁred up and get after each other,” he said. “But I think that’s all part of sports.” Busch also pointed out that if his pit crew hadn’t gotten him out of the pits ahead of eventual runner-up Martin Truex Jr. on the ﬁnal stop at Texas during the Sprint Cup race, the outcome could have been different. “They’re the best in the business and have been since I’ve been with them in 2008,” said Busch. “They know when it’s crunch time.” For Truex, who led 142 laps, the ﬁnish was a bitter disappointment, as his winless streak, ongoing for 208 races since he won at Dover in June of 2007, continued. “We needed more time,” said Truex. “We needed another pit stop. We needed something. Just tired of ﬁnishing second.” His frustrations could continue, as there were reports that his No. 56 Toyota was too low upon a post-race inspection. Penalties likely are forthcoming.
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