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A lifetime of love from a moment of pain

Sailors display a sign while marching in support of the “Keep What You Earned” campaign on Naval Station Norfolk. “Keep What You Earned” is a fleetwide initiative, encouraging Sailors to make healthy lifestyle decisions.

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NAVSTA Norfolk hosts march to support ‘Keep What You Earned’ By MC3 (SW) Frank J. Pikul Navy Public Affairs Support Element East

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More than 650 Sailors from commands throughout the Hampton Roads area marched in support of the “Keep What You’ve Earned” (KWYE) campaign on Naval Station (NAVSTA) Norfolk, July 2. The march comes just before the holiday weekend to highlight the Navy’s newest flagship campaign, “Keep What You’ve Earned,” a fleetwide campaign that encourages Sailors to make responsible decisions when it comes to alcohol and illustrates the consequences of bad choices. “Because one bad decision could cost you not only your Navy career, but your family and even your life,” said NAVSTA Norfolk Command Master Chief Anthony E. Adams. “Our Sailors on shore and at sea work hard and deserve what they earned. This

4TH OF JULY ACROSS THE FLEET Check out The Flagship’s coverage of Independence Day celebrations and events that occurred at sea.

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campaign is designed to help prevent them from making a decision, or a series of decisions, that could cost them everything.” Groups of Sailors began the march from four different locations on the base, holding signs and banners to help deglamorize the use of alcohol, as well as other destructive lifestyle choices, such as domestic violence, sexual assault and texting while driving. “The march was to inspire Sailors and to show that we care,” said Chief Yeoman Monica Grenion, from Commander, Navy Region MidAtlantic, who took part in the march to show her support. “We want them to know that we care about them and their future and we truly want them to keep what they have worked so hard to earn.” The groups ended the march at the Parade Field where Morale, Welfare and Recreation hosted a rally with

refreshments and entertainment for the participants. “This was an opportunity to voice our concerns and opinions about serious issues that are affecting the Navy and the military as a whole,” said Adams. “We want to educate our Sailors on making choices that will help them in the future.” During the rally, Capt. David A. Culler, commanding officer of NAVSTA Norfolk, spoke to Sailors on the importance of the campaign. “I want to see our Sailors succeed in whatever they do,” said Culler. “Sailors need to realize and know the consequences of their decisions regardless of whether they are in the workplace or outside of it. I believe that this campaign is making a difference in our Navy and I trust that our Sailors will be making the right decisions and choices for themselves and their families.”

There is something that changes in a family that has a tragic loss. It’s even harder when that family member is a little boy who is only 8 months old. It’s the strength of the family and what they do next that will define them, and for the Harmons, it was to create a lasting memory of their son, the fighter. “Our son Benjamin was born on May 17, 2011, six weeks early, with the extremely rare combination of a hypo-plastic right heart [congenital heart defect] and Down Syndrome. Benjamin spent seven months in intensive care at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters (CHKD) before

Courtesy photo During Benjamin’s time at CHKD, he underwent multiple heart procedures and battled several dangerous infections.

he passed away on Feb. 2, 2012,” said Lt. Cmdr. Daniel Harmon, Manpower and Manning Officer for the Center of Personal

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Alexander to close out Navy career; welcomes new opportunities on horizon By David Todd The Flagship Managing Editor

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Rear Adm. Tim Alexander, Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic will close out his military career, July 12, marking 33 years of dedicated service to the U.S. Navy. And despite his long list of accomplishments and accolades through the years, what he’ll miss the most, he said, is simply, “the friends I’ve made – the people.” “The people aspect his huge,” he said. “I will miss the challenges and the things we’ve faced here [in the Mid-Atlantic Region] and in other commands, but at the end of the day it’s really about people … and that’s what I will miss the most.” Although he grew up in a Navy family, joining the military was not a clear career choice for him until after he graduated from

SAPR MESSAGE In a message to flag officers, commanding officers and officersin-charge, VCNO Adm. Mark Ferguson highlighted Navywide accountability for sexual assault, July 8.

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college (University of Colorado in 1978). It was then that his father, a seasoned pilot of single engine airplanes and a retired Navy captain, provided him the means to get his private pilot license, which, unbeknownst to him, was the dawn of his illustrious naval career. “I got my license and I thought, ‘This is pretty cool, I’d like to keep flying. I like being in aviation,’” he recalled. “I looked into how I could get more hours or how I could possible get into the commercial side, and it was clear that the most economical approach to getting more flight time was through the military.” Upon completion of Aviation Officer Candidate School in March of 1981, he was commissioned an ensign and later designated a naval aviator in November of the same year.

BUFFALO SOLDIERS STAMPEDE INTO HAMPTON A Charity Ride with an estimated 1,200 cyclists on July 20 will raise funds for two Hampton Roads charities identified by the local chapter to receive checks totaling $5,000. » see C2

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MILITARY CONSUMER PROTECTION DAY EVENT PLANNED FOR JULY 24 Press Release Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs

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Looking to protect yourself from fraud, identity theft and scams? Maybe you’re wondering about the best way to use credit, how to shop for a used car, or maximize your security online. Military Consumer Protection Day (MCPD) is July 17. To celebrate this inaugural event, the Region Legal Service OfďŹ ce, Mid-Atlantic (RLSO-MIDLANT) has planned an Auto Fraud Symposium for July 24. The event will take place at the Fleet and Family Support Center, located behind Navy Federal Credit Union on Hampton Blvd., Building SDA, Room 131, July 24, from 8:50 a.m. to noon. Registration is required and participants must register by no later than July 17. To register or for additional questions, contact Debra Parker at 341-4492, or email debra.parker@navy.mil.

This day has been set aside to highlight the challenges faced by the military consumer and to provide an opportunity to focus on education and the prevention of consumer scams. The military consumer is a valued and often sought after customer. Active duty, reserve and retired service members and their families bring billions of dollars to the local economies where they live and work. As a transient population with good jobs and guaranteed pay, they can be valuable targets for unscrupulous merchants and scam artists. MCPD is also dedicated to “helping the military consumer avoid becoming a victim of scams and misinformation in the market place; providing information and instruction on how to protect yourself or your family from fraud, identity theft and scams; and learning the best way to use credit, shop for a used car, or maximize your security online.â€? Educating military and veteran communities with information is the ďŹ rst and best line of de-

fense against those who would try to take advantage of service members. “Military Consumer Protection Day is an opportunity to learn and to discuss consumer issues and identify resources to resolve consumer problems so that our service members maintain mission readiness,â€? said Dwain Alexander, the Senior Civilian Attorney and Legal Assistance Subject Matter Expert, Region Legal Service OfďŹ ce, Mid-Atlantic (RLSO-MIDLANT), Legal Assistance Department. Service members are also encouraged to go to www.Military.ncpw.gov for free tips and tools from the Federal Trade Commission, Department of Defense, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Military Saves and more than a dozen other federal and state agencies, consumer advocates and military support groups. These organizations have joined forces to distribute resources to help avoid scams, invest wisely, manage money and credit, and deal with debt.

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IndepedenceDay Left: Sailors participate in a water balloon fight during a steel beach picnic aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50). Right: Yeoman 1st Class Martin Villegas places hamburgers on a grill during a steel beach picnic aboard the USS Carter Hall.

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Carter Hall celebrates the 4th of July By MC3 (SW/AW) Sabrina Fine Amphibious Squadron Four Public Affairs

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Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) celebrated the 4th of July with a steel beach picnic, July 4. The event was sponsored by the Junior Enlisted Association (JEA), which is an organization comprised of Sailors in paygrades E-1 through E-4, with the common goal to increase fellowship and morale. “The steel beach picnic is a success because everyone is happy and having a lot of fun,” said Yeoman Seaman Kayleigh Betschart, a member of JEA. “We have so much potential for hosting morale-boosting events, and it’s only going to get bigger and better.” The events of the day consisted of a barbecue, tug-ofwar, an egg-throwing contest, water balloon fight and sumo wrestling. “A steel beach picnic is a little break from the monotony we experience at sea,” said Command Master Chief Christopher Fitzgerald. “Even if we can’t be home to barbecue and go to the beach with our families, it definitely gives lasting memories to say that we did a steel beach picnic in the middle of the ocean on the 4th of July.” The flight deck was full of laughing and cheering as music played and Sailors and Marines danced to popular songs. “When there are Sailors and Marines aboard together, events like this one give them a chance to hang out with each other and bond,” said Fitzgerald. “It’s a core that you establish, it brings everyone close together so if we have to respond to a real-world mission they stick together and have a common bond in doing what our country needs us to do.”

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Even if we can’t be home to barbecue and go to the beach with our families, it definitely gives lasting memories to say that we did a steel beach picnic in the middle of the ocean on the 4th of July.” - Command Master Chief Christopher Fitzgerald

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â&#x2013;  commands return home Eisenhower CSG is made up of Commander, Carrier Strike Group 8, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), guided-missile cruiser USS Hue City (CG 66), the eight squadrons of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, and Destroyer Squadron 28. CVW-7 includes Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) One Two One â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bluetails,â&#x20AC;? Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) One Zero Three â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jolly Rogers,â&#x20AC;? Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) One Three One â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wildcats,â&#x20AC;? Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) One Four Three â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pukinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Dogs,â&#x20AC;? Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) Eighty-three â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rampagers,â&#x20AC;? Electronic Attack (VAQ) Squadron One Four Zero â&#x20AC;&#x153;Patriots,â&#x20AC;? Helicopter Anti-submarine (HS) Five â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nightdippers,â&#x20AC;? and Fleet Logistic Support Squadron (VRC) Forty â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rawhides.â&#x20AC;? Photos by Harry Gerwien | Military Newspapers of Virginia

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, USS Hue City, Carrier Air Wing-7 return home Press Release Eisenhower Strike Group Public Affairs

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More than 5,000 Sailors serving as part of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (IKECSG) returned to their homeports in Norfolk and Mayport, Fla. July 3, following ďŹ ve months of operations in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and embarked squadrons of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, along with the guided-missile cruiser USS Hue City (CG 66), returned from their second de-

ployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet and 6th Fleet areas of operations in the past year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Operating forward, from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean and into the Arabian Gulf, the Sailors of Eisenhower Strike Group exempliďŹ ed the professionalism, ďŹ&#x201A;exibility and combat readiness that are the hallmarks of our Navy,â&#x20AC;? said Rear Adm. Mike Gilday, Commander, Carrier Strike Group 8. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A second successful deployment would not have been possible without the inspirational teamwork on Ike and the rocksolid support from our families

and friends back home. Our Sailors and their families are deďŹ nitely Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all stars.â&#x20AC;? While deployed, IKECSG served in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility, conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a busy 12 months for the Ike Five Star Warriors. I am so proud of this winning team and the spectacular work they have done. No one could

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MCC Leah Stiles Sailors assigned to the Nightdippers of Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron (HS) 5 are welcomed home by their friends and family during a homecoming celebration. The Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group is returning to homeport at Norfolk after operating in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility supporting Operation Enduring Freedom and conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts.

Continued from A4 have accomplished the mission better,” said Capt. Marcus Hitchcock, Ike’s commanding officer. “We are thrilled to return home to our friends and family today – they have sacrificed equally and supported us wonderfully. I would like to thank the Ike Sailors and their families for their unflagging commitment and dedication to our Navy and nation. They have earned a heroes welcome home.” During the five months away from their homeports, Eisenhower and Hue City safely steamed more than 30,000 miles, conducted eight strait transits, two Suez Canal transits and CVW-7 launched their first sorties into Afghanistan on March 24. The air wing flew 1,362 combat sorties, 8,033 hours, equating to 51 days in support of OEF. “The Carrier Air Wing 7 team has shined once again,” said Capt. Terry Morris, Commander, CVW-7. “Our Sailors worked hard day in and day out over the last several months. They’ve earned all of their praises.” Capt. Dan Uhls, command-

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We are thrilled to return home to our friends and family today – they have sacrificed equally and supported us wonderfully.” - Capt. Marcus Hitchcock, Eisenhower’s commanding officer

ing officer of USS Hue City, echoed Hitchcock’s comments about the magnificent work his crew has done during the deployment. “I have been utterly amazed by the professionalism of the wonderful men and women who sail aboard Hue City,” he said. “Their resiliency in the face of back-to-back deployments, along with their personal and professional accomplishments while conducting our nation’s business in the Arabian Gulf is awe-inspiring. They are truly America’s finest and I have been proud to sail with them for the past year.”

MCSN Taylor Jackson Adm. Bill Gortney, Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command returns salutes as he arrives aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Eisenhower returned to her homeport of Norfolk after operating in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts.


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USS Monitor: A naval shipbuilding first Compiled by The Flagship Staff – the first time two ironclads national marine sanctuary. In

On March 8, 2013, the Navy honored two unknown Sailors from USS Monitor with a graveside interment ceremony at Arlington National Ceremony. The Sailors were lost along with 14 of their shipmates when Monitor sank off Cape Hatteras, N.C. on Dec. 31, 1862 during a storm. Just nine months prior to its sinking, the ship had been part of a revolution in naval warfare when the ironclad dueled to a standstill with the CSS Virginia (Merrimack) off Hampton Roads in U.S. Navy photo A sketch of the scene inside the USS Monitor’s turret during its battle one of the most famous naval battles in American history with CSS Virginia from the book “Deeds of Valor.”

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faced each other in a naval engagement. “This was one of the most important naval battles in history, one of those rare occasions when technology raced ahead of our understanding of how to fully employ it,” said Capt. Henry Hendrix, director of Naval History and Heritage Command. “The battle between USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia will always serve as an anchor point for U.S. naval history.” The ship remained sunken for 112 years until the wreckage was discovered in 1974 and was designated the nation’s first

2002, during an expedition to recover the ship’s gun turret, the remains of the two Sailors were discovered and transported to the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) onboard Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. With the help of facial reconstruction created by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Louisiana State University’s Forensic Anthropology and Computer Enhancement Services Laboratory, JPAC continues to search for the identity of the two Sailors. All 16 Sailors were memorialized on a group marker in

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section 46 of the cemetery, which is between the amphitheater and the USS Maine Mast memorial. This week we will take a brief look back at how Monitor was a naval shipbuilding first and how it sparked future ships seen in the fleet today. Below is an excerpt from an article that appeared on www. flagshipnews.com on Feb. 26, 2013. Through intelligence reports, Union Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles learned of the refitting of the frigate USS Merrimack, renamed CSS Virginia as an ironclad warship, which began on July 11, 1861. Welles published an announcement in August of 1861 calling on designers to submit plans for ironclad warships to the Navy Department. One of resulting plans was for that of the Monitor. The Monitor was almost never built. John Ericson, a Swedish-born New York engineer and inventor submitted a steamship plan for what he called, “An impregnable steam battery of light draught, suitable to navigate the shallow rivers and harbors of Confederate States.” But his plan was rejected, because the board of Naval officers questioned its stability. Ericson went to Washington and personally demonstrated the soundness of his design to the board. That fateful day, the board gave him permission to build what would be the Union’s answer to the CSS Virginia – a 172-foot icon of Union justice that would mete out destruction wherever it went, armed with two menacing cannons. The engineer’s plan had some characteristics that helped convince the board that his design was the right one. It was small – larger ships would have taken longer to build, time they did not have with the work on the CSS Virginia. It was completely iron – no vessel of wood could stand up to the bombardment from the battery of the CSS Virginia. It featured a revolutionary turret – the rivers and inlets of the Southern U.S. were too narrow and it would be impossible for ships to turn broadsides at all times to shoot their cannons. It featured a shallow draft – the shallow waters off the coast of the South called for a ship that could maneuver nimbly. Ericson returned to New York to begin building his ship, splitting the workload between eight NewYork state companies and one Baltimore company in order to build faster. Continental Iron Works constructed the hull, Delamater and Company built the steam engines and Novelty Iron Works formed the 8-inch thick turret. “It’s a complex ship,” said Gordon Calhoun, Naval History and Heritage Command’s Hampton Roads Naval Museum editor and historian. “It was a far cry from the wooden warships that were being built. Any ship that has been built in the 20th century has flaws in it and not everything goes by the book when you take the ship out to commission it. The fact that they built this brand new ship that no one had ever attempted to build before in 118 days and not have many flaws in it is remarkable.” Editor’s note: This excerpt was written by MC1 (AW) Tim Comerford with Naval History and Heritage Command Public Affairs. Visit www.history.navy. mil for more about the history, legacy and traditions of the United States Navy.


FLAGSHIPNEWS.COM | JUL 11, 2013 | THE FLAGSHIP | A7 Sailors and Navy civilians take part in the docking of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, where it will begin a scheduled Docking Planned Incremental Availability.

STENNIS ENTERS DRY DOCK By MC3 Daniel Schumacher USS John C. Stennis Public Affairs

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USS Stennis Sailors complete SAPR training By MC2 Lauren Howes USS John C. Stennis Public Affairs

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Sexual Assault Prevention and Response-Fleet (SAPR-F) training concluded aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), July 1. The training, led by Stennis Senior enlisted and commissioned personnel, was in accordance with NAVADMIN 156/13 and NAVADMIN 158/13 requiring fleetwide completion by July 1. “It [SAPR training] emphasized the need for a positive culture change,” said Cmdr. Kevin Dowd, Stennis’ weapons department head and a SAPR facilitator. “It is an all hands effort to eradicate sexual assault within our ranks and this training helps re-emphasize DOD standards.” For many, this training was an opportunity to engage in the fleetwide focus on sexual assault preventative measures and reporting procedures. “Sailors need to be aware of their resources and their responsibilities,” said Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Caleb

MCSN Jose L. Hernandez USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Senior Medical Officer Cmdr. Andrew Schiemel (left) and Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Chief Petty Officer Joshua Hansen, answer questions during a Sexual Assault Prevention and Response-Fleet (SAPR-F) class.

Hyland, a command SAPR victim advocate. “This training talks about both protecting the rights of victims as well as ensuring they get the proper care and help that they need.” According to the 2012 Workplace and Gender Relations Survey of active duty members, more than 26,000 service members across the DOD experienced unwanted sexual contact. Of the estimated 26,000, only 2,949 were reported to DOD authorities. “The training brings the issue of lack of reporting to the forefront as a command

priority and helps to cultivate a command climate where victims have the confidence to report assaults and are secure in the knowledge that command leadership will do what is right,” said Dowd. Sexual assault affects Navy readiness and the Navy is committed to preventing sexual assault. Join the Navy’s conversation about sexual assault on social media and help raise awareness by using #NavySAPR. For more information and resources on combating sexual assault, visit www.sapr. navy.mil.

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) entered Dry Dock at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF), June 27, to begin its scheduled Docking Planned Incremental Availability (DPIA). The dry dock provides Sailors and shipyard workers access to the ship below the waterline for maintenance, repairs and refurbishments. The ship got underway on June 26 from Pier Delta at Naval Base Kitsap, Bremerton to transit into the flooded dry dock using five tugboats. With minimal clearance on either side, the ship was then carefully positioned onto support blocks as the water slowly drained from the dock. “Everyone was very careful and very coordinated throughout the docking evolution as there was little room for error,” said Dale Coyle, dock assistant project superintendant. “The [shipyard] riggers are trained for this evolution and took the lead while Stennis Sailors assisted us with additional manpower wherever they needed it.” During DPIA, Stennis is scheduled to undergo extensive maintenance and upgrades to improve its mission readiness and warfighting capabilities. Some of the more notable evolutions expected to occur include preserving and painting the ship’s hull, upgrading the propulsion plant, refurbishing the crew’s berthing compartments, and a complete replacement of the ship’s computer networks and workstations. “At the completion of DPIA, the material condition will be enhanced, the quality of life for the Sailors will be significantly improved and our warfighting capability will be improved,” said Cmdr. Nito Blas, Stennis’ chief engineer. With so many different projects to be completed during DPIA, Coyle said approximately 5,000 people, including PSNS and IMF personnel, the ship’s crew and private contractors, will be working in and around the dry dock. “We have estimated that more than 700,000 man-days of work comprised of Stennis Sailors, contractors, and PSNS and IMF employees that will be accomplished during this DPIA, making this the largest DPIA that any shipyard has worked,” said Coyle.

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Cherry takes command of the JPSE

Rear Adm. John N. Christenson turns over command to Rear Adm. Walter E. “Ted” Carter, Jr. with Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert during a change of command ceremony for U.S. Naval War College (NWC) in Newport, R.I.

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CARTER BECOMES 54TH NWC PRESIDENT By Daniel S. Marciniak U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs

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The U.S. Naval War College (NWC) welcomed its 54th president during a change of command ceremony onboard Naval Station Newport, July 2. Rear Adm. Walter E. “Ted” Carter relieved Rear Adm. John N. Christenson, who has been at the helm since March 30, 2011. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, the ceremony’s presiding official and guest speaker, commended Christenson for a job well done. “He has led this college through some very, very dynamic times,” said Greenert, referring to the fiscal uncertainty of the past 12 months and the recent support provided by the NWC to Operation Odyssey Dawn and the AsiaPacific rebalance. “He certainly was the right person for the job.” In recognition of his achievements, Christenson received the Navy Distinguished Service Medal. Christenson leaves the “Navy’s Home of Thought” for his next assignment as deputy U.S. military representative to NATO Military Committee in Brussels, Belgium. “Others may command fleets of ships and aircraft, and today some

This is the guy I want up here. He’s a visionary … someone who’s wholly committed to the institution.” - CNO Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert

even command fleets of cyber warriors,” said Christenson. “I was privileged to command the United States Navy’s fleet of minds.” He went on to tell the NWCs “fleet of minds” that their hard work does not go unnoticed. “You are the engine room of this war college,” said Christenson. “I am extremely proud that your curriculum is regarded as the most prestigious of all the joint professional military education institutions.” Carter, a native of Burrillville, R.I., thanked Greenert for giving him the opportunity to return home and to lead the U.S. military’s oldest and most prestigious academic institution. “I am excited, humbled and have never been more proud to be

a naval officer than today at this very moment,” said Carter. Having most recently served as director for the Navy’s 21st Century Sailor Office and, before that, commander of Enterprise Carrier Strike Group, Carter was hand selected by Greenert to lead the NWC in the 21st century. “This is the guy I want up here,” said Greenert. “He’s a visionary … someone who’s wholly committed to the institution. He will sustain this war college as our finest and most relevant, and develop the naval strategists for the 21st century.” Carter concluded his remarks by sharing his vision for the way forward. “My highest commitment to you, our world-class faculty and staff, is to continue to respect the institution of the Naval War College and the values we stand for,” said Carter. “We as a team will promote higher-level thinking and critical writing by continuing to educate tomorrow’s leaders. “We will protect the mission of the war college through creative innovation, in-depth analyses, and rigorous computer-based, table-top gaming, all the while embracing the military transition our nation will require us to face in the next decade.”

U.S. Air Force Col. Rick Watson relinquished command of the Joint Planning Support Element (JPSE) to U.S. Air Force Col. Rhude Cherry in a ceremony at the Joint Enabling Capabilities Command (JECC) headquarters in Norfolk, June 28. Watson served as the JPSE commander, following the departure of U.S. Air Force Col. Timothy Sundvall, JPSEs former commander, in April of 2013 for another position. The JECC provides missiontailored joint capability packages to combatant commanders and is ready to deploy anywhere in the world within hours of notification, to help the joint force establish the ability to command and control emerging operations. JPSE is one of the JECCs three subordinate joint commands and provides rapidly deployable, tailored, joint planners with expertise to accelerate the formation and increase the effectiveness of a joint force headquarters. “JPSE has evolved rapidly and met their mission effectively,” said Navy Rear Adm. Scott A. Stearney, the commander of the JECC and the presiding officer during the change of command. “None of this would have been possible without the steady leadership of Col. Watson in the last few months.” In the time that Watson has commanded JPSE, the command has been involved in a variety of realworld operations and geographic combatant command exercises, including the completion of two notable deployments in support of U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM). In April, four members of JPSE

Whitney Williams U.S. Air Force Col. Rick Watson (left) passes the Joint Planning Support Element (JPSE) colors to U.S. Rear Adm. Scott Stearney, the commander of the Joint Enabling Capabilities Command, signifying his relinquishment of command.

deployed to the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) in Djibouti, Africa to assist with planning efforts and provide expertise in the Joint Operation Planning Process for the CJTF-HOA staff. Additionally, after supporting USAFRICOMs Operation Juniper Micron (OJM) for close to four months, the final JPSE members redeployed in May. JPSE members accelerated the planning and execution of OJM at both the strategic and operational levels with personnel initially deployed to USAFRICOM headquarters and a small JPSE team relocated to U.S. Army Africa, which was designated as Task Force Juniper Micron. “I have never said ‘no’ to an opportunity to command,” said Watson, who will be retiring in August, of his short time commanding JPSE. “I am humbled by what you all do in the JPSE – it has been a pleasure to serve with you all.” Cherry assumes command of JPSE following completion of the Joint Advanced Warfighter School at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk. “I salute the efforts of the JPSE members,” said Cherry, upon assuming command. “I’m looking forward to getting involved deeper and embracing the great mission of this command.”

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Lt. Gen. Tryon joins MARFORCOM

Steve Kotecki Lt. Gen. Richard T. Tryon receives the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command (MARFORCOM) organizational colors from Brig. Gen. W. Blake Crowe, aboard Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads, June 28. Tryon joins MARFORCOM after his assignment as deputy commandant of Plans, Policy and Operations at Headquarters Marine Corps.


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NMCP interns graduate; Ready to give patient care around the world By MC2 (SW) Anna Arndt NMCP Public Affairs

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Eighty-one medical interns graduated from Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP), making them eligible to independently provide health care at military medical facilities around the world, June 28. This is the 89th consecutive year of the Graduate Medical Education program at NMCP, which provides a joint-service intern program for Navy and Air Force doctors. This class had eight Air Force interns, six of whom are in pediatrics. A medical intern is a physician who has completed medical school, but does not have a full license to practice medicine unsupervised. After completing their first year of post-graduate training, the interns will either be assigned to fleet units as flight surgeons or general medical officers, or they will continue with specialized training. Of the 40 who are going into another training program, 31 will remain at NMCP for up to a three-year residency program to specialize in either general surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedic surgery, pediatrics, psychiatry, radiology or emergency medicine. The rest of the class will now care for military patients at commands around the world. With the 13-month intern program behind them – one month of orientation and 12 months of rotations in a specific or variety of specialties – the interns have proven they are ready to move beyond medical student to independent physician. “By allowing you to graduate, your mentors are telling you that you have the right stuff – they have confidence in your knowledge, skills and abilities,” said Rear Adm. Elaine C. Wagner, Commander, NMCP during the graduation ceremony. “They know

that wherever you are, you will continue to learn, continue to expand your knowledge and continue to improve your skills ... because that’s what they have taught you to do.” The keynote speaker for the graduation, Rear Adm. William Roberts, Navy Medicine Education and Training Command commandant, is a former chief of the Navy Medical Corps. He congratulated them on their achievements. “Your team has made me more than confident in the future of the Navy Medicine team. Thank you for everything you do every day for our patients, our Navy and Marine Corps team and our nation,” said Roberts. “This graduation event, ladies and gentlemen, is a big deal. It represents the culmination and recognition of 12 months of intensive, multidisciplinary clinical education and experience and the turning of a critical page. As a graduate of the ‘first and finest,’ you will not disappoint. You will make yourselves, your families and loved ones and intern faculty and staff that helped you get here so proud.” The interns already did a lot to make family and colleagues proud, and that meant a lot of hours spent in that educational and clinical experience, amounting to up to 80 hours per week attending lectures, completing rounds in the wards twice a day and seeing patients in a clinic or operating room setting. The internship year prepares them to take charge of patient care. “As a medical student, you are peripherally involved in patient care, but you’re not the one signing orders, you’re not the one making telephone calls, you’re not the one directing a code when someone is passing away,” said Lt. Christopher Perry, senior intern and a transitional intern. “As an intern, as a physician, now you’re the one respon-

HARMONS Continued from front and Professional Development. During Benjamin’s time at CHKD, he underwent multiple heart procedures and battled several dangerous infections. The Harmon family’s story is inspiring. After the tragic experience that rocked the family to the core, a cause shaped the Harmon family, and they rallied. Harmon’s wife, Stephanie, 11-year-old son, Samuel, and 9-year-old daughter, Abigail, jumped in head first. They began to support others and volunteer where they could. This cause fueled by a personal loss created realignment of values and an overwhelming passion to help those around them. They saw the need to support families practically and emotionally during their hospital stay, and Healing Hearts for Benjamin (HHFB) was born. “In memory of Benjamin, our family set up an endowment fund at CHKD specifically to provide support to the Cardiac Surgery Program,” said Harmon. “We recognized the need for dedicated family support from a parent’s perspective for those experiencing having a child in intensive care.” According to the CHKD website, volunteering at the hospital promises great rewards to individuals who come with a desire to help. CHKD believes no reward is greater than the satisfying feeling volunteers get when they labor unselfishly for others, especially for sick children. Harmon and his wife began volunteering as parent sup-

sible, you’re the one signing for medications, so it becomes much more real. The responsibility is tremendous.” In addition to that tremendous responsibility, the class wanted to show they had time for more than just their patients. New this year, they made it their mission to take on civic responsibility, donating their time to one community service project each quarter. They first organized a food drive at Thanksgiving and then a toy drive at Christmas, collecting and distributing 50 to 60 toys for the children in NMCPs Pediatrics Ward and Pediatrics Clinic. They also helped clean up the shoreline during Clean the Bay Day in June. “I actually started three new positions this year that we did not have last year, specifically geared toward philanthropy,” said Lt. Michael Hight, transitional intern and class president. “I wanted to show that the 81 of us, even with very little free time, we could still make an impact with community service.” They also did something big for future interns by creating a smart phone app that includes all of the intern resources, from survival guides and specialty information to clinic phone numbers and physician pager numbers, in a convenient, pocket-size carrying case instead of an armload of binders. “I spent most of the year developing the app,” said Lt. Samuel Frasier, an otolaryngology intern. “This is going to be helpful for interns, but also for residents and staff, because it helps ease communication. It helps decrease our time spent finding a computer and logging on to find that information, so instead we can really focus on patient care.” After receiving official approval, the app went live in early June, just in time for the arrival of the Intern Class of 2014.

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port coordinators. They organized monthly family support group dinners for families of cardiac and Pediatric Intensive Care Units (PICU) patients. Stephanie believes that parents are a valuable resource and an important part of the medical team. “No one knows a child better than their parent, and although we may not always have a medical degree, we can provide valuable feedback to the medical team, support each other in hard times and help one another navigate the Intensive Care Units (ICU),” said Stephanie. The Harmon family has contributed time and effort toward making a positive impact in the lives of many families. Since early 2012, they have contributed 100 handmade blankets for patients locally and worldwide, created more than 50 “day of surgery” care packages for families, presented 147 holiday gifts to PICU patients and raised $16,000 in support of CHKD programs. All members of the Harmon family participate. Stephanie, Samuel and Abigail are active volunteers at the hospital. The children assist with all fundraising efforts, help make blankets, assemble care packages and play an active role in monthly sibling groups, in conjunction with CHKDs Child Life Specialists monthly Family Support Groups. They also assist in programs offered for siblings who have a brother or sister in the hospital, as someone for the children to relate to. “Working on HHFB volunteer projects for CHKD

as a family – writing cards, making blankets, putting together cardiac care packages, working fundraising events, etc. – brings joy to our hearts and we truly have fun doing it,” said Stephanie. Recently the Harmon family held the 2nd annual HHFB yard sale and prize drawing to benefit the cardiac surgery programs at CHKD. Their effort consisted of everything from planning to execution, including coordination with CHKDs development and community relations office for media releases and approvals. Having planned and executed the yard sale with the help of their neighbors, the event grew beyond expectations and generated more than $6,700 in sales, and nearly $5,000 worth of sponsorships, gifts and prizes from local community businesses and restaurants.

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Admiral to retire after serving 33 years in the Navy Continued from front “There were days that were better than others, but every day was a good day,” he said of becoming a commissioned officer and naval aviator, “because I was doing what I had asked the Navy to let me do.” In retrospect, Alexander said he often misses his early days of flying helicopters and reminisced about the overall experience he’s had as a naval aviator. “It’s been a fabulous experience. The flying part has been great, especially in my younger days when we just lived to fly. The more time we could get on the flight schedule, the better it was,” he said. “So I miss that and I’ve missed that for the last eight to 10 years of my career, because I haven’t been doing much flying.” “Going to sea and being operational, taking a group of guys to sea – in my day it was all guys – it was just a great experience and the friendships, and the opportunities to travel and see the world and fly in some amazing places was great,” he continued. Alexander said one of the biggest changes he has seen in the Navy during his career is the level of professionalism that is today’s Navy. “We were a good organization back in the early 80s, but over time we have evolved into a much more professional organization,” he said. “The young kids today, officer and enlisted that I meet, they are a lot smarter than I was when I came in. They have a lot more on the ball than I did, and they have great equipment and training.” Alexander said being selected as a flag officer and becoming a naval aviator were both great honors for him, but other aspects of his job have been equally proud moments personally in his career. “Being able to participate in promotions, advancements, reenlistments … I’m very proud to do that because it means so much to me to see other people do well and succeed,” he said. “I was very proud when I got my wings – that’s a big day, you worked pretty hard for it – that’s a major milestone in the life of an aviator, but what I think I get the most out of is when people I’ve gotten to know – [those] I have worked with or currently work with – and I see them succeed and accomplish things that they set out to do for themselves. If I have had the ability to influence that, hopefully in a positive way, that really makes me proud.” With his successes, also came some challenges along the way, which he met head-on. During his current tour, Alexander coordinated regional recovery efforts following the F/A-18D plane mishap in Virginia Beach on April 6, 2012; oversaw crisis response efforts following Hurricanes Irene and Sandy throughout the Region; and championed energy programs, transforming the conservation culture across the entire Mid-Atlantic Region, among others. His dynamic leadership and outstanding professionalism enabled Navy Region Mid-Atlantic to surpass every milestone, which professionally supported all regional warfighters. “Any time you are in command, you have the ability to make an impact and to make a difference. You’ve got to reach out and grab it,” he said. “It doesn’t always present itself in the same way, but the overall opportunity to have an impact is there.” Alexander offered some advice for Sailors and civilians alike to get the most out of their military opportunity, regardless of branch of service. “You’ve got to be committed … you’ve got

The Flagship file photo Rear Adm. Tim Alexander (above), Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic will relinquish command to Rear Adm. Dixon R. Smith on July 12. Smith most recently served as Commander, Navy Region Southwest.

to be willing to work hard,” he said. “You’ve got to be willing to accept that you are going to work long hours. But you’ll never have the level of responsibility and authority that you are given either in uniform or as a civilian in the Navy that you would get elsewhere ... and there is a lot to be said for that.” Alexander said he values the support he has received from not only his friends and colleagues, but most importantly, his family, children and grandchildren and loving wife Kathleen. “The value of family is just humongous,” he said. “You’ve also got to recognize that the toll on the family can be pretty significant. So, having a family as a support network is huge, but you have to recognize that the family needs some support back … I’m extremely blessed to have the family that I have.” Alexander said he is excited about the upcoming ceremony and looks forward to what the future holds for both him and his family. “I feel really good about closing this chapter and I don’t have any regrets whatsoever,” he said. “The time comes for all of us to take the uniform off and go do something else – and it’s my time to do that – and it’s a time of my choosing. I will miss the people, but I’m excited about what other opportunities are out there for me to continue to try to make a contribution.” “I’m excited about being able to see my kids and grandkids more … I’m excited about spending more time with Kathleen. So, I’m looking forward to those opportunities,” he continued. “I’m excited and hopeful that the friends I have made in the Navy will stay in touch … I know that is sometimes hard, but I look forward to staying in touch with the people I have met and have gotten to know.” Upon retirement, Alexander and his wife have plans to relocate to Northern Virginia where they will spend some quality time fixing it up their home to their liking. He also plans to start networking for future career opportunities in the Washington, D.C. area, while also reserving time for travel, fishing and relaxing. “On the immediate horizon, I have plans to work on our house that has had renters in it for nine years,” he said. “I’m going to keep myself busy for a couple of months fixing up the house and getting it to the point where we want to live in it – which I enjoy. I see it as an opportunity to decompress from doing this for 33 years.” Alexander said in closing that he is confident that the Mid-Atlantic Region will continue to progress and move forward in the years to come. “I think there is enough inertia already, it’s just a question of sustaining it,” he said. “We’ve got the right people, we know what we need to do, and we know what our challenges are going to be in the months and years ahead. We have to work to continue to collaborate and work together as a team and chart that path.” A change of command ceremony is scheduled in Hanger LF-59 on Naval Station Norfolk on Friday. Alexander will relinquish command to Rear Adm. Dixon R. Smith, who most recently served as Commander, Navy Region Southwest.

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More than 500 guests went underway with Old Ironsides for a threehour tour of Boston Harbor in celebration of Independence Day.

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Constitution celebrates Independence Day with underway, naturalization ceremony By MC2 Peter D. Melkus USS Constitution Public Affairs

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USS Constitution got underway in Boston Harbor to kick-off the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s celebration of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 237th birthday, followed by a naturalization ceremony where 26 new American citizens were administered the Oath of Allegiance, July 4. Approximately 500 guests accompanied the 215-year-old Con-

stitution on its second scheduled underway of 2013, including 150 winners of Constitutionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual 4th of July public lottery drawing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is one of those moments of a lifetime that most people never get to experience, but it was an amazing moment for me to board [Constitution[ and be on the ship while underway,â&#x20AC;? said Susan Palmer, a turnaround cruise guest and distant relative of Capt. William Bainbridge, one of Constitutionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s com-

manding ofďŹ cers during the War of 1812. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is just a magical day for me and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m so thankful to have the chance to be here aboard a true piece of American history.â&#x20AC;? Old Ironsidesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; three-hour tour of the harbor began at 11 a.m. and was highlighted with the ďŹ ring of two gun salutes from two of the shipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s long guns. The ďŹ rst was a 21-gun salute which occurred at noon near Fort Independence on Castle Island in honor of the United States. After

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President Barack Obama praised and thanked U.S. military members and their families for their service to the nation during an Independence Day celebration held on the South Lawn of the White House, July 4. The event was attended by military members representing all branches of the Armed Forces. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are incredibly grateful for your service and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re thankful that you get a chance to spend the fourth here with us,â&#x20AC;? Obama told the service members. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 4th of July celebration marked 237 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the president said. Today, the United States â&#x20AC;&#x153;stands as the greatest nation on Earth,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And what makes us great is not our size or our wealth, but our values and our ideals and the fact that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re willing to ďŹ ght for them.â&#x20AC;? America continues to be â&#x20AC;&#x153;a land

People in scattered corners of the world live in peace today are free to write their own futures, because of you.â&#x20AC;? - President Barack Obama

of liberty and opportunity; a global defender of peace and freedom; a beacon of hope for people everywhere who cherish those ideals,â&#x20AC;? Obama said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s service members â&#x20AC;&#x201C; past and present â&#x20AC;&#x201C; have defended our nation at home and abroad.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;You fought for our nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beliefs, to make the world a better and safer place,â&#x20AC;? he told service members at the White House. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People in scattered corners of the world live in peace today are free

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As DOD enters the furlough period, the department will concentrate on the core mission of defending the United States and its interests, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said, July 8. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where our center of gravity is during this furlough period,â&#x20AC;? said Little. Because of sequestration, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made the difďŹ cult decision to furlough about 85 percent of DOD civilian employees one day a week through the end of the ďŹ scal year, a total of 11 days, the press secretary said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My assumption is the vast majority of that population is on furlough at least one day this week.â&#x20AC;? Little estimated the action will save the department $1.8 billion by the end of September. Some missions in the department will be impacted, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re very clear with our own staff that there will be some impact and we expect other ofďŹ ces to have similar impacts,â&#x20AC;? the press secretary said. What happens in ďŹ scal 2014 remains up in the air, Little said in response to a reporterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s question about the possibility of future layoffs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re getting ahead of ourselves talking about layoffs at this stage,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Right now weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in the furlough period and no decisions have been reached about what may happen going forward.â&#x20AC;? Much of what will happen depends on the governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to move beyond sequestration, Little said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[Hagel] has been clear that he would like for there to be a deal on sequestration, so we can lift this burden off of all our employees in the department,â&#x20AC;? he said. Sequestration â&#x20AC;&#x153;was an unfortunate mechanism designed to avoid unfortunate consequences. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re seeing some of those consequences already in regards to military training and readiness,â&#x20AC;? the press secretary said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unfortunate weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in this period but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to muscle through it best we can.â&#x20AC;?

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NATIONAL HARBOR, MD.

Military children are a great strength of the Armed Forces, the chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff said at the kickoff of the Military Child Education Coalition’s 15th National Training Seminar, July 8. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey told teachers, school liaisons, program directors and other professionals that he wanted to have a “conversation” with them on the importance of supporting the military child. Interacting with attendees in a questionand-answer format, the chairman and his wife, Deanie Dempsey – who have three children and three grandchildren – began by emphasizing the need for good education. “I think what makes us the strongest democracy in the world is education,” said Dempsey. “The strength of our democracy is education. There’s no question. In fact, it’s a precondition for democracy, I think.” Deanie said the education children get by being part of the military and moving around is “pretty significant,” adding that her family was in Germany when the wall that separated the former East and West Germany came down. “How many kids can say they were there for that,” she asked. The chairman also said it’s important for the nation to discuss how history will regard the men and women who have served in the last 10 to 12 years at war, and the audience should be aware of how that perception will impact the children of those veterans and service members. “The image of the institution and the image of those who serve is also reflected on our children in how they represent this great country, this institution, in the schools in which they attend … and just [in] the way they carry themselves,” he said. And while there are struggles at times, military children are “amazing kids,” Deanie said. She also stressed that parents must be advocates for their children, recalling the mother of a military child whose father was overseas. The boy wasn’t doing well in school. The staff researched the roster of students and found it had 13 military children of deployed parents. The staff formed a support group just for them and the boy’s school experience turned from negative to positive.

The 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey (left) and his wife Deanie (seated) attend the 2013 Military Child Education Coalition National Training Seminar at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Fort Washington, Md., July 8.

Photos by MC1 Daniel Hinton The 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey speaks at the 2013 Military Child Education Coalition National Training Seminar at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Fort Washington, Md., July 8.

“The more we reach out to them, the better off we all are,” added Deanie, who earned a master’s degree in education. The Dempseys said it’s also vital to stay positive for children’s well-being during a permanent change of station, which often take place in the summer months. “But your children will reflect you. If you’re positive about the move, they will be. If you’re not ... they won’t be,” the general said. Deanie told the audience that her family looked at permanent change of station moves as a sort of vacation. “As many of you know, there weren’t ever many vacations,” she said. “Of course our PCSs back then, you didn’t have the movies in the car and stuff like the kids have today, which is great,” she said. “So we’d play the license plate game. We’d sing Irish songs – my kids all grew up singing Irish songs. So you’d do that for however many hours you were in the car. But we’d try and stop – well, we’d try to make it a vacation-ish kind of thing.” The chairman asked for the audience’s help with letting leaders know during the conference what’s happening with military families. “This particular ‘portal’ into the challeng-

es of military families and in particular, children, is really important as we do confront a future with some uncertainty,” he told the attendees, encouraging their input on the needs of military children. There’s always uncertainty following wars, he said. “After Vietnam, Desert Storm and the 9/11 decade, it’s been a bit of a roller coaster, but we’ve always figured it out,” the chairman said. No decisions have been made to cut military children’s programs, Dempsey said. “But if you’re asking me, ‘Is it likely we will scrutinize all of those systems we’ve for the most part taken for granted over the years?’” he said. “The answer is absolutely, we’ll have to. I think we can make a case that full sequestration would be a bad idea for the nation, not just for the military.” “The entire enterprise is under scrutiny in order to find a way to provide the nation with that which it needs in terms of security at reduced levels of resources,” he continued. “We’re not exactly sure how deeply those resources will be reduced. Of course, there will have to be changes made in family support programs, but there would be an effort to reach out to understand what the community of interest believes is most important. We’re not going to do this from Washington with the famous 6,000-mile screwdriver – and come to any conclusions ourselves.” “So the thought process is, instead of five kinds of programs out there, why not put the resources and make two really good ones? And you’ve still got what you had in all five, but just in those two,” Deanie noted. The Dempseys said it is important for the audience members to let them know which programs are necessary, and to take a serious look at all their programs and focus on those that would benefit everybody. The general expressed his gratitude for the work the audience participants do with military children. ”If you ever wanted to lead at a time when it’s important, not just for the military, but for our country,” the chairman said, “you’re in the right place at the right time.”

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WELCOME HOME, I’M ENORMOUS! By Jacey Eckhart Military Spouse Contributor

I’ve always thought that a baby conceived during the few sweet days of R&R has got to be evidence of one of two things: 1) Darwinism at work. Or 2) a baby who has places to go, things to do and people to see. Personally, I think of these babies as the most interesting kind of minor miracle. The only problem with an R&R baby is that by the time the Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Marine comes home, that baby is making his presence known. Overnight, the service member is married to a pregnant lady. Which is probably weird. But is it a problem? Emily wrote us this week with just this kind of situation. She and her husband made the R&R period of their year-long deployment really count. Emily will be 23 weeks pregnant by the time her husband gets home from his first deployment. Emily writes: “My question is, how to you go about reintegrating? I will be completely different from when I last

saw him. I can’t do the things we usually love to do together. (Example: Scuba diving, being outside for long periods of time because it’s too hot and anything else that pregnancy gets in the way of.) He has been clued in on how the pregnancy is going, but I’m fairly sure he will have no clue how to react to it all when he finally gets home.” Emily would like some tips from our SpouseBuzz readers who have had an R&R baby or who have had their husband return from a deployment or training at the end of a pregnancy. Here are some suggestions that I have been considering. What would you add or subtract from our SpouseBuzz list? Know you aren’t missing anything. One of the things we military spouses do all the time is compare ourselves to each other. We are so sure that something would be easier if we were more like this or that norm. Pregnancy is a weird time in a relationship for everybody. Just observe your own story as it unfolds with a little curiosity and a touch of wonder.

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Put off finding out the sex of the baby. Wait until homecoming to know if you are having a boy or a girl. This will probably kill you. But holding that reveal until homecoming means that the pleasure in that discovery will be shared. Put off some of the decisions. So many military wives I know are finishers. They hate to have unfinished To Do’s on their lists. So the inclination will be to get everything ready for that baby. Which is fine with most guys. They probably don’t care about what color you paint the baby’s room or which stroller you buy. If you ask, your guy will probably tell you to suit yourself. And he will mean it. But sometimes first dads confess that when they got home they realized every decision had been made. There is a wistfulness in them that makes me wish some things had been left undone.

Cut the guy some slack. For many expectant fathers, pregnancy is not that interesting. It isn’t that these dads-to-be are not interested in their own children. It’s just that pregnancy takes a long time and not a lot is happening on the outside. When I was pregnant with our daughter and my husband was constantly out to sea, I wish I would have known that pregnancy is not a good indicator of what kind of father a Sailor or Soldier or Marine or Airman is going to be. Fatherhood takes time. Lots of time. You just have to follow the example of other new military families and keep moving forward. Jacey Eckhart is the Director of Spouse and Family Programs for Military.com. She is an Air Force brat, a Navy wife and an Army mom. Read more from Jacey and other military spouses at spousebuzz.com.

Three easy resume steps to an interview By Sandy Meadow Fleet and Family Support Center Oceana

How long do most employers spend reading your resume? “Just 5-15 seconds!” employers say. Why? Because they’re skimming a stack of 300 resumes to find the Top-4 candidates for interviews. What are they looking for in those few seconds? Their keywords! If you don’t say that you meet or exceed all of their requirements in your qualifications section, they’re reaching for the next resume. If you do, they’ll spend the next 5-10 seconds skimming your experience section. So what’s the best way to capture all their keywords? Just copy and paste their ad into a Word document. Next write your accomplishments based on their duties. Here are the steps to write a targeted resume for each ad. 1. Find an ad. (For civilian jobs try www.indeed.com. For federal search www.usajobs.gov.) 2. Copy ad into Word and reformat. (Use bullets throughout, but don’t use lines or italics. If their requirements are true for you, keep the same words and same sequence in your qualifications. If it’s not true, take it out. If you have something better, substitute. Example: “Associate’s degree in progress” instead of “High School Diploma.”) 3. Write accomplishments for their duties. (The ad tells you “what” they want you to do. All you have to write is “how” you did each duty and any “results” you got. You could stop at step 3 or you could enhance your targeted resume.) 4. Enhance. (Use your generic resume, evals., awards or VMET to quantify with numbers, percentages or dollars.) “That sounds too easy,” job seekers say. It is easy for you … and you’re making it easy for the employer to call you for an interview. (That’s the purpose of a resume – to land an interview!) Now you’ve also started preparing for the interview … you had to think about and write your best achievements for each of their duties. So save your generic resume for job fairs and networking. Write a targeted resume based on all the keywords from each ad. Visit your local Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) to attend an Effective Resume Writing workshop, get help writing resumes or translating military to civilian, and for resume reviews.


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Dual-military FSGLI is not automatic By MC2 Andrea Perez Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs Office

MILLINGTON,TENN.

Dual-military couples who tie the knot this year can add one more bullet to their wedding to-do list if they wish to initiate additional life insurance benefits for their new spouse, officials said July 1. “Sailors married to other service members must now apply for FSGLI (Family Servicemembers Group Life Insurance) if they wish to have spousal coverage,” said Alan Gorski, Navy Casualty Policy Compliance branch head. Section 642 of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act repeals the automatic enrollment in FSGLI for service members married to other service members. “In the past when dual-military couples got married, additional life insurance coverage would be automatic for most service members already enrolled in SGLI (Servicemembers Group Life Insurance),” said Gorski. “In the case of service members married to other service members, this was often perceived as ‘dual-coverage.’ Automatic deductions often went undetected, and in some

cases if premium deductions did not begin right away, there was often times a large amount of back-premiums due. The change in law allows a service member to make their own choice regarding the additional coverage.” By law, when a Sailor enters the Navy, he or she is automatically awarded SGLI coverage. Upon marriage or the birth of a child, a non-military spouse or child is automatically enrolled in FSGLI. The coverage starts as soon as the marriage or birth is documented and is retroactive to the date of the marriage or birth. The service member may decline the spousal portion of the coverage, but children are automatically covered, with no premiums required. FSGLI provides up to a maximum of $100,000 of insurance coverage for spouses, (not to exceed the service member’s SGLI coverage amount), and $10,000 for each dependent child. Sailors must also remember to update their personal and family information in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility and Reporting System (DEERS) within 60 days of any life-changing event, such as marriage, divorce, birth of a child or adoption. Failure to do so could result in breaks in eligibility for that family.

■ about FSGLI FSGLI (Family Servicemembers Group Life Insurance) provides up to a maximum of $100,000 of insurance coverage for spouses and $10,000 for each dependent child. For more information about FSGLI coverage, visit http:// goo.gl/YCrXp, or call (866) U-ASK-NPC. U.S. Air Force file photo

NEVER TOO OLD FOR DEPLOYMENT By Jacey Eckhart Military Spouse Contributor

I am too old for this deployment, don’t you think? I am not old in the rest of my life. But the world looks at 47-year-old me and wonders why my husband is still deploying – and why I put up with it. I wonder this, too. So when Blue Star Families asked me to participate in the deployment project that they are running over the next five months in connection with their e-book “Everyone Serves,” I was interested. They have gathered all different

kinds of military families to share real-life stories of the different stages of deployment and reintegration. I think we’re supposed to be the old people. That’s, um, better than the alternative, I guess. So if you don’t already know, I’m Jacey Eckhart. My Navy husband is currently on his eighth deployment. He is with an amphibious squadron of ships (the kind that carry the Marines everywhere they need to go). The group started work-ups in January. They deployed in March. The ships are expected home late in the fall. You would think that after 26

years I would be used to this by now. You would think I would be one of those senior wives who sniff and tell you, “I look forward to having him gone. I need my alone time.” I am not one of those women. Those women make me wonder whether their husbands do not change their socks often enough. Who did they marry that they wish he would leave? Sure, I know for a fact that having a life of your own is a requirement for military spouses, not an option. But really, folks, my husband is my favorite person in the entire world.

That is why I am still waiting for him. He is the only one who cares about what I did at work today. He is the only one who thinks our three kids are as smart and funny as I think they are. I want to hold his hand when we walk the dogs. I want to bring him cold drinks while he stains my deck. I want to press my face into his chest and feel all the troubles of the world melt away. Of course, I want him home. First, I have to get through this deployment. I know how to do that. As the Director of Spouse and Family Programs for Military.com,

it is my job to discover all the skills that get people through all of their different deployments – even the ones that take place late, late in a military career. By taking part in this Blue Star Families project, I hope to show how the lessons we learn every time we deploy are the things that make us a better couple and a stronger family. No deployment is easy. No deployment lasts forever. And the way through a deployment is never how you expect it to be. Especially for me. Jacey Eckhart is the Director of Spouse and Family Programs for Military.com. She is an Air Force brat, a Navy wife and an Army mom.

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JECC exercise employs skills from JECCPC, prepares members for real-world operations By Whitney Williams Joint Enabling Capabilities Command Public Affairs

NORFOLK

More than 65 members of the Joint Enabling Capabilities Command (JECC) put their joint operational planning skills to the test during a command-wide Mission Readiness Exercise (MRX) from June 10-14 at Shaw Air Force Base, Sumter, S.C. With a focus on applying the Joint Operation Planning Process, the lessons taught during the JECC Planners Course, as well as the experience of fellow team members, proved to be important resources. The JECC conducts an MRX each quarter to validate the training programs of the JECCs three subordinate commands â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the Joint Planning Support Element (JPSE), the Joint Communications Support Element (JCSE) and the Joint Public Affairs Support Element (JPASE). Additionally, the MRX program evaluates JPSE, JCSE and JPASEs ability to fulďŹ ll the requirements of the Ready JECC Package (RJP), an alert-postured force of members from each JECC subordinate joint command who are capable of responding to emerging crisis or contingency operations within hours. Each MRX is centered around a unique scenario with objectives that exercise the RJPs full range of capabilities. The most recent MRX, which used a humanitarian assistance/disaster relief scenario, required personnel to demonstrate their joint operational knowledge by employing the â&#x20AC;&#x153;plan-to-planâ&#x20AC;? method and executing tasks associated with joint task force formation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Exercising these crucial skills in the MRX served as a good foundation as we prepare to go forward and deploy in support of both combatant command exercises and real-world events,â&#x20AC;? said Navy Lt. Cmdr. James Von St. Paul, a member of JPSE and an MRX participant. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The MRXs provide time to practice

the fundamentals, which is a key factor in being a value-added member during follow-on real-world missions,â&#x20AC;? added Air Force Lt. Col. Michael Coleman, another JPSE member. The JECCPC, a quarterly training class which provides an overview of JTF operations and a baseline understanding of the JOPP, prepared participants to execute the â&#x20AC;&#x153;plan-to-planâ&#x20AC;? method. Typically during JECCPC, students are provided feedback and direction at various points in the JOPP. However, this MRX required JECC personnel to use the â&#x20AC;&#x153;plan-to-planâ&#x20AC;? method in which they conducted all steps of the JOPP, from initial mission analysis to the ďŹ nal deliverable, with no additional guidance. Instead, members relied on the collective knowledge of the team to set timelines and develop products, similar to how they would operate during a real-world mission. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The plan-to-plan method ensures precious time is not lost or spent on non-critical tasks in the JOPP,â&#x20AC;? said JPSE member, Army Lt. Col. William Tillery. â&#x20AC;&#x153;By having a clear understanding of the timeline, skill sets of your team, complexity of the problem and desired product end state â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the team can be employed in the most effective manner to meet the overall objectives.â&#x20AC;? Also, contributing to the realism of the MRX was the integration of 15 members from Air Forceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Central Command, the Air Force Service component of U.S. Central Command. Since many of the USAFCENT participants are also graduates of the JECCPC, the MRX provided a chance for these members to exercise the skills gained during the JECCPC. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The training from JECCPC was extremely useful in preparing me to be a contributing member,â&#x20AC;? said USAFCENT member, Air Force Maj. Michael Skinner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Additionally, I have been working on the USAFCENT JTF planning team for seven months and

Dawn Collazo, JPASE Navy Lt. Cmdr Jonathan Trull (far left), Joint Planning Support Element (JPSE) member; Navy Lt. Cmdr. Sean Robertson (center), Joint Public Affairs Support Element member; and U.S. Navy Capt. Paul Savage, JPSE member review and discuss the options to be presented as courses of action during the Joint Enabling Capabilities Command Mission Readiness Exercise.

that was very helpful in completing the tasks that were part of this exercise.â&#x20AC;? The second half of the MRX focused on tasks associated with JTF formation, such as seven-minute drills, development of Joint Manning Documents, communications that support JTF operations and preparation of subject matter experts for media engagements. The MRX participants relied on the operational knowledge of their team members to execute these tasks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The operational knowledge of our members was invaluable to the process of exercising these JTF formation tasks,â&#x20AC;? said Von St. Paul. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were able to leverage the insights of our more experienced JECC members to effectively accomplish the objectives.â&#x20AC;? As a capability that is often requested during the initial forming stages of a JTF, JCSE members are extremely familiar with providing the critical communications infrastructure needed to command and control joint operations. Likewise, they were tasked to provide and deliver uninterrupted communications for all participants during the MRX. â&#x20AC;&#x153;JCSE was responsible for installing, operating and maintaining communications in order to facilitate command and control,â&#x20AC;? said JCSE member, Navy Electronics Technician 2nd Class Tyrone Craig. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We also provided a

planner who helped with the command, control, communications, computer and intelligence portion of the JOPP.â&#x20AC;? JPASE is also a capability that is critical to the immediate success of the JTF, especially in a time when news is reported at an increasingly rapid pace. It is important for the joint force commander to release timely, accurate messages to gain and maintain the information initiative. For this MRX, JPASE concentrated on prepping team leads with the skills needed to convey appropriate command messages during simulated media interviews and participated in planning meetings. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Any time the military is brought into a humanitarian assistance scenario, there will be intense media interest,â&#x20AC;? said JPASE member, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Sean Robertson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Preparing subject matter experts to engage the media early is a core JPASE capability.â&#x20AC;? The June MRX validated that the JECC membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; training, education and operational experiences are not only sufďŹ cient to meet the requirements of the global joint force commander, but that this expertise can be applied effectively. The JECC continually strives to ensure that its personnel maintain the highest standards of professional knowledge and skill to support customers across the Department of Defense.

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Surface Combat Systems Training Center re-thinks training delivery By Adrienne Young Center for Surface Combat Systems

DAHLGREN, VA.

Center for Surface Combat Systems (CSCS) announced that it has successfully completed the ďŹ rst phase of retooling how it delivers training to students at seven of its nine â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aâ&#x20AC;? schools, July 3. The three-phase redesign of training delivery at ďŹ re controlman (FC), interior communication (IC), operation specialist (OS), electronic technician (ET), quartermaster (QM) and gunnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mate (GM) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aâ&#x20AC;? schools began in October of 2011 after CSCS conducted Human Performance Requirements Reviews (HPRR) and received ďŹ&#x201A;eet feedback. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sailors were showing up at their ďŹ rst assignments without the ability to perform basic maintenance tasks,â&#x20AC;? said Cmdr. Jack Knick, commanding ofďŹ cer, CSCS Unit (CSCSU) Great Lakes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Instead of receiving a Sailor who understood and could apply basic troubleshooting procedures, the ďŹ&#x201A;eet was receiving a Sailor who might understand, but couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t apply basic operating, repair and troubleshooting procedures without a substantial amount of on-the-job training (OJT).â&#x20AC;? After analyzing the received data, CSCS determined training shortfalls were caused by a heavy reliance on Computer Based Training (CBT) in the classroom and self-paced instruction. CSCS then made a commitment to replace individual learning with group paced instruction and replace CBT with a blended learning solution of in-

structor-led classrooms, simulation and hands-on training labs to efďŹ ciently train Sailors who enter the service, with little or no experience, to become anti-submarine and surface combat weapons systems operators and technicians. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We decided that we needed to move away from CBT where selfpaced learning activities are delivered to students on a personal computer, to a performance driven environment solution that consists of instructor-led training, computer-based training and personal computer simulation,â&#x20AC;? said Knick. With Phase I in place, students are encouraged to be active participants in the learning environment, which includes an emphasis on the importance of the instructor in the classroom, presenting lectures on key points and giving students time to comprehend information and apply the theory in a lab environment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Critical thinking plays a key role in the classroom where students respond to questions and are asked to summarize important concepts,â&#x20AC;? said Chief Gunnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mate Mark Rickey, an instructor at CSCS Unit Great Lakes Gunnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mate â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aâ&#x20AC;? school. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Since switching to a group-paced, instructor-led learning environment, students interact more with their instructors, and as instructors, we beneďŹ t by being able to thoroughly explain a subject, answer questions and see students have that â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;a-haâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; moment of understanding.â&#x20AC;? According to Dean McCartney, Director of Training at CSCSU Great Lakes, data analysis indicates that students are beneďŹ tting from

MCSN Benjamin Crossley Lt. j.g. Christopher D. Ayala, an instructor at the Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center, teaches a class. Ayala is the Center for Surface Combat Systems OfďŹ cer Instructor of the Year and a ďŹ nalist for Naval Education and Training Command OfďŹ cer Instructor of the Year.

the instructors hands-on approach. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The active interaction between instructors and students has been beneďŹ cial and from October of 2012 to May of 2013, overall test scores have increased from an average of 87 percent to more than 92 percent, and in some cases, more than 94 percentâ&#x20AC;? said McCartney. Now that the initial phase is complete, CSCS is executing Phase II by aligning basic technician occupational tasks the students learn in Apprentice Technical Training (ATT) with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Câ&#x20AC;? schools. Prior to implementation, a Job Duty Task Analysis (JDTAs) on IC, GM, FC and ET â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aâ&#x20AC;? schools, was completed to identify training gaps missed in the ďŹ rst phase. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Since October of 2011, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve discovered that we need to link the basic knowledge learned in ATT and reinforce those concepts by engaging in performance-based activities in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aâ&#x20AC;? and eventually â&#x20AC;&#x153;Câ&#x20AC;? schools,â&#x20AC;? said Todd Hockensmith, Integrated Learning Environment Coordinator at CSCS headquarters, Naval Support Facility Dahlgren, and one of the team leadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in the project. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Group-paced CBT will be used to teach facts,

the instructor led portion to support facts, PC simulation to demonstrate skills and provide more practice, and Technical Training Equipment (TTE) to evaluate both knowledge and skill. By inserting media, such as simulations that replicate real world tasks, we are focusing on skill development rather than knowledge.â&#x20AC;? Additionally, a large amount of commonality exists between the training at various learning centers within Naval Education and Training Command (NETC). To exploit these shared aims, CSCS is collaborating with NETCs Production Requirements Management department (N72), as part of an Integrated Learning Environment (ILE) Functional Team to procure a training delivery systems contract. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Currently, we are working on the development of cross-center common modules in subjects, such as RADAR, General Purpose Electronic Technical Equipment (GPETE), ATT and Basic Networking,â&#x20AC;? said Hockensmith. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Although weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in the beginning stages of phase II, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m conďŹ dent that the shift from traditional testing to performance driven testing

will not only better prepare Sailors for the ďŹ&#x201A;eet, but also enhance today and tomorrowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Navy.â&#x20AC;? The projected one-to-two year project will ďŹ nish with Phase III. The ďŹ nal phase will focus on skill building by incorporating simulations and part task trainers, which will not only test, but also challenge the Sailorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s technical and decision making skills. Instructors will use simulations and part task trainers to teach troubleshooting and repair procedures, and provide students with multiple opportunities to gain hands-on experience and receive feedback. â&#x20AC;&#x153;By incorporating simulations and trainers, CSCS will be able to provide the ďŹ&#x201A;eet with Sailors who can perform technical tasks with little to no assistance,â&#x20AC;? said Hockensmith. CSCS looks forward to the challenge of completing the second and third phase. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lack of equipment, hands-on experience, time and class sizes are our current challenges,â&#x20AC;? said Ed Gohring, CSCSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; executive director. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The current curriculum doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t provide enough time for Sailors to practice basic technical skills to meet current ďŹ&#x201A;eet requirements.â&#x20AC;?

SECNAV ANNOUNCES HIS SAFETY EXCELLENCE RECIPIENTS FOR 2013 Press Release Secretary of the Navy Public Affairs

WASHINGTON

Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus announced his Safety Excellence Awards Recipients for 2013. The winners are: â&#x2013;  Ashore, Industrial, Category A: Marine Corps Support Facility Blount Island â&#x2013;  Ashore, Industrial, Category B: Naval Facilities Engineering Command Far East â&#x2013;  Ashore, Industrial, Category C: Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow â&#x2013;  Ashore, Non-Industrial, Category A: Marine Corps Detachment, Fort Leonard Wood â&#x2013;  Ashore, Non-Industrial, Category B: Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story

â&#x2013;  Ashore, Non-Industrial, Category C: Naval Station Rota Spain â&#x2013;  Fleet Operational/Fleet Support: Assault Craft Unit Five â&#x2013;  AďŹ&#x201A;oat, Large Deck Combatant: USS Enterprise (CVN 65) â&#x2013;  AďŹ&#x201A;oat, Surface Combatant: USS Cape St. George (CG 71) â&#x2013;  AďŹ&#x201A;oat, Amphibious: USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) â&#x2013;  AďŹ&#x201A;oat, Submarine: USS Connecticut (SSN 22) â&#x2013;  AďŹ&#x201A;oat, Auxiliary: USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) â&#x2013;  Aviation, Navy Active Duty: Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron Seven-Two (HSM-72, Formerly HSL-42) â&#x2013;  Aviation, Marine Corps Active Duty: Marine Fighter Attack Squadron One Two Two (VMFA-122)

â&#x2013;  Aviation, Navy Reserve: Fighter Squadron Composite Twelve (VFC-12) â&#x2013;  Aviation, Marine Corps Reserve: Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron Two Three Four (VMGR-234) â&#x2013;  Aviation, Training: Training Squadron Ten (VT-10) â&#x2013;  Safety Integration In Acquisition: Naval Sea Systems Command â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Mobile Landing Platform Team â&#x2013;  Emerging Center of Excellence: Submarine Safety (SUBSAFE) Program

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ďŹ&#x201A;y my SECNAV safety ďŹ&#x201A;ag for the next year. My personal congratulations to all SECNAV Safety Excellence Award recipients.â&#x20AC;? The recipients will receive a plaque, citation and the SECNAVs Safety Excellence ďŹ&#x201A;ag at a presentation taking place

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In a message to flag officers, commanding officers and officersin-charge, Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO) Adm. Mark Ferguson highlighted Navywide accountability for sexual assault, July 8. The message from Adm. Mark Ferguson explains the Navy will soon announce policies and programs to address sexual assault across the fleet and sets the expectation Navy leadership will do everything they can to prevent the crime. “Sexual assault ruins lives, divides teams and erodes trust. As leaders, we must provide our Sailors a responsible, professional and

safe environment in which to work and live,” said Ferguson in the message. Ferguson told fleet leaders that preventing the crime of sexual assault starts with command climate. They must create atmospheres of trust and confidence that ensure Sailors can report sexual assault or sexual harassment without fear of retribution or retaliation. He also stressed that once victims report crimes, it is the responsibility of the chain of command to ensure victims receive the appropriate level of care and support. Command climate has a role in not only reassuring victims, but in sending a message that committing sexual assault will not be tolerated. “We must reaffirm our commitment to our shipmates and our actions must make clear to potential

perpetrators of this crime that they will be held appropriately accountable,” said Ferguson. Telling leaders “this is our issue to solve,” he reminded them they are accountable for: ■ Ensuring all Sailors are treated with dignity and respect. ■ Incorporating sexual assault prevention measures into their commands. ■ Providing responsive victim support. ■ Ensuring all unrestricted sexual assault allegations are promptly reported to NCIS and investigated. ■ Holding offenders appropriately accountable. In the near future, the Navy will announce additional policies and programs to address sexual assault, including a continued effort highlight the responsible use of alco-

John F. Williams Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO) Adm. Mark Ferguson recently highlighted Navywide accountability for sexual assault in a message to flag officers, commanding officers and officers-in-charge.

hol. The goal of these programs is to promote safe living and working environments across the Navy. Get more information and resources to combat sexual assault at www.sapr.navy.mil. Sexual assault affects Navy readiness and the Navy is committed to preventing sexual assault. Join the Navy’s conversation about sexual assault on social media and help raise awareness by using #NavySAPR.

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FLAGSHIPNEWS.COM | JUL 11, 2013 | THE FLAGSHIP | B7 Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, Va., which opened to patients in August of 2011, is implementing a new strategy that Army Col. Chuck Callahan, the hospital commander, hopes will redefine military health care for the future.

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| New strategy to be fully in place within the next five years

Continued from B1

Treatment of disease is almost always more expensive than screening for and preventing disease. Almost always. So we are making the investment up front.” - Army Col. Chuck Callahan, the hospital commander

mander hopes will help redefine military health care. One of the most striking things about the gleaming new hospital is that despite its 1.3-million-square foot footprint, it has only 120 inpatient beds. Most of the facility is built around 440 examination rooms and 55 clinics that concentrate on outpatient care and preventive medicine, Army Col. Chuck Callahan, the hospital commander, told American Forces Press Service. “The outpatient arena is where health care takes place in 2013,” he said. “Good health care is focused on prevention, which means you don’t need to get hospitalized.” With that goal in mind, the hospital staff is working to keep patients healthy and, when they need medical care, to make it the most positive experience possible. This is the foundation of the new strategy Callahan began rolling out last year. Tapping the hospital staff and patients directly, he incorporated almost 700 of their suggestions into a plan designed to improve the care provided. “This strategy we have embraced really belongs to the staff and patients of the organization and we are now in the process of beginning to implement them,” said Callahan. Early indications are positive, he said. Making appointments is easier than ever before. Parking is convenient. The facility itself is inviting. And most important of all, Callahan said, everything about the hospital operation is focused directly on patients and their families. People who have tried to see a doctor

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when they are sick probably know the pitfalls of a reactionary health care system. Getting squeezed in for a sameday appointment can be difficult, at best. If a condition requires a visit with a specialist, that draws treatment out even longer and often requires multiple appointments. “The notion of patient and familycentered care means we look at the way care is delivered from the perspective of the patient, both individually and as a population,” said Callahan. “It’s a proactive approach that boils down to ‘What health care do you need and how do we provide it to you?’ rather than the opposite, ‘Here is what we have and sorry if it is not what you need,’” he said. The centerpiece of this model is an ongoing relationship between patients and their providers. Patients are assigned to a “medical home” – a team of doctors, nurses and specialists who oversee their care. “This is a group that puts their arms around that group of patients and manages their health – not just treats their disease,” said Callahan. As a result, patients know who to call when they have health issues or questions. When they need to make an appointment, they can feel confident that they’ll get one, and be seen by providers who know their conditions and medical histories. Patients with complex medical issues also have ready access to the “medical neighborhood” within the hospital, Callahan said. No longer do they need to schedule multiple visits with a series of specialists who may never communicate with each other. Instead, providers from across the “neighborhood” coordinate

through medical home to provide interdisciplinary care. “That’s all the providers, plus the patient and family, in the same room, talking through the treatment and management plan,” said Callahan. “It’s the model we are evolving as a hospital.” The facility itself incorporates what Callahan called “evidence-based design” that supports healing. Design decisions were made to be therapeutic, incorporating natural light, outside views, healing gardens and pavilions inspired by nature: Eagle, River, Sunrise, Oak and Meadow. Sections of the hospital are colorcoded so visitors can quickly get their bearings. All in-patient rooms have just one bed and a pull-out sofa that family members can sleep on. The design team tapped the Disney Corporation’s concepts of “on-stage” versus “off-stage” operations, relegating non-medical services to back hallways or non-prime hours. While improving access to care when patients are sick and making the hospital experience as positive as possible are major goals of the new strategy, a foundation of the medical home concept is taking care of patients when they are healthy, Callahan said. Instead of waiting for patients to call, he said, providers reach out to initiate required tests and procedures. They also rely heavily on social media and a secure Internet-based messaging system to answer patients’ health-related questions and provide health care information aimed at promoting health and well-being. “The focus is on managing the patients so they get what they need and

| CO: ‘You can really feel

the patriotism running through everyone here.’ Continued from B1 1797. The shots honored the 16 states that comprised America at the time of Constitution’s launch and one in honor of the ship itself. Constitution then returned to its berth at pier one in Charlestown Navy Yard at approximately 2 p.m. “It was a remarkable underway – I don’t think you could ask for a better day to celebrate our nation’s independence in Boston,” said Cmdr. Matt Bonner, Constitution’s 72nd commanding officer. “To be aboard Constitution with 500 other people all celebrating the birth of our nation is just an amazing feeling – you can really feel the patriotism running through everyone here.” The July 4 underway also marked the final harbor cruise at the helm of Old Ironsides for Bonner, who is scheduled to transfer command of America’s Ship of State to Cmdr. Sean Kearns on July 26. “It’s been a fantastic tour,” said Bonner. “I tell people this is the most personally and professionally rewarding experience I’ve ever had. Constitution has become a part of me, and though I’m saddened to be turning her over, I know Cmdr. Kearns will continue to build upon the legacy built by my predecessors over the past two centuries.” After the conclusion of the underway, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) hosted a naturalization ceremony aboard Constitution. Twenty six candidates for U.S. citizenship were presented to the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, who listened to a pre-recorded

what they don’t even know that they need,” said Callahan. “It’s not just a matter of ‘What are you here for today?’ The goal is to keep you out of the hospital and keep you healthy. That’s much better than waiting until you are sick.” Making these investments up front changes the paradigm in delivering health care, creating healthier beneficiaries and improving their quality of life, Callahan said. As the Defense Department struggles with tough budget choices amidst skyrocketing medical costs, this proactive approach makes financial sense, he added. “Treatment of disease is almost always more expensive than screening for and preventing disease. Almost always,” said Callahan. “So we are making the investment up front. As we move toward health and well-being, we are not only providing better health care to our beneficiaries. We are also going a long way toward saving health care costs in the long run.” Callahan said he expects the new strategy to be fully in place within the next five years, but emphasized that he doesn’t anticipate a point where the staff will ever fully declare “mission accomplished.” “Performance improvement is a journey. It is not a destination,” he said “Getting better as an organization is a journey, so we are going to continue to evolve our strategy to adapt to health care changes and better ways to provide for our patients. “So there is never going to be a point of ‘arriving,’” he said. “In terms of health care, there will always be traveling.”

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President service members for their courage, commitment Continued from B1

MC3 John Benson Interior Communications Electrician 2nd Class Stephen Getchell, assigned to USS Constitution, ascends the ship’s mainmast during its annual 4th of July turnaround cruise as part of Boston Harborfest 2013.

STS2 Thomas Rooney USS Constitution fires a 21-gun salute in honor of America’s 237th birthday during the ship’s annual 4th of July turnaround cruise.

message from President Barack Obama and were then administered the Oath of Allegiance by the Honorable William G. Young, United States District Judge. The 26 citizenship candidates

originated from the following 18 countries: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Cape Verde, Cuba, Ethiopia, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Israel, Jamaica, Mexico, Morocco, People’s Republic of China, Thailand,

Ukraine and United Kingdom. One of the candidates was Jodi Linney, Constitution’s command ombudsman and wife of Constitution Sailor Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Kevin Linney. Linney, originally from Canada, has been married to her husband Kevin since 2009 and said that she had to keep putting off becoming a U.S. citizen for various reasons until the opportunity to be sworn-in as an American citizen aboard Constitution presented itself. “It’s basically been a dream come true – I couldn’t have asked for any better time or place for this event to have occurred in my life,” said Linney. “[The ceremony] couldn’t have been any more patriotic – I feel like my life has fully changed and I’m so excited about that change and to be able to fully support my husband and understand what he’s fighting for every day.”

The president saluted Navy Petty Officer Joe Marcinkowski who, he said, “serves Wounded Warriors at Walter Reed, coordinating their care and supporting their families throughout their recoveries.” Obama recognized Air Force Staff Sergeant Adam Ybarra. The Airman, he said, “helped save nine lives in 11 combat search-and-rescue missions in Afghanistan in 2012.” The president praised Marine Corps Cpl. Amber Fifer. Fifer “was shot five times in an attack in Helmand province [in Afghanistan] and has stayed on to serve as a Marine Corps drill instructor,” the president said. Obama also saluted Coast Guard Petty Officer Randy Haba. The Coast Guard member, the president said, “was one of the first responders to rescue the crew of a ship off the coast of North Carolina when Hurricane Sandy struck and saved the lives of five mariners.” Each day, U.S. service members are “carrying forward the ideals that inspired that American Dream [that began] 237 years ago,” said Obama. “Defending our nation and our freedoms with strength and with sacrifice is your daily charge,” the president told the service members. “And it’s the charge of all of us – the charge of all who serve worldwide, including our troops that are still in harm’s way and their families back home. They serve, too. And so we think of them, we pray for them. “And on behalf of all Americans, I want to say thank you and wish you all a very, very happy 4th of July,” Obama continued. “You’ve earned it. So, God bless you. God bless your families. God bless the United States of America.”


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Light ‘em up! Star Party/ Laser Light Shows ■ when and where July 13, free observing begins at sunset at the Virginia Living Museum. Choose among six shows in the Abbitt Planetarium: Microcosm 5:30 p.m., Laser Magic 6:30 p.m., Virginia Skies 7:30 p.m., Laser Spirit 8:30 p.m., Laser Zeppelin 10 p.m., Dark Side of the Moon 11:30 p.m. All shows are $6. The Wild Side Café is open 6 to 9 p.m.

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Visit Downtown Hampton on July 13 for Rolling of the Bulls 2013, an “oddball” event presented by Marker 20 (21 East Queens Way, Hampton). Inspired by the Running of the Bulls, an event that takes place in Spain, Portugal and some parts of Mexico where festi- ■ run for it val goers run with the bulls, Fashioned after the the Rolling of the Bulls in running of the bulls, Hampton will feature par- Rolling of the Bulls will ticipants running from Dofeature participants minion Derby Girls on skates running from Dominion with whiffle ball bats. The event kicks off with a Derby Girls on skates fundraiser for the Dominion with whiffle ball bats. Derby Girls on the deck at Marker 20 from 3 to 5 p.m. A fee of $15 gets you paella, awesome drink specials and a custom red scarf. Registration for Rolling of the Bulls is from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. The rolling is free, but you must sign up and be over 18 years old to participate. Registration will be located in front of the deck at Marker 20. The procession of the statue of St. San Fermin down Queens Way to Queen and Wine by the Pastores will take place at 6:30 p.m. The Pastores are the folks that help run the event and they are an integral part of the Running of the Bulls at the festival of St. San Fermin as they control the bulls and the carry the statue of St. San Fermin in Pamplona. For Hampton, they will help organize the race and the balloon fight, as well as present the Statue of St. San Fermin. They will also will be playing whistles and kazoos and adorning the crowd with beads. Anyone interested in being a Pastore should contact Carlyle at Carlyle@marker20.com, or call 291-1408. The Rolling begins at 6:40 p.m. as the runners go through the gauntlet of Bulls and begin down the course following the Police car. The run will last 10 minutes and will be followed by La Ballontina. The Balloontina is patterned after La Tomatina. La Tomatina is a large tomato fight and carnival in the tiny town of Bunol, Spain. Because Carlyle is a carnivore, we are doing it with balloons with red food coloring in them ... that way no tomatoes get hurt. The winner will be the person with the most amount of white clothes after the 2,000 balloons have been thrown. Rolling of the Bulls and La Balloontina will be part of the Downtown Hampton Block Party. Live music will be provided by the Usual Suspects with If Birds Could Fly. For more information on Rolling of the Bulls, call 2911408, or email Carlyle@marker20.com. Additional information can be found at www.marker20.com.

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Interactive family events bring adventure to the oceanfront VIRGINIA BEACH

The wildly-popular Family Great Adventure Series, presented by Edy’s Grand Ice Cream, is all about discovery and entertainment at the Virginia Beach oceanfront. On select nights during the season, families can take part in an interactive adventure that leads them to various sites along the boardwalk and Atlantic Ave. to unravel a mystery. During each adventure, participants can dress up as characters, use “brain and brawn” to win the contest at hand and settle into the sand for a family-friendly movie shown on a giant inflatable screen on the beach. All events are free and open to the public. They’ll take place on the beach at 27th Street on the Virginia Beach oceanfront. The family interactive adventure will begin at 6 p.m. with the movie on the beach starting at 8:30 p.m. Everyone who participates gets a Family Great Adventure Series medal. For more information, visit www. beachstreetusa.com/festivals/family-great-adventure-series#sthash. y4ciXKPZ.dpuf.

Medieval Mayhem When: July 25 Movie: Brave Take part in a unique “Renaissance Fair” on the sands of Virginia Beach. Earn points by participating in modernday games based on medieval skills like archery, sword fighting and jousting.

Treasure SEAkers When: Aug. 1 Movie: National Treasure: Book of Secrets Buried somewhere by the ocean is the “Book of Secrets.” Solve sea-related clues and search the oceanfront for portions of a magic map that will lead to the location of Courtesy of Dreamworks the buried book. Be the first to retrieve the Book of Secrets and you will be the winner Vikings vs. Dragons of the coveted Discoverer’s Trophy. When: July 11 Movie: How to Tame Your Dragon Day of the Dino You’ll draw either a gold rock (Vikings) When: Aug. 22 or a green rock (Dragons) to decide which Movie: The Land Before Time team you are on. Vikings and Dragons Dinosaurs rule! How well do you know will embark on a trek around the ocean- these creatures of bygone days? In “Idenfront to solve clues leading to our Viking tiDino,” learn how to identify all sorts of hero, Hiccup, and his dragon, Toothless. dinos. Become a dino yourself to race in The first Viking and Dragon teams to re- the “T-Rex 500.” Find as many pterodactyl unite the two will be declared the winners. eggs as you can in the “P-dactyl Dig Site.”

Virginia Beach boardwalk will be the canvas at annual Chalk the Walk event VIRGINIA BEACH

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Chalk the Walk takes over the Virginia Beach Boardwalk from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 13 as hundreds of artists and “wanna-be artists” gather to turn the boardwalk into an impromptu canvas of color. Artist registration will be on the boardwalk at 17th Street and art will be displayed for two blocks between 17th and 15th streets. At Chalk the Walk, participants draw four by four foot chalk drawings for three blocks along the boardwalk. Two hundred competitors will complete chalk drawings to be evaluated by a panel of judges from the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art in Virginia Beach. Judges will score the

■ 50 years The theme for this year’s Chalk the Walk is “50 Years of Fun in the Sun,” coinciding with the 50th Anniversary of the City of Virginia Beach. All participants are encouraged to incorporate the theme in their work.

drawings according to criteria, such as composition, use of color, adherence to theme and creativity. There will be three competitive divisions: Amateur,

Professional and Youth. The Youth division will be for ages 12 to 16. Children 11 and under will be invited to draw for fun in a separate area. Trophies and cash prizes will be awarded for each division. Winners will be announced at 4:30 p.m. at the registration tent. All participants must register by 1 p.m. to qualify for the competition. All drawings must be completed by 3:30 p.m. to be eligible for prizes. Advance registration for Chalk the Walk is not required. There is no fee to participate, but it is recommended that artists bring their own chalk. For more information about Chalk the Walk, visit www.BeachStreetUSA. com, or call 491-SUNN (7866).

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Hermitage Studio Artists’ Open House ■ When: July 12, 4 to 8 p.m. ■ Where: Hermitage Museum & Gardens ■ Cost: Free ■ For more information, contact: Melissa

Ball, Education Programs Manager, at 423-2052, ext. 207, or mball@thehermitagemuseum.org The Studio Artists at the Hermitage Museum & Gardens will hold its annual Hermitage Studio Artists’ Open House on July 12 from 4 to 8 p.m. Guests can meet the artists, tour the studios and enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres, wine and treats. Unique works of art will be available for purchase. The Open House takes place in the Studio Artists’ Cottage on the Hermitage grounds, adjacent to the Visual Arts Studio and to the public playground. Featured artists of the Hermitage Studio Artist Program are Jocelyn Coles, Patricia Isenhour, Helen Jones, Amanda Page Stephens and Virginia Van Horn. Works of affordable, original art available to purchase include photographic prints, textiles, acrylic and oil paintings, jewelry and mixed media works.

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In an effort to preserve the legacy of the Buffalo Soldier, members of 97 chapters of the National Association of Buffalo Soldiers & Troopers Motorcycle Club (NABSTMC) nationwide will descend on Hampton, July 17-21, donning 9th and 10th Cavalry Buffalo Soldier regiments hats. A Charity Ride with an estimated 1,200 cyclists on July 20 will raise funds for two Hampton Roads charities identified by the local chapter to receive checks totaling $5,000. “While promoting a positive image of African-American motorcyclists across the country, we seek to preserve the legacy of the Buffalo Soldiers and the many other positive contributions made by great African-Americans in service to our country,” said Jeff “Creole” Colimon, president of the Hampton Roads Buffalo Soldiers. Approximately 80 percent of the national group is active or retired members of the military or law enforcement. A demo-display open to the general public of 2013 Harley Davidson motorcycles, motorcycle supplies and clothing vendors will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., July 18-20. On Saturday morning before the official roll-out at 9 a.m., the NABSTMC will present checks in the amount of $2,500 to Habitat for Humanity and to the Foodbanks of the Virginia Peninsula/ Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore. The event is supported by Bayside Harley Davidson located at 2211 Frederick Blvd. in Portsmouth, the destination of the Charity Ride. The convention agenda commences on July 18 with a Meet & Greet at the Hampton Roads Convention Center, followed by daily association business meetings and national elections. Other

■ about buffalo soldiers Shortly after the Civil War, Congress authorized the formation of the 9th and 10th Cavalry and the 38th, 39th, 40th and 41st Regiments: six allblack peacetime units. Later the four infantry regiments were merged into the 24th and 25th Infantries. At least 18 Medals of Honor were presented to Buffalo Soldiers during the Western campaigns.

highlights include a beach party at Paradise Ocean Club located at Fort Monroe and a dinner-dance with a presentation of Buffalo Soldier History on July 19. The cost to register to participate in the conference is $85. For information about the conference, visit www.hrbuffalosoldiers2.com In addition to hosting the national conference, the 20-member regional chapter, whose members reside in Hampton, Newport News, Portsmouth and Suffolk, does a great deal of outreach to Hampton Roads schools and is particularly active during Black History Month each February. The chapter also

supports Cuffeytown, a small community in Chesapeake named for members of the Cuffey family. Five members of the family are buried in the Cuffeytown Cemetery. Every Veteran’s Day the Hampton Roads Chapter of NABSTMC raises the American flag at the gravesites of the “Cuffeytown 13,” a group of African Virginia Union Army Civil War veterans who served in the 19th, 5th and 36th U.S. Colored Infantries. Shortly after the Civil War, Congress authorized the formation of the 9th and 10th Cavalry and the 38th, 39th, 40th and 41st Regiments: six all-black peacetime units. Later the four infantry regiments were merged into the 24th and 25th Infantries. At least 18 Medals of Honor were presented to Buffalo Soldiers during the Western campaigns. African-Americans have fought in military conflicts since the Colonial period. The Buffalo Soldiers, comprised of former slaves, free men and Black Civil War Soldiers were the first to serve during peacetime. African-American Soldiers were responsible for escorting settlers, cattle herds and railroad crews during the nation’s movement westward. The 9th and 10th Cavalry Regiments also conducted campaigns against American Indian tribes on a Western frontier that extended from Montana in the Northwest to Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona in the Southwest. Through the era of the Indian Wars, approximately 20 percent of the U.S. Cavalry troopers were black and fought over 177 engagements. The combat prowess, bravery, tenaciousness and presence on the battlefield inspired the Indians to call them “Buffalo Soldiers.” The name is believed to symbolize the Native Americans’ respect for the Buffalo Soldiers bravery and valor.

■ When: July 11, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. ■ Where: Hampton Roads Convention Center ■ Cost: $15 (limited advance tickets available),

children under 5 are free ■ For more information, contact: 304-8172, or visit www.hryf.org

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Join Newport News native and Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin for the 5th annual Gridiron Legends Tailgate Party presented by the Hampton Roads Youth Foundation. The event will welcome NFL players from the Hampton Roads area including E.J. Manuel, B.W. Webb, Jerod Mayo, Aaron Brooks, Darryl Tapp, Dwight Hollier, Justin Hunter and more. Come out and celebrate the return of the NFL season with interactive activities, music, contests, win prizes, games and fun for the entire family. Planned activities will include QB throw, field goal kick, Wii Madden football challenge, corn hole competition, football drill stations, raffle giveaways, player autographs (as available) and more.

Celebrate the Spirit of Liberty with “1776 – Revolutionary Family Fun!” at the Hampton History Museum on July 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as part of its free 2nd Saturday Family Days series. Children can experience a bit of a Soldier’s life during the late 18th century by rolling cartridges and meeting Revolutionary War re-enactors, handling a reproduction of a Soldier’s bayonet, cartridge box, powder horn, fife and camp gear. Through fun hands-on activities and games, they’ll learn how families lived, ate, played and entertained themselves during the period. For the ultimate taste of Colonial freedom, everyone will be treated to some vanilla ice cream. The free family day activities will take place in the museum’s Great Hall and courtyard. Separate admission can be

purchased to visit the Hampton History Galleries and “The Fragile Balance: Man and Nature in Hampton.” The Hampton History Museum is located at 120 Old Hampton Ln., Hampton. There is plenty of free parking garage across the street. Military families are free through Labor Day with proper ID. Admission is $5 for adults; $4 for seniors, active NASA personnel and children ages 4 to 12; and children under 4 are free. Groups of 10 or more are $3. Museum hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information call 727-1610, visit www.hamptonhistorymuseum.org, or follow Facebook/HamptonHistoryMuseum.

Night of Expressions Talent Showcase ■ When: July 12, 5 to 8 p.m. ■ Where: Wind & Sea Recreation Center, Building Q-80 ■ Cost: Free ■ For more information, contact: 444-1216

Can you sing, dance or rap? Show us what you’ve got. Enter for a chance to win an iPod. Register in advance at your nearest Liberty Center.

PFAC Summer Preschool Programming ■ Where:

Peninsula Fine Arts Center, 101 Museum Dr. within Mariners’ Museum Park, Newport News ■ For more information, contact: Joan Dobson at jdobson@pfac-va.org, 596-8175, or visit www.pfac-va.org The Peninsula Fine Arts Center will supplement its Hands on For Kids Gallery with guided instruction perfect for preschool-aged children to develop fundamental visual learning skills and begin their exploration with creative expression. The art activities are ideal for children ages 3-5; younger children will need additional assistance from a parent or guardian. PFAC admission is free for children 5 and under. New lessons will be offered each week from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Parents are asked to register for each week’s classes by the preceding Friday. Hands On for Kids Paint Days are offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Riverside Summer Health Talk ■ When: July 16, 23 and 30; 8 to 9 a.m. ■ Where: Virginia Living Museum, 524

J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News ■ Cost: Free ■ For more information, contact: 595-9135, or visit thevlm.org Riverside Health System and the Virginia Living Museum (VLM) are teaming up to deliver a breakfast health education series at the museum on four Tuesday mornings in July. Learn from the specialty physicians of Riverside how our body systems support human function and well-being. Following the talk, there is an opportunity to join the doctor in Bodies Revealed to see the body system being discussed. Tickets for the exhibition are $7 for VLM members and $15 for nonmembers (does not include museum admission).

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Jimmy Buffett returns to Hampton Roads on July 13 ■ Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach July 11 – Train with Gavin DeGraw and Michael Franti July 13 – Jimmy Buffett July 14 – Unity Tour 2013 featuring 311, Cypress Hill, G. Love & Special Sauce July 19 – Blake Shelton with Easton Corbin and Jana Kramer July 24 – Americanarama Festival of Music featuring Bob Dylan, Wilco, My Morning Jacket and Ryan Bingham July 26 – Dave Matthews Band July 27 – Tim McGraw with Brantley Gilbert, and Love and Theft July 28 – America’s Most Wanted Festival 2013 featuring Lil’ Wayne, T.I., and 2 Chainz Aug. 8 – Matchbox Twenty and Goo Goo Dolls Aug. 9 – Jason Aldean with Jake Owens and Thomas Rhett Aug. 17 – Backstreet Boys with Jesse McCartney and DJ Pauly D

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For more information on events at Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach, call 368–3000, or visit www.livenation.com/ Farm–Bureau–Live–at–Virginia–Beach–tickets–Virginia–Beach/venue/8370. ■ nTelos Wireless Pavilion July 12 – Mindless Behavior with OMG Girlz and Coco Jones July 18 – Sublime with Rome and Pennywise Aug. 11 – Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers with Railroad Earth Aug. 12 – KISS with LeoGun For more information on events at nTelos Wireless Pavilion, call 393–8181, or visit www.pavilionconcerts.com. ■ The Norva July 12 – Marilyn Manson July 16 – The Infamous Stringdusters July 19 – Three Sheets to the Wind July 20 – Dave Cynar July 26 – Ste’ven July 27 – Pentatonix July 31 – Rehab Aug. 1 – Corey Smith Aug. 2 – Dark Star Orchestra Aug. 6 – EMBLEM3 Aug. 7 – Beres Hammond Aug. 12 – Scott Weiland Aug. 13 – Mastodon For more information on events at The Norva, call 627–4547, or visit www.thenorva.com.

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Jimmie Johnson dominates Coke Zero 400; team among ‘best ever’ in NASCAR history By Rick Minter Universal Uclick

Whether Jimmie Johnson’s dominating win in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 6 is a sign he’s on track to win a sixth Sprint Cup title is debatable. What’s for sure is that he and his No. 48 team, with 64 career Cup victories to date, are showing the strength that has made them among the best ever in NASCAR. Johnson’s crew chief Chad Knaus said in the winner’s interview at Daytona that his driver’s talents are the key to the team’s success. “The cold, hard fact of the matter is we could have the best race car out there, but if we had some schmuck driving it, it wouldn’t get the job done,” he said. “I think we’ve got what is the best race-car driver ever to sit in a Cup car behind the wheel.” Johnson, who leads second-place Clint Bowyer in the Cup standings by 49 points, put on a display of those talents at Daytona on Saturday, leading 94 of the 161 laps, including the final 31. In the past six races, he’s won just twice, but has led 565 laps. He was in position to win several more, but was undone in large part by issues on late-race restarts. Johnson said that a big part of his success over the years is not to let the frustrations of one week affect his performance the next. “Every race team in the garage area leaves the track with could-have, would-have, shouldhaves, and we’ve had a couple of those, but we don’t let it linger, we don’t let it last,” he said. “We dig in and we go to work and we come back to the race track and do the best we can. We know what we’re capable of when we go out and do our jobs.” In that same way of thinking, he’s also not saying his success so far – his dominating runs and four victories so far this season – is a sure sign that he’s on track to win a sixth title, which

Courtesy of NASCAR Jimmie Johnson in Victory Lane at the Coke Zero 400.

Courtesy of NASCAR Jimmie Johnson celebrates his Coke Zero 400 victory on July 6 with a burnout at the finish line.

SPRINT CUP STANDINGS 1. Jimmie Johnson, 658

would put him just one behind the sport’s alltime titleholders, Richard Petty and the late Dale Earnhardt. That’s in large part because of the Chase format, which resets the standings after the 26race regular season for the 10-race finale. “The Chase is so different,” said Johnson. “Those 10 races, we’ve entered the Chase with a ton of momentum ... when we get in the Chase, there are certain feelings that seem to come around, but right now it’s really about managing your team, managing your car, developing the car and things like that.” But he does feel good about where he and his team are right now. “As we get later in the summer and a week or two out, if we’re winning races then, the

right feeling will start to come along,” he said. “It’s still a little early and we’re obviously trying to get every point we can to carry into the Chase with bonus points. But we have a little time before we focus in on that feeling.” In the meantime, Johnson said his and his team’s performance does send a signal to his competitors that he expects to be the one to beat when it comes to the 2013 Cup championship. “I think that what we’ve done over the course of the year, leading the points like we have with a big margin, I think probably sends the biggest message that we’re buttoned up and ready, and in a position to win a sixth championship,” he said. “But there’s a lot that can take place between now and Homestead.”

2. Clint Bowyer, 609 3. Carl Edwards, 587 4. Kevin Harvick, 585 5. D. Earnhardt Jr., 548 6. Matt Kenseth, 540 7. Kyle Busch, 533 8. Greg Biffle, 516 9. Kurt Busch, 501 10. Tony Stewart, 499

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Chris Weidman scores stunning knockout victory over Anderson Silva at UFC 162 By Thomas Gerbasi UFC.com

Sunday, 5:30 a.m. McCarran Airport in Las Vegas, Nev. It still hasn’t sunk in that for the first time since 2006, there is a new middleweight champion in the UFC. That’s not melodrama, not a moment to sigh for the “good ol’ days,” just a realization that the MMA landscape has changed quite considerably since Chris Weidman’s second-round knockout of Anderson Silva at UFC 162 on July 6. You could go even further and say the sports landscape has changed, because I’ve never woke up to so many texts from friends who are casual fans at best asking about the fight, or had so many people at the airport see the UFC on my bag and ask what happened with that Silva guy. So what happened? He gave Weidman his chin on a platter and the New Yorker took it. It doesn’t get any simpler than that. Silva didn’t show up to the MGM Grand Garden Arena and fight like a 38-year-old is expected to, aging overnight. He wasn’t steamrolled by the New Yorker and pounded into a one-sided defeat. No. He dropped his hands, showboated and stuck out his chin like he had so many times before. But this time his sin of leaning straight back to avoid a punch caught up to him. This wasn’t the Forrest Griffin fight, where he pulled off the same antics and wound up knocking the newly-minted UFC Hall of Famer out. This wasn’t his bout with Demian Maia, where his venomous taunts were only addressed in the closing stages of the fight, when it was too late. Weidman was young, fast, determined and – for the moment – angry at being clowned by the Brazilian legend. He was going to keep punching until he hit something, and when I spoke to Weidman’s longtime coach Ray Longo on Saturday night, he said his advice to his charge was to stop aiming for Silva’s chin and instead “punch a hole in his chest.” When Weidman followed that advice, his hole punching intentions strayed upward, found Silva’s jaw, and seconds later, it was game over for a reign that lasted more than seven years and 10 successful title defenses. That’s the bad news. The good news is that the 185-pound weight class is suddenly wide open. Silva’s Hall of Fame worthy legacy doesn’t take a hit and he appears that he is still a threat to not just return to his winning ways, but to regain his title should a rematch take place. And yeah, that rematch will make him a boatload of money. The other positive to take from the upset is an obvious one – the arrival of Weidman. As a New Yorker, I’ve been hearing about

Courtesy of UFC UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson is scheduled to face John Moraga at UFC on FOX 8, July 27.

Courtesy of UFC Chris Weidman (right) ended the seven-year, 16-fight undefeated reign of Anderson Silva with a secondround knockout victory at UFC 162 on July 6 to claim the UFC middleweight championship. Weidman moved his career record to 10-0 with the win.

Weidman long before he made his UFC debut, and when there were some scoffing at him making his UFC debut after just four fights (and on short notice no less), those here on the East Coast smirked. He was ready for the UFC and his first five fights – and wins – here proved it. But after nine pro bouts, is anyone ready for Silva? When asked about the fight in the days and weeks leading up to UFC 162, I said that Weidman has the talent to beat Silva, but I wasn’t sure that he had the experience. When all you’ve seen since June of 2006 is brilliance, with the exception of two rough outings with Chael Sonnen – both of which Silva finished anyway – there wasn’t much to hang your hat on when it came to calling for the upset other than Weidman’s wrestling-based style and the idea that eventually Father Time catches up to all fighters. My theory was that the only one that could beat Silva was Silva. And I was right. Just not in the way I expected. The way I saw it, Silva’s greatest tool was his ability to translate his talent into a confidence in the Octagon where he didn’t believe that someone had the nerve to, as Mike Tyson once said, “challenge me with their primitive skills.” The man Silva dethroned for the 185pound title, Rich Franklin, told me that Silva makes “good fighters look bad” and I’ve never heard a more accurate breakdown of the 16-0 start to his UFC career.

Weidman believed though, and as early as his first couple UFC fights, he knew he had what it took to beat Silva. It wasn’t a ploy to get the fight made, pick up a nice payday and fade away into life as a mid-tier contender. He really thought he could win. Even through all the pre-fight hype, through being picked by several peers to win and through all the fight week festivities, Weidman kept focused and stuck to what he had envisioned a thousand times in his head – winning the title. And while the first round went well enough for Weidman on the ground, by the end of the round, Silva was standing, taunting, whipping the crowd into a frenzy and appearing to get into Weidman’s head. The Brazilian looked to be in complete control at the moment and it carried over into the second round. And that’s where he lost his way and lost his title, allowing his confidence to sway into arrogance. You could say that his reflexes aren’t as sharp at 38 as they were 10 years ago, but I’m not buying that as an excuse. What I saw was a Silva forgetting that as good as he is, everyone he faces in the Octagon with four ounce gloves has the talent to put his lights out. On Saturday night, Weidman did just that. It was shocking, but it wasn’t a fluke. And while it’s not the way you want to see any great champion go out, I’ve got a feeling it won’t be his final exit.

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Religious Services JEB Little Creek Chapel JEB Fort Story Chapel ROMAN CATHOLIC Mass schedule: 5 p.m., Sat. (fulfills Sunday obligation) 9 a.m. & 12:15 p.m. , Sun. Fellowship: 10 a.m., Sun. Choir practice: 6 p.m., Tues. Confessions: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Sat.

ROMAN CATHOLIC Mass schedule: 9 a.m., Sun. Bible study: 9:30 a.m., Tues. PROTESTANT Worship service:11 a.m., Sun. Bible study: Noon, Wed.

Naval Station Norfolk PROTESTANT Sun. School : 9 a.m. Sun. (Ages 4 - Adult) AWANA / Children’s Church : 10 a.m., Sun. (Ages 4 - 10) Worship service:10:30 a.m., Sun. Fellowship: 11:30 a.m., Sun. Coffeehouse: 6 p.m., Sun. Bible Study/ Band Practice: 5 p.m., Mon. PWOC: 9:30 a.m., Wed Choir practice: 6 p.m., Wed. LATTER DAY SAINTS Worship: 11:30 a.m., Sun. (Chapel Annex Classroom 1) Meeting: 7 p.m., Wed. (Chapel Annex Classroom 4)

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ROMAN CATHOLIC Our Lady of Victory Chapel Mass schedule: 11:45 a.m., Wed. | 10 a.m., Sun. PROTESTANT David Adams Memorial Chapel Worship services: 10:30 a.m., Sun. Jewish SABBATH Commodore Levy Chapel (Second Floor Bldg. C7) Sabbath: 7:30 p.m., Fri. (Sabbath Fellowship Oneg Shabbot Follows)

* Nursery care is available Sundays, 10 a.m. - Noon

ISLAMIC WORSHIP: Masjid al Da’wah 2nd Floor (Bldg. C-7) Services: 1:30 p.m., Fri. Chapels are open daily for prayer.

NWS Yorktown Chapel

NAS Oceana Chapel

ROMAN CATHOLIC ROMAN CATHOLIC Mass schedule: 8:30 a.m., Sun. Mass schedule: 11:30 a.m., Tues.-Fri. PROTESTANT 9 a.m. & 12:15 p.m., Sun. Worship service:10:30 a.m., Sun. PROTESTANT Sun. school: 9:15 a.m., Sun. NSA Northwest Worship service: 10:40 a.m., Annex Chapel Sun. ROMAN CATHOLIC Bible study: 11 a.m., Wed. Rosary: 8:30 a.m., Sun. Confessions: 8:45 a.m., Sun. Dam Neck Annex Mass Schedule: 9 a.m., Sun. Chapel ROMAN CATHOLIC PROTESTANT (EPISCOPAL) Confessions: 4:15 p.m., Sat. Worship service: 11 a.m., Sun. Mass Schedule: 5 p.m., Sat.

contact info

PROTESTANT Worship service: 9 a.m., Sun.

Norfolk: 444-7361 JEBLCFS: 462-7427 Yorktown: 887-4711 Oceana: 433-2871 Dam Neck: 492-6602 NSA Northwest Annex: 421-8204

duty chaplain The Duty Chaplain stands by to serve and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Conversations are confidential. Contact the Duty Chaplain by calling 438-3822.

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