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■ on display Memorabilia from and about the USS Forrestal was on display for the annual USS Forrestal memorial ceremony, July 26, held at the Navy’s Farrier Fireﬁghting Facility at Surface Warfare Ofﬁcers School Command (SWOS) Engineering Learning Site in Norfolk. For the ﬁrst time in 30 years, the ceremony was held indoors. The event is held each July in honor of the 134 service members who died as a result of a ﬁre that broke out aboard Forrestal during the Vietnam conﬂict. David Todd
Farrier Fireﬁghting Facility hosts annual memorial for USS Forrestal By David Todd The Flagship Managing Editor
LINCOLN HOSTS HEALTH FAIR
Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center (NAVSUP FLC) Norfolk’s Super Servmart hosted local high school students, July 25, to tour the store and gain a better perspective of job opportunities for the visually disabled. The tour was part of the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired program that assists Virginians who are blind, vision impaired or deaf-blind
The Navy’s Farrier Fireﬁghting Facility at Surface Warfare Ofﬁcers School Command (SWOS) Engineering Learning Site in Norfolk held its annual USS Forrestal (CVA 59) memorial ceremony with the support of the USS Forrestal Association, July 26. For the ﬁrst time in 30 years, the annual ceremony was held indoors. The event is held each July in honor of the 134 service members who died as a result of a ﬁre that broke out aboard Forrestal during the Vietnam conﬂict while the ship was on Yankee Station in the Tonkin Gulf. An additional observance was held at Arlington National Ceremony on July 29. In attendance was Cmdr. Blane Shearon, director of Fleet Enlisted Engineering Training, SWOS who introduced guest speaker Kenneth V. “Ken” Killmeyer, the USS Forrestal Association historian and crew survivor, and retired Senior Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Joe Costello, who serves as the memorial services coordinator. The audience included former Forrestal crew members, surviving family members, Sailors, instructors and guests. Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Charles Branch from the SWOS Engineering Learning Site served as master of ceremonies. The invocation and benediction was provided by Lt. Cmdr. Chris E. Hester, chaplain
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By MC3 Jonteil Johnson USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs
Sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) hosted a health fair at Huntington Hall in Newport News, July 24. “We have Sailors from the galley, medical department, safety department and Morale, Welfare and Recreation department supporting us,” said Lt. Jeremy Slocum, Lincoln’s medical service corps ofﬁcer and health promotions coordinator. “It’s good to have a little bit of everybody from the ship.” During the health fair, Slocum discussed smoking cessation, a program aimed at eliminating tobacco use from the Navy.
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Runners get down in the mud at the Military Challenge
NAVSUP hosts visually disabled students By Jim Kohler NAVSUP FLC Norfolk Ofﬁce of Corporate Communications
NORFOLK More than 800 service members, civilians and family members of all ages came out to compete in a toe-to-toe dash to the ﬁnish line in the 4th annual Military Challenge at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex, July 27. Check out the On Liberty section for more photos and coverage from the event.
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NFMT NORFOLK TEACHES BAKING, DECORATING SKILLS Navy Food ManagementTeam (NFMT) Norfolk hosted a cake decorating class at their training galley and classroom, July 23-24.Thirteen local culinary specialists attended the training, which was taught by two NFMT instructors.
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FLAG RETURNED TO JAPAN In a gesture of friendship and goodwill, Rear Adm. James F. Caldwell returned a good luck ﬂag belonging to a Imperial Japanese Soldier. » see B1
BOOK PENNED BY 11-YEAR-OLD MILITARY CHILD “Born an Angel” was published by a military child, 11-year-old Briley Rossiter.The book is about her sister who is conﬁned to a wheelchair.
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Studentbuilt AUV attempts obstacle course An autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) built by students from the University of Florida Machine Intelligence Laboratory navigates an obstacle course at the TRANSDEC Anechoic Pool during RoboSub 2013. RoboSub is an annual event co-sponsored by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Foundation and the U.S. Ofﬁce of Naval Research to advance the development of AUVs.
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SEALS AND SWCCS SUPPORT NATIONAL BOY SCOUT JAMBOREE By MC2 Meranda Keller Naval Special Warfare Group 2 Public Affairs
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Members of the Navy SEAL and Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewman Scout Team attended the ﬁrst National Scout Jamboree 2013 held at Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Va., July 15-24. SEAL and SWCC Sailors supported the National Scout Jamboree in an effort to promote Naval Special Warfare awareness and conduct a Physical Screening Test in connection with earning the ﬁrst brand new Summit SEAL Challenge award for ﬁtness. To earn the Summit SEAL Challenge award for ﬁtness there are several things to be completed. Any Scout to achieve the rank of Star, Life or Eagle may earn this new uniform patch. First, they must have the citizenship in the nation, personal ﬁtness, swimming and lifesaving or have earned the Venture Ranger award merit badges. According to David W. Roberts, senior innovation manager for Boy Scouts of America, during the Jamboree the Canopy Tour, bows, barrels, rope challenge course, climbing skills, mariner adventure or mountain biking
curriculum courses need to be completed. The ﬁnal evolution to achieve this patch is to pass the Navy SEAL Physical Fitness Test (PST). “This strength and endurance test consists of a 500-yard swim in 12:30 or less, 50 sit-ups, 50 push ups, 10 pullups and a mile and a half run in 10:30 or less,” said Special Warfare Operator Chief James Jackson. “The decisions to keep the PST the same as the real SEAL standard came from a panel of SEALs who are Eagle Scouts,” said Capt. Duncan Smith, commanding ofﬁcer, Naval Special Warfare Recruiting Directorate. “Both ofﬁcer and enlisted SEALs chaired the panel and the decision was backed by Adm. Sean Pybus, the former commander of Naval Special Warfare Command.” SEAL and SWCC Sailors, who served as mentors, conducted a pull-up challenge for the athletes and attendees during the jamboree. They also brought the Special Operations Craft-Riverine, a high-speed boat with ample weapons and equipment capabilities, allowing attendees to climb on board and ask any question they had about SEAL and SWCC. “We were told by two sources the Summit SEAL Challenge was the most
popular event at the jamboree,” said Smith. More than 500 Scouts pre-registered online before June 15. More than 230 Scouts showed up to the challenge, and 46 Scouts passed the challenge to receive the Summit SEAL Challenge award. “The guys who didn’t pass got upset, but I told them it took me four tries before I passed it. I am a SEAL today though because I kept putting one foot in front of the other and working at it,” said Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Justin Smith. “I found the test to be very difﬁcult even after training for it for six weeks,” said 18-year-old Grifﬁn St. Louis after completing the PST. The event gave participants a chance to interact with SEAL and SWCC operators. The National Scout Jamboree 2013 came to close with the SEAL and SWCC operators giving the Scouts a brief on mental toughness, physical ﬁtness, setting goals and achieving them, and teamwork.
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Annual ceremony held to honor 134 shipmates killed
Continued from front aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). The presentation of colors was executed by Naval Station Norfolk color guard and the national anthem was sung by Dean Englert. â€œI did the ďŹ rst one [ceremony] in 1981 in Washington, D.C. and they merely had a prayer and nothing visual,â€? said Costello. â€œA young fellow that was in damage control on the ship suggested two-by-fourâ€™s and the [American] ďŹ‚ags. So we stopped by Beach Ford and said we are looking for 134 ďŹ‚ags and they said â€˜no problem.â€™ We made the name tags, and couple years later, we added the pictures. It has since been a feature with us every year.â€? The American ďŹ‚ags were prominently displayed in front of the main stage with the words â€œFirst In Defense â€“ Forever In Dignityâ€? painted on the display. Memorabilia from and about the ship was on display throughout the room, and a video was played during the ceremony that announced each service memberâ€™s name that died in the tragic ďŹ re as their photo was displayed on the
Guest speaker Kenneth V. â€œKenâ€? Killmeyer, the USS Forrestal Association historian and crew survivor, took on the difďŹ cult task of transporting the audience back to the ďŹ‚ight deck during the ďŹ re as he recounted the vivid details.
... Itâ€™s the lessons that are learned by those that have gone before us that we take forward and really create the foundation for the Navy we have today.â€? - Cmdr. Blane Shearon
projector screen. A bell was tolled for each name while the solemn sound of bagpipes played â€œAmazing Graceâ€? in the background. According to historical documentation, a massive ďŹ re broke out on the ďŹ‚ight deck of Forrestal after a Zuni rocket from an F-4 Phantom jet ďŹ ghter was accidentally launched on July 29, 1967. The rocket struck a parked A-4 Skyhawk jet, spilling fuel that caught ďŹ re. The ďŹ re spread to nearby planes on the shipâ€™s deck and detonated a 1,000 pound bomb, spreading the ďŹ re further, which set off a chain reaction of explosions that killed many of the initial ďŹ rst responders. It took a full day before the ďŹ res could be fully contained and the ďŹ re is said to be one of the most devastating in naval history. The Navy has since changed the way it handles damage control aboard ships and all Sailors are now required to go through ďŹ reďŹ ghting training to prevent future disasters. One of those who died in the initial explosion during an attempt to extinguish the
Photos by David Todd American ďŹ‚ags were prominently displayed in front of the main stage with the words â€œFirst In Defense â€“ Forever In Dignityâ€? painted on the display for the annual USS Forrestal (CVA 59) memorial ceremony, July 26, held at the Navyâ€™s Farrier FireďŹ ghting Facility at Surface Warfare OfďŹ cers School Command (SWOS) Engineering Learning Site in Norfolk.
ďŹ re was Chief Aviation Boatswainâ€™s Mate (Handling) Gerald W. Farrier. The Farrier FireďŹ ghting Facility is dedicated in his honor. â€œThe Navy is steeped in history,â€? said Shearon. â€œWhile we continue to modernize and develop techniques and procedures through the years, itâ€™s the lessons that are learned by those that have gone before us that we take forward and really create the foundation for the Navy we have today.â€? â€œ[The ceremony] is highly important because all of these Sailors and Marines gave their lives for us today,â€? said Branch. â€œBecause of what they went through, not only for this school, Navy Sailors are able to ďŹ ght ďŹ res on the ships and insure that damage control, or any type of ďŹ reďŹ ghting, doesnâ€™t become the end of their lives.â€? For Killmeyer, who was only 20 years old at the time of the incident, that frightful day in July will forever be remembered in his mind. During his presentation, he took on the difďŹ cult task of transporting the audience back to the ďŹ‚ight deck during the ďŹ re as he recounted the vivid details. â€œDifferent people are reminded by the event even though they are on their daily path, whatever it might be, at home,â€? he said. â€œIt might be an odor, a ďŹ re department
A black in memoriam T-shirt displays the names of the 134 service members on the back.
call, a loud unexplained explosion or noise that takes them back to the time this occurred.â€? When describing the ďŹ re, with tears in his eyes, Killmeyer said itâ€™s still very difďŹ cult to talk about the incident, but advised to not â€œtake anything for granted because every day is precious.â€? â€œItâ€™s an event that changed
every one of us,â€? he said. â€œIt makes us more appreciative of our daily life. Those 134 didnâ€™t get to do what we did,â€? referencing that those who died in the ďŹ re were unable to experience the many joys that life bestows. Another ďŹ re survivor in attendance was retired Chief Warrant OfďŹ cer 3rd Class Fred Stanley, an engineer at
the time, recalled being in the shipâ€™s galley for lunch when the ďŹ re occurred. As he was traversing to his battle station, located in the generator room, the ďŹ rst bomb went off. â€œIt shook the ship and we almost fell â€Ś thatâ€™s how hard that bomb blast was,â€? he recalled. â€œIt kept going on and on. We didnâ€™t know what was going on ... at ďŹ rst we thought maybe someone got a rocket or something in from the North and started a chain reaction. We had no idea what started it and it was quite some time before we realized what had happened.â€? Stanley wore a black in memoriam T-shirt for the ceremony that featured the names of the 134 service members on the back. â€œBecause of what we went through together as a crew, itâ€™s dear to my heart,â€? he said. â€œSo I usually keep up with it and go to the reunions, Iâ€™m a member of the association and Iâ€™m here every year for this memorial.â€? â€œWhen they read the names it brings me back to the day it happened,â€? he continued. â€œEvery time I see a reading of the names or every time we do anything with the ship itself or watch a tape of the ďŹ re, it puts you right back to that day. Itâ€™s something that never goes away.â€?
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RLSO MIDLANT changes command
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By Lt. Marquez RLSO MIDLANT Public Affairs
■ ceremony Capt. David G. Wilson (left) relieved Capt. Denise E. Stich (above) as commanding officer of Region Legal Service Office Mid-Atlantic (RLSO MIDLANT).
A change of command ceremony was held for the Region Legal Service Ofﬁce Mid-Atlantic (RLSO MIDLANT), July 19, at Vista Point Conference Center onboard Naval Station Norfolk. During the ceremony, Capt. David G. Wilson relieved Capt. Denise E. Stich as commanding ofﬁcer. Rear Adm. James E. Crawford, deputy judge advocate general and commander, Naval Legal Service Command was the presiding ofﬁcer and keynote speaker for the event. Among other signiﬁcant and distinguished positions, Crawford has
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served as Legal Counsel to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, as well as the Commander, NATO Rule of Law Field Support Mission/Rule of Law Field Force-Afghanistan. “Capt. Stich comes from a ‘family of service,’” said Crawford. “Her father and husband both are retired Navy commanders. In fact, due to her father’s service, Capt. Stich graduated high school at the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. From there, she continued her family’s tradition of service to our country by graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy.” Crawford praised her “legendary work ethic.” As a prior surface warfare ofﬁcer, “[she] has been my most meticulous and most organized commanding ofﬁcer,” he said. “It’s amazing what she’s been able to do and the leadership that she brings to bear to achieve the tasks that are required of this organization that responds to the largest concentration of U.S. naval forces.” Extolling Stich’s leadership character, Crawford stated, “Leadership is not a style, leadership is determined and deﬁned by character – the right type of character – and Capt. Stich has the right type of character in abundance.” Stich demonstrated excellent strategic vision in leading RLSO MIDLANT through the most far-reaching realignment since the founding of Navy Legal Service Command, he said. Crawford complimented her leadership and strength, as demonstrated by her starting and successfully implementing a new ﬁrst-tour judge advocate training and utilization model. Moreover, on her watch, RLSO MIDLANT prosecuted the Navy’s highest caseload of more than 170 courtsmartial’s. Her leadership “empowered trial counsel and streamlined processes to enable them to be successful in their mission,” he said. “I trust RLSO MIDLANT prosecutors with any case that the Navy is charged to handle.” Stich was awarded the Legion of Merit (gold star in lieu of third award) by the president of the United States. In her closing remarks, Stich stated, “The award that I received was not about me, it was about us and our relationship as leader and follower. I learned early in my career that you cannot get the mission done alone. I have absolutely loved my job and that has only been possible because of you.” With respect to RLSO’s prosecution team in the military justice arena, Stich said, “RLSO MIDLANT has set the bar for how cases should be prosecuted Navywide.” Stich said she is most proud of her accomplishment in “operationalizing” best practices in administrative concepts and processes within the command. Conducting business in an “operational” way is the Navy way, and it works, she commented. “I’m conﬁdent that Capt. Wilson will keep RLSO MIDLANT on course to execute at the next level of excellence,” she said on the leadership of her relief. Like Stich, Wilson has a strong operational background, Crawford added. “Wilson showed great grace and fortitude as the ofﬁcerin-charge, Defense Service Ofﬁce West Detachment Bremerton, Wash., and made the JAG Corps realignment in the Northwest a success. He’s ready to assume command of the largest command within Naval Legal Service Command.”
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20 Years | 20 Questions
After college, what led you to join the Navy as an aviator? I am the son of a naval ofﬁcer and grew up just north of Naval Air Station Miramar in San Diego, Calif., so I always felt the call. I guess it was always in my blood.
What was the most difﬁcult part of aviation training? The most difﬁcult part of training for me was managing and prioritizing the multitude of tasks an aviator is required to accomplish in a mission.
What is the best part of being in a squadron deployed on a carrier? The best part of squadron life is the sense of mission accomplishment, camaraderie and team work.
How has the aviation role concerning conﬂicts changed in the past 20 years? My ﬁrst deployment was on USS America (CV-66) for Desert Storm. At that time, in order to get our mission tasking from the Combined Air Component Commander in Saudi Arabia, an aircraft had to physically ﬂy to get it and bring it back aboard the aircraft carrier. Now, aircraft carriers are fully networked and people can chat, email and video teleconference. During my ﬁrst deployment, all we had was handwritten mail. There weren’t even networked computers on the ship. Now, people are fully connected. The quality of life is much better for Sailors, and operationally, it is virtually seamless whether you are aﬂoat or ashore.
Given all the aircraft you’ve worked with, which is your favorite? I think you always love your ﬁrst airplane. Mine was the S-3 Viking. It wasn’t a sexy airplane, but it was a great workhorse for naval aviation and was retired with still a lot of life left in it. The community was awesome! However, the Super Hornet is an absolutely magniﬁcent machine. The man/machine interface is amazing and the information available to the aircrew and the accuracy of the weapons systems are truly incredible.
How has the aviation community changed over the past few decades? I think the biggest change is the speciﬁc training syllabi that communities have once an aviator gets to the ﬂeet. Prior to the introduction of the Strike Fighter Weapons and Tactics program, squadrons would have a more subjective and less standardized training program. Every aviation community has a version of the Strike Fighter standardized training program. The standardization and the ability to tie a dollar spent on a ﬂight hour to a unit of readiness provided the justiﬁcation for the training requirements in the ﬂeet. This allowed for an easier time justifying the ﬂight hour program. The professionalism and superb execution of our ﬂeet aviators is the outcome of this training program.
Of all the changes in the past 20 years, are there additional changes you would like to see?
Capt. Bob Geis COMMANDING OFFICER, NAS OCEANA
I’d like to see the continued effort on high quality training and continued emphasis on diversity in our ﬂeet. If we continue to focus on that, we’ll continue to be the best trained and equipped aviators in the world!
You’ve commanded a squadron before, how does commanding a base differ? Commanding a squadron was one of my original career goals. My command of VFA-211 was challenging, exciting, gratifying and satisfying. Commanding NAS Oceana has such a greater scope of responsibilities and complexity, they are really not comparable. However, the lessons I learned from my ﬁrst command helped me be a better leader, naval ofﬁcer and a better person. I’ve tried to incorporate the goods from that ﬁrst command experience into this opportunity and to not repeat the things I could have done better. The team of professionals – both military and civilian – at NAS Oceana, Dam Neck Annex and NALF Fentress is the ﬁnest team I’ve ever been a part of. As we emphasized building our professional relationships, we grew the team closer.
What do you think is the most important part of your job? I think building our personal and professional relationships is the most important part of my job. Whether we are working on solutions to obstacles, communicating guidance at quarters, all hands calls, or in meetings with our local, state and national leaders, building a personal bond and trust within the team and with our peers and leaders is the most important thing I do as a naval ofﬁcer and leader.
As a leader, how do you maintain morale and mission readiness? I believe we maintain morale and mission readiness by properly communicating goals and constraints with our teammates, listening to the good ideas that come from all corners of the command and then trust our people to do their jobs. We have such ﬁne professionals at Oceana, Dam Neck and Fentress, it is exciting to see what each day holds. Capt. Chope, CMDCM Clark and I are fully committed to our team and our teammates, and I believe our folks know that.
What motivates you personally? I am the luckiest guy in the Navy! I have a great family, great teammates and I’ve been entrusted with one of the crown jewel naval installations, how could I not be motivated every day? I love my job and the people I get to work with. I believe this nation is the greatest place on Earth and I am honored to serve her and our community.
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What advice would you offer to junior ofﬁcers or Sailors? Enjoy every day, even the days that aren’t perfect or that offer more challenges than victories. When you come to work, you are surrounded by outstanding professionals and they deserve our very best effort. At the end of the day and the end of your career, as long as you can look at yourself in the mirror and say you did your best, then you can look back with pride at what you accomplished.
You have several degrees, how important is education to you? Education helps unlock doors and provides an opportunity to expand your horizons. It teaches you problem solving and time management. It is very important for every Sailor to take advantage of educational opportunities.
As CO, how are you planning to celebrate Oceana’s 70th Anniversary We’ve been running stories in the Jet Observer on different highlights from the last 70 years and the Hampton Roads chapter of the Navy League is going to celebrate the birthday by holding a reception onboard the installation. It was also going to be the theme of this year’s Air Show as well. We certainly have come a long way from the outlying ﬁeld for Naval Station Norfolk 70 years ago!
Can you describe the role Oceana has played locally? NAS Oceana actually pre-dates the city of Virginia Beach. The city is celebrating its 50th birthday this year! The Navy is Virginia Beach’s largest employer and NAS Oceana contributes more than $2 billion to the regional economy. It is clear now that NAS Oceana and the city are fully linked. City and Navy leadership effectively communicate on every level and that dialogue is the hallmark of a healthy relationship. Our ﬁrst responders train together and are able to integrate when needed. That was on display during the F/A-18D mishap last year. Sailors, Marines and spouses are fully invested in the community, have the privilege of living in the best place to raise a family in the country.
What made you start the ﬂight line tours on-base?
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I was working out in the gym before the Air Show in 2011 and one of our folks and I started talking about visiting the ﬂight line. He said he had never been on the ﬂight line and had worked for MWR for many years. I thought it would be a good idea for me to offer that opportunity because every one of our teammates help launch those aircraft and support our warﬁghters, the ﬂeet and our families. Everyone who works here is a valuable member of our team and I wanted the opportunity to show them how much I appreciate what they do. I started the ﬁrst one after I took command last year.
What has been a priority of yours since assuming command? Outreach inside and outside the fence line has been a priority with me. I inherited a fantastic command from Capt. Jim Webb. I wanted to continue the commitment to customer service that has been a hallmark of Oceana. I wanted to take outreach to the next level. We never passed up an opportunity to tell the community of the great things our team is doing every day. We made it a point to tell our story anywhere and everywhere. We wanted to ensure all our teammates know how important they are in our mission accomplishment and wanted to tell that story outside the fence line.
Who has been your biggest role model? I have so many I don’t think I can pick just one. My earliest role model was my father. He is a retired LDO Engineman who instilled in me my work ethic and pride in this country. My Navy career has been blessed by leaders of all paygrades. It started with AWC Polanco, who taught me how to do Anti-Submarine Warfare in my ﬁrst ﬂeet squadron, my ﬁrst two skippers (Captains Kikta and Tuohy) who taught me how to lead a group of Sailors by example. My COs when I was a department head (Captains Turner and Wagner) who taught me you can take care of your family and still be successful in our Navy and by the three ﬂag ofﬁcers I have been blessed to work for on their staffs, Rear Adm. Don Weiss, Rear Adm. Bill Goodwin and Rear Adm. Rich O’Hanlon. This reads like a who’s who of people who cared deeply about the people who worked for them, who were fully committed to the team and mission accomplishment. They helped make me who I am.
What do you think is your proudest moment in your career thus far? While this is difﬁcult to narrow down between leading a fantastic team here at Oceana and my ﬁrst command at VFA211, I believe it is leading VFA-211. I ﬂew S-3 Vikings all the way through my department head tour and when I screened for command – I was also screened for transition into the Strike Fighter community. I was the ﬁrst S-3 Naval Flight Ofﬁcer to transition that late in a career to that community and I had the honor of leading the ﬁrst F/A-18F squadron on the East Coast and taking them on their ﬁrst deployment in 2006. The team we built was fantastic and we provided awesome support for our folks on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan.
As you near the end of your tour at Oceana, what is next for you? After change of command, I am going to head up to the staff of Commander, Navy Installations Command. It is my ﬁrst time working in Washington, D.C.
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Navy Food Management Team (NFMT) Norfolk hosted a cake decorating class that gives the students necessary skills to be able to produce ceremonial cakes at their command.
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healthy recipes to motorcycle tips Continued from front “I want my shipmates to know just how dangerous smoking is and how it adversely affects the crew’s readiness,” he said. Culinary Specialist 1st Class Virginia Durbin spoke about proper nutrition and exercise display. “Many Sailors may not know how important proper diet and exercise are,” said Durbin, who enjoys being a part of the health fair to share vitally important information with the crew. “I’m glad I can be here to help my shipmates and share my knowledge.” During the health fair she
toured Servmart Continued from front develop the skills, conﬁdence and positive attitude needed to achieve their desired levels of employment, education and personal independence. “As part of their program, they want to spotlight successful people with visual impairments,” said Fay Gregory, NAVSUP FLC Norfolk Management and Program Analyst. “They bring students to Super Servmart to see our Virginia Industries for the Blind (VIB) employees and to see the opportunities offered here.” When the students arrived at Super Servmart, they were escorted to the ofﬁce of MANCON by Program Manager Harry Twigger. He and MANCON Assistant Program Manager Valerie Harrell
shared an assortment of recipes for the beneﬁt of the attendees. “It’s not always easy to eat healthy,” she said. “These recipes are great for time management and are excellent dieting aids.” Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Mary Perez, presenter of the women’s health display, said she wants to educate men as well. “Women’s health is something not only female Sailors should be aware of, but male Sailors as well,” said Perez. Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Huriel Riveraaponte explained how regular check-ups are important to catch early symptoms of health problems.
welcomed the students and presented an overview of the store, describing some of the items offered there by 22 vendors. “You can do whatever you want to do,” Twigger told the students. “There are lots of companies that work with VIB employees. We are proud of all of them.” Several of the current Super ServmartVIB employees were then introduced to the students. Each of them described their duties at Super Servmart and encouraged the students to never let their visual impairment interfere with their pursuit of employment. The current VIB employees there work as cashiers, computer and telephone technicians, and security. They also perform various aspects of customer service. Harrell even pointed out that the VIB cashiers are more accurate than some of the sighted cashiers. She explained that cashiers have to be careful to separate items by vendor when completing an order to make sure each item
“It’s important to keep up with our health,” said Riveraaponte. Fire Controlman 2nd Class Nicole Stanley brought in her personal motorcycle to aid her display. “I want Lincoln Sailors to know how serious I am when it comes to motorcycle safety,” she said. “I think the fact that I brought in my bike shows how passionate I am about the topic.” During the fair, she explained how to properly maintain a motorcycle as well as provided tips for driving in Virginia. “The more you know about your bike the better your chances of driving safely,” she said.
purchased is credited to the proper vendor. The students were then given a tour of the Super Servmart. They were surprised to see such a wide variety of items available. One of the students was especially surprised to see hydration backpacks on display. During the tour, Twigger and Harrell both pointed out that a large portion of the Super Servmart is ﬁlled with items from companies who employ mostly employees with disabilities, such as Skilcraft and the various Lighthouses for the blind. It was a lot of information to absorb in a short period of time, but the students deﬁnitely appreciated their trip to Super Servmart. “To have an opportunity like this is so important for them,” said Ronica Henry, Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired Vocational Counselor. “Meeting the VIB employees here shows them ﬁrsthand there are so many possibilities available to them.”
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NFMT Norfolk teaches valuable baking and decorating skills By Jim Kohler NAVSUP FLC Norfolk Ofﬁce of Corporate Communications
Navy Food Management Team (NFMT) Norfolk hosted a cake decorating class at their training galley and classroom, July 23-24. Thirteen local culinary specialists attended the training, which was taught by two NFMT instructors, Senior Chief Culinary Specialist Jenifer Hutt and Culinary Specialist 1st Class Jesse Wallace. The two-day class is a basic cake decorating class that gives the students necessary skills to be able to produce ceremonial cakes at their command. “We teach them how to bake cakes, test for doneness, proper cake cooling, preparation of frostings, basic cake decoration, proper coloring techniques and basic understanding and utilization of various type of cake decorating equipment,” said Hutt. After a day of classroom training, the students moved into the training galley on day two to decorate their cakes. They ﬁrst practiced bordering techniques on paper. Once they were comfortable with the technique of squeezing the icing out
of a piping bag, they were ready to border their cake. “They did really well,” said Hutt. “Only two of the students had prior experience, so considering their level of experience, the cakes turned out great.” Hutt added that the skills these Sailors learn in the cake decorating class could save their command money in the future. “When commands need a cake for a ceremony or an event, if they don’t have anyone aboard with cake decorating skills, they have to order the cake from an outside vendor,” she explained. “That can get expensive.” She added that having the necessary skills to be able to produce a ceremonial cake is a good source of bragging rights, which are always appreciated by Sailors. “We learned so much in a short period of time,” said Culinary Specialist Seaman Asia Ward. “I only wish the class was longer. We will deﬁnitely take back the knowledge and training we received, and use it in the future. All and all, it was a great class for everyone.” The class was just one of many that NFMT conducts in their classrooms and training galley throughout the year.
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Naval Museums offer free public access National Museum of the United States Navy, Cold War Gallery and Display Ship Barry will be accessible through a new gate open to the public, starting Aug. 1. The War of 1812 exhibit (left) will be on display from now to mid-October at the National Museum in D.C. » see B5
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ADMIRAL RETURNS FLAG TO JAPAN Press Release U.S. Paciﬁc Fleet Public Affairs
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MC2 David Kolmel Rear Adm. James F. Caldwell, Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Paciﬁc Fleet points out what he has translated to Consul General of Japan Toyoei Shigeeda about the hinomaru yosegaki, a good luck ﬂag, after a ceremony at the Consulate-General of Japan in Honolulu.
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■ in the military An estimated 8,500 children of active duty military families have a form of autism.
A congressionally mandated pilot program, which launched July 25, will enhance an existing Department of Defense (DOD) program that provides care and treatment for military children with autism, a senior DOD ofﬁcial said. Dr. Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs and director of the TRICARE Management Activity met with reporters to explain the new program. An estimated 8,500 children of active duty military families have a form of autism, Woodson said. He sought to dispel military parents’ concerns about rumors of a potential loss in beneﬁts for their children with autism and autism spectrum disorder. “We understand that there’s a lot of anxiety in the community of interest around autism about suspected changes that would adversely affect care,” he said. “Providing care to children who have autism spectrum disorder and making sure they get the full range of care they need is a priority to us.” “All care will be continued,” Woodson added, noting that active duty service members’ children’s autism care benefits in the applied behavior analysis administered through TRICARE would not change. “Anyone who’s receiving care under the [Enhanced Access to Autism Services Demonstration] – there will be no change.” There’s also no change in beneﬁts to anyone enrolled in the basic medical program that began July of 2012, Woodson said. An expansion of services through the autism pilot program, he added, will also allow retirees and their families to receive ASD beneﬁts. Autism care and treatment is evolving, Woodson said. “In the future, we’ll try to identify what the best practice is for the periodic assessments –who should get it and over what period of time,” he said, noting the pilot program is expected to yield “great insight” into evaluation protocols. The pilot program was developed by crafting requirements through consulting with experts in the ﬁeld and advocacy groups to “try to ﬁnd validated tests and the best strategy for focusing on what would be the right care at the right time for children [with autism],” said Woodson.
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Pentagon: Public affairs must change with times
Pilot program enhances autism care, treatment By Terri Moon Cronk
In a gesture of friendship and goodwill, Rear Adm. James F. Caldwell, Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Paciﬁc Fleet returned a Japanese good luck ﬂag belonging to a World War II Imperial Japanese Soldier, July 26. Caldwell returned the ﬂag to Consul General of Japan, Toyoei Shigeeda, at the Consulate-General of Japan at Honolulu. The ﬂag was previously in the possession of Caldwell’s great uncle, retired Capt. Jay V. Chase, a World War II U.S. naval ofﬁcer. A hinomaru yosegaki, or good luck ﬂag, was a traditional gift for Japanese servicemen, signed by friends, family and coworkers, before he left for his military duty during World War II. The ﬂag would typically be held close to the body as a keepsake with messages of encouragement and patriotism. “It’s remarkable to think about the relationship that existed when this ﬂag was signed as compared to today, it’s incredible,” said Caldwell. Caldwell asked Shigeeda to return the ﬂag to a relative of the Soldier if possible, or to the mayor of the city where the ﬂag originated. Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare will receive the ﬂag and attempt to either track down the family members or return it to the
By Karen Parrish American Forces Press Service
During a stop in Hawaii on their way home from an overseas trip that took them to India and Singapore, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, took time to visit with more than 500 service members and their families at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Telling the audience that they are “equal to any Americans gone before you,” Biden said he had seen the service members in action in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Defense Department is facing a once-in-a-generation change and its public affairs practitioners around the world need to communicate that change clearly, the Pentagon’s chief spokesman said, July 25. George Little, assistant to the secretary of defense for public affairs, spoke to commissioned, enlisted, civilian and contract employee defense public affairs professionals gathered at the Defense Media Activity’s headquarters on Fort Meade in Maryland. Little’s remarks also were webcast. “Public affairs is an absolutely critical component of our military and our department,” he said. “We operate in a world so tightly connected that every world event, big or small, can be felt in real-time.” Little noted that thanks to the Internet, social media and smartphones, the walls between citizens, journalists and the military have never been thinner. He challenged his audience to consider three factors that argue for a new approach to public affairs: ■ Changes brought about by war and the media’s evolution ■ An expanding toolbar of essential skills for public affairs professionals ■ Military and civilian defense leaders’ responsibility for effective communication
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MCSN Johans Chavarro Vice President Joe Biden speaks to service members and their families during a USO-sponsored barbecue at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
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Blue Angels are still ﬂying high Lt. Ryan Chamberlain, narrator and VIP pilot of the U.S. Navy ﬂight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, takes off from Naval Air Station Pensacola to perform a pilot proﬁciency training ﬂight. While the Blue Angels’ 2013 air show season has been canceled due to sequestration, the pilots ﬂy individual sorties to maintain proﬁciency in the F/A-18 Hornet and C-130 Hercules.
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ONE FOOT OUT THE DOOR By Tiffany Silverberg Military Spouse Contributor
For many of us, military life is very transient. Some of us move every few years, some of us even more often. That’s been my experience of military life. I’m the one that has to really think for a moment when I have to input my zip code somewhere. I have to run through the last three before stumbling upon the current one. I’m the one that sounds crazy when I say, “Here in such and such state,” when clearly we are not in such and such state. Oops. That was my last home. Or the one before that. I’ve been known, while sitting in my living room that always looks the same, to look at my husband and say, “Wait where do we live?” The craziest part isn’t living in the past, but living in the future. As fresh as our last move is, so looming on the horizon is the next one. In some weird way, we live in three locations at once. The one we just left, the one we are in, and the one we are going to. It’s no wonder I get distracted or forget something on my to do list. My past, present, future are mashed into one experience of today.
■ the box Be in charge of the chaos. Tiffany keeps a box in the main closet for items never used or never opened or never really wanted in the ﬁrst place.
I would make the claim that it’s not normal, but then what is? Our life can be a bit crazy sometimes, and sometimes that’s what we love about it. The wacky stories, the shared experience, the bragging rights. And so with one foot out the door, and one foot still in. With one foot still on it’s way in from the last place, and one ﬁrmly planted here, we live our crazy transient life. With new orders on the horizon and our current place just now feeling like home, I thought I would share my strategy for surviving with one foot at home and one foot out the door. First, I keep a box in the main closet. Whenever I stumble upon something that we never used or never opened or never really wanted in the ﬁrst place, it goes in the box. We move so much that we just can’t move load
of things that we don’t want. It makes me feel in charge of the chaos when we organize and prepare. Speaking of organizing, I do a lot of that too. And no, it doesn’t come naturally to me. It’s been a learned behavior. You open enough boxes and you start to learn what you want in the same box. It’s become how I live. Keeping like items together. It’s a constant challenge for myself … how can I make this even more organized for the next move? Speaking of organization, that’s how I manage to pull that other foot back in the house. Let’s just be here, I tell my feet. But we have be on the road again soon, they argue. We need to get ready, they tell me. No, no, we will be ready, we are ready, for now let’s be here! Tiffany Silverberg is Navy wife and foodie with an independent streak. As a freelance writer, she brings years of journalism and language experience to non-proﬁts, businesses and families, telling their stories online and ofﬂine. You can visit her website at www. tiffanysilverberg.com.
LAST TIME EVER I SAW YOUR FACE (YOU WERE EATING PEANUT BUTTER) By Jacey Eckhart Military Spouse Contributor
I am so hungry to see my husband’s face that I’m hollow-eyed and skinnyﬁngered. After ﬁve months of this deployment, I’m practically Kelly Ripa. Isn’t that crazy? I’ve been married to my husband for 26 years. I know what he looks like. I have zillions of pictures of him. Yet, the months apart have left me longing to see him with my own eyes. Why is that? I scold myself to be more grateful about the emails and phone calls that are available. Sometimes I’m not that grateful. Sometimes I am jealous of anyone deployed who has the bandwidth to Skype. So I ﬂip through my iPhone looking for pictures of him. The longer the deployment goes on, the more pages of pictures there are between my life and his. Because I take pictures for him all the time. Pictures of our rising sixth grader actually reading a book (a miracle). Pictures of my peonies blooming by the barn. Pictures of the ﬁxture on the gas grill that won’t turn. Pictures of me being silly with our grown daughter on the weekends. I get nuttin’ from him. I can’t remember why this is. Maybe there is a rule about hooking up a camera to a government computer. Maybe my husband has suddenly turned ugly on this deployment and he doesn’t want me to know. Maybe he thinks it is goofy to ask anyone to take his picture. So I haunt the ship’s Facebook page hoping someone took his picture by
I haunt the ship’s Facebook page hoping someone took his picture by accident. Once found a picture of my guy eating a piece of cake. Hey! They give him cake!” - Jacey Eckhart
accident. Once found a picture of my guy eating a piece of cake. Hey! They give him cake! I think the Sailors who run the Facebook page for our ship understand this hunger. They have offered a “WANTED” feature for families. Send your request for a picture of your loved one and they will hunt down that Sailor wherever he or she is on the ship and take their picture whether they like it or not. Still, the pictures that come from the ship seem so skimpy. Sometimes I wonder if there is a conspiracy among the deployed that we at home don’t know about. We are so generously sending pictures of the new baby. Pictures of the new Superman costume. Pictures of all the girls at the beach. We think we are sending them a slice of home they can share.
But maybe these pictures slice them two ways – they love seeing us, yet it hurts them to see with their own eyes all the things they are missing. Maybe they think that compared to the march of the seasons at home, their Groundhog Days just mark time apart. I don’t care about that, do you? I would rather have a picture of my guy wearing the same uniform and standing in the same spot every single day than the too few pictures I have now. Because I want to see him with my own eyes, check to make sure he is OK, know that he is still mine every single day. Jacey Eckhart is the Director of Spouse and Family Programs for Military.com. Most recently she has been featured as a military family subject matter expert on NBC Dateline, CBS morning news, CNN, NPR and the New York Times. Eckhart is an Air Force brat, a Navy wife and an Army mom.
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Courtesy photo The photo that took my breath away. At least it was a moment captured in time.
This mommy is freaking out By Bianca Martinez Military Spouse Contributor
No, this is not an article about how frazzled I am. It’s not about how my kids make me crazy most days and I feel like I am negotiating 24/7. It isn’t about how juggling all of the parts of MILFAM life can make me feel like I am going to have a mental breakdown. This is an article about a mom who wants time to stand still. How did I get here? I am at the point where both of my kids will be getting on the bus in the morning and head off to primary school. My youngest is no longer a preschooler and my son is all of a sudden into “dude” things. I mean my daughter pointed out to me that his room smells like a boy when you walk in. Sweaty socks and football gear are starting to look like they could do a Febreze commercial around it all. As for food, I feel like I am feeding a platoon the way they eat! I remember when it was just Cheerios and mashed meats, fruits and veggies! I took a picture on the 4th of July and was shocked when I looked at it. I almost did not believe they were my children. Can I spray them? No not the football stuff, my kids. Surely there is some sort of spray that makes them stop growing. Right? I hate to say this, but I realized this week that there are so many moments when I feel like I may be rushing it all. As I cleaned their bathroom and had to do the ﬂoors (the joy of parenting) I went to move the rugs in front of their sinks and grumbled as I had to pull up the step stool on my daughter’s side. I moaned in my head about how annoying it is and how I couldn’t wait until it was gone. Then I stopped. That would mean she is getting taller and that means older and that means time is moving way too fast. Am I wishing it to? I don’t think it’s that we as parents wish for our kids to sprout like weeds. I don’t really want them to hurry up and get through high school and college. I know that for sure by watching a dear friend of mine start to loathe and fear the idea that she will be an empty nester in a matter of months. We just keep wishing for milestones. I honestly felt a little guilty wanting to move onto a new step or a new age for my kids. I felt as though I was the reason time was ﬂying so fast. I want what is best for those little nuggets. I want to see them accomplish the things they set their hearts and minds on. Wishing that the next step happens is my job as a parent. If I didn’t hope for the next thing, well I guess I would be holding them back. So instead I will keep wishing, knowing what comes along with it all. They make me proud everyday and sure I’d be lying if I said they didn’t frustrate me everyday too. I am going to enjoy every single one of those moments though. The good and the bad are precious seconds and I don’t want to look back and wish I had stopped to embrace them.
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Today’s deployments – be always ready
By Mark Cummings Fleet and Family Support Center Norfolk
“Semper Paratus” is the motto of the United States Coast Guard, a Latin expression that simply means “always ready.” It was designed to instill an attitude of constant readiness in Guardsmen whether in times of war or peace, whether onduty or off. I love this approach to being consistently prepared for what might come as it applies perfectly to the current deployment climate we see in the Navy today. Things have certainly changed a lot from the days when a ship would go out for six months and then know they would be home for an 18-month workup cycle before having to deploy again. In those days, families had lots of time to spend together in between deployments with plenty of preparation time. This is far from what it’s like today. What do we know about present deployments? For one, they are longer than they have ever been. At Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC), we do predeployment readiness briefs for commands, and on average, commands are telling their Sailors and families to be ready for eight to 10-
month deployments. That’s a far cry from six months and is a lot longer for families to endure separation as a spouse manages the entire household in their partner’s absence. This leads to the second thing we know about deployments today – they are hard. Whether a service member, spouse, or family member, it’s difﬁcult to be away from those you love for an extended period of time and it doesn’t matter if it’s the ﬁrst deployment or tenth. It’s never easy. Finally, we know that deployments are unpredictable. Just within the last year alone, ships have had deployments postponed or delayed indeﬁnitely. Ships have had deployments extended, something extremely difﬁcult for homecoming-expectant Sailors and their families to have to cope with. And of course, there is always the possibility of a ship having to go back on deployment soon after returning. Today’s Navy truly emulates the Coast Guard motto as it works hard to stay always ready. The trickle-down effect of this deployment environment is that families have to be always ready as well. Instead of banking on the luxury of time to get prepared, families need to remain prepared at all times, ever primed for any deployment that might come. This need for constant readiness applies across several areas of practical preparation. Sailors and their families should ensure they keep track of the following: Administrative preparation ■ Dependent ID card expirations. ■ Record of Emergency Data form (Page 2) and Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI) election form updates. ■ Pertinent information within the Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System (NFAAS). Spouses should know how to login and update information while the
MC2 Eric S. Garst The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) departs Naval Station Norfolk for a nine-month deployment.
service member is deployed, especially if the spouse chooses to leave home and stay with family for an extended period of time. ■ Wills. If a will is needed, they can be done anytime at a Navy Legal Ofﬁce and are absolutely free. You don’t need to wait for a deployment to come to do this. ■ Power of Attorney. Typically, these are only good for a year and so it’s best to wait until you know you have a deployment pending before getting one. You can however assess any need for a Power of Attorney in advance so you know what you’ll need to get when the time comes. Car and home preparation ■ At home, keep up on that “honey do” list. Ensure your home repairs are done timely, especially the ones that you plan to do yourself. Service members should avoid placing their spouse in a situation where something needs repaired that could have been done prior to
them deploying. ■ The same applies for the car. Service members need to ensure all routine maintenance is kept up so the family vehicles are in top running order. A family needs dependable transportation when the service member is away. ■ Finally, keep close tabs on the administrative parts of owning a vehicle. Ensure the car’s registration, tags, and inspection are current and won’t expire during deployment.
cussed as well as whether there will be opportunities to either save money or pay down debt during the deployment. Deployments may be unpredictable, but we know they’re going to happen eventually. The amount of time invested in getting ready and staying ready can alleviate a lot of the stress that comes with facing extended separations. For any families needing help to that end, call your FFSC and ask to talk to the Deployment Unit for assistance.
Financial preparation ■ Assess your ﬁnances well before a deployment arises. A service member and their spouse need to ensure they have a plan to pay all bills while the service member is away, especially the bills the deploying member covers. Ensure a budget is in place and use it to determine how much spending money the service member will have available while on liberty, as well as the amount the family needs at home. Credit card usage should be dis-
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WATER COMES CLEAN IN TEST WITH MARINES By Eric Beidel Ofﬁce of Naval Research
A new easy-to-carry water puriﬁer that could give Marines and ﬁrst-responders access to clean water wherever they go successfully completed its ﬁrst operational test, ofﬁcials announced today. Funded by the Ofﬁce of Naval Research (ONR) and tested this spring during the U.S.-Philippines joint Balikatan military exercise, the First-Response Water Puriﬁer is designed for long-term use in remote areas during emergency and disaster relief operations. The new puriﬁer was developed to help reduce enormous logistical burdens already faced by forward-deployed personnel. There are two versions-one that can treat 1,000
gallons per day and one that can handle 5,000 gallons per day. “Expeditionary water involves much more than just puriﬁcation,” said Cody Reese, logistics manager for ONRs Expeditionary Maneuver Warfare and Combating Terrorism Department. “It has a long logistics tail, it is difﬁcult to supply and yet it is one of the most critical basic needs in any type of operation, anywhere in the world.” The appetite for a trusted source of drinking water has led to a costly habit of buying and transporting bottled water around the battleﬁeld. Likewise, current puriﬁcation systems are so heavy they have to be transported on Humvees and 7-ton trucks. The new puriﬁer is light and compact enough to ﬁt in the back of a pickup truck and be
carried by just two Marines. Through ultraﬁltration membranes and chlorine addition, the prototypes can make safe water from all freshwater sources, including surface waters with large amounts of algae and cloudiness caused by sediment. “Providing clean water anywhere in the ﬁeld environment is a tremendously complex proposition that involves a lot of equipment and energy-you have to locate it, analyze it, collect it, treat it, monitor it, store it, transport it, distribute it, drink it and then do something with the waste,” said Reese. “Anything we can do to shrink the footprint, reduce energy consumption and extend system life is a big win, with cascading effects throughout the entire supply chain.” Developed through a collaboration of Paciﬁc Research
Group and humanitarian organization Global Water, the new puriﬁer is easy to operate and requires less maintenance and power than current systems, which can require repeated resupply of parts, trained operators and major power sourcesall unavailable during typical disaster-relief scenarios. Aside from chlorine needed to provide disinfection and safe storage, the prototypes required no logistic support during the recent ﬁeld exercise. Events like the Balikatan ex-
ercise are great learning tools for developers, as equipment is challenged in ways that can’t be simulated in the United States. The water source used for this test came from a contaminated shallow river ﬁlled with volcanic ash from the 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo. The ﬁne particles in the ash provided a unique challenge to intake structures and ﬁlters, but the First-Response Water Puriﬁcation prototypes-designed to be forgiving with clean-
able ﬁlters-operated ﬂawlessly throughout the exercise. Paciﬁc Research Group and Global Water continue to design and test water-treatment technologies that complement the puriﬁers brought to Balikatan this year. The groups plan to bring to next year’s exercise two new prototypes that include an optional reverse osmosis capability for brackish, or salty, water that would accommodate the vast majority of surface water sources anywhere in the world.
Navy, city of Chicago team up for groundbreaking education By Eric Beidel Ofﬁce of Naval Research
The hope is that the model set forth in Chicago will be replicated by cities across the nation.” - Cmdr. Joseph Cohn, ONRs deputy director of research for STEM
The Department of the Navy (DON) and City of Chicago kicked off a unique collaboration to give high school and community college students an intense, hands-on experience in naval-relevant science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, July 15. Critical MASS (Midwest Association for Science and Service) is a ﬁve-year, $2 million investment that will bring enrichment programs to seven Chicago high schools, including ﬁve early college institutions driven by STEM curricula. It will serve as a national model for integrating new technologies into STEM education. The program will feature competitions, ﬁeld trips and mentoring opportunities. Ofﬁcials will rely on several naval STEM programs and projects-
including the Technovation Challenge, SeaPerch, Gooru and Sally Ride Science-to enhance the curriculum, which will cover everything from aero and hydrodynamics to solid-state electrical components and nuclear reactions. “Our Navy needs engineers, naval architects and weapons developers,” said Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Matthew L. Klunder. “More than half of our science and engineering professionals will be eligible for retirement by 2020, so we have to develop these important skills in the generation going through high school right now.” Klunder leads the Ofﬁce of Naval Research (ONR), which is the DONs executive agent for STEM-related initiatives. The collaboration with Chicago Public Schools will provide STEM enrichment programs that span ninth grade to community college, both during the academic school year and the summer. Critical MASS began the week of
July 15 with its initial summer camp and a Curriculum Day, which brought together Navy experts, curriculum designers, representatives from the mayor of Chicago’s ofﬁce, school administrators, teachers and City Colleges of Chicago faculty members for a discussion of programming opportunities in both after-school and in-class environments. “When you have this many high-powered leaders in one room, you run the risk of each one pushing a different agenda,” said Cmdr. Joseph Cohn, ONRs deputy director of research for STEM. “But our agenda was a common one-improving the quality of STEM education today, to secure the future for the Navy, Marine Corps and our nation.” The goals of the ﬁve-year program call for increasing: ■ Interest in, and relevance of, STEM learning in Chicago-area high schools ■ STEM competency in Chicago high schools ■ Numbers of academically prepared
students entering community colleges and four-year institutions in STEM ﬁelds ■ Competitiveness and diversity of students applying for admission to military service academies or ROTC programs ■ Awareness and interest in STEM career options with the DON ■ Women and minority participation in STEM. “The hope is that the model set forth in Chicago will be replicated by cities across the nation,” said Cohn. ONR provides the science and technology necessary to maintain the Navy and Marine Corps’ technological advantage. Through its afﬁliates, ONR is a leader in science and technology with engagement in 50 states, 70 countries, 1,035 institutions of higher learning and 914 industry partners. ONR employs approximately 1,400 people, comprising uniformed, civilian and contract personnel, with additional employees at the Naval Research Lab in Washington, D.C.
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Navy gives public summer access to naval museums Press Release Naval History and Heritage Command
National Museum of the United States Navy, Cold War Gallery and Display Ship Barry will be accessible through a new gate open to the public, starting Aug. 1. For the month of August, Naval History and Heritage Command along with the support of Naval District Washington, will offer free public access via the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail to the newly opened Cold War Gallery, the National Museum of the U.S. Navy and Display Ship Barry. The only day the museums will not be open is on Mondays, due to the furlough restrictions. Until this point, it has been a challenge for visitors to access these national treasures due to security requirements. However, a special agreement was reached to make a family-friendly option for museum-goers, located within a 15-minute walk of the Nationals Park. “We are very excited about the possibility of introducing even more of our neighbors to the rich history of the U.S. Navy,” said Capt. Jerry Hendrix, the director of the Naval History and Heritage Command, which is responsible for the U.S. Navy’s museums. “There is something for everyone, from young children to our senior veterans.” Signs placed along the
By MCC (AW/SW) Shawn D. Graham Center for Service Support Public Affairs
We are very excited about the possibility of introducing even more of our neighbors to the rich history of the U.S. Navy.”
MC2 Gina K. Morrissette Master Chief Petty Ofﬁcer of the Navy (MCPON) Michael D. Stevens - Capt. Jerry Hendrix, the director visits the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) at the of the Naval History and Heritage Washington Navy Yard for a guided tour with Capt. Henry J. Hendrix, director of NHHC. Stevens toured the National Museum of the United Command States Navy, the museum’s Cold War Gallery Annex and the Historic Small Arms and Ordnance Vault.
■ free access During August, there will be free public access via the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail to the newly opened Cold War Gallery, the National Museum of the U.S. Navy and Display Ship Barry.
Riverwalk will direct visitors to the Washington Navy Yard gate located near the Cold War Gallery. All adult visitors are required to present photo identiﬁcation to enter. With the exception of Mondays, the museums and display ship will be open to visitors 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on weekends. Located at the Washington Navy Yard, the National Museum of the U.S. Navy
displays art and artifacts from the Revolutionary War, Antarctic exploration, World War I and World War II, as well as submarine innovations. Visitors will enjoy peering through a submarine periscope, learning about deep sea exploration and diving, and maneuvering WWII-era artifacts. The Cold War Gallery, opened in October, displays a large submarine section, including a view of living and working conditions, artifacts from Vietnam POWs, displays from the Korean War, as well as an interactive exhibit called the “Lion’s Den.” Display Ship Barry is one of only three remaining Forrest Sherman class destroyers. Barry is the third ship to bear the name of the illustrious Revolutionary War
naval hero, Commodore John Barry. She supported the 1958 Marine and Army airborne unit landing in Beirut, Lebanon. In 1962, she was a member of the task force that quarantined Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis in response to evidence that Soviet missiles had been installed on the island. In 1979, Barry joined the Middle East Force for Persian Gulf service during the very tense period that accompanied the Iranian Revolution. In 1981-1982 Barry made her ﬁnal deployment in that area. USS Barry was decommissioned in 1982 and arrived at the Washington Navy Yard in 1983. For more information, visit the National Museum of the United States Navy website atwww.history.navy.mil/ branches/org8-1.htm.
Center for Service Support (CSS) announced they are actively looking for high-quality senior Sailors to enhance its already dynamic team, July 23. CSS and its learning sites provide Sailors with the knowledge and skills needed to support the ﬂeet’s warfighting mission. More than 300 staff and faculty work hand-in-hand with the ﬂeet and are dedicated to ensure training is current and well executed on behalf of 10,000 Sailors who graduate from CSS courses annually in the administration, logistics and media communities. During a three-year tour, a subject matter expert (SME) would attend the Navy Instructor Training Course, granting them the Navy Enlisted Classiﬁcation (NEC) 9502, work closely with learning sites, compile questions for rating advancement exams and also have the opportunity to earn the prestigious Master Training Specialist (MTS) qualiﬁcation. Command Master Chief (SW/SCW/AW) Reinaldo Rosado said that a SMEs inﬂuence doesn’t just extend to the Sailors, but to the commands they serve in, all over the globe. “Sailors we train often serve in diverse assignments,” said Rosado. “Many of our former students have served everywhere from the front lines of Afghanistan to the decks of our carriers. They report to their commands trained and ready to go to work immediately.” Capt. Mark S. Murphy, CSS’ commanding ofﬁcer said the command’s expectations and goals are high but very obtainable. “Work hard: be brilliant on the basics and take care of our people,” he said. “Work, study and learn at the job you’ve been given. Be ready when opportunity knocks. Work smart: mission ﬁrst, safety always. Push decision making to the lowest level. Communicate up and down the chain. Have fun: Keep a balance, keep a sense of humor and test your ideas. We want the best to train the Navy’s future.” CSS was established Feb. 7, 2003, in response to Naval Education and Training’s (NETC) initiative to address challenges in ﬂeet training and to improve Sailors’ professional development products and processes. In streamlining the business of delivering training, NETC charged 15 learning centers like CSS with speciﬁc areas of naval training. NETC organized the centers around their functional areas and appropriately aligned schools and respective training sites to each center. Sailors who are eligible for shore duty and in their transfer window are encouraged to contact their command career counselors and detailers. For available billet opportunities, visit https://www. cmsid.navy.mil/. For more news from Center for Service Support, visit www.navy.mil/local/css/.
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CNO DEFENDS LCS PROGRAM IN WAKE OF GAO SKEPTICISM By MC1 Peter D. Lawlor CNO Public Affairs
The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program was under a microscope after news of an electrical problem resulted in a brief loss of power for USS Freedom (LCS 1) over the weekend of July 20, resulting in the Government Accountability Ofﬁce (GAO) releasing a critical, 72-page report, scrutinizing the cost of the program. However, top Navy leadership, including the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert, view the performance problems as common for any ﬁrstin-class platform, especially
in an innovative platform like the LCS with its interchangeable modular payload design enabling the ship to conform to its battle space. Greenert spoke about the GAO report that was leaked days in advance during a Pentagon press brief held July 19 to discuss the status of the Navy with the Pentagon Press Corps. In his comments Greenert compared the LCS with debuts of previous ﬁrstin-class ships and said there was initial skepticism with those platforms too. “My view is, what we are ﬁnding is not that signiﬁcantly different from the Perry-class of the 60s and 70s, the Spruance-class of the 70s, nor even the Arleigh Burke-class when
it comes to the size and the impact on it,” Greenert said defending the initial hiccups of the LCS. Not one for excuses and understanding of our nation’s budget constraints Greenert added, “but we need to be vigilant, we need to follow up and we have work to do.” For CNO, that work continued on July 24 less than a week after the Pentagon press brief as he toured the Marinette Marine Corporation shipyard, July 24, to observe the progress of several Freedomclass variants of the LCS currently under construction. During his tour, Greenert walked through several of the $74 million improved Marinette Marine shipbuild-
Photos by MC1 Peter D. Lawlor Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert tours the Marinette Marine Corporation shipyard to view the construction progress of multiple Freedom-class variants of the littoral combat ship (LCS) in various stages of completion.
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feedback from industry and Sailors in the ﬂeet. President and CEO of Marinette Marine Chuck Goddard said efﬁciencies in the building process resulting from upgrades to the shipyard, will drive down costs per unit of the LCS over time while the ﬂeet feedback is resulting in a more superior product for our Sailors charged with protecting the world’s sea lanes. “I’m very impressed,” Greenert told a group of Marinette reporters following his tour of the shipyard. Greenert was equally impressed by the communication between the LCS industry and Sailors in the ﬂeet who’s valuable feedback is enabling Marinette Marine to change designs and manufacturing processes as necessary to ﬁx issues with current LCS models and prevent them from being integrated into future LCSs. “We have a team effort,” Greenert said about the Sailors who operate the ships and the shipbuilders in Marinette Marine. “Their feedback and connection with what Freedom is undergoing, with what Fort Worth is undergoing back into the design is impressive and it turns quickly
into the shipyard.” Greenert reiterated to the Marinette reporters that historically, it’s not uncommon to have to modify a ﬁrst-inclass ship’s design once it becomes operational despite best efforts to ﬁx and ﬁnd all of the bugs during the testing period. “It really isn’t about the quality of the workmanship, I think the question is what decisions the Navy has made to build this type of ship, the decisions we collectively made as to how we were going to build them in sequence, design and changes, that’s not unusual,” he said. “We need to take them deliberately and seriously and we are in as much of a partnership as we can with the General Accounting Ofﬁce.” Ultimately, the Navy is committed to the LCS. “This class of ship is so important to us, for its modularity, its speed, its volume,” he said. “I came here to see how are the changes coming around, what is the relationship more long term,” Greenert said to reporters at the conclusion of his conﬁdence visit and tour of Marinette Marine. “We’re only in the starting pieces of this long program.”
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PENTAGON | Continued from B1 Little pointed out that the widespread embedding of reporters in Iraq and Afghanistan forged close bonds between military members and the Fourth Estate. As deployments wind down and the services return to a more garrison-centered public affairs environment, he said, “we must look for new ways to enhance these bonds.” Little said new approaches should include engaging more with nontraditional journalists such as bloggers and tweeters, who sometimes break news but also may report gossip and rumor. “We must be constantly listening for new voices on defense issues,” he said, “and develop those relationships as well. … We must engage with anyone and everyone
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who is interested in what the department is doing. … In order to effectively communicate our message, we must be communicating across all platforms, new and old. By creating richer, more interesting content, we can create a deeper connection with the American public, and nourish the growing news appetite, on our terms.” Little said DODs public affairs professionals have done a stellar job over the past 12 years. In the face of new challenges, he added, they must push themselves to be even better, both in their individual skills and in collaborating as a community. “We must all think creatively on how best to communicate with the American people. … We must be ready to experiment with new and less expensive ways to con-
nect with the nation,” he said. In any medium, he added, public affairs professionals must be effective communicators. “Leave the jargon and acronyms to the planners and operators. … We must communicate with the American public in crisp and memorable lines that deliver a clear and accurate message,” he said. He urged each member of the workforce he leads to “truly become a student of writing and media.” Those who excel in the profession, Little said, “are hungry for information. They are always reading articles, journals, ﬁction, [and] even reading The Dufﬂe Blog and watching ‘The Daily Show.’” The better that public affairs practitioners understand the media business – “not just the military media business” –
BIDENS | VP: Future lies in Paciﬁc Basin Continued from B1 “You and your families are part of an unbroken chain of patriots that have stood guard over the Paciﬁc since that day of infamy in 1941,” he said, referencing the attack on Pearl Harbor. The vice president said America’s strength in the Paciﬁc has never been greater, and he talked about plans for a Paciﬁc alliance from Chile to Indonesia. The Paciﬁc
basin “is where the future lies,” he added. “We are, and will remain, a resident Paciﬁc power,” said Biden. Because of the stability provided by the U.S. military in the Paciﬁc, other countries, including China, India, Indonesia and Singapore, have been able to grow, the vice president said. In her remarks, Dr. Biden thanked the USO for hosting the barbecue where she
and her husband spoke. “The USO is such a great organization,” she said. “I’ve worked with them many times and they do really wonderful things.” She also spoke about “Joining Forces,” a program she created with First Lady Michelle Obama that is dedicated to bringing Americans together to recognize, honor and take action to support veterans and military families.
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families with children who have autism, Woodson said. Integral to increasing autism treatment capability, he said, is having a large network of providers that work with autistic children. “We continually try to improve … [and] expand our network of providers,” he said.
Woodson said it is “paramount” for children with autism to obtain professional reassessments to ensure they get the right care, at the right time, with updated care plans. “That’s what we’re all about,” he said. “Focusing on the child and what’s best and providing the families with access to these services.”
the better they will be at their jobs and the more successful they will be in communicating with the American people, Little said. Intellectual curiosity, added to professionalism and craft, provides a basis for sound work in a career that requires an inside-out knowledge of issues, he noted. Little said some public affairs professionals may think their job largely is simply to link reporters with experts. He disagrees with that notion. “It’s important for us … to gain a ﬁrm grounding in the substance,” said Little. “You must all aim to be experts of your beat, whether it’s the aircraft carrier you’re stationed on, the [forward operating base] where you’re deployed, or the issue that you’re covering in my press ops ofﬁce.” Little advised his audience
to strive to know more than the reporter who’s asking the questions. “You must always be willing to be the spokesperson, and to shape the story yourself,” he said. “Part of the job in public affairs is to provide context – [to] help the public understand what we are doing, and why we are doing it, and how it ﬁts into our larger strategy. … Expanding our reach is meaningless if we are not explaining our issues in a clear way and in terms the public can understand.” Since they are a strategic resource for their commanders and senior civilian leaders, Little said, public affairs ofﬁcers must maintain a close and trusted position, “helping your leadership navigate a complex media landscape and an equally complex set of issues surrounding national security.”
Little said commanders must be open and honest with the media. The department can’t hide bad news stories. “When bad things happen, the American people should hear it from us, not as a scoop on the Drudge Report,” he said. This requires all commanders to be open and honest with the press and to rely on their public affairs ofﬁcer’s strategic advice in developing communication strategies, Little said. Commanders also bear some responsibility for community outreach, he added, calling military-civilian interaction a key component of long-term public affairs planning. “No matter what the issue – veterans or the budget, personnel or weapons systems – we must engage the public through all channels, … not only with the press, but also with community leaders and stakeholders, to deliver our message as many ways as possible,” he said.
ﬂag returned Continued from B1 Soldier’s hometown. Shigeeda was moved by the ﬂag’s return and noted the importance of gestures like this between the U.S. and Japan who were once enemies but are now close allies in the Asia-Paciﬁc. “Today I thank you for your invaluable support and I express my feelings when I encounter this Japanese ﬂag. All I can say is welcome back to Japan,” said Shigeeda. “Seventy years later this ﬂag can ﬁnally be handed over to the family.” As was the tradition, the ﬂag was signed by the Soldier’s family, friends and the mayor of the town with short messages of good luck before he left for his military duty. Caldwell, noted that most of the time ﬂags were given to Soldiers with the expectation that they wouldn’t return, and for him, it never felt right to keep it. “This ﬂag didn’t rightfully belong to me, it belongs to the town or the family,” said Caldwell. “It’s meaningful to Japan, it’s
MC2 David Kolmel Rear Adm. James F. Caldwell (right), Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Paciﬁc Fleet returns a hinomaru yosegaki, or a good luck ﬂag, to Consul General of Japan Toyoei Shigeeda during a ceremony at the Consulate-General of Japan in Honolulu.
meaningful to the town and it’s meaningful to the family of the Soldier to who it belonged.” Caldwell didn’t know how his great uncle received the ﬂag, but he is sure that his great uncle would be happy to know that it will hopefully be returned to the Soldier’s family members. “My great uncle was a good man, and although World War II was hard on him, I know he would want the family to have the ﬂag,” he said.
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MC1 (SW/AW) Molly A. Burgess Race participants crawl out of a mud pit during the 4th annual Military Challenge at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex. The course is 3.3-miles and outlined with military training-type obstacles for competitors to maneuver through.
4th annual Military Challenge brings family-friendly fun By MC1 (SW/AW) Molly A. Burgess The Flagship Military Editor
More than 800 service members, civilians and family members of all ages came out to compete in a toe-totoe dash to the ﬁnish line in the 4th annual Military Challenge at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex, July 27. The yearly competition, sponsored by The Flagship newspaper and Grand Furniture, encompasses a 3.3mile cross-country course, outlined with military training-type obstacles for competitors to maneuver through,
while competing for the fastest time and bragging rights for the year. “We don’t care if you’re small, big, short or tall,” said Ann Hupp, president of Mettle Events, “it doesn’t matter, we just want everyone to come out here and have a great time.” Mettle Events has constructed, produced and directed the course and the race since the Challenge’s inception. According to Hupp, although this year’s course was similar to previous years, new obstacles were added while old obstacles were relocated
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- Ann Hupp, president of Mettle Events
The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum will come to life on Aug. 3 from 7 to 11 p.m. The museum is bringing a unique event to Portsmouth by making sports statues and characters come to life for “A Night at the Museum Pajama Party.” Also included in the event will be prizes for best pajamas, an interactive scavenger hunt, and activities and contests. The night will be capped off with a showing of the 2006 adventure-comedy ﬁlm, “A Night at the Museum” featuring Ben Stiller, Robin Williams and Owen Wilson. Admission for the event is just $10, and it will be a great time for families to get together and explore the museum. Refreshments and snacks will be available. “This event shows that we are about more than just sports here at the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum,” said Eddie Webb, president, Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum. “Bringing events like ‘A Night at the Museum Pajama Party’ demonstrates that we are fun, energetic and enthusiastic about family entertainment.” “A Night at the Museum Pajama Party” is just one of a few spotlight events that the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame is holding this summer. A Sports Card and Memorabilia Show will be held at the on Aug. 31 and will appeal to all sports collectors in the region. A Sports Photo Contest and Exhibition will showcase amateur and professional photographers in the area. More information on events held at the museum can be found on www.vshfm.com, or the museum’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/VSHFM. The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum is open daily during the summer from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Saturday, and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is $7 per person, $6 for military or senior citizens (age 65-plus) and free for members and children 2 or younger. For more information, call 393-8031, or visit www. vshfm.com.
11-year-old pens book of boundless sibling love with ‘Born an Angel’ By David Todd The Flagship Managing Editor
Courtesy photos Briley Rossiter (left) runs along the Virginia Beach boardwalk with sister Ainsley, who is conﬁned to a wheelchair due to a progressive genetic disorder. Briley wrote the book “Born an Angel” about her sister.
When my parents told me about everything, I was afraid and also very confused ... I didn’t fully understand what was happening.” - Briley Rossiter on her younger sister Ainsley
To write and publish a book is an amazing achievement for any author – regardless of age – but for local 11-year-old Briley Rossiter – daughter of Lori and Marine Maj. Kim “Rooster” Rossiter, and sister to Kamden, 8, and Ainsley, 9 – the book she penned has a much deeper emotional meaning to her and her family. “Born an Angel,” released in May of 2013, tells the heartfelt story of Ainsley, who, although conﬁned to a wheelchair due to a progressive genetic disorder, has had the opportunity to compete in numerous endurance events through the cooperation of Team Hoyt Virginia Beach (THVB), an organization that strives to help those who are physically disabled become active members of the community, and Ainsley’s Angels of America Foundation, a non-proﬁt organization started in Louisiana in 2011 by Kim and Lori as a way to provide jogger chairs, bike trailers and rafts for anyone who is disabled – known as “Captains” – and
■ book signing When: Aug. 10, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Where: Barnes & Noble, 1212 Greenbrier Pkwy., Chesapeake
runners – known as “Angels” – who push them in endurance events. Additionally, the organization also aims to build awareness for America’s special needs community through inclusion in all aspects of life by promoting awareness, providing education and partici-
pating as active members in local communities. In 2007, Ainsley was diagnosed with infantile neuraxonal dystrophy (INAD or Seitelberger’s disease), an extremely rare genetic nerve disorder that has no known treatment or cure. Individuals with INAD typically don’t show symptoms at birth, but between the ages of six and 18 months, begin experiencing delays in acquiring new motor and intellectual skills, such as crawling or beginning to speak. Ainsley’s current condition has advanced to global paralysis, leaving her unable to communicate. “Ainsley is aggressively ﬁghting her rapidly progressing illness, of which only eight active cases of INAD are known in the United States,” said Kim, currently an active duty instructor at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, and the president and co-founder of Ainsley’s Angels of America Foundation. He ﬁrst learned of Ainsley’s diagnosis while deployed to Iraq. “Most children with this diagnosis pass on before reaching 10 years of age.”
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Tickets are on sale now for Disney On Ice’s Let’s Celebrate! ■ When: Sept. 25 - 29 ■ Where: Hampton
Coliseum ■ For more information, visit: www.facebook.com/ DisneyOnIce or www. youtube.com/DisneyOnIce Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! is bringing a colossal party on ice to Hampton Roads. This all-new show visits for nine performances at the Hampton Coliseum. Audiences are invited to make an ordinary day extraordinary and enjoy some of the world’s most popular festivities, including a winter wonderland with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, a Halloween haunt with the Disney villains, a Hawaiian luau with Lilo and Stitch, a Royal Ball with the Disney princesses, a Very Merry Unbirthday Party and more in one actionpacked and positively unforgettable celebration. Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! features more than 50 characters from 16 Disney stories live on ice, including Tiana from Walt Disney Pictures’ The Princess and the Frog. Tickets for Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! are available at the Hampton Coliseum Box Ofﬁce, by phone at (800)745-3000, or online at www. Ticketmaster.com.
Recreational Adaptive Athletics Camp ■ When: Aug. 1 and 3 ■ Where: Waterfront Athletic
Complex, Building Q80, 1910 Decatur Ave., Naval Station Norfolk ■ Cost: Free ■ For more information, contact: Lt. Megan Haydel at (202) 433-9158, or firstname.lastname@example.org Come cheer on our Wounded Warriors. There will be wheelchair basketball scrimmage on Aug. 1 from 2:45 to 4:30 p.m., and a wheelchair tennis scrimmage on Aug. 3 from 2:45 to 4:30 p.m.
Sisters to compete in the Surfer’s Healing VB 5K race ANGEL | Continued from C1 “I was very young when I ﬁrst found out that Ainsley had this dystrophy. When my parents told me about everything, I was afraid and also very confused … I didn’t fully understand what was happening,” Briley recalled. “As we get older and Ainsley’s condition gets worse, we have to ﬁnd new ways to spend time together.” The concept for the book came from a story Briley wrote as part of her 5th grade newspaper club. In that story, she described the experience she and her sister had while participating in an endurance event with THVB. She started writing the book shortly after she turned 11 and it took her 3 months to complete. To ﬁnish the story, Jennifer Carlson Ware, a friend of her parents from high school, volunteered to draw the illustrations. Briley has pledged that proceeds from the sale of her book will go to Ainsley’s Angels of America Foundation, which helps the organization pay for jogging chairs, team trailers and maintenance of equipment, operating costs, bike carts, water rafts and race entry fees. Briley has also inspired the creation of seven 501(c)(3) Ainsley’s Angels public charities in Texas, North Carolina. Louisiana. Northern and Southern California, Maryland and Virginia. “When I got the opportunity to write this book, I used a lot of the ideas from that story,” she said. “Writing the book helped me to write down my feelings and grow even closer to Ainsley.” In addition to the story and illustrations, Briley decided to also include a glossary of terms for younger readers. “There are a lot of terms in my book that younger kids may not understand,” she explained. “I want people of all ages to enjoy and understand my book.” She hopes that the book will one day ﬁnd its way into every elementary school in the nation, and several friends of the family have already donated copies of the book to local schools or the schools they attended. Kim said kind acts such as these
brighten Briley’s face each time she learns that additional schools have received a copy. She is also considering writing another book in the near future as a chapter book for intermediate readers with more details. To date, Briley and Ainsley have completed 15 road races together, and Ainsley has completed a total of 49 races since she began in 2008, including several half marathons and one marathon. On Aug. 17, the sisters have plans to participate in their sixteenth race together – the Surfer’s Healing VB 5K road race – marking the ﬁve-year anniversary of Ainsley becoming an athlete. Ultimately the races have allowed the two to work together not only as friends and teammates, but most importantly as sisters. “The races I do are 3 to 5 miles, while Ainsley has done everything from 3 miles to a marathon,” she said, noting that running is her favorite thing to do with Ainsley and she plans to participate in a 10K race with her next January. “A lot of races are not only with me and my dad, but family and friends as well.” “When you run in a race while pushing someone in a jogging chair, it makes it more difﬁcult,” she continued. “Now you are not only using your legs, but other muscles as well that you don’t normally use while running. I have to train for races so that I’ll be able to complete them safely.” “Running withAinsley has provided our family with a therapeutic means to ﬁght the devastation associated with learning and trying to live with the fact that Ainsley is ﬁghting a terminal illness,” said Kim. “The positive energy surrounding the start line, the children smiling from ear-to-ear, the togetherness of every member preparing to ‘roll with the wind,’ the fearlessness of the athletes, the normalcy of the family and the love we all have for each other is a therapy like no other.” Living each moment to the fullest with Ainsley isn’t a chore for the family,
Writing the book helped me to write down my feelings and grow even closer to Ainsley.”
Animal Adopt-a-Thon ■ When: Aug. 3, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Aug. 17, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ■ Where: Suffolk Animal Care Center, 124 Forest Glen Dr., Suffolk; PetSmart Charities Adoption Center North Suffolk PetSmart, 6243 College Dr., Suffolk ■ For more information, contact: Suffolk Humane at 538-3030
Suffolk Humane Society and Suffolk Animal Control will sponsor adopt-a-thons on Aug. 3 at the Suffolk Animal Care Center, and on Aug. 17 at the PetSmart Charities Adoption Center North Suffolk PetSmart.
The Mystical Arts of Tibet ■ When: July 30 - Aug. 4 ■ Where: The American Theatre,
125 E. Mellen St.,
Hampton ■ For more information, contact: 722-2787 Over the course of four days, the monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery construct a beautiful Mandala (sand painting). Millions of grains of colored sand are painstakingly poured into this unique work of art and inspiration. The monks work on the Mandala for eight hours each day and then, once completed, it is destroyed to symbolize the impermanence of all that exists. The tinted sands will be swept up and poured into the ocean where the waters will carry the healing energies throughout the world. All events are open to the public. The schedule of events includes: • Aug. 3, 10 a.m. to noon – Mandala Completion (free). • Aug. 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – The Healing Power of Compassion Workshop led by Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi, Spiritual Director of Drepung Loseling Monastary (North America); cost is $50, space is limited. • Aug. 4, noon – Lecture: Symbolism of the Mandala (free) • Aug. 4, 1 p.m. – Closing Ceremonies (free)
but rather a way of life. Briley said she has never hesitated to talk about her sister’s condition in public and hopes that Ainsley’s story will inspire others to get involved and promote the message that everyone is equal. “Spending time with my sister means so much to me. I know that Ainsley will not be with us forever, but I cherish every moment that I get to spend with her,” said Briley. “Even though she may be different, she’s still my sister … and I love her more than anything else in the world.” “Words can’t describe the level of pride we have in seeing our daughters thrive to overcome all challenges and live like sisters,” said Kim. “Their inspiring example reinforces the idea that a sibling bond and love is unbreakable. “ Briley is scheduled to hold a book signing for “Born an Angel” at Barnes & Noble in Chesapeake on Aug. 10, from 12:30-3:30 p.m. To become a “Captain” or learn more about Ainsley’s Angels of America Foundation, visit www.ainsleysangels.org, or email email@example.com. You can also visit www.teamhoytvb.com to learn more about the Virginia Beach team. Follow Briley on Facebook at www. facebook.com/bornanangelbybriley, where individuals can leave supportive comments and help spread the word. To purchase a copy of the book online, visit www.ainsleysangels.org/Buy-Bornan-Angel.html.
- Briley Rossiter
■ When: Aug. 2, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ■ Where: Slade Cutter Park, 100 Elementary Dr., Norfolk ■ Cost: Free ■ For more information, contact: 836-1765
Stop by for starter school supplies, kid’s activities, food, music, puppet show, bubble station, resources and more. All military branches and families are welcome.
Courtesy photo Marine Maj. Kim Rossiter and his wife Lori pose with their three children, (from left) Kamden, Ainsley, and Briley.
Jason Aldean, KISS, Scott Weiland scheduled to visit Hampton Roads ■ Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach 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 Aug. 22 – Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley Aug. 24 – John Mayer and Phillip Phillips Aug. 30 – Maze and Frankie Beverly Aug. 31 – Shinedown and Papa Roach Sept. 4 – The Allman Brothers Band with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals Sept. 8 – Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson with Rozzi Crane Sept. 26 – Rascal Flatts and The Band Perry Oct. 12 – Zac Brown Band 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. Courtesy photo
■ nTelos Wireless Pavilion Aug. 11 – Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers with Railroad Earth Aug. 12 – KISS with LeoGun Aug. 28 – KE$HA with Michael Posner and SPW Aug. 30 – Phoenix Aug. 31 – Hank Williams Jr. with Seth Stainback and Roosterfoot For more information on events at nTelos Wireless Pavilion, call 393–8181, or visit www. pavilionconcerts.com. ■ The Norva Aug. 1 – Corey Smith Aug. 2 – Dark Star Orchestra Aug. 3 – Nonpoint and Otherwise Aug. 6 – EMBLEM3 Aug. 7 – Beres Hammond Aug. 12 – Scott Weiland and The Wildabouts Aug. 13 – Mastodon Aug. 16 – GLX Show featuring The Jolley Bros Aug. 17 – JJ Grey and Mofro Aug. 20 – Less than Jake and Badfish Aug. 23 – The Jack Dewitt Band with Rellen, Odyssey and Secret Mark Aug. 27 – We the Kings Aug. 28 – Iration’s Automatic Tour Sept. 7 – X Ambassadors For more information on events at The Norva, call 627–4547, or visit www.thenorva.com.
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Continued from C1 with better strategic placement to give competitors a more challenging race. â€œThis year, one of the new obstacles was the black piping that we had donated to us that was cut in sections and placed throughout the course for racers to crawl through, and at times, jump over to be able to continue on course,â€? said Hupp. Even with the obstacle changes, the challenge was still geared toward a family-driven event for both young and old racers to be able to participate. â€œItâ€™s not difďŹ cult, itâ€™s an agility thing. We donâ€™t want anybody to not ďŹ nish,â€? said Hupp. â€œWe donâ€™t want to shock anyone â€“ we donâ€™t want barbed wire or ďŹ‚aming hay bales. Getting shocked is not fun. So what we do is we have fun family team-building events and we want everyone to ďŹ nish and everyone to have fun. We want camaraderie.â€? After more than three miles of muddy ditch crossings, Jersey Wall leaps, plank walks and mud crawls, the race ended with the legendary water slide followed by a bubble pit, bringing Lt. j.g. Chadwick Shrow from Strike Fighter Squadron 81, as the overall ďŹ rst place winner in the male category and Milagros Wallen in the female category. â€œThe most challenging part was the crawling,â€? said Shrow. â€œIt made the course more difďŹ cult because it broke it up a little bit with less ďŹ‚at-out running and more time maneuvering around and jumping over obstacles.â€? The event also featured a Kidâ€™s Mini Challenge for children ages 5 to 12, which included an air-bounce obstacle and black piping to maneuver through, a water slide, mud crawl and bubble pit before crossing the ďŹ nish line, ending with a medal for each participant. â€œThe race took a long time, but I wanted to be ďŹ rst so I could win this challenge,â€? said Oscar Hopper, age 5, who won ďŹ rst place in the 5-year-old category. â€œThe bubbles were the best part of the challenge.â€? The event concluded with the Dash for Cash, a new mini-race sponsored by Navy Federal Credit Union, where participants raced the length of the football ďŹ eld, running back to each 20-yard line and doing a set of burpees. The winner of the event in both male and female category were awarded $250 each. â€œThe most challenging part of the Dash for me was going barefoot because the ground got hot real quick, but I loved it,â€? said Gunnerâ€™s Mate 1st Class Elizabeth Campos from Maritime Civil Affairs and Security Training
Iâ€™ve run this race from the very ďŹ rst one four years ago. I love just going through the mud and going down the slide. This was the best year yet and I hope next year for even more bigger and better things.â€?
Scenes from the 4th annual
Military Challenge Photos by MC1 (SW/AW) Molly A. Burgess
- Retired Navy Aviation Structural Mechanic Equipment 1st Class Dwight Starks
Command, who won ďŹ rst place in the Dash for Cash and 4th place in the Military Challenge. â€œThere are always amazing competitors out here, so the fact that I won is really awesome.â€? Campos has volunteered her time toward the set-up of the course since the ďŹ rst Challenge in 2010 and was one of the 178 volunteers during this yearâ€™s Military Challenge. The event not only had volunteers at every obstacle and throughout the course path, a complete medical team was on-station at the halfway point of the race, as well as life guards at the lake walk. Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 210th Aviation Regimentâ€™s Morale, was also awarded $500 to their commandâ€™s Morale, Welfare and Recreation for having 29 racers, the most participants from a command to enter in the Challenge. At the end of the event, racers had the option to donate their shoes to I Will Stand International, a national and international non-proďŹ t organization who helps rescue, restore, equip and empower vulnerable women and children from hopeless situations. â€œIâ€™ve run this race from the very ďŹ rst one four years ago. I love just going through the mud and going down the slide,â€? said retired Navy Aviation Structural Mechanic Equipment 1st Class Dwight Starks. â€œThis was the best year yet and I hope next year for even more bigger and better things.â€? Proceeds from the event will go towards the Hampton Roads USO chapter.
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The evil wizard Gargamel creates a couple of mischievous Smurf-like creatures called the Naughties that he hopes will let him harness the all-powerful, magical Smurf-essence. But when he discovers that only a real Smurf can give him what he wants, and only a secret spell that Smurfette knows can turn the Naughties into real Smurfs, Gargamel kidnaps Smurfette and brings her to Paris, where he has been winning the adoration of millions as the worldâ€™s greatest sorcerer. Itâ€™s up to Papa, Clumsy, Grouchy and Vanity to return to our world, reunite with their human friends Patrick and Grace Winslow, and rescue her. Will Smurfette, who has always felt different from the other Smurfs, ďŹ nd a new connection with the Naughties Vexy and Hackus or will the Smurfs convince her that their love for her is true blue? Returning cast includes Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays and SoďŹ a Vergara, with Katy Perry as Smurfette and Hank Azaria as Gargamel. Joining the voice cast are Brendan Gleeson as Victor, and Christina Ricci and JB Smoove as Vexy and Hackus. Courtesy of Columbia Pictures
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Mugabi The Cannibal, managed by Gremlina, won the Liberty Lottery battle royal on July 27 to claim a future title shot against VCW Heavyweight Champion Dirty Money.
Mugabi wins battle royal; U.S. Jay Steel claims title By Jonathan McLarty Contributing Writer
Vanguard Championship Wrestling (VCW) presented the 2013 Liberty Lottery at the Norfolk Masonic Temple, July 27. Another stellar night of action by the VCW crew was witnessed by a large crowd of vocal fans. The night kicked off with a match between James Dallas Hall and â€œTrue Talentâ€? Bobby Shields, accompanied by Spencer Chestnutt. Hall was able to defeat the 2012 Lutz Cup tournament winner and member of The Firm by submission with a single-leg Boston crab. More action from The Firm was next as the VCW Tag-Team Championships were defended by Mr. Class and Shorty Smalls against â€œThe Flyinâ€™ Hawaiianâ€? Kekoa and Matt Saigon. High ďŹ‚ying action was displayed by the team of Kekoa and Saigon, catching The Firm off guard. The titles could have very well changed hands, but Chestnutt interjected himself at the most opportune times. After Chestnuttâ€™s distraction, Smalls retained the titles for his team by catching Kekoa in a bridging German suplex. A great outing by the team of Kekoa and Saigon, who would certainly love to have some words with Chestnutt. The VCW Commonwealth Heritage Championship was on the line next as RH3, accompanied by Jerry Stephanitsis, defended against â€œThe Geordie Bulldogâ€? Sean Denny â€“ making his return to VCW after a three-year absence. Mark Denny accompanied Sean to ringside so he could witness
the punishment up close after the RH3 beat down the month prior. Denny nailed a brainbuster on RH3, but Stephanitsis prevented the three count by distracting the referee. Denny avoided RH3s top rope moonsault, while RH3 rolled out of the way of Dennyâ€™s grievous bodily harm maneuver, bringing the match to a standstill. Stephanitsis entered the ring, who was then tackled by Mark Denny. This chaos lead to the match ending in a no contest ruling. Sean stood tall with the Commonwealth Heritage title, though the title did not change hands on this particular night. Guest ring announcer Neal Steele from XTRA 99.1 FM introduced the competitors for the next title match â€“ U.S. Jay Steel and VCW United States Liberty Champion â€œDiamondâ€? Victor Griff. This was a no holds barred match, meaning anything and everything was legal. The action spilled to ringside with Griff laying Steel out with an exploder suplex on the Templeâ€™s concrete ďŹ‚oor. Griff delivered a top rope Ura Nage to Steel through a wooden table, causing a nasty gash on Steelâ€™s back. Griff focused on the back by laying in multiple steel chair shots. The amount of damage absorbed by both men was very impressive. After months of torment and cheap tactics by Griff to retain his championship, Steel was able secure the victory and the title by power slamming Griff through two open steel chairs. Dirty Money defended his VCW Heavyweight Championship in a triple threat match against The Reason and Firm member John Kermon, accompanied by Chestnutt.
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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)
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ISLAMIC WORSHIP: Masjid al Da’wah 2nd Floor (Bldg. C-7) Services: 1:30 p.m., Fri. Chapels are open daily for prayer.
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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. VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL July 29 - Aug. 2; 6 to 8 p.m.
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