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MC2 David Kolmel Chief petty officer (CPO) selects and mentors stand in formation during the graduation ceremony for USS Missouri CPO Legacy Academy Class 006.

Chief selects live legacy on Missouri Forty-three chief petty officer (CPO) selectees from around the Pacific Fleet graduated from the USS Missouri CPO Legacy Academy in a ceremony held aboard the Battleship Missouri Memorial, Aug. 24. The graduation ceremony marked the end of five days aboard Missouri for the lucky group of selectees chosen to participate in this year’s legacy academy. Class 006 boarded Missouri, Aug. 19, and spent an entire week living, working and training aboard the ship along with a group of chief petty officer mentors who provided leadership and lessons on Navy history and the heritage of the CPO community. “When they stay aboard (Missouri), we remove all the other outside distractions from the CPO Induction process

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and we wind up with a core heritage event aboard the ship that culminated with a reenactment of the surrender of the Japanese aboard Missouri at the end of WWII,” said Master Chief Fire Controlman Jason Dunn, this year’s legacy academy coordinator. Throughout the week, Class 006 participated in tours to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, historical civil defense battery sites at Diamond Head, the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum, the USS Arizona Memorial and the Pacific Aviation Museum on Ford Island, in addition to behind the scenes tours of the USS Missouri. “You have to know where you came from to know where you are going,” said Chief (sel.) Yeoman Glice Planas of Mobile Underwater Diving and Salvage Unit 1. “Chiefs are keepers of history and tradition, and living it here

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Nearly 100 civilians and Sailors onboard Naval Support Activity (NSA) Mechanicsburg completed a fitness challenge, Aug. 12, which allowed participants to travel almost 200,000 miles across the U.S. without leaving the gym. From June 18 to Aug. 12, “Striding to Succeed,” created by the fitness center’s training staff, incentivized gymgoers to log in hours of exercise, which were converted to miles and charted on a map. Participants exercised at the gym, and when finished, a staff member entered their time on a chart. “The time would be logged in 15 minute increments, with one hour equaling 125 miles. Every Friday, I would come in the morning and update each person’s time on the chart and move their ‘[running] shoe marker’ along their designated route on the giant U.S. map above the chart,” said fitness consultant Mike De Rosa. Each route was 3,000 miles long, equating to 24 hours of exercise, and had multiple tourist attractions along each route, including: Niagara Falls, the Space Needle, Disney World, the Grand Canyon. Other points of interest were a little off the beaten path: Foamhenge, The Bottle Cap Museum and the Giant Popeye Statue. At the end of the eight-week period, the mileage of each participant was totaled, which qualified him or her for one of the six prize brackets, ranging from T-shirts to water bottles. “Traveling 197,000 miles is the same as going around

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A trailblazer throughout her entire career, Michelle Janine Howard was the first African American woman to command a U.S. Navy warship, the first female graduate of the Naval Academy to achieve the rank of rear admiral and the first African American woman to command an Expeditionary Strike Group at sea. On Aug. 24, Howard reached another milestone when she became the first African American woman promoted to the three-star rank in the U.S. Armed Forces with the assumption of her new job as deputy commander, U.S. Fleet Forces, headquartered in Norfolk. With a career highlighted by firsts, the path to Howard’s current assignment as a Navy vice admiral initially began with an obstacle. It is an obstacle that taught her to embrace change, find strength in the challenges she faced and to not be afraid to lean on others. Howard said her Navy career began as a chance encounter while watching television. It was a documentary about one of the military service academies that opened her eyes to a possible future career as an officer in the military. But as Howard learned, not all opportunities were available to women at that time. The 12-year-old Howard went to her older brother to get his opinion on her becoming an officer. He informed her that U.S. military academies were not open to women. Undeterred, she spoke to her mother who told her that if she really wanted to join the military as an officer, she would have to wait until she was old enough. Hopefully by that time, society would change, and if it does, then she should go after it. And go for it is what she did. Four years after that discussion, the federal law concerning the acceptance of women into the nation’s service academies changed. At 17, Howard applied and was accepted into the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. In 1978, Howard entered the Naval Academy as a freshman. She was in only the third class to accept women. At that time, women made up only five percent of the Navy. With over 200 years of naval history and traditions, there was some resistance to change. With a self deprecating laugh, Howard said that the Academy wasn’t easy. In retrospect, she’s realized that expecting a smooth sail wouldn’t have been very realistic. “When you look at where society was at the time, this was before there was even a woman on the Supreme Court, before Sally Ride was an astronaut and it was also only five or six years after we became an all volunteer force in the military, so our society was still going through a lot of changes.” She said the one person who was incredibly helpful in putting her experiences in context was Wesley Brown. Brown was the first black Naval Academy graduate, class of 1949. They met when Howard was a lieutenant commander.

MC1 (SW/AW) Rafael Martie Vice Adm. Michelle Janine Howard’s husband, Wayne Cowles, and her sister, Lisa Teitleman, replace shoulder boards during a promotion ceremony, Aug. 24.

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Vice Adm. Michelle Howard reaches another milestone

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■ how they were judged At the end of the eight-week period, the mileage of each participant was totaled, which qualified him or her for one of the six prize brackets, ranging from T-shirts to water bottles.

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Navy Region Mid-Atlantic (NRMA) held a signing ceremony at NRMA headquarters in Norfolk in recognition of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), Aug. 21. Special guests participating in the event included: Thomas M. Stephen, Jr., program support manager, ESGR; Regan N. Schutte, administrative support technician, ESGR; Leon B. Hill, reserve component liaison, ESGR; and Cmdr. A. Doyle Quisenberry, (ret.), Tidewater employer outreach coordinator, ESGR. The U.S. Navy officials who signed a Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve were: Rear Adm. Tim Alexander, Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic; Capt. David A. Culler, Commanding Officer, Naval Station Norfolk; Capt. Charles L. Stuppard, Commanding Officer, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story; Capt. Lowell D. Crow, Commanding Officer, Naval Weapons Station Yorktown; Capt. Terry Rivenbark, base support officer, Norfolk Naval Shipyard; Capt. Robert N. Geis, Commanding Officer, Naval Air Station Oceana; and Capt. Michael “Jake” Johansson, Commanding Officer, Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads. “Everyone here at the table – some with more personal experience than others – is intimately involved in their day jobs in supporting Reserve components on their installations,” said Alexander. “... I don’t think there is any doubt in any mind in this room of the importance that the Guard and Reserve plays in our overall combat capability.” “Here at Naval Station [Norfolk], it’s pretty impressive when you go over to the AMC [Air Mobility Command] Air Terminal, and you

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Everyone here at the table – some with more personal experience than others – is intimately involved in their day jobs in supporting Reserve components on their installations.” - Rear Adm. Tim Alexander

see these young men and women coming in and out of theater – 24/7, 365 days a year,” said Culler. “It really resonates home that they are putting it on the line for the nation and then they are going back to doing their normal jobs. It’s really important that we are supporting it.” Recognizing the importance of the Guard and Reserve as a part of the Total Force, the Navy officials publicly reinforced their advocacy for all Navy civilian employees who also serve as reservists in the National Guard, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force or Army. In signing the Statement of Support, they have pledged that employment will not be denied because of the service in the Guard or Reserve; employee job and career opportunities will not be limited or reduced because of service in the Guard or Reserve; employees will be granted leaves of absence for military service

in the Guard or Reserve, consistent with existing laws; and that the agreement with ESGR and its resultant policies will be known throughout their organization. “What the Navy has done today is shown that they do support their employees who also serve in the Guard and Reserve,” said Stephen. “As we said in the signing ceremony, we stand shoulder to shoulder with them, their Guardsmen, their reservists and active component folks. By signing the Statement of Support, they are publicly affirming that support.” “Many of these installations have Guard and Reserve units there,” he continued, “and many of those Guard and Reserve units live locally, so they work in the local community.” ESGR, a Department of Defense agency, was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve component

service members and their civilian employers, and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee’s military commitment. ESGR is supported by a network of more than 4,800 volunteers in 54 committees located across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Volunteers, hailing from small business and industry, government, education and prior military service bring a vast wealth of experience to assist in serving employers, service members and their families. ESGR has served the country for 40 years, developing and promoting a culture in which all American employers support and value the military service of their employees serving in the Guard and Reserve. These citizen warriors could not defend, and protect us at home and abroad without the continued promise of meaningful civilian employment for themselves and their families. ESGR has continued to adapt to meet the needs of Reserve component members, their families and America’s employers by joining forces with a network of other national, state and local government and professional trade organizations.

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Continued from front “He talked about how great this country is and how much it has changed – that as the country changed, people changed. And even though he was the only African American to attend Annapolis in the 1940s, when he attended reunions he was a member of that class,” said Howard. “What I really learned from him was that he was a man who could forgive and go on with his life. There is a lot of strength in that.” Change is inevitable and Howard rode a wave of it as she moved through her career. “In the 1980s, when the Navy opened the logistics ships to women, that was huge, because it allowed a lot of opportunities for women to serve at sea. Then it was just a few years later that we were engaged in Operation Desert Storm,” said Howard. “So, even though women weren’t serving on warships, women were still serving in a combat arena and that started a national conversation. ‘What is a woman’s role in the military?’ So, coming out of that timeframe, the combat exclusion law was repealed and that meant that women were going to serve on combat ships and fly combat aircraft.” After serving sea tours aboard several ships, Howard fulfilled her dream in 1999 of commanding a Navy warship at sea. She took command of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47), becoming the first African American woman in such a role. “The crew was wonderful. To this day that’s what I think about. When you are going into command you think it’s going to be challenging, you believe it’s going to be fun, and it definitely was fun, but there are always challenges you don’t expect,” said Howard. “At the same time you go in with the expectation that Sailors can do anything, and that was the ship that proved it. We are so lucky that we have the people who not only have the talent, but who care and want to get it right.” Howard was selected for the rank of rear admiral lower half in 2006, making her the first admiral selected from the United States Naval Academy class of 1982, and the first woman graduate of the United States Naval Academy selected for flag rank. In 2009, Howard put on her second star and assumed command of Expedi-

We are blessed to live in a time where the average citizen really appreciates their Sailors – when we walk anywhere in a uniform, we get thanked. ” - Vice Adm. Michelle Janine Howard

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MC1 (SW/AW) Rafael Martie Adm. John C. Harvey, Jr. (left), Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command returns a salute from Vice Adm. Michelle Janine Howard as she assumes her new role as deputy commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command and commander of Task Force 20 from Vice Adm. David H. Buss (right) during a change of office ceremony at Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads.

tionary Strike Group Two and deployed in the Gulf of Aden to conduct antipiracy operations. Within one week of checking aboard her flagship, amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), she was immersed in the rescue of Capt. Richard Phillips, Commanding Officer of the MV Maersk Alabama. “That’s an eye-opening way to start a new job,” she said. “Very quickly we had several ships, special forces, aircraft and it seemed like everyone in the world was focused on one American and trying to make sure he didn’t end up on shore in Somalia. Synchronizing that kind of might and capability was pretty amazing.” Not including the 3,000 Sailors and Marines in her task force, Howard said they also had support from reconnaissance aircraft out of Djibouti, intelligence support from the United States, and she was in constant communication with the staff at U.S. 5th Fleet in Bahrain. “When you think about it, that’s a lot of people, and I’m going to say that’s the right call,” she said. “The Department of Defense is there to protect America’s interest, America’s property and America’s citizens. And in the end, there is a deterrence factor. You want the average pirate to look at an American ship and say, “We’ll just let that one go by.’” For the women who are following in her footsteps, Howard has this advice. “You have to keep your sense of

humor. You have to develop stamina and you need to be adaptable,” she said. “Finally, you need to stay connected to women. It’s important to be able to share experiences and to be able to tap into those shared experiences.” Over her career, Howard has seen dramatic changes in the Navy and the nation, but there is one more change she’d like to witness. “I would like to see our nation appreciate the importance of the Navy. We are blessed to live in a time where the average citizen really appreciates their Sailors – when we walk anywhere in a uniform, we get thanked. If I could change anything, I’d like to have Americans understand who they are thanking and why. How do you convince a nation this big that they are a maritime nation? Our founding fathers got it – they understood the importance of international commerce – and that is why they said maintain a Navy in the Constitution. And ironically enough, we are even more dependent on maintaining safe water ways now than they were then.” Howard may get her wish. As the newest vice admiral in the Navy and deputy commander of U.S. Fleet Forces, she will have the opportunity to reach a much larger audience than ever before. As she has proven time and again, there is a first for everything.


Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Mid-Atlantic has awarded a $16.5 million contract for a total renovation and reconfiguration of four Bachelor Enlisted Quarters (BEQ) at Naval Station Norfolk. According to Richard Rogers, the project manager for the renovations, these four buildings were built in the 1940s and are on the Historic Register. “We worked closely with the State Historic Preservation office to maintain the historic character of these buildings,” he added. “They are being totally renovated to include up to date living conditions for our Sailors.” He said this project was designed in house, as a pilot project for NAVFAC’s Building Information Modeling program. The newly designed interior will effectively be a series of small apartment style spaces complete with a kitchenette, with an open floor plan share by two Sailors. It replaces rooms with up to four beds with a community shower and restroom located elsewhere on the same floor. The redesigned facilities will also be far more energy efficient once complete. The individual rooms will be heated and cooled with high efficiency water source heat pumps, with occupancy sensors that will reduce energy usage when the rooms are empty. The outside serving each room will also be preconditioned, so there will be no issues with humidity in the spaces. The renovation is expected to be complete in early 2014.

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changeofcommand ■ CO change on the USS Truman Rear Adm. Kevin Sweeney relieves Rear Adm. Herman Shelanski in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) during a change of command ceremony.

■ reading his orders Rear Adm. Herman Shelanski reads his orders in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) during a change of command ceremony.

■ inaugural address Rear Adm. Kevin Sweeney gives his inaugural address as Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10 aboard the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) during a change of command ceremony.


Carrier Strike Group 10 changes command on USS Harry S. Truman By MC3 Jonnie Hobby Commander, Carrier Strike Group 10 Public Affairs


Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10 conducted a change of command ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), Aug. 17. Rear Adm. Kevin Sweeney relieved Rear Adm. Herman A. Shelanski during the ceremony. “I am blessed to have had the opportunity to serve [as Strike Group Commander],” said Shelanski, who also served as Truman’s Commanding Officer from July 2006 to Feb. 2009, and as CSG-10’s Commander from March 2011 to Aug. 2012. “I am proud to turn over the best strike group in our Navy.” During Shelanski’s tour as Commander, CSG-10, he supported the 2011 France, Russia, United Kingdom and United States (FRUKUS) naval exercise, the Japanese Military Self-Defense Force and United States Navy Passing Exercise (PASSEX), Fleet Week New York 2012, Operation Sail (OpSail) Virginia 2012 and the 2012 Bicentennial of the War of 1812 International Fleet Exercise (FLEETEX). Shelanski commanded the strike group during Truman’s docked Planned Incremental Availability (PIA) from March 2011 to July of 2012. “[The Sailors] have worked hard in the last 18 months through grueling shipyard or pier side maintenance, basic and intermediate training, and integrating ship and air wing training,” said Shelanski. He also emphasized his confidence in Sweeney and his vast experience as a leader. “I couldn’t have turned over to a more experienced Commander who has spent the last years living the dayto-day events in the Middle East,” said Shelanski. Sweeney most recently served as the Executive Officer to Commander, U.S. Central Command. “This ceremony marks the beginning of a period of transition for CSG-10 in mission, as well as in leadership,” said Sweeney. “We must be ready to conduct sustained combat operations from the sea. When called upon, we must seize the initiative and act boldly to crush our enemies – ethically and with precision.” Sweeney will lead Sailors assigned to Truman, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 22, and the guided-missile cruisers USS Normandy (CG 60) and USS San Jacinto (CG 56). “I am thrilled to take command of such a fine group of professionals with a well-earned reputation for operational excellence,” said Sweeney. “You represent the best our Navy has to offer.”






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Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert reenlists six Groton area Sailors at an all hands call at Naval Submarine Base New London.

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CNO returns to the submarine capital of the world, discusses Navy future By Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Cragg Commander, Submarine Group 2 Public Affairs


Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert visited Naval Submarine Base New London, the Submarine Capital of the World, and spoke with more than 1,300 Sailors during an all hands call, Aug. 22. During the nearly two-hour conversation with Grotonbased Sailors, which was streamed live online via, Greenert spoke on a variety of topics, including undersea dominance, cyber warfare, future manning levels and the future of the force as a whole. “This is a great opportunity for Sailors across the U.S. Navy fleet to watch the all hands call, join the conversation and ask questions through the live chat feature on the website,” said Greenert in a Facebook post a few days prior to the event. During the conversation, Greenert also took questions, both from the audience and online viewers. While addressing the

MC1 Peter D. Lawlor Adm. Greenert invites family members to come on stage so that he can thank them for their support after reenlisting six Sailors at an allhands call at Naval Submarine Base New London.

packed auditorium at Dealey Center, Greenert reflected on returning to Naval Submarine Base New London, where his professional career began. “This is like coming home,” said Greenert, who added that the last time he sat in the auditorium at Dealey, he watched the popular movie, “The Matrix.” “I was professionally born here and all submariners are born in Groton, Conn., at the Naval Submarine Base,” he said. “This is where we build

and launch our submarines to go to sea, and this is the place where we intellectually build our submariners.” Greenert added that having the base in proximity to where we launch our submarines “on time and under budget” is also where “we launch our best minds” of the Submarine Force. Greenert also reflected on how the Naval Submarine base has evolved and its importance to the U.S. Navy and submarine force.

“We must continue to own the undersea domain,” said Greenert. The CNO also discussed the Navy’s shift to the Asia-Pacific Region and the submarine force’s role. “We are rebalancing to the Asia-Pacific,” said Greenert. “That is the key part of our maritime defense strategy and another key part of the defense strategy is we have to own the undersea domain, which is very clearly written, and the Submarine Force is the centerpiece of that.” Before the all hands call began, the CNO reenlisted six Sailors from Naval Submarine Base New London assigned commands. He thanked the Sailors families for their ongoing support. “Thank you for your support of your son or daughter,” he said Greenert, and instructed all Sailors to call, text or email their mothers this week and thank them for her support. Prior to the all hands call, the CNO also met with Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Congressman Joe Courtney (D-CT) at Naval Submarine Base New London.

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Norfolk Ship Support Activity (NSSA) initiated work on USS Ramage (DDG 61) and USS Mahan (DDG 72), Aug. 9, as part of its Gas Turbine Maintenance Assist Team (GTMAT) program. The GTMAT is the newest of NSSA’s assist teams, all of which are aligned to support the fleet in identifying and properly conducting shipboard repairs. “Our mission with our MAT’s is to increase equipment and systems material readiness and reliability, through enhancing shipboard Sailors hands-on maintenance ability to ‘find, fix and document’ material deficiencies using PMS, ICMP Tasks and technical manuals,” said Gas Turbine Systems Technician Electrical 1st Class Stephen Hall, the GTMAT leading petty officer. “As we accomplish this, we will improve the knowledge of junior personnel and ensure they are performing proper maintenance to prevent needless degradation and excessive repairs,” he continued. “In turn, we expect to improve efficiencies and reduced turn-around time by preventing damage and avoiding unnecessary repairs to ships’ engines.” On average, ships’ engines are repaired every six months. GTMAT aims to reduce the frequency of these repairs by improving shipboard repair skills. “Replacing an engine, or a section of the engine, can be a rigorous, time-consuming endeavor. Through this process we are working to improve the life of an average ship’s engine, with an end goal of optimizing mission readiness on these ships,” said Hall. “Our support is different than many others because we are not simply there just to point out the problems and leave. We are there to find the prob-


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Replacing an engine, or a section of the engine, can be a rigorous, timeconsuming endeavor.” - Gas Turbine Systems Technician Electrical 1st Class Stephen Hall

lems and guide Sailors on how to correct those problems to ensure they don’t persist in the future.” According to Hall, GTMAT repair work is conducted on full-size gas turbine engines in the shop to help Sailors understand the inner workings of the equipment and to ensure they are prepared for anything they may encounter on the waterfront. “We have an LM2500 gas turbine, which all of our RMC [Regional Maintenance Center] Sailors use during training,” said Gas Turbine Systems Technician Mechanical 2nd Class Tanya Brian. “It is the same gas turbine engine used on Navy ships and it provides the most authentic experience possible for our Sailors while they work towards their qualifications.” “We want all of our Gas Turbine Sailors to be well-rounded. The GTMAT provides us with the opportunity to develop our entire team into a cadre of subject matter experts (SME),” said Hall. “Once we fully prepare our Sailors to achieve that degree of expertise, then I’ll be able to pull any one of my folks to conduct re-

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team to accomplish missions or tasks. “(The team building exercises) really showed us that you can come together as a good and effective team very quickly, we were getting together that first night and our groups were performing well,” said Chief Boatswain’s Mate (sel.) Todd Welsh, from Military Sealift Command Far East in Singapore. Participants also conducted service projects aboard to help with the preservation of the ship helping to ensure that “Mighty Mo” is around for future generations to experience the history and heritage of the Navy and the Pacific Fleet. The guest speaker, U.S. Pacific Fleet Master Chief John Minyard, explained how the course provides the CPO selectees a better sense of knowledge about Navy heritage and builds the camaraderie that will help them lead their Sailors, and continue the Navy’s mission throughout their career. “Remember the lessons you have learned this week and the trust that has

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MC2 David Kolmel U.S. Pacific Fleet Master Chief John Minyard addresses the chief petty officer (CPO) selects during a graduation ceremony for USS Missouri CPO Legacy Academy Class 006.

been placed in you,” said Minyard in his address to the selectees. “Remember the chiefs who came before you, who walked the decks of Missouri, Arizona and Bowfin, and paved the way for all Sailors through their successes and their failures.”

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Sailors aboard the Nimitzclass aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) observed Women’s Equality Day by hosting a ceremony to honor the contributions of women toward equality and their positive influence on American culture, Aug. 24. Women’s Equality Day, instituted by Congress in 1971, coincides with the anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution that granted women the right to vote. Ike’s ceremony included a guest speaker, a poem reading and a cake-cutting ceremony. “I learned a lot from the program,” said Yeoman 3rd Class (SW) Ashton Fletcher, assigned to Ike’s Operations Department, OX Division, who attended the ceremony. “There was so much I didn’t know about women’s suffrage and everything women had to go through to get us where we are today.” The right for women to vote and run for public office, established on Aug. 26, 1920, was the first milestone achieved for women since the women’s rights movement began in 1848. Since then, women have been actively seeking equal rights in all areas of life, social and political. In 1942, the Navy launched the Women Accepted for Volunteer Service (WAVES) program. The program allowed women to serve in an official uniformed capacity. The term “WAVES” was no longer used beginning in 1972, signifying an inherent right for women to serve in the Navy. Despite the progress, women still saw themselves on unequal footing with male counterparts in that era. Even with those challenges, women accepted the challenge and excelled. One great example is Ike’s principal assistant to logistics and guest speaker of the event, Chief Warrant Officer 5 Lisa Edenhofer. Edenhofer joined the Navy in 1978, six months after graduating high school, and eventually became the first woman promoted to Chief Warrant Officer 5 in the Navy’s supply corps. “It was still a man’s world in the 70s. Women were pushed in clerical positions.

Many laws and practices in the workplace, and in society at this time, still perpetuated men’s status as privileged and women’s status as second-class citizens,” said Edenhofer. “My father’s jaw dropped to the ground and my mother cried for hours after I surprised them with the news. Parents in 1978 did not expect their daughters to join the military.” The repeal of the combat exclusion law in 1994 was another milestone for women’s equality in the military. It translated to women being allowed to serve on combatant ships for the first time. On March 10, 1994, Lt. Deanna Reiber reported aboard Ike, she was the first female assigned to a combatant. Five other female officers and one enlisted female would also join Ike’s crew in 1994. The following year, Ike deployed to the Mediterranean with approximately 400 women serving. Today, nearly every naval community is open to women, and women continue to excel in all duties they are assigned, whether afloat or ashore. “We are fortunate to be in today’s Navy because of the many programs and opportunities it offers,” said Edenhofer. “We owe a lot to both the men and women whose countless sacrifices laid the path for the freedoms and advantages that all of us have.” In April of 2010, the Navy allowed women to serve aboard submarines, breaking down another barrier. Today, 95 percent of naval billets are open to women, and more than 65,000 women – active and reserve – are serving in the Navy, comprising 17 percent of the Total Force. “I am always thrilled to be a part of any event that embraces womanhood,” said Senior Chief Navy Career Counselor (SW/AW) Melinda Reaves, who read a poem at the conclusion of the ceremony. “We have made great progress in this organization and I’m very proud to be a part of the movement. I’m very grateful for all our female trailblazers of our past. But, we too have a responsibility to continue that great legacy, ensuring our female shipmates have no limits on their dream, no obstacles to their achievements and no remaining ceilings to shatter.”


MC3 Tony Bloom Chief Warrant Officer 5 Lisa Edenhofer addresses Sailors assembled for the Women’s Equality Day celebration aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), Aug. 24.

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USFF Chief of Staff visits RTC By Scott A. Thornbloom Naval Service Training Command Public Affairs


U.S. Fleet Forces Command Deputy Commander for Fleet Management/Chief of Staff Rear Adm. Mark Guadagnini served as the reviewing officer at the Pass-In-Review (PIR) graduation at the Navy’s only boot camp, Recruit Training Command (RTC), Aug. 17. The visit was hosted by Rear Adm. David F. Steindl, Commander, Naval Service Training Command (NSTC) and included a tour of RTC’s facilities and weekly PIR graduation, where more than 1,000 recruits became Sailors. More than 4,000 family members, RTC staff and Sailors attended the graduation, during which Guadagnini addressed the attendees. “This is a fabulous time in our

nation’s history, because we take America’s talent you see standing before you and turn them into Sailors who make a difference in the nation and the world,” said Guadagnini. Prior to reviewing the graduation ceremony, the admiral toured training facilities on RTC including the Navy’s largest simulator, USS Trayer (BST 21), a 210-foot-long mock-up of an Arleigh Burke destroyer inside a warehouse of RTC’s USS Iowa headquarters building, where the recruits complete Battle Stations 21. Battle Stations is a 12-hour event where recruits complete 17 shipboard scenarios aboard Trayer. The state-of-the-art training facility uses theme park special effects technology to simulate a variety of shipboard emergencies from shipboard fires and compartment flooding. The recruits must pass Battle Stations

PCU North Dakota reaches another milestone; launches its crest By Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Cragg Commander, Submarine Group 2 Public Affairs


Pre-Commissioning Unit North Dakota (SSN 784) launched its ship crest, an emblem that will be associated with the Virginia-class submarine during its entire service to the nation, Aug. 24. The crest was created through a unique partnership between PCU North Dakota Commissioning Committee and the submarine’s crew. “The acceptance of our crest is one of many important milestones our submarine and her crew will experience during the process of bringing her to life,” said Cmdr. Doug Gordon, Commanding Officer, PCU North Dakota. “I want to personally thank the hard work of the PCU North Dakota Commissioning Committee for harnessing what both our submarine and namesake state symbolizes together. This crest will serve our submarine well in decades to come.” Historically, a ship’s crest combines Navy and submarine history with the rich tradition of the namesake state. The North Dakota crest includes many elements which capture the essence and rich history of the “Peace Garden State.” The crest includes sheaves of wheat, the first USS North Dakota (BB 29) at sea, an arrowhead shape and the motto “Strength From The Soil,” as indicated on the North Dakota Coat of Arms. “This is an outstanding design that truly captures North Dakota’s history as well as our heritage,” said Bob Wefald, PCU North Dakota Commissioning Committee chair. “It also captures the dual meaning of six shooters and tomahawks for the two canisters of six Tomahawk cruise missiles each, which our second North Dakota will carry. The phrase ‘Reapers of the Deep’ ties in with the reapers of grain early in our state’s history.” The USS North Dakota Committee spearheaded the crest design efforts in North Dakota. The contest began in Feb. 2012. The ship’s sponsor Katie Fowler, wife of Vice Adm. Jeff Fowler (ret.), who attended the submarine’s keel laying on May 11, reflected on the crest and its meaning for the submarine and her crew. “Selecting a ship’s crest is a defining moment for a new ship. The crest will represent the ship, her crew and its namesake for more than 30 years,” said Fowler. “It needs to reflect the warrior mental-

ity of a warship’s crew along with the enduring heritage of its name.” Fowler added that it was an extensive process to select the crest that would serve as its identifier. “The process of receiving inputs from all ages in North Dakota, members of the crew and Navy officials has produced many great symbols for consideration,” said Fowler. “The thorough deliberation of the various inputs has helped reinforce important parts for the crest. In the end, we have a crest that will represent North Dakota well as the ship travels around the world, while motivating the warriors who serve in her.” More than 100 entries were submitted during the crest design contest. The Top-5 entries were submitted to the crew of PCU North Dakota to be used in the creation of the final crest. Gordon added that once they received the entries the Visual Information Service Center at Naval Submarine Support Facility helped bring all of the entries together. “Jim Sikora, graphic specialist at the Visual Information Service Center, put a lot of effort into working with us to design our crest,” said Gordon. PCU North Dakota, the second ship named in honor of North Dakota, will be delivered by General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton, Conn., and will be the 11th Virginiaclass submarine when it is commissioned in 2014. The only other ship to bear the name North Dakota was the Delaware-class battleship USS North Dakota, which was in service from 1910 to 1923. Virginia-class submarines are designed to dominate the world’s littoral and deep waters, while conducting anti-submarine, anti-surface ship, strike, irregular and mine warfare missions, as well as support special operation forces and covert intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

before graduating from boot camp Following the tour of Trayer and Battle Stations, Guadagnini observed a capping ceremony where recruits receive their Navy ball cap. During the ceremony, recruits change out their recruit ball caps, which they have worn since arriving at RTC, to a Navy ball cap signifying a recruit is now considered a Sailor. “When you put on the uniform of a United States Sailor, you are maritime warriors,” said Guadagnini. “Everything you do will require the best of your individual efforts. But individual efforts are not good enough in this Navy unless you join together and do things as a team. Take care of your shipmates, take care of yourselves and take care of this Navy so that this nation will be protected and preserved.” RTC, located on Naval Station Great Lakes, Ill., trains more than

Scott A. Thornbloom Gunner’s Mate 1st Class Jordan Melancon (left) escorts Rear Adm. Mark D. Guadagnini and Rear Adm. David F. Steindl through one of the simulated bomb-damaged berthing areas aboard USS Trayer (BST 21) at Recruit Training Command.

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■ run like a chief Chief petty officer selectees run the 6th annual Run With the Chiefs 5K on Naval Station Norfolk. The Navywide chief pinning ceremony is scheduled for Sept. 14.


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Nearly 3,000 participate in annual ‘Run with the Chiefs’ By MC3 Molly A. Greendeer Navy Public Affairs Support Element East


A sea of blue and gold flooded the streets of Naval Station (NAVSTA) Norfolk as runners lined up for the 9th annual “Run with the Chiefs” 5K, Aug. 24. More than 2,900 chiefs, senior chiefs, master chiefs, chief petty officer (CPO) selectees and participants from throughout the region ran in support of the Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13) CPO selectees, singing cadence along the way to celebrate the selectees’ pride and camaraderie. NAVSTA Norfolk Command Master Chief David Carter was among those leading the pack and expressing their support to the Chief’s Mess. “This event is a great opportunity to commit ourselves to a lifestyle of physical fitness and to set the example as leaders in fitness,” he said. “It is also a great way to build camaraderie and esprit de corps among ourselves, our leaders and our Sailors.” The event was part of the six-week induction process, a Navy tradition chief petty officer selectees go through before being officially pinned with anchors. Carter said that induction season is also a time for existing CPO’s to renew their commitments to the Navy, each other and to reconnect to the history and heritage of the CPO rating. “Tradition is the bedrock upon which our core values are formed,” he said. “Tradition guides us and gives us direction. Without tradition, our Navy would be adrift like a ship without a rudder.” NAVSTA Norfolk Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) were among the many committees that sponsored and organized the event. “We had a third more participants come out this year than last,” said Duffy Drum, the NAVSTA Norfolk MWR athletic director. “I hope to see an even bigger turnout next year.” The event itself did not generate any profits, but the NAVSTA Norfolk CPO Induc-

This event is a great opportunity to commit ourselves to a lifestyle of physical fitness and to set the example as leaders in fitness.” - Naval Station Norfolk Command Master Chief David Carter

tion Committee raised money for the CPO Scholarship Fund by selling limited-edition souvenir T-shirts. The CPO Scholarship Fund provides family members of CPO’s with scholarship awards. After the run, participants and spectators gathered for the “best guidon design” contest. The judges were Capt. Mike Culler, Commanding Officer, NAVSTA Norfolk; Force Master Chief Kirk Saunders, Submarine Force Atlantic; and Command Master Chief Dominick Torchia, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic. The four winners of the guidon contest were presented with plaques. Naval Air Station Oceana won best overall, NAVSTA Nor-

MCC (SW/AW) Christina M. Shaw Naval Station Norfolk Command Master Chief David Carter motivates chief petty officer selectees from around Hampton Roads in the “standing lean position,” following the 6th annual Run With the Chiefs 5K on Naval Station Norfolk.

folk won most CPO heritage, USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) won the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy favorite, and Naval Medical Center Portsmouth won best original design. Carter told the CPO selectees that putting on anchors is just the beginning. “Chief Petty Officers have to earn their anchors every day,” said Carter. “Anchor up, shipmates. Hooyah!”

MCC (SW/AW) Christina M. Shaw Winners from the “Run with the Chiefs” 5K. From left to right: Most CPO Heritage – NAVSTA Norfolk; Best Overall – NAS Oceana; Most original Design – NMCP; and MCPON’s Favorite – USS George H.W. Bush.

MCC (SW/AW) Christina M. Shaw Chief (sel.) Information Systems Technician Trinika Savage runs alongside Naval Station Norfolk chief petty officers during the 9th annual “Run With the Chiefs” 5K on Naval Station Norfolk.

MCC (SW/AW) Christina M. Shaw Naval Station Norfolk chief selectees display their flag after winning the CPO Heritage award at the “Run With the Chiefs” 5K. There were more than 2,900 participants from throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region.



Hampton Roads selectees learn CPO heritage hands-on really brings it to life,” said Carter. “That’s really the importance of doing it here at Nauticus and aboard Wisconsin, because when you put that tangible feel to history and heritage it stays with you a lot longer and becomes more ingrained than just reading about it, or being told about it.” Heritage Days, which currently involves guided tours of the museum and Wisconsin, special displays and training lectures, evolved from a simple and humble gesture. “Being a retired senior chief, I wanted to give something back to my fellow chiefs,” explained Thomas Dandes, Hampton Roads Naval Museum’s volunteer and military ceremonies coordinator. The original program was a simple, yet exclusive, tour for selectees and their sponsors of shipboard spaces not open to the general public. “Since then, it’s become a lesson in CPO history and heritage with a tremendous amount of volunteer support from local commands to make this happen,” Dandes added. The selectees, who benefit from this gesture, appreciate the unique experience they receive during this milestone in their careers. “Everything from this season when I found out I was selected, to today and visiting the museum, through waiting to get pinned – it’s just full of excitement and pride,” said Chief Hospital Corpsman (sel.) Jocelyn Martinez-Delgado, Branch Health Medical Clinic, Naval Station Norfolk. “I didn’t expect to make chief this year, so I’m excited. But

By MC1 (SW) Arthur N. De La Cruz EXPCOMCAM Public Affairs


Four hundred fourteen Hampton Roads-area chief petty officer (CPO) selectees participated in the 12th annual CPO Heritage Days, hosted by the Hampton Roads Naval Museum and Nauticus in Norfolk, Aug. 20 - 21. The two-day event is only one portion of the weekslong metamorphosis that transforms selectees into “genuine” U.S. Navy chiefs during the induction season every year. The museum and storied Battleship Wisconsin afforded selectees a unique dimension of training as they delved into CPO heritage and gained a better perspective of Navy traditions. “As chief petty officers, we’re entrusted with protecting our Navy heritage and traditions and passing that onto our junior Sailors,” said Naval Station Norfolk Command Master Chief David Carter. “We say it all year long, but especially during induction season, and having Heritage Days here at Nauticus with the Battleship Wisconsin – which has a lot of heritage and tradition – really brings a tangible feel to that heritage.” Carter emphasized the impact that interacting with history will have on selectees. “We can talk about it and hang up pretty pictures on the wall about it, but when you’re actually able to get on the ship, touch things, walk the passageways that shipmates have walked before you during World War I and at Korea, it

As chief petty officers, we’re entrusted with protecting our Navy heritage and traditions and passing that onto our junior Sailors.” - Naval Station Norfolk Command Master Chief David Carter

Chief petty officer selectees assemble at the Hampton Roads Naval Museum before a tour of the battleship Wisconsin as part of chief petty officer induction. Induction takes place annually beginning six weeks prior to selectees officially receiving their anchors.

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MC1 (SW) Arthur N. De La Cruz Force Master Chief (EXW) Jeffrey A. Covington, NECC, addresses Hampton Roads-area chief petty officer (CPO) selectees during the 12th annual CPO Heritage Day, Aug. 21.

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Actor Gary Sinise named honorary chief petty officer Gary Sinise was named an honorary chief petty officer during a ceremony at the Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center on Aug. 24.

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■ Neil Armstrong | 1930 - 2012 U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong, who took a giant leap for mankind when he became the first person to walk on the Moon, passed away on Aug. 25 following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures. He was 82. Before his mission to the Moon, Armstrong served as a naval aviator from 1949 to 1952.

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MCPON sends 2012 Labor Day message

Staff Sgt. John-David Schondelmeyer Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Robert Pulaski, embarked aboard the Military Sealift Command-chartered High Speed Vessel Swift (HSV) 2, practices Marine Corps martial arts program training with a Nigerian Navy Sailor.

Swift crew meets with Cameroon military, civilian leadership ■ about APS APS is an international security cooperation initiative intended to strengthen global maritime partnerships through training and collaborative activities to improve maritime safety and security in Africa.

By Ens. Joe Keiley High Speed Vessel Swift 2 Swift Public Affairs


The leadership of Military Sealift Command-chartered High Speed Vessel Swift (HSV 2) began a week of Africa Partnership Station (APS) West 2012 engagements in Port of Douala, Aug. 27, with several office visits with the military and political leaders in the region. The ship arrived in Cameroon, Aug. 26, after leaving Nigeria, following a week-long APS visit there. Swift’s Military Detachment officer-in-charge Lt.Cmdr. Brad Fillius met with the various leaders of the commands and departments that will be impacted the most by the APS events scheduled for the week. “Today was probably the busiest day of meeting dignitaries thus far, but also the most enjoyable because we were able to get the word out about what we’re doing here and hope to accomplish, and get the feedback for future APS visits,” said Fillius. The delegation from Swift visited the re-

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Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Rick D. West speaks to an audience of Sailors assigned to the aircraft carriers USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), and other shipboard and shore Sailors at an all hands call.

Special from Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (SS/SW) Rick D. West WASHINGTON

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) (SS/SW) Rick D. West released the following Labor Day message to the fleet, Aug. 27. “Shipmates and Navy families, For 130 years, our great nation has celebrated Labor Day, the “workingmen’s holiday” as it was referred to in the 1800s. Labor Day is, in fact, a celebration of the social and economic achievements of American workers – those workers whose drive, determination and relentless strength made our nation into what it is today, and those who continue on their path. Labor Day weekend is also seen as the last ‘hooyah’ before the end of summer ... a long weekend filled with various outdoor activities, or one final

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road trip with the kids before school starts. Whatever your Labor Day plans happen to involve, be sure your holiday weekend includes risk management and preventive measures so it ends on a safe and positive note. In 2011, between Memorial Day and Labor Day, 16 Sailors lost their lives. One in an ATV wreck; two drowned; one during recreational activities; five in four-wheeled motor vehicles; and seven on motorcycles. This year, we have lost 15 Sailors in similar mishaps. Let’s not see the number rise this Labor Day weekend.You and your families are important to the Navy, and the loss of just one trained and ready Sailor, or family member, is unacceptable ... and in most cases preventable

with proper planning. As you enjoy time off with family and friends this holiday weekend, keep in mind our shipmates who are deployed and in harm’s way. Their labor of keeping the watch for the safety and security of our nation is one we all share. It’s because of you, Americans can enjoy the freedoms and liberties we all hold so dearly. Thank you, shipmates, for your continued service and dedication to our great Navy and nation. Stay focused; stay alert; stay safe and let’s bring this summer to a close with zero fatalities or injuries. Enjoy your Labor Day weekend and Hooyah! Very Respectfully, MCPON”



More than 33,500 National Guard personnel and nearly 100 aircraft are available to the governors of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, as Hurricane Isaac

threatens states along the Gulf of Mexico, Defense Department officials said on Aug. 27. Army Maj. Gen. Augustus L. Collins, Mississippi’s adjutant general, called about 1,500 National Guard personnel to state active duty in support of emergency operations in anticipation of the storm’s potential

landfall on or near the Mississippi Gulf Coast later this week. Guard Soldiers and Airmen will begin arriving in coastal counties, preparing to support security operations, search and rescue, debris removal and commodity distribution, offi-

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Real talk about the effects of deployments

Married to the Military

By Casey Spurr Military Spouse Contributing Writer

It feels like Groundhog Day in our house. Not the cute (although rather pointless) holiday in February when the little guy comes out of the ground and inevitably tells us to expect six more weeks of winter. Our Groundhog Day is more like the Bill Murray version – the one where life annoyingly keeps repeating itself. Last August, my husband left on a rather grueling seven-month deployment. When he finally returned home, we took a collective sigh of relief in our house with the comfort in knowing it would be awhile before we had to face another family separation. And yet, here we are one year from the date he left on that last deployment and we’re about to do it all over again. It feels like we hit rewind, and somehow, that last one didn’t count. But this time it’s different. This time we have barely gotten used to him being home and we already have to say goodbye again. Last time, we had plenty of time to prepare and we knew it was coming. We felt it was our turn and we were ready. None of that is true this time. I have to admit, this one stings. You’d think I’d be used to this feeling by now. This is our fifth deployment and we’ve spent over a third of our 10-year relationship separated when duty has called. Our son is only five and he’s going into his third deployment. By the time his dad returns, he will have spent well over two full years of his lifetime separated from him. (That’s the part that stings the most, by the way.) At this point, it seems like we should just be able to put on our magical deployment pants and knock this thing out. If only it were that easy. No matter how many deployments or family separations we do, one is never less difficult than the previous. Deployments aren’t something you really ever get used to. You just get through them. The more of these things we do though, the more I’ve come to realize I learn something new from each one. I’ve learned over the years how to handle the stress, how to manage the day-to-day responsibilities of running a house and raising a family on my own, and I’ve learned that it’s OK to be frustrated sometimes by all that is expected of us as military families. I feel like there’s this pressure out there to take on a deployment gleaming with the pride of service in knowing

Another chance to honor heroes By Bianca Martinez Military Spouse Contributor

our families play a critical role in contributing to America’s defense at home and throughout the world. That pride is real, and our family is certainly honored to be a part of it. Sometimes though, it feels like we’re supposed to just keep smiling, taking it all in stride, and that anything less somehow degrades our personal commitment to this cause that’s greater than ourselves. In the early years of our relationship, I had this sense of believing my role was to pretend I was the epitome of strength and independence. I was scared, nervous and sometimes sad, but I was the only one who knew it. To my husband, I would only let him see me as a confident, independent woman who was ready to take on the world. Until the last day or two before he left, it took every bit of resolve I had not to shed a single tear in his presence. I was influenced by the belief that showing my emotions would cause him to worry and make him unable to focus on the mission. As the years have gone on though, I’ve realized I’m not doing either one of us any good by doing that. It’s healthy for both of us to talk about our frustrations and know we have each other to lean on. I recognize there are those who disagree, but I simply don’t subscribe to the bottle-it-in method anymore. I’m not a Stepford Wife. I’m a human being with real human emotions, and I feel like part of not just surviving a deployment, but thriving, is to acknowledge those feelings, deal with them and move on. I’ve figured out after all these years that having moments of frustration or sadness or whatever other emotion

By the time his dad returns, he will have spent well over two full years of his lifetime separated from him. (That’s the part that stings the most, by the way.)” - Casey Spurr

I’m feeling (and not hiding it) does not take away from the pride I feel for my husband’s service, or for our family’s service. I’ve learned it’s actually somewhat cathartic to just let those feelings air out sometimes. If I need to cry it out for five minutes, I do it. If I need to vent that I’m having a day where nothing seems to go my way, I do it. And if I want to be mad at deployments, I let myself do it. And none of that makes me a less supportive, loving, or proud military wife. What’s important is that I never allow myself to dwell in those feelings. That’s not a space I can afford to occupy for long. Allowing any unpleasant feelings to fester will only give them life and give them the opportunity to continue to grow throughout the deployment. After I’ve let it out, I have to let it go. Ultimately, there will be plenty of good days, too – even great ones. Dwelling in my frustrations, or momentary sadness, will take away from the good days, which will be what really get my family and me through those long months of deployment. So, as I drop my husband off and we say another difficult goodbye next week, there will be tears, and yes, plenty of frustration that we’re doing it again. But underneath that sadness and frustration is one military wife who is beaming with pride in the man she loves ... and we will all be alright! Casey Spurr is Navy spouse and former middle school teacher who frequently writes about her experiences in a military family. She currently lives in California with her husband and their son. To contact Casey, please send an email to


SAILOR TRANSITIONS TO SONAR AFTER NAVY By Lisa Daniel American Forces Press Service


When First Lady Michelle Obama and her “Joining Forces” partners talk about service members needing transitioning into commercial work, they’re talking about people like Paul Michael Andrews. Andrews joined the military young and without a college degree. The Navy sent him to school to be a sonar technician and he spent most of his six-year military career operating the world’s most sophisticated equipment to detect and track foreign submarines from the USS Roosevelt (DDG-80) guided-missile destroyer.

Andrews had two deployments: one to Somalia and another to Eastern Afghanistan to serve nine months working intelligence for a provincial reconstruction team. The former petty officer knew he’d had “some awesome experiences” in the Navy, but when he decided to separate, he said, the thought of a civilian job search was filled with anxiety. Like many of his shipmates, he had never written a resume and didn’t know where to begin. “We don’t spend time tweaking our resumes and building our professional networks,” he said. “Our network consists of the men and women we serve next to.

“I knew that I had the skills to be successful,” Andrews added. “But I also knew that I couldn’t say that my strengths were finding foreign submarines in the ocean, or tracking down the Taliban in Afghanistan. I didn’t think American businesses were looking for those skills and I couldn’t imagine a job outside the military that would require those skills.” That’s where Joining Forces and one of its partners, Orion International, came in. Andrews attended a job fair sponsored by the two and quickly garnered Orion’s help for making the transition. “They clearly got it,” he said of the company’s ability to translate his military expe-

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■ goal surpassed Paul Michael Andrews introduced the first lady to a crowd at Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville, Fla., where she announced that Joining Forces’ had exceeded its goal of helping private industries hire, or train, veterans and military spouses. See B5 for the story.

rience into a civilian resume. “What they helped me understand is that American businesses do value those skills.” After some coaching, Orion helped Andrews gain an interview with Sonardyne International. Pretty soon, the Texas native was on his way to Houston for his new job working with sonar. “I didn’t have to go a single day unemployed,” he said. “So, Joining Forces is real – it has an impact.”

There is an incredible story of friendship that can be found at Arlington National Cemetery. It is the story of Travis Manion and Brendan Looney. The two were roommates at the Naval Academy and became the best of friends. Sadly, we lost both warriors in war. Looney, a SEAL was killed in action in 2010 and laid to rest at Arlington. Manion was killed by a sniper three years before. His family knew the two would want to be together and the Manion family made the decision to move Travis’ body from Pennsylvania to Virginia so the two could rest in peace together. One of their Academy classmates said in an interview once that they were the two best men he had ever known. The Travis Manion Foundation encompasses that loyalty and commitment to serve the military community and all who wear the uniform of our proud United States military, as well as first responders. You can help contribute to the Travis Manion Foundation and have a great time on Sept. 9 at Mt. Trashmore in Virginia Beach. NewsChannel 3 is proud to have a team in the Heroes Run 5K and one-mile fun run. I really hope you all will join us, especially since something was brought to my attention this week. There in only one command, fourman military team signed up for this race. This is a race that helps the community we all serve in, so I am kind of surprised about that. I know, in my now 13 years as a Navy spouse, I have come across families in need or a vet who could use an extra hand when it comes to getting out of a depression, or seeking help for PTSD. This race allows you to help those in tough situations, as well as honor the fallen. We all know too well the struggles their families face after they are gone. Furthermore, as a military team it only costs $20! Wear your gear, show your command pride and help those in your community. Need more motivation? Let’s share the competition side of things. Right now the Virginia Beach race stands in 2nd place for most involvement and number of participants signed up. There is no reason we can’t be No. 1! Let’s do this! The Foundation has a slogan, “If not me than who?” and I think that is something we should ask ourselves. How hard can it be to come walk, or run, and spend time with your friends or family? I sure hope to see you there. For more information on the 9/11 Heroes Run in Virginia Beach visit You can catch Bianca Martinez anchoring the 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts with Kurt Williams, Barbara Ciara, and Juliet Bickford during the work week.You can also follow her laughter, stress and tears as a military wife in her blog, “Married to the Military,” weekly in the Flagship. Reach out to Bianca at


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National POW/MIA Recognition Day honors all Sailors ‘Until They Are Home’ Press Release Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs


The Navy will join the nation in commemorating Prisoners of War/Missing in Action (POW/ MIA) Recognition Day, Sept. 21, as announced in NAVADMIN 262/12. National POW/MIA Recognition Day is a day of observance for all Americans to offer remembrance, honor and respect to service members who were prisoners of war, and those who remain missing as a result of the nation’s conflicts. The 2012 national theme, “Until They Are Home,” pays special tribute to the families of these service members who have sacrificed and endured on behalf of their loved ones. “National POW/MIA Recognition Day gives us the opportunity to honor the sacrifices of our POW/MIA service members and to reaffirm our sacred promise to our nation to bring every warrior home,” said Rear Adm. Martha Herb, director of personnel readiness and community support. “This year’s theme especially recognizes family members of our POW/

MIA Sailors, many of whom continue to wait for the return of their loved ones.” All commands are encouraged to host, or support, local POW/MIA Recognition Day activities. Suggested activities include: displaying the missing man table in a unit work space and hosting formal ceremonies in which a former POW, or family member of a current MIA Sailor, is a guest speaker. This observance is also one of six days throughout the year that Congress has mandated the flying of the National League of Families’ POW/MIA flag. The others are Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day and Veterans Day. Today, more than 33,000 Sailors from World War II through the Persian Gulf War remain unaccounted for. Each year, Navy’s POW/MIA section assists with repatriating Sailors and returning them to their loved ones for burial in our homeland. The Department of Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel office (DPMO) is the U.S. government agency that leads Navy’s effort to account for missing service members.

U.S. Navy file photo Personnel Specialist 2nd Class Dao Sun renders honors to a table dedicated to America’s prisoners of war and missing in action during a ceremony commemorating the Navy’s birthday.

MC1 Ian W. Anderson Fleet Master Chief Michael Stevens leads a group of chief petty officer selectees from Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Naval Station Mayport and Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga. in the annual 5-mile Tijuana Flats Summer Beach Run.

CPO selectees tackle beach run By Kaylee LaRocque Naval Air Station Jacksonville Public Affairs


Prospective Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON)(AW/ NAC) Mike Stevens joined 117 chief petty officers (CPO) and CPO selectees from Naval Air Station Jacksonville and Naval Station Mayport in a 5-mile Tijuana Flats Beach Run at Jacksonville Beach, Aug. 25. After a series of warm-up exercises and singing the national anthem, the runners took off down the beach, followed by the formation of CPO selectees carrying flags and singing traditional Navy songs. They were cheered on by hundreds of family members, friends and spectators who came out for the event. “I came to Jacksonville to take a look at the training for our new CPO selectees, interact with them and meet with the leadership who are providing the opportunity for them to participate in this event,” said Stevens. “I’m also here to run with the Jacksonville community and to have good time.”



“This is a great community event. We bring our chief selectees out here to run together as a team and to promote our Navy within the local community,” added NAS Jacksonville Command Master Chief (AW/SW) Brad Shepherd. “It just doesn’t get any better than this.” As participants hit the halfway mark, the group turned around and headed back to the finish line, coming in at a little over one hour. Stevens praised the CPO selectees for completing the run. “I’m impressed that the group stayed together – nice job. I guess the CPO 365 program is working out pretty well,” said Stevens. “It’s great to be an American and do something special, and then we join the U.S. Navy and become part of something even more special. Then, a chosen few get the opportunity to be called a ‘chief petty officer.’ There are about 30,000 CPO’s in the United States Navy, and when you compare that to the 300-plus million population of our country, you are the chosen few and you should feel good about that.” “I’m so very, very proud of you all

coming out here tonight and to see those who will soon wear the coveted fouled anchors perform in such a magnificent manner in front of the great citizens of Jacksonville,” he continued. “What a great Navy town this is.” Steven also recognized the spouses and families, thanking them for their support. “This run was a bit easier than I thought it was going to be,” said Chief (sel.) Naval Aircrewman Operator (NAC/AW/IUSS) Ervin Maldonado of Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11. “We’ve been training pretty hard for it and run five miles, three times a week, so we were ready for it.” “I loved this run – it’s been a great day,” added Chief (sel.) Aviation Support Equipment Technician (AW) Kathryn Kennon from the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit Jacksonville. After completing the run, the chief selectees gathered in formation to show their pride by reciting the “Sailor’s Creed,” singing “Anchors Aweigh” and participating in some cool down stretches.






The Navy PAC program allows for the continuation of pay and allowances for up to one year during a service member’s hospitalization and rehabilitation after incurring a wound, illness, or injury while on duty in a hostile fire area, or while exposed to other hostile actions.

When new janitorial and sanitation supply contracts became available to commands throughout the Department of Defense, Aug. 17, employees at NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) San Diego had already begun to anticipate the savings the Navy would see. Between just office supplies, wireless services and global business support services, FLC San Diego’s strategically sourced solutions have already saved the Navy more than $42 million in the last four fiscal years.

The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert established a board known as the LCS Council, Aug. 22, made up of four Navy vice admirals to oversee continued fleet testing and introduction of littoral combat ship (LCS) sea frames, mission modules and mission packages. The focus of the LCS Council will first be to develop a class-wide plan of action to address the areas identified as needing improvement in recent assessments and reviews. The plan is expected to be implemented by Jan. 2013.

Results for the Fiscal Year 2013 Selected Reservist (SELRES)/Full Time Support (FTS) Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Selection Board were posted in BUPERS On-Line, Aug. 24. Approximately 800 Sailors were selected by the reserve board for advancement to chief petty officer in the Navy Reserve. There are 64,329 reserve Sailors in the United States Navy comprising of 10,364 FTS and 53,965 SELRES. On any given week, 26 percent of the Navy reserve force is providing global operational support.

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NAVY PAC MOVES TO NAVY SAFE HARBOR The Navy Pay and Allowance Continuation (PAC) program was realigned with Navy Safe Harbor, the Navy’s Wounded Warrior program, effective Aug. 1, according to the Defense Finance and Accounting System (DFAS) Military Pay Advisory 32/12, released on Aug. 20.

Sinise named honorary chief petty officer By MC2 Thomas Rosprim Office of the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy


Actor, humanitarian and musician, Gary Sinise, was named an honorary chief petty officer during a ceremony held at the United States Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center, Aug. 24. Sinise received the honor from Fleet Master Chief (AW/NAC) Michael D. Stevens on behalf of Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) (SS/SW) Rick D. West. Stevens was named as the next MCPON by Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Jonathan Greenert on June 27. “It is very interesting how things work out and I believe that all things happen for a reason,” said Stevens. “MCPON was going to honor Mr. Sinise at the ‘Year of the Chief’ kickoff event in April, but unfortunately Mr. Sinise was slightly injured in a car accident here in D.C. and was unable to attend the event. Thankfully, he was not seriously injured and MCPON is on a trip overseas visiting Sailors, so now I have the opportunity to preside over this event tonight.” Sinise has been exposed to the military all of his life through his family’s deep roots in military service. His father served in the Navy in the 50s, two of his uncles served in World War II, three brother-in-laws served in Vietnam, his sister-in-law served for 10 years, and his nephew served in Afghanistan and was recently accepted into the U.S. Army Green Berets. While not serving in the military himself,

Sinise has raised millions of dollars for various charities dedicated to helping the military and veterans through his Gary Sinise Foundation launched in 2010. He has also performed free concerts all over the world for service members with his “Lt. Dan Band,” named after his role in the 1994 Oscar-winning movie “Forrest Gump.” “I am a big fan of your work as an actor, but I am an even bigger fan of the role you play in real-life,” said Stevens. “And it is that body of work that we honor here today.” Stevens presented Sinise with the honorary chief petty officer certificate signed by MCPON, while his daughter, Ella, pinned the chief’s anchor on his lapel. Stevens helped Sinise don a chief’s cover, which was followed by a salute to the crowd by honorary Chief Sinise, bringing the large crowd of chief petty officers, chief petty officer selectees, Sailors, families and the general public to their feet in a standing ovation. “What a humbling day it is for me to receive this,” said Sinise. “I’m truly touched by it. I don’t take it for granted and I don’t take it lightly.” The cornerstone of Sinise’s foundation was built upon his life-long principals and long standing commitment to be a citizen of action, and to help in any way that one can to serve the nation by honoring and helping the people who serve our country. “I’m always amazed and humbled at the skill and dedication of the men and women who serve in our Navy ... God bless you all for doing what you do in defense of our freedom all around the world,” said Sinise.

LABOR DAY TIPS FROM THE U.S. LABOR SECRETARY Press Release Office of the Secretary of Labor


On Labor Day 2012 and every day, one of my top priorities is to help those looking for work get the training they need for good paying jobs. By 2020, 17 of the 30 fastestgrowing occupations will require a postsecondary certificate or degree. In fact, employers are actively looking to fill nearly four million job openings in America right now. Getting the skills employers want and need are critical to a successful career. Here are a few tips: ■ Get started! Your first step is to check out your local American Job Center. These nearly 3,000 “onestop-shops” are part of a nationwide network where you can work with experts to update your resume, strength-

en interview skills and explore current job openings. Find your local center in the Norfolk and Hampton area by visiting ■ Looking for a fresh start? Check out to discover different careers that build off of your existing skills, connect you to free training programs and even find employers in your area looking to hire. The site also shows how much different jobs pay near you, or across the country, as well as the additional skills you’ll need to succeed. ■ Not sure what career is right for you? Visit to find the job that’s the perfect fit. Fill out a questionnaire listing your interests and abilities, and get suggestions for different employment paths in more than 900 careers. This site will also identify local apprenticeship and certificate programs to help you train and

get a job in high-growth industries. ■ Are you a veteran? “My Next Move for Vets” is designed just for you! Enter your military occupation code and the site matches your military skills to civilian jobs. If you’re a Post-9/11-era veteran, you can also download a Veterans Gold Card at to get specialized services from your local American Job Center. ■ Don’t have Internet access at home? We’ve partnered with local libraries all around the country to make sure that you always have a place to login to our online resources. Most American Job Centers offer free access for those looking for a job, too. ■ Have more questions? Call us. You can reach our toll-free helpline at (866) 4-USA-DOL for the most up to date resources. Nearly 160,000 people do it each month.

Above: Gary Sinise shows his chief petty officer insignia after being named an honorary chief petty officer during a ceremony at the Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center. Left: Gary Sinise (left) is named an honorary chief petty officer by Fleet Master Chief Michael Stevens during a ceremony at the Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center.

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Services meet fiscal year recruiting goals through July Press Release American Forces Press Service


All four active services and five of the six reserve components met, or exceeded, their numerical accession goals for fiscal 2012 through July, Pentagon officials reported. The only shortfall – the Army Reserve – was intentional as part of force balancing, officials said. The Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force all exhibited strong retention through the tenth month of fiscal 2012, officials said, and all reserve components are on target to achieve their fiscal year attrition goals.


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■ the numbers First Lady Michelle Obama said 2,000 companies have hired 125,000 employees through their pledges to the “Joining Forces” campaign, and of those, 140 employers have hired 28,000 military spouses.

First Lady Michelle Obama announces new hiring commitments by the private sector, as well as major accomplishments of the Joining Forces initiative during remarks at Naval Station Mayport.

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‘JOINING FORCES’ EXCEEDS HIRING GOALS By Lisa Daniel American Forces Press Service


The White House initiative to hire veterans and military spouses has surpassed its goals, having led to the hiring, or training, of more than 125,000 veterans and spouses in the past year, First Lady Michelle Obama announced, Aug. 22. Speaking to Sailors and their families at Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville, Fla., the first lady said 2,000 companies have hired 125,000 employees through their pledges to the “Joining Forces” campaign, and of those, 140 employers have hired 28,000 military spouses. “That’s 125,000 people who are providing for their families, contrib-

uting to our economy and serving the country they love,” said Obama. The first lady said she has a clear message to troops, spouses and veterans, “When you finish your service to your nation, you’ve got 2,000 great companies waiting to bring you onboard. These companies are not just making these commitments because it’s the right thing to do, which it is, but because it’s the right thing for their bottom line.” Obama said she’s heard “a thousand times over” from heads of companies who say veterans and military spouses are their best employees. Unemployment still is too high for veterans and military spouses, but Joining Forces has helped to push the national veteran unem-

ployment rate down nearly 20 percent from a year ago, Obama said. The veteran unemployment rate in July was 6.9 percent, compared to 8.6 percent in July 2011, Joining Forces officials said during a call with reporters. Though the initiative has exceeded its goals, Obama said the participating companies have pledged to hire another 250,000 veterans and spouses, with at least 50,000 of that total being spouses. “It would be understandable if these companies just stopped now and patted themselves on the back and called it a day,” the first lady said. “But these companies are doing just the opposite.” The first lady and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, started Joining Forces in April of

2011 to rally Americans to actively support service members and their families in areas of employment, education and wellness. A year ago, President Barack Obama asked Joining Forces to challenge the private sector to hire, or train, 100,000 veterans and military spouses by the end of 2013. “I thought this challenge was pretty ambitious,” the first lady, said, noting that the effort was launched with just two partner companies. “Before long, companies all over this country had started stepping up.” By April, they had hired 60,000 veterans and spouses, and by May, the number was 80,000. The federal government has made the same commitment, and veterans and spouses made up 28 percent of

all federal hiring last year, a White House official told reporters. Also at the event, Vice Adm. Scott Van Buskirk, chief of naval personnel, said he supports Joining Forces because it has had “a huge impact” on Sailors, their spouses and veterans. “They’ve shined a spotlight on the unique needs and strengths of military families and veterans,” he said. The Joining Forces initiative to make professional licenses portable from state-to-state for military spouses is “near and dear to my heart,” said Van Buskirk said, whose wife is a speech pathologist and has had to recertify multiple times. “With constant transfers, our spouses face challenges that can be daunting.”




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Continued from B1 gional governor’s office for Douala, Commander of the 2nd Joint Military Region, Commandant of the 2nd Gendarmerie Region, Commanding Officer Douala Naval Base, Surfaces Forces Commander, as well as the Douala Mayor’s office. “These visits remind us of the importance of the sea – paying attention to the sea is a new way of thinking for us,” said Capt. Lucien Dzou, Commander, Douala Naval Base. “The training is great too, because when you train one man, you train many more, so APS has been really great for us.” The visits allowed for an exchange of information on the APS program, which includes the classroom instruction that began with courses on port security, Marine Corps martial arts, non-commissioned officer leadership and maritime domain awareness, and oil platform protection classes. All the classes seek to build partnerships and knowledge to confront the emerging issues a nation like Cameroon faces.

“Piracy is a new threat to Cameroon and we are doing everything we can to fight it,” said Major Gen. Mahamadou Saly, 2nd Joint Military Region Commander. Swift’s embarked medical team is also working closely with the Cameroon military doctors to exchange information and expertise. Swift’s crew plans on playing a soccer game with the Cameroonians and sprucing up a local orphanage by painting it during a community outreach event. The crew invited distinguished visitors aboard the ship for a reception, Aug. 29, giving guests the chance to see the ship, understand its capabilities and build relationships that will foster cooperation for future visits. HSV 2 Swift is an Australian-built, privately-owned, privately-operated vessel that has been outfitted for the U.S. Navy. Swift is manned by contract mariners who operate the ship, navigation, and engineering, while the military detachment oversees theater security cooperation efforts.

Armstrong tribute

Neil Armstrong gives an acceptance speech after being inducted into the Naval Aviation Hall of Honor at the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Fla.

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“On behalf of the men and women of the Navy Department, I extend my deepest and most heartfelt sympathies to the family of Neil Armstrong. Mr. Armstrong rightly belongs to the ages as the man who first walked on the Moon, a pioneer of space exploration and science. A giant. But to those of us in his Navy family, he will also remain a shipmate – a naval

PANETTA PRAISES NEIL ARMSTRONG’S LEGACY By John Valceanu American Forces Press Service


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aviator who flew nearly 80 combat missions during the Korean War. A leader. He never wanted to be a living memorial, and yet to generations the world over, his epic courage and quiet humility stands as the best of all examples. It is not merely his ‘small step’ we admire – it is his very large and humble heart. The world has lost a legend. We have lost a friend, unique in our lifetime and never to be out of our minds. Ray Mabus Secretary of the Navy”

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said he was deeply saddened by the death of Neil Armstrong, calling the pioneering astronaut “one of America’s greatest heroes and naval aviators.” Armstrong was the first man to walk on the Moon, during the 1969 Apollo 11 mission he commanded as a NASA civilian. He also had a distinguished career as a Navy combat aviator during the Korean War. He died from complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures, according to a statement released by his family. He was 82. “On behalf of the Department of Defense, I express my condolences to the Armstrong

family during this difficult time,” Panetta said in his statement. The defense secretary called Armstrong “one of our own,” praising his service to the nation, both in and out of military uniform. “As a decorated Korean War veteran, as an astronaut for NASA and as the first man to walk on the Moon, Neil inspired generations of Americans to believe that as a nation we are capable of achieving greatness that only comes with determination, perseverance and hard work,” he said. “As a true pioneer, his one small step showed all mankind the great feats we can accomplish when we set ourselves to the task.” Panetta said Armstrong may be gone, but “his legacy of American achievement and national pride will live forever.”

facts about Neil Armstrong ■ Born in Wapakoneta, Ohio on Aug. 5, 1930. ■

Became an astronaut in 1962 and was assigned as command pilot for the Gemini 8 mission. Gemini 8 was launched on March 16, 1966 and Armstrong performed the first successful docking of two vehicles in space.

As spacecraft commander for Apollo 11, the first manned lunar landing mission, Armstrong gained the distinction of being the first man to land a craft on the Moon, and first to step on its surface.

Armstrong was decorated by 17 countries. He was the recipient of many special honors, including: the Presidential Medal of Freedom; the Congressional Gold Medal; the Congressional Space Medal of Honor; the Explorers Club Medal; the Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy; the NASA Distinguished Service Medal; the Harmon International Aviation Trophy; the Royal Geographic Society’s Gold Medal; the Federation Aeronautique Internationale’s Gold Space Medal; the American Astronautical Society Flight Achievement Award; the Robert J. Collier Trophy; the AIAA Astronautics Award; the Octave Chanute Award; and the John J. Montgomery Award.

Armstrong passed away on Aug. 25 following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures. He was 82.

Louisiana governor activated more than 4,000 National Guard personnel for hurricane assistance ISAAC |

Continued from B1 cials said. In Louisiana, Gov. Bobby Jindal has activated 4,126 National Guard personnel to assist with evacuation and logistics. Defense Department facilities near Isaac’s projected path are taking actions to alert, prepare and secure their equipment, facility and personnel for the storm. Homestead Air Reserve Base, MacDill Air Force Base, Tyndall Air Force Base, Duke Field and Hurlburt Field in Florida, as well as Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans, La., have relocated their aircraft, or have evacuations in progress, officials said. In a conference call with reporters, Rick Knabb, director of the National Hurricane Center, said people should not take the storm lightly. “We’re forecasting a Category 1,” he said. “It could end up being a little stronger than that, perhaps a 2, [or] it could end up being a little weaker than that, perhaps a tropical storm. That’s strong enough, in any of those cases, to pro-

■ hurricane preparedness — be ready History teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster. Hurricane hazards come in many forms, including: storm surge, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, high winds, tornadoes and rip currents. The National Weather Service is responsible for protecting life and property through issuance of timely watches and warnings, but it is essential that your family be ready before a storm approaches. Also, be sure to update your information in the Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System (NFAAS). NFAAS allows Navy to account, assess, manage and monitor the recovery process for personnel and their families affected and/or scattered by a widespread catastrophic event. Visit for more info.

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duce problems with regard to wind and wind damage.” A tropical storm packs winds up to 74 mph. A Category 1 hurricane has winds up to 95 mph and a Category 2 storm’s winds are in the 96 to 110 mph range. U.S. Northern Command is coordinating the Defense Department’s support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and state and local response activi-

ties. The command has activated portions of its Region 6 Defense Coordinating Office and Defense Coordinating Element to Baton Rouge, La. to validate, plan and coordinate potential DoD support of FEMA’s hurricane response operations and to facilitate DoD’s support of potential lifesaving and response operations, Northcom officials said in a news release. Northcom also has deployed portions of its Region 1 DCO and DCE

U.S. Navy photo A GOES-13 infrared satellite image of then Tropical Storm Isaac, provided by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Monterey, Calif.

to Clanton, Ala., and its Region 7 DCO and DCE to Pearl, Miss., to backfill the Region 4 DCO and DCE members, who are deployed to the Florida Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee. Additionally, the command has designated Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., and Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. as incident support bases. Editor’s note: Claudette Roulo of American Forces Press Service contributed to this report.



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festivalschedule Aug. 31 ■ 5th Street Main Stage – $15 advance/$20 day of, doors open at 6:30 p.m., The Wailers at 7:30 p.m., O.A.R. at 9:15 p.m. ■ 17th Street Park – free, doors open at 6:30 p.m., Mike Ruocco Band at 7:30 p.m., Candlebox at 9:15 p.m. ■ 24th Street Beach Stage – free, doors open at 6:30 p.m., Blue Lords at 7:30 p.m., .38 Special at 9:15 p.m. ■ 31st Street Park – free, doors open at 6:30 p.m., Zapp Band at 7:30 p.m., Family Stone at 9:15 p.m.. Courtesy photos Cheap Trick (left) and Train are scheduled to headline the main stage at the American Music Festival on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

American Music Festival brings 30 different bands to oceanfront VIRGINIA BEACH

Three days. Over 30 bands on the beach. The sounds of rock, jazz, country, blues, R&B and more will flood the Virginia Beach oceanfront over Labor Day weekend at the 19th annual Verizon Wireless American Music Festival. The largest outdoor music event on the East Coast, the American Music Festival brings together local, regional and national acts to play on a gigantic 60-foot wide and 60-foot tall stage on the beach at 5th Street, as well as stages in all parks along the beautiful Virginia Beach oceanfront. Food vendors and merchandise kiosks enhance the festival atmosphere along the boardwalk. The American Music Festival will feature three major headline bands on the 5th Street Main Stage between Aug. 31 and Sept. 2. O.A.R., Cheap Trick and Train have firmly established their popularity in Hampton Roads through previous concerts. Given the festival’s unique environment and fan-friendly pricing, this year’s

lineup could result in some of the best attended shows in the event’s history. O.A.R will be the featured band on Aug. 31, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The Wailers, the premier Jamaican reggae band in the world, opens. Tickets for Friday are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the show. Cheap Trick headlines in a matinee performance on Sept. 1, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The opening bands are Soul Asylum and Southern Culture on The Skids. Tickets for Saturday are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the show. Train headlines the Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach Half-Marathon concert on Sept. 2, beginning at 7 p.m. Andy Grammer will be the opening act. Tickets for Sunday are $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the show. For the third year, 300 VIP Experience tickets will be available to the general public for Friday and Saturday’s Main Stage concerts. Sunday’s concert is not included in the offer.

The limited VIP passes are the true music fans’ ideal way to see a concert. These passes provide concert viewing in an exclusive area directly in front of the stage on Friday and Saturday. VIP holders also enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, VIP-only port-a-johns, two free adult beverages, and one ticket to both Friday and Saturday concerts, for just $125 per person. Tickets, 3-Day Passport Pins and VIP Experience Passes are on sale through all Ticketmaster outlets, including online at, or by phone at (800) 745-3000. Children younger than 12 are admitted free with a paid adult, not including the VIP Pass offer. Three-Day Passport Pins are also available for purchase at the Virginia Beach Visitor Information Center (no service fee) at 2100 Parks Ave., Virginia Beach. For more information about the Virginia Music Festival, visit

Sept. 1 ■ 5th Street Main Stage – $15 advance/$20 day of, doors open at 12:30 p.m., Southern Culture on the Skids at 1:30 p.m., Soul Asylum at 3 p.m., Cheap Trick at 4:30 p.m. ■ 13th Street – free, Brandon Bower Band at 6:30 p.m. ■ 17th Street Park – free, doors open at 6:30 p.m., A Silent Film at 7:30 p.m., Carbon Leaf at 9 p.m.. ■ 19th Street – free, Cover This at 6:30 p.m. ■ 24th Street Park – free, Choo Choo Soul at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. ■ 24th Street Beach Stage – free, doors open at 6:30 p.m., Long Reef at 7:30 p.m., Blue Oyster Cult at 9 p.m. ■ 27th Street – free, Bimini Road at 6:30 p.m. ■ 31st Street Park – free, doors open at 6 p.m., Guava Jam at 7 p.m., Coasters at 8:45, Platters at 9:30 p.m., Marvelettes at 10:15 p.m. Sept. 2 ■ 5th Street Main Stage – $25 advance/$30 day of,

doors open at 6 p.m., Andy Grammer at 7 p.m., HalfMarathon Awards at 8 p.m., Train at 9 pm. ■ 13th Street – free, Former Champions at 6:30 p.m. ■ 17th Street Park – free, doors open at 3 p.m., The Main Event Band at 4 p.m., Craig Woolard Band at 7:30 p.m. ■ 19th Street – free, Gridlock 64 at 6:30 p.m. ■ 24th Street Park – free, Choo Choo Soul at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. ■ 24th Street Beach Stage – free, doors open at 6:30 p.m., Frankie Ballard at 7:30 p.m., Jamey Johnson at 9:15 p.m. ■ 27th Street – free, Kaboombox (6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.) ■ 31st Street Park – free, Rajazz at 7:30 p.m., Clarke Duke 4 at 9:15 p.m.

FALL FESTIVAL FAVORITES IN VIRGINIA Virginia is for Lovers is about love – pure and simple. It’s about spending time with those you love, doing the things you love to do on a great vacation. Visiting Virginia during the fall season is perfect for couples, families, friends and people from all walks of life looking to create new traditions by enjoying the variety of festivals and events the state has to offer. Virginia is brilliant for fall getaways as 15 million acres of foliage burst into spectacular color. Local farms transform into family playgrounds with harvest festivals, corn mazes and hay rides through pumpkin patches. And Virginia’s scenic roadways show off the state’s stunning natural beauty.

online The fall festivals listed are just a few of the favorites that happen each season in Virginia, with many more listed at

Hampton Roads Neptune Festival Virginia Beach, Sept. 28 - 30 The 39th annual Neptune Festival is a favorite fall tradition in Virginia Beach. Visitors flock to the three-mile boardwalk to take in the stunning creations of the North American Sand Sculpting Competition, which is one of 35 events that take place as part of the festival. Admission fee varies by event.

Suffolk Peanut Festival Suffolk, Oct. 4 - 7 Each fall, Suffolk celebrates its peanut history with a four-day family-oriented festival. The popular event offers a variety of activities for the entire family. Admission is free and parking is $10 per vehicle.

Richmond Richmond Folk Festival – Richmond, Oct. 12 - 14 Families will have an amazing time celebrating the roots, richness and variety of American culture through music, dance, traditional craft and food at this three-day festival held in beautiful Richmond. The Richmond Folk Festival features more than 30 performing groups on seven live music stages with continuous music and dance performances, along with a Virginia Folklife demonstration area, children’s activities, a folk arts marketplace, regional and ethnic foods and more. Admission fee is free.

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Graves Mountain Apple Harvest Festival – Syria, Oct. 6 - 21

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion – Bristol, Sept. 14 - 16

Come see nature’s way of blanketing the mountains with stunning color during the month of October. Enjoy fun-filled days complete with good food and entertainment. With over 70 arts and crafts vendors, hayrides, a hay mountain, hay maze and horseback rides, children will definitely be entertained. Admission fee is free.

This infectious, three-day music experience, bursting with creative passion, electricity and soul is a celebration of Bristol’s heritage as the Birthplace of Country Music. The Reunion offers something for everyone attending the festival with 22 stages of live music, a dance tent, 16 indoor venues and a children’s stage. Admission fee is $40.

Rappahannock County Farm Tour & Civil War Heritage Days – Sperryville, Sept. 29 - 30

Fall Foliage Bike Festival – Staunton, Oct. 19 - 21

This exciting two-day event allows travelers to visit Rappahannock County’s farms, orchards and more as they learn more about Virginia’s history. Admission fee is $5 for visitors ages 16 and up.

The Fall Foliage Bike Festival is a weekend event where hundreds of cyclists gather to ride together and enjoy the beauty of the Shenandoah Valley. Staunton lies at the heart of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. With winding country roads, wonderful descents, quaint villages and picturesque farms, Staunton is sure to provide an unforgettable riding experience.

Chincoteague Island Oyster Festival – Chincoteague, Oct. 6

Smith Mountain Lake Fall Chili & Craft Festival – Moneta, Nov. 2 - 3

Virginia is quickly becoming known as the Oyster Capital of the East Coast ... and for good reason. The Chincoteague Oyster Festival is an all-you-can-eat affair of oysters prepared many different ways along with other menu items. Gates open at 10 a.m. Serving begins at Noon and ends at 4 p.m. The Oyster Festival is held rain or shine. Admission fee is $40.

This festival has something for everyone, young and old alike. Crafters line the streets with handmade items. Music fills the air from three stages of live entertainment. The kids will enjoy pony rides, face painting, pumpkin painting, scarecrow making, balloon sculpting, clowns, magicians and a Moonwalk. Admission fee is $5, and children are free.

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The Great MWR Race ■ When: Sept. 8 and 9, 7 a.m. ■ Where: Sandbar Club, NSA HR (NMCP) Portsmouth ■ For more information, contact: 396-3634, or visit Two-person teams comprised of any mix of status, age or gender. Teams will experience physical and mental challenges. Race starts at 7 a.m. on Sept. 8 and will conclude at an undisclosed location on Sept. 9. Plan on bringing an overnight bag and athletic attire. Other relevant details will be provided at a mandatory pre-race brief on Sept. 7 at 6 p.m. at the Sandbar Courtesy photo Club onboard NSA HR (NMCP) Portsmouth. Cost is $25 per active duty; $30 per family member; $35 per reservist, retiree and DoD Civilian; and $40 for a sponsored guest. All participants will receive a commemorative technical T-shirt, grab bag and will be treated to a cookout on Saturday night. All sign-ups must be completed in advance as space is limited to only 30 teams.

Courtesy photo The Chrysler Museum of Art is located at 245 West Olney Rd. in Norfolk.

Chrysler Museum of Art shakes up its collection with Remix Redux NORFOLK

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The Chrysler Museum of Art recently reopened a reinstallation of its modern and contemporary art collection with Remix Redux. The free exhibition will remain on view until Dec. 30. The Chrysler continues to shake up the isms of art history with this new exhibition of contemporary art. The threads between society, culture and the visual arts are presented through a selection of works from the Chrysler vaults. This exhibition mixes contemporary classics with new acquisitions and is grouped thematically. Visitors can follow the common chords of materials, portraits and figures – even the spaces found in nature – as they travel through a diverse range of artists and artworks. The exhibition is organized by Amy Brandt, Ph.D., the Chrysler’s McKinnon Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.

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Oil change maintenance class ■ When: Aug. 30, 5 to 7 p.m. ■ Where: NAVSTA Norfolk, Bldg. U-126 ■ For more information, contact: 444-1130

Free skills class. Free hot dogs and take-away supporting materials. Minimum participation is 20 and pre-registration is required.

Labor Day 5K Run ■ When: Sept. 5, 9 a.m. ■ Where: JEB Fort Story gym ■ For more information, contact:


■ When: Sept. 6, 6 - 9 p.m. ■ Where: Chix Oyster Bar, Virginia Beach ■ For details, visit:

SargesList and selected partners are promoting worldwide events on and around Sept. 7, which is when Navy Lt. Brad Snyder will be competing in the 400 meter freestyle – one year anniversary of his accident. This means exactly one year to the day that he lost his sight in an IED explosion in Afghanistan, he’ll be representing America, swimming for the gold and helping to build a brighter future for all Wounded Warriors. Raffle items, an auction and live entertainment will be provided.

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Give an Hour and Blue Star Families, as part of the Community Blueprint Network, are organizing a Military Family Financial Summit – a personal finance conference for service members, veterans and their families. This free family conference will feature various panel sessions on topics, such as postmilitary career planning, military spouse portable entrepreneurship, home ownership and more.

2nd annual AOH Car & Motorcycle Show ■ When: Sept. 8, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. ■ Where: Knights of Columbus Hall,

1236 Prosperity Rd., Virginia Beach ■ For more information, contact: Mark Monaghan at, or 471-6557 This is a fundraiser event for the Ancient Order of Hibernians, St. Patrick Div. 1 in Tidewater. Free to general public. Early show car registration until Sept. 1 is $20 (email for mailing address), or $25 day of the event. Participant and audience voting for awards in all classes. All vehicles and motorcycles welcome. All proceeds are a charitable donation to the Hibernians and the Knights of Columbus. Show cars must have a fire extinguisher.

Armed Forces Red, White and Blue 5K ■ When: Sept. 15, 8:30 a.m. ■ Where: Naval Weapons Station Yorktown-Cheatham

Annex CAX Gym ■ For more information, contact: 229-6511 Registration and entry fees are: Military (active and reserve): free through Aug. 31, $10 after Aug. 31; all others: $20 through Aug. 31, $25 after. You can also register online at, fax the form to 229-2047, or email the form to walker@

Works in this gallery evoke a sense of being enveloped within nature. Using a wide range of mediums, the artists represented here realistically or symbolically convey the dynamic transformation and evolution of the natural world. This gallery includes works by Jennifer Steinkamp, Robert Glenn Ketchum, Lee Krasner, Milton Avery, Lester Johnson,

Anne Savedge and George Morrison. A uniting theme is movement, as seen in Milton Resnick’s 1959 oil-on-canvas painting “The Hunter.” Once described as “Monet for the nuclear age,” Resnick’s work relays at once the quick rush of a hunter through a forest and the pounding heartbeat of the hunted.

Materiality This grouping of works draws attention to the physical properties of the artist’s chosen materials, whether they are soaked, stained and paint-dripped canvases or menacing shards of glass. Works such as Larry Poons’monumental twentyone foot painting, “Needles, 1972,” literally and metaphorically asks you to think about the process of creation. In “Gamma Lambda, 1960,” Morris Louis created a lyrical, powerful composition not by moving a brush, but by tilting, pleating and moving the canvas.

New acquisitions A selection of recent gifts from Renee and Paul Mansheim, long-time Norfolk residents and friends of the Museum, offer compelling reflections of contemporary society. Two works by the collaborative team, Bradley McCallum and Jacqueline Tarry, reflect on moments in African American history. Also, included

are a playful video by Liliana Porter and important works by Andy Goldsworthy and William Kentridge.

See me These selections explore the ways in which artists depict themselves and others. Alex Katz and Barkley Hendricks pushed artistic boundaries with their cool and straightforward style of portraiture. In their powerful and haunting paintings, Bob Thompson and A.B. Jackson ruminate on the estrangement and daily struggles of African Americans in our society. Elizabeth Catlett’s sculpture, “Ife,” testifies to her skill and reputation as one of the greatest figurative sculptors of the 20th century. The Museum is located at 245 West Olney Rd. in Norfolk, and the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio is located across the street. Both are open Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays, Noon to 5 p.m. The Chrysler and the Glass Studio are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, as well as major holidays. Admission to the Museum’s collection and Studio’s glassblowing demonstrations are free. For exhibitions, programming and special events, visit, or call 664-6200.

Behind Closed Doors: Graphic novels and the U.S. Navy NORFOLK

On Sept. 20 at 6 p.m., the Hampton Roads Naval Museum will host a free program about the Navy’s use of graphic novels. During the past several years, the U.S. Navy has started to use graphic novels as a way to communicate, first to the Japanese people regarding the stationing of nuclear aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) in Japan. More recently, “The Docs” was written to teach Navy Corpsmen how to deal with the stress of combat deployments. This program will explore the reasons the Navy chose to use graphic novels as teaching tools. Dr. Heidi Kraft, co-author of “The Docs,” will speak at the after-hours program, which is free of charge. Complimentary food and drinks will also be provided. Kraft will be available for a book signing at the end of the program. All attendees will receive a free copy of “The Docs” (one per family, please). Reservations for the event are required by Sept. 14, and can be made by calling 322-3108.

Courtesy photo U.S. Navy graphic novel “The Docs.”

Kraft received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology in 1996. Her active duty assignments included: the Naval Safety Center,

the Naval Health Research Center and Naval Hospital Jacksonville, Fla. In Feb. 2004, she deployed to Western Iraq for seven months with a Marine Corps surgical company. She left active duty in 2005 after nine years in the Navy and now serves as a consultant for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps’ Combat Stress Control programs. For all questions and inquiries, contact Laura Orr at, 322-3108, or visit HRNM’s Facebook page at The event is co-sponsored by the Hampton Roads Council of the Navy League. The Hampton Roads Naval Museum introduces visitors to over 236 years of U.S. Naval history in Hampton Roads. One of 11 officially operated U.S. Navy museums, reporting to the Naval History and Heritage Command, the museum houses a rich collection of authentic uniforms, weaponry, underwater artifacts, detailed ship models and artwork. The Naval Museum is located on the second level of Nauticus. Admission is free.

Fine Art Center offers free Labor Day weekend NEWPORT NEWS

The Peninsula Fine Art Center celebrates Labor Day with a weekend of free admission – Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sept. 2 from 1 to 5 p.m. Pfac will be closed on Sept. 3. This is the perfect opportunity to bring out-of-town visitors to experience one of Hampton Roads’ cultural gems. Currently on exhibition at Pfac is Biennial 2012. The Biennial showcases 87 pieces of artwork in an array of mediums, shapes

and sizes, as well as a site-specific installation “The Life of Numm.” All of the art in this competitive was created within the last few years. Pieces came from not only the Hampton Roads area, but there were also submissions from all over the United States. Biennial 2012 continues through Oct. 7. Children have an opportunity to get themselves involved in their own artwork in Pfac’s Hands On For Kids gallery. Little ones can explore their own cre-

ativity as they do self-guided activities, such as making a self portrait, making a picture with geometric shapes, building a sculpture with blocks, drawing on the chalk board wall, or experimenting with shapes and colors on the light table. For more information about Pfac’s Free Admission Weekend, visit www., or call 596-8175. The Peninsula Fine Arts Center is located at 101 Museum Drive within Mariners’ Museum Park in Newport News.



MWR Auto Auction to be held Sept. 12 Vehicles may be viewed at SP-314 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Monday and Tuesday prior to the day of the auction. There will be a list of vehicles available at the viewing, however, any vehicle may be pulled from the auction up until the moment the auctioneer offers the vehicle for bid. For more information, call the Impound Lot office at 444-2631.

Photos courtesy of Motor News Media

Chrysler’s minivan leader offers style, refinement and functionality By Ken Chester, Jr. Motor News Media Corporation

Long the leader in top-flight luxury within the minivan vehicle segment, Chrysler updated its Town & Country minivan last year. The Chrysler Town & Country minivan was refreshed with a sleek, elegant exterior design. The new “face of Chrysler” starts with a new front fascia and grille inspired by the all-new 300 and shared across all the new Chrysler brand vehicles. The Town & Country also is the first vehicle to wear the new Chrysler brand winged badge. Improvements for 2012 include standard leather seating and rear-seat DVD for all models, new Sapphire Blue interior lighting scheme and a combination leather and wood steering wheel for Limited models. There are also three new exterior colors for 2012: True Blue, Cashmere Pearl and Crystal Blue. Available in Touring, Touring-L and Limited trim levels, power for the Town & Country is generated by a 3.6L Pentastar V-6 engine. This engine simplifies vehicle complexity by replacing three V-6 engines that were available in the outgoing model lineup, the 3.3-liter V-6, the 3.8-liter V-6 and the 4.0-liter V-6. The Pentastar V-6 is mated to the 62TE

six-speed automatic transmission. Suspension hardware also received major upgrades last year resulting in drivers enjoying an agile, confident, exhilarating driving experience. Almost every system in the suspension was reengineered, retuned or redesigned by Chrysler engineers, with an emphasis on improving the driver’s experience during routine handling and emergency maneuvers, making the ride more comfortable, improving braking and creating a quieter cabin. In addition to the redesigned suspension, the Town & Country sports premium tires, contributing to improved grip and ride comfort. Inside the passenger cabin, a sleek onepiece instrument panel is crafted with premium materials and is more intuitive for the customer with improved ergonomics and large, beautifully redesigned gauges. The center stack console was redesigned with the customer in mind, offering better ergonomics with premium materials and a pleasing appearance. An available super center console provides clever functionality and storage for CDs, DVDs, notepad and wallet and integrated power outlets, as well as easy driver/passenger access with a pass-through storage space for larger items, like a purse. Trim rings in the console glow an ambi-

■ under the hood Power for the Town & Country is generated by a 3.6L Pentastar V-6 engine, which simplifies vehicle complexity by replacing three V-6 engines that were available in the outgoing model lineup.

ent blue-green color, which allows passengers to find the items they are looking for at night. Premium seating materials and soft touch door trim panels offer passengers the comforts of home. The steering wheel features integrated controls for audio, navigation and speed control; a new, improved, gated shifter that shifts smoothly into gear; a minivan-first heated steering wheel option; more than 40 standard safety and technology features; and the best storage and functionality in the segment providing customers value without compromise. A more luxurious quad seating option is also available for first and second row passengers.

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2012 Chrysler Town & Country minivan ■ Wheelbase: 121.2; overall length: 202.8;

width: 78.7; height: 67.9 (all vehicle measurements are in inches). ■ Engine: 3.6L V6 – 283 hp at 6,400 rpm and 260 lbs.-ft. of torque at 4,400 rpm ■ Transmission: six-speed automatic ■ EPA Fuel Economy: 17 city/25 highway ■ Cargo capacity: 143.8 cubic feet ■ Towing capacity: 3,600 lbs. ■ Safety features: Dual front airbags, front seat mounted side-impact airbags, side-impact head curtain airbags – allrows, four-wheel disc brakes with antilock, all-speed traction control, vehicle stability control, brake assist, ParkView rear backup camera, power adjustable pedals, remote keyless entry, Sentry Key engine immobilizer, sliding door alert system, tire pressure monitors, garage door

opener, fog lights and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Touring-L adds blind spot monitoring system, ParkSense rear park assist system, rear cross path system, remote engine start and alarm system. Limited adds Keyless Enter-N-Go, Bluetooth hands free phone system, high intensity discharge headlamps and navigation system. ■ Warranty: Basic – 3-year/36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper; Powertrain – 5-year/100,000 mile; Corrosion – 5-year/100,000 mile. ■ Pricing: The base Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price for the 2012 Chrysler Town & Country minivan starts from $29,995 for Touring, $33,145 for the Touring-L, and $39,650 for the Limited. Destination charge adds $935.

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NASCAR driver Elliott Sadler pays a visit to the ‘Sunliners’ By MCS2 Ernest R. Scott Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic Public Affairs

Courtesy of NASCAR Ryan Newman spins his No. 39 Chevrolet during the Sprint Cup Series IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, Aug. 25.

ROUNDING OUT For Chase,10th place spot, wild cards up for grabs By Rick Minter Universal Uclick

With two races left to run before the start of the Chase for the Sprint Cup, things are pretty predictable at the top of the standings, but tight as can be around 10th place, and for the two wild card slots that will complete the 12-driver field. Points leader Greg Biffle, along with second-place Jimmie Johnson and third-place Dale Earnhardt Jr., clinched their Chase berths at Bristol Motor Speedway, Aug. 25. Biffle got in despite a mediocre 19th-place run at Bristol, and Earnhardt clinched his spot with a 12thplace finish that he got after having to rally from a penalty for making a pit stop when pit road was closed. “We worked real hard all season, and I want to thank my guys,” said Earnhardt. “They do a good job every week and give me good strategy. I made a little mistake and came down a closed pit. I don’t know what we were thinking.” “But we had a fast car … we just

lost that track position and couldn’t get by some guys.” The real contest, at Bristol and for the remaining Chase berths, was among the drivers at the bottom of the group vying for Chase berths, and that battle was scrambled by the results at Bristol. Ryan Newman, who entered Bristol second in the wild card running, crashed due to a flat tire on Lap 189 and dropped to fourth. Jeff Gordon finished third at Bristol, but remains third in the wild card standings behind Kasey Kahne and needs at least another victory to have a real shot at a Chase berth. “We can’t let this get us down,” said Newman’s crew chief Tony Gibson after determining that the car was too damaged to patch up and put back on the track. “We’ve seen how one race can change this whole deal on who makes the Chase. We’re not giving up. We’ll fight to the bitter end.” Gordon said his third-place Bristol finish “keeps us still in it, because one of the other guys in the wild card didn’t win it.” Gordon also pointed out that if Tony Stewart, who crashed at Bristol, or Denny Hamlin, who won, were to fall out of the Top-10, they’d likely take the wild card slots and leave the current contender out of the 10-race championship battle.

“I think we have all been kind of watching where if Denny or Tony fall outside the Top-10,” said Gordon. “We have two more good opportunities, Atlanta and Richmond, that we can definitely get wins.” Stewart dropped to 10th in the standings after Bristol and is just 16 points ahead of Kahne in 11th. At Bristol, Kahne rallied from an early brush with the wall to finish ninth. “I feel like we put together another great race,” said Kahne. “We ran in the Top-10 with a car that was beat up. You can’t do much better than that. This team is doing a really good job.” At one point in the race, Carl Edwards was looking like he could take advantage of Stewart’s misfortunes and move right to the edge of the Top10, despite having no wins this season. But his fuel gamble didn’t pay off and he ran dry, which led to a 22nd-place finish and saw him wind up 12th in the standings, 34 points out of the Top-10. “I made the decision to stay out, which in hindsight was the wrong decision, because we probably would have finished better than we are right now, but I wanted a chance to win the race,” he said. “If we would have had one more caution, or a couple cautions and short runs, we were up there in a position to win this thing. You don’t get those opportunities very often, so I had to take it.”


2. Jimmie Johnson 838; behind -11

5. Martin Truex Jr. 797; behind -52

8. Denny Hamlin 774; behind -75

3. D. Earnhardt Jr. 834; behind -15

6. Clint Bowyer 794; behind -55

9. Kevin Harvick 767; behind -82

1. Greg Biffle 849; Leader

4. Matt Kenseth 823; behind -26

7. Brad Keselowski 790; behind -59

10. Tony Stewart 746; behind -103

A NASCAR driver and Nationwide Cup Series points leader experienced the Navy flight simulator during a visit with the “Sunliners” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81, Aug. 21. Elliott Sadler came to Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana to inform Sailors of the Military Appreciation Program at Richmond International Raceway (RIR), however, Sadler described his visit as a more personal experience. “My family has always been involved with the military,” he said. “To see things from this side, to see what you’re doing, it’s a privilege.” Sadler spoke with Sailors in the Sunliners hangar before he was escorted to the simulator, where he would trade his stockcar for a cockpit. “He did surprisingly well for his first flight,” said Lt. Danielle Thiriot, a pilot with VFA-81 who instructed him during the simulation. Despite his lack of formal training, Sadler was able to pilot the simulated aircraft

and successfully land on the flight deck of a carrier. “I believe the credit goes to good coaching,” said Sadler, in reference to the VFA-81 crew. “Auto throttle probably helped a little, too.” While at VFA-81, Sadler took questions from Sailors, posed for pictures and signed autographs. He also took this time to learn the Sunliners mission, as well as how each Sailor contributes to the squadron’s success. “People often take for granted what you do,” said Sadler. “It’s those of you out there, turning wrenches, getting your hands dirty that help keep this country safe.” Cmdr. Richard Rivera, Commanding Officer of VFA-81, presented Sadler with a command coin, ball cap and Sunliners patches to be displayed in the Elliot Sadler Museum in Emporia Virginia. “It’s always a pleasure to have someone like [Sadler] come out and show a genuine interest in the Navy,” said Rivera. “It’s a reminder to the Sailors that people do care and a reminder why their job is so important.”

MC2 Ernest R. Scott NASCAR driver Elliott Sadler speaks to Sailors during a visit with the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81. Sadler came to NAS Oceana to inform Sailors of the Military Appreciation Program at Richmond International Raceway, Aug. 21.


Sailors exercise with celebrity fitness star Tony Horton, creator of the P90X series of workouts, on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8).

Tony Horton visits California Sailors, helps Navy promote culture of fitness By Kimberly Gearhart Naval Base Ventura County Public Affairs


A celebrity fitness guru visited Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC), Aug. 21, exercising and talking nutrition with Sailors and Marines and helping the Navy promote a culture of fitness. Tony Horton, best known for his P90X series of workouts, is visiting several military installations in California this month, talking to Sailors, Marines, Airmen, Soldiers and Sailors about getting fit and staying healthy through smart choices about food and exercise. “It’s about creating a different mindset,” said Horton. “If you workout today, you’re a better man today.” Horton started the day with a workout at NBVC Point

Mugu in the hangar that is home to reserve unit Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VR) 55. In addition to the VR-55 crew, members of NBVC command, Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 113 and several chief petty officer selectees from around base gathered to workout with Horton. After an hour-plus workout that included cardio, yoga and martial arts elements, the 75 Sailors in VR-55’s hangar were sweaty, but still excited. “I feel motivated and ready to do more,” said Chief Aviation Ordnanceman (sel.) Justin Darnell, of Navy Munitions Command Det. Point Mugu. “The Navy of today is definitely more fit than the Navy of yesterday. The standard has been raised.” Ready for the next step in his Navy career, Darnell

said he sees fitness as a way of maintaining readiness and leading the way as a chief petty officer. For others, getting fit was a life-changer. After the workout, Electronics Technician 3rd Class Elliott Turnbull of VAW-113 talked about how getting fit and flexible has improved his life and made him a better Sailor. Smiling while Horton signed a T-shirt, Turnbull talked about how he was skeptical of adding yoga moves to his routine, but now he is a believer. “Listen to that. Grown men talking yoga. I love it,” said Horton, whose routines incorporate several yoga moves. After touring C-130’s with the California Air National Guard, which shares a runway with NBVC and VR-55, Horton moved to NBVC Port Hueneme to tour USS San

Horton and his crew visited Makin Island during their “Fit to Fight” California 2012 tour.

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Diego (LPD 22) and workout with the crew. Two workouts a day is common for these tours, said Susan Lucy, Horton’s liaison and member of his team. At 54, Horton said he is in better shape than he was at 24, thanks to good nutrition and fitness choices. “You don’t need all that fancy equipment. Just your body and a space about as big as a table. You just have to move, so there aren’t any excuses for not doing it,” he said. Aboard USS San Diego, Horton’s second workout was just as intense as the

morning routine. After the regular routine, Horton challenged the crew to more exercises, including doing pushups while balancing on two exercise balls. Ship’s rescue swimmer Yeoman 3rd Class Thomas Meriwether was up to the challenge – after a wobbly start – he successfully completed two push-ups with his feet and hands gripping large exercise balls. “For me, it’s very important to be physically fit,” said Meriwether. “I have to be ready to jump in the water and save someone at all hours of the day.”

Also taking Horton’s challenges was ship’s dentist Lt. Shannon Kelso. She did a series of push-ups and side planks with her hands gripping small medicine balls. Kelso, who is also the health services department head for USS San Diego, sees being fit as the first step in being a good leader. “Leading from the front is one of the most important things you can do as an officer, and the best place to start is taking care of yourself,” said Kelso. “That means eating right and exercising and allowing your people the time to do the same.”



In life we have to set goals for ourselves, and when I chose to return to active wrestling, the goal I set for myself was to win this belt.â&#x20AC;? - Chris Escobar

VCW crowns new Commonwealth Champion By UltimateWrestling Charmer Contributing Writer


Greetings wrestling fans. Vanguard Championship Wrestling (VCW) delivered another outstanding card, Aug. 25. The ďŹ rst match of the night saw the newly crowned U.S. Liberty Champion â&#x20AC;&#x153;Diamondâ&#x20AC;? Victor Griff force Brandon Scott to submission with his â&#x20AC;&#x153;Diamond Back Death Lock.â&#x20AC;? After Griff refused to break the hold, Jay Steel, who was a guest commentator for the match, intervened and went in to help Scott. Next, returning ring announcer extraordinaire Brandon Matheny introduced the newly rehired VCW Commissioner George Pantas to a thunderous applause. Pantas thanked the fans for their support and for having faith in him. He stated that a new era in VCW had begun and he was shaking things up a bit. Pantas had Matheny introduce two teams that he had scouted from the Northeast, Fusion D.S. (Damian Dragon and Matt Saigon) and Tropic Thunder (Kekoa and Sebastian Cruz). This was a No. 1 Contenderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Match for the VCW Tag-Team

Courtesy of Jonathan McLarty Chris Escobar shows off the VCW Commonwealth Belt he won on Aug. 25.

Championship, with the winners facing the VCW Tag-Team Champs The Hallstars on Nov. 17 at the Masonic Temple in Norfolk. Both teams gave it their all with high ďŹ&#x201A;ying moves that left the crowd chanting Tropic Thunderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name over and over. In the end, Tropic Thunderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hands were raised in vic-

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Wild week ends with UFC 151 canceled; Jones to face Belfort By Thomas Gerbasi

tory, however, the fans gave both teams a standing ovation. The fans came to their feet for the Trios Threat Match for the VCW Commonwealth Liberty Championship between VCW Commonwealth Champion Ray Storm and his manager Mr. Salazar, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mr. Mid-Atlanticâ&#x20AC;? Damien Wayne, and Chris Escobar.

As always, it was a very hard fought match with great technical wrestling. Escobar took the win over the champion Ray Storm with his â&#x20AC;&#x153;Escolationâ&#x20AC;? move and won the belt. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a long fought uphill battle for quite sometime for me,â&#x20AC;? said an elated Escobar. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In life we have to set goals for ourselves, and when I chose to return to active wrestling, the goal I set for myself was to win this belt.â&#x20AC;? Later, VCW owner Travis Bradshaw came out and had Idol X come to the ring. Bradshaw reminded him of the ďŹ re and the passion he once had for the fans of VCW and wondered â&#x20AC;&#x201C; out loud â&#x20AC;&#x201C; if he still had it in him. Idol X provided no response and simply walked away. In other matches, Jay Steel came out to a great response from the crowd. His opponent was Jefferson Early. It was a well fought match that saw these combatants ďŹ ght all around the ring. As Steel was about to take the win, Griff who was a guest commentator for the match, inter-

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Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure there have â&#x2013;  Jon Jones vs. Vitor Belfort been crazier days â&#x2013;  J. Benavidez vs. D. Johnson in the ďŹ ght business â&#x2013;  Michael Bisping vs. Brian Stann over the years, but at â&#x2013;  Evan Dunham vs. T.J. Grant the moment I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t â&#x2013;  Matt Hamill vs. V. Matyushenko recall one living up to what happened on Aug. 24. On that day, the UFC lost a main event, got a main event, lost an entire event, got a new main event on a new date, lost that, and now got a new one. Hopefully thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the end of the madness for now and for the foreseeable future, but sufďŹ ce to say that the old sports adage rang true in this one â&#x20AC;&#x201C; you couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell the players without a scorecard. So consider this your scorecard: â&#x2013;  Wednesday night / Thursday morning â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Rumors begin circulating that the UFCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s No. 1 light heavyweight contender, Dan Henderson, has been injured and wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be able to compete against 205-pound champion Jon Jones at UFC 151 on Sept. 1. Those rumors ultimately prove to be true, and after doctors determine that Henderson is unable to compete, he is pulled from the ďŹ ght. After a search for a new foe by UFC ofďŹ cials, the only one to accept the ďŹ ght is former middleweight contender Chael Sonnen. Jones declined the ďŹ ght, but the UFC is still conďŹ dent that â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bonesâ&#x20AC;? will come around. â&#x2013;  Thursday evening â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jones has decided not to take the Sonnen ďŹ ght. He later tells MMAJunkieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s John Morgan, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dan Henderson got hurt and the ďŹ ght was canceled. I signed a contract a long time ago to ďŹ ght Dan Henderson. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what I studied for and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what I prepared myself for. To take a ďŹ ght with a different opponent in which I would basically have three days of training before traveling, and then starting to cut weight, I just thought it would be the dumbest idea ever. I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have been properly prepared.â&#x20AC;? â&#x2013;  Thursday evening â&#x20AC;&#x201C; UFC president Dana White meets with the media and delivers the shocking news â&#x20AC;&#x201C; that UFC 151 had been canceled. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is probably one of my all-time lows as president of the UFC over the last 11 years,â&#x20AC;? said White. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For the ďŹ rst time in 11 years, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to cancel an event.â&#x20AC;? The next course of action is to move Jones to the UFC 152 event in Toronto, Sept. 22, to face Lyoto Machida in a rematch of their UFC 140 bout last year, and to begin moving the UFC 151 undercard bouts to upcoming shows. â&#x2013;  Thursday evening â&#x20AC;&#x201C; So far, so good. No more changes, but the Internet is buzzing with thousands of comments and opinions on the dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s events. Remarkably, the star emerging from the scenario is Sonnen, who makes the media rounds and takes shots at Jones, his target in the division heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s returning to â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 205 pounds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never seen anything like this,â&#x20AC;? said Sonnen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never seen a champion turn down a ďŹ ght. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never seen a main event turn down a ďŹ ght, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never seen a guy thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s healthy and went through a training camp turn down a ďŹ ght. All three happened today with the same person. And it was so surprising.â&#x20AC;? â&#x2013;  Thursday evening / Friday morning â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Rousing many out of a sound sleep, or greeting them in the morning was the news that Machida was not going to take the Jones ďŹ ght in Toronto. Instead, another former champion from Brazil, Vitor Belfort, was pulled from his UFC 153 bout with Alan Belcher to face Jones on Sept. 22. Wrote â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Phenomâ&#x20AC;? on Twitter after the news broke, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I will ďŹ ght Jones. I want to thank his camp and him to accept this big challenge for me. I am so happy to deliver a big show for the whole world.â&#x20AC;? So to recap, Hendo out, Sonnen in, Sonnen out, Machida in, Machida out, Belfort in. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s it â&#x20AC;&#x201C; for now.

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The Oogieloves “The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure” is a simple story of a loving friendship, a surprise birthday party and a big adventure. It’s a beautiful day in Lovelyloveville. It’s Schluufy’s birthday and the Oogieloves (Goobie, Zoozie and Toofie) along with their friends J. Edgar, Windy Window and Ruffy, are organizing a party. Everything is going along just perfectly until J. Edgar trips and loses the last five magical balloons in all of Lovelyloveville. The Oogieloves immediately take action and set out to find the magical balloons in time to save their friend’s party. Along the way the they meet some very interesting characters, including: Dotty Rounder (Cloris Leachman); Bobby Wobbly (Carey Elwes); Milky Marvi (Chazz Palminteri), Rosalie Rosebud (Toni Braxton) and Lola and Lero Sombrero (Christopher Lloyd and Jaime Pressly).

The Possession Inspired by Los Angeles Times writer Leslie Gornstein’s article “A Jinx in a Box,” this horror film tells the tale of a broken family that comes under attack from a malevolent supernatural entity of Jewish folklore. Shortly after her parents (Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick) divorce, a young girl purchases an ornate antique box at a yard sale. In the weeks that follow, the young girl forms an intense fixation on the box, her behavior grows increasingly bizarre as she falls

into the grip of a diabolical apparition. When the girl’s father discovers that the relic is in fact a holding cell for the disconnected soul of a deceased person who has been denied entry into the afterlife and needs a human host to inhabit, he fights to rid her of the evil that threatens to consume her body and soul.

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Bring depression and suicide â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;out of the darknessâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and into the light Hampton Roads was largest suicide walk in 2012 By David Todd The Flagship Managing Editor


Nearly every 14.2 minutes, a person dies by suicide in the United States. And nearly 1,000,000 people each year attempt suicide. In an effort to prevent suicide, save lives and increase national awareness about depression and suicide, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) started the Out of the Darkness Community Walks (ODCW), now in it their seventh year in Hampton Roads. Last year, 250 walks were conducted throughout the nation, of which Hampton Roads was the largest with more than 3,000 participants. Their motto is, â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are many walks to promote good physical health â&#x20AC;&#x201C; this is the walk to promote good mental health.â&#x20AC;? As a part of national Suicide Awareness Month, this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s walk will be on Sept. 8 from 8:30 a.m. to Noon at Mt. Trashmore in Virginia Beach. (In case of severe weather, the walk will be rescheduled for Sept. 15 the following weekend.) In past years, the Navy and other branches of the military have joined together to participate in the local and national walks to honor fellow service members who have died by suicide, and also to use the opportunity to promote awareness for suicide prevention. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Navy has taken a very aggressive approach to address the growing numbers of suicides in our service,â&#x20AC;? said Command Master Chief (AW/SW) Dominick Torchia, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Navyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Command Suicide Prevention Program touches on four elements: Training, Intervention, Response and Reporting. Our goal is to bring greater awareness to every Sailor â&#x20AC;&#x201C; E1 and above â&#x20AC;&#x201C; to ensure we all have the tools to act and intervene immediately to ensure the preservation of life.â&#x20AC;? There are many reasons why individuals choose to walk. Some walk to honor a loved one, others walk to raise awareness, and others walk to simply support the cause. All are invited to wear ribbons as an armband to show their support. A silver ribbon is worn to increase awareness of depression and suicide. If an individual has lost a loved one to suicide, different colored armbands are worn to represent them: purple for a child lost; red for a parent;

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Approximately 18.8 million Americans suffer from depression. â&#x2013;  Each year in the United States, more than 32,000 people die by suicide; the eleventh leading cause of death. â&#x2013;  Suicide is the third leading cause of death of 15-24 year olds. â&#x2013;  In the state of Virginia, one out of every four individuals who die from suicide is a veteran. â&#x2013;  90 percent of all people who die by suicide have a diagnosable psychiatric disorder at the time of death â&#x20AC;&#x201C; primarily major depression. â&#x2013;  The number one cause of suicide is untreated depression. â&#x2013;  Depression is a disease that is treatable.

â&#x2013;  symbolism of crane origami After the opening ceremony, the event begins as walkers make their way around Mt. Trashmore, passing under a curtain of a thousand origami cranes strung together to form a curtain (above). The crane was chosen to represent the walk, which has become an international symbol of healing, hope and peace. In ancient Japan, the crane was believed to live a thousand years and folklore states that if you fold one origami crane for each year, your prayers will be answered. Everyone who participates in the walk is invited to select a crane as a memento of the special day.

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blue for a spouse; green for a sibling and gold for another relationship. Some even wear multiple ribbons. According to the AFSP, awareness initiatives increase the publicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s understanding about warning signs and the disorders often responsible for suicide. And suicide is said to be the third leading cause of death for 15-24 year olds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a walk of awareness,â&#x20AC;? said Chris Gilchrist, L.C.S.W, facilitator of the Survivors of Suicide (S.O.S) Hampton Roads Support Group and an organizer of the walk. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The mission of this walk is to raise awareness of depression as a treatable disease, and of suicide as a preventable tragedy.â&#x20AC;? During the event, 20 clinically licensed counselors, including those from the Armed Forces, will be on-site to offer support, answer questions, hand out information

and assist with a depression inventory. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In 2012, we have had 38 suicides [in the Navy], thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 38 way to many,â&#x20AC;? said Torchia. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anything we can do to bring greater awareness to prevent suicide, both in our service and in the community, is our responsibility.â&#x20AC;? The program of remembrance, celebration and hope for suicide prevention will begin with a welcome from Tom Schaad, an anchor with WAVY TV-10. It will include messages of information about depression, suicide prevention and hope. Cmdr. Timothy J. Oswald, a Navy chaplain for Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic will read the names in remembrance of loved ones lost to suicide. In addition to the walk: the Pledge of Allegiance will be recited and led by the Joint Services Color Guard, complimentary breakfast will be provided by Chick-Fil-A, Flowers Bakery of Norfolk and Starbucks; fun activities and crafts will be available, including a crane folding station where volunteers will demonstrate and instruct on the 26 folds it takes to make an origami crane; a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Memory Wallâ&#x20AC;? will be available to pay

tribute to someone who has died by suicide; a rafďŹ&#x201A;e ticket will be drawn for a free crane quilt â&#x20AC;&#x201C; all who register are eligible to win; and much more. The day will conclude with a post-walk picnic and all are encouraged to bring family, friends and a picnic lunch, picnic blanket or foldable chairs. Entertainment will be provided by the Ben Phelps Project, and complimentary Ritaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Italian Ice will also be available. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Suicide is one of our top priorities,â&#x20AC;? said Torchia. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need Sailors on the deck plates to be aware and ready to help a fellow shipmate. They are truly the lifeline to saving a fellow shipmate from making a tragic decision that will not only impact them, but all those in their lives, including family members and fellow shipmates. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great

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that we have a month to bring awareness, but it is paramount that we recognize and stay alert all the time, and be ready to step in and act when necessary!â&#x20AC;? By deciding to walk, you are taking a step closer to making suicide prevention a national priority. To register and donate for the Out of the Darkness Com-


munity Walk, visit For additional information regarding the Hampton Roads S.O.S. Support Group, contact Chris Gilchrist, L.C.S.W. at 483-5111. If you or someone you care about is at risk for suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273TALK.


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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.

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