Celebrating 20 years of serving the Hampton Roads Navy family
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Week-long SARC Conference commences in Norfolk By David Todd Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs
early to help set up information centers, booths for on-site counseling, water stations and ﬁrst-aid sites. More than 5,000 people attended the event, which focused on raising awareness of depression as a way to prevent suicide, remembering lost loved ones and celebrating good mental health.
Chief petty ofﬁcers (CPO) and CPO selectees from Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) helped build a house as part of a Habitat for Humanity community relations project (COMREL), Sept. 4. Other Sailors from the Lincoln have been assisting at the Habitat for Humanity build site since July 31.
As a continued effort to eliminate sexual assault within the Department of the Navy (DON), Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARCs) are attending an annual week-long SARC Conference at Naval Station Norfolk’s Vista Point Conference Center, Sept. 9 -13. Sexual assault prevention is the Navy’s and Chief of Naval Operations’ number one priority, said Vice Adm. William D. French, Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC), who provided conference opening remarks Monday. Sexual assaults also affect the Navy’s overall mission readiness and effectiveness, he said. “We are coordinating with the ﬂeets to make sure we get the right word out to our Sailors,” said French, who noted the Navy has dedicated numerous training modules speciﬁcally for sexual assault prevention, including Sexual Assault Prevention Response (SAPR) Standdowns, SAPR Leadership (SAPR-L), SAPR Fleet (SAPR-F), and most recently, SAPR Civilian (SAPR-C). “From our perspective at CNIC, we’re hiring 66 new SARCs, 66 new SAPR Victim Advocates (VA), and soon we will be hiring 21 resiliency councilors that will be deployed aboard 21 different big deck ships – on amphibs as well as aircraft carriers.” “We’re working to try to educate folks on how to be responsible, and at the same time, we are holding those perpetrators and offenders accountable,” he continued. “It’s a broad effort across the Navy.” French said that securing qualiﬁed SARCs and VAs has been a smooth process due to the willingness of active duty volunteers. “We’ve been able to ﬁnd a lot of motivated and fully-qualiﬁed SARCs and Victim Advocates … and the bulk of our Victim Advocates are volunteers that are wearing the uniform,” he said. “Most of our Victim Advocates are those that are assigned to each of our ships, aviation squadrons, submarines and tenant commands – everybody is responsible for having a Victim Advocate that is familiar with the people from their command.” “We have a lot of volunteers who have that responsibility and interface with paid Victim Advocates and paid SARCs,” he continued, noting that by the end of this month, CNIC will have a total of almost 5,000 credentialed SAPR VAs and SARCs within the command. “It’s a great network!” Training during the week’s events will include: CNIC SAPR program updates, mock sexual as-
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Navy commissions 10th Virginia-class submarine Press Release Navy Ofﬁce of Information
The Navy’s newest Virginia-class attack submarine USS Minnesota (SSN 783) was commissioned during a ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk, Sept. 7. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus delivered the ceremony’s principal address. Ellen Roughead, wife of former Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead and a Minnesota native, served as the
ship’s sponsor. In the time-honored Navy tradition, she gave the ﬁrst order to “man our ship and bring her to life!” USS Minnesota, the 10th ship of the Virginia-class, is named in honor of the state’s citizens and their continued support to our nation’s military. Minnesota, which has a long tradition of honoring its veterans of wars past and present, is proud to be home to 46 Medal of Honor recipients that span from the Civil War to the Vietnam War. “Minnesota and the success of our Vir-
ginia-class submarine program prove that acquisition excellence is a key element of building the future ﬂeet,” said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. “The work of the more than a thousand shipyard craftsmen and engineers who built this boat have helped make the ﬂeet stronger and our nation safer. Their dedication and expertise led to the delivery of the world’s most advanced submarine almost a year ahead of schedule ... and on budget.”
Spectators listen to remarks during the commissioning ceremony for Virginia-class attack submarine USS Minnesota (SSN 783). Minnesota, the 10th ship of the Virginia-class, is named in honor of the state’s citizens and their continued support to our nation’s military.
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Sailors, civilians attend suicide walk
By MCSN Jonathon Lockwood USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs
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MC3 Jackie Hart Sailors and civilians from Hampton Roads begin the 2013 “Out of the Darkness” Community Walk as part of National Suicide Prevention Week, Sept. 7.
It kills every 14 minutes. It doesn’t discriminate by race, gender, age, wealth or poverty. Suicide is an equal opportunity killer. In an attempt to increase awareness for the issue of suicide, military members, including about 85 Navy volunteers, and civilians gathered for the 8th annual “Out of the Darkness” Community Walk in Virginia Beach, Sept. 7.
“This is all about creating awareness for all the people of Hampton Roads so we can try and prevent this illness of suicide,” said Susan Rowe, “Out of the Darkness” Community Walk registration lead. “We have to get the word out that there is help, and we have to reach out and give people the help they need.” Sailors and veterans arrived
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FEDS FEED FAMILIES 2013 A SUCCESS With schools beginning across the country, children once again have access to school nutrition programs.The 5th annual Feds Feed Families campaign collected more than 900,000 pounds of nonperishables for distribution to food banks across the ﬂeet. » see B1
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Renovations complete at NSA HR facilities By John Lucas Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR)
After weeks of repair and disruptions to their food and beverage operations, Naval Support Activity (NSA) Hampton Roads MWR Department is pleased to announce that the renovations to PUB One and Sewells Point Golf Course “Red Ramage” Grill are complete. The PUB is located across from the Joint Forces Staff College (JFSC) building in Marianas Hall (Bldg. SC-400) and is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Fridays 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The PUB now boasts new dining furniture, laminate hardwood ﬂoors, high top booth seating, nine ﬂat screen televisions and upgrades to the buffet servers. The bar recently hosted a sampling and added its own brand of lager, “NSA Red Tide.” In addition, the décor has been enhanced and truly reﬂects the joint mission of the College with all services represented on its walls. The PUB is the best kept secret in town, but doesn’t want to remain that way. “People often think that the PUB is only for students attending the JFSC. That is not at all the case,” said Garland Hall, manager at PUB One. “It is easy access to commands both at Naval Support Activity, Camp Allen and Naval
Station Norfolk ... and there is plenty of parking nearby.” Diners who are in a rush will be pleased to ﬁnd a $7.99 all you can eat pizza buffet as a tasty timesaving option. The buffet includes pizza, pasta, salad bar and drinks. Additionally, the staff there has been hard at work obtaining feedback and rolled out a new menu with recommended changes last week. Just outside of the PUB is a sportthemed Rec Room complete with more ﬂat screen TVs, billiards and foosball. Remaining plans for the PUB includes going wireless by adding Wi-Fi capabilities, as well as the addition of a mug chiller for customers to enjoy their favorite cold beverage in a frosted mug. The “Red Ramage” Room, named after Medal of Honor recipient Vice Adm. Lawson P. Ramage, is located inside the Sewells Point Golf Course Clubhouse and is open Monday-Friday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m., and weekends from 6:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Menu selections offer choices that cover breakfast, lunch and dinner. The dining room recently underwent a complete facelift as new tile ﬂooring, new ﬂat screen televisions, new bar, mug chiller and new furniture were all added to create an enjoyable dining experience. Tweaks to the menu are also forthcoming. The welcoming service that the staff there
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locations serve wholesome food with great service and are great for command functions, receptions, reunions or parties. Later this month, MWR will be hosting a big event ﬁlled with celebrities in both of these facilities as they play host to actress Kelly Carlson of Nip Tuck and CSI, Chicago Bear receiver Willie Gault, relief pitcher extraordinaire Lee Smith from the Chicago Cubs, premier three-point NBA shooter Dale Ellis, and twotime Cy Young Winner and World Series Champion Bret Saberhagen from the Kansas City Royals. These celebs will be available to sign autographs on Sept. 18 from 7:30-9 p.m. at PUB ONE and again at Sewells Point Golf Course on Sept. 20 from 11 a.m. until noon, at which time they will be participating in a golf tournament that is being held there. Cost of the golf tournament is $45. For more information on the celebrity visits, the food and beverage programs, or to register for the golf tournament, contact 444-5572.
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NSA HR, Northwest Annex honors fallen shipﬁtter with memorial ceremony
George Cecil Stewart’s aunt, Margaret Stewart, receives the ﬂag that is raised over Stewart’s grave during the Stewart Memorial Ceremony, Sept. 6.
By Katisha Draughn-Fraguada Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads Public Affairs
Approximately 100 people gathered at the Northwest Annex Chapel, Sept. 6, to honor and celebrate a man who made the ultimate sacriﬁce for his country – Shipﬁtter 3rd Class George Cecil Stewart. Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads (NSA HR), Northwest Annex hosted its annual memorial ceremony to celebrate the life of Stewart. He was born on April 14, 1926 in Hickory, Va. to Albert and Elizabeth Stewart. He was raised in Chesapeake and graduated from Deep Creek High School in 1944. He then joined the war effort by enlisting in the Navy to become a shipﬁtter. On July 22, 1945, Stewart and 36 of his shipmates were killed in action during the Battle of Okinawa when the Japanese torpedoed their ship, the USS Marathon (APA 200). “I have so much respect, admiration and gratitude for Petty Ofﬁcer Stewart and what he did for our country,” said Capt. Jake Johansson, commanding ofﬁcer, NSA HR during his remarks. “He made a huge sacriﬁce and exhibited the skills he was taught, the values that were instilled in him, and his commitment to this ﬁne Navy.” Northwest Annex is built on land that once belonged to the Stewart family. The Navy purchased the land from the family in 1952, which had been in their family since the early 1600s. Stewart was buried near the Red Range Compound near his childhood home in 1949. “This is a special day and we are so happy that the Stewart family allows us to honor Petty Ofﬁcer Stewart each year,” said Lt. Cmdr. Lawrence McLin, ofﬁcer-in-charge, Northwest Annex. Each year at the ceremony, a ﬂag is presented to a different family member and raised over Stewart’s grave. Newly selected chief petty ofﬁcers passed the ﬂag and then
MC2 Lyle Wilkie An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Swordsmen of Strike Fighter Squadron 32 performs a touch and go on the ﬂight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).
The Navy Carrier Strike Group: Epitomizing the CNOs tenets By MC2 Benjamin Malvezzi USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Public Affairs
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Photos by Katisha Draughn-Fraguada Capt. Jake Johansson, commanding ofﬁcer, NSA HR, gives remarks during the Stewart Memorial Ceremony, Sept. 6.
presented it to Stewart’s aunt, Margaret Stewart. Several family members attended the ceremony, including Stewart’s nephew, George Stewart. George was very proud that Northwest Annex honors his uncle each year. “For a base to go that extra mile and acknowledge one person means so much to my family,” he said. “I can deﬁnitely say that the Navy truly takes care of its people.” Ralph Stewart, brother of George Stewart who was seven years younger than him, remembers him being fun and having a musical gift. “I remember him really enjoying playing the guitar,” he said. “It just made him so happy and he was good at it.” The annual memorial ceremony honors the memory of Stewart and also highlights other family members who served this great nation. Stewart’s parents’ had 12 children and 27 grandchildren. Three of those children served in the military – two in the Navy and one in the Army. “We at Northwest Annex continue to keep Petty Ofﬁcer Stewart’s memory alive with this ceremony each year,” said Johansson. “The Stewart family means so much to not just our Navy, but to our base.”
U.S. carrier strike groups (CSG) continue to be a primary representation of Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert’s key tenets when he released his Navigation Plan for the Navy for 2014 to 2018 the week of Aug. 16. The CNOs three tenets – “Warﬁghting First,” “Be Ready” and “Operate Forward” – originated from his Sailing Directions, which provide the overall vision to guide the Navy. According to Greenert, “Warﬁghting First” means that “our ﬁrst consideration is the ability to ﬁght and win today, while building the ability to win tomorrow – it is why we have a Navy.” CSGs are formed and disestablished as needed to support our nation’s warﬁghting ability. They are composed of a variety of platforms capable of performing various missions. Strike groups are generally made up of one aircraft carrier with an embarked carrier air wing (CVW), which usually encompasses nine squadrons comprised of approximately 65 aircraft. The aircraft carrier serves not only as a ﬂagship, but also main-
tains, arms, launches and recovers aircraft, enabling them to provide combat air support to warﬁghters ashore, perform search and rescue missions, make early warning detections, assist in vertical-at-seareplenishments, guard ships and combat targets on land, in the air, at sea and also provide anti-submarine capabilities. Also included is at least one Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser, which supports the CSG with multi-mission capabilities. Cruisers are proﬁcient in air warfare, surface warfare, undersea warfare and naval surface ﬁre support. A destroyer squadron consisting of at least two Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers and/or Oliver Hazard Perry-class guidedmissile frigates plays a key role in providing anti-air warfare, anti-surface warfare and anti-submarine warfare capabilities. The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HST CSG), consisting of more than 5,000 Sailors and Marines, is a cohesive, ready force that is certiﬁed to operate effectively and safely to accomplish all assigned missions. CNOs second tenet, “Be Ready,” means to “harness the teamwork, talent and imagination of our diverse force to be ready to ﬁght and responsibly employ our resources.” These resources that com-
prise the HST CSG started visibly forming shortly after Harry S. Truman’s completion of its 17-month long docking planned incremental availability in July of 2012. In October of 2012, CVW-3 embarked aboard Harry S. Truman for the ﬁrst time in two years to complete a 24-day reintegration period underway. A few months later in January, HST CSG completed a composite training unit exercise designed to certify the strike group as a deployment-ready ﬁghting force. HST CSG further sharpened its warﬁghting proﬁciencies through a sustainment exercise in June. Lastly, elements of the strike group participated in Fleet Synthetic TrainingJoint, which was a simulated exercise facilitating U.S. and coalition forces’ ability to work together and prepare for theater operations. Months of preparation culminated with the HST CSG deploying on July 22 and exempliﬁed the CNOs third and ﬁnal tenet – “Operate Forward.” HST CSG is operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility as our nation’s “away team,” forward-deployed and ready to respond where it matters, when it matters. From maritime security operations to theater security cooperation, our nation has a reliable force that can go to the ﬁght, deter aggression and win.
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20 Years | 20 Questions
What does it mean to you to command a unit in your home state of Virginia? Coming home to Virginia has been very special after 27 years of moving around the world. My family and I have been able to re-establish close ties with extended family and old friends. Not to mention the great Virginia Tech sports coverage here in Hampton Roads. Go Hokies!
In college, did you know you wanted to join the Navy? I had been exposed to the military growing up, and even in college I considered a short four-year tour in the military as a great way to gain experience and see a little of the world prior to settling down. My father served in the Air Force and my sister is a West Point grad, so I did indeed consider both of those services. The Ronald Reagan/ Navy Secretary John F. Lehman, Jr. “600Ship Navy” was being built when I graduated college, so there was a great deal of public emphasis on the Navy.
Has your degree in political science helped you as a naval ofﬁcer? Absolutely! Political science is not really a science, but a liberal art. As an art, political science trained me to think creatively and in an abstract manner, which is great when hunting submarines or problem solving in the mountains of Afghanistan. Political science blends people with policies, economics and rule of law to accomplish a desired outcome or way of thought, much in the same way military planning does. It also proved invaluable when I commanded the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan where one of my primary duties was as an advisor to the provincial governor. Trying to explain Jeffersonian democracy, or any form of representative government to a governor whose political grounding is based on 5,000-year-old Pashtun tribal culture, was challenging to say the least.
From your previous duty stations, which tour had a lasting impression on you? I have taken a little from each of my duty stations, but the one that has made the most profound impression was my 12-months in Farah, Afghanistan commanding the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT). Never in my career have I seen the results of our mission realized as quickly than as with that job – it was almost instant gratiﬁcation. The other lasting impression was the phenomenal efforts of the Individual Augmentee ﬂeet Sailors. I cannot overstate the heroic efforts of the PRT Sailors ... they were going outside the wire into harm’s way almost every day for year. I am not sure everyone in the Navy fully understands what we asked our Sailors to do day in and day out in that mission.
Capt. Frank E. Hughlett COMMANDER, JOINT EXPEDITIONARY BASE LITTLE CREEK-FORT STORY
What led you to expeditionary forces and ultimately being CO of JEBLCFS? I screened for Commanding Ofﬁcer Special Mission (COSM) and was looking for a COSM job that was operational, so when I was offered command of Beachmaster Unit Two (BMU-2), I jumped at it. I really enjoyed the work, especially our role during Hurricane Katrina. BMU-2 was the ﬁrst time I had been stationed at Little Creek and I immediately fell in love with the base and the whole atmosphere here.
Since 1986, how have you seen the Navy change? Since I joined the Navy, I believe there have been many positive changes for the better. The quality, education, and the knowledge level of the average Sailor today is much higher than when I joined the “600-Ship Navy” back in 1986. I seriously doubt I could get in Ofﬁcer Candidate School today. In 1986, opportunities for women aboard ships were limited to the tenders and a few other auxiliary ships. The Navy did not fully realize the value of the intellectual capital that female Sailors provide until the early 1990s when almost all ships were opened up to women.
How important is high morale of service members? First of all, ships, planes and submarines are just hunks of junk without the great men and women who man them. High morale is super critical if we expect to keep these great and talented Sailors that we ask more and more from each day. We must earn and keep our Sailor’s trust if we expect morale to be high – Sailors must truly believe the Navy has theirs and their family’s best interest at heart. I am very sensitive to the fact that a Sailor’s time is not free – high morale is threatened every time we place another burden on the backs of our Sailor’s.
What is the hardest aspect of your current job? The hardest part of my job is balancing and prioritizing the base’s requirements given limited resources. I am sure everyone in the Navy today would say they do not have enough time, people or money given the job they are expected to do. I rely heavily on the great people here at JEBLCFS, capitalizing on our diversity and ensuring a positive work environment, while thinking outside the box to get the job done.
How has the mission of the base changed since becoming a joint base? When we merged Little Creek and Fort Story, the joint base assumed a signiﬁcant role in managing the numerous unique training ranges and capabilities that are on Fort Story. JEBLCFS hosts not only Navy, Army and Marine Corps training, but we support many interagency training events as well.
What makes joint bases so unique? Aside from elimination of redundant functions and increased efﬁciencies, the great thing about joint bases is that you have increased the tools in your tool box. As the joint base commander, I can leverage “best practices” from both the Army and the Navy – it is diversity on a grand scale. Ever since 9/11, the U.S. military has operated down range in a joint environment – I cannot help but think that working side by side with our Army counterpart here at JEBLCFS can only help our Soldiers and Sailors be more effective when called upon to go down range into a joint theater.
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20 Years | 20 Questions
Do you see more bases becoming joint bases in the future? I would be hard pressed to see anywhere else that conditions exist that would be conducive for another joint base, but that decision is made through Congress and the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process.
How important is education to you? Do you feel service members should strive to continue their education? Education is incredibly important to me. I emphasize to my Sailors, Soldiers and junior ofﬁcers to take advantage of the many great education programs the military has to offer. Regardless of how long someone serves, an education lasts a lifetime, and once acquired, no one can take it away. Education makes for a better Sailor, Soldier or Marine, and if he or she chooses to get out, it makes for a better American citizen.
Sept. 11 and the subsequent global war on terrorism, now known as overseas contingency operations (OCO). It has resulted in the longest war in our nation’s history requiring all services to come together and ﬁght as a joint force. Many in the military have only known war, and as a result, our military today is more operationally mature and experienced than at any other time in our history. These men and women who have been inﬂuenced by 12 years of war will be our military leaders and potential policy makers of tomorrow, so the events of 9/11 and the OCO will have a lasting impact on our nation way into this century.
I would like to think that the most impact I have had during my career is on the Soldiers and Sailors I have led. I have never commanded a ship or a plane or a submarine – I led people, and hopefully I have had a positive inﬂuence on those I have led ... not just as warriors, but as people. In some way, I hope I have been able to make the men and women with whom I served better mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, or just better citizens.
Do you think having the Cape Henry Lighthouse on-base helps to bring service members and the local community together? Yes, but more than just the local community. I would like to point out that the two landmarks prominently displayed on the seal of the City of Virginia Beach are both located on Fort Story – the First Landing Cross and Cape Henry Lighthouse. We are very aware of the need to assure access of both of those landmarks which are so rich in history. In 2012, Fort Story hosted 64,000 visitors who came from all around the country to the Cape Henry Lighthouse and the First Landing Cross, giving our Soldiers and Sailors the opportunity to show the military in a positive light to those who may have limited military exposure.
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Who has been a mentor to you and what was their best advice? The most signiﬁcant mentor in my life has been my father who told me to “ﬂourish where planted.” My career as an unrestricted line ofﬁcer has been anything but conventional or predictable. I tell young ofﬁcers and Sailors there is no such thing as a bad duty station or job in the Navy – they are what you make of them. Do the best you can no matter what you are called upon to do and the rest will take care of itself! I certainly can’t complain, my crazy career path has resulted in four command tours.
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MCSA Christopher Huot Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class Datrel Johnson and Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Justin Wooden, from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), greet students of Newsome Park Elementary School during their ﬁrst day of class, Sept. 3.
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Sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) greeted students from Newsome Park Elementary School on their ﬁrst day back to school as part of an ongoing community relations project to build a stronger relationship with the school, Sept. 3. “The program started about midyear last year by having Sailors meet and greet the students,” said Victor Martinez, principal of Newsome Park Elementary School. “Sailors would greet them in the morning, help out during the day in the cafeteria, and even help out with dismissal.” Twelve Sailors were waiting for students when they stepped off buses and greeted them as they walked into the school to start their ﬁrst day of class. “Sailors help improve the schools and the community by being a positive role model for the students,” said Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class Datrel Johnson, a Lincoln Sailor who helped coordinate the event.
Newsome Park Elementary School is hoping to expand their outreach program beyond the usual meet and greet by modeling Lincoln’s involvement in other schools with mentoring programs, career days and classroom sponsorship where a Sailor could be assigned to a speciﬁc classroom and help during a day of the week. Martinez said that at one point last year, Sailors were at the school every day for at least four weeks positively impacting the lives of the students they interacted with. “It showed me that the Sailors were becoming part of their lives in a positive sense,” said Martinez. “That’s when I knew that this program is a really good thing.” Lincoln is currently undergoing a refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries. Lincoln is the ﬁfth ship of the Nimitz-class to undergo a RCOH, a major life-cycle milestone. Once RCOH is complete, Lincoln will be one of the most modern and technologically advanced Nimitz-class aircraft carriers in the ﬂeet.
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Capt. Kelly A. Aeschbach relieved Capt. Danelle M. Barrett as commanding ofﬁcer, Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Atlantic (NCTAMS LANT) during a ceremony on Naval Station Norfolk, Sept. 4. Barrett, who assumed command of NCTAMS LANT in August of 2011, led 2,700 personnel in 18 subordinate commands. “I thank you for continuing to surprise me and impress me with your energy, your ingenuity, your teamwork, your tenacity and your exceptional dedication, and most important, your ability to make good ideas a better reality for the Navy,” said Barrett. Rear Adm. Gretchen S. Herbert, Commander, Navy Cyber Forces was the guest speaker and presented Barrett with the Legion of Merit for her exceptionally meritorious service from August of 2011 to September of 2013. Barrett graduated from Boston University in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in history where she received her commission from the Naval Reserve Ofﬁcer Training Corps in a ceremony aboard the USS Constitution. She holds master’s degrees in management, national security/strategic studies, human resources development and information management. In December of 2000, Barrett was personally selected by the Vice Chief of Naval Operations to be on a seven-person task force to develop the transformational way ahead for Navy operational and business processes through web enablement. Barrett worked on Task Force Web from October of 2001 to August of 2003. Her more recent assignments include: Information Operations Planner and Knowledge Manager, Standing Joint Force Headquarters, U.S. Paciﬁc Command; Assistant Chief of Staff for Command and Control, Communications, Computers and Combat Systems (C5), Commander Carrier Strike Group Two; Information Professional Senior Ofﬁcer Detailer, Commander, Navy Personnel Command. Aeschbach graduated from The George Washington University in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in international affairs and was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Ofﬁcers Training Corps. She earned a master’s degree in business administration from San Diego State University. Her previous assignment was as the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for information Dominance (OPNAV N2/N6). NCTAMS LANT brings decision superiority to operational forces and denies it to the enemy; provide the operational platform for information – secure and reliable, classiﬁed and unclassiﬁed voice, messaging, video and data telecommunications to U.S. Naval, Joint, Interagency and Coalition operating forces worldwide.
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MC1 (SW/AW) Molly A. Burgess DOD civilian staff members watch a sexual assault prevention video during a “Sexual Assault Prevention: One Team, One Fight” training course, known as SAPR-C, at Navy Region Mid-Atlantic headquarters in Norfolk, Sept. 5.
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Continued from front sault case management, introduction to Victims’ Legal Counsel, SARC 101, how to recruit and support Uniformed Victim Advocates (UVA), working in joint environments, working with Navy Operation and Support Centers, Mentors in Violence Prevention Advanced Bystander training, and much more. French feels that the Navy’s extensive training efforts will pay dividends in the eradication of sexual assaults within the ﬂeet. “We feel as though we have a big impact as we work with ﬂeets, because most of those Sailors are in the ﬂeet. Our regions are engaged with the ﬂeet commanders to work this in a collaborative way,” he said. “In the end, it really becomes a chain of command responsibility – the CO of a ship, the CO of an installation, the CO of a tenant command – all responsible for the command climate and responsible for doing the right thing to ensure that sexual assaults don’t happen within their command.” In addition to the SARC training, DON civilian staff members in Hampton Roads are scheduled to attend Navywide “Sexual Assault Prevention: One Team, One Fight” courses this week, known as SAPR-C, developed by the DON Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Ofﬁce (SAPRO). Training has been mandated by the Secretary of the Navy to be completed by Oct. 1 for all civilians, and recorded in the Defense Civilian Personnel Data System
(DCPDS) by no later than Oct. 7. This training is designed to meet congressional, Department of Defense and DON requirements as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012. “The Navy has made [sexual assault prevention] a priority. Whenever we make something a priority, put the resources to it, and put the commitment of our leadership to it, I think we are going to make great progress,” said French. “Certainly, we are not perfect yet – it’s a difﬁcult problem – but once we get going, we are going to have the impact we need. It’s going to have to be a dedicated effort across the ﬂeet for all of us to drive home responsible behavior, not just for sexual assault, but responsible behavior across the board when it comes to what we want our Sailors to do.” Additional information on the Navy’s SAPR program can be found at www. sapr.navy.mil, or on CNICs SAPR website at http://goo. gl/i1KT2y. If you have been a victim of a sexual assault, need crisis intervention, emotional support, referrals to both military and civilian resources in your area, and/or need information on reporting options available, call the DOD Safe Helpline at (877) 995-5247, or visit https://safehelpline. org – 24-hours-a-day, 7-daysa-week, worldwide. To join the Navy’s conversation about sexual assault and raise awareness on Facebook and Twitter, use #NavySAPR.
With the house completely framed, the CPOs and CPO selectees provided the necessary muscle to get the house closer to completion. “It is a great way to give back to the community,” said Senior Chief Culinary Specialist Wilbert D. Strickland. As part of the selection process, the CPO selectees participated in group activities to strengthen team building and camaraderie. “Community service and building camaraderie through working hard together is one reason to bring the selectees here,” said Senior Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Cliff Shelley. “At the same time, helping out the community and showing a big Navy presence teaches you time management and how to prioritize
your tasks.” The selectees were given the opportunity to work with an organization, such as Habitat for Humanity that gives to those in need, as well as the opportunity to learn something new in a different expertise that they might not have the chance to work in, according to Strickland. “It’s great. I wanted to get into woodworking, so this is a great opportunity to start learning the craft. I’ve never been involved with the program before coming out and building it,” said Chief (select) Interior Communications Electrician Henry R. Hernandez. “Being a part of the bigger group and doing the group activities is about giving back to the community through COMRELS.” Habitat for Humanity normally requests 10 or more people to volun-
teer for its construction projects. The CPOs and CPO selectee volunteers numbered more than 30, all eager to be a part of something bigger in the community. “A helping hand gets the job done. The more helping hands and the more people you have listening and following orders, the more that you will get done,” said Franklin Hampton, assistant construction supervisor for Habitat for Humanity who welcomed the assistance from USS Abraham Lincoln Sailors. “I like them. They have been great. They follow orders and are always eager to work and get the job done.” Since returning from deployment in August of 2012, Lincoln Sailors have volunteered more than 5,000 hours in various communities in Hampton Roads.
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submarine commissioned, designated SSN-783 Continued from front This will be the third ship to bear the state name. The ﬁrst USS Minnesota, a sailing steam frigate, was commissioned in 1857 and served during the Civil War, remaining in service until her decommissioning in 1898. The second Minnesota was commissioned in 1907. On Dec. 16, 1907 she departed Hampton Roads as one of 16 battleships of the Great White Fleet sent by thenPresident Theodore Roosevelt on a voyage around the world. She continued her service through World War I and was decommissioned in 1921. Minnesota will provide the Navy with the capabilities required to maintain the nation’s undersea supremacy well into the 21st century. She will have improved stealth, sophisticated surveillance capabilities and special warfare enhancements that will enable her to meet the Navy’s multi-mission requirements. Designated SSN-783, Minnesota is built to excel
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serve in the Navy Masterat-Arms (MA) rating have earned 20,652 voluntary certiﬁcations, and this is largely due to the leading efforts of CENSECFOR,” said Boring. “This is well ahead of any other enlisted community.” Boring went on to say a lion’s share of the credit goes to the center’s MA programs manager and chief credentialing architect, retired Master Chief Master-at-Arms Jose Bautista. “This is really a coordinated effort between the center and the Navy Credentials Program
Photo courtesy of NASA Center for Security Forces instructor Gerald Fine (center) instructs NASA astronaut candidates on the uses of a parachute canopy for shelter during a week of survival training.
er, is to contact a test center for credential exams and schedule a date/time for his/her exam. This is very important because exams must be taken within 60-days of the exam voucher being issued. Upon completing the credentialing exam, the ﬁnal step is to report the exam results. Sailors must report exam results within 30 days after taking the exam to the Navy Credentials Program Ofﬁce, as well as other ofﬁcial recipients. By using Navy Credentialing Opportunities Online (COOL), Sailors can see how to earn civilian certiﬁcations and licenses that are based on their speciﬁc ratings, jobs and specialties. When asked what the key was to CENSECFORs success in credentialing programs, Bautista said, “I would
To date, 5,325 Sailors that serve in the Navy Masterat-Arms (MA) rating have earned 20,652 voluntary certiﬁcations.” - Navy Credentialing Program Manager Keith Boring
say actively and aggressively advertising the value of the Navy COOL program in terms of career and professional development for our Sailors.” Bautista added that whether it is by email to senior enlisted and ofﬁcer leadership, a monthly newsletter to the MA
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NNSY completes undocking of USS Newport News Press Release
■ USS Newport News Norfolk Naval Shipyard employees and members of ship’s company undock USS Newport News (SSN 750) as a part of the ship’s engineered overahul maintenance period.
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Navy Medicine’s REACH Program receives semiannual review at NMCP By Rebecca A. Perron Naval Medical Center Portsmouth Public Affairs
The program director for Navy Medicine’s Reintegrate, Educate and Advance Combatants in Healthcare (REACH) Program visited Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP), Aug. 29, to meet with participants to learn about program successes and what could be improved. Stephen Peyton, the program director, travels two-to-three times a year to each of the ﬁve sites across the country that has the REACH program. The program is one of Navy Medicine’s initiatives to recruit and employ Wounded Warriors into civil service medical positions. The program is for Sailors who are expected to receive a 30 percent or
greater disability rating after going through the medical board process and who are committed to pursuing a career in health care. Participants typically begin pursuing a certiﬁcate or a degree in one of nine health care ﬁelds as they enter the REACH pipeline, with an opportunity for federal employment when they complete the educational and certiﬁcation requirements. Within the nine job series, there are more than 100 parentheticals, which can be customized to the availability of training and job placement at each facility. Peyton spoke with command leadership, ensured the program is running smoothly and looked for improvements. Meeting with the students currently in the program and their mentors is how he solicits feedback.
“This program exists to give these opportunities to people who have the drive and desire to get into the health care ﬁeld,” said Peyton. “We are looking to have some of these students be part-time employees here,” Peyton added. “We’ll add three to our part-time roles at NMCP, which is very exciting. They will basically get to preview the job. But we want to help them pursue a career, not just a job.” The program recruits those who are at least 90 days away from medical retirement and helps them get set up with the formal education side. While still on active duty, they spend about ﬁve to 15 hours work per week in the department of their prospective employment to gain on-the-job experience through experiential learning. After leaving
active status, some may be hired as a part-time employee, but all will have the opportunity to continue the experiential learning. Veronica Nunez is NMCPs ﬁrst hire from the program, recently accepting employment with the mental health department, and the second person in the REACH program Navywide to complete academic requirements and certiﬁcations and be eligible for hiring. “I joined the Navy to help people,” said Nunez, who was a machinist’s mate. “I got some sense of that as an engineer, but not fully. After I knew this is what I wanted to do, I was eager to learn more about the ﬁeld. I was able to complete this program because I really wanted it.” Nunez is a certiﬁed psychiatric technician and is close to completing her bachelor’s degree in psychology. She will assist others going through the medical board process, help them deal with stress, identify and confront problems, and learn to self-advocate
Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) achieved a major milestone as the fast-attack submarine USS Newport News (SSN 750) exited dry dock as scheduled, Aug. 29. Newport News and her crew of 13 ofﬁcers and 121 enlisted personnel arrived at NNSY on Dec. 6, 2011. While at the shipyard, the sub is undergoing an engineered overhaul (EOH) consisting of various maintenance work and several system upgrades, including installing a new battery, the overhaul of the ship’s service motor generator and special emphasis work on the propulsion plant. “The Newport News project team is on pace to return this critical asset back to the ﬂeet,” said Shipyard Commander Capt. Mark Bridenstine. “Approximately 95 percent of production work for the engineered overhaul was completed prior to the undocking. This is a true testament to the commitment level of the project team and crew, and to the leadership of Cmdr. Dianna Wolfson.” In addition to planned evolutions, the Newport News project team encountered and overcame a signiﬁcant amount of emergent repairs. “The amount of structural repairs on this boat was at an historic level. Structurally Newport News is almost a brand new boat,” said Project Superintendent Cmdr. Dianna Wolfson. “The key to overcoming obstacles like emergent work is through communication. If we are aligned toward a common goal and have a common set of expectations, we can be successful at anything.” The on-time, or early, completion of submarine maintenance is critical to the ﬂeet and essential to maintaining warﬁghter readiness.
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“It is absolutely incredible to me that in the United States of America a person dies by suicide about every 14 minutes – claiming about 38,000 lives a year,” said Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms. “This is unacceptable ... it breaks my heart and we must do something about it.” Sessoms told the crowd that suicide is the fourth leading cause of death in adults from 18 to 65 years of age and the third leading cause of death for America’s youth today. He said suicide rates in the military increased to an average of one suicide per day in 2012. “One suicide is too many,” said Sessoms. “It is our responsibility, our moral obligation to work together and bring an end to one of the most urgent problems facing Americans: suicide.” Twenty clinically licensed counselors were present at the event to provide information, talk with participants and respond to questions and concerns about depression and suicide. The walk aims to raise awareness about suicide as an issue and educate people about the warning signs. “I wish that I had known about some of the things they put out as far as what signs and things to look for because maybe I could have helped save my brother,” said Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Bryant K. Hare, stationed aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65). “But it does help ﬁnding someone you’re comfortable talking with, ﬁnding people who have dealt with the same situations and ﬁnding someone you can relate to.” The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and Hampton Roads Survivors of Suicide Support Group help to organize and support the event. The AFSP is the country’s leading not-forproﬁt organization and is exclusively dedicated to preventing suicide and assisting people who have been affected by suicide. During registration for the walk, colored ribbons were handed out to be worn as armbands to symbolize a speciﬁc person to be remembered. Silver armbands represented supporters raising awareness; blue bands represented those who lost a spouse
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MC3 Jackie Hart Sailors and civilians from Hampton Roads gather at Mt. Trashmore for the “Out of the Darkness” Community Walk as part of National Suicide Prevention Week, Sept. 7.
online For more photos from the “Out of the Darkness” walk, visit flagshipnews.com. to suicide, green for a lost brother or sister, yellow for an extended family member, red for those who lost a parent and purple for the loss of a son or daughter. “Look around, you see so many colored ribbons,” said Chris Gilchrist, the founder of Hampton Roads Survivors of Suicide Support Group. “They bind us together as a community, as we share compassion, as we share hope.” A remembrance wall was covered in photos and memorabilia to remember those who lost their battle with depression. Participants in the walk took group photos, decorated Frisbee discs, made paper origami cranes and enjoyed a picnic with live music and free Italian ice. More than 30 Navy teams participated in the walk, carrying banners and wearing team shirts. Many of the teams were started by command chapters of the Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD). Kimberly Gleason, AFSP Eastern Division Director, said that “Out of the Darkness” events are held across the nation. Last year, the Hampton Roads “Out of the Darkness” Community Walk had the nation’s largest turnout. “This event will be the largest in the nation yet again this year,” said Gleason. “This is important because the more people we reach before they decide suicide is their only alternative, the more we’ll be able to show them options. And once a person knows that there are options, the
MC3 Jackie Hart Senior Chief Religious Programs Specialist Terry Burrell gives American ﬂags to children at the “Out of the Darkness” Community Walk as part of National Suicide Prevention Week.
less likely they are to end their life.” “Being in the military, we see a lot of people going through hardships in different ways around the world, and we’re here to let them know we support them,” said Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class David Jack. “Suicide is a really serious medical issue, and if we can prevent losing even one person from our overall mission in the military, it helps everyone as a whole.” For more information on suicide prevention, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-TALK. Editor’s Note: MC2 Jonathan Donnelly, U.S. Fleet Forces Command Public Affairs and MC3 Jackie Hart, NPASE East contributed to this story.
Sailors from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 26 were crowned the winners of the 13th annual Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) Mud Run by taking home the fastest time in completing the annual race held at Joint Expeditionary Base-Little Creek in a ceremony, Sept. 4. Team “Hard Chargers” were presented with the ﬁrst place plaque at their squadron on Naval Station Norfolk for successfully completing the competition with a course best race time of 4:00:26. The victory marks the second year in a row the team from HSC-26 has won the event. The “Hard Chargers” competed against six other military teams in a muddy obstacle course covering 8K. The obstacles included a low crawl, a 5-foot wall, barricades and mud pits. The winning team members were: Lt. Trenton Arnold, Naval Aircrewman (AW) (Helicopter) 2nd Class Craig Lay, AW2 (Helicopter) Garrett Lukasek, AW2 (Helicopter) Chas Mills, and AW3 (Helicopter) Brad Gibbs. “It’s great to be recognized like this,” said Arnold. “It was exciting to listen to the announcements – third place ... second ... just wondering if they would call our name. But this is really about all of us coming together as a team to achieve this goal. We are only as fast as our slowest man.” Arnold had the idea to enter the mud run last year with a team from the squadron. This year’s ﬁnal team had to make time for training despite a demanding work schedule. “Leading up to the event we were really all over the place,” said Arnold. “Some of us were here at home, others were in Bahrain, on ships, or wherever else we were needed. Aircrewmen like to maintain a certain level of physical ﬁtness and we ﬁnd the time.” The team agreed that the mud was the hardest part of the course to get through. “The mud!” said Lay. “The wet sand, the deep mud – it makes the 8K course feel like a 10-mile run.” The “Hard Chargers” said that although the event was challenging, they will continue to participate each year. They also encourage other commands in the area to join the event. “We say bring it on,” said Lukasek. “We’d like to see more squadrons and more commands come out and participate. The ‘Hard Chargers’ are proud to have the title for a second year – you never know who may earn it next year.” The annual Mud Run is held in support of ASYMCA, a non-proﬁt organization that provides support to junior enlisted personnel and their families targeting child development, ﬂeet readiness and community centers.
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CNO DETAILS NAVY’S FISCAL 2014 BUDGET REALITIES American Forces Press Service
Even without the uncertainty caused by budget negotiations, it will take years for the Navy to recover from the effects of sequestration, the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) told an audience at
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the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, Sept. 5. Sequestration and the effects of the continuing budget resolution damaged readiness, CNO Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert said. The Navy’s budget reduction was $11 billion, the admiral said. The service cancelled ﬁve ship deployments and the reduction cut
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into the service’s surge capacity, he added. “Usually, we have three carrier strike groups and three amphibious ready groups able to respond within a week,” said Greenert. “We have one now and that’s going to be the story in ﬁscal 2014.” The reduction in ﬁscal 2014 is $14 billion. The service exempted
With schools beginning across the country, children once again have access to school nutrition programs. To help ﬁll the need this summer when they didn’t, the 5th annual Feds Feed Families campaign collected more than 900,000 pounds of non-perishables for distribution to food banks across the ﬂeet. “Feds Feed Families is a summer-long food drive to beneﬁt the National Capital Area Charitable campaign program, where pounds of food and other non-perishable items are collected to support families across America,” said Rama G. Latin, Department of the Navy Charitable Campaigns Administrator. “Without access to nutrition programs, children and
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■ collected The 5th annual Feds Feed Families campaign collected more than 900,000 pounds of non-perishables for distribution to food banks across the ﬂeet. Nearly 75 percent of this year’s donations came from Department of the Navy entities, helping more than 500 food charities in the Washington, D.C. area alone. MC1 Mark Logico Sailors and Marines at the Pentagon collected donations for the Feds Feed Families food drive.
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military manpower from the cuts and this would mean 14 percent reductions for all other accounts, the admiral said. Barring help from Congress in the next budget, he told the audience, the Navy will have to cancel half of its ship availability. “We will cancel a lot of aircraft
families across the country may be at risk of hunger in the summer. At the same time, donations dip in the summer months as donors take a vacation or change their routines.” Since the program’s inception, Navy and Marine personnel have placed boxes at collection points across bases worldwide, ensuring that all Department of the Navy staff and service members have the chance to donate, with chaplains collecting donations aboard ships. Nearly 75 percent of this year’s donations came from Department of the Navy entities, surpassing last year’s collection goal and helping more than 500 food charities in the Washington, D.C. area alone, said Dylan Menguy, coordinator, media and events for the Capital Area Food Bank. “Feds Feed Families is one of our biggest
The Defense Department leadership is focused on what President Barack Obama has deﬁned as the objective of a proposed military operation in Syria: ending Bashar Assad’s use of chemical weapons, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said Sept. 5. Little spoke with reporters after two days of Senate and House foreign affairs committee hearings and testimony before both panels by Secretary of State John F. Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey. Obama favors limited military action against Syria, but wants Congress to decide if the nation will stand behind it. That process is underway. “We’re focused right now on what the president and others have said about what this military operation – if it takes place – would try to achieve,” Little told the reporters. “And that is a clear objective of stopping the Assad regime using chemical weapons [and] deterring and degrading the ability of this regime to murder innocent Syrian men, women and children.” The operation would be of limited scope and duration, and there would be no boots – of American or allied troops – on the ground, he added, describing the scope of the proposed operation. But more broadly in Syria, others have been working on a track beyond the military part of the equation, Little said. “The State Department, in particular, has been heavily involved in diplomatic efforts with the Syrian opposition to try to move toward an ultimate political solution in Syria that’s driven by the Syrians,” he explained. “That’s what we want at the end of the day. That’s what the Syrians want.”
» see SYRIA | B4 food drives of the year,” said Menguy. “It’s a way for us to help act as a stop-gap for the times when kids are being fed daily at school, at least for breakfast and lunch, and when those children have that vital source of food cut off during the summer months, Feds Feed Families helps us bridge that gap.” Although the campaign ofﬁcially ended on Aug. 28, 20 percent or more of the child population in 40 states and Washington, D.C. will continue to live in food insecure households, and those still wanting to make a difference for them can bring their donations to their local chaplain’s ofﬁce who can distribute it to food banks and charities in the local area. “The need to run this program is great – our generosity to run this campaign is greater,” said Latin. “With this campaign, we are helping communities in every state and area around the ﬂeet.”
Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo Department of Defense Spokesman George Little briefs the press at the Pentagon, Sept. 5. Little answered questions relating to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s testimony over the past several days and the departments possible action against the Syrian regime.
‘THRIVE IN YOUR COMMUNITY’ September is Suicide Prevention Month Press Release Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs
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Each year, America’s Armed Forces recognize September as Suicide Prevention Month. For 2013, the Navy is focusing on the importance of community and self-purpose when dealing with adversity, ofﬁcials announced in NAVADMIN 212/13. The theme of this year’s Navy Suicide Prevention (SP) Month is, “Thrive in Your Community,” encouraging Sailors to work together as commands, units, installations or other groups to contribute to a project of their choice that beneﬁts
others. Participation is not mandatory and there is no minimum for engagement. Sailors can work together to do something positive for their commands or installations, or get involved in their local communities. Family and civilian engagement is encouraged. “While we don’t often think of it this way, suicide prevention actually happens every day at the deckplate, in our neighborhoods, even in our own homes,” said Capt. Kurt Scott, Navy Resilience Chief. “When we do small things that make a difference to those around us, we may not realize the effect we’re having on others’ lives – or our own.” The Navy seeks to promote unity and cohesion in this context to emphasize the positive impacts of seeking help – Sailors that are willing to help others may be more willing to receive it when needed.
Throughout the month, resources will be released on www.suicide.navy.mil to guide discussion on stress navigation, comprehensive wellness and a sense of community – all protective factors against suicide. The website also houses ideas and guidance for “Thrive in Your Community” engagement for any command environment. Command Suicide Prevention Coordinators will also be available to help organize local efforts. Sailors are encouraged to send details and/or photos of their September events to suicideprevention@navy. mil to be shared with the ﬂeet on the Suicide Prevention Month website and Navy Operational Stress Control social media. For more information, reference NAVADMIN 212/13, or http://goo.gl/ssqNyT. Receive the latest updates by following @NavStress on Twitter and Facebook.
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JOINING FORCES LAUNCHES FAMILY FRIDAY BLOGS, HIGHLIGHTS BLUE STAR MUSEUMS By Col. Rich Morales Joining Forces
On Sept. 6, we launched our ﬁrst in a series of Family Friday blogs, which will cover topics relevant to military and veteran families. Our ﬁrst blog highlights one example of a great partnership aimed at increasing military family wellness through the enjoyment of the arts. Blue Star Museums, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, Joining Forces, MetLife Foundation and museums across the country, have just
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wrapped up their fourth successful season. This year, more than 2,000 museums, art centers and exhibits offered free admission for all active duty, National Guard and reserve military personnel and their families from Memorial Day to Labor Day. In addition to free admission, military children between the ages
of 6-17 were invited to participate in the Way Cool Creativity Contest. The participants created a piece of art that either highlighted their visit to a Blue Star Museum or expressed appreciation for the arts. The 2013 ﬁnalists have been selected and their artwork can be seen on the Way Cool Creativity Page. Ask your local museums about military discounts or view the Blue Star Museums map for a list of museums that participate year-long. In addition, military service members, families and veterans can take advantage of Blue Star Theatres. More than 90 theaters nationwide have joined Blue Star Families to offer discounted or complimentary admission to military personnel, their families, and veterans. Joining Forces would like to thank the more than 2,000 Blue Star Museums that took part in celebrating our military service members and their families. We look forward to seeing the 2014 season.
Months of deployment cause increased risk of military divorce By Jacey Eckhart Military Spouse Contributor
It isn’t the “better or worse” that breaks up a military marriage. It is the deployment – especially for younger couples in the post-9/11 generation. This week researchers at the RAND Corporation released a new study that shows the accumulated months of deployment signiﬁcantly increase the probability of military divorce. So I called two of the authors of the study, Sebastian Negrusa and James Hosek, to discuss what this research means for military families. They told me that the most important ﬁnding of the study is that for the ﬁrst time the researchers can prove what so many military couples have suspected for years. “More months of deployment cause divorce,” said Hosek. These results are contrary to a 2007 RAND study that showed that there was virtually no effect on the military divorce rate following deployment. Negrusa said that difference between the two studies is that this one uses more data taken over a longer period of time so the results of deployment had more time to play out. The research focuses on military members married between 1999 and 2008, so it encompasses those who joined before 9/11 and those who joined after. Researchers found that in the post-9/11 generation, it was the accumulated months of deployment that tipped more couples over the edge. Negrusa pointed out that it didn’t matter whether the service member deployed for 12 to 18 months at a time, or racked up months of deployment at shorter intervals. It was the number of months apart that made the biggest difference.
■ about Blue Star Museums Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and reserve and their families from Memorial Day, May 27, through Labor Day, Sept. 2. More than 2,000 museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa participated in Blue Star Museums. These included children’s museums, ﬁne art museums, history and science museums, and nature centers.
Like a rubber band that can stretch so many times before it breaks, or a tire that can go so many miles before it risks a blow out, a military marriage is more likely to fail if a couple spends too much time apart. This does not mean that after a certain number of months apart your marriage is sure to crumble. What it says is that there is a cost to families who experience continuous deployments that our leaders must take into consideration. “We are trying to understand the impact of deployments,” Hosek explained. When setting policy or funding programs, having scientiﬁc proof that deployment causes divorce is much more impactful than just seeing that the two things go together. One of the things I found most surprising was that this ﬁnding held true no matter what your Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) might be. Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, the researchers were able to control for branch of service and MOS and they still found that the most signiﬁcant variable was the number of months couples spent apart. Although the data set shows whether service embers were in hostile or non-hostile environments, it doesn’t show exactly what happened to each individual. “Our data lacks information about what happened to a service member during their deployment,” said Hosek. “We don’t know whether they were ﬁred upon, where they slept, how they communicated at home, whether that communication helped them or stressed them out.” Although previous studies have shown that time in combat increases the risk of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which decreases marital satisfaction, this research shows that we all bear the cost of repeated deployments.
Some more than others. Once again, female service members paid a much heavier price for deploying. Even though females are less likely to deploy due to their MOS, and deploy on average for fewer months, they were much more likely to divorce than their male counterparts in the same MOS. Couples who were dual military also had a higher risk of divorce. So what do we family members do with this kind of research? This is where the science ends and the craft of military life begins. Here are some things I plan to keep in mind: Time apart is a time of risk. Couples grow apart when they spend too much time apart. What do we do as a couple that makes us feel closer? What kind of things do we do that make us feel more distant? Think more about young couples in new marriages. The majority of couples in the military are young because the majority of service members are young. If we know these young couples are have a higher probability of divorce the more time they spend apart, what is our obligation to them as a community? Dig into old couples. One ﬁnding in the study was that the longer military couples were married, the less likely they were to divorce. The researchers hypothesized that this was because couples learn the skills of deployment. So what are those skills exactly? And how can the rest of us learn to do those things sooner? We all know that there is a personal cost to war. Now we have proof. The question is what do we do next? Jacey Eckhart is the Director of Spouse and Family Programs for Military.com. She is an Air Force brat, a Navy wife and an Army mom.
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Persevere in football, and in life By Bianca Martinez Military Spouse Contributor
One of the joys of motherhood is watching your kids grow and learn life lessons. Fortunately, my son’s football coach is helping us along with some of those lessons. Lucas plays for the Chesapeake Knights. Part of the football program is a character building program. Every week his coach sends out a “Foundation of the Week.” The parents and the athlete are responsible for sitting down and reviewing the foundation, learning the deﬁnition of it and ﬁnding examples. Last week’s foundation was “perseverance.” per-se-ver-ance, noun (pur-suh-veer-uhns) 1. steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difﬁculties, obstacles, or discouragement. After lots of thought and lots of examples of perseverance in football, it occurred to me that I could use his own life as an example of the word. Lucas is 7 years old. He has only known a life with dad coming and going on short trips, and long ones. He is an amazing military kid. He’s played a number of games, whether they be soccer or basketball or football without his dad here. His younger years were a challenge on those Saturday mornings. He’s seen his friends hug their fathers and settled for one from his momma. He continues to bring home great grades and excel in school. This isn’t me taking an opportunity to brag about my kid. I have seen this trait in so many military kids, spouses and families. Even though I’ve seen it everyday, it took football to remind me of it. Too many times we get caught up in our details we forget to see the big picture. Give yourselves some credit! High ﬁve your kid! Something we embody everyday is perseverance and that’s a pretty big deal!
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UNITAS kicks off in Colombia Press Release U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet Public Affairs
Naval forces from Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Peru, the United Kingdom and the United States kicked off UNITAS 2013, an annual multinational exercise, Sept. 8. This year’s exercise is hosted by the Colombian Navy and will include 19 warships that will conduct operations in the Western Caribbean Sea through Sept. 15. Observers from Belize, El Salvador, Germany, Jamaica, Panama and Mexico are also participating in the exercise. UNITAS is intended to train participating forces in a variety of maritime scenarios to test command and control of forces at sea while operating as a multinational force to provide the maximum opportunity to improve interoperability. “While the over arching goal of the exercise is to develop and test command and control of forces at sea, training in this exercise will address the spectrum of maritime operations,” said Rear Adm. Sinclair M. Harris, Commander, U.S. 4th Fleet. UNITAS develops and sustains relationships that improve the capacity of U.S. and partner nation maritime forces through complex and comprehensive multinational training at sea. “Speciﬁcally, there will be high-end warfare scenarios addressing electronic warfare, anti-air warfare and air defense, anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare and maritime interdiction operations,” said Harris. The training focuses on developing coalition building, multilateral security cooperation, promoting tactical interoperability and friendship, professionalism and mutual understanding among the participating partner nations. The next UNITAS exercise is scheduled for spring 2014.
Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo Deputy Secretary of Defense Ash Carter hosts the kickoff ceremony for the Combined Federal Campaign at the Pentagon, Sept. 5.
Carter rallies support for Combined Federal Campaign By Amaani Lyle
It’s an American tradition to give … it’s an area where we stand out.” - Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter
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In response to uncertain ﬁnancial times, Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Sept. 5, more realistic contribution goals for the Combined Federal Campaign charity drive and expressed conﬁdence that Defense Department employees still will ﬁnd it in their hearts to contribute. During a CFC kickoff event in the Pentagon courtyard, Carter noted that last ﬁscal year’s DOD national capital region contributions raised more than $15.2 million, an average gift of about $515 per participant, Carter said. “You’re people whose life is ﬁlled by the opportunity to serve the rest of humanity, and this is just an extension of what you do every day,” he said. Carter acknowledged the difﬁculty of asking DOD employees for contributions in the wake of recent furlough and
■ CFC special section Check out next week’s Flagship for a Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) special section featuring stories with military ties from local charities. sequestration woes. But he dared to ask the question, he added, with conﬁdence in the answer based on the fabric of the DOD family. “You … wake up every morning … come to work and give to our country and the wider world in the most important way you can … [by providing] security,” said Carter. “Security is like oxygen: if you have it, you don’t pay any attention, but if you don’t have it,
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reduce for those not deploying a carrier overhaul,” said Greenert. “We might lose two more – a availabilities,” he added. “If we re- submarine and a destroyer – if we stored the budget after [ﬁscal 2014] are unable to reprogram and move and said, ‘You have a full-up op- money into those accounts.” erations and maintenance budget,’ The Navy will lose about 25 airit’ll take about ﬁve years to get that craft, from helicopters to P-8s to backlog in aircraft maintenance F-35s, the admiral said. down.” The civilian hiring freeze will Navywide, the service will reduce continue, “and there’s a great potraining for those not deploying, tential we will have to do a reducGreenert said. Some air wings will tion in force,” said Greenert. The ﬂy and aircrews will receive training, Navy will start a voluntary civilian he said, but ofﬁcials are uncomfort- retirement program immediately in able with the amount of ﬂight hours. ﬁscal 2014, which begins Oct. 1, to Shipbuilding will drop in ﬁscal attenuate the need for involuntary 2014 also. reductions, he added. “I would see the loss of a littoral “We need about a billion dollars combat ship, an aﬂoat-forward stag- to get into the operations and maining base and advanced procurement tenance account, and a billion into for a Virginia-class submarine and the procurement accounts so we can
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MCC Julianne Metzger Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert speaks at the American Enterprise Institute during the “Squaring the Circle” lecture series.
get it into shipbuilding, which will be my number one priority in the Navy,” he said. Beyond ﬁscal 2014, Greenert said, the bywords will be forward presence, readiness of deployed forces, developing and stressing asymmetric capabilities and new technologies, and cyber capabilities.
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Continued from B1 In terms of getting help with Syria from the international community, Little said the department believes some countries will provide support if the United States takes military action. “But international participation does not need to be vast in order for us to succeed,” he added. Little was unable to offer details on the cost of an incomplete and so far unapproved Syrian military operation, but he did respond to questions about continuing budget constraints in the upcoming ﬁscal year. “We have said that this is in the national security interests of the United States. And if this operation goes forward, if we’re asked by the president to conduct a military mission, we will conduct it,” the press secretary said. “When it comes to sequestration and budget uncertainty,” he added, “when this country decides to come together and take military action for a just cause that’s rooted in the legitimacy of a very strong interna-
tional norm, then we’ll ﬁnd a way to fund it.” During Hagel’s recent fourcountry trip to Asia, during which he engaged in bilateral meetings with several counterparts from the region, including South Korea, Little said the defense secretary learned about North Korean stockpiles of chemical weapons, underscoring this week’s discussions about Syria’s use of chemical weapons on its own citizens. “If we sit idly by and allow the Syrian regime to perpetrate atrocities the likes of which we’ve seen recently, then what signal does that send to countries like North Korea?” said Little. If the Syrians are allowed to get away with it, then perhaps that sends a signal that others might be able to get away with it, the press secretary added – not just North Korea, but Iran, Hezbollah and other rogue actors in the international community. “This is very serious business,” said Little. “And it is very important not just for the United States, but for other countries, to step up
and say this international norm is worth defending.” In response to a question about whether the long U.S. discussion about such a military strike would give the Syrian Army an advantage during such an attack, Little said the United States is the strongest military power in the world and one of the most ﬂexible and adaptable, with access to information that will enable it to take effective action at the appropriate time, if called upon. “No one in the Syrian regime should take solace from the deliberative process that we’re undertaking right now with the United States Congress,” he observed. Little said there will be time to adjust, given conditions on the ground and given what the Syrian regime may or may not do in terms of moving equipment. “So the Syrian regime does not get a strategic or a tactical advantage from the time we, if called upon, will carry out a military mission effectively,” he added, “and we will meet our objective of deterring and degrading their chemical weapons use.”
It’s national preparedness month – Be StormReady Press Release Commander, Navy Installations Command
Navy Installations around the nation are taking steps to become StormReady® and where relevant, TsunamiReady®. To be recognized as StormReady® or TsunamiReady®, communities must meet certain guidelines established by the National Weather Service in partnership with federal, state and local emergency management ofﬁcials. While the emergency management teams at every Navy installation have emergency plans and protocol in place, those that have earned the ofﬁcial StormReady® and TsunamiReady® designation have gone one step further in their efforts to save lives and property in the face of natural disasters. “The safety and emergency preparedness of Navy personnel and families is a high priority for us,” said Margie Lutz, Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) Emergency Management Program Manager. “In partnering with the National Weather Service and receiving the StormReady® and TsunamiReady® designation, we continue to strengthen our hazardous weather plans, monitorization and notiﬁcation systems, and training and public awareness programs for a global Ready Navy community.” Lutz cautions that the “buck doesn’t stop there.” With an average of 100,000 thunderstorms, 10,000 of which are severe; 5,000 ﬂoods; 1,000 tornadoes; and an average of two landfalling deadly hurricanes, in addition to winter storms, intense summer heat, high winds, wild ﬁres and other
deadly weather impacts as reported by the National Weather Service, each and every member of the Navy community has a part to play in storm readiness. The Navy’s emergency preparedness program, Ready Navy, provides information and tools to guide individuals to prepare themselves and their families before, during, and after a disaster. Take time during September’s National Preparedness Month to prepare and familiarize yourself with the Ready Navy website, and ask your emergency manager if your installation is StormReady®. The following list of installations have earned StormReady® and, where indicated, TsunamiReady® designations: ■ Joint Base Charleston ■ Joint Base Pearl HarborHickam (also TsunamiReady®) ■ Naval Air Station Corpus Christi ■ Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base ■ Naval Air Station Key West ■ Naval Air Station Kingsville ■ Naval Air Station Lemoore ■ Naval Air Station Meridian ■ Naval Air Station Whiting Field (renewed) ■ Naval Station Mayport (also TsunamiReady®) ■ Naval Weapons Station Earle Be Storm Ready and Ready Navy! For more information on how to prepare for any disaster, visit www.ready.navy.mil. Follow us @ReadyNavy. Ready Navy is a CNIC-sponsored emergency preparedness program. For more news from Commander, Navy Installations Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/cni/.
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As the nation observes Suicide Prevention Month and as sexual assault prevention continues on the DOD forefront, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel issued statements to the men and women of the Defense Department:
SUICIDE PREVENTION The Department of Defense has no more important responsibility than supporting and protecting those who defend our country and that means we must do everything possible to prevent military suicide. As we observe Suicide Prevention Month, the entire DOD community – service members, civilians, members of our families and leaders at every level – must demonstrate our collective resolve to prevent suicide, to promote greater knowledge of its causes and to encourage those in need to seek support. No one who serves this country in uniform should ever feel they have nowhere to turn. The Department of Defense has invested more than $100 million into
research on the diagnosis and treatment of depression, bipolar disorder and substance abuse, as well as interventions for relationship, ﬁnancial and legal issues – all of which can be associated with suicide. We are working to reduce drug and alcohol abuse, and we are steadily increasing the number of mental health professionals and peer support counselors. Effective suicide prevention training is critical to all these efforts and we are instructing our leaders on how to recognize the signs and symptoms of crisis, and encourage service members to seek support. We are also reaching out to military families and the broader community to enlist their support in this cause.
Seeking behavioral health care is a choice that embodies moral courage, honor and integrity. Those values are at the foundation of what that we stand for and what we defend. The Military Crisis Line is there for all who need it. I encourage anyone in need to call (800) 273-8255 and press one to speak to a trained professional, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This service is conﬁdential and available to all service members and their families. Always remember that our most valuable resource is each other. When one of us faces a challenge, we all must stand together. By ﬁghting as one team, we can – and we will – help prevent suicide. Thank you.
SEXUAL ASSAULT PREVENTION Eliminating sexual assault from the Armed Forces remains one of the Department of Defense’s top priorities. This effort requires our absolute and sustained commitment to providing a safe environment in which every service member and DOD civilian is free from the threat of sexual harassment and assault. Our success depends on a dynamic and responsive approach. We, therefore, must continually assess and strive to improve our prevention and response programs. In May, I directed a range of initiatives designed to strengthen our programs in the areas of commander accountability, command climate, victim advocacy and safety. Today, I am directing immediate implementation of the following additional measures to improve victim support, strengthen pretrial investigations, enhance oversight, and make prevention and response efforts more consistent across the military services: ■ Creating a legal advocacy program in each military service that will provide legal representation to sexual assault victims throughout the judicial process.
■ Ensuring that pretrial investigative hearings of sexual assault-related charges are conducted by judge advocates general (JAG) ofﬁcers. ■ Providing commanders with options to reassign or transfer a member who is accused of committing a sexual assault or related offense in order to eliminate continued contact while respecting the rights of both victims and the accused. ■ Requiring timely follow-up reports on sexual assault incidents and responses to be given to the ﬁrst general or ﬂag ofﬁcer within the chain of command. ■ Directing DODs inspector general to regularly evaluate closed sexual assault investigations. ■ Standardizing prohibitions on inappropriate behavior between recruiters and trainers, and their recruits and trainees across the department. ■ Developing and proposing changes to the Manual for Courts-Martial that would allow victims to give input during the sentencing phase of courts-martial. All of these measures will provide victims additional rights, protections, legal support and help ensure that sexual as-
sault-related investigations and judicial proceedings are conducted thoroughly and professionally. In addition, the Department of Defense has established an independent panel, in accordance with the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013, which is currently reviewing and assessing the systems used to investigate, prosecute, and adjudicate crimes involving sexual assault and related offenses under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. I have met with panel members and I will closely review their recommendations when complete. Sexual assault is a stain on the honor of our men and women who honorably serve our country, as well as a threat to the discipline and the cohesion of our force. It must be stamped out. I will continue to meet weekly with DODs senior leadership team to personally review our efforts and ensure that directives and programs are being implemented effectively. We are all accountable to ﬁx this problem and we will ﬁx it together. We will continue to work closely with the Congress and the White House on eliminating sexual assault in the military.
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and can help families work out budgets, she said. “People would get into them with very high interest rates, spending [signiﬁcant amounts] of money just to pay off a predatory loan,” she said. “So that’s where our on-installation banks and credit unions came up with some shortterm, low-interest loans.” Thompson also recommended the SaveAndInvest.org website as a resource for self-initiators. It offers tools and calculators to get started on establishing and maintaining a household budget, she said. Handling credit wisely and keep spending under control are important aspects of personal ﬁnancial readiness, Thompson said. “If we’re living within our means, we’re not running credit limit up on that credit card to purchase things that are may be ‘wants’but not ‘needs,’” she said. Having at least $500 in savings as emergency money is another important aspect of budgeting, Thompson said. “It’s not … all about debt reduction, the idea is that you come up with a spending plan of what’s important to you, and [put away money] for savings,” she said.
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New mobile app to provide Navy info onthe-go By MCC Christopher E. Tucker Defense Media Activity
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Sailors and Navy family members looking to ﬁnd the latest information about the Navy on their smartphone or tablet will soon have a new mobile application, or app, to get up-to-date news and media. The Navy announced, Aug. 21, the upcoming launch of the ofﬁcial U.S. Navy app – a new mobile application that will provide Navy information to Sailors and their families on-the-go. The free app will be available for download later this month. Recognizing the need to deliver news and information across multiple mobile platforms, the Navy’s Chief of Information funded the contract last year to develop the ofﬁcial U.S. Navy app to provide instant access to news and multimedia content to Sailors, their families and anyone interested in the U.S. Navy. “Today’s Sailors and their families deserve new tools to stay informed about their Navy,” said Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Navy Chief of Information. “We want the Navy app to be that tool. I’m excited about getting it out there.” The app integrates content from the Navy’s multiple internal media sources, including www.navy.mil, All Hands Magazine online, the Navy Live blog and the Navy’s social media sites. The app also offers users the latest photos, videos, news and feature stories highlighting key Navy events. Users will also have access to an interactive global map that displays the locations of key naval installations, current events, an up-to-date status of naval forces, as well as the Navy’s current forward presence. In addition, the Navy app features an integrated calendar that shows key dates for Sailors, such as advancement exam dates, when evaluations are due and selection board convening dates. The calendar also displays key dates in naval history and local events. Prior to launching the app, approximately 20 Sailors and family members tested the app for functionality and usability on multiple platforms, including computer tablets and smartphones. “Before the public launch, we wanted to share the app with the ﬂeet and with ombudsmen, and encouraged them to share with their families,” said Kirby. “Their feedback will help make it better. This is for them, so it’s got to meet their needs.” Cryptologic Technician Technical 1st Class Jennifer Nguyen, with Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet, was one of the beta-testers and said she liked the functionality of the interactive map. “It was great to click on one of the [icons] for each command and be linked to their pages and learn more about my potential next duty [station],” she said. However, she wished the calendar was customizable or was able to be synchronized with her own smartphone’s calendar.
Everyone can beneﬁt from this application – spouses, dependents, family members.” - U.S. Fleet Forces Command Ombudsman Megan Swing
Chris Madden, director of Navy Media Content Services, managed the app’s development and leads the team that will maintain the app, said this is exactly the type of feedback he was hoping to garner from the beta-testers. “We want to hear all types of feedback to make the Navy app as useful a tool as possible for the ﬂeet and the general public,” said Madden. “We’ll compile all feedback to see what’s feasible to update before the launch later this month and see what ﬁxes may have to wait for future updates.” Megan Swing, the U.S. Fleet Forces Command ombudsman, also a beta-tester, said the app seemed like a great tool for family members. “Everyone can beneﬁt from this application – spouses, dependents, family members,” she said. “[The app provides] pertinent information on one page.” Top content within the app will be updated several times throughout the day, giving users access to the latest information. The ofﬁcial U.S. Navy app will be available for download on four major computer platforms: AppleiOS, Android, Windows 8 and Chrome Book online markets. The initial download is approximately 17MB. The Navy app requires Internet access to function and access current information and media content.
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In accordance with September being National Recovery Month from drug and alcohol abuse, and with the theme “Together on Pathways to Recovery,” the Navy is expanding its resources to provide addition tools for Navy leadership, Drug and Alcohol Program Advisors (DAPA) and Navy Alcohol and Drug Control Ofﬁcers (ADCO) to help Sailors keep what they have worked so hard to earn during their Navy careers. “One of the most important aspects of the KWYE campaign is that our Sailors contributed to the creation of the campaign and its contents,” said Jennifer Dolehite, Fleet ADCO /Fleet Suicide Prevention Program Manager for U.S. Fleet Forces Command. “The Sailors of the Atlantic Fleet told OPNAV what is important to them, what they respect and what they want. Many of our Sailors said they want a safe work environment and they want to have fun without having to look out for shipmates who are irresponsible.” As part of the “Keep WhatYou’ve Earned” (KWYE) campaign, set one of a four-set series of PowerPoint training slides has been launched to help leadership further convey information about responsible drinking habits. Sessions will be released one per month to prevent over saturation of the topics. The topics include: KWYE introduction and video, BAC levels and factors, responsible vs. destructive drinking, and Navy policy and advocacy. “The KWYE campaign is not effective on its own, as it is a complement to what leadership is establishing in the command climate. It is information dissemination and must
be integrated into a strong command prevention program which incorporates appropriate strategies,” said Dolehite. “They can ‘keep what they’ve earned’ and get what they’ve earned by not having to compete against others who are not being held accountable or who are not responsible for problematic behaviors related to alcohol misuse or abuse. Successful commands place their people above a career.” In addition to the training series and in keeping with the Navy’s KWYE responsible use campaign message, Alcohol Detection Devices (ADD) are continuing to be utilized throughout Navy commands and installations to promote safety and to deter alcohol abuse. “Alcohol Detection Devices give our commanding ofﬁcers another prevention resource to enhance command awareness of the crew’s culture of alcohol use – to educate service members on the effects of their alcohol use decisions and self-impairment, and to support unit safety,” she said. “When they are incorporated proactively, such as randomly in the morning or at the beginning of a shift as Sailors enter the command doors or cross the brow, a command may identify a shipmate who doesn’t realize they are still under the inﬂuence of alcohol.” In a special YouTube testimonial video released on Aug. 19 and produced by the Navy Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention (NADAP) Ofﬁce, Electronics Technician 2nd Class Michael Palfrey from Naval Base San Diego, shared his personal story on how a night of poor alcohol choices impacted his career. The video was recently highlighted in an article released in NADAPs September E-gram online issue. “Someone pushed a beer in my face and I said, ‘Why not? The night’s over,’” said Palfrey, and the rest was a blur. “That moment when the cuffs went on, I just kind of sobered up and went, ‘This is not real.
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This did not just happen.’” Palfrey decided to participate in the “Keep What You’ve Earned” campaign to share his story so other Sailors can learn from his mistakes. He reminds Sailors that although it may be a one-time thing, irresponsible decisions regarding alcohol can lead to severe career consequences. “I had all of these things going for me a year ago, and now they’re all gone,” he said. “It’s not just the ﬁnancial costs and where they hit you in the wallet.” Palfrey’s story is encouraging because he sought the help that he needed and received tremendous support from his command leadership, including his Command Drug and Alcohol Program Advisor (DAPA). James Queen, command DAPA, Training Center San Diego, supported Palfrey throughout the treatment process, including referring him to the Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program. In the video, Queen speaks on how the KWYE campaign is a way to remind Sailors of how hard they’ve worked to make
rank and make their family and their community proud, and that it’s not worth it to throw all of that away for a couple drinks. Palfrey’s testimonial is one of four that will be released as part of the “Keep What You’ve Earned” campaign. Each testimonial reminds Sailors of the importance of drinking responsibly and keeping what you’ve earned. “The commands who are engaging in a well-designed alcohol and other drug prevention program, which I discuss on a regular basis with ADCOs, DAPAs and UPCs during quarterly forums, will see their incidents decrease,” said Dolehite. “A prevention program is much more than just sticking up posters, hosting GMT and telling your Sailors to stay out of trouble. It is inﬂuencing the environment and telling the Sailors visually, verbally and through role modeling that you care about their well being.” To see the video, visit NADAPs YouTube channel at http://youtu. be/_QzjX14ymDg. For more information on KWYE, visit www.nadap.navy.mil.
A suspected torpedo discovered by two divers in the waters just off the coast of Thatcher Island, Mass. was safely detonated in place by Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technicians from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 12, Det. Newport, Aug. 27. The divers reported what they thought to be a torpedo to U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Sector Boston who then requested EODMU 12, Det. Newport’s help in identifying and removing the ordnance. Marine growth on the suspected torpedo precluded positive identiﬁcation so Navy EOD technicians went with worst-case scenario based on the USCG’s desire to not leave it there and assume the risk of future recreational divers discovering it or posing a hazard to ﬁshing nets. Based on the type and location of the suspected torpedo, Navy EOD techs detonated it in place, which was coordinated and approved by USCG Sector Boston, Rockport Harbor Master and the Massachusetts Environmental Protection Agency. A veriﬁcation dive was conducted after the detonation to determine the ordnance had been destroyed and posed no further hazard. In addition, the site survey reported no visible damage or injury to marine life in the surrounding area. EODMU 12 provides operational explosive ordnance disposal capability as required for the location, identiﬁcation, rendering safe, recovery, ﬁeld evaluation and disposal of all explosive ordnance, including chemical and nuclear weapons. U.S. Navy EOD is the world’s premier combat force for countering explosive hazards and conducting expeditionary diving and salvage. For more news from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group 2, visit www.navy.mil/local/eod2/.
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1999 3.0 CL 2006 Acura Chevrolet Trailblazer Only Miles #13C09851 Sport77K Utility #13C12352 WAS $7,590.......................................
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2004 MDX 2000 Acura Ford Ranger WAS $9,680....................................... $8,690.......................................
2004 2002 Ford Explorer Ranger Loaded Reg Cab#13C13221 #13C15211 WAS $10,890 .................................... $8,690.......................................
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WAS $12,980 $10,780 .............................. ....................................
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Sedan Pickup #P140309 #P143501
WAS $13,090 $10,890 .............................. ....................................
WAS $15,290 $14,190 ..............................
2005 Toyota 4Runner Nissan Maxima
2010 Corolla 2008 Toyota Chevrolet Impala
Sport #P146401 SedanUtility #13C15331 WAS $14,080 $12,870 ..............................
Sedan #13C07871 Sport Utility #13C12911 WAS $14,190 $12,870 ..............................
Sedan #P136205 #P141101 WAS $16,390 $14,190 ..............................
Hatchback #P131201 #P129401 WAS $16,390 $14,190 ..............................
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2012 200 Denali 2003 Chrysler GMC Yukon
Sport #P143301 SedanUtility #P130902
Sedan #P144409 Sport Utility #14C00331
WAS $15,290 $12,980 ..............................
WAS $16,390 $14,190 ..............................
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GM Certiﬁed #P149609 Certified #P140709 WAS $17,490 $18,590 ..............................
WAS $18,590 $19,250 ..............................
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2005 XTERRA 2004 Nissan Acura MDX
2011 2004 Dodge Avenger Ram
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WAS $12,870 .............................. $9,790.......................................
Sedan #P143909 Crew Cab #13C12081 WAS $15,290 $14,190 ..............................
WAS $16,390 $15,180 ..............................
2009 Sorento 2006 Kia Nissan Pathfinder
Sport Utility #13C15431 #12C13331 WAS $16,390 $15,290 ..............................
WAS $21,890 $20,790 ..............................
GM Certiﬁed #P148709 Certified #P143609 WAS $26,290 $25,190 ..............................
GM Certiﬁed #P135001 Certified #P136701 WAS $27,390 $25,850 ..............................
GM Certiﬁed #P144309 Certified #P140809 WAS $28,490 $26,950 ..............................
GM Certiﬁed #P136701 Certified #P141209 WAS $23,870 $24,750 ..............................
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2010 2013 Chevrolet Camaro Malibu 2LT
2013 2012 Chevrolet Silverado Traverse
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2013 2012 Chevrolet Sonic Malibu
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2012 Terrain 2010 GMC Chevrolet Camaro
Sport Utility #P145001 #P132301 WAS $15,290 $13,090 ..............................
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2006 Pathfinder 2009 Nissan Scion XB
2011 Chevrolet Equinox 2LT
Only 39K Miles #P145801 Sedan #13C12791
WAS $11,990 .............................. $9,790.......................................
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2005 CrownImpala Victoria 2004 Ford Chevrolet
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GM Certiﬁed #P140009 Certified #P129909 WAS $37,290 $32,890 ..............................
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Try Transit Week Pledge for chance to win one-year pass ■ when and where Try Transit Week, Sept. 16-20, is a week-long educational event designed to encourage Virginians to stop driving and try a form of transit such as bus or rail. Participants who pledge to try transit will be entered for a chance to a one-year transit pass to the Virginia transit operator of their choice. Visit trytransitweek.org to learn more and to enter your pledge.
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■ when to go Howl-O-Scream opens Sept. 13 and continues each weekend through Oct. 27. Each weekend at 6 p.m., ghouls and ghosts will take over the park.
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■ what to expect For Howl-O-Scream, Busch Gardens’ European villages will be transformed into four Terror-tories where spirits and ﬁends walk amongst the living.
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It’s time to scream as Howl-O-Scream begins another haunted season at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Starting “Friday the 13th” of September, Busch Gardens’ charming European villages are transformed – taken over by demons and creatures of unspeakable horror – into four Terror-tories. With the introduction of Terror-tories, transformed lands where spirits and ﬁends walk amongst the living, Busch Gardens has introduced a whole new immersive aspect to Howl-O-Scream. France, Italy, Germany and England will be transformed into an over-the-top thematic experience that transports guests to another time and place full of startles and frights. Chart a course through the haunted waters in Italy, ﬂee the ﬂames of burning France, avoid becoming a vampire’s dinner in Germany or hunt for Jack the Ripper in London’s East End. In this immersive experience, guests are the main characters whose fates are linked to the creatures roaming through the dark side of the gardens. Pirates, demons, vampires and Jack the Ripper himself
online Join the conversation online by tagging your haunting Howl-O-Scream tweets, instagram photos and Facebook posts with #howloscream and #TERRORtories.
await, so beware or become their latest victim. Keep a weather-eye open in Cut Throat Cove, HowlO-Scream’s newest haunted house where bone-chilling surprises lurk at every turn and mutiny is afoot in this pirate-themed attraction. Looking for a little liquid courage? Stop by Demon Drinks, Pirate Baarrrrgh, Open CASKet and the Inoculation Station for drinks that are frightfully good. Or reserve a spot at one of three immersive dining experiences at Blood Banquet, Fright Feast and Buccaneer Galley. Then check out one of Howl-O-Scream’s signature shows: Night Beats, Dig It Up! and Fiends are all returning to
entertain and terrify audiences for the 2013 season. Parents and guardians of young children should heed this warning. At the stroke of 6 p.m., the ghouls and haunts come out to play and Busch Gardens becomes a seriously scary place. Guests are advised to consider the park’s elevated scare factor when deciding to visit Busch Gardens with young children during Howl-O-Scream. Experience the all the excitement of Howl-O-Scream with Busch Gardens best fall getaway offer starting at just $43 per person per night for a family of four. The Play By Day, Fright By Night Package includes hotel accommodations from participating hotels for three consecutive nights, unlimited admission to Busch Gardens during the stay, complimentary dinner certiﬁcates for use at the park and buy-one, get-one game vouchers. Howl-O-Scream begins Sept. 13 and continues to terrify weekends through Oct. 27. For more information and a complete operating schedule, visit www.howloscream.com/va, or call (800) 343-7946.
■ weekend of music, art The ETC: Norfolk’s Indie Music & Arts Festival is scheduled for Sept. 14 from noon to 10 p.m. at Town Point Park in Norfolk. The ETC/VEER Magazine Fringe Festival on Sept. 13 and 14 at various times and locations. For an updated schedule, visit www.festevents.org. Admission to both is free.
FESTIVAL BRINGS INDIE MUSIC, ARTS TO DOWNTOWN NORFOLK WATERFRONT NORFOLK
ETC: Norfolk’s Indie Music & Arts Festival, ampliﬁed by the 96X Late, Late Rock Show, emerges in Town Point Park on the Downtown Norfolk waterfront this Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. The festival Embraces The Culture (ETC) of local, regional and national artists on multiple stages along the Elizabeth River, while offering local culinary, visual and salvage artists the opportunity to exhibit and sell their own talents.
This year, ETC spills into Downtown Norfolk and Ghent for a multi-day, 16-show celebration of music and arts as Norfolk Festevents, in partnership with VEER Magazine, presents the ETC/ VEER Magazine Fringe Festival on Sept. 13 and 14. All ETC and ETC/VEER Magazine Fringe Festival performances are free and everyone is welcome. Back for its second year, ETC is the celebration of the vast talent and dedication that fuels the independent music and arts scene. ETC festival-goers will enjoy the melodies
of music, the bustling brilliance of Buskers, the fabulous ﬂavors from the Food Truck food court and the ﬁgments of ﬁlm makers ETC, ETC. While taking in all ETC has to offer, be sure to explore the original and repurposestyle arts and retail marketplace located next to the T Stage. From handmade jewelry and salvage art to pottery and paintings, the marketplace comes alive with local artisans cre-
ating and selling beautiful and unique pieces of artwork and merchandise. Dance the day and night away as the ﬁrst ever ETC “Muzik Lounge Silent Disco” featuring K-Dinos, DJ OH!BOY, DJ EL Capone and DJ Chris Elane “booms” into Town Point Park with 75 wireless headsets (ww.silentevents.com, as seen at Bonnaroo). For more information, visit festevents.org, or call 441-2345.
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For a complete list of events in Hampton Roads or to submit your own, visit www.ďŹ‚agshipnews.com/calendar
Naval Museum to host Pulitzer-winning author â– When: Sept. 17, 6 to 8 p.m. â– Where: Hampton Roads Naval
Museum located on the second level of Nauticus, Norfolk â– Price: Free â– For more information, call: 322-3109, or visit www. hrnm.navy.mil Please join the Hampton Roads Naval Museum as it welcomes Dr. James McPherson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and emeritus professor of History at Princeton University, as he discusses his new book â€œWar on the Waters: The Union and Confederate Navies 1861-1865.â€? McPherson will be available for a book signing after the lecture. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Reservation deadline is Sept. 13.
Buckroe Beach Arts in the Park â– When: Sept. 14, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. â– Where: Buckroe Beach Park, 100 First
Street, Hampton â– Cost: Free â– For more information,
contact: 8514560, or visit www.facebook.com/buckroeartsinthepark Kickoff the end of summer at the 4th annual Buckroe Beach Arts in the Park festival (rescheduled from May). The festivities will include a juried arts and crafts show, live local music, childrenâ€™s activities, community interest booths, food vendors, and more. Check out more than 23 artists, as well as a number of sponsored artists, or amateur artists, displaying various items for purchase, including photography, mixed media, jewelry, pottery, and more. There will also be a Student Art Gallery.
Marinerâ€™s Museum to attempt to break Guinness record â– When: Sept. 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., ofďŹ cial pirate count at 2 p.m. â– Where: Marinersâ€™ Museum Park, 100 Museum Dr., Newport News â– Cost: $5 for museum admission â– For more information, visit: www. PiratesPackthePark.org
The Marinersâ€™ Museum will attempt to host the largest-ever gathering of pirates, in the presence of a Guinness World
Records ofďŹ cial. The current record is 14,231 pirates. The Museum will attempt to break that mark with its Pirates Pack the Park event, a day-long festival featuring a childrenâ€™s area, food and drink vendors, live music and entertainment, crafts, pirate merchandise and a pirate re-enactor encampment. Later that evening, the Museums will host the Pirate Gala with food, beverages and live music.
Hampton Roads Navy Ball â– When: Oct. 12, 6 p.m. to midnight â– Where: Norfolk Waterside Marriott,
235 E. Main St., Norfolk â– Cost: $45 for E6 and below; $65 for O1-O4/CWO/E7-E9; $75 for O5-O6; $85 for O7 and above/SES; $85 for retirees and DOD civilians â– For more information, contact: Adair Wells at 222-5375, or visit www.hamptonroadsnavyball.com The Flagship, Inc. invites you to celebrate the U.S. Navyâ€™s 238th birthday at the 2013 Hampton Roadsâ€™ Navy Ball. This event is open to all hands. The eveningâ€™s schedule includes a cocktail reception from 6 to 7 p.m., dinner from 7 to 9 p.m., and dancing from 9 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are limited to ďŹ rst 900 applicants. Command tables may be purchased for $600 per table of 10 people. Command tables must be paid in full and all 10 names provided in order to secure your reservation.
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The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Samuel T. Northern Military Citizen of the Year (MCOY) award. Nominations are open to active duty E-6 and below. Nominees for this community service award must demonstrate active participation in off-duty community activities in addition to criteria expected of an enlisted military member. The award is not for a single act, but rather for sustained community service in Hampton Roads for a period of at least one year, but not more than two years. Local commands, as well as local volunteer organizations, can nominate outstand-
ing personnel. Nominations received from volunteer organizations must be endorsed by the service memberâ€™s parent command in order to qualify for the award. Packages received from volunteer organizations will be forwarded to the appropriate command for veriďŹ cation and endorsement. Nomination forms are available from the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce website at http://goo.gl/KWDnb6. All nominations must be received by Sept. 20. This yearâ€™s winner and ďŹ nalists will be recognized during a luncheon held on Oct. 11 at the Norfolk Marriott Waterside Hotel. For additional information, contact Candance Reid at 664-2572.
Five Star Military Families of the Year The Armed Services YMCA is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Five Star Military Families of the Year. This will be the 19th annual Five Star Military Family Recognition Luncheon hosted by the ASYMCA. Each year during national Military Family Month, the ASY selects one Hampton Roads junior enlisted family from each of the ďŹ ve branches of the military that best represents a commitment to serving others through volunteering. Each family is formally honored at the luncheon by local military, community and business leaders, and presented with gifts from the sponsoring businesses.
Nominations may be submitted online now through Oct. 17. Nomination criteria: â– Active duty member must be married and be E-6 or below with at least one year of active duty service. â– Nominated active duty and family members should exemplify integrity and the core values of their branch of service. â– Nominated active duty and family members should have a record of voluntary community service. â– Nominated family must be available to attend the awards ceremony on Nov. 1. To access the ofďŹ cial nomination form, visit the events section at www.asymcahr.org.
AMERICAâ€™S LARGEST TALL SHIP TO VISIT PORTSMOUTH PORTSMOUTH
The Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, Americaâ€™s Tall Ship and seagoing classroom for future ofďŹ cers in training, is scheduled to arrive Sept. 13 in Portsmouth. At 295 feet in length, the Eagle is the largest tall ship ďŹ‚ying the stars and stripes and the only active square-rigger in U.S. government service. Constructed in 1936 by the Blohm and Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany, and originally commissioned as the Horst Wessel by the German Navy, the Eagle was taken by the United States as a war reparation follow-
ing World War II. With more than 23,500 square feet of sail and six miles of rigging, the Eagle has served as a classroom at sea to future Coast Guard ofďŹ cers since 1946, offering an at-sea leadership and professional development experience. A permanent crew of seven ofďŹ cers and 50 enlisted personnel maintain the ship and guide the cadets and ofďŹ cer candidates through an underway and in-port training schedule, dedicated to learning the skills of navigation, damage control, watchstanding, engineering and deck seamanship.
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Naval Station set to host auto auction Sept. 18
Following are the vehicles scheduled to be available at the Naval Station Norfolk automobile auction, Sept. 18. This list is subject to change. Slot Num.
The next Naval Station Norfolk automobile auction is scheduled for Sept. 18. The auction will normally start at noon at the direction of the auctioneer. All vehicles available at the auction have been abandoned on Naval Station Norfolk and are sold as is. Vehicles may be viewed at Bldg. SP-314 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Monday and Tuesday prior to the day of the auction. All bidders must be registered and have a bidder number. Vehicles must be paid for in full before they are removed from the auction site. For more information about the upcoming Naval Station Norfolk automobile auction, call the Impound Lot ofďŹ ce at 444-2631, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or visit online at www.genedanielsauctions.com.
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2002 Ford Taurus
A02 13-0049 White
1994 Ford E350
A03 12-0175 Black
A19 12-0159 Brown
1985 Nissan 300ZX
A20 13-0100 Orange
2000 Honda CBR600
2004 Ford Ranger
A21 12-0189 Blue
1975 BMW 530i
A04 12-0152 Gold
1999 Pontiac Gr. Prix
A22 12-0163 Gold
2000 Nissan Maxima
A05 12-0164 Red
1987 Jeep Wrangler
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1987 Jeep J10
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1996 Cadillac Deville
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A10 13-0028 Green
1997 Saturn 4DR
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1997 Jeep Wrangler
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1998 Jeep Cherokee
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1993 Nissan Altima
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1988 Nissan Maxima
A31 13-0018 Maroon
1994 Mercury Tracer
A32 12-0157 Burgundy 1989 Honda Accord
1987 Chevrolet Corvette 1G1YY2187H5127007
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1994 Nissan Sentra
1993 GMC Sierra 3500
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2001 Honda Shadow
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Drivers who qualiﬁed for the 2013 Chase. Back row, left to right: Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Front row, left to right: Greg Bifﬂe, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne and Clint Bowyer.
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Carl Edwards wins at Richmond; ﬁeld for the 2013 Chase for the Sprint Cup set By Rick Minter Universial Uclick
The 12-driver ﬁeld for the 2013 Chase for the Sprint Cup was set in the regular season ﬁnale at Richmond International Raceway, Sept. 7, but controversy from the ﬁnish of the Federated Auto Parts 400 likely will linger for some time. With fewer than 10 laps remaining, Ryan Newman had raced his way into the lead and was poised to take one of the two wildcard Chase berths, unseating Martin Truex Jr. Then, with seven laps to go, after some interesting trafﬁc on the radio channel of Truex’s teammate Clint Bowyer, Bowyer spun. That brought out the caution ﬂag and gave Truex one more chance. Newman headed to pit road for four fresh tires, but Carl Edwards’ crew was faster, and he wound up on the front row for the restart, with Newman ﬁfth. Edwards went on to win, while Newman ﬁnished third, but lost the Chase berth to Truex. Dale Earnhardt Jr., who was running immediately behind Bowyer when Bowyer spun, was among the ﬁrst to question the move. “[Bowyer] just spun right out,” said Earnhardt. “That’s the craziest thing I ever saw. He just came right around ... He was hemming around on the brakes and jerking the car around, and then the thing just spun out. It was crazy.” In-car audio from Bowyer’s car also raised questions. After spotter Brett Grifﬁn informed Bowyer that Newman was about to win the race, crew chief Brian Pattie can be overheard saying, “Is your arm starting to hurt? I bet it’s getting hot in there. Itch it.” In their post-race interviews, Bowyer denied spinning intentionally, and Newman seemed more upset about his own crew’s poor performance. “We should have been able to come off pit road ﬁrst if we were a championship-contending team,” said Newman. “We needed a championship-contending pit crew, and we didn’t have that.” Truex, who ﬁnished seventh to tie Newman in points, but got the Chase berth on the tiebreaker of most second-place ﬁnishes, had little to say about the incident. “I don’t know,” he said. “I don’t have any thoughts on it, honestly. I didn’t even know it
Carl Edwards celebrates his Federated Auto Parts 400 win with a back ﬂip.
happened until after the race.” NASCAR issued the following statement on the matter Sunday afternoon: “NASCAR is reviewing Saturday night’s race at Richmond International Raceway per protocol and has no plans for further statement until that process is complete.” Bowyer’s spin, plus an inordinate amount of time spent in the pits afterward, also cost Jeff Gordon a shot at a Chase berth, as Joey Logano was able to take advantage of the ensuing caution, get the free pass and drive by enough cars in the closing laps to displace Gordon from the Top-10 by a single point. Logano also appeared to be helped by the obviously slow laps run by another Waltrip car, the No. 55 of Brian Vickers, which also made an unexplained trip to pit road in the closing laps. Had Logano not passed Bowyer and Vickers and gotten into the Top-10 in points, he’d have taken a wildcard berth and left Truex out. Kasey Kahne took the other wildcard spot, while three drivers without race wins this season – Earnhardt Jr., Bowyer and Kurt Busch – got in the Chase by being in the Top-10 in points after Richmond. With the standings reset for the start of the Chase, Matt Kenseth, with ﬁve wins, is the leader based on his 15 bonus points for race wins. Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch are tied for second with 12 points, three for each of their four wins. Edwards and Kevin Harvick are next with six bonus points, followed by Greg Bifﬂe and Logano with three apiece. While Johnson was considered the favorite to win the Chase for much of the season, he enters the 10-race championship run having
■ cup standings 1. Matt Kenseth, 2,015 pts. 2. Jimmie Johnson, 2,012 3. Kyle Busch, 2,012 4. Kevin Harvick, 2,006 5. Carl Edwards, 2,006 6. Joey Logano, 2,003 7. Greg Bifﬂe, 2,003 8. Clint Bowyer, 2,000 9. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2,000 10. Kurt Busch, 2,000 11. Kasey Kahne, 2,000 12. Martin Truex Jr., 2,000
ﬁnished 40th, 36th, 28th and 40th in the past four races. But he said he’s looking forward and is not too worried about the recent past. “When I look at the Chase and the tracks that are in the Chase, those are tracks that we’re really good at historically, and when I look at August, August is normally tough on the 48, and this year it was once again,” he said. “I’m not pleased with where we’re at, but I’m still very conﬁdent and feel that going into the Chase it’s a clean sheet of paper for everybody and we’re going to be where we need to. “People can speculate and wonder all week long, but I really look forward to getting to Chicago and showing people what this team has in it,” he continued. Kurt Busch, the winner of the ﬁrst-ever Chase back in 2004, got in this time with a single-car team, the ﬁrst time that’s ever happened. He did it with Colorado-based Furniture Row Racing, which also makes it the ﬁrst time a team not based in North Carolina made the championship hunt. “To make the Chase with these guys is an unbelievable feeling,” Busch said of the team he’ll be leaving at season’s end to move to StewartHaas Racing. “It’s been an 18-month work in progress, and I’ve been through a lot, and I’ve learned a lot, and I feel like I’m better ready for the Chase and life in general as a 35-year-old.” The Chase will be missing some familiar faces this year. Denny Hamlin, who has been in the Chase every year he’s run a full schedule, and Tony Stewart, who missed the 2006 Chase after winning the title in 2005, didn’t make the cut this year because of injuries.
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Know thyself: Keeping your own training journal By Roger Whiteway Contributing Writer
At the gym recently, there was a young man using the pulley machine. After each set, he would walk over to a logbook and write the number of reps he had done. Many athletes keep log books of their training activity. With my cycling GPS, I can download all kinds of data from a ride onto my computer, then run trend analysis over time. I know runners who do the same with their training runs. As I watched this young man, I got to wondering ... since I’m interested in the role of our thinking on our health and athletic performance, would there be a value in recording my thoughts? Turns out, there is. Dr. Wayne Jonas, a family physician and president and CEO of the Samueli Institute in Alexandria, Va. has a new YouTube video on the beneﬁts of “journaling” – keeping a journal, writing down thoughts daily. He provides three techniques for doing this: split page, split person and dream journal. His short video (http:// youtu.be/uA3X6Wcu9es) does a good job in explaining how to do each. Jonas said journaling is the “path to awareness, control and wholeness.”
James W. Pennebaker’s research at the University of Texas at Austin supports this. In a paper he coauthored with James D. Seagel and published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology titled, “Forming a Story: The Health Beneﬁts of Narrative,” he writes: “The guiding assumption of the present work is that the act of constructing stories is a natural human process that helps individuals to understand their experiences and themselves.” (Pennebaker is chair of the Psychology Department). The act of writing down my thoughts and then returning later to review and analyze them is helping me with my training. It provides a perspective that is hard to achieve otherwise. If, over time, I can better understand the thinking and praying that goes with my best performances, I can build on that foundation. If I can’t remember what I was thinking about (thus, writing it down helps), I may miss key elements that bring me increased strength, endurance, speed and freedom in my performance. Sports performance and health is as much about what we think, as it is about the number of pull ups we can do or our time for the mile. Why?
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beneﬁts of journaling In an article on PsychCentral titled “The Health Beneﬁts of Journaling,” Maud Purcell lists these beneﬁts: ■ Clarify your thought and feelings ■ Know yourself better ■ Reduce stress ■ Solve problems more effectively ■ Resolve disagreements with others
Because we are what we think. Modern studies conﬁrm this, but we’ve known it for a long time. Henry Ford said, “If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.” And, a long ago writer said, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” I have an idea that the better I get at exploring the thoughts I’ve written down and understanding which leads to improvements, this information
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PHOENIX VISITS NORFOLK AND ENTERTAINS PACKED HOUSE By Jonathan McLarty Contributing Writer
In support of their latest album release, entitled â€œBankrupt!â€? Phoenix entertained a packed crowd at The Norva in Norfolk, Aug. 30. Fresh off of Rolling Stone magazine revealing recently that The Norva is on the number one â€œVenus that Rockâ€? list, the local venue showed that they can pull in some of the hottest talent in the music business. As Phoenixâ€™s popularity has risen over the years, they donâ€™t often get to make stops at an intimate venue the size of The Norva, instead headlining music festivals across the country. Fans were treated to an exciting performance where dancing and singalongs were contagious. DIIV (pronounced â€œdiveâ€?), a band out of Brooklyn, New York, started the night off with their indie rock stylings. Had you been following their Twitter account during the night (@ DIIV), you would have uncovered that a lastminute search for equipment pushed back their start time. The group of youngsters set up their own equipment, hastily, to get the show going. The fashionably late Norfolk crowd ďŹ led in and were met with the dreamy rock sounds, sometimes more instrumental-heavy than lyrical. The bandâ€™s fun attire would best be described as a mix between skateboard scene and clothes you would want to wear for a long car ride. By the end of their set, the crowd roared in approval of what they had witnessed. Iâ€™m excited to see what the future holds for DIIV. Phoenix greeted the crowd with a recent hit â€œEntertainment,â€? putting the venueâ€™s spectacular lighting rig through the paces, followed by â€œWolfgang Amadeus Phoenixâ€? hit â€œLasso.â€? Lead singer Thomas Mars left the stage to whip the fans into a frenzy and sing Lisztomania with the front row. The show offered a fair balance of tunes between the â€œWolfgang Amadeus Phoenixâ€? album and their latest studio offering. A few of their older tunes were sprinkled in, usually as snippets to lead into more recent tracks. Though playing those snippets left you wanting more of the song, it was nice for the band to ďŹ t in as much as they could within their close to 90 minute set. A mashup of â€œLove Like a Sunsetâ€? and â€œBankrupt,â€? referred to as â€œSunskruptâ€? in some circles, incited stomp-dancing throughout the build-
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Photos courtesy of Jonathan McLarty Band members Thomas Mars (above) and Laurent Brancowitz (right) perform for the crowd during Phoenixâ€™s show at The Norva in Norfolk, Aug. 30.
ing, capped off by a duet from guitarists Chris Mazzalai and Laurent Brancowitz. The energy from each of the guys on stage was infectious and it was a pleasure to see how grounded the band still remains. A lone crowd surfer tried his damndest to make his way around the venue. The stage was backed with a video screen that was an exciting and a perfect pairing with the music. At one point, images of slowmoving plumes of smoke moved across the screen as the rest of the venue was shrouded in darkness, building the anticipation of the next song to a fever pitch. As the band was going to take a breather, Mars and Mazzalai stayed behind to play a stripped down version of â€œCountdown.â€? During the encore, I particularly enjoyed their rendition of â€œIf I Ever Feel Betterâ€? from their 2000 album â€œUnited.â€? If youâ€™ve heard the live version of this song from past years, Mars often throws in some additional vocals during the chorus. Theyâ€™ve taken a â€œless is moreâ€? stance on this track nowadays and itâ€™s much appreciated. The ďŹ‚ashing lights and heavy thumping bass of â€œRomeâ€? was the beginning of the end, where passers-by could mistake the event as a rave. A reprise of â€œEntertainmentâ€? capped off the eve-
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