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Vol. 21, No. 37 Norfolk, VA | flagshipnews.com | 09.19-09.25.13

Sailors bow their heads for the invocation during a 9/11 remembrance ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk.

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Navy support continues for WNY personnel, families

The ceremony paid tribute to fallen warriors and the lives lost in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Press release Naval District Washington

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Naval Station Norfolk, region commemorates Sept. 11 » see 9/11 | A6-A7

LINCOLN SEEKS ITS “BIGGEST LOSER” By MC3 Jonteil Johnson USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs

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MC2 Josue L. Escobosa Sonar Technician (Surface) 1st Class Robert Moyer, greets his family after USS Mahan (DDG 72) pulled into her homeport of Norfolk.

USS Mahan returns home

Sailors from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) want to name their biggest loser. Weigh-ins began Aug. 29 at command-wide physical training. “I believe this isn’t so much a program as it’s an effort to create awareness of our health and fitness,” said Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class Joanna Madrid, senior coordinator for Lincoln’s weight-loss challenge and a member of Lincoln’s Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD). “The idea is to present a challenge and resources to promote a lifestyle change.”

Madrid said the challenge is open to all Sailors, but they must be medically cleared by a medical officer or an independent duty corpsman before beginning. “We want as many people as possible to sign up, but we don’t want to risk injuries,” said Madrid. “One of our main concerns is the safety of the crew throughout this evolution.”

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By Ensign Alexander Washofsky USS Mahan Public Affairs

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The guided-missile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG 72) returned to Naval Station Norfolk Sept. 13, after an eight-and-a-half month deployment to the 6th Fleet area of responsibility. Mahan traveled more than 42,391 nautical miles under the leadership of Cmdr. Adam Aycock before turning over to Cmdr. Zoah Scheneman, who in May became the ship’s commanding officer. The crew conducted 26 underway replenishments, 50 weapons exercises, 53 small boat operations, and 15 flight operations with 147 landings and recoveries of heli-

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Navy Public Health helps reduce Sleep Lab costs By Hugh Cox Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center

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The Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center (NMCPHC) announced Sept. 11 the development of an evidence-based referral process for Sleep Lab utilization at the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP) resulting in improved access to care

and $4 - 5 million annual cost avoidance. NMCPHC’s Health Analysis (HA) Department responded to a request from the Sleep Lab at NMCP to develop more effective referral criteria for sleep lab utilization. After careful analysis, HA created several tools the Sleep Lab can use to improve its referral process. According to Capt. Paul

CHIEF PETTY OFFICER PINNING CEREMONIES A time-honored tradition, Chief Petty Officer (CPO) pinning ceremonies took place throughout Hampton Roads this past week. Check outThe Flagship’s compilation of photos and quotes, as well as more on flagshipnews.com.

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Rockswold, HA department head, HA collaborated with the Sleep Lab to develop a data-driven referral process that decreases unnecessary diagnostic sleep studies, unnecessary referrals, and total number of sleep studies. Recommended improvements will increase access to care for active duty Sailors and Marines who need evaluations for sleep disorders. The revised process will also decrease expenditures by approximately $400 thousand per month.

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The Navy continues to provide support to Navy personnel affected by the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard (WNY) Sept. 16. An emergency family support task force was established to assist victims, workers and families with issues related to the shooting. That task force will be led by Vice. Adm. Bill French, Commander of the Navy’s Installations Command. That support includes several phone numbers established by The Warfighter and Family Support Center for families seeking information about their loved ones who work at the Navy Yard. The numbers, which can also be used to request additional services, are: (855) 677-1755, (202) 433-6151, (202) 433-9713, (202) 433-3234 or (202) 685-6019. Furthermore, critical incident stress management and counseling services are available at (800) 222-0364. Family services counselors and chaplains have also been called into action. Teams of chaplains throughout the region are standing by to provide assistance, as needed, over the next several days. Those in need of chaplain support are encouraged to contact the Warfighter and Family Support Center at (202) 433-6151 or (202) 433-9713. Access to the Washington Navy Yard will be restricted Sept. 17 to mission essential personnel only as the FBI continues its investigation. In a video message (http://goo.gl/ rtUe3L), Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus pledged his support to those affected by the shooting.

» see SHOOTING | A11 ■ From Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel I have been receiving regular updates on the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, and continue to monitor the situation closely. This is a tragic day for the Department of Defense, the national capital area, and the nation. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this outrageous act of violence, their families, and all those affected by today’s events. I am grateful for the swift response of federal and local law enforcement, and for the professionalism of DOD personnel at the Navy Yard complex. The Department of Defense will continue to offer its full assistance in the investigation of this terrible and senseless violence.

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RIBTOBERFEST RibtoberFest will feature finger-lickin good BBQ, live music, restaurant competitions, and great family fun on Sept. 21 in Downtown Norfolk’s Town Point Park.

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MC1 Arif Patani Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, right, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert, Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus, and Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff render honors during a wreath laying ceremony at the U.S. Navy Memorial. The ceremony was held in honor of the victims of the tragic shooting at the Washington Navy Yard Sept. 16.

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NEXCOM headquarters embraces diversity Compiled by Flagship Staff VIRGINIA BEACH

The Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) celebrated it’s annual Diversity Day Sept. 12 with a number of guest speakers, events and activities. The theme for this year’s event was “Diversity: Celebrating Differences That Make Us One.â€? Retired Rear Adm. Robert J. Bianchi, chief executive ofďŹ cer, NEXCOM spoke about how important diversity is to NEXCOM in his opening remarks. “In our workplace, we must ensure we continually create an environment in which associates are comfortable, conďŹ dent and valued,â€? said Bianchi. “We must strive to create an environment which encourages the highest level of contribution from our entire workforce. It is through those actions that we will continue to see progress and continue to move our organization and our Navy forward.â€? The morning’s keynote speaker was Dr. Carlos Campo, former President, Regent University, Virginia Beach. Campo spoke on the changing demo-

â–  2013 Hispanic American Heritage Month The Navy joins the nation Sept. 15 in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, which will be observed until Oct. 15. To read more, see B9. graphics within the United States and as the country grows, each ethnic group grows as well. “There will come a time that our diverse nation will have no majorities and no minorities,â€? said Campo. “At the root of diversity is how we see ourselves. We all have an incredible connection in our belief in family, faith and community. It is what uniďŹ es us as a community.â€? NEXCOM’s emphasis on encouraging and embracing diversity is reaping beneďŹ ts. For the second year in a row, LATINAStyle Magazine has named NEXCOM as one of the top 50 companies in the United States for providing the best career opportunities for Hispanic women. Of NEXCOM’s nearly 14,000 associates worldwide, more than 11 percent are Hispanic and seven percent are Hispanic women. “To win this award two years in a row shows that NEXCOM fully embraces its diversity policy of fostering an in-

clusive workforce,â€? said Bianchi. “We know that building a diverse workforce will make our organization stronger and better for both our associates as well as our customers. I am so very proud of all of our associates who embrace diversity and respect the special talents found in each of us.â€? According to LATINAStyle, the companies chosen as the “2013 50 Best Companies for Latinas to work for in the United Statesâ€? lead the way in providing retirement plans, programs to assist military personnel to readjust to the working ďŹ eld, training and leadership programs to place Latinas on a fast track to promotions and recognition, as well as Hispanic afďŹ nity groups to better understand the needs of its Latino employee population, particularly its Latinas. NEXCOM will receive its award on Feb. 6, 2014, at the LATINAStyle 50 conference in Washington, D.C.

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It was eye-opening and completely different from what I have experienced in the Navy. The teamwork and camaraderie is something that I’ve never seen. It’s pretty mind-blowing.”

Today was absolutely amazing. I am super excited for the future and I am proud of all my accomplishments.” -Chief Cryptologic Technician (Technical) Angela Arras, USS George H.W. Bush

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I think that the most exciting part about being a chief is just getting the opportunity to help Sailors grow and accomplish their goals. It’s our time to give back the knowledge the Navy has provided us.”

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Chief Aviation Electronics Technician Justin Kramer, shares a moment with his family during a USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) chief petty officer pinning ceremony at the gym on Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton.

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Ike enters Norfolk Naval Shipyard for availability period By MC2 Yasmine Muhammad USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Public Affairs

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The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) entered her new berth at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY), Sept. 10, to begin a scheduled docking planned incremental availability (DPIA). Ike departed Naval Station Norfolk in the morning, transited the Elizabeth River and reached NNSY a few hours later. During the “dead-stick” transit, Sailors on the bridge maneuvered the ship while tugboats moved and guided the ship into place for the upcoming dry-dock period at the shipyard. The ship is slated to spend 14 months at NNSY receiving upgrades and improvements necessary to maintain its optimal running efficiency. Ike will go through both ship’s-force maintenance and contractor work to obtain this goal. Capt. Stephen T. Koehler, Ike’s commanding officer, said he was looking forward to the shipyard period and the work Ike and her shipyard teammates will do. “I know that we, as a team, are more than prepared to meet the challenges of this shipyard period,” Koehler said. “The maintenance we are scheduled to perform will be very beneficial for Ike and is essential to ensure Ike is ready to meet any challenge in her next deployment. We are all fired up to truly get started on our availability and look forward already to joining the fleet.” The Dwight D. Eisenhower crew has been preparing for the move to NNSY since the middle of August when IKE entered its Smart Start period. Smart Start is a combined NNSY and IKE effort to get the ship ready for its shipyard maintenance period.

■ The Eisenhower The Dwight D. Eisenhower crew has been preparing for the move to NNSY since the middle of August when IKE entered its Smart Start period. Smart Start is a combined NNSY and IKE effort to get the ship ready for its shipyard maintenance period. MC2 Marcus L. Stanley

EIGHT NEW MEMBERS SELECTED FOR CNO’S RAPID INNOVATION CELL Press Release Navy Warfare Development Command Public Affairs

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Eight new members were selected for the CNO’s Rapid Innovation Cell (CRIC) for fiscal year 2014. The new members, representing surface, submarine and information dominance warfare communities as well as restricted line staff corps, include five officers and three enlisted Sailors. The CRIC was established in 2012 to provide junior leaders with an opportunity to identify and rapidly field emerging technologies that address the Navy’s most pressing challenges. The CRIC capitalizes on the unique perspective and familiarity that junior leaders possess regarding modern warfare, revolutionary ideas and disruptive technologies. Navy Warfare Development Command (NWDC) manages the program and provides administrative and travel support. The new members are: Lt. Matt Dursa, a litigation attorney based at the Office of the Judge Advocate General in Washington, DC; Lt. Jason Knudson, an information warfare

officer attached to Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Maryland; Lt. Mark Morgan, a qualified submarine, surface and information dominance warfare officer serving with commander, Submarine Squadron 17 in Bangor, Wash.; Lt. Dave Nobles, a surface warfare officer serving onboard USS Benfold (DDG 65) in San Diego, Calif.; Lt. Brent Powers, a qualified submarine officer, currently assigned to the Office of Naval Intelligence’s Nimitz Operational Intelligence Center in Washington, DC; Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW/EXW) Jason Perry, deputy public affairs officer at commander, Submarine Group 2 in Groton, Conn.; Cryptologic Technician (Collection) 2nd Class (SW) H. Lucien Gauthier III, who will report to NIOC Maryland following completion of Navy Analysis and Reporting “C” School; and Intelligence Specialist 2nd Class (IDW/SW) Tyler Moore, assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Directorate for Science and Technology in Charlottesville, Va. “CRIC candidates must have exceptional drive, passion and vision to dedicate their personal time to changing the future of the Navy,” said Rear Adm. Scott Jerabek, commander,

NWDC. “I congratulate these new members – and all those who applied for membership. The burden of membership is high, but the rewards are even greater.” Participation in the CRIC is a collateral duty that does not require a geographic relocation or release from one’s present duty assignments. Each member proposes a project, and upon acceptance, shepherds their project to completion. The new members will rotate into the CRIC as current members complete their projects and rotate out. CRIC members regularly meet with leading innovators in the government and civilian sector, and have access to flag-level sponsorship, funding and a support staff dedicated to turning a member’s vision into reality. Members generally commit about four days per month outside of their regular duties, participating in ideation events and managing their project. Because CRIC membership is project-based, length of membership depends on the duration of the individual’s project, but should not exceed 24 months. Current projects include 3-D printing, augmented reality solutions for the warfighter, crowdsourced wargaming, and alternate communication capabilities.

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■ Patriots Memorial (above) A ceremonial wreath sits at Patriots Memorial at U.S. Naval War College (NWC) in Newport, R.I., prior to a remembrance to commemorate the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

By MC3 Molly Greendeer Naval Station Norfolk Public Affairs

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Naval Station Norfolk, NRMA remembers Sept. 11

As the sun sank and slowly disappeared behind the trees, Sailors, civilians and their families gathered at the Naval Station (NAVSTA) Norfolk Parade Field for a flag folding ceremony, Sept. 11. The observance was held in memory of the nearly 3,000 people who died during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York, Washington D.C., and Shanksville, Pa., in 2001. Following the reading of the history of the national ensign, participants paused for a moment of silence as the names of fallen chief petty officers (CPO) was read aloud. The ceremony concluded with a special flag folding by NAVSTA Norfolk CPO selectees. “The flag folding ceremony represents the same principles on which the freedoms of our proud country were originally founded,” said Chief (Select) Aerographer’s Mate Michael Conklin, who acted as the master of ceremony. “The portion of the flag denoting honor is the canton of blue containing the stars representing the states of

MC2 Zulema Sotelo Chief (select) Machinist’s Mate Michael Kuhaneck and Chief (select) Aviation Ordnanceman Oscar Vera salute during a 9/11 remembrance ceremony aboard the USS John C. Stennis.

our veterans, of all generations, who served in uniform,” said Conklin. “The canton field of blue dresses from left to right and is inverted when draped as a pall on a casket of a veteran who has served our country in uniform and made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedom.” Conklin continued by saying that in the Armed Forces of the United States, “retreat” accompanies the securing of

the American Flag. “It signals the end of the duty day and provides an opportunity for honoring the flag, taking pride in rendering proper respect, and to recognize the freedom it stands for,” said Conklin. Conklin explained the process of the retreat and reveille ceremonies to the audience.

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9/11commemoration Continued from A6 “During the ceremony of “Retreat,” the flag is lowered, folded in a triangle fold [the red and white stripes are folded into the blue like the light of day vanishing into the darkness of night] and is kept under watch throughout the night as a tribute to our nation’s honored dead,” said Conklin. “The next morning it is brought out and at the ceremony of “Reveille” [signifying the start of the duty day] is run aloft as a symbol of our belief in the resurrection of the body.” Taps played over the base’s loud speaker as members of the NAVSTA Norfolk color guard lowered the ensign. “There is always an eerie calm feeling associated with taps,” said Master Chief Danielle Lewis, who attended the ceremony. “You think about the numerous times and places and reasons for why taps was played. Today [I feel] it symbolizes our remembrance and pledge to never forget those we have lost.” Six CPO selectees folded the flag 13 times, each time honoring those fallen in past wars. The ninth fold was for those who lost their lives and suffered by the horrific and unspeakable terrorist acts of Sept. 11th, and those who continue to pay the ultimate sacrifice in action during our Post 9/11 operations. “Lastly to freedom, because without freedom there is no honor; without honor, we are not Americans, and on this we vow, that as long as this flag flies…we salute you,” said Conklin as the final fold was made. The flag was presented to Command Master Chief Dominick Torchia, Command Master Chief for Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic, who is retiring later this year after 31 years of service. “This ceremony allowed us to properly honor the memory of everyone that lost their life

Today is not only a day to remember those lost on 9/11, but to honor the servicemen that responded to safeguard our freedom.” - NAVSTA Norfolk CO, Capt. David A. Culler, Jr

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Sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), listen to remarks during a Sept. 11 commemoration ceremony at the Victory Arch in Newport News.

MC3 Cyrus Roson Chief Petty Officer (Selectees) from the USS New York (LPD 21) and USS Arlington (LPD 24) and Assault Craft Unit Four bow their heads in silence during a Sept. 11 ceremony aboard New York.

MCSN Amber N. O’Donovan Master Chief Ship’s Serviceman (SW/AW) James E. Ellis receives a flag during an observance at Naval Support Activity Norfolk. Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic held a ceremony to remember the events of Sept. 11, 2001.

on that tragic day so that we may never forget what we lost and what we are fighting for,” said Conklin, who organized the event with his fellow CPO selectees. Form many, the devastation of that day provided motivation to join the Navy or other services in order to defend freedom and defeat a terror network whose actions had

claimed so many innocent lives. “Twelve years ago, to the day, I signed on the dotted line. A mix of anger, sadness and pride took a hold of me and I knew what I had to do,” said Chief (Select) Boatswain’s Mate Charles Harlow. “Just like my father and his father, I vowed to serve and defend my country until they [the Navy]

tells me it is time to go.” NAVSTA Norfolk commanding officer, Capt. David A. Culler, Jr., emphasized to Sailors the importance of never forgetting those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. “Today is not only a day to remember those lost on Sept. 11, but to honor the servicemen that responded to safeguard our freedom,” said Culler.

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20 Years | 20 Questions

What was the highlight in the early part of your career?

What exactly does a Coastal Riverine unit do?

My first experiences in the U.S. Navy were truly fulfilling. Being a young man from Tuscaloosa, Ala., never did I dream that at 18 years old I would be catapulted into the experiences that were happening to me during that time. Not only had I left Tuscaloosa, but I was living on the opposite end of the country in San Diego, Calif., and stationed aboard the USS McKee (AS-41). Growing up, I was always interested in how things worked, so I’ll say Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) Montgomery got it right, placing me in the Machinist’s Mate rate.

Coastal Riverine Force (CRF) operates in harbors, rivers, bays, across the littorals (Brown water and Green Water operations) and ashore. The primary mission of CRF is to conduct maritime security operations across all phases of military operations by defending high value assets, critical maritime infrastructure, ports and harbors both inland and on coastal waterways against enemies and when commanded conduct offensive combat operations.

When you joined as enlisted, did you ever think you would become an officer? Never in a million years did I think I would become an officer. It just wasn’t part of the conversation back then. But as the years and experience started to build, I realized that education and motivation were some of the basic tenets I needed to grow as a Sailor. I adopted those from the very beginning, and I have gained altitude at every level ever since.

How important is education to you? Education is one of the basic tenants you need to be successful in this outfit. It is one of the top two priorities every Sailor should have in the forefront of their career plans and goals.

In the past 20 years, how have you seen the Navy change? The U.S. Navy has evolved tremendously over the past 20 years. It’s a more educated, smaller – yet efficient – diverse force than when I joined 27 years ago.

Of the places you deployed, which location was your favorite and why? I especially enjoyed the Western Pacific (WESTPAC) cruises. They were my first real deployments to foreign lands and by far my best.

Prior to XO at CRS 2, had you worked with the Riverines before? No, this was my first introduction to the Coastal Riverine Force.

CMDR. MIKE WITHERSPOON EXECUTIVE OFFICER, COASTAL RIVERINE SQUADRON (CRS) 2

How do you forge that kind unit cohesion with Coastal Riverine community? The Coastal Riverine Squadron (CRS) construct in itself promotes small unit leadership. Most of the Officers, Chiefs and Senior Petty Officers find themselves in leadership positions they wouldn’t be exposed to if they weren’t in the Coastal Riverine Force. The end result is that they depart the Force with more leadership experience, which further elevates their career growth and potential.

What is the most exciting or best part of your job? The best part of my job is the dayto-day interaction with the Sailors. The Sailors are the main reason I’m still serving.

If you could have any other job in the Navy, what would you choose? I was commissioned as a Surface Warfare Officer and, to be honest with you, my journey has been a good one in this community; so, I don’t think I would change that. This is probably one of the most diverse communities in the U.S. Navy today, and there’s nowhere else I’d like to be than in this position with the opportunity to lead Sailors.

What qualities are necessary to be an effective leader? There are many facets to leadership, but one of the main things is that at some point you had to have been a great follower so that you can understand some of the nuances of leadership. You also need to be a great listener, communicator, able to self-reflect, confident, enthusiastic, mentally tough, have charisma and, finally, never forget to maintain a family/work balance.

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I read an article in which the Coast Guard ships are no longer going to be escorting submarines into port. How do you see this as a benefit for the Navy as well as the submarines? The escort mission is one of our basic skill sets, and I believe it would increase our operational tempo for that mission set. Also, we talk the Navy lingo a little better than the Coast Guard, so communicating would be easier. I think it’s a win/win for both.

What advice do you have for the Sailors and junior officers in your charge? Positive mental attitude is at the forefront of all my conversations with the Sailors and junior officers. When you couple that with the leadership traits I mentioned earlier, those are the things I relay to them.

What, in your opinion, is the most important aspect of your job? The most important part of my job is making sure the Sailors have the direction and oversight (muster/instruction and inspection) they need, day-in and day-out, to perform their jobs. I routinely express this to the squadron/company leadership. It’s one of the fundamental principles of leadership.

What is the best advice given to you?

Do you think there is enough public visibility for the Coastal Riverine community?

I was told that if you learn your craft, the rest will come.

What’s something you’ve overcome in your career that makes you a better leader?

I don’t think many folks know who we are, but many have seen us operate and train in the local rivers. There aren’t as many road shows as there used to be, so there would have to be alternate means to get more exposure. I personally like to keep who we are the way it is: low key.

I had never been exposed to public speaking, so that was new for me. But in time, it became second nature. Now, I’m more comfortable with it than in my earlier years.

Having served on different platforms in various engineering capacities, which was the most complex tour and what did you do to excel in that position?

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I’ve served on just about every type of platform (CG/DDG/LSD/AS/AOE/LHD) over the years, and I can say each had its own unique challenges. I would say the LSD experience was the toughest, just because in the world of engineering, those platforms are just tough. I wouldn’t say I, as an individual, overcame the many hurdles we faced, but I constantly instilled in my engineers that we can overcome any adversity; that they could persevere. In the end, we were successful.

With your extensive deployments and various trainings, what in your opinion is the glue to maintaining high morale in stressful situations? The key to bridging the gap in keeping morale high and training our Sailors to reach their max potential is to make sure the training we conduct reflects the real-world missions they’ll be executing down-range. The job satisfaction they gain off-sets the stressful environments we operate in and the time they are away from their families and friends.

How does being an XO on a ship differ from being an XO of an expeditionary unit? The mission sets alone, I would say, are the biggest differences. When you’re in the littorals and harbors, you’re a lot closer to the fight than being aboard USS Greyhull. But the fundamentals are all the same, in addition to the mission planning and execution. I still have to juggle the same programs (wellness, administrative, maintenance, training, safety) as I did aboard ship.

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ESG-2 HOLDS CHANGE OF COMMAND Rear Adm. Ann Claire Phillips, Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group Two (ESG2), walks through side boys during an ESG2 change of command ceremony aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) .

By Lt.j.g. Loren Terry Expeditionary Strike Group 2 Public Affairs

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Phillips turned over command to Rear Adm. Richard Snyder in a time honored ceremony in the hangar bay.

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Expeditionary Strike Group 2 held a change of command ceremony Sept. 10 aboard USS Wasp (LHD 1), as Rear Adm. Richard P. Snyder relieved Rear Adm. Ann C. Phillips as commander. The ceremony marked the culmination of a highly successful tour for Phillips who served as commander from March 2012 to September 2013. “A few words cannot express what an honor it is to command such a dynamic organization,” said Phillips. “I have had the honor to gain a heightened insight into the impressive and far reaching capabilities and proficiency of the amphibious force.” During her tenure, Phillips oversaw and directed more than 15 exercises and operations conducted by 15,000 Sailors and Marines stationed aboard 14 ships, three amphibious squadrons, 6 detachments and the headquarters staff. According to her Legion of Merit citation, her aggressive approach and ability to understand and voice amphibious capabilities and doctrine, directly contributed to the overwhelming success of numerous Blue-Green and coalition exercises, as well as realworld contingency tasking. “The amphibious force is not only first on the scene, meeting the demands of urgent tasking, but is often on the front lines of history,” said Phillips. “…the amphibious force’s reach extends beyond national, international and even global borders.” The guest speaker, Adm. Bill Gortney, Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces, spoke about the accomplishments and way ahead for ESG 2. “Through her incredible leadership, [Rear Adm. Phillips] has set you on a course for success,” said Gortney. “I know ESG 2 will remain ready, responsive and resolute… you are getting it done.” On his inaugural address to his staff and tenant commands, Snyder highlighted his confidence in their abilities and highlighted key traits required to ensure future success. “We face interesting times. We need forces that are adaptable, flexible, and reliable… attributes our amphibious force embodies,” said Snyder. “I am honored with the opportunity to help lead us through these times. For my ESG-2 team, I ask for your unequivocal support and hard work – Let’s get to work.” Synder joined the Navy in 1983 after graduating from Tulane University, earning his naval aviation designation in November 1984. His previous command billets include: Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 46, HSL-40, and USS Bataan (LHD 5). In addition to overseeing and managing the readiness of the amphibious fleet, ESG 2 is a joint, rapid and robust deployable staff. Supporting the entire range of military operations, ESG 2 is involved in theatre security cooperation events, major combat operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, ranging from the East Coast of the United States to the Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf.

■ the former CO During her tenure at Expeditionary Strike Group 2, Rear Adm. Ann C. Phillips oversaw and directed more than 15 exercises and operations conducted by 15,000 Sailors and Marines stationed aboard 14 ships, three amphibious squadrons, 6 detachments and the headquarters staff.


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SHOOTING

| NCIS, D.C. Metro Police, and the FBI are investigating

Continued from front Earlier in the day, during a press conference at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Mabus announced he had conferred SECNAV Designee status on injured personnel. The Secretary of the Navy Designee Program provides special eligibility for medical and dental care from naval medical facilities for patients affected by the shooting. As a result of the incident, the Navy has issued an “Order to Account” for all Navy uniformed personnel, both active duty and selected reserve, assigned to commands in the D.C. metro area. The order also applies to family members, Navy civilian employees, as well as, NAF and NEX personnel. Personnel muster through the Navy Family

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Accountability and Assessment System (NFAAS). To muster, visit the NFAAS website at https://navyfamily.navy.mil. An active shooter was reported inside the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters building (Bldg. 197) on the Washington Navy Yard at 8:20 a.m. (Eastern Time) Sept. 16. D.C. Metro Police Chief Cathy Lanier confirmed there were 12 fatalities in a shooting. A number of agencies are investigating the incident including the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, D.C. Metro Police, and the FBI which has lead. The Navy has released the service history of Aaron Alexis, who is believed to have been the shooter. Here is a link to that biographical data: http://www.navy.mil/docs/

Alexis_Aaron.pdf “I’m deeply shocked and saddened by the shooting this morning at the Navy Yard,” said Mabus. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. I have complete confidence in our first responders, and I continue to be completely focused on this very difficult situation.” “Darleen and I extend our deepest condolences to the families of the victims of today’s events at the Navy Yard,” said Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert. “Our team of Sailors and Navy civilians at the Navy Yard deserve our care and concern at this time. I applaud the efforts of all who immediately responded to this course of events in order to care for the injured victims and ensure the safety of our personnel.”

Everyone here at the Department of Defense is saddened by the incident at the Washington Navy Yard this morning. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims.” -Pentagon Press Secretary George Little

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deployed December 2012 to the Mediterranean Continued from front copters. “I couldn’t be more proud of the crew – they set the standard for excellence and established a great reputation for themselves out here,” said Scheneman. “The successes we achieved are many, and the crew overcame every challenge they met with poise and precision.” Mahan deployed Dec. 28, 2012 in support of theater security cooperation efforts and maritime security operations in the Mediterranean Sea. “The majority of the world’s commerce moves by way of the sea,” said Cmdr. Joe Matison, Mahan executive officer. “We were out there ensuring safety and freedom of navigation, which is in the interest of all nations, by conducting theater security operations and working with our maritime partners.” While in 6th Fleet, the crew participated in a bilateral exercise with the Israeli Defense Forces. In addition to practicing core skills, the event also served as an opportunity to grow and foster partnership and cooperation between the two navies. In addition, Mahan participated in joint naval exercises and operations with France, Great Britain, Greece, Spain, and other NATO partners, highlighting the importance

of working with coalitions to preserve the sea lines of communication. After his first Mediterranean deployment, Chief Gas Turbine System Technician (Mechanical) Daniel Hunt said he feels he has returned a better Sailor. “I got to see so many interesting places and see so many cultures, while serving our nation on the high seas,” said Hunt. “It has been a fantastic and productive deployment.” Hunt was one of 10 first class petty officers selected for chief petty officer (CPO). The selectees were pinned in a ceremony on the pier soon after the ship moored. Chief Electrician’s Mate Gregory Holcombe said that the ceremony felt different than all the other pinning ceremonies he has been to. “Becoming a chief petty officer right after pulling in from such a successful deployment with the officers and chief petty officers wearing khakis was a great culmination of all the hard work and training we accomplished since being selected.” Command Master Chief Lewis Wilson added, “I would like to thank all the chief petty officers that provided all of the logistics support that allowed us to march down the pier into a ready stage to conduct our CPO pinning ceremony as

MC2 Josue L. Escobosa Friends and family of USS Mahan (DDG 72) crewmembers cheer as the ship pulls into her homeport of Norfolk. Mahan returned after an eight-and-a-half month deployment to the 6th Fleet area of responsibility.

We were out there ensuring safety and freedom of navigation, which is in the interest of all nations, by conducting theater security operations and working with our maritime partners. -Cmdr. Joe Matison, USS Mahan (DDG 72) executive officer

part of the return to homeport events. Without the Chiefs Mess, this would not have been possible.” While in theater, the ship made port visits to Augusta

MC3 Jonteil Johnson Sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) warm up before doing physical training at Huntington Hall field in Newport News.

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Bay and Naples, Italy; Israel; Cyprus; Rhodes and Souda Bay, Greece and Spain where the crew enjoyed liberty, conducted maintenance on the ship, and participated in numerous community relations projects. “The crew returns from deployment with their heads held high,” said Wilson. “We accomplished our goal of a safe, sound and successful deployment.” Last month, the ship made headlines around the world when she headed east to be ready to conduct prompt and sustained combat operations after being directed by the Secretary of Defense in response to the alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria the day before. Sailors anxiously endured the hours as homecoming drew near. The homecoming is especially exciting for Sonar Technician (Surface) 3rd Class (SW) Mark Brown, who is used to seeing ships returning from growing up in

the Norfolk area. “I can’t wait to see my family and to show them the great ship I’ve called home these last eight months,” he said. Brown met the ship in Naples after completing boot camp and follow-on schools, and will return to his hometown a Surface Warfare-qualified U.S. Navy Sailor. Mahan is the 4th ship

named after Rear Adm. Alfred Thayer Mahan, a naval theorist on seapower whose book “The Influence of Sea Power Upon History 16601763” shaped naval strategy to this day. The ship, whose motto is “Built to Fight” was commissioned in 1998 as the 21st Arleigh-Burke-class destroyer, and the first Flight II-variant of the class. She carries a complement of 236 Sailors and 29 officers. Reflecting on his 26 years of naval service, Scheneman said that this deployment was by far his favorite. “It truly is an honor to lead these incredible men and women,” he said. For more information on the Mahan, visit http://www. mahan.navy.mil/

MC2 Josue L. Escobosa Cryptologic Technician (Technical) 2nd Class Connor Magnoli, kisses his wife Tina, the traditional first kiss, after USS Mahan (DDG 72) pulled into her homeport of Norfolk.

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Continued from front Madrid said the challenge consists of a variation of proper dieting and exercises over 72 days. Most of the exercises will be provided by CSADD, but participants will be able to do their own exercises and dieting as long as it is approved by CSADD. Participants are also allowed to attend Fitness Enhancement Program (FEP) workouts every weekday at Huntington Hall. “We want our crew to have the freedom to complete this challenge in a way that’s comfortable to them,” said Madrid. Madrid listed a few of the stipulations to participate in the challenge: Participants must be committed to finishing the entire 72-day challenge. Participants must keep a personal log of what they eat and drink, and be able to provide information on how this positively influences

long term weight-loss success. Participants must not skip meals as part of the weight-loss plan. Participants must not use dietary supplements, laxatives, stimulates or diuretics to reduce weight. Participants are discouraged from consuming alcohol or tobacco products for the duration of the challenge. “These are just a few of our rules, but I count them as some of the most important,” said Madrid. “They provide a safe, fair opportunity for everyone to get the most out of the challenge.” Madrid said the winning team will receive 72 hours of special liberty from Command Master Chief Gregg Webber, Lincoln’s command master chief. “It’s a nice incentive to do well, but my belief is that Lincoln Sailors should do this to better themselves,” said Madrid. “It will only help to be healthy in the long run.”

HEALTH | Partnership reduces Our partnership with cost, benefits Sailors, Marines clinical programs and processthe Sleep Lab ... Continued from front es to foster efficiencies that ensures NMCP “HA focuses on building include cost savings, patient strong partnerships with stake- access to care, and overall has the adequate holders across Navy Medicine quality improvement. to identify opportunities for NMCPHC is part of the Navy capacity to see improvement,” said Rocks- Medicine team, a global health wold. “Our partnership with care network of 63,000 Navy Sailors and the Sleep Lab allows us to not medical personnel who proMarines suffering only identify areas to reduce vide high-quality health care to costs, but also ensures NMCP more than one million eligible from sleep has the adequate capacity to beneficiaries. Navy Medicine see Sailors and Marines suf- personnel deploy with Sailors disorders.” fering from sleep disorders.” and Marines worldwide, pro-Capt. Paul Rockswold, Health Analysis department head

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CNO seeks nominations for 2013 CSADD awards Press release Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

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Unit commanders are encouraged to nominate outstanding chapters of the Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD) to be recognized as Sea and Shore Chapters of the Year, according to NAVADMIN 229/13 released Sept 10. CSADD is a peer influence social group meant to encourage Sailors 18 to 25 years old to combat destructive behavior through a culture of "shipmates helping shipmates." CSADD also serves to build leadership skills in young Sailors. "CSADD chapters throughout the Navy are finding creative and fun ways to help our young Sailors make right decisions, and their efforts are paying off," said Rear Adm. Sean Buck, director of the 21st Century Sailor Office. "The Chapter of the Year awards recognize chapters that have gone above and beyond in fostering a climate of responsible decision making in our Navy, giving our Sailors tools needed to face the challenges of the twenty-first century while preserving the skills and talents they bring to the fight." According to the NAVADMIN, the CSADD Chapter of the Year awards were established to recognize the positive social interaction, leadership and decision making demonstrated through CSADD efforts, which employ a variety of communication tools and social networking established and sustained by the chapters. Since the awards were established in 2010, one sea-based chapter and one shore-based chapter were recognized as chapters of the year. For 2013, the categories are expanded to include two sea-based chapters, one large chapter and one small, and two shore-based chapters, one from an installation command and one from a training command. The NAVADMIN provides detailed guidance to commanders on submitting a nomination. All registered active duty, reserve component and Reserve Officers' Training Corps Unit CSADD chapters are eligible; however, only activities and successes that occurred in fiscal year 2013 shall be included. The deadline for submissions by commanders to their appropriate regional commanders is Oct. 1. Regional commanders must mail or email their submissions no later than Nov. 1. Results will be announced in a future NAVADMIN. For more information, please contact Ms. Amanda Alston, CSADD program coordinator, at (901) 8746723 or by email at amanda.alston@ navy.mil.

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VICE CHAIRMAN JOINS WOUNDED WARRIORS FOR SOFTBALL CLASSIC Annual event sets to raise awareness that “life without a limb is limitless”

By Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr. American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON

The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff joined Wounded Warriors, Major League Baseball’s Washington Nationals organization and celebrities from across the country for the third annual Wounded Warriors Celebrity Softball Classic Sept. 15. Adm. James A. “Sandy” Winnefeld Jr., joined the Blue Team of veterans, active duty service members and celebrities for a fierce competition against the

White Team at Nationals Park. Since 2011, the Nationals have hosted this annual event on the field at their home ballpark to raise awareness that “life without a limb is limitless,” team officials said in a news release about the event. “These guys understand that ability overcomes disability every time,” Winnefeld said. “And they live it each and every day, not only when they are playing softball, but when they wake up in the morning and they go on with life – they want to know about ability.”

Command Master Chief/ Command Senior Chief program accepting applications By MC2 Andrea Perez Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs

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The Navy is seeking highlymotivated master chief and senior chief petty officers for the Command Master Chief (CMC) and Command Senior Chief (CSC) Program, officials said Sept. 13. “Hands down, the most important role of a command master chief or command senior chief is to represent their Sailors in all matters Navy to the commanding officer,” said Command Master Chief Petty Officer (SW) Brent Tidwell, CMC/CSC detailer, Navy Personnel Command (NPC). “As a command master chief or senior chief, you are the Sailors’ voice and they look to you for answers during challenging

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Same-sex spouses of military retirees now eligible for survivor benefits Press release Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

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apply to both Lincoln Military Housing (LMH) and Balfour Beatty Communities (BBC) residents throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region. The extension aims to ensure all processes are in place and accurate prior to the live billing, and to allow residents additional time to prepare and understand their bill, their usage and the resources available to help manage usage.

Same-sex spouses of military members and retirees will now be eligible for Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) coverage according to an Assistant Secretary of Defense memorandum dated Sept. 5. SBP coverage is a benefit extended to same-sex couples after the June 26 Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act in addition to medical, dental, and with-dependent Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) benefits. NAVADMIN 218/13 was released Aug. 29 to provide Navy guidance on the Department of Defense memo dated Aug. 13 that announced the plan to extend benefits to same-sex spouses of uniformed service members and Department of Defense civilian employees. Effective from June 26, a service member who becomes eligible to participate in the SBP under 10 U.S.C. 1448(a) (1) and is married to a same-sex spouse shall have the SBP program applied as for any other married couple under U.S.C. 1448. A service member who was married to a same-sex partner upon becoming eligible to participate in the SBP prior to June 26, and who was married prior to the date, will have until June 25, 2014 to make a spouse election under 10 U.S.C. 1448(a)(3). If an election is not received on or before June 25, 2014, full spousal coverage will be entered and the member shall be responsible for premium payments effective from June 26, 2013. A service member who was not married upon becoming eligible to participate in SBP, but who married a same-sex spouse before June 26, shall have until June 25, 2014 to make a spouse election under 10 U.S.C. 1448(a)(5). If the election is not received on or before that date, the service member shall be prohibited by law from making such an election.

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MCC Roger S. Duncan Command Master Chief Christopher Douglas Kotz, left, coaches Chief (Select) Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Electrical) Julius Barnes on taking charge of unit quarters during the crew swap ceremony aboard the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1).

times, and you must be ready.” CMCs and CSCs ensure there is active communication throughout a chain of command. They advise their respective commander or commanding officer and provide input in the formulation, implementation, and execution of policies concerning morale, job satisfaction, discipline, family support and training of enlisted Sailors, as well as provide input and advice in matters affecting mission and operations. “As a CMC, I’m responsible for the personal and professional development of Sailors and I provide mentorship and training to junior officers so

that their hard work and dedication results in mission success,” said Tidwell. Those selected for the CMC/ CSC Program are responsible for leading the alignment efforts of the Chiefs Mess with the Navy ethos and Navy core values, and the mission, vision and guiding principles set forth by the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy. “Senior enlisted leaders should consider applying for the CMC/CSC Program because it’s the pinnacle of leadership opportunities within our enlisted force,” said Tidwell.

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NAVY REGION MID-ATLANTIC DELAYS RECP LIVE BILLING Compiled by Flagship Staff

MC3 Everett Allen Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO) Adm. Mark Ferguson speaks with Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD) members from various commands during a visit to Fleet Activities Yokosuka.

Navy Adm. James A. “Sandy” Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, hits a single during the Wounded Warriors Celebrity Softball Classic at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., Sept. 15.

The Resident Energy Conservation Program (RECP) mock billing has been extended through December for Public-Private Venture (PPV) housing residents in the Mid-Atlantic Region, with live billing beginning Jan. 1, in which residents will receive their actual bill Feb. 15, 2014. The beginning of live billing on Jan. 1 will


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HEALTHY PARENTING DURING A MOVE By Sara Jane Arnett Military Spouse Contributor

My family and I are currently in the home stretch of my husband’s third deployment… home stretch as in 14 days out until we pick him up at the Nashville airport! As I make arrangements for our PCS move from VA to TX, minus my husband, MilitaryOneSource continues to hold my hand through it all. The resources and advice found on their website continues to blow my mind because I do not recall all of this wonderful information rainbow being available during our first PCS move several years ago. One of the most useful, yet insightful articles found on www.militaryonesource.com was “Healthy Parenting During a Move.” Moving can be stressful for all family members, but children are especially vulnerable to changes in routine and environment. Fortunately, you can do a lot to help ease the transition for your child. By following these tips, you can make moving a more pleasant and less stressful experience for you and your child during your next move. Let your child know what to expect. Adults and children alike are subject to fear of the unknown. In clear and simple terms, and with a level of detail appropriate to your child's age (older children can handle more information

than young ones) explain what will happen throughout the move so your child feels more involved in the plan and process. Give your child a special role during the move. Something as simple as taking care of pets or packing snacks can make your child feel more empowered and an important part of the moving process. Allow children to keep their favorite things with them. As long as space allows, having a familiar toy, blanket or other favorite object nearby may ease your child's stress in an unfamiliar situation or place. Keep a positive attitude. Children often look to adults for cues as to how to react in different situations. Set a good example by maintaining an upbeat outlook throughout your move. Let your children adjust at their own pace and in their own way. Your children's behaviorthrowing tantrums or becoming withdrawn-is a good indicator of how they're feeling. Understand that these changes are normal. Encourage your child to ask questions, and be available to talk and listen. Your child may be more comfortable expressing emotions through play or art. No matter how you communicate, make sure your child knows you're there to answer questions. Maintain routines as much as possible.

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Routines give your child a sense of security and stability. When you can't stick to your usual routines, remind your child that moving is hectic, but once you get settled in your new home, things will go back to normal. Plan breaks. Give your child something to look forward to each day. Activities could include a meal at a favorite restaurant, swimming at the hotel, visiting nearby popular attractions or giving a small gift as a reward for your child's help during the move. Celebrate your new home. Give your child a great first memory in your new house and something to look forward to throughout the trip by planning a fun activity after you arrive. Sara Jane Arnett is an active Army Spouse, mother of three rambunctious boys and military children’s author of “My Daddy’s a Soldier.” In 2011, Sara Jane was selected as the “Heroes At Home” Military Spouse of the Year and also received the prestigious Military Police Corps “Order of the Vivandiere” award.

Top ten reasons our dual military marriage worked By Jacey Eckhart Military Spouse Contributor

“After 30 years of service, we’re excited to start our 60 years of leave,” said Sgt. Maj Holly Prafke. Does happily ever after really happen to drill instructors? It does if they marry each other. After 30 years of service in the Marine Corps, Prafke and her husband Sgt. Maj. Brad Prafke retired in a joint retirement ceremony this summer. Which is a beautiful thing, but it was even more beautiful knowing that they had been married to each other for 26 years. At a time when we know that female service members and dual military couples experience significantly higher rates of divorce than their male and civilian counterparts, the idea that two people can stay together so long through so much gives a person cause to hope. So I contacted Holly Prafke to find out what their secrets to a happy dual military marriage might be. Here are Holly’s top ten: 1. Marry your best friend and your drinking buddy. “I tell people you gotta marry your best friend and your drinking buddy,” said Holly Prafke. “I wasn’t marrying someone who wanted to have babies and make me a housewife. We got married so we could stay together because we were best friends.” 2. Marry AFTER your first enlistment. When they decided to get married, Holly and Brad were 23 and 22 years old. They each had invested three years into a career they both liked. As a sergeant major, Holly saw too many young military members get married before they had their careers established. “Get your career

underway and then bring a family into it,” said Holly. “Get your career started and THEN start your family.” 3. Tell me what you don’t want. Holly says that she and Brad never had to talk about cheating on each other because that wasn’t an option. But before they tied the knot, they talked. A lot. “We talked about duty stations and geographical locations, long term goals and short term goals,” said Holly. “We liked each others hobbies so I talked horses and he talked cars. College wasn’t important to each other and we were not really interested in returning to our home of record… I don’t make breakfast either.” 4. Work on the marriage not each other. Before they headed to the drill field, Holly and Brad heard a lot of stories about how that tour was hell on a marriage. So they decided to take a CREDO class through the Chaplain’s office. CREDO taught them how they needed to work on their marriage and not to try to change each other. It also taught them not to blame each other or call names. “He has never been an idiot, so we have stayed away from name calling or mocking the other,” said Holly. 5. Don’t have children. “Truth be told, (having) no children helped too,” said Holly. A lot of people disagree with that. Yet neither Holly nor Brad wanted kids and they discussed that before they got married. When Brad asked what Holly would do if she ever got pregnant, she told him that he would get to take the baby and go home and she would stay in the Marine Corps. ‘Nuff said. 6. Mentor each other. Even though they have different leadership styles, mentoring came naturally to Holly and Brad. “We did talk about

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issues together during our career. We complained to each other and asked for help too,” said Holly. While they did not always agree about the right course of action, they both found that discussing the situation helped them think it through. 7. Choose duty stations where you can stay together. Holly was ten when she decided to become a Marine. Her resolve didn’t waver. “He knew going into the marriage that the Marine Corps was going to be my life for at least 20 years,” said Holly. “He never tried to talk me out of it. I didn’t really talk him into his career, he re-enlisted to stay with me and I did the same. Again and again.” So instead of asking their monitors for a particular job or duty station, they always asked what was available where they could be together. “We didn’t care what duty station we went to. We only wanted to be together,” said Holly. 8. Work as a team. Each of the partners has brought different strengths to the marriage. “I am good with paperwork and filing, so I have helped with that,” said Holly. “We have organized parades and ceremonies together, organized tool rooms and office spaces, been drivers and A-drivers, been through schools together and been study partners (DI School, NCO School and 1st Sgt School) That alone has made us a good team.” 9. Live on sergeant’s pay. Getting your finances in order isn’t easy for anyone, but it is a key skill for Holly and Brad. By the time they were

Short Sales are trending By Wally Barstow FFSC Norfolk Financial Educator

Recent data from the housing industry tracking firm CoreLogic indicates the number of homes ending up in foreclosure has started to decline significantly. That sounds like good news for a country weary of the enormous backlog of delinquent borrowers. However, the reason for the drop appears to be the increasing popularity of short sales, where a homeowner sells their dwelling for less than the balance on the mortgage with the lender’s approval. Prior to the housing crisis, short sales were rare. But for today’s homeowner locked in a house that has declined in value, a short sale is often the only alternative.

For the mortgage company it can represent a more efficient and lucrative alternative to foreclosure where a house often sells for much less. Also according to Corelogic statistics, home prices are discounted an average of 24 percent during a short sale, but 64 percent in a foreclosure. In order to proceed with a short sale the first step is to gain the approval of the lender. For those in the military with a Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac loan, this is already done. Homeowners who receive Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders will be eligible to sell their homes in a short sale even if they are current on their mortgage. Service members can check Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac websites, (http:// www.fanniemae.com, http://www.freddiemac.com) to see if their loans are

married three years, Holly and Brad were sergeants. Certain officers they worked for coached them to start thinking about money through the lens of their own retirement – which seemed a long time away. Yet when the Prafke’s were making a major purpose, they got into the habit of asking each other, “What will this do for me in retirement? Is it a want or a need?” They started their financial fitness with savings bonds bought at boot camp. Then life insurance. Then they cashed their savings bonds and put them into mutual funds. As they got promoted, they kept living on sergeant’s pay and investing the rest. They bought real estate, IRAs, CDs. “We got into TSP as soon as it started, said Holly. “We did not have a lot of money at that time so we did as little as we could. Then with promotions we added to the percentage and with combat we would max it out. TSP was a great thing for us.” The Prafke’s original goal was to retire at 20 and never have to work again. Instead, they were able to retire at 30 and never have to work again. 10. Don’t lose track of your spirituality. When Holly was running convoys through Iraq and Afghanistan, she would pray before she headed outside the wire. She would tell her guys, “If you don’t believe in the Lord you better believe in something to get through this.” 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.

held by them or they can call hotlines for military homeowners at (877) MIL4566 or (800) FREDDIE. Even when the mortgage is not owned by Fannie or Freddie a short sale can be pursued. The next step in the process is to find a buyer. It can be challenging, but increasingly there exists a pool of real estate agents who are practiced and comfortable working within the confines of a short sale. Typically, a short sale will create a blemish on a credit report that can damage a credit score, even to the point of making another home purchase difficult in the near future. But, the shortterm hit on the credit report may be preferable to a home that a relocated service member can no longer live in. FFSC hosts a VHDA Homeownership workshop designed to take the mystery out of buying a home. Get your questions answered about short sales. Visit www.cnic.navy.mil/navylifema to register for a Homeownership class.

A lesson from tragedy By Bianca Martinez Military Spouse Contributor

I write this the day after a heartbreaking day for our Navy community. The day after a gunman walked on the Navy Yard in Washington, DC and killed 12 people. He died during a gunfight with Metropolitan police. As reports surface, we will try to piece together what lead up to the decision he made to take lives in such a brutal way. However, it will never make sense. So instead focus on those we lost and those hurt in the midst of all this. I almost cringed when some found it important to say no active duty military were among the victims because it still wasn’t any sense of relief. These are people who were important to the fight. Without the jobs they were completing our Navy could not move forward on a day to day basis. Though the spotlight didn’t shine on them, they were mission critical. Our spouses could not their job and do it safely without those folks who went to work one day thinking they were in the most secure of spots only to be betrayed by someone who did the same job as them. Heartbreaking. God forbid we ever find a reason to take our lives and our loves for granted. Sure we are quick to tell our loved ones we love them and miss them when they are forward deployed because THAT is when we think we could lose them forever. But imagine the pain you would feel if you simply forgot to tell your spouse you loved them as they walked out the door one morning here at home to find out you won’t be welcoming them home that evening. This week, a simple hope those victims rest in peace and that their families may find comfort in knowing their country mourns alongside them. Also, a reminded to always share your love for your friends and family. It is never a bad idea to say, “I love you.” “It’s almost dawn. You can feel it coming. The world holds its breath, because there’s really no guarantee that the sun will rise. That there was a yesterday doesn’t mean there will be a tomorrow.” –Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave

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CSS focuses on suicide prevention, teaching resilience

MCPON thanks Ombudsmen From Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Michael Stevens WASHINGTON

“Navy Ombudsmen, Theresa and I would like to take some time to say ‘thank you’ for your support and dedication that you provide to our Sailors, families and our great Navy. For the past 43 years, Ombudsmen have been an irreplaceable resource for our Sailors, while serving as an information link between command leadership and command families. As an Ombudsman, you work collabora-

tively with the command to maintain and sustain the morale and welfare of the command’s service members, their families and single Sailors on active duty. As we all know, family readiness is tied to mission readiness and having a strong family support structure enables Sailors to excel at their jobs and the Navy to accomplish its missions. Your help successfully navigates the unique challenges of our lifestyle and know that the job you do is immeasurable! Thank you, Ombudsmen, for your continued support and selfless dedication. Very Respectfully, MCPON and Theresa Stevens”

By MCC (AW/SW) Shawn D. Graham Center for Service Support Public Affairs

■ read more from the MCPON by visiting http://www. navy.mil/mcpon

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PREPARE YOUR CHILDREN TO BE READY NAVY KIDS Press Release Commander, Navy Installations Command

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In a ready Navy, each of us has a role to play in emergency preparedness, including children. As parents, guardians, we want to protect our young people from harm and shield them from those things that may frighten them. Emergency preparedness program, Ready Navy, encourages you to consider that providing children with age appropriate information about possible dangers better prepares them to act quickly and safely if they encounter any hazard. Take time to prepare your children to be Ready Navy Kids. Navy kids are resilient, strong, and typically able to understand more than we give them credit for. Include them in your emergency planning process to help ease their fears. “I wish my parents had told me more. I knew they were hiding things from me,” said 10-year-old Alexis, “It would have helped me know what to do and not be so scared, if we had talked about things. What I was imagining was much worse.” By talking about emergencies with children beforehand, they may better

understand what to do if there is an emergency, be better equipped to react, and stay much calmer throughout the emergency. Consider the following tips for preparing your children. Ready Navy kids are informed ■ Talk to your children about possible hazards in your area, such as hurricanes or wild fires. ■ Help them understand what might happen if they are at school. ■ Discuss the difference in what they should do in different kinds of emergencies. Ready Navy kids have a plan ■ Make a written evacuation plan with your children, so they understand where they are going and why. ■ Together decide on a meeting place both inside and outside the neighborhood, where you would come together. ■ Make written communication cards that each child can carry with them. ■ Include important numbers each child would need, like the home phone and parents’ work and cell phones. ■ Include an out-of-town contact, like Grandma, who they know to call to tell where they are and that they are safe.

Ready Navy kids are ready to bug out ■ As a family, shop for or gather supplies for a portable 3-day emergency supply kit that can be carried with you if you have to evacuate. You can make it fun by giving your children a list and creating a treasure hunt. ■ Help your children make their own “bug out” bag, a small bag with essentials like bottled water, a flashlight, a copy of their communication card and plan, some snacks. ■ Talk about why items like a battery powered radio or manual can opener are important. Ready Navy kids stay informed ■ Practice your plan throughout the year. ■ Encourage your children to ask questions and give their thoughts on emergencies they may hear about on the news, as well as your plan. The more they talk about it, the more likely they will be ready if something happens. ■ View and discuss the Ready Navy Kids pages at http://www.ready.navy. mil/ready_navy_kids.html with your children. There you’ll find information, other Ready Navy Kids, and fun activities.

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Center for Service Support (CSS) is focusing its efforts to educate its Sailors about suicide prevention, coping skills and resilience training Sept. 10. The Navy is focusing on the importance of community and self-purpose when dealing with adversity, officials announced in NAVADMIN 212/13. “Knowing the warning signs of suicide will help save lives,” said Command Master Chief (SW/SCW/AW) Ray Rosado. “We must be proactive in our school houses and learning sites. Instructors are the first leaders our students meet after their recruit training. Leaders must know their Sailors thoroughly so they can tell if their behavior starts to change or becomes erratic. Recognizing those signs can help prevent tragedies.” Warning signs can include: change in personality; changes in behavior; changes in sleeping patterns; changes in eating habits; diminished sexual interest; fear of losing control; low self-esteem; and no hope for the future. According to the Department of the Navy (DoN), suicide is still one of the top causes of death in the Navy. “You must know your Sailors and be able to recognize the warning signs,” said Rosado. “We can prevent suicides when we take time out of the daily routine and really learn our people.” The DoN’s Suicide Prevention Training Course states the biggest reason people threaten suicide or communicate to others they have been thinking about suicide, is to let others know they are in pain or great psychological distress. “There is nothing wrong with asking for help,” said Chief Personnel Specialist (SW/AW) Roger Drumheller, CSS casualty assistance calls officer (CACO). “There are resources for nearly every situation you encounter in the Navy. Know how to help the Sailors who need help.” According to Drumheller, leaders should also help Sailors develop resiliency and coping skills for operational stress. “We must help our Sailors develop these skills,” said Drumheller. “These skills reduce the likelihood of attempting or completing a suicide. Strengthening our Sailors’ resolve should be an ongoing process to increase resiliency when increased risk factors or other stressful situations occur. We must introduce them to programs that support and maintain protection against suicide.” “Sailors cannot be afraid to use the resources that the Navy and their command provide,” said Drumheller. “These resources are there for our Sailors before, during and after times of crisis. Every leader must be trained to provide assistance.” For more information, reference NAVADMIN 212/13 or http://goo.gl/YNsHff and receive the latest updates by following @NavStress on Twitter and Facebook.

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Website launched to support Sailors forward deploying to Rota Press release CNSL Public Affairs

To ease the transition process, a new website is available to Sailors and families who are slated to soon be forward deployed to Naval Station (NAVSTA) Rota, Spain. “Let’s Move to NAVSTA Rota, Spain,” a Surface Force Atlantic (SURFLANT) and Naval Station Rota, Spain collaborative, was designed to give Sailors and family members the opportunity to become more familiar with NAVSTA Rota and the surrounding areas. It offers information, photos and videos so they may get more familiar with their new duty station and better prepare for a successful transition. “While the site should be helpful to anyone transitioning there, it was developed to be a ‘one-stop shop’ for families and Sailors aboard the four destroyers that will soon be forward deployed to Rota,” said Capt. Frank Dowd, SURFLANT Forward Deployed Naval Force Rota project lead. “We worked closely with Rota leaders and service providers there in developing the site to ensure the information is not only accurate, but that it really addresses the topics these folks want and need to know about.” The four Arleigh BurkeClass guided-missile destroyers headed for Rota include three from Norfolk: USS Ross (DDG 71), USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) and USS Porter (DDG 78), along with USS Carney (DDG 64), from Mayport, Fla.

[The website] was developed to be a ‘one-stop shop’ for families and Sailors aboard the four destroyers that will soon be forward deployed to Rota.” -Capt. Frank Dowd To support Sailors and families as they prepare for the transition to Spain, a joint Rota-SURFLANT team has worked closely with 6th Fleet leadership to prepare a comprehensive slate of information gathering opportunities. These include a four-day visit to Norfolk this past June for group briefings and oneon-one discussions with Sailors, updating and issuing a new print and electronic Rota Welcome Aboard brochure, along with the recently unveiled website. The diverse site offers nine different tabs or topic areas which lead to more than 250 informational websites; more than 350 photos and numerous videos to show those headed there what the housing, the base and the local area looks like. There are also nearly 500 “Frequently Asked Questions,” or FAQs, categorized by topic area, displayed to help answer typical questions service members and their families might have about moving to the area. The site also features contact details so Sailors and their families can ask questions or address any concerns they might have. “Family members and

Sailors can call or email Rota experts with questions and concerns specific to them,” said Chief Mass Communication Specialist Mikel Bookwalter, Rota’s deputy public affairs officer. “We want this website to prompt and provide for two-way communication,” he continued. “To provide a prompt response or open up an ongoing dialogue if it is a complicated issue. Rota’s leadership includes seasoned experts in numerous topic areas, from the local community and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation, to housing, healthcare and the local schools. Regardless of the concern, there is someone available here, via email, that can respond to your questions, and ease your transition.” To help prepare for the move, the website offers a “Move Planning” tab containing numerous checklists from pet clearance and screening information to shipping household goods, from shipping the right automobile, to “things to know before you go.” In the “Housing” tab, links to different off and on-base housing floor plans and photos are available, as

Courtesy photo The new website for Sailors and families who are to be deployed to Naval Station (NAVSTA) Rota, Spain.

is temporary lodging information as well as an early housing application link to help service members with their housing needs prior to arriving to NAVSTA Rota. The website also offers a “Healthcare” tab that provides information on the NAVSTA Rota hospital, off-base hospitals, health care facilities, the Exceptional Family Member Program and TRICARE’s Overseas Program. For dependents, the “Family Support” tab leads to handy children’s school information, childcare services and programs, counseling programs, Human Resources Office and employment opportunity information as well as commissary information and youth services such as Scouts and sports. Other tabs include off-duty activities offered by Morale,

online To visit the “Let’s Move to NAVSTA Rota, Spain” website, visit http://www. public.navy.mil/surflant/ hq/Pages/RotaMove.aspx

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Keep What You’ve Earned campaign marks significant decrease in alcohol incidents Press Release Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

WASHINGTON

The Navy Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention (NADAP) Office announced Sept. 9 that alcohol incidents among Sailors decreased 51 percent* from Memorial Day through Labor Day compared the same period last year. “This decrease shows Sailors are taking ownership of this issue,” said Rear Adm. Sean Buck, director of the 21st Century Sailor Office. “As with all our programs, we look to Sailors to make responsible choices in their personal and professional lives.” The decrease followed NADAP’s launch of the Keep What You’ve

Earned Campaign, which promotes responsible drinking by reminding Sailors how much they have to lose. “We had more than 700 fewer alcohol incidents during the wellknown ‘101 Days of Summer’ this year, and about one in four of those incidents were related to driving under the influence,” said Dorice Favorite, director of NADAP. “Our work isn’t done, but these numbers show that Sailors are making responsible choices regarding their use of alcohol and contributing to a safer and more productive fleet.” Favorite attributed the campaign’s success to grassroots support from the regional and local levels. “The Navy Region Mid-Atlantic was a huge supporter of our Keep



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What You’ve Earned campaign this summer,” said Favorite. “They hosted Memorial Day Weekend send-off events at six installations and rallied more than 650 Sailors together to march in support of responsible drinking during the Fourth of July liberty weekend.” Other Keep What You’ve Earned summer safety events took place at Naval Base San Diego, Naval Station Great Lakes, Naval Shipyard Kittery, Naval Base Kitsap, and the Washington Navy Yard. In addition to these events, NADAP partnered with the Naval Safety Center’s “Live to Play, Play to Live” Summer Safety Campaign. Together they encouraged Sailors and Navy personnel to take an online

pledge to practice responsible drinking habits this summer. Hundreds of Sailors took the pledge, promising to plan ahead for a safe ride home, not try to “keep up” with others, and to know their limit, before they got there. Responses from Sailors regarding why they pledged to drink responsibly included: ■ “I don’t want to lose my career and future just because of an irresponsible drinking decision.” ■ “I want my fellow shipmates to know that they have a good liberty buddy dedicated to their safety if a DD is needed.” ■ “I have worked too long and too hard to get to where I am today.” ■ “My life is more important than

locations and transportation alternatives. From Spanish food to flamenco, from the nearby beach to bullfighting, the website includes a wealth of data and captivating images for deploying service members and their families to get a head-start in their move preparations to NAVSTA Rota. Future site plans include continuous updated FAQs, more videos and enhanced first-person accounts of life in Rota, as submitted by those who are or have lived in the Spanish Riviera. Also being discussed and considered as ship departures near, are social media events pairing Rota leaders with Twitter, text and email followers, in electronic town hall forums. To visit the “Let’s Move to NAVSTA Rota, Spain” website, click on http://www. public.navy.mil/surflant/hq/ Pages/RotaMove.aspx

online For more information and to help promote responsible drinking within your command, you can access materials and resources at www.nadap.navy.mil.

a bottle of beer.” ■ “The consequences of not drinking responsibly are worse than any hangover.” To read more of the reasons why Sailors choose to drink responsibly, visit the NADAP Flickr Account. NADAP will continue to promote the Keep What You’ve Earned campaign year-round, releasing new testimonial videos throughout the coming months. NADAP encourages Navy leadership and alcohol abuse prevention personnel to stay tuned to the NADAP Facebook page for the latest news on campaign resources and developments: https:// www.facebook.com/USN.NADAP.


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SUCCESSFUL MISSILE DEFENSE TEST AGAINST MULTIPLE TARGETS Press release Missile Defense Agency

MC2 Samantha Thorpe The guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) launches a Standard Missile (SM) 2 during a missile exercise.

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA), Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) Operational Test Agency, Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense, and U.S. Pacific Command, in conjunction with U.S. Army Soldiers from the Alpha Battery, 2nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, U.S. Navy Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73), and U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 613th Air and Operations Center successfully conducted a complex missile defense flight test, resulting in the intercept of two medium-range ballistic missile targets. The flight test was planned more than a year ago, and is not in any way connected to events in the Middle East. The test was conducted in the vicinity of the U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll/Reagan Test Site and surrounding areas in the western Pacific. The test stressed the ability of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) and Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) weapon systems to function in a layered defense architecture and defeat a raid of two near-simultaneous ballistic missile targets. The two medium-range ballistic missile targets were launched on operationally realistic trajectories towards a defended area

near Kwajalein. Along with overhead space assets providing launch alerts, an ArmyNavy/Transportable Radar Surveillance and Control (AN/TPY-2) radar in Forward Based Mode detected the targets and relayed track information to the Command, Control, Battle Management, and Communications (C2BMC) system for further transmission to defending BMDS assets. USS Decatur with its Aegis Weapon System detected and tracked the first target with its onboard AN/SPY-1 radar. The Aegis BMD weapon system developed a fire control solution, launched a Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IA missile, and successfully intercepted the target. In a demonstration of BMDS layered defense capabilities, a second AN/TPY-2 radar in Terminal Mode, located with the THAAD weapon system, acquired and tracked the target missiles. THAAD developed a fire control solution, launched a THAAD interceptor missile, and successfully intercepted the second mediumrange ballistic missile target. THAAD was operated by Soldiers from the Alpha Battery, 2nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment. As a planned demonstration of THAAD’s layered defense capabilities, a second THAAD interceptor was launched at the target destroyed by Aegis as a contingency in the event the SM-3 did not achieve an intercept.

Navy RAD ‘Takes Action,’ shifts to Phase III Press Release Director, Assessments Division OPNAV Public Affairs

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Chief of Naval Operations' Reducing Administrative Distractions (RAD) initiative moved from Phase II (Propose Changes) to Phase III (Take Action) Sept. 9, marking the final phase of the RAD effort. In Phase III, the RAD team will reach out to the Navy owner associated with an idea in an effort to bring forth change. The team will also continue and

solicit the fleet's vision of where the Navy should be in three-to-five years should tablets and Wi-Fi be incorporated on Navy bases and ships, with the focus of how the technology could be utilized to streamline Navy processes and further reduce administrative distractions. RAD is an effort to get direct input from Sailors on how the fleet can streamline or eliminate administrative processes to allow more time to focus on mission readiness. RAD provides all personnel – active duty, reserve, and Navy ci-

vilians – a platform to voice their concerns about administrative tasks, procedures, instructions and training, and propose solutions to fix these issues. RAD functions much like a social media interface, allowing users to comment and vote on posts. "The fleet has been extremely responsive on the RAD website with tremendous input provided to the team," said Rear Adm. Herm Shelanski, director, Assessment Division, OPNAV N81, and RAD team leader. "I couldn't be more pleased with the well thought out suggestions

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Navy honors service, leadership during 2013 Hispanic American Heritage Month Press Release From Navy OfďŹ ce of Diversity and Inclusion

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Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr. Navy Adm. James A. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sandyâ&#x20AC;? Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, waits for a pitch from actor Omar Benson Miller during the third annual Wounded Warriors Celebrity Softball Classic at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C..

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The Navy joins the nation Sept. 15 in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, which will be observed until Oct. 15. With a national theme of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hispanics: Serving and Leading Our Nation with Pride and Honor,â&#x20AC;? the observance celebrates the histories, cultures, and contributions of Americans who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. According to 2010 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Hispanics comprise 16.3 percent of the total United States population, or 50.5 million people, forming our countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest racial or ethnic minority. Additionally, it is projected that by 2050, a quarter of the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s workforce will be Hispanic. Today, more than 58,000 Hispanic active duty and reserve Sailors serve in the Navy, including ďŹ ve Hispanic ďŹ&#x201A;ag ofďŹ cers and 216

Hispanic master chiefs. In his 2012 National Hispanic Heritage Month Presidential Proclamation, President Barack Obama stated that â&#x20AC;&#x153;our Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story would not be possible without generations of Hispanics who have shaped and strengthened the fabric of our Union. They have enriched every aspect of our national identity with traditions that stretch across centuries and reďŹ&#x201A;ect the many ancestries that comprise the Hispanic community.â&#x20AC;? All commands are encouraged to expand their awareness of Hispanic heritage through programs, exhibits, publications, and participation in military and community events. The Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute provides printable posters, presentations, guidance for organizing observance, and educational facts on their website, http://www.deomi.org/ under the section â&#x20AC;&#x153;Special Observances.â&#x20AC;? For more information about the history of Hispanics in the Navy, visit http://goo.gl/ ugH07t.

Wounded Warriors are â&#x20AC;&#x153;eliteâ&#x20AC;? athletes Continued from B1 The vice chairman said the team routinely travels throughout the country seeking competition from other teams and often is underestimated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you ever watched these guys play, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s scary how good they are,â&#x20AC;? the admiral said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These guys will show up in towns all across America, and those towns will think, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Oh, we have to give these guys a break,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and they ďŹ nd out pretty quickly how good these guys are at playing softball.â&#x20AC;? Winnefeld noted he considers these Wounded Warriors to be â&#x20AC;&#x153;eliteâ&#x20AC;? athletes, and he noted parallels with traditional athletes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think athletes have to struggle every day to overcome adversity,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They have setbacks, they have successes and the like. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what these guys deal with every day.â&#x20AC;? That spirit also shows through during the annual Warrior Games competition in Colorado Springs, Colo., the vice chairman added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And you can see it in their eyes that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re working so hard and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re so proud that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve overcome the adversity that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen in life,â&#x20AC;? he said. Winnefeldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hopes for his own participation in the game seemed to reďŹ&#x201A;ect the level of respect he had for the competition heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be facing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to have to work really hard just to hold my own today,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just want to get a base hit -- thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all I want.â&#x20AC;? Winnefeld and the Blue Team fell to the White Team, 10-9. But regardless of the

If you ever watched these guys play, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s scary how good they are.â&#x20AC;? -Adm. James A. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sandyâ&#x20AC;? Winnefeld Jr.

gameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outcome, the vice chairman said, it was a â&#x20AC;&#x153;real honor and privilegeâ&#x20AC;? to be on the ďŹ eld with the wounded warriors. He shared insight into some of the conversations he has shared with many of them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had a lot of discussions about what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve overcome and the perseverance and the fact that ability overcomes disability every time,â&#x20AC;? Winnefeld said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The attitude among these young men and women is fantastic.â&#x20AC;? The vice chairman was asked if the country has done a better job embracing its wounded warriors after two prolonged wars. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think there are a couple of things going on here,â&#x20AC;? Winnefeld said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;First of all, because of the remarkable advances weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had in battleďŹ eld medical care and post-battleďŹ eld medical care, so many of these people are alive now â&#x20AC;&#x201C; people who would not have survived previous wars. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I also believe that the country has stepped up, and they understand that the warriors out there should be honored, treated well and with respect,â&#x20AC;? he continued. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The combination of those two things has really made a difference for these guys. So it is different this time around.â&#x20AC;?

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selects the best-qualiďŹ ed applicants for assignment into the CMC/CSC Program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every year we get 100 or so packages and the board selects the very best of those,â&#x20AC;? said Tidwell. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The main thing is that people keep trying to apply if they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get selected the ďŹ rst or second time up. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t give up because the opportunities and challenges are worth the ďŹ ght and the frustration. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really rewarding to be a part of the command and see the impact that you have in the command as a CMC.â&#x20AC;? Upon selection, receipt of orders and successful completion of a Military Senior Enlisted Academy and the

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Life after an injury By MC1 Kim Harris & MC2 (SW/ AW) Dominique Shelton Amphibious Squadron Four Public Affairs

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On April 12, 2012, Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Laurie L. Wood’s life as she knew it changed dramatically when she was paralyzed following an injury sustained while serving as a Norfolk Deputy Sheriff Academy instructor. Wood, an 18-year Navy veteran, said that her new normal has become adjusting to her disability. In her careers at the Norfolk Sheriff’s office and in the Navy, Wood was required to pass rigorous fitness tests. Regaining her former level of activity and fitness is important to her. In the aftermath of her injury, Wood’s family and colleagues, both civilian and Navy reserve, have rallied to provide support. Her brother introduced her to the Virginia Beach Hockey Club’s Challenge Team. Wood grew up playing hockey with her brothers, so this seemed like a perfect fit.

The Challenge Team is an ice hockey league open to individuals from all walks of life and ability levels, founded by Navy Cmdr. Ryan Croley as a way to incorporate family physical training (PT) into his command’s PT regiment. Croley added a twist to the traditional game of hockey; with the addition of sleds, disabled individuals were able to join the team. “What started out as family PT has since grown into something greater,” said Croley. Today, several members on the team are either quadriplegic or paraplegic, including 15-year-old Nicholas B. Solt, who is a quadriplegic. “Playing on the team is fun, it keeps me active and gives me something to look forward to every week,” said Solt. Wood, who serves as captain of the Challenge Team, credits playing on the team with assisting in her recovery. “Participating in the league has been very therapeutic. Playing hockey has made me feel alive

Participating in the league has been very therapeutic. Playing hockey has made me feel alive again.” -Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Laurie L. Wood

again,” she said. “Getting involved with a really good group of people is a great start to the healing process.” Wood is also the mother of Gavin, a nine-year-old boy who she says has been by her side throughout the entire process. “Life goes on and you can still do what you want to do and still kick some butt on the ice,” said Wood. I also want to be a good mom and role model for my son. “The good part of it is, that this guy gets to see how to overcome adversity.” According to Wood, strength and endurance is what has helped her most throughout this process. “What does the strength of the spirit look like? Where do you go to find the courage to fight when you have to overcome adversity?” Wood asked. “You find it deep inside.” The Challenge Team is open to all age groups and ability levels. It is open year round and currently recruiting new team members. It is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt, nonprofit charitable foundation. To learn more about how to join Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Wood on the ice, visit the Challenge Team’s Webpage at http:// www.vbhcchallengeteam.com.

By MC3 (SW/AW) Sabrina Fine Amphibious Squadron Four Public Affairs

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Early in the morning while others aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) are sleeping, Culinary Specialist Seaman Ashar Corbett is in the galley intently mixing ingredients together. He is focused on his task-at-hand as he pours batter into a pan and turns on the oven. Corbett is Carter Hall’s night-time baker where he skillfully designs and bakes cakes for all occasions. “I have been drawing since age six,” said Corbett. “Now cakes are my canvas.” Corbett begins his process not by searching for ingredients, but by researching the individual or group that is being honored with a cake. By talking to the Sailor(s), Corbett is able to base the cake’s theme on the awardees hobbies, interests or from a personal request, making each cake unique. “I found out that the Sailor liked reggae music,” said Corbett, remembering a particular reenlistment cake. “I turned on some reggae music and started to visualize the design while I mixed ingredients.” Corbett has designed more than 15 cakes, decorating the tops with intricate frosting designs for holidays, birthdays and reenlistments. “An artist’s ingredients are pencils, markers or paint,” said Corbett. “Baking is my art. A steady hand and practice can create any picture, no matter how hard you think it might be.” Corbett hopes that by making personalized cakes for Sailors, it will help them feel closer to home. “I can’t explain how good it makes me feel to bake cakes,” said Corbett. “It’s an art that makes other people happy.” Despite the hard work, creativity and obvious excitement of unveiling a new cake, Corbett is never able to watch a knife slice into the layers of one of his “masterpieces.” “If I stand there and watch, I think about all the things I could have added to make the cake better,” said Corbett. “In the end, I have to just walk away.” When it comes to cakes, Corbett demonstrates precision and a strong attention to detail. He says he is constantly trying to better himself and inspire others to incorporate what they love into their jobs as well. “I want to let other Sailors know that there is always a way to accomplish your goals,” said Corbett.

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Fort Eustis participates in non-lethal maritime operational demonstration ■ possible uses for the ADS system Potential applications of the ADS include static defense, area denial, suppression of vessel and vehicle operators or occupants, critical asset protection and crowd control.

By Staff Sgt. Wesley Farnsworth 633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

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Members of the U.S. Army 7th Sustainment Brigade, 10th Transportation Battalion and 733rd Mission Support Group partnered with the Joint NonLethal Weapons Directorate to demonstrate their Active Denial System at Fort Eustis, Sept. 12. The system sends out a heat wave that travels at the speed of light and penetrates the first one-sixty fourth layer of the skin, which is equivalent to three pieces of notebook paper. This is where the individual’s nerve receptors reside. The ADS was developed to assist operating forces in minimizing civilian casualties and collateral damage. With more than 15 years of research and exposing 11,800 volunteers to the ADS system has demonstrated its effectiveness and the ability to use it with minimal risk of injury.

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U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Wesley Farnsworth The Active Denial System sits on a vessel at 3rd Port at Fort Eustis, Va., after being used in a demonstration, Sept. 12. This is the first time the ADS system has ever been used in a maritime environment.

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vide commanders a greater range of escalation-of-force options to accomplish the mission and reduce civilian casualties and collateral damage.” Amos said he remains committed to ensuring the Department of Defense’s leadership is aware of the state-of-theart technology available to the joint force today and is enthusiastic about the role of systems such as ADS and how they may play in future operations. “Using this in a maritime environment could prevent vessels from entering a port.” Kelley said. “It allows us to engage someone at a further distance with nonlethal capabilities than we can with current options.” Additionally, the ADS system allows vessels extra range to determine hostile intent before having to engage threats with possible lethal force, Kelley said. The ADS system, housed at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., continuously receives maintenance and undergoes testing and evaluation, allowing it to remain available to U.S. operating forces worldwide. “The DOD is committed to the advancement of our non-lethal inventory and will continue to promote gamechanging scientific achievements such as the Active Denial System,” said U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. R.T. Tryon, U.S. Marine Forces Europe commander. “The long-range, non-lethal effect provided by the ADS system has operational relevance in a wide-range of scenarios, and we must strive to provide our forces with such options in addressing future complex operating environments.” Potential applications of the ADS include static defense, area denial, suppression of vessel and vehicle operators or occupants, critical asset protection and crowd control.

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“Being engaged with ADS, you instantly feel a heating sensation on the area of your body that has been hit,” said U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Shawn Kelley, Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate experimentation officer. “Once you step out of the beam, the sensation goes away. There is no residual effect.” The exercise is the first of its kind to demonstrate this non-lethal capability on waterborne vessels, said Susan LeVine, Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate strategy and policy principle deputy. This capability allows personnel the capability to project a man-sized beam of millimeter waves at a range of up to 1,000 meters. “As the Executive Agent of the Department of Defense’s Non-Lethal Weapons Program, I am encouraged by the progress that the directorate, U.S. Air Force and our partners in industry have made in the development of the Active Denial System,” said U.S. Marine Corps. Gen. James F. Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps. “In today’s complex operating environments, we must pro-

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Courtesy photo Comedian Lewis Black is scheduled to perform at the Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre on Sept. 21. Tickets are still available for the show.

Festival offers visitors rib-stickinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; good time NORFOLK

New this year to the Norfolk Festevents 2013 lineup is the RibtoberFest. The inaugural RibtoberFest will feature ďŹ nger-lickin good BBQ, live music, restaurant competitions, and great family fun on Sept. 21 from noon to 8 p.m. in Town Point Park on the downtown Norfolk waterfront. This free event will feature BBQ restaurants from all over Hampton Roads rolling out the smokers to cook up mouth watering BBQ creations for festival guests to enjoy. Festival goers will be able to sample the succulent ďŹ&#x201A;avors of delectable ribs and zesty pulled pork. Savor all the traditional side dishes that will be ripe for the pickinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to include hush puppies, coleslaw, biscuits and more. Blues is the name of the game at RibtoberFest. Guests will be captivated by the soulful sounds of the ďŹ nest blues musicians in Hampton Roads, performing classic, modern, as well as original blues tunes throughout the he day. The music is sure to keep toes tappinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; pinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and hips shakinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; all day long. Guests will have chance to put their skills to the test as they participate in a variety of events that is sure to get the crowd going hog wild. There will be food eating competitions, cornhole, celebrity judges and more. For more information on RibbtoberFest, visit www.festevents.org/ org/ mini-site/ribtoberfest.

â&#x2013;  on the stage Blues is the name of the game at the Town Point Ribfest. Enjoy live music from the ďŹ nest blues musicians in Hampton Roads, performing classic, modern and original blues tunes. Performers scheduled to appear are: â&#x20AC;˘ 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jacob Vanko â&#x20AC;˘ 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jackie Scott â&#x20AC;˘ 4:15 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Ribtoberfest Rib Competition Winners announced â&#x20AC;˘ 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Black White Blues Band â&#x20AC;˘ 6:30 to 8 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Chris Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Leary Band

Challenge â&#x20AC;˘ RibtoberFest Eating Competition: Guests will go toe-to-toe, or is it lip to lip in food eating competitions taking place at various times during the event. Chow down on grillinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; favorites such as baked beans and corn on the cob. Sign up on site at the Pepper Lovers Club booth and, while you are there, learn about the different varieties of peppers and ďŹ nd out all the great things this club does in Hampton Roads. Time slots for the food eating competitions are 2, 3:45 and 6 p.m. â&#x20AC;˘ RibtoberFest Peoples Choice Awards: The tables turn as the restaurants compete against each other for the $500 top prize to see who has the best ribs in the Hampton Roads area. The RibtoberFest Cookoff puts the best of the best against each other to see who really is the king (or queen) of the smoker. A panel of local celebrities will co comprise the Hog Heaven judging. â&#x20AC;˘ Cooking Coo Demonstrations: For backy BBQ enthusiasts and do-it backyard yo yourselfers, Taylorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Do-It Center will bbe showcasing the best it backyard BBQ technology and techniques. Cooking demonstrations will feature The Big Green Egg â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cooking Eggsperienceâ&#x20AC;? hosted by â&#x20AC;&#x153;EggHeadsâ&#x20AC;? from around the rregion. Cooking demonstrations w will also include Weber and Broi Broilmaster products.

Sail on to SunďŹ sh Challenge & Dinghy Regatta NORFOLK

The ďŹ fth annual Hampton Roads SunďŹ sh Challenge & Dinghy Distance race is set for Sept. 21 in Willoughby Bay, and is attracting sailors from all over the Mid-Atlantic region. The event continues to grow and has attracted a special offer from GetMyBoat.com, which announced its intention to make a donation to the Hampton University Sailing Team in the name of the winning Corinthian (amateur) sailor who places ďŹ rst in the regatta. â&#x20AC;&#x153;GetMyBoatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sponsorship will allow the Hampton Roads SunďŹ sh Challenge & Dinghy Distance Race to reward the hard work of the skippers and crew of Hampton Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

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Live Nation welcomes Lewis Black to the Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre on Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. The Grammy Award-winning standup comedian is one of the most proliďŹ c and popular performers working today. He executes a brilliant trifecta as stand-up comedian, actor and author. Receiving critical acclaim, he performs over 200 nights a year to sell out audiences throughout Europe, New Zealand, Canada and United States. He is one of a few performers to sell out multiple renowned theatres including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City Center, the Main Stage at the Mirage in Las Vegas and most recently a sold out Broadway run at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in NYC. His live performances provide a cathartic release of anger and disillusionment for his audience. He is a passionate performer who is a more pissed-off optimist than mean-spirited curmudgeon. Lewis is the rare comic who can cause an audience to laugh themselves into incontinence while making compelling points about the absurdity of our world. Ticket prices ranges from $37 to $57, and can be purchased at LiveNation.com, Ticketmaster. com, www.hometownbanktix.com, the Roanoke Civic Center Box OfďŹ ce, and via phone at 1-877-HTB-TIXNow or (877) 482-8496. James coming to Chrysler Hall Kevin James will perform one night only on Nov. 10 at Chrysler Hall as part of his national stand-up comedy tour, Kevin James Live. James starred on TV in â&#x20AC;&#x153;The King of Queens,â&#x20AC;? as well as ďŹ lms such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paul Blart: Mall Cop,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zookeeper,â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Here Comes The Boom.â&#x20AC;? He also costarred with Adam Sandler â&#x20AC;&#x153;Grown Upsâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.â&#x20AC;? Tickets range from $39.50 to $65, and are on sale at LiveNation.com, the Scope Box OfďŹ ce, all Ticketmaster Outlets, and chargeby-phone at (800) 745-3000.

â&#x2013;  what to expect The event features not only SunďŹ sh, but is also open to any dinghy 22 feet or smaller. There will be ďŹ ve categories in the SunďŹ sh ďŹ&#x201A;eet: recreational, racing, youth, beater and tandem. Among the other classes of dinghies are: Laser, Force 5, Mutineer, Melonseed Harbor 20, Sonar, and Open Class.

sailing programâ&#x20AC;? said Jonathan Romero, chairman of the Hampton Roads SunďŹ sh Challenge. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It also allows us to continue to improve our efforts to introduce folks to sailing and recreational, friendly, sailboat racing. Several of our racers have commented that the

SunďŹ sh is the boat that taught them to sail, and we want a regatta that celebrates this boat.â&#x20AC;? To learn more visit http://jonathanromero.net/Hampton_Roads_SunďŹ sh_Challenge_%26_Dinghy_Distance_Race/Welcome.html.

Courtesy photo Kevin James is scheduled to perform his stand-up comedy act at Chrysler Hall on Nov. 10.

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Calendar Museum continues quest for memories For a complete list of events in Hampton Roads or to submit your own, visit www.flagshipnews.com/calendar

and mementoes of Bay Shore Beach HAMPTON

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Sigur Rós to play the Ted ■ When: Sept. 24, 7 p.m. ■ Where: Ted Constant Center,

Old Dominion University ■ Cost: $35 for general admission ■ For more information, visit: www.YnotTix.com Named to The Rolling Stone’s “50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now” list, Sigur Rós will play Ted Constant Center as part of their U.S. leg of the 18-month globe spanning tour. This tour is in support of the band’s latest album “Kveikur.” Tickets may be purchased online at www.YnotTix.com by dialing 877-Ynot-Tix, or at the Constant Center Box Office. Additional fees may apply.

3-Point Shootout ■ When: Sept. 19, 11:30 a.m. at NNSY Callaghan Fitness ■ Where: Center, Bldg. 310; Sept. 20, 11 a.m. at NSA

As part of an ongoing Oral History Project to share and record stories about the city’s past, the Hampton History Museum is presenting a second evening of “Memories of Bay Shore Beach” on Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. This is an encore of a program that was held Aug. 22. Prior to the program, from 4 to 7 p.m., the public is encouraged to bring in items, photographs, and mementoes from Bay Shore for the museum staff to photograph, scan, and catalog to help document the history of Bay Shore in order to tell a more complete story of Hampton’s past. Starting at 7 p.m., guest speakers will relate their Bay Shore experiences and invite audience members to join in. The event will be videotaped to add to the museum’s Oral History Project collections. “People don’t have to part with their treasures in order to help us, but we welcome items to add to the collection and incorporate into our updating of the Hampton History Galleries,” Hampton History Museum Executive Director Luci Cochran said. “We need the public’s help in ensuring that we present a true picture of the city’s past. We’re searching for images and material that illustrate Hampton’s African American experience.” African Americans formed the Bay Shore Hotel Co. in 1897 and purchased waterfront property adjacent to Buckroe at Bay Shore Beach. It was the only resort in the area open to blacks. Decimated in the 1933 storm, Bay Shore re-

Courtesy photo A vintage photogragh of Magnolia Inn in Hampton.

vived and operated through 1973. The amusement park at Bay Shore sported the “Dixie Flyer” roller coaster, a carousel, a Ferris wheel, bumper cars, and a lively dance hall which featured some of the era’s most legendary entertainers including Red Foxx, Ella Fitzgerald, and Louis Armstrong. The Hampton History Museum is located at 120 Old Hampton Lane in downtown Hampton, Virginia. There is plenty of free parking in the garage across the street. For more information call 727-1610 or visit www.hamptonhistorymuseum. org.

■ tell your story Prior to the Hampton History Museum’s “Memories of Bay Shore Beach” program on Sept. 17, from 4 to 7 p.m., the public is encouraged to bring in items, photographs, and mementoes from Bay Shore for the museum staff to photograph, scan, and catalog to help document the history of Bay Shore.

HR NH-30 Gym ■ Cost: Free ■ For more information, contact: 444-5572 Don’t miss your chance to compete against NBA AllStar Dale Ellis. Participants will receive free t-shirts while supplies last.

Celebrity Golf Tournament ■ When: Sept. 20, noon shotgun start ■ Where: Sewells Point Golf Course ■ Cost: $45 per person ■ For more information, contact: 444-5572

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Four-man best ball tournament. Entry fee includes cart and dinner.

Sunset Kayaking ■ When: Sept. 20, 6 to 9 p.m. ■ Where: Shuttle departs building C-0 at 5:30 p.m. ■ Cost: $10 for active duty, $15 for civilian guest ■ For more information, contact: 444-4033 or 445-0301

Cost includes transportation, rental kayak, paddles and life jacket.

Disney on Ice presents Let’s Celebrate ■ When: Sept. 25 - 29 ■ Where: Hampton Coliseum ■ Cost: Tickets range from $20 to $50 ■ For more information, visit: www.disneyonice.com/

Miitary receive 20 percent off all $20 and $25 tickets for all shows except opening night.

JEB Little Creek Chapel CCD classes ■ When: Classes begin Sept. 29, 10 a.m. ■ Where: JEB Little Creek Chapel ■ Cost: Free ■ For more information, contact: Religious

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Office at 462-7427 JEB Little Creek Chapel is offering CCD classes to children of military families ages kindergarden through 9th grade, as well as military members who want to make their confirmation. Registration forms for the 2013/2014 school year are available in the Chapel Welcome Center. Confirmation classes for 9th grades and adults will begin on Sept. 22.

Hampton Roads Navy Ball ■ When: Oct. 12, 6 p.m. to midnight ■ Where: Norfolk Waterside Marriott,

235 E. Main St., Norfolk ■ 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 ■ For more information, contact: Adair Wells at 2225375, or visit www.hamptonroadsnavyball.com The Flagship, Inc. invites you to celebrate the U.S. Navy’s 238th birthday at the 2013 Hampton Roads’ Navy Ball. This event is open to all hands. The evening’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 first 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.

The Virginia War Memorial is seeking information on family members and descendants of 13 Virginians who were killed in action serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) during World War II. These 13 Airmen from throughout the Commonwealth will be honored by the dedication of commemorative plaque listing their names and hometowns during a special ceremony at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond on Oct. 22. Military and government officials from the Canadian and United States governments from Ottawa and Washington and from Virginia state government will participate and attend this public event. The Memorial also wishes to invite the families of these lost Airmen to be part of this ceremony. Family members or others who recognize the names and hometowns of these Airmen listed are invited to contact Jeb Hockman, the Memorial’s Director of Marketing and Communications, by telephone at (804) 786-2074 or by email at jhockman@vawarmemorial.org. Prior to America’s entry into World War II in December 1941, 9,000 Americans who were determined to fight the Axis nations enlisted in the RCAF. As a member of the British Commonwealth of Nations, Canada had joined England in declaring war on Nazi Germany in 1939. Of these brave Americans, 764 were lost in combat missions. “The names of the 9,231 Virginians who served in our U.S. military and

were killed in action during World War II are engraved on the glass and stone walls of the Shrine of Memory here at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond,” said Jon Hatfield, the Memorial’s Executive Director. “It is fitting that we honor these 13 Virginians who also gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to Canada, our neighbor and ally in the fight for freedom.” The Virginia War Memorial’s mission is to Honor Veterans, Preserve History, Educate Youth and Inspire Patriotism in All. Dedicated in 1956, the Memorial includes the names of the nearly 12,000 Virginia heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice during World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf and the Global War on Terror. Situated on over four acres overlooking downtown Richmond and the James River at 621 South Belvidere St., the Virginia War Memorial also includes the Paul and Phyllis Galanti Education Center which houses military-related exhibits, programs and theaters showing the award-winning Virginians At War video series and the multi-dimensional film, Into Battle. The Galanti Education Center is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. The Shrine of Memory and grounds are open from 5 a.m. to midnight daily. All events at the Virginia War Memorial are free unless otherwise noted. For more information, call (804) 786-2060 or visit www.vawarmemorial.org.

■ to be honored The 13 Virginians to be honored (in alphabetical order) and their hometowns when they enlisted in the RCAF are: • Lionel Lodowick Burns, Bluefield • Thomas Coke DuBose, Richmond • R.T. Edwards, Norfolk • Ronald Hayes, Norfolk • James Gilmer Heath, Richmond • William Deveraux Langhorne, Chatham • Harry Alexander Lowe, Chatham • Harold Barbour Moore, Boones Mill • Charles Francis Nash, Portsmouth • Richard Fuller Patterson, Richmond • Mark David Romilly, Alexandria • Fred Renshaw Vance, Norfolk • Thomas Austin Withers, Roseland

It is fitting that we honor these 13 Virginians who also gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to Canada, our neighbor and ally in the fight for freedom” -Jon Hatfield, Virginia War Memorial’s Executive Director

Navy Lodge Little Creek – Fort Story to celebrate National Hospitality Week To celebrate Navy Lodge housekeeping, front desk and maintenance staffs for the tireless work they do on a daily basis to support our military families, Navy Lodge Little Creek - Fort Story is participating in National Hospitality Week, Sept. 23-27. “The Navy Lodge staff is very excited to participate in National Hospitality Week,” India Austin said. “They do so much throughout the year to make sure our guests have a clean and comfortable stay at our Navy Lodge. This week allows our associates to show off their housekeeping and guest service skills and have fun at the same time.” Navy Lodges worldwide are planning

several activities such as health and safety awareness, vacuum cleaner dash, bed making contests, laundry bag relay, appreciation luncheons, toilet paper pyramid carrying, roll-a-way bed races and much more. According to Austin, the following events are planned at JEB Little Creek – Fort Story. Toilet paper toss, vacuum cleaner race, dust pan rely and Who am I. It’s difficult to leave home, whether for that military-mandated permanent change of station (PCS) move or a hard-earned vacation. That is why it’s important to pick a military lodging location that offers the many comforts of home. Navy Lodges offer family suites

and oversized guest rooms that feature a kitchenette complete with microwave and utensils, cable TV with premium channels and DVD player. Navy Lodges offer guests housekeeping service, vending machines, DVD rental service and laundry facilities as well as handicapped accessible rooms. Guests also have inroom coffee, breakfast in the lobby and newspaper as well as convenient on-base parking while staying at a Navy Lodge. Most Navy Lodges also accept cats and dogs up to 50 pounds. To make a reservation at a Navy Lodge, call 800-628-9466 (800-NAVYINN), 24 hours a day, seven days a week or go online at www.navy-lodge.com.


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Patriot offers true blue transportation By Ken Chester, Jr. Motor News Media Corporation

The Jeep Patriot, is the automaker’s most affordable compact sport-utility vehicle (SUV), offering consumers segment-leading capability and unsurpassed 4x4 fuel economy. Classic Jeep design cues include available 17-inch aluminum wheels and all-terrain tires housed inside signature Jeep trapezoidal wheel openings. Jeep Patriot’s high beltline completes the vehicle’s protective side profile. The rear of the vehicle, with an upright backlight and a bold bumper, further illustrate Jeep Patriot’s interior spaciousness and adds to its rugged appearance and capability. Four doors and a rear liftgate provide easy access to Jeep Patriot’s spacious and functional interior. New for 2013, the Jeep Patriot sports two new exterior colors: Black Forest Green Pearl Coat and Winter Chill Pearl Coat. Available in Sport, Latitude and Limited models, power for the front-drive Patriot is generated by a 2.0L four-cylinder World Engine. Patriot 4x4 and Limited are equipped with a 2.4L four-cylinder World Engine as standard equipment. Both engines communicate torque to the ground through the standard Magna Driveline T355 five-speed manual gearbox. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is an available option for both motors. The Jeep Patriot offers customers segmentleading capability with features such as low-range mode which generates a best-in-class 19:1 crawl ratio, brake traction control, 19-inch water fording capability, Hill-descent Control, 4x4 Lock and shift-on-the-fly which sends 50 percent of torque to front and rear wheels. Jeep Patriot is available in three drivetrain configurations. In addition to the standard frontwheel-drive system, Jeep Patriot also is available

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■ under the hood Available in Sport, Latitude and Limited models, power for the front-drive 2013 Jeep Patriot is generated by a 2.0L four-cylinder World Engine. Patriot 4x4 and Limited are equipped with a 2.4L four-cylinder World Engine as standard equipment.

with Freedom Drive I and the Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package. Freedom Drive I is an available full-time, active four-wheel-drive system with lock mode designed to give drivers year-round assurance with the ability to handle rough weather and low-traction conditions. This active four-wheel-drive system is recommended for daily use, including slick conditions that come with rain and light snow. Freedom Drive I also features a lockable center coupling, giving drivers the ability to put the Jeep

Patriot in four-wheel-drive lock mode to handle deep snow, sand and other low-traction surfaces. The Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package includes a second-generation continuously variable transaxle with low range (JATCO CVT2L) that engages when the off-road mode is activated, 17inch all-terrain tires and aluminum wheels, a fullsize spare tire, skid plates, tow hooks, fog lamps and manual seat height adjuster. This package is recommended for moderate off-road situations that include steep grades, occasional wheel lift and rock or log climbing. Inside the passenger cabin, soft touch frontdoor trim panels with a padded upper surface; center armrest and a steering wheel with integrated controls greets the driver. Premium cloth bucket seats in the front are standard, as well as speed control on all models. Additionally door switches, door locks, windows and power mirror controls are backlit for easy use at night.

Motorists must watch for back-to-school walkers The afternoon hours are particularly dangerous for walking children over the last decade – nearly one-third of child pedestrian fatalities occurred between 4 and 8 p.m. AAA’s “School’s Open – Drive Carefully” campaign was launched in 1946 to help reduce the number of school-related pedestrian injuries and fatalities. AAA offers the following advice for motorists: 1. Slow down. A pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling at 25 mph is nearly two-thirds less likely to be killed compared to a pedestrian

struck by a vehicle traveling just 10 mph faster. 2. Eliminate distractions. Children often cross the road unexpectedly and may emerge suddenly between two parked cars. 3. Reverse responsibly. Check for children on the sidewalk, driveway and around your vehicle before slowly backing up. 4. Talk to your teen. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States, and more than one in four fatal crashes involving teen drivers occur during the after-school

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hours of 4 to 8 p.m. Get evidence-based guidance and tips at TeenDriving.AAA.com. 5. Come to a complete stop. Always come to a complete stop, checking carefully for children on sidewalks and in crosswalks before proceeding. 6. Watch for bicycles. Children on bikes are often inexperienced, unsteady and unpredictable. If your child rides a bicycle to school, require that they wear a properly-fitted bicycle helmet on every ride. Find videos, expert advice and safety tips at ShareTheRoad.AAA.com.

■ Wheelbase: Wheelbase:

103.7 inches; overall length: 173.8; width: 69.2; height: 65.5 (FWD), 66.8 (4WD). ■ Engine: 2.0L four-cylinder – 158 hp at 6,400 rpm and 141 lbs-ft of torque at 5,000 rpm; 2.4L four-cylinder – 172 hp at 6,000 rpm and 165 lbs.-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm. ■ Transmission: five-speed manual, continuously variable automatic. ■ EPA Fuel Economy: 2.0L four-cylinder (FWD) – 23 city/30 hwy. (manual), 22 city/28 hwy. (automatic); 2.4L four-cylinder (2WD) – 23 city/28 hwy. (manual), 21 city/27 hwy. (automatic); (4WD) – 23 city/28 hwy. (manual), 21 city/26 hwy. ( Freedom Drive I/automatic), 20 city/23 hwy. (Freedom Drive II/automatic). ■ Cargo capacity: 53.5 cubic feet. ■ Towing capacity: 2,000 lbs. ■ Safety features: Dual front airbags, dual side-curtain airbags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, brake assist, all-speed traction control, electronic roll mitigation electronic stability control, hill start assist, fog lamps, engine immobilizer, and tire pressure monitoring system. 4x4 adds four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock. Latitude adds remote keyless entry. Optional safety equipment includes: hill-descent control, fullsize spare tire, supplemental front-seat mounted side-impact airbags, Bluetooth hands free phone system, tow hooks and daytime running lights. ■ Warranty: Basic – 3-year/36,000 mile; Powertrain – 5-year/100,000 mile; Corrosion – 5-year/100,000 mile; Roadside Assistance – 5-year/100,000 mile 24-hour. ■ Pricing: The base Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price for the 2013 Jeep Patriot SUV starts from $15,995 for the Sport 4x2 up to $25,695 for the Limited 4x4. Destination charges add $995.

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LIFE BEGINS AT AGE 30 FOR UFC’S PAT HEALY By Thomas Gerbasi UFC.com

After 47 pro fights, Pat Healy isn’t going to get rattled by facing Khabib Nurmagomedov and his 20-0 record this Saturday at UFC 165 in Toronto. On the contrary, he enjoys matchups like these. “My friends always joke with me and call me the ‘prospect killer’ because I’ve been in that position a lot, where guys have all the hype coming in against me and they kind of throw me in there thinking I’m gonna be a stepping stone,” said the lightweight contender. “Those are the fights I perform the best in because it takes the pressure off.You just go out there and let it all hang out, and that’s when I usually have my better performances. It’s the fights that I’m really favored in that I have the worst performances in. So these are the ones I like.” Battle tested You know you’re talking to a veteran when he doesn’t shy away from a challenge like this, but instead relishes it. Let’s face it, a fighter like Nurmagomedov has looked unstoppable up to this point, he’s got the confidence and youth to go along with his skill set, and the bottom line is that he doesn’t know how to lose. Oregon’s Healy came up under a whole different set of circumstances, fighting to stay above the .500 mark for the first five years of his career, a span of time filled with short notice bouts, matches against some top contenders, and fights which he simply shouldn’t have taken at the time. “It built some character in me, that’s for sure,” laughs Healy, knowing that it’s not where you start, but where you finish, and at the moment, he’s in the UFC. So while he respects the game of the Russian upstart, he doesn’t see him as being on a higher level than he is. “He (Nurmagomedov) is a really

make myself feel nervous months out so I couldd get mused to it, and it completely changed thee experience for me,” said Healy of his UFC 159 bout with Jim Miller in April. “There were a few nerves, but it really was an exciting experience. The whole eing week leading up, being nd New York around New Jersey and was exciting and fun, and even the ring walk, everybody was cheering for Jim, but it was stilll crazy to hear that many people goingg nuts.” Even the fight was an entirely or Healy, as different experience for citing scrap he engaged in an exciting Juggling the jitters with Miller that saw him submit Nurmagomedov has made the the hometown favoritee in the third walk to the Octagon four times thus round, earning Fight and Submisfar in his career, so the UFC jitters are sion of the Night honors. likely out the window at this point. That wasn’t the case for Healy his Winding road first time around in the promotion, That’s the Hollywood ending. In as a 2006 fight with Anthony Torres reality, Healy’s career full of ups and turned out to be a disaster even before downs got another down when it was the opening bell rang. revealed that he failed his post-fight “The last time I really didn’t pre- drug test for marijuana. What folpare mentally for the pressure you lowed was a suspension, the reversal can feel in the UFC,” he said. “I re- of the Miller fight to a no contest, and member trying to convince myself the forfeiture of his post-fight bothat this would be like any other nuses. More than four months later, fight, and before the fight I went into he looks back on the whole situation the Octagon and was moving around philosophically. and warming up and that’s when it “I still treat it as a win mentally,” hit me. ‘Oh man, this is the UFC.’ he said. “I still have a lot of moYou see the logo on the mat and I got mentum and I’m trying not to let really nervous.” the suspension or anything kind of Healy only made it to the 2:37 eat into that. I’m putting that in the mark of the opening round before back of my mind and focusing on getting submitted by Torres, and it the performance I had and considerwould be nearly seven years before ing it a win.” he got the call back after Strikeforce Yet despite the no contest and the shut its doors at the start of 2013. furor surrounding the bout, Healy And when Healy came back, he was did get to introduce himself to a new a different fighter physically and segment of the fanbase that may not mentally, and it showed. have watched the exploits in Strike“I tried to put myself there and force that earned him the number great athlete, really explosive, a great wrestler, and a very dangerous opponent,” said Healy. “I think he can explode and finish you at any moment, but he’s still pretty raw, still has some holes in his game, and that’s what I’m gonna look to exploit.” In other words, he’s going to throw 47 fights worth of experience at his 25-year-old opponent. “He’s never really been in any bad positions or had his back against the wall, so to speak, as far as being in trouble,” said Healy, 31-15, 1 NC. “So I want to make a scrappy fight, get in his face, stay in his face, and show him that I’m not intimidated at all by the “0” in his record. I’m going to look to put him in bad spots and see how he reacts in those.”

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mmaschedule BELLATOR 100 Sept. 20, 9 p.m., Spike TV Featured bouts: Douglas Lima vs. Ben Saunders Luis Melo vs. Matthew Riddle Mark Scanlon vs. Herman Terrado Justin Baesman vs. B. Weedman Vaughn Anderson vs. War Machine

UFC 165 Sept. 21; 8 p.m., Fox Sports 1; 10 p.m., PPV Featured bouts: Jon Jones vs. Alex Gustafsson Renan Barao vs. Eddie Wineland Matt Mitrione vs. Brendan Schaub Francis Carmont vs. C. Philippou Pat Healy vs. K. Nurmagomedov

one contender’s slot. “I think you’re nothing really until you do something in the UFC,” he said. “In most general fans’ eyes, they still look at the sport as the UFC and not MMA. This is the ultimate proving ground, and I still have some victories to get to have people completely on my side, but it definitely turned some heads and got people talking.” And now, at the spry ol’ age of 30, Healy just may be hitting his prime at the right time.

“When I turned 29, and maybe a couple years leading up to it, it was hard to handle, like ‘oh man, 30, you’re old now,’” he laughs. “Then I looked back and said life’s been steadily getting better every year, so there’s no reason that’s gonna change. I certainly don’t feel 30. I feel young, I’m one of those guys who’s young at heart, and I welcome the 30s and hope they’re going to continue getting better.” In that case, world title by 31? “That’s the plan.”

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Chase for the Cup begins as rain-delayed GEICO 400 helps diverts attention from recent negative headlines By Rick Minter Universal Uclick

Matt Kenseth’s victory in the rain-plagued Chase opener at Chicagoland Speedway on Sept. 15, a race that was supposed to start at 2 p.m. and ended around midnight, allowed the NASCAR world to enter Week Two of the Chase talking about something other than the shenanigans at Richmond International Raceway the week before. But the manipulation of the finishing order of the Sept. 7 regular-season finale at Richmond by Michael Waltrip Racing and an apparent attempt to do so by Penske Racing and Front Row Motorsports won’t been soon forgotten. The events at Richmond led to stiff penalties from NASCAR, a change in the makeup of the field for the Chase for the Sprint Cup and new rules for competition. NASCAR officials responded to the sport’s biggest scandal in years by adding Ryan Newman to the Chase field and dropping Martin Truex Jr., adding Jeff Gordon as a last-minute 13th entry, and creating new rules forbidding drivers and teams from laying over to affect the outcome of a race. NASCAR chairman Brian France said the unprecedented steps were taken to try to help the sport overcome the damage done to its integrity by teams trying to get drivers into the Chase. “I think we wanted it to be very clear, and we wanted to reinforce, frankly, the cornerstone of NASCAR, which is giving your all,” he said. “And that’s the cornerstone of any sport.” According to the new rules introduced prior to the Chase opener at Chicagoland Speedway, NASCAR will require competitors to race at

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Matt Kenseth gives the fans a victory burnout at Chicagoland. 100 percent of their ability with the goal of achieving their best possible finishing position in an event. The rules state that competitors who try to artificially alter the finishing positions of the event or encourage others to do so will face penalties, including “disqualification and/or loss of finishing points and/or fines and/or loss of points and/or suspension and/or probation to any and all members of the teams, including any beneficiaries of the prohibited actions.” The rules do not apply to normal racing tactics, and do not apply to start-and-park teams, as NASCAR president Mike Helton said that those underfunded teams are giving 100 percent of their ability. Additionally, there are new rules in place for the spotter stand, where much of the manipulation at Richmond took place. Going forward, there will be only one spotter allowed per team on the spotter stand. That spotter will only be able to have two analog radios. No digital radios will be allowed on the spotter stand any longer. And the activities on the spotter stand will be monitored by NASCAR using cameras. Penske Racing and Front Row

Motorsports appeared to have worked a deal on the spotter stand at Richmond to have David Gilliland give Joey Logano a spot on the track in the closing laps in exchange for compensation in the future, but NASCAR did not remove Logano from the Chase. Officials did put both teams on probation for the remainder of the year. Paul Wolfe, crew chief of Brad Keselowski’s No. 2 Ford at Penske Racing, said after a meeting with NASCAR officials and Sprint Cup teams and drivers that the location of the proverbial line that can’t be crossed without incurring big penalties is clear to him. “I think everyone should have a pretty clear understanding of what that is now,” Wolfe said. “If you go out there and run 100 percent to your ability and run a normal race, then everything will be fine.” Jeff Gordon, who lost a Chase spot because of Michael Waltrip Racing’s manipulation but was later added as a 13th entry, said it was time for NASCAR to react, and react strongly, so the issue won’t come up again. Actions by Waltrip’s team in the closing laps of the regular-season finale at Richmond included a questionable spin by Clint Bowyer to

bring out the caution flag just as Ryan Newman took the lead and was poised to win the race and take a wild-card Chase berth from Truex. Then Bowyer and a third teammate, Brian Vickers, fell back in the field and finished behind 22nd-place Joey Logano, putting him past Jeff Gordon into the top 10 in points and opening the wild-card spot for Truex that was later taken away. “There is more concern to me that we get to Homestead and have this come up again, so it needs to be addressed,” Gordon said. “Usually what happens in a situation that gets to this magnitude, there is going to be an overreaction, and you understand that and accept that. It might need to be modified over time, but I think right now an overreaction is probably the acceptable reaction.” But Gordon also pointed out that the driver who started it all with an intentional spin – Bowyer – escaped with no real penalty, as his 50-point docking came before the points were reset and had no effect on his Chase seeding. Series officials also instituted a new policy on restarts, which have been a controversial subject all season. Going forward, the secondplace driver can take the lead before the start/finish line as long as officials determine that the leader stepped on the gas first. At Dover in June, Jimmie Johnson was penalized for jumping a restart and lost what appeared to be a sure victory. Then, at Richmond, Carl Edwards reached the starting line ahead of race leader Paul Menard, but was allowed to keep the lead and went on to win. But at Chicagoland, there was no controversy about restarts, even though the second-place driver wound up with the lead several times.

SPRINT CUP POINTS 1. Matt Kenseth 2,063 points 2. Kyle Busch 2,055 points; behind -8 3. Jimmie Johnson 2,052 points; behind -11 4. Kevin Harvick 2,048 points; behind -15 5. Carl Edwards 2,040 points; behind -23 6. Kurt Busch 2,040 points; behind -23 7. Jeff Gordon 2,039 points; behind -24 8. Ryan Newman 2,035 points; behind -28 9. Clint Bowyer 2,035 points; behind -28 10. Kasey Kahne 2,032 points; behind -31 11. Greg Biffle 2,032 points; behind -31 12. Joey Logano 2,011 points; behind -52 13. D. Earnhardt Jr. 2,010 points; behind -53


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

Naval Station Norfolk PROTESTANT Sun. School : 9 a.m. Sun. (Ages 4 - Adult) AWANA / Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church : 10 a.m., Sun. (Ages 4 - 10) Worship service:10:30 a.m., Sun. Fellowship: 11:30 a.m., Sun. Coffeehouse: 6 p.m., Sun. Bible Study/ Band Practice: 5 p.m., Mon. PWOC: 9:30 a.m., Wed Choir practice: 6 p.m., Wed. LATTER DAY SAINTS Worship: 11:30 a.m., Sun. (Chapel Annex Classroom 1) Meeting: 7 p.m., Wed. (Chapel Annex Classroom 4)

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

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

ISLAMIC WORSHIP: Masjid al Daâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;wah 2nd Floor (Bldg. C-7) Services: 1:30 p.m., Fri. Chapels are open daily for prayer.

NWS Yorktown Chapel

NAS Oceana Chapel

ROMAN CATHOLIC ROMAN CATHOLIC Mass schedule: 8:30 a.m., Sun. Mass schedule: 11:30 a.m., Tues.-Fri. PROTESTANT 9 a.m. & 12:15 p.m., Sun. Worship service:10:30 a.m., Sun. PROTESTANT Sun. school: 9:15 a.m., Sun. NSA Northwest Worship service: 10:40 a.m., Annex Chapel Sun. ROMAN CATHOLIC Bible study: 11 a.m., Wed. Rosary: 8:30 a.m., Sun. Confessions: 8:45 a.m., Sun. Dam Neck Annex Mass Schedule: 9 a.m., Sun. Chapel ROMAN CATHOLIC PROTESTANT (EPISCOPAL) Confessions: 4:15 p.m., Sat. Worship service: 11 a.m., Sun. Mass Schedule: 5 p.m., Sat. VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL July 29 - Aug. 2; 6 to 8 p.m.

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

contact info

duty chaplain

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

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

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