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Hampton Roads rides out the storm We kept a very close watch on the storm all night.” - Adm. Bill Gortney
A Sailor walks through a ﬂooded parking lot during Hurricane Sandy at the Naval Air Station Oceana Police Department to report for duty, Oct. 29.
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Future USS Minnesota christened Press Release Naval Sea Systems Command
By MC3 (SW) Jonathan Sunderman Amphibious Squadron 8 Public Affairs
The Navy christened its newest submarine, the future USS Minnesota (SSN 783) at Huntington Ingalls Industries – Newport News, Oct. 27. Minnesota’s sponsor, Ellen Roughead, broke a ceremonial bottle of sparkling wine against the submarine’s hull, ofﬁcially naming the ship. Roughead, the wife of former Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead (ret.), has been a tireless supporter of military families and continuing education initiatives for Navy spouses. “We were honored to have Mrs. Roughead participate in such an important milestone for PCU (Pre-Commissioning Unit) Minnesota,” said Capt. David Goggins, Virginia-class program manager. “The Virginia-class is an outstanding platform and Minnesota builds on the stellar reputation of quality and success that the class is known for.”
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MC3 Billy Ho Newport News Shipbuilding hosts the christening ceremony for the Virginia-class attack submarine PreCommissioning Unit (PCU) USS Minnesota (SSN 783), Oct. 27.
ENTERPRISE COMPLETES FINAL AMMUNITION OFFLOAD BEFORE INACTIVATION By MC3 Brian G. Reynolds
■ about the ship Minnesota is the 10th ship of the Virginiaclass and the last under the second, or block II, contract. The submarine is on-track to deliver to the Navy in late spring 2013, ahead of its April 2014 contract delivery date. The ship will be commissioned shortly thereafter.
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“When Minnesota delivers next year, every block II boat will have delivered early to its contract delivery date,” said Rear Adm. Dave Johnson, program executive ofﬁcer for submarines. “Added together, the shipbuilders delivered these submarines 42 months early, and Minnesota is well on-track to push that number into the 50s.” Minnesota’s christening marks the ﬁnal major milestone for the Virginia-class in 2012. In May, the Navy took delivery of USS Mississippi (SSN 782), nearly a year early
USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Weapons Department completed the historic carrier’s ﬁnal ammunition ofﬂoad, Oct. 24 - 26. During the ofﬂoad, 3,348,000 pounds of ordnance and ammunition were transferred from Enterprise to Military Sealift Command (MSC) dry cargo and ammunition ships USNS Matthew Perry (T-AKE 9) and USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE 2). Because Enterprise is scheduled to be inactivated later this year, all ammunition and ordnance – other than small arms used for security purposes – had to be transferred off of the ship. “The planning was a major challenge,” said Lt. Cmdr. Thomas L. Hinnant, the ordnance handling ofﬁcer aboard Enterprise. “We have been talking to the Sacagawea for about a year. There are so many entities involved in
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TRUMAN COMPLETES SHIP’S TRAINING AVAILABILITY/FEP The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) completed its tailored ship’s training availability (TSTA) and a successful ﬁnal evaluation problem (FEP) assessment, Oct. 24.
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IT1 Stephen Wolff An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Dragon Whales of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28 picks up ammunition from the USS Enterprise (CVN 65).
LARGEST MISSILE DEFENSE FLIGHT TEST IN HISTORY The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) successfully conducted the largest, most complex missile defense ﬂight test ever attempted, Oct. 24.
GRANT A WISH FOR OUR HEROES The USO and partners will recognize Veterans Day with “Grant a Wish for Our Heroes,” giving Americans the opportunity to thank those who serve in the Armed Forces.
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Five Marines, assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) aboard amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44), participated in the 37th Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) through the MCM Forward program, Oct. 27. MCM, established in 1976, is an annual race held in Washington, D.C., and is the fourth largest marathon in the United States and the ninth largest in the world. The MCM Forward program began in 2006 to offer deployed service members a chance to participate in the race. “I started working on this event early and the preparation process went smoothly,” said Marine Staff Sgt. Patrick Hammer, MCM Forward coordinator aboard Gunston Hall. “All the participants registered on-time and I made sure everyone had enough time to familiarize themselves with the ship’s treadmills.” For three of the participants, the event marked the ﬁrst time they had competed in a marathon. “It was a little bit more difﬁcult than I thought it would be because the treadmill is so restricted,” said Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Thomas, an MCM Forward participant. “Finishing the race gave me an overwhelming sense of pride. I was relieved to ﬁnally say it’s over with, but it was all worth it when I ﬁnally hit that 26.2 mark.” To keep up the morale and motivation, Marines printed out inspirational pictures and hung them up in the gym next to the treadmills. “Having run the race last year back in D.C., I could visualize the real
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The Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) announced that it has revised its Price Match Policy for NEXâ€™s around the world, Oct. 23. The NEX Price Match Policy guarantees that NEXâ€™s will match any brick and mortar retailerâ€™s advertised price within the local market area on any identical instock item. â€œWe want the NEX to be our customersâ€™ choice for shopping,â€? said Richard Dow, NEXCOM senior vice president, Store Operations. â€œRevamping our NEX Price Match Policy gives our NEX cashiers more authority to match prices, which will give an even greater customer service experience to our customers.â€? NEX sales associates have the authori-
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Enterprise to inactivate after more than half a century of service ■ her service A veteran of 25 deployments to the Mediterranean Sea, Pacific Ocean and the Middle East, Enterprise has served in nearly every major conflict to take place during her history.
Press Release Enterprise Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs
After 51 years of distinguished service, the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) will inactivate in a ceremony onboard Norfolk Naval Station, Dec. 1. The inactivation ceremony will be the last ofﬁcial public event for the ship and will serve as a celebration of life for the ship and the more than 100,000 Sailors who served aboard. Details of the actual ceremony are still being ﬁnalized, however, numerous dignitaries and thousands of storied veterans of the ship are expected to attend the event. Commissioned on Nov. 25, 1961, the eighth ship to bear the illustrious name Enterprise, the “Big E” was the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. A veteran of 25 deployments to the Mediterranean Sea, Paciﬁc Ocean and the Middle East, Enterprise has served in nearly every major conﬂict to take place during her history. From the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 to six deployments in support of the Vietnam conﬂict through the Cold War and the Gulf Wars, Enterprise was there. On Sept. 11, 2001, Enterprise aborted her transit home from a long deployment after the terrorist attacks and steamed overnight to the North Arabian Sea. Big E once again took her place in history when she launched the ﬁrst strikes in direct support of Operation Enduring Freedom. All Enterprise veterans, their families, shipyard workers and friends of Enterprise are invited to register to attend the inactivation week events and the ceremony on the ship’s website, www.enterprise.navy.mil. Tickets to the events will be on a ﬁrst available basis.
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Reception hosted aboard USS Enterprise By MC3 Jacob D. Galito Enterprise Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs
The U.S. ambassador to Italy and Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa and Commander, Allied Joint Forces Command Naples hosted a reception aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) during a port visit to Naples, Italy, Oct. 19. During the reception, Amb. David Thorne and Adm. Bruce Clingan welcomed Prince Carlo Di Borbone DelleDue Sicilie and other distinguished guests, highlighting the continuing partnership between U.S. and Italy. Capt. William C. Hamilton, Commanding Ofﬁcer of Enterprise and Clingan each addressed the crowd of military ofﬁcials and special guests in attendance. “Thank you for sharing your beautiful city and all of Italy with the over 5,000 Sailors and Marines of Enterprise and [guided-missile destroyer] USS Nitze (DDG 94),” said Hamilton.
MC2 Brooks B. Patton, Jr. Rear Adm. Walter E. Carter, Commander, Enterprise Carrier Strike Group and Prince Carlo Di Borbone Delle-Due Sicilie speak during a reception aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65).
“Besides shopping and eating your delicious food, these Sailors and Marines will be experiencing the rich Italian culture and history on the many tours that have been arranged for us. This is truly an experience of a lifetime.” Clingan took the opportunity to thank the carrier’s Italian hosts as well.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for us as the U.S. Navy to express our appreciation to Italy – to thank you for being a wonderful host nation and a steadfast and capable ally,” he said. Enterprise has a long relationship with the people of Naples. The carrier made its ﬁrst port visit to the city during its maiden deployment in 1962. “Since that time, Enterprise has visited Naples six more times during our 50-year history,” said Hamilton. “We all know that much has changed in our long history, but one thing remains true – the Sailors and Marines of Enterprise look forward to the culture and history of this beautiful nation.” Enterprise is currently on a scheduled deployment in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. For more news from Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa/ U.S. 6th Fleet, visit www.navy.mil/ local/naveur/.
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‘BIG E’ SAILORS LEND A HAND AT THE ABBEY OF SAN VINCENZO Sailors aided in gardening, pruning of olive trees for upcoming festival By MC3 Jared King Enterprise Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs
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Sailors and Marines from aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) and guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG 94) volunteered at a monastery while in port in Naples, Italy, Oct. 18. Eleven Sailors from various departments aboard the “Big E” and Nitze aided in light gardening and pruning olive trees in preparation for the upcoming harvest at the Abbey of San Vincenzo. The Abbey of San Vincenzo is a monastery of Benedictine nuns dedicated to contemplative life in the 1,500-year-old tradition of St. Benedict. Benedict, the father of modern monasticism, believed a key component to forming a community was the balance between prayer and work, known as “ora et labora.” The grounds of the Central Italian monastery, nestled near the source of the Volturno River at the foot of the Mainarde mountains, served as the backdrop for the ﬁve-hour project. “It was beautiful,” said Cryptologic Technician 1st Class Shanika L. King. “It was basically just going out to the monastery and helping them. It was an experience I will treasure for the rest of my life.” The nuns of San Vincenzo cultivate a special appreciation for the land, which provides the stable base of the monastery. They believe it is through the land and the animals that the community experiences the seasonal cycles of nature in complement of the seasonal cycle of the liturgy of the church. “They [the nuns of San Vincenzo] took the grounds literally from nothing to something to be very proud of,” said Lt. Cmdr. Claude E. Taylor, Enterprise’s Aviation Intermediate Maintenance Department assistance mainte-
Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Dustin Kraxner from the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) interacts with children at Centro Laila during a community involvement event. Left: Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Brendan Cameron and Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Christopher Depko, both stationed aboard the USS Nitze (DDG 94), paint a fence at Centro Laila.
MC3 Scott Pittman Sailors assigned to aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) stand in front of the baptism hall of “Il Duomo,” the third largest church in the world, while on a tour of Florence, Italy.
nance ofﬁcer, and one of the volunteers. “It is nice to see we have our own countrymen working in this country and they are doing good work.” “It makes me feel very special,” said King. “It really made me thankful that I was able to do this. I enjoyed listening to the history the nuns spoke of and the things they did to get to this point. Just the outcome of all the handiwork and the different people they helped over the years – it was amazing.” According to the nuns of San Vincenzo, working the land “takes a special kind of teamwork and brings a shared joy in the fruits of labor,” a sentiment Enterprise Sailors learned ﬁrsthand. “They [Enterprise Sailors] got to see a part of Italy they have never seen before and an area that has such historical signiﬁcance, both in Italian culture and in world culture,” said Taylor. “This visit reafﬁrmed the fact that we do need to take time out and give of ourselves, and that is what these ladies at the monastery have been doing. It is good to give other people a minute of your service.”
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Enterprise gives back to Italy during community outreach By MC3 Randy J. Savarese Enterprise Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs
Sailors and Marines from aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) and guidedmissile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG 94) volunteered at Centro Laila during a scheduled port visit to Naples, Italy, Oct. 17. Centro Laila was started 28 years ago by the parents of Gisele Luciano, the center’s current director. It began when the Lucianos provided a single child with food and shelter because they wanted to help do something positive for the community. The organization grew to 43 children who they now provide with food, shelter, schooling and medical care. Sailors and Marines helped by clearing brush, sweeping the grounds and painting
fences. They also spent time with the children playing games and helping to serve food during lunch. As a family-run organization, the operators of Centro Laila said they feel fortunate they have been able to accomplish so much on their own, but insist that without the help of volunteers, it would be a daunting, almost impossible, task. “We need volunteers,” said Luciano. “Luckily we are a family, so we all help each other out, but we still need help from outside people. We are very happy to have Sailors and Marines to come and do the hard work for us.” The spirit of the community outreach was evidenced by the hard work of the people who volunteered their time to help those they didn’t know. “We always say we are the ambassadors for the United
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BACK TO BASICS Bush culinary specialists tour training facility By MC3 Samantha Thorpe USS George H.W. Bush Public Affairs
Young Sailors, fresh out of boot camp, slipped quietly through the halls on their way to and from class. As they came upon the group of 14 USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) culinary specialists (CS), their eyes grew large and offered up a respectful greeting. As the George H.W. Bush Sailors toured the new CS “A” school at Fort Lee in Richmond, Va., the sense of awe showed on their faces. Each classroom was ﬁlled with stateof-the-art ovens, stoves and cookware, and the students walked around in pristine white cooking uniforms. “The main reason we decided to tour the “A” school was to remind ourselves to go back to the basics of what we learned when we went through,” said Chief Warrant Ofﬁcer Jeffrey Walker, George H.W. Bush’s food service ofﬁcer. “I hope that coming to the schoolhouse will help all of us to re-energize and re-kindle that ﬁre of how we felt when we were students, no matter how many years ago that was.” For Culinary Specialist 1st Class Dahlia Brooks, the tour of the school gave her a lot to reminisce about. “It has been 12 years since I joined the Navy, and when I saw these eager-to-learn seamen, it really reminded me of myself,” said Brooks. “The growth of the facility since I went through is amazing. All the instructors are doing a great job preparing these young Sailors for the ﬂeet. I was extremely impressed.” Culinary Specialist 1st Class Patricia Alexander agreed. “I have been in the Navy for 14 years now and I am open to whatever information the new CS’s bring to the ship after school. The curriculum they are teaching now is 10 times better than what it used to be, so I learned a lot from touring the facility.” In order to be the best warship possible, all Sailors on the George H.W. Bush must aim to gain as much knowledge as possible about their job and role in the Navy. To help, the CS’s plan on having the “A” schoolers come to the ship to train others who have been in longer and may have forgotten some of what they once learned. “The new CS’s coming straight from “A”
school only know how to go by the book, which is the proper way,” said Walker. “We can use them to train and remind the Sailors who are already out in the ﬂeet and on the ship.” Walker also said the new CS’s are young and will help to bring a new ﬂavor and new energy to the ﬂeet. “We need to make sure, not only as CS’s, but as Sailors, that we are always growing and evolving,” he said. “The only way to do that is to make sure we are training our relief. The new, young Sailors have great new ideas, but we also need to train them some of the old ways.” During the tour of the school, the CS’s were given the opportunity to meet future George H.W. Bush CS’s who are about to graduate from “A” school. “There were eight Sailors we met at the school who will actually be coming to the George H.W. Bush,” said Alexander. “I am hoping that they will be able to teach us all the new knowledge that they have learned. The extensive training they are learning now means the less we have to worry about it in the ﬂeet, which means we can do more training on other things like general quarters and ﬁre drills.” Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Nakia Hudson said he plans to work together with the new CS’s when they get to the ship in order to become a better CS himself. “From the tour of the school, I learned a new way of doing things,” said Hudson. “When I came in it wasn’t this high tech, so it is nice for me to get to see what they do. When they get to the ship I can learn a lot from them and I can also help them by teaching them some of the old ways that we know work. I am hoping we can grow together and learn from each other so we can come up with something fantastic.” Hudson said his main goal is to become the best culinary specialist he can be by learning from everyone and everything he sees. “In my rate it can be difﬁcult to go above and beyond,” said Hudson. “One person I strive to be like is Doris “Dorie” Miller. His legacy is very important to me because he was the ﬁrst African American CS to receive the third highest award in the Navy. I strive to do better things like get all the schooling I can in honor of Dorie Miller. Having the opportunity to accomplish what Dorie Miller did will probably never happen, but for now I try to take extra classes and pay attention to what happens around me so that I can grow and develop to become the best culinary specialist and Sailor possible.”
MC3 Samantha Thorpe Culinary Specialist 2nd Class DeMarcos Blow (left) and Culinary Specialist Seaman William Sumner, both assigned to the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), observe an “A” school student frosting doughnuts.
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NAVCONBRIG races to support breast cancer survivor By MC3 Indra Bosko Navy Public Affairs Support Element East
Participants begin the Breast Cancer 5K at Forward Operating Base Walton, Oct. 27.
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584TH MAC SOLDIERS RUN FOR BREAST CANCER AWARENESS By 1st Lt. Brittany E. Hine
2nd Lt. Ethan Hager, ofďŹ cerin-charge, and Sgt. 1st Class David Melendez, noncommissioned ofďŹ cer-incharge, hold their signs stating who they ran for during the Breast Cancer 5K at Forward Operating Base Walton, Oct. 27.
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Soldiers from 584th Mobility Augmentation Company (MAC) held a breast cancer awareness 5K run at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Walton, Oct. 27, in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The event was observed to spread awareness and support throughout the FOB and to the families touched by cancer back home. According to Army Capt. Joseph Frederick, Commander, 584th MAC, Task Force Outlaw, this is a topic that his Soldiers are passionate about and wanted to bring awareness and support. Pfc. Trevor Gregorvich, 584th MACâ€™s 3rd Platoon, showed his contagious passion and support by planning and preparation of the event. Despite being deployed, he said he became inspired to plan and execute this run. â€œNo matter what your situation is, you can make an impact,â€? he said. Gregorvich explained that his mother-in-law, Leslie Moddy, inspired him to create this run. She fought cancer and won five years ago. He donned a T-shirt that read, â€œI run for Leslie Moody,â€? in
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support of her and her victory. Each participant wore a sign that proudly said â€œI run forâ€? and they inscribed the person that inspired them to run the race. The signs were pinned to the custom pink shirts that Sgt. 1st Class David Melendez designed in support of the event. The T-shirts displayed a Wooly Bully protecting second base from breast cancer, who is trying to steal it. The shirts represented the company, the cause and
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Military personnel assigned to Navy Consolidated Brig (NAVCONBRIG) Chesapeake, in an effort to support breast cancer awareness, participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, Oct. 13. NAVCONBRIGâ€™s participation in the 5K run was inspired by Chief Master-at-Arms Denise Brown, a Sailor who has successfully battled breast cancer. More than a dozen Sailors from NAVCONBRIG formed a team to run with Brown during the event. Team leader, Yeoman 2nd Class Krystal Byrd, said Brown is an inspiration. â€œShe is a very strong woman and a great representation of what a female should strive to be in the military, and for that, we felt the need to honor her in a small way just to show our gratitude, support and respect for being an outstanding leader and role model,â€? said Byrd. Brown was diagnosed with breast cancer this year and had surgery to treat her cancer. According to her shipmates, Brown was not only an inspiration, but also a ďŹ ghter, and she was able to defeat breast cancer in a few months. â€œShe was going through treatments when she made chief, still pushed through initiation, and continues to keep a calm, cool, collected approach on life and is always smiling,â€? said Byrd. It was a sea of pink at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront as hundreds of military and civilian runners wore pink T-shirts and accessories that shouted inspirational words, such as â€œsurvivorâ€? and â€œpink warriors.â€? The NAVCONBRIG team even designed and wore their own breast cancer awareness T-shirts. Brown was overwhelmed by the amount of support that she continues to receive from NAVCONBRIG. â€œIt is humbling that they would take time out of their Saturday and make these shirts in honor of me,â€? said Brown. â€œNot one of them showed pity of me.â€? The event included entertainment and educational booths on breast cancer awareness. As Brownâ€™s shipmates rejoiced her walk to the ďŹ nish line, she shared advice for those who are currently battling breast cancer. â€œTake it one day at a time,â€? said Brown. â€œSurround yourself with positive people and allow yourself to go through every single emotion.â€? Brown said, Prevention is not only a key to battling breast cancer, it also saves lives. â€œGet a mammogram,â€? said Brown. â€œIf you ďŹ nd out, take care of it.â€? According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women will have breast cancer. Visit www. cancer.org for more information on diagnosis.
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Navy installations, ships weather Hurricane Sandy U.S. Fleet Forces modiﬁed guidance for Navy ships in Hampton Roads Press Release U.S. Fleet Forces Command Public Affairs
Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces modiﬁed guidance for all Navy ships in Hampton Roads. Ships that were currently in port were directed to remain in port. Ships at sea continued to maneuver to clear the path of the storm. The Navy orders a sortie during potentially extreme weather conditions to reduce the risk of signiﬁcant
damage to ships and piers during high winds and seas. Ships planned to get underway on Oct. 27 were directed to stay in port because the storm’s projected winds and storm surge in Hampton Roads was expected to not exceed the ability of Navy ships to remain safely in port. “We kept a very close watch on the storm all night,” said Adm. Bill Gortney, Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command. “As a result of these projected changes, we determined that the safest place for the ships not already underway is in port. While we have made these prudent decisions for our ships, I don’t want to understate the signiﬁcance of the situation. Sandy remains a powerful storm.” Ships in port took extra precautions to avoid potential damage from this
powerful storm. Commanding ofﬁcers have a number of options when staying in port, depending on the severity of the weather. Standard measures for ships riding out heavy weather in port include: extra mooring lines; placing the anchor on the bottom while alongside the pier; and removal of shore power cables, heavy or elevated brows and any lighter objects that could create hazards during high winds. As a precautionary measure, Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) ordered all installations in the Hampton Roads area to remain at Tropical Cyclone Condition Three as Sandy was forecasted to bring high winds and rain to the Mid-Atlantic coast. Tropical Cyclone Condition Three means destructive winds of
greater than 50 knots associated with a tropical system were expected within 48 hours. Additional measures taken by local Navy commands included pulling dozens of small craft out of the water at various locations around Hampton Roads. These vessels remained out of the water until after the storm passed. “It is important for all of our Sailors, civilians and family members take all appropriate precautions as the storm approaches, and I would encourage the general public to do the same,” said Gortney. “I’m a boat owner, and mine is out of the water, and I am using a checklist to make sure my family and I are ready for the potential impacts of Sandy here in the Hampton Roads area.”
Scott Mohr Winds and rising tides from Hurricane Sandy caused ﬂooding at Amphibious Dr. near Cove Marina on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Oct. 29.
As a result of these projected changes, we determined that the safest place for the ships not already underway is in port.” - Adm. Bill Gortney
Left: Sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) load supplies as the ship prepares to sortie in advance of Hurricane Sandy. Adm. Bill Gortney, Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command ordered the sortie of Navy ships in Hampton Roads, Oct. 26.
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On Oct. 29, Hurricane Sandy impacted the Mid-Atlantic Region with heavy rains and tropical storm force winds as it closed in for landfall. ■ Sandy made landfall as a post-tropical cyclone on the Southern coast of New Jersey near Atlantic City at 8 p.m., with top sustained winds of 80 mph. ■ On Oct. 30, the Weather Channel reported that some 8 million customers were without power as a rusult of the storm.
Below: Ship Serviceman 2nd Class Earl Brookins (right) and Damage Controlman 3rd Class Andrew Pacheco prepare sand bags in preparation for Hurricane Sandy in Norfolk, Oct. 26.
Wind gusts of 60 to 80+ mph were reported from Maine to New Jersey and Maryland. Wind gusts topped 60 mph in Boston, Mass. and 75 mph in New York City. Several Long Island locations gusted to 90 mph or higher.
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■ A new storm tide record of 13.88 feet was set at The Battery in New York City, Oct. 29. The old record was 11.2 feet in 1821. Tide levels in Sandy Hook, N.J. topped the previous record from the December 1992 Nor’easter and Hurricane Donna in 1960. ■
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U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen Spc. Anthony Monte, along with Soldiers from the 50th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, New Jersey Army National Guard, mobilized for Hurricane Sandy to provide assistance to displaced residents at an emergency shelter at the Werblin Recreation Center in Piscataway Township, N.J., Oct. 29
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USS Theodore Roosevelt conducts repair locker training By SN Eric Norcross USS Theodore Roosevelt Public Affairs
Sailors aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (TR) (CVN 71) now receive regularly scheduled damage control (DC) training as the Nimitzclass carrier gets ready to return to the ﬂeet next year. “We are in the beginning phases, but I like what I’m seeing,” said Lt. Cmdr. Ruben Galvan, TR’s damage control assistant. “Sailors are enthusiastic and want to learn – they are taking it seriously. We were used to being in the shipyard and having that shipyard mentality, but now we’re focused on where we are headed.” The DC Division is taking steps to ensure all Sailors are competent in damage control as the ship moves closer to its re-delivery date. “My job is to embed DC training seven days a week, 365 days a year,” said Chief Warrant Ofﬁcer 2 Noel Genao, TR’s ﬁre marshal. “It’s an ongoing process, regardless of whether we’re in the yards or operational out at sea – we’ve got to be ready. We’re our own ﬁre department. We’re going to combat the casualties, not anyone else.” Fully-equipped and ready to be utilized, TR’s 10 repair lockers play an important role in effectively responding to casualties. To help repair teams hone their damage control skills, repair locker training sessions are held every Tuesday and Thursday. All the locker personnel, the damage control training team and Sailors looking for DC qualiﬁcations participate in the training. “Every training session is held in a different locker and the whole locker responds,” said Genao. “We cover the basics of communications, personal protective equipment and responding as
The Rough Riders are absolutely ready to respond to a major casualty and they are going to get even better.”
Chief Aviation Electronics Technician (AW/EXW/ SW) Glenn Hart trains Information Systems Technician 3rd Class Chris Finn on ﬁreﬁghting techniques during repair locker training aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).
- Chief Warrant Ofﬁcer 2 Noel Genao
teams. We also cover the damage control training team aspects of what Sailors are being graded on, from basic 301 to the advanced 320 damage control.” An emphasis has been placed upon communication during training evolutions. Communication between repair lockers and damage control central is vital when responding to casualties. “As the damage control assistant, I’m in damage control central. I can’t see what kind of damage is going on,” said Galvan. “I need the communication to be strong. The training that we are giving teaches just that. As Sailors get more and more used to doing damage control drills, that communication process will ﬂow.” Information Systems Technician 3rd Class Samuel Boots, assigned to one of TR’s repair lockers, said he understands the importance of regular damage control training. “As we’re getting ready to bring the ship out of the yards, everyone needs to be ready,” said Boots. “Every single person on this ship, regardless of rate or rank, has to be a qualiﬁed ﬁreﬁghter.” With many hours of damage control training received,
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The Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Atlantic (NCTAMS LANT) Drug Education for Youth (DEFY) outreach program was honored with the annual Secretary of Defense Community Drug Awareness Award for the second consecutive year at a ceremony at the Pentagon, Oct. 18. The Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs presented the award to the NCTAMS LANT Commanding Ofﬁcer Capt. Danelle Barrett and
the NCTAMS LANT DEFY Program Coordinator Sharon Shaw at the 2012 Red Ribbon Week celebrations. “This is truly an honor for us to participate in the DEFY program and to have our outstanding mentors and program coordinators recognized for their efforts,” said Barrett. The annual Red Ribbon Week awards ceremony spotlights local community programs focusing on children and families. It originated as a tribute to Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” S. Camarena, a narcotics agent who was murdered by drug trafﬁckers in Guadalajara, Mexico in 1985.
“The NCTAMS LANT DEFY Team’s military and civilian volunteers provide positive hands-on role models in the spirit of DEA agent and Marine, Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena, and Ms. Sharon Shaw is the heart and soul behind our program and has had a positive touch on the lives of hundreds of children throughout the years,” said Barrett. Under Shaw’s leadership, the program now in its 12th year, has also won the Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Community Service of theYear Award “Campaign Drug Free Flagship” category for 11 of the 12 years nominated. The DEFY program, which
partnered with the Department of Defense in 1993, focuses on giving children ages 9 to 12 the tools they need to resist drugs, alcohol and gang inﬂuences. Its multi-phased activities include: goal setting, team building, conﬂict resolution and decision-making to build conﬁdence and positively shape participants futures. The program at NCTAMS LANT involves monthly activity days with the children that use a focused classroom curriculum, community involvement and mentoring. The program culminates with a one-week DEFY Camp in the summer ﬁlled with leadership activities focused on
Courtesy photo Left to Right: Dr. Laura Junor, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Readiness; Sharon Shaw, DEFY Program Coordinator; Capt. Danelle Barrett, Commanding Ofﬁcer, NCTAMS LANT; Mjr. Gen. (ret.) Arthur Dean, Chairman and CEO Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America; Joseph Angello, Jr., Director, Operational Readiness & Safety.
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munity Drug Awareness Award in 2008. For more information about NCTAMS LANT, visit www. nctamslant.navy.mil/.
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The Oliver Hazard Perryclass guided-missile frigate USS Carr (FFG 52) completed the ﬁnal planned replenishment-at-sea (RAS) the ship will conduct, Oct. 22. Carr is deployed in support of Operation Martillo and is scheduled to decommission early next year. The RAS included a vertical replenishment using an SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the “Vipers” of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 48 Detachment 2, a connected replenishment with Carr taking on fuel from USNS Guadalupe (T-AO 200). The replenishment involved the transfer of more than 10 tons of food and parts via the embarked helicopter. These parts and supplies were necessary in keeping each ship actively engaged in Countering Transnational Organized Crime (CTOC) operations in the Eastern Paciﬁc and Caribbean. Carr’s homeport is Norfolk and the embarked air
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Lincoln Sailors represent ship at NAVSTA Norfolkâ€™s annual Fleet Fest By MCSN Phylicia A. Sorenson USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs
Sailors assigned to the Nimitzclass aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) participated in the 2nd annual Naval Station Norfolk (NAVSTA) Fleet Fest, Oct. 20. Three Lincoln Sailors competed for cash prizes against teams from other Hampton Roads commands in a chowder cook-off at the festival. Culinary Specialist 1st Class Christopher Williams, Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Chad Smith andYeoman Seaman Darrel Dorsey started setting up their booth in the base softball ďŹ eld parking lot at 7 a.m. to try to get a leg up on the competition. â€œWhen I saw the checklist that the judges would be using for the competition, I thought we had a good chance at winning ďŹ rst place,â€? said Williams. â€œThey are judging things like smell, taste, originality, showmanship and decoration of the booths. We had great chowder to present to the judges, and we had the energy to back it up.â€? Despite their best efforts, the
Lincoln team did not ďŹ nish among the winners of the cook-off. Nevertheless, their spirits remained high. â€œEven though we didnâ€™t win, we had a great time today,â€? said Dorsey. â€œIt was a beautiful day and now we all can go home to enjoy this chowder with our families. On top of it all, we were able to come out and show pride for our ship.â€? Also participating in the dayâ€™s festivities, Lincolnâ€™s Mustang Association set up a booth to raise money for their own organization. Manning the booth were Lt. Cmdr. Clem Gattano, Lt. Cmdr. Ramil Salvador and Lt. Jeff McCrady. McCrady said it was important to the mustangs to raise money for the community events that the organization will be involved with in the future. â€œPlus, itâ€™s always fun coming and hanging out on a beautiful day like today,â€? he said. Abraham Lincoln arrived in Norfolk on Aug. 7 following an eightmonth change of homeport deployment that brought her to Virginia from Naval Station Everett, Wash., her home since January of 1997. Over the next four years, Lincoln will undergo a refueling complex overhaul in Newport News.
MC3 Indra Bosko Electronics Technician 3rd Class Christopher Folaman (left) speaks with Yeoman Seaman Darrel Dorsey about the homemade summer squash chowder cooked by the crew of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).
We had great chowder to present to the judges and we had the energy to back it up.â€? - Culinary Specialist 1st Class Christopher Williams
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■ on the ﬂight deck Sailors and Marines push back an F/A-18C Hornet on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).
MCSN Lorenzo J. Burleson Chief Warrant Ofﬁcer 3 Wilfrid Bossous briefs Sailors before ﬂight operations on the ﬂight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).
Harry S. Truman is underway conducting tailored ship’s training availability and group sail.
USS Truman, CVW-3 sharpen warﬁghting skills By MCSN Taylor DiMartino USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Public Affairs
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Demonstrating a fully reintegrated crew and air wing, the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) completed a 24-day underway, Oct. 25, that tested the skills of every Sailor and Marine aboard.
For the ﬁrst time in almost two years, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3 Sailors and Marines embarked Truman prior to Truman’s underway to prepare for Harry S. Truman Strike Group’s (HSTSG) upcoming deployment. Capt. Mike Wallace, CVW-3’s Commander, said Truman’s underway gave the air wing an opportunity
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to test and improve various skills across each of its squadrons. Including a focus on the timeliness of launches and recoveries, Wallace said increased attention was placed on ﬂight operations, such as airborne refueling and individual unit-level training. “This is the ﬁrst time the ship and air wing have oper-
ated together as a team since December 2010,” said Wallace. “This underway included a high number of cyclic operations. We were launching and recovering aircraft for 12 hours at a time, reﬁning the pilots skills as they took off and landed on the carrier.” In total, CVW-3 pilots completed more than 1,300 launches and recoveries even as Truman Sailors and CVW-3 personnel participated in a multitude of shipboard training scenarios, both on the ﬂight deck and in the hangar bay. “The most noticeable part of our integration was that our Sailors and Marines were making ﬂight operations look easy every time,” said Cmdr. Paul Crump, Truman’s air ofﬁcer. “While working on the ﬂight deck, there are so many variables, so many things that can happen, yet each launch and recovery was executed safely, quickly and effectively.”
Crump said the carrier’s underway consisted of seamless teamwork between Truman’s air department Sailors and CVW-3 as they conducted drills that simulated aircraft crashes and ﬁres, barricade drills and mass casualty drills on the ﬂight deck. “CVW-3 Sailors have been enthusiastic, motivated and willing partners in every way,” said Crump. “It’s great to see how far this team has come in only a single underway. As we moved onto more complicated operations, CVW-3 and air department Sailors were performing with practiced regularity. The ﬂight deck and hangar bays have evolved to proactive environments rather than reactive ones.” Wallace agreed, noting the professionalism every Sailor and Marine displayed while conducting air operations. “This has given us the chance to practice critical skills that we will have to demonstrate during actual
missions while on deployment,” he said. “It’s all about reﬁning our proﬁciency. We can’t build upon the complexity of our mission execution until we have a solid foundation.” According to Wallace, the foundation could not have been built without the help of every Sailor and Marine aboard Truman. “I could not be happier with the team we have built within Harry S. Truman Strike group,” said Wallace. “We tell ourselves every day how blessed we are to have great people who get along and work hard together and truly understand that it’s a team sport.” After disembarking, CVW-3 is scheduled to conduct advanced tactical training in Fallon, Nev. until midDecember. Truman is scheduled to continue training in preparation for an upcoming composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX).
MCC Tyler Caswell Sailors perform an overhaul on an F/A-18E Growler during a mass causality and aircraft ﬁre drill on the ﬂight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).
TRUMAN COMPLETES TAILORED SHIP’S TRAINING AVAILABILITY/FEP By MCSN Taylor DiMartino USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs
USS HARRY S.TRUMAN, AT SEA
The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) completed its tailored ship’s training availability (TSTA) and a successful ﬁnal evaluation problem (FEP) assessment, Oct. 24. TSTA is designed to prepare the ship and crew for full integration into a carrier strike group and FEP is its ﬁnal graded exercise. A wide range of mission-critical operations were assessed during FEP by Aﬂoat Training Group (ATG) Atlantic. Sailors and Marines were tested on their level of knowledge and proﬁciency in areas, such as damage control, engineering, seamanship and navigation, combat systems and medical readiness. Scores, which were represented as ﬁnal percentages, were given to each evaluated area involved in FEP and represented the skills displayed by Sailors and Marines during evolutions, such as mass casualty drills, general quarters drills, and aircraft crash and ﬁre drills. Every area scored above 90 percent, which resulted in an overall “outstanding” grade for Truman. “Every member of every training team fully embraced their training responsibilities,” said Capt. S. Robert Roth, Truman’s Commanding Ofﬁcer. “We have made tremendous progress in a compressed training cycle, and the outstanding scores are a reﬂection of the hard work and dedication of the Sailors and Marines.” According to Senior Chief Fire Controlman (SW/AW) Claude Henderson, ATG Atlantic’s carrier team lead, Truman’s outstanding FEP scores certify it as a mission-ready carrier and crew. He said he was impressed with the high rate of training among junior Sailors and Marines on many systems new to Truman. “Sailors and Marines need to be taught what to expect as they serve aboard a carrier,”
said Henderson. “We came aboard to make sure the fundamentals of shipboard survivability are being taught. A crew may never know what will happen on a deployment and we needed to make sure they were ready.” Henderson said Truman’s Sailors and Marines were motivated during the FEP assessment, and displayed pride and a hard work ethic across every evolution. He said damage control, combat systems and air department evolutions were among the best he saw during Truman’s FEP. “A carrier’s crew can’t get an ‘outstanding’ unless its members know what they are doing and are doing those things correctly,” explained Henderson. “These are some of the highest scores I’ve ever seen and it’s impressive that Truman is able to come out of an extended docking planned incremental availability in the shipyard and show such proﬁciency so quickly.” Cmdr. John Sipes, ATG Atlantic’s training liaison ofﬁcer, said Truman’s leadership was focused and maintained the right attitude to motivate the rest of the crew. “Sailors and Marines will understand the importance of drills if the captain dons a gas mask and ﬂash gear, and the executive ofﬁcer tours spaces, verifying material condition readiness with the damage control training team,” said Sipes. “When it starts at the top with the utmost levels of commitment, the crew will appreciate the gravity of the situation and commit all their focus to the cause. This is what I saw aboard Truman.” Though the TSTA and FEP are complete, Roth said Truman’s crew will continue to prepare for their upcoming deployment. “We are not ﬁnished training,” said Roth. “This recent TSTA and FEP training is just the beginning of what we know will be a focused and intense building of our combat capabilities. We will have to be at our best when the stakes are highest, and we fully expect to be tested during deployment. I am certain we will be ready.”
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MC2 Thomas L. Rosprim Master Chief Petty Ofﬁcer of the Navy (MCPON) Michael D. Stevens speaks to the current class of the Navy’s Senior Enlisted Academy (SEA) in Newport, R.I. This was Stevens’ ﬁrst visit to SEA as MCPON.
MCPON visits Navy’s Senior Enlisted Academy By MC2 Thomas L. Rosprim Ofﬁce of the Master Chief Petty Ofﬁcer of the Navy
Master Chief Petty Ofﬁcer of the Navy (MCPON) (AW/NAC) Michael D. Stevens completed his ﬁrst trip as MCPON to the Navy’s Senior Enlisted Academy (SEA) at Naval Station Newport, R.I., Oct. 24. MCPON encouraged the current SEA class to capitalize on this chance to learn from one another. “I am so grateful that all of you have had the opportunity to gain perspective from our brother and sister services during your time in this course,” said Stevens. “I see Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard and Navy service members in this class, and we all need to take advantage of opportunities like this to exchange leadership perspectives and knowledge.” MCPON took the opportunity to share his priorities with the class and answer their questions. “Look in the mirror and lead by example,” he said. “If you are doing the right thing for the right reasons on a consistent basis, you will not have to tell your people
what to do because they will see you doing it and will follow your example.” During the one-day trip, MCPON also stopped by the Command Leadership School and Ofﬁcer Candidate School for quick meetand-greet sessions, had a working lunch with the SEA staff and met with the president of the U.S. Naval War College, Rear Adm. John Christenson. Established in 1981, the SEA serves as an umbrella leadership course for all senior enlisted military and is now a requirement for master chiefs before assuming the position of command master chief or chief of the boat. SEA graduates roughly 1,200 students annually varying from active duty Navy, Navy Reserve, Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and international service members. Upon graduation, students take with them a knowledge base of communication skills, leadership and management, national security affairs, Navy programs and physical ﬁtness. MCPON was advanced to master chief in 2002 and is a graduate of SEA Class 125.
MC2 Kiona Miller Yeoman 2nd Class Erika Cash, assigned to Military Sealift Command, shakes hands with a World War II veteran as she enters the World War II Memorial during the joint service “Make a Difference Day.”
The good part of it is we’ve done our part the best that we could – now we are turning it over to you young people. It’s in your hands now, the whole works.” - World War II veteran Irwin Kuhns
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Military service members gathered at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. to honor veterans during the joint service “Make a Difference Day” volunteer event, Oct. 20. “Our veterans are a reflection of our service members future,” said Olivia Hunter, Naval District Washington Regional Community Service Program coordinator. “I think that the same way that the veterans adore being honored and remembered, they too, I’m sure, would like to receive the same type of honor and respect in the future.” Make a Difference Day is a national day of volunteering celebrated annually to promote community service. This year, nearly 200 volunteers greeted World War II veterans from Georgia, Ohio, Florida, New York and Arkansas as part of the Honor Flight Network program. “Honor Flight is an organization that caters to all veterans and they actually provide transporta-
tion throughout the various states to come to D.C. and to tour the World War II memorial,” said Hunter. “This is the largest Honor Flight this year and it will probably be the last one, that is one of the reasons why we decided to do this Honor Flight for Make a Difference Day.” Volunteers from each branch of service not only welcomed each veteran with cheers, handshakes and personal expressions of gratitude, but they also assisted in unloading wheel chairs, escorting veterans throughout the memorial and even listened to war stories told by the veterans themselves. “It’s humbling,” said Cryptologic Technician Networks 3rd Class Robert Murphy, assigned to Navy Information Operations Command, Maryland. “We are losing more and more everyday, and this is one of the only chances I feel like we get out and meet somebody that’s gone before you to do what you have done, and we are following up in their footsteps.” According World War II veteran Irwin Kuhns, who served on a landing ship tank as a first class petty officer during the war, it was an emotional experience to be honored by the new generation of military service members.
■ Hundreds attend Approximately 525 veterans participated in the Honor Flight Network program, which transports America’s veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit those memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices.
“It’s pretty great – I get a lump in my throat,” he said. “The good part of it is we’ve done our part the best that we could – now we are turning it over to you young people. It’s in your hands now, the whole works.” Approximately 525 veterans were transported by a commercial airliner from their home state to Washington, D.C., then by a chartered bus to the memorial. The Honor Flight program has more than 117 hubs in 40 states and transported more than 81,000 World War II veterans in 2011. “We decided to come out and show support to our veterans and let them know that we are here to thank them for the work that they did for us back in the day, and giving us the country we have today,” said Matthew Hogue, a student at the Defense Information School. For more information, visit www.navy.mil, www. facebook.com/usnavy, or www.twitter.com/usnavy.
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BAINBRIDGE RECEIVES ARLEIGH BURKE AWARD By Lt. j.g. Joy Lopez USS Bainbridge Public Affairs
Following a year of remarkable accomplishments and an arduous deployment, guided-missile destroyer USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) was presented the Arleigh Burke Award during a ceremony, Oct. 16. Aboard the guided-missile destroyer pierside at Naval Station Norfolk, Adm. Bill Gortney, Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command presented the ﬂeet’s top honor to the Bainbridge crew. He praised them for their efforts before preparing them for what comes next. “This was terriﬁc work, but don’t look in the rearview mirror,” he said. “Look forward. You’ve got hard work in front of you and then a deployment. With things the way they are, you will be sailing into uncertainty. We sail to crisis – that’s what we do.” The Arleigh Burke Award is named after the Navy’s most famous destroyer squadron combat commander and Chief of Naval Operations from 1955 to 1961. It is given annually to the most improved battle-efﬁcient ship, or aircraft squadron, from both the Atlantic and Paciﬁc Fleet. Bainbridge’s path to excellence began when it deployed from Norfolk on Jan. 4, 2011 as an independent deployer
to conduct operations in the Navy’s 5th Fleet. The ship joined U.S. allies as part of Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 and began anti-piracy operations in the heavily pirated waters off the coast of Somalia as part of Operation Ocean Shield. For three months, Bainbridge played a key role in deterring piracy attacks and ensuring the safety and security of vessels in the Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman and Somali Basin. The ship’s visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team executed more than 20 boardings with support from embarked HSL-48 Air Detachment 5’s SH-60B helicopter. From April until June, Bainbridge participated in NATO’s Operation Ketting III, denying freedom of movement to suspected pirate dhows along the Somali coast adjacent to the region’s most active pirate camps. The ship was assigned three escort missions where it ensured the safe travel of merchant vessels only recently released by pirates. Boarding operations also continued and their success was attributed to the ship’s outstanding training program, according to Bainbridge VBSS ofﬁcer, Lt. j.g. Vanessa Sonnichsen. “Crew members of the merchant vessels we assisted were so grateful for our help,” she said. “It brought us a great sense of pride. Our team was always locked on
MC3 Kayla Jo Finley Adm. Bill Gortney, Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command speaks to the crew of guided-missile destroyer USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) during an award ceremony aboard the ship, Oct. 16.
With things the way they are, you will be sailing into uncertainty. We sail to crisis – that’s what we do.” - Adm. Bill Gortney, Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command
■ the award The Arleigh Burke Award is given annually to the most improved battle-efﬁcient ship, or aircraft squadron, from both the Atlantic and Paciﬁc Fleet.
and prepared for every boarding because we trained hard and continue to do so for our next deployment.” During the course of this operation, Bainbridge saved 38 mariners, detained 13 pi-
rates and safely released three formerly pirated vessels. In addition, weapons used to conduct acts of piracy were disposed of and countless future attacks were prevented or disrupted. When not ﬁghting piracy, Bainbridge was reaching out to local communities during port visits to the Syechelles and Israel. The ship’s crew completed several community relations projects, including a cleanup effort in the Seychelles where Fire Controlman 3rd Class John Pfeffer enjoyed the opportunity to
help the area children. “It was awesome helping out the kids in Seychelles,” said Pfeffer. “To be able to positively impact people of other countries while being deployed for your own is a once in a lifetime experience.” Bainbridge completed its 210-day deployment and returned to Norfolk on Aug. 5, 2011. Within weeks, the ship was underway again and continued to conduct operations, including a hurricane sortie and various at-sea qualiﬁcations. Throughout 2011, the Bainbridge crew declared their commitment to the Navy with an 84 percent retention rate. While on deployment, 95 Sailors earned their Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist (ESWS) qualiﬁcations, enabling the ship to continue to ﬂy the silver
ESWS Pennant. Before earning the Arleigh Burke Award, Bainbridge was recognized as the best warship in Destroyer Squadron 22 with Battle “E” Award. “Whenever or whatever it is asked to do, this crew makes it happen,” said Cmdr. Bruce Schuette, Bainbridge Commanding Ofﬁcer. “My belief is, above all else, the crew made it possible for Bainbridge to win the Arleigh Burke Award. Bainbridge’s crew really has a ‘can-do’ attitude, which is rooted by a rock-solid Chief’s Mess and that permeates throughout the command. I couldn’t be prouder.” Bainbridge is currently ﬁnishing an intensive certiﬁcation training with Aﬂoat Training Group Atlantic in preparations for her 2013 Deployment.
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Chris Oxley The Virginia-class attack submarine Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Minnesota (SSN 783) under construction at Newport News Shipbuilding.
Continued from front to its contract delivery date. Mississippi was commissioned on June 2. The Navy also began construction on PCU Colorado (SSN 788) and PCU Indiana (SSN 789) on March 2 and Sept. 2 respectively. Additionally, the Navy released the request for proposals for the block IV construction contract on Sept. 5. Virginia-class submarines are designed to dominate the world’s littoral and deep waters while conducting anti-submarine warfare; antisurface ship warfare; strike warfare; special operation forces support; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; irregular warfare; and mine warfare missions. Their inherent stealth, endurance, mobility and ﬁrepower directly enable them to support ﬁve of the six maritime strategy core capabilities – sea control, power projection, forward presence, maritime security and deterrence.
USS PONCE RESCUES BAHRAINI FISHERMEN IN GULF HAIL STORM Press Release Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 5 Public Affairs
NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY, BAHRAIN
Seven Bahraini ﬁshermen foundering in their boats amid a hailstorm were rescued by Aﬂoat Forward Staging Base (Interim) USS Ponce (AFSB(I) 15) off the coast of Bahrain, Oct. 29. At 6:37 a.m. local time, 30 nautical miles Northeast of Bahrain, the crews of two small skiffs, waiving their arms in distress, were spotted by Ponce. The ﬁshermen showed signs of cold and exhaustion, and were quickly assisted aboard by Ponce’s crew. The ﬁshermen are in good condition after receiving medical care, dry clothes and food. “Every Sailor understands the dangers of going to sea, especially in bad weather,” said Capt. Jon Rodgers, Commanding Ofﬁcer of Ponce. “Today, I could not be more proud of this crew of civilian mariners and military members working together, shoulder-to-shoulder in this rescue. This crew did exceptionally well as evidenced by the appreciation expressed by our new Bahraini shipmates.” Ponce crew members woke up early to conduct a fresh water washdown when the storm arrived. “Everything happened so fast,” said Information Systems Technician 1st Class Charles Linton. “I was on security detail when we received word of the vessels needing assistance. The boats came close enough to the ship so that we could throw them a line and pull them alongside, and eventually we used the accommodation ladder to bring the ﬁshermen aboard. They were all friendly and very appreciative, and no one was severely injured.”
MC3 Billy Ho Adm. Kirkland Donald, director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion, delivers remarks during the christening ceremony for the PreCommissioning Unit (PCU) USS Minnesota (SSN 783), Oct. 27.
MC2 Bryan Blair A Bahraini ﬁsherman shake hands with a Sailor aboard Aﬂoat Forward Staging Base (Interim) USS Ponce (AFSB(I) 15) after being rescued from heavy weather.
One of the seven ﬁshermen, Sayed Saleh, a Bahraini sales executive, went on the early morning ﬁshing trip with a group of friends and family for leisure when the storm unexpectedly hit in the vicinity of their ﬁshing vessels. “The wind became so strong, and then ice and rain started to come down hard,” said Saleh. “We saw the Navy ship and we knew we only had one choice, since the weather was so bad. All of us waved our hands, white cloths and started yelling for help and did our best to get closer to the ship.” Navy meteorologists, stationed in Bahrain, monitored thunderstorm conditions in the Gulf with 30 - 35 knot winds, with hail measuring nearly one centimeter in size. Although offering assistance to vessels in distress is not a new mission for the U.S. Navy, it was a very unique experience for civilian and military crew members on Ponce. “I am glad we were there for the Bahraini ﬁshermen,” said Allison Rogers, a deck hand aboard Ponce.
“They were really getting beat up on those small boats and the wind was close to 50 knots. As soon as they came aboard, we made sure they had food, water, warm clothes and blankets.” “The crew took care of us and even our boats,” said Saleh. “I could not be more grateful.” Ponce returned to port in Bahrain at 2:10 p.m. local time with the two ﬁshing boats being towed. The seven ﬁshermen and their ﬁshing boats were transferred to the Royal Bahraini Coast Guard once Ponce moored in Bahrain. “The U.S. Navy 5th Fleet contributes to security and stability in the Gulf on an enduring basis,” said Vice Adm. John Miller, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/5th Fleet/Combined Maritime Forces. “When our presence puts us in a position to render aid to mariners in distress, it validates the importance of our 60-year partnership with the Kingdom of Bahrain.”
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Race contestants received Marine Corps Marathon medal, certiﬁcate Continued from front race,” said Hammer. “I thought the photos would help visualize the different checkpoints throughout the run and would be good motivation for the guys who haven’t run the race before.” Contestants received a Marine Corps Marathon ﬁnisher’s medal and a certiﬁcate for their achievements along with a Tshirt and patch. “I believe the event that we conducted was well planned out,” said Marine Gunnery Sgt. Robert Downing, a MCM Forward participant. “If we needed it, there was always someone there to help out, and we had people stopping by the gyms to cheer us on.”
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USS CARR RECOVERS 1,719 POUNDS OF COCAINE
Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) move an MK 45 mine off an elevator in the hangar bay in preparation for the shipâ€™s last ammunition ofďŹ‚oad before returning to homeport.
â– how much was recovered The interdiction operation USS CARR, AT SEA recovered 1,719 pounds of Guided-missile frigate USS Carr (FFG 52) and em- cocaine with a wholesale barked U.S. Coast Guard value of $15.6 million. Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) employed airborne use of force (AUF) LEDET have seized apin support of Operation Mar- proximately 3,906 pound of tillo to stop a vessel sus- cocaine and 4,134 pounds of pected of transporting illegal marijuana, with a combined drugs, Oct. 25. wholesale value of more The interdiction opera- than $39 million. tion recovered 1,719 pounds Carr is homeported in of cocaine with a wholesale Norfolk and is currently devalue of $15.6 million. ployed in support of OperaWhile Carr's embarked tion Martillo, under operaSH-60B Seahawk helicop- tional control to U.S. Naval ter was conducting a routine Forces Southern Command patrol, they identiďŹ ed a fast and C4F (COMUSNAVSO/ moving speed boat. After C4F) while conducting closing in to investigate, the Counter Transnational Orgacontact immediately altered nized Crime (C-TOC) operacourse and attempted to tions in support of Joint Inescape. With an AUF gunner teragency Task Force â€“ South aboard, the helicopter at- (JIATF-S), U.S. Southern tempted to stop the vessel, Command (USSOUTHwhen those efforts were not COM) and U.S. Coast Guard successful, the gunner ďŹ red District 11. warning shots across the COMUSNAVSO/COMbow and aft of the speedboat. FOURTHFLT supports U.S. When the vessel did not stop, Southern Command joint the gunner ďŹ red disabling and combined full-spectrum rounds, bringing the speed- military operations by proboat to an immediate halt. viding principally sea-based, Carr then launched their forward presence to ensure rigid-hull inďŹ‚atable boat with freedom of maneuver in the the LEDET and boarded the maritime domain, to foster speedboat. In a coordinated and sustain cooperative relaeffort, Sailors from Carr and tionships with international personnel from the LEDET partners and to fully exploit recovered packages of vari- the sea as maneuver space ous sizes from the water, later in order to enhance regional determined to be cocaine. security and promote peace, Since the beginning of stability and prosperity in their deployment in June, the Caribbean, Central and Carr and the embarked South American regions. By Ens. Joshua J. Stewart USS Carr Public Affairs
MC3 Jared King
Aircraft carrier has 1,600 tons of ordnance to be dismantled
Continued from front an evolution of this size that it takes a lot of coordination.â€? â€œThe evolution was extremely difďŹ cult because we faced so many challenges planning for such an event,â€? said Senior Chief Aviation Ordnanceman Steven J. Black, the leading chief petty ofďŹ cer of Enterpriseâ€™s aviation ordnance control center. â€œAs in any situation, plans change and the Weapons Department had to be ďŹ‚exible and adapt to whatever changes were thrown at us. Once we ďŹ nally got the go ahead, we were ready and our people pulled it off ďŹ‚awlessly.â€? The process of dismantling over 1,600 tons of ordnance was undoubtedly a daunting one. The process began one month ago, shortly after Enterprise ďŹ‚ew its ďŹ nal sortie in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Soon thereafter, the shipâ€™s Weapons Department began dismantling and repacking all of the shipâ€™s ordnance. Once the ammunition was dismantled and repacked, Sailors in the Weapons department began staging the ordnance so that it would be ready to be removed from the ship. â€œThis was a big undertaking,â€? said Hinnant. â€œThe staging process on this ship is more challenging than any other ship in the Navy.â€? After the ordnance was staged in Enterpriseâ€™s hangar bay and on the ďŹ‚ight deck, a task accomplished with the help of the â€œBig Eâ€™sâ€? Air department, the Weapons Department relied on the Dragonslayers of Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron (HS) 11 to transport much of the ordnance from Enterprise to Sacagawea via vertical replenishment. â€œOur job was to assist Enterprise and Sacagawea with the vertical replenishment,â€? said Lt. Marcus A. Torres, a pilot with HS-11. â€œOur main focus was to effectively [and safely] assist both ships with the ammo ofďŹ‚oad to help facilitate an expeditious return home.â€? However, what may sound like a routine vertical replenishment was no easy task. Enterprise, Sacagawea
and HS-11 faced rough seas and unfavorable weather conditions, which played a major role in making this vertical replenishment more difďŹ cult than it may have been under normal conditions. â€œThis was deďŹ nitely one of the more challenging vertical replenishments,â€? said Torres, â€œespecially when you take into account the sea state and the wind conditions, but we pulled it off without any major issues.â€? During the ofďŹ‚oad, the Weapons Department also worked closely with Enterpriseâ€™s Deck Department to successfully transport the ammunition that was staged in the hangar bay. â€œThe main priority of the Deck Department was to move the barrels of ammunition from the hangar bay to the Sacagawea using the sliding pad-eye from stations 5 and 13,â€? said Boatswainâ€™s Mate 1st Class Timothy W. Lumpkin, the leading petty ofďŹ cer of Deck Departmentâ€™s 2nd division. Much like HS-11, the Sailors of the Deck Department faced the challenges of the elements. â€œThe heavy seas and high winds were deďŹ nitely a challenge for us,â€? said Lumpkin. â€œThe heavy seas caused the ships to surge â€“ causing the ships to come closer together, rather than further apart â€“ while we were moving ammo. After doing this for three days, fatigue was also an issue. But we weathered the storm and completed the job as we always do.â€? After nearly three days of intense coordination and hard work of Enterpriseâ€™s entire crew, all of Big Eâ€™s ammunition and ordnance was successfully removed from the ship without any major issues. During the evolution, the crew conducted 314 connected replenishment lifts and 946 vertical replenishment lifts, for a total of 1,260 lifts. While the Big E may have ofďŹ‚oaded the last piece of ordnance, it will forever hold its weapons magazines, the ammunition will be used elsewhere. â€œAll of the ordnance had to be ofďŹ‚oaded as part of our [inactivation] process,â€? said Black. â€œBut, the assets
â– 51 years of service More than 5,500 Sailors and Marines assigned to the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group (CSG) are scheduled to arrive in Norfolk, Nov. 4, following a seven-and-a-half-month deployment supporting operations in the Mediterranean and the Arabian Seas. Enterpriseâ€™s return will be the 25th and final homecoming in her 51 years of distinguished service. The aircraft carrier is scheduled to be inactivated in a ceremony onboard Naval Station Norfolk on Dec. 1. See pages A3-A4 for more coverage from the USS Enterprise (CVN 65).
will be distributed as needed throughout the ďŹ‚eet to support the Navyâ€™s mission.â€? As the ship ďŹ nishes the last leg of its 25th and ďŹ nal deployment, the Weapons Department aboard Enterprise can breathe a brief sigh of relief knowing that such a massive undertaking is behind them. â€œI could not have asked for a better group of people to have the privilege of being their ordnance handling ofďŹ cer,â€? said Hinnant. â€œThey have done an amazing job the last three years of keeping us above board on all ordnance matters.â€? Many of the Sailors who make up the ranks of the shipâ€™s Weapons Department used the evolution as an opportunity to show that hard work is what they do best. â€œIt is a great feeling to be a part of such a great team,â€? said Black. â€œThere were many times throughout the ofďŹ‚oad when I would look around and see junior Sailors pulling double shifts, working the extra hours, doing whatever was necessary to get this job done. These guys knew it was their time to shine â€“ they rose to the occasion and knocked it out of the park.â€? After completing its ďŹ nal deployment, Enterprise is scheduled to be inactivated on Dec. 1 in a ceremony onboard Naval Station Norfolk, bringing to a close of more than 51 years of distinguished service. The inactivation ceremony will be the last ofďŹ cial public event for the ship and will serve as a celebration of life for the ship and the more than 100,000 Sailors who have served aboard.
PCU Arlington completes ďŹ rst crew certiďŹ cation phase By MC1 Eric Brown PCU Arlington Public Affairs
Pre-Commissioning Unit Arlington (LPD 24) completed the two-day Naval Surface Force Atlantic (SURFLANT) Crew CertiďŹ cation Phase One administrative evaluation, Oct. 22, while the ship is under construction in the Huntington-Ingalls Industriesâ€™ shipyard. The inspection, performed by nine members of the amphibious transport dock shipâ€™s type commander from Norfolk reviewed the commandâ€™s administration, policies, training and warfare areas to ensure the crew can safely operate their ship at sea following delivery. â€œArlington did an outstanding job,â€? said Lt. Tim Henderson, the SURFLANT teamâ€™s amphibious readiness ofďŹ cer. â€œIt was evident that the shipâ€™s leadership and crew were very engaged.â€? Arlington has been preparing for this phase of crew certiďŹ cation since â€œday oneâ€? â€“ almost two years â€“ said Prospective Commanding OfďŹ cer Cmdr. Darren Nelson. â€œOverall, our programs are in really good shape,â€? he said. â€œIâ€™m very proud of my commandâ€™s senior leadership, as well as all the ďŹ rst and second class petty ofďŹ cers, who stepped up and made this a success on the deckplates.â€? The second and ďŹ nal phase of crew certiďŹ cation, scheduled to take place during the last week of February, will include material inspections of the ship. â€œWe cannot perform a ma-
terial inspection of the ship yet because most of our equipment is still in warehouses and the Navy doesnâ€™t own the ship,â€? Nelson explained. The Navy is scheduled to take delivery of Arlington on Dec. 7. Arlingtonâ€™s next milestone will be the acceptance trials, running from Oct. 28 to Nov. 2. â€œHuntington-Ingalls Industries will be showing the ship to the Navyâ€™s Board of Inspection and Survey, and if everything looks good, they will make a recommendation to the secretary of the Navy and the Chief of Naval Operations to accept the ship for delivery,â€? Nelson explained. â€œOnce the secretary of the Navy has given the green light, the Supervisor of Shipbuilding will accept the ship on behalf of the Navy and they will sign the ship over to the crew of Arlington.â€? Arlington is named for Arlington County, Va., home of the Pentagon, in honor of the 184 victims and heroes who lost their lives during the terrorist attack there on Sept. 11, 2001. Arlington is the eighth in Navyâ€™s San Antonio-class of ships, designed to be the most survivable amphibious vessels ever put to sea. The third in the U.S. ďŹ‚eet to bear the name, Arlington will be commissioned in early 2013 and homeported in Norfolk. The ship combines 21st century amphibious shipbuilding and warďŹ ghting technologies to support current and future Marine Corps aircraft and landing craft, and will be capable of taking nearly 1,200 Sailors and Marines into harmâ€™s way.
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Science, tech to the warﬁghter The Chief of Naval Research told a packed house at an Ofﬁce of Naval Research (ONR) event that he intends to bring ofﬁcials from the Navy, Marine Corps, industry and academia together on a quarterly basis, starting in 2013, to accelerate science and technology efforts for the warﬁghter. » see B12
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SEABEES OBTAIN VALUABLE SKILLS, ENHANCE CAREER POTENTIAL By MC1 Jonathan Carmichael Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 11 Public Affairs
Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 completed the four-day Tech Trainer Masonry course at Naval Construction Battalion Center (NCBC), Gulfport, Miss., Oct. 26, becoming the ﬁrst to utilize the technical trainer. Eleven Seabees obtained the skill of Masonry Unit Construction-II. What makes this unique in relation to other classes that Seabees participate in is the hands-on experience the students gain by using the technical trainer. The only way that gaining experience like this would have been possible in the past would be through on-the-job training on a project with a hard deadline and little to no time for honing one’s skills. Seabees have a diverse set of skills, but do not always have the opportunity to practice all of those skills as his or her career progresses. According to Builder 1st Class Sidney Lyons, a course instructor, this is where the Technical Trainer comes in. “It’s like a refresher,” said Lyons. “We get them back up to speed to be proﬁcient at their job when they ﬁnally get there.” Originally from Valdosta, Ga., Lyons knows ﬁrsthand how a training tool like this can be beneﬁcial. He had a 10-year stretch, during his now 17-and-a-half year Navy career, in which he did not have the opportunity to work on any projects requiring him to lay block. When Lyons was assigned as the subject matter expert to a project that entailed a lot of masonry, he knew he was not ready. To ensure that he wouldn’t fail at the task of leading a crew of junior Seabees on the project, Lyons bought some bricks and mortar and practiced at home in the days leading up to the project. “A” schools, the primary means of rate training in the Navy, teach skills that a Seabee needs to be successful in his or her rate. However, it is common for four or more years to pass before a Seabee encounters a situation that requires use of some of the skills he or she learned in “A” school. This can result in less than efﬁcient on-the-job performance for a project crew. The crew must take time to retrain individuals who may have been out of practice for years on a particular skill, or resort to employing an otherwise capable Seabee with tasks, such as fetching tools and doing other non-skilled labor. Builder Constructionman Shaun Albright, originally from Bethalto, Ill., has been in the Navy for three years. As a student in the class, Albright said that he was rusty at ﬁrst after not having practiced masonry since “A” school. “It takes a little bit of technique, but once you get a good row going, it’s just a matter of lining it up and leveling it off,” said Albright. Builder 3rd Class Asia Gilchrist, a native of McCormick,
» see SEABEES | B15
Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 participate in a masonry course that utilizes the Technical Trainer at Naval Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport, Miss. The U.S. Navy is constantly deployed to preserve peace, protect commerce and deter aggression through forward presence. Join the conversation on social media using #warﬁghting.
MC1 Jonathan Carmichael
■ ﬁelds of training Along with Masonry, the Technical Trainer facility currently includes training stations for utilities, pre-engineered buildings, overhead power lines, reinforcing steel fabrication, interior ﬁnishes, concrete ﬂatwork, concrete formwork, stair forms, steel fabrication and carpentry.
It’s like a refresher. We get them back up to speed to be proﬁcient at their job when they ﬁnally get there.” - Builder 1st Class Sidney Lyons, course instructor
Veterans Affairs Home Loan Program delivers 20 millionth American dream By Amaani Lyle American Forces Press Service
As three-year-old Joey Carpenter peddled his tricycle over crackling autumn leaves on the driveway, his mother smiled through stiﬂed tears, for she knew her son would now have a stable home in which to grow up. Neighbors watched as the Department of Veterans Affairs saluted Elizabeth Carpenter, the 20 millionth recipient of its Home Loan Guarantee Program, in a ceremony just outside the door of her new address. Veterans Affairs Undersecretary for Beneﬁts Allison A. Hickey
presented a plaque to Carpenter, a widow of Army Capt. Matthew Carpenter who was a West Point graduate and Iraq war veteran that succumbed to cancer in December of 2010. No matter the circumstances that cause military families to want a new home, the VA Home Loan Program, Hickey said, is just a good idea. “Vets are a good bet – service members are a good bet,” she said. “Because they have those core values of responsibility and dependability and [do] what they commit to do, [whether] they sign up to own a home … or go to war.” Carpenter said that she knew she wanted to be in Virginia with her
CNO launches new Professional Reading Program By Ens. Alex Cornell du Houx U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs
Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert introduced the newest edition of the CNO Professional Reading Program (PRP) in his blog, Oct. 23. With the motto “Read to Be Ready,” the revamped program lists 42 books organized under the three tenets of the CNO’s Sailing Directions: warﬁghting ﬁrst; operate forward; and be ready. There are 18 essential readings and 24 recommended readings. “I encourage you to read these relevant books – they are about our profession,” said Greenert. “The list is designed to help us learn more about our proud heritage and gain a greater understanding of what it means to be a 21st century Sailor.”
Robert Turtil Allison A. Hickey (left), Veterans Affairs Undersecretary for Beneﬁts, awards the department’s 20 millionth home loan to Elizabeth Carpenter, the widow of Army Capt. Matthew Carpenter, Oct. 26. Carpenter’s son, Joey, stands in the doorway.
family once her husband passed away. “I wanted my son to have the stability of a home with me and him – this is our new little family,” said Carpenter. “I wanted a home where he could have the memories at three when he’s 16 years old, and this is a stable good place for him to come
The list is designed to help us learn more about our proud heritage and gain a greater understanding of what it means to be a 21st century Sailor.” - CNO Adm. Jonathan Greenert
back to however old he is.” She added that her familiarity with the VA Home Loan Program stemmed from her father, an Army Soldier, and later by way of her own VA beneﬁt purchase with her late
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DoD remains an active partner in Sandy response Press Release Department of Defense
Each book was selected to illustrate key points about ways the Navy contributed to national security in the past and how it will operate in the future. “I’m not trying to make historians out of all us, and I don’t want you to get a history degree out of this,” he said. “I want you to be interested in your Navy and see how your predecessors, Sailors just like you, made your Navy great.” The Navy reading program was developed to facilitate professional development
The Defense Department continues to be an active partner in response to Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath by providing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and state governors with capable, trained and accessible forces and equipment when requested. As of 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 29, there were nearly 6,700 National Guard forces on state active duty, or in the process of activating for duty in support of the governors of New York, Massachusetts, Virginia, New Jersey, Delaware, Connecticut and Maryland. These forces were helping local ﬁrst responders and FEMA, including providing assistance with evacuation shelters, route clearance, search and rescue and delivery of essential equipment and supplies.
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The older kids get, the harder they are to move. Recently, at an event in San Diego, Calif., a group of moms of middle school kids talked about how that ﬁrst move with a middle schooler was a shocker. Once upon a time, that easy-going kid only worried whether the movers would take good care of their Batman guys, or Mega Bloks, or Bratz dolls. During the most recent move, these moms realized that their middle schoolers left behind an entire life – a life that existed beyond the family unit. Here are a few of the tools these moms have used to help their middle schoolers make new friends and thrive in their new military life. 1. Enroll in sports. If your kids are reasonably athletic, sports are the classic solution to a military move. Traveling teams are a little harder to negotiate, but it can be done. When in despair, watch “Remember the Titans.” The quarterback is a military kid. 2. Sea Cadets/Young Marines (both boys and girls). The Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) is for kids ages 13 - 17 who want to learn about the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine. After taking part in a two week boot camp during the summer, sea cadets can take part in a two-week course on a Coast Guard or Navy craft. They can also attend classes in stuff like music training and SEAL team training, and military law enforcement. Young Marines is a similar program in the Maine Corps. Young Marines can participate in challenges like survival skills, wilderness training and water-based activities. 3. Youth Center. At Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, the youth center is worth checking out. It offers pool and foosball tables, video games, contests, Xbox gaming, DVD and big-screen TV and more. And they have a new state-of-the-art youth sports center. 4. Volunteering. Look for volunteer opportunities in which most of the other volunteers will also be middle schoolers. Church groups, 4H and Scout groups often plan a volunteer activity. Volunteer opportunities are available at Miramar through the Youth Center. 5. 4-H. 4H is not just a raise-sheep-and-take-’emto-the-fair activity anymore. If your kid has never taken part in 4H, see what the local chapter provides. 6. Dance, Cheer or Gymnastics. The routine of a dance class helps establish a rhythm to the week when you are a new kid. Granted, not every program will be the same as the one back home. Your kid won’t have a reputation he or she had back home. But the moves are the same and coming back to yourself by doing something you are good at really is the way to go. 7. Host a get together. Sometimes letting your house become the Kool-Aid house opens an opportunity for your kid to be part of a group. Need somewhere to host the soccer party? How about your house? 8. Summer camp. Lots of military families wait until the end of the school year to move, which is good for continuity. Yet it yields a middle school kid with no friends in summer. No one to hang out with at the pool. No one to come to your birthday party. Heading off to summer camp ﬁlls some of those empty hours. And you never know who your kid might meet. 9. Housing/base/command events. The virtue of dragging a kid to a local event is that you know where they are. Sometimes there are equally bored, equally new kids at these events. 10. Other parents. I only have to look at a parent with a new-kid middle schooler and I can almost smell the misery. I remember what that felt like. Lots of parents remember what that felt like. So reach out to parents who have children about the same age as yours. Ask how they got their kids in soccer, cheer, art class, garden club. How always makes other people more inclined to help. And moms of new kid middle schoolers need all the help they can get. Jacey Eckhart is a Navy wife, the Editor of SpouseBuzz and the author of “I Married a Spartan?? The Care and Feeding of Your Military Marriage” available on iTunes, Amazon, and on www.jaceyeckhart. com.
When I was a kid I was a “military brat” (true on so many levels), and my own three children are what we’re now calling “military-connected students,” but regardless of the label, the experience is similar – plenty of moving, new schools, goodbyes to friends and activities, deployment anxiety and reintegration stress. My oldest just started her freshman year and already she’s been in nine different schools in three states while her father has deployed overseas more times than I care to count. It’s that challenge and the experience of the 1.2 million other military kids, 80 percent of whom attend public schools, that inspired Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden and the rest of the Joining Forces team to create Operation Educate the Educator. Joining Forces, the White House initiative to support military families, collaborated with the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) and the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) to get a commitment from colleges and universities to especially prepare their teachers-in-training
for the unique challenges that face military children. Last month, I sat in the audience at George Mason University near Washington, D.C. for a celebration of an Operation Educate the Educator milestone – over 100 schools have signed on to implement guiding principles in their preparation programs and partner with PK-12 schools to ensure future educators have the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the needs of military-connected children. “We are grateful to those institutions that have made a serious commitment to prepare educators to serve military children. Supportive educators who are aware of the speciﬁc challenges faced by military children will make a signiﬁcant difference in the lives of our nation’s military families,” said Mary Keller, Ed.D., MCEC president in a press release. But it’s not all about the challenges. Military kids bring a different perspective into the class room which has the potential to enrich the learning environment for all the students. Living all around the world and across the country gives military children an appreciation of different cultures, values and ways of life.
Those experiences make them resilient and as my mother used to say, “builds character.” During her speech at the event, Biden called it a global awareness and said teachers are meeting the needs of military kids in creative and heartwarming ways – transition resource rooms, art therapy and parent-teacher conferences via Skype – but through Operation Educate the Educator, future teachers across the country will be better prepared to make a difference in the life of a military child. Patty Shinseki, a MCEC board member and spouse of retired Army Chief of Staff and current Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki, celebrates the milestone, but said they aren’t done, noting there are more than 800 teacher colleges in the country she’d like to see signed onto the program as well. “With a supportive learning environment and a community that cares, the sky’s the limit for our military children,” said Shinseki. Michelle S. Galvez is a Navy spouse, mother of three, graduate student and government contractor who writes in her spare time. Email her at email@example.com
Hurricane Sandy took over Bianca’s column this week! She will return next week with a very personal column. If you think that she has welcomed you into her life before, get ready because she has never had such an emotional experience to write about until now. And she is sharing it with you, her readers.
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Moving in the military is tough. With loose ends to tie up, such as obtaining spouse employment, moving household goods, transferring schools, shipping vehicles and setting up child care, it can seem overwhelming. In addition, sometimes these families are unaware of what resources exist to help them move their pets. It’s imperative to plan for the pets as soon as you’re notified of the next duty station. Although pet information for military families isn’t consolidated at one central location, there are a few helpful places to check: ■ Military veterinarians. The Army’s Public
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Dolphin 12 training concludes in Montenegro By Donna Miles American Forces Press Service
MC2 Jonathan P. Idle Sailors assigned to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harper’s Ferry (LSD 49) read messages of gratitude from Japanese citizens they assisted during Operation Tomodachi. Harper’s Ferry was one of several U.S. ships that brought humanitarian aid and provided disaster relief following the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan in March of 2011.
Japanese citizens send gifts to USS Harpers Ferry
When we were out there, you could see buildings and pieces of houses out in the ocean. We were glad to be there as relief and help support them.”
By MC2 Jonathan P. Idle Navy Public Affairs Support Element West
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- Operations Specialist 2nd Class Jennifer Kennington
Sailors assigned to USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) received photos and thank you messages written on origami cranes from Japanese citizens during a ceremony aboard the ship, Oct. 24. The gifts were given in appreciation of the ship’s efforts during Operation Tomodachi, an operation that provided humanitarian aid and disaster relief assistance after an earthquake and tsunami struck Japan in March of 2011. The event was organized by Helping Hands, a Yokosuka, Japan-based organization designed to help families displaced by the tragedy. Masako Sullivan, founder of Helping Hands, said the idea of
sending gifts to the Sailors who assisted with Tomodachi began with a woman in Fukushima, Japan who wanted to thank the Navy for everything they had done for her. “I suggested that we send origami cranes with names and messages on the wings,” said Sullivan. “We collected cranes from all over Japan to donate them to the ships that took part in Tomodachi.” Sullivan said giving something back to the Sailors and the Navy for their assistance was important for her. “I knew that a lot of Sailors donated blankets, clothes and a lot of personal items,” said Sullivan. “I knew it wasn’t because the Navy told them to, but because they really wanted to help people. It was beyond the Navy’s job. I wanted the people of Japan
to continue remembering those things and give something back to the Navy.” Operations Specialist 2nd Class Jennifer Kennington, assigned to the Operations Department aboard Harpers Ferry, vividly remembers responding to the disaster. “When we were out there, you could see buildings and pieces of houses out in the ocean,” she said. “It was devastating and sad. We were glad to be there as relief and help support them.” Kennington said she enjoyed the ceremony and was touched by the messages written on the origami cranes. “One of the cranes someone made said that they had lost their family, but they were thankful for the U.S. Navy giving them courage and supporting them through everything,” she said.
Advancing U.S. European Command’s efforts to build partnerships and partner capacity across the continent, U.S. Navy divers and six bottlenose dolphins wrapped up a month-long exercise, Oct. 24, during which they trained Montenegrin Navy divers to locate and clear underwater mines and explosives dating back to World War I. Dolphin 2012 concluded in Tivat, Montenegro with the Navy presenting $70,000 in dive equipment to help their Montenegrin counterparts establish an underwater clearance capability, U.S. Embassy ofﬁcials reported. The presentation capped a month of training in the Boka-Kotorska Bay by members of the San Diegobased Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 1 and the Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command. Using specially trained dolphins from the Navy’s Marine Mammal Program, the participants demonstrated how to identify sea mines or explosive remnants, some that have been on the ocean ﬂoor for more than 80 years, ofﬁcials said. During the training, the dolphins used their exceptional biological sonar capabilities to locate mine-like objects and mark them with GPS coordinates. At the exercise’s conclusion, the participants presented the Montenegrin government ofﬁcials a grid listing all objects found and their locations, ofﬁcials said. Dolphin 12 was part of a multi-year U.S. program to help Montenegro detect potentially dangerous objects within its waters and build its capacity to rehabilitate areas plagued by remnants of war, ofﬁcials said. The effort is being funded by Eucom’s Humanitarian Mine Action Program and the State Department’s Humanitarian Demining Training Center and Ofﬁce of Weapons Removal and Abatement. Dolphins have an extraordinary sonar capability that surpasses anything human divers, or the latest technology developments, can provide, ofﬁcials from the Navy Marine Mammal Program said. The Navy relies on specially trained dolphins, as well as sea lions, to detect sea mines, that, if not found, could sink ships, destroy landing craft and kill or injure people, program ofﬁcials explained. The dolphins used in the training receive two to three years of specialty training before working on underwater security projects. In addition, they are cared for with around-the-clock medical and dental care and enjoy a diet of restaurant-grade ﬁsh. The Navy’s dolphins operate in the open oceans without tethers and no Navy marine mammal has been a casualty in any hostile conﬂict, ofﬁcials reported.
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Ballistic missile defense system conducts largest missile defense ďŹ‚ight test in history Press Release U.S. Missile Defense Agency
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The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) successfully conducted the largest, most complex missile defense ďŹ‚ight test ever attempted, Oct. 24. MDA, Soldiers from the 94th and 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC); Sailors aboard USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62); and Airmen from the 613th Air and Space Operations Center conducted a test which resulted in the simultaneous engagement of ďŹ ve ballistic missile and cruise missile targets. An integrated air and ballistic missile defense architecture used multiple sensors and missile defense systems to engage multiple targets at the same time. All targets were successfully launched and initial indications are that the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system successfully intercepted its ďŹ rst mediumrange ballistic target in history, and Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) near simultaneously destroyed a short-range ballistic missile and a low ďŹ‚ying cruise missile target over water.
The live-ďŹ re demonstration, conducted at U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll/ Reagan Test Site, Hickam Air Force Base and surrounding areas in the Western PaciďŹ c, stressed the performance of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD), THAAD and Patriot weapon systems. An Extended Long Range Air Launch Target (E-LRALT) missile was airdropped over the broad ocean area North of Wake Island from a U.S. Air Force C-17 aircraft, staged from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. The AN/TPY-2 X-band radar, located with the THAAD system on Meck Island, tracked the ELRALT and a THAAD interceptor successfully intercepted the medium-range ballistic missile. THAAD was operated by Soldiers from the 32nd AAMDC. Another short-range ballistic missile was launched from a mobile launch platform located in the broad ocean area northeast of Kwajalein Atoll. The Patriot system, manned by Soldiers of the 94th AAMDC, detected, tracked and successfully intercepted the target with a PAC-3 interceptor. USS Fitzgerald successfully engaged a
A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor missile is launched from Meck Island to intercept a ballistic missile target during a Missile Defense Agency integrated ďŹ‚ight test.
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American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month observance begins Nov. 1 By Ens. Amber Lynn Daniel Navy Ofﬁce of Diversity and Inclusion Public Affairs
The Navy will join the nation in celebrating American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month, which will be observed Nov. 1 through Nov. 30. The 2012 national theme, “Serving Our People, Serving Our Nations: Native Visions for Future Generations” encourages the nation to reﬂect and celebrate the cultures, histories and traditions of the indigenous peoples of North America, including parts of Alaska and the island state of Hawaii. Today, more than 14,000 Sailors and 1,200 civilians of Native American and Alaska Native heritage serve in the Navy. According to the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs, 565 federally recognized American Indian tribes and Alaska Natives reside in the United States, composed of nearly 4.5 million American Indians and Alaska Natives, or 1.5 percent of the nation’s population. “American Indians have served in our military ranks from the birth of our country and they continue to lend their numerous skills, abilities and gifts to help make our Navy better,” said Cmdr. Angela Katson, director of the Navy Ofﬁce of Diversity and Inclusion. Most widely remembered for their critical role as World War II Navajo Code Talkers, American Indians have served in key roles through every major U.S. military engagement, both on land and at sea. Native American Sailors served on continental and state vessels during the War of Independence, and even during the Civil War, as many as 20,000 Native Americans contributed to both Union
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FLAGSHIPNEWS.COM | NOV 1, 2012 | THE FLAGSHIP | B7 Dick Girocco, a survivor of the Dec. 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, shakes hands with Operations Specialist Sean Storms, a student attending the Center for Security Forces Ships Reaction Force Advanced training at Joint Expeditionary Base Pearl Harbor/Hickam.
PEARL HARBOR SURVIVOR VISITS HANGAR 54 ■ Dec. 7, 1941 The attack on Pearl Harbor left 20 U.S. ships either sunk or damaged in varying degrees. The Navy and Army Air Corps PEARL HARBOR, HAWAII lost a combined 169 planes with another 159 damaged. A survivor from the Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese attack on Pearl U.S. casualties reached 2,403 dead, 1,178 wounded. Harbor visited the Center for Security Forces Detachment a little hairy,” he said, recall- lie in and wait out the attack.” He went on to explain that Pearl Harbor, Oct. 18, to tour ing the initial moments of the luckily the Navy had been the site and exact location attack. of where he was during the The Japanese attack began laying a pipeline between attack – Hangar 54. at 7:55 a.m. with two air-at- the two hangars and that Dick Girocco, a U.S. Navy tack forces that totaled more he, along with others, found seaman at age 20, was inside than 350 aircraft and a battle refuge there for the remainHangar 54 when the Japanese group consisting of 30 sur- der of the attack. The attack on Pearl Harbor air strike against U.S. forces face ships and 35 submarines. “By that time, we could see left 20 U.S. ships either sunk began on that infamous day the rising sun on the wings, or damaged in varying deof nearly 71 years ago. “My immediate reaction [and] from that minute on, it grees. The Navy and Army was to run out front of this was a matter of self-preserva- Air Corps lost a combined hangar because we suspected tion,” said Girocco. “Our ﬁrst 169 planes with another 159 the Army Air Corps were impulse was to run 180-de- damaged. U.S. casualties playing tricks on us. They grees away from them, so reached 2,403 dead and anuse to do that on occasion we went out the back of this other 1,178 wounded. When asked what he and dive bomb us with ﬂour hangar. It was all dirt between sacks. When the ‘ﬂour sacks’ this hanger and the next, [but] thought about the new debegan exploding, things got we found little depressions to velopments alongside the By STG1 Jeremy Sosh
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old buildings on Ford Island, Girocco said, “I think what is happening is nice. It does not bring back a lot of memories because there is a good period of my memory that is blocked out. The ﬁrst couple of days I remember very well, but then the next couple of weeks after that, maybe a month or so, are a total blank.” Among the 20 U.S. ships sunk or damaged in the attack,
all returned to service by 1944 except for USS Arizona (BB 39), USS Oklahoma (BB 37) and USS Utah (BB 31). The Japanese formerly surrendered to the U.S. on Sept. 2, 1945 aboard USS Missouri (BB 63) in Tokyo Bay. The battleship USS West Virginia (BB 31/AG 16), sunk during the attack at Pearl Harbor, was also present in Tokyo Bay and served as a testament
to the ingenuity and resolve of the American people. This type of ingenuity and resolve continues into present day as Hangar 54 now serves as a training site for Navy Security Forces personnel. The Center for Security Forces provides specialized training to more than 22,000 students each year and has 14 training locations throughout the U.S. and around the world.
Leaner Navy looking at future technology, ﬂeet size and sequestration By David Smalley Ofﬁce of Naval Research
Adm. Mark Ferguson, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, headlined the opening of the ONR (Ofﬁce of Naval Research) Naval Science and Technology Partnership Conference and American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) Expo, Oct. 22. Ferguson highlighted the importance of innovative science and technology programs being developed by the Navy. He also offered a revealing look at the potential future for the Navy if sequestration, or automatic defense cuts, goes into effect in January. Speaking to a capacity crowd as keynote speaker, Ferguson said the Navy is already working hard to do
We have to make sure that we put the best technology we have into the hands of our warﬁghters.” - Adm. Mark Ferguson, Vice Chief of Naval Operations
more across the globe with less resources. “The implications of trying to absorb a 9.4 percent cut on top of the signiﬁcant reductions we’ve already done in ﬁscal year 2013 budgets, will have a very signiﬁcant impact on the workforce, on the research and development (R&D) accounts – on everything,” he said. Ferguson’s wide-ranging talk addressed an array of topics relating to ONR’s pioneering work in science and technology research. The vice chief applauded ONR-led efforts to improve warﬁghter capabilities in programs, such as the Electromagnetic Railgun, ballistic missile defense, cyber defense and more. These kinds of technologies, he said, are “game-changers.” And in spite of current ﬁscal austerity, he stressed that the Department of Navy’s leadership recognizes the im-
portance of science and technology research for the future of the service. “We’re going to be smaller as we go forward,” he said, regardless of whatever decisions are made on sequestration. “We’re going to be leaner. But in the same breath, we have to be technologically advanced. We have to make sure that we put the best technology we have into the hands of our warﬁghters. That’s our promise to future generations.” Without some sort of adjustment by Congress, currently the subject of discussion on Capitol Hill, the nearly 10 percent across-the-board Department of Defense budget cuts are slated to commence in 2013 and continue for 10 years. The admiral stated he is personally hopeful that lawmakers will moderate the cuts before they kick in, but noted that if no adjustments
are made, the long-term as well as immediate effect on the Navy will be heavy. “If you project out 10 years – remember the budget control act talks about 10 years of reductions – now you start talking about a ﬂeet reduced to about 230-235 ships,” he said. “Now you start talking about reduction of manpower commensurate with that. Now you start talking about the reduction of money going to warfare centers, to R&D efforts.” Ferguson’s talk also emphasized the Navy’s commitment to promoting programs aimed at getting young people involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers. He also said he will chair a committee to bring together industry, academic and service leaders to coordinate STEM support.
Ofﬁcials improve process for transition to civilian life By David Vergun Army News Service
Ofﬁcials from the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments participated in a panel discussion about efforts to prepare service members for the transition to civilian life, Oct. 19. Danny Pummill, director of VA/DoD liaison for Veterans Affairs, and Susan S. Kelly, director of DoD’s Transition to Veterans Program Ofﬁce, explained the new Transition Assistance Program during the 10th annual Military Reporters and Editors Conference. “This isn’t your death-by-PowerPoint TAP from the 1990s,” said Pummill, referring to a side-intensive one-day seminar for transitioning service members in days gone by. “[The new TAP] is well planned and thought out.” “[TAP] is an adult, interactive learning environment similar to college, with small-group [discussions], as well as one-on-one-counseling,” he added. “It used to be that we had a classroom of upwards of 350 people. Now, our max is 50 and spouses are encouraged to attend.” A number of pilot studies were conducted over the past year, Kelly said, including the National Guard and reserves. “We found that the needs of singles separating from a ﬁrst tour were different than, say, a career Soldier with a family getting ready to retire,” she said. “We also found that each of the services have different cultures and ‘personalities.’ For example, Soldiers and Marines respond to [information] differently than a roomful of Airmen.” The new TAP will feature pre-separation classes ranging from healthcare, life insurance and disability to higher education, vocational training and home loans, Kelly said. By the end of 2013, Transition Goals-PlansSuccess, known as GPS, will replace TAP, Kelly said. She explained that GPS is a classroom and one-on-one session with service members and their spouses to formulate a plan, including a detailed 12-month budget. The plan could be vocational training or college, she explained, in which case the service member would meet with a representative from that institution and begin the paperwork process. Service members wanting to start a business would meet with a representative from the
Small Business Administration to go over the feasibility of their business plan and funding resources. For those wanting to enter the private or government sector workforce, she said, employment specialists would assist with resume writing and job searches, and meetings could be arranged with subject-matter experts in the targeted occupational ﬁelds. Service members also would have a “Plan B” in place in case something didn’t work out. Other aspects of the plan include meetings with counselors to focus on the social and psychological factors, which Kelly said are just as important to transitioning service members because they are used to living in a structured environment and need to be better prepared to be on their own. Kelly said special efforts are being made to reach out to Guard and reserve service members to ensure they are getting all the assistance they need. For those living far from military installations, she said, transition teams would be sent out and some training that otherwise would take place in a classroom could be done in a “virtual classroom” setting. By the end of 2014, service members will prepare for transitioning “across their military life cycle,” Kelly said. In other words, training programs with timetables will be formally instituted as soon as a service member enters the military. “In addition to being ‘military ready,’ they will now be ‘career ready,’” she added. The transition effort established by the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act is a joint effort of the Defense, Labor, VA and Education departments, along with the Small Business Administration, the Ofﬁce of Personnel Management and the White House Domestic Policy Council. “If someone told me six government agencies would come up with a plan, I wouldn’t have believed it would work,” said Pummill, who served in the Army for 34 years. “I’ve been meeting with them for a year now and we’re working things through. It’s a model for how government agencies can get together and share manpower and resources and do the right thing, in this case for service members, and this is best plan possible to take care of our service members.”
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LAST T-AKE-CLASS SHIP ACCEPTED BY MILITARY SEALIFT COMMAND Press Release Military Sealift Command Public Affairs
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Military Sealift Command (MSC) accepted delivery of its newest dry cargo/ ammunition ship, USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE 14), during a short ceremony at the General Dynamics NASSCO Ship Yard San Diego, Oct. 24. The ship, which was christened on May 5 in San Diego, honors Cesar Chavez, an American farm worker, labor leader and civil rights activist who co-founded the National Farm Workers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers. He is well known for his use of non-violent tactics that made the farm workers struggle a moral cause with nationwide support. “This is an historic day for Military Sealift Command as we accept into our ﬂeet the last ship in the T-AKE program,” said Capt. Sylvester Moore, Commander, MSC Paciﬁc. “Like the 13 ships that came before it, USNS Cesar Chavez will be an important component in support of the United States Navy ships and
missions around the world. Whether we are supporting an aircraft carrier, or transporting humanitarian assistance and disaster relief supplies, the T-AKE’s and all MSC underway replenishment ships bring to life the motto: MSC delivers.” With a crew of 125 civil service mariners working for MSC and 11 U.S. Navy Sailors who provide operational support and supply coordination, the 689-foot long Chavez is the 14th and ﬁnal of the dry cargo/ ammunition ships and is slated for use by MSC’s Combat Logistics Force, or CLF. CLF ships deliver ammunition, food, fuel and other supplies to U.S. and allied ships at sea, enabling the Navy to maintain a worldwide forward presence. The ﬁrst 11 dry cargo/ammunition ships are currently operating as part of MSC’s CLF, delivering vital fuel, equipment and supplies to Navy warships at sea. The remaining three ships in the T-AKE-class are expected to be assigned to maritime pre-positioning squadrons, which strategically place combat cargo at sea for rapid delivery to warﬁghters ashore.
“The delivery of Chavez marks a signiﬁcant milestone for MSC – we are now at full capacity with our dry-cargo and ammunition ships and stand ready to support a wide-range of Department of Defense requirements,” said Rear Adm. Mark Buzby, Commander, MSC. “The T-AKE’s, and the professional mariners who operate them, are a true testament to MSC’s ability to operate forward and provide an unprecedented level of service and support to our warfighters worldwide.” T-AKE’s are the newest class of CLF ships built for MSC. They replace MSC’s aging, single-mission supply ships, such as Kilauea-class ammunition ships and Mars and Sirius-class combat stores ships as they reach the end of their service lives. MSC operates approximately 110 non-combatant, civilian-crewed ships that replenish U.S. Navy ships, conduct specialized missions and strategically preposition combat cargo at sea around the world, and move military cargo and supplies used by deployed U.S. forces and coalition partners.
U.S. Navy file photo The 689-foot long USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE 14), is the 14th and ﬁnal of the dry cargo/ammunition ships and is slated for use by Military Sealift Command’s (MSC) Combat Logistics Force (CLF).
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U.S. Navy file photo A photo illustration of the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE 14). Chavez served in the Navy from 1944-1946 and became a leader in the American labor movement and a civil rights activist. Chavez will serve as a combat logistics force ship delivering ammunition, food, fuel and other dry cargo to U.S. and allied ships at sea.
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Watch what you eat this holiday season Press Release Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs
Courtesy of U.S. Naval Museum Hundreds have served aboard, but some never left. Transformed into a haunted ship, the USS Barry (DD 933) welcomed children and parents for a spook-tacu!ar tour, Oct. 19. Manned by volunteer active duty Navy crews, she has hosted a wide variety of military-related events and has presented a positive image of the Navy to thousands of visitors annually. Barry was decommissioned on Nov. 5, 1982.
‘GHOST SHIP BARRY’ HAUNTS NAVY YARD RIVER WALK By Patrick Gordon Naval District Washington Public Affairs
Personnel and volunteers at the National Museum of the U.S. Navy treated guests to a slightly scarier version of the Display Ship Barry, located at the Washington Navy Yard, by adorning its interiors with Halloween decorations and turning the ship into the “Ghost Ship Barry,” Oct. 19. “The Ghost Ship Barry is an event where once a year, the crew of the ship and some additional volunteers ‘haunt out’ the ship and make it into a haunted mansion that ﬂoats, if you will,” said Karin Hill, director of education and public programs at the National Museum of the U.S. Navy. “The museum has Halloween-themed craft activities, and then folks will check in and receive a ticket before a staff member will walk groups over to the Barry. They walk through the ship, and then they come back over here to the museum and do more
craft activities.” Service members and civilians alike were invited to participate in activities, such as goodie bag making and frame decorating before the Barry tours began. Hill explained that for the ﬁrst two hours of the event, haunted tours of the Barry were held for children ages 12 and younger, and the last two hours were for visitors 12 and older. “At the beginning we give tours for the little guys ... what we call the ‘notso-scary Barry,’” said Hill. “Then, after a half-hour turnaround, it becomes the ‘very-scary Barry.’” Inside the ship, volunteers turned the historic passageways of the ship into terrifying corridors full of scary sights and sounds. “My guys have Halloween decorations set up around the ship and we have volunteers from around the region, civilian and military, that dress up in costumes and be a part of the event as far as bringing the effect out for the haunted ship,” said Senior Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling)
(SW/AW) Benjamin Bilyeu, Display Ship Barry leading chief petty ofﬁcer. “It’s just a good Halloween event for people to come enjoy themselves and have a good time.” Adults and children alike delighted in the experience, getting a good laugh, as well as a scare. “They did a really good job making the ship scary,” said Vanessa Santos, a Washington Navy Yard employee who brought her family to the event. “The scariest part was when the volunteers reach out and try to grab you. They really went all out making the mess decks look like a morgue, banging on the walls – it was great.” While there may not have been any real monsters or ghouls aboard the ship, Hill suggests that it’s the spirit of the holiday that really haunts the passageways of the Ghost Ship Barry. “I don’t know that the Barry has an actual ghost or haunting,” said Hill. “But for the sake of Halloween, I’ll say yes, the Barry is haunted.”
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The holidays can bring as much stress as they do joy and it is important to watch one’s nutrition, Navy leaders said, Oct. 23. “Halloween costumes and family gatherings are approaching,” said Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Wallinger, OPNAV N-135 nutritionist. “The kids are getting excited in anticipation of being out of school and you are preparing for a visit from your in-laws. You may have a lot to do to prepare for the holidays, but don’t let yourself run on empty. With the stress from planning and preparations, and the easy access to candy and your favorite notso-healthy holiday foods, it’s easy to get off course from your ﬁtness and nutrition goals,” she added. “Eating well and staying active don’t have to stand in the way of holiday celebrations and can actually add to their enjoyment. Now is a great time to reafﬁrm your nutrition and ﬁtness goals, increase awareness of the days ahead and prepare a plan to manage stress that often accompanies the holidays.” Navy Physical Readiness has several nutrition resources that can help a Sailor stay energized during the holidays and curb the negative impact to the body and mind. Fact sheets on achieving holiday goals and being food label savvy will soon be available online, offering guidance on choosing quality foods and how to prepare a great plate for the holidays. The Navy Operational Fitness and Fueling System (NOFFS) also outlines how to choose the right foods and portions – something everyone can all do a better job at during the holidays. Being mindful of eating habits and setting aside a few minutes for physical activity will help keep stress and your waistline under control. “Exercise contributes to positive behavioral health by building resiliency when faced with daily stress,” said Capt. Kurt Scott, director, OPNAV N-135H, Navy Behavioral Health. Sailors should become familiar with the available ﬁtness and nutrition resources to stay ready and resilient this holiday season!
Now is a great time to reafﬁrm your nutrition and ﬁtness goals, increase awareness of the days ahead and prepare a plan to manage stress that often accompanies the holidays.” - Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Wallinger, OPNAV N-135 nutritionist
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■ meet CHARLI-2 Rear Adm. Matthew L. Klunder, Chief of Naval Research, returns the salute of CHARLI-2 from Virginia Tech’s Robotics & Mechanisms Laboratory during the start of the Office of Naval Research (ONR) 2012 Science and Technology Partnership Conference.
Klunder: ‘In an uncertain world, Navy needs science and technology collaboration’ By David Smalley Ofﬁce of Naval Research
The Chief of Naval Research told a packed house at an Ofﬁce of Naval Research (ONR) event that he intends to bring ofﬁcials from the Navy, Marine Corps, industry and academia together on a quarterly basis, starting in 2013, to accelerate science and technology efforts for the warﬁghter. “We do this conference every two years, which is phenomenal and very valuable ... and probably not enough,” said Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder, Chief of Naval Research, at the 2012 ONR Naval Science and Technology Partnership Conference and American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) Expo. “We’re going to start providing a more helpful regular drumbeat. Every quarter – ONR is going to have a focused working forum with our industry and academic partners.” Klunder stressed the new meetings will be informal, intended to share ideas and concerns within the naval science and technology com-
munity. “This will not be a conference,” he said. “I’m talking bagels and coffee, and a few hours of shared time. Just a functional forum.” He emphasized the importance of collaboration in the successful development of new naval technologies and their transition to the warfighter. The conference is itself a biennial event bringing together top military, scientiﬁc, industry and academic experts in matters related to science and technology, and defense. More than 1,500 stakeholders attended the event this year. Klunder’s keynote delivered an overview of ONR’s missions and challenges, with updates on the focus areas of the Navy’s Science and Technology Strategic Plan. Those areas include: autonomy and unmanned systems; assured access to maritime battlespace; information dominance; platform design and survivability; power and energy; strike and integrated defense; warﬁghter performance; total ownership cost; and expeditionary and irregular warfare. “We do look at developing leap-ahead, very cut-
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the ﬁelds of STEM, with the goal of nurturing future scientists. “I implore you,” he told the audience, “do not let a child come home from school and say that math or science isn’t cool. We owe it to our nation’s future!” ONR is the Navy’s lead organization for STEM outreach. ONR provides the science and technology necessary to maintain the Navy and Marine Corps technological advantage. Through its afﬁliates, ONR is a leader in science and technology with engagement in 50 states, 30 countries, 1,035 institutions of higher learning and more than 900 industry partners.
Panetta: Congress ‘on the clock’ to avert sequestration
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that will be complete in the next year or two, or threeto-five years.” In both cases, he said, the warﬁghter, and the taxpayer,
will be best served by innovative, collaborative solutions from partnerships, drawing on strengths from industry, academia and the Navy and Marine Corps. The need for successful science and technology solutions is particularly acute in the context of global developments, he said, listing problems from proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and terrorist elements to climate change and budget pressures. As the Department of the Navy’s science, engineering, mathematics and technology (STEM) executive, Klunder closed his address by encouraging efforts to increase participation by young people in
Congress “is on the clock” and has critical work to accomplish when the House and Senate come back into session after the Nov. 6 election, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said, Oct. 25. During a Pentagon news conference, Panetta and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff discussed the need for lawmakers to act. First on the list is averting sequestration before it takes effect on Jan. 2, Panetta said. Unless Congress decides on an alternative by that date, a sequestration provision in budget law requires an additional $500 billion in defense spending cuts over the next decade, on top of a $487 billion spending reduction already in effect for that period. “There are only 70 days until that happens and Congress is certainly on the clock when it comes to that potential sequestration occurring,” the secretary said. The secretary said he also wants Congress to pass the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill. “I’d like them to pass a defense appropriations bill, too, but in the very least, we really do need a defense authorization bill so that we can continue to implement our new defense strategy,” he said. The secretary also stressed the need for Congress to act on a cybersecurity bill. “We really do need strong cybersecurity legislation to ensure that we can help
Glenn Fawcett Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey brief the media in the Pentagon Press Brieﬁng Room, Oct. 25.
defend the nation against a cyberattack,” he said. This was the second time in two weeks that Panetta has stressed the need for this legislation, again warning of the growing threat of a cyberattack on the nation’s infrastructure. Finally, Panetta called on the Senate to act quickly on the nominations of Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen to be the next Commander of U.S. European Command and to become NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander for Europe, and for Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. to replace Allen as Commander of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. “This is a full agenda,” the secretary said. “It’s one that requires Democrats and Republicans to work together. And after a tough national election, the American people, I think, will expect both parties to roll up their sleeves, work together to solve the problems facing the nation, and to protect our national security.” Congress’ failure to approve a ﬁscal 2013 budget is causing problems way down the line
for the Defense Department, Panetta said. “We’re developing a [ﬁscal] 2014 budget that to some extent is not based on what Congress has done, because they haven’t done it,” he said. “We don’t know what the 2013 budget is going to be.” The department is operating on a continuing resolution through March 2013 in lieu of a budget for the whole ﬁscal year, which began Oct. 1. Panetta said Pentagon officials don’t know what they can spend for fiscal 2013, let alone fiscal 2014. “This is a strategic issue – it’s ‘What kind of stability am I going to have in terms of defense spending for the future?’” he said. Noting that the department still is cutting almost $500 billion from the defense budget over the next decade, Panetta said that to do so smartly requires some certainty. “For us to be able to make the kind of strategic choices we need to make, I have to have some stability with regards to where are we going from here,” he said. “And I don’t have that right now, and frankly, that’s a major concern.”
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Vice Adm. Tom Copeman, Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Paciﬁc Fleet and Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class Mike Nichols go over maintenance reports aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). The Navy is reliable, ﬂexible and ready to respond worldwide on, above and below the sea. Join the conversation on social media using #warﬁghting.
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COPEMAN’S PRIORITIES A BLUEPRINT FOR ‘DELIVERING READINESS’ Press Release Commander, Naval Surface Force Public Affairs
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Vice Adm. Tom Copeman, Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Paciﬁc Fleet outlined his leadership priorities in a message to the ﬂeet, Oct. 5. After three months at the helm of the Naval Surface Force, Copeman took some time to talk about the fleet and chart its future. He said he drew his inspiration from Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert’s guidance “Sailing Directions” – warfighting first; operate forward; and be ready – stating that they summarize the core responsibilities and tenets of the Navy and each decision made for the fleet. “When you look at what Adm. Greenert put out, it really says it all,” said Copeman. “And the way we do things in the Navy, you take higher guidance and craft your own priorities and guidelines around them to keep everything in sync. The surface forces represent the core mission of the Navy – I don’t think anyone argues with that. We put men and women out to sea and potentially into harm’s way. The tasking of ‘man, train and equip’ has a critical part in making that happen. We are delivering readiness.” The priorities Copeman developed to support warﬁghting ﬁrst are also three in number: training, development and career management of Sailors; training crews to ﬁght and win; and providing warships ready for combat. “Our ships have to be fully manned and they have to have highly skilled Sailors,” said Copeman. To achieve this, Copeman said it requires looking at personnel readiness based upon a “wartime requirement” and not by what is funded. “In order to man our ships correctly, it is vitally important that we report our manning readiness based upon the true requirement,” he said. Just as important as being properly manned is ensuring the experience level of the crew is also the best it can be. Copeman said he wants to “develop methods and the metrics for incorporating experience into determining the right Sailor for the right job.” He said the formula is a simple one: Fit = Paygrade + Navy Enlisted Classiﬁcation Code + Experience. To track that experience, Copeman said he wants to foster a strong working relationship with the Naval Personnel Command, using
“directive detailing” to track experience levels to ensure key leadership billets are ﬁlled with Sailors who have the right experience and training. “I want to see the right progression for our senior enlisted Sailors to prepare for those challenging jobs, like combat systems maintenance manager or ‘top snipe,’” he said. And even ashore, Sailor development must continue. “We have to build and track enriching shore tours for Sailors to build upon their sea experience,” he said. “For FY-14, we’ve added 967 billets to regional maintenance centers and aﬂoat training groups, and we intend to add more.” The training Sailors require is a crucial part of Copeman’s priorities. “If we really want our crews to ﬁght and win, we need to lay that foundation right there in the school house,” he said. “The schools – our basic, integrated and advanced training – must be focused on preparations for high-end combat operations. I think of it as improving the ‘Public School System’ (“A” and “C” schools) by increasing the hands-on training for our Sailors and taking a hard look if we are delivering the information in the best manner.” To start with, Copeman said he intends to invest $170 million into schoolhouse upgrades for surface engineering, with plans to do the same for combat systems and its respective school houses. Copeman said he wants to reverse the trend of many Sailors spending large amounts of time at school only to require in-depth supervision once reporting aboard ship to do basic maintenance, or watchstanding. “Our schools must challenge our Sailors and make better use of their time,” he said. “We have returned some of the billets lost to optimal manning, but we cannot restore them all. This leaves us with a deﬁcit of time and people to stand over someone’s shoulder and walk them through a process with fewer people and same sets, the people must be highly trained.” Likewise, in order to keep ships’ crews trained up, Copeman directed his operations staff to work with the numbered ﬂeets to develop a process to ensure all ships receive 24 weeks of uninterrupted basic training. He urged leaders to use the Surface Force Readiness Manual as a guide for training their crews. “You must be conﬁdent in your command’s abilities, knowledgeable of your weaknesses and proactive in working to improve yourself and your crew,” he said. “Always look ahead and re-
■ inspiration Vice Adm. Tom Copeman drew from Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert’s guidance “Sailing Directions” – warfighting first; operate forward; and be ready – stating that they summarize the core responsibilities and tenets of the Navy. lentlessly communicate your requirements up the chain of command. My staff’s primary job is to provide the resources you need, so be proactive in reporting your requirements.” Copeman said the end result for all this manning and training is the ability to provide warships ready for combat. “Here we’re getting to the balance between maintenance and modernizations of our ships and providing our Sailors with the necessary equipment, repair parts, tools, technical documentation, education, and train-
ing to ﬁx and maintain their equipment,” he said. Some of the measures Copeman has tasked his staff to do in support of that objective include: implementing measures to improve provisioning and sparing for all classes of ships; continuing development of “Class Strategic Plans” to provide total ship life-cycle guidance, including maintenance and modernization plans, integrated logistics support and infrastructure support in order to enable our ﬂeet to achieve expected service life; improving and reestablishing the Fleet Intro-
duction Team process for all new construction classes; and making sure the ﬂeet moves swiftly and smartly toward the next generation of weapons. A big focus of his efforts is getting the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) into the ﬂeet and ready for her ﬁrst deployment. “That, to me, is huge,” he said. “LCS is the big evolution of how we’re doing business when it comes to coastal warfare and the real test of the concept remains to be seen.” Copeman believes all of these goals are within the surface forces’ reach. “But to achieve this, I require a dedicated and focused effort to deliver a ready command,” he said, “A command in which deck plate compliance and a deep-rooted culture of ownership and self-sufficiency
are the standard.” In his message, Copeman charged his commanders to, “accurately assess and report the material condition of your ship. Your chain of command must know the operational impact of your maintenance condition. There is no shame in having broken or degraded equipment – the only shame is failing to properly report and then accepting and living with the broken equipment.” The challenge of a more austere ﬁscal environment is not lost on him, he said, but he’s optimistic. “It’s not an easy path we’re going down, looking out the next several years,” said Copeman. “But I think we’ve been fortunate enough to retain the best Sailors and challenge them to take us forward. I’m personally excited to see where they lead us.”
Key player in Maersk-Alabama hostage rescue addresses NPS students By Kenneth Stewart Naval Postgraduate School Public Affairs
A renowned Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) alumnus and former USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) Commanding Ofﬁcer addressed students and faculty at the NPS King Auditorium, Oct. 16. The Bainbridge ﬁrst caught the public’s attention after it led the dramatic rescue operation that freed Maersk-Alabama Capt. Richard Phillips from Somali pirates in 2009. Ironically, the Bainbridge is named for Cdre. William Bainbridge who fought pirates off the coast of Africa during the Barbary Wars. Capt. Frank Castellano, the former Commanding Ofﬁcer of USS Bainbridge, shared the history of U.S. efforts to combat North African piracy and offered an insiders perspective into the Phillips rescue, which he referred to as his, “sea story.” “This is a ‘sea story,’ my sea story,” said Castellano in beginning his recount of the dramatic events. “There are many perspectives about what happened that day, this is mine. “My story is about teamwork ... it’s a human story about ordinary people doing extraordinary things,” he continued. The rescue of Phillips took place over several days off the Somali coast. It involved Sailors, special operations forces and an alphabet soup list of what Castellano referred to as, “threenamed agencies.” Castellano was ordered to investigate a distress call on April 8, 2009, several hundred miles
U.S. Navy file photo Maersk-Alabama Capt. Richard Phillips (right) stands with Cmdr. Frank Castellano, former Commanding Ofﬁcer of USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) after being rescued by U.S. Naval Forces off the coast of Somalia.
off the coast of Somalia. His staff immediately began operations planning as intelligence came in and the Bainbridge closed in on the distressed vessel. The Bainbridge arrived after a standoff between Maersk-Alabama crew members and Somali pirates. Maersk-Alabama crewmen were able to repel the pirates, but the pirates managed to take Phillips hostage and escape in one of the cargo ship’s lifeboats. The lifeboat was a far cry from the dinghies popularized in movies like “Titanic.” It was a covered ﬁberglass vessel with enough fuel, food and supplies for nine days. Rescuers had originally hoped that the vessel would simply run out of fuel, but it proved to be far more resilient than previously assumed. “That lifeboat was the bane of my existence. It just kept going, I should buy stock in that company,” said Castellano to laughter and applause from the audience.
Castellano notes that in the days that led to Phillips’ rescue, he slept no more than four hours. He oversaw the establishment of a water-landing zone, coordinated rescue efforts and personally negotiated with the pirates to ensure Phillips’ release. Still, Castellano insists that the rescue was a, “total team effort.” Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) hostage negotiators, snipers and Bainbridge Sailors worked together with Castellano to ensure Phillips’ rescue. The lifeboat was repeatedly, “waked” [deliberately hit with the wake of the Bainbridge] to prevent it from getting too close to the Somali shore. And the Bainbridge was used to conceal a water landing zone for special operations teams who parachuted in under the cover of darkness. Snipers were able to target the pirates from the Bainbridge’s fantail, killing three and ending the ordeal. Castellano credits his NPS education with his ability to make the tough decisions and to endure the sleepless, high-stress environment that culminated in Phillips’ rescue. “Intuitive decision making under stress was part of my thesis research at NPS ... the innovative thought and critical thinking skills that I gained at NPS helped me to approach the problem in a non-traditional manner,” said Castellano. The events described by Castellano are the subject of Phillips’ book, “A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy Seals and Dangerous Days.” The Phillips rescue is also the subject of a Hollywood production starring Tom Hanks slated for release in March 2013.
My story is about teamwork ... it’s a human story about ordinary people doing extraordinary things.” - Capt. Frank Castellano
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The ﬁscal year 2014 (FY14) enlisted selection boards for active duty and reserve master chief and senior chief petty ofﬁcers were announced in a Navy message, Oct. 22. According to NAVADMIN 313/12, the reserve board will convene on March 25, 2013 and will consider eligible reserve chiefs and senior chiefs serving on active duty as full-time support (FTS) in the active/guard reserve and selected reserve (SELRES), including those serving on voluntary and involuntary recall and mobilization orders. Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) personnel who are mobilized are considered under the SELRES requirements for advancement. The active duty master chief board will convene on April 15, 2013 and the active duty senior chief board will convene on May 13, 2013. Eligibility criteria and special rating/ Navy Enlisted Classiﬁcation (NEC) speciﬁc requirements are listed in the NAVADMIN. Eligibility maybe veriﬁed in November by education service ofﬁcers and command designated personnel via the Navy Enlisted Advancement System (NEAS) website at
https://neasos.cnet.navy.mil. Candidates should review their ofﬁcial military personnel ﬁle (OMPF) via BUPERS Online at www.bol.navy.mil to verify completeness. Documents not viewable through OMPF that candidates would like the board to consider should be submitted with a letter to the selection board president. Candidates letters to the board must be received at Navy Personnel Command no later than March 4, 2013 for the reserve board, March 25, 2013 for the active duty master chief board and April 22, 2013 for the active duty senior chief board. All correspondence should be on plain white paper, paper clipped and submitted under cover letter to the president of the board, including board number. The candidate’s full name and social security number must be included on all documents submitted. Do not use staples, binders, folders or tabs when submitting correspondence. Additional guidance and mailing addresses are listed in the NAVADMIN. For more information, visit www.public. navy.mil/bupers-npc/boards/Pages/default. aspx. For more news from Navy Personnel Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/npc/.
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Continued from B1 husband on their home in Connecticut. But she soon learned of the beneﬁts VA extends not only to active duty military families, but surviving spouses as well. According to Mike Frueh, Veterans Beneﬁts Administration director of loan guaranty services, since Capt. Miles Myers took out the ﬁrst VA home loan on Nov. 1, 1944 in Washington D.C., the VA has worked successfully with industry partners, realtors, lenders and servicers to fulﬁll the nation’s promise to veterans and their families. This year alone, the VA has guaranteed more than 2,400 loans every working day of the year, Frueh added. Hickey noted the VA home loan program’s long history and its positive service for the nation’s veterans. “Every year for the last three, we have kept 73,000 service members, veterans and their family members under a roof when they’ve had hard times,” she said. “Our partners in the mortgage industry have worked with us to restructure those loans as necessary to ensure they stay under a roof with their families.” The VA, she continued, does not directly fund loans, but remains the largest no-down payment program in the nation, with 89 percent of loans ﬁtting the no-down payment description, the result of partnerships with more than 1,500 banks
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Robert Turtil The Department of Veterans Affairs celebrated its 20 millionth home loan in Woodbridge, Va., Oct. 26, at the home of Elizabeth Carpenter, widow of Capt. Matthew Carpenter, who passed away in December of 2010.
Every year for the last three, we have kept 73,000 service members, veterans and their family members under a roof when they’ve had hard times.” - Veterans Affairs Undersecretary for Beneﬁts Allison A. Hickey
and loan originators. “The program is a critical component of this nation’s mortgage industry,” said Hickey. “For the last 18 quarters, VA is the lowest seriously delinquent mortgage program in the nation.” Carpenter said she hopes her story will reassure other people in similar circumstances who think their dream of home ownership may be out of reach. “There are so many beneﬁts through the VA for active duty families,” she added, “but there are also so many beneﬁts for surviving family members and surviving spouses that I didn’t even
know existed until my husband got sick.” Joey, Carpenter added, also approves of his new home and took to it with as much zeal as his mom. “I walked in and I knew -pulling up into the cul-de-sac and walking in the door here … this felt like a home that Joey and I could start pushing forward with the rest of lives in,” she said. Carpenter also said the VA has helped make her transition as smooth as possible, even after the “shock” of learning she was the 20 millionth VA loan recipient. “Without the VA this wouldn’t be possible,” she said. “We’re very lucky to be here in this home, and excited to take this step and push forward to honor Matt the way he would want us to.” As for the preceding 19,999,999 VA home loan recipients, Carpenter also shared her thoughts. “They’ve paved the way for all of us now – even my parents – so that people in my situation, or other young military families, can get into a home loan and have some stability [when] you never know where you’re going, or how long you’re going to be there,” said Carpenter. “It provides us the American dream to own a house.”
and encourage a life-long habit of reading and learning among all Sailors. Books include: history, ﬁction, inspirational and patriotic titles, biographies and classics on military strategy and theory, and management best practices. “Admiral Greenert has directed the most signiﬁcant changes to the Navy’s professional reading program since it was established in 2006,” said U.S. Naval War College professor John Jackson, the program manager. “His personal level of interest and involvement has been very helpful as we improved the program to meet the challenges of today’s Navy.” The 18 essential reading books will be shipped to every major ship, squadron and station in the Navy. The rest of the books are identiﬁed as recommended reading and will be available for download to personal devices from the Navy General Library Program and through the e-Library section on the Navy Knowledge Online website. “We hope that the Chief of Naval Operations Professional Reading Program will make it easier for Sailors around the ﬂeet to read about the world around them, to share the marvelous history and heritage of the naval services and to help them consider different ways to look at their current challenges and those that will come in the future,” said Jackson.
MC1 Peter D. Lawlor Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert speaks at the U.S. Navy Memorial’s 25th Anniversary rededication ceremony and wreath laying in honor of the crew who served aboard USS Davis (DD 937).
More on the launch of the updated program is also available in NAVADMIN 309/12. The CNO PRP is administered by faculty and staff at the U.S. Naval War College. Questions, feedback and recommendations on the program may be sent to navyreading@ usnwc.edu. A full list of the titles are available at www. navyreading.navy.mil. Sailors will be able to contribute their opinions and suggestions by visiting the website, or on Facebook at www. facebook.com/NavyReading.
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includes training for masonry, utilities Continued from B1 S.C., is a student in the class. “The work is hard, but fun,” said Gilchrist, who also believes that her experience in the class will help her career as a Navy Seabee. In addition to masonry, the Technical Trainer facility currently includes: training stations for utilities, pre-engineered buildings, overhead power lines, reinforcing steel fabrication, interior ﬁnishes, concrete ﬂatwork, concrete formwork, stair forms, steel fabrication and carpentry.
According to Chief Builder Anthony Boldrey, the concept of the Technical Trainer was initiated approximately ﬁve years ago and construction on it has been ongoing for the past two to three years. “It is in its infant stage,” he said, emphasizing that the Technical Trainer will continually evolve to meet the needs of the Seabees. Boldrey is the Technical Trainer chief in NMCB-11’s training department. NMCB-11 is homeported in Gulfport, Miss. and recently completed a successful seven-month deployment to Afghanistan.
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Continued from B1 More than 61,100 National Guard members are available to assist civilian authorities in support of relief efforts, including aircraft for search and rescue, reconnaissance and personnel or cargo-carrying missions. In addition, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has authorized the following ofﬁcers to serve as dual status commanders – those authorized to command both federal and state National Guard forces: ■ New Jersey: Army Brig. Gen. James Grant, Army National Guard ■ New Hampshire: Air Force Brig. Gen. Carolyn Protzmann, Air National Guard ■ Massachusetts: Army Brig. Gen. Paul Smith, Army National Guard ■ New York: Army Brig. Gen. Michael Swezy, Army National Guard ■ Maryland: Air Force Brig. Gen. Timothy Gowen, Air National Guard ■ Rhode Island: Air Force Brig. Gen. Mark Jannitto, Air National Guard As part of DoD’s response, U.S. Northern Command has identiﬁed active duty deputies to deploy in support of any designated dual status commanders and is working with ofﬁcials from Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. These active duty deputies facilitate active duty force employment under Defense Security Cooperation (DSC) leadership should active duty assets be required. DoD has activated Defense Coordinating Ofﬁcers/ Defense Coordinating Elements to support FEMA Regions I, II and III. DCO/E from Regions VI, VII and IX are providing additional surge support to Regions I, II and III.
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U.S. Northern Command has placed the following Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) forces on 24-hour Prepare to Deploy Order status in response to anticipated FEMA requests to mitigate or respond to effects of Hurricane Sandy: light/medium lift helicopters; medium/heavy lift helicopters; para-rescue teams; Information Awareness and Assessment aircraft; Tactical Common Data Link; Rover video receiver systems; and ﬁxed-wing aircraft. U.S. Northern Command also is deploying Joint Regional Medical Planners to the impacted FEMA regions. In other support activities: ■ FEMA has requested the use of Westover Air Reserve Base, Mass., Joint Base McGuire/Dix/Lakehurst, N.J. and Dover Air Force Base, Del. as incident support bases for staging federal support equipment and supplies. Fort Devens, Mass. has been designated a federal team staging facility. ■ Air Force North’s National Security Emergency Preparedness directorate deployed emergency preparedness liaison ofﬁcers to assist civil authorities in preparing for relief efforts. ■ Air Force North ofﬁcials
deployed Joint Air Component Coordination Elements in response to Hurricane Sandy. The Air Force North JACCE teams deployed to Philadelphia, Penn., Boston, Mass. and Trenton, N.J. to support Hurricane Sandy relief preparation efforts. Joint Air Component Command Element (JACCE) members are Air Force subject matter experts who serve to coordinate Air Force assets to assist wherever needed during times of crisis. ■ U.S. Northern Command’s Joint Personnel Recovery Center, in support of Air Force North’s Joint Force Air Component commander, is prepositioning search and rescue forces for possible Hurricane Sandy activities. The Joint Personnel Recovery Center (JPRC) is one of several resources the Joint Force Air Component Commander (JFACC) employs in its Defense Support of Civil Authorities role. The JPRC has the capability to conduct large-scale search and rescue operations during contingencies such as hurricanes or other natural or man-made disasters, making the JPRC a valuable asset to the DSCA mission. ■ All DoD installations have been directed to offer support to local community requests for assistance.
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On Nov. 4, the largest and longest running sailboat cruising rally in North America, the Caribbean 1500, departs historic Fort Monroe at Noon – weather permitting – for the sunny shores of the British Virgin Islands and the Abacos in the Bahamas. Forty-two boats will participate in the 23rd annual race. This year, 36 boats will head for Nanny Cay Marina on the island of Tortola in the British Virginia Islands, while six boats will make up the ARC Bahamas ﬂeet, bound for Bluff House Marina on Green Turtle Bay in the Abaco Bahamas. Cruisers began arriving in Hampton on Oct. 27 and are spending the week prepping their vessels – and avoiding Hurricane Sandy – for the long ocean voyage. Participants include rally veterans, experienced blue water cruisers and ﬁrst-timers. While in Hampton, sailors will attend social functions, including “dine-around” parties, safety equipment demonstrations and lectures on various cruising topics.
■ Caribbean cruise The 23rd annual Caribbean 1500 will feature seminars at Crowne Plaza Dockside Ballroom on Nov. 2, with the rally scheduled to depart Fort Monroe at Noon on Nov. 4.
Caribbean 1500 facts ■ Almost 150 people are expected to cruise this year. ■ There is no age limit to participate in the Caribbean 1500. Ralliers include adults and children. Ages range from under 10 years old to 80 years old. The youngest crew is aboard Helia, a Solcum 42 Pilothouse. The Beams family from Massachusetts includes young crew Ellie, Mia and Hannah, all under the age of 15 years old. ■ Boats vary in size. The largest boats are Karina, Miles and Anne Poor’s Tayana 55; followed by Club Karp and Jeff Carpenter’s Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 54DS. The smallest
boat in the ﬂeet is Turbo’s Tub and M.D. Riley’s Morgan 35. ■ Not all racers will head to the British Virgin Islands. Six boats have elected to join the ARC Bahamas this year. ■ Friends, family and interested parties ashore can follow the action on the Fleet Viewer, with data provided by a satellite tracker on each boat. This is available at www.carib1500.com. In addition, all yachts can submit blogs and photographs to the site. ■ As they ﬁnish in either Nanny Cay on Tortola or Green Turtle Cay in the Abacos, all crews will celebrate the achievement of sailing a ﬁve-to-10 day open ocean voyage with a fun prize-giving party. ■ Every boat receives a plaque as a memento of their voyage, and prizes are given to the ﬁrst arrivals and fastest boats on handicap, the best boat blog and biggest ﬁsh. In addition, special awards are given for acts of seamanship and the spirit of rally. For more information, call 788-8872, or visit www.worldcruising.com, or email email@example.com.
NEX’s worldwide will be taking a new approach to the holiday shopping season this year. NEX’s will offer sales and specials throughout the holiday season beginning in early November instead of starting off the holiday shopping season with a big sale the day after Thanksgiving. Also new this year, deployed Sailors will be able to take advantage of holiday specials by shopping online. “For the 2012 holiday shopping season, we have revised and refreshed our approach to the traditional ‘Black Friday’ sales events,” said Robert J. Bianchi, Chief Executive Ofﬁcer, Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM). “We are calling it ‘Navy Blue Friday’ and will emphasize Navy core values, Navy family and preserving Thanksgiving cultural values, We will also provide broader access to NEX sale items for aﬂoat and deployed Sailors.” NEX customers will still ﬁnd a wide variety of holiday gifts on sale as they have in the past. The prices on the items for sale will last for the duration of the sale, not limited to a certain day or time period. NEX events will begin, worldwide, at 6 a.m. on Friday morning, featuring all-day Friday specials, and additional sale items will be available across the entire three-day weekend. “We took this approach so customers wouldn’t feel obligated to get up early and leave their families to go shopping for the holidays,” said Tess Paquette, NEXCOM Senior Vice President and Chief Merchandising Ofﬁcer. “Beginning our sales earlier in the season will allow our customers to better budget their holiday spending by purchasing gifts over a longer period of time.” NEXCOM also looked into how it could better serve its deployed customers. Based on feedback gained through focus groups, NEXCOM will run a special sale event for aﬂoat Sailors at mynavyexchange.com three days prior to Thanksgiving, with exclusive sales tailored speciﬁcally to their needs. Deployed customers will start receiving electronic, or paper copies, of the sales ﬂyer aboard their ship in mid-November through their Supply Ofﬁcer, or Sales Ofﬁcer. “We have developed an assortment of ‘Sailor requested’ items, such as electronics, games and sports nutrition products which will be featured in the three-day sale,” said Paquette. “If Sailors are unable to participate in the sale due to operational or mission requirements, they will be able to contact NEXCOM’s call center after the sale dates and NEXCOM will accommodate them.”
Hampton Roads to host America’s muddiest 5K obstacle course race CHESAPEAKE
Courtesy photo The Great American Mud Run 5K obstacle course race is scheduled for Nov. 3 at Greenbrier Farms Nursery in Chesapeake.
The Great American Mud Run, America’s muddiest 5K obstacle course race, has scheduled its inaugural event for Nov. 3 at Greenbrier Farms Nursery in Chesapeake. Mud runs have become immensely popular over the past three years. Warrior Dash, Spartan Race and Tough Mudder are the largest of these events, but have yet to host an event in Hampton Roads. “We believe that people who live in Hampton Roads should have access to a world-class mud running experience, without having to drive two hours to participate in one” said John Brown, race director of The Great American Mud Run. “We’re a very active community and it’s time for Hampton Roads to become a national mud run destination.” Participants will run an off-road 3.2 mile course and will conquer 13 obstacles along the way. “It’s an event where participants can push themselves mentally and physically, while having a great time,” said Brown. Obstacles will include: “The Sugar Cookie,” “The Great American Mud Pit” and “Geronimo,” which is a rope swing suspended over a large mud pit. For more information on the mud run, visit www.greatamericanmudrun.com, or www.facebook.com/greatamericanmudrun,
■ fun in the mud The Great American Mud Run 5K race will be run on an off-road 3.2-mile course that includes 13 obstacles to conquer.
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Calendar For a complete list of events in Hampton Roads or to submit your own, visit www.ﬂagshipnews.com/calendar
Taste ofTown Center 5K ■ When: Nov. 3, 8 a.m. ■ Where: Town Center, Virginia Beach ■ For more information, contact: Tom
Purcell at Town Center Fitness at 962-3778, or
visit www.tasteoftowncenter5k.com The Taste of Town Center 5K is in honor of the military. The 5K Run/Walk starts at 8 a.m. with the Kids Tot Trot and awards ceremony at 9 a.m. The Taste, a party featuring the signature items of some me of the restaurants in the area, is included in your registration fee. Register now and get your packet on Friday at a pre-event party at Gordon Biersch from 4 to 7 p.m., or come directly to Gordon Biersch for packet pick-up between 6:30 and 7:45 a.m. on the morning of the race. Prizes will be awarded to the Top-3 male and female overall runners, and masters (over 40). In addition, prizes will be awarded to the Top-3 male and female ﬁnishers by age group. Team prizes will be awarded to the largest and fastest teams. Team time will be based on the three best times. In addition, prizes will be awarded to the Most Creatively Attired Teams. No duplication of fastest time awards.
Courtesy photo The annual Hampton Holly Days Parade is scheduled for Dec. 8 in Hampton.
Hampton to offer a heavy dose of holiday happenings HAMPTON
Education summit ■ When: Nov. 1, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ■ Where: Old Dominion University’s Ted
co-founder of the 6th ﬂoor J.F.K. Museum in Dallas, Texas. Admission is free for museum members and $3 for non-members.
Constant Convocation Center, Norfolk more information, call: 322-2679 (Southside), or 887-4912 (Peninsula)
Hiring our Heroes
The Let’s Talk Education summit is connecting military families, schools and communities. Summit will feature breakout sessions and a panel discussion. Breakout sessions include: resiliency, military/school transitions and special needs. Registration is from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.
■ When: Nov. 8, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ■ Where: Sandler Center for the Perform-
ing Arts, 201 Market St., Virginia Beach ■ For more information, contact: Chris Adams at (513) 677-7055
More than 300 veterans and military spouses are expected to attend the RecruitMilitary Veteran Career Fair to meet faceto-face with more than 40 veteran-friendly Retiree summit and career fair local and national employers, including: Military Sealift Command, MIL Corp., ■ When: Nov. 3, 8 a.m. to Noon Joint IED Defeat Org., First Command ■ Where: Rockwell Hall, JEB Little Financial Planning, State Farm, The U.S. Creek Patent &Trademark Ofﬁce, Siemens, and ■ For more information, call: 462-7563 more. This event is being produced by RecruitMilitary in partnership with the U.S. Military retirees, transitioning military, family members and surviving spouses are Chamber of Commerce. invited to attend the Navy Mid-Atlantic Region’s annual Retiree Summit and Career Fair. Military Classic golf tournament ■ When: Nov. 12 ■ Where: Kiskiack Golf Club, Williamsburg ■ For more information, contact: Pete Paintball at Fox Brothers Hoyer at 877-4022, or email p.hoyer@ ■ When: Nov. 3, 10 a.m. verizon.net ■ Where: Fox Brothers Paintball Park, Naval Station Norfolk, Bldg. C-9 Registration is open for the 14th annual ■ For more information, call: 444-4033 Hampton Roads Military Classic of The Cost varies and includes equipment rental South Golf Tournament. The tournament is open to everyone but the ﬁeld is limited and 500 paintballs. to 144 players. Foursomes will play Captain’s Choice format. The lowest scoring team comprised of military members (acHorse sale and auction tive duty, retired or civilian) representing ■ When: Nov. 3 their unit or command, will receive a spe■ Where: NAS Oceana Stables cial trophy and prizes. The Major Military ■ For more information, call: 433-3255 Command (Air Force, Army, Navy, etc.) will receive the Veteran’s Trophy followViewing will be from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. ing the competition. Entry fee of $75 per Riding or presentation in hand bids acplayer and includes green fees, golf cart, cepted from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. Bids beverages, practice range balls, breakfast announced at 11 a.m. and after tournament cookout. Deadline for registration is Nov. 3.
This November and December, slip into a warm sweater, grab a cup of hot cocoa and head to Hampton for a large helping of holiday cheer. Whether ice skating at the Virginia Air & Space Center, taking in a special seasonal performance at The American Theatre in Phoebus, enjoying a nautical parade of lights on the Hampton River, or cheering on traditional street parades in Coliseum Central and Downtown Hampton, there is an activity or event for every member of the family to enjoy. On Nov. 9 - 11, enjoy items presented by over 250 quality crafters, vendors, artists and local businesses at the Bodacious Bazaar & Art Festival, a shopping extravaganza taking place at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. The three-day event will feature upscale gifts, gourmet foods, ﬁne art and more. The “Real” Santa Claus will also make an appearance, so be sure to bring the kids. This year, the Bodacious Bazaar will beneﬁt 12 local non-proﬁt organizations, including The American Red Cross, Junior League of Hampton Roads, Kids 2 Kids, Kelly Weinberg Foundation, Animal Aid Society, He Intends Victory, Menchville House, Life Net, Beyond Boobs and The Bay Days Foundation. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children ages 10 and under. Check out www.bodaciousbazaar.com for more information. This year, the 14th annual Coliseum Central Holiday Parade returns on Nov. 17. Festivities include: live entertainment, ﬂoats, huge helium balloons, marching bands and Santa. The parade route begins at Hampton Roads Center Parkway and proceeds down Coliseum Dr. until making a right onto Merchant Ln. and entering Peninsula Town Center. The parade then continues until turning left at Allainby Way, followed by left at McMenamin St., a right on Von Schilling Dr. and concludes at Cinema Café behind the Riverdale Shopping Center. On Nov. 23, the Virginia Air & Space Center welcomes back Downtown Hampton on Ice!, a seasonal favorite. Strap on your skates and hit the outdoor rink. Admission is $7 and skate rental is $2. The rink is open until Feb. 3, 2013. Check out www.vasc.org for a full schedule.
The 24th annual Downtown Hampton Lighted Boat Parade sails back into Downtown Hampton on Dec. 1. Cruise into Downtown Hampton for festivities beginning at 7:15 p.m., as this highly-anticipated parade of illuminated power and sail boats will be visible from anywhere along the Hampton River. Spectators interested in the narration will want to ﬁnd a spot near the Hampton Maritime Center. Those who don’t have a vessel, but want to join the action can board the Miss Hampton II tour boat. Attendees interested in riding on the Miss Hampton II are encouraged to make reservations by calling 722-9102. The admission is an unwrapped toy that will be donated to Toys for Tots. Captains who wish to enter their craft in the parade are encouraged to call 727-1276. This Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, the 17th annual Holiday and Kwanzaa Marketplace returns to Hampton University Museum. Beginning at 10 a.m. on Nov. 30, guests may purchase holiday and Kwanzaa gifts from the museum gift shop. The shop specializes in African, African American and other multicultural items and artwork. At 5:30 p.m., enjoy special holiday music, sales and planned activities. During the event, attendees are encouraged to contribute gently used clothing items for women that will be donated to TRANSITIONS. On Dec. 1, in addition to shopping from Noon to 4 p.m., enjoy a holiday and Kwanzaa inspired workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. Though the event is free, there is a fee for the workshop to cover the cost of materials. Dec. 8 marks the return of the Hampton Holly Days Parade Presents Babes in Toyland, beginning at 7 p.m. Bring your “babe” to the Peninsula’s largest illuminated holiday parade. Fun includes: music from marching bands, spectacular ﬂoats, the man of the hour, Santa. “Babes in Toyland” goes from Eaton St. and Settlers Landing Rd .to Darling Stadium. Other holiday activities in Hampton include the Santa’s Attic Craft Show on Nov. 29 - 30 in Hampton City Hall, the 11th annual Breakfast with Santa at the Virginia Air & Space Center on Dec. 8, and plenty of seasonal performances at The American Theatre. Continue to check The Flagship for more information on events as they near.
Toys for Tots Toy Hike ■ When: Nov. 3, 11 a.m. to Noon ■ Where: Virginia Beach Boardwalk ■ For more information, contact: Master
Sgt. DeTuan Beck at firstname.lastname@example.org The hike will begin on 40th Street and proceed to Rudee Inlet. Support the Marines by ﬁlling their empty packs with new, unwrapped toys.
NBG’s A Holiday Affair ■ When: Nov. 4, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. ■ Where: Norfolk Botanical Garden ■ For more information, visit: www.nor-
folkbotanicalgarden.org/programs-events/ calendar/events/696 Norfolk Botanical Garden’s one-stop shopping event for unique holiday gifts. Guests will have a chance to purchase items and supports local museums that provide educational opportunities for families and the community. Get in the holiday spirit with music by Timothy Seman, enter to win door prizes and enjoy refreshments. Scheduled to participate are Nauticus, Virginia Aquarium, Jamestown Settlement, Yorktown Victory Center, Portsmouth Museums Gift Shops, Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, and Virginia Symphony Orchestra Boutique.
Port Hampton Lecture series ■ When: Nov. 5, 7 p.m. ■ Where: Hampton History
Youth leagues registration ■ When: Now through December ■ Where: JEB Little Creek-Fort Story,
Naval Station Norfolk and Portsmouth Youth Centers Youth basketball and cheerleading registration. Cost is $40 per child. A birth certiﬁcate required for registration. Call 462-8718 for JEBLC’s Youth Center, 422-7714 for JEBFS’s Youth Center, 396-2506 for NNSY’s Youth Center, and 444-8259 for NAVSTA Norfolk’s Youth Center.
NEX seasonal hiring ■ When: Now through holiday season ■ For more information, contact: FFSC
Little Creek at 462-7563 Your Navy family story is hiring for the holiday season. Positions are available at NEX Norfolk, NEX Little Creek and NEX Oceana for cashiers/checkers, sales clerks and store workers. Apply at www.NavyExchange.jobs.
Kids in the Woods Walkathon ■ When: Nov. 10, 1 to 3 p.m. ■ Where: Hofﬂer Creek Wildlife Preserve ■ For more information, call: 686-8684,
email to hofﬂercreek@hofﬂercreek.org, or visit www.hofﬂercreek.org
Museum, 120 Old Hampton Ln., Hampton All proceeds from the event will be used ■ For more information, call: 727-1610, to create a natural playscape for children, or email email@example.com. ages 2 - 12, along the Kids Trail at Hofﬂer Creek Wildlife Preserve. The walkathon The Hampton History Museum preswill include: games, crafts, chair messages ents “Myths and Realities of the J.F.K. and music by Luke Hartman. The registraLegacy,” a presentation by Conover Hunt, tion fee is $20.
Naval Medical Center Portsmouth to host Diabetes ‘Boot Camp’ PORTSMOUTH
Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP) will hold its 2nd annual Diabetes Boot Camp, Nov. 7. TRICARE Prime patients who are diabetic and overdue for their annual A1C lab test, or their annual retinal eye exam, should attend this one-day event. Representatives from Endocrinology, Ophthalmology, the Lab, Immunizations, Podiatry and Population Health will be available to address diabetic needs and answer questions. November is Diabetes Awareness Month. The Boot Camp pulls together all the services a diabetic needs as part of their yearly
checkup, including a check of their glucose meter and proper shoe ﬁtting. The event also helps identify any symptoms of complications so they can be treated before severe damage occurs. Left unchecked, diabetes can cause blindness, tooth decay and loss of limbs. The Boot Camp will be held 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the medical center in the Endocrinology Clinic, which is located in Bldg. 2 on the second ﬂoor. Patients can register online at https:// www-nmcp.mar.med.navy.mil/feedback/ diabetesbootcamp/, or call 953-9732/9736.
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Nominations being sought for outstanding student athletes PORTSMOUTH
US FOREST SERVICE WAIVES FEES DURING VETERANS DAY WEEKEND WASHINGTON
The U.S. Forest Service is waiving fees at most of its day-use recreation sites over the Veterans Day holiday weekend, Nov. 10 - 12. The fee waivers â€“ the fourth this year â€“ are offered in cooperation with other federal agencies under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. Day-use fees will be waived at all standard amenity fee sites operated by the Forest Service. Concessionaire operated dayuse sites may be included in the waiver if the permit holder wishes to participate. â€œThis is our way of saying thanks to the brave men and women â€“ past and present â€“ who put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe at home,â€? said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. â€œWe encourage veterans, their families and all visitors to take time out over the holiday weekend to enjoy the beneďŹ ts that nature provides at forests and grasslands throughout the country.â€? The fee waiver days support the goals of President Obamaâ€™s Americaâ€™s Great Outdoors initiative and First Lady Michelle Obamaâ€™s â€œLetâ€™s Move Outside.â€? Traditionally, fees are not charged on 98 per-
cent of national forests and grasslands, and approximately two-thirds of developed recreation sites in national forests and grasslands can be used for free. Many recreation opportunities, such as camping, sightseeing and hiking can be enjoyed throughout the year at no cost. The Forest Service operates approximately 17,000 developed recreation sites nationwide. Of those, approximately 6,000 require recreation fees, which are used to provide visitor services, repairs and replacements, and facilities maintenance. The mission of the Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nationâ€™s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Forest Service lands contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nationâ€™s clean water supply, a value estimated at $27 billion per year.
â– funding the forest The Forest Service operates approximately 17,000 developed recreation sites nationwide. Of those, approximately 6,000 require recreation fees, which are used to provide visitor services, repairs and replacements, and facilities maintenance.
This is our way of saying thanks to the brave men and women â€“ past and present â€“ who put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe at home.â€?
The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum is seeking nominations for the 8th annual Hall of Fame Student-Athlete Achievement Awards. These awards honor middle and high school students who demonstrate dedication on the ďŹ eld to their sport and off the ďŹ eld to their community. Nominations are due by Nov. 2 at 5 p.m. Forms are available online at www.vshfm. com under â€œNews and Events.â€? â€œAt the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum, we are dedicated to honoring excellence in athletes who have achieved the highest standards in their sports,â€? said president Eddie Webb. â€œThese awards are part of that tradition, recognizing athletes who are at the earliest stages of their sports careers, but who already are showing leadership in athletics and community. Students from across Virginia in grades 6th through 12th are eligible. Nominations typically are submitted by teachers, coaches or parents. A committee of Hall of Fame Inductees and community leaders will select the ďŹ nalists who will be honored at an Awards Banquet on Dec. 2 in Portsmouth. There are four awards categories: girls in 6th through 8th grade; girls in 9th through 12th grade; boys in 6th through 8th grade; and boys in 9th through 12th grade. On the night of the banquet, a Student Athlete of the Year will be announced for each category. These top athletes also will be honored with an exhibit in the museumâ€™s rotating exhibit â€œVirginians in the Spotlightâ€? during the months of January and February 2013. Nominations may be submitted by mail to Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum, 206 High St., Portsmouth, VA 23704, or by fax to 393-8288. For more information, call 393-8031, or visit www.vshfm.com.
â– hall hours The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed on Mondays.
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Buick presents an â€˜Encoreâ€™ thatâ€™s luxuriously versatile By Ken Chester, Jr. Motor News Media Corporation
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â– encore performance Available in Base, Convenience, Leather and Premium trim levels, standard power for the new Buick Encore crossover is generated by an Ecotec 1.4L turbo four-cylinder engine bolted to a Hydra-Matic 6T40 six-speed automatic powertrain. For those that desire even better handling and control, all-wheel drive is an available option. Inside the passenger cabin, Encore features a prominent central instrument panel that houses the large, full-color, seven-inch LCD display for the IntelliLink voice-activated radio system. It also features displays for the SiriusXM satellite radio, as well as available navigation and rear camera systems.
Buick introduced the all-new 2013 Encore crossover at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit this year. The all-new frontwheel drive Encore is a luxury small crossover that delivers Buickâ€™s signature style, interior acoustic reďŹ nement and collection of luxury amenities in a maneuverable, versatile and efďŹ cient package. In keeping with the global design language that has come to symbolize the brand, the Encoreâ€™s sculpted and elegant styling traits â€“ including sweeping character lines â€“ make it instantly identiďŹ able as a contemporary Buick. Signature cues include: a waterfall grille, chrome accents and surrounds, portholes on the hood and painted lower panels, similar to the larger Enclave. Blue-accented projector-beam headlamps and detailed taillamps enhance the premium appearance, and 18-inch, ďŹ ve-spoke painted aluminum wheels are standard. Seven-spoke chrome wheels are available. Available in Base, Convenience, Leather and Premium trim levels, standard power for the new Buick crossover is generated by an Ecotec 1.4L turbo four-cylinder engine bolted to a Hydra-Matic 6T40 six-speed automatic powertrain. For those that desire even better handling and control, allwheel drive is an available option. Tuned hydraulic engine mounts are tailored to the engineâ€™s inherent torque axis to disrupt the transmission of vibration and noise. This conďŹ guration also helps control the transfer of momentum, resulting in improved dynamic balance. The Encore is equipped with a MacPherson
strut front suspension with coil springs, a large stabilizer bar and side-load-compensated front strut modules. The rear suspension incorporates a compound crank (torsion beam) design, with a double-wall, tubular V-shape beam proďŹ le with gas-charged twin-tube shocks. It combines all the advantages of a conventional torsion beam axle, including minimal space requirements, with low weight and consistent camber control. Urethane spring isolators are used to dampen noise. Inside the passenger cabin, Encoreâ€™s organic styling carries over to a ďŹ‚owing instrument panel that wraps naturally into the door panels. A prominent central instrument panel houses the large, full-color, seven-inch LCD display for the IntelliLink voice-activated radio system. It also features displays for the SiriusXM satellite radio, as well as available navigation and rear camera systems. A contemporary mix of dark and light tones distinguishes the cabin, which is accented with ice blue ambient lighting, select use of bright trim and wood-grain trim. Premium seats featuring highdensity foam for greater comfort on long drives are trimmed with either a contemporary cloth/leatherette motif, or available leather. Heated front seats and a heated steering wheel are available. The rear seat features a fold-down armrest with cup holders. Encore also features plenty of storage capacity and storage compartments. With the rear seat in place, thereâ€™s room for at least six full grocery bags and with the rear seat folded, thereâ€™s room for golf clubs and overnight bags for a weekend getaway. Even the front passenger seat folds ďŹ‚at to extend the cargo length and accommodate long items that would not normally ďŹ t in a vehicle of this size.
Lincoln brings style and substance to sedan market By Ken Chester, Jr. Motor News Media Corporation
The all-new Lincoln MKZ made its debut at the 2012 New York International Auto Show back in April, marking a key milestone in Lincolnâ€™s reinvention. â€œThe new Lincoln MKZ represents the future of Lincoln in both style and substance,â€? said Jim Farley, Group Vice President, Global Marketing, Sales and Service. â€œIt is proof of our commitment to deliver a new breed of Lincolnâ€™s for a new generation of Lincoln clients â€“ motor cars that are distinctive, elegant, full of technology and a delight to own.â€? As the ďŹ rst Lincoln created by a dedicated team in its new Lincoln Design Studio, the allnew MKZ boasts a sweeping proďŹ le that incorporates one of the worldâ€™s widest-opening retractable glass roofs. Nearly identical to the MKZ Concept shown at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in January, the production 2013 Lincoln MKZ embodies a design language that is subtly distinctive. A sweeping rooďŹ‚ine deďŹ nes the new luxury sedanâ€™s proďŹ le. The steeply raked windshield and lengthened backlight make for a sleeker and more ďŹ‚owing appearance that is 10 percent more aerodynamic than the model it replaces. Although strikingly modern, the design
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Tips to prepare your home to withstand any weather StatePoint Media
The weather these days seems to be more volatile than ever â€“ swinging from recordsetting heat waves to deep freezes, seemingly from one day to the next. With the weather more varied and unpredictable, homeowners nationwide have learned lessons from the past year and are taking steps to ensure their houses can efďŹ ciently withstand whatever Mother Nature dishes out. Itâ€™s all about keeping homes sealed tightly, so water and wind canâ€™t leak in and tempered air doesnâ€™t leak out â€“ causing heating and cooling bills to rise.
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ment walls. And by insulating crawl spaces and rim joists, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates homeowners can save up to 20 percent on energy bills. Opting for stone wool insulation, which is made from a combination of natural basalt rock and recycled slag, may provide greater beneďŹ ts than traditional ďŹ berglass insulation. One such thermal insulation is Roxul ComfortBatt, a ďŹ re resistant, water repellent and sound absorbent insulation that is well-suited for use in exterior walls, attics, crawlspaces and basements. It also has a unique ďŹ ber composition and density that provides for an optimal ďŹ t between studs, joists, around ductwork, electrical boxes and plumbing. As another consideration for insulating, Roxul also offers Safeâ€˜nâ€™Sound, another stone wool insulation product well-suited for soundprooďŹ ng interior walls and ceilings between rooms. Its unique stone wool composition reduces sound transmissions by trapping sound waves and vibrations. Before undertaking a home insulation project, do-it-yourselfers can visit www.diywithroxul.com to view free â€œhow-toâ€? videos detailing different insulation projects.
Water is the enemy of your homeâ€™s foundation. A change in moisture content of the soil around your home allows water to put pressure on the foundation, causing cracks and leaks. Dry weather can cause the soil to shrink, while wet periods can cause it to soften. Poor drainage from your roof or improper ground slope around your home can funnel water against the foundation. Make sure gutters are clean and that downspouts extend away from your home. Check Nothing can ruin a home faster than a leaky that the soil, grass or pavement properly slopes roof. Once yearly, check for signs of damage, away from your foundation. such as sagging, aging, cracking, curling, tears or missing shingles. Pay particular attention to areas obscured by shade or vegetation. Upgrading a homeâ€™s insulation is an effective, Replace shingles that are lifting up or that easy way to increase energy efďŹ ciency while de- have rot or heavy moss. Also inspect gutters, creasing heating costs. The attic is a great start, vents, overhangs and ďŹ‚ashing. Repairs should but to achieve maximum efďŹ ciencies, donâ€™t be made as soon as you see a small problem, overlook areas such as basements and rim joists. before it becomes a larger one. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates Donâ€™t attempt to climb a roof that is steeply homeowners could save an average of at least sloped. Instead, turn to a professional roofer, or $250 yearly in heating costs by insulating base- home inspector.
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After a long summer mowing lawns, many people lose enthusiasm for lawn care when fall hits.” - Bob Monahan, creator of the EZ Lawn & Garden product line
MAKING YOUR FALL LAWN CARE EASIER StatePoint Media
It’s time for raking leaves, pruning shrubbery and other seasonal fall lawn care tasks. Never has the old adage “work smarter, not harder” been more apt than when tackling yard work and preparing lawns for next season. “After a long summer mowing lawns, many people lose enthusiasm for lawn care when fall hits,” said Bob Monahan, creator of the EZ Lawn & Garden product line, and a former frustrated leaf-raker looking for cost-effective ways to make yard work easier. “There are several tips to streamline yard work – from knowing the best time to pull weeds to using the right equipment to make tasks simpler.” Here are some smart ways to handle fall lawn care:
head up and back straight. Relieve back pressure by raking using the “scissors” stance – whereby you place one foot forward and the other back, reversing position after several minutes. When mowing, move the mower with your body weight as much as possible, rather than relying on your arms and back. And use ergonomically designed rakes, shears and pruners that require less hand strength than traditional ones.
low-cost option that combines handles with stakes, so you can keep your tarp in place and then pull it away when it is full of debris to bag or compost. Remember, dragging leaves away is easier on your back and environmentally friendly.
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Put away the loud, smelly leaf blower. Nothing is worse than raking leaves on a windy day, only to have them blown around. Rake leaves onto a tarpaulin and drag it away. One innovative tarp solution is the EZ Leaf Hauler, which has been dubbed the “giant dustpan for leaves.” It’s a modiﬁed tarp with sides Good posture can prevent back- that holds up to ﬁve wheelbarrows of aches when raking leaves. Keep your yard debris. Stakes are attached and
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can be pressed into the ground to hold it in place on windy days. Approved by the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, it uses tent construction technology to form sides and a back, and has reinforced pockets and stitched
handles for easy hauling and dumping. And if you already have a tarp, you can easily clip handles to it to make it easier to haul when full of leaves. For example, the EZ Tarp Tugger is a
Weeding can be made less painful if you adhere to the old gardener’s trick of weeding after it rains. When earth is dry, it’s harder to pull out the whole weed without breaking off the top. After rainfall, the ground is damp, making it easier to pluck out entire weeds. This way, weeds can easily be added to leaves and other debris that need to be hauled away. Remember, fall is your last chance to put your lawn in order before next season’s warm weather. More information on innovative tools for raking, hauling and bagging yard debris can be found at www.ezlawnandgarden.com.
Maintaining your home’s stone surfaces StatePoint Media
If you have natural stone countertops, or other surfaces in your home, you may be the object of your neighbor’s envy. According to a 2012 survey conducted by Harris interactive, three-quarters of homeowners who intend to remodel their kitchens in the next two years would like to install granite countertops. “Granite and marble countertops and ﬂoors add beauty and value to any home,” said Garen Distelhorst, Communications Director at the Marble Institute of America. “But to get the longest life and preserve the beauty of natural stone, homeowners should be sure they understand how to properly maintain their product.” The Marble Institute of America is offering
homeowners these great maintenance tips: ■ Use coasters under all glasses, particularly those containing alcohol or citrus juices. ■ While many stones can withstand heat, use trivets or mats under hot serving dishes for added protection. ■ Dust mop interior ﬂoors frequently, using a clean non-treated dry dust mop. Sand, dirt and grit are abrasive and can damage natural stone. ■ Mats or area rugs inside and outside an entrance will help to minimize the sand, dirt and grit that may scratch the stone ﬂoor. The underside of the mat or rug should be a slip resistant surface. ■ When vacuuming, be sure the metal or plastic attachments and wheels are not worn, as they can scratch the surface of some stones. ■ When spills occur, blot, don’t wipe.
Flush the area with water and mild soap. Rinse several times, changing the rinse water frequently. Dry the area thoroughly with a soft cloth. ■ Many suppliers offer products used for stone cleaning, however you can always use a neutral cleaner, or mild liquid dishwashing detergent and warm water. ■ In the bath or other wet areas, use a squeegee after each use to minimize soap scum. Remove soap scum using a non-acidic soap scum remover, or a solution of 1/2 cup of ammonia to a gallon of water. Use sparingly, as over-use of ammonia solution may eventually dull the surface of some stone types. ■ Remove algae or moss in outdoor pools, patios and hot tub areas by using a mild bleach solution and ﬂushing with clear water.
Courtesy photo According to a 2012 survey conducted by Harris interactive, three-quarters of homeowners who intend to remodel their kitchens in the next two years would like to install granite countertops.
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Swift is ‘Red’ hot on new album By Daryl Addison Great American Country | GACTV.com
The color red is striking and vibrant, passionate and lush. It doesn’t give into restraints. It’s a stirring color, emotional in its essence, and this means it can sometimes be sullen. However, the color red is no doubt alive. On her fourth studio album, “Red,” superstar Taylor Swift revels in emotional color as she delivers 16 songs bursting with life and a young modern point of view. In many ways Swift, who released her self-titled debut six years ago this week, has grown up before our eyes. It shouldn’t be shocking that the one we hear now wields an older and more experienced outlook than the 16-year-old that broke in 2006 with the song about young love, “Tim McGraw.” “Everything will be alright if we just keep dancing like we’re 22,” she sings here on the electro-pop tune, “22,” celebrating her youth, but also subtly defending her right to act her age. And this evermaturing attitude runs through the bulk of Red. Many of the songs on Red, which is available now, carry the same themes from her previous albums – dating, boys, relationships, ﬁghts and new beginnings. However, on songs like the building “Treacherous,” where danger is a turn on, and the simultaneously sad and angry break-up song, “All Too Well,” she displays a wiser stance, even cleverly pointing out a boy as, so casually cruel in the name of being honest, on the latter. On “I Knew You Were Trouble,” written with P!nk collaborators Max Martin and Swedish DJ, Shellback, Swift blames herself for getting in too deep before an electronic dubstep-inﬂuenced chorus rings out. Swift wrote or co-wrote every song on Red, including three with Max Martin and Shellback, exploring a more overtly pop sound here than she has in the past. The aforementioned, “22,” and ﬁrst single, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” both feature electronic arrangements. “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” slyly moves between programmed acoustic guitars and a steady drum pulse into a huge, anthemic chorus with the fervent energy of a college pep rally. It’s a cathartic release, and when the low key, jangling, “Stay Stay Stay,” follows immediately after carrying the ﬁrst line, “I’m pretty sure we almost broke up last night,” it comes off as sweet comic relief. Conﬂicting emotions rise up throughout the project. For example, the music is often very pop, with killer hooks and quick melodies “Starlight,” but the themes have an element of small town girl in a big city world on album opener “State of Grace.” On “I Almost Do,” which hints at her early rolling acoustic sound, she helplessly
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daydreams about a far-off boy that moved from her country town to the city. The urgent “Holy Ground,” which captures moments of reminiscing over a lost love, ﬁnds her in the city conﬂicted in knowing that it was a good love. A pair of European guests join Swift on the album: British artist Ed Sheeran collaborates on the ﬂuttering, “Everything Has Changed,” while Gary Lightbody of Scottish rock band Snow Patrol duets on “The Last Time.” Lightbody and Swift display a palpable chemistry in their brilliant harmonies similar to the moody dynamics of The Civil Wars. She also ventures into some new territory. The mysterious, three-quarter-time, “Sad Beautiful Tragic,” builds from haunting piano to leave listeners clinging on every word as they work through the song’s dark storylines. And on “The Lucky One,” Swift takes aim at celebrity with sarcasm – “everybody loves pretty, everybody loves cool.” Red is an evocative album full of vibrant moments. The electric energy of the pounding titletrack, with color-driven lyrics bringing out vivid imagery, just reminds listeners that she is one of the most talented young songwriters in any genre. Red comes wrapped up in a ﬂurry of emotion, but just like the color, it’s bursting with life.
■ swift success Taylor Swift became one of country’s brightest (and youngest) faces in 2006, when the 16-year-old released her ﬁrst album. Although new to the American public, Swift had been performing since her preteen years in Wyomissing, Penn. where she ﬁrst took the stage as part of a children’s theater troupe. Encouraged by the troupe’s manager to pursue music instead, Swift began performing karaoke songs at a local mall, with open-mic gigs following shortly thereafter. She sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” before a Philadelphia 76ers game at the age of 11; the following year, she began practicing the guitar several hours each day, modeling her early song writing attempts on crossover artists like Shania Twain and the Dixie Chicks.
Spalding brings vibrancy to her jazz By Rashod Ollison The Virginian-Pilot
“We’re all adults here,” Esperanza Spalding said a few times between songs at the Ferguson Center in Newport News, Oct. 24. Lyrically, though, just about everything the 27-year-old jazz bassist and singer-songwriter crooned felt more wide-eyed and girlish than wise and womanly. She wove a loose narrative about the ins and outs of romance that connected songs from her latest album, “Radio Music Society.” And that was underscored by her light, sprightly singing style. Musically, however, she and her impressive 11-piece band offered understated complexities, all bolstered by Latin-spiced rhythms. Ever since winning the Grammy for “Best New Artist” two years ago, Spalding has been the hip, fresh face of jazz. In promotional shots and on the cover of “Radio Music Society,” her look suggests a daring, funky artist, with her globular Afro and form-ﬁtting clothes. But onstage, Spalding dressed in a long, sand-colored skirt and heels, was fairly conservative and felt at times too scripted, even a bit precious. The messy adventurousness inherent to most “jazz” performances was largely missing. What Spalding delivered instead was a tightly structured pop show heavily ﬂavored with mostly amiable, wine-sipping jazz. And that wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. The not-quite-full house of college students and aging baby boomers was responsive. Apart from her refreshing vibrancy, Spalding’s appeal also lies in the subtlety of her approach – the way she makes snaking, melodic lines and tricky chord progressions seem effortless. On-stage, while going back and forth between an acoustic and an electric bass, Spalding sang and musically conversed with the band, all while wearing a Colgate smile and shaking the loose tendrils that fell over her eyes and kissed her shoulders. There was a palpable sense of self-satisfaction after every note she played.
Hampton Coliseum is pleased to announce the return of the Hampton Blues Festival. Come celebrate the heritage of Blues, featuring Bobby “Blue” Bland, Mel Waiters, Clarence Carter, Roy C and Ms. Jody, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $44.50 plus fees for reserved seating and $39.50 plus fees for military. Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster Outlets, online at Ticketmaster.com, charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000 and the Hampton Coliseum Box Ofﬁce.
Martina McBride Seven times “Female Vocalist of the Year” Martina McBride will perform live at the Ted Constant Center on Nov. 24. All the traditional holiday favorites will be sung by the biggest vocals in Country music, as she illustrates through song “The Joy of Christmas.” McBride’s Christmas show will bring families together for a night ﬁlled with perfectly sung ballads and exquisite range in all of her holiday renditions. Tickets to are $45 and $55, and can be purchased online at www.COXTix.com, by dialing (888) 3-COXTix, or at the Constant Center Box Ofﬁce.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra Beginning Nov. 15, Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) is teaming up with Hallmark Channel to present the live debut of the band’s multi-platinum rock opera, “The Lost Christmas Eve” for over 100 shows in 65 cities across North America. TSO is scheduled to return to Richmond for two spectacular shows at the Richmond Coliseum on Nov. 28 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now, with a portion of the proceeds from every ticket beneﬁtting the Central Virginia Foodbank. Tickets range from $32 to $62 and are on sale at www.livenation.com, the Richmond Coliseum ticket ofﬁce, all Ticketmaster outlets, and charge by phone at (800) 7453000. Applicable fees may apply. For more information on TSO 2012 tour dates, visit www.trans-siberian.com.
Locked & Reloaded Tour Known for their distinctive styles of music, Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley recently announced their 2013 Locked & Reloaded Tour. Set to kickoff Jan. 17 at the Roanoke Civic Center, Miranda and Dierks bring to the stage scores of No. 1 singles and chart topping albums. Tickets go on sale Nov. 2 at 10 a.m. at HomeTownBankTix.com, (877) HTBTIXNow (1-877- 482-8496) and the Roanoke Civic Center Box Ofﬁce, or buy at www.livenation.com.
Preston Gannaway | The Virginian-Pilot Jazz musician Esperanza Spalding performs at the Ferguson Center in Newport News, Oct. 24.
■ about the artist Esperanza Spalding is an American multiinstrumentalist, best known as a jazz bassist and singer, who draws upon many genres in her own compositions. In 2011, she won the Grammy Award for “Best New Artist,” making her the ﬁrst jazz artist to win the award.
In keeping with the radio theme, the bandstand looked like a giant boombox, complete with a lighted dial. At the start of the nearly two-hour show, the band stopped and started songs as radio static ﬁlled the loudspeakers, suggesting someone ﬂipping through stations. Spalding then strolled out, playing her electric bass and dove into “Radio Song,” the ﬁrst cut on the latest album. Afterward, she introduced each band member, who offered a tight, short solo. In fact, the most riveting moments were the solos, from Spalding and her bandmates. Her aquatic bass and Igmar Thomas’ daz-
zling, ﬂuttering trumpet made a gorgeous duet on Wayne Shorter’s “Endangered Species.” Spalding’s solo during a Latin-infused version of Michael Jackson’s “I Can’t Help It” was lovely, but too brief. Still, Spalding’s vocals were the focus throughout. Although pleasant enough, her feathery voice lacks the grace and grit to sell some of her more ambitious songs, like the dramatic “Land of the Free,” arguably Spalding’s “Strange Fruit” moment, about the judicial lynching of black men. The Portland, Ore. native shows lots of promise. Spalding’s best moment was during the encore, when she returned to the stage, eyes closed and ﬁngering the acoustic bass. She crooned Abbey Lincoln’s “Throw It Away,” a wise and varnished song about the ﬂippant disposal of people and precious things. But Spalding missed, or perhaps ignored, the song’s cynicism. She sang it like a lullaby. Editor’s note: This article originally ran on www.pilotonline.com, Oct. 26.
■ local concerts The Norva 317 Monticello Ave., Norfolk Nov. 1 – Rehab Nov. 2 – Capleton Nov. 3 – NAS Nov. 4 – ZZ Ward Nov. 7 – Twiztid Nov. 8 – Shadows Fall and God Forbid Nov. 9 – The Killroos Nov. 10 – Taking Back Sunday Nov. 14 – YelaWolf Nov. 15 – All Time Low Nov. 16 – The Legwarmers Nov. 18 – Chrisette Michele Nov. 19 – Dance Gavin Dance Nov. 23 – Waka Flocka Flame Nov. 30 – Sum 41 Dec. 1 – The Misﬁts Dec. 10 – Karmin Dec. 21 – GWAR Dec. 27 – Rusko For more information on events at The Norva, call 627-4547 or visit www. thenorva.com.
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When the green ďŹ‚ag dropped on Sunday at Martinsville Speedway, veteran team owner Jack Roush saw one of his cars start a Sprint Cup race for the 3,000th time. Since his ďŹ rst start in the 1988 Daytona 500, Roush has won 130 Cup races and two championships, but his ďŹ rst start gave little indication of the future success, as he pointed out to reporters at Martinsville. After ďŹ elding numerous entries in road racing, Roush made his ďŹ rst Cup race with Mark Martin driving his No. 6 Ford, and Robin Pemberton, now NASCARâ€™s vice president for competition and racing development, as the crew chief. At that time, Roush was a NASCAR outsider, literally and ďŹ guratively. â€œWe didnâ€™t have a garage to start with and then they ďŹ nally gave us one down at the very end when somebody who had more standing didnâ€™t come,â€? he said. â€œWeâ€™ve climbed the ladder.â€? In that ďŹ rst start, Roushâ€™s Ford dropped out after 19 laps because of an overheating engine, long before Bobby Allison beat his son Davey to the checkered ďŹ‚ag in one of the more memorable Daytona 500 ďŹ nishes of all time. Throughout their ďŹ rst season together, Roush and Martin did provide glimpses of their future success, but they were few and far between. They got their ďŹ rst Top-10 ďŹ nish with a sixth-place run
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Little by little we gained the experience and I had enough good people around to make the important judgments that led us to becoming a viable multiple-car team.â€? - Veteran team owner Jack Roush
Courtesy NASCAR Team owner Jack Roush (left) talks with crew chief Matt Puccia (center) and Greg BifďŹ‚e, driver of the No. 16 Ford, on the grid prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Sept. 23.
at Darlington in the ďŹ fth race of the season and their ďŹ rst Top-5 was a runner-up at Bristol the next race. But their average ďŹ nish was 19.1 and they did not ďŹ nish 10 races. Even for most of the 1989, that ďŹ rst win continued to elude them. â€œI wasnâ€™t sure we were going to win in the second year until the fall race at Rockingham when Mark won,â€? said Roush. â€œThe sponsors I had were teetering, but that win gave them the green to go forward with us another year. All of the sponsors I had to start with were one-year programs, so that cemented a relationship with Folgers, and then Valvoline quickly wanted in, so we were on our way.â€? In 1990, Martin won three races, the ďŹ rst year for multiple wins for Roush, and in 1992, Roush ďŹ elded multiple entries for the ďŹ rst time, with Wally Dallenbach Jr. joining the team to drive the No. 16 Ford. Now, the team ďŹ elds cars for Greg BifďŹ‚e, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth and occasionally Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and is a regular contender for victory. Roush also has 131 wins in the Nationwide Series and 50 more in the Camping World Truck Series.
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2. Brad Keselowski -2 (ďŹ nished 6th) Although he lost the points lead, he recovered from a poor, 32nd-place qualifying effort to remain in good shape, points-wise. In that respect, it was almost like a win. â€œThis championship is going to come down to Homestead [the season ďŹ nale],â€? he said. â€œWe have to do what we need to do to be in contention at Homestead.â€?
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3. Clint Bowyer -26 (ďŹ nished 5th) Another solid ďŹ nish keeps him in the race for the championship with three races to go.
Courtesy of NASCAR Jimmie Johnson overtook the Chase for the Cup lead in his quest to win a sixth championship.
4. Kasey Kahne -29 (ďŹ nished 3rd) Like Bowyer, heâ€™s close enough to the leaders to be considered a legitimate title contender, especially if Keselowski and Johnson have trouble over the ďŹ nal three races. â€œWe deďŹ nitely still have a shot, but weâ€™re a ways out,â€? he said. â€œI wish we were within 20 or 15 [points]. I think weâ€™d be a lot more legit at that point.â€?
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5. Denny Hamlin -49 (ďŹ nished 33rd) He overcame two penalties for speeding on pit road, but an electrical issue sent him to the garage and likely took him out of the running for the championship.
10. Tony Stewart -71 (ďŹ nished 27th) The defending Cup champion hasnâ€™t shown the speed he usually does late in the season. He has just one Top-5 ďŹ nish in the Chase, a ďŹ fth at Kansas, and has ďŹ nished 13th or worse in four of the past ďŹ ve races.
7. Martin Truex Jr. -63 (ďŹ nished 23rd) A week after posting his best Chase-race ďŹ nish, a second at Kansas, he had his worst at Martinsville. His Kansas ďŹ nish is his only Top-5 in the Chase. 8. Matt Kenseth -65 (ďŹ nished 14th) He ďŹ nished OK at a track thatâ€™s not one of his best, but he still canâ€™t overcome his early
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1. Jimmie Johnson 2,291 (ďŹ nished 1st) The ďŹ ve-time champion turned up the heat at one of his best tracks and took the points lead. â€œIn order to be the champion, the tracks you know you can win at, you have to win at,â€? he said. â€œWe did that.â€?
6. Jeff Gordon -54 (ďŹ nished 7th) He had one of the fastest cars at Martinsville, but got shufďŹ‚ed back at the end. â€œThe last thing we wanted was to be on the outside on those last two restarts, and we were and it cost us,â€? he said.
â€œLittle by little we gained the experience and I had enough good people around to make the important judgments that led us to becoming a viable multiple-car team,â€? said Roush. â€œIt was really a blessing for the total number of victories weâ€™ve got. If you include our road racing wins and other NASCAR series, weâ€™re at about 450 victories now, so running the trucks, Nationwide and Cup â€“ all three â€“ and having the success weâ€™ve had has done a lot to bolster our conďŹ dence to help us cement, bring along sponsors and form the basis for the success weâ€™ve had.â€? And itâ€™s been a success not only as far as trophies are concerned, but on the business side, too. In addition to preparing cars for his own team, Roush provided cars and technology to other teams including Richard Petty Motorsports and Wood Brothers Racing. â€œWeâ€™ve had to look at a series, look at a race car and the rules, and then consider the opportunity to make a viable business out of it by selling the technology and selling the success to other people who would like to bask in it,â€? he said. â€œSo the fact weâ€™ve been able to survive for 25 years in Cup racing is more important to me than 300 wins.â€?
Dale Earnhardt Jr. told reporters at Martinsville Speedway last week that he learned a lot during the two weeks he was out of his No. 88 Chevrolet because of concussions suffered in a crash during testing at Kansas and in a wreck in a race at Talladega. â€œIâ€™ve learned a ton, just about what Iâ€™ve gone through,â€? he said. â€œI feel like Iâ€™m a lot smarter, a lot more prepared, and understand the situation a lot better now than I did beforehand. Itâ€™s been a good experience. Itâ€™s something Iâ€™d rather not have gone through â€“ I learned a lot from it.â€? He said that because of his recent experience, heâ€™ll be quicker to seek medical help in the future. â€œIt changes the way I feel about it to where if I know Iâ€™ve suffered another concussion, or if I have symptoms after an accident, Iâ€™m deďŹ nitely going to be a lot more responsible about it,â€? he said. â€œI can understand peopleâ€™s opinions that they would try to push through it, or they would ignore it to stay in the car because I did the same thing in the past.â€? Earnhardt showed no signs of his injury at Martinsville, where he raced among the leaders until a late-race shufďŹ‚e dropped him to 21st.
9. Greg BifďŹ‚e -69 (ďŹ nished 10th) Like Kenseth, heâ€™s struggled at Martinsville over the years, but was heartened by his performance on Sunday. â€œWeâ€™re not quite there, but I think weâ€™re deďŹ nitely gaining on it,â€? he said.
11. Kevin Harvick -88 (ďŹ nished 32nd) A blown engine left him with his worst ďŹ nish in the Chase, but the good ones havenâ€™t been that great either, with no Top-10â€™s in the Chase. â€œJust hasnâ€™t been a great year,â€? he said. â€œIf it isnâ€™t one thing, itâ€™s another.â€? 12. Dale Earnhardt Jr. -140 (ďŹ nished 21st) Although the two races he missed because of concussions knocked him out of the championship, he ran strong in his comeback, only to be spun in the closing stages. â€œWe didnâ€™t have a really good car and fought some issues all day long,â€? he said. â€œJust made some poor choices at the end that got us run over.â€?
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CACERES CONTINUES TO GROW AS A FIGHTER AND A PERSON By Jordan Newmark UFC.com
“Awakening is natural, delusion is not.” – Buddha Not every interview is the same, even if in general the questions are. It truly depends on who is answering them, and when it is UFC bantamweight Alex Caceres, one should prepare to have their mind blown away. If asked about his ﬁght, he will talk about his ﬁght. When asked about training, he’ll talk about training. When he is questioned about his future and/or his goals, Caceres will answer with an unﬂinching passion and a poetic world view, which he hopes to instill in all the people who listen. And if requested for a ﬁnal thought, “Bruce Leeroy” quotes Siddhartha. “I think we’re inﬁnite beings,” said Caceres. “We have to stay limitless. As long as we can keep moving in this vessel that houses our spiritual function that we should always be moving forward. We have this misconception that we are humans with spirits, but it’s the other way around – we’re just spiritual beings having a human experience. Everyone thinks this is it, that this is the ﬁnal frontier, but really anything is possible and we can really bring things out of nothing and make them a reality.” “A good example I use is the Wright Brothers. No one had ever saw what a plane was, but they had seen it inside their heads and they brought it out of their heads and manifested it physically into this physical realm that we see today. It started as metaphysical and became physical. It started as unreal and became real. They saw it in a dream and made it reality. I think we all have that capability and that truly shows our inﬁnite power. Even though I set up a goal miles down the line, eventually, if I reach that goal I will probably set up another one miles down the line just because. We have to set goals that we may never reach, that are inﬁnite, and we need to try anyway. That’s the beauty of it. We don’t have enough time and that’s what makes everything that much more beautiful. We’ll never get today again – we’ll never have today again ever.” At 24 years old, the born and bred Miami native is currently experiencing a spiritual awakening the likes one could have never imagined for the once almost comically Afroed cast member of “The Ultimate Fighter” season 12. The transformation started roughly a year ago with his diet, and soon the age-old idea of “you are what you eat” had taken root into the young ﬁghter’s already positive outlook. “By bettering myself, I can better the situation around me,” he said. “It was just coming to a realization that we’re all in this together and, hopefully, if we’re all involved we can rise up as one.” It began with watching documentaries, reading books and whatever else he could devour with his mind on the subject of food. “One of the movies that had a big impact on me, on my diet, was ‘Forks Over Knives,’” said Caceres of the Lee Fulkerson ﬁlm, which promotes that most, if not all, degenerative disease can be linked to animal-based and processed
Courtesy of UFC Former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin is scheduled to face Cung Le at UFC on Fuel TV 6 on Nov. 10.
Courtesy of UFC After starting his career in the UFC out at 155 pounds, Alex Caceres (right) has since dropped to 135 pounds and won two of his three bouts at the new weight class. Caceres will look to win his second straight bout when he faces Kyung Ho Kang at UFC on Fuel TV 6 on Nov. 10.
foods. “It really showed us that most of the food we’re eating in this Westernized diet is actually the opposite of what we think it is and it is very detrimental to our health. I started cutting dairy, lactose, processed foods and processed meat out of my diet. I’m not completely a vegan.” From there, the featherweight began shedding pounds and was walking around at 145 pounds, so the next stop was cutting to 135. The change has had an immense impact on him both physiologically and psychologically, and also economically. Since the move to bantamweight, Caceres is 2-1 inside the Octagon with an overall record of 7-5. In his ﬁrst outing in the new division, he nabbed a unanimous decision victory over Cole Escovedo at UFC on FOX last November. Following that, he had an odd split decision loss against Edwin Figueroa, but rebounded with his best performance yet in a “Submission of the Night” win over WEC veteran Damacio Page in July. “With the knowledge I’m gaining now, I’m able to show people what I’m really about,” said Caceres. “I am a well-rounded ﬁghter, I belong in the UFC, and with every ﬁght, I’m going to be able to show my skill level that I’m
By bettering myself, I can better the situation around me. It was just coming to a realization that we’re all in this together and, hopefully, if we’re all involved we can rise up as one.” -UFC bantamweight Alex Caceres
the better man in the cage at that moment on that day during those 15 minutes. If anything, it makes me want to train harder. Now, I do have this excess amount of energy that I can’t seem to spend all the time. I get into the gym and I’m not satisﬁed until I’m crawling out of the cage. One of the most profound things this diet gave me is the clarity of thought. I actually know what I want out of this and where I want to be at the end of this. It feels good.” The bout against Page highlighted many of Caceres’ weapons, from his size and length to his savvy ground game and to his creativity standing. The ﬁrst round was Page on top and Caceres on bottom, but the second round saw a vicious knee transitioned into a ﬁght ending triangle choke that put the rest of the division on notice. “It was actually that knee to the chest that I threw that weakened him for the triangle,” said Caceres. “I felt my knee go straight into his solar plexus and I heard him grunt really loud when I hit him. He didn’t give much resistance when I threw on that triangle, so I knew that body shot really hurt him.” Up next for Caceres is a trip to the Far East for a Nov. 10 showdown against promotional newcomer Kyung Ho Kang at UFC on FUEL TV in Macao, China. Well before “Bruce Leeroy” submitted Page, behind-the-scenes Caceres had been bugging UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby to be put on the China card to perform in front of his idol Bruce Lee’s homeland. The win punched his ticket to Macao and lined Caceres up to tangle with submission ace Kang. The South Korean “Typhoon” is 11-6, on a three ﬁght win streak, and most recently won a bantamweight tournament for the Koreanbased Road Fighting Championships. “He looks like a very well-rounded, solid opponent,” said Caceres. “Nothing that I haven’t seen before, but he looks like he has a solid ground game with most of his ﬁghts being won by submission, eight out of 11. He seems to be a tough opponent. I think we’ll be a very great matchup out there. Win or lose, I’m ready to give it my all out there and I hope he is ready to do the same.”
UFC on Fuel TV 6 Nov. 10, 9 a.m., Fuel TV Featured bouts: Rich Franklin vs. Cung Le Stanislav Nedkov vs. Thiago Silva Dong Hyum Kim vs. Paulo Thiago Mac Danzig vs. Takanori Gomi Alex Caceres vs. Kyung Ho Kang Jon Tuck vs. Tiequan Zhang BELLATOR 81 Nov. 16, 8 p.m., MTV2 Featured bouts: Rich Clementi vs. Marcin Held Dave Jansen vs. Ricardo Tirloni Dustin Neace vs. Marlon Sandro UFC 154 Nov. 17, 8 p.m., FX; 10 p.m., PPV Featured bouts: Georges St-Pierre vs. Carlos Condit J. Hendricks vs. Martin Kampmann Tom Lawlor vs. Francis Carmont Constantinos Philippou vs. Nick Ring Mark Hominick vs. Pablo Garza UFC on Fox 5 Dec. 8, 5 p.m., Fuel TV; 8 p.m. Fox Featured bouts: Ben Henderson vs. Nate Diaz A. Gustafsson vs. Mauricio Rua Rory MacDonald vs. BJ Penn Matt Brown vs. Mike Swick UFC ON FX 6 Dec. 14, FX and Fuel TV Featured bouts: Ross Pearson vs. G. Sotiropoulos Hector Lombard vs. R. Palhares TUF: Australia vs. UK finals UFC 155 Dec. 29, PPV and FX Featured bouts: Junior dos Santos vs. Cain Velasquez Phil Davis vs. Forrest Griffin Tim Boetsch vs. Chris Weidman Joe Lauzon vs. Gray Maynard Alan Belcher vs. Yushin Okami ■ All cards subject to change.
VCW returns with a vengeance at Masonic Temple By UltimateWrestling Charmer Contributing Writer
It has been more than seven years since Vanguard Championship Wrestling (VCW) has sanctioned a “Steel Cage” match, but all that will change when Dirty Money steps inside the unforgiving 15-foot high steel cage to face VCW Heavyweight Champion John Kermon for the championship, Nov. 17. Commissioner George Pantas is understandably nervous about the event. “The potential for both of these combatants to get seriously hurt is real,” he said. “We are talking about metal and ﬂesh colliding over and over again. I know Kermon and Dirty will both use the steel cage to their advantage. This will be a brutal encounter for the VCW Championship, but I was at my last straw.” Kermon, who is a great athlete and well versed in different forms of combat, often chooses to cheat by using his manager Spencer Chestnut to do his dirty deeds. Pantas banned Chestnut from ringside at the last VCW show, but while he was away on business, Chestnut pretended to be “Joey” Chestnut, Spencer’s twin brother, and came out to ringside with Kermon. To make sure this doesn’t happen again, Pantas banned Chestnut from the show on Nov. 17 and convinced VCW to sanction the Steel Cage match. Hesitant at ﬁrst, VCW promoter Travis Bradshaw ﬁnally agreed. “The cage will ensure that Dirty Money will get a fair shot at the championship,” said Bradshaw. “Kermon has pulled every cheap shot in the book to hold onto the gold, but Dirty Money deserves a fair ﬁght … and the fans demand it!”
Courtesy of Jonathan McLarty Dirty Money drops Kermon to the mat during their recent Vanguard Championship Wrestling match.
Dirty Money was excited to talk about this upcoming match. “Kermon, I hope you bring your ‘A’’ game and everything you’ve got in your arsenal, because once that cage door slams shut, my rage will be unleashed,” he said. “Play time is over, kiss that title goodbye, and pray you don’t wake up the next day in the ICU. Welcome to my untouchable realm!” Kermon responded by saying, “Dirty had two chances to win the belt and came up short both times. This is my belt, and at the end of the night, my hand will go up in victory.” In addition to the Steel Cage match, the event will feature two big tag-team matches. VCW Tag-Team Champions The Hallstars
will defend their belts against the very popular and No. 1 contenders Tropic Thunder. Also, The Set will battle against Fusion DS for the right to challenge whoever the VCW Tag-Team Champions will be at the 5th annual Lutz Memorial Cup Tournament, Dec. 15. Speaking of the Lutz Tournament, also on the card for Nov. 17 will be the ﬁrst round qualifying matches for the Lutz Memorial Cup. The ﬁrst opening round match will see “Platinum Icon” Phil Brown, who has held nearly every championship in VCW including the Lutz Cup in 2005, lock up with “True Talent” Bobby Shields. In the second opening round match, Jay Steel, the reigning 2011 Lutz Memorial Cup
champion, wants nothing more than to be the ﬁrst to win the Lutz Cup two years in a row. Standing in his way is his opponent, the 500 pound monster, Mugabi the Cannibal. Mugabi has never been pinned or submitted in his VCW career, and now he has the guidance of a new manager, Gremlina. It’s worth noting that Mugabi injured Steel’s back and sidelined him for a few months, so Steel is sure to get his revenge. The third opening round match will see Idol X battle Logan Laroux. Idol X is famous for his hardcore style of wrestling and Laroux is a blue chipper who loathes such shenanigans. This will be a great test for both competitors. In the fourth and ﬁnal opening round match, Shorty Smalls, a former VCW Liberty Champion with a ferocious mean streak, will have his hands full with “Mr. Xcellence” Brandon Scott. And in breaking news, VCW Commonwealth Heritage Champion Chris Escobar will defend his title against hot new indie sensation Lee Valiant. Until next time, see you at the matches! For these and other up to the minute news, go to www.vcw-wrestling.com. Tickets are $18 for ringside seats and $12 for general admission. Make sure to check the website for special deals. Active duty military and children 5 and under get free general admission. Relive some of your favorite wrestling memories and stories of the past and present by contacting ultimatewrestlingcharmer@yahoo. com, or on Facebook at UltimateWrestling Charmer. Tune in to the VCW Hype Machine every Friday for all the up-to-date information, www.youtube.com/user/jstep009.
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families by supporting the USO and its many partners at uso.org/grant-a-wish. “Grant a Wish for Our Heroes is a call to action for anyone who wants to take a moment and give back to our troops and military families in the ways they’ve told us helps the most,” said Sloan Gibson, president and CEO of the USO. “USO offers concrete ways – big and small – to show our troops that Americans appreciate their service and sacriﬁce.”
For years, troops and families have been telling the USO what programs and services they need the most through a comprehensive annual survey, “Tell USO.” Our programs help ease the stress of deployment for both troops and their loved ones. Others provide the comprehensive support our service men and women need when they return home. And many help our wounded, ill and injured troops as they recover and re-enter their new lives as veterans.
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DOD FUNDS STUDY OF OMEGA 3 BENEFIT IN REDUCING SUICIDES By Donna Miles American Forces Press Service
The Defense Department is funding a new study to determine if something as simple as drinking smoothies with high concentrations of the fatty acids found in ﬁsh oils can help to reduce suicides among veterans. The study, kicking off in January, will assess the effect of Omega 3 fatty acids on 350 volunteer participants who have attempted suicide, or are considered to be at risk of doing so, said Bernadette Marriott, a Medical University of South Carolina professor who is the study’s principal investigator. The university is collaborating in the clinical trial with researchers from the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, S.C. and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAA), part of the National Institutes of Health. Ron Acierno, director of the post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) clinic at the Charleston VA center, will partner with Marriott as an on-site collaborator. The Military Operational Medicine Joint Program Committee is funding the study, and the Army Medical Research and Materiel Command’s Congressional Directed Medical Research Programs Ofﬁce will manage it. The test subjects, to be recruited over the next three years from the Charleston VA center and the local veteran population, will drink two child-size juice boxes of commercially available smoothie-type drinks each day for six months, Marriott said.
■ search for a cause Assessing the blood of 800 active duty military members who committed suicide between 2002 and 2008, Joseph Hibbeln, acting chief of National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism’s nutritional neurosciences section, said all had “profoundly low levels of Omega 3 fatty acids, by evolutionary and world standards.” Half the veterans will receive about four grams of Omega 3 fatty acids in their drinks each day, said Joseph Hibbeln, acting chief of NIAA’s nutritional neurosciences section. This, he said, should elevate the concentration of Omega 3’s in the experimental group’s blood to levels commonly found among populations of ﬁsh-eating countries, such as Japan and Iceland. The other half of the test subjects, the control group, will receive placebos. Both groups will continue to receive the same mental healthcare services as before the study. Meanwhile, researchers will evaluate them as they begin the study and periodically over its course to assess their depression and anxiety levels and performance on cognitive tests, Marriott said. They also will take blood samples to measure Omega 3 levels. The investigators will have no idea until after the study which test subjects received Omega 3 doses and which were in the control, Marriott said. Based on previous studies in both animals and humans, Marriott said she expects to see
much higher Omega 3 levels in the experimental group, with corresponding improvements in their mood and performance levels. Hibbeln has been a pioneer in linking Omega 3 deﬁciencies with depression and violent or impulsive disorders. For the past 20 years, he has advanced the theory that the brain, made up of fats and oils, depends on Omega 3 nutrients to operate properly and fully experience pleasure. He uses the analogy of a tree that grows deep roots, a sturdy trunk and abundance of leaves only if it’s properly fertilized and gets the nutrients it needs. The problem, he explained, is that the human body gets Omega 3’s only through food and nutritional supplements. And the typical American diet is extremely low in Omega 3 fatty acids – with military populations consuming even fewer. Exacerbating the problem, Hibbeln said, is that their diets tend to be high in Omega 6’s, the oils commonly found in French fries, chips and other processed foods. Within red blood cells, Omega 6’s are like “insurgents” who crowd out the few good-guy Omega 3’s, he explained. That double-whammy, he said, puts people at increased risk of suicide and other emotional distress. Assessing the blood of 800 active duty military members who committed suicide between 2002 and 2008, Hibbeln said all had “profoundly low levels of Omega 3 fatty acids, by evolutionary and world standards.” The suicide victims had particularly low levels of docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, an
Omega 3 fatty acid concentrated in the brain. The levels were so low that, based on other studies, it could have elevated the service members risk of suicide by 75 percent, Hibbeln said. But equally troubling was that the control group in that study, which consisted of 800 active duty service members, had similarly low levels of Omega 3’s in their blood. Hibbeln recalled another era in military history when a nutritional deﬁciency caused an operational challenge. Only when the British Navy began feeding lemons and limes – a great source of Vitamin C – to its Sailors did they stop suffering from debilitating cases of scurvy. Recognizing the potential beneﬁts of Omega 3’s, the Army Natick Soldier Systems Center in Massachusetts, has started infusing them into combat rations. Natick food scientists already have started introducing them into lemon poppy seed cake and a salmon in alfredo sauce entree. Hibbeln said he’s hoping the new study will show results like those in another he conducted that involved 49 patients who were admitted to an emergency room in Ireland for multiple episodes of “self harm.” In that study, all the patients were sent home from the hospital without psychotherapy services, but half received two grams of Omega 3 fatty acids to take each day. The results among that experimental group impressed even Hibbeln. “The active group had reduced their suicidal thinking by 45 percent,” he said. “They reduced their depressive symptoms by 50 percent, reduced their perceptions of stress by 33 percent and increased their reports of a sense of happiness by 30 percent.”
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Did you know that musculoskeletal injuries are among the leading causes of disability and morbidity among military personnel? In fact, as highlighted in a recent article by Taanila et al. (2010), although “health clinic visit rates are approximately equal for injuries and illnesses in the military environment, the morbidity associated with injuries is over ﬁve times greater than that associated with illness.” Cohen et al. (2010) explains, “Anticipation of the types of injuries that occur in modern warfare is essential to plan operations and maintain a healthy military.” Therefore, implementation of preventive measures for service members could reduce the effect of non-battle-related injuries and disease on military readiness. Recent epidemiological studies have focused on identifying the risk factors most consistently associated with sustaining injuries, particularly during military training.
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The study explains that previous research studies have highlighted “previous history of injury, low levels of physical ﬁtness and activity, high amount of weekly exercise, high mileage running, biomechanical factors and tobacco use” as common risk factors. Although this information is useful, more research is needed to better understand the speciﬁc risk factors and/or causes related to sustaining musculoskeletal injuries, especially since this type of injury contributes greatly to the prevalence of morbidity and disability among the military population. The magnitude of musculoskeletal injuries among military and civilian personnel has contributed to current and emerging research on functional movement screening (FMS) and injury prevention. The military and civilian population is seeking ways to prevent injuries “upstream” in order to maintain “readiness” for work. The FMS is a testing tool used by many practitioners to evaluate dysfunctional human movement
patterns among athletic individuals, as well as high-risk workers (e.g., military service members, ﬁreﬁghters). Although the FMS has demonstrated to be a reliable tool in predicting injury among certain groups or populations, more research is warranted to determine its effectiveness. Navy Fitness has done an exceptional job of incorporating progressive movement options speciﬁcally designed to prevent injury through the Navy Operational Fitness and Fueling Series (NOFFS) program (http://navyﬁtness.org/ﬁtness/noffs). Indiana University will be working with MWR Fitness to evaluate the effectiveness of NOFFS training in relation to traditional PT training in order to lend more insights into this ongoing dilemma regarding preparing for readiness while preventing injuries. MWR Fitness programmers have your health and safety as an utmost priority in the programming of ﬁtness services and are helping you to prevent injury, while at the same time remaining ﬁt and ready to serve.
■ injury info Musculoskeletal injury refers to damage of muscular or skeletal systems, which is usually due to a strenuous activity. Musculoskeletal injuries include: sprains and strains; fractures; open wounds, cuts, and punctures; and contusions and bruises.
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