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TRUMAN HOSTS X-47B UNMANNED AIRCRAFT DEMONSTRATOR FOR CARRIER-BASED TESTING By MCSN Taylor DiMartino USS Truman (CVN 75) Public Affairs

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U.S. Navy Sailors assist with the onload of the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).

Motorcycle club helps clear main road on JEBLCFS By Marine Gunnery Sgt. Alexis Mulero Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group

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Seven Marines from Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group’s (MCSCG) motorcycle club pulled out their shovels to clear up a main road onboard Joint Expeditionary Base (JEB) Little Creek - Fort Story, which was draped with sand produced from Super Storm Sandy, Nov. 15. The one-tenth of a mile stretch on Atlantic Ave. is a primary road used by MCSCG Marines and hundreds

of other service members on-base to get to and from work, and the club’s members felt its condition after the storm was a safety concern for all drivers on-base. “The built up of sand caused a safety concern for all drivers. Especially, motorcycle riders,” said Marine Gunnery Sgt. Will Argenbright, president of the club. “It would have been just as effective to call the base cleanup crew to take care of this issue, but we felt they had more pressing projects (Super Storm Sandy) requiring their attention.” This is the first of numerous com-

The Navy hoisted an X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator aboard aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) in preparation for an unmanned aircraft’s first, carrier-based testing, Nov. 26 A team from the Navy Unmanned Combat Air System program office (PMA-268) embarked Truman to conduct tests and demonstrations. The X-47B, which boasts a wingspan of more than 62 feet (wider than that of an F/A-18 Super Hornet), will demonstrate seamless integration into carrier flight deck operations through various tests. During each demonstration, the X-47B will be controlled remotely via a hand-held control display unit (CDU). Truman will be the first aircraft carrier in Naval aviation history to host test operations for an unmanned aircraft. Capt. Jaime Engdahl, N-UCAS program manager, said the X-47B’s delivery aboard Truman was among the most historic moments in the program’s history. “This is a very important U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman moment for the X-47B,” said Engdahl. “The moment the aircraft set down on Truman’s deck was the moment it officially met the fleet.” Seven Marines from Marine Cmdr. Kevin Watkins, NCorps Security UCAS’s flight test director, Cooperation agreed with Engdahl’s sentiGroup’s ment. motorcycle “Bringing the X-47B club clear aboard Truman is a big mileup a main stone for the program,” he road aboard JEBLCFS, said. “We’ve been testing the which was aircraft for the last several draped with years and to finally put it on sand produced a ship is so exciting. If these from Super tests are successful, they Storm Sandy, will prove that the future for Nov. 15. unmanned aircraft is wide Marine Gunnery Sgt. Alexis Mulero open.” munity projects that the MCSCG mo- who support us on a regular basis,” Lt. Cmdr. Larry Tarver, torcycle club president is planning for said Argenbright. Truman’s aircraft handling the upcoming year. All in all, the clean-up took the Maofficer who helped coordi“Part of the club’s bylaws includes rines about an hour of labor to comnate the X-47B’s onload, reaching out to the community and plete, but according to one of its base said his Sailors are eager to we want to show our support to those residents, the effect will be lasting. participate in the aircraft’s testing. “It means a lot to our crew to be part of naval history,” he said. “We have Sailors who received additional training to safely move the X-47B and they are excited to play a part in its testing.” While technical challenges are to be expected when in“The entire Food Service staff puts of those who prepared it and freetroducing the new system to 100 percent effort into every meal, doms that have been safeguarded by a carrier’s flight deck, Engbut today, they kicked it up a notch those who have come before us,” he dahl said he expects the tests with 120 percent,” said Senior Chief said. “Today, I pause to thank you all to be successful citing strong Culinary Specialist Devon Knight. for all the sacrifices you have made teamwork between his team “If the crew cannot be home with and continue to make in support of and Truman’s crew. friends and family, we wanted to this great ship, our Navy and Marine “The support from Truman bring a taste of home to everyone.” Corps team, and this great nation.” has been phenomenal and In addition to the meal, Capt. Jon “The food was great and we it’s going to continue to take Kreitz, New York’s Commanding had plenty to eat,” said Cpl. Derek close cooperation between Officer, had a message for service Monday of the embarked 24th the carrier’s Sailors and the members. Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). UCAS-D team to make these “Today we pause, to give thanks demonstrations successful,” for the food we will enjoy, the labor » see NEW YORK | A11 said Engdahl.

USS NEW YORK OBSERVES FIRST THANKSGIVING AT SEA By MC2 Zane P. Ecklund USS New York Public Affairs

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Marine Cpl. Michael Petersheim Marine Lance Cpl. LaTrace Thompson (left), with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepare turkeys on Thanksgiving Day aboard the USS New York (LPD 21), Nov. 22.

The amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) celebrated Thanksgiving while underway during her maiden deployment, Nov. 22. New York’s Food Service Division prepared 60 turkeys, as well as hundreds of pounds of ham, sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce for 937 service members aboard the ship.

ADMIRALS HOST TRUMAN NIGHT Sailors assigned to the USSTruman attended a Norfolk Admirals hockey game at the Norfolk Scope Arena, Nov. 16.

PIRATES THWARTED Turkish Navy warship TCG Gemlik (F492) successfully interdicted a suspected piracy skiff 400 nautical miles East of Somalia, Nov. 22.

ILLUMINATION AT CAPE HENRY JEBLCFS will open its gates to the general public this holiday for the first time with the Illumination of Preservation Virginia’s Cape Henry Lighthouse, Nov. 30.

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Holiday spirit being delivered to JEB Little Creek-Fort Story Press Release Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story Public Affairs

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This holiday season, “Trees for Troops” – a program of the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation in conjunction with FedEx Corporation – is celebrating its eighth year of bringing real, fresh-cut Christmas Trees to military families and troops. Joint Expeditionary Base (JEB) Little Creek-Fort Story will receive approximately 300 trees for distribution to military families on a first-come-firstserved basis, Nov. 29. Tree distribution is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Sandpiper Recreation Center onboard JEB Fort Story. Trees for Troops brings together the collective efforts of the farm-grown Christmas Tree industry, FedEx and consumers to deliver, on average, 17,000 real Christmas trees to 60-plus military bases throughout the U.S. and overseas. Approximately 300 trees are shipped overseas for troops in the Middle East, the rest are distributed to military families on bases throughout the U.S. The trees are provided by more than 750 Christmas tree growers and retailers in 28 states. “America appreciates the sacrifices military service men and women and their families make each and every day,” said Cline Church, president of the

National Christmas Tree Association and owner of Cline Church Nursery in Fleetwood, N.C. “As Christmas tree farmers, we want to provide a little Christmas spirit and maybe help start a new tradition with military families to be able to experience a traditional Christmas with a real Christmas tree.” Thousands of trees are donated by Christmas tree growers and consumers have the opportunity to purchase and donate trees to the program at nearly 40 Christmas tree retail locations across the U.S. Donations are coordinated by the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation, with support from the National Christmas Tree Association and many state and regional Christmas tree associations. “Being involved with ‘Trees for Troops’ is truly a gift that gives back,” said Nigel Manley, Christmas SPIRIT Foundation chairman. “It’s rewarding and meaningful to everyone involved, because it gives us the opportunity to say thank you to our troops, and help ensure military families have the kind of joyful, traditional Christmas memories that we would wish for America’s heroes.”

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CNO, MCPON VISIT IKE By MC1 Nathanael Miller USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Public Affairs

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The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) (AW/NAC) Mike D. Stevens visited USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) over the Thanksgiving holiday, Nov. 22 - 23. During the visit, the CNO and MCPON helped served Thanksgiving dinner, ate with the crew on the mess decks and held an all hands call where the CNO reenlisted 26 Sailors. During the all hands call, the CNO touched on his tenets for the fleet – Warfighting First, Operate Forward, Be Ready. He told Sailors how vital the health of the force was to him and expressed his gratitude for the resiliency and endurance that the Sailors are displaying in providing presence and stability to the region. “One of my tenets is ‘Be Ready,’” said Greenert. “I’m looking for ships, aircraft and squadrons to be ready and manned by people who are competent and proficient. This is a crew who are competent and they’re proficient.” The CNO admitted that the Navy was undergoing a number of changes, both in rebalancing of forces and operational capabilities of its platforms, but he assured Ike and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 Sailors that the Navy’s greatest weapon is and will always be its people. “I’ve been admiring your work from afar,” said Greenert at the all hands call when asked if he knew that Ike was a highperforming ship before coming to visit it in person. “You guys have worked through technical issues, turned and burned to get out here and I never heard of a complaint. This is one squared

away carrier, air wing and strike group.” During the trip, the CNO and MCPON had the opportunity to observe many parts of carrier life and see up close the work environments, ranging from the galley to the reactor spaces. They spoke with Sailors on the deckplate, passing along holiday greetings, while also providing a rare opportunity for Sailors to talk with the highest level of the Navy’s command. “It is a real honor to be able to join the CNO and Mrs. Greenert to visit the Sailors aboard the Ike,” said Stevens while making some brief remarks during the all hands call. “Please let your families know we are thinking about them. When you get back to your home station, take care of yourselves and take care of them.” The CNO served Thanksgiving dinner to the Sailors aboard by carving turkey at a carving station while MCPON served Sailors as they came through the serving line. The gesture and the overall visit was greatly appreciated by the Sailors aboard Ike. “I think it’s great they came all the way out here just to spend time with us,” said Logistics Specialist Seaman Jacqueline Malone, assigned to the “Pukin’ Dogs” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 143. “It makes me feel like we’re important to have the ‘big boss’ come out.” Greenert capped his visit with the reenlistment of 26 Sailors. The Sailors who were sworn back into the Navy were proud and grateful for the chance to be reenlisted by the Chief of Naval Operations. “I am truly honored. When looking back over your career, you will have milestones to talk about. This will definitely be one of them,” said Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman (SW/AW/

MC1 Peter D. Lawlor Above: Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert holds up a photo of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) presented to him by the ship’s Commanding Officer, Capt. Marcus Hitchcock, after an all hands call with the ship’s crew.

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FMF) Timothy Fabrizi, one of the reenlistees from Ike’s Dental Department. Fabrizi transfers from Ike in December and said the CNO’s visit was a wonderful way to finish his tour. “This event will culminate three long, but great years aboard Ike!” Logistics Specialist 3rd Class (AW) Princess Epps of Ike’s Supply Department said she was honored that the CNO con-

ducted her first reenlistment. “I think that this is a remarkable experience to be able to meet the CNO,” said Epps. “To actually have the highest ranking officer in the Navy reenlist me is an honor and a privilege that will stay with me for the rest of my life.” The Navy recently directed the temporary return of Eisenhower from her current overseas deployment, allowing the

ship to return home for two months before sending it back to the Middle East region. The unusual move is being made to accommodate delays due to emergent repair work on USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Everett, Wash.-based carrier was expected to deploy to the region to relieve Eisenhower early next year, but is now expected to deploy once repair work is complete.

Left: Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Michael D. Stevens tours the flight deck with aviation ordnancemen during a visit to the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69).

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Norfolk Admirals host Truman night at the Scope ■ the puck drop Capt. S. Robert Roth, Commanding Officer of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), drops the puck onto the ice of the Norfolk Scope Arena to start a Norfolk Admirals vs. Springfield Falcons hockey game.

MCSN Taylor DiMartino Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Airman Jerrell Cunninghmam, assigned to the Truman, sings the national anthem before the hockey game at the Norfolk Scope Arena.

By MCSN Taylor DiMartino USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

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Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) attended a Norfolk Admirals vs. Springfield Falcons hockey game at the Norfolk Scope Arena, Nov. 16. Before the start of the game, Truman’s color guard presented the national ensign and Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Airman Jerrell Cunningham sang the na-

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tional anthem. Capt. S. Robert Roth, Truman’s Commanding Officer, dropped the first puck to start the game. The event presented a great opportunity for Truman Sailors to interact in an off-duty setting. “Events like the hockey game affect morale in a very positive manner and give our Sailors the chance to interact with Norfolk’s civilian community,” said Jennifer Snyder, Truman’s MWR officer. “Civilians were given the chance

When we were out on the ice with all eyes on us, we needed to embody military bearing and teamwork.” - Intelligence Specialist 3rd Class (SW) Kelly Garganta

to see the honor and dedication displayed by our Sailors.” Intelligence Specialist 3rd Class (SW) Kelly Garganta, a member of Truman’s color

guard, said it was her second time presenting the national ensign at an Admirals game. “It’s always a huge adrenaline rush to know everyone in

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the stadium is watching our performance, which has little room for error,” said Garganta. “It’s an awesome feeling to represent Truman. When we were out on the ice with all eyes on us, we needed to embody military bearing and teamwork.” According to Command Master Chief (AW/SW/IDW) R. D. Kemp, Sr., the event brought Truman Sailors who attended the game closer to one another. “As we prepare for deployment, it’s very important that

we take the time to build up our team,” he said. “It’s not always about building our warfighting capabilities. We have to take the opportunity to come out as a Navy family and enjoy a great hockey game when we can.” Though the Falcons beat the Admirals 3-2, Truman Sailors enjoyed the chance to spend time together regardless of the game’s outcome. For more information, visit www.navy.mil, www.facebook.com/usnavy, or www. twitter.com/usnavy.

TR volunteers support special needs children By MC3 (SW) Tyrell K. Morris USS Theodore Roosevelt Public Affairs

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By Shelby West NSSA Public Affairs

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In an effort to help eliminate hunger within the Hampton Roads community, Norfolk Ship Support Activity’s (NSSA) Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence Systems (C4I) Division donated 2,459 pounds of canned goods and non-perishable food items to the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia, Nov. 19. The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia provides nutritious canned, boxed, fresh, frozen and prepared food to over 414,000 individuals per year, distributing emergency food through soup kitchens, faith-based food pantries, neighborhood centers, family

Shelby F. W. West Electronics Technician 1st Class Matt Anseth and Andrew Woodson are assisted by Gene Reynolds, a warehouse assistant at the FoodBank of Southeastern Virginia, as they donate 2,459 pounds of food.

crisis centers, and homeless shelters for adults and children. “We wanted to make a conscious effort to support the less fortunate,” said Tommy Lamb, NSSA’s Satellite Communications Branch Manager. “We were proactive and made sure our personnel understood what the benefits were, and they stepped up to the plate and contributed a lot. We are very appreciative of that.” Lamb organized the food drive this year by building a friendly competition among

the individual codes within the C4I Division to see which code would donate the most canned food. NSSA’s AN/SQQ-89(V), Surface Vessel Torpedo Tube (SVTT) and Surface Fire Control Division, donated 500 cans with only 13 people in the department. “It was pretty much a group effort. Everybody just decided they were going to pitch in all that they could,” said Dave Mills, AN/SQQ-89(V), SVTT and Surface Fire Control Division branch manager.

Electronics Technician 1st Class (S/W) Matt Anseth, NSSA played a major roll in loading the food into his truck and delivering it to the Foodbank. “It was a really big deal to be a part of such a large donation because of all the people we could help, how everybody came together, how much they donated and what it meant to us,” he said. “To see their faces at the Foodbank, how surprised they were, and how much food we brought over felt really good.”

NECC VOLUNTEERS WITH MIDDLE SCHOOL FOR THANKSGIVING CHEER By MCSN Heather M. Paape

Chief Master-atArms Stanfon Barnes, a volunteer from Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) prepares turkeys with a student from Bayside Middle School Nov. 19.

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Sailors assigned to Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) volunteered with students in the “C” Straight Program from Bayside Middle School to help prepare and pack Thanksgiving dinners for needy families in the Virginia Beach community, Nov. 19. The volunteers helped after school to package meals composed of turkey, vegetables, mashed potatoes and gravy for 13 local families. “We worked together to support local families,” said Rob Lanz, Bayside Middle School counselor. “I want to share this experience with the students from Bayside Middle so they can have a better understanding of sharing with, and caring for, those in need.”

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Along with assisting with preparation and packaging, NECC Sailors also donated food that for the meals. “It was great fun to work with the students in preparing the meals,” said Chief Yeoman Miller Shield. “The families who received the meals were grateful and it makes their Thanksgiving more enjoyable.” Last year the “C” Straight Program

presented three families with meals, but with assistance from NECC, 13 families were presented with Thanksgiving dinners. NECC is an enduring force providing capability across the full range of military operations in the maritime strategy to include forward presence, maritime security and power projection, now and in the future.

online USS Theodore Roosevelt (TR) (CVN 71) Follow TR on Facebook Sailors volunteered at at www.facebook.com/ Gatewood Preschool for USSTheodoreRoosevelt, Educating Exceptional or on Twitter at People (PEEP) during the www.Twitter.com/ school’s 7th annual carnitheRealCVN71. val, Nov. 17. The PEEP program For more news is a comprehensive curfrom USS Theodore riculum directed toward Roosevelt (CVN 71), children ages two to six with special needs under visit www.navy.mil/ the Individuals with Dislocal/cvn71/. abilities Education Act (IDEA). Sailors from TR’s First Class Petty Officers Association, Second Class Petty Officers Association and Junior Enlisted Association joined forces to help Gatewood PEEP faculty and staff put on an exciting day of fun for the students. “These children already have certain physical and mental hardships that other children do not have to deal with, so the least we can do is provide them with a reason to smile and forget about their disabilities,” said Machinist’s Mate Fireman Sabrina Estrella. “Most carnival-type events are not developmentally appropriate for children with special needs,” said Program Administrator Heather Jankovich, Ed.S. “The carnival is a good way to provide fun, safe activities for the students while meeting them on their level.” The carnival featured a bounce house, petting zoo, face painting, clowns, balloon animals and many educational activities for the students and their families. Newport News Fire Department personnel attended the carnival and featured their mobile home EDITH, “Exit Drills In The Home,” to teach students how to properly navigate and escape their homes in the event of a fire. They also let the students sit in the fire truck and play with the fire hoses. This year’s carnival theme was career-oriented, so each activity station at the carnival represented a different career. While each station provided a fun activity for the children, the stations were also educational, giving the students a window to the future of the endless possibilities of career opportunities that exist to them. The fall carnival is one of many volunteer opportunities TR Sailors participated in as part of the ongoing relationship TR has with Gatewood. TR Sailors have provided support to Gatewood in the past by cleaning the school’s memorial garden, reading to students and giving students teddy bears provided by the Theodore Roosevelt Association. “We are thankful for the members of the PTA, faculty/staff, community and Theodore Roosevelt Sailors for donating their time today, because we couldn’t have done this without your help,” said Jankovich.


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Arlington’s leadership serves hard time By MC1 Eric Brown PCU Arlington Public Affairs

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More than 30 members of Pre-commissioning Unit Arlington’s (LPD 24) top leadership from the wardroom and Chief’s Mess – including the commanding officer, executive officer and command master chief – were sentenced to the ship’s “brig,” Nov. 16. The “Jail and Bail” MWR fundraiser encouraged crew members to place a $1 minimum bounty on any chief or officer, who was then incarcerated for two hours, or until he or she made bail – double the amount of the bounty. This fundraiser, held in support of the command’s holiday party in December, brought in more than $2,500. The amphibious transport dock, nearing completion of its construction at the Huntington-Ingalls Industries’ shipyard, does not actually have a brig. Crew members built one especially for the event, placing it near the quarterdeck of the command’s administrative offices in the shipyard. Arlington’s “Big House” had little in common with France’s Bastille, Leavenworth’s military prison, or even the local county lockup. It was erected using PVC pipes in about 10 minutes by the “Jail and Bail” warden and arresting officer, Chief Master-atArms Cindy Latherow and a group of Sailors she deputized. In design and atmosphere, the holding cell less resembled a penitentiary than a playpen. Most of the detainees surrendered quietly to Latherow’s deputies, prior to being frisked, handcuffed and escorted down the “Gray Mile” to the dreaded brig. “I’ve worked in three brigs in my 24-year naval career and I’ve seen a lot of hard cases, slow learners, miscreants and repeat offenders,” Latherow noted. “But I’ve never seen any-

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■ ‘Jail and Bail’ PCU Arlington’s (LPD 24) Quartermaster 3rd Class Mary Carlton, a brig corrections officer deputized for the command’s “Jail and Bail” MWR fundraiser, guards her prisoners, Nov. 16.

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thing like the prisoners Arlington had to offer.” As the number of prisoners grew and grew, Latherow let them know who was in charge. “This is my brig,” she stated. “There will be no riots or escape attempts on my watch!” And, indeed, there were none. “Why would I want to escape?” asked inmate Lt. Scott Marsh. “There are no computers or telephones in here, and my boss can’t task me with anything and expect it to get done. Besides, I’m meeting the nicest people in prison!” Among his fellow convicts was Prospective Commanding Officer Cmdr. Darren Nelson, who held the dubious distinction of having the highest bounty on his head – $123. The “Jail and Bail” event was so successful that overcrowding quickly became an issue. In a show of solidarity the prisoners staged a hunger strike, which lasted for 17 minutes, until a contraband bag of M&Ms mysteriously made the rounds of the cell. Some of the prisoners paid their way out of confinement to bail bondsman Ens. Alexander Kalish, MWR’s treasurer. Upon tasting the sweet, sweet air of freedom for a moment or two, many of them were shocked to find out that new bounties had been placed upon them by their shipmates and they were dutifully frisked, cuffed and led back into the brig. Not even the event organizers were

exempt – both Lathrow and Kalish ended up incarcerated that day. One arrest warrant almost did not get served, except for the quick thinking and heroic efforts of deputized Sailor Crypotologic Technician – Maintenance 2nd Class Freddie Holyfield. Upon hearing that she was on the “Most Wanted” list, Lt. Michelle Wijas attempted to flee justice by running into the ladies’ restroom. Her plot to escape through a window was foiled when she discovered that “there are no windows in there,” as she lamented. Defeated, Wijas slunk out the bathroom door and into Holyfield’s waiting handcuffs. The long arm of Latherow’s law won again. “Jail and Bail was a great MWR fundraiser – probably the biggest one Arlington has done so far,” Kalish noted. Now freed, Arlington’s officers and CPO’s have resolved to take the life lesson gleaned from confinement forward. The old adage “Freedom isn’t for free” has taken on an all new meaning for them, now sadder, wiser and certainly poorer after serving time behind bars. Prospective Executive Officer Cmdr. Brett Hershman even saw practical application in the experience. “I’m toying with the idea of keeping our brig around for everyday use,” he mused. “Getting the muster report done would be a lot easier if everybody was already close by, wouldn’t it?”

Norfolk Ship Support Activity’s (NSSA) Training and Safety departments kicked off their annual protection and safety courses, Nov. 5. The Fall Protection Program and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) course are among several training classes scheduled to ensure NSSA’s employees are aware of and safely comply with all applicable work-related safety regulations. “The Fall Protection Program is currently managed by Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY),” said John Mapp, the NSSA Fall Protection Program Instructor. “Since NSSA has recently shifted under the authority of Commander, Navy Regional Maintenance Center (CNRMC), we’ve had to establish our own independent training. We had to start working in advance before our organization transitioned away from the shipyard to ensure we developed our own internal capabilities.” Derek Collins, NSSA’s Fall Protection Program manager, has developed a plan that will give NSSA employees who work on and around ships the training they require. “Working on ships is a high pressure job and includes work that is often time-sensitive,” he said. “Workers need to be able to get their job done efficiently as possible, while keeping themselves and others around them safe. The biggest focus we emphasize in Fall Protection training is just being aware of your surroundings and being able to identify the dangers while you are there. This program will give our employees the knowledge

to know where the fall hazards exist and what means they can take to protect themselves from those hazards.” According to Mapp, the initial training will be in phases and will focus on teaching six to 10 students at a time. His intent is to hold the training frequently until several hundred NSSA employees, who are required to have this training, are certified. Also, underway is the OSHA Standards Course, which covers general safety topics related to the shipyard environment, including Confined Space, Fire Protection, and Fall Protection. As mandated by Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and the Virginia Ship Repair Association (VSRA), any personnel going aboard ships or in a shipyard environment regularly, are required to attend NSSA’s training. “There are seven mandatory topics that we cover within OSHA’s consolidated course, which includes an overview of OSHA standards, as well as employees rights and responsibilities under the OSHA law,” said Mark Craddock, NSSA Integrated Learning Systems coordinator. “The OSHA course also includes all required safety topics are combined into a single topic format. This is a great way to present this material.” The OSHA course is currently being offered once a month and will be available for Shipbuilding Specialists (SBS) during their new hire indoctrination process. “This allows us to have a more focused discussion about the topics that effect SBS’s, as they spend a significant portion of their work day aboard ships,” said Craddock.

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A6 | THE FLAGSHIP | NOV 29, 2012 | FLAGSHIPNEWS.COM Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy) Tom Hicks speaks with Andrew Gallagher of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Mid-Atlantic while touring a steam plant at St. Julien’s Creek Annex in Portsmouth, now running on B20, a 20 percent biodiesel, 80 percent number 2 fuel oil blend, Nov. 19.

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Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy) Tom Hicks toured a steam plant at St. Julien’s Creek Annex in Portsmouth, now running on B20, a 20 percent biodiesel, 80 percent number 2 fuel oil blend, Nov. 19. The plant is the Navy’s first in the Mid-Atlantic area to run on this fuel blend, which is popular for use in vehicles. The diesel blend, which burns cleaner than traditional diesel, will provide steam to heat 16 office buildings and 13 warehouses. It is expected that the fiscal year 2013 (FY13) heating season will require the use of about 235,000 gallons of B20. Previously, the plant has used traditional, 100 percent petroleum-based fuel oil. The B20 blend is priced competitively with the petroleum-based diesel and will not increase the Navy’s costs to heat the base, while helping to meet the Secretary of the Navy’s goals for greater energy security. “The Navy uses an annual average of 30 million barrels of fuel per year, which equates to about $4-5 billion

dollars of fuel cost,” said Hicks. “Because of this, it is important to explore additional and alternative sources like we see here today at St. Julien’s Creek.” “This is a perfect example of what the Navy is trying to do by using B20, a 20 percent biodiesel, 80 percent conventional fuel to run the steam plant from domestic sources that are competitively priced,” Hicks continued. The Secretary of the Navy has outlined five energy goals for greater energy security and to enhance our combat capabilities: Increase Alternative Energy Use DoN-wide: By 2020, 50 percent of total DoN energy consumption will come from alternative sources; Sail the “Great Green Fleet”: DoN demonstrated the Great Green Fleet during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) in July and will sail it by 2016; Reduce Non-Tactical Petroleum Use: By 2015, DoN will reduce petroleum use in the commercial vehicle fleet by 50 percent; Increase Alternative Energy Ashore: By 2020, DoN will produce at least 50 percent of shore-based energy requirements from alternative sources; 50 percent of DoN installations will be net-zero; and Energy Efficient acquisition: evaluation of energy factors will be manda-

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Sailors participate in virtual ship handling competition By MC3 Jeff Atherton Navy Public Affairs Support Element East

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MC3 (SW) Jeff Atherton Ens. Ryan Landeen wears a Conning Officer Virtual Environment (COVE) headset as he navigates a virtual ship during a training exercise at the basic division officer course (BDOC).

Three newly commissioned ensigns participated in a virtual ship handling competition at the Surface Warfare Officer School (SWOS) detachment in Norfolk, Nov. 16. During the competition, Ensigns Daniel Minter, Carson Talley and Ryan Landeen, the three top ship handlers in a class of 70 newly commissioned officers, were tasked with placing a ship pierside in Norfolk. The Sailors wore Conning Officer Virtual Environment (COVE) headsets, which simulated the pilothouse of the virtual ship they handled. Rear Adm. (sel.) Brad Williamson, Capt. John Cordle and Capt. Pete Pagano judged the competition, which was held at the end of the eightweek basic division officer course (BDOC) and prepares newly commissioned ensigns for life at sea as division officers (DIVO). “The course is grounded in basic fundamentals and gives the Sailors the knowledge, skills and abilities to be successful division officers at sea,” said Lt. Cmdr. Les Sobol, officer-in-charge of the course. The class, which began Oct. 1, is the first BDOC. In addition to ship handling skills, the Sailors also learned other DIVO fundamentals, including basic seamanship, navigation, engineering, maritime warfare, anti-terrorism force protection and damage control. “This course has given me great starter information,” said Minter. “I will be better prepared when I get to my ship and I will not be going in completely blind.” The course is designed to be the first stop for newly commissioned ensigns prior to reporting to their ships. “When the Sailors leave this course and get to the fleet, they will be able to make an immediate impact upon arrival to the ship,” said Sobol. The participants’ level of knowledge and skill impressed Williamson.

The three competitors did outstanding and I would take any of them with me on my next underway period.” - Rear Adm. (sel.) Brad Williamson

■ about BDOC The eight-week class, which began Oct. 1, is the first Basic Division Officer Course (BDOC). It helps to prepare newly commissioned ensigns for life at sea as division officers (DIVO). In addition to ship handling skills, the Sailors also learned other DIVO fundamentals, including basic seamanship, navigation, engineering, maritime warfare, antiterrorism force protection and damage control. The course is designed to be the first stop for newly commissioned ensigns prior to reporting to their ships.

“The three competitors did outstanding and I would take any of them with me on my next underway period,” he said. “Ens. Talley drove the ship like a true professional and Stout is lucky to have him.” Talley, the winner of the first BDOC ship handling competition, is scheduled to report to guided-missile destroyer USS Stout (DDG 55) upon graduation from the course on Nov. 30. “One of the Sailors participating today has never been underway before and he is driving as if he had been doing it for awhile already,” said Sobol. “Investing in these ensigns will pay back tenfold because they will be able to make an immediate impact when they get to their ship.”

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holiday celebrations

It wasn’t Thanksgiving with my family, but it was Thanksgiving with my second family – my Iwo Jima family.” -

Quartermaster Seaman Joseph Simpson

Local ships celebrate Thanksgiving

■ big feast, big cake Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Jakeila Owens puts the finishing touches on a Thanksgiving cake aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7).

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IWO JIMA CULINARY SPECIALISTS CREATE THANKSGIVING FEAST By MCSN Jonathan L. Correa USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) Public Affairs

■ preparing the meal Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Kawanda Harper (left) slices turkey while Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Derrick J. Roach (right) levels out corn stuffing in preparation for the Thanksgiving meal aboard the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).

USS IWO JIMA, AT SEA

Culinary Specialists aboard the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship, USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), hosted a Thanksgiving meal on the mess decks, Nov. 22. The special Thanksgiving meal served as a way to build morale for the deployed crew while away from their friends and family for the holiday. “We are deployed and a lot of crew members really miss their family and wish they could be home with them this Thanksgiving,” said Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Tonya Stewart. “We wanted to give them a home cooked meal.” Iwo Jima Culinary Specialists prepared 65 whole turkeys, 32 steamship beef rounds and 20 Virginia baked hams, giving Sailors and Marines more choices for a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Planning for the meal started in early September and the pace picked up as Thanksgiving Day approached. “We pulled out all of our tricks to get this meal done,” said Stewart. “We started on Monday by taking all of the meat out to defrost. The next day, we slow cooked all the meat and made all the preparations for the meal. This meal was physically taxing, but in the end, it was worth it to know we had a part in helping improve morale on the ship.”

■ currently Iwo Jima, along with the embarked 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is currently deployed supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.

Photos by MC3 Lyle H. Wilkie III

Truman Sailors, families celebrate Thanksgiving By MCSN Taylor DiMartino USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Public Affairs

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Sailors and guests aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) attended a Thanksgiving Day meal prepared by the carrier’s food service division, Nov. 22. Food was provided for nearly 600 Sailors and their families. The meal consisted of holiday

favorites, including oven roasted turkey, baked ham, corn bread stuffing, scalloped sweet potatoes and apples, and deserts, such as assorted baked pies and eggnog. “Our culinary specialists worked hard for this,” said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Brian Armstrong, Truman’s food service officer. “We started planning for this at the beginning of this month and started preparing early this week.” According to Armstrong, it was

Bernard Morris touted the benefits of eating the holiday meal aboard Truman. He also touted the importance of sharing the day with other Sailors. “It’s important to eat on the ship,” he said. “I get to spend Thanksgiving with my shipmates who are on-duty or live on the ship. We are a family aboard Truman, so having this dinner brings us closer as friends and as Sailors. It is a great honor.”

SAILORS ABOARD JASON DUNHAM CELEBRATE THANKSGIVING AT SEA By MC2 Deven King USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) Public Affairs

USS JASON DUNHAM, AT SEA

For many crew members, like Quartermaster Seaman Joseph Simpson, this was one of the best meals he has had aboard since the ship deployed on March 27. “It was the closest thing to being at home,” said Simpson. “It wasn’t Thanksgiving with my family, but it was Thanksgiving with my second family – my Iwo Jima family.” In addition to the meal, the Chaplain department held a Thanksgiving service Wednesday evening, featuring a scripture reading and live music. Iwo Jima’s Moral, Welfare and Recreation department held a Turkey Trot 5K run on the flight deck and ended the holiday with karaoke and turkey hunt festivities on the mess decks. For more news from USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), visit www.navy.mil/ local/lhd7/.

a unique opportunity for on-duty Sailors to celebrate such an important holiday with families and friends. “Some Sailors live aboard the ship and some have duty, so we try to make sure it’s as if they were home for Thanksgiving,” said Armstrong. “It’s important to celebrate holidays that Sailors miss with their friends and family.” Ship’s Serviceman Seaman

Sailors aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) celebrated Thanksgiving while underway in the Arabian Sea, Nov. 22. The festivities kicked off with a “Turkey Trot” 5K run in the morning followed by a traditional Thanksgiving dinner on the mess deck. Seventeen Sailors ran the 5K, which consisted of a track around Jason Dunham’s foc’sle and through amidships. “The Turkey Trot is a tradition in a lot of cities. I wanted to do something to make Thanksgiving on deployment a little more memorable and feel a little more like home,” said Lt. j.g. Anne Rahall, Jason Dunham’s navigator, who organized the run. “I think everybody really enjoyed the run. A few people asked about setting one up for Christmas too.” While some Sailors chose to spend

the morning getting some rest and relaxation, many took advantage of the Turkey Trot opportunity as a way to celebrate Thanksgiving with shipmates, while also getting in his physical training for the day. “The Turkey Trot was a lot of fun. I had the option of getting a little extra sleep, but I chose to come out and participate in something a little different than my normal PT [physical training] regimen,” said Sonar Technician 2nd Class Christopher Ratley. “I knew I would need to make up for all the calories I would be eating later too.” Later in the day, Jason Dunham’s culinary specialists cooked and put out a full spread of Thanksgiving musthaves for dinner. Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce and a variety of desserts spanned the length of the mess line and spilled over to the mess deck. Sailors dined among their shipmates and friends, surrounded by festive decorations. “Holiday meals are important for the crew,” said Culinary Specialist 3rd

Class Clifton Roberts. “Being away from your family is tough any day, but especially tough around the holidays. The Thanksgiving meal gives them a chance to relax and enjoy a meal like they might have at home, and I’m glad we can be a part of that.” The crew expressed appreciation for the hard work of the cooks and Jason Dunham’s chief petty officer mess and Morale, Welfare and Recreation who helped setup and serve the meal. “The meal was extraordinary. I can tell they put a lot of work into it,” said Operations Specialist 2nd Class Glenn Hoffman. “I’m really thankful we can have something a little different than the normal chow that makes us feel like it really is a holiday and not just another day underway.” Jason Dunham is on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.

The Turkey Trot is a tradition in a lot of cities. I wanted to do something to make Thanksgiving on deployment a little more memorable and feel a little more like home.” - Lt. j.g. Anne Rahall


A10 | THE FLAGSHIP | NOV 29, 2012 | FLAGSHIPNEWS.COM

MWR holds USS George H.W. Bush 2012 Holiday Masquerade Party Sailors had chance to win prizes valued at more than $50K during event By MC3 Samantha Thorpe USS George H.W. Bush Public Affairs

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USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) hosted its 2012 Holiday Masquerade Party at the Hampton Roads Con-

vention Center in Hampton, Nov. 17. The holiday party, which was put together by the ship’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) team, offered George H.W. Bush Sailors the chance to win one

of 250 prizes, listen to live music by the band Simply Irresistible, from Atlanta, Ga. and have a good time with their shipmates. “The purpose of this holiday party is to show appreciation for all the hard work George H.W. Bush Sailors have accomplished so far,” said Josh Watson, the ship’s fun boss. “Every Sailor on this

Photos by MC3 Samantha Thorpe Fire Controlman 2nd Class William Agoras proposes to his girlfriend, Christy, on the dance floor during the 2012 Holiday Masquerade Party.

ship really deserves the best.” MWR spent nine months intensely planning a party that would give Sailors and their families a night to remember. Upon entry to the convention center, Sailors received prize tickets and a commemorative glass before they headed toward the ballroom where masquerade decorations, such as large masks and colorful ribbons, hung from the ceiling and walls. “I really liked how the convention center was decorated. It looked beautiful,” said Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Sarah Gibson. “I had a lot of fun at the holiday party. MWR really went all out.” Throughout the night, Capt. Brian E. Luther, Commanding Officer, USS George H.W. Bush read off winning ticket numbers for the prizes valued at more than $50,000. Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class

Anthony Herring was one Sailor who won a prize and he said it was quite a surprise. “I had just picked up my food from the buffet table when the captain began to read off more winning numbers,” Herring explained. “Those of us who were in the back of the dining area couldn’t clearly hear the captain because of the speakers, but when I got back to my table to sit with my shipmates, I suddenly heard my number get called and had a ‘What do I do now?’ moment. I ended up winning an iPad 2.” As Sailors mingled, costumed and masked actors walked around posing for photos, creating more of a masquerade atmosphere. “The performers were a very nice touch,” said Herring. “They added a lot to the party’s atmosphere. I thought the theme was great.” George H.W. Bush is

... I suddenly heard my number get called and had a ‘What do I do now?’ moment. I ended up winning an iPad 2.” - Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Anthony Herring

undergoing a planned incremental availability at Norfolk Naval Shipyard to refurbish shipboard systems and conduct maintenance.

USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) Fun Boss, Josh Watson (right), checks the numbers on Gunner’s Mate 3rd Class Thomas Talbot’s prize ticket to see if he won one of the 250 prizes at the party.


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USS Eisenhower to return home early, redeploys in 2013 Press Release Navy Office of Information

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Marine Staff Sgt. Robert L. Fisher III Marines with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit enjoy a Thanksgiving feast and watch the football game aboard the USS New York, Nov. 22.

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celebrate Thanksgiving on ship’s maiden voyage ■ feasts at sea “It was a traditional Thanks- Check out A9 for coverage giving meal that reminded me of other local ships and their Thanksgiving of home.” “I didn’t expect everything celebrations. to be as festive,” said Hull Maintenance Technician 3rd Class James Cowley. “The 24th MEU. USS New York is ship did a great job with the sixth ship named for the the food, decorations and state of New York and the fifth establishing a family atmo- amphibious transport dock sphere.” ship in the San Antonio-class. New York is part of the Her motto is “Strength forged Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready through sacrifice. Never Group with the embarked forget.” Continued from front

Military OneSource connects troops, families to resources By Amaani Lyle American Forces Press Service

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As the Information Age continues to shape modern communication, the Defense Department has revitalized and consolidated the Military OneSource website to better serve military members and their families, a Pentagon official said in a recent interview. Zona Lewis, military community outreach online and resource operations manager, told the Pentagon Channel and American Forces Press Service that the Military OneSource overhaul incorporates new functionality, enhanced social media platforms and multiple access methods. “We took this opportunity to look at industry best practices, to look at social media capabilities and to investigate making a mobile platform,” Lewis explained. “People are accessing information on their phones and iPads today. They’re not waiting until they get home or back to the office to get that information on a computer.” The revamping, Lewis

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The Navy has directed the temporary return of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) from her current overseas deployment, allowing the ship to return home for two months before sending it back to the Middle East region. The unusual move is being made to accommodate delays due to emergent repair work on USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Everett, Wash.-based carrier was expected to deploy to the region to relieve Eisenhower early next year, however, Nimitz is now expected to deploy once repair work is complete. Bringing Eisenhower back home to its homeport in Norfolk in December will permit the Navy to resurface the ship’s flight deck and make it available to return and remain in the Middle East region for several more months. This decision also provides the ship’s crew a welcome holiday respite from what will become nearly 10 months on station.

MCSN Sabrina Fine An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the “Jolly Rogers” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103 and an F/A-18C Hornet from the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 launch from the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69).

“Our Navy is in high demand operating forward all over the world,” said Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert. “And our Sailors, civilians and their families are doing a great job meeting that demand. Expanded maintenance

work on USS Nimitz was unpredictable and has required us to establish a carrier schedule that satisfies our commitments overseas, and most importantly, is mindful of the stress on our Navy family. This is the right thing to do.”


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CNO visits Bahrain to listen, learn from Sailors during the holiday season By MC2 (EXW) Timothy Wilson Naval Support Activity Public Affairs

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The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) visited Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain to view operations within the 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR), speak with members of the NSA Bahrain community and to visit ships, Nov. 21. During his visit, CNO Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert stressed the importance of maintaining access to the waterways in the region while enabling the warfighters who operate forward to succeed in their missions. “The Arabian Gulf is incredibly important and Bahrain is our Navy home,” he said. “It is important today, and in the future, as we rebalance our fleet in the Asia-Pacific and the Arabian Gulf since we will be here a long time.” Conducting an all hands call, Greenert began with a reenlistment ceremony for eight Sailors, including Master-atArms 2nd Class Danny Jasso, assigned to Naval Security Forces, who added six years to his Navy contract. “I was delighted to carry on knowing that the Chief of Naval Operations granted me that opportunity in the greatest naval fighting force on planet Earth,” said Jasso. “It was a special privilege and I am grateful to do so with a powerful policy-maker. My only wish was that my family was present to have witnessed such a special moment.” During the all hands call, Greenert discussed the Navy’s position report where he outlined the emerging challenges the Navy faces. “Number one is sexual assault,” he said. “There are too many and that needs to change. It’s a safety issue and I need an all hands effort.” Secondly, he said the rate of suicide among Sailors is creeping up from three years ago. “If you see a shipmate that is acting differently, say something,” he said. “Three, our [operational]-tempo is high and we need to adjust to that. We need to look at the individual tempo of our Sailors and adjust accordingly.” Lastly, Greenert said he wants to get the fleet to align to proper manning levels, especially concerning leadership positions. Initiatives have been installed and are ready to be executed to place these skill sets in the proper places. In conjunction with his visit, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Michael D. Stevens was also present for the all hands call. While addressing the crowd, he focused on his “Zeroing in on Excellence” initiative, which consists of developing leaders, good order and discipline, and controlling what [the Navy] owns.

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The Arabian Gulf is incredibly important and Bahrain is our Navy home.”- CNO Adm. Jonathan Greenert

MC1 (SW/EXW) Peter D. Lawlor Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Michael D. Stevens talk with Sailors during an all hands call at Naval Support Activity Bahrain. They visited to engage Navy leadership as well as Sailors.

Seabees renovate Guatemalan peacekeeping barracks By Lt. Kevin Keenaghan Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 27 Public Affairs

COBAN, GUATEMALA

Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 27 completed renovations to a barracks facility at the Comando Regional de Entrenamiento de Operaciones de Mantenimiento de Paz (Regional Peacekeeping Operations Training Command – “CREOMPAZ”) military base in Coban, Guatemala, Nov. 15. The 20 feet by 48 feet building was originally built as an open-bay barracks room, unsuitable for accommodating small groups of female guests. The six person crew, led by Builder 1st Class Erik Kowalski, constructed and wired interior partitions with steel studs, sheetrock and steel frame doors, transforming the space into eight individually lighted dormitorystyle rooms. “The new design is basically a temporary ‘hotel’ able to house guests, both male and female, for periods of one week up to four weeks,” said Lt.

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Turkish Navy warship TCG Gemlik, (F-492), the flagship of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Combined Task Force 151 (CTF 151), successfully interdicted a suspected piracy skiff 400 nautical miles East of Somalia, Nov. 22. The skiff was first detected by a European Union Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) in the early hours, Nov. 21. It was monitored throughout the night and at daybreak Gemlik was tasked to begin a search with their embedded S-70B Sea Hawk “Cheetah.”

“Taking into consideration the speed and location of the skiff and our direction of passage, we knew we were in the best position to get ‘eyes on’ the skiff,” said Commanding Officer Serkan Saral, Commander, TCG Gemlik. “Our helo detected a vessel matching the description, and with Cheetah continuing to monitor, we proceeded towards the skiff. When the skiff began to alter course and speed in an apparent attempt to evade, we hailed it via VHF without response. Within an hour the skiff finally stopped and our helo remained on scene as our boarding team ap-

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Humbled – Navy wife to Navy mom By Linda Port Military Spouse Contributor

Over the 26 years that my family has been Navy, I have learned lessons about our country, the world, our Navy and life. Probably the most important things I have learned have been about myself. I try to keep an open mind and share what I think may help others. Many parts of Navy life that I have not directly experienced, I have had some sort of exposure to it through friends, or over the course of working and volunteering. The many places we have lived have introduced me to cultures and people from all over. Nearly nine years ago, (probably around the time when I thought I knew a whole lot), my daughter married the boy from up the street in base housing shortly after he finished Basic Training. At 18 years old, she was suddenly my peer as a Navy wife, and since her husbands rate was in the same community as my Sailor, I became her own personal mentor. Of course, this gave me an eager student and I was happy to guide her when she asked for help. I felt like quite the resident expert. Then, one by one, my three sons enlisted in the Navy as they finished high school. My boys were not my peers.

Now I was the student learning the ways of WESTPACs, AIMD and the Seabees. I had a new perspective and I did not like the learning curve. I found very quickly that it seemed much harder, emotionally, for me to send off my sons than it had been with my husband. I was also learning things from my daughter’s experiences that I did not expect. When my husband would chat about issues young Sailors were dealing with, or if his Blackberry went off in the wee hours with troubling news of one of his Sailors, I found it hard not to think of my boys or any of the young Sailors we knew. Many of our kids’ friends as well as our friends’ children had followed in their mom or dads footsteps and joined. I selfishly felt I had a very vested interest. Now I was seeing the Navy from a totally different angle and realized that although I had a good personal bank of understanding, my particular knowledge was only redeemable in situations similar to those that I had experienced. Knowing the resources certainly can be a great advantage and I will always be involved in some way to pass that info along, but the flow of learning goes in both directions. When I hear the questions and stories of other spouses I realize that, even when we

have a good arsenal of information, we never have all the answers or should say we know “more” than someone else. We just know different things. Until about 10 months ago, I was feeling pretty good about how broadminded I thought I had become. I was out to lunch with some friends in February when I received a random text from my youngest Seabee that read “I’m getting married today Mom.” They were in the courthouse. They had met briefly a year earlier and sparked their relationship on Skype while she was deployed. She returned to the states and they married within days. Dual military. I thought I knew a few things about that. I was wrong. He had an upcoming deployment and she was stationed 2,000 miles away. Logistics were not simple and patience was definitely needed, but they were able to come together, move into base housing and prepare a nursery for a new little “Weebee” before he deployed. Her family is far away, so my daughter, son-in-law and I happily took my son up on his request to be my daughter-in-law’s support through the end of her pregnancy. I was enlightened over a couple of weeks as I tagged along with her to FRG meetings and doctor visits. I got a view from yet another angle. It was

interesting how people sometimes assume what someone knows based on who they think that person is. I know many have managed similar situations, but I think I have a much truer understanding of the layers of challenge from the angle of a young Sailor, newly married dual military, baby coming, whose husband is deployed. A couple of days before Thanksgiving we were blessed by a perfect little baby girl. My son was able to call from Afghanistan just as she was born. The more experience I think I have ... the less prepared I seem to be to find out the things I don’t know. I have been so humbled over these past weeks and several years by the strength and spirit of Sailors, spouses and families. There is no manual that can prepare you and every experience is unique. It is a special journey that is different for everyone. I feel so lucky to have my wonderful Navy family. Linda Port is a proud Navy wife and Navy mom. She currently volunteers with COMPASS, C.O.R.E. and her base chapel. She was the 2007 Hampton Roads Heroes at Home Spouse of the Year and was personally awarded the Presidential Call to Service Award by President George W. Bush.

Check out Bianca’s column in next week’s Flagship! You can catch Bianca Martinez anchoring the 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts with Kurt Williams, Barbara Ciara, and Juliet Bickford during the work week. You can also follow her laughter, stress and tears as a military wife in her blog, “Married to the Military,” weekly in the Flagship. Reach out to Bianca at bianca. martinez@wtkr.com.

‘American Hero Books’ voted ‘Best Book’ by Military Writers Society of America By Marine Lance Cpl. Joshua Grant Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C.

For centuries, wars have been fought and families split apart. It is especially difficult for young children to understand the purpose behind their parent’s career and long absence. A new, gold-medal winning book is now available to help those affected by extended, worrisome separations. Alia Reese authored the collection of “American Hero Books,” which has received 2012s “Best Book” award by the Military Writers Society of America (MWSA). Reese, a military spouse, began writing the books as a way to better reach her children. “I created the books as a tool to help my kids connect to their father

while he was deployed,” she said. The books include information, such as the meaning of the Eagle, Globe and Anchor, the Marines Hymn, as well as pictures and meanings of service ribbons and medals. Reese joined the Military Writers Society of America as a way to learn more about the world of books. “It was not a goal to self-publish, but the realization that it was the best way to get her book out that motivated her to send the book for review,” she said. “It was then the journey began.” After being sent for review, the book was evaluated by a panel of independent judges representing the MWSA. The judges did not know Reese and did not have previous knowledge of the book in order

Marine Lance Cpl. Joshua Grant American Hero Books, written by Alia Reese, is a series of books for military children and was awarded the gold-medal for “Best Book” of 2012 by the Military Writers Society of America.

to keep the judging fair. During review, Reese’s book was nominated for an award by the lead reviewer and she didn’t even know. Out of the 80 nominees in 25 different categories, “American Hero Books” was awarded first place by MWSA at the end of the annual conference. After having the opportunity to meet other nominees and award winners, Reese said she feels more like a creator than an author.

“I’m a Marine spouse, I have a Master’s degree in psychology and I have the same credentials as many others,” she said. “It feels good to get validation that I created something great.” After winning the award, Reese said her fingers are crossed that the book will make it onto the First Lady of the Marine Corps’ reading list. She added she did everything she could to get it distributed, but it’s now up to the

community to read it. “Everyone was very supportive,” said Reese. “People tell me the award was well deserved and they never had any doubt I was going to win. It created great forward momentum for my books.” Thousands of families send loved ones off to war, but the inspiration to teach her kids was what led Reese to write the gold-medal winning series “American Hero Books.”

LOVIES ARE THE MARK OF A BAD MOMMY? By Jacey Eckhart Military Spouse Contributor

You know you are a bad mother when the lovey goes missing. Patrick disappeared last fall when we were raking leaves. One minute my fourth grader and his friend were riding bikes up and down the driveway and through the yard with Patrick the bear peeping from a sweatshirt pocket. The next minute Patrick was gone. Really, really gone. We went through all the piles of leaves. We combed the field behind the house where we found Peter’s shoes last spring. We pulled apart couches and organized toy boxes and dug through every bin in the barn. No Patrick.

If you have ever had a lovey yourself, if you have ever nurtured your own Velveteen Rabbit or scruffy polar bear, you know what happened next. Peter mourned. He couldn’t sleep. He cried to his dad on the ship. He colored and cut out a paper bear to carry instead of Patrick. If you have never had a lovey, if you think the grubby lovies of small children are nasty, you know what Peter’s teacher did – she rejoiced. Ms. Taylor thought this was an excellent time to give up Patrick for good. She saw Patrick as the source of all Peter problems. Just because Peter is on the autism spectrum, just because Peter’s dad is gone so much, Ms. Taylor

didn’t think that made Patrick OK. “Peter is 10 years old. Peter is a boy. Peter should not have a bear in his hand,” Ms. Taylor insisted at our parent teacher conference. I wanted to crawl out of that conference and just cry. Sometimes I suspect that because my husband is at sea so often that the people at school think things are not all right at home. Thus, the Patrick. Part of me understands what Ms. Taylor was trying to say. Ms. Taylor was trying to tell me that Patrick at school was an outward symbol that Peter is a little off. He is uncool. Ms. Taylor was trying to tell me that the disdain of fourth graders for little weird-

nesses is only outdone by the contempt of fifth graders and the cruelties of middle school. So I told my husband that we really ought to make Peter man up and give up the Patrick. “I should be like Michael Keaton in Mr. Mom,” I told Brad. “I gotta make that kid give up the Wubbie.” “Really? Now?” my husband questioned. “Now is the time to give up Patrick?” And then I remembered that we are a family that is for Peter, so we are for Patrick. We know from long nights of separation and millions of cross country trips and a dozen moves that sometimes lovies can do what stressed out human beings cannot. Lovies can calm. Lovies can

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soothe. Lovies have no calories. Do not intoxicate. Do not alter brain chemistry. Lovies can comfort in a way that I cannot when I have nothing left to comfort with. So I got online and found a Patrick for sale at a Christmas store in Ohio. Brad said to buy two. Peter didn’t take the new Patrick to school “cuz I don’t want anything to happen to him.” Me neither. Someday Peter will be done with Patrick. Patrick will lie forgotten, Velveteen Rabbit-like under the bed. I will rescue him. I plan to hang a ribbon around his

sweet belly and hang him on our Christmas tree, a scrap of childhood comfort and joy that we can never let go. Navy wife Jacey Eckhart is the Editor of SpouseBuzz and author of “I Married a Spartan??” available on iTunes and on www.jaceyeckhart.com.

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Transcom seeks new efficiencies, cost savings By Donna Miles

online Find out more from the U.S. Transportation Command by SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, ILL. When mailing a letter, you visiting www.transcom.mil. can pay a premium for nextday service, or simply use a single stamp for standard de- service drops unless new aplivery. proaches are adopted, he said. U.S. Transportation ComAir Force Gen. William mand (Transcom) wants to M. Fraser III, Commander, give military decision makers Transcom has challenged his the same kinds of choices command to bring that figure – particularly as the United closer to 10 percent. States draws down operaWith these marching orders, tions in Afghanistan and the the Joint Distribution ProDefense Department faces cess Analysis Center team is the tightest budget squeeze in conducting a top-to-bottom more than a decade. review. Their goal is to idenThrough 11 years of sus- tify concrete data to support tained conflict, the Trans- financial decisions and imcom staff has prided itself on prove the bottom line as part the ability to quickly deploy of the command’s overall straforces and equipment into the tegic plan released in October, combat theater and to sustain Busler said. them through redeployment, The team is focused heavsaid Bruce Busler, director of ily on areas where Transcom the command’s Joint Distribu- spends the most money – tion Process Analysis Center. primarily in its operational “We are very good at being areas, in the fuel, information effective. Transcom has technology and personnel acnever let one of our custom- counts – and looking for costers down,” he said. “We are saving measures. Although a brute-force effective, when lot of work is going into these necessary, and we will always areas, Busler said, reducing deliver. That is one of our the actual cost of transportamantras here.” tion is where the biggest opThe problem, he said, is that portunities and payoffs will be the resources needed to main- found. tain that level of service may “If you can’t see and not be available in the future manage where your money – at least not across the board. goes, the ability to actually “The department has made control that outcome is probit very clear that we need to be ably going to be pretty poor,” more efficient in how we do he said. “So we are trying to our operations,” said Busler. instill a disciplined process A team of analysts and en- and provide this ability in the gineers in Transcom’s Joint right context and based on Distribution Process Analysis [the command’s] priorities to Center is committed to iden- make decisions on how we altifying ways to improve the locate command resources.” command’s efficiency, as well The teams’ analyses are as effectiveness without sacri- shedding light on the entire ficing the quality of service it transportation and distribution provides, he said. enterprise. That begins with managThey are providing ining overhead – currently about sights, for example, on big, nine percent, but on a trajectory long-term issues, such as how to reach as high as 14 percent cargo planes, ships and aerial by fiscal 2016 as demand for refuelers will support future American Forces Press Service

transportation and logistics demands. A mobility capabilities assessment for 2018, in progress now and due to the Pentagon in January, will help to shape recommendations for the department’s strategic review, Busler said. The team also is appraising existing seaport, airport, railway and highway infrastructure, as well as global access to determine if it can support future Transcom needs. Meanwhile, the staff has an immediate operational role as the military transitions from the non-stop, high-tempo operations of the past decade – and the big budgets that supported them – to a more austere, post-conflict era. They’re reviewing the command’s day-to-day operations, crunching the associated numbers and challenging conventional ways of doing business to come up with new alternatives, Busler said. In the process, they’re studying the best practices commercial airlines and shipping companies use to turn a profit. For example, the Transcom team, working with its air component, Air Mobility Command, came up with a fuel matrix for buying fuel where it’s less expensive – even if it might mean carrying extra fuel to the next destination. Recognizing the expense and logistical demands of refueling cargo planes in landlocked Afghanistan, for example, they identified circumstances when it might make sense to gas up in Kuwait at about half the cost. The fuel-buy matrix is now being used to guide these decisions and is already saving the department $10 million to $15 million a month, Busler reported. Working with AMC, Transcom also is analyzing the way cargo is packaged and configured for shipment to reduce the cost-per-pound of delivery.

A team of analysts and engineers in Transcom’s Joint Distribution Process Analysis Center is committed to identifying ways to improve the command’s efficiency as well as effectiveness without sacrificing the quality of service it provides.

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Busler recalled a visit to a major East Coast aerial port, where operators were working at a frenetic pace to build pallets and load them onto cargo planes headed to Southwest Asia. “We found that the aerial port was very concerned about velocity, as they should be,” he said. “They were building pallets that were fairly light, but they were very quickly moving them through the system.” Questioning the operators, Busler realized that their efforts to provide the fastest possible deliveries to warfighters were backfiring. Loading light pallets moved them quickly, but also meant less was being loaded onto each aircraft. And because forward operating bases typically have limited “slot times” to accept inbound aircraft, sending in aircraft not loaded to capacity actually slowed the ultimate delivery time. “We actually found out that if we could fly airplanes denser, that the cost-per-pound went down and the velocity at the far end of the pipeline was not hurt at all. In some cases, we actually improved it,” said Busler. “So by looking at this as an enterprise outcome, we improved our ability to deliver to the warfighter while actually reducing the cost of that service to the taxpayer.” Busler called this model

“a perfect example of what Transcom should be doing to drive enterprise solutions.” The challenge coming out of a decade of high-volume transportation operations, he said, is shifting Transcom’s business focus to readiness while still maintaining cost-effective solutions for its customers. In seeking out those solutions, analysts are assessing issues, such as when it makes sense to fly equipment when sending it by surface ship costs about one-tenth that amount. They’re also gauging how using multimodal transit – possibly through an alternate location – can save money without interfering with the mission. “What we are offering up is a way to provide people the insight they need to see the problem in a different way and confront their conventional thinking and make a different decision,” said Busler. Transcom’s customers ultimately make the call about the transportation and distribution services they purchase, he recognized. To help them, the Joint Distribution Process Analysis Center is now providing decision makers options – and letting them know the associated costs. Until now, the commands had less precise measures for identifying how their decisions boiled down to dollars and cents. The new “cost-based deci-

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USS Michael Murphy – Navy’s newest destroyer – arrives in Pearl Harbor Press Release Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Det. Hawaii

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Arleigh-Burke-class destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) arrived to her new homeport of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Nov. 21. The newest destroyer honors Navy SEAL (Sea, Air, Land) Lt. Michael P. Murphy, who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during Operation Red Wings in Afghanistan on June 28, 2005. Murphy led a four-man team tasked with finding a key Taliban leader in the mountainous terrain, near Asadabad, Afghanistan, when they came under fire from a much larger enemy force with superior tactical position. Mortally wounded while exposing himself to enemy fire, Murphy knowingly left his position of cover to get a clear signal in order to communicate with his headquarters. While being shot at repeatedly, Murphy calmly provided his unit’s location and requested immediate support for his element. He returned to his cover position to continue the fight until finally succumbing to wounds. “It is great to bring this ship home,” said Cmdr. Tom Shultz, Commanding Officer of USS Michael Murphy and its crew of nearly 300 Sailors. “This ship and crew arrive home for the first time ready

to do what our namesake, Lt. Michael Patrick Murphy, did for this country and his teammates.” Adm. Cecil D. Haney, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet; Rear Adm. Frank Ponds, Commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific; and Capt. Wallace Lovely greeted the crew of USS Murphy at the pier. “I want to congratulate you on your arrival here and enjoy the Pacific Fleet ‘ohana,’” said Haney. “Thanks to you and everyone here, including our Navy SEALs and the joint service operators, it’s a thrill to be here today for your arrival on the Navy’s newest and most advanced multi-mission destroyer, USS Michael Murphy.” For many Sailors aboard the destroyer, this was their first time in Hawaii, as the ship and Sailors aboard pulled into Pearl Harbor decorated with traditional Hawaiian leis. “Today as we came into port, it was like nothing I’ve seen before,” said Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Hayleigh Mullins. “We got hyped up, we’ve been waiting for this day and no one slept last night. When we were coming in we got to man the rails very early so we got to watch the whole travel into Hawaii and it was very welcoming with ships whistling and everybody standing out, it was the best feeling in the world.” The naming of the Navy de-

■ newest destroyer Sailors, assigned to the guidedmissile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112), leave the ship after a liberty call at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The destroyer is named after Lt. (SEAL) Michael P. Murphy, the first person to be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Afghanistan Photos by MCSN Diana Quinlan

stroyer for Michael Murphy is one of several tributes to the Navy SEAL. Murphy has also been recognized by having a park in Long Island, NewYork named after him; a monument at a post office in his hometown dedicated to Murphy and the others that who died; and a veterans’ plaza in his name at Penn State University. “USS Michael Murphy, the most flexible, lethal and multi-mission capable ship of

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Designated DDG-112, Michael Murphy is the 62nd Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, capable of conducting operations from peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control and power projection. Michael Murphy is capable of fighting air, surface and subsurface battles simultaneously, and will contain a myriad of offensive and defensive weapons designed to support maritime warfare.

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FLAGSHIPNEWS.COM | NOV 29, 2012 | THE FLAGSHIP | B5 The Virginiaclass fastattack submarine USS California is photographed during sea trials in the Atlantic Ocean, June 30, 2011. The Navy’s newest submarine, USS Delaware, will be the same class as the California.

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Jill Biden sponsors new fast-attack sub USS Delaware By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Services

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Wherever the USS Delaware goes after she is launched in 2018, a “piece of my heart will go with her,” said Dr. Jill Biden, who will sponsor the Navy’s newest Virginia-class fastattack submarine. Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden and a native of Delaware, and Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced the name of the nuclear-powered submarine during a ceremony at the Pentagon, Nov. 19. “I am honored to sponsor the USS Delaware,” said Biden. “One of the best parts of serving as second lady is the chance to meet so many members of our military. I am always inspired by their strength and resilience. No matter what challenges they

face, our men and women in uniform serve with courage and distinction. They are the reason we have the best, most-powerful military in the world.” “It’s our duty to make sure they have everything they need to stay safe and do their jobs,” she continued. “They need the very best equipment and technology that we can provide them with, and soon, that will include the USS Delaware.” Delaware’s Sen. Tom Carper and Lt. Gov. Matt Denn also attended the ceremony announcing the submarine’s name. Vice President Joe Biden also attended the ceremony and donned a blue ball cap bearing the name of the submarine. This is the seventh U.S. Navy ship named Delaware, Mabus said. The last USS Delaware was a coal-burn-

ing dreadnought that was decommissioned in 1923. The newest Delaware is designed to handle traditional submarine missions – finding and sinking enemy submarines and surface ships and launching missiles at targets on land, the secretary said. “But, Delaware will have some non-traditional capabilities as well – gathering intelligence and delivering Navy SEALs, undetected, to their missions,” he added. Construction of the USS Delaware will begin next year and will be shared by two shipyards – Huntington Ingalls in Virginia and General Dynamics Electric Boat in Connecticut. The submarine is designed to operate decades, Mabus said. “There will be Sailors who serve on Delaware who are not yet born,” he added.

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CNO there to ‘listen, learn and to see Sailors’ on ship Continued from B1

MC2 (EXW) Timothy Wilson Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert visits Sailors during a pier side visit in Bahrain. Greenert visited the 5th Fleet area of responsibility to meet and listen to concerns of service members.

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“Zeroing in on Excellence is in support of the CNO’s directions,” said Stevens. “It is a framework and foundation from which each command can work together.” In addition to today’s visit, Greenert visited Sailors aboard USS Rushmore (LSD 47), Nov. 20, shortly after arriving in the AOR. He thanked the crew for their dedication and perseverance. “Thank you to all the Sailors and Marines working hard, and doing an important mission, on the ship,” said Greenert. “What all of you do out here in 5th Fleet is more important than I think you could probably imagine.” Last September, militaries from ap-

proximately 27 nations cooperated in an international mine countermeasure exercise (IMCMEX ‘12) to preserve freedom of navigation in Middle Eastern waterways and promote regional stability within the 5th Fleet AOR. “The international exercise and mission requirements that you all have recently conducted supports powerful coalition partnerships and enforces our nation’s critical maritime security mission,” said Greenert. He said he would visit other ships during the Thanksgiving holidays in order to spend time with Sailors. “I am here this week to listen, to learn and to see Sailors,” he said. “I am here to listen to what they have to say so I can take that back and lead on.”

■ the purpose of their visit Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Michael D. Stevens were in Bahrain to engage Navy leadership, as well as Sailors in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

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proached the skiff.” Following the successful boarding, TCG Gemlik handed over the skiff and nine suspected pirates were transferred to EUNAVFOR Romanian warship ROS Regele Ferdinand. “The highly trained and efficient efforts by the ship’s company of TCG Gemlik were commendable,” said Rear Admiral Oguz Karaman, Commander, CTF 151. “Keeping the sea lanes free from piracy and therefore maintaining maritime safety is the reason we are here. The big winners are the legitimate fishermen and merchant vessels of the area. Today, CTF 151 and EUNAVFOR have demonstrated an effective operation to detect and interdict a group of suspected pirates.” The combined effort of CMF and EUNAVFOR working in counterpiracy operations continues to result in significant increases in successful disruptions. “Through the combined efforts of multiple nations and Task Forces we have ensured the safety of the maritime environment,” said Commodore Courtesy photo Simon Ancona, deputy commander, CMF. “We will continue to patrol Following the successful boarding, TCG Gemlik handed these waters and demonstrate our over the skiff and nine suspected pirates were transferred to EUNAVFOR Romanian warship ROS Regele Ferdinand. commitment to regional security.”

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Lt. j.g. Keith Ferreira Seabees assigned to Navy Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 27 prepare to pour a concrete slab at a Guatemalan military base as part of U.S. Southern Command’s global peacekeeping operations initiative.

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several projects at CREOMPAZ Continued from B1 j.g. Keith Ferreira, officerin-charge of the Seabees in Guatemala. “Now, with four individual and four doubleoccupancy rooms, both male and female guests may be housed in the same building.” The barracks renovations were just one of several infrastructure improvement projects that the Seabees are currently completing at CREOMPAZ. The work, performed in support of U.S.

Southern Command’s Global Peacekeeping Operations Initiative (GPOI), is ultimately intended to increase the selfsufficiency and throughput capacity of the Guatemalan peacekeeping facility. “The efforts of the Seabees at CREOMPAZ will not only improve the infrastructure, but will also enable the GPOI program to divest itself from $350,000 in support contracts per fiscal year there,” said Paul R. Yorio, GPOI operations analyst at U.S. Southern

Command. “This is a significant cost savings for the program.” The Seabees in Guatemala are part of a larger group of Navy reservists from NMCB 27, based out of Chicopee, Mass., who were recalled to active duty in July and deployed throughout South and Central America in support of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command /U.S. 4th Fleet peacekeeping, multinational partnership and humanitarian assistance missions.

Navy announces first MUOS satellite accepted for operational use ■ full capacity The MUOS constellation is expected to achieve full FORT MEADE, MD. The Navy announced that operational capability in U.S. Strategic Command 2015, extending narrowband (USSTRATCOM) has ac- availability well past 2025. cepted the first Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite for initial operational and global effects in support use, Nov. 21. of national and combatant MUOS is a next-generation commander objectives. It conarrowband tactical commu- ordinates space operationalnications system designed to level planning, integration, improve communications for and coordination to ensure a Armed Forces on the move. unified effort in supporting The Naval Satellite Opera- military and national security tions Center (NAVSOC) at operations as well as civil auPoint Mugu, Calif. began thorities. “flying” the satellite in June. “MUOS-1 allows JFCC “This provides the warf- Space to continue optimal tacighter with powerful capabil- tical communications support ity,” said Vice Adm. Michael for the joint warfighter and the S. Rogers, Commander, U.S. nation,” said Lt. Gen. Susan Fleet Cyber Command/ U.S. J. Helms, Commander, JFCC 10th Fleet. “The hard work Space and 14th Air Force (Air of the Space and Naval War- Forces Strategic). fare Systems Command, In addition to providing conNAVSOC and other team- tinuous communication for all mates continues to benefit branches of the U.S. military, Navy and joint warfighting Navy delivered space-based missions.” narrowband capability that The Navy is responsible for MUOS provides also ensures providing narrowband satel- reliable worldwide coverage lite communication for the for national emergency assisDepartment of Defense and tance, disaster response and U.S. Fleet Cyber Command humanitarian relief. is assigned to serve as the “Whether it’s in vehicles, Navy Component Command on ships, in submarines, in to USSTRATCOM for space, aircraft, or simply carried by cyberspace and information service members who are disoperations. mounted from vehicles and USSTRATCOM Joint on the move, this system was Functional Component Com- designed to bring them voice mand for Space (JFCC Space) and data communication seris responsible for executing vices, both in point-to-point continuous, integrated space mode and through networked operations to deliver theater communications. Those caBy Lt. Joseph Holstead

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Petty officers advancement announced Press Release Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

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More than 26,000 active duty and nearly 600 Full-Time Support (FTS) Sailors are on their way to advancement to E4, E5 and E6 with the release of the fall Petty Officer advancement list, Nov. 20. “Advancements are critical to our overall strategy for managing rating and paygrade levels to ensure healthy community management and manning the fleet to the correct level with the right people,” said Rear Adm. Tony Kurta, director of Military Personnel Plans and Policy. “Sailors advanced in cycle 216 for active duty and Full-Time Support E4 - E6 will provide the fleet with the right Sailor with the right skills and the right experience level to maximize Navy’s readiness.” While the number of active duty Sailors advancing to E5 and E4 decreased this cycle, the opportunity to advance increased because there were fewer Sailors in the advance-

ment window. Enlisted advancements are based on vacancies in the fleet. Although there were fewer vacancies to advance into this cycle, there were also fewer Sailors in the advancement window – so percent opportunity stayed high. Advancement opportunity for active duty E6 Sailors this cycle increased to 19.59 from 16.18 percent last cycle, while E5 Sailors saw opportunity rise to 32.42 percent this cycle compared to 30.94 percent last spring. Sailors advancing to E4 had opportunity increase to 47.70 percent from 45.83 percent last cycle. FTS E6 Sailors opportunity this cycle increased to 11.60 percent from 10.78 from last cycle, while E5 Sailors opportunity dropped to 23.58 percent from 28.57 last cycle. E4 Sailors also saw a drop in opportunity from 59.52 in the last cycle to 42.21 this cycle. Advancement results are posted on the Navy Personnel Command’s Bupers OnLine website at www.npc. navy.mil.

MC1 Lewis Hunsaker Quartermaster Seaman Jonathan Roundtree takes the E4 advancement exam on the mess decks aboard the mine countermeasures ship USS Warrior (MCM 10).

Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Scott R. Van Buskirk addresses Pacific Northwest Sailors at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor. During the visit, he covered multiple topics including the Navy’s force management initiatives, efforts to improve sea duty manning and 21st Century Sailor and Marine programs.

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CHIEF OF NAVAL PERSONNEL GETS PULSE OF FLEET IN HAWAII Press Release Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific Public Affairs

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The Chief of Naval Personnel spoke with Sailors at an all hands call at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam’s historic Bloch Arena, Nov. 16. Vice Adm. Scott R. Van Buskirk is going fleetwide to speak about key personnel policies, including force management initiatives, efforts to improve sea duty manning and 21st Century Sailor and Marine programs. “It’s a great opportunity to get the pulse from the fleet,” said Van Buskirk. “We are hearing what the Sailors want to say and the issues that they are concerned about. As a result of what we are hearing, we’re doing things about it. We are working towards getting manning right in the fleet, working at delivering the manning with the critical skills that are necessary to ensure that our ships can fulfill their missions. We are aggressively attacking the issues that the fleet and our Sailors are concerned about – increasing manning where it needs to be and focusing on those critical skills that the ships

need to have out there.” Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Melanie Beverly, of Baton Rouge, La. said, “A lot of the questions were about PTS (Perform to Serve). There was a question about liberty and a detailer question. They’re trying to get more Sailors with more training to the ships. They’re trying to balance the workforce.” Navy Region Hawaii Command Master Chief (SW/AW) Marc Sibal said, “Today’s all hands call with Vice Adm. Van Buskirk was an opportunity for Sailors interested in their career goals and Navy’s personnel policies. What are the voluntary and involuntary measures to reduce gaps at sea and how will that affect shipmates? How are undermanned ratings being filled? What are the latest ways the Navy is trying to help Sailors and their families? These were just some of the questions and topics open for discussion.” Van Buskirk also spoke about what makes duty in Hawaii unique. “Hawaii will always be a pivotal homeport for our Navy,” he said. “It has a historic place in our history and in the future it will remain a corner-

stone for our Navy and for our nation.” “It’s a tremendous honor and pleasure to be back in Hawaii,” Van Buskirk added. “I’ve served over six years in this wonderful place and every time I return I am reinvigorated with the aloha spirit. It is always great to see old shipmates. It’s truly a wonderful place to live, a tremendous place to work, and in our Navy, it is a wonderful place to operate out of. Van Buskirk reinforced the message from Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jon Greenert about rebalancing to the Pacific. “The Pacific Region is vitally important to our global economy and commerce,” he said. “It’s an area that we will continue to have a tremendous amount of presence and engagement in, so as a result, we are looking at the investment of where our ships are and where our people are to ensure we have it right.” Summing up his all hands call in Hawaii he said, “It’s a great opportunity to get the pulse from the fleet, about issues they are contending with, things that they want changed, things that are working well and things they want to address.”

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AF HONOR GUARD, BAND DEBUTS AT MACY’S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard and Band made history when they set foot in New York for the largest deployment of 11th Operations Group assets as part of the 2012 annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for the very first time. The 200-person formation marched in front of a live audience of more than three million and a televised audience of 55 million viewers for the 86th annual event. See more at http://bit.ly/10ZbvY6

AFRICA PARTNERSHIP STATION COMPLETES TRAINING IN GHANA Ghanaian Navy Sailors were presented certificates, Nov. 24, during an award ceremony aboard High-Speed Vessel Swift (HSV 2) after completing training during Africa Partnership Station (APS) 2012. The training in Ghana included amphibious operations planning, intelligence specialization, communications and maritime interdiction operations planning. See more at http://bit.ly/V8MWbL

POST-2014 AFGHANISTAN TROOP LEVELS REMAIN UNDECIDED Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has yet to forward a recommendation to the White House on how many U.S. troops should remain in Afghanistan after 2014, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said, Nov. 26. See more at http://bit.ly/UO7B0I

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■ those hiring vets on the rise Two-thirds of the employers surveyed by the Society for Human Resource Management said they had hired veterans within the past 36 months – a significant jump from 2010 when just over half of organizations said they had done so.

Twenty-four U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen volunteered on Thanksgiving to help with Hurricane Sandy relief in New Jersey as part of a Midshipmen Action Group project. The midshipmen helped remove debris from area residences damaged by the storm and loaded trucks with cleaning supplies for delivery to areas on the shore. See more at http://bit.ly/UX0SQ5

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The Army’s Warrior Transition Command (WTC) unveiled its three-pronged “Hire a Veteran” education campaign plan, Nov. 19. The plan aims to help employers understand that Wounded Warriors can bring a wealth of leadership experience and skills to the table and to their bottom line. “This campaign is about setting conditions, not just preparing our Soldiers for a new career as a veteran, but also preparing employers about this unique population who has so much to offer,” said Army Brig. Gen. David J. Bishop, Commander, WTC in kicking off Warrior Care Month at the National Press Club. “Our goal for this campaign is for employers to gain clarity on how well military skills translate to civilian employment and that posttraumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, known as PTSD and TBI, are treatable conditions which are not unique to the military, and most individuals affected go on to lead successful productive lives,” he said. Bishop also noted that the campaign hopes to get across to would-be employers that, “reasonable accommodation for Wounded Warriors is not difficult, not expensive, nor a burden when compared to the incredible value our Wounded Warriors bring to the civilian workforce given their unique training and experience.” To get those messages across to the civilian workforce, the WTC formed a partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management and Orion International, the country’s largest military recruiting firm, to produce a 10-minute video that addresses these Top-3 misperception, the obstacles and solutions. The video and an online toolkit are available for download and distribution to HR professionals and employers at www.WTC. Army.mil. “Hire a Veteran – Obstacles & Solutions” features the stories of Soldiers who spent more than six months with a Warrior Transition Unit recovering from severe wounds, illness or injuries, and how they pulled themselves up and out into the civilian workforce. One of those Soldiers, medically retired Army Staff Sgt. Paul “Rob” Roberts suffered second and third degree burns and other severe injuries, including TBI from an improvised explosive device that destroyed his vehicle and killed two Soldiers, and an Afghan interpreter in June 2009. While he was recovering in a Warrior Tran-

sition Battalion, he worked on his resume with the Soldier Family Assistance Center and eventually secured an internship with the Drug Enforcement Administration where he worked until he was medically retired from the Army in January 2012. “The internship with the DEA taught me that even though I’m a little bit slower, I’m still a valued part of the team, that my experience in the Army is what makes me valuable and that I still have the ability and desire to learn,” he said. After attending several job fairs at Fort Belvoir, Va., Roberts received several job offers, but took a position with the FBI. “I can’t really give details on my new job, but I can tell you that the skills I learned in the Army, such as leadership, situational awareness, analysis and attention to detail transition perfectly into my new job,” he said. Tim Isacco, Orion Chief Operating Officer said his organization, since its founding in 1991, has found careers for more than 17,000 former enlisted service members and an additional 12,000 officers. “Of the nearly 100 data points we track on every veteran job seeker, we have never kept record of whether or not our veterans are disabled,” he said. “Why? It’s never been relevant. Our clients appreciate the true value a veteran brings to their workforce, regardless of the presence or absence of a disability.” Isacco added that it was vital for corporate America to realize that while all veterans are trained within a military occupation that contain specific training and qualifications, veterans he said, universally possess many soft skills – tireless work ethics, the ability to do more with less and proven performance under extreme duress – and that makes veterans invaluable. SHRM chief human resources and strategy officer Jeff Pon said his 260,000 members from businesses large and small across the nation were working to demystify and destigmatize PTSD. “Forty-six percent of SHRM survey respondents said PTSD or other mental health issues are a challenge when hiring veterans,” he said. “And 61 percent believe that accommodating works with disabilities, such as PTSD or traumatic brain injury, required more effort on the employer – but 83 percent said it was worth it.” Pon said that 83 percent figure signified awareness and education that can help demystify PTSD. “Part of what SHRM is helping employers understand that not every veteran suffers from PTSD,” he said. “Like many mental disabilities, you can’t easily see or recognize PTSD, so it’s misunderstood. More needs to be done in general to demystify mental disabilities, whether it’s PTSD, autism or depression.”

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USO Holiday Party Fun-filled day of family fun ■ when and where Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rockwell Hall Gym, Building 3147, JEB Little Creek-Fort Story The USO’s annual Holiday Party is a fun-filled, family-oriented event that is free to all U.S. Armed Forces personnel and their families. It will feature Santa’s Village, clowns, inflatable rides, face painting, free food, give always and a visit from Santa Claus. For more info, contact the USO at 764-5232

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LIGHT UP THE NIGHT Illumination of Preservation Virginia’s Cape Henry Lighthouse at JEB Fort Story VIRGINIA BEACH

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Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek - Fort Story will open its gates to the general public this holiday for the first time with the Illumination of Preservation Virginia’s Cape Henry Lighthouse, Nov. 30. The lighting of the Cape Henry Lighthouse has been a tradition on-base for more than 20 years. It has a rich and proud history, and is an iconic symbol for the City of Virginia Beach. The public is invited this year to share in this tradition which is the start of the holiday season on-base for the service members and their families. Guests are invited to enter the base at Gate 8, located off of Shore Dr., beginning at 4 p.m. There will be bounce houses for the children, a band playing holiday music and a choir from Salem High School singing Christmas carols. The illumination of the Cape Henry Light House will take place at 5:15 p.m. Light re-

freshments and food will be available for purchase and Santa will be on hand for pictures with the children following the lighting. The lighthouse will be open for tours following the illumination at a cost of $5 per person, military in uniform are free, or receive $1 off admission with a valid military ID Guests must be at least 42-inches tall to climb the lighthouse. Also during December, enjoy an evening atop the Preservation Virginia’s Cape Henry Lighthouse until 7 p.m. on the following dates: Dec. 7, 14, 21 and 28. The last visitor will be allowed up at 6:45 p.m. Call 422-9421 for more information. Attendance is free and does not require a base pass or Department of Defense (DoD) decal. Those who do not have a DoD decal must enter through Gate 8. All passengers 16 and over are required to have a picture ID for base access. Patrons are reminded that tailgating, coolers, glass containers and pets are not permitted in the event area, and all bags, backpacks, blankets, chairs and other items are subject to search prior to entering the base. The event will take place rain or shine.

Annual CHKD Holly Ball to celebrate 50th Anniversary NORFOLK

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Usher in the season with the Holiday Parade at the Beach VIRGINIA BEACH

Officially ushering in the holiday season in Virginia Beach, the 2012 TowneBank Holiday Parade at the Beach will be held on Dec. 1 at 5:30 p.m. Over 70 parade units will make their way down Atlantic Ave. in a joyous celebration of the holiday season. Giant balloons, marching bands, lighted floats, fire trucks, performing dance groups, motorcycles and more join forces to present a dazzling and entertaining night of fun for all ages. TowneBank will present the “Dazzle the Dalmatian” balloon and Tidewater Community College - Virginia Beach Campus will be sponsoring the giant “Mistletoe the Snowman” balloon in this year’s parade. And best of all, Santa himself makes a grand appearance to greet all his loyal fans as the evening winds down and many families take the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful Virginia Beach oceanfront. The parade will travel North on Atlantic Ave. from 15th Street to 25th Street. The reviewing stand will be located at 25th Street and Atlantic Ave. This year’s parade will be televised by WSKY-TV in Hampton Roads. For complete information about the TowneBank Holiday Parade at the Beach, visit www.BeachStreetUSA.com, or call 491-SUNN.

The longest-running, formal community event in Hampton Roads is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this December. The King’s Daughters’ Holly Ball will take place Dec. 1 at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott. All proceeds benefit Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters (CHKD). Approximately 500 guests from the local medical, business and philanthropic communities attend the Ball every year, which is consistently regarded as one of the most elegant events of the holiday season. Funds raised by this Golden Anniversary Ball will support the growth of CHKD’s Pediatric Heart Center, which provides services from prenatal diagnosis, to open heart surgery, to cardiac catheterization and long-term management to hundreds of Virginia and North Carolina children every year. Pediatric cardiology is one of dozens of services in the region offered only by CHKD. The hospital is also dedicated to caring for the underserved and has the highest percentage of Medicaid days of any acute care hospital in the state. The King’s Daughters is a charitable organization founded in 1896

■ Holly Ball facts & figures • Started in December 1962 (soon after the first hospital building was completed). • Is the oldest continuous gala held in Hampton Roads. • Approximately half a million dollars has been raised for CHKD over the past decade. • Helps to fund equipment, programs and services (CHKD Transport Vehicle, rehab pool, NICU cribs and more). • Averages 500 guests and 35 corporate tables each year. • A special raffle will feature a five-night, six-day trip to Italy as well as a jewelry valued at $7,500 donated by Roberto Coin and Fink’s Jewelers who are the Golden Anniversary sponsors.

to promote superior pediatric wellness for every child in Southeastern Virginia. The organization continues its mission of advocacy and support today. Now, in concert with Children’s Health System, The King’s Daughters supports Southeastern Virginia’s children with a dedicated Children’s Hospital, three outpatient facilities and nu-

merous healthcare providers. Other signature CHKD services include: neonatal and pediatric intensive care, inpatient and outpatient surgery, rehabilitative therapies, primary care, pediatric surgery and sub-specialty care. Last year, children made more than 600,000 visits to CHKD and its Health Centers, clinics and physicians.

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Winfield Danielson Unique animal-themed gifts, like these trinket boxes, will be available for purchase at the Virginia Zoo Holiday Marketplace, Dec. 1.

Holiday Marketplace at the zoo ■ When: Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ■ Where: Virginia Zoo, 3500 Granby St., Norfolk ■ For more information, call: 441-2374, or visit www.

virginiazoo.com The Virginia Zoo’s Holiday Marketplace will open for one day only. It will offer unique Zoo-themed gift ideas for every animal lover, and the proceeds will help fund the zoo’s new Animal Wellness Campus and renovations to the Zoo Farm. The new Animal Wellness Campus will help the Zoo continue to provide optimal care for the animals and deliver an educational experience, allowing visitors to observe animal treatment, surgery and laboratory rooms, and an animal diet kitchen. The renovations to the Zoo Farm will ensure the Zoo continues to provide animal residents with a highest quality of life possible, while simultaneously improving the visitor experience. Located just inside the Zoo entrance on Compass Plaza, the Holiday Marketplace will feature door prizes, special seasonal offers, ornaments, train gift packs, animal art and other fun and interesting gifts. Contribute to an animal’s annual care and feeding by arranging a Zoodoption in someone’s name.

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Courtesy photo Top winners at the Christmas Town Dash will receive Busch Gardens’ Fun Cards, while all runners will receive discounts to Christmas Town and one single-day ticket to Busch Gardens for the 2013 season.

Annual Christmas Town Dash benefits Marine Corps’ Toys For Tots campaign WILLIAMSBURG

The 2012 Christmas Town Dash 8K, sponsored by Busch Gardens and Chickfil-A, combines family, fitness and fun in one great event benefiting the Marine Corps’ Toys For Tots campaign. On Dec. 2, participants will get a taste of “Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration” during this exciting 8K run through the world’s most beautiful theme park in Williamsburg. The course is challenging, but fully paved and perfect for runners of all experience levels. Visit www.christmastowndash.com for complete details and to register. Top winners will receive Busch Gardens’ Fun Cards, while all runners will receive discounts to Christmas Town and one single-day ticket to Busch Gardens for the 2013 season. Runners with small children, or partici-

pants unable to participate in the five-mile run, can join the herd in the “Running of the Chick-fil-A Cows,” a half-mile family-fun run. Participants will run with the

Chick-fil-A Cows as they race through a shortened course in this fun-for-all-ages event. Every registered runner gets a great kid-friendly number bib and a custom finisher medallion. A portion of the race proceeds benefit the Marine Corps Toys For Tots program that brings hope to millions of children every holiday season through the delivery of toys in time for Christmas. Flat-Out Events is a proud partner of the event and challenges each runner to bring two new, unwrapped gifts to Packet Pick-up, or to the race on Sunday. Every runner who donates to the campaign will receive a special gift. Entry fee is $50 for the 8K and $10 for the Fun Run. The deadline for entry is Dec. 1. No registrations will be taken on race day. Visit www.christmastowndash.com for complete details and registration information

■ When: Now through Dec. 12, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ■ Where: Portsmouth MWR Fitness & Sports ■ For more information, call: 953-7144

Complete rows on your fitness bingo card by attending classes. Most rows at the end of the challenge receives a prize.

Holiday boot camp ■ When: Now through Dec. 14 ■ Where: NAS Oceana ■ For more information, call: 433-3901

This six-week program challenges you to complete four different fitness tasks each week. Prize awarded to most weight lost.

WWE Tribute to the Troops ■ When: Dec. 9, 4 p.m. ■ Where: Norfolk Scope Arena ■ For more information, call: 462-5337,

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discovermwr.com/wwe WWE legends, Superstars and Divas will be performing live at the 10th Anniversary WWE “Tribute to the Troops.” For tickets to the live event, call 462-5337, or visit www.discovermwr.com/wwe for additional details.

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■ When: Now through Dec. 20 ■ Where: Norfolk Botanical Garden,

6700 Azalea Garden Rd., Norfolk ■ For more information, visit: http://norfolk botanicalgarden.org/polar-express Norfolk Botanical Garden’s annual Polar Express will run every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night until Dec. 20. Two sessions are offered each night at 5 and 5:30 p.m. This event has become a tradition for many families, so book early before it sells out.

On Dec. 1, cruise into the holiday spirit at the 24th annual Downtown Hampton Lighted Boat Parade. More than 20 boats are expected to participate in this free nautical light show that takes place along the Downtown Hampton waterfront. Beginning at 7:15 p.m., the parade of illuminated power and sail boats will be visible from anywhere along the Hampton River. However, spectators wanting to hear the narration will want

to find a cozy spot near the Hampton Maritime Center. Those who don’t have a boat, but want to join the action, can board the Miss Hampton II tour boat. Spectators interested in riding on the Miss Hampton II are encouraged to make reservations by calling 722-9102. A contribution of an unwrapped toy that will be donated to Toys for Tots is appreciated. Captains who wish to enter their vessel in the parade are encouraged to contact the Hampton Public Piers at

727-1276. This year, each vessel that enters the lighted boat parade will have an opportunity to win a free dock slip during either the 14th annual Blackbeard Pirate Festival (June 1 - 2, 2013), or 31st annual Hampton Bay Days (Sept. 6 - 8, 2013). The winner of “Best of Show” will have the choice of either event weekend. The estimated length of the Downtown Hampton Lighted Boat Parade is 30 to 45 minutes. Free parking is available throughout the downtown area.

Port Hampton Lecture Series ■ When: Dec. 3, 7 p.m. ■ Where: St. John’s Church,

100 West Queens Way, Hampton ■ For more information, call: 727-1610. As part of its Port Hampton Lecture series, the Hampton History Museum presents “An Evening with Eleanor Roosevelt: Political First Lady.” Roosevelt is portrayed by Williamsburg-native Bonnie Fairbank, who has performed her at both the White House and Kennedy Center. Admission is free for museum members and $3 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased in the Hampton History Museum lobby. On Dec. 19, the museum presents a panel discussion entitled, “It’s a Wonderful Life: Great Enterprises That Have Come and Gone in Hampton and Phoebus.” Ronnie Hayward, former owner of the now defunct Sam’s Restaurant, and Cary Patrick, owner of Patrick’s Hardware & Glass, will share their stories. The event is part of the Hampton History Museum’s Lunch in Time series and takes place at Noon.

Celebrate Movember with Nauticus’ Mustache Bash NORFOLK

You may have noticed that Nauticus has suddenly sprouted a large black mustache. No, it’s not a new facial hair exhibit – the ’stache is to celebrate Movember and remind everyone about the super fun Mustache Bash on Nov. 30, from 7 to 11 p.m. in the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center. What is Movember? It’s a worldwide annual celebration of the mustache, with the purpose of raising awareness of often ignored men’s health issues, particularly prostate and testicular cancers. Participants begin the month clean shaven, then grow their mustache until Nov. 30, when they then either throw or attend a Movember party. Why celebrate Movember in Norfolk? With the military presence in Hampton Roads, there’s no better location than right next to a battleship, the ultimate symbol of strength and masculinity.

The Mustache Bash will feature music by the Bartones, tasty hors d’oeuvres, a photo booth, and to top off the evening, an optional “shave-off” courtesy of Jake’s Place. Other partners include the Norfolk Admirals, Shutter Booth, Mermaid Winery, Cuisine & Company and the Coffee Shoppe. A cash bar will be available. Please note that this event is for adults only. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 on the night of the event. They may be purchased at the Nauticus Admissions desk, or online at http://nauticus.org.


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Race in to see new exhibit at Virginia Sports Hall of Fame al Hydroplane Racing Hall of Fame in 1974. Artifacts from each inductee are featured in the exhibit and visitors only have a limited timeframe to view the displays. The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next rotating exhibit will feature the 8th annual Student PORTSMOUTH Athlete Achievement Award winners to be From the water to the pavement, there are announced on Dec. 2. many notable racers from Virginia. The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum is now featuring a new â&#x20AC;&#x153;Virginianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in the Spotlightâ&#x20AC;? Celebrate sports and the holidays at the Virrotating exhibit entitled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Speed: Racing to the ginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum on Dec. Finish.â&#x20AC;? Guests of the museum will have the 1 for Holiday Family Fun Day that takes place chance to see the exhibit now through Dec. 31. from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and features games, Racing legends included in the exhibit crafts and more for the whole family. are Charles â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dickâ&#x20AC;? Vail, Wendell Scott, Bob Family Fun Day activities are included Rowland and Henry Lauterbach. Vail is the with admission and feature holiday related ďŹ rst sailing inductee that amassed more than activities including arts and crafts. All pur100 victories in his sailing career. Scott, a chases made at the Final Score Gift Shop Danville, Va. native, became the ďŹ rst black will include free gift-wrapping. man in stock car racing beginning in 1952 and We encourage guests to bring in two canned ďŹ nished with 128 career wins. Rowland is a food items to receive $2 off admission. The Chesapeake native and a speed boat inductee food will be donated to the Foodbank of who was also inducted in the National Marine Southeastern Virginia. Please support this Racing Hall of Fame. Norfolk native Laut- great cause as well as enjoy holiday fun at the erbach raced hydroplane boats for nearly 50 Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum. years and was named the sportsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; top driver in For more information, call 393-8031, or 1956 while later being inducted in the Nation- visit www.vshfm.com.

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Reusable water bottle reďŹ ll network promotes tap water while on the go This holiday season, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take the â&#x20AC;&#x153;shop â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;till you dropâ&#x20AC;? concept to heart. Tuck a reusable water bottle in your tote to stay hydrated. When youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re ready for a reďŹ ll, simply tap into TapIt, a region-wide water bottle reďŹ lling network sponsored by askHRgreen.org. More than 100 Hampton Roads cafĂŠs and restaurants are participating in this new program that provides free access to drinking water on the go. To zero in on a nearby TapIt location, go to TapItWater.com/HRVA. The search and mapping features, which are optimized for use on mobile devices, make it easy to ďŹ nd the closest partner location. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reaching for the tap is the clear choice when it comes to drinking water and the TapIt program is a convenient way to reďŹ ll your reusable water bottle with clean water on the go,â&#x20AC;? said Julia B. Hillegass, public information and community affairs administrator for the Hampton Roads Planning District

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Greg Ives, who was announced this week as the new crew chief for Regan Smith at JR Motorsports, brings strong credentials to his new job. He was the race engineer for all ďŹ ve of Jimmie Johnsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sprint Cup championships and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been involved in racing for most of his life. His ďŹ rst racing experiences were as a crew member for his father Roger and brother Steve on the short tracks of the Midwest. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had an old barn in back of our house with a concrete pad for the car,â&#x20AC;? said Ives, a 33-year-old native of Bark River, Mich. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The earliest job I can remember was cleaning the car. I was ďŹ ve or six years old, and small, and could crawl around and clean the car. Then I swept everything out.â&#x20AC;? From there, he eventually drove some himself, with a fair amount of success. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I showed up, I was a threat to be fast, contending for wins and in the points chase,â&#x20AC;? he said. JR Motorsports also announced that it likely will ďŹ eld just one full-time car next year, as no sponsor has been signed to back Cole Whitt, who raced for JR Motorsports this year along with Danica Patrick, who is moving to a full-time Cup ride next year. Team co-owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. is set to run a limited number of Nationwide Series races for JR Motorsports next year.

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In addition to picking up a nice trophy and a place in NASCAR history for winning the 2012 Sprint Cup championship, Brad Keselowski is in line to collect millions of dollars in bonus money and from other sources. His take from NASCAR alone, which is split with his Penske Racing team, is estimated to be about $6 million. So what does a 28-year-old single person plan to do with that kind of cash? Keselowski said on last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s NASCAR teleconference that one of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;toysâ&#x20AC;? on his list is a tank. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been looking into that really all summer long,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It all started with Wally Dallenbach, who was telling me a story about having one. I thought, wow, that would be awesome. So obviously living where I do and being around Dale [Earnhardt] Jr., I thought it would be cool if we both got a tank and chased each other around in the woods with them. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of our deal.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I promised myself if I won it, I would buy one whether Dale does or not. It was kind of a little bit of motivation, I should say.â&#x20AC;? He said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not really into buying trophies for himself, but a tank is different. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think a tank would be pretty cool,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to put one together and have some fun with it. When Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m done playing with it, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll just park it in the driveway and scare off people who arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t supposed to be around. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know. It will be fun either way.â&#x20AC;? He said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll likely try to ďŹ nd a vintage model. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to get something from World War II to Korea-era, something in the 40s to mid50s-era,â&#x20AC;? he said. A good-running tank shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t put too much of a dent in Keselowskiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wallet. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re for sale on military vehicle websites starting at around $250,000. As NASCARâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newest Cup champion, Keselowski drew plenty of notice and some criticism for appearing to have consumed several adult beverages before some of his post-race interviews from Homestead-Miami Speedway in the hours after he clinched the Cup championship. But on a teleconference with reporters two days later, he expressed no regrets. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think everybody faces their criticism no matter what you do,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re never going to get all of the people to like some-

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Burton has surgery

Courtesy of NASCAR Brad Keselowski holds up the trophy after winning the 2012 Sprint Cup championship.

thing that you do. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not possible. Someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always going to dislike something you do, and you have to roll that off your shoulders and move on.â&#x20AC;? He said that if a person remains true to himself, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll all work out in the long run. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had fun, and I wanted to show that fun and enjoy it with others,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m more thrilled that people enjoyed [it] than I am disappointed to questioning my path because someone else didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like it.â&#x20AC;? TV ratings for last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sprint Cup season

ďŹ nale at Homestead-Miami Speedway continued a trend of Chase races drawing fewer viewers than comparable events last year. The Ford EcoBoost 400 earned a 3.5 household coverage rating, averaging 3,444,706 viewers, according to the Nielsen Company. Those numbers were down from last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 3.6 rating with 6.8 million viewers. Overall, the 10 Chase races on ESPN had a rating average of 2.7 with 4.2 million viewers, compared to a 3.1 rating and 4.763 million viewers last year.

NASCAR driver Jeff Burton had surgery last week to alleviate symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. â&#x20AC;&#x153;After feeling some recurring symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, my physician and I decided routine surgery would be best for this situation,â&#x20AC;? Burton said in a release from his Richard Childress Racing team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is no such thing as an offseason in this sport, so I wanted to get it done as soon as possible to be ready for my Caterpillar Visitors Center appearance with Richard [Childress] early next month. Plus, we have many test sessions planned in December with the No. 31 Chevrolet team in preparation for the 2013 season with my new crew chief Luke Lambert. I will be ready to go.â&#x20AC;? Burton is coming off two of the most disappointing seasons of his career. He hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t won a race since 2008, posted just two Top-5 ďŹ nishes in each of the past two seasons and ďŹ nished 20th and 19th in the points standings.

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Acura ZDX crossover upgrades for its last hurrah By Ken Chester, Jr. Motor News Media Corporation

The innovative and stylish Acura ZDX crossover vehicle, introduced in 2009, will receive numerous styling and technology enhancements for the 2013 model year, which will be the final year on the market for ZDX as the Acura brand sharpens its focus on new models and core products.. The 2013 ZDX will receive several new features, including a redesigned front grille, front and rear parking sensors, power folding side mirrors and a dark accent on the wheels for a sportier finish. For its last year the Acura ZDX will be sold as a single, valued-added package offering clients greater value on a luxury scale. The 2013 ZDX is equipped with an all-aluminum 3.7L V-6 engine bolted to a Sequential SportShift six-speed automatic transmission designed to satisfy the most discerning enthusiast drivers. Adding to the dynamic capabilities of the ZDX is the available Integrated Dynamics System (IDS), which tailors

the fully independent suspension’s Active Damper System and speed-sensitive steering together to suit the driver’s preference for a more comfortable or a more sporting ride – all available for easy change at the turn of a dial. Comfort mode prioritizes road isolation and reduced passenger fatigue, while Sport mode favors crisp handling response, heightened vehicle body control and maximum traction.

The interior receives a new trim finish on the center console and a high contrast interior option. Rich leather appointments give the ZDX a warm and inviting feeling while creating an intimate cockpit for the driver and front passenger. The cabin is well lit thanks to extensive use of LED lighting along with the light from the unique moonroof that is an integral design aspect of the longest glass

roof in the industry. The panoramic glass roof has dual automatic sunshades that open and closes at the touch of a button. The luxurious cockpit gives way to generous cabin that provides comfortable seating for up to five-passengers. The ZDX’s flexible utility allows it to be a perfect weekend getaway vehicle. The cargo area can also be expanded to accommodate longer objects (such as golf bags) by removing side panels in the cargocompartment sidewalls. As an added bonus, there is an integrated under-floor storage area which provides 2.2 cubic-feet of secure space. Robust features now standard on the 2013 ZDX include the 435-watt Acura/ELS Surround 10-speaker audio system with 15 GB hard disk drive (HDD) memory, Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition, 8-inch highresolution VGA display, multi-view rear view camera, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink wireless telephone interface, ventilated and heated front seats with perforated premium Milano leather seating surfaces, Keyless Access System (with Smart Entry and push button ignition) and dual-zone automatic climate control system.

MWR auto auction to be held Dec. 12 Vehicles may be viewed at SP-314 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Monday and Tuesday prior to the day of the auction. There will be a list of vehicles

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2013 Acura ZDX crossover ■ Wheelbase: 108.3 inches; overall length: 192.4; width: 78.5; height: 62.8. Engine: 3.7L V6 – 300 hp at 6,300 rpm and 270 lbs.ft. of torque at 4,500 rpm. ■ Transmission: sixspeed automatic with Sequential SportShift and Grade Logic Control. ■ EPA Fuel Economy: 16 city/23 highway. ■ Cargo capacity: 69.6 cubic feet. ■ Safety features: Dual front airbags, front seat mounted side-impact airbags, dual head curtain side-impact airbags, fourwheel disc brakes with anti-lock, collision mitigation braking system, advance brakes, electronic brake distribution, brake assist, traction control, trailer stability assist, vehicle stability assist, Bluetooth hands free phone system, fog lights, automatic Xenon high-intensity discharge headlamps, engine immobilizer, daytime running lights, tire pressure monitors, rollback protection, hill start assist control, side-impact door beams, navigation system, Smart Key system, push button start, rearview camera, battery run-down protection, Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW). ■ Warranty: Basic – 4-year/ 50,000 mile; Powertrain –

6-year/70,000 mile; Corrosion – 5-year/unlimited. ■ Pricing: The base Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price for the 2013 Acura ZDX starts from $50,920. Destination charges add $895.

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nized. But while Frankie, Russell and Johnny are busy congratulating themselves, the mob is taking steps to nip any problems in the bud by bringing in the seasoned enforcer Jackie Cogan (Brad Pitt) to investigate the heist and restore the status quo. Punishment must be exacted, but even more a message must be sent, to customers and would-be thieves alike: nothing and no one will be allowed to capsize the local criminal economy. Jackie brings his customary professionalism to the assignment, only to find himself navigating frustrating complications, including a finicky client that communicates through a buttoned-up middle-manager (Richard Jenkins), and a trusted colleague (James Gandolfini) who has turned surprisingly unpredictable.

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Hitman franchise using new Glacier 2 engine in ‘Absolution’ “Hitman: Absolution” follows Agent 47, a cold-blooded assassin who takes on his most dangerous contract to date. Betrayed by those he once trusted, and now hunted by the police, he suddenly finds himself at the center of a dark conspiracy and must embark on a personal journey through a corrupt and twisted world. “Hitman: Absolution marks the culmination of years of hard work, belief and determination from many involved with IO Interactive and Square Enix,” said Jon Brooke, brand director. “The result is an original and incredibly replayable gaming experience that will blow many people away. Welcome back Agent 47, we’ve missed you.” Hitman: Absolution also introduces “Contracts,” a new online mode which allows gamers to create and share their own custom hit challenges within the game. They choose a level, targets, weapons and then set rules for completing the contract based on time, style and witnesses. As an asynchronous mode, players can compete against friends at any time, regardless of whether or not they are online. Upon accepting and successfully completing a contract, players will be rewarded in contract dollars which they can use to purchase weapons, disguises, upgrades and techniques. Contracts is going to be free of charge for everyone who owns a copy of Hitman: Absolution. “For the first time we are taking Agent 47 on a personal journey which allows us to explore other parts of the ‘Hitman’ fantasy,” said Tore Blystad, game director, IO Interactive. “This is both a familiar and yet significantly different experience to any of the other Hitman games, something our silent assassins will relish, as

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■ put out a contract “Hitman: Absolution” introduces Contracts, a new online mode which allows gamers to create and share their own custom hit challenges within the game.

well as those who are new to the Hitman world.” Powered by IO Interactive’s Glacier 2 technology, Hitman: Absolution delivers a cinematic experience in a living, breathing world, where players’ choice is paramount. Experience unique disguise gameplay, improvised weapons and a myriad ways to take out a target. Hollywood talent Keith Carradine takes on the role of the villainous Blake Dexter, a twisted character and maybe the most vicious adversary Agent 47 has faced yet. Dexter comes to life through Carradine’s outstanding performance capture and voice acting skills. Hitman: Absolution is rated M for Mature. For more information and updates about the game, visit www.hitman.com.

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Courtesy photo In “Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It …” William Shatner delivers a larger than life performance complete with his laugh-out-loud humor, signature storytelling and select musical selections in his inimitable style.

The interplanetary, galactic traveling, law defining actor William Shatner will beam down to Christopher Newport University’s Ferguson Center for the Arts in Newport News for his “Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It …” one man show, Nov. 30 at 8 p.m. Shatner delivers a larger than life performance complete with his laugh-out-loud humor, signature storytelling and select musical selections in his inimitable style. Through anecdotes, songs, jokes and even some poignant moments, you will experience his phenomenal path from classically trained Shakespearean actor to cultural icon.

Unless you’ve lived under a rock for years, most people are keenly aware of Shatner’s accomplishments in motion picture films, TV and the stage. He is also an accomplished Sci-Fi author too. As a TV and movie actor, he portrayed James T. Kirk, the captain of the USS Enterprise in “Star Trek;” in “Boston Legal” he played Denny Crane, a renowned attorney, and founding and senior partner of Crane, Poole & Schmidt; and in “T.J. Hooker” he played Sgt. Thomas Jefferson “T. J.” Hooker, a no-nonsense officer who returns to the beat

to rid the streets of crime. His stage performances include Shakespeare’s “Henry V,” and “A Shot in the Dark” and “The World of Suzie Wong” on Broadway, among others. By design, the show is structured to be a very personal evening, illustrating Shatner’s stories through film, video clips and photographs. There will also be a special VIP meet and greet that is sure to make every fan’s dream come true. To get more information on the VIP package and other ticket information, visit http://fergusoncenter.cnu.edu/ artists/shatner.htm. The Ferguson Center has many exciting shows that they will be offering during the 2012-13 season, such as “A Christmas Carol” online on Nov. 27, “It’s A Travis Tritt Christmas” on To hear a local interview with Shatner on Nov. 28, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas” WHRV-FM radio with Danny Epperson, on his on Dec. 2, and “Disney’s Beauty and the upcoming visit to the Ferguson Center for the Beast,” “A Chorus Line,” Smokey Robinson” Arts, visit http://youtu.be/0uE7OIVzQEg and “Dreamgirls” in 2013, to name a few.

Aaron Lewis travels ‘The Road’ with his new country album By Daryl Addison Great American Country | GACTV.com

There’s an interesting trend when established hard rock artists crossover to country – the sound can be very traditional. Kid Rock has shown this several times over the past decade, but his impact in the genre started on the 70s country, outlaw-inspired megahit, “Picture,” a duet with Sheryl Crow. Aaron Lewis, frontman of the platinum-selling rock band Staind, follows a similar path on his first full-length country project, “The Road,” a collection of 10 traditional-based tunes rich with storytelling, three-quarter time and twanging guitars. Lewis first made moves in country music with the release of his 2011 EP, “Town Line,” featuring the hit “Country Boy” that included guest spots from Charlie Daniels, George Jones and

Chris Young. Backed by some of Nashville’s finest session players, including guitarist Brent Mason, drummer Eddie Bayers and pedal steel player Paul Franklin, Lewis moves effortlessly between Waylon-esque thump (on the title-track “The Road”) and the pure acoustic beauty of Union Station (“Lessons Learned”), while his emotional delivery gives life and feeling to the stories in his songs. Drawing on troubadour themes, The Road spends some serious time contemplating the touring life and what it does to him and his family. The album opener, “75,” cranks up with classic country guitar phrasing and thick telecaster tones while Lewis laments, “This highway ain’t no place for home loving drifters like me,” with three-quarter time balladry, dropping low into the end of a line with a natural highwayman feel. “State Lines” hints at a

modern version Jerry Reed’s road warrior anthem, “Eastbound and Down,” if backed by Waylon’s band. And on the current single, “Forever,” a weary road tune held together by a reflective pedal steel melody, his voice carries the weight of stinging loneliness, singing, “Another time to miss a birthday,” before working to make amends in the end. Aaron’s most stirring depiction of the road comes on “Anywhere But Here,” a haunting waltz that depicts the internal struggle he faces moving from town to town. With swaying pedal steel, light brushes of B-3 organ and pristine acoustic arpeggios, his rugged voice moves through pained territory when paired with a tender delivery. “The bed next to me is empty / Just like the shell I’m still trying to fill,” he sings as the song takes on the dark moodiness of Staind classics like “Outside” and “It’s Been A While.”

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Healthy feet are essential for overall good health, no matter your age, fitness level or physical challenges. For people with diabetes, however, taking care of their feet is especially vital. More than 60 percent of all non-traumatic lower-limb amputations worldwide are related to complications from the disease, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA). A recent study by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) indicates that Hispanics with diabetes are particularly in danger since more than 90 percent of those with the disease, or at risk for it, have never seen a podiatrist as part of their healthcare. “Regardless of ethnicity, foot ulcers and infections are the leading cause of hospitalization among people with diabetes, but most of those problems are largely preventable,” said Dr. Joseph Caporusso, a podiatrist and president of the APMA. “It’s important for those with the disease to ‘knock their socks off’ and receive regular foot exams by today’s podiatrists.” While ulcers (open sores on the foot) are the most common diabetes-related foot problem, several others are also serious and prevalent, including neuropathy, skin changes, calluses, poor circulation and infection. The nerve damage that diabetes causes may mean a person with an ulcer or

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injury may be unaware of it until it becomes infected. Infection can lead to partial or full amputation of the foot or lower leg. The good news is regular care from a podiatrist can help reduce amputation rates between 45 and 85 percent, APMA said. People with diabetes need to inspect their feet daily and be vigilant for warning signs of ulcers, including irritation, redness,

cracked or dry skin (especially around the heels), or drainage on their socks. “Successfully managing diabetes is a team effort and today’s podiatrist is an integral player on that team,” Caporusso explained. Although ulcers can occur anywhere on the foot or ankle, they are typically found on pressure points on the foot, like the ball of the foot or bottom of the big toe. If you discover an ulcer or have any symptoms, see a podiatrist immediately. In many cases, the foot can be saved with early treatment. In addition to examining your feet every day and keeping your blood glucose in your target range, make sure to follow these foot health tips: ■ Discuss your diabetes and the risks with your family. Diabetes can be hereditary, so talk to your family members about monitoring blood sugar and foot health. ■ Never go barefoot. Always protect your feet with the proper footwear, and make sure both socks and shoes are comfortable and fit well. ■ Trim toenails straight across and never cut the cuticles. Seek immediate treatment for ingrown toenails, as they can lead to serious infection. ■ Keep your feet elevated while sitting. ■ Wiggle toes and move your feet and ankles up and down for five minute sessions throughout the day.

INTENSITY: AN IN-DEPTH LOOK INTO CARDIOVASCULAR TRAINING By Joe Denk, M.S.

Is high intensity, short duration training better than steady state (long duration) cardio for overall fitness? Our body has three distinct energy systems that allow us to do work. In order to be most efficient and fit, the answer is to train all three energy systems. These energy systems work together and produce a “crossover” effect with each one helping the others. The first system (known as the immediate system) is the anaerobic (ATP-CP) energy system. You can think of this as energy that is already stored and ready to go within the muscle cells. It produces energy very quickly at high rates, but is depleted in only a few brief seconds because not much of it is stored. This system helps with initial acceleration, or the last second lunge to the finish line. It is best trained through resistance and plyometric (jumping) exercises. The second system is called the rapid glycolytic energy system, or the primary anaerobic system. This one takes longer than the ATP-CP system to get going. It peaks high between 45 and 60 seconds and then trails off. This energy system is best trained during high intensity sprints that last between 30 and 90 seconds. The final system is the aerobic, or oxygen

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Peninsula Cleaning Service is seeking a Operations Manager to join our team. Full Time Salaried position, 30k-40k per year and must be able to work flexible hours as required. The incumbent manages corporate and small healthcare accounts on the Southside. Ideal candidates will have at least 5 yrs. of management experience directly relating to commercial cleaning or facility management. Ability to maintain customer satisfaction and good public relations. Must be extremely proficient in Microsoft Office, Valid DL, Drug Screen and acceptable Background required. Fax resume 866-408-8912 or Call 757-833-1603

For Rent-Other City Apts 2BR, 2BA, carpet, blinds,fpl., AC $1090/mo includes most utilities. Beautiful view of the harbor Free laundry 1BR, 1BA also avail. Call for more info 625-7110 or 623-8383 email: capitalassoc.702@gmail.com

For Rent-Suffolk House Suffolk, Steeplechase, Sing Fam Rez water front prop, 4BR, 2.5BT, laundry room, all amenities, fenced yard, $1550/mth call Joel 757-676-3747

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Birdneck Estates, beautiful 4BR, 2-1/2 BA, lg. yard, shed, att. gar., screened porch, close to oceanfront, all new appls., $2200/mo. 239-2691

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Chesapeake 2BR, 1BA, lg. fenced yard, no pets, $995/mo. + dep. 757-729-5589

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For Rent-Norfolk House Bayview/Ocean View Area - Good School District 3 BR/1 BA, Newly remodeled BA, near base Den, Shed, and large backyard with deck. Pets ok 1yr. lease. Call Jason @ (757) 617-4244.

Chesapeake, Great Bridge, 3br/2bth home, large deck, garage, new heat/ac unit. Close to interstates/schools. $1350 Tee Williams 478-3964

Services Sunday

Bible Study 9:30AM; Worship 10:30AM & 6PM

Wanted To Buy WWII Relics. Retired Vet seeks WWII helmets, medals, daggers, etc. 757-869-1739

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Modern, carpet, blinds, a/c, laundry on site Near NOB and Little Creek $780/Month Some Utilities Included

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Norfolk-5 -2BR apts in nice area of Ocean View right on the water. Many structural and cosmetic upgrades, ready for immediate occupancy. 2 w/spectacular view, upstairs $1200/downstairs $1100, other apts $790. We stayed high and dry during the storm. No water damage 757-438-5035

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2007 18' Premier Pontoon Sun Spree with a 40 horse 4 stroke Yamaha with low hours and trailer. Selling for 11,000.00 or OBO. please call (757)870-8653

Living Room Elegant Table - $300 (Hampton) Brand New, tags still on 63"L x 34W" glass top stunning table. Call 201-803-3482

OCEAN FRONT 2BR, 1BA, kit, den, porch, 2nd flr, ready now. $995.00 includes water, 1st 30 days free for military. Call 757-438-4255 credit check

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Norfolk near NSU- Light rail, 2 blocks away. Really come home for the holidays! For sale, 3BR, 2BAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, vaulted ceilings, stainless steel, appliances, ceramic & wood flooring, under priced for $179,900. Call Deborah 757-456-2221. Hunt Homes of VA Realty. VB TOWN CENTER $321,000 - Luxury 3 level condo with 3 private suites, Master BR w/frplc, hardwood on 1st floor, den for movie time, custom decor fit for royalty, 2750 sq ft of living space! call Deborah 757 456 2221 Hunt Homes of VA Realty

For Sale-Va. Beach Home Alanton Estate Sale 2 story Colonial 5BR, 3 full BA, (2) 1/2 BA, new kit., hardwd flrs., lg. treed lot, sprinkler sys. in front yard, prestigious area, Call 481-9444

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Religious Services JEB Little Creek Chapel JEB FORT STORY Chapel ROMAN CATHOLIC Mass schedule: 5 p.m., Sat. (fulfills Sunday obligation) 9 a.m. & 12:15 p.m. , Sun. Fellowship: 10 a.m., Sun. Choir practice: 6 p.m., Tues. Confessions: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Sat.

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

Naval Station Norfolk PROTESTANT Sun. School : 9 a.m. Sun. (Ages 4 - Adult) AWANA / Children’s Church : 10 a.m., Sun. (Ages 4 - 10) Worship service:10:30 a.m., Sun. Fellowship: 11:30 a.m., Sun. Coffeehouse: 6 p.m., Sun. Bible Study/ Band Practice: 5 p.m., Mon. PWOC: 9:30 a.m., Wed Choir practice: 6 p.m., Wed.

LATTER DAY SAINTS Worship: 11:30 a.m., Sun. (Chapel Annex Classroom 1) Meeting: 7 p.m., Wed. (Chapel Annex Classroom 4) * Nursery care is available Sundays, 10 a.m. - Noon

NWS YORKTOWN CHAPEL Nelson Chapel, 1868 Lafayette Rd., Newport News

ROMAN CATHOLIC Our Lady of Victory Chapel Mass schedule: 11:45 a.m., Wed. 10 a.m., Sun.. PROTESTANT David Adams Memorial Chapel Worship services: 10:30 a.m., Sun. Jewish SABBATH Commodore Levy Chapel (Second Floor Bldg. C7) Sabbath: 730 p.m., Fri. (Sabbath Fellowship Oneg Shabbot Follows) ISLAMIC WORSHIP Masjid al Da’wah 2nd Floor (Bldg. C-7) Services: 1:30 p.m., Fri. Chapels are open daily for prayer.

NAS OCEANA CHAPEL

ROMAN CATHOLIC Mass schedule: 11:30 a.m., ROMAN CATHOLIC Tues.-Fri. Mass schedule: 8:30 a.m., Sun. 9 a.m. & 12:15 p.m., Sun. PROTESTANT Worship service:10:30 a.m., Sun.

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PROTESTANT Sun. school: 9:15 a.m., Sun. Worship service:10:40 a.m., Sun. Bible study/ 11 a.m., Wed.

ROMAN CATHOLIC Confessions: 4:15 p.m. - Sat. Mass Schedule: 5 p.m. - Sat.

If somebody should faint in a snowstorm, I guess they would be knocked out cold. PROTESTANT Worship service: 9 a.m. - Sun.

contactinfo Norfolk, call 444-7361. JEB Little Creek-Fort Story, call 462-7427. Yorktown, call 887-4711. Oceana, call 433-2871. Dam Neck Annex, call 492-6602. For stories from the Chaplain’s Corner, visit www.flagshipnews.com/news/chaplains_corner/


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