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USO Holiday Party set to entertain all military and their families



From Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs ARABIAN GULF

Guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG 94), currently deployed to the Arabian Gulf in support of maritime security operations, assisted three Iranian mariners in distress, Nov. 18. Nitze received notification from aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) of a small fishing vessel in distress. Once Nitze’s crew identified the distressed vessel, the ship took immediate action to render assistance. After confirming the distressed vessel’s mariners were safe, they discov-

ered the vessel had a dead battery. Nitze provided the Iranian crew with a new battery and a case of water. “Our Sailors are trained to respond quickly to those in distress at sea,” Nitze Commanding Officer Cmdr. Paul Kaylor said. “We are proud to have assisted in this situation.” U.S. naval forces have a long tradition of helping mariners in distress by providing medical assistance, engineering assistance, as well as search and rescue. Ships deployed to U.S. Naval Forces Central Command assisted mariners on more than 30 occasions since 2012, 12 of which involved Iranian mariners. Eisenhower and its carrier strike

group, including Nitze, are deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations, and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. 5th Fleet operates in approximately 2.5 million square miles including the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, North Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, and the Red Sea, and conducts persistent maritime operations to help set the conditions for security and stability, to deter and disrupt transnational terrorist organizations, and strengthen partner nations’ maritime capabilities in order to promote a secure maritime environment.

Navy casualty in Syria From Navy Expeditionary Combat Command Public Affairs VIRGINIA BEACH

A Sailor assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 2 based in Virginia Beach, died, Nov. 24, after wounds sustained in an improvised explosive device blast in northern Syria. Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott Cooper Dayton was serving with Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve. “We offer our deepest condolences and sympathies to the family and friends of Senior Chief Petty

Officer Scott Dayton, who made the ultimate sacrifice on a day we set aside time to give thanks for our freedom and to recognize the men and women who defend that right,” Commander of Navy Expeditionary Combat Command Rear Adm. Brian Brakke. Dayton obtained the following qualifications during his military career: enlisted explosive ordnance disposal warfare specialist and enU.S. Navy photo listed surface warfare specialist. Senior Chief Scott Dayton. Dayton entered the Navy on Feb. 17, 1993, and during his ser- Service Commendation Medal, vice received 19 awards, which Navy and Marine Corps Comincluded: Bronze Star, Joint mendation Medal, seven Navy

Pearl Harbor Survivor’s Remembrance Ceremony to be held at JEBLC-FS From JEBLC-FS Public Affairs VIRGINIA BEACH

“A date that will live in infamy” was coined by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt following the harsh attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Members of the former local Tidewater Chapter 2, Pearl Harbor Survivors Association

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(PHSA) live with that mantra every day and continue to promote “never forget Pearl Harbor” as they speak to local groups and school kids throughout the area. The Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story will honor the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice by hosting the annual Pearl Harbor Survivors Remembrance Ceremony,

Dec. 7. This marks the 75th anniversary of the 1941 attack where more than 3,600 servicemen were wounded or lost their lives. This single attack propelled the U.S. into World War II. The service at the Joint Expeditionary Base will begin promptly at 12:55 p.m., reflecting the exact time of the Japanese attack in 1941. It will be held at the chapel

PO3 Casey J. Hopkins Sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG 94) render assistance to a distressed Iranian vessel. Nitze, deployed as part of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group, is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation, Navy “E” Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, two Iraq Campaign Medals, and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon. Dayton died from wounds sustained in an improvised explosive device blast in the vicinity of Ayn Issa in northern Syria, according to a Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve news release. For more information, contact Navy Expeditionary Combat Command Public Affairs at 374-0995, or

on base and finish with a wreath laying at the memorial located off of Nider Blvd. All military personnel in Hampton Roads, retirees and family members are invited to attend the ceremony honoring these American heroes. Uniform of the day is authorized for all attendees. The guest speaker for the service will be Commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command Adm. Phil Davidson. In addition, local dignitaries and senior officers from

OPERATION JINGLE 2016 All Hampton Roads area active-duty service members are invited to participate in the 24th annual Operation Jingle. This program provides complimentary hotel accommodations to the visiting families of locally stationed service members who are unable to go home for the holidays. For more information please contact your command’s Navy Marine Corps Relief Society representative.


The annual USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia Holiday Party will be held, Dec. 3, at Rockwell Hall Gym on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story. The event starts at 10 a.m. and lasts till 2 p.m. This fun filled, family oriented event is free to all service members and their families! As always, the USO will provide a first class holiday party that will feature Santa’s Village, clowns, jugglers, inflatable rides and face painting. There will be plenty of free food and give away items. The real star of the show though will be Santa Claus. He will make an appearance to collect Christmas wishes from the children in attendance. All military families are invited and encouraged to attend. For more information contact the USO at 337-4447.

Holiday spirit being delivered to JEBLC-FS Press Release JEBLC-FS Public Affairs VIRGINIA BEACH

This holiday season, Trees for Troops® – a program of the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation in conjunction with FedEx Corporation – is celebrating its twelfth year of bringing real, fresh-cut Christmas Trees to military families and troops. Joint Expeditionary Base (JEB) Little Creek-Fort Story will receive approximately 350 trees, Dec. 2, for distribution to junior enlisted military families on a first-come-first-served basis. They will be available to all active-duty personnel and family members starting, Dec.4. Tree distribution is scheduled to begin at midnight, at the Sandpiper Recreation Center on board JEB Little Creek-Fort Story. Lot hours are noon – 6:30 p.m. 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+ 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 through bases throughout the U.S. The trees are provided by more than 750 Christmas tree growers and retailers in 28 states.

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Lincoln hosts Turkey Trot By SN Cody Anderson USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs NEWPORT NEWS

As we approach a holiday known primarily for overeating, there are some that have decided to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday by participating in a healthy challenge and giving back to their community. Sailors from aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) participated in a Turkey Trot 5K, Nov. 19, at Sandy Bottom Park in Newport News. The run was organized by the Abraham Lincoln First Class Petty Officers Association as a Thanksgiving-themed event with the intent of giving back to junior Sailors. The run also gave back to the community by waving the entrance fee in lieu of participants donating canned goods. Approximately 50 cans were collected and then distributed to ForKids, a local charity that specializes in ending family homelessness.

SN Cody Anderson Sailors assigned to aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) take off at the start of the Turkey Trot 5k run. The First Class Petty Officer’s Association aboard Lincoln organized the run as a way to promote spending time outdoors and healthy activity. Petty Officer 1st Class Mark Logico reviews a Turkey Trot 5k run map at Sandy Bottom Nature Park in Newport News.

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TITI THE BEAR By SN Liam Antinori USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Public Affairs ARABIAN GULF

While deployed, one of the greatest challenges Sailors face is separation from family and loved ones back home, and uncommon practices of staying connected with those at home can become commonplace. One Sailor aboard aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) made a special deal with her fiveyear-old daughter before volunteering to deploy with Eisenhower from PreCommissioning Unit (PCU) Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), which is currently docked in Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries. “Our ship is still being built so I saw this as an opportunity to get some real deckplate experience,� Petty Officer 2nd Class Lenae Johnson, an aviation maintenance administrationman in Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department’s Production Control and

leading petty officer for four more Ford Sailors on board, said. “I wanted to come out here for leadership experience as a second class, earn some rank and warfare qualifications, and save some money. I told my daughter that mommy has to leave, but that I’ll take ‘Titi’ with me and that’d we would come back together safe and sound. That was my way of telling her, at four years old, and she said it was okay as long as I took Titi, kept her safe, and took pictures.� Titi, a small stuffed bear with a flawless sense of fashion, has traveled with Eisenhower and met much of its crew. She has also accompanied them to every port visit. “I’ve sent her some of the pictures, but not all, so that I can still have a few surprises when I return,� Johnson said. “Her favorite so far was the one with the camel. She couldn’t believe that Titi was riding a camel.� Included among Titi’s pictures with Eisenhower’s crew are some shots with the strike group senior leadership.

“I wanted us to come out here before Thanksgiving because we normally don’t do much for the holiday,� event coordinator Petty Officer 1st Class Lucas Mabe said. “It was a really good way to give back to the junior Sailors and give them something that they can participate in.� Morale, Welfare and Recreation provided prizes for the top three male and female runners as well as a prize for best runner overall. “It was a really good race,� top overall runner Seaman Recruit Calib Perkins said. “It was a bit tricky with the turns and the directions but, overall, it was great.�

Johnson also hopes to get the ship’s command triad to pose with the bear. “Everyone on the ship sees Titi around,� Johnson said. “I get weird looks, but once I explain why I have it, they’re all for it. At the end of the day, I know what it’s for and the pictures turn out great.� Johnson’s daughter, Jada, whom she says stays busy with school, piano, ballet, and swimming lessons, is eagerly awaiting the return of her mother and her beloved Titi after their adventures on the other side of the world. “This is my third deployment, but my first time deploying with a child,� Johnson said. “It’s different when you have someone to come back to. This is something I can say I did – deployed with one of my child’s toys and took pictures with it in places across the world. Maybe it’s something for her to take to show-and-tell.� Eisenhower, embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3, and the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group are deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations, and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

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PO2 Justan Williams Petty Officer 1st Class Blossom Marshall, assigned to Naval Station Norfolk, discusses career options with Petty Officer 2nd Class Brandon Smith. The rating of navy counselor requires a thorough knowledge of the Navy organization, including personnel and administrative procedures and policies, and is only available to petty officers 1st and 2nd class.

NAVSTA CCC help Sailors reach career goals By PO2 Justan William Naval Station Norfolk Public Affairs NORFOLK

The command career counselors (CCC) at Naval Station (NAVSTA) Norfolk are in a unique position to assist Sailors in reaching their Navy career goals. NAVSTA Norfolk Sailors have valuable resources that can help them plan their careers, take advantage of new information, and take courses that will not only help their military careers, but will also help them outside of the military. “A lot of junior Sailors do not take the time to take their career in their own hands because of all the work and knowledge required to do so, that is why career counselors are so important. They educate Sailors in their career options and the benefits of staying active duty,� NAVSTA Norfolk Command Career Counselor Petty Officer 1st Class Blossom Marshall said. CCCs are required to conduct quality Career Development Boards (CDB) to include properly documenting them in the Career Management Information Management System. CDBs are required within 30 days of reporting, at 12 months on board, and every 12 months thereafter. CDBs may also be conducted for other reasons such as Career Waypoint decisions, requesting special programs, commissioning programs, advancement, high-year tenure, or by request of the Sailor. “CDBs don’t just benefit the Sailor and the command’s mission, but also the leadership,� NAVSTA Norfolk Command Master Chief William Caraballo said. “CDBs help the chain of command learn more about the Sailor, what motivates them, their family needs, goals in life, and it shows the Sailors we truly do care about them.� The Navy is always changing and in order to keep up with these changes, Sailors need to be aware of new regulations and different programs that are available that could affect their careers. Marshall stated CCCs commonly receive questions about re-enlistment, transitioning to civilian life, moving a spouse into the area and entrance into special Navy programs such as the SEALs. Additionally, CCC’s help Sailors apply to become commissioned officers by processing many types of officer packages. “As a CCC, I will help the Navy by ensuring Sailors are well informed about programs and opportunities to assist in their personal and professional development,� Marshall said. “I will do my part in ensuring our Sailors receive the best guidance possible to assist them in furthering their Navy career or transitioning to the civilian sector.� Navy Knowledge Online (NKO) is also another good resource to help Sailors develop professionally through Web-based career planning and education. Sailors who take advantage of the resources available on NKO will not only acquire the tools to succeed in the military, but they will also be acquiring skills that can prepare them for life after the military.

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Dam Neck holds Lone Sailor, Marine Thanksgiving dinner By PO2 Jacob S. Richardson NAS Oceana Public Affairs VIRGINIA BEACH

Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana and Dam Neck Annex Sailors and Marines filled their plates with turkey, bread rolls, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie at the annual Lone Sailor and Marine Thanksgiving dinner hosted by the Dam Neck Chapel on Nov. 22. The event was created to give all active-duty or reserve service members away from their families a way to receive a no-cost home cooked meal surrounded by their community, friends, and fellow service members. “I’ve attended this event every year I’ve been stationed at Dam Neck,” PO2 Erica Fields said. “It’s always wonderful to see so many Sailors, Marines, reservists and even retired members of the military, come together for one night to enjoy each other’s company.” The event, although created for lone service members, invites and welcomes every member of the military and their families. Installation leadership is seen serving food to participants and interacting with their service members, and some Sailors or Marines bring their families, adding to the nights welcoming tone and theme of togetherness. “The idea of the lone Sailor isn’t a rule for the event, you can see children running around and Sailors that have their families with

them,” Fields said. “I feel it’s more about appreciation, thanking Sailors and Marines that have to make the sacrifice of being away from their families during the holidays and strengthening the bonds, not just between service members but between the installation and its community.” “When you look around you’ll see leadership here. It’s not just junior Sailors here tonight, but commanding officers, officers, chiefs; this dinner gives them the opportunity to let their Sailors and Marines know that they care for their wellbeing.” NAS Oceana Head Chaplain Lt. Cmdr. Chris Hester said. “The chapel and its staff are very proud to provide that opportunity and facilitate these events for the service members stationed here.” Hester says that this event is just one way that installation leadership and the chapel work to reach out to service members that may need a support structure. “We want every person stationed at this installation that we are here for them and their families,” Hester said. “We appreciate and understand the sacrifices they make daily and year round, and we want to use every opportunity we have to make them feel welcome and make them feel a part of the community.” The meals provided during the event are collaboration between members of the Chapel’s congregation and volunteering Sailors and Marines. Donations to the Chapel

U.S. Navy photo Sailors and Marines participate in the annual Lone Sailor and Marine Thanksgiving dinner hosted by the Dam Neck Chapel. The event was created to give all active-duty or reserve service members away from their families a way to receive a no-cost home cooked meal surrounded by their community, friends, and fellow service members.

U.S. Navy photo Naval Air Station Oceana Command Master Chief Richard J. Haninger serves Sailors and Marines during the annual Lone Sailor and Marine Thanksgiving dinner hosted by the Dam Neck Chapel.

and the participation of the community and installation members help continue the tradition and importance of the Lone Sailor and Marine Thanksgiving dinner, creating an environment for Sailors and Marines to feel welcome, at home and surrounded by their military family. “From the food being brought in by volunteers, to chapel members helping staff the event and serve meals, to families coming and spreading good cheer, it is a great thing to be able to come together and enjoy each other’s company,” Hester said. “Just because these Sailors and Marines are away from their families, doesn’t mean they are away from people who care about them.”




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CHAPEL OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION BELL RINGS ON By SN Stephanie M. Butler Naval Station Norfolk Public Affairs NORFOLK

Chris Wyatt Military Archdiocese of the Armed Forces Auxiliary Reverend Robert J. Coyle blessed the Bell of the former Chapel of the Immaculate Conception during a ceremony held at Norfolk’s Base Chapel, Nov.9.

Dedication and blessing of the bell of the former Chapel of the Immaculate Conception to Our Lady of Victory Catholic Chapel occurred at Naval Station (NAVSTA) Norfolk, Nov. 9. “This Bells last mass was held on June 6, 1999,� NAVSTA Norfolk Command Chaplin Cmdr. Vinson Miller said. “Some years after the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception was closed the bell was removed from the tower. The tower had become somewhat unstable. The bell was then transferred to the safe keeping of the Naval History and Heritage Commands annex here on Naval Station Norfolk. We want to thank all those that worked on bringing this bell back to its original beauty after spending over 60 years in the outside weather. Bringing the bell to a luster took over 100 man hours.� “A parish is really only as good as its congregants and its leadership, and the fact that you all continue to make a press to improve and commemorate the history of

„ The Bell Naval Station Norfolk Command Chaplain Cmdr. Vinson Miller and Registrar of the Hampton Roads Naval Museum Annex Katherine Renfrew began a collaborative effort to get the bell transferred to the chapel at Naval Station Norfolk. Working with Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center, the bell underwent a dramatic restoration process which included a first time polishing, the creation of a custom welded stand and bell yoke, and a raised dais for ceremonial usage. White pine from USS Constitution’s decking was used and crafted into the bell yoke and the dais. what we are seeing today, is truly what makes this job so special,� NAVSTA Norfolk Commanding Officer Capt. Doug Beaver said. The Bell of the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception is 580 pounds of bronze. The uniquely made yoke is made with wood from the USS Constitution. Auxiliary Bishop of Military Archdiocese of the Armed Forces Reverend Robert J. Coyle gave the blessing of the bell. He served 24 1/2 years between active and reserve Duty. As a Navy Reserve Chaplain, he served as an Associate Pastor at St. Dominic Church in Oyster Bay, New York, and St. Patrick’s Church in Glen Cove, New York. He has been on many

deployments and has had many achievements along his military career. On Apr. 25, 2013 Coyle was ordained by Archbishop Timothy as Titular Bishop of Zabi and auxiliary bishop for Archdiocese for the Military Service (AMS). “The thing that is neat about our perpetuating family, is that there is always something we can talk about in common, people we serve with, people that we know, and to recall the importance of the faith of our Sailors and their families,� Coyle said. Retired Senior Chief Pat Powers Sexton, of Our Lady of Victory Chapel, was the first person to ring the bell after the dedication and blessing.

SAES students learn military career paths By Lt. j.g. Tara Cutner Naval Station Norfolk Public Affairs NEWPORT NEWS

Naval Station (NAVSTA) Norfolk Sailors and other service members from the Hampton Roads area participated in a Career Fair at Saint Andrews Episcopal School (SAES) in Newport News, Nov. 11. In attendance were drill sergeants, apache mechanics, explosive ordinance disposal (EOD) technicians, Navy firefighters, and various other careers.

Static displays to showcase each career were set up in the auditorium for students to view and learn what different careers are available to them. “It was a great opportunity for our students to interact with the different branches of service that we have here in Hampton Roads, and understand the sacrifice these men and women make,� former active-duty Soldier and current parent of a SAES student Liz Chandler said. “We have a great deal of respect and appreciation for

the service members serving in our military.� There are approximately 110 students, ranging from pre-kindergarten to fifth grade. This was the fourth time SAES hosted an event like this for their students, gaining size every year. “I think it’s important for the kids to understand there are many alternatives and options out there in regards to their future, they can do anything they want,� Chandler said. For over 65 years St. Andrew’s Episcopal School has

been a leader in elementary education on the Peninsula. They welcome children of all faiths to grow in mind, body, and spirit and strive to be an inclusive school community celebrating the diversity that each student brings. From our pre-kindergarten classes through fifth grade, St. Lt. j.g. Tara Cutner Andrew’s students are chal- A group of Sailors teach students how to salute and wear lenged by a rigorous academic covers properly during a career fair held at the Saint Andrews program that includes the core Episcopal School on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. academic subjects as well as music, art, French, Chinese, chapel services nurture the the faculty and staff encourcomputer, physical education, spiritual development of each age each child to be his or her science and library. The daily child. With passion and joy, very best.





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12.1.2016 | The Flagship | | A5 Petty Officer 3rd Class Luis Sampedro does a forward roll on the mat during the 2016 AllNavy Wrestling Mini-Camp at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek’s Rockwell Hall. Sailors from the Hampton Roads area attended the mini-camp to earn a spot on the All-Navy Wrestling team and compete in the Armed Forces Championships.

Comedian brings humor to safety stand-down at NAVSTA Norfolk By SN Stephanie M. Butler Naval Station Norfolk Public Affairs NORFOLK

A safety stand-down was held for Sailors and civilians that are attached to Naval Station (NAVSTA) Norfolk, Nov 17. This safety stand down was in an effort to encourage smart decision making over the holiday season. NAVSTA Norfolk invited Steve Verret to be this year’s safety stand down speaker. Steve Verret is the main instructor for the Comedy Traffic School by Improv in California. His combination of comedy and safety is one that has been very popular among installations across the country. He has performed his very unique safety show to nearly 500,000 military and civilian personnel. “Comedians always find

the best ways to incorporate safety tips and practices,” NAVSTA Norfolk Commanding Officer Capt. Doug Beaver said. “Having a comedian for the safety stand down was a great change. It made things that were serious topics funny, so you remember the importance of safety,” Petty Officer 1st Class Blossom Marshall said. “The program was interactive, funny and left a lasting impression that you take and remember long after you walk out of there.” Some safety topics covered where seatbelt safety, the difference between a DUI and a DWI, and why you should increase your insurance coverage. All Sailors and civilians are reminded to enjoy their holiday season, but to keep safety and good decision making a top priority.

SN Stephanie M. Butler Steve Verret, a traffic school teacher and comedian from Irvin, Ca., conducts the Semi-annual Safety Stand down on Naval Station Norfolk, Nov.17, held at building C-9. Topics covered include seatbelt safety, traffic violations and the consequences of receiving a DUI.

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Twenty-seven Sailors from the Hampton Roads area gathered at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek’s Rockwell Hall to compete in the 2016 All-Navy Wrestling Mini-Camp, Nov. 5. All-Navy Wrestling assistant coach, Petty Officer 1st Class Jesse Delapena, facilitated three practice sessions during the two-day tryout where Sailors prepared for the five-week-long All-Navy Wrestling Camp beginning January 27, 2017. “What we’re trying to do is see who has the drive to become a competitor,” Delapena said. “The biggest thing is finding someone who is willing to do the time, put in the effort and show heart.” The All-Navy team finished in fourth place amongst all services in last year’s Armed Forces Championships at Naval Base Kitsap, Washington. They hope to improve for the upcoming season. “When we come out here we want to make sure that these guys are prepared for the camp,” Delapena

PO2 Benjamin Dobbs Petty Officer 3rd Class Luis Sampedro attempts a takedown on Petty Officer 3rd Class Jairo Diaz during the 2016 All-Navy Wrestling Mini-Camp at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek’s Rockwell Hall.

said. “The Army and Marines teams wrestle all year long so they have quite the advantage.” Several Sailors showed their dedication in hopes of becoming champions.

“If wrestling were easy then everyone would do it,” Petty Officer 3rd Class Luis Sampedro, assigned to amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD-3), said. “Wrestling has taught me self-discipline. Being on the mat and being in the sport translates over into regular work ethic on the ship.” The All-Navy sports program has existed since 1975. All-Navy teams participate in the Department of Defense’s Sports Program and compete in the Armed Forces Sports Championships against teams from the Marine Corps, Army and Air Force. “A lot of people don’t even know about All-Navy Wrestling or AllNavy sports in general – we have a lot of good athletes out there that don’t know about the opportunities they have,” Delapena said. “The mini-camp here is to put a face with the packages that have been submitted. It’s really good to see these guys in person.” The All-Navy Sports program is comprised of 16 teams that participate in 11 sports. Athletes interested in applying for All-Navy Sports can visit

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Petty Officer 2nd Class Trevon Randall, a Sailor assigned to Naval Station Norfolk Ship’s Captain Galley, carves a turkey during the Thanksgiving celebration in the Ship’s Captain Galley.

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Naval Station Norfolk hosts Thanksgiving By PO3 Jeanyra A. Mateo NAVSTA Norfolk Public Affairs NORFOLK

Naval Station (NAVSTA) Norfolk Sailors showcased their talents during a Thanksgiving Feast at NAVSTA’s Galley Ship’s Cabin, Nov. 24. NAVSTA Norfolk provided Sailors and their families, retirees and Department of Defense employees with a buffet style meal and a family-friendly atmosphere that included fall decorations and the traditional American football game. The Ship’s Cabin served a full course Thanksgiving meal including four roasted turkeys, baked ham and 15 side dishes to more than 350 people. “Our Sailors take great pride in preparing Thanksgiving meal for our fellow shipmates and family,” NAVSTA Norfolk Ship’s Cabin Galley Captain Petty Officer 1st Class John Davis said. “Every day we use recipe cards but during the Holiday our Sailors take more pride in themselves and food preparation because they are preparing meals for their families and single Sailors that do not have family in town.” According to Davis a night crew of 2nd class petty officers started to prepare the meal at 8 p.m. the night before the festivities to make sure that everything was ready. Davis also said the main goal for this event is to make sure the people that attend Thanksgiving feel the holiday spirit as they enjoy a meal among shipmates. “As Sailors we are constantly serving across the world, standing duty, and away from our families during the holidays,” Davis said. “A meal like this can set a positive tone for a junior Sailor. To provide a warm meal with the traditional football game and decorations shows our Sailors that even though they are away from their biological family they are with their brothers and sisters in arms.” NAVSTA Norfolk Command Master Chief Marc Puco and his family attended the Thanksgiving Feast. “It was a great experience to share a meal with my family and our Sailors,” Puco said. “It is hard to cook such an elaborate meal for a small family so to know that our Sailors spent hours preparing a good feast for the rest of us is impressive and was done very successfully. They also provided a laid-back atmosphere, which allowed me to catch-up with Sailors I used to serve with at different command, while my family enjoyed a meal.” Puco stated that he was not only thankful for the wholesome meal but for the Sailors that stand watch so the rest of their community can peacefully enjoy the holidays with their loved ones. “Thanksgiving is a celebration among friends and family but it is easy to forget that many of our shipmates are unable to partake in this celebration because they are on duty or out to sea,” Puco said. “I am thankful for our service members that are keeping our nation safe all year around.”

PO1 Robert Martin Petty Officer 2nd Class Trevon Randall, a Sailor assigned to Naval Station Norfolk Ship’s Captain Galley, serves turkey to Marissa Hayes during the Thanksgiving celebration in the Ship’s Captain Galley.


USS John C. Stennis gives thanks underway From USS John C. Stennis Public Affairs PACIFIC OCEAN

SN Alexander P. Akre Sailors participate in a pie-eating contest in USS John C. Stennis’ (CVN 74) hangar bay during a Thanksgiving Day celebration.

Sailors assigned to aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) celebrated Thanksgiving Day with feasts and festivities in the ship’s hangar bay and on its mess decks, Nov. 24. Sailors began their festivities at 9:30 a.m., with a special Thanksgiving Day blessing from Navy Chaplain Lt. Cmdr. Tavis Long over the 1MC, and the beginning of holiday food service just 30 minutes later. Sailors watched football on a big screen in the hangar bay as the ship held a daylong tailgating event including snacks, games and contests. “I think everybody should have a pretty good time with everything we are doing out here for this wonderful holiday,” Stennis’ Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Director Chris Cation said.

Sailors also raced to see who could finish a pie the fastest during halftime of the Vikings and Lions football game and competed in a field goal kicking competition. “It was a great morale booster,” contestant of the field goal competition Seaman Brian Wright said. “It got [the crew] together and let us socialize in a different way.” Later in the afternoon, Sailors made their way below decks to find a mess decks decorated with paper turkeys and a holiday meal waiting to be served. The menu featured baked spiral ham, oven-roasted turkey with gravy, cranberry sauce, stuffing and dressing, mashed and scalloped potatoes, green bean casserole, soup and salad bar, pies, cookies, ice cream, sparkling cider and eggnog. The event included guest servers, with the ship’s commanding officer, executive officer, command master chief, wardroom and Chiefs Mess all taking turns on

the serving line. “I do feel like it is Thanksgiving. MWR [Morale, Welfare and Recreation] and supply did a really great job to help boost the morale,” Stennis’ Disbursing Officer Ensign Jessica Lee Harrison said. This was her first shipboard Thanksgiving. “They are really trying to help make the distance from family and friends more manageable.” The four-hour Thanksgiving dinner service was the culmination of months of planning and numerous hours of preparation. According to Stennis’ Food Service Officer Chief Warrant Officer Robert Compton, approximately 120 food service and volunteer personnel worked to help make the meal service periods successful. “Today is about giving thanks, not only for our ancestors’ arrival in this country, but for our family, friends and shipmates,” Compton said.

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Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy Joseph M. Bryan and Commander of Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Rear Adm. Jack Scorby present Navy Region Mid-Atlantic commands with the 2016 Secretary of the Navy energy and water management awards.

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Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy Joseph M. Bryan and Commander of Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Rear Adm. Jack Scorby presented Navy Region Mid-Atlantic commands with the 2016 Secretary of the Navy energy and water management awards. “Energy is something we all know is a priority, anybody who has operated at-sea or ashore is critical to doing our job. Without fuel, aircraft don’t fly, ships don’t steam and lights go out. Then none of us can do our job.” Bryan said. The efforts of the leadership and personnel at the winning commands included developing energy awareness campaigns, deploying energy efficiency technologies, and adopting new operational procedures that resulted in a consistent reduction in energy or water consumption. “Energy matters because it matters to the mission. Energy is critical to our ability to do our jobs,” Bryan said. “Our warfighting capability, depends also on our installations. Our installations are critical to our forward operations.” Navy Region Mid-Atlantic had multiple ongoing energy initiatives and a portfolio of projects in work or under development. Of the fourteen installations in the region, ten of them achieved Gold recognition or above

with two being at the platinum level. The region is continuing to press the envelope with the partnered approach to establish smart grid and fuel cell implementation projects. The industrial focused installations are examining the energy savings potential of those very energy-demanding processes. “Eighty percent of our installations have received gold ratings or above,” Scorby said. “We also have some great initiatives going on. We have the BEE awards, which are Battle Efficiency for Energy that we have started in October and we will score each of our installations through the year.” Platinum award winners were Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story and Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Gold award winners were Naval Station Norfolk, Naval Air Station Oceana, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads, Naval Support Activity Mechanicsburg, Submarine Base New London, Naval Station Newport, Naval Station Great Lakes and Weapons Station Yorktown. Blue level of achievement were Naval Support Activity Crane, Naval Support Activity Saratoga Springs and Naval Weapons Station Earle. “You have to get the tenant commands energized and recognizing’s their impact on this [energy conservation], down to the individual people – Turning off lights and computers when you’re not using them. It’s a complete

NECC chief named Navy Wounded Warrior of the Year By Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Cragg Navy Expeditionary Combat Command ARLINGTON, VA.

A chief petty officer assigned to Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) has been named the Navy Safe Harbor Foundation’s Wounded Warrior of the Year during the organization’s 6th annual Veterans Day luncheon in Arlington, Nov. 11. Nominations for the annual award were submitted to the Navy Wounded Warrior-Safe Harbor program in October. Wounded Warriors from around

U.S. Army Spc. Dakota Price Navy Chief Petty Officer Ron Condrey, left, gives a thumbs up to the crowd before racing at the 2016 DOD Warrior Games at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., on June 16.

the country were nominated. The criteria for this award require that wounded warriors be enrolled in Navy Wounded Warrior-Safe Harbor and serve as a positive example and role model

effort,” Geisler said. Naval Support Activity Mechanicsburg, which was one of the commands that received a gold level of achievement for maintaining very good energy and water program to reduce energy. “The total energy usage is down 30 percent. It’s a team effort and it counts on each and everyone of us doing out part. I think we have made a lot of great strides and we have to keep pushing it forward,” Geisler added. “We made the first 30 percent, but the next 20 percent is going to be hard, It’s going to be a lot harder and is an all hands effort, no doubt about it.” Power. Presence. Energy is critical to the Department of the Navy’s (DON) ability to provide the global presence necessary to ensure stability, deter potential adversaries, and provide the country options in times of crisis wherever and whenever they might arise. That is why we are transforming our energy culture; to make us more effective, more agile, and a more capable force. “Congratulations to all of our award recipients. Improving our energy culture remains a top priority,” Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said. “I encourage all commanders to look to the accomplishments of our award winners and identify ways that your commands can use energy to its greatest effect.”

for others. Many of these nominees participate in at least one of the many programs offered by the Safe Harbor program. Chief Petty Officer Ron Condrey, who has served in the Explosive Ordnance Disposal community for the past 23 years, competed in the 2016 Warrior Games and was recommended for the award by the headquarters’ staff at Navy Wounded Warrior-Safe Harbor program. He was hand selected by the Navy Safe Harbor Foundation for this honor based on his leadership, mentorship and positive attitude. The Veterans Day ceremony coordinated during November’s Warrior Care Month provides an opportunity to bring awareness to military service members, their families and communities about the programs and initiatives currently being provided through the Warrior Care system. “Chief Condrey has seen multiple combat deployments and has earned numerous awards for his extraordinary service. He

has a Bronze star with valor, defense meritorious service medal, Army commendation, Joint Service Achievement medal, Navy Achievement Medal and Army Combat Action ribbons,” according to a Wounded Warrior -Safe Harbor award submission. During the June 2016 Wounded Warrior Games, Condrey participated and won numerous medals. Based on his leadership experience and 23 years of service in the Navy he was nominated to represent Team Navy as the Warrior Games torch bearer. Through his involvement with Navy Wounded WarriorSafe Harbor program, Warrior Games, and the Adaptive Sports program, Condrey has played an active role in leading his warrior teammates as they journey through their recovery. “Adaptive sports have taught me that I’m not alone in the struggles with injuries and it’s a great opportunity to represent Team Navy and to support the athletes of the DoD Warrior Games,” Condrey said.

Seaman Allyson Wallace, a Sailor assigned to Naval Station Norfolk Security Department, receives instructions from Norfolk Police Department Officer Robert Broadbent during a traffic stop training.


Norfolk Police Department (NPD) Training Academy Cadets and Sailors assigned to Naval Station (NAVSTA) Norfolk Security Department trained together onboard NAVSTA Norfolk, Nov. 6-8. Cadets and Sailors trained on multiple scenarios such as bank robbery, domestic violence, basic traffic stop procedures and highrisk traffic stops with the supervision and guidance of qualified NPS academy instructors and leadership from NAVSTA Norfolk’s Security Department. Though the training did not have live weapons or ammunition, Cadets and Sailors alike learned how to deal with events they could possibly face in the field. NAVSTA Norfolk Security Department’s Leading Chief Petty Officer Chris Vaughan stated that Sailors and Cadets learned skills that are very useful in their career because of how common they are. “Qualified patrol Sailors assigned to the Security Depart-

ment will deal with traffic violations very frequently and showing them how to control these situations is crucial,” Vaughan said. “Cross training with the NPD allows our new check-ins to see and do normal traffic stops as well as high-risk stops before they get out on the streets.” Additionally Vaughan stated Sailors did not only benefit from the teaching and hands on experience from the NPD but they were able to build a relationship with future police officers. “It’s important that we create a relationship between our Security Department and the NPD since there are many situations in which we assist each other to get the job done,” Vaughan said. “We rely on the NPD to assist in many forms of situations such as hostage scenarios, active-shooter, and domestic violence as well as standard violations on and off base.” NPD Academy Instructor Police Officer Kimberly Cole elaborated on the importance of cultivating a relationship between the military and NPD. “It is very important to the NPD that our Cadets and Sailors

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train together because there is a high possibility our everyday life will overlap with each other in the line of duty,” Cole said. “We have weekly incidents of violations outside of NAVSTA [Norfolk] gates which involves the NPD and NAVSTA Security Department. This training is also invaluable because it allows Cadets and Sailors to interact and get feedback from one another so we can be safe in our mission.” Cole stated the Cadets are very grateful to have the opportunity to train on NAVSTA Norfolk and to co-train with military as well. Seaman Allyson Wallace learned a lot from the scenarios presented to her during training. “In ‘A’ school we are taught the basics, but as a new Sailor at my first duty station it is a great opportunity to learn new skills and practice them before I am patrolling,” Wallace said.

NAVSTA Norfolk’s Precinct Commander Lieutenant Colonial Tom W. Peal spoke of the benefits of co-training between NPD and NAVSTA Norfolk’s Security Department. “There is a need to ensure the responsibilities of both the City and installation regarding the provision of law enforcement and security services to Navy personnel and assets in the City are the best as possible,” Peal said. “This training is important because this helps to establish a common understanding between the Norfolk PD and Naval Station Norfolk Security Department regarding the processing of offenses committed and the role that both Norfolk Police Department and the Navy Security Force will play in ensuring the safety and security of our Navy personnel, civilians and assets located on our property.”


Thirty Hampton Roads-based Sailors took part in the Department of the Navy’s (DON) command fitness leader (CFL) training, Nov. 15-19, at Joint Expeditionary Base (JEB) Little Creek-Fort Story, Virginia Beach. The five-day training gave participants an opportunity to experience firsthand the Navy Operational Fitness and Fueling System (NOFFS) – the Navy’s proven, evidence-based methodology to get and keep Sailors in top physical condition. “The Navy Fitness Program has come a long way since I joined seven years ago,” CFL for the “Golden Warriors” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87Petty Officer 2nd Class Krystal Pierce said. “Attending CFL School this week at JEB Little Creek was a real eye-opener to the changes the Navy is incorporating for optimum fitness and nutrition. I am excited to be able to deliver all I’ve learned to my command, and to incorporate these programs into my daily life. The fitness team at JEB Little Creek provides a fantastic program.” According to Susan Lowry, fitness director at JEB Little Creek-Fort Story and coordinator for the latest Norfolk area, fleet-based CFL training, participants are always made to feel part of the group during the training regardless of what level they’re working at. “The CFLs are the heart and soul [of an exercise program at a command], but they don’t always have the background,” Lowry said. “We’re excited about the diversity of resources such as the NOFFS program we can bring to their commands. We have to have healthy Sailors. The CFLs and [assistant CFLs] will be able to utilize all the resources from NOFFS for any environment, even confined spaces.” Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) plays a vital role in delivering the CFL curriculum and providing NOFFS training to CFLs Navy-wide. “The Navy Operational Fitness and Fueling System is in strong demand,” Manager of CNIC Navy Fitness Programs Tunde Ridley said. “Over the past 5 years, we have certified over 280 [Morale, Welfare, and Recreation] instructors that are consistently taking NOFFS to the deckplate by teaching local NOFFS training courses at local installations.” According to Ira Seth, CNIC’s NOFFS manager, NOFFS is designed to improve operational performance and decrease the frequency and severity of musculoskeletal injuries related to limited, light duty or lost duty days. For more information on Navy Fitness training tools, visit or download the NOFFS IOs/Android apps. For more news from Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center, visit

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Continued from A1 several area military installations will be on hand to commemorate the sacrifices and contributions made by the Pearl Harbor veterans. The Pearl Harbor memorial was built and dedicated in 1990 by the PHSA Tidewater Chapter 2. An expansion to the monument was completed in 2001, which includes 184 names of known local survivors of the attack. In addition to the granite marker, the association has also planted trees around the memorial with each tree dedicated to a member of the Chapter who has passed away. The event is not open to the public. However, all authorized patrons are invited and encouraged to attend and may bring guests to honor and recognize the last known five members of the local Hampton Roads Pearl Harbor Survivors.

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Royal navy leads US CTF 50 for first time From U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs ARABIAN GULF

PO3 Nathan T. Beard Commander of Combined Task Force 50 Cdre. Andrew Burns speaks at a turnover ceremony in the hangar bay of aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69).

Commander of Amphibious Task Group embarked onboard the U.K.’s premier naval warship, HMS Ocean (L 12), Royal navy Commodore Andrew Burns took command of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command’s Task Force (CTF) 50 in the Arabian Gulf, Nov. 25. This marks the first time a Royal navy officer has led a U.S. task force in the Middle East and demonstrates a significant step in combined maritime operations. A helicopter carrier and amphibious

assault ship, Ocean is the flagship of the Royal navy and will be providing continued forward presence in the Arabian Gulf. Capable of delivering Sailors and Marines by helicopter or landing craft, this premier naval warship brings its own unique capability of ensuring free flow of commerce, freedom of navigation and regional security. The change-of-command ceremony took place aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). During the ceremony, Burns assumed command of CTF 50 from Commander of Carrier Strike Group 10, U.S. Navy Rear Adm. James

MCPON Giordano converses with NSA Bahrain Sailors By PO1 Gary Granger Jr. Naval Support Activity Bahrain Public Affairs MANAMA, BAHRAIN

PO2 Sonja Wickard Commanding Officer of USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) Capt. James A. Kirk speaks during a reception held on the ship’s flight deck.

Zumwalt hosts Colombian navy for reception From USS Zumwalt Public Affairs CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA

The Navy’s most technologically-advanced warship, guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) held a reception aboard the ship’s flight deck, Nov. 18, in Cartagena, Colombia. The reception, attended by many distinguished U.S. and Colombian officials, marked Zumwalt’s first foreign port visit and commemorated the longstanding history of cooperation between the U.S. and Colombian navies. U.S. Ambassador to Colombia, the Honorable Kevin Whitaker, served as the keynote speaker for the reception and commented on the importance of Zumwalt’s port call in Cartagena. “It is not just a casual coincidence that this is the first country the USS Zumwalt visits,” Whitaker said. “This is a way to show our friendship, respect, and esteem that we have towards all of you in Colombia. Like in the past, now, and in the future, we are friends and allies and will be with you no matter what.” » See ZUMWALT | B7

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Steven Giordano met with Sailors based at Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain, Nov. 21-22. Giordano visited the installation to create a dialogue with enlisted men and women about their questions and concerns. “I’ve come out here not to talk to an audience – an audience is going to just sit back and listen to me,” Giordano said. “I want Sailors to talk to me. I do that in the means of the all-hands calls, sitting down and shaking hands with people in the work centers. I just think it allows people to be more conducive to letting us truly know the effect we’re having on them, what we’re driving them to do.”

In addition to multiple all-hands calls, Giordano spent time with various Navy communities around the base in order to receive more candid feedback. “These engagements serve as an opportunity to listen to our Sailors in the environment that they are living,” Giordano said. “What are their thoughts on way ahead? What can the Navy do for you?” One Sailor, Seaman Antonio Foust, spoke on his opportunity to meet the MCPON and noted the encounter was both an honor and enlightening. “You shouldn’t fear having discussions with leadership,” Foust said. “Have conversations on how to perform better; it’s not all about waiting on exam results to see where you stand. You can learn on a daily basis.” Questions also arose during an allhands call concerning the enlisted rat-

PO1 Rafael Martie Aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) transits the Arabian Gulf alongside Royal navy ship HMS Ocean (L12) during a Combined Task Force 50 handover ceremony.

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ing modernization and the challenges of transition. Foust, who was in the audience, was impressed with Giordano’s response. “The way he addressed it helped me and many people in the room to better understand how to transition with it,” Foust said. “One of the examples he gave was great. You’re going to meet a lot of new people in the Navy, and it helps reduce some of the awkwardness when we are trying to address each other.” Foust took pride reiterating what Giordano said, “We are and always have been petty officers; that never changed.” “Folks are always honored to have the opportunity to meet us, shake our hands, and have conversations,” Giordano said, “but I’ll tell you, I’m a little selfish. It’s more of my honor to have the opportunity to have the conversation with you.” After the final all-hands call came to a close, the opportunity was given to all those in attendance to meet and capture a photo with Giordano individually; hundreds waited in line. » See VISIT | B7


On Oct. 27, the Navy was notified by Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services (HPES) that one of the company’s laptops operated by their employee supporting a Navy contract was reported as compromised. After analysis by HPES and a continuing Naval Criminal Investigative

Service (NCIS) investigation, it was determined, Nov. 22, that sensitive information, including the names and Social Security Numbers of 134,386 current and former Sailors were accessed by unknown individuals. “The Navy takes this incident extremely seriously- this is a matter of trust for our Sailors,” Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Robert Burke said. “We are in the early stages of investigating and are working quickly to identify and take care

of those affected by this breach.” The Navy will notify those affected Sailors in the coming weeks by multiple means including phone, letter and email. For those affected by this incident, the Navy is working to provide further details on what happened, and is reviewing credit monitoring service options for affected Sailors. At this stage of the investigation, there is no evidence to suggest misuse of the information that was compromised.


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HeroesatHome Gold Star Resources

HEART Act provides tax-saving opportunity to Gold Star Families Helps military survivors provide for retirement, education By Raymond Cunnikin Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Gold Star Program Public Affairs NORFOLK

This could well be one of the most beneficial pieces of legislation ever enacted for the financial welfare of military families who lose loved ones as a result of – or while in – military service. A recent amendment to tax law, the Heroes Earning Assistance and Tax Relief (HEART) Act of 2008, allows survivors of fallen service members to roll their military death gratuities and life insurance (SGLI) proceeds into certain tax-advantaged accounts for retirement or education. This gives military families a new way to make the best of a tragic situation, and allows the deceased service member to continue to provide for his loved ones. For those grieving the loss of a loved one, the law opens a new realm of possibilities for their future financial security. It gives military families who have lost a loved one in military service a significant advantage in providing financial security for their lifetime. But survivors should step carefully when deciding whether to take advantage – a total rollover isn’t always the right move. On the other hand, not rolling over a large portion of these payments would be a serious mistake, in our opinion. If you find yourself in the situation of having lost a loved one and receiving payment of these military death benefits, including SGLI, do not miss this unique, once-in-alifetime opportunity to create financial security for your family. It is unlikely that you will ever receive another single opportunity that has the potential to make such a difference in your family’s financial future, unless you happen to be lucky enough to win the lottery, which isn’t very likely. Section 109 of the new act says, “Allows a tax-free rollover of any military death gratuity and any group life insurance payment to a survivor’s Roth individual retirement account (Roth IRA) or to an education savings account.” Big Opportunities When a service member dies, the surviving family often receives substantial benefit proceeds from the government. The payout consists of the default $400,000 from service members’ SGLI – which is automatic unless the service member opted for less coverage – plus a “death gratuity” of $100,000 for those who died while on active duty. While the money can help replace the loss of income, managing the sudden influx of cash can also present an overwhelming challenge for fami-

lies in the midst of suffering. Most military families – like most other families – typically do not have the financial knowledge to properly take advantage of this new benefit. Finding a knowledgeable financial adviser to assist you is crucial to preserving the benefits this new law creates. Most families – not just military families – who receive a sudden payment of a large amount of cash are unable to maximize the benefit because they don’t know how. They suddenly start spending like millionaires, and within a few years, the money’s all gone, and they’re usually in the same position as before, or even worse, and unable to make ends meet. How many stories have you read about lottery winners who are penniless again in just a few years? It is critical that military families in this situation find a qualified financial adviser to help them make sure this money is properly invested to provide for their family’s future. The new law, part of the HEART Act of 2008, gives survivors an easy way to put the money to good use immediately in a Roth IRA or Coverdell Education Savings Account (CESA). Under normal circumstances, these accounts have relatively low annual contribution limits – usually $5,000 or less – but military beneficiaries can now bypass those rules by rolling some or all of their proceeds to either or both accounts. This is a huge benefit for military families! In addition to providing families a simple solution for investing the money, the rollover move offers tax advantages that are potentially enormous. Unlike other investments, money in a Roth IRA or a CESA grows and compounds in a tax-deferred account and is generally not taxable upon withdrawal, making them truly tax-free. The Roth IRA and the CESA are two of the best tax loopholes Congress has ever created. They allow you to build a large “nest egg” that grows totally tax-free. For most that means an additional 25-40 percent or so every year. When the earnings are distributed in accordance with the regulations, the distributions are tax-free. So when the money is needed for retirement or education expenses, there’s likely to be much more of it than if it had been invested in a taxable account. Depending on various factors – including your age, the starting balance and annual contributions, anticipated return, and your tax rate – the balance in a Roth IRA at retirement age can be more than twice that in a traditional taxed account. Let’s say a young widow, age 29, gets appropriate investment advice and decides to deposit $400,000 into a Roth IRA, taking advantage of the provisions of the HEART Act, and keeping $100,000 in shorter term investments to help make ends meet or cover unexpected emergencies – notice I said “investments,” not in her checking account, where

it’s far too easy to spend. Let’s say she has an effective tax rate of 25 percent and her investment averages a 9 percent return annually. If she put that money in a regular investment account, not an IRA, and never made another deposit, when she’s ready to retire at age 65, the value of that account would be $4,200,927! That’s a pretty impressive number by itself. But if she takes advantage of the HEART Act and puts the same amount of money into a Roth IRA, with the same rate of return and effective tax rate, when she retires at age 65, that account will have grown to $8,900,490! That’s an EXTRA $4.7 million that Congress just awarded to this young widow by giving her the opportunity to invest these proceeds in a Roth IRA! Obviously, if any of the factors change, such as age, tax rate, or amount invested, all the calculations change. This is a hypothetical example, and does not represent the performance of any specific investment.

Other Options Thankfully, the new law under the HEART Act isn’t an all-or-nothing proposition. Families who receive the death-related benefits have the choice to roll over a portion of their funds to a Roth IRA or CESA, and reserve the rest for lifestyle or unforeseen expenses. Allocating the money to several different places might make the transaction a little more complicated, but it could also help to ensure the family will be protected in every scenario. Whether investing for long-term goals, drawing money for everyday needs, or a combination of both, it’s important for anyone with a sudden windfall to have a plan of action. Managed irresponsibly, even $500,000 can disappear into thin air with little to show for it. A financial planner can help determine the top priorities and recommend strategies that apply to the family’s overall financial picture. Even before saving and investing, for example, it may be wise to pay off outstanding debts and establish appropriate levels of insurance. It goes without saying that no amount of money can replace a lost loved one. But the government’s latest move, paired with smart financial decisions, can make it easier to honor their memory with a life well-lived. The provisions of the HEART Act are generally effective for payments made for deaths occurring on or after June 17, 2008. In addition, the provision permits the contribution to a Roth IRA or a Coverdell education savings account of a military death gratuity or SGLI payment received by an individual with respect to a death from injury occurring on or after October 7, 2001, and before the date of enactment of the provision if the individual makes the contribution to the account no later than June 17, 2009.

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Computer science legend posthumously receives Presidential Medal of Freedom

From cell phones to [U.S.] Cyber Command, we can thank Grace Hopper for opening programming to millions more people, helping to usher in the information age and profoundly shaping our digital world.” -President Obama

Capt. Grace Hopper, then head of the Navy Programming Language Section of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, discusses a phase of her work with a staff member in August 1976.

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By April Grant Navy Office of Information Public Affairs WASHINGTON

Rear Adm. Grace Murray Hopper, best known for her advancements in computer programming and data processing, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously by President Barack Obama during a White House ceremony, Nov. 22. “If Wright is flight, and Edison is light, then Hopper is code,” Obama said of the innovator, who he noted was a gutsy and colorful woman who, when she joined the Navy was 15-pounds below military guidelines, yet attained a long and prosperous career. The annual Grace Murray Hopper Award for Outstanding Young Computer Professionals was established in 1971 by the Association for Computing Machinery. “While the women who pioneered software were often overlooked the most prestigious award for young computer scientists now bear her name,” Obama said. “From cell phones to [U.S.] Cyber Command, we can thank

Grace Hopper for opening programming to millions more people, helping to usher in the information age and profoundly shaping our digital world.” To accept the award on Hopper’s behalf was her grand-niece Deborah Murray. “As a child who loved disassembling alarm clocks Rear Adm. Grace Murray Hopper found her calling early. Known today as the ‘queen of code’ Grace Hopper’s work helped make the coding language more practical and accessible. Amazing Grace was committed to making the language of computer programming more universal. Today we honor her contributions to computer science and the sense of possibility she inspired for the generations of young people.” The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the U.S., to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. Twenty-one recipients in

total were honored Tuesday. “Today we celebrate extraordinary Americans who have lifted our spirits, strengthened our union, pushed us towards progress. I always love doing this event but this is a particularly impressive class,” Obama said. Born in New York, Dec. 9, 1906, Hopper attended Vassar College in New York, graduating in 1928 with a degree in mathematics before receiving master’s and doctorate degrees in mathematics and physics from Yale University in 1934. In 1943, at the age of 37, she enlisted in the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES) and the following year was commissioned and assigned to the Bureau of Ordnance Computation Project at Harvard University as a lieutenant junior grade. There, she completed groundbreaking work in computer technology, including producing a model of the electronic computer, the Mark I, and introducing the word “bug” to describe a computer malfunction. Often referred to as the “mother of computing,” Hopper was instrumental in the creation of

Universal Automatic Computer (UNIVAC), the first all-electronic digital computer. She also invented the first computer compiler and founded a new program language that became a widely used framework for coding languages during the time. Hopper even forecasted the future of computers as being the compact, user-friendly systems they are today. Her achievements spanned a 43-year naval career-earning her the rank of rear admiral in 1985, a level reached by few females at the time, and adding her to the list of longest-serving officers-before officially retiring in 1989. She continued to work in the field until her death, Jan. 1, 1992. Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare Vice Adm. Jan Tighe recalled meeting Hopper as a midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy. “Knowing what she had accomplished and how much the Navy valued her was an inspiration to me,” Tighe said. “Quite simply, and on many levels, Rear Adm. Grace Murray Hopper is an inspiration for us all. As a pioneer in computing,

as a woman leading the way in the [science, technology, engineering and math] field at a time when that was almost completely unheard of, and as a dedicated naval officer, she paved the way so that all of us who followed could succeed. All of us in the Information Warfare Community owe her our gratitude. The award of the Presidential Medal of Freedom is both well-earned and well deserved!” In 1996, the destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) was named in honor of the legend and in October the Naval Academy broke ground on Hopper Hall, which will house the academy’s Center for Cyber Studies. Her other awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal and Naval Reserve Medal. To learn more about Hopper’s story and Navy legacy, visit usnhistory.navylive.dodlive. mil/2014/12/09/grace-hopper-navy-to-the-core-a-pirate-at-heart/.

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ANCHORAGE SAILORS EXPERIENCE SHIPBOARD VIRTUAL REALITY By Dawn M. Stankus Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Public Affairs SAN DIEGO, CALIF.

Sailors assigned to amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD 23) experienced virtual reality on a whole new level when they had the opportunity to see their own ship from the lens of progressive Department of the Navy (DON) technology. During the week of Nov. 14-18, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) engineers, scientists, and military subject matter experts conducted a 3-D scan of several spaces aboard Anchorage to better document the internal layout of the ship. Although Anchorage is the fourth active ship to undergo a 3-D scan in the fleet, Anchorage is the first ship to successfully transfer 3-D data into something usable for a virtual reality experience. Petty Officer 3rd Class Chad Lilly, an Anchorage Sailor who donned a virtual reality mask, was excited to see the ship from a whole different perspective. “It was really cool to see the ship as if it were a video game,” Lilly said. “I have heard of this capability before, but I did not think that we would be one of the first ships to be able to experience it. After seeing this firsthand, I think Sailors should have a more interactive experience like this before reporting to a ship for the first time. This technology will really help Sailors prepare and familiarize themselves with their jobs and workspaces on a ship.” Lt. Clay Greunke, assigned to the SPAWAR Chief Engineer (CHENG) Division and one of the 3-D ship scan program advocates, explained the way DON conducts 3-D ship scanning exceeds other technologies the public may be familiar with. “During this week, we were able to capture 3-D scans of various spaces, most notably the combat information center,” Greunke said. “We focused our scanning techniques on spaces that currently hold SPAWAR technology to learn how ship drawings compare to a 3-D scan. The idea of a 3-D scan resonates with most people when they think of Google Maps in the ‘street view,’ but what we are doing here at SPAWAR is so much better than that. I am excited for the opportunity to discover some of the new potential capabilities that this advanced information could do for the future of the Navy, and how this capability will support our Sailors’ lives when it comes to training, maintenance, and overall operations.” SPAWAR CHENG Rear Adm. Ronald Fritzemeier explained the concept of 3-D scanning is part of a much larger effort to encourage innovation throughout the fleet. “One of the things I want to highlight is that all of us at SPAWAR are really invested in this effort,” Fritzemeier said. “SPAWAR engineers and scientists are constantly brainstorming in our ‘Innovation Lab’ and Battlespace Exploitation of Mixed Reality Lab to develop the appropriate material and expertise necessary to support new ideas, such as 3-D ship scanning, for the fleet. 3-D ship scanning most importantly helps our Sailors and operators on ships, but this capability also helps other commands throughout the Department of the Navy, so that we can collectively improve design, modernization, and system installation processes Navy-wide.” Greunke emphasized while 3-D scanning opens many

PO2 Molly Sonnier Lt. Stephen Gallagher tries a virtual reality headset at the Innovation Jam hosted aboard Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet’s Bridge Program welcomes the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific Innovation Jam, sponsored by OPNAV N4 Fleet Readiness and Logistics and the Office of Naval Research.

Greg Vojtko Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson uses a virtual reality system created by the Battle Space Exploitation of Mixed Reality lab at Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific.

doors toward innovation, there are still some barriers which need to be elevated to make 3-D scans successful. “We are always testing and refining new technology to better serve the fleet,” Greunke said. “3-D scanning allows us at SPAWAR to thoroughly understand what new equipment and technology will fit in shipboard spaces following modifications and potential design flaws. It is important to keep in mind that we cannot see through walls and cannot capture power usage in the space through 3-D scanning, but this capability does reduce assumptions and ultimately will save on time and cost.” Anchorage Electronics Material Officer Lt. Jeffrey Black emphasized virtual reality and shipboard scanning will improve system installations in the future. “Sailors serving [aboard] Anchorage, especially in my division, were extremely happy to be a part of this project and build awareness of 3-D ship scanning as a whole for naval vessels,” Black said. “This type of technology will allow shipboard personnel to better communicate with system installers and engineers about how big a space on the ship is and if a new console or ‘rack,’ for example, can actually fit. If 3-D scanning becomes a standard, we will not have to risk the

reasonable threat of human error through the use extra manhours and site visits.” SPAWAR scientist, Dr. Mark Bilinski, stressed working with the Battlespace Exploitation of Mixed Reality lab on 3-D ship scanning initiatives and advancements has been one of the highlights of his tenure. “I have been with SPAWAR for four years, and this has by far been one of the most rewarding experiences I have had,” Bilinski said. “Even as a mathematician, math can get boring at times. However, this type of research shows math in a more visual, tangible form. People outside of scientific fields can learn to appreciate the work that we do to enhance the Navy.” Anchorage leadership believes 3-D scanning will significantly help shipboard Sailors and leadership throughout a ship’s lifecycle. “A ship naturally experiences several space modifications and improvements throughout its lifetime,” Anchorage Commanding Officer Capt. J.J. Cummings said. “For example, Anchorage just came out of a maintenance availability where we relied on ship drawings to help identify space discrepancies and to replace equipment. After this week, we have recognized that ship drawings, in some cases, were 3 inches to even a foot off in measurement. What the team at SPAWAR was able to do this last week was use 3-D scanning to showcase actual reality and shipboard specifications, so that we as a ship can make future plans. 3-D scanning is a capability that will improve our readiness and mitigate rework from my Sailors, shipyard workers, or system installers.” Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) is the Navy acquisition command which develops, delivers, and sustains advanced information warfare capabilities for warfighters. SPAWAR, along with its system centers, space field activity, and its partnership with three program executive offices provides the hardware and software needed to execute Navy missions. With nearly 10,000 active-duty military and civilian professionals located around the world and close to the fleet, SPAWAR is at the forefront of research, engineering, and acquisition, keeping forces connected around the globe. For more news from Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, visit

USS John C. Stennis completes maintenance availability By SN Oscar Quezada USS John C. Stennis Public Affairs BREMERTON, WASH.

Sailors aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) completed a maintenance availability period at Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton, Washington, Nov. 18. A maintenance availabil-

ity is an in port period, during which Sailors, civilian employees and contractors perform repairs and maintenance that cannot be done while the ship is at sea. The availability began after John C. Stennis returned from Unit Level Training Assessment-Sustainment in the Pacific Ocean in early


October. This was the second maintenance period the ship carried out since returning from a successful sevenmonth deployment in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. “We are getting ready for PIA, a planned incremental availability,” Lt. Cmdr. Brent Miller said. “The last [maintenance period] was very small

and this time we did two-tothree times as much work.” PIA is a more extensive, longer maintenance availability that John C. Stennis will carry out at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS), Bremerton, Washington, in 2017. According to Miller, the key to John C. Stennis’ timely completion was teamwork.

“While working with our PSNS contractor teams, it felt as if we were really one team,” Miller said. John C. Stennis Sailors, along with PSNS workers and contractors, performed extensive shipboard maintenance including: laying down nonskid on the flight deck, repairing and replac-

ing nine airtight and watertight doors and performing assessments on all four aircraft elevators. Miller said there were two general purposes for this maintenance availability: to fix what ever needed to be fixed before the ship returns to sea and getting a head start on some PIA maintenance.

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PO2 Samuel Weldin/ Chief Kent Carter, attached to Naval Air Facility Misawa, Japan, Operations Department, serves ham at the annual Navy Misawa Turkey Feast. The event is hosted by the E-7 and above Sailors stationed at Misawa Airbase and is attended by more than 300 Sailors and their families.

NAVY MISAWA HOLDS ANNUAL TURKEY FEED By Chief Ryan Delcore Naval Air Facility Misawa Public Affairs MISAWA, JAPAN

Naval Air Facility Misawa E-7 and above Sailors hosted the annual “Turkey Feed” for all Navy members in Misawa, Japan, to kick off the holiday season, Nov. 22. More than 40 E-7 and above Navy Sailors cooked 24 turkeys and 15 hams for the event, along with all of the standard holiday side dishes, for more than 300 Sailors and their families. “This is a great event and I know I really enjoy this every year,” Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Roy said. “It kind of kick starts Misawa into the holiday season, which we all seem to enjoy a lot.” The turkey feed provides an opportunity to bring a little bit of home overseas for a lot of the Sailors that are spending this season apart from their families. “Being forward deployed you can’t make it home for every holiday, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate them with our Navy brothers and sisters,” Petty Officer 1st Class Timothy Larsen said. “Awesome event and we all appreciate the efforts the E-7 and above put into it so that the holidays away can be a little bit easier.”

PO2 Samuel Weldin Naval Air Facility Misawa, Japan, Operations Departmen Lt. Cmdr. Harlan Johnson serves pie at the Navy Misawa Turkey Feast.

Preventive medicine units provide handson medical training to Cambodian military By Lt. Jen Knapp Navy Environmental and Preventive Medicine Unit 5 Public Affairs SAN DIEGO, CALIF.

Navy Preventive Medicine Units (NEPMU) 5, from San Diego, California, and Hawaii NEPMU-6 conducted comprehensive public health training in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, as part of the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) mission, Oct. 28-Nov. 4. A team of six trainers successfully provided over 72 hours of training to 42 Cambodian students and 17 civilian Cambodian medical providers. The Tactical Combat Casualty Care course was also included as part of the weeklong event. “During the 1970s, the United States military and western medicine in general had very little engagement with Cambodian medical authorities,” NEPMU-5

Officer-in-Charge Cmdr. Shelton Lyons said. “This exercise represents a huge advancement in international relations and strategic policies between our two nations since then.” The CARAT engagement received positive reviews from all parties involved, and the students especially enjoyed the hands-on nature of the Tactical Combat Casualty Care course. “Engaging with the Cambodian military through this partnership and providing them hands-on tools to save lives during disaster responses was a very rewarding experience,” Fleet Support Leading Chief Petty Officer and training team member Senior Chief Petty Officer Norma Armendariz said. The training exercise was organized by NEPMU-6 Environmental Health Officer Lt. William Eickmeyer. “Experiencing the Cambodian culture and learning to adapt our training to their

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needs not only helped us to increase their readiness for disaster responses, but also helped us to be better equipped and flexible should our two countries respond to a disaster together,” NEPMU-5 training team member Petty Officer 2nd Class Jade Tapia said. “The NEPMUs are uniquely capable of providing preventive medicine, environmental and occupational health services; however, we are also able to provide critical training for global health engagements and disaster responses, increasing readiness and overall capacity of our fleet and strategic partners,” Lyons said. “Our mission is to provide force health protection anytime and anywhere.” For more information regarding Navy Preventive Medicine Unit 5, visit www. For more news from Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center, visit www.

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Lassen visits New Orleans for Veteran’s Day weekend By PO2 Timothy Schumaker Navy Public Affairs Support Element Southeast NEW ORLEANS, LA.

Arleigh-Burke class destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) visited New Orleans, La., Nov. 10, to celebrate Veteran’s Day weekend in the city. The crew, nearly 300 Sailors, participated in various formal engagements, community relations events and took in the sights while in port. They took part in a Veteran’s Day ceremony at the National World War II Museum in which Lassen Commanding Officer Cmdr. Thomas Chekouras was a featured speaker. After the ceremony, he expressed appreciation and pride in being part of the event. “I felt honored to speak on behalf of the Lassen crew at the WWII museum on Veteran’s Day,� Chekouras said. “This is an incredible crew, and I look forward to going to work every day because of them. I’m truly honored and humbled to be their commanding officer.� Chekouras also expressed admiration for the host city. “New Orleans is such a fantastic city; it has so much culture that is indicative of its interesting and eclectic history, and there’s beautiful architecture and people from all walks of life. The stories I’ve heard about the wonderful people and music of New

Orleans are true.� Petty Officer 2nd Class Hannah Conners, a native to the New Orleans area, was excited to have her ship homeported in Mayport, Florida, fairly close to home. She was also glad the ship was able to visit her hometown, so her whole family could come aboard and see what she does in the in the Navy. “I grew up here, but had to move out of the area after Hurricane Katrina,� Connors said. “Since then, I’ve joined the Navy and my parents returned to the area. It’s truly awesome to have been able to invite them onto my ship and show them what I do. It was also cool to come up the Mississippi River and show all of my shipmates where I’m from.� Later in the weekend, Lassen Sailors were also given an opportunity to volunteer at the City Park of New Orleans, where they planted more than 20 bald cypress trees and cleared a sizable riverside area of trash, brush and downed trees. Chief Petty Officer Llordvhon Bianco participated in the project, and shared his thoughts after the experience. “I feel great after seeing these crewmembers come together like this,� Bianco said. “They came in here ready to work, not for how it looks or recognition. You get to see them in a different light when


PO2 Timothy Schumaker Sailors man the rails on the foc’sle of Arleigh-Burke class guided missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82). Lassen is currently en route to New Orleans, La., where she will spend Veteran’s Day weekend in port. Petty Officer 1st Class Renmel Leones, assigned toArleigh-Burke class destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82), digs a hole to plant a bald cypress tree during a community relations volunteer event at the City Park of New Orleans, La.

we’re away from the ship and we get to enjoy each other while we get work done for a good cause.� “This is the Navy’s way of reaching out to the community and showing what today’s military brings to the table,� Chekouras said. “It’s just a good way for the public to see what we are actually doing, and why we are doing it.“ While in port, Lassen hosted daily tours open to the public. Chekouras was also proud of the opportunity to host the visitors and show off the crew and the work they do. PO2 Timothy Schumaker “You’d be surprised how

many people do not know or understand the Navy, so we wanted to show them that this is where we live, work, eat and rest,� Chekouras said. “I think the public will then have a greater understanding as to what we are doing when we go out to sea and spend months and months away from home, and that there is indeed a sacrifice.� In all, the Lassen was in port for four days, pulling out on Nov. 14, to head back to her homeport, to refuel and then return to sea. Chekouras expressed gratitude for having been able to take part in the experience. “We’re excited and proud to have been able to celebrate Veteran’s day with the City of New Orleans,� Chekouras said. “Thankfully, we had a lot on our plate in terms of being able to celebrate and interact with the city.�


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Navy Rear Adm. James Malloy: “Security and stability cannot be maintained by one nation alone.” Continued from B1

PO2 Sonja Wickard Commanding Officer of USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) Capt. James A. Kirk, and Zumwalt Command Master Chief Len J. Greene stand with senior enlisted leaders from the Colombian navy for a group photo in the ship’s helicopter hangar. Crewed by 147 Sailors, Zumwalt is the lead ship of a class of next-generation destroyers designed to strengthen naval power by performing critical missions and enhancing U.S. deterrence, power projection and sea control objectives.

ZUMWALT | Ship to transit to new homeport of San Diego Continued from B1 Commander of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet, Rear Adm. Sean Buck, hosted the event and provided remarks about the relationship and common interests shared between the navies of Colombia and the U.S. “These port visits set the stage for lasting relations that are increasingly important in today’s challenging maritime domain,” Buck said. “In order to combat transnational illicit trafficking or respond to a natural disaster, we must call upon our partners to share knowledge and leverage abilities to respond quickly and effectively.” Following the official remarks, Buck presented Legion of Merit awards to Colombian navy officers Rear Adm. Jose Amezquita and Capt. Gustavo Camacho for their distinguished service as naval attaches to the U.S.

Prior to the reception, members of Zumwalt’s Chiefs Mess hosted Colombian sailors for a senior enlisted leader exchange. During the forum, U.S. and Colombian sailors had the opportunity to discuss leadership challenges and opportunities, and to share the history of senior enlisted leadership in their respective navies. Zumwalt Commanding Officer Capt. James A. Kirk also spoke at the reception and commented on the chance for the Zumwalt crew to enjoy Cartagena and interact with Colombian sailors. “We couldn’t have asked for a more suitable location than beautiful Cartagena to hold Zumwalt’s first foreign port visit,” Kirk said. “The people of Colombia welcomed our Sailors with open arms, and we owe a debt of gratitude for their warm hospitality. We look forward to future opportunities to serve with our Colombian counterparts to ensure continued stability and shared security in the region.

Named for Adm. Elmo R. “Bud” Zumwalt Jr., former chief of naval operations CNO from 1970 to 1974, the Zumwalt-class destroyer features a state-of-the-art electric propulsion system, a wave-piercing tumblehome hull, stealth design, and the latest warfighting technology and weaponry available. A veteran of World War II and the conflicts in Korea and Vietnam, Zumwalt exemplified honor, courage, and commitment during 32 years of dedicated naval service and earned a Bronze Star with Valor for his actions during the Battle of Leyte Gulf. Zumwalt is scheduled to continue her transit to her new homeport of San Diego, California. Once fully integrated into the surface fleet, Zumwalt’s stealth, power, and lethality will provide a vital link from the Navy’s current needs to its future capabilities. For more news from USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), visit

HANDS-ON TRAINING AIMS TO SAVE LIVES By PO2 Kyle Carlstrom USS Bonhomme Richard Public Affairs SASEBO, JAPAN

Aboard every Navy ship, Sailors have multiple responsibilities in addition to their jobs. Sailors are required to learn damage control to be prepared to save the ship from a casualty, and undergo first aid training to potentially save a fellow shipmate. For amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), Petty Officer 1st Class Patrick Barnes provides Sailors with advanced first-aid training for future shipboard stretcher bearers. “I believe wholeheartedly in the hands-on approach to training,” Barnes said. “There is so much more you gain when you are getting involved instead of just watching a Powerpoint. When you’re using your hands, and having to communicate with your fel-

low shipmates about where you need to go and how you’re going to get there, it’s invaluable.” Barnes brings with him the experience of multiple tours to the Middle East, where he was in the field with Marines and knows firsthand what it takes to save a life. “We never truly know how we’re going to react in a situation,” Barnes said, “and through training, as long as Sailors know the procedure their chances for success increase tremendously.” During training, Barnes stresses the importance of all members of the stretcher team. “If just one person fails, the entire team can fail and that could be disastrous for the victim,” Barnes said. The training Barnes conducts takes about one hour, beginning with getting each Sailor comfortable with the different stretcher bearer roles.

PO2 Diana Quinlan Petty Officer 1st Class Patrick Barnes administers intravenous therapy to a patient aboard amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6).

“The six stretcher bearers usually transport their patient to a designated area through the tight passageways of the ship,” Barnes said. Sailors who participate in the training to get qualified as a stretcher bearer enjoy the handson experience, and say it is far more useful than Powerpoint training or lecture. “The atmosphere was fun, and we had an amazing time during the

training,” Petty Officer 1st Class Julius Reveche said. “When you get everyone involved, and make it a fun experience, people – I think – tend to retain the knowledge better.” So far, Barnes has trained more than 200 Sailors and holds classes the first Wednesday of every month in port and every Wednesday at sea. For more news from USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), visit

Malloy. Burns said this assumption of command by the Royal navy is a significant development in the longtime U.S.U.K. partnership. “Together we have had an enduring presence in this region that has contributed to stability, order on the high seas and freedom of navigation, and ensuring the free flow of commerce, so vital to the prosperity of our respective nations,” Burns said. “Today marks the start of another chapter in this partnership as the Royal navy takes on the privilege of leading a U.S. task force in the Middle East for the first time.” Ocean will provide a range of flexible and adaptable capabilities to perform theater security cooperation efforts and maritime security operations aimed at providing continued presence following Eisenhower’s departure out of the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. Malloy said the handover of the CTF 50 to the Royal navy “represents a wise investment in this region’s future.” “Hearing of his sterling reputation long before meeting him last month, I cannot think of a more capable officer and friend to continue the mission out here than Commodore Burns,” Malloy said. “Security and stability cannot be maintained by one nation alone. Working together with our U.K. and other coalition counterparts, I am confident in the success of our shared interest for security, stability and prosperity in this region.” Carrier Air Wing 3, embarked aboard Eisenhower, completed 1,770 combat sorties, delivering 1,903 ordnances from both the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Inherent Resolve in the fight against ISIL. U.S. Naval Forces Central Command is responsible for approximately 2.5 million square miles of area including the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, North Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea.


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2017 TA requests must be submitted 14 days before class begins By Ed Barker Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center Public Affairs PENSACOLA, FLA.

Sailors planning to take college classes in 2017 are required to have their Tuition Assistance (TA) requests approved by their command a minimum of 14 days prior to term start dates. As detailed in Naval Administrative Message (NAVADMIN) 219/16, and as part of the Voluntary Education/Navy College Transformation, all TA requests for courses starting on or after Jan. 1, 2017, must be submitted via the My Education/Web TA portal within the Navy College website, and command approved between 120 and 14 calendar days before the term start date. “This is a major change for service members that were used to the old TA application requirements,” Navy Voluntary Education Program Director Ernest D’Antonio said. “With the holidays coming up, it’s critical to understand that

for classes starting in early January, TA requests need to be in the pipeline no later than the middle of December.” Members that miss the 14-day advance deadline will be prevented by the system from submitting a new TA application; term start dates and TA request deadlines are posted on the Navy College website. “First-time TA users are also required to complete the Department of Defense Higher Education Preparation Training Course, WebTA Training and receive education counseling through the Virtual Education Center or a Navy College Office,” D’Antonio said. “Those service members should start the process even earlier to make sure they are able to complete the process by the deadline.” Any questions or problems with the TA application process can be handled by the Virtual Education Center (VEC) or online via the Navy College website. VEC hours are from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST

PO2 Ramon Go Service members, contractors and civilians stand for the parading of the colors during the Navy College Program graduation ceremony held at Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella 1 Chapel, June 14.

Monday — Friday and may be reached by calling (877) 838-1659, DSN 492-4684 or contacted via the website, The URL for the new Navy College Program website is Sailors can also get the latest information by following Navy Voluntary Education on Facebook at Education/.

“You can tell he is very genuine,” Foust said. “You can tell he cares about us and he is very serious about the issues we face today as a seaman to master chief petty officer.” Several of those Sailors in line to meet Giordano said they knew he was there to make sure our Navy is the best Navy. This is Giordano’s first visit to NSA Bahrain and Naval Central Command/U.S. 5th Fleet since becoming the Navy’s 14th MCPON. As the persistent shore presence in the Arabian Gulf, NSA Bahrain provides an operational platform for U.S., allied, and partner nations to have a forward-deployed naval force ready to be where they are needed, when they are needed to ensure security and stability in the region. For more news from Naval Support Activity Bahrain, visit

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FREE EVENT The Tidewater Big Train Operators Club is having a free Holiday Train Show Dec. 2, 2 p.m. at the Avalon Church of Christ in Virginia Beach. Additional shows are: Dec. 3, 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.; Dec. 4, 1-8:30 p.m.; Dec. 10, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; and a special senior and mobility impaired showing Dec. 7, 2-4 p.m. For more information, visit


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L. Todd Spencer | The Virginian-Pilot


Join Norfolk Botanical Garden (NBG) and Dominion Resources, parent company of Dominion Virginia Power, for this year’s Dominion Garden of Lights, funded by the Dominion Foundation. This unique drive-thru opportunity begins Nov. 24 and runs until Dec. 31, from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. nightly. The

Dominion Garden of Lights at Norfolk Botanical Garden was a 2014 winner in the Best Public Lights Display category in 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest sponsored by USA TODAY. The public voted Dominion Garden of Lights the 8th best light show in the country! Dominion Garden of Lights has become a tradition for families for two decades! Immerse yourself in more than a million bulbs displayed throughout the Garden, all from the

Hurrah for the Holidays brings heartwarming cheer to Norfolk

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convenience and warmth of your vehicle. Dazzling holiday lights in this Garden setting is like none other in Coastal Virginia! Don’t miss the tree-mendous Dancing Trees and watch in amazement as the trees dance to your favorite holiday music. Guests will also enjoy their favorite traditional lighted displays strategically placed throughout the Garden for an all new experience. NBG is also committed to the en-

By Yiorgo Contributing writer NORFOLK

From the immortal words of Jerry Herman’s “We need a little Christmas,” “Haul out the holly; Put up the tree… For we need a little Christmas right this very minute… It hasn’t snowed a single flurry, But Santa, dear, we’re in a hurry;” Yes, hurry on to downtown Norfolk, to the Tidewater Community College (TCC) Roper Performing Arts Center, Dec. 9-11, to The Hurrah Players double header: Hurrah for the Holidays and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever only on Dec. 10. Every holiday season The Hurrah Players, Virginia’s Leading Family Theatre Company, present two special shows full of heartwarming cheer. As proud hosts of the “Official Holidays in the City” Norfolk event, the Hurrah Players Hurrah for the Holidays, their annual, lively musical revue in the style of Radio City Music Hall, will captivate everyone young and old. You will find yourself singing along to the most spectacular Christmas show this side of New York City. It features all your holiday favorites from yesterday and today, precision kick line dancers, and a nice dose of seasonal surprises, performed by nearly 100 adults and children from all over the Hampton Roads area. Speaking of the Hampton Roads area, the

vironment and has converted the majority of the light displays to LED. There are more LED lights this year than ever before! Tickets are available each night at the holiday ticket hut. No Refunds. This event will take place rain, snow or shine. Unless there is a major storm or blizzard, you can count on the Garden to open every night! Tickets are $20 per vehicle Monday through Thursday and $25 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday

show is in such demand that additional performances have been added on Dec. 2, at The Kimball Theatre in Williamsburg and Dec. 3, at the American Theatre in Hampton. For all the details you can go to www. This year’s The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, marks the 25th anniversary of this funny, heartwarming story of what happens when a church play is hijacked by six of the “absolutely worst kids in the history of the world.” It is presented along with Happy Hanukkah My Friend – a short program celebrating the Festival of Lights. I will cover The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, and Happy Hanukkah My Friend next week. The Hurrah Players have a very rich history. Founded and incorporated by Artistic Director Hugh Copeland in 1984, the company in 1993 with the help of loyal volunteers renovated a warehouse in Norfolk to include classrooms, office space, a Rehearsal Hall and a small Black Box Theatre. Performances were held at Willett Hall, Virginia Beach Pavilion and, in 2001 Hurrah opened the renovated TCC Roper Performing Arts Center with The Wiz. Hurrah continues to produce their mainstage shows at The Roper Center. Along with classic children’s tales, many of them Disney productions, their shows have also included productions dealing with death, teen problems, environmental issues and education. In June 2009, The Hurrah Players purchased their new home: the historic Old Nor-

evenings. Visit the NBG website for nightly discounts. Pricing information is available online for limousines, buses and multi-passenger vehicles. Special holiday treats provided by Merrygold & Honey. This is an experience you don’t want to miss! For more information please call 441-5830 ext. 319, email cathy. or visit www. for more information.

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folk Academy building in Downtown Norfolk with two large Rehearsal Halls, a Student Resource Center, a centrally located Box Office, costume and prop storage, and a 100 seat performance venue. The Hurrah Players have received many awards and their students have been invited to perform in The District of Columbia; New York City, New York; Disney World; Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; and London. They also perform for numerous civic groups, community organizations, and local charities each year. They have established an Annual Fund to help support affordable, high-quality educational programs and performances to a diverse demographic and provide tuition assistance for local children who otherwise cannot afford to participate in our educational programs. Yiorgo is our very own Hampton Road’s Arts and Entertainment, and Sports journalist. A stage, TV and movie actor, he is also an educator, motivational speaker, writer, storyteller, columnist, and is also involved in the colorful world of professional wrestling.

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Pancakes, Paws and Santa Claws „ Where: Virginia Zoo, Norfolk „ When: Dec. 3, 8 a.m. „ For more information: visit http://tinyurl. com/h839kwe Join us for Pancakes, Paws and Santa Claws at the Virginia Zoo! Eat breakfast with Santa, meet Zoo animal ambassadors, make a craft, enjoy all-day Zoo admission and take home a lasting memento of you and Saint Nick.


Pajama Jams 5K Run and Pajama Dance Party „ Where: 24th Street Park, Virginia Beach „ When: Dec. 3, 8 a.m. „ For more information: visit http://tinyurl. com/zh4j67w This exciting, inaugural 5K Pajama Run is a kick off for our 8th annual “PJs for the Holidays Pajama Drive.” This year’s drive runs Dec. 3-16. Runners are encouraged to wear their pajamas during the race and to bring pajamas to donate. The race will be one of our major fundraisers in 2016 – 100 percent of the funds raised will help support our program throughout the Hampton Roads community. Last year’s “PJs for the Holidays” campaign raised almost 1,500 pairs of pajamas due in part to our generous sponsors.

Breakfast with Santa „ Where: Mariners’ Museum, Newport News „ When: Dec. 3, 8 a.m. „ For more information: visit http://tinyurl. com/zgmpfx7 Enjoy a hot breakfast with Santa Claus at the Mariners’ Museum! We’ll be listening to A Pirate’s Night Before Christmas reading by Santa and making ornaments and other holiday crafts! Admittance to this event also includes admission to the Museum for the day. Breakfasts will be held at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Dec. 3 and Dec. 10. Tickets are $10 per person and $8 for museum members.

The Ole’ Country Christmas Returns „ Where: Greenbrier Farms, Chesapeake „ When: Dec. 3, 10 a.m. „ For more information: visit http://tinyurl. com/j43fdy4 The Ole’ Country Christmas returns to Greenbrier Farms with our Christmas tree lot and cut-your-own trees. This year we will have even more fresh cut Frazier Fir trees. We also have plenty of cut-your-own trees and we’ll even provide the saw. We also have fresh, homemade wreaths and hundreds of acres of cut-your-own Christmas Trees available until 4:30 p.m. every day through Dec. 24. Santa will also return to the farm this year for photos with children – and even pets!

Celebration Lights „ When: Dec. 3, 5:30-10 p.m. through Jan. 1, 2017 „ Where: Newport News Park „ For more information: visit http://tinyurl. com/hrn2fbs Newport News Park will be transformed by over 800,000 individual lights, creating animated holiday and fanciful scenes. New for 2016 are blooming cherry trees in the Peace Garden, Magical Trees that change colors, a penguin snowball fight, gingerbread people, new toys, and more animated snow tubes that create a snowfall effect. The event continues to refurbish old displays with energy efficient LED bulbs and add new display pieces.


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From MWR Community Recreation, Naval Station Norfolk NORFOLK

All vehicles have been abandoned on the Naval Station and are sold as is. There is no guarantee that the vehicles will run. Vehicles are not guaranteed as to year or state inspection. Special odometer not: do not rely on the odometer reading, as it could be incorrect. Odometer reading could be more or less. Bidders are explicitly advised to closely examine the vehicle they are bidding on. There are no guarantees expressed or implied.

VIEWING OF VEHICLES Vehicles may be viewed at SP-314, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the Monday and Tuesday prior to the day of the auction. There will be a list of vehicles available at the viewing. However, any vehicle may be pulled from the auction up until the moment the auctioneer offers the vehicle for bid. Everyone entering the lot must have valid common access card (CAC) or Military ID card. This auction is only open to our military and CAC card holders – active duty, retirees, dependents and civil service.

of government property – acknowledging the bid price.


All bidders must be registered and have a bidder number. Receipt of a bidder number implies an understanding of the legal obligations to these stated rules and regulations. Registration will start at 10 a.m. on the day of the auction at the auction site. Bidders must register their name and address as they wish them to appear on the Certificate to Obtain Title. The Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Department reserves the right to refuse to register bidders who have previously failed to follow the rules of the auction. Registered bidders are responsible for all bids under their number. You, the registered bidder, are responsible for bids tendered, irrespective of the designated purchaser of the vehicle – i.e. do not buy a car for a friend or relative unless you are prepared to assume responsibility for the purchase. The Certificate to Obtain Title must be made out in the name of the winning bidder. Do not bid on a car and then request that the Certificate to Obtain Title be prepared in someone else’s name.

If payment is made in full on the day of the auction: the highest bidder on each vehicle may pay in full on the day of the auction at the auction site. Such payment must be made in the form of cash or credit card – no checks. If payment is made in full on the day of the auction, the Certificate to Obtain Title – Form 97 – will be prepared immediately and presented to the buyer. Payments are taken until 3:30 p.m. auction day. If payment is not made in full on the day of the auction: the highest bidder must pay a minimum of $20, or 10 percent deposit, whichever is greater, on the day of the auction. This non-refundable payment may be made by cash or credit card. The remaining balance must be paid with cash or credit card – no checks – within five working days. Payment must be made at the Naval Station Impound Lot office, Bldg SP-314 located at the end of 10th Ave., between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. When the complete payment is made within five working days of the auction, the Certificate to Obtain Title will be issued to the buyer. The signed Form 1348-I will act as a bill of sale for removal of the vehicle from the auction site. Failure to make full payment within five working days: the failure on the part of the bidder to make full payment within five working days of the auction will make the sale null and void, and result in the forfeiture of the deposit. The vehicle will then be re-offered for public sale at the next abandoned vehicle auction.



The auction will normally start at noon on Dec. 7, at the direction of the auctioneer. The auctioneer will proceed down the row of vehicles taking verbal bids on each vehicle in turn. Bidders who are interested in a particular vehicle should stand near the vehicle so that the auctioneer will hear their bid. All sales are final. Please be sure of the vehicle you are bidding on. The MWR Department reserves the right to refuse any and all bids and to settle any and all disputes involving bids. This is an absolute auction. There are no extra fees or charges that must be paid. The bid price is the sale price. Once the auctioneer declares a vehicle “sold,” the high bidder must sign a Form 1348-I – transfer

Vehicles must be paid for in full before they are removed from the auction site. Vehicles must be registered and insured to be driven out of the lot. Otherwise, the vehicle must be towed. Buyers have five working days from the day of the auction to remove their vehicle and may do so from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. You must show a signed Form 1348-I, Form 97, or registration for the vehicle to be released. Buyers who have paid in full for their vehicle and have not removed it within five working days will be assessed a $15 per day per vehicle storage charge. Vehicles left for two weeks from the auction date will be declared abandoned and will be towed. Buyers will then


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Home& Garden Be ready: Simple preparations to ensure winter weather doesn’t catch you by surprise When severe weather hits this winter, the difference between being safe and stranded can often come down to how prepared you are. A recent survey by AccuWeather found that the number one weather-related concern Americans have this winter is being caught by surprise by inclement weather. People also worry about being stranded while traveling or experiencing heat or power outages at home. What’s more, weather damage statistics show they have valid cause for concern. According to the United Nations, extreme weather and natural disasters have killed more than 600,000 people and left behind trillions of dollars in damage over the last two decades. While you can’t control the weather, predictive tools can help people better prepare for weather. Knowing when inclement weather is going to arrive, and what to expect, can help people avoid weather-related damage to their homes and vehicles, and stay safer and healthier throughout the winter season.

Types of winter weather damage Snow, ice, wind and extreme cold are common causes of winter weather damage.

Accumulated snow and ice can cause roof collapses, and bring down trees or power lines. Heavy snowfall can force road closures, leaving people in rural areas isolated for long periods of time. Even a small amount of ice can cause roads and walkways to be slick and dangerous for vehicles and pedestrians. Extreme cold can also cause pipes to burst and make furnaces worker harder to warm homes. It can cause car batteries to fail and even create cracks and fissures on paved roads and walkways.

Preparedness tips The top thing you can do to prepare yourself for inclement weather is to be informed and ready, monitoring local weather information and updates. AccuWeather’s new preparedness program, AccuWeather Ready, takes its commitment to keep people prepared and safe even further with the addition of weather preparedness tips and tools including inapp push notifications when bad weather is coming, personalized weather preparedness plans, and tailored emergency kits with detailed shopping lists, adding to the

Time-saving tips so parents can have a little break You wake up before the sun rises to shower and get ready for the day. Soon you hear the patter of tiny feet upstairs. You get breakfast ready for your little ones and then get them dressed. Between packing bags and preparing lunches, you barely have time to grab breakfast for yourself. You rush out the door just in time to make it to work before that big meeting starts.

And all this happens before 8 a.m. Being a parent means juggling not just your own schedule, but those of your children as well. Busy days lead into hectic evenings where there isn’t much time left for yourself. You love your family and you’d do anything to make them happy, but every once in awhile, you wish you could enjoy a little more “me time” and fewer to-do’s. If you feel this way, you’re not alone. Nearly two in three moms have never taken a day completely for themselves, according to a new survey conducted by Luvs and Wakefield Research. So it’s no surprise

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most accurate forecasts all available on the 24/7 AccuWeather Network, AccuWeather. com/Ready and the AccuWeather app. In addition to monitoring the weather, take these steps to ensure inclement weather never catches you by surprise: „ Create emergency kits for your home and car. Your home kit should include water for drinking and cleaning, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food, a flashlight with extra batteries, first aid kit, basic tools like a wrench or pliers, a manual can opener, and a solar charger for your cell phone. Your vehicle kit should include a warm blanket, ice scraper and/or liquid deicer, a shovel, bottled water, non-perishable food, LED flashlights, flares, spare clothes, a first aid kit, basic tools, jumper cables, and an additional source of traction such as sand you can pour under the tires. „ Have a family emergency communi-

cation plan. Inclement weather that moves in quickly can leave loved ones separated. Discuss how everyone will contact each other if you’re separated, and where family members caught away from home will go for shelter. „ Winterize your home and vehicle to ensure both are in top condition to weather the winter. „ Keep backup materials on hand, such as extra clothing and blankets, non-perishable food, bottled water and a backup generator with plenty of fuel in case the power goes out. Winter weather is nothing to overlook – taking easy, proactive steps to prepare before bad weather arrives, in addition to monitoring AccuWeather for trusted information, is critical to keep you, your home and your loved ones safe throughout the season. Courtesy of Brandpoint.

Ready the night before

in addition to dinner. Double the soup and freeze in individual containers so both you and your partner have an easy meal you can grab and go.

Mornings are hectic for families, and a bad one can really set the tone for the entire day. Save time and eliminate stress by doing as much as possible the night before. Select clothes for kids and yourself, prepare lunches, pack bags and bathe in the evening. When the alarm goes off, you’re 75 percent ready to go.

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when most parents long for a little breathing room to relax. Fortunately, with these five tips and tricks, you can ease your schedule and save time throughout the day. Use that extra time for something you enjoy, whether it’s watching your favorite TV show, going for a run or sipping a cup of tea while star gazing.

Make nap time all about you If you have small kids, you probably use the few hours they nap to do laundry, clean the house or catch up on emails. Instead, once or twice a week, use the break to do something just for you. Read a book, catch up on the DVR or even step into the shower! In fact, the Luvs survey found that a quarter of moms would simply value an uninterrupted shower versus going to the spa. Remember, the to-do’s can wait and you’ll feel rejuvenated and happy when the kids wake up.



When you cook twice as much, you cover two meals in the time it takes to make just one. Double the casserole for tonight and freeze half for next week. Cook 2 pounds of chicken so you have lunch for tomorrow

Play date exchange Spearhead a babysitting exchange between you and your parent friends. Offer to bring a few extra kids to the park to give another parent a much needed break. Then next week, swap play date duties so you can enjoy a few hours alone. Your kids will love having friends along, while you get precious “me time.” It’s a win-win for everyone. Courtesy of Brandpoint.

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Arts& Entertainment

Incarnate An unconventional exorcist – Aaron Eckhart – must use his psychic abilities to do battle with a malevolent demon who’s taken over an innocent 11-yearold boy – David Mazouz. But he discovers he’s up against a more formidable foe than he anticipated when it’s revealed that the same malicious entity previously murdered his wife and child. Now he’s in a race against time to defeat his worst enemy before it unleashes its evil wrath upon the entire world.


$3 Movies

JEB Little Creek, Gator Theater – 462-7534

NAS Oceana, Aerotheater – 433-2495

Thursday, Dec. 1

Friday, Dec. 2

6 p.m. The Accountant (R)

8 p.m. FREE: Polar Express (G)

Friday, Dec. 2

Saturday, Dec. 3

6 p.m. Trolls (PG) 9 p.m. Doctor Strange (PG-13) Saturday, Dec. 3

1 p.m. Trolls (3-D) (PG) 4 p.m. Doctor Strange (3-D) (PG-13) 7 p.m. Hacksaw Ridge (R)

Doctor Strange: A former neurosurgeon embarks on a journey of healing only to be drawn into the world of the mystic arts.

Sunday, Dec. 4

1 p.m. Trolls (3-D) (PG) 4 p.m. The Accountant (R) 7 p.m. Doctor Strange (3-D) (PG-13)

Sunday, Dec. 4 Courtesy of Marvel/Disney

1 p.m. Trolls (PG) 3:50 p.m. Doctor Strange (PG-13) 7 p.m. Hacksaw Ridge (R)

1 p.m. FREE: Annie (PG) 4 p.m. Inferno (PG-13) 7 p.m. Hacksaw Ridge (R)

Admission to all movies is only $3 per person at both Aerotheater and Gator Theater. Children ages two and younger are admitted free. Patrons 17 years of age or younger must be accompanied by a paying adult to attend all R rated movies. Doors open approximately one hour before showtimes. Both theaters are now accepting credit cards for admission and snacks. Schedule is subject to change. For your weekly movie showtimes and more, check out the Navy Mid-Atlantic Region MWR website at

“This is my passion” – How Dickens’ Christmas Towne in Nauticus can make it snow at any time By Teresa Annas The Virginian-Pilot Correspondent NORFOLK

Nauticus’ executive director was on Nyquil, which made him more effusive than usual about his pet project, his museum’s gift to the community. Stephen Kirkland made it abundantly clear how much he loves Dickens’ Christmas Towne, and that it emerged from his heartfelt desire to re-create for local families his fond childhood memories of a Portsmouth garden center’s holiday display. “This is my passion,” Kirkland said as the project was being installed in Nauticus’ Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center. Dickens’ Christmas Towne is huge – 15,000 square feet – and re-creates London streets in Victorian England, the era of Charles Dickens, author of “A Christmas Carol.” This year it is, as Nauticus’ promotional materials broadcast, “bigger, bolder, brighter.” Christmas Towne now features nearly nonstop stage performances – a magic act, juggling, puppets, a Christmas play, acoustic music. In previous years, stage shows were intermittent, instead emphasizing performers roaming the “streets.” The attraction extends this year to New Year’s Eve, with additional daily programming in that final week that is less holiday-focused. The museum has scrutinized every corner of Christmas Towne toward a more interactive and immersive experience. For example, the enormous train sets traveling over, under and around a snowy mountain have returned, but now visitors can send small hot-air balloons over that scene. In response to a Facebook post by a patron last year who thought Christmas Towne was like walking around in a snow globe, it will “snow” after each puppet and stage show. And new games were concocted: Youngsters may pitch fake snowballs into Scrooge’s window, or try to toss cornhole bags into chimneys to help Father Christmas deliver presents; he’s Santa’s Victorian counterpart who will reign over festivities each day. There’s also a petting zoo on Saturdays, and a “pub” with snacks, meals and even alcoholic beverages, provided by Omar’s Carriage House. And all for $5. Kirkland has doggedly retained that low fee, which so far has not yielded a profit, even though the 2014 premiere version drew 23,000 ticket buyers, more than twice the predicted number, and last year drew 20,000. Why not raise the fee? “This is why, and I gush about this,” Kirkland said, explaining that Dickens, in 1843, wrote his classic holiday book in just six weeks. Before

„ Dickens’ Christmas Towne begins Dec. 2 What: Dickens’ Christmas Towne Where: Nauticus’ Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center, 1 Waterside Drive, Norfolk When: Dec. 2: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 3-18: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays through Sundays. Dec. 19-31: daily and hours will vary. Closed Christmas. Cost: $5, free for ages 2 and younger For more information: call 664-1000 or visit it was published, the author insisted on a fancy red cover and gold-edged pages – and a low price tag. He paid for it himself. “So our goal is making it affordable for families, just like Dickens,” Kirkland said. Christmas Towne is one of numerous programs happening this weekend. The half-marathon, Grand Illumination Parade and other activities kick off Holidays in the City, a season-long series covering downtown Norfolk and Olde Towne Portsmouth. The calendar of events is at Nauticus worked with Virginia Stage Company from the start, but this year opted to refresh the attraction with a new partner – Magical Solutions Inc. of Virginia Beach, which provides novelty acts for Beach Street USA. Topher Jones, Magical Solutions’ project manager, has had a role in the past two Christmas Townes, as a caroler and a stage actor. This year “the entertainment itself is more engaging. The puppet show is going to be in their faces, for the kids.” He wrote and directed a stage play, “Scrooge’s Goodwill,” to be performed throughout each day by live actors. But the biggest hit is expected to be the 30-minute puppet show created by E.C. Hanna, a fourth-generation puppeteer from Allentown, Pennsylvania, now living in Norfolk. A week ago he sat in his Ghent apartment, surrounded by 17 hand puppets representing characters in “A Christmas Carol,” from Ebenezer Scrooge to Tiny Tim. He created the show in September with his 77-year-old grandmother at her home in Pennsylvania. “It’s the biggest one ever – for me and for Grandma,” Hanna said. Hanna, 24, grew up creating and performing puppet shows with his father, grandmother and great-grandmother. His grandmother started it all when her kids were young, and gradually went professional.

He showed a picture on his iPhone of himself as a 6-yearold towhead, posed with his puppeteering clan at a festival. Hanna also acted from grades five through 10 in a local production of “A Christmas Carol.” “I always liked the story a lot,” Hanna said, who has a degree in media, culture and the arts from The King’s College in New York City. “I like the moral center of it.” With so many characters to create in one month, he skipped sketches and went straight to making the puppets. He began by rummaging through “Grandma’s basement,” where he found bolts of Antron fleece, the puppet skin first used by Jim Henson on Kermit the Frog. “It hides the seams,” Hanna said. From boxes of fabric scraps and wigs, he plucked all they needed to make faces, hair and clothing for his chest-sized puppets. Meanwhile he had copied and pasted the entire book in his computer, and read it twice before cutting, cutting, cutting, to achieve a short version suitable for children. All the dialogue is from the book, he said. But he’s taken some liberties. His conceit is to have the Pickwick Puppet Theatre set in the year Dickens released the book, and so the fictional troupe wasn’t yet clear on the story. They present a Ghost of Christmas Pheasant instead of Christmas Present, for example, until Dickens himself comes along to straighten them out. “Because ‘Christmas Carol’ is pretty dark and heavy to do it straight, you’re going to lose some of the kids. So we bring in the silly,” Hanna said. “I just really want it to go well. I’ve given it a lot of thought, a lot of energy. I just hope the story really connects with people.” For his version, children are invited onstage, then discover that the puppet show takes place in nearby townhouses and shop windows. To achieve that, Hanna and three other puppeteers will be hustling up and down scaffolding behind the walls, dropping one puppet to pick up another in a different window, and also dashing onstage for live roles. “If we’re not out of breath, we’re doing something wrong,” Hanna said.

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Sports WWE Hall of Famer Ron Simmons to appear in Norfolk this weekend By Jonathan McLarty Contributing Writer NORFOLK

Vanguard Championship Wrestling’s (VCW) ninth annual Lutz Memorial Cup will be taking place on Dec. 3, at Norfolk Masonic Temple. Over the course of the evening, there will be an eight-man tournament to determine the winner of the prestigious Lutz Memorial Cup. WWE Hall of Famer Ron Simmons will be on hand at this event, taking photos and signing autographs for the fans as well as presenting the Cup to the winner of the tournament. Simmons is best known for his time competing in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and as “Faarooq” in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). Competing under his real name in WCW, Simmons made history by going on re-

cord as the first African American to win their World Heavyweight Title. The following wrestlers have been signed to compete in this tournament: Phil Brown, VCW Commonwealth Heritage Champion Colby Corino, VCW United States Liberty Champion Romonus, Ring of Honor star Rhett Titus, Sean Denny, Ross Hall, Benjamin Banks, and Gino. This is a single elimination tournament, meaning there are no second chances for the competitor who loses their match. The Quarter, Semi, and Final round matches will all take place on Dec. 3. The Quarterfinal matches are assigned as follows: Rhett Titus versus Colby Corino, Ross Hall versus Gino, Sean Denny versus Benjamin Banks, and Phil Brown versus Romonus. On Oct. 1, Colby Corino defeated Gino in a singles match by questionable means, so

that may be the added motivation for Gino to advance to the Semifinal round in hopes that Corino wins his match against Rhett Titus. Since VCW’s Oct. 1, event, several notable developments have occurred regarding a couple of the company’s title holders. On Oct. 1, in Sean Denny’s first defense of the United States Liberty Championship, Romonus surprised the VCW audience by defeating Denny for his championship. Also, news has broken recently that current Commonwealth Heritage Champion Colby Corino will be heading to Japan in January for an extended stay. Corino will be training in the New Japan Pro Wrestling dojo, therefore the future of his title reign will have to be addressed at the Lutz Cup event. Advance admission tickets for the Dec. 3, event may be purchased at In addi-

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tion, tickets for the pre-show meet and greet, including photo-op and autographs, may be purchased as well. Ron Simmons will be taking place in the meet and greet session from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and the wrestling action will get underway at 7:30 p.m. This event will be held at Norfolk Masonic Temple located at 7001 Granby Street in Norfolk,


Over the years, as one teammate after another left Roush Fenway Racing for driving positions elsewhere, Greg Biffle remained loyal to Jack Roush, who first hired Biffle in 1998 to race in the Camping World Truck Series. Last week, that unusually long run came to an end as Biffle and Roush Fenway announced in a team release that they’d be parting ways. In the years since Biffle and Roush first hooked up, Biffle won 16 truck races and the series championship in 2000. He also won 20 Xfinity Series races and the 2002 title, then moved to the elite Cup Series full time in 2003, driving Roush’s No. 16 Ford with 19 victories to his credit. But Biffle’s last Cup win came in 2013, and the recently concluded 2016 season produced the most disappointing results of his career. He had just one top-five finish, two other top-10s and finished a career-worst 23rd in the final points standings. But for Biffle, unlike his former teammates who left Roush and found success elsewhere, it might be too late to regain the glory of his earlier days. He’ll turn 47 on Dec. 23, and in today’s NASCAR world, that essentially makes him a senior citizen.

Courtesy of NASCAR Biffle drove the No. 16 Ford at Roush Fenway, but no replacement driver for the car has been named.

Unless there are some unexpected developments in the next couple of months, all the seats at the top-performing multi-car teams are filled. The opportunities that existed for his former teammates simply aren’t there this time. Former Roush drivers Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards both landed at Joe Gibbs Racing, where they’ve become regular contenders to both win races and the championship. After he left Roush and before he retired, Mark Martin won five races and finished second in the standings in a Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet in 2009, and Ja-

mie McMurray won the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400 in 2010 driving for Chip Ganassi. Although Biffle has expressed frustration over the declining performance at Roush Fenway, he was focusing on the positives of his career in his comments announcing his departure from the team. “We’ve had an incredible run, and I am so appreciative for the opportunity to be a part of Roush Fenway,” Biffle said in a team release. “For a kid that grew up Washington, I’m extremely proud of everything we have been able to accomplish over the last 19 years – both on and off the track. I’ve enjoyed ev-

ery minute. I’m excited about the next chapter of my life, and I look forward to exploring other opportunities – particularly in radio and television – both inside and outside of NASCAR. I’m thankful to Jack Roush for the opportunity to have driven his race cars for all these years. It’s very rare in this sport to have been able to stay with one team this many years, and to have been as successful as we have been.” Roush also had good things to say about Biffle. “I don’t have the words to say what Greg has meant to this organization,” veteran team owner Roush said. “He is a true racer who has

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always exhibited a will to win and an intense passion for speed. For almost two decades Greg has given us an opportunity to run up front and compete for wins. Greg exemplifies what every owner hopes for in a driver, and I’m extremely thankful for having him as part of our organization. I know that Greg and I will maintain a strong friendship, and I look forward to leaning on him on occasion as we continue to work on improving our performance.” Officials from Ford Motor Co., which has backed Roush and Biffle for years, also thanked Biffle for his contributions. “Greg Biffle has done so much for Ford during his NASCAR career, and all we can do is thank him for being such a hard-charging competitor and loyal ambassador to our brand,” Global Director of Ford Performance Dave Pericak said in a statement. “Greg has achieved many milestones with us and no matter where his career path takes him from here, he’ll always be a welcome member of the Ford family.” Biffle’s exit leaves Roush with two drivers, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in the No. 17 and Trevor Bayne in the No. 6. There was no immediate word on what would become of Biffle’s No. 16 team, which has a charter that either needs to be used by Roush, leased to another team or surrendered. Also last week, reported that Robbie Reiser, the general manager and a longtime leader at Roush Fenway, has been relieved of his duties. And Zest soap, one of the sponsors of Stenhouse’s No. 17, announced that it would not return in 2017.

Pound-for-pound king still motivated as next title defense looms By Thomas Gerbasi LAS VEGAS, NV.

Demetrious Johnson wasn’t always the pound-for-pound king of mixed martial arts, the UFC flyweight champion who has defended his title eight times and counting as he heads into title defense number nine, Nov. 26. He used to be just a hungry kid who had dreams of being the best and of changing his life forever. And in April 2010, he was as wide-eyed as any fighter when told that if he won Fight of the Night honors in his WEC debut against Brad Pickett, he would have an extra $65,000 in his pocket. “Sixty-five G’s sounds good to me,” Johnson recalls with a laugh. “I was about to fight my ass off. I’m a poor ass kid from the ghetto. If I was on the street and there was a package of hot dogs and two crows fighting over it, I would get into a fight with those crows.” Johnson didn’t win that bonus, or the fight with Pickett. But over the next six-plus years, he would only lose one of his next 16 fights, that coming to Dominick Cruz in his last fight in the bantamweight division. Five months later, he debuted in the UFC’s flyweight class and he is undefeated at 125 pounds and the most dominant champion in the promotion. In other words, everything has changed

since 2010 except his motivation. That remains the same. “I’m a self-motivator,” Johnson said. “I’m not out there searching for motivation or what’s going to give me that fire underneath my ass to get out there and fight again. I just like working out, I love learning, I love competing and this is my job and what I do for my family. This is how I bring in the bread.” It almost seems unfathomable that a fighter who does such complex things in the Octagon can whittle his motivation down to his desire to put food on the table for his wife and kids. But maybe that’s the secret. At 30, Johnson is who he is, and he’s not about to change for anyone. So don’t expect trash talk wars, epic Instagram posting sprees or headline-grabbing statements. “Mighty Mouse” knows all of the above sells, but he’s not interested in that part of the pro sports game. And as he prepares for an opponent the world will not find out about until Wednesday night, when the final episode of The Ultimate Fighter 24 airs, he’s not going to look past whoever that might be and declare that this is one king not about to lose his crown. “When people look back on my career, they can be like, ‘This guy had the most potential to capitalize and get the maximum dollar just by talking st,’” Johnson said. “I can talk like

that, but that’s not the way I look at it. This is a sport and anything can happen. I can be knocked out, I can get submitted. But I go in and I train my ass off in the gym and I look at it as just another fight. I have five rounds, 25 minutes to go out there and fight and then we’ll see what happens.” Up until those 25 minutes, and the seconds after it, he prefers to be Demetrious Johnson. He talks about a recent trip to the gym when someone said, “Have a good day, champ.” Johnson appreciated the gesture but, at the same time, he’s just fine with being Demetrious. “I appreciate it, but I’m not gonna be champ forever,” Johnson said. “That’s just my personality. I got into this sport to fight and to make money and be the best and I don’t wrap my head around this whole pound-for-pound list. You guys can take me off the pound-for-pound list. I’m still going to fight exactly the same.” That attitude may be why some think he will be champ for as long as he wants to be. The Kentucky native, who has long made his home in Parkland, Washington, refuses to get caught up in the trappings of the fight game. Ask him if he was a religious viewer of the series that was going to determine his next challenger, and he says he probably spent more time on the video gaming hobby that has

made him one of the most popular account holders on the Twitch streaming service. And while it seems to be a complete 180 from his day job, in reality, it’s put Johnson closer with his fan base as he still stays focused on life outside of fighting. “When I started doing Twitch, I looked at it as a different avenue to interact with my fans outside of mixed martial arts,” Johnson said. “I’m interacting with them on another level about one of the things I’m very, very passionate about, and that I was passionate about before I got into fighting, which is video games. It’s almost like people can see my personality, and it’s a good thing because you see a lot of these fighters who obsess about fighting.” Johnson’s not that guy. That may make some wonder how dominant he could be if he was obsessive about his fighting career. Answer: he might not be as dominant. In fact, he might just be average. Johnson got to this point doing things his way and it’s worked to perfection. Is that the formula for greatness for every fighter? No, but it is for “Mighty Mouse,” who prefers his obsessions to lean toward video gaming. “I’m a night owl,” Johnson laughs. “I don’t like to go to bed at nine, so I start playing. I could sit there and watch fights all day and get mesmerized. Nah, I’d rather go kill a dragon and get some new gear. That’s just my choice.”



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General/Other PERSONAL ASSISTANT Wide variety of Personal and Household Chores such as Driving, Light Housekeeping, Breakfast and Lunch. Boating/Yatching Skills a plus if in the 45â&#x20AC;&#x2122;-50â&#x20AC;&#x2122; range. Call 757-625-4137 3 pm - 7 pm, resumes will be appreciate at

Healthcare/ Medical HOSPICE DIRECTOR, RN - Virginia Health Services has opening for a Hospice Director and in need of an experienced R.N. to lead the charge. To apply email resume to: EOE. LPN EXP nurse for busy GI practice: assist with office and ENDO procedures. FT with competitive benefits.

Landscaping/ Lawn Maintenance Landscape Laborer - Temporary, full-time 2/13/17-11/17/17. 25 jobs w/Clipper's Inc. in VA Beach, VA & job sites in York, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth & Virginia Beach cty/cntys. Use hand/power tools/equip. Lay sod, mow, trim, plant, water, fertilize, dig, rake; assist w/ sprinkler install. Entry level/reqâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s supervsn. No exp. req'd/will train. Lift/carry 50 lbs, when nec. Drug test req'd prior to starting work & at random, upon suspicion, & post-accident. Background check req'd. 35 hr/wk 7AM-2:30PM M-F. Sat/Sun work req'd, when nec. Wage is no less than $11.90/hr (OT varies @ $17.85/hr). Raise/bonus at emplr discretion. Inbound transport (incl. meals &, as nec, lodging) to place of employ provided or paid to wkrs residing outside normal commute distance by completion of 50% of job period. Return transport provided or paid to same wkrs if wkr completes job period or is dismissed early. Wkrs are guaranteed offer of 3/4 of work hrs each 12-wk period. Tools, supplies, equip, & uniform provided at no cost. Potential deduct for add'l uniform pieces, advances, daily trans. to/from wksite from central loc and/or reasonable cost of lodging may apply. Emplr may assist to secure wkr-paid lodging if needed. Emplr provides incidental transport btw job sites. Interview req'd. Fax resume to (703) 266-9745 or apply at: VEC-Norfolk, 5145 East Virginia Beach Boulevard, Norfolk, VA 23502, (757) 455-3960. JO#938598.

For Rent-Condo Town Center-2 master BR condo, 2.5 BA, central heat/air, fireplace, pool, no pets. $1100.

Ward & Hollingsworth Realty 497-4838

For Lease-Industrial Offices & Lg Shop Space-(1,000-20,000 sq ft). All utils inclu. Zoned I&M. Call Fred 499-8000

Office Warehouse Chesapeake 1200 & 1500 sq. ft. Call 485-1323.

For Rent-Norfolk Apts A Newer Remodeled 1 BR apt., walk-in closet, E. Ocean View. $625. Water included. 646-2398.

GHENT-8 Great Locations 1 & 2 BR, free heat & hot H20, $650-$995. Meredith Mgmt. 622-8233

Plumbing/Heating/Air NORFOLK PLUMBING, INC. â&#x20AC;&#x153;THE ORIGINALâ&#x20AC;? 757-466-0644 â&#x20AC;&#x153;YOUR PLUMBERS IN THE BRIGHT YELLOW TRUCKSâ&#x20AC;?

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Together, we will defeat deadly childhood diseases. 800-822-6344 â&#x20AC;˘

CJ BAIL BONDS LLC Veteran Owned and Operated: Fast, Friendly & Always Open call: 757-510-1389

Roofing-Guttering AA+ Affordable Roofing-To meet your budget. Over 20 yrs. exp. Complete new roof or roof repairs. Lots of refâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Call Stanleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Affordable. Free Est. Licâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d & Insâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d. Member BBB. Senior Citizen Discount. 757-289-0044

CALVINâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S ROOFING REPAIR - Roofing of all types-flat, gutters, slate, shingle, torch down/rubber. Free est, 30+ yrs exp. BBB. Lic/Ins 757-382-0031


Household, demo inside & out, construction sites, dumpster drop off, backhoe work. We haul it all! 20 yrs exp, lic & ins. 485-1414



Call (757) 880-5215

Reasonable Rates, Licensed & Insured. 757-576-1290

Consignment Auction, 421-2525. VA #527

6 yds $205, Mulch $25/yd; Compost $30/yd. Rock, Sand & Firewood. D. Millerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 482-5083


All Handyman, Int & Ext: Bathrooms, Small Jobs, Remodel. 30 Yrs. Exp. BBB A+ Rating. 430-2612.

Hawkins Enterprise, Inc. Specializing in

Saturday, Dec. 17, 9:30 AM, Peoples

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Phoebus Auction Gallery. Big New Years Day Auction, Jan 1, 2017. VAAR #1597. 722-9210.

Maltese-UKC reg, male pups, will be small.

Good Things To Eat




Kayak2016 Wilderness Systems Ride 115X Max with paddle. Blue/Black color, Air Pro Max Hi-Low Seat, Removable Console, 2 months old, only been on the water 3 times. (Trailer Not Included) Call 757-850-8197; Text 757-870-7067; Email $1000.00

Nikon, Zeiss, Rolleiflex, Graphlex, 4x5 & 8x10 View Cameras, Etc. Also Antique Cameras Entire Collections Purchased. No Brownies, Box Cameras or Polaroids. 757-481-5375.

COMPLETE YARD WORK-Weeding, mulching,

Fully Insured

American Bulldog Pups-NKC reg, 1st shots,

at 12 Noon. Call 461-5765 for info.

WANTED: Professional Film Cameras Leica,

20 Yrs. Concrete Exp.-S & H. All Types of

Call 466-9100

AKC Lab Pups w/1st shots & vet ck, 757-5639766 or

charged-2013 260 rxpx super charged, 42 hours, all services up to date -2013 260 limited super charged with hydraulic suspension and reverse 48 hours, all services up to date -triton double ski trailer priced new at 2200 included with skis -double jet ski dock prices new at 5500included with skis -retail market price for all items 23,500 asking 16,500 - priced firm, serious inquires only -757-761-2375 ask for Jimmy Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss out on this great end of season deal!

Jackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Towing, monthly auto auction 3rd Sat.

Cash Paid For All


H J.D. BAKER Concrete Contractor H

healthy, $800. Great Christmas presents.! Ready Dec. 9. 252-338-7775.

seadoo 2013 260 rxpx, 260 limited super

Dec. 17. Now Accepting Consignments. 463-1911


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American Flyer, Lionel, LGB, HO & ALL TYPES TRAINS & TOYS WANTED CALL 757-715-5173

D&W Garages - 20x24' $15,995; 24x24'

Concrete work. Driveways. We Accept All Major Credit Cards. 652-4050.





lawn equipment. No riding mowers. Call 412-5664.

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Brick Repairs & Point Up, Walls, Steps, Etc. Semi-Retired Stone Mason, Earl Smith, AKA Stone Smith. Free Est & Great Prices. You Wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Find A Better Man. 757-270-0578

Lawn & Garden FREE PICK UP of your broken or unwanted



Brick Block Work

Southampton Stockyard, Courtland, Va. Saddles & Tack Sell at 6 PM. Horses & Ponies Sell Following the Tack. Info 804-227-3434.

Boat Gear/Equipment

24/7. Free Estimates.

business Uncontested. $395 + $86 filing fee. No court appearance required. Wills $275. Se Habla Espanol Hilton Oliver, atty. 757-490-0126

Diamond Back Mountain Bike, like brand


Working or Broken

Watersports/Jet Skis

Bikes-Mopeds-Dirt Bikes

New & Used Trailers & Parts BOBâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S BOAT TRAILERS 857-6878 (CLIP AD)

Wrist Watches

Olde Towne Antiques/Flea Mkt: Dec. 3, 10-2 PM. Fantastic Finds & Terrific Treasures! 339-1876

Horse & Tack Auction, Sat, Dec. 3


ESTATE SALES MOVING SALES We Offer On-Site Tag Sales With A Knowledgeable & Courteous Sales Team. Over 45 Yrs. Exp. In Handling Antiques, Estates & Moving Sales. References Available. We Do It All For You! Call Larry Zedd 422-4477.

Horses, Cattle, etc.

new, $400 or best offer. 757-853-3568.


Articles For Sale STORE FIXTURES ~ SUPPLIES ~ FURNITURE WAREHOUSE CLEARANCE! December 4th & 5th 8am to 4pm. Come on out and make us an offer! 353 VILLAGE ROAD VA BEACH


ROOFING/FLAT RUBBER, HOT TAR, Shingles, Slate, Tile, Chimney Flashing, Siding. Licensed & Insured Call Today! 757-718-1072

The Patriot Pub. Military Concept Pub. Specials for all Active Duty and Vets. Lunch specials for all military personal in uniform at 15% off. Gold star wall, Red Fridays and please bring in memorabilia to add to the walls. Bring in this add for an additional 5%.

Electrical Work 10% OFF ABSOLUTELY ANY JOB Free Estimates $100 OFF ANY BREAKER BOX COLE ELECTRIC - 498-2653

CASTLES ELECTRICAL Residential/Commercial, FREE ESTIMATES, LOW PRICES. Master Electricians, Licâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d & Insâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d. 355-1545, 355-1643

Siding BEST PRICE EXTERIORS: 757-639-4692 Precious Pets Transport Srv, LLC, 888-240-7225 Professional Pet Relocation Services Domestic & International Pet Travel Ask about our military discounts

Siding, Windows, Trim, Roofing & Gutters. FREE ESTIMATES! Lic. & Insured. Lowest Prices & Top Quality Work. BBB A Plus Rating

Frankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Siding & Repairs 227-8964 Repairing Siding & Trim. Also Small & Large Jobs. Lic/Ins. LOW PRICES. BBB A+ RATING.

Music/Dance Class Shotokan Karate of Hampton Roads Kids & Adults, 6 days/week. Warwick Center. Call Sensei Steve at 757 329 0358

Tree Service 100% ALL TREE & SHRUB REMOVAL


St. Jude patient, Denise, with her father Chief Petty OfďŹ cer, Travis Hale

Pest Control

Pruning, Broken Limbs, Bucket Truck, Overgrowth Removal & Cleanup. Lic & Ins. 757-282-3823.

Custom wood, alum., chain link, vinyl. Quality work, great prices. Free Est. 35 Yrs. Exp. 757-438-7057.


Floors Divine Home Improvements Hardwood refinishing/installation. Carpet, laminate & ceramic tile. Exterior/int repairs. 757-769-6457.

& complete tree removal, stump grinding avail. Senior Citizen Disc. Theo 515-6933. Josh 309-0115

UNIVERSAL PEST & TERMITE. FREE INSPECTIONS. 757-502-0200 (Mention This Ad and Get $25 Off)

College Cuts-College student w/integrity. Tree removal, tree pruning, hedge trimming, stump grinding. Lic/Ins. 757-955-7738.

Plastering/Drywall NEW FLOORING FAST!! We'll bring samples to your home, measure, and can even install the next day. We are Hampton Roads largest flooring dealer, so you get your floors installed right and at the lowest price guaranteed. CALL 453-8000 for your free quote.

A1 PLASTER & REPAIR 32 Yrs Exp. Small Repair Specialist. Affordable Pricing. Licensed & Insured.We Get The Job Done! 237-5999

Pruning. Trimming, Removal. Firewood. Free Estimates. Licensed & Insured. 420-6396

CEILING REPAIRS 757-403-4689

Free Stump Grinding With Tree Removal H 100% Price Match Guarantee. 757-587-9568 H



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For Rent-Norfolk Apts

For Rent-To Share

Renovated 2 Bedrms. $750 Mo.

Cedar Grove Acres. House to share, unfur-

Ingleside Square Apts. 3515 Gatling Ave. 466-8111

nished+ furn 2 BR & bath. Fitness rm, laundry, office, kit., din rm, patio, off-street parking. $1000 mo+ $1000 dep. Utils inclu. Carol 757-778-1221.

Move in Special! Ocean View-1 & 2 bdrm units. Gregory Realty 855-3315 OCEAN VIEW-Nice 1-2 BR, 5 locations, must see. Carpet/wood, air, laundry, $595-$790.

Antiques & Classics

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Automobiles for Sale

Center, 1, 2 & 3 BR’s avail, unfurnished, 560-7672

Wards Corner - 1BR, $650 & 2BR, $750 Call 460-1992 or 625-8193.

For Rent-Portsmouth Apts $250 Security Deposit. Waterview Colonial Manor Starting at $675. Immediate Availability, 393-2111

For Rent-Portsmouth House Churchland, W. Branch, Suffolk Homes, apts, twnhmes. $725-$1800. Kline Realty 484-0123

For Rent-Rooms Campus East, Virginia Beach $375+util+Dep. Room for Rent. Laundry on Site. Off St Parking. Working roommates, Clean. Rachelle 585-216-7901

Chesapeake-Near offices & school, priv. bath, use of kitchen, $595 mo., 757-580-5587. Furn Rm-Va. Bch, off Oceana, clean, quiet, no drama home, background ck, $500. 635-5151

Princess Anne & Newtown Rd. 757-513-3836,

Mercury 2008 Sable FANTASTIC CAR: New tires,brakes,inspection. Low miles. Super clean. $5,500 call 757-422-6023 Excellent Driving Car

For Rent-Townhomes Townhouse in nice area. $1300/Mo Call 757-5820042

For Rent-Va. Beach Apts OCEANA/HILLTOP AREA Newly renovated throughout, Spacious 2 BR, 1 BA. $795/mo. 631-1306.

Audi 2012 A5 Quattro, black on black, cpe, , 34K mis, loaded. 1 owner. $23,900. 757-748-6215

8305 Atlantic Ave. $2200/month - YEARLY Call Chas Ferguson 7574168280 - Atkinson Realty

For Sale-Home (All)

a quiet gated community within walking distance to everything the oceanfront and boardwalk area has to offer. Freshly refinished wood flooring and a lovely kitchen with granite countertops and brand new stainless steel appliances. 3 bdrm, 2.5 bth, 2120 sq ft. Listing price: $364,900. Contact: Emily Cole 757-343-8605 or Alex Abdolahzadeh 757-651-6275 A+E Real Estate Team, Howard Hanna William E. Wood

Chesapeake- Nice area, fenced in yard, utilities included. $500 per/mo. Call 757-560-0575

For Sale-Land/Farm/Timber

Va. Bch-Nice area. Furnished rm, washer/dryer,

LAND AUCTION: 613Ac Nelson County

VB, General Booth-Lg. Furn BR., Kit. Priv’s, Utils. Incl. Dep. & Ref’s, Employed. $550. 721-9546.

Friday Dec.2 at Blue Mtn Brewery in Afton VA >474 acres on the Rockfish River w/ mtn top views. Very private. Offered in 7 Tracts. >143 acres w/ mtn top views near Wintergreen, wineries, breweries, & more. Offered in 3 tracts. Details at or (434)847-7741 Torrence, Read, Forehand Auctions VAAF501


For Sale-Norfolk Home

Virginia Beach Aragona Village Room For Rent to an active duty male person. There is smoking outside or in the garage. Everything included and cox cable. I do have a bed and dressers if needed. 420.00 per month call Ron at 757-749-8035


Weblin, Va Bch-Cable, Wi-Fi, bedrm, own bath, near Diamond Springs/Newtown Rd. $500 mo for all. Call John 757-550-5075.


Oceanfront Enjoy the best of both worlds in

ROOM FOR RENT - Great Bridge area of

VB, Birdneck/24th - 1 Furn’d BR, Quiet, No Smoking/Pets. $555 Incl Utils + Dep. 718-1813

LET US CLEAN/SELL/FINANCE YOUR RV! Call Dennis @ 757-249-1257


Honda 1995 Del Sol 5 speed Del Sol with 115000 original miles in incredible conditional condition inside and out. Red with T Top. Like new. Grandpa’s car keep in garage.$5200 obo 757-572-0916 leave message

Mitsubishi 2007 Eclipse Gray Spyder GT, Sports Package, convertible. Excellent condition, Gray leather interior, fully loaded. Newer top, brakes, tires and headlights. 6 cyl. 101,000 miles. $8,000.

NEED A CAR? Honda 2007 CRV. Ex 131,000 miles. 6995.00. New inspection. Very clean 635-1744



Wheelchair vans from $9995 Mobility Works is the largest mobility dealer in Virginia and the nation with over 800 vehicles to choose from. VA approved. We have low rate financing available with approved credit. Located in the Military Circle area of Norfolk so we’re close to all points in Tidewater. We have experience and compassion to find the best solution for your needs. Give us a call today @757-455-9889. DROP BY AND VISIT OUR SHOWROOM AT 6059 E. VIRGINIA BEACH BLVD. NORFOLK.

Motor Homes Legacy 2015 37’ Diesel Pusher, loaded, 6600 mis., MSRP $232,000. Now $129,500. Snyders RV 499-8000.

Four Winds 2005 28R, new tires, new inspection, runs great, sleeps 6. $14,995. Processing fee $225. Snyder’s RV 499-8000.

JAGUAR 2003 X TYPE Beautiful car, one owner, low miles, garage kept, like new, $5795 4872219

Sport Utility Vehicles

Kia 2002 Spectra, 5 spd, 4 dr., new inspec-

Ford 2004 Explorer, 94K, blue, V-6, auto, a/c, alloy wheels, excel cond, $5000. 757-497-4740

tion, gas sipper, $1500 obo. 757-228-6656.

Olds 2002 Bravada, new insp, brakes, leathTOYOTA 2003 MR2 SPYDER Garaged 2-seat conv. 89k $6,700 OBO. 718-9460 BENTLEY 2008 CONTINENTAL “SPEED” COUPE 2-DOOR, V-12 TWIN TURBO AWD, LOW MILES, BLACK EXT. DARK GRAY INT., NEW CONDITION, “SPEED” EDITION, CARBON FIBER DASH, NAV., BACK UP ASSIST, BLUETOOTH, TEXT AUTO CONVERT, NEW TIRES, BENTLEY-SERVICED, WARRANTY, EXTREME PERFORMANCE & LUXURY ALL-IN-ONE, CARFAX CERTIFIED, BOOK VALUE $98,600. OFFERED AT $64,890. CALL (757)373-3257. VaDlr BMW 2007 650i Convertible $28,500 garage kept, only 33k miles, excellent mint condition. Also have clear protected laminate on hoods, bumpers, and sides of vehicle. Interior and exterior is new. All maintenance is up to date. Serious buyer only. Call Brian (757) 581-4504


For Sale-Waterfront

CALL 757-717-1715 VA DLR

EXCLUSIVE LAKEFRONT - MUST GO! Priced Chevy 2013 Volt Exc cond, 38-mile battery plug-in/ gas; 20,205 mi; $13K obo; 757-495-1157 CHRYSLER 2008 SEBRING HARDTOP CONVERIBLE LIMITED EDITION! LOADED! $3150 OBO 323-1190.


FORD 2011 RANGER XLT Grey, 4 cylinder, 33,000 miles, Very Good Condition. Below Kelley Blue Book. $14,600.00 Call or text (757) 705-7553.

Vans Toyota 2012 Corolla 70,000 mi excellent condition, one owner. Maintenance record available upon request. $10,000.00. 757-535-1338.

Chevrolet 2012 Express 2500 LT Red 8 passenger, 6.0L. 31100 miles EC $17900 7574848881 Dodge Caravan 2004 SXT 135K AM/FM/CD/DVD Consumer report good year $2,990. 757-390-1315



er, AWD, perfect cond, $3700 obo. 757-228-6656.

TOYOTA 2000 RAV 4, low mileage, new tires, good cond, reliable. $5000 OBO. 757-721-7640.

BMW 2010 X5 48i Alpine White w/ brown leather interior. 53,000 miles. Navigation, side and top view cameras, heated seats, panoramic sunroof. Great condition. Clean title. $24,000 obo. 757-581-3519

Harbor Walk near Little Creek - Like new 2 BR, 2 BA open concept. No yard work! Seller offers $3,000 closing cost assist - $205,000 Call Victoria 757.472.2600/499.5911-Keller Williams Realty

to Sell! Private, wooded 5 acres with over 300ft amazing shoreline. Breathtaking views of the best spot on the lake! Boat dock installed and ready! SACRIFICE $44,000 Call (434) 879-4670

Mini Cooper 2013 Coupe Head-turning hug the road, one owner, new tires, fun motoring, 37700 miles, $13900, wfgunn@gmail, 803.403.3080

Radiance Lightweight 26 ft RV 2014 R-22RBDS Extended Warranty, Never Used Oven/Stove, Shower, Propane Tanks, Fresh Water Holding Tank, Exterior Kitchen, $18,000, Call or Text 703-615-4266 or 757-346-8574

Ford 2012 Mustang GT One owner, muscle car. LOADED! Garage kept. 6 sp/V8. 757-894-5235.

$1600. Glenwood, 4 BR, 2.5 BA, on lake, $1700. Woods of London Bridge-2 BR, 1.5 BA, $1075 plus 3+ BR, gar., end unit, $1650. 687-5300. Apollo Realty 1, Inc.

Kempsville-$300 in exchange for house duties, non smoker/drinker. Ref’s. 757-227-8046.

TV/internet. House priv’s. $490 mo. Professional working person, 757-471-4748, leave message.

BMW 2014 M5 Perhaps the nicest pre-owned M5 nationwide. Black/black with black upgraded factory wheels and tinted windows. Fully loaded with Exec Pkg, LED Lighting Pkg, Cold Weather Pkg, Harmon Kardon sound, etc. Garage-kept, 28k highway miles, all service records, factory warranty remaining. Price is $73k obo (new MSRP $120k), serious inquiries only may text 757-550-1860 anytime.

Brigadoon Pines-4 BR, 2 BA ranch, 11/1/16,

everything + cable inclu., $650 mo. 757-641-3149.

Room For Rent: Off Newton & Princess Anne All Utilities included 10-20 Minutes from Base Furnished $540/mth Call 757-513-3836

Automobiles for Sale

For Rent-Va.Beach House

Green Run-No pets, furnished rm includes

store, $550 mo w/$250 dep .757-967-9113 lv msg

WANTED: 1967-1973 Camaro, 1946-1975 Chevy or GM Conv., 1970-76 Chevy or GM 2 dr hardtop. Any condition. Fast cash. 330-722-5835.

4BR/2.5BA Adorable beach cottage

& laundry rm priv’s, no pets. $625. 757-463-5014.

PORTS.-Furn’d, cable, all utils, 1 blk to bus &

Buick 1967 Skylark Convertible The best of the best. Stunning restoration. Trophy winner. California car until brought to Virginia.No rust ever. Original. One of a kind. Reliable and beautiful. V/8 auto, power windows and top. You will enjoy for years. $24,500. 757-513-3758

Newport News-Denbigh Nice 3 BR 2.5 BA

Great Neck-Master BR w/cable TV, priv. bath, kit

Kempsville Area-Furnished room, HBO/cable, central heat/air, kit., priv’s, $475 mo. Please leave msssage 757-474-1011.


Va. Bch-$540 Mo. All utils, cable, internet inclu.

Some/Most Utils. 625-7110. 588-2359 Southern Park Apt’s near Southern Shop


Mercedes Benz 2003 CLK 430 Convertable 115000 miles, new tires, new inspection, black with silver interior. runs great go anywhere contact ed 757 362 8398 $7500.00 OBO


Toyota 2007 Camry, white, 4 door, 199K mis., good cond, $4900. 757-576-4626.

Ford 2010 E150 White, 8 cy, 91,000, excellent condition. $13,500. mobile 757 201 0406/ 201 4880.


Wanted Automobiles


$ABSOLUTELY ABLY ACQUIRING AUTOS All Makes & Models, Best Price Paid!! FREE TOWING. 749-8035

CALL 757-717-1715 VA DLR


4-Wheel Drives


Toyota 2011 Tundra, 4X4, double cab, 5.7L,

sell, & finance your RV. Snyders RV 499-8000.

TRD off rd, 69K mis. $25,900 neg. 757-717-6875.


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