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Vol. 20, No. 27 Norfolk, VA | | 07.05.12

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Service dogs make dynamic impact on veteran community

By David Todd The Flagship Managing Editor


The crew of amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) marked the 11th Anniversary of the ship’s commissioning with a celebratory meal and cake-cutting ceremony, June 30. Since the 2001 commissioning, Iwo Jima has assumed a unique personality by building upon the will, spirit and dedication of those who served on the first amphibious assault ship, USS Iwo Jima (LPH 2), and those who fought gallantly during the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945. “It is an incredible privilege to serve with this crew.

Throughout history, dogs have carried out a wide range of The reward tasks for their human is seeing counterparts. They protect livestock and how property, provide companionship, and this dog keep their owners out of harm’s way, among helps this other tasks. Service individual, dogs, however, provide a very specific physically and specialized task and for their owners. According to the Americans with Dis- mentally, abilities Act (ADA), being able first implemented in 1990 by President to give the George H.W. Bush, a service dog is de- love of a scribed as “any guide dog, signal dog, or dog – a other animal indi- well trained vidually trained to provide assistance to dog.” an individual with a disability.” And while - Cyndi Perry there are many organizations that provide assistance/service dogs to individuals of all ages with physical and mental health challenges, Veterans Moving Forward (VMF), founded in 2010, has set out from day one to provide service dogs, at no cost, to veterans with physical and mental health challenges, including those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injuries (TBI). In 2009, only eight veterans received financial support from the VA for service dogs, and it is estimated that less than 150 veterans received service dogs through private placement in 2010. Cmdr. Karen Jeffries (ret.), the founder, president and executive director of VMF, and a service-disabled veteran herself, felt that the veteran population with disabilities was being under-served and she wanted to make a difference. “I founded Veterans Moving Forward with my business partner, and we created this very unique model to raise service dogs, as well as provide a network of therapy dogs that can engage in therapy one-on-one, or on a ratio of one to 10 at the group therapy sessions,” she said. VFW currently has seven puppies that are Assistance Dogs in Training, and 13 adult dogs that are anywhere from 2 to 10 years of age that are certified and registered to be therapy dogs at various hospitals, private clinics, long-term care facilities, medical centers or the VA. Jeffries said that seeing the dogs in action speaks volumes to the importance of the services they provide. “I had been raising a service dog for another organization, and in the process of doing that, I watched the miracles that occurred when I would take my dog with me



■ meet Chief and Nathan Given that no two dogs are alike, each dog’s path from puppy to service dog is entirely unique to him or her. Chief is currently in basic training with Sherry Mathews of Yorktown (left) and Nathan is currently in advanced training with Cyndi Perry (right) in Northern Virginia. If you are interested in volunteering for VMF, visit

USS Elrod rescues four people at sea

U.S. Navy Search and Rescue swimmers assigned to the guided-missile frigate USS Elrod (FFG 55) pull one of four survivors aboard their rigidhulled inflatable boat during search and rescue efforts in the Caribbean.

By Ens. Willie Jeter USS Elrod Public Affairs


Norfolk-based frigate USS Elrod (FFG 55) rescued four people from a sinking small boat, June 26, while on patrol in the Caribbean Sea in support of Operation Martillo. Elrod received a call from a maritime patrol aircraft after spotting the submerged vessel. The ship made best speed to the reported site to investigate and located four survivors in distress. The mariners were clinging onto the bow of the damaged boat when Elrod made its approach. A rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB) was

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We came at the right time. I am not sure these people would have lasted much longer.”

lowered to pick up the stranded survivors. One of the four survivors lapsed in and out of consciousness and Chief Hospital Corpsman Cory Perry diagnosed their condition as life-threatening and in desperate need of immediate medical treatment. “We came at the right time,” said Cmdr. Jack Killman, Elrod Commanding Officer.

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NEW SEABEE HEADQUARTERS FACILITY DEDICATED By Daryl C. Smith First Naval Construction Division Public Affairs


The First Naval Construction Division (1NCD) officially dedicated its new headquarters building with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, June 29. More than 16,000 U.S. Navy Seabees who deploy worldwide to provide military construction support and humanitarian assistance are overseen by 1NCD. The building, which incorporates many energy-saving and environmentally-friendly features, was dedicated

MIDDLE SCHOOLERS USE THEIR STEM SKILLS Students are using their science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills to solve problems of Navy interest at the National Defense Education Program (NDEP) Virginia Demonstration Project (VDP) Summer Academy, June 25 - 29. » see A6

in honor of Lt. Carl Milford Olson, a Civil Engineer Corps officer who took part in the North African and Sicilian campaigns during World War II as officer-in-charge of a Seabee pontoon causeway platoon. He helped develop and build many of the fittings and attachments which made the Seabee pontoon causeways successful in landing operations. He was killed on the beachhead at Salerno, Italy on Sept. 13, 1943. Olson’s granddaughter, Luann Olson and her husband, Don Olson, attended the ceremony and helped cut the ribbon.


Iwo Jima celebrates anniversary at sea By MCC (SW/AW) Johnnie R. Robbins USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) Public Affairs


AWARENESS FOR PTSD The Navy and Marine Corps’ top doctor participated in support of National PostTraumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day, June 27.

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CHALK THE WALK Hundreds of artists will gather in Virginia Beach to draw Andy Warholinspired chalk drawings for three blocks along the boardwalk, July 7.

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Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new $10 million dollar, 36,000 square foot, LEED-certified Child Development Center (CDC), June 28. The new CDC enables staff to care for up to 306 children ages six weeks to five years. It replaces an older center which had a capacity of 194. The CDC’s primary focus is

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USS Jason Dunham performs burial-at-sea ceremony By MC2 (SW/AW) William Jamieson USS Jason Dunham Public Affairs


Sailors aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) performed a burial-atsea ceremony on the ship’s flight deck while transiting the Atlantic Ocean, June 24. The cremated remains of 10 veterans and military family members were committed to rest in the Atlantic Ocean during the ceremony. “It is a humbling honor for the Jason Dunham crew and I to pay tribute to these men and women who so honorably served their country,” said Cmdr. David A. Bretz, Commanding Officer, who presided over the ceremony. “Some were service members. Some were spouses. But each made sacrifices and answered the call of service. We all live in the shadows of the men and women who stood the watch before us and it is our great privilege to take part in this solemn ceremony.” One of the Navy’s oldest customs, burial-at-sea is an honor extended

For someone to be asked to be buried at sea really shows how dedicated they were to their military service.” - Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Javier Mata

to active duty members of the uniformed services, retirees and veterans who were honorably discharged, U.S. civilian marine personnel of the Military Sealift Command and dependent family members of active duty. The United States Navy Mortuary Affairs Burial-at-Sea program coordinates with the families and the ship’s of the fleet to make these honorable burials possible. Aboard Jason Dunham, each individual honored received a 21-gun salute as their remains were ceremo-

Photos by MC2 William Jamieson Cmdr. David A. Bretz, Commanding Officer, salutes during a burial-at-sea ceremony aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109).

niously scattered by Jason Dunham Command Master Chief (SW/SS) Raymond Chamberlain. “I felt extremely proud to be able to take part in this ceremony,” said Chamberlain. “Our military service is about something bigger than ourselves and I’m glad we got to dem-

onstrate that with some of our junior Sailors present. A ceremony like this really shows them that honor, courage and commitment are more than just words.” Ceremony participant, Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Javier Mata said the ceremony reinforced the pride he

feels in his day-to-day work. “For someone to be asked to be buried at sea really shows how dedicated they were to their military service,” said Mata. “I might not have known them, but I feel a connection to them through our military heritage.” The families of the deceased will each receive a letter from the commanding officer, three shells from the 21-gun salute, and a CD with images from the ceremony. Jason Dunham is on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of Maritime Security Operations (MSO) and Theater Security Cooperation (TSC) efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. Jason Dunham deployed as part of Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (CSG), which includes CSG 8, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), guided-missile cruiser USS Hue City (CG 66), guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99), USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81), and USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109), the seven squadrons of Carrier Air Wing 7 and Destroyer Squadron 28.

■ tribute Left: Command Master Chief (SW) Raymond Chandler, of the guided missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109), commits the remains of a former service member during a burial-at-sea ceremony. Right: Sailors render a 21-gun salute during a burial-at-sea ceremony.
















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Nathan, a golden retriever, was named in honor of U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan B. Bruckenthal, who was severely wounded and later died while on a security mission near the Iraqi Khawr Al Amaya Oil Terminal in April 2004, when suicide bombers initiated a waterborne assault.

30 commands learned over 12-18 months Continued from front everywhere while I was training and socializing the dog,” she said. “I am a servicedisabled veteran; my husband is a service-disabled veteran; many of our friends are service-disabled veterans and I spent far more hours than I care to admit in hospitals, medical/military treatment facilities and VA hospitals for my immediate family members. And when I took this Assistance Dog in Training with me, I watched the patients feel better, the people in the waiting room, the family members, the doctors and clinicians – everyone just seemed to be provided with some hope and comfort and motivation.” To provide this needed service, Jeffries relies on her dedicated puppy raisers and trainers like Cyndi Perry from Northern Virginia, who is currently training a Golden Retriever named “Nathan,” and Sherry Matthews from Yorktown, who is currently training a black Labrador Retriever named “Chief.” Both of the dogs are named in honor and memory

■ the need There is a critical need for the use of dogs in the rehabilitation of veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI) and physical disabilities.

Nathan is being trained by Cyndi Perry as part of the national program Veterans Moving Forward.

Recent government reports highlighted the following: -767,000 active duty military personnel diagnosed with a mental health disorder. -300,000 veterans with PTSD, TBI and major depression. -40,000 physically wounded. -Only 8 veterans received financial support from the VA for service dogs in 2009.

of service members who gave their lives while protecting this nation. Perry, who works for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in Arlington, Va., is now training her eighth dog. She usually starts training dogs around 8 weeks old and continues into their advanced

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When he [Chief] wears the vest, he knows he’s working, and when he doesn’t wear the vest, that means he’s not working.” - Sherry Mathews training portion. When the dogs are ready for service, she said that it’s hard to let her trusty companions go, but the services the dogs provide to wounded veterans is a rewarding experience. “I don’t think you can not fall in love with these pups – they trust you, they look up to you – you are the person that they trust as you train them,” she said. “… The reward is

seeing how this dog helps this individual, physically and mentally, being able to give the love of a dog – a well trained dog – that gives this person a sense of security and independence. That’s the reward to me. That then makes me think, OK, when am I going to get my next puppy and start this again?” Matthews, who works at Navy Warfare Development

Command onboard Naval Station Norfolk, is a new puppy raiser for VMF. Her role is to socialize Chief in different environments and get him used to a variety of situations. She is also conducting basic obedience training and will teach Chief about 30 commands over a course of 12 - 18 months. “We are learning along with him,” explained Mathews. “We are going through obedience training with him now.” The dogs wear a special vest, or cape, while working which signifies that they are on-duty service dogs. “When he [Chief] wears the vest, he knows he’s working,” said Mathews. “And when he

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■ Assistance Dog in Training Chief, a black Labrador Retriever, is an Assistance Dog in Training (ADIT) for Veterans Moving Forward. He was named in honor of U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Richard L. Etchberger, who received the Medal of Honor posthumously for his heroic actions in combat on March 11, 1968, in the country of Laos.

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doesn’t wear the vest, that means he’s not working … actually, he learned the difference very early on.” While working, the dogs follow specific commands and look to the trainer for direction. “There are certain behaviors that are acceptable when they are at work, and there are certain ones that are not,” explained Perry. “One of the big things that I teach, both the dog and people at work, is that he cannot respond to other people or accept pets from other people unless he is seated or in the down position. They eventually learn that they don’t get rewarded unless they are stationary or stay with their person.” If you would like to learn more about Chief and Nathan as they go through their training, adventures and travels, you can follow them online. For Chief, visit, and For Nathan, visit and search for “Life of a service dog.” As a non-profit organization, VMF relies 100 percent on donations and sponsorships of others to fund their operations. If you would like to learn more about their services, donate or become a volunteer, visit



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MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS WORK WITH NAVY ENGINEERS TO SOLVE PROBLEMS WITH STEM Press Release Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division Public Affairs


Middle school students are using their science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills to solve problems of Navy interest at the National Defense Education Program (NDEP) Virginia Demonstration Project (VDP) Summer Academy, June 25 - 29. More than 100 students joined their mentors – 19 Navy scientists and engineers – to work on STEM summer camp activities and projects impacting simulated naval robotic missions at Naval Support Facility Dahlgren. “This is a wonderful opportunity for a middle school student to learn about and receive hands-on experience to as many STEM careers as possible in one week,” said Jane Bachman, VDP STEM Dahlgren Academy Director. “If students learn of a new STEM career interest or confirm their current STEM career interest – it affords them the opportunity to begin making plans for the courses they need to take in their high school journey.” Navy officials – including Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Dahlgren Division Commander Capt. Michael Smith – anticipate the students may one day use their STEM skills at Naval Warfare Center laboratories to design future technologies supporting U.S. warfighters and America’s homeland defense and security. “In order to do the actual engineering work – the calculations and the interesting stuff working as part of a team – you really need to be grounded in the sciences,” Smith told the students.

“During the week, you’ll be exposed to a bunch of different projects and we hope it will whet your appetite so that you will really want to be an engineer and get to do some of the cool things that we get to do here.” The NDEP VDP goal is to increase the attraction of the Navy’s Warfare Centers and Shipyards as an eventual place of employment for students participating in the program. Smith played videos featuring research, development, testing and evaluation conducted at NSWC Dahlgren that included unmanned aerial vehicles, unmanned surface vehicles, Tomahawk and ballistic missiles launched from submarines, littoral combat ship gun systems, and the electromagnetic railgun. As students watched a video clip, Smith explained how the railgun works. “It’s a gun that uses electricity to push a bullet out of the barrel without using gun powder,” he said. “It has two copper rails, and if you put several million amps through those rails with a bullet inside, it will push it out very fast – much faster than you can get with a gun charge. Here’s one of the projectiles we shot. You can see how hot it is because of the speed. The friction of the air is making it hot and it’s going about Mach five or six at this point.” As an explosion filled the video screen when the projectile hit a watermelon target, a surprised student exclaimed, “you hit a watermelon at Mach six!” Immediately after the brief, students began designing, building and testing their own technological projects. The Navy mentors are working with 18 teachers

NSWC Dahlgren Division Commander Capt. Michael Smith (left) observes students using science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills to solve problems of Navy interest at the National Defense Education Program (NDEP) Virginia Demonstration Project (VDP) Summer Academy. The goal of the activity was to rescue a ship in distress with a robot they programmed in a simulated event. The team members are among over 100 students engaged in STEM summer camp activities and projects impacting simulated naval robotic missions, June 25 - 29.

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It is amazing to watch the excitement of the kids when they complete a mission, or when they learn a new concept.” - Aimee Ketner, NSWCDD Asymmetric Defense Systems Department engineer

from five Virginia middle school systems throughout the week to challenge students with scenarios mimicking real engineering problems. “It is amazing to watch the excitement of the kids when they complete a mission, or when they learn a new concept,” said Aimee Ketner, an NSWC Dahlgren Division Asymmetric Defense Systems Department engineer. “I am excited to provide the kids with my perspective and present them with information on how to pursue their interests.” “Getting our kids at the middle school age to see the fun of discovery and critical

thinking is the right step to getting them to want to learn and do more,” said Thomas Holland, an NSWC Dahlgren Division Engagement Systems Department senior engineer. “One of the students I mentored once told me that the program, ‘made me want to know about things I never wanted to know about before.’ You can’t beat that. Inspiring our next generation of scientific leaders is a way for me to give back, and I am very proud to be part of this effort.” The program teams up teachers with practicing scientists and engineers, such as Ketner and Holland from the mentor-rich environment at the Naval Warfare Centers. During the school year,

science and math themes featuring robotics problems are integrated throughout the curriculum. Moreover, the College of William and Mary impacted VDP and the summer camp by developing a curriculum for students who learn about STEM at military bases and providing training to Navy Warfare Center mentors. NDEP’s VDP process is more than students learning how to program robots or build, assemble and demonstrate the projects. It’s also about team building and is all inclusive. “It is important to provide encouragement and stimulation to our young people regarding the field of science,” said Bachman, an NSWC Dahlgren Division Human Performance in Simulation Lead Engineer. “The working environment experience where students can sense the why, what and how things are done through interaction with scientists and engineers can benefit them when making their future career decisions.” NDEP VDP originated under the Office of Naval

Research (ONR) N-STAR (Naval Research – Science and Technology for America’s Readiness), a science and technology workforce development program launched in 2004 by the ONR. It was initiated to show a diversity of pre-teens and teens that math, science and engineering are fascinating, fun and socially relevant. Since its inception, VDP’s ultimate goal has been to establish educational outreach programs at other Navy research and development centers throughout the country. The initiative could eventually expand beyond the Navy and evolve into a national demonstration project encompassing all Department of Defense laboratories in a sustained effort to secure the long-term competitiveness of America’s science and technology workforce by hooking more kids on math and science at an earlier age. As a result, the number of students earning university degrees in science, mathematics, engineering and technology is expected to exponentially increase.





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tions Control Facility will provide the staff with improved functional work spaces to support subordinate Naval Construction Force units in order to meet the operational needs of Seabees deployed around the globe. The lead contractors for the $11.5 million contract were Noah Enterprises and Mid-Eastern Builders, Inc. with design by RRMM Architects. The Lt. Carl Milford Olson Building will house about 150 military and civilian personnel. It will enhance the operation of 1NCD by providing modern, well-configured work spaces capable of handling computer and communications technology. The building was designed and built to achieve high performance in human and environmental health, sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, environmentally preferable materials selection and high indoor

ANNIVERSARY Continued from front They are cut from the same cloth as those for whom this ship was named, and filled with the same sense of honor and sacrifice that motivated those Marines and Sailors 67 years ago,” said Capt. Grady Banister, Iwo Jima’s Commanding Officer. “It’s reflected in the unequalled state of operational and material readiness to do the nation’s tough jobs the crew maintains every single day.” Iwo Jima was named for the epic World War II battle in which the United States Marine Corps gained control of the tiny island of Iwo Jima from 20,000 determined Japanese defenders. In the struggle, 6,800 Americans were killed, making the battle one of the most savage and costly in the history of the Marine Corps. As observed by then Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, “Among the Americans who served

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environmental quality. It has been submitted for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The facility mirrors the Navy’s goals of environmental sustainability and incorporates many unique features. Photo-voltaic panels on the roof partially offset the building’s electricity consumption. Rainwater collected from the roof is filtered and stored in an 8,000-gallon tank and used for flushing toilets, reducing consumption of city water. Extensive

(Left to right) Carol Curtis, president of Noah Enterprises; Capt. Paul Odenthal, Executive Officer, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Mid-Atlantic; Rear Adm. Mark Handley, Commander, First Naval Construction Division; Luann Olson; Capt. Charles Stuppard; and Don Olson, cut the ribbon dedicating the Lt. Carl Milford Olson Building.

use of natural daylight in building design reduces the need for electric lighting in office spaces. Water-permeable parking lot paving and landscaping design reduce rainwater runoff into storm drains. LED lights in the parking lot also reduce energy consumption, and the facility gets its heating and cooling from geothermal wells in the ground. “It will serve as a showcase for the Navy’s energy and environmental initiatives for years to come,” said Capt. Stuppard.

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on Iwo Jima, uncommon valor was a common virtue.” Nimitz’s words were quoted during Iwo Jima’s commissioning, and to this day are used in the ship’s motto: “Uncommon Valor.” “I learned about the battle of Iwo Jima in boot camp, and feel honored to actually be on a ship that carries so much history for the Navy and Marine Corps,” said Lance Cpl. Zachary Griffin, assigned to the embarked 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). “I personally feel proud to have been given the opportunity to serve as a Marine aboard Iwo Jima, and follow in the footsteps of my fellow Marines who paid the ultimate sacrifice.” Iwo Jima’s keel was laid in Dec. 1997 at Ingalls Shipyard, Pascagoula, Miss. Iwo Jima was equipped to accommodate 1,086 Sailors and 1,897 Marines.

Following the March 2000 christening ceremony, the crew accompanied by more than 2,000 World War II veterans, many of whom were survivors of the Battle of Iwo Jima, made the ship’s maiden voyage on June 23, 2001 to the ship’s commissioning location of Pensacola, Fla. Together with the 26th MEU, Iwo Jima completed her maiden, eightmonth deployment in 2003. During those 45,000 nautical miles, she directly supported Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and spearheaded a peace keeping mission off the coast of the wartorn nation of Liberia. Following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the ship was at the center of Joint Task Force Katrina, and led recovery and assistance efforts in the battered Mississippi cities of Biloxi, Gulfport, and New Orleans. Iwo Jima also served as President George

W. Bush’s flagship during Katrina operations, and was the second ship presented with the flag of the President of the United States. In 2010, the ship departed on a four-month deployment for a humanitarian mission, Continuing Promise 2010, in Central and South America. During those months, the ship provided support to eight partner nations, and sent a strong message of cooperation and commitment to the entire region. Iwo Jima recently served as flagship for numerous highly visible Navy Fleet Week events and received outstanding scores on all major command inspections and exercises. In recognition of the ship’s performance, Iwo Jima was awarded her fourth Battle “E” award in 2011. “Iwo Jima had and still has a reputation as the best ship on the waterfront and I wanted to be a part of that,” said Capt. Banister.


Survivors flown to Colombian hospital Continued from front “I am not sure these people would have lasted much longer.” The survivors were flown to a hospital in Colombia via helo from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 60. “It was a huge success and personally rewarding being able to bring them to a medical facility where they’ll get the proper care they need,” said Lt. Justin Collins, air crew commander for the MedEvac flight. “All in all, team Elrod did a remarkable job – from watchstanders reacting at a moment’s notice, to coordinating a MedEvac transfer to Colombia,” said Killman. The team effort by the crew of Elrod succeeded in saving the lives of the distressed mariners. “This particular situation required careful yet nuanced care, to reduce the destructive effects of prolonged exposure to and ingestion of sea water without triggering negative consequences. These gentlemen were lucky to have an experienced corpsman on scene to care for them,” said Capt. Christine Dorr, U.S Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet medical officer. Elrod is currently conducting counter transnational organized crime operations as part of Operation Martillo targeting illicit trafficking routes in coastal waters along the Central American isthmus. U.S. military participation is being led by Joint Interagency Task Force-South, a component of U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM). Operation Martillo is a component of the U.S. government’s coordinated interagency regional security strategy in support of the White House strategy to combat transnational organized crime and the U.S. Central America Regional Security Initiative.


Local motorcycle group donates to Fisher House in Portsmouth By David Todd The Flagship Managing Editor


The Salty Dawgs Motorcycle Riding Club of Virginia rumbled into Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP), June 29, to present a check in the amount of $10,527 to the Fisher House. Cmdr. David C. Collins, director for administration, NMCP, and Loretta Loveless, manager, Fisher House in Portsmouth, were in attendance to accept the check. The money was generated from the group’s annual Poker Run, May 5, and this is the sixth year the group has donated to the Fisher House. “The impact of $10,000 on the Fisher House and the folks that stay here is unbelievable,” said Collins. “This is something that we can’t live without … you guys and your support are unbelievable. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, and to all of them, thank you – well done!” Loveless reiterated the sentiment. “They not only donate, they come for Thanksgiving

and Christmas [too]. They came and cooked for the families … they don’t know how to do anything small,” she said with a smile. To date, this year’s Poker Run was the most successful, and they are already planning to top it next year. “This is actually the biggest and best out of the one’s that we’ve been doing,” said Command Master Chief (AW/SW) Patrick A. Holden (a.k.a. Gearhead), Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 120 and Salty Dawgs president. He said that weather, location and support/sponsorship all played into this year’s success. “… We hope to do better every year.” The Poker Run included door prizes, an auction, 50/50 drawing, cornhole tournament, and a bike and car show. Paper products, including toilette paper, paper towels, paper plates and more were also collected. “We give everything we can,” said Deborah FryeryLyytinen, a Salty Dawgs member. “If everybody else could understand that it doesn’t take much … we

gather up paper products, because they have to budget for that. This is a ‘home away from home.’ What they don’t have to foot the bill for is what we are trying to do … so that they don’t have so many issues to deal with.” The Fisher House in Portsmouth opened in June of 1995 and was the first in Virginia. It has provided temporary lodging to families and guests while their loved ones were hospitalized. The Fisher House is a home away from home for families of patients receiving medical care at the hospital. There are 57 Fisher Houses worldwide, located on 23 military installations and 20 VA medical centers. Each house is designed to provide eight to 21 suites. All are professionally furnished and decorated in the tone and style of the local region. The houses can accommodate 16 to 42 family members and they feature a common kitchen, laundry facilities, spacious dining room and an inviting living room with library and toys for children. For more information, visit

David Todd Command Master Chief Patrick A. Holden (standing right of the check), president of the Salty Dawgs Motorcycle Riding Club of Virginia, presents a check to the Fisher House in Portsmouth, June 29.

■ about the Salty Dawgs The Salty Dawgs Motorcycle Riding Club of Virginia is a familyoriented U.S. Navy veteran’s motorcycle riding club, comprised of active duty, retired and honorably separated men and women. They are participating members of the Tidewater Albemarle Motorcycle Association (TAMA), which represents the motorcycling community in Southeastern Virginia and Northeastern N.C.


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NFCU president/ CEO says members are first priority By David Todd The Flagship Managing Editor


Cutler Dawson is no stranger to the Armed Forces. His storied military career saw him rise to the rank of vice admiral in the Navy, but upon retiring in 2004, his desire to serve didn’t diminish. Now, the president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Navy Federal Credit Union (NFCU), Dawson says the credit unions’ members are his top priority. His most recent visit to Hampton Roads, from June 27 - 29, allowed him to meet some of NFCU’s members and learn how the credit union can serve them better. “I try, and I do, get out of headquarters as much as I can to visit branches. And I do it all over – wherever we are, I’ll go visit them,” explained Dawson. “I think it’s important for me to talk to our team members, and I talk to [credit union] members as well. And I learn things – I learned what we need to do at Navy Federal to serve the members better. And who best to tell me what the members are thinking, than the people who are working at the branches.” NFCU continues to develop new ways to help the 385,000 members in the Hampton Roads area achieve their financial goals, like buying their first home, new car, and becoming better informed consumers, especially during trying economic times when smart financial decision making is crucial. “I see many of the military families that we deal with have a plan, and they are working with that,” he said. “It can be good times, it can be challenging times, but they have a plan.” Dawson shared a few techniques that service members can use to get ahead financially and save for the future. “I think the first goal should be to save enough money to have an emergency fund – a rainy day fund,” he said. “If something were to happen – your car broke down or you need to go visit your parents who might be ill – you have a reserve you can go into. You start with a tiny, small step and then you start thinking about what you need to save to achieve some of the goals that you have.” Some of those goals may include college tuition for children, a permanent home, or even financial stability upon retirement. NFCU has many programs to assist its members, from their new Home Buying Seminars and online Auto Buying Program to help members fulfill desires of ownership, to connecting members with reputable venders in the community to save them time and money. Aside from its programs, NFCU also offers career opportunities for military

spouses. “We are thrilled about the fact that we have a large number of military spouses that work at Navy Federal,” said Dawson. “Years ago, when I first got to Navy Federal, I was in Pensacola [Fla.] at our call center there, and this young lady came up to me and she said, ‘Mr. Dawson, I want you to know that Navy Federal was the only employer in Pensacola that would hire a Navy spouse.’ And I said great! We know that you know our membership, you know what they need, and in addition, if you move with your spouse, we’ll have a location for you – so it’s worked.” Cindy Williamson, a NFCU Regional Manager, has been able to take advantage of that opportunity despite frequent moves as a military spouse. “I followed my husband for 20 years in the military,” she said. “Every time he transferred, I transferred, and I kept my career – and I’ve been with the credit union for a long time. I started in St. Marys, Ga. and then I went over to La Maddalena, Italy – I was there for three years – then I rotated back here to this area, where I was at two different locations, so it’s worked well.” NFCU opened up the credit union to all branches of the Armed Services in 2008, and last year, they brought in more than 400,000 new members worldwide – 100,000 of those members were associated with the Army, Air Force and their families. In the Hampton Roads area, they also expanded branches from 10 to 26, making it easier to interact with the bank. “We like to say, ‘We serve where you serve,’ and now we are bringing that to fruition for both the Army and the Air Force,” said Dawson. “We found that our Navy and Marine Corps members welcomed the change – the services are so ‘joint’ now that it’s a natural fit.” In looking to the future, Dawson said that he wants to continue to explore how NFCU can serve its members better. “We brought on mobile banking, we’re making strides to make our website even more user-friendly and simpler to navigate, and we’re trying to bring on products that are good for our members,” he said. “We’re trying to listen to our members and see what they want, and we’re also trying look as the military is changing, how do we change with it.” Even though the military and the military family is evolving and adapting, Dawson feels that Hampton Roads support for the military will continue to grow. “As the military changes, I think more and more military is going to come to Hampton Roads,” he said.



■ home The Los Angelesclass attack submarine USS Annapolis (SSN 760) makes its way up the Thames River and home to Submarine Base New London. Annapolis departed Groton, Conn. in January for a six-month deployment. (Photo by John Narewski)


Pittsburgh returns from six-month deployment

Machinist’s Mate 1st Class David Poe, assigned to the USS Pittsburgh (SSN 720), holds his three-monthold son for the first time moments after returning home from a six-month deployment.

By Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Cragg Commander, Submarine Group 2 Public Affairs


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The families of Sailors assigned to Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Pittsburgh (SSN 720) welcomed their loved ones as they returned to Naval Submarine Base New London, June 27, following a regularly scheduled six-month deployment. Pittsburgh departed for deployment in December 2011 and conducted maritime security and theater security cooperation efforts in the 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation. Pittsburgh steamed more than 29,000 miles over the course of her six-month deployment. Pittsburgh is commanded by Cmdr. Michael Savageaux, a native of Grafton, Mass., who reflected on the successful deployment. “The crew’s performance has been second to none,” said Savageaux. “The team’s flexibility allowed the Pittsburgh to absorb numerous shifts in tasking and to execute successfully every time.” Savageaux added that Pittsburgh has deployed more since July 2008 than any other ship in the Atlantic submarine fleet, completing three full six-month deployments in every area of operations in the world, including the Atlantic, Pacific, Arctic and Indian Oceans. “I am proud of your team’s superb execution of operations vital to national security. Pittsburgh’s efforts supported U.S. Central, African and European commands,” said Vice Adm.

John Richardson, Commander, Submarine Forces Atlantic, in a naval message in which he praised Savageaux and crew for their achievements while on deployment. “Your ability to sustain crew proficiency and successfully complete all assigned missions is validation of your thorough preparations for this deployment.” Pittsburgh visited the following ports during their six-month deployment: Bahrain; Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates; and Rota, Spain. “The men take a lot of pride in our hardsteaming reputation, but it is always great to be home,” said Savageaux. USS Pittsburgh ombudsman Lauren Bomar echoed the commanding officer’s sentiments on the excitement of the Sailors’ return to homeport. “Deployment went very well for the families of the USS Pittsburgh,” said Bomar. “We are very proud of the job our guys did and all they accomplished. We are all excited to have them home and to see them on the pier.” Bomar also helped to coordinate the first kiss and first baby greetings when the submarine arrived, also assisted with the second annual Operation Shower event, held June 19. “It was amazing being a part of Operation Shower this year. Seeing all the ladies being blessed with so much was really touching. It

The men take a lot of pride in our hard-steaming reputation, but it is always great to be home.” - Cmdr. Michael Savageaux

meant a lot to our new moms and me that Operation Shower and their sponsors thought of the mothers while their Sailors were deployed,” said Bomar. Operation Shower provided “showers in a box” for 40 expectant and new military moms, whose spouses were deployed. In addition to the return of USS Pittsburgh, the families of Sailors assigned to the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Annapolis (SSN 760) also welcomed their loved ones as they returned to Naval Submarine Base New London following a regularly scheduled sixmonth deployment. Pittsburgh, commissioned Nov. 23, 1985, was built by General Dynamics Electric Boat Division, and is the fourth American warship to be named for the city of Pittsburgh.

Riverines return home By MC3 Kay Savarese Navy Expeditionary Combat Command Public Affairs


Riverine Squadron (RIVRON) 2, Det. 2 returned home from a six and a half month deployment, May 30. RIVRON 2 deployed with a force of riverine command boats (RCBs) to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility to conduct littoral protection operations, waterborne patrols, maritime and critical infrastructure protection, and to provide high value asset escorts. This deployment provided the Riverines with their first opportunity to work with RCBs forward deployed, while evaluating their operational strengths and limitations in action. Additionally, the deployment provided the Sailors a chance to work directly with other U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and coalition Navy platforms. “Every Riverine stepped up to the plate and knocked it out of the park,” said Operations Specialist 1st Class Dwayne Brown, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle team leader. “Being the first to deploy on a coastal mission, and proving

Every Riverine stepped up to the plate and knocked it out of the park.” - Operations Specialist 1st Class Dwayne Brown

■ RIVRON 2 The RIVRON 2 detachment is assigned to Commander, Task Force (CTF) 56, conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

to area commanders what our personnel and equipment are capable of achieving, is a great feeling.” “The Riverine mission is important because there is a credible small boat threat in the region, and the Riverines are fully equipped and trained to meet the challenges and missions assigned to them,” said Brown.

MC1 Krishna M. Jackson Sailors assigned to Riverine Squadron (RIVRON) 2 prepare to launch one of the riverine command boats into the Arabian Gulf for the first time.

RCBs were also utilized in conducting tow drills and joint patrols alongside U.S. Navy boats, such as the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Adak (WPB 1333) and Maritime Expeditionary Security Force (MESF) 34-foot SeaArks. This deployment marks the first time an RCB and a SeaArk demonstrated the ability to tow one another. “This is significant because the RCB is about 1,000 pounds a foot, and 52,000 pounds is a lot of weight for any boat,” said Andros. “We conducted these exercises to assess our capabilities.” As MESF and Riverine combine to form the Coastal Riverine Force (CORIVFOR), training and

development is essential for success. By working together with other U.S. forces and foreign nations, the Riverines were able to establish and define their capabilities and limitations for the future development of the force. “The big plan is to close the gap between what the big grey hulls can do out in the ocean, and what we do as traditional Riverines, which is operate in the brown waters,” said Andros. “What we did as a detachment was identify adversities, to help engineers and policy makers create a better plan for those who defend that area. Our biggest success this deployment was defining our own capabilities and limitations.”

By Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Cragg Commander, Submarine Group 2 Public Affairs


The families of Sailors assigned to Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Annapolis (SSN 760) welcomed their loved ones as they returned to Naval Submarine Base New London, June 27, following a regularly scheduled six-month deployment. Annapolis departed for deployment, Jan. 3, and conducted maritime security and theater security cooperation efforts in the 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation. Annapolis steamed more than 31,000 miles over the course of its six-month deployment. Annapolis is commanded by Cmdr. John Gearhart, a native of Stillwater, Okla., who reflected on the performance of his crew and preparation required for their deployment. “The Annapolis team performed superbly throughout a myriad of complex tasking and challenging operational environments,” said Gearhart. “This type of performance could only be carried out through exceptional teamwork, a committed effort, solid leadership and a fighting spirit that is second to none.” Gearhart added that the pre-deployment training and maintenance support were crucial in enabling the crew to maintain a high state of readiness throughout their deployment. “These resources were judiciously employed to ensure that the Annapolis team was very well prepared to support all mission tasking during our deployment,” he said. Annapolis visited the following ports during their six-month deployment: Bahrain; Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates; Toulon, France; and Souda Bay, Greece. Gearhart added that his crew is looking forward to reuniting with their families, especially prior to the Fourth of July. “The return from deployment offers a time to reunite with loved ones,” he said. “The Annapolis team is very happy to be home and ready to standdown for a few weeks.” Annapolis co-ombudsman Eva Foxhoven shared her excitement for the reunion of Sailors and their families. “I am so excited to be a part of such a wonderful family as we all gather to welcome home our Sailors from a successful six-month deployment,” she said. “We have awaited this day for what seems like an eternity, but can finally look forward to reacquainting with our Sailors and having some much deserved down time with them.” While deployed, five Sailors from USS Annapolis became new dads. Foxhoven and her co-ombudsman Melissa Coers, coordinated the first kiss and first baby greetings when the submarine arrived, also assisted with the second annual Operation Shower event, held June 19. Coers, a mother of four, of which three of her children are triplets, thanked the organization for recognizing expectant mothers from USS Annapolis. “Operation Shower was not around when I had my children, but what a great experience for our military spouses that sacrifice so much,” she said. “Every day is a day closer to reuniting. That mindset helps all of us.” Operation Shower provided “showers in a box” for 40 expectant and new military moms, whose spouses were deployed. In addition to the return of Annapolis, the families of Sailors assigned to Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Pittsburgh (SSN 720) welcomed their loved ones as they returned to Naval Submarine Base New London, following a regularly scheduled six-month deployment. Annapolis was commissioned April 11, 1992 and is named in honor of the capital city in Maryland. It is the fourth warship to bear the name of Annapolis.



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■ about FRUKUS FRUKUS is an annual exercise aimed at improving maritime security through open dialogue and increased training between the navies of France, Russia, United Kingdom and United States.

Commander, U.S. Naval Forces EuropeAfrica/U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs


The multinational training exercise FRUKUS 2012 completed the at-sea phase of training after conducting ship boarding and damage control training exercises, June 29. During the training, guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60) sent boarding

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CNO announces new MCPON By MC2 (SW) Kyle P. Malloy Chief of Naval Operations Public Affairs


MC2 Stephen Oleksiak The guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60) fires its MK45 5-inch/54-caliber lightweight gun during a live-fire weapons exercise in support of the multinational training exercise.



and damage control teams to a Russian tugboat and Russian naval vessel Yaroslav Mudriy (727). “In addition to being able to ensure that our international waters are safe and secure, it is necessary for us to be able help each other in the event of an emergency,” said Capt. Kevin Hill, Commanding Officer of Normandy. “If one of our partner ships has been taken over, or if the ship

catches on fire or floods, then we need to work together to ensure that our ships are safe and secure.” Keeping the ships safe and working as one cohesive unit will help the nations involved with future operations to be more efficient when the real missions take place. “It’s good to be able to show our partners that we can be there to help them if they ever need help,” said Electron-

ics Technician 1st Class Alan Staas, boarding team member. “By demonstrating that we have the capabilities to board their vessel in a quick and efficient manner, whether it’s for security or providing casualty assistance, it strengthens that bond that we strive to maintain as partners.” FRUKUS 2012 continued in St. Petersburg, Russia, after completion of the at-sea training.

U.S. Naval Academy inducts Class of 2016


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The Navy’s urinalysis testing program for synthetic compounds has been underway for several months, and those who choose to violate the Navy’s policy against substance abuse are being held accountable. Since testing began in March, 47 Pacific Fleet Sailors have tested positive for synthetic compound use. As of April, 10 of those cases have resulted in members being discharged. A positive test result may initiate a criminal investigation and any resulting evidence from that investigation may be used by commanders to take disciplinary, or adverse administrative actions. “Urinalysis testing is one of several tools that commanders can use to deter the use of all synthetics – Spice, bath salts,

U.S. Naval Academy Public Affairs


More than 1,200 of the nation’s brightest young men and women began their new lives as “plebes” (freshmen) as part of the Naval Academy’s Class of 2016, arriving in Annapolis for Induction Day, June 28. A record number 20,601 applications were received for the Naval Academy Class of 2016, which also boasts having the largest number of females to ever enter the academy (24 percent of the incoming class), and the second-largest number of international students (17 from 13 different countries) in one class. Fifty-five students in the class are prior-enlisted Sailors and Marines. Beginning at 6 a.m., students said goodbye to friends, family and civilian life, and entered the acad-

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By Lt. Lauren Gammache U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs


Salvia,” said John Croce, U.S. Pacific Fleet director of Quality of Life and Quality of Service Programs. “We also emphasize more frequent barracks inspections, more intrusive leadership, bystander intervention, as well as education and awareness of both the career implications and health risks associated with synthetic drug use.” Teaching Sailors about the possible side effects of some of those drugs is a great deterrent. There can be immediate career implications as well. Health, safety and security actions that can be taken follow-

ing a positive urinalysis result for synthetic compounds include revocation of security clearance, or loss of flight status. “Sailors need to understand if they choose to use illegal drugs, we will catch them and remove them from our winning team. Everything they worked so hard to accomplish will be lost,” said U.S. Pacific Fleet Master Chief John Minyard. “We will continue to educate our Sailors on the harmful effects of using this drug, but I would hope that our Sailors would feel a stronger commitment to themselves, family and shipmates and not even go down this road.” “The word is getting out and Sailors are seeing that they are being held accountable,” said Croce. “People are being discharged for it and they’re learning more about the bad stuff that can happen to them as a result.”

The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Jonathan Greenert, announced his selection of Fleet Master Chief (FLTCM) (AW/NAC) Michael D. Stevens as the 13th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) at a Pentagon press conference, June 27. “I was extremely proud to have such a highly and fully qualified group of candidates,” said Greenert. “After a thorough and deliberate process, I selected FLTCM Stevens to be our Navy’s senior enlisted leader and my advisor for dealing in matters with enlisted personnel and their families.” “I’m honored to have been selected as the 13th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy,” said Stevens. “MCPON Rick D. West has certainly made a lasting and positive impact on our Navy. I look forward to continuing to provide the leadership and commitment that our Navy, and our Sailors, both deserve and expect.” Stevens has served as the fleet master chief at U.S. Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk since August 2010. His prior command master chief tours include: U.S. 2nd Fleet, Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Atlantic, Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 14, and Naval Air Station Pensacola. A native of Montana, Stevens joined the Navy in 1983. He will relieve West during a ceremony, Sept. 28, at the Washington Navy Yard. “Throughout my career, and every Sailor’s career, we’ve had chief petty officers take care of and shape us,” said Greenert. “Master Chief Stevens has the leadership and experience to keep us on course and on speed. I look forward to working closely with him.” Greenert also praised West, who took the helm in Dec. 2008, citing his outstanding leadership and lifetime of dedicated service. “I’m proud of MCPON West and what he has accomplished during his watch. His extraordinary leadership and terrific connection to the fleet has contributed greatly to our warfighting readiness and the readiness of our families,” said Greenert. “His example has been a daily reminder to Sailors to live our ethos and to remember the important role families play in our successes.” The Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy serves as an advisor to the Chief of Naval Operations and to the Chief of Naval Personnel in matters of importance to enlisted personnel and their families. The MCPON is also an advisor to the many boards focused on enlisted personnel issues; is the enlisted representative of the Department of the Navy at special events; may be called upon to testify on enlisted personnel issues before Congress; and, maintains a liaison with enlisted spouse organizations.

U.S. Navy photo Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert announced his selection of U.S. Fleet Forces Fleet Master Chief Michael Stevens (above) as the 13th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) at a Pentagon press conference.



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The purpose is to create an outlet for wives that are at their wits’ end trying to help their husbands heal … women who feel all alone in their struggle. Let us unite to raise awareness, battle back for healing, create hope and take away the feeling of being alone.” - Founder Ashley Wise

WHAT WOULD YOU DO FOR PTSD AWARENESS? By Jacey Eckhart Military Spouse Contributor

Battling Bare is a private organization of women who have stripped down to promote awareness of PTSD. Their Facebook page features pictures of women who have bared their backs printed with a poem about PTSD. According to the description written by founder Ashley Wise, “The purpose is to create an outlet for wives that are at their wits’ end trying to help their husbands heal ... women who feel all alone in their struggle. Let us unite to raise awareness, battle back for healing, create hope and take away the feeling of being alone.” Whether you approve or not, the group has nearly 15,000 “likes” and growing on their Facebook page. I’m tempted to do a little strip-

page myself. After all, using the female body to draw awareness to pretty much anything does, in fact, work. Women’s bodies have been used since the dawn of advertising to sell everything from toothpaste to tools to Toyota cars. Our brains are designed to tune into women’s bodies immediately. So, like the breastfeeding in uniform group before them, why shouldn’t Battling Bare power forward with a few risqué photos? My inner sociologist might be fainting dead away, but the practical part of me would go with it, I think. Here’s the thing, is “awareness” of PTSD enough? Is the notoriety brought in by a Facebook page, a web post, a spot on Good Morning America enough to actually solve the problem of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Post Traumatic Stress?

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PTSD is no secret condition. June is National PTSD Awareness Month. PTSD scores 19 million hits on Google. Episodes of TV shows like Bones and Law and Order and Grey’s Anatomy have all featured PTSD at one time or another for the past 10 years. When the wife of Staff Sgt. Robert Bales appeared on TV saying that she was unaware of the symptoms of PTSD, it shocked the community. How can you be in the military and be unaware of PTSD? Maybe this most recent cam-

paign should remind us that awareness is not enough anymore. Publicity stunts are not enough. What we need is a whole-community way to treat PTSD and PTS so that they go away and stay away for good. Every time we see a from a Vietnam vet who still suffers from PTSD, I know that for sure. Every time we get a letter from a military brat whose childhood was marked by a parent who came home from war depressed and anxious and scarred by PTSD, I am more convinced. Every new treatment I read about and every message from the command that urges individuals to be treated gives me cause for hope. I’m not convinced that campaigns to raise awareness will change the current experience of PTSD. Then again, what will?

DoD schools mark successes By Lisa Daniel American Forces Press Service

Department of Defense Education Activity’s (DODEA) schools have been on a roll lately with high achievement of both teachers and students. Now that the 2011-12 school year is behind them, students, teachers and parents have much to be proud of. The latest recognition goes to math teacher Spencer Bean at Baumholder Middle-High School, Germany, who has been chosen to receive the 2011 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in Washington, D.C.

Bean is the kind of teacher parents hope their children will have in school – highenergy, innovative and focused on individual student success. The motivating force for Bean is that he loves his work. In his 13 years of teaching, he said, “I’ve rarely ever missed a day of work – I just love it that much!” Like many high-achieving students, Bean said, he had to be talked into teaching. He was a math major and, already married in college, wanted to earn a good living. He considered going into accounting or some other business area.

■ virtual school In June, DODEA celebrated its first graduation – of three students – of its Virtual School, a high school that serves students through technology. DODEA offered live streaming of its graduations where many parents are deployed. Bean had the good fortune of having a mentor who advised him to go into something he was passionate about, and a brother – an Air Force officer based in Germany – who told him that, for teachers, DODEA’s pay,

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benefits and opportunities for travel are hard to beat. “With public schools … it’s a tough thing to do to say you’re going to be a teacher,” said Bean. “You have to be really motivated. DODEA can definitely have the best and brightest because of what they offer financially.” Defense Department schools have demonstrated success in many ways lately. In April, Angela Wilson, a 7thgrade language arts teacher at Vicenza Middle School, Italy, represented DoD schools as one of four finalists in the annual National Teacher of the Year competition. In May, Anuk Dayaprema,

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

DODEA can definitely have the best and brightest because of what they offer financially.” -Spencer Bean a seventh-grade student at Vincenza Middle School, represented DoD and State Department schools at the Scripps National Spelling Bee, and Dominik Muellerleile, an eighth-grade student at Wiesbaden Middle School, Germany, represented DoD and State Department schools in the 24th annual National Geographic Bee. In June, DODEA celebrated its first graduation – of three students – of its Virtual School, a high school that serves students through tech-

nology to get required courses they otherwise wouldn’t be able to take. And, DODEA offered live streaming of its graduations where many parents are deployed. There are many reasons to celebrate Defense Department schools. Bean is just the latest example of a school system that does so many things right. “I’ve never regretted it,” Bean said of his decision to become a Defense Department teacher. “I’ve loved it ever since.”

Military spouses can turn volunteer work into job skills By Michelle Galvez Military Spouse Contributor

It was through volunteering that I not only stumbled upon my true calling, but ended up getting paid to do it too. But being a room mother for the kids’ classes, PTA school volunteer coordinator, Scout troop leader, Sunday school teacher, family readiness group treasurer, soccer snack scheduler and Navy family ombudsman weren’t positions I sought because they might look good on my resume. I’d exited the world of work when my second child was born and I hadn’t updated my resume in a decade. I simply needed to talk to other grown-ups and use my brain for something productive. I also wanted to stay busy enough to not

■ Hampton to host “Hiring Our Heroes” Where: Hampton Roads Convention Center, 1610 Coliseum Dr., Hampton When: Aug. 2 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. What: The career forum and hiring fair for military spouses of active duty, Guard, reserves and veterans. Blue Star Families will present its “Making Volunteerism Work for You” project. Visit: for more information. have time to dwell on the fact that I was in a new city every 18 months raising kids by myself, greeting the base gate guards more often than I saw my husband. I didn’t have to worry about reciprocity of licenses, career portability, day care or continuing education since I could jump right into volunteering now, no matter where we moved. It felt good to donate my time and help make a difference in

my little pockets of community. So, it was a pleasant surprise to be offered a job with an actual paycheck to do something I’d been happily doing for years – for free. I was clueless, but it turns out all that volunteer experience was qualifying me for my dream job – which came with family-friendly hours, professional credibility, cool business cards, a Blackberry, challenging workload and amaz-

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ing adventures I get to call “work.” But Blue Star Families, an incredible military family organization, (full disclosure: I enjoy volunteering with them) and the Military Spouse Business Alliance wants to give us all a clue. At the upcoming “Hiring Our Heroes” career forum and hiring fair for military spouses of active duty, Guard, reserves and veterans, Blue Star Families will present its “Making Volunteerism Work for You” project. It’s designed to show military spouses how to turn their volunteer work into concrete job skills for their resumes, according to their Director of Communications, Stephanie Himel-Nelson. On Aug. 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hampton Roads Convention Center, the event will also include

workshops, resume help and a networking/mentoring reception for spouses with employers and executives. “Military spouse employment is consistently ranked in the Top-5 issues of concern for our military families,” said Vivian Greentree, Ph.D., the Blue Star Families Director of Research and Policy. “To see the Chamber of Commerce tailoring hiring fairs specifically for spouses is exciting. Military spouses have so many attributes that companies are looking for, like decision-making under pressure, accountability and an amazing work ethic.” Register at; and email, or call 202-4633110 for more information.


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BMD system completes second successful intercept flight test ■ achievement The SM-3 Block 1B successfully intercepted a short-range ballistic missile target that had been launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility, located on Kauai, Hawaii.

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action A Standard Missile-3 (SM3) Block 1B interceptor is launched from the guidedmissile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70) for the second time during a Missile Defense Agency test in the Pacific Ocean.

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The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and Sailors of USS Lake Erie (CG 70) successfully conducted a flight test of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system, June 26. The test resulted in the intercept of a separating ballistic missile target over the Pacific Ocean by the Navy’s newest missile defense interceptor missile, the Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block 1B. At 11:15 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time (5:15 a.m. EDT, June 27), the target missile was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility, located on Kauai, Hawaii. The target flew on a northwesterly trajectory towards a broad ocean area of the Pacific Ocean. Following target launch, USS Lake Erie detected and tracked the missile with its onboard AN/SPY-1 radar. The ship, equipped with the second-generation Aegis BMD 4.0.1 weapon system, developed a fire control solution and launched the SM-3 Block IB missile. Lake Erie continued to track the target and sent trajectory information to the SM-3 Block IB missile inflight. The SM-3 maneuvered to a point in space, as designated by the fire control solution, and released its kinetic warhead. The kinetic warhead acquired the target, diverted into its path, and using only the force of a direct impact, engaged and

destroyed the threat in a hitto-kill intercept. The test event was the second consecutive successful intercept test of the SM-3 Block IB missile and the second-generation Aegis BMD 4.0.1 weapon system. The first successful SM-3 Block IB intercept occurred, May 9. The intercept is a critical accomplishment for the second phase of the President’s European Phased Adaptive Approach consisting of the SM-3 Block 1B interceptor employed in an Aegis Ashore system in Romania in 2015. Initial indications are that all components performed as designed resulting in a very accurate intercept. This was the 23rd successful intercept in 28 flight test firings for the Aegis BMD program. Across all Ballistic Missile Defense System programs, it is the 54th successful hit-to-kill intercept in 68 flight tests since 2001. Aegis BMD is the seabased mid-course component of the MDA’s Ballistic Missile Defense System and is designed to intercept and destroy short to intermediaterange ballistic missile threats. The MDA and the U.S. Navy cooperatively manage the Aegis BMD Program.



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SUNSET PARADE HELD DURING BOSTON NAVY WEEK Press Release Commander, Navy Region Mid- Atlantic Public Affairs


Photos by MC2 Jason Johnston Performers march during the “Sunset Parade” at the site of the USS Constitution during Boston Navy Week 2012. Boston Navy Week is one of 15 signature events planned across America in 2012.

Sailors assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) handle lines as the Colombian tall ship A.R.C. Gloria arrives in Boston Harbor for Boston Navy Week 2012.

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USS Wasp Sailors assist coalition ships By SN Andrew Church Navy Public Affairs Support Element, Norfolk


Thirty-three Sailors attached to amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) helped dock four coalition ships into the Boston Harbor, June 30, as they arrived for Boston Navy Week 2012. Wasp Sailors volunteered their services as line handlers for foreign naval vessels as part of many community relations events planned for Boston. “They have been just great,” said Capt. F. Bradley Wellock, manager at the Maritime Department of the Massachusetts Port Authority. “We don’t have enough [civilian] volunteers to handle these ships, and Wasp has helped out tremendously – even translating for us.” Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Jeff Ronchaquira, Wasp’s safety petty officer in charge, helped coordinate Sailors in line handling and docking of visiting ships. Ronchaquira also helped bridge the language gap by serving as translator for his Spanish-

speaking counterparts aboard the Ecuadorian ship BAE Guayas and Colombian ship ARC Gloria. “I don’t mind this at all,” said Ronchaquira. “I love my job, I really do. Otherwise I wouldn’t have reenlisted twice.” Wasp Sailors helped four coalition ships pull pierside, Cisne Branco from Brazil, Guayas, Gloria and KRI Dewaruci from Indonesia, bringing the total countries participating in Boston Navy Week to nine. Ens. Luis Flores, attached to Guayas, complimented the Wasp Sailors for their help as well. “They were very professional and I am very glad for their help,” he said. As a sign of appreciation, Flores also extended a written invitation to Capt. Gary Boardman, Commanding Officer of Wasp, to a reception held later in the week. Wasp will participate in Boston Navy Week from June 28 to July 6, giving Sailors the opportunity to tour the city and interact with locals, as well as participate in more community relations events.

Boston Navy Week honored a time-honored tradition by hosting a Sunset Parade at the site of USS Constitution at Charlestown Navy Yard, June 29. The celebration, featuring representatives from all U.S. ships in port participating in Boston Navy Week, included ceremonial performances by the U.S. Navy Band Northeast. Twenty U.S. and coalition ships and more than 3,000 service members and coalition partners are participating in Boston Navy Week, a celebration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812. Boston Navy Week provides an opportunity for the citizens of Boston and New England to meet Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, as well as see the latest capabilities of today’s maritime services first-hand. Boston Navy Week is one of many signature events around the country commemorating the Bi-

Spectators watch performers during the “Sunset Parade” at the site of the USS Constitution during Boston Navy Week 2012.

centennial of the War of 1812 and “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The commemoration of the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812 is a salute to all Sailors and Marines who fought gallantly in that conflict, who served in all our nation’s conflicts since then, and who continue to defend freedom around the world today. Since winning our indepen-

Navy medicine discusses warrior care during Boston Navy Week Press Release Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Public Affairs


Boston Navy Week kicked off with Navy Medicine leadership meeting local corporate executives, healthcare providers and university leadership in Boston, June 27 - 28. Rear Adm. Elaine Wagner, Commander, Navy Medicine East, Commander of Naval Medical Center Portsmouth and chief of Navy Dental Corps represented Navy Medicine during Boston Navy Week. “Boston Navy Week is a great opportunity for us to show the citizens of Boston and New England what their Navy does, to see firsthand what we do, and to learn about the Navy’s critical mission and its broad-ranging capabilities,” said Wagner. At a meeting with Boston Scientific, Wagner met with leadership and staff to discuss the Navy mission and Navy Medicine’s role in supporting the Maritime Strategy. “Navy Medicine plays a vital role in supporting the core capabilities of the Maritime Strategy,” said Wagner. “Navy Medicine personnel deploy with Sailors and Marines worldwide, providing critical mission support aboard ship, in the air, under the sea and on the battlefield.” In addition, she said, “Navy Medicine projects ‘smart power’ through its most visible role in humanitarian assistance/disaster relief missions.” During her visit to Boston, Wagner visited several organiza-

tions involved in the advancement of healthcare practices, treatments and processes to share lessons learned and best practices. “We are honored to have Rear Adm. Wagner here to share with us the Navy’s mission and how Navy medicine supports that mission,” said Rick Conlan, vice president, information systems of Boston Scientific. During the week, Wagner also met with leaders and recruits at Boston Emergency Medical Services, leading professionals at Massachusetts General Hospital, Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston University School of Medicine and the Red Sox Home Base Program. Discussions included how the Navy’s global presence benefits Boston, as well as, medical discussions regarding military medical advancements learned on the battlefield, Wounded Warrior care and the Navy’s role in humanitarian assistance/disaster relief missions around the world. “We are excited to have this dialogue during Boston Navy Week,” said Wagner. “This is an incredible opportunity for us to share best practices and learn from one another.” During the week, Wagner met leadership of the Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology. The Bostonbased consortium is focused on developing and accelerating innovations to address unobtained clinical needs.

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Throughout meeting, the parties stressed the importance of continued medical research and development of initiatives for Wounded Warrior care and the importance of providing outstanding care to the nation’s Wounded Warriors. Dr. Ross Zafonte, Earle P. and Ida Charlton Professor of Physical Medicine Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School and vice president of medical affairs at Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, shared several initiatives focused on diagnosis and therapies for traumatic brain injury (TBI). “We bring together many professionals and technology to conduct research focused on diagnosing and finding treatments for TBI,” said Zafonte. Accompanying Wagner during Navy Week was Dr. James Kelly, director of the National Intrepid Center of Excellence in Bethesda, Md. – the military’s leading center of study and work in the field of post-traumatic stress and TBI treatments. “As we continue to collect data on TBI, we can continue the research from diverse studies and continue to develop the best treatment of TBI,” said Kelly. “Coming together to examine the critical process of rehabilitation of our wounded service members from the point of injury until they are reintegrated into their communities, helps to create the relationships between military and civilian healthcare systems.” For more news from Navy Medicine, visit mednews/.



Students face plebe summer, a rigorous, six-week program Continued from B1 emy’s Alumni Hall to start their transformation into midshipmen. They went through hours of inprocessing, during which they received uniforms and medical examinations, completed registration, received haircuts and learned to salute. The first student to arrive was Hanna Hayes from St. Louis, Mo., checking into the plebe processing center at 5:45 a.m. “I’m excited, I’m a little nervous. I don’t know what to expect today, but I know everything’s going to be great,” she said. The plebes took the Navy Oath of Office at a ceremony in Tecumseh Court later in the evening, and as fourth class midshipmen, they said goodbye to their family and friends as Plebe Summer training began. Plebe Summer is a rigorous, six-week program which starts each day at dawn with demanding physical training. There is no television or music permitted, and virtually no leisure time for the plebes. Plebes learn basic military skills, weapons training, the Honor Concept, character development, time management skills, seamanship, navigation and boat handling. Other activities include: swimming, martial arts, basic rock climbing, obstacle, endurance and confidence courses designed to develop physical, mental and team-building skills. Forty hours are devoted to the instruction of infantry drill and five formal parades. They must also memorize more than 1,000 facts and figures taken from a specially designed book called “Reef Points.” “We try to foster a sense of camaraderie and teamwork, so they learn their class is more important than any one individual,” said Midshipman 1st Class Michaela Bilotta, an upperclassman responsible for training plebes this summer. Through this exhausting, but valuable experience, plebes learn important lessons, such as discipline, honor, character, self-reliance and organization, which will help give them the foundation to become midshipmen and successful military leaders.

MC2 Alexia Riveracorrea Members of the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2016 take the oath of office during a ceremony at Tecumseh Court during induction Day, June 28.

Sailors, Marines donate time to homeless ■ history of the Pine Street Inn Navy Public Affairs Support Element, The Pine Street Inn Norfolk opened four decades ago, offering around 200 men BOSTON, MASS. Sailors and Marines volun- suffering from alcoholism teered to prepare and serve a safe alternative to the meals for the homeless as part streets of Boston. of several community relations (COMREL) outreach Since that time, the Inn projects held during Boston has expanded to serve more than 1,300 men and Navy Week, June 29. Service members began women each day. their day assisting food workers at the Pine Street Inn, dicing vegetables and making Relations of the Pine Street sandwiches for the shelters Inn said he and his staff were street outreach teams to give glad to have the military help away. with meals. The Pine Street Inn opened “It was great to have service its doors four decades ago, of- members come in and work fering approximately 200 men hand-to-hand with our food suffering from alcoholism a workers,” said Oliver. “It was safe alternative to the streets an honor to have them here.” of Boston. Oliver said they prepare Since then, they have ex- 2,000 meals per day to feed panded to serve more than the homeless of Boston and 1,300 men and women each that a big percentage of those day, providing a comprehen- people are fellow veterans. sive range of programs and “Ten percent of the homeservices, including housing, less that we assist here are outreach, shelter and job train- military veterans, so service ing. The Inn’s ultimate goal members are helping a lot of for all of their programs is to their own today,” said Oliver. make permanent housing a Service members also real possibility for all. volunteered their time at “This is a great way to give the Boston Rescue Mission back to the community of where they helped serve and Boston,” said Damage Con- prepare meals. The Boston trolman Firemen Roneshia Rescue Mission began more Redmond, attached to the than 100 years ago and conmulti-purpose amphibi- tinues to work toward their ous assault ship USS Wasp goal to provide the homeless (LHD 1). and poor of greater Boston Michael Oliver, director with the support, training, of Corporate and Foundation and resources necessary to By MC2 (SW/AW) Sunday Williams

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Aerographer’s Mate Airman Lachelle McMahan (left), assigned to the Fleet Weather Center Norfolk, and Lance Cpl. Jake Frank, assigned to the 22 G, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines, load trays with cheese to make 2,000 meals at the Pine Street Inn to help feed the homeless during a Boston Navy Week 2012 community service project.


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sustain independent living for a lifetime. Military members who volunteered said they were eager to give their time. “I just felt the need to get out and do a COMREL because I’ve never done it before, and thought it would be a great experience,” said

Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Justin Washington, assigned to the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship, USS Wasp (LHD 1). Jason Bonetti, a volunteer coordinator for the Boston Rescue Mission said he was excited to have the military’s help at the mission.

“It’s great timing because our normal veterans shelter is being shut down due to a pipe rupture,” said Bonetti. “It never hurts to have the extra help.” Service members will continue to donate their time throughout Boston Navy Week at various locations.


First Lady joins Illinois governor for bill signing aimed to help military families By Scott A. Thornbloom Naval Service Training Command Public Affairs


The First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, joined the governor of Illinois at a bill signing in the Illinois National Guard Armory, June 26, to support military families as they seek employment and hold on to professional certifications. The signing was in front of more than 250 uniformed military members and family members. The bill is called the Illinois Military Family Licensing Act and its purpose is to help service members and their spouses obtain the professional licenses they need to continue working after the family relocates to Illinois for military service. “Our military families make great sacrifices every day and they shouldn’t have to put their career on hold while their loved ones are serving their country overseas,” said Gov. Pat Quinn. “This new law will strengthen Illinois and allow these dedicated professionals to waste no time in finding work, and making a difference as they settle into their new home.” The signing of Illinois Senate Bill 275 makes Illinois the 23rd state to adopt pro-military spouse license portability legislation. As part of her Joining Forces initiative to honor, recognize and support military families, Obama has been an advocate for the 100,000 military spouses who serve in professions that require state licenses or certifi-

■ the bill The Illinois Military Family Licensing Act’s purpose is to help service members and their spouses obtain the professional licenses they need to continue working after the family relocates to Illinois for military service.

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cation, and have to bear high financial burdens to transfer their credentials from state to state as they serve this country. In February, the first lady and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, asked Quinn and the rest of the country’s governors and spouses to improve job portability for military spouses in their states. Now, 23 states have similar legislation, including Illinois, and an additional seven states have pending legislation. “Because of Gov. Quinn’s efforts, more military spouses will be able to advance in their careers,” said Obama. “More businesses, hospitals and schools will get the talented, experienced workers they rely on. And more families will have the income they need and the financial security they deserve. And above all, military families will know that

Benjamin Kittleson First Lady Michelle Obama and military dignitaries watch as Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signs Senate Bill 275 at the Illinois National Guard Armory.

America has their back, we are working hard every day to serve them as well as they have served this country.” Illinois is the home to three major military bases – Naval Station Great Lakes, Scott Air Force Base and Rock Island Arsenal. Naval Station Great Lakes is known as “The Quarterdeck of Navy” and site of the only “boot camp” in the Navy, Recruit Training Command (RTC) that transforms civilians into Sailors. Scott Air Force Base, located near Belleville, Ill., and 20 miles East of St. Louis, is the headquarters for the U.S. Transportation Command. The Rock Island Arsenal, in Rock Island, Ill., or the QuadCities, is a major weapons manufacturing facility in the U.S. More than 100 Sailors from Naval Station Great Lakes attended the bill signing, including Rear Adm. David F. Steindl, Commander, Naval Service Training Command (NSTC), who oversees the operations and training held at RTC.

It is a great day for our spouses and families, who are the backbone of the military.” - Rear Adm. David F. Steindl

“It is a great day for our spouses and families, who are the backbone of the military. They do so much for us and the careers of our Sailors – it is great to see them receive this support and recognition of their service. This will have a positive impact on families, who are constantly making sacrifices for our country,” said Steindl. “Additionally, Mrs. Obama’s Joining Forces campaign is having a real impact on Navy families. She is really dedicated to our Sailors, Marines, Soldiers and Airmen.” The Navy had the biggest contingent of military members and their families in the crowd, including more than 50 Recruit Division Commanders (RDCs) and staff

members from RTC. The other Navy representatives came from the Navy Region Midwest, the Naval Station and Navy Recruiting District Chicago. “The Navy was well-represented here. They were locked onto every word the first lady and Gov. Quinn had to say, because they know how important this bill is to our families,” said Steindl. State agencies that issue occupational licenses, including the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and the State Board of Education (IDFPR), will be able to grant temporary licenses to military members and spouses who hold credentials in other states in more than 50 professions,

such as teachers, doctors, nurses, dentists, plumbers, paramedics, social workers, dieticians and therapists. In addition to temporary, six-month licenses, the Act allows IDFPR to consider all relevant experience and training a service member has gained through military service towards meeting certain permanent state licensing requirements. These provisions will help military members and their spouses more easily navigate the patchwork of non-uniform regulations across all 50 states. The law takes effect Jan. 1. “This bill will be a big benefit because it is very difficult to move from state to state and be able to continue with your career,” said Jennifer Penny, wife of Senior Chief Sonar Technician Submarines (SS) Jeremy Penny, an RDC at RTC. “We’re very proud of our governor for signing this and allowing spouses of the military to continue on with their careers just like their husbands or wives have in the Navy.”

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Navy surgeon general emphasizes progress at National PTSD Awareness Day Press Release Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Public Affairs


The Navy and Marine Corps’ top doctor participated alongside his sister service counterparts and elected officials in support of National Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day at Capitol Hill, June 27. Vice Adm. Matt L. Nathan, U.S. Navy surgeon general and chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery spoke at the event in support of his Sailors, Marines and all service members and their families, acknowledging existing efforts in the area of PTSD and emphasizing the need for further education, awareness and removal of the stigma associated with seeking care. “I am encouraged by the progress we’ve made,” said Nathan. “But I am not yet satisfied. We have embedded mental health providers into combat units in theater, we have concentrated efforts on building strength and resiliency for service members and their families, we have started the open dialogue, and studies indicate we’re making strides in combating the stigma, so I am encouraged, but we have a long way to go. Until all of these programs for beneficiaries and families operate seamlessly, I remain encouraged, but not satisfied.” National PTSD Awareness Day is the result of a U.S. Senate resolution introduced in May of this year. For the third year in a row, U.S. Sen. Kent Conrad in-

I am encouraged by the progress we’ve made, but I am not yet satisfied.” - Vice Adm. Matt L. Nathan

troduced the resolution designating June 27 as National PTSD Awareness Day. The date was chosen in honor of a Soldier’s birthday from Conrad’s home state of North Dakota who lost his battle with PTSD to suicide a few years ago. The event, which was themed, “Visible Honor for Invisible Wounds,” was hosted by Honor for All – a non-profit group dedicated to veterans and service members suffering from PTSD. The event’s keynote address was given by the Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler, whose personal story echoes the need for removing the stigma. Chandler openly discussed his own individual struggle with PTSD and that though after his initial self-proclaimed “downward spiral,” he sought treatment, even years later he worried that seeking help might be viewed negatively by Army leadership when he was interviewing for his current post. “I’m the poster boy for PTSD stigma,” he said when discussing overcoming his struggles. “I felt that if I said

truthfully what happened and what I was feeling, I wouldn’t be able to succeed and move on. I’ve come a long way since 2005. After two years of behavioral health treatment, I am a better father, a better husband, a better person and ultimately, I became a better Soldier.” Chandler acknowledged his Army leadership for recognizing the value of his experience and willingness to discuss it, and since taking up his current job, he has been touring the country and the world, sharing his experience with service members. “I think we’ve made a difference,” said Chandler. Another area where the military leaders felt they’ve made a difference is with the families of the service members. The event even included testimony from 10-year-old Barbara Webb, the daughter of a Marine suffering from PTSD. Webb described in detail finding her father on the floor after a suicide attempt, begging him not to leave her. She shared that he didn’t die that day, but spent many months in inpatient treatment and now lives alone because “it’s better for him if he lives alone.” However, the brave young girl acknowledges that treatment has worked for her father, and on good days, she gets to see him. “It’s hard to talk about my family and my dad,” said Webb. “But if my story can help another family, that’s my goal.” Webb left the audience with a simple, clear message if they or their loved ones are struggling with what they think


Shoshona Pilip-Florea Vice Adm. Matt L. Nathan presents his command coin and shares a moment with 10-year-old Barbara Webb, the daughter of a Marine suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), at the National PTSD Awareness Day at Capitol Hill.

may be PTSD. “You can’t see it, but you can feel it,” she said. “Please get help.” There were several other speakers at the event, including U.S. Sen. John Hoeven and U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson. Military speakers included Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho, U.S. Army surgeon general; Lt. Gen. Charles Green, U.S. Air Force surgeon general; Maj. Gen. Joseph Martin, U.S. National Guard surgeon general;

and Brig. Gen. Robert Hedelund, director, Marine and Family programs. The over arching message of the day was that psychological health is essential to overall health and with greater emphasis on resilience, prevention and treatment efforts, personnel can expect to recover as long as they are open and honest with themselves, their families, leaders and providers. “It’s OK to not be OK,” said Hedelund. “The key is to get

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Cathy Dixson The 10-piece band House and Sinnett is scheduled to perform at the American Theater in Hampton on July 7.

Local band brings its blend of soul, funk and R&B to American Theater HAMPTON

Courtesy photo Easy Star All-Stars are scheduled to headline the AT&T Reggae Solstice at Town Point Park in Downtown Norfolk on July 7.

GET YOUR JAH ON Downtown Norfolk welcomes annual Reggae Solstice NORFOLK

The AT&T Reggae Solstice returns to Town Point Park on the Downtown Norfolk waterfront from 5 to 10 p.m. on July 7. This cultural celebration brings dance and music together to create a peaceful vibe along the Elizabeth River. Reggae Solstice is free and open to the public, and promises to be the perfect way to celebrate summer. Get your “Jah” on as the Reggae Solstice boasts regional and national acts, including the Easy Star All-Stars taking the stage as the sun sets along the Elizabeth River. Feast on a variety of food that will be available for purchase. A portion of beverage sales will benefit the Cosmopolitan Club of Norfolk, which helps provide funding for a number of charitable organizations including: Crime Line, Tidewater Pastoral Service, Norfolk Emergency Shelter Team, Salvation Army, Joy Fund, Norfolk Botanical Children’s Garden, EVMS Strelitz Diabetes Center and Cosmopolitan Diabetes Foundation. Combining musical versatility, instrumental prowess, beautiful vocal harmonies and a superb rhythm section, the Easy Star AllStars have established themselves as one of the top international reggae acts since their live debut in 2003. Thanks to their bestselling tribute album releases, “Dub Side of the Moon” (2003), “Radiodread” (2006), and “Easy Star’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band”

(2009), the remix album “Dubber Side of the Moon” (2010), as well as original releases “Until That Day EP” (2008) and “First Light” (2011), the Easy Star All-Stars have built a growing, dedicated fan base throughout the world, bringing together fans of reggae, classic rock, dub and indie rock into one big family. The band has toured in over 30 countries on six continents, playing over 100 shows per year for the past five years. They’ve played loads of major festivals throughout the world, including an unprecedented three-day, three-stage stand at Glastonbury in 2009, which earned them a UK Festy Award Nomination that year. Bimini Road’s place in history begins with its namesake. In the late 60s, Dr. J. Manson Valentine discovered a since then disputed rock formation off the coast of the island of North Bimini in the Bahamas. Some consider this formation to be a naturally occurring phenomena. Others believe it to be a pathway to the ancient story of Atlantis. Regardless of one’s beliefs about Atlantis’ existence and the truth about Bimini Road in the Bahamas, one fact remains true. The band known as Bimini Road is not a disputed phenomena of existence or talent.

■ band lineup The schedule of events for the AT&T Reggae Solstice on July 7 is as follows: 5:30 p.m. – Session Rockers 7:00 p.m. – Bimini Road 8:30 p.m. – Easy Star All Stars Admission is free and open to the public.

As a band, the four members have accomplished something that is rarely achieved in the modern music industry. They have found success while being original and differentiating themselves from other bands. There is a saying that “there is nothing new under the sun.” And, it would be a misstatement to indicate that Bimini Road doesn’t draw inspiration from musicians of famed past. However, the band has mixed these sounds and concepts together in a bowl to produce their audible art form, which we hear before us. Bimini Road is a modern band for a modern world. This diversity can be witnessed in the bands own cultural roots. Aaron Kuklica, David Ortiz, Mike Fischetti and Travis Mansell each have unique cultural pasts that cannot be explained by their names or their appearances. However, this is not the greatest testament to the band’s strength. Rather, it is a reflection of the current chapter in history. Emphasis is more importantly placed on their analytical capabilities to process different forms of rock over the decades and create their own blend of a timeless tradition. Session Rockers is a Virginia Beach-based Roots Reggae band. Originally a three-piece studio unit, Session Rockers now consists of eight members and has grown into a live reggae juggernaut. While the lineup has changed over the years, Biggs and jahboo remain, alongside six of the area’s tightest musicians. Session Rockers is standing strong and ready to carry the Roots Reggae banner far into the future. For more information please visit www., call 441-2345, or find us on Facebook.

New 10-piece soul, funk and R&B rock band House and Sinnett is scheduled to open the new year of great performers at the American Theatre in Hampton on July 7 at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $25$30, with discounts available for students, seniors and military personnel. To purchase tickets, call 722-2787, or visit Feeling a huge need to return to his roots, which are based on the classic soul traditions, powerhouse drummer/composer/radio personality Jae Sinnett has recently formed a great new band – House and Sinnett. Complete with three singers, three horns and a four piece rhythm section, House and Sinnett is powerful, soulful, funky – the music is played and sung with melodic and rhythmic variation complete with deep grooves and impressive originality. “I started missing the soulful quality that I grew up with, listening to the bands out of the 60s and early 70s,” said Sinnett. “Few bands heard on the radio today in the pop/soul formats – it’s usually more about the individual now. The melodicism and soul are missing in much of today’s music. My new band, House and Sinnett, wanted to change all that and bring back the feel-good soul. I also love and miss the great stories in the lyrics of those classic songs by groups like Earth, Wind & Fire and Steely Dan, and the amazing harmonic depth of giants like Stevie Wonder. I miss that sound and decided to do something about it – our way.” As a recording artist, Sinnett has released 10 albums as a leader. He has performed with some of the greatest names in jazz today, including Ellis and Branford Marsalis, Chuck Mangione, Charlie Byrd, Randy Brecker, Makoto Ozone, Jon Hendricks, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson and many more. But his career started in soul and rock music. Two of his recordings topped out at the No. 1 position on the national jazz week radio charts. Sinnett is also a 21-year veteran broadcaster for NPR affiliate WHRV in Norfolk, where he is host and producer of the very popular Sinnett in Session show, and is also host and producer to the classic soul program, The R&B Chronicles. House and Sinnett’s structure follows the classic concept of earlier soul groups. Sinnett does the writing and arranging and incorporates many of the elements that have been an influence on his music and career – funk, soul, gospel, rock, blues and jazz. Each of the new ensemble’s new songs tells a unique story – and each is played with passion, soul and emotion and, of course, high caliber musicianship.

Chalk the Walk as oceanfront hosts unique art competition VIRGINIA BEACH

Chalk the Walk takes over the Virginia Beach Boardwalk from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 7 as hundreds of artists and “wanna-be artists” gather to turn the boardwalk into an impromptu canvas of color. At Chalk the Walk, participants draw four by four foot chalk drawings for three blocks along the boardwalk. This year’s theme is “Walking with Warhol.” Coinciding with the “Andy Warhol: Portraits” exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art in Virginia Beach, Chalk the Walk participants should prepare a Warhol-inspired composition. All Chalk the Walk participants are encouraged to incorporate the theme in their work. Known for his brilliantly-colored paintings of politicians, entertainers, sports figures, writers, debutantes and heads of state, Warhol was a proponent of pop art. Two hundred competitors will complete chalk drawings to be evaluated by a panel of judges from the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art in Vir-

ginia Beach. Judges will score the drawings according to criteria, such as composition, use of color, adherence to theme and creativity. There will be three competitive divisions: amateur, professional and youth. The youth division will be for children ages 12 to 16. Children 11 and under will be invited to draw for fun in a separate area. Trophies and cash prizes will be awarded for each division. Winners will be announced at 4:30 p.m. at the registration tent. The hours for the Chalk the Walk are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All participants must register by 1 p.m. to qualify for the competition. All drawings must be completed by 3:30 p.m. to be eligible for prizes. Advance registration for Chalk the Walk is not required. There is no fee to participate, but it is recommended that artists bring their own chalk. For more information about Chalk the Walk, visit, or call 491SUNN (7866).

■ theme work Coinciding with the “Andy Warhol: Portraits” exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, the theme for this year’s Chalk the Walk is “Walking with Warhol.”

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Free youth soccer camp ■ When: July 9 - 12 ■ Where: Woodstock

Park, 5709 Providence Rd., Virginia Beach. ■ For more information, contact: Katie Barnes at, or visti www. Awaken Church’s 4th annual Soccer Camp is free and open to the public. Children and teens of all ages are invited to participate in the week-long evening program led by guest coach Aquasi Audain, a semi-pro and member of the St. Vincent & Grenadines World Cup qualifying team. Audain and a team of volunteers will teach fundamental techniques, team play and fitness. Sessions will be held each night from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Participants should bring shoes, shin guards and water.

Summer Sizzler Morning Workouts ■ When: Mondays in July, 7 a.m. ■ Where: JEB Little Creek, Sulinski Field ■ For more information, call: 462-2399

Full-body work out with emphasis on muscular endurance and cardiovascular stamina.

History is a blast this summer at Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center, two living-history museums that tell of America’s beginnings. In addition to enhanced artillery demonstrations and hands-on interpretive programs, historical themes – “Seed to Stalk” in June and “Pastimes of Colonial Virginia” in August – and a patriotic “Liberty Celebration” event in July round out the summer months. From now through Aug. 15, both museums will be open an hour longer, until 6 p.m.At Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia, visitors can learn about farming and agriculture of the Powhatan Indian culture in the re-created village, as well as the technology used to hunt and fish, cook, create pottery and make dugout canoes. At the pier where replicas of the ships that brought America’s first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607 are docked, discover the daily life of a Sailor, from learning about watches and bells and navigation tools to sail and cargo handling. In addition to daily matchlock musket demonstrations in the re-created 1610-14 fort, interpreters will present pike drills and programs on sword handling. Fort visitors also can explore aspects of blacksmithing, leather and woodworking. Make ready for a surge of artillery. At 11 a.m. daily, a swivel gun will be fired from the ships’ pier. Historical interpreters will fire a falcon at 2:45 p.m. daily in the riverfront discovery area, and at 4:15 p.m., from a bulwark in the fort. At the Yorktown Victory Center, a museum of the American Revolution, visitors can learn about the steps to firing a brass battalion gun or mortar in the re-created Continental Army encampment and then cover their ears as historical interpreters fire the cannon. Daily demonstrations

Courtesy of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation. The “Establishing Jamestown” exhibit in the Jamestown Settlement galleries.

will begin at 11:05 a.m. and 1:05, 3:05 and 5:05 p.m. Jamestown Settlement chronicles 17th-century Virginia and convergence of Powhatan Indian, English and West central African cultures through an introductory film, expansive gallery exhibits and historical interpretation in outdoor recreations of a Powhatan village, the three 1607 ships, and a colonial fort. Optional orientation tours of the interpretive areas are offered several times daily. At the Yorktown Victory Center, gallery exhibits trace events that led from colonial unrest to the formation of a new nation. In the outdoor re-created Continental Army encampment, historical interpreters describe and depict the daily life of American soldiers during the last year of the war. The 1780s farm shows how many Americans lived at the time of the Revolution. Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and until 6 p.m. from June 15 to Aug. 15.

Visitors can save 20 percent on admission with a combination ticket to both museums: $20 for adults and $10 for ages 6 through 12. Admission to Jamestown Settlement is $15.50 for adults and $7.25 for ages 6 through 12; the Yorktown Victory Center is $9.75 for adults and $5.50 for ages 6 through 12. Children under age 6 receive complimentary admission. Additional ticket and package options and online specials are available with other Williamsburg area attractions, including Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area and Art Museums and Busch Gardens. Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center are separated by a 25-minute drive along the Colonial Parkway, a National Scenic Byway. Jamestown Settlement is located on Route 31 just Southwest of Williamsburg, adjacent to Historic Jamestowne. The Yorktown Victory Center is located on Route 1020 in Yorktown, near Yorktown Battlefield. For more information, call (888) 5934682 toll-free, 253-4838, or visit www.

Family Fitness at the Park ■ When: Thursdays in July, 9 to 10 a.m. ■ Where: NSA Hampton Roads (Norfolk),


Athletic Park ■ For more information, call: 836-1810 An hour of fitness led by a certified fitness instructor for the whole family.

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NSA FIT 500 registration deadline PORTSMOUTH ■ When: July 6 ■ Where: NSA Hampton Roads (Norfolk), NH-30 Gym ■ For more information, call: 836-1810

Any physical activity at MWR facilities will count and minutes convert to miles, but must be recorded in the log book at the NH-30 gym only. Prizes will be awarded.

Kings Dominion trip ■ When: July 7 ■ Where: NAS Oceana

Great Escape & Dam Neck Oasis ■ For more information, call: 433-2981. Only $5 for transportation. Tickets available from ITT, or at the gate.

Class Groupie incentive program ■ When: July 9 to Aug. 31 ■ Where: NAS Oceana, Hornet’s Nest ■ For more information, call: 433-3928/2695

Attend the most classes at the Hornet’s Nest and earn the ‘Class Groupie’ title. Prizes awarded to the Top-3 participants.

Intramural kickball league meeting ■ When: July 10, 10 a.m. ■ Where: JEB Little Creek, Rockwell Hall ■ For more information, call: 462-7419

Pistol qualifications ■ When: July 10, departs at 4 p.m. ■ Where: NAS Oceana Great Escape

and Dam Neck Annex Oasis ■ For more information, call: 433-2981 or 492-6806. Cost per person is $37.

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ducers. Two audition sessions will be held. The first session will start at 7 a.m., with tests being given through 10 a.m. Callback interviews for the morning auditions will take place between Noon and 3 p.m. The second session will begin at 5 p.m. and will continue through 7 p.m. Call-back interviews for evening auditions will take place immediately after each test session. The last session of the day will begin

promptly at 7 p.m. and will test contestants exclusively for “Movie Week,” a specialty series featuring film buffs answering movie-themed trivia. Producers will also audition college students throughout the day to be considered for “College Week.” Auditioners will be seen on a firstcome, first-served basis, and producers will audition as many people as they can throughout the day. In order to audition in Norfolk, participants must be at least 18 years of age, a U.S. resident and pass all other eligibility rules, which can be found on Millionaire’s website at Auditioners must bring photo identification with them as proof of age and residency. On-site parking is available at MacArthur Center ($1 for first three hours before 6 p.m., $2 per hour for each additional hour before 6 p.m., $10 maximum for the entire day, after 6 p.m. there is a $2 flat rate, valet is available for $5).

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■ When: July 12, 3 p.m. ■ Where: NSA Hampton Roads (Norfolk), ■ For more information, call: 444-3239

“Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” is hitting the road this summer to hold contestant auditions for the upcoming 11th season of the show, and has selected Norfolk as one of six cities that they will visit. Millionaire, with Emmy Award-winning host Meredith Vieira, will premiere an all-new season on Sept. 3, and can be seen locally on FOX43 (WVBT) weekdays at 10 a.m. This July 13, people in the Hampton Roads area will have the opportunity to audition for the hit game show as FOX43 welcomes “Millionaire” producers to MacArthur Center – 300 Monticello Ave., Norfolk – for contestant auditions. FOX43 will give 25 lucky fans the chance to go to the head of the audition line. Enter at now to be eligible. Winners will be announced via email, July 11. Auditions consist of a timed multiple choice test, and for those people who pass, an interview with one of the show’s pro-

On July 12, join Newport News native and Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin for the 4th annual Hampton Roads Youth Foundation Gridiron Legends Tailgate Party, presented by Knight Solutions Construction. The event will take place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Hampton Roads Convention Center and will welcome some of the biggest names in the NFL from the Hampton Roads area, including: Indianapolis Colts’ Antoine Bethea, Baltimore Ravens’ Tyrod Taylor, New England Patriots’ Jerod Mayo, Oakland Raiders’ Darryl Blackstock, Minnesota Vikings’ Percy Harvin, and more. Come out and celebrate the return of the NFL season with interactive activities, contests, prizes, autograph signings, games, and fun for the entire family. Planned activities include: player autographs (as available), football drill stations, 40-yard dash, raffle giveaways and more for everyone to enjoy. “We have had a tremendous outpouring of support from the community for this event since its inception, so we decided to do it again,” said Vernon Lee,

■ local ties Among the NFL players from the Hampton Roads area scheduled to appear at the Gridiron Legends Tailgate Party are: Indianapolis Colts’ Antoine Bethea, Baltimore Ravens’ Tyrod Taylor, New England Patriots’ Jerod Mayo, Oakland Raiders’ Darryl Blackstock and Minnesota Vikings’ Percy Harvin.

HRYF Vice Chairman. “We are looking forward to the larger venue this year to better accommodate all of the football fans that want to attend. This event helps ensure that our youth football camp remains free of charge for the over 500 campers that attend each year.” “I look forward to coming back to the Hampton Roads area to celebrate another great season of football with our local fans,” said Tomlin. “This event looks to bring everyone together for a fun time and provide a great fan-friendly environment for the Hampton Roads com-

munity.” The Gridiron Legends Tailgate Party is a kickoff to the 16th annual Hampton Roads All-Star Football Camp, taking place July 13 - 14 at Christopher Newport University. The two-day camp for youth, ages 8 - 14 and selected high school players, features NFL players and area high school coaches teaching basic offensive and defensive skills. Other elements include a Q & A session with NFL players, nutrition and conditioning presentation, college preparation, dietary supplement and steroid abuse, and the importance of academic excellence. For more information on the Gridiron Legends Tailgate Party, call 304-8172, or visit Tickets for the event are $25 (limited advance tickets available), children under 5 are free. Please feel free to purchase your tickets in advance by visiting www.eventbrite. com and clicking on Fourth Annual Gridiron Legends Tailgate Party. Follow HRYF on Twitter @hryf757 or join our Facebook fan page at www.


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FLAGSHIPNEWS.COM | JUL 5, 2012 | THE FLAGSHIP | C3 ■ first of its kind The Shelby GT500 will be the first vehicle in the Mustang lineup to offer AppLink with the standard SYNC interface, the free software program that gives SYNC users voice control of apps stored on their smartphone.


2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 coupe/convertible ■ Wheelbase: 107.1; overall length: 188.2; width: 73.9; height: 54.5 (coupe), 55.9 (conv.) (all length in inches). ■ Engine: 5.4L supercharged V8 – 550 hp at 6,200 rpm and 510 lbs.-ft. of torque at 4,250 rpm. ■ Transmission: six-speed manual ■ EPA Fuel Economy: 15 city/ 23 hwy. ■ Cargo capacity: 13.4 cu. ft. (coupe); 9.6 cu. ft. (convertible) ■ Safety features: Dual front airbags, front seat mounted side impact airbags, four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock, rear limited slip differential, traction control, Advance Trac electronic stability control, battery run-down protection, tire pressure monitors, remote keyless entry, side impact door beams, SecuriLock theft deterrent system, tool kit, fog lights and automatic high intensity discharge headlamps. Optional safety features include: navigation system and SYNC communications system. ■ Warranty: Basic – 3-year/ 36,000 mile; Powertrain – 5-year/60,000 mile; Corrosion – 5-year/unlimited; Roadside Assistance – 5-year/60,000 mile 24 hour. ■ Pricing: The base Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price for the 2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500 starts from $48,810 for the coupe and $53,810 for the convertible. Destination charges add $795.

Latest Shelby GT500 model Mustang offers more comfort, more control By Ken Chester, Jr. Motor News Media Corporation

The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 offers an interior upgrade for 2012 with optional Recaro front seats that combine road racing inspiration with purposeful, highperformance Mustang design. The Recaro seats are the result of a global team effort led by SVT along with the Mustang engineering group in North America, Team RS in Europe and Recaro. These seats are also available in the 2012 Mustang Boss 302. The optional leather-trimmed sport bucket front seats were designed to enhance the high-performance driving experience. Lateral bolsters in the cushion and seat back are used to ensure drivers have the support needed on the track during hard cornering and to deliver a comfortable ride. The seats sport an embroidered “cobra” logo and stripes that are color-matched to the exterior stripes. They also come complete with integrated head restraints with ample room for drivers and passengers wearing helmets on the track. Openings on the seat back also are included for custom-

ers looking to create performance setups for their car on track days. In addition, selectable steering makes its debut for Mustang on Shelby GT500, with three settings specifically tuned for the car, including a sport mode designed so the driver can be more in tune with how the car reacts to the road. Power for the Shelby GT500 is generated by an aluminum 5.4L Supercharged V8 prime mover – featuring a roots-type blower and an air-to-water intercooler. Torque is communicated to the street through a Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual gearbox. Control hardware includes and independent MacPherson strut suspension up front, with reverse L lower control arms and a 34-mm stabilizer bar. At the rear, a threelink solid axle works with coil springs, a Panhard rod, 24-mm stabilizer bar and twin-tube gas-shocks. Inside the passenger cabin, additional lightweight soundproofing measures help filter unpleasant, high-frequency noises, while a tuned intake and dual exhaust add the sounds Mustang buyers relish. Occupants also benefit from new door seals and a

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KENNY CHESNEYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S NEW ALBUM DEBUTS AT NO. 1 ON CHARTS By Daryl Addison Great American Country |

The title-track of Kenny Chesneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new album, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Welcome to the Fishbowl,â&#x20AC;? compares todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s media-hungry society to living in a cramped, transparent world where everything is on display. Over an appropriately modern beat, he sings, â&#x20AC;&#x153;You just lost your privacy / Now youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re swimming around in here with me.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an honest take on stardom, and though it may offer the clearest social commentary on his new 12-song set, the record follows suit with deeply personal takes on love, relationships and belonging. Produced by Chesney and longtime collaborator Buddy Cannon, Welcome to the Fishbowl opens with the melodic guitars and drum sequencing of the current single, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Come Over.â&#x20AC;? Expressing the restlessness and anxiety of desire, he admits that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Talking to myself, anything to make a sound, in the middle of the night to fend off the loneliness.â&#x20AC;? Intimate details like these give the album a familiar voice and the ability to connect deeply. On the harmony-ďŹ lled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sing â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Em Good My Friend,â&#x20AC;? one of the albumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s standout cuts, an acoustic foundation supports a touching story that uses music to make it through numbing loss. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Honestly, honesty never goes out

of style,â&#x20AC;? he sings smoothly before adding, â&#x20AC;&#x153;so sing the pain my friend.â&#x20AC;? The ideas of belonging and place play central roles on the album, whether through relationships or geographical locations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While He Still Knows Who I Amâ&#x20AC;? is a tender story song about a son trying to make up for lost time with his father before Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s takes too much. Looking for a deeper bond to his roots, Chesney sings with a tone acknowledging the gravity of the situation, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I only knew him as my father / Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m gonna get to know the man,â&#x20AC;? after ďŹ rst mentioning his fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s subtle inďŹ&#x201A;uences like being a fan of Chevyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and baseball. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m A Small Townâ&#x20AC;? is a ringing electric/acoustic piece offering a unique take on a current country staple, as the point of view is

quite literally that of just a dot there on the map. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a refreshing take on the country town theme, while â&#x20AC;&#x153;To Get To You (55th & 3rd)â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;El Cerrito Placeâ&#x20AC;? are both set in the city, New York and Los Angeles respectively. Chesneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proďŹ le has grown extensively through the years, and these two songs represent that reach in some ways as they span coast-tocoast. â&#x20AC;&#x153;El Cerrito Placeâ&#x20AC;? is a mysterious epic with a revolving chorus of, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been lookinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; for you baby,â&#x20AC;? and haunting lines like, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Someone said they might have seen you where the ocean meets the land / So Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been out here all night lookinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; for your footprints in the sand.â&#x20AC;? The imagery here is vivid, even when holding back some detail in order to leave interpretation up to the imagination. Current touring buddies Tim McGraw and Grace Potter join Chesney on the album. McGraw guests on the party track â&#x20AC;&#x153;Feel Like A Rock Star,â&#x20AC;? which will undoubtedly be a crowd favorite this summer, while a live version of the hit song â&#x20AC;&#x153;You and Tequilaâ&#x20AC;? featuring Potter is included to close out the record. On Welcome to the Fishbowl, he delivers a contemporary and modern sounding record that maintains a personal connection through its transparent nature and willingness to let listeners in.

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â&#x2013; about the artist To date, Kenny Chesney (above) has received four Country Music Association as well as four consecutive Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year Awards, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s had 19 No. 1 singles, and has sold over 27 million albums, including the quadruple platinum CMA Album of the Year â&#x20AC;&#x153;When The Sun Goes Down.â&#x20AC;? Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also the only artist in any genre to sell over a million tickets each of the past eight summers.


New MMA video game mirrors real-life competition Bellator: MMA Onslaught System: Xbox 360, PS3 Publisher: 345 Games Release Date: July 4 ESRB Rating: Rating Pending

Based on Bellator Fighting Championships, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bellator: MMA Onslaughtâ&#x20AC;? is a new breed of arcade-style ďŹ ghting game that combines the quick tempo of actual combat with cerebral strategy found in real-life MMA. Players are able to replicate the most electrifying moves through a straightforward pick-up-and-play control scheme, which transitions seamlessly from striking to the ground ďŹ ghting. 345 Games collaborated closely with Bellator Fighting Championships to create Bellator: MMA Onslaught, ensuring the arcade-style gaming experience mirrors the organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s format, styles, graphics and music. The game will also feature a robust ďŹ ghter creation and customization engine with hundreds of individual moves that players can mix and match after choosing a base style. As

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in player-versus-player ranked ďŹ ghts to secure their place atop of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Onslaught Leader Boardâ&#x20AC;? and earn the chance to be immortalized in upcoming Bellator events live on-air. The game will be released on the Microsoft Xbox Live Arcade and Sony PlayStation Network platforms. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We made a conscious decision to select an optimal ďŹ ghting game platform that had an endemic online player base that would enable


us to continuously service the game, either through improvements in existing gameplay or through additional features, such as new moves, clothing options, venues and weight classes,â&#x20AC;? said Dan Yang, General Manager of 345 Games. The publisher plans to be listening closely to the players through the games website, social network sites and game boards to decide the best ways to expand the game. For those players who like to compete locally, players can take advantage of different gameplay modes including â&#x20AC;&#x153;Super Fightâ&#x20AC;? mode, where gamers can choose their own ďŹ ghter or pick one of Bellatorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s established elite to play against a friend or CPU; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Create a Fighter,â&#x20AC;? where players can modify their ďŹ ghters looks, skill and moves as well as participate in training challenges and access the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fight Labâ&#x20AC;? to assign boosts; and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Championship Road,â&#x20AC;? where gamers can go up against the toughest Bellator ďŹ ghters in feature ďŹ ghts and a single elimination tournaments inspired by Bellatorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tournaments to earn a shot at the title. For more information, visit and, follow Bellator on Twitter @BellatorMMA, or on Facebook at

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Silva, Sonnen ready for anticipated UFC rematch By Michael DiSanto

Anderson Silva is the most accomplished fighter in the UFC. Fourteen bouts in the Octagon, fourteen wins. Ten of those bouts were championship fights with nine consecutive, successful title defenses. All of those are UFC records. Yep, this guy is also the very best fighter in the world, pound for pound. There is no intelligent argument to the contrary. When it is all said and done, he may go down in the annals of history as the best to ever compete in the sport. If he wins at UFC 148 on July 7 and happens to walk away, it will be extremely difficult to argue that anyone in history has enjoyed a better career in the sport. But he first has to win on Saturday night, and that is far easier said than done. Why? Because Silva will rematch the only man who has come even remotely close to defeating him inside the Octagon – Chael Sonnen. On Aug. 7, 2010, Sonnen came within two minutes of handing Silva his first UFC loss. He beat the champion from pillar to post for 22 minutes, winning each and every round on my scorecard. Then, he made a mistake. It was the sort of mistake that rewrites history. Actually, it did rewrite history. What looked like

certain defeat for the champion as the fifth and final round got underway suddenly turned into a stunning submission victory. It was the most shocking come-from-behind victory that I’ve ever seen, when one takes into account what was at stake. The fight raised several questions. Sonnen is a great fighter, make no mistake about it. But his UFC record heading into that fight was a so-so 4-3. Did Silva take him lightly? Did he really compete with an injured rib? Or is that old truism popping back up again – styles make fights? Does Sonnen have the perfect style to end the longest championship reign in the history of the UFC? We will find out on Saturday night when the pair dances one more time. On paper, this is an amazing matchup. Silva is at his best when he is fighting against aggressive opponents. Yet, the best way to beat him, as Sonnen proved, is to get in his face and take the fight to the champion with no respect or fear, forcing him to fight against the cage or from his back. I think it is safe to assume that Sonnen will try to execute the exact same game plan that he used in the last bout. It is the same game plan he uses in every fight. Sonnen is aggressive to a fault, coming forward with reckless abandon in the never-ending quest for a takedown. In the first fight, Silva sat back and tried to counter Sonnen’s aggressiveness with a single

big shot. It was a massive mistake because Silva wasn’t able to land that single counter, so he ended up on his back in each and every round. Once Sonnen put Silva on his back, the champion was basically stuck there, forced to endure the relentless ground-and-pound attack that has become Sonnen’s trademark over the years. It bears mentioning that, while Sonnen’s strength is his wrestling and ground-and-pound game, his Achilles’ heel is his submission defense. All four of his UFC losses, including his loss to Silva, came by submission. On the feet, these guys are night and day different. Silva is a standup maestro. He is both a legitimate home run hitter and a technical savant. That is an unbelievably rare combination. Think about it for a moment. Silva can turn out the lights with a single punch, kick or knee thrown with any of his four limbs. Yet, he is also skilled enough to pick apart an opponent with quick, precise shots designed to damage, not destroy. Will Sonnen repeat his amazing effort from 2010? Will Silva prove that the first fight was a fluke? Are both men healthy this time? Is Silva fully recovered from his injured shoulder and knee? Is he getting a bit long in the tooth at 37 years old? Is Sonnen Silva’s kryptonite just due to the “styles make fights” adage? All those questions will soon be answered.

mmacards UFC 148 July 7, 8 p.m., FX; 10 p.m., PPV Featured bouts: Anderson Silva vs. C. Sonnen Forrest Griffin vs. Tito Ortiz Patrick Cote vs. Cung Le D. Hyun Kim vs. Demian Maia UFC ON FUEL TV4 July 11, 8 p.m., Fuel TV Featured bouts: Mark Munoz vs. C. Weidman Joey Beltran vs. J. Te Huna K. Robertson vs. A. Simpson F. Carmont vs. K. Vemola STRIKEFORCE July 14, 10 p.m., Showtime Featured bouts: Luke Rockhold vs. T. Kennedy N. Marquardt vs. T. Woodley Roger Gracie vs. K. Jardine Lorenz Larkin vs. R. Lawler ■ All cards subject to change.


Gremlina talks G.L.O.W. documentary, future with VCW ■ win free tickets Win two free general admission tickets to VCW’s 2012 Liberty Lottery at the Masonic Temple in Norfolk on July 28. Just answer the following question: What match do VCW fans want to see the most? You can go to VCW’s website to get the up-to-the-minute answers to the question. Email your answers to, and enter as often as you like. The winner will be notified the day prior to the show. If you have already purchased a ticket, you will be refunded.

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Greetings wrestling fans. This week we step into the ring with wrestling legend and recently fired Vanguard Championship Wrestling (VCW) Commissioner Gremlina. UltimateWrestling Charmer: Have you always been a fan of professional wrestling? Gremlina: I have always loved professional wrestling – as far back as I can remember. I was actually at a closed-circuit location for the first Starrcade [Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C.] in Nov. 1983, and I was in Madison Square Garden (New York) for the first Wrestlemania. UWC: How did you get involved with professional wrestling? G: My love of the sport drew me to the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (G.L.O.W.). They were holding auditions in Georgia in May 1987. At the audition, I wore a Hot Rod T-shirt and I flipped the head producer of G.L.O.W. the bird. He was so impressed, because in wrestling attitude is everything, that I was hired on the spot. I relocated to Las Vegas (Nevada) for training and filming the show. UWC: Who trained you and how did you develop your character? G: I was trained by Colonel Ninotchka, as

Courtesy of Jonathan McLarty Former VCW Commissioner Gremlina got her start as one of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (G.L.O.W.) in the late 80s.

were all Season 3 girls. I am small for my size, and the very popular movie “Gremlins” was out then. The gremlins were mean, evil, vicious ankle biters, so I took the name “Gremlina,” and I watched the movie to develop my character. UWC: Tell us about the new G.L.O.W. documentary that is getting rave reviews all over. G: It’s called “G.L.O.W: The story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling.” It has been shown in numerous film festivals, such as Hot

Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Canada; and the Newport Beach International Film Festival and United Film Festival in California. I would recommend this documentary to any fan of wrestling and G.L.O.W. It’s tasteful and honest, and at times emotional for us ladies. I was a special guest at the United Film Festival in Brooklyn, New York in May. For more information, visit www. You can also follow it on social media at Twitter @GLOWthemovie and Facebook at UWC: How did you get involved with VCW? G: The head of VCW security, J.R. Jackson, recommended me to Travis Bradshaw, the owner of the company when then VCW Commissioner George Pantas was fired in

June 2011, amidst great controversy. VCW has some of the greatest talent I have ever had the pleasure to work with, but my career as Commissioner was short lived as I was “too controversial” and didn’t follow the plans the owner had, so I was recently fired. UWC: What are your plans for now? G: VCW has not seen the last of Gremlina. I will be at the Masonic Temple on July 28 for VCW’s biggest event of the summer, the 2012 Liberty Lottery, and I will make Travis Bradshaw eat his words and rue the day he publicly fired me. Until next time, see you at the matches! For up-to-the-minute information, visit www., and tune in to the VCW Hype Machine every Friday for all the up-todate information, at jstep009.

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Once a month, Pre-commissioning Unit Arlington (LPD 24) Sailors receive enhanced physical training instruction – in the form of plyometrics, cardiovascular conditioning and strength-building exercises – from the staff of Deployed Forces Waterfront Fitness. “I sweat at every workout they provide,” said Chief Boatswain’s Mate Steven Sturm, Arlington’s command fitness leader. “With the workouts they provide, if you give it your all, you’re going to sweat.” During a recent workout, Waterfront Fitness specialists Emily Dunlap and Shanda Binder led exercises for more than 100 Arlington crew members at Naval Station Norfolk’s parade grounds for about an hour, June 27. “Today we are doing interval training, which focuses mainly on body-weight resistance, and corestability and strength,” said Binder. “We are doing a variety of exercises, including low-jacks, which targets power and explosiveness in the lower body, and dynamic push-ups, which develops upper body strength and endurance.” Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Philip Dukette, Arlington’s assistant command fitness leader who earned an overall score of “Outstanding” on the Navy’s last Physical Fitness Assessment, was impressed by the level of exertion required to complete a Waterfront Fitness workout routine. “It was challenging and fun,” he said. “We did a lot of planking, which is good for core strength.

Deployed Forces Waterfront Fitness Specialist Shanda Binder works on lunges with Precommissioning Unit Arlington’s (LPD 24) Senior Chief Culinary Specialist Concepcion Jordan during a physical training session on Naval Station Norfolk’s parade grounds on June 27.

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They also had us use exercise bands, to do seated rows and the overhead shoulder press.” As with all of the Navy’s physical training programs, the goal was to build stronger and more combat-capable Sailors. “This program will help Sailors with increasing their overall levels of fitness, by lowering their resting heart rates and improving mission readiness so they can carry out operational commitments that involve pushing, pulling, lifting and carrying,” Binder explained. “They also gain team camaraderie by doing this, and have fun at the same time.”


Sturm noted that, although Arlington Sailors are already in “great shape” from working out three to five times weekly, Waterfront Fitness “provides us with techniques that we don’t use on a day-to-day basis and gives the command a variety of new routines to practice.” Dukette agreed, adding “I recommend them to other commands because they have a good concept of the Navy’s physical readiness training program, they know how to reach Sailors and they lead Sailors in those exercises that will help accomplish the Navy’s mission.”

This program will help Sailors with increasing their overall levels of fitness, by lowering their resting heart rates and improving mission readiness so they can carry out operational commitments that involve pushing, pulling, lifting and carrying.” - Shanda Binder, led exercises for Pre-commissioning Unit Arlington (LPD 24) Sailors

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group exercise classes Mondays 6:15 a.m. – TRX Circuit Training (N-24) 11 a.m. – Indoor Cycling (N-24) 11:30 a.m. – Step &Sculpt (Q-80) 11:30 a.m. – Functional Fitness (MB-43) Noon – Cycling (CEP-58) 12:15 p.m. – Gut Cut (N-24) 5 p.m. – TRX Express (Q-80) Tuesdays 6 a.m. – Cycling (MB-43, CEP-58) 10 a.m. – Gut Cut (N-24) 11 a.m. – Cardio Pump (N-24) 11:30 a.m. – Cardio & Stretch (MB-43) 12:15 p.m. – Prenatal Fitness (N-24) 4 p.m. – Yoga (Q-80) 4:30 p.m. – Cycling (N-24) 5 p.m. – Aqua Jog (Q-80) Wednesdays 6:15 a.m. – TRX Circuit Training (N-24) 11 a.m. – Indoor Cycling (N-24) 11:30 a.m. – TRX Circuit Blast (Q-80) 11:30 a.m. – Functional Fitness (MB-43) 12:15 p.m. – Gut Cut (N-24) 4:30 p.m. – Cycling (CEP-58) 5 p.m. – Taebo (Q-80) Thursdays 10 a.m. – Women On Weights (CEP-58) 11 a.m. – Cardio Pump (N-24) 11:30 a.m. – Zumba (Q-80) 11:30 a.m. – Indoor Cycling (MB-43) 12:15 p.m. – Prenatal Fitness (N-24) 4 p.m. – Power Yoga (Q-80) Fridays 11 a.m. – Indoor Cycling (N-24) 11:30 a.m. – TRX Circuit Training (N-24) 11:30 p.m. – Cycling (MB-43)

The Ike Maulers began playing rugby during the ship’s 2010 deployment, with their first game played against Dubai. The team has since played twice more in Dubai, once in Bahrain and once in Italy. “It just takes a group of people to get together and start playing,” said Parker. “It’s a lot easier to find and play a rugby match overseas than it is to find and play a football or a softball game.” By playing so many differ-

ent teams across the world, the Ike Maulers have seen ports from a different perspective than many other Sailors. “It’s a good way to see a different part of the country that you wouldn’t normally see,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) 2nd Class (AW) Michael Glockner, who has been part of the team since the last time Ike deployed. “This puts us out into their country. It puts us out into their actual culture. We get to see how it is

game when the ship makes its first port of call. Though it has only been a few days since the team started practicing and preparing to play competitively, team leadership said the team has talent. “We have a lot more experi-

ence than we did last deployment,” said Damage Controlman 3rd Class (SW) Jorge Gonzalez, co-captain and assistant coach. “I’m looking forward to seeing how the new guys do in their first game, and seeing how they like it.”

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