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OUTSTANDING SAILORS, CIVILIANS RECOGNIZED PAGE 4 VOLUME 52 NO. 48

NOVEMBER 29, 2012

SERVING NAVAL AIR STATION OCEANA

DAM NECK ANNEX Photo by MC3 Ryan D. McLearnon

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Truman hosts X-47B unmanned aircraft demonstrator for carrier-based testing BY MCSN TAYLOR DIMARTINO USS Harry S.Truman Public Affairs

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An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the “Pukin Dogs” of VFA-143 launches from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) Oct. 30. The Navy has directed the temporary return of the aircraft carrier from her current overseas deployment, allowing the ship to return home for two months before sending her back to the Middle East. 0

IKE to return home early; redeploying in 2013

Help support the local Toys for Tots drive this year. Marines will be From the Navy Office of Information collecting new, WASHINGTON (NNS) — The Navy has diunwrapped rected the temporary return of the aircraft cartoys at the rier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) from Oceana and her current overseas deployment, allowing the ship to return home for two months before Dam Neck sending it back to the Middle East. gates, today The unusual move is being made to accomand tomorrow, modate delays due to emergent repair work on USS Nimitz (CVN 68).The Everett,Wash.-based Nov. 29 - 30, carrier was expected to deploy to the region 6:45 a.m. to to relieve Eisenhower early next year. Nimitz is 4:45 p.m. on now expected to deploy once repair work is complete. both days. Bringing Eisenhower back home to its homeport in Norfolk in December will permit the Navy to resurface the ship’s flight deck and make it available to return and remain in the

Middle East region for several more months. This decision also provides the ship’s crew a welcome holiday respite from what will become nearly 10 months on station. “Our Navy is in high demand operating forward all over the world,” said Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert. “And our Sailors, civilians and their families are doing a great job meeting that demand.Expanded maintenance work on USS Nimitz was unpredictable and has required us to establish a carrier schedule that satisfies our commitments overseas and most importantly is mindful of the stress on our Navy family.This is the right thing to do.” The John C.Stennis Carrier Strike Group,currently deployed to the region,will continue providing carrier presence in the CENTCOM Area of Responsibility.Stennis departed its homeport of Bremerton in August.

NORFOLK (NNS) —The Navy hoisted an X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator on board aircraft carrier USS Harry S.Truman (CVN 75) Nov.26,in preparation for an unmanned aircraft’s first carrier-based testing. A team from the Navy Unmanned Combat Air System program office (PMA-268) embarked Truman to conduct tests and demonstrations. The X-47B, which boasts a wingspan of more than 62 feet (wider than that of an F/A-18 Super Hornet), will demonstrate seamless integration into carrier flight deck operations through various tests. During each demonstration, the X-47B will be controlled remotely via a hand-held control display unit (CDU). Truman will be the first aircraft carrier in naval aviation history to host test operations for an unmanned aircraft. Capt.Jaime Engdahl,N-UCAS program manager,said the X-47B’s delivery aboard Truman was among the most historic moments in the program’s history. “This is a very important moment for the X-47B,” said Engdahl.“The moment the aircraft set down on Truman’s deck was the moment it officially met the fleet.” Cmdr. Kevin Watkins, N-UCAS’s flight test director, agreed with Engdahl’s sentiment. “Bringing the X-47B aboard Truman is a big milestone for the program,”said Watkins.“We’ve been testing the aircraft for the last several years and to finally put it on a ship is so exciting. If these tests are successful, they will prove that the future for unmanned aircraft is wide open.” Lt. Cmdr. Larry Tarver,Truman’s aircraft handling officer, who helped coordinate the X-47B’s on-load, said — See UCAS, Page 11


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BASE BRIEFS » » »» » »»»»»»» Holiday Tree Lighting and Family Festival

The COnnection Line has made a change! For questions, suggestions, compliments or concerns about services provided on board NAS Oceana, now e-mail OceanaPAO@navy.mil. However, the best and fastest way to resolve a problem is through your chain of command or with the organization directly involved. Please be brief and to the point when using the COnnection Line. Capt. Bob Geis will reply through this column, since topics may be of interest to other readers.

Get into the spirit of the holidays with the NAS Oceana Holiday Tree Lighting and Family Festival. All the fun will happen on Dec. 7, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the Youth Center in building 531.There will be photos with Santa, hayrides, inflatables, arts and crafts area, face painting, carolers and games and prizes. Schedule of events 5:30 - 6:30 - Performances by children from the Oceana and Dam Neck child development centers and Oceana Child & Youth Programs in the base theater. 6:30 p.m. - Tree lighting 6;30 -7:15 - Free hot chocolate and cookies 7:30 - Free holiday movie,“Elf”at the theater and concessions will be sold by the Oceana Teen Program. For more information, call Oceana Child & Youth Programs at 433-3976.

NMCRS offers scholarships, interest-free educational loans From the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Arlington, Va. — Applications for Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) educational scholarships and interest-free loans for the 2013-2014 academic year are now available and can be downloaded at www.nmcrs. org/education. Students eligible to apply include spouses or children (under the age of 23) of Sailors and Marines who: •Are on active duty •Are retired •Died on active duty or in a retired status Consideration for selection is based on scholastic ability and financial need. Applicants must be graduating high school seniors or full-time (minimum 12 credit hours) college students working toward their first undergraduate

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degree. Applications must be received at NMCRS by May 1,2013 unless the due date on the application states otherwise. “During these tough economic times, our educational assistance continues to help Navy and Marine Corps families reach their goal of attending college,”said Beverly Langdon, NMCRS education program manager. The NMCRS Education Program has provided scholarships and interest-free loans totaling more than $60 million to more than 50,000 students over the last 30 years. It is based on the society’s mission“to provide financial,educational and other assistance.”The program is supported entirely by donations and bequests to NMCRS. For more information on the NMCRS Education Program, visit www.nmcrs.org/education or email education@nmcrs.org.

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Volunteers needed for wreath laying ceremony at Albert G. Horton Veterans Cemetery Volunteers are needed to assist with the Horton Wreath Society’s Annual Wreath Laying Ceremony Dec. 15 at the Albert G. Horton Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk.This year’s goal is 4,000 live wreaths with a total cost of $38,000. Veteran, military and fraternal organizations, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and active duty personnel will begin laying the wreaths at 9:30 a.m.A ceremony will follow at 11:30 a.m. at the committal shelter.The ceremony will feature guest speakers, music and a procession from the committal shelter to the last row of graves, where active duty members from each service will place wreaths on the remaining headstones. Everyone is invited to attend. The veterans’ cemetery is located at 5310 Milners Road, Suffolk.For more information or to volunteer,call 523-0656 or email HWSPAO@hotmail.com.Visit the website at www. hortonwreathsociety.webs.com for more about the society, information, pictures and a calender of events.

Chapel Schedule of Services Chapel of the Good Shepherd, Oceana Protestant

Catholic

Sunday Sunday School - 9 a.m. Worship (main chapel) 10:40 a.m.

Mass – Tues-Fri, 11:30 a.m. Sun. Mass - 9 a.m., 12:15 p.m.

Chapel by the Sea, Dam Neck - 492-6602 Contemporary Protestant Worship Sunday 9 a.m.

Confession Saturday 4 p.m. Catholic Worship 5 p.m.

Coffee House - Wednesday, 6 p.m.

Naval Station Norfolk Jewish Services - Fri - 7:30 p.m., Naval Station Norfolk - 444-7361 Islamic Services - Fri - 1:30 p.m., Masjid al Da’waj 2nd Floor (Bldg. C-7) Contact Chaplains: NAS Oceana at 433-2871 FRC Oceana at 4339286, CVW-1 at 433-3676 CVW-7 at 433-2247, CVW-8 at 433-2420, CVW-3 at 433-2098, CVW-17 at 433-2481/2313

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CVW-5 departs USS George Washington following patrol BY MC3 RAMON G. GO USS George Washington Public Affairs USS GEORGE WASHINGTON, At Sea (NNS) — The forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington’s embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, conducted their fly off to return to Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan, Nov. 17. “The 2012 patrol for the air wing went extremely well,” said Command Master Chief Jason Eckard, CVW-5’s command master chief.“The ship’s company and air wing integration came together with one Photo by MC2 Justin Smelley focus, one team and one mission.” Teamwork and cooperation are imporLt. Cmdr. Sean Merritt, assigned to VAW-115, greets his sons during a homecoming celebration at Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan on Nov. 17. VAW-115 completed a deployment aboard the tant elements that help Sailors safe and efficient to support George Washington’s aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). mission. “In my 22 years of service and my fifth aircraft carrier, I haven’t seen a team work this smooth and effectively,” said Eckard. “The departments treated us well. They were also supportive, responsive and reliable.” Sailors aboard George Washington work together to enhance readiness in the AsiaPacific region. “The patrol was a huge success,” said Lt. James Fischer, a pilot from the “Chargers” Psychologically, hope is a key compoBY LT. LEO of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron nent to living one’s live outright. Hope O’BOYLE (HS) 14, from Spokane,Wash.“I did a lot of sustains us,and oftentimes,supplies key Training Supflying, dropped a practiced torpedo, pracperspectives into the mysteries of our port Center ticed hellfire shots and worked along with Hampton Roads lives. People come to their faith for the gift of hope. On any given Friday, SatChaplain urday or Sunday, people of faith gather Jan. 20, 1961 is in solidarity to receive, among other the anniversary things, the hope needed to live the gift date of President of their lives outright. At the other end of the emotional John F. Kennedy’s Inauguration. During the ceremo- spectrum is fear. With new beginnings, BY OSC JESSICA MYERS ny, Robert Frost was to offer a poem he there is always the awkward feeling Office of Women s Policy penned specifically for the ceremony of worry which steals hope from our entitled, “Dedication.” When the poet lives. It never seems to surprise me that WASHINGTON (NNS) — The Navy Oflaureate stepped to the podium, he where there is hope, fear is lurking just fice of Diversity and Inclusion-Women’s could not read the print of his text be- around the corner. Policy, OPNAV N134W, announced in NAWe are at the inauguration of another cause of the blinding sun.Therefore, he VADMIN 338/12 that they are accepting recited from memory his poem, “The new year; around the corner is the daily nominations for the 2013 Capt. Joy Bright Gift Outright.” The poem focuses on choice of synchronizing ourselves to Hancock and Master Chief Anna Der-Vartacommon people who “give themselves hope in living out our common lives. nian Leadership Awards. And although interrupted by uncertainoutright” each day. Presented annually, the Capt. Joy Bright Perhaps for many of us there are ties of a new year, may we be blessed Hancock and Master Chief Anna Der-Varmany more boring days than glory days with a hope which never truly waivers. tanian Leadership Awards recognize and in living our lives outright, especially A gift which empowers us to living our honor the inspirational and visionary leadlives outright! during the upcoming winter months. ership of Navy service members whose ideals and dedication foster a positive

Chaplain’s Corner Outright hope

the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.” As efficient and smooth the patrol was for CVW-5, they are still progressing to meet higher standards. “I would like to see more cohesion with other departments to create one big unit on one large ship,” said Eckard.“Engineering departments don’t often see much of the flight deck, and the air wing also doesn’t get to see much of engineering on the ship. So I would like to see more opportunities for departments to see an overall picture of what other departments do and how they contribute to the mission.” Getting to know other departments on George Washington helps Sailors study for the enlisted surface warfare specialist and enlisted air warfare specialist pins. “An increase in interdepartmental cooperation may ultimately help Sailors acquire their enlisted surface warfare specialist or enlisted air warfare specialist pins,” said Eckard. “I think it is important to have these warfare pins and would like to see more of it aboard George Washington.” CVW-5 consists of HS 14, the “Diamondbacks” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102, the “Royal Maces” of VFA-27, the “Eagles” of VFA-115, “The Dambusters” of VFA-195, the “Shadowhawks” of Electronic Attack Squadron 141, the “Liberty Bells” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 115, and the “Providers” of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 30.

Nominations sought for Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium awards working environment, while reinforcing and furthering the integration of women into the Navy. Nominations are now being accepted for four award categories: one senior officer (O-4 and senior, one junior officer (WO-3 and junior), one senior enlisted member (E-7 through E-9), and one junior enlisted member (E-5 through E-6). Nominees should embody inspirational, innovative and imaginative leadership demonstrated by example both on and off-duty.Additionally, applicants should be mature leaders who have shown exceptional leadership — See Leadership awards, Page 9


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Career

Lt. Kelly Cruz is presented the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal by Oceana Commanding Officer Capt. Bob Geis at the Oceana quarterdeck Nov. 2. Cruz served as the commanding officer of the Navy Reserve Security Force at NAS Oceana from December 2010 to November 2012. He was responsible for making sure his unit was manned and equipped to provide hundreds of hours of direct support to the command, including the 20111 and 2012 air shows.

Photos of recent awards, promotions and retirements

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Photo by Kelley Stirling

‘Wildcats’ earn awards during deployment BY LT. R. COLTON GWINN VFA-131 Public Affairs Officer

Photo by YN3(AW/SW) William Hugg

Following his reenlistment of four more years, YN1(SW) Phillip Margis poses for a photo with his family: stepfather and mother, Larry and Veda Hoelscher from Coyanosa, Texas and his wife Jennifer. Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic Administrative Officer, Lt. Melissa Barnes reenlisted Margis on Oct. 25 at the Aviation Historical Park on NAS Oceana. Margis has served as an administrative office manager since his arrival at SFWL in March 2011.

Photo by Kelley Stirling

The team from the Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Comptroller’s Office at NAS Oceana is farewelled during a luncheon Oct. 30 at Shifting Sands Club. Jim Cardno (2nd l), Mike Sansone and Phyllis Evatt were thanked for their extensive contributions to NAS Oceana by NAS Oceana Commanding Officer Capt. Bob Geis (l) and Oceana Executive Officer Capt. Kit Chope (r). Evatt has worked for 31 years in Civil Service and at Oceana for the past six years. Sansone has been part of Civil Service for 30 years, arriving at Oceana in 1982. Cardno’s association with Oceana began in 1971, as a second class petty officer at VF-101. Retiring as a master chief in 1988, Cardno began a second career in Civil Service the following year and has been at Oceana ever since. Each of the three staff members were also presented the Oceana history book “Mud Flats to Master Jet Base: Fifty Years at NAS Oceana.” The staff’s offices were moved to Naval Station Norfolk in early November.

Since leaving the states June 20 for a deployment on board USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), the “Wildcats” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 have had many Sailors advance and receive awards. Specifically, during the month of October, the Wildcat Sailors’ dedication and motivation showed during the squadron’s awards quarters. The following Sailors earned their Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist qualification: AT3(AW) Eric Amerson, LS3(AW) Alisa Baker, AM3(AW) Khary Brown, PR3(AW) Victor Goady, AM3(AW) Joshua Hutchinson, LS3(AW) Michael Marcelino, AT3(AW) Bradly McFarland,AM3(AW) Joseph Minter, ATAN(AW) Fernando Cardenas,ADAN(AW) Brian Fisch and AN(AW) Kione Morgan. AO1(AW/SW) Christopher Jones earned his Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist qualification.

Outside of warfare qualifications, the following Wildcats were recognized for their impressive performance: Lt. Mark Berwanger earned the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal; Lt. John Mulcair earned an Air Medal and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal; AME2(AW) Jason Johnson, IT2(AW) Mario Scheri and AO3(AW) Luisa Villanueva each were awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal; AO3(AW) Nicholas King was awarded a Flag Letter of Commendation; AZ2(AW) Zachary Rasmussen was awarded a Commanding Officer’s Letter of Commendation; PR2(AW) Christopher Rumbaua, LS3(AW) Princess Epps, AO3 Jonathan McFarland and AM3 Donnell Sands all earned a Good Conduct Award. The Wildcat Safety Professional of the Month for October was AMAN Nicholas Gasper. AMAN Mario Martins earned his plane captain qualification, and October’s Work Center of the Month was Work Center 320, the Trouble Shooters Shop. ET2 Derek Daudelin is presented the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal by NAS Oceana Commanding Officer Capt. Bob Geis during an awards quarters at Oceana Air Operations Nov. 21. Photo by MC3 Antonio P. Turretto Ramos


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Educational fair at Oceana LS2(SW) Tarra Thomas, stationed at Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility, Virginia Capes speaks with Jody Yatzor, military education liaison at DeVry University, Nov. 13 at the education fair at NAS Oceana Education Services Center. During the event, 30 colleges and universities provided enrollment, scholarship and financial aid information.

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MILLINGTON,Tenn. (NNS) — All Sailors separating, demobilizing or deactivating from an active-duty status of more than 180 days in length, are now required to participate in the Transition GPS (Goals, Plans, Succeed) program officials said Nov. 13. Previously known as TAP (Transition Assistance Program),Transition GPS is a mandatory program aimed to better prepare service members to transition to civilian life and was slated to take effect, Nov. 19. Transition GPS program requirements •Pre-separation assessment and counseling; •Military-to-civilian skills review; •Veterans Affairs benefits briefings; •Financial planning support; •Department of Labor job search skills building workshop (limited exceptions); •5-day Transition GPS workshop.

All participants in Transition GPS will also develop and Individual Transition Plan (ITP) to measure their progress throughout transition and complete a DD Form 2648 or 2648-1 Pre-separation Counseling Checklist. NAVADMIN 334/12 outlines materials, records and other paperwork service members are required to bring to Transition GPS. Transitioning service members should talk with their chain of command and command career counselor to receive pre-separation counseling and to learn more about Transition GPS requirements. Other programs being piloted for addition to Transition GPS can be reviewed in NAVADMIN 334/12. For more information, read NAVADMIN 334/12,visit the Navy Personnel Command TAP Web Page at www.npc.navy.mil/CAREER/TRANSITION/Pages/TAP.aspx. For more news from NPC, visit http://www. navy.mil/local/npc/.

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Sailors and Marines who were away from their spouses and families for Thanksgiving were treated to a traditional holiday meal that included homemade pies, at the Chapel by the Sea on Dam Neck Annex Nov. 20. The free meal was sponsored by the Protestant and Catholic congregations at Dam Neck and NAS Oceana, whose members volunteered to set up and serve the dinner.

Photos by Harry Gerwien

Before the dinner was served, NAS Oceana Commanding Officer Capt. Bob Geis (center) thanks the military for their service and sacrifices. Standing are Lt. Andrew Brod, NAS Oceana chaplain (l), Oceana Command Master Chief (AW/SW) Bill Smalts, his wife Mary Shannon McCarty, and Oceana Executive Officer Capt. Kit Chope.

Holiday meal served up to 100 Sailors and Marines BY CATHY HEIMER Jet Observer Although many single Sailors and Marines at NAS Oceana and Dam Neck Annex were not able to be home for Thanksgiving, the chapel community made sure they were still able to enjoy a traditional holiday

dinner. The NAS Oceana Religious Ministries Department hosted their 2nd annual Lone Sailor/Marine Dinner at the Dam Neck Chapel by the Sea Nov. 20. The free meal was open to any active duty member, single or married, who was away from their spouse and families during the holiday. According to Lt. Andrew

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Staff from Dam Neck’s Galley by the Dunes serve up a special luncheon, Nov. 19, for Native American Heritage Month. Active duty and DoD civilians enjoyed smoked turkey legs, corn bread stuffed rainbow trout, roasted red pepper soup, stewed ox tails and baked potato wedges.

Brod, the Oceana chaplain who organized the event, the dinner is a way to thank the military for their sacrifice and service. Last year’s dinner, held at the Shifting Sands Club on Dam Neck, was attended by nearly 50 active duty military. Brod explained the chapel decided to move this year’s dinner to the fellowship hall to make it less formal, as a way “to encourage them to come as they are: uniforms, casual clothes are okay.” The event was a joint effort between the Protestant and Catholic congregations on both bases, whose members volunteered to set up and serve the dinner to the 100 service members who attended. The catered meal included ham, turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, rolls, vegetables and many different kinds of homemade pies, baked by chapel members. To add to the holiday feel, the chapel’s fellowship hall and tables were decorated in fall colors and candles. Each service member attending also received a gift bag with candies, snacks and discounts to local businesses, provided by the USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia. NAS Oceana Commanding Officer Capt. Bob Geis, began by wishing everyone a happy Thanksgiving. Geis, along with Oceana Executive Officer Capt. Kit Chope and Command Master Chief (AW/SW) Bill Smalts and their families, attended the event. Geis recognized that most of the attendees were students at the “A” schools on base and would not be at Dam Neck or

Oceana for very long. “This is an opportunity for us to break bread and share a meal. But it’s also an opportunity for me to personally say thank you for serving our country,” said Geis. He noted that out of nearly 300 million U.S. residents, only about 1 percent volunteer to serve in the military. “I’m very thankful to be in service with you,” said Geis. Among the young Sailors and Marines at the dinner, were many students from Intelligence Specialist (IS) “A” School at the Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center on Dam Neck. ISSN Savannah Coleman learned about the holiday dinner because she regularly attends chapel services on Dam Neck. She offered to post flyers about the dinner around the bachelor housing and also invited other students, such as ISSN Keeya Bowman and ISSN Jack Woolward. None of three Sailors were going home for Thanksgiving, so they appreciated the opportunity to enjoy a holiday dinner with new friends and were very enthusiastic about the chapel’s effort. “It’s all really good,”said Woolward, from Greensboro, N.C. “It’s a good atmosphere,” said Coleman, from Tarpon Springs, Fla. “It’s nice to know they [chapel staff] are doing it because they want to,” said Bowman, from San Antonio,Texas. As he finished a piece of pie,Woolward added,“I would have paid for this.”


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Leadership awards: Winners to be announced at March symposium — Continued from page 3 over time and have persevered to overcome challenges while serving. Nominations should also address the professional accomplishments, leadership style and community involvement of the service member. Candidates must be nominated by their commanding officer or officer in charge and receive an endorsement from the command’s immediate superior in command. Nominations are open to both active and Reserve service members. The award winners will be honored at the 2013 Sea Service Leadership Association (SSLA) Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium in Washington, D.C., March 11, 2013. Nominations are due to OPNAV N134W no later than Jan. 18, 2013. Packages shall be submitted electronically via the command’s ISIC to Chief Operations Specialist Jessica Myers, senior enlisted advisor to the Office of Women’s Policy at jessica.myers@navy.mil. Previous award winners include Navy Senior Chief Air Traffic Controller (AW/SW) JoAnn Ortloff, who was serving aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) when she was selected as the 2000 Capt. Joy Bright Hancock Senior Enlisted Leadership Award winner. Soon after receiving her award,Ortloff was selected for promotion to master chief, and then was chosen for the command master chief program in 2003. In May of 2012, Ortloff became fleet master chief for Commander, Naval Forces Europe and Africa, and upon her selection, Ortloff became the highest ranking enlisted woman in the Navy, and the second woman in naval history to reach the position of fleet master chief. Navy pilot Lt. Megan Donnelly, the 2012 Capt. Joy Bright Hancock junior officer leadership award recipient, was also recently selected for the highly competitive Career Intermission Pilot Program (CIPP). This program allows Donnelly to take time off from her current career path to pursue personal and professional goals outside the Navy, optimizing life/work integration. Upon completion of the program, Donnelly will return to the Navy to resume her career path pipeline. For more information about the awards or to download an award template, visit http://www. public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/organization/bupers/womenspolicy/pages/hancockaward.aspx. For more information about the leadership symposium, visit http://www.sealeader.org/leadership-symposium-summary/.

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waiting for the doors to open to get the chance to find their dream dress during the 6th annual Operation Wedding Gown event Nov. 12. Each year Brides Across America, a national non-profit organization, travels the country giving military service members with future wedding plans, the opportunity to receive a free gown. For the past five years, they have partnered with Maya Couture Bridal Salon to participate in the giveaway. “There is nothing more rewarding than to be able to give in this manner and show our appreciation to the men and women who choose to serve our country and make so many sacrifices to do so,”said Maya Warburton Holihan,president of Maya Couture.“Hosting this event each year puts perspective and a greater purpose back into my life,my employees,and all the volunteers who help to make this day so special for the brides we are so happy to serve.” Many brides-to-be camped out in front of the salon as early as Saturday afternoon, to make sure they had the first pick of dresses. Tawny Lynee Munn, whose fiancé is the Navy and currently stationed in El Paso,Texas, was the first bride-to-be in line and ready to find her dream dress for her Dec. 28th wedding. “I’ve shopped around and there’s definitely an art to it,”said Munn about finding the perfect dress.“Its one of those things that when you look at gowns you say it looks beautiful but you don’t know what it looks like until you see it on you.” To prepare for the event, the store received more than 60 brand new designer gowns to add to the selection of the 100gown giveaway to the first 100 qualified brides-to-be. “We will also provide sample gowns and discontinued gowns from our stock. The gowns range in price from about $800-$2,500,” Holihan said. Air Force Staff Sgt. Antoinette Gibson came to the event

not knowing what kind of dress she was looking for, but her wedding consultant assigned to her at the door, helped sort through the 100 gowns and walk away with a dress to wear at her Jan. 12 wedding. “I’m not really picky, I’m very thankful to just get a dress,” said Gibson about the opportunity to participate in the event. To date, Brides Across America has donated more than 8,000 wedding gowns from prominent designers and Maya Couture has donated more than 300 gowns, all in effort to support military brides in their wedding. For Maya Couture, the event has grown since the store’s first giveaway in 2008. “On a national level, the event and overall movement have grown significantly,” said Holihan. “Operation Wedding Gown made headlines when it was featured on NBC’s “Making a Difference” with Brian Williams this fall, and Brides Across America was just recently honored by the Joining Forces program, a national initiative to support and honor America’s service members and their families, which was launched by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden.” To further support military troops and veterans, a portion of all accessories sales generated at the salon during the gown giveaway will go toward the Navy SEAL Foundation. In addition to the accessories, the registration fee for the event will go to support Patriot Rovers, a non-profitable organization focused on providing trained and certified psychiatric service dogs to veterans struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or Traumatic Brain Injury acquired while serving on active duty. To help make this year stand out from the past five partnered-years, Maya Couture will host the “Red, White and Something Blue” wedding giveaway which will honor one military couple the opportunity to win an all-expense paid complimentary wedding, valued at $20,000. “I believe we make dreams come true on a daily basis,” said Holihan.“But on this day, we get to touch the lives of so many people in this very special way, and hear their stories and shed tears of joy. My dreams are coming true too.” For more information on Brides Across America, visit www. bridesacrossamerica.com.To find out more about the Red, White and Something Blue wedding giveaway,visit Maya Couture Bridal Salon at www.mayacouture.com/index.html.

PHOTO ABOVE: Aviation Ordnanceman Chelsey King,from USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), models a wedding dress during the Nov. 12 Brides Across America gown giveaway at Maya Couture Bridal Salon in Norfolk.


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“During Phase I, youth learn important skills such as team building skills, general social skills, self-management skills, and drug resistance skills. The first phase blends classroom time with outdoors activities such as hiking, swimming, and team sports to make the experience fun and to promote physical fitness,” said Bentley. “Phase II occurs during the school year, meeting monthly to cover additional curriculum topics such as study skills, conflict resolution, gang resistance, personal safety, internet safety, and bullying, continue an emphasis on physical fitness, and to provide important mentoring.”

• If you are interested in sponsoring or being involved in the DEFY program at NAS Oceana, contact Child & Youth Programs at 433-3976 or stop by the youth center in building 531. • For more information about other DEFY programs, contact the DEFY Program Office at (901) 874-3300 or visit the DEFY website www.npc.navy. mil/support/nadap/defy or the DEFY Facebook page DEFYHQ.


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Sailors assist with the onload of the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The air vehicle arrived by barge from NAS Patuxent River, Md. Truman is the first aircraft carrier to host test operations for an unmanned aircraft. The Navy plans to conduct X-47B carrier deck handling tests aboard the ship.

UCAS: Truman becomes first carrier to host tests for unmanned aircraft — Continued from page 1 his Sailors are eager to participate in the aircraft’s testing. “It means a lot to our crew to be part of naval history,” said Tarver.“We have Sailors who received additional training to safely move the X-47B and they are excited to play a part in its testing.” While technical challenges are to be expected when introducing the new system to a carrier’s flight deck, Engdahl said he expects the tests to be successful citing strong teamwork between his team and Truman’s crew. “The support from Truman has been phenomenal and it’s going to continue to take close cooperation between the carrier’s Sailors and the UCAS-D team to make these demonstrations successful,”said Engdahl.“To operate large, unmanned aircraft off of a carrier, from anywhere in the world, will be a key capability for the Navy after these tests are successful.” The X-47B test will be conducted over a three week period which will include in-port and underway demonstrations aboard Truman..

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IA DEPLOYMENT READINESS BRIEF Dec. 4, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. The Individual Augmentee (IA) Deployment Readiness Briefs cover information about personal, practical and financial preparation, community resources, communicating with family and coping skills.

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EFFECTIVE RESUME WRITING Dec. 6, 1 - 4 p.m. Learn how to market your skills, knowledge, accomplishments, and experience with an impressive resume, and get tips on translating military terminology.

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*HOW TO QUALIFY: 1.BE IN CURRENT ACTIVE DUTY STATUS IN THE U.S. MILITARY (NAVY, ARMY, AIR FORCE, MARINES, NATIONAL GUARD, COAST GUARD AND ACTIVE RESERVE) OR A U.S. MILITARY INACTIVE RESERVE (I.E., READY RESERVE) THAT IS PART OF THE INDIVIDUAL READY RESERVE, SELECTED RESERVE AND INACTIVE NATIONAL GUARD. RETIRED MILITARY PERSONNEL ARE NOT ELIGIBLE. 2.PROVIDE VERIFIABLE PROOF OF MILITARY STATUS OR ACTIVE SERVICE AT THE TIME OF PURCHASE: LEAVE AND EARNING STATEMENT OR MILITARY IDENTIFICATION CARD. 3.RECEIVE A SALARY SUFFICIENT TO COVER ORDINARY LIVING EXPENSES AND PAYMENTS FOR YOUR TOYOTA. 4.RECEIVE CREDIT APPROVAL THROUGH A TOYOTA DEALER AND TOYOTA FINANCIAL SERVICES. INCENTIVE OFFERED BY TOYOTA MOTOR SALES, U.S.A., INC. ON FINANCE CONTRACTS INCENTIVE WILL BE APPLIED TOWARD DOWN PAYMENT. ON LEASE CONTRACTS, INCENTIVE WILL BE APPLIED TOWARD THE AMOUNTS DUE AT LEASE SIGNING OR DELIVERY, WITH ANY REMAINDER APPLIED TO THE CAPITALIZED COST REDUCTION. ONE INCENTIVE PER TRANSACTION. NOT AVAILABLE TOGETHER WITH TOYOTA COLLEGE INCENTIVE PROGRAM. FINANCE AND LEASE CONTRACTS MUST BE DATED BY JANUARY 1, 2013. THE MILITARY INCENTIVE PROGRAM IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE OR TERMINATION AT ANY TIME. TOYOTA MILITARY INCENTIVE PROGRAM IS AVAILABLE ON APPROVED CREDIT TO WELL QUALIFIED CUSTOMERS FINANCING OR LEASING NEW UNTITLED TOYOTA MODELS THROUGH PARTICIPATING DEALERS AND TOYOTA FINANCIAL SERVICES. SOME RESTRICTIONS APPLY. PROGRAM MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE IN ALL STATES. NOT ALL APPLICANTS WILL QUALIFY. TOYOTA FINANCIAL SERVICES IS A SERVICE MARK OF TOYOTA MOTOR CREDIT CORPORATION AND TOYOTA MOTOR INSURANCE SERVICES, INC. SEE PARTICIPATING DEALER FOR DETAILS. **0% APR FINANCING UP TO 60 MONTHS AVAILABLE TO QUALIFIED BUYERS THRU TOYOTA FINANCIAL SERVICES. TOTAL FINANCED CANNOT EXCEED MSRP PLUS OPTIONS, TAX AND LICENSE FEES. 60 MONTHLY PAYMENTS OF $16.67 FOR EACH $1000 BORROWED. NOT ALL BUYERS WILL QUALIFY. †INCENTIVE FROM TOYOTA IN ADDITION TO 0% APR FINANCING WHEN VEHICLE IS PURCHASED AND FINANCED THROUGH TOYOTA FINANCIAL SERVICES. ON FINANCE CONTRACTS, INCENTIVE WILL FIRST BE APPLIED TO THE DOWN PAYMENT. ONE INCENTIVE PER FINANCE TRANSACTION. FINANCE INCENTIVE IS AVAILABLE ON APPROVED CREDIT TO QUALIFIED CUSTOMERS THROUGH TOYOTA FINANCIAL SERVICES. SEE DEALER FOR DETAILS. †† INCENTIVE FROM TOYOTA IS IN ADDITION TO 0% APR FINANCING WHEN VEHICLE IS PURCHASED AND FINANCED THROUGH TOYOTA FINANCIAL SERVICES. INCENTIVE IS AVAILABLE ON APPROVED CREDIT THROUGH TOYOTA FINANCIAL SERVICES. CUSTOMER CAN DEFER FIRST PAYMENT FOR UP TO (90) DAYS. FOR FINANCING RATES OTHER THAN 0% APR, FINANCE CHARGES BEGIN AT CONTRACT DATE AND CONTINUE TO ACCRUE DURING THE PAYMENT DEFERRAL PERIOD. NOT ALL BUYERS WILL QUALIFY. OFFER NOT VALID IN PENNSYLVANIA. SEE PARTICIPATING DEALER FOR COMPLETE DETAILS. ***COVERS NORMAL FACTORY SCHEDULED SERVICE FOR 2 YEARS OR 25K MILES, WHICHEVER COMES FIRST. THE NEW TOYOTA VEHICLE CANNOT BE PART OF A RENTAL OR COMMERCIAL FLEET OR A LIVERY OR TAXI VEHICLE. VALID ONLY IN THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES AND ALASKA. SEE PARTICIPATING DEALER FOR COMPLETE PLAN DETAILS. OFFERS END 12/3/12.


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