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January 16, 2014 • JET OBSERVER 3

Senior aviation flag officers welcome Corner future aviators to community

Chaplain’s

Armor for adversity BY LT. JOHN GIBSON Carrier Air Wing 1 Chaplain If you ask me, the start of 2014 could easily be summed up in one word: Cold! Temperatures have been drastically falling all across North America over the past week, with some areas recording lows well below zero degrees. A lot of people have come down with cold and flu-like symptoms as the sudden onslaught of extreme winter weather has caught many households off-guard. Many of us have been reminded about the importance of dressing warmly and having plenty of cold medicine on hand during times like these. As I’ve considered just how vital protections against the elements like warm clothing and indoor heating are to this time of year, I’ve been reminded of a different kind of provision that we are also afforded, but too often, rarely take advantage of. I am, of course, speaking of spiritual protection; the type that can only come from a close spiritual walk with God as we deal with struggles on a day-to-day basis. In Ephesians 6:10-17, the apostle Paul makes clear that we are to “put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” Thus,he characterizes the struggles that we face from moment to moment as spiritual, as opposed to physical and tangible.Then he goes on to specify exactly what that entails, listing a particular piece of armor for each part of the body that, metaphorically speaking, involves a particular aspect of the spiritual life. For example, he uses language such as the “belt of truth” and the “breastplate of righteousness” (verse 14), the “shield of faith” (verse 16), and he even goes so far as to compare the Bible itself to a “sword,” which, implicitly, is to be used by us as a weapon against temptation and other spiritual problems that come up in our lives. Essentially, all of the elements that Paul mentions here are vital to preserving our spiritual lives during the winters of the soul that often come to us; that is to say, those times in our lives that are marked by difficulty and adversity. It is important to maintain a vibrant spiritual life even when we find the circumstances surrounding us less than suitable. In fact, it — See Adversity, Page 7

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U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen celebrate their selection to the naval aviation community during a reception in Dahlgren Hall. 329 midshipmen in the Class of 2014 will train as pilots or naval flight officers after graduation in May.

From Naval Academy Public Affairs ANNAPOLIS, Md. (NNS — The commander of Naval Air Forces visited the U.S. Naval Academy to participate in the aviation community assignment dinner and reception Jan. 9. Vice Adm.David H.Buss addressed the 329 first class (senior) midshipmen who were selected for service assignment in the naval aviation community and offered advice and insight about the expectations for the midshipmen in the future, as well as the challenges awaiting them in the fleet. “The first and biggest challenge for them will be making it through flight training and earning their wings of gold,” said Buss.“The first two years after graduation are about learning the basic mechanics of flying and then mastering the skills of your type of aircraft.That in and of itself is a big challenge.” While in Annapolis, Buss met with Academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Mike Miller, Commandant of Midshipmen Capt. Bill Byrne, and took the opportunity to walk the campus and meet the midshipmen. Twenty-three aviation flag officers attended the assignment dinner and reception including Adm.William E.“Bill” Gortney, commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command,Vice Adm. David Dunaway, commander of Naval Air Systems Command and Rear Adm.Troy Shoemaker, commander of Naval Air Force Atlantic.

The assignment dinner is an annual event and represents a unique opportunity for the midshipmen to meet the senior aviation officers in the Navy and be welcomed into the community. “I’ve wanted to fly ever since I was a little kid,” said Midshipman 1st Class Ben Ziemski.“I still remember the first time I ever got on an airplane when I was 5 and I knew from that moment that flying is what I wanted to do.” The Naval Academy Class of 2014 received their service assignments Dec. 4, a milestone that put them one step closer to joining the fleet and Marine Corps as commissioned officers.The 329 midshipmen selected for aviation represent a little less than one third of the entire Brigade of Midshipmen. The Naval Academy is the largest accession source for new aviators in the Navy, with academy grads typically representing 38 percent of the aviation students in Pensacola, Fla., at any one time. During the dinner, Buss presented his command coin to the highest ranked midshipmen selected for pilot and naval flight officer. Midshipman 1st Class Tyler Cox, from Visalia, Calif., was the highest-ranking pilot selectee and Midshipman 1st Class Christian Dane, from Gilbert, Minn., was the highest-ranking NFO selectee. “I think the connection between those of us serving on active duty today with those about to join our ranks — it really is passing the torch to the next generation,” said Buss.“These midshipmen will be the future leaders of naval aviation so the connection we make with them is really important.”


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FRCMA OCEANA Quarterly Awards Senior Shore Sailor of the Quarter

Senior Sea Sailor of the Quarter

AS1(AW/SW) Bryan Taylor

PS2(AW/SW) Krystal Alveranga

Aviation Support Equipment Technician 1st Class (AW/ SW) Bryan Taylor is the Senior Shore Sailor of the Quarter, First Quarter 2014 for Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic Oceana. While assigned as 900 Division leading petty officer, he performed 27 career development boards, drafted 13 personnel awards, edited 20 evaluations and managed 267 correspondence items. Additionally, he led the production efforts of 13 work centers in the completion of 2,688 maintenance actions, resulting in a 98 percent availability rate. As a duty section leader,he coordinated and tracked watchbills and qualifications of 110 Sailors,yielding 95 percent fully-qualified watchstanders.

Personnel Specialist 2nd Class (AW/SW) Krystal Alveranga is the Senior Sea Sailor of the Quarter, First Quarter 2014 for Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic Oceana. As part of the FRCMA Headquarters staff, Alveranga is solely responsible for all correspondence, telephone communications, reporting and filing.This quarter, she has processed more than 76 awards. Actively involved in the community, she helped spearhead this year’s annual Children’s Halloween Party for more than 100 children.She works out at the Cross Fit Café Inn,while also motivating others to get into shape daily. As the FRCMA staff public affairs officer, Alveranga supervises and manages both Facebook pages, while continuously promoting awareness of the positive accomplishments of those attached to FRCMA.

Sailor of the Quarter

Junior Sailor of the Quarter

Blue Jacket of the Quarter

AT2(AW/SW) Michael Little

AT3 Angela D. Lawson

AOAN Russell A. Stolpe

Aviation Electronics Technic cian 2nd Class (AW/SW) Micchael Little is the Shore Sailor of the Quarter, First Quarter o 2014 for Fleet Readiness Cen2 tter Mid-Atlantic Oceana. While assigned as Radio Dettection and Ranging (RADAR) W Work Center assistant leading p petty officer, he was the driviing force behind 32 techniccians and six artisans processing 286 APG-65/73 F/A-18 RADAR component repairs. His efforts resulted in a 97 percent repair rate and a backlog reduction of 57 percent this quarter. Additionally, he personally conducted in-rate and Naval Aviation Maintenance Program training to 26 Sailors resulting in five advancements and two work center on the job training completions. Little also conducted holiday spending training for 116 Sailors during 600 Division safety standdown.

Aviation Electronics Techniccian 3rd Class Angela D. Lawsson is the Junior Sailor of the Quarter, First Quarter 2014 for Q FFleet Readiness Center MidAtlantic Oceana. A While assigned as Communications Navigation and m Electronic Countermeasures E Production supervisor, she led P five Sailors in the test and refi pair of 108 components, conp tributing to a 96 percent work center ready-for-issue rate. As a collateral duty inspector, she performed 30 quality assurance final inspections, resulting in no items returned for rework. As MWR treasurer,she has assisted in raising $14,000 and handled more than $40,000 in support of the command holiday party. Lawson led the committee of 10 MWR representatives in the researching, contract negotiation, and execution of the 2013 Command Holiday Party for 562 service members and their families. Lawson has volunteered with such events as the Domestic Violence 5K, NASCAR concession stand sales, Norfolk Tides Game concession stand sales, and the Windsor Oaks Elementary School mentorship program.

Aviation Ordnanceman Airman m Russell A. Stolpe is the Blue Jacket of the Quarter, B First Quarter 2014 for Fleet F Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic R Oceana. O While serving as assistant command c fitness leader for Fleet F Readiness Center MidAtlantic A Oceana from October b to December 2013. Stolpe maintained, m tracked, and reported the progress of more than 750 fitness records for the most recent Physical FitnessAssessment.His actions ensured 100 percent accountability of all assigned personnel. In addition, he conducted more than 100 physical training sessions for the command’s Fitness Enhancement Program (FEP), increasing the command’s pass rate from 89 to 95 percent.

— Photos and write-ups compiled by ADC (AW/SW) Q. M. Triplett, FRCMA Site Oceana Public Affairs Officer


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Ragin’ Bulls of VFA-37 hold aerial change of command BY MC1 THOMAS MILLER USS Harry S.Truman Public Affairs GULF OF OMAN (NNS) — The “Ragin’ Bulls” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 37 held a change of command ceremony while embarked on board the aircraft carrier USS Harry S.Truman (CVN 75), Jan. 9. Cmdr. Philip W. Walker was relieved by Cmdr. Larry D. DeLong, the squadron’s executive officer, in an aerial change of command above the ship. Both pilots read their orders formally transferring command over the radio, followed by a series of flight maneuvers signifying the change of command. “It was my distinct privilege to work for and with the most professional men and women in our Navy,”said Walker.“I look forward to the squadron’s continued success for years to come.” Walker reported to VFA-37 in July 2011,

as the executive officer before taking command of the squadron in October 2012. During his time as commanding officer, VFA-37 was awarded the title of Carrier Air Wing 3 “Top Hook” twice. He has accumulated more than 2,200 tactical jet flight hours and more than 400 carrier landings throughout his career. Walker’s next assignment will be with the Department of Navy Energy Program in Washington, D.C. DeLong was assigned as VFA-37’s executive officer in October 2012, and said he is excited to take command of the “Ragin’ Bulls.” “Our mission will remain the same; launching combat ready aircraft 24/7 anywhere in the world,” said DeLong. “I look forward to commanding the Bulls.It is both exciting and humbling to lead so many fantastic people.” VFA-37’s new executive officer is Cmdr. Brandon M. Scott.

Photo by MC3 Karl Anderson

Two F/A-18C Hornets, assigned to the “Ragin’ Bulls” of VFA-37, fly over the squadron’s crew during an aerial change of command above the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, supporting theater security cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.


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Family reenlistment January application phase opens for orders From Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs

Photo by MCSN Kayla King

Mackenzie Smith, 5, clutches her certiďŹ cate of appreciation and listens as NAS Oceana Commanding OfďŹ cer Capt. Kit Chope reads the citation. Her mom, ABE1 (AW) Jernelle Smith, reenlisted for ďŹ ve years Dec. 20, at the Oceana quarterdeck. Smith, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, enlisted in the Navy 10 years ago as an undesignated seaman. At Oceana, her roles have been leader of the First Class Association and leading petty ofďŹ cer of Family and Military Support and Emergency Management Department. Smith is transferring to USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).

well as indicate which special programs and schools they would like and leave comments for the detailer. Detailers will always attempt to fill billets using a SailMILLINGTON,Tenn. (NNS) — The Career Management or’s desired selections first; however, fleet readiness reSystem Interactive Detailing (CMS-ID) application phase quirements are the guiding factor in filling billets. Detailstarted Jan. 9, and is scheduled to remain open through ers must also follow sea-shore flow 5 a.m. Central Standard Time, Jan. 21 for active duty and Full-Time Sup8QOHVV D 6DLORU UHTXHVWV 6HD guidelines outlined in NAVADMIN 361/12, so unless a Sailor requests port Sailors in their orders-negotia'XW\ ,QFHQWLYH 3D\ RU WKH 9ROXQ Sea Duty Incentive Pay or the Voluntion window, officials said. Enlisted Sailors use CMS-ID to WDU\ 6HD 'XW\ 3URJUDP WR WDNH tary Sea Duty Program to take conreview and apply for permanent FRQVHFXWLYH VHD GXW\ RUGHUV D secutive sea duty orders, a Sailor up for shore duty should not be involchange-of-station (PCS) orders on6DLORU XS IRU VKRUH GXW\ VKRXOG untarily assigned another sea tour. It line. Sailors may access the website QRW EH LQYROXQWDULO\ DVVLJQHG may mean a Sailor hoping for shore at https://www.cmsid.navy.mil or from the CMS/ID link at www.npc. DQRWKHU VHD WRXU duty in Hawaii or Washington may receive shore duty someplace else, navy.mil. where the need is greater. Eligible Sailors may review adver² 1$9$'0,1  A single set of sea billets, prioritised billets in CMS-ID during the tized by U.S.Fleet Forces and a single application phase and apply for up set of shore billets,prioritized by U.S. to five jobs, either directly using CMS-ID, through a command career counselor (CCC), Fleet Forces and the Bureau of Naval Personnel are adveror through direct interaction with the detailer, who can tised each application cycle in CMS-ID as the Navy seeks to fill gaps at sea and place Sailors with the right experimake an application on the Sailor’s behalf. CMS-ID features a “Sailor Preferenceâ€? section under the ence levels and skill sets into high-priority fleet billets. “Sailor Info Tabâ€? where Sailors may rank duty preferences — See Detailing, Page 12 by type, command, location, platform and community, as

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CDSA Dam Neck tour

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NAS Oceana Commanding Officer Capt. Kit Chope (l) and Executive Officer Capt. Louis Schager inspect the Hopper/ Taylor Hall roof with Combat Direction Systems Activity, Dam Neck Facilities Manager Cory Cole during a visit Jan. 8. As part of their tenant unit engagement plan, Chope and Schager received a tour and briefings from CDSA Dam Neck leadership. Oceana leadership visit at least one tenant command each month to discuss concerns.

Adversity: God gives ways to be successful despite trials — Continued from page 3 could be argued that those are the times when we need our spiritual armor the most. Life is too often not easy.Yet, nevertheless, God has given us a means by which we can be successful in life, even in the midst of trials and difficulty. As we continue moving forward in the New Year, my hope and prayer is that we will be diligent in taking advantage of the resources that He has given us to overcome adversity in our lives and be victorious. Stay strong and stay warm!


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MH-53E crash: cause of accident is under investigation — Continued from page 1 foot Response Boat - Small from Coast Guard Station Little Creek and diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Shearwater, an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Portsmouth to assist.An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C. also assisted in the search. At approximately 11:45 a.m., two Navy aircrews hoisted four people from the water and took them to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, where Van Dorn and Collins died. MDSU 2 divers entered the water at approximately 5 p.m. on Jan. 9 in support of the search for Snyder, the missing service member. They remained in the water until 10:15 p.m.The divers entered the water again Jan. 10. MDSU 2 located the wreckage 15 nautical miles east of Cape Henry utilizing side-scanning sonar. Divers were able to locate the helicopter’s engine and other major components in the debris field. Grasp anchored over the wreckage to aid in inspecting the site with a Seabotix Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) prior to divers entering the water. Additional Navy assets included USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19), USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109), USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE 13), and Navy H-60 helicopters. Shearwater also continued to provide support. Small boats from the Virginia Beach Fire and Rescue also aided in the search. Dive operations were temporarily suspended Jan. 10 when it was determined that weather conditions had made it unsafe to continue diving at the site. “Our priority right now is to bring our missing Sailor back to his family.We have a lot of dedicated, highly skilled men and women working to accomplish just that. However, as weather conditions are expected to worsen in the coming hours, safety is absolutely paramount,” said Navy Rear Adm. Kevin Scott, director of Joint and Fleet Operations, on Jan. 10. USS Ross (DDG 71) and USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) continued to provide security patrols in the vicinity of the crash

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Navy divers, assigned to Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2, Company 2-2 are lowered into the water from the rescue and salvage ship USNS Grasp (T-ARS-51) Jan. 9. MDSU 2 was underway aboard Grasp searching for the missing MH53 crew member, Lt. Sean Christopher Snyder, who went down Jan. 8. site until operations were resumed. Grasp returned to the crash site in the afternoon Jan. 12 with divers from MDSU 2 and patrol boats from Riverine Squadron 2 to provide area security. Sailors from MDSU 2 then expanded the search area and used a Remus Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) for high-resolution bottom mapping of the crash site. Coast Guard photo by Fireman Samantha May The cause of the crash is being investigated. A Navy Sea Hawk helicopter and Coast Guardsmen from the U.S. Coast Guard patrol boat Shearwater (WPB 87349) search for Lt. Sean Christopher Snyder, a crew member of the MH53E Sea Dragon helicopter from HM-14 that crashed Jan. 8, Information obtained from U.S. Fleet Forces, Com- with five people aboard. Two Navy helicopters rescued four mander, Naval Air Force Atlantic and U.S Coast Guard of the five crew members and Snyder’s remains were located Jan. 14. 5th District Public Affairs.

U.S. 7th Fleet commander praises P-8 squadron during its first deployment From U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs NAVAL AIR FACILITY ATSUGI, Japan (NNS) — Vice Adm. Robert Thomas flew over Japan with Patrol Squadron (VP) 16 in the Navy’s newest maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft, the P-8 Poseidon, Jan. 9 and praised the crew for their hard work. The War Eagles of VP 16 are making their inaugural deployment with six P-8As in support of 7th Fleet maritime domain awareness efforts in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. According to Thomas, who is the 7th Fleet commander, the P-8 deployment brings increased capability to 7th Fleet’s Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force.

“I am extremely impressed with VP-16 and the P-8A Poseidon’s performance during their inaugural deployment to 7th Fleet,”Thomas said.“Across every mission set, from anti-submarine warfare to intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, P-8A capability represents a significant improvement over the P-3C, providing the opportunity to detect, track and report on more targets than ever before.This continues to be validated throughout the course of the aircraft’s time here. I had the opportunity to fly with the squadron and witnessed their capabilities firsthand ... this aircraft is a game-changer.” The P-8A is the most advanced long range anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare aircraft in the world. A true

multi-mission aircraft, it also provides superior maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capability. Built on the proven Boeing 737 airframe, the transition to P-8A brings with it enhanced safety and reduced maintenance. The P-8 is significantly quieter than the P-3, requires less maintenance, and provides more on-station time. The P-8A remains fully interoperable with the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force’s P-3C force. The new P-8A is part of the Navy’s commitment to the Pacific rebalanced, bringing latest technology to 7th Fleet to ensure the U.S. is best postured to honor its security commitments to regional security and stability.

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January 16, 2014 • JET OBSERVER 9

Mentoring wounded warriors a mission for CDSA civilian BY CATHY HEIMER Jet Observer

commands for anywhere from three months to more than a year while waiting for the results of the medical board, so Murphy encourages them to use that time to complete any needed math booster courses. He also mentors service members individually — before and after they leave the military — to review their transcripts, help them apply to colleges and refer them to other military and civilian resources as needed. “At any one time,I’ve about got 12 -15 candidates. I’ve got several fulltime students at TCC or ODU and we will continue to touch base with them,” he said. Because many military members return to their home of record after they leave the service,“if we can get them on the right educational track when they go home, that’s still fine,” he said. Murphy is currently mentoring a former Sailor now at the University of Iowa, and others who are enrolled in southern California colleges, including San Diego State. Murphy is also working with his headquarters for 10 funded internship billets for veterans attending college with the goal of having interns at CDSA Dam Neck during college

For nearly a year, Dr.Thomas Murphy, with the support of Combat Systems Direction Activity (CDSA), where he works, has made it his mission to help wounded warriors complete their education and join the team at Dam Neck Annex after they leave active duty. With the national priority to steer more people toward science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers, Murphy uses his background in chemical and mechanical engineering to brief injured and ill service members, who are part of the Disability Transition Assistance Program (DTAP) at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, on the career opportunities available once they leave the service. DTAP is for those leaving the service due to any type of medical Photo by Rebecca Perron issues, whether it’s combat wounds, injuries or Dr. Tom Murphy, assigned to NSWC Dahlgren Division and stationed at CDSA Dam Neck, meets with local wounded warriors and their families at Naval Medical Center illness. “I go over the phenomenal opportunities that Portsmouth several times a month to discuss career planning, training, education and exist in STEM fields, the financial compensation resume writing. The service members are part of the Disability Transition Assistance available, both working for the government and Program, known as DTAP. Murphy has talked with more than 450 military members working in the private sector. I encourage them since the program began early last year. to get their math [skills] accessed while they’re still on active duty,” said Murphy. He welcomed the chance to assist the workforce manage- breaks. Service members normally attend a DTAP brief early in ment team with the pilot program, which was approved Since educational benefits are part of the military comtheir medical evaluation process. Murphy explained it’s in November 2012. Working with NMCP’s staff, he briefs pensation package, Murphy said that not using those benimportant for him to continually reach out to the military wounded warriors nearly every Monday during DTAP, efits “is in effect, leaving money on the table.” Also combecause the transition process can often be overwhelm- along with representatives from the Veterans Administra- pleting their education allows veterans to greatly increase ing. tion, Navy College, Navy Legal Services Office and more. their expected earnings over their lifespan. “It’s not just providing the right information but provid- Some weeks, he talks with groups as small as five; other Emphasizing that he’s just one of hundreds of people ing the right information when they’re ready to receive it. weeks, it’s many as 40 - 50 people and that includes family active in helping injured and ill service members, Murphy If they’re worried about money, worried about their fami- members of the wounded warriors. said,“I’ve managed to get into a little niche here, reaching lies, they’re not very receptive to having somebody talk Part of the recruitment program has included the out to wounded warriors…There’s a lot of people who to them about education goals. But maybe later on, that “Wounded Warrior Tour” at CDSA Dam Neck at least two are trying to do what they can to help the veterans.” window of reception opens,” he said. to three times a year; the latest one took place in October. Murphy, who is assigned to the workforce management The tour gives wounded warriors an opportunity to talk branch at Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren, Va. but with the engineers — many of whom are close in age to works at CDSA Dam Neck, became interested in mentor- the service members. ing wounded warriors after a conversation with his boss “The guys in here do some really phenomenal stuff. It’s at Dahlgreen. There was concern that in the future they very interesting, very cutting edge.The intent is to inspire would not be able to hire wounded warriors with the the vets that this might be a good choice for them,”he said same educational level because nearly all positions in the about the engineers in the command’s labs. warfare centers require four-year degrees, most of which He hopes that by visiting CDSA Dam Neck, it will motiare in math, science and engineering. vate them to come back and work for the Navy following “The warfare centers and NAVSEA (Naval Sea Systems college. Murphy said it also benefits the warfare centers Command) in general have been really effective and very “because then we have people who work in the labs who active in trying to reach out to wounded warriors in their have operational experience.” hiring and recruitment of them,” he explained. Because many service members didn’t see college as Photo by Tammy Van Dame Although Murphy said many wounded warriors have an option when they enlisted, Murphy said his goal is to CDSA Dam Neck hosted their second Wounded Warrior completed some college, with the exception of officers, change their thinking.“The reality is that after serving in Tour Oct. 2 to provide local transitioning Sailors the opporit’s not normally a four-year degree.“If the warfare centers the military, working in teams and doing complex operatunity to learn about technical Navy civilian career options. are going to continue to recruit large numbers of wound- tions, they are much more mature and disciplined indiTed Schindler explains his job at the command’s Harsh ed warriors, we’re going to need to find some way to deal viduals than when they were as seniors in high school and Environment Lab to three Sailors during the tour. CDSA Dam with the educational gap,” he said. are capable of much more than they maybe give themNeck plans to host the tour two or three times a year to inspire Murphy, a retired Navy captain, is familiar with the ben- selves credit for,” he said. wounded warriors to seek careers in science, technology, enefits available to help veterans complete their education. The wounded warriors are often “stashed” at various


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Rocky Bleier: shared motivational story at Oceana

Photo by MC2 (SW) Alysia R. Hernandez

Robert “Rocky” Bleier, a Vietnam veteran and former Pittsburgh Steeler, shares his story of overcoming odds and achieving success with aviators at the NAS Oceana Officers’ Club Jan. 8.

— Continued from Page 1 by a rifle bullet in the left leg and later in the same day, a grenade exploded nearby, sending shrapnel into his right leg. While recovering in the hospital, doctors said he would never play football again and Bleier started to lose hope. But another soldier, who was a triple amputee with a very positive outlook on life, helped Bleier realize that “you can be bitter or choose to have a positive outlook.” While in the same hospital, Bleier received a postcard from the owner of the Steelers,Art Rooney,saying the team needed him. This, along with the amputee’s motivation, was enough to make Bleier want to return to football.With his new positive outlook, Bleier regained his“hope”and he went on to play with the Steelers through the 1970s when they were winning. “The key to whatever we do is that one word called ‘hope,’” said Bleier. On the football field,Bleier described how hope changed players’ outlook on their future after a 1972 playoff game. It was during this game that teammate Franco Harris scooped up the ball and ran for a touchdown, making the famous play known as the “immaculate reception,” that allowed them to win. According to Bleier, after 40 years of failure, this one play gave them hope and they started winning, ultimately leading to four Super Bowl rings later in

the 1970s. He attributes much of the team’s success to the great leadership, from the owner down to the quarterback at the time,Terry Bradshaw. Bleier shared many of his past leadership experiences, where he picked up bits and pieces of what makes a good leader. One specific memory is of a drill sergeant who said, “’When put in charge, you take charge.’”That phrase really stuck with Bleier, as well as what the drill sergeant added: “’You do what’s right; what’s right for the situation; what you think is right, not necessarily what a superior thinks is right, but what’s right for the men.’” Bleier said there were many times throughout his life where leadership played a role in his personal decisions. One such time is when he returned from Vietnam and was not on the Steelers’ starting lineup because he was still regaining his strength through training. But a couple of years later when he still wasn’t playing, Bleier wanted to give up. Another teammate convinced him to come back because the team needed him, similar to Rooney’s postcard while he was in the hospital. Bleier returned and after several other players were injured, he was once again playing.The Steelers also began winning. So not only did Bleier have hope as an individual that he would continue playing, but the team started having hope that they might make the playoffs, which led to the divisional championship and finally, a Super Bowl. Burch was grateful for Bleier’s willingness to come to Oceana and talk to the officers, as well as the ATAC team. “Not only is he a legend in the NFL, he also has established an outstanding reputation as a motivational speaker,” said Burch.“He is a great American who continues to support the military whenever possible.”

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Prepare now for tax season, DoD official advises BY TERRI MOON CRONK American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON (NNS) — With the arrival of tax season, service members should begin gathering documentation to file their 2013 taxes, the director of the Pentagon’s office of family policy and children and youth said. In an interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel, Barbara Thompson suggested visiting the Military OneSource website for tax filing resources, and to learn what will be necessary to file, such as W2 forms, Social Security numbers and receipts for deductions such as child care, education, medical expenses and donations, among other writeoffs. And tax preparers at Military OneSource will do short-form tax filing free of charge for service members and their families, Thompson said. Relocations and deployments have tax implications, Thompson noted. For example,deployed service members can receive an extension to file taxes after the normal April 15 filing date, she said.“It’s very helpful to have someone who is experienced to help you through the cumbersome issue of taxes and tax returns,” she added. The tax preparers at Military OneSource are up to date on changes in tax laws, and can answer military-specific questions, Thompson said. Installations also offer volunteer income tax assistance to service members and their families, while certain banks and credit unions provide education and training on tax preparation, Thompson said. She advised that service members organize their taxes by starting a file beginning each Jan. 1 for the following year’s tax papers, such as receipts and other write-offs. “You don’t want to wait until the last minute,” she said. Service members and families who prepare long-form taxes with deductions such as mortgages and rental properties might want to consider hiring a tax expert to file for them, Thompson said. “It’s best to get advice to make sure you have everything covered,” she added. People who do their own taxes need to stay on top of current tax information,Thompson said.“Sometimes tax laws

change, so you have to be really smart about doing your own taxes,” she added. States’ tax laws often vary, too, she said, and because of relocations, some service members have to file local taxes in more than one state. “That’s where [tax consultants] can really be of great value to make sure you know what the requirements are for states,” Thompson said. Filing federal and state tax returns usually results in either a tax refund or money owed back to the government. Expecting to receive a tax refund, but instead finding out that money is owed can be a shock, Thompson said. Looking at W2s to determine how much money in taxes is being withheld is a good indicator of whether or not one will owe money, she suggested.

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Service members who receive a tax refund face important decisions on what to do with the money,Thompson said. “Do you use it to buy down debt, or put it in a savings account?” she asked, advising people to not blow their tax refunds in a spending frenzy of unnecessary purchases. A tax refund also can be deposited into a retirement savings account, she added. “It’s important to think about what you’re going to do with that money,” she advised, “and how you can best utilize it for your financial well-being.” Meeting with a financial planner to learn the “lay of the land,” and what tax deductions might apply to a service member’s finances is a good idea,Thompson said.“It’s really important to be savvy about that.”

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FLEET & FAMILY SUPPORT CENTER WORKSHOPS

» » »» » »»» CREDIT MANAGEMENT Jan. 21, 2 - 4 p.m. This workshop provides valuable information on establishing a credit history, choosing and using credit and debit cards, debtto-income ratio, consumer installment loans, credit reports and effectively managing your credit.

DEVELOPING YOUR SPENDING PLAN Jan. 21, 1 - 2:30 p.m. This workshop can help you develop a realistic spending plan.With this spending plan in place, you’ll be on your way to paying your bills on time and achieving your short and long-term financial goals.

SPONSOR TRAINING Jan. 23, 9 - 11 a.m. This training, available for presentation at your worksite, teaches command personnel to serve as sponsors.Topics include ways to be an effective sponsor, duties and responsibilities, military and community

sources of help, and FFSC relocation assistance.

EFFECTIVE RESUME WRITING Jan. 22 or 29, 9 a.m. to noon These days, only a top-notch resume will get you an interview. Learn how to market your skills, knowledge, accomplishments and experience with an impressive resume. This workshop includes tips on translating military terminology.

TRANSITION GPS Weekly Transition GPS (Goals, Plan, Succeed) is a five-day workshop for separating military and pre-retirees. It covers military to civilian crosswalk, financial planning, job search and career validation, federal hiring, resumes, and programs, and VA benefits and other topics that facilitate a smooth transition from the military to the civilian community. If space is available, spouses may accompany the transitioning member. All classes are held weekly, Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., in building U-93 at Naval Station Norfolk. Registration is Monday at 6:30 a.m. See your command career counselor for a quota and workshop requirements to attend.

Transition Assistance services available at all FFSCs • Workshops and counseling on all financial aspects of transition • Individual transition planning counseling • Transition information and employment referral

Fleet and Family Support Center Oceana is located in Building 531. It offers a variety of programs and workshops to assist active duty and their families. Registration is required for most programs. Call FFSC at 433-2912 for more information or registration, unless otherwise noted or register online at www.cnic.navy.mil/navylifema.

Detailing: Sailors assigned after CMS-ID application phase closes — Continued from page 6 Some factors a detailer weighs when matching Sailors to jobs include the Sailor’s desires, qualifications, training availability, career progression, command preference and cost to the Navy. Detailers will not assign Sailors to advertised jobs until after the close of the CMS-ID application phase, during the detailer selection phase. Sailors may log into CMS-ID anytime after the detailer selection

phase to see if they have been selected for orders. Commands also have the ability to rank and add comments to applications for jobs at their command.This process can occur throughout the Sailor Application Phase, and there is a brief period after Sailor applications are shut off before detailers commence selections when commands alone are allowed access to apply comments and ranking to each application for their command. Command input is another factor that detailers use when making their selections. Sailors can learn more about CMS-ID from their CCC or access CMS-ID by selecting the CMS-ID link on the NPC website at www.npc.navy.mil.


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SPORTS & FITNESS » » » » » » » » » » » » » Wounded warrior shares message of hope during competition at Pacific invitational BY PATTY BABB Navy Wounded Warrior - Safe Harbor

athletics, which has many proven benefits, part of their recovery and rehabilitation efforts. NWW connects wounded warriors to adaptive athletic opportunities throughout the country.The Wounded Warrior Pacific Trials are jointly HONOLULU (NNS) — A wounded warrior competed hosted by NWW and Navy Region Hawaii. in his first adaptive athletics competition at the Wounded At the Wounded Warrior Pacific Invitational this week, Warrior Pacific Invitational wounded warriors are goJan. 8 in Honolulu. ing head-to-head in a variNaval Aircrewman (Meety of sports, including as chanical) Airman Brett cycling; seated volleyball; Parks threw standing shot swimming; track and field; put and discus during the and wheelchair basketball. joint-service event for seriEvery athlete will receive a ously wounded, ill and inparticipation medallion at jured service members. In the conclusion of the event. addition to field sports, he “This event is one of is participating in multiple many leading up to the Warswimming events this week. rior Games, which will take “This event has opened place this fall,” said NWW me up to a world that I Cross-functional Division didn’t know before,” said Lead Marty Martinez. “Brett Parks.“We all have goals,but has demonstrated tons of there’s only so far you can potential on the playing go on your own when it U.S. Navy photo field, but, more importantly, comes to fitness and rehabil- AWFAN Brett Parks prepares to throw a shot put during a he has a great attitude. It’s a itation. This really raises the training exercise for the Wounded Warrior Pacific Invitational lot of fun to compete alongbar on my goals; when I go Jan. 7. The event is a joint-service adaptive athletics competi- side him.” home, I have a purpose and tion for wounded warriors hosted by Navy Region Hawaii Jan. In addition to his athletic 8-10. new goals to strive for.” ambitions, Parks also has Parks was wounded Oct. written a book about his ex17, 2012 in his hometown of Jacksonville, Fla. when he periences. Its working title is “Training for Life,” and Parks came to the aid of a man being robbed at gunpoint. Parks has been reaching out to various publishers. — a husband and father with a second child on the way “Before I was wounded, I was the strongest I ever have — was waiting to conduct a training session at his gym been,” said Parks. “My training before the incident physiwhen he heard a man scream and decided to intervene. cally, spiritually and emotionally prepared me for the chalTwo gunshots were fired at Parks; the first shot hit his ab- lenge I would face. My doctors told me that I might not domen, but the second shot missed him. have survived if I hadn’t been in such good shape. The bullet shredded his kidney,severely damaged a third It is true of anything in life:You need to be prepared, set of his colon and severed a major artery, disrupting blood a goal, never quit and find spiritual strength. With those flow to his right leg. His lower right leg was amputated, four things, you can beat almost anything,” he added. and Parks spent four months recovering from his wounds Parks also has established an organization called Second and learning how to use a prosthetic limb. Shot Ministry, which enables him to share his faith and “The night it happened, my wife gave me a coupon and journey to recovery. He serves as a motivational speaker told me to remember to pick up milk,”Parks recalls.“When at local schools, churches and companies. The organizaI was running out the door I said,‘Bye baby; I love you.’ I tion’s name has multiple meanings; literally, it refers to the didn’t come home for four months.” second shot that missed him,and figuratively,it symbolizes Parks is enrolled in NavyWoundedWarrior (NWW) - Safe his second chance at life. Harbor,the Navy and Coast Guard’s wounded warrior sup“I am on earth for a reason, and it’s to spread a message port program. Many NWW enrollees, like Parks, were not of hope,” said Parks. wounded in combat; the program also supports service To learn more about NWW or adaptive athletics, visit members who are diagnosed with a serious illness or have http://safeharbor.navylive.dodlive.mil, call 855-NAVP been injured in shipboard, liberty or training accidents. WWP (629-9997) or email navywoundedwarrior@navy. All enrollees in NWW are encouraged to make adaptive mil.

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR Âť Âť  Âť  NEWPORT NEWS RESTAURANT WEEK Jan. 19 through Feb. 2 Food lovers will have the opportunity to indulge in a variety of ďŹ xed-price meals at some of the ďŹ nest restaurants in the city during the ďŹ rst-ever Newport News Restaurant Week. The city’s inaugural Restaurant Week will feature options for both lunch and dinner. A two-course lunch will be served for $10, while dinner options include a threecourse meal for either $20 or $30 (plus tax and gratuity). For a current list of participating restaurants and some of the price-ďŹ xed menus being offered during Restaurant Week, visit www.newportnewsrestaurantweek.com. The site will be updated periodically to reect new participants, so check back often.

SQUARE DANCING OPEN HOUSE Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m. The Thalia Thumpers Square Dance Club has been hav-

ing fun dancing in Virginia Beach for more than 30 years. and would like to share that fun with everyone during an open house at the Foundry United Methodist Church, 2801 Virginia Beach Blvd. ,Virginia Beach. No experience is necessary.The evening will also feature demos of regular club level square dancing by the Thalia Thumper members and members of other local clubs. Dancing is open to everyone from ages 10 to 100 and single dancers are also welcome. For more information about square dancing, check out http://fun.greatdances.net/. To learn more about square dancing in Hampton Roads and around Virginia, check out http://squaredancers.org/ and http://www.vasquaredance.com/. For more information on the open house, or about the Thalia Thumpers, contact Bob Worley at 4672557, or bobw12@cox.net.

WINTERBLAST MUSIC FESTIVAL Jan. 25, 5 p.m. The 97.3 The Eagle Country Winterblast music festival features American Idol winner Scotty McCreery,Eric Paslay, Brothers Osborne and Kelleigh Bannen. Winterblast will also feature Levi Road, last year’s Winterblast Challenge contest winner. There will be many other activities for attendees to participate in,including country karaoke,cornhole games,line dancing exhibitions/lessons,country western vendors,and

much more. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000,allTicketmaster outlets and Hampton Coliseum Box OfďŹ ce.

SUPERFEST OYSTERBOWL Feb. 2, 5 p.m. The Virginia Gentlemen will host to the 7th Annual Superfest Oysterbowl at Chick’s Oyster Bar, 2143 Vista Circle,Virginia Beach. The annual event combines the excitement of the Super Bowl with an all-you-can-eat barbecue with ďŹ xings, oyster roast and happy hour specials throughout the evening. Advance tickets are $20 and can be purchased at vagentlemen.org or by phone at 368-1944.Tickets are $30 at the door. Sponsorships are also available, including reserved tables for groups. Proceeds from the Superfest Oysterbowl will beneďŹ t JT’s Camp Grom, a 70-acre adventure camp at Birdneck and Prosperity roads in Virginia Beach.The Virginia Gentlemen are building the adventure camp and park for children and adults with disabilities, wounded veterans and families of the fallen.

Va. Aquarium boat trips begin with whale sightings included surf scoters, gulls and terns of various species, loons, double-crested cormorants, and brown pelicans. The northern gannets were also in abundance crashing down into the water creating spectacular splashes with The Virginia Aquarium Winter Wildlife Boat Trip season their plunge dives. Trips typically run on Thursdays and Fridays at 2 p.m., kicked off last month to a â€œďŹ nomenalâ€? start! The ďŹ rst trip passengers saw four humpback whales and one ďŹ n whale and on Saturdays and Sundays at 9 a.m., noon, and 3 p.m. Trips also run on holiday Mondays. within 30 minutes of departing from Visit www.virginiaaquarium.com Rudee Inlet. Later that day, two inand its calendar of events for a comdividual humpbacks were also seen plete listing of the schedule. Trips paired together. During the second are subject to boating conditions trip, passengers were fortunate as and the schedule may change. well to see humpback whales and Reservations are recommended the afternoon trip saw bottlenose and can be made at 385-0300.Reserdolphins too. vations are not available the day of a The humpback whales treated trip. However, boarding passes can some of the guests to amazing bebe purchased directly at the dock havior demonstrations: uking, divuntil trip departure time, if space aling, pectoral ipper slapping and lows. Tickets may be purchased in even lob-tailing. On one trip, blows advance at either aquarium buildwere visible all around the boat, and Photo provided many other whales were spotted in Last month, the Virginia Aquarium Win- ing, online at http://tickets.virginthe distance. ter Wildlife Boat Trip season kicked off last iaaquarium.com. or at the dock.The cost per person is $28 for adults According to Alexis Rabon,Virgin- month to a â€œďŹ nomenalâ€? start. and $24 for children ages 4-11. Chilia Aquarium boat trip coordinator, “Many of the whales surfaced close enough to the boat dren age 3 and under are free, but require a boarding pass. that the guests were treated to the sounds of the whales Whale sightings are not guaranteed. Guests should arrive at the dock 30 minutes before the boat’s departure time. exhaling!â€? However the trips are not just about whale watching, Boats depart from Rudee Inlet, located at 200 Winston Sathe birds are equally as magniďŹ cent.Various birds spotted lem Ave.,Virginia Beach.

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